The weather was very kind to 5H and adult helpers when we travelled up to Cockfield Fell to find the source of the River Gaunless. After walking up the fell and observing the different aspects of the area and how it was different to where we live, we boarded our bus and travelled downstream to Butterknowle where some of us entered the River Gaunlesss to measure the width, depth and speed of the flowing water. At the same time some of us tested and recorded the river density, ph levels and temperature to compare with our previous weeks results. Our final stop was to see where the River Gaunless flows into the River Wear. Even though we were all very tired we thoroughly enjoyed our day and learnt a lot of new interesting facts.
Our Willow sculpture is growing well and in recognition for the hard work parents and children put in to this we have been nominated for the Bishop Auckland and Coundon in Bloom competition. Judging takes place on July 9th. The sculpture will in summer months be used as an outdoor classroom for reading and writing stories.
Weardale Trips for Year 5’s – Children and parents have enjoyed excursions with the John Muir Award sponsored by Wear Rivers Trust. They have so far visited Auckland Castle where the children participated in water chemistry testing, looked at identifying trees and completed bark rubbing, the children and parents went on a plant hunt and assisted a botanist with clearing Himalayan Balsam.
On a trip to Butterknowle, Copley and Auckland Castle the children looked at the river source and took river measurements, they looked at the river corridor and investigated bankside vegetation, man-made features, types of deposition and natural features. Parents have enjoyed these trips along with the children.
This week Year 3 had a free choice of homework linking to one of our current topics. Lexie used our History learning all about the Ancient Egyptians to produce some artwork. She included the Egyptian flag, a pyramid, the River Nile and even an Ancient Egyptian mummy!
This week Year 3 have been using their skills in measuring to calculate the perimeter for 2D shapes. We found out that perimeter is the distance around the edge of a 2D shape and that we needed to add up all of the sides to calculate the perimeter. We found lots of 2D shapes on the table and began by measuring the sides. Once we had accurately measured all of the sides we worked with a partner to calculate the perimeter of each shape.
Enjoy the photographs from the latest John Muir award activities. The children were looking at water chemistry and also identifying trees. The children then participated in a plant hunt and assisted a botanist in removing Himalayan balsam.
Article 24 You have the right to the best health care possible, safe water to drink, nutritious food, a clean and safe environment, and information to help you stay well. This week we had a visit from the school nurse to inform us all about keeping ourselves clean and healthy. We discussed the importance of washing regularly and how to look after our teeth. We demonstrated we had good knowledge about this and could link the work we had completed in a previous Science topic to talk about how to have healthy teeth. Great work 4H!
Article 29: Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities. It should help you learn to protect the environment. Gardening club have been very busy over the past two weeks. We began by planting sunflowers to have a competition to see who’s sunflower would grow to be the tallest. This week, we have started planting some vegetables in our vegetable patch. We first had to prepare the soil ready for sowing seeds. Next, we planted potatoes and onions. We have also planted flowers at the front of school in planters. We had lots of fun and are looking forward to developing our gardening skills!
3H have been learning all about money. They have become familiar with notes and coins and have used these to make different amounts, deciding which coins they would need to pay for items at a shop. They have used their knowledge of addition to find the total of items and used number bonds and subtraction to work out change. We ended our money topic with a board game called ‘Money Bags’. We had lots of fun working our way around the board game collecting pocket money and making amounts using different combinations.
4H have been finding out about one of the current issues in the news: plastic pollution. We watched a short clip to learn about the problems with plastic use and the impact this is having on our planet. We worked well in teams to decide how long it will take for certain items of rubbish to decompose and were shocked at some of the results! We then went on a tour around the school to think about our plastic use and how we could reduce this. Discovering all about plastic use was really interesting and we are going to continue to research this, thinking about how we can make small changes to have a positive impact on the world.
As part of our John Muir Award, we visited the River Gaunless which flows through Bishop Auckland to test the water PH levels and to record the temperature. We worked in groups and were surprised to discover the temperature was 10 degrees. We also completed an activity sheet to see who could spot different wildlife objects, plants and types of trees. We enjoyed our day even though we were all exhausted after our long walk back up to school.