KS2 STEM Lego Challenge
KS2 classes took part in a Lego challenge using all the skills of STEM to complete challenges in teams.
The challenges were exactly that….. CHALLENGING! Although we worked well in teams, we all learnt ways we could improve our teamwork and make it more efficient next time.
Chester and Liverpool Residential
Derwentwater invited the Y4’s to join them on their residential to Chester and Liverpool and we all had a fabulous time. Our first stop was at Chester Zoo, it was wonderful to see all the animals. The weather wasn’t the greatest but luckily we managed to find some drier spots to eat our lunch and strategically visit some of the indoor sections when the rain was at its heaviest. Some of the highlights would definitely be the Chimpanzee, things were lively when we were in there, it was great to watch, they were also avoiding the rain too so were all crowded into their inside section of their enclosure.
Miss Standing’s favourites, the giraffes were fabulous to see close up. Surprisingly, the butterfly and bat enclosures were popular, it was amazing to have them fly around close by. The penguins are worth a mention since we all loved seeing them swim passed the glass and being fed by the keepers, seeing how well the are adapted to their environment, as were all the animals we looked at, was a great way to bring to life our current science topic, Evolution and Inheritance.
Our zoo visit finished with a visit to the gift shop, one of the most popular parts of the day with many of the pupils before we headed off to our accommodation at Trafford Hall. We all enjoyed it there, they looked after us brilliantly, the food was fantastic, there was loads of space for us to have a run around and explore and our rooms were lovely and clean.
The children were so tired after all the excitement we had to wake them all up at 7am to give us time to eat breakfast, pack up and strip our beds ready for our day in Liverpool. First stop was The World Museum to explore and join the Ancient Egyptian Workshop. This was amazing, it really brought to life some of the beliefs we know the Egyptians held; learning about the rituals of preparing the dead for the afterlife. Then exploring the museum to see the artefacts they hold which help us understand how we know and find out about them and other eras from the past. We were also able to explore their dinosaur and fossil exhibit which again linked in with their science topic.
After lunch we headed off to The Slavery Museum which the children were looking forward to as this links to a few of our topics this year. Earlier this year in Geography we have studied the mountains and different terrain in The Caribbean which makes it great for growing coffee and sugar cane. The early sugar cane industry was reliant on the slave trade, something which is difficult to imagine with our 21st century perspective and the hardships these people endured. It also linked with our topic on Windrush and how the people from the The Caribbean, who were part of the British Empire, helped us with our efforts during WW II.
All in all we had a wonderful two days exploring the UK away from Cumbria, we learnt loads, spent loads of time together, had fun and made loads of memories.
Year 5 Taster Day at Netherhall, Maryport
Year 5 enjoyed the morning at Netherhall School, we all enjoyed a superb English lesson followed by a fun music session; it was all rounded off with a fabulous lunch and a quick game of table tennis before heading back to school.
Rounders Competition - 14th June 2022
Pupils from our class joined other primary schools to partake in a rounders competition. The competition was hosted by Beacon Hill Secondary school and it was fantastic to see former pupils helping to organise the event as sports leaders.
Our pupils demonstrated great sportsmanship and worked well together as a team, cheering one another on. A fun event in fantastic weather.
Year 5 taster day at Nelson Tomlinson School
Year 5 had a fantastic day at Nelson Tomlinson, we joined in with all sorts of workshops, enjoyed a delicious lunch and met lots of other pupils from other schools getting to know it too.
They practiced their acting skills, learned all about languages, joined and played in a Samba band and learnt all about careers and how many wonderful and strange jobs they can aspire to once they leave school. All in all it was an extremely successful day which they all enjoyed.
Samba Band Practice
Changing States Science Workshop - 18th May 2023
Today we were joined by a team of Scientists from Sellafield. They came into school to discuss irreversible changes with our KS2 children and the children had lots of fun observing what happens when bicarbonate of soda and vinegar are mixed. For the upper KS2 children this was an opportunity from them to revisit previously taught science, whereas lower KS2 used their knowledge from other science topics.
After mixing 50ml of vinegar with the bicarbonate of soda, they then doubled the quantise and made predictions about what would happen to the balloon as a result of this change. Many of the children were nervous that their balloon would burst!
As you can see from the video, the children really enjoyed the experiments and definitely had lots of fun!
The ‘WOW’ moment
Y5 Science Morning at Beacon Hill
Y5 joined pupils from schools within our cluster group on Thursday 9th March. The children used microscopes to examine the cells found within an onion slice. They then labelled the different parts of the cell and the microscope.
The Great Cumbrian Litter Pick - 18th November 2022
Dewent class took part in the Great Cumbrian Litter Pick on Thursday 18th November. We collected a full bag of rubbish from the two play park areas in Oughterside!