Whole School


Ice Cold Learning

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!


Wall of Wonderful

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?

 


Hot and Cold Climates in Year 1

 

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!


Parachutes and Trim Trail

Reception have enjoyed their turn on the Trim Trail this week, developing their balance, co-ordination and upper body strength. They have also been learning fun parachute games which involved lots of careful listening and making waves, mushrooms and being a washing machine!

 


Skiddaw Fruits and Vegetables

In Art, Skiddaw class have been enjoying ripping magazines and newspapers whilst creating our collages of pears, apples as well as orange and purple carrots. These are now proudly on display in our classroom.

We are all enjoying snack each day, before morning play, and it has been great to see a mouth watering range of different fruits and vegetables being munched including peas, strawberries, pears, carrots and bananas. This week we have had some radishes and it was wonderful to see some children keen to try this slightly spicy vegetable for the very first time.

 


Marvellous Maths in Skiddaw

We’ve been busy working with place value in maths. We have been partitioning (splitting up numbers into hundreds, tens and ones), matching numbers to words, ordering and counting in all manner of ways using all sorts of practical equipment to show our understanding. I was thrilled to hear someone talk about wanting to be a mathematician when they leave school this week too!

 


Outdoor Learning in Year One

Year One have made the most of the beautiful September weather this week and enjoyed lots of their learning outside both in the playground and in their outside area.


Bowfell build a stream

Children in Nursery and Reception had fun earlier in the week when they built their own ‘stream’. They had been using the large loose parts to build bridges and trickles from the tap ignited their imaginations and 10 minutes later lots of children were working together to create a stream from the tap across the outdoor area including around corners! They worked brilliantly as a team, problem-solving and testing out their ideas and changing tactics when things didn’t quite go to plan. Even the ducks enjoyed their ride down the stream!


Skiddaw’s Lego Village

We had great fun making a Lego village in Skiddaw class. We made shops, garages, houses and gardens galore finished off with post boxes and trees. There was lots of imagination on show with added extra details. We set out our buildings on our road mats and we were very proud of our creation!


Year One’s first week back

Year One have had an amazing first week! They spent time getting to know Miss Eastham by playing drama games, reading and discussing stories and playing in the different areas of the classroom with their friends. They made a beautiful rainbow together which is now proudly hanging in the window in Helvellyn classroom. They also demonstrated their patience and determination when learning how to make pom-poms and did not give up when it became tricky! Well done Year One, we have loved having you back!