This half term, our IPC topic is called 'Young and Old'. No matter who we are, we all have one thing in common – we are growing older every day. Thanks to advances in health, science and medical care, most people can now expect to live longer than at any time before in history. However, with this comes a great responsibility. Not only must we take better care of ourselves, we must also take care of others, ensuring that our society respects and values everyone, regardless of their age.In history, will be looking at paintings of children through history in childhood, and discussing how things have changed over time.
We will think about the job’s that our parent’s or relatives do and talk about what we want to be when we grow up and leave school, thinking about what qualities we may need, what responsibilities and what qualifications.
To celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday, St Martin de Porres painted portraits of Queen Elizabeth. We hope you enjoy them.
As part of our Entry Point for 'Clean Water, Dirty Water', we looked at liquids that 'appeared' to be water because they were colourless. We had to try and identify them by smell only, and were not allowed to taste them. We think you might be able to tell from our faces below, whether they smelled nice or not!
We believe that our children should be given the opportunities to visit places of interest, that will enrich their experiences of what it is like living in London, both past and present. We had the opportunity to visit Kensington Palace, where we learned what it was like for young Princess Victoria to grow up and become a queen. We hope you enjoy our photos below.
These pictures show some of the toys that the young Princess played with, and below, the type of clothing worn at the time.
We met a gentleman called Lord Melbourne. He was to become Victoria's Prime Minister. He showed us Victoria's succession to the throne.
Here are some of the dolls that Victoria played with as a child. It tells us about the type of fashion worn at the time.
In science, we have been studying sound. We learned that sound vibrations travel outwards in all directions in waves. To see evidence of this, we struck a tuning fork and placed it into a bowl of water.
We watched the water
vibrate, in the bowl. We learned that sound can travel along a string. We made telephones and listened to each other speak.
We made the string longer to see if we could still communicate. The sound travelled over a distance really well.
Because sound waves travel in all directions, we wanted to try and channel the sound waves. We made funnels, and used these to communicate with each other across the playground. Sound travelled directly, and we heard each other clearly.
We discussed why it is sometimes important to prevent (or not) sounds from travelling. Sometimes sounds can annoy other people, damage our ears, or can prevent us hearing something important like oncoming cars when we are crossing the road. We thought about how we could muffle sounds and designed our own ear muffs. We conducted an investigation into which materials would block out the sound of a whistle.
Sponge ear muffs let in Cotton wool worked really well. Dish cloths let in sound. Some of us
a lot of sound. We still The sound of the whistle was not thought that this was because the
heard the whistle. nearly as loud. material was full of holes and let the
sound waves through.
In our topic'Chocolate', we identified the difference between taste and texture, and expressed likes and dislikes. From our pictures, I think you can see what we thought about tasting chocolate and lemons!
In literacy, we looked at a variety of newspapers and magazines, then compared and contrasted them to look for similarities and differences.
We talked about the size and shape, appearance, front page, content and what type of audience the magazine or newspaper is targeting. We used talk for writing so we would be able to write about what we learned.
We made audio recordings of the speeches we wrote for King Minos as part of learning about persuasive language. Listen to them by clicking on the players below!