Stars of the Week
Year 3 took our ‘Tribal Tales’ to the Salisbury Plain, this week, as we looked at photographs of Stonehenge at sunrise and sunset. The girls recreated the effect by layering and mixing colours, starting at the centre in white and working outwards in concentric circles, the paint becoming a shade darker each time. They then cut out stone shapes from black paper to create Stonehenge. Anoushka’s, pictured here, is just one example of the creative pieces of art produced.
In English we re-enacted the story of ‘Stone Age Boy’ and made up our own versions where a Stone Age child is transported to Modern Britain. The girls imaginatively dramatised the possible surprises of the many inventions that have occurred since the Stone Age.
For our ‘Play list’ Humanities topic, we went on a sound walk around the school grounds. We walked through the Junior Girls’ School, onto the playground and up to the infants, across the bridge and over to Year 2. We recorded many different sounds that we heard on our journey as well as noting the vibrations that were created in order for us to hear them. We discovered the noisiest part of school was the Kindergarten outdoor play area.
Year 4 girls also had fun reading and acting out Roger McGough’s poem, ‘The Sound Collector’. The girls used the onomatopoeia to good effect and considered what life would be like without the everyday sounds that we take for granted.
This week Year 5 have been on safari: not on the plains of Africa or in the Amazonian rainforest, but on our school grounds. We hadn’t thought that we would find many wild creatures as it was winter, but once we began to look carefully, under logs and plants pots, we discovered gastropods, annelids, myriapods and even the odd insect. (Translation: snails, worms, woodlice and the odd ladybird). The children have created classification keys to allow them to find out to which group of invertebrates different creatures belong.
Year 6 have been really getting into their topic, Darwin’s Delights. Everybody created a map of an imaginary archipelago whilst we were looking at the Galapagos Islands. Moving on to considering evolution, we have been visualising the timespan of the Earth by using a toilet roll! Each sheet of toilet roll represented 125 million years. We discovered that the entire history of Earth could be shown on 40 sheets. Modern humans took up less than 1mm!
We have also created layers of rock (jelly) and embedded fossils (sweets) into the rock. This was lovely and we ate our work afterwards!
Zahirah Khan (an ex-pupil of Bury Grammar School) came into school on Tuesday to congratulate four pupils for their team effort in the National Young Mathematicians Award.
They made it through to the second round but sadly did not get through to the final held at the University of Cambridge. It was noted, however, that they were one of the strongest teams in the Bury area.