Owls News Update Summer 2019

Owls News update Summer 2019

This summer term is extremely busy with Year 6 preparing for their move to secondary school, the school play, Sherlock and Cinders as well as sporting events; sports day, cricket tournament and rounders tournament, Tag rugby, golf and athletics competition. The children will also be completing their bicycle safety training. We will be going on trips out of school to; Carnforth and the climbing wall at Salt Ayre, a farm visit at Levens and the Leaders of Rotakids will attend a conference in Lancaster.

We will be beginning a new topic where we will be investigating ‘settlements’ and linking this learn about the UK and our identity. The children will visit Carnforth to develop their fieldwork skills including: map reading, data handling skills and statistical analysis. They will then be able to use the experiences from their recent residential visit to London to make comparisons.

In Literacy we will be focusing on Flashbacks using the Harry Potter books as a stimulus, to help us create our own flashbacks! We will also be looking at letter writing and hopefully linking this into our settlement topic.

In maths we will be continuing with mastering our maths skills, focusing on long multiplication and division, percentages and looking at statistics, which will link into our settlements topic.

In science we will be moving on from Classification to Evolution and Inheritance, focusing on the work of Darwin, Anning and Wallace. We will be identifying the features of animals which aides their survival and specific examples of Evolution.

The children will continue having weekly science, spelling and maths homework and will also need to learn their lines for the school play at the end of the school term.

If you need any further information please contact myself or Mr Bolton.

Owls Fair Ground Rides

Owl Class showed us their finished Design Technology projects this morning in worship. They were given a brief to design and build a fairground ride which could hold 4 lego minifigures safely whilst in motion.

 

 

There were quite a range of different rides, a helter skelter, big wheels, merry go rounds and lots more. The children had worked hard on planning, changing and building their models and attaching motors and circuits to make them go!

 

 

Well done Owls, also a great demonstration of team work and friendship.

Service of Remembrance

On Monday 12th November, we all walked to St John the Baptist Church, Arkholme, for a service of remembrance to mark the 100 years since the end of the First World War.

Mr Bonwick and the children of Owl Class very capably and poignantly led us in readings, poems and prayers.

We all returned to school for the unveiling of our thankful stone, which has been placed in recognition of Arkholme as a Thankful Village. The children left lanterns around the stone and made a collective poppy out of painted pebbles.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

And now our lights shine bright in remembrance of those that made the ultimate sacrifice and with thanks for those that returned to Arkholme.

 

A very special visitor

Yesterday we had a visit from Pudsey Bear! He cam into school and met all of the teachers and children. We told him all about the fundraising we will be doing for Children in Need next Friday and he was very pleased.

 

Don’t forget to come to school in your pyjamas and style that crazy hair for Children in Need next Friday 16th November in return for a donation for CIN. We will have a limited number of Pudsey wristbands for sale which are £1 each.

Edina Trust Bulb Planting

On the 18th October the Owls Class planted daffodil and crocus bulbs, including the mystery bulbs in plant pots and positioned them carefully in the school garden. They then planted some more daffodil bulbs in the school grounds. Our ‘Ground Force’ team has been established, and are looking forward to monitoring the progress of the bulbs to compare the flowering dates with previous years.

Great fun was had by all as the photographs show.

More information on The Edina Trust can be found on their website here

Science, Technology engineering and mathematics challenge

On the 12th June, Class 4 took part in an engineering project to design the best water purification system.  The children spent the morning designing and constructing a cradle to support a funnel and in the afternoon experimented with different filter beds to find out which combination of sand, grit and stones produced the cleanest water.

The final part of the afternoon saw each engineering team construct a filter which allowed the greatest quantity of the purest water to pass through within 2 minutes.

Parents joined us for the afternoon when Members of Carnforth Rotary Club, judged the results and awarded prizes to the winning team.

‘a fantastic day, I hope we can do it again’ –Alecia.

Catalyst Science Prize

The Children in Class 4 were awarded 1st prize in the Edina Trust climate programme for the quality of accuracy of the weather data and their contribution to the blog from November 2017 to April 2018.
The £500 prize money was used to fund a visit to Catalyst Science Centre in Widnes.
In the morning the children took on the role of forensic scientists, using : chromatography, chemical analysis of an unidentified powder, blood and hair, footprint and fingerprint analysis to solve a crime.
During the afternoon the children completed a range of practical activities to find the answers to scientific questions. They then visited the museum of chemistry searching for clues to solve a crossword.
‘I have learnt so much, it was really fun, I would like to come again.’ – Joel.