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Flying Carpet Weaving

In Design Technology we have been learning about weaving materials.  We used magnifying glasses and the microscope to study up close the way different materials were made and how their threads were woven together.  We also studied other artists weaving work and sculptures and then designed our own 'flying carpet' weaving.  We used materials with different textures and colours in repeating patterns. 

Trip to BAE Systems

We had a fantastic trip to the engineering and training hanger of BAE Systems next to Humberside Airport.  We were really privileged to be the first primary school they had ever had visiting.  We started with the students explaining how things fly with the four forces of: lift, drag, thrust and gravity.  Then we built our own models that were like a plane with a helicopter propeller.  They flew really well!

After lunch we had a tour of the hanger and learned all about jet engines, how planes break, their lights and much, much more.  We all remember the way a jet engine works: suck, squeeze, bang, blow.

Due to security regulations we were unable to photograph the planes in the hanger, but take a look at our plane making photos below.  

A massive thank you to all the adults who made it possible and to BAE for having us and making it such an interesting, exciting visit.  

Our 'Bird's Eye View' maps of Tattershall

We have been learning about maps and symbols in Geography and we linked this to our 'flying' topic and produced our own maps of Tattershall by creating our own symbols, then drawing them in an outline of a bird.  We made keys to our maps and identified human and physical features. 

Birds of Prey Visit  

We had a fantastic visit by Bill from Rushmore Country Park today.  He brought some birds of prey for us to see.  We met three different types of owl and a hawk.  Sidney the barn owl was amazing!  We found out that she has nine ear drums (and yes, she is called Sidney) and is one of the few owls to use hearing rather than sight.  We also learned that owls can not move their eyes, which is why their heads are able to turn so far.  The hawk's eyes are on the side of his head and he can fly at over 100 miles an hour when in a 'stoop' after its prey.  Some of us were able to hold one of the birds and we had to wear a special glove.  A huge thank you to Bill for such an interesting visit. 

Bird Watching 

We have been learning about British birds and are using the facts we find out to create a 'super' bird with all the best features.  This week Mr Burr brought a special scope to let us view birds in the trees in the school grounds.  We had to be very quiet and listen carefully too.  We found out about the different types of bird we could see and where they would nest. A big thank you to Mr Burr!