23 Jun

Reception Car Wash

The cars in our reception yard needed a wash, so some of the year 6 children led a car wash activity this morning! They used the cloths and brushes to scrub the cars nice and clean. Thank you to those Year 6 children who helped!

21 Jun

Year 3 - Science - sowing seeds

Year 3 are observing the watercress seeds sown last Friday. Over the past four days they have grown to 0.8cm high. Next Monday they will be using them in a Science Investigation to find out what plants need to grow well.

21 Jun

Science- Explore Life Cycles- Year 5

This term, Year 5 will focus on life cycles and the processes from conception, through birth to death. This afternoon, the children drew a timeline to indicate stages in the growth and development of humans. They also watched a short film by expert Zoologist Mike Linley who explained puberty and adolescence.

17 Jun

Year 6 Science

During science we conducted and experiment, our goal was to see how animals adapt and camouflage to aid in their development to ensure survival. We collected coloured sticks to highlight that the camouflaged sticks were harder to find and so were more likely to survive as their less likely to be eaten and can then breed. We then took this information and displayed it on our bar charts.

16 Jun

Year 1 Science

Today in science, Year 1 measured their hand spans and the length of their feet. They worked in groups to construct a bar chart so that they could easily compare the measurements. In some groups, it was true that people with the longest feet had the biggest hand spans and people with the smallest hand spans had the shortest feet but in other groups it wasn’t. Therefore, we decided that it is only sometimes true. We are going to continue our pattern seeking in science next week by exploring questions such as do people with the longest feet jump the furthest? And can people with the biggest hand spans hold the most sweets? We are excited to continue our investigations.

14 Jun

Reception butterflies

Reception have really enjoyed learning about the life cycle of a butterfly. Today, they had a closer look at a cocoon and released the butterflies!

24 May

Year 3 PSHE - Giving Up Loving Pop (GULP)

Year 3 have had their last PSHE lesson with Lewis. He asked them to work in groups in order to create a poster persuading children to keep their teeth clean and healthy and informing the reader how to do so. Each group presented their posters to the rest of the class.

23 May

Year 3 Science - investigating how light travels and how shadows are made.

Year 3 have been investigating how light travels in straight lines by shining a torch through two or three cards with tiny holes that need to be lined up in order to see the light on the big white card at the opposite end. We also carried out an investigation to find out which material would be best suited to use as curtains to block out the light in a child’s bedroom. We used a torch and big white card at the opposite end, placing three different materials between them. Only one made a dark shadow, so that was the one that would be best to use. It was opaque. The other two materials were translucent and transparent.

23 May

Year 3 French - Fruits

Year 3 have been learning the names of six different fruits in French. They have written sentences in French naming each fruit and its colour.

19 May

Year 6 Science

Today year 6 are creating an animal which they have designed using plasticine. They needed to consider what the animal might need depending on their environment and Think about how the animal has adapted to live there.

18 May

Year 4 - Sound Investigation

In science this week Year 4 have been investigating how sound travels across a distance. We learned about diffraction and how we can channel sound by cupping our ears.

17 May

Year 3 PSHE - Staying hydrated with water

Year 3 have learnt about the importance of staying hydrated, particularly during sports activities. Lewis recapped on previous learning about the high sugar levels in sports and energy drinks. He reinforced that drinking water or milk would be more beneficial in keeping teeth healthy as well as for our overall health.

17 May

Science- Year 5

This week in science, the children have been learning about the life cycles of insects and amphibians.

17 May

Reception: Forest Schools

Reception enjoyed their forest schools session today. The children walked to Whitehall park where they explored and found different minibeasts in their natural habitats.

16 May

Reception- minibeasts!

Reception have enjoyed learning the names of different minibeasts. We then went outside to see if we could find any. We found spiders, woodlouse, beetles, worms and slugs to name a few! Tomorrow, we will be learning more about their habitats their forest school session.

11 May

Year 1 Science

As part of their science unit on plants, Year 1 went on a hunt to find wild plants. They saw yellow dandelions, white dandelions, daisies, stinging nettles, bluebells, foxgloves, poppies, violas, forget-me-nots, buttercups and primroses. Next week, they'll be looking at garden plants.

10 May

Year 3 PSHE - sugar content of drinks

Year 3 have been learning about the sugar content of different drinks and how we can find out by looking at labels on bottles, cans and cartons. The second half of the lesson involved staying active and healthy by playing handball.

9 May

Year 3 Science - mirror games

Year 3 have been using mirrors to reflect words and see what they look like not only written backwards but with reversed letters. Also, we went outside and tried to walk along a wiggly line by looking into a mirror which showed the ground to be upside down.

3 May

Year 2 Science: Plants!

This term in Science, Year 2 are learning all about plants. In class, we have been exploring why plants need water, light, and a suitable temperature to grow well. As a class, we have planted some broad beans in the following conditions: watered and warm, watered and cold, dry and warm and dry and cold. Over the next few weeks, we will be monitoring each plants growth and explaining what has happened to each plant, based on it's conditions.

