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Science – Classification – May 2022

In Summer 1, Elm Class are working scientifically in our unit, ‘Classification’. We have looked at Vertebrates, understanding that these are then split into Birds, Fish, Mammals, Amphibians and Reptiles. We have now began looking at Invertebrates! These are animals without a backbone or a skeleton made of bones!

We have taken our learning outside into our forest school area. Here, the children worked in small teams to hunt for and identify the many different invertebrates that live in our local habitat!

The children carefully captured these animals in beakers, so that we could identify them and record an observational drawing.

The children in Elm Class also found amphibians too during our hunt!

British Science Week – March 2022

This week we have been carrying out lots of science activities to celebrate British Science Week! This year’s theme has been ‘Growth’. The children talked about what this could mean… we discussed physical growth, the growth of a flower, life cycles, emotional growth and lots more fantastic idea! Well done Elm Class for all of your hard work this week! We have designed some posters about Growth. Take a look below!

Gustav Klimt – March 2022

In Elm Class, we have been looking at collages in our art lessons. We know that collages can be made using layers of different colours and materials. In our lesson today, we looked at the artist Gustav Klimt. We looked at all the different colours and shapes he used to create his artwork! We used oil pastels to make our own, and they turned out beautifully!

Science: Animals including Humans – March 2022

In our science topic this term, we will be looking at animals including humans! We have started off by learning about the digestive system! In our first lesson, we worked in groups to find out what we already knew. We outlined one of our friends, and then filled this outline with all of the organs and body parts we thought might play a role in digestion! We then checked our answers and completed a correctly labelled diagram. Next lesson, we will be learning about what each of these parts do in a very messy practical activity!

In our most recent lesson, we modelled digestion! To do this, we started off with adding a banana and biscuits to our ‘stomach’! This was a zip lock bag.

Then we had to get churning! This is what our stomach does to digest all of our food. We also added orange juice to act as our stomach acid!

Next, it was off to our small and large intestine! This is where our body absorbs all of the water and nutrients that we need from our food! We modelled this by pouring our mixture into a pair of tights! This shows that the walls of our small intestine are thin for easy absorption! This is where it got a little messy…

Now that our bodies had taken everything we needed from our food, we were left with waste! Yes, that means poo… We cut a hole in our tights and squeezed our mixture into a tub.