Thursday, 28 January 2016

Making Canopic Jars

Canopic Jars

This week we have begun making out canopic jars as part of our history topic.  After producing some designs, we began adding rolls of paper to Pringle Pots to make the shape of a canopic jar.

Next we used newspaper and PVA glue to cover the rolls.  This will make them strong and easy to paint. You can start to see the final shapes of the jars.

Come back soon to see out finished jars!

Monday, 25 January 2016

VI Awareness Morning

Year 5 and 6 came together to learn more about what it is like to have a visual impairment and how we can help all children around school.

We began the morning by Mr Cownie teaching us about the eye and how important looking after our eyes is.

Can you remember any of the things we can do or eat which will help look after our eyes?

We then moved into house teams and worked our way around 4 different activities.

The 4 activities were Braille, Find the Hazard (looking for hazards around school for VI and fully sighted people), Guided Sight (Helping friends with blindfolds to do different activities) and Sim Specs (Wearing glasses that simulate different visual impairments).

Looking for Hazards

Sighted Guide

Sim Specs


We are orienteers

As part of our 'Around the world in 80 days' topic, we have been having a go at orienteering in PE. First, we developed our team building skills by guiding our partners over and around obstacles whilst blindfolded. This helped us realise the importance of trust and communication when we are working in a team. 

We then had a go at an orienteering activity outside. We had to find the matching symbols on the red and white semaphore flags and complete our grid.

It was great fun. Next week, we will be using maps of the school to solve problems!

Friday, 22 January 2016


Making Muscles!
In Science, we are learning about the skeleton and how we move.  Last week we found out the names of bones and enjoyed labelling body parts.  This week we found out about muscles.  To help us understand how they contract and relax, Mrs Warland showed us a model. 

The colours are important.  Muscles work in pairs so, while one contracts, the other relaxes.  When we move our joint (shown on the model as a split pin) one set of elastic bands stretches while the other relaxes.  It was amazing to see it in action.  If you would like a demonstration, please come and ask!

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Where are my bones?

We had great fun today completing a mini quiz that was linked to our new topic - Monsters and Skeletons.
Mrs Warland asked each team to draw round a person.  She explained that we would be learning about the bones in our bodies.
Did you know there are 206 bones in a human skeleton?

We were then given a list of bones and we had to quess where they all are in our bodies.

With some of the names, we felt confident.  With others we were just confused!  Tomorrow, she will reveal the results and we will label them properly but for's where we think they are...

Do you know your tarsals from your metatarsals?
Where are your phalanges? 
What is the cranium more commonly known as?