3 May

Year 3 PSHE - teeth hygiene

In PSHE Year 3 have been finding out about how many grams of sugar there are in different drinks and how they need to brush their teeth with toothpaste twice a day and use mouth wash too. They have learnt that regular visits to the dentist are important too. They ended the lesson with a game of dodgeball, as staying active is important for their overall health and well-being.

28 Apr

Year 2 PSHE: Dental Health

This week in PSHE, Year 2 have been learning about dental hygiene. We thought about the different sugary foods we eat and how it is important to have a balanced diet, as this will help our teeth to stay healthy! We looked at how we can look after our teeth, by brushing our teeth twice a day for 2 minutes. Each child received a Colgate tooth brush, tooth paste and information pack to take home with them!

28 Apr

Year 6 Science

Today Year 6 have been converting data collected from a tally chart into a bar chart.

28 Apr

Year 1 Science- Plants

This afternoon, Year 1 have been exploring the different stages of plant growth. They created their own animations on Purple Mash to illustrate these stages and then played them back to enjoy watching their plant grow. Some children even added visiting bees to their plants to pollinate them, their plant being watered and seeds dropping off their plants to form new ones. They also explained what the different parts of the plants do such as the stem transporting the water and the nutrients from the roots to the plant.

28 Apr

Year 1- Science Results

This afternoon, Year 1 had a look at the results of their science investigation. The children discovered that our plant that was given sunlight, water and soil grew to be healthy, our plant without water didn’t grow, our plant without soil didn’t have the correct nutrients to grow and our plant without sunlight did grow but it died and didn’t have a green colour.

26 Apr

Year 3 Science - Investigating reflective materials

In Science, Year 3 have carried out an investigation to find out which is the most reflective material. Then they designed a book bag with reflective strips so that they can be seen in the dark when headlights shine on them.

26 Apr

Year 3 PSHE - drinking non-sugary drinks

Year 3, during this half term, will have Lewis from BRFC coming into class each Tuesday morning to carry out lessons on how to stay healthy, focusing on teeth and not drinking sugary drinks. He has set the children a challenge to try not to drink sugary drinks for the next 21 days. They have a card that they have taken home on which to record their progress. They have also each been given a water bottle.

25 Apr

Chicks in Reception

This half term, the children in Reception will be looking after chicks and will enjoy looking after them to help them to grow. Today we learnt how to feed them and how they drink water. The children all thought of a name for the chicks. We have named our chicks Chirpy, Chucky, Rainbow and Rocka!

21 Apr

Year 6 Science

Today Year 6 have been discussing what ‘inheritance’ means and where we biologically get our traits from. If they are simply inherited from our families, influenced by our environment, or a mixture of both.

21 Apr

Reception - Migration and Bird feeders

This afternoon, we have been learning about Migration, where in the Winter, flocks of birds fly to warmer countries like Africa to find sources of food and new homes. Then when Spring arrives in the UK, the birds fly back here. We wanted to welcome the birds back to the UK by making bird feeders and hanging them in the trees in the school grounds. The children are very excited to see which birds will arrive to nibble on their treats.

21 Apr

Year 1- Exploring what plants need to grow.

This afternoon, Year 1 set up an experiment in their science lesson. They are investigating what will happen to the growth of cress in 4 different conditions. The first is with soil, sunlight and water, the second is with soil and sunlight but no water, the third is with soil and water but no sunlight and the forth one is with sunlight and water but no soil. They are looking forward to observing the results.

21 Apr

Science; Year 5

This week in science, the children have learnt that some mechanisms, including levers, pulleys and gears, allow a small force to have a greater effect. They worked out that you have to pull further on the rope when it is looped over more time, but it is easier to pull. They also investigated resistance in different liquids.

20 Apr

Reception Spring Activities

Reception are enjoying all of our Spring Activities in class. We have been completing beautiful observational drawings of Daffodils and have been exploring our mini beast small world area. We are learning about lots of the changes that take place in Spring such as leaves growing on trees and chicks hatching from their eggs.

19 Apr

Spring Walk: Reception

Today, the children in Reception went on a walk to find signs of Spring. They enjoyed finding items and ticking it off their checklists. The children found blossom, daffodils, birds, a bird nest, leaves on trees and birds tweeting. They are now ready to write some super sentences all about Spring. Super hunting!

19 Apr

Year 3 Science - Sources of Light

Year 3 have been working in groups to identify sources of light.

31 Mar

Reception Ice Experiment

The children had a go at breaking the ice in the garden using the construction tools. We discussed what happens to the ice when it breaks and melts and which tools worked the best. The children gained an understanding of how the ice changed its state, “The ice breaks and turns into water when it gets warm.”

30 Mar

Reception DT

Some of our children decided to build their own racing track. They worked together as a team and solved problems along the way. Our class enjoyed using the track to find out which car was the fastest on the track!

30 Mar

PSHE & RSE - How our body changes during puberty

Today we have looked at how both a male and female change during puberty. We discussed how we can’t see our hormones but they can definitely change our mood, hair in funny places and periods.

28 Mar

Science- The Digestive System

In science today, Year 4 have worked so hard to produce some amazing, informative posters on the digestive system. The standard of their work was fantastic! Each child worked on a key function, finding information from their books, key texts and chrome books. They also added diagrams to explain.

