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Changing Materials

Macaws, Otters, Snow Leopards, Whole School, Year 5

This week Year 5 have been investigating the properties and changes to materials.

Day 1: Reversible and Irreversible Changes

We have been testing both reversible and irreversible changes. Our first challenge was to see what happened when the following substances were combined:

Vinegar and bicarbonate of soda,

Lemon juice and bicarbonate of soda,

Washing powder and lemon juice,

Vitamin C tablets and water

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Day 2: Filtering
Today we have been learning all about how to separate solids and liquids through the process of filtering. As part of our investigation we chose three different materials to experiment making filters out of.

The materials we tested included:

Filter paper
Fabric
Gauze
Paper towels
Paper

The class enjoyed trying to filter the muddy water to produce something that resembled clean water. We discussed the fact that the mud was insoluble due to the fact that it did not dissolve in the water. On day three, we planned to look at soluble materials and how they dissolve in liquids.

Day 3: A Muddy Mess

We continued to explore and investigate separating materials on a much larger scale. We were given the challenge of separating these insoluble materials and returning them to their original state: mud, water, paper clips, chick peas, pasta, rice and stones. Both classes had the following equipment to choose from: sieve, funnel, magnets, beakers, filter materials, cups and trays.  We had to write our own instructions to follow before getting very messy hands.

How Hill Day 2 and 3

Dolphins, Whole School, Year 4

The Dolphins’ adventure continued on Thursday with a fantastic boat trip and thatching a roof. Thankfully the Dolphins are skilled thatchers and avoided water coming through their roofs!

The afternoon was filled with owl pellet dissection (a firm favourite with the children), exploring a wherry boat and an exciting game of hawks and blackbirds where we learnt all about food chains.

Friday morning soon came and, after packing our bags, we started our last activities.

First we made some woodland art before using our map reading skills in orienteering.

After a final lunch, we sadly boarded the coach to head back to school.

Well done to the Dolphins for a fantastic trip!

 

How Hill Day 1

Dolphins, Whole School, Year 4

The Dolphins’ How Hill adventure began.

There was much excitement as our coach arrived at How Hill and we got to know our way around the beautiful house and grounds.

Our afternoon was filled with a woodland walk and dyke dipping where we got to see some impressive creatures.

Quote of the day: “It’s amazing. I love it! Lets identify it!”

We spent our evening weaving and playing in the grounds before settling down in our rooms.

Much fun was had by all!

Day 2 adventures.

Jaguars, Whole School, Year 4

Once up we continue with weaving or diaries, had breakfast. Got our boots from welly cave and waited for Lizzie to tell us of our next activities.

Boat trip on the broads, seeing wildlife. we were lucky enough to see a kingfisher and a water vole.

Dissection of an owl pellet. Looked gross but fascinating to see just how many bones there was.

We saw the amazing Wherry boat. Stunning to see and so beautiful inside.

Step back in time with Toad hole cottage, an eel catchers family home, so different compared to our homes now.

Finished the day off playing blackbirds and hawks.

Another fun filled day of adventures.

Year 6 are Let Loose!

Narwhal, Orca, Whole School, Year 6

The end of the school year is fast approaching and for Year 6 this means that they will soon be let loose for the new adventures of secondary school.

Traditionally, Year 6 put on a production for the rest of the school at the end of the year and this year has been no different. This year’s production is called Let Loose; following the adventures the staff and children of Hethertsett Junior School as they visit Slippery Slopes Activity Center.  Through flash backs, the Year 6 teachers explain to the worried parents just how much of a success last years trip was.

Each scene comes complete with its own catchy song which I’m sure you will all be singing for many, many … many days to come. Our thanks to the many family members at home who have helped children to learn their lines and enjoyed their singing rehearsals in the car on the way to school each morning.

Robotics

Orca, Whole School

Think. Sense. Move. The three factors needed to make a robot is what the children have been exploring this week as we welcomed a robotics expert into our school. Each class spent time looking at different types of robots and how to program them before having a go at making robots move, dance … and even sing!

The children were lucky enough to use the Edison or Ozbot robots and programming systems during their session along with playing with a number of other robots.  We were also treated to an assembly on Wednesday where we were able to see some large machines in action.

We would like to express our thanks to the PTA for funding this event. If you wish to find out more about joining our PTA please contact the school office. All help, big or small, is greatly received.