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A very sunny afternoon enabled us to use 'Sun Paper' to record our work on seeds. We found many examples of different seeds and discussed how they would travel: air dispersal, seed explosion or water. We then began work on creating spider web frames to investigate invertebrate habitats.
Today we have begun our work on programming using the STEM Lego project. We discussed the science, technology ,engineering and maths we would be using to build and programme different robots. We followed instructions to build a flashing beetle, motorised windmill and then a robot that could indicate movement through a sensor.Finally we created our own Lego animal which had to include one of the programmable features we had practised.
Following on from our practical investigations into energy and its role in food chains, we took our learning outside to the River Petteril which runs through Greystoke Castle grounds. Our intention was to locate; a producer (plant), a primary consumer and if at all possible, secondary and tertiary consumers. We completed our pond dipping in groups and were fortunate to find a variety of invertebrates including mayflies nymphs, stonefly nymphs, caddisfly larvae and some freshwater shrimps which proves the river is very very clean with little or no pollution.
Key Stage Two began the afternoon by turning the blackberries we picked previously into paint. Then we ventured up into the forest to identify different trees from their leaves using a classification chart. From the leaves collected, we painted (upon canvas) the outlines and began to scuplt with them to create our leaf bowls. The colours of autumn were absolutely beautiful.
The children in Key Stage Two had a very busy afternoon investigating different habitats. We chose four different habitats and studied the different conditions as well as predicting what creatures may live there. We collected data to show which organisms did live there and talked about why they were suited to that particular habitat. Choosing our favourite creature we then began to sculpt them out of willow.