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Design Technology - Fortress Building

Oak's innovate activity was to work in a team to build a fortress for the Three Little Pigs.  Their requirements were that it had to have an escape tunnel, a look out tower, a moat and a draw bridge.  As you can see in the pictures below, the children really succeeded in meeting these requirements.  I am sure the pigs would be happy in any of their models.

RE Start Heart Day

Oak Class really enjoyed learning about CPR when Lives came to teach them on National Re Start Heart day.  They were able to have a go at following the ABC first aid procedures and chest compressions.  It was fantastic to see how confident they became.  A massive thank you to the Lives volunteers!

Science - Newspaper Bridge Investigation

Oak investigated how to build a strong bridge starting with only one piece of newspaper.  We discussed the properties of newspaper as a material and started by trailing ways to make it stronger, such as twisting or folding.  Then we built bridges using different methods.  The bridges were tested by the billy goat, then the horse, then the cow and finally, the hippo.  It was hard to do with one sheet, so we gradually introduced 2 sheets then 3.  The successful bridges used two different ways of manipulating the newspaper, such as twisted then folded on top. It was fun!

RE The Five Pillars of Islam

Oak Class have been learning about the Islamic faith and they have begun to find out about the five pillars of Islam.  They are beginning to understand how a 'pillar' supports something and keeps it firm and safe, so they can understand the importance of the five special things that Muslims should do within the Islamic faith.   We used marshmallows and spaghetti to support a piece of paper to try to understand that one pillar is not as supportive as four or more pillars and that each pillar has equal importance as part of a 'whole'. 

Maths and Geography

Oak Class have been learning about famous towers from different countries and locating them on a world map.  They then compared the heights of some of these famous towers and used the mathematical symbols for more than and less than <> to create number sentences.

Science - Sticky Stuff!

Oak pupils investigated 'sticky stuff' this week in Science.  They learned about what people in the past have used as glue to stick things together and then investigated which was the best at sticking out of: flour and water, hair gel, honey and PVA glue.   They recorded their initial thoughts on day one, then again on day two after performing the 'upside down over head' test.  The hair gel was the least suitable for the job, the honey was still sticky so they decided it was also not suitable and the remaining two substances were just as good as each other (the flour and water and the glue).

Trip to Tattershall Castle

As part of our topic 'Towers, Turrets and Tunnels' we visited Tattershall Castle to learn about how people lived in the past.  We were castle explorers and learned a lot in a castle tour, we dressed up and did Medieval dancing and in the afternoon we made stained glass windows and peacocks (display to come soon).  It was a fantastic, if windy and exhausting day (there were lots of steps climbed many times) but we had lots of fun and learned a lot.  A big thank you to our parent helpers,  the staff who came too and to the staff at the castle for making it all possible.

Science - Investigating Cannon Balls

As part of our materials and castles topic we investigated which material would make the best cannon ball.  We built a wall (made from rubber bricks) and tested different balls to see which material would knock down the most.   First we compared and ordered each material ball by weight.  The rubber was the heaviest, then the marble, then the tennis ball, followed by the plastic ball and finally the foam ball.  We made our predictions and kept the test fair by using the same thrower in the same spot.  The marble knocked the most down - an incredible 29 bricks!

Science - Where do worms live?

As part of our topic about animals that live in 'tunnels' we investigated which habit worms like to live in.  First we carefully gathered and drew some worms (11 in total).  We found out adult worms have a 'saddle' so we knew most of our worms were infants.  We placed them in the centre of 4 different habitats: sand, newspaper, soil, gravel, all of which were dampened.  Then we left them overnight.  The next day we carefully investigated each habitat.  The results were very surprising:  4 worms were in the sand, one was in the soil and the rest had disappeared.  We can't understand where they went?!  There was a lid on the box so no birds could eat them, but maybe they slithered and slimed their way out? Lots of ideas and discussions were shared.

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Maths - Human Abacus

Oak Class played the 'human abacus' game where different teams form different 3 digit numbers by arranging themselves into place value columns.  The remaining teams had to guess the numbers shown.  Look at the pictures below, can you guess what they are?

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Art, Computing and PSHE

We used the laptops to create some art work that described our feelings towards 'change' and starting a new school year.  We had to change the shape, font, colour scheme and add our own words.  We think they look great, what do you think?

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