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It was with great excitement that we boarded the coach and joined Elton Primary School on the 11th March to visit the Science Adventure Centre at Magna in Rotherham.
Class 2 have been learning all about forces in science lessons, so the visit was a great way to experience forces in action in a hands on and interactive way.
From the ‘oohs and arhs’ heard around the room it was apparent that everyone thoroughly enjoyed the Balloons and Rockets workshop in which we learned about the history of hot air balloons and how they work. Witnessing the mini-hot air balloons in action was particularly exciting as they soared upwards. We found out what makes a rocket move and investigated making one from everyday materials. Squeals of excitement could be heard all around as the children watched their mini rockets shoot upwards with considerable force.
The remainder of the visit was spent exploring the four pavilions – Earth, Air, Fire and Water. In the Air Pavilion we learnt that moving air exerts a force and about the impact of moving air on structures – experiencing the power of the wind on a suspension bridge. In the Fire Pavilion we viewed the spectacular fire tornado and learned about the heating and cooling of materials. The Earth Pavilion was a mining and quarrying interactive zone where we learned all about pulleys. In the final pavilion – Water – as well as getting wet, we enjoyed experiencing the power of water and about how we use and move vast amounts of water on earth.
The walkways linking the four pavilions are extremely atmospheric as they draw you into the story of steel making. Images and sounds of what it would have been like to experience at first hand the steel making industry in its prime, are projected all around as you walk across the steel platforms suspended high above the factory floor.
This was definitely a school trip that had a big impact and from listening to the children’s excited comments it was a great success.
“I had an exciting day because we did our own experiments and had opportunities to have hands on experiences.”
“A hands-on experience that was enjoyable, educational and safe and an overall amazing experience which I would definitely love to do again another day.”
“I loved the Earth Pavilion because I enjoyed discovering and exploring the pulleys.”
“I enjoyed the Water Pavilion because we had fun getting wet. I will definitely go again.”
Class 2 pupils have undertaken five weeks of music lessons with Rachel Wilkes from Music Partnership. The sessions culminated in a musical performance using voices and playing musical instruments. The lessons were based around the composer John Adams and a piece of music called ‘Short Ride in a Fast Machine’ which was inspired by a ride Adams took in his brother’s new sports car!
During the sessions the pupils listened to orchestral music, invented their own musical motifs, performed an ensemble and learned musical language appropriate to the tasks.
Over the next five weeks Rachel Wilkes will be working with class 1 prior to the whole school working with Rachel in preparation for a musical performance at the end of the school year.
Derby County Community Trust are delivering a six week course ‘Understanding what resilience is’. Each week the pupils in class 2 undertake activities to help them understand what resilience means and how to develop skills to becoming a more resilient person. They will learn that resilience is a key skill that will accompany them throughout their lives.
During the first session Rammie explained that it was important to create a safe and positive environment for everyone to learn and share their experiences, therefore some rules were created and written onto a Rammie poster for everyone to see. These rules included: Don’t tell lies; Be positive; Be kind; Listen; To persevere; Don’t be silly; To respect others; To share.
Each week they will undertake a different activity linked to Resilience: Bouncing back!; Helpful and unhelpful thoughts; Identifying positive behaviour; Thinking and perseverance, Exploring skills and strengths; Step coping plans and being part of a team. As part of the work they will complete their own pocket book to show their understanding of the programme.
Safer Internet day – Tuesday 11th February 2020
Class 1 revisited how to stay safe on line with ‘Smartie Penguin’ on Safer Internet Day.
The children loved learning about Smartie’s escapades on line and were very animated regarding their own experiences when using the range of electronic devices they each had. They particularly enjoyed singing Smartie’s song to help them remember what to do when something unexpectedly happens when they are on-line.
The children created new posters and images to review and refresh the safer internet display in their classroom which they were all very proud of.