Winchester Science Museum

Year 5 and 6 started the new academic year with a trip to the Winchester Science Museum on 25th September 2018. After a quick trip up the motorway, we arrived ready to experience the Planetarium and take part in the Sound workshops.

There was so much there to touch, pull, push, run along that it was extremely difficult to decide what to do first. Fortunately, the decision was made for us as the guide showed us into the planetarium. This was amazing. The lights went down and we could see the night sky above us. Luke pointed out the North Star, the different constellations and how stories were made up about them. We zoomed in and out of the Galaxy (a little bit disconcerting..and stomach churning!) to look at some of the other planets. We learnt so interesting facts, for example, if we wanted to travel to Mars, it would take six months to travel there and there would be no return trip!

After this, we were able to visit the new space area. This was full of exciting and wonderful exhibits. Some of us were able to step into an actual spacesuit, walk in a room that was an optical illusion and see how the planets rotate around each other. We were able to talk from side of the room to another through a large tube reminding us of the cups and strings we had made back at school.

Next was a quick lunch and then we started our Sound workshops. We were shown two metal poles – one longer than the other. The teachers heated up the poles and then turned them over. They made low and high notes. Do you know which one made which noise? We do! We also put strange hats on our heads and tried to work out where the sound was coming from. This was much more difficult than it sounds. The tubes on the hats seem to distort the sound and represented how animal’s hearing has evolved over time.

All in all, it was a great trip with many children asking to go back again…..and soon!

[Written by Mrs Landon]

The Fabulous Flowering Fairy Garden!

The whole of Y1 have been busy preparing for our fairy garden. They have been designing and making structures and beautiful accessories. They have included fairy houses, mushrooms, gates, ponds, bridges and much more. They have also planted some amazing seeds including chives, radish, cress and some weird wiggly plants???

Please ask them the parts of a plant we have been learning about in topic.

Please come and have a look at the fairy garden in our conservatory.

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[Written by Mrs Ginn]

What have we been up to in KS1!?

We had a wonderful time on our adventure last week. The children enjoyed our imaginary airplane journeys to Antarctica and Africa and luckily there wasn’t too much air turbulence! Look at the fun that we had. Which place did your child enjoy visiting the most?

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An exploding start to Y1 half term.

Year 1 Newsletter – Autumn 2

We have been having a bang, pop, whizz of a time in Angelfish these last few weeks. We have been learning all about Guy Fawkes and using some fantastic language to describe our fireworks in English. Mr Charman lit a bonfire for us and we had sparklers to help us develop our word banks in class.

Today, we have just started learning about Little Red Riding Hood. We found some wolf footprints in Jellyfish class and Granny asleep in her house. She was a little scared but we made her feel safe.

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In science we are learning all about materials and their properties. Can you look around your house and find out what materials different objects are made of? We have also got a need science lab in our role play area to help us get into the role of a scientist. Please ask us what we have learnt about wood, metal, plastic and glass.

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We are looking forward to…….CHRISTMAS, yay. We have started to learn the songs for our KS1 performance and are very excited to show you. Watch this space for more updates from Angelfish.

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Pelican Science!

Tuesday afternoons are full of science investigation fun in Pelican class!

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The children chose four liquids and considered what makes a fair test. They measured out the liquid and covered one identical one, leaving them  for one week.

The results were exciting!

Written by Mrs Dennett

Explorer Dome in Year 6!

Today (28th September) Year 6 were visited by Explorer Dome who brought their mobile planetarium to teach us about light. We have been learning about light in our science topic and so we were excited to hear that we would be taking part in a workshop where we played with light and dark, colours of light and different types of lights such as UV.

The effects of light amazed us and we were able to see for ourselves how light travels in straight lines using steam. We will take all of our new knowledge about light into our science lessons where we are making periscopes.

The presenters said “The children at Holbrook Primary School have been great, really enthusiastic and they had some good questions about science!”