Today concluded the work around our final story for this half term; Supertato! The children have enjoyed the past few weeks where they have explored the story in different ways including thinking about how they can be superheroes, making superhero capes, learning about how vegetables are superheroes for our bodies, making evil pea traps and cooking and eating some delicious vegetable soup with Mrs Mason.
In these unusual times, we’ve been finding unusual solutions to keeping our school community connected. We’ve been holding our weekly Celebration Assemblies on Teams each Friday so that everyone in school can share in the many successes that have been recorded in our wonderful Golden Book. Here are the classes tuning in!
This week, Skiddaw class have been moving onto addition and subtraction in maths. Here are Year 2 pupils showing their understanding of how part whole models (the circles with some lines joining them) link to families of addition facts. Later in the week, they went onto look at how subtraction calculations can be represented by these part whole models too.
Enough food is produced in the world to feed everyone; so why are so many people hungry? Year 5 + 6 pupils worked together to find out just how unequally the world’s food is distributed.
Our work began with a series of challenges. First, we had to identify the continents of the world and try to decide which were the most densely populated. Most of us, used our knowledge of the world and considered the size of the continents to try to figure this out, but when we were presented with the actual population for each continent, we realised our estimates were not always accurate!
We then moved on to presenting the population for each country and its share of the world’s food using Lego figures, shreddies and a world map.
Each Lego figures is equivalent to 100,000,000 people and each of our Shreddies represents 2% of the World’s food.
We were shocked to discover that the continents with the highest populations actually had the smallest share of food.
For example: Asia’s population was represented by 36 Lego people and had to share just 3 shreddies representing just 6% of the World’s food. Just 5 Lego figures represent North America’s population who have as much as a 50% share of the World’s food! How can this be fair?
Our learning today made us realise just how unfair our food is distributed and how fortunate we are to have enough to eat and never experience hunger. Our discussions and our thinking contributed to writing some very powerful prayers to say thank you to God and to pray that the world’s leaders and governments will do more to bring about change so that everyone, regardless of where they live, has enough to eat.
Throughout this week’s harvest theme all classes have been busy recording these videos.
Year 1 are singing Autumn Days; Reception are reciting a poem Harvest Time is Here Again; Year 2,3 &4 are performing a song called Moving Along which talks about the changes in the seasons; Year 5&6 finish our service with prayers they have written this week.
This week, we have been thinking and reflecting on Harvest. We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone from every class for bringing in such an abundance of wonderful produce. We will be making a visit to Kendal Food Bank to deliver the goodies and we know that lots of families who live in our local area will be benefiting from eating these nourishing foods.
In Science, Scafell have been learning all about different materials and their properties. Engineers choose materials for their projects very carefully because they know that the properties of a material affect how well it does the job.
We’ve been looking in depth at thermal conductors and insulators. Insulators can be found all around the home from cool boxes keeping unwanted heat away from a picnic to frying pans helping to cook our eggs evenly.
To put our knowledge into practice, we designed and built our own devices to keep an ice-cube cold. It’s warm in school with all of the radiators on, so we had to choose our materials wisely to insulate the ice-cube and make sure it didn’t melt!
Scafell did well in choosing sensible materials for the job and managed to keep their ice-cubes alive all the way through break time and beyond – a much better result than the control ice-cube sat on the side!
In Scafell, we have been thinking about the things that make us feel happy. We all chose just one word that represents loveliness in our lives – they included: football, cuddles, chocolate, baking and mountains! What word would you choose?
Further to our geography work on ‘seasons’, year 1 have been learning about location of hot and cold countries in the world. On Monday, we discussed the difference between ‘weather’ and ‘climate’ . We had some furry visitors in class. Some children chose different animals and we talked about whether they might live in hot or cold countries. We then matched the animals to the climate. On Tuesday, we looked at the globe and talked about the Equator and why countries close to this imaginary line are hotter, whilst countries further away are colder. We used this information to highlight the hot and cold areas of the world with red and blue crayons. Well done year 1!
In class assembly today, Skiddaw class reflected on these important questions of change. Their responses were interesting, many and varied.
What has changed in your lives recently?
RJ – seasons, HR – leaves on the trees, JG – everything!, IW – our classroom, CH – we have grown taller, AR – our bones weaken as we get much older
What has changed in nature?
RK – hedgehogs hibernating, DP – birds flying off to warmer places (migration), Heating coming on in our houses as the weather gets colder.
How do you feel about these changes?
Some are exciting and we look forward to them, others can be a bit worrying.
Who helps you through changes?
Mums and dads and families, our teachers and our friends.
People of many faiths believe that God is like a parent or a carer. Even when everything changes, he is always the same and ready to help us.