Our STEM day…

Yesterday, Welton had our first whole school STEM day where the children across the school were challenged to use a selection of materials to protect an egg on a fall of over 2 metres!

In our class, only 2 eggs survived the drop but all the children worked really hard to consider the materials and their protective properties.

The conversations the children were having, and they ways in which they adapted their plans to make the best structures they could, was really impressive and they used a range of mathematical skills to keep to a budget.

Needless to say… we all had a cracking time and an eggcellent day!

Engineering our own bridges

This afternoon, we were pleased to welcome 3 lovely ladies from Bath University to work with the children on engineering. By discussing and observing bridges across the world, the children collaborated well to design and make their own structures.

Once they were built, we tested how heavy a load they could support – some of them were able to hold up more than 10 bottles of water!

Lots of practical learning and fun had by all…

 

STEM Career Morning

We have had an amazing morning today learning about different people’s careers within the STEM subjects…

The children have blown me away with their amazing questions and polite manner; I think they have been inspired by many of the speakers they have listened to this morning.

Homework 09.03.18

Thanks to the snow we’re now a week behind on homework and spellings!

CGP books:  SPaG pages 86 and 87 (ei and ie words).

Above homework due on Thursday 15th March.

Spellings:  affect (v), effect (n), advise (v), advice (n), practise (v), practice (n), accept, except, signature, shoulder (spelling test Friday 16th March).

Reading at home: please listen and sign reading records 3 times a week (checked on Friday).

Times-tables: Times Tables Rock Stars!

Home-school challenge: Invention convention – can you invent something new?
You could draw and label your design with a small model to bring to our Invention Convention on Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd March.

Please also encourage your children to ‘Wonder’ and send in any of their questions!

Optional school homework club in school: Wednesday 12pm

Invention Convention

We have spoken as a class about Inventions today and I’ve tried to give the children a few more ideas for their Invention Convention challenge.

Please find the original information here: Invention Convention challenge

Where possible, it would be great for the children to make a model of their invention. However, where that’s not possible, a labelled diagram/explanation would suffice.

The children will need to bring their inventions in by Thursday 22nd March and parents will have an opportunity to come and see them on the Thursday afternoon and then Friday morning (more details to follow).

I hope that helps – please let me know if you have individual concerns.

Homework 23.02.18

CGP books:  SPaG pages 46 and 47 (commas after introductions).

Above homework due on Thursday 1st March.

Spellings: receive, deceive, ceiling, receipt, conceit, seize, protein, variety, vegetable, vehicle (spelling test Friday 2nd March).

Reading at home: please listen and sign reading records 3 times a week (checked on Friday).

Times-tables: Times Tables Rock Stars!

Home-school challenge: Invention convention – can you invent something new?
You could draw and label your design with a small model to bring to our Invention Convention on Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd March.

Please also encourage your children to ‘Wonder’ and send in any of their questions!

Optional school homework club in school: Wednesday 12pm

Welton Wonders…

A great start to our term today – I’m very excited about what else we will learn/do over the next 5 weeks!

Today, I challenged the children to build a tower as tall as possible, whilst holding the weight of a golf ball. We talked about strong structures in engineering and looked at the tallest buildings in the world… We then planned, built and reviewed our own structures – lots of lessons learnt as the children realised that even professionals in these areas have trials like these (where it may not always go to plan).

Please find below the spelling sheet for this term (will be handed out on Friday) and our curriculum map which details a little more about what we’re doing this term… You will notice that a lot of our STEM challenges and content will be inspired by our Science unit on Forces.

Hawk Class Spellings Spring 2

Welton Wonders topic web

Cooking couscous!

After discussing balanced diets and what astronauts eat in space, the children made vegetable couscous today! They prepared the couscous, cut and chopped the vegetables before roasting and then enjoyed eating it…

I was amazed with the children’s knife skills and their general health and safety. They also ALL tried EVERYTHING and nearly all of them loved it!

 

Homework 09.02.18

As its the end of the half term, I am not setting punctuation and grammar homework. The children have been given information about the Invention Convention home-school challenge and some slips to ‘wonder’ for our STEM topic (see attachments below). If you have time, I thought it was a good opportunity to start on those!

However, I would like them to read LOTS (at least 6 times for next Reading Diary check – Friday 23rd February) and please try to hear them as it helps develop their comprehension.

Also, for times tables, please encourage the children to practise using Times Table Rock Stars.

Spellings to be tested on Friday 23rd February are:

intelligence, independence, difference, absence, competence, evidence, rhyme, rhythm, sacrifice, secretary, shoulder.

Optional homework club: Wednesday 21st February.

Invention Convention challenge

Welton Wonders Sheet

 

Homework 02.02.18

CGP books:  SPaG pages 44 and 45 (commas after subordinate clauses).

Above homework due on Thursday 8th February.

Spellings: patience, silence, violence, obedience, innocence, confidence,
queue, recognise, recommend, relevant, restaurant (spelling test Friday 9th February).

Reading at home: please listen and sign reading records 3 times a week (checked on Friday).

Times-tables: Times Tables Rock Stars!

Optional school homework club in school: Wednesday 12pm