Design Technology: Bread Making
Eagle Owls have been making bread this term. We began by tasting and enjoying a range of different breads, then we tried making our own basic white loaves. Next, we moved onto trying a range of different flours including: granary, wholemeal, spelt and seeded. Finally we designed our own sweet and savoury breads using a range of ingredients such as chocolate, lemon, dried fruits, cheese, herbs, sun-dried tomatoes and more! We recorded our baking in our sketchbooks and also wrote some useful instructions.
We have read Dragonology and wrote our own edition of Dragonology. We researched and practised a range of pop-up designs. We used our designs to create a class Dragonology pop-up book, which includes our writing from English and our pop-up designs from Design Technology. We also read How to Train Your Dragon and wrote some stories of our own. Finally, while we were learning about Anglo Saxons and Vikings we had two super enrichment days where we were able to dress up as Vikings and Anglo Saxons, make wattle and daub walls and even have an authentic feast!
Science: Earth, Sun and Moon
We had great fun in this topic, making models of the solar system, writing to parents to persuade them to allow us to attend a super stargazing evening (which included a planetarium, iPad outside viewing of the stars, creating Orreries and lots of fun). We have also enjoyed reading Cosmic as our class reading book, and we have enjoyed writing our own stories inspired by the Cosmic characters.
History / Art and Design: Mayan Mosaics
In History, we have been learning and writing about the Mayans. This led us to research Mayan mosaics (and other mosaics across history and up to present day) allowing us to design and make our own mosaics. We are delighted with our results! Finally, in case other children would also like to make their own mosaics we wrote some simple step-by-step instructions they could follow.
This term we were very much looking forward to going away for a residential experience at PGL in Caythorpe, Lincoln.
To provide the very best opportunity for PE: Outdoor and Adventurous Activities and to promote leading healthy active lives; we offer this trip in order to build character and embed values such as respect for each other in challenging situations. Whilst away, our pupils develop their physical skills in new and exciting situations, as well as exercising important social skills such as teamwork and leadership.
They develop independence – some pupils have never been away from home before, and they gain a new sense of responsibility and understanding that they can make decisions of their own and remain safe.
We hope to promote an enjoyment for participating in outdoor activities that lasts a life time, and that the pupils adopt a positive attitude to challenge and adventure. We see them gain personal confidence and self-esteem through taking on new challenges that take them out of their normal comfort zone and enjoy seeing them take pride in achieving personal success.
They are continually developing their self-awareness and social skills, and their appreciation of the contributions and achievements of themselves and of others.
These skills can all be related back to real life at home. When faced with a difficult problem in school, they can now draw on the strength that they needed to find in order to take that extra step on the High Ropes or go into the dark tunnels. They can remember that they do have the inner capability to attempt difficult challenges, and to set personal goals that provide enormous pride when achieved.
They develop in maturity, needing to find the self-confidence to tell a teacher or instructor if they are unsure of anything. Pupils have to make decisions about many situations when away from home, including what and how much to eat, how to get on with room-mates and personal hygiene. Many of them will only have asked parents in previous situations like this, but as Eagle Owls all now know – PGL stands for Parents Get Lost (In the nicest possible way!)!
Most of all: the pupils have fun and build life-long memories!
Here are some photos of Eagle Owls enjoying their week away.
Eagle Owls have had a very busy half term. They have studied Electricity in science and to complete this topic they made Christmas cards with their own circuits and working bulbs. You can see some of their Sketchbook designs and cards. We have studied different elements to circuits and are showing examples of this year’s science books so far this year.
Pupils also completed their music 007 Spy School topic by learning how to play a small part of the 007 theme using keyboards and recorders. They were able to play this in the Christmas Production cleverly slotted into our production plot line! You can see their music books where they learnt how notes look and what they are called.
Year 5 pupils were invited to go to Hethersett Academy to participate in a multi skills event with other cluster Year 5 pupils. They were spilt into different teams to make new friends and compete as a team against the others.
They had a great morning and thoroughly enjoyed the activities provided.
In science Eagle Owls planned, made and then used periscopes. As part of their topic on light and how it works, they were able to use their periscopes to look inside the classroom. This fitted in well with our Class Novel – Spy School as a gadget that a spy might use.
Year 6 pupils visited Hethersett Old Hall School to take part in a science investigation day. They were able to use a variety of equipment in a purpose built science laboratory. Pupils thoroughly enjoyed the day, being able to use a range of chemicals and apparatus provided especially for the day.
Activities included: making ‘mice’ fly off the top of different sized bottles; sensory experiments with tasty crisps; ‘blowing-up’ a plastic glove with bicarbonate of soda and vinegar and using the space outside to explore the facilities at HOH and play an enthusiastic game of football.
In Design Technology Eagle Owls have been using Autumn fruits and learning how to cook with apples. They learnt that it is important to wash fruit before using (as well as hands); how to peel an apple and how to use a sharp knife safely. They then planned different ways of using apples, including filo pastry. There were tasting sessions, including tasting the cooking apples and the finished cooked pies.