5th+6th were learning about the respiratory system. The children made lungs using plastic bottles, straws, and balloons. The children showed the movement of the diaphragm i.e.when your diaphragm contracts,and moves downward,your lungs expand and inhale and when your diaphragm relaxes your lungs exhale.

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3rd class were doing some interesting investigations recently. Firstly, they took their own fingerprint by creating a black patch with their pencil on a piece of paper and then rubbing the top of their finger into it to blacken their finger. They then put selotape on that and when it was removed and stuck onto a clean piece of paper, they could see their finger print and the different patterns made.

  

 

Next they found their blindspot. They had a piece of paper stuck into their journal with a cross and spot on it. By focussing on the cross with one eye and bringing the page very slowly towards you, the circle "disappears" at a particular point which is your blind spot.

 

 

Next they tried to find their dominant eye. To do this, you hold your pencil out in front of you and line it up with a vertical object. Then you close one eye at a time. For one eye, the pencil appears to jumo to one side, away from the vertical object, which means the other eye is your dominant one.

 

 

 

Strand: Living things

Strand unit: Plants and animals

Objectives –

The children will be enabled to –

  • appreciate that living things have essential needs for growth
  • explore, through the growing of seeds, the need of plants for water and heat

We investigated what plants need to grow using Narcissus bulbs.  We used three types of Narcissus bulbs – ‘White Lion’, ‘Orangery’ and ‘Dick Wilden’ bulbs. First we put a small bit of soil into the pot. Then we put the bulb in with the point facing up. We covered the bulb with soil. Then we watered the bulbs with a little bit of water.  The bulbs will get their nutrients from the soil but they also need sunlight, water and air to grow. We took our bulbs home to watch them grow but kept two in school to monitor them. We were very happy when they flowered!

Plants all around us - First Class

Strand: Living things

Strand Unit: Plants and animals

Objectives –

The children will be enabled to –

  • observe, identify and explore a variety of living things in local habitats and environments
  • develop some awareness of plants and animals from wider environments
  • recognise and describe the parts of some living things
  • recognise that trees are plants

We went on a nature walk in our local G.A.A. field and learned lots about different flowers, trees and plants. We saw the leaves and fruit of lots of plants e.g. blackthorn bush – sloe berry, white thorn bush – haw berry, spindle tree – spindle berry, blackberry bush – blackberries and lots more. We saw both forms of the dandelion – seed (white) and flower (yellow) and learned about how one changes into the other over time. We saw some wild mushrooms and made sure not to touch them. We learned how to recognise different plants and the different parts of the plants and trees. We collected some leaves and fruit that had fallen from the trees/ plants for our nature table.