Exploring in the Snow December 2021

F1 were very excited to arrive at school today, with the snow falling. Once we had done our morning jobs, we decided to venture outside to explore the snow. Before we set off we asked the children what they thought we should wear. We decided we needed hats, gloves, coats and wellington boots. We spoke about the material of wellington boots and why they were better than our school shoes. One of the children laughed how a few weeks ago they were in shorts and t-shirts at school and how cold they would be if they were wearing that today. We discussed seasons and how it was still autumn although the weather was looking more like winter today. When we set off on our walk on the school grounds, there had  just been a heavy falling of snow. We loved the noise our wellies made crunching in the snow. We went to the corner of the field to the natural area. Two of the boys where very concerned where the bugs had gone, which we had seen under the logs a few weeks before. We discussed them finding somewhere warm underground. We made snow balls and decided the snow was ice and it was really cold. Some of us even made snow angles. Most of all we enjoyed having fun with our friends. We saw Mr Wileman, our site manager, busy putting salt on the ground to melt the ice so that people didn’t fall. Some of the children had remembered the ice melting when we put salt on it on our Tuff Spot a few weeks ago. The children enjoyed exploring in the snow but were pleased to get back to the classroom and get warm.

 

Human and physical geographical features

As geographers, Year 6 worked in groups to research, create and deliver their own presentations which focused on one of the human/physical geographical features within Central America. It was fascinating to spend time researching a parts of the world which are so different to what we experience living in the UK. The children did a great job in sharing their findings and teaching their classmates about their area of focus!

 

 

 

Our trip to the Deep!

What a fantastic trip Year 1 had to the Deep!

                                                     

There were so many exciting animals to look at! Linking with our science topic of ‘animals including humans’ it was a great opportunity to discuss and describe their different body parts and adaptations that help them suit their environment.

   

As we explored further we came across ‘The Kingdom of ice’ zone which immersed the children into Antarctica. We felt a huge ice wall and we discussed how this might be what an iceberg might feel like. We even got to see some penguins!

One of our favourite parts of the trip was our workshop! We played lots of fun games which helped build on our knowledge of the 7 continents and animals that live in the poles! The children have not stopped talking about all the things we saw!

 

Eco Committee

After putting together their action plan, the Eco Committee realised that some of the planned  projects were long term so some members wanted to get started with smaller tasks such as feeding the birds . The pupils filled large pine cones with fat, nuts and seeds which they hung around the school grounds to help feed the birds during the cold winter months and attract a variety of  feathered friends for us to observe.

Year 2 are comparing Hull and Florida in Geography!

Our Year 2 Geographers have been working very hard today. We started by discussing the features of Hull and Florida. We looked at photos and watched videos.

Next, we sorted some photos. We had to decide where we thought the photo and been taken. This generated lots of discussions and our team work was fantastic.

Finally, we described the weather and one physical feature from each place.

Well done Year 2!

Greenhouse Gases

Session 3 – Climate Change Farm in a Box Project

Such a fun way to learn about the very serious role of Greenhouse Gases in Climate Change! 

This game helped the pupils to see how the rise in GHG’s (yellow bib players) is trapping more of the sun’s energy (orange bib players) within the Earth’s atmosphere and as a result causing Global Warming.

Weather and Climate

Session 2 of Year Four’s ‘Climate Action – Farm in a BOX’ Project.

This afternoon, pupils considered the difference between weather and climate. We looked at how daily weather changes affect our lives and the lives of Farmers through the Farmers year game. The pupils considered how climate change is affecting the Farmer’s annual cycle and how their work load can be dramatically affected by the severe weather in a typically, predictable maritime climate.

The pupils examined photo-cards and considered the challenges of land in various spots across the farm. Out on our school field, the children then were able to locate a similar spot and worked as a team to measure the temperature of the soil and assess the weather conditions in this area. As teams, the children worked well to interpret a farm’s rainfall data, which was presented as a graph. They looked at an average data set and compared it to the measurement taken oven one year. The children were able to deduce that climate changes have resulted in heavier or less rainfall during unexpected months.

 

Looking at Earth from Space in Year 2!

We have been looking at aerial photos of the physical features of Earth in Year 2 today. We found mountains, rivers, lakes, cities, deserts and islands. We used Digimaps for Schools to zoom in and out of various parts of the world and look at aerial views. Finally, we matched aerial photos to photos taken from Earth to compare the features.

Climate Action Farm in a Box

Session One

The Y3/4 children have been talking about COP 26 in Glasgow this fortnight. Today, they were excited to participate in our first ‘Climate Change Farm in a Box’ session.

We began by watching a video, presented by a boy called Harry who explained the inputs, processes and outputs of a farm. Some of these we already knew, but there were a few interesting ones to consider such as the farming of solar and wind energy.

Feely Bags were then passed around the class as the pupils tried to work out what was in the bag and how it represented a Farming input or output.

 

After this discussion, we went outside. We calculated that to grow enough wheat to feed one person for a year, the farmer would need an area of 15 metres squared! We use a variety of measuring tools and worked as teams to mark out the area. Here we are stood around the perimeter! We were quite taken back by the amount of land needed just to feed one person!

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We then considered if this person ate foods other than wheat, such as beef. We were staggered to calculate that this required 79 squared metres of the farmers land! We got out the trundle wheel and found that this area was equivalent to the majority of our enormous school field!