We are the fabulous Badgers class!
Our teacher is Mrs Castro and our higher level teaching assistant is Miss Daniels.
To all my lovely Badgers and their families,
Well done to those who have embraced our new style of learning at home! I will continue to send home learning via Marvellous Me and learning tasks will be set on MyMaths and SPAG. There is also J2E Launch, RMEasimaths and Times Table Rock Stars the children can access. All logins and passwords can be found in your child's Reading Record. If you are experiencing any difficulties, please do not hesitate to contact the school and we will do our best to help you.
I will upload home learning and examples of work on our class webpage most days. I am going to try and upload myself reading some stories during the normal school week so we can continue our 'Drop Everything and Read' (DEAR) time! This can be found on the children tab under Video Resource Zone. The first story is 'Peace at Last' by Jilly Murphy. Please try and include a daily 'reading time' for you and your child to share a book together, whether your child reads to you or you read to your child.
For now Badgers, keep safe at home. I am thinking of you all. Thank you for your messages via J2Launch! If I need to reply, I will do so through Marvellous Me.
Wednesday 25th March
Hello to all my lovely Badgers and their families. I hope you are all well. Thank you to those who are embracing your home learning. We can do this! Below are some examples of writing that the children have completed using J2Office today.
Monday 27th January - The Water Cycle!
We started by discussing matter of state and how water is amazing because it can be a liquid, solid and a gas! Water can be a solid (ice cubes), a liquid (water we drink) and a gas (water vapour/steam). We wondered how clouds are formed and why it rains. We learnt about the water cycle and how heat from the sun causes water to evaporate from seas, lakes, rivers and streams. We learnt that water evaporates from puddles and ponds and the evaporation process happens even on cold or cloudy days. The liquid water turns into water vapour when it has evaporated. The water vapour in the air rises, and as it does it cools down. Eventually, it cools enough for the water vapour to condense and form small droplets of water. The droplets of water clump together to form clouds. As more water vapour condenses, more water droplets are formed in the clouds. Eventually, the water droplets are large and heavy enough to fall back to the surface of the Earth. These droplets of water fall from clouds in the form of rain, sleet, hail or snow. When the water falls back to Earth through precipitation, it may fall into oceans, lakes, rivers or the ground. Water that falls on the ground is either absorbed into the soil and is used as drinking water for animals or plants or it runs over the ground and collects in the oceans, lakes or rivers. The water is then evaporated and the cycle starts over again!
Monday 20th January - We observed how materials change their state of matter when heated or cooled.
Take a look at our photos of solid, liquid and gas particles in the word document below! We are the particles!
Monday 6th January 2020
We started the term today as Scientists investigating magnets through a range of experiments. The children learned that magnets attract each other when the North and South poles are placed together but repel each other when you try and force the same poles together! The children also learned that one magnet can attract lots of paperclips and even works through paper! Wow, super scientific learning!
17.12.19 - Our colour wheels!
Today we investigated the questions below!
What are the primary colours and why are they called this?
What happens when you mixed primary colours together?
What happens when you mix primary and secondary colours together?
How do you make a colour lighter?
How do you make a colour darker?
Tuesday 26th November - Our science investigations
Today the Badgers were testing to see whether objects were opaque, transparent, reflective or translucent.
Transparent - An object that allows light to pass through it. For example, a window.
Opaque - An object that absorbs the light. The light cannot pass through it but it creates a shadow. For example, a cereal box.
Reflective - The light bounces off the object. For example, a mirror.
Translucent - An object that lets some light pass through it. For example, tracing paper.
Wednesday 20th November - Has Christmas lost its true meaning?
In Religious Studies today the children explored and discussed mystery items from the Christmas gift box. The children had to decide whether the items were religious or not religious. Many children felt Christmas cards were religious but many disagreed stating non-religious people also send Christmas cards. As a result of the children's discussion they introduced a 'both' section because many items were used by both religious and non-religious people. Several children in Badgers asked me to upload the photos as they wanted to share their experiences today with parents and carers.
Tuesday 19th November - Today we enjoyed a visit from East Dorset Bat Rescue and Rehabilitation who taught us some amazing facts about bats, including their use of echo location to protect themselves, find food and find their way around in the dark. We also got to look at many different types of bats. We learned about the importance of bats as a protected wildlife, the need to protect them for future generations, their importance for a sustainable future and what to do if you find one. Ask your child what part they enjoyed most!
Did you know?
A baby bat is called a pup
A pup is blind at birth
It takes a pup only six weeks to grow into an adult
A pup learns to shout for his mum
A bat uses echo location to find food in the dark
A pup is usually born in June or July
Fruit bats see in colour to enable them to know which piece of fruit is ripe enough for them to eat
Some bats see in monochrome
Pups leave their mum at the end of July or the beginning of August and must eat a lot to enable them to build up their fat reserves to support them during hibernation in the winter months.
Bats can live up to 42 years
A bat eats 2-3 thousands mosquitos per night
You must never touch a bat because they carried disease. If you find one, put a towel over it and scoop it inside a cardboard box still inside the towel. Find a bottle top lid and fill with water and put inside the cardboard box. Tape the lid down and phone a bat rescue centre.
Friday 15th November - Our Science Workshop with 'Kinetic Kate' on our topic 'Can you see in the Dark?' The Badgers had a great time this afternoon becoming 'Scientists' to investigate light with our visitor 'Kinetic Kate' through a range of exciting experiments! 'Kinetic Kate' taught the children some super new scientific vocabulary. Electroluminescence means the emission of light through electricity, namely a light switch. Bioluminescence is the emission of light from a living organism, namely fire flies, jelly fish, glow worms or the scary-looking anglerfish! Incandescence is emitting light as a result of being heated, namely candles or fires. Incandescence can be easily remembered because it has 'cand' in its name, which reminds us of candles! Chemiluminescence is the emission of light from a chemical reaction, for example the glow sticks the children brought home with them yesterday. 'Kinetic Kate' explained that inside a glow stick there is a chemical which surrounds a thin glass tube that contains the same ink used in highlighter pens. When you snap/bend the glow stick the thin glass tube breaks inside and the two chemicals mix together emitting light from a glow stick! Wow! An interesting fact is the light emitted from your glow stick lasts longer if you slow the chemical reaction down by putting it in the fridge! Luminescence is the emission of light not created by heat. We all had a great time! Ask you child about what they learned as a result of their light experiments!
Fin and George: "When an opaque object gets further away from the light source the shadow gets larger."
Josh and Alison: "The dark patch behind an opaque object when light is shone on it is called a shadow."
Noah and Ethan: "The further away the gnome (opaque object) was from the light source the larger the shadow became."
Woody and Aston: "Whatever the opaque object the shadow get larger the further away from the light source."
Cassie: "When I put my light source (torch) over my yellow lid on my water bottle the water inside turned yellow."
Quinn: "I think this is because the light shines through the yellow lid and reflects on the inside of the bottle making the water turn yellow."
Alison: "When our opaque object was a gnome the shadow became larger the further away from the light source and the shadow grew to be actually larger than the gnome itself."
Max: "Bobby Badger's shadow looked like a wolf and got bigger the further away from the light source."
Jessica: "If you put your hand in front of a light source it makes a shadow which looks bigger the further away from the light source."