Friday 22nd January
Friday 22nd January | 1 comment
Thank you everyone for another week of hard work! We continue to be so impressed and proud of your efforts. Here are some of the things we have been up to this week…
This week we turned our kitchens and bedrooms into science labs and got investigating! We wanted to find out the impact of the shape of a bird’s beak on its likelihood of survival. We found out that different birds were suited to different environments. We thought about what would happen to the birds that could not easily eat the food, and how variation within a species could lead to evolution. We followed this up with an Oak Academy lesson to help us understand this process in more detail. Well done to everyone who managed to complete this investigation at home, and a particular thank you for these two very professional videos!
In English, we found out about a very unusual animal called the tardigrade. Due to their remarkable adaptations, tardigrades are able to survive for decades without water. They can also survive extreme temperatures and high pressure, meaning they have even returned safely from trips into space! Philip Gross was so fascinated by these tiny creatures that he wrote 11 different poems about them (forming the Tardigrade Sagas) in his book Dark Sky Park. We voted that Tardigrade in a Trance was our favourite one. We used the poems and our own research to write information texts (non-chronological reports) about tardigrades.
In coding with Mrs DuPreez this week the children created some fantastic shape pictures using Python and Scratch. Here are some of their results:
Year 6 Parents’ Evening
Hopefully you received an email from Mrs Hawkhead this week informing you that we are going to postpone the Year 6 parents’ evening that was due to take place next week, instead holding it March along with the rest of the school. We usually hold the Year 6 parents’ evening earlier so that we can discuss SATs preparation and feedback on mock papers, but as the SATs are no longer taking place this year (and we have not been at school to complete any past papers) we feel that a meeting later in the year will be more useful. If you do have any questions or concerns, please get in touch with us via email.
Wishing you all a wonderful (hopefully dry!) weekend.
Mrs Sykes and Miss Jones