A short, but very full, half-term!
This half-term has only been four weeks, but the Juniors have crammed so much into them! Antarctica has proved to be a popular topic, uncovering the mystery of this land at the bottom of the world; in darkness for several months of the year and reappearing in the “summer” months with the return of scientists, engineers and tourists.
We have researched and written about the bleak, inhospitable conditions in Antarctica. The British Research station, Halley VI showed us that although Antarctica’s workforce are working on many crucial projects related to wildlife, oceans and climate change, they nevertheless have “downtime”, when they can scale the climbing wall, socialise and eat food prepared by their own chef.
Adding to the children’s learning were the visits from James Marshall, Engineer from Rolls-Royce. James’ investigation into boat design encouraged the principles of continuous improvement (asking “why?”) and TEAMwork (Together Everyone Achieves More). The success of our ice-breaker boats varied, holding between 0 and 32 “people” (pasta pieces)! We will assess how the children’s understanding of STEM careers has moved on as a result of this project.
What else have we been doing? An annual highlight, we visited Qegs for their Art Day and enjoyed doing totem pole artwork, taking part in a story-telling session and of course, the Dance event in the afternoon. It was a proud moment to see all the children’s hard work and practice pay off – their performance on the big stage in front of hundreds of other primary school children was confident and happy!
Thrills and spills were had on our trip to Swadlincote Ski Centre – opinion was divided on whether the spinning sno-tubing was the most exciting or the fast-paced tobogganing.
Having had chance to catch our breath over Easter, we look forward to Wheels and Wings, our theme for Summer 1. Expect lots of facts and information on flight over the years, how the railways became so important to us and lots of practical work demonstrating what you know about electricity.
Miss Wilson will be working with us again for the rest of the school year.
Here’s to another action-packed term. Mrs McManus