We displayed our completed scribble-bots from last term. They still worked really well, and we managed to make some adjustments to fine-tune their performance.
Our winning basketball team progressed through to the final of the Gateshead Hoops 4 Health competition. The final was held at Northumbria University Sports Central, home of the Newcastle Eagles. Everyone at Falla Park was so proud to see them there! Well done!!
Washington Wetlands Centre
We went to the Washington Wetlands Centre to learn more about living things and habitats. Listening to the experts talk about the way life has developed on our planet was fascinating! Along the way, we met many creatures including flamingos, otters, ducks and birds (far too many to count!) and learned about their life cycles.
As part of our outdoor learning, we created acrostic alliteration poems about our family. We discussed how important it was for us to understand that all families are different, but we all share the same values.
In maths, we continued our outdoor learning by practicing our written methods for calculation on the yard. Although some of them were pretty straight forward, our more complex calculations turned out to be huge!
During our sports week, we took part in an archery challenge. We learned about the key principles of the sport – Fun, Respect, Learn and Safety. It was great fun, and every one of us would love to try this activity again soon!
Discovery Museum – Science Workshop
We were really excited to visit the Discovery Museum in Newcastle.
We battled through the busy city (and the snow!) to reach our destination.
In the lab, we learned lots about rockets. First we found out about their origins in history. Then we explored how they work, looking closely at the forces acting upon them as they move.
We broke off into design teams to create our own Rocket Car Racers! We had to think carefully about their design, and decide on their shape and weight distribution to achieve the most aerodynamic product.
We used a single ‘BAR’ of compressed air to test our designs in the lab.
After that, we went out into the main hall of the museum to complete our final launch. This time, we doubled the air pressure to see how far our Rocket Car Racers would go.
Just like in the lab, we primed the launch pad with pressure, then pressed FIRE! We were really amazed at the results…
This team were the most successful, managing to break the 10m barrier without breaking their intricate design. A fantastic design after lots of hard work in the lab.
We had an exciting visit from Tommy Donbavand. He has written lots of spooky stories for children, and taught us how to create exciting characters for our own writing.
Tommy got us working in small groups to design our own characters, and to think more deeply about their personality traits and characteristics. It was great fun to work with such an enthusiastic writer, and he gave us some wonderful ideas for our independent writing!
Liz Million came to visit us in January. She is a tremendous illustrator, and taught us some excellent techniques for drawing our own super heroes.
She even came to our classroom to do a small workshop!
Our characters were really exciting, and we picked up some new skills along the way…