Friday, 16 November 2018

The human life cycle

In science this week we have been learning about the human life cycle. Check out Laura and Daisy’s work where they described what happens at each stage of the human life cycle.

Would you rather...

Here are some of our ‘would you rather’ maths questions in year 2 for World Philosophy Day. What would you rather do?

Year 6 - P4C in maths

The children in Year 6 have been ‘philosophising’ about numbers with special starters in our maths lessons this week.  This led to a great deal of discussion, especially when the children were asked to explain their thinking and prove it.

It is foolish to live near a volcano!

This week year 3 have been continuing their topic of natural disasters with a focus on volcanoes. The children have been discussing whether they think it is foolish to live near a volcano or not and why. Having been given a range of sources and information to help them make their decisions, they were able to make a more conclusive decision after learning about what it would be like to live near a volcano.

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Sometimes, always, never...

We explored some mathematical questions with a philosophical slant during this afternoon's maths meeting as part of recognising World Philosophy day.  Here they are if you would like to try them out at home:

We came up with some novel ways of ordering!

Power of pictures week Year 4

Year 4 has finished their projects exploring the themes behind Global Goal 1: poverty.

First, we investigated how rich our world is in terms of natural resources, goods and products made in different continents. We discovered that some of the richest continents have the poorest people. To illustrate this, the whole year group collaborated on a collage of the world map.  We collaged each continent in the goods produced by that continent.

Year 4 also investigated the link between homelessness and poverty.  We wrote narratives to show empathy about what it would be like to be homeless.  Also, we debated whether we could solve homelessness by giving money to people on the streets.  Finally, we produced art work to provoke empathy about homelessness and poverty.  What better way to display it than on the sides of a house

We are sure will agree that this projectis something we should all be very proud of. Thank you for donating all the items and look out for the installations next time you walk through in the learning zone.

World Philosophy Day in Year 1

To celebrate World Philosophy Day in Year 1 we considered a big maths question! How would you describe the number 5 to someone who has never seen it before?

We spoke in our trios using sentence stems to support our conversations. We had lots of brilliant ideas to share with each other!

"We could make them a badge with the number 5 on." - Evie
"We could show them a Numicon 5!" - Zac
"We could tell them that 5 equals 3 add 2." - Aesha
"We could give them a birthday cake with 5 candles on it!" - Elliot
"We could show them 5 fingers." - Poppy
"We could show them 5 on a number line." - Frida

Power of Pictures Oracy in Year 1

 In Year 1 we looked at this image and talked in our trios about what we thought was happening.

 We had lots of interesting ideas about what could be happening in the picture and why. Lots of us thought the children were sad because the trees had gone. We talked about why the trees might have disappeared from this place.

We then wrote our responses to the image. Have a look at our beautiful writing!

Celebrating World Philosophy Day in Reception

To celebrate World Philosophy Day, we were inspired by the book "How Big is a Million" by Anna Milbourne. Just before reading our story, the children had a chance to think about how big a million really is...

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"A million is big like a T-rex!"

"A million is more than all the people in this school!"

"A million is as big as 30 volcanoes, or houses,
all stacked up on top of each other!"

After our first thoughts, we read the story, which showed us... ten fish... a hundred penguins... a thousand snowflakes... and indeed a million stars! The children were in awe at the sheer amount of stars on the pages in front of them:

"That's more than I could even imagine!"

This got us thinking about more questions, which we discussed with our talk partners. We used the talk frame "I think... because..." to help us become Agent Communicator. At first, the questions we came up with were answerable, such as "How big is 5?" and "How big is 22?". We had to think really hard to come up with questions the made our brains whirr! Eventually, our brains were working at full speed...

How many fish are in the rivers and oceans together?

How many leaves are on every tree?

How many people are on Earth and in space?

The children have been really engaged with coming up with Brain Growing questions, using their philosophical thinking to enhance their mathematical skills of estimation. 

Science Day in Year 1

Year 1 loved Science Day! We read a story about some animals who got caught in the rain and decided we would like to help them by designing an umbrella to keep the animals dry. We realised we would need to find a material that was waterproof so we set out to investigate which materials are waterproof and which are not. We designed a test which you can see in the pictures below. To make it fair, we chose to use 1 pipette of water for each material.

We also really enjoyed our parent workshop! We showed the parents our investigation from the day and then completed a science challenge with them.

County Basketball Winners

Thursday 8th November proved to be a successful day for our year 5 and 6 children. The B team came 3rd in the B string competition demonstrating excellent shooting skills, strong dribbling skills and determination to ensure every opportunity was acted upon. The B string final group was a closely fought contest with goal difference separating the final placings.

The A team made the A string final in what was a close and fiercely fought competition. The team worked tirelessly to keep possession of the ball, worked hard to convert all shooting opportunities and even when under pressure managed to continue supporting each other throughout the competition. As a result of such hard work the children were victorious winning the finals group. This means they will now go on to represent Windhill21 and the Bishops Stortford Partnership at the County Finals in December. I’m sure you join me in wishing the team the best of luck.

Rainbow Rain!

Yesterday, during science day, year 2 looked at the question ‘why does it rain?’ They first of all conducted an experiment to see what happens when things get wet. They used cotton wool and pretended it was a cloud. They concluded that clouds get heavier when wet. After that they investigated this theory using the rainbow rain experiment. The children had a brilliant day and loved conducting the experiments!

Power of Pictures - The Tree of Life

During Power of Pictures Week, Year 1 looked at the Tree of Life by Gustav Klimt. The image made us think about how wonderful our world is and how we must take care of it. We loved looking at the shapes and the shiny colours.

We decided to use papier-mache to recreate our own 3D 'Tree of Life' structure!

We also used press printing to make beautiful cherry leaf designs.

We learned how to draw hedgehogs!

Here is our beautiful paper-mache Tree of Life. We are so proud of our final creation!

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Dam good idea!

What better way to round off science day than with a water based challenge! Taking inspiration from the Hoover dam, we were challenged to construct a dam from paper and sellotape. Brilliantly, two of the paper-engineered structures held back water poured from a watering can! Thank you to all parents who were able to join us for this activity.

Science Day in Year 4

Our brains were buzzing today in Year 4 after a science extravaganza! The Royal Institute delivered an exciting and informative assembly before we continued exploring in class. After debating the question “What if water couldn’t freeze?”, we carried out fair tests to see what kinds of substances caused ice to melt faster. As predicted, salt caused ice to melt faster, but, most surprisingly, curry powder slowed down the melting process. We wondered whether it acted like a blanket around the ice. Some of us were keen to see if other powders or even Coca Cola could speed up the melting process.

What if water couldn’t freeze?

This was one question pondered today the a Year 4.  After initially thinking of disastrous consequences like not having ice in cold drinks or ice cream, we further realised that animals like penguins and snow leopards would be without habitats and polar bears could starve without their ice sheets to hunt for food. We also wondered whether Bishops Stortford would be flooded if sea levels rose as a result of sea water being unable to freeze.

Science day in Reception!

For Science day, children in EYFS have been exploring water! They started the day by categorising objects, sorting them into 'things that float' and 'things that sink'. The children made predictions before testing their hypotheses, just like real scientists! 

The children then had an exciting presentation led by Dan from the Royal Institution. He focused on electricity and spoke to the children about static electricity, magnets and even rockets!