Year 6 had fun learning how to make pancakes for Shrove Tuesday.
On the 5th of November Year 6 students visited Hazeley Woods to experience the Survival Skills Workshop. We were met there by the Parks Trust members who led Year 6 through their activities. The Parks Trust guided us through these skills in groups: Fire lighting, shelter building and water filtering. With the fire lighting they partnered up to make the fire using only flint, steel, cotton wool and a small tray. The students were shown a brief demonstration before trying it themselves accompanied by the staff. If they were finding this too challenging, they would use steel wire and a battery to create the spark in an alternative form. In addition to this, they built shelters with the materials provided including tarpaulin, paracord and natural surroundings. The pupils parted into small groups of four to attach the tarpaulin to the trees only using reef knots and hoist knots which were demonstrated. The last activity the year sixes participated in was water filtering of which you needed nothing but a plastic bottle, two cups and our outdoor surroundings. They stuffed the bottle with leaves, moss, sticks and grass where they applied pressure to make sure it was compact. Our year sixes enjoyed this trip very much.
Grace produced some fantastic work after her visit to Hazeley Wood
As part of our STEAM week activities Josh Wheeler, who studied theoretical particle astrophysics at the University of Nottingham, came into school on Wednesday to talk to the children about a journey through space and time. He talked to Year 3, Year 5 and Year 6 about the big bang, how our star formed and how planets were made. Josh also explained how astrophysicists know how long the sun has left to burn – a burning question from Year 5. He ended his talk with a very full Q&A session from each year group. The children and staff enjoyed Josh’s talk and we would like to thank him for coming in to talk to our very inquisitive children.