A busy term in the Juniors!
Space! This exciting topic has covered so many areas of the curriculum: In Science, we explored how the Sun, Earth and Moon move, how Day and Night are caused, how the seasons happen and what causes the mysterious and magical phenomenon of the total Solar Eclipse. We observed the Moon’s appearance over a month, which included the rare sight of a blue Supermoon! Tim Peake’s experiences in the International Space Station helped us to create accurate technical drawings after which we designed our own space pod, including all the features needed for astronauts to live in space.
We became experts on the planets, creating some wonderfully accurate artwork for the classroom as well as writing our own expert factsheets. Our imaginative and colourful space travel brochures used our persuasive skills to attract guests to our planets and hotels in space.
Our challenge to write a newspaper report about the 1969 Moon Landing introduced us to intrepid astronauts such as Neil Armstrong as well as encouraging us to think about the relevance of the Space Race to us today. Many of the children have said how much they enjoyed, and learnt from, the class debate we held in the final week of term, debating the motion: “This House believes that it is important to invest in space exploration.” In the end, the “ayes” had it, although some very persuasive and informed points were made by the opposition, too!
Add to that our on-going rehearsals for the QEGS Dance Festival (Hawaiian Rollercoaster Ride), an afternoon of Pancake-making, our inspirational leader poetry in RE, our rocket launch challenge and drawings inspired by Holst’s Planet Suite and we can truthfully say that we have had a VERY busy half-term.
Well done, Juniors – next, Antarctica!
Spring 2 Topic – Juniors
Exciting news! Next half-term, the Juniors will be embarking on the Polar Explorer Programme, learning about the icy, remote area of Antarctica.
Long Lane have been invited to take part in this project by the National STEM Network, who are encouraging Primary Schools to increase their enjoyment of, and engagement with, STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). Our work will include observing the life of a Polar Explorer or scientist; learning about research ships, such as RSS Sir David Attenborough, which are doing such vital research in this corner of the world; considering the challenges of training in the polar areas; and studying the wildlife of Antarctica, including how they live and survive in the extreme polar conditions.
Some of the questions we will investigate are: How can we design a boat to withstand the icy waters of the Antarctic? How do scientists and engineers live in the hostile conditions of the Antarctic? How do polar animals survive over the winter? What do Polar Explorers eat? How can we plan an Antarctic expedition?
In addition, we are pleased to be supported in this project by James Marshall, an engineer at Rolls Royce, who will work with the children to give them an insight into engineering and science opportunities linked to the Polar Explorer Programme.
There is so much to learn about this little-known area of our planet and this project is an ideal way to increase the children’s understanding and interest.