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Wednesday 19th May

 

We would like to introduce this amazing book and resources, written by our fabulous KS1 science teacher Miss Langford.

In addition to teaching at our wonderful schools I am also lucky enough to work for the Galapagos Conservation Trust as their Education Writer. They are the only UK charity whose work focuses solely on the conservation of the Galapagos Archipelago. Having visited the islands I have been able to watch with awe and wonder the amazing wildlife that inhabits them. The book I am sharing with you is about one of those animals - the scalloped hammerhead shark. I wrote it, with lots of help from scientists to get the facts correct, proof readers to find any mistakes, and an amazing designer who made me fall in love with the characters. I would love to share the story of Marti the hammerhead shark with you, and hope that you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing.

Miss Langford & Marti

For KS 1 and KS 2 please click here to read the fabulous story and see here for the resources.

For Early Years please click here for Miss Langford reading her story!

 

 

 

Raft Building

 

 

The children have had an amazing time during science week. They have been split into three groups of mixed ages and have been in a different group for each day. The theme's behind this years science week has been 'our diverse planet' and so have been air, land and water. It has been wonderful watching the children from Nursery up to Year 4 work together and show kindness towards each other.

Our Diverse Planet

Air

The children in this group started the day with a story of How to catch a star by Oliver Jeffrey's. They have been carrying out experiments including:

A tornado in a jar.

Does air weigh anything?

Making a star constellation viewer.

Making a basking shark out of bottles.

In the afternoons the children went bird watching and made giant nests and made flying machines and designed rockets.

 

Water

The children in this group started the day with the story of The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson and started to think about what our oceans mean to us. They watched demonstrations of making ocean currents and making an egg float in salt water.

They learnt lots about our biggest whales and went outside to visualise how big these giants are! They also listened to sound of humpback whales and tested how sound travels through water. The children also loved carrying out lung capacity tests and comparing it to whales!

Did you know a sperm whale can spend around 90 minutes hunting underwater before it has to return to the surface to breathe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the afternoon the children made a card ship and weighed it down until it sank.

 

 

Land

The children started off with the story 'What's under the bed? By Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom. They enjoyed watching demonstrations of making salt crystals.

The children discussed what is on our land and explored different habitats.

The children carried out the following activities:

Making a Volcanic Eruption! Make a volcano using Plasticine, bicarbonate of soda and vinegar.

Make a fossil.

Make an insect hotel.

Go bug spotting!