Yesterday we spent the morning in the Wildwood having lots of fun doing a range of activities and we even had time for some play! The children did some Christmas designs in clay which they then pressed onto the trees, bug and leaf hunts, worm digging (to feed the chickens), fat ball making, path sweeping and of course, plenty of chicken petting!
In RE we have been learning about Buddhism. We have learnt about the Triple Gems, where the lotus flower rises from the murky waters and gradually unfolds. We have learnt that the gold gem represents the Buddha and wisdom; blue symbolises the Dharma - Buddha's teachings; whilst the red symbolises the Sangha - the Buddhist community. We have used the Reflective Gem today.
In science we have been learning some more about plants.
We began my looking at the onion seeds we planted last week to see how many had germinated. Then we looked at the daffodils to see if they had begun to sprout yet. The children have recorded the measurements for these in their science books in a table that follows on from our statistics lessons we have been doing in maths. We shall record this data each week over the next 5 weeks.
Whilst last week we learnt that plants reproduce sexually, when pollen (male cell) from one flower fuses with an egg (female cell) in another flower; this week we learnt about how plants reproduce asexually. We started looking at the bulb and how this can reproduce by forming bulb-lets that are a clone of the mother bulb. We looked at how strawberries and mint produce runners, which then root into the ground creating a clone of the mother plant. Then, we discussed how cuttings can be taken to again, create a clone of the original plant. The children then took some cuttings of some ivy-leaved geraniums, having been shown how to cut them, remove the lower leaves and using rooting hormone powder. We are hoping that these will 'strike' and form roots and then we can plant some germaniums in the school grounds in the spring.
We have used the Cooperation Gem today.
A massive thank you to Mrs Cockerill's neighbour for the donation of the geraniums for the cuttings. Thank you!
In Art we have been looking at the work of Chris Ofili, a successful young artist who became the first Black artist to win the prestigious Turner Prize. We learnt how Chris made a painting of Stephen Lawrence's mother and used tiny pictures of Stephen within his Mother's tears and how, unusually, he used elephant dung in his paintings early in his career. For our own pieces of artwork, we have particularly been concentrating on the composition of his work where he uses outline and then a series of dots to build the layers up. We have used the reflective and creative gems.
In Geography (which is a very science-based topic) we have been learning about the water cycle. We have learnt that water is in a never changing cycle of evaporation, condensation and precipitation. We have also begun to learn that urban areas affect this too, by surface run-off being different in built up areas, to that of rural areas. The children have used the independence, creative and concentration gems today.