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Enquiry title: How do offspring inherit characteristics?
During Term 2, we will be using the inspiring text ‘Wonder’ by R. J. Palacio as a stimulus for our writing. This is a story about a young boy, August, who has Treacher Collins Syndrome. The plot takes us through his very first days at school and we learn how he is treated by others just because of the way he looks. We will go on a journey with August and discover the emotional roller-coaster that he takes as he steps into school life.
In addition to this, throughout the term as well as using the text, we will be learning some more incredible science based on evolution and inheritance where we will learn all about how genetics are inherited through living things.
To link in with Anti-Bullying week and as we have been thinking about Wonder, a book which looks at hurtful comments towards people who are 'different', we decided to combine the two ideas and create anti bullying posters. We discussed what bullying meant and thought about how it is different from being unkind. We learned all about the #ChooseKind campaign and created slogans to encourage people to treat every body's equally.
To start out enquiry this term, we explored the front cover of Wonder. We discussed who the character might be on the front and thought about how and why they have been illustrated in this way. Using the same style of art, we then created our own faces by just showing our hair and one eye to identify ourselves. When we were all finished, we collected all of our faces together to form a class collage for our door displays.
In order to test the best conditions for mould to grow, we have conducted an experiment that we are observing over time. We have planted 3 pieces of bread in 3 different places-Miss Cook's cupboard, the fridge and the freezer. We will be checking on them weekly to see which one is going to have mould grown on it first..
We have also planted an apple in our allotment to see what happens to it over time when it has been left...
...watch this space!
As part of our second mini science enquiry, we have learned all about why and how living organisms are classified. We have looked at different types of cats where we looked closely at their characteristics to be able to identify them as species.
We also looked at different types of flowers and how their characteristics were both similar and different. After looking at animals and plants, we had fun with classifying different types of sweets and created our own filters to try and classify each type as explicitly as possible.
To end the enquiry and to bring together our learning about classification, we designed our own animal and created its own classification to give it its own identity.
During our first week back, we are exploring two mini Science enquiries.
Our first enquiry is all about Electricity. To begin, we enjoyed reminding ourselves all about simple circuits and electrical components. We have learned that mains electricity is far more powerful than a battery operated circuit because a much higher voltage is produced! We worked as scientists to find and fix mistakes in simple circuits and conducted an investigation to find out whether the number of lamps affected the amount of light produced. We then went on to learn how some lights are wired as a series and some are wired as a parallel circuit.
From this, we were then able to form an understanding about what happens if a light bulb blows. We finished our enquiry by making our own light-up board games!
Enquiry title: How were the people of Britain effected by the First World War?
This term, we are excited to be learning all about WW1. We will be exploring how it all began and who was involved as well as ways that the war affected every day life. We already have so many questions which we can't wait to get answered!
Alongside our enquiry, we will be reading Michael Morpurgo's wartime novel 'Private Peaceful.'
In celebration of St Stephen's 50th birthday, we enjoyed a 1960's fun filled day. We all came to school dressed as people from the '60s and did lots of activties and sang lots of songs from these times.
We also looked at the artist Andy Warhol, who was popular during this era, and created our own pieces of art inspired by his work.
For our WOW, Mr Evans (otherwise known as Bombardier Evans) took on the role of a WW1 Officer and we all had to get into role as soldiers and follow his very strict orders. We learned how to march properly and understood how important it was to follow him exactly. In addition, we learned all about typical classrooms in the early 20th century and some of the countries which were involved in the First World War. We enjoyed digging trenches in the rain and even had a go at some very tricky needlework! We can't wait to find out more!