Key stage 2 classes have been visited by the Google Expeditions team. Each class had thirty minutes to explore various locations as part of their topic work. Some classes went to the moon and others went deep into the Ocean. Each ‘tour’ was led by class teachers and children had the opportunity to look around the location using the virtual reality headsets (Google Cardboard) to found out more information. Although the visit was a one-off, the virtual expeditions have complimented the work done in history, geography and science.
Report written by Rueban Y4
On Thursday 21st April, Ash Class set off to Cliffe Castle. It took us 30 minutes.On the way there we sang to the songs on the radio. When we arrived at Cliffe Castle we made our way to the classroom completed 3 different activities. One of the activities was fossil hunting in a pit of dirt.In the next activity we sorted rocks into igneous,metamorphic and sedimentary rocks. One of the rocks was called mudstone, another slate and another marble. The last activity was sorting products with the right stone. Did you know that marble is used in toothpaste? I know it sounds disgusting but it still keeps your teeth clean doesn’t it?! After we learnt about rocks, we went to look around the rock gallery. As we walked around the gallery we sketched a picture of a rock. My favourite was the rose quartz. On the sheet we completed, there were four lines where we answered questions about our rocks. In our groups we looked around the museum. We could hear birds tweeting and had the chance to look at different types of stuffed animals from around the world. As it was a beautiful day Miss Edgar let us have a quick play in the park. At the park we made a train on the slide and had fun on the roundabout. The trip back was quiet as we were all super tired! We had an amazing time at Cliffe Castle! We hope to go back again!
When we arrived at Y.S.P we were introduced to Natalie in a huge room. We talked about what it is like in the park. First we saw a white tree which was made of iron. The second sculpture we saw was a very interesting house for birds called ‘Fly Away Home’. A few minutes later we saw an octopus sculpture which was very sparkly and was covered in crystals. After that we visited the totem pole which had a whole story behind it about a tribe who had been starving for a long time. But then one day the Thunderbird God came and killed the whale that ate all the fish. A while after we saw a robot and we thought it was dancing and we also thought it was a cat. After lunch we went to the field which was called St. John’s Sculpture Park. Then it was time to make a sculpture. In Poplar, we made animals doing different things, such as a juggling giraffe, an elephant on a unicycle, a pouncing octopus and a spider walking along a tightrope. In Rowan, we made sculptures of animals, but had to adapt them so that they had another function. For example, one group made a cat which was called Water Works that sprayed water. We used blue tubes that were used as water spraying out of its mouth. We used a tyre as a bowl and we used any blue thing as water. As Rowan were coming home there was a fire on the motorway, so we got very delayed. Poplar had a normal journey home. Thank you for reading our report.
By Tyler and Ellis
Yesterday year 4 went to Harlow Carr Gardens in Harrogate as part of our Pollination and Environment topic.
We had the oppotunity to explore the gardens which were beautiful and we were able to do some sketching towards our art unit.
We also completed a workshop about pollination in which we learnt about the different parts of a flower. We were then able to go out into the gardens and look for these parts. We also spotted wasps pollinating!
We had a fantastic day and learnt a lot!
Reception had another very exciting trip this week! This time we visited the Enchanted Forest at Stockeld Park.
The weather was beautiful and we had a wonderful time exploring the forest to search for characters from some of our favourite stories.
In the words of Ollie in Acorn, “It was just such a great day!”