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Autumn 2 - Extreme Earth

Extreme Earth

This half term we will be studying Our Extreme EarthWe will be looking at the causes and effects of earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes and volcanoes.  🌋⛈🌤🌩❄🌊

Through our whole class Guided Reading we will be reading the second part of The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q. Raúf

14th December 2021

Making chocolate reindeers and melted snowmen!

Wednesday 8th December 2021

Linking with our science and healthy eating, we designed a healthy pizza.  We substituted pizza dough for a bread bun, ham or chicken instead of pepperoni and used mozzarella instead of cheddar cheese. 

Fresh peppers, mushrooms, tinned sweetcorn and baby sweetcorn were some of the toppings available.  

The children recorded the fat value of each ingredient they added and we found the fat content of a small margherita pizza was 28g.  Our healthy pizzas came out much less.  


Preparing the ingredients

Creating our pizzas and Eating Them!

26th November 2021

Using a fortune teller to show what the inside of a volcano looks like. 

24th November 2021

Today, we dissected a lamb's heart!  We had great fun poking our fingers through the veins and arteries.  Once the children had cut the heart in 2, they tried to locate the 4 chambers and the thicker wall on the left side.  

18th November 2021

Can we build a building that could survive an earthquake?


Using marbles to separate 2 books, we created a wobbly surface.  The children then tried to create structures from spaghetti and marshmallows.  We looked at pictures of earthquake safe buildings and noticed that they tended to have diagonal cross bars.  

Tuesday 16th November 2021

What are the main components of blood?


Today, we have investigated the 4 main parts of blood:  plasma, red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets.  After discussing what the job of each component was, we made our own bottles of blood.  

The children mapped out the path of their blood on life size models!

8th November 2021

The Circulatory System

To begin our new science topic on 'Keeping Healthy', the children acted out the journey of blood through our bodies from the heart to the lungs to pick up oxygen, back to the heart, out to the rest of the body to drop off the oxygen and then back to the heart to start the cycle all over again. 


Before the half term holiday, we set ourselves the challenge of finding out in which conditions microorganisms would grow the best.  We placed slices of bread in different conditions around the school - freezer, boiler, room temperature, light or dark.  Some of the children added drops of water to theirs for added moisture.  Take a look at our results!!  😲👀


Unfortunately, the 2 pieces of bread that were placed on the boiler, were eaten by some small creatures!


After watching the video 'Francis', the children created and edited their own descriptive sentences.  Some children challenged themselves to use a semi-colon.  


We started our new geography topic 'Extreme Earth' today.  To learn the names of the 4 main layers, we constructed our own playdough Earth.  They came out fantastic!  Check out some of the information pages produced below.