23 Mar

Year 6 Science- heart rate

Year 6 have been learning about their heart rate in Science.

22 Mar

Year 3 Science Investigation

Year 3 Science Investigation - working in groups to investigate a question connected with the length of bone in either a leg or an arm. The children have been measuring the chosen bone and also the distance they can either throw, kick or step and whether there is a connection between the two measurements.

22 Mar

Reception Radiographer Visit

Peter, a radiographer came in to visit Reception class and told them all about his job. First of all they watched a video to show how you can take an x-ray to find out if you have broken a bone. We looked at photographs of different x-rays. We found out that you have to stay extremely still when Peter takes an x-ray. Sometimes you have to stay still for half an hour! Peter gives the patients lots of cushions to keep the patient really still. Whilst the patient is having an x-ray, Peter is watching all of the photographs that the camera is taking. The children really enjoyed Peter’s visit- a huge thank you to him!

18 Mar

Design and Technology - Cooking and nutrition

This term in D.T, Year 5 have been learning about different types of salads and ingredients used in salads around the world. They have been learning about healthy eating ( with a focus on fibre), researching different salads and finding salads which originate from other countries. Over the new few weeks, they will be practicing using food preparation skills, safely and hygienically then designing and making a salad for tea.

17 Mar

Year 4 - Creating Models

Our super scientists in Year 4 have been creating models of the digestive system to help them explain the functions of the major organs.

17 Mar

Year 1- Creating a High Visibility Vest

After the year 1 had a visit last week of Andy from Blackburn with Darwen council about keeping safe on the roads, he set the children a challenge to design their own Hi Vis jackets. He had already spoken to them about how they need to be very bright and have reflective panels or parts so that the people wearing them can be seen in the dark. Year 1 have been very busy designing these in the creative area this week thinking very carefully about making them as bright and reflective as possible. Well done Year 1.

15 Mar

Year 3 Science Investigation-Do people with a longer middle finger throw further?

Year 3 Science Investigation - Do people with a longer middle finger throw further? Year 3 measured the length of each others’ middle finger in centimetres. We then chose five children with different lengths of finger to throw a bean bag. We measured how far they threw a bean bag in metres and centimetres. Our conclusion was that the length of finger did not make a difference to the length of throw.

15 Mar

Reception Muddy Monday

This week, Reception stayed around their school grounds. We climbed trees, made bug houses and used binoculars and magnifying glasses to find creatures and explore the ground.

15 Mar

Investigating Friction - Year 5

Year 5 have been experimenting how strong of a force friction really is. They worked in pairs and weaved as many books pages as possible together, the two books had a lot of surface area of pages touching each other and so there was a lot of friction between the book pages which made it very difficult to pull them apart.

10 Mar

Year 5 - Super Scientists - Gravity Activity with Paper Clips

This week in Science, Year 5 have been experimenting how the Earth’s gravity is what holds us and other things to the ground. We talked about how the magnetic force between the paper clip and magnet were stronger than the pull of the Earth’s gravity on the paper clip, so the paper clip was able to remain in the air rather than fall back to the ground.

10 Mar

Year 6 Science

Year 6 investigating how the heart moves blood around the body.

9 Mar

Year 2 Science: Waterproofing Experiment

This week in Science, Year 2 explored the work of Charles Macintosh, who invented waterproof fabric. We looked at how the properties of materials can be changed, by completing a waterproofing experiment with felt and wax. We found that by rubbing the wax onto the piece of felt and melting the wax into the felt, this created a waterproof coating.

7 Mar

Reception: Muddy Monday

The children really enjoyed visiting Whitehall park for their Muddy Monday session. We looked at all of the evergreen and deciduous trees. We also climbed trees and made bug hotels. The children were very excited when they found worms and insects for their hotels!

7 Mar

Year 3 Science - How muscles work

Year 3 Science - We have made models of how muscles work in an arm, either by contracting or relaxing when we lift or straighten our arm.

4 Mar

Year 4 Science

This week’s science focus in Year 4 was oral hygiene. We used white eggs to set up a comparative test to see which drinks were most likely to stain our teeth. We soaked the eggs in different drinks for 2 days then cleaned them with toothbrushes and toothpaste. Can you spot which drink was our main offender?

1 Mar

Year 3 Science investigation - Can people with long femurs jump further?

Year 3 have carried out a Science investigation to answer the question: Can people with longer femurs ( the thigh bone) jump further? After our investigation, we concluded that that was not always the case. No.

28 Feb

Year 5 Science- Forces

We have started our new topic of Forces this week during Science. The class enjoyed taking part in an investigation yesterday to see if a piece of paper falls quicker the more you fold it. They learnt that gravity pulls the paper towards the ground and air resistance pushes it.

25 Feb

Reception Hand Hygiene

Today Reception have been reflecting on how they can be kind to others by washing their hands. We used glitter to show the germs that live on our hands and how germs can spread quickly. We also investigated if water alone can get rid of germs and found out that we need soap to get rid of them all. We practised different actions to wash our hands to ensure every part of our hands are clean.

7 Feb

Year 3 - DT making a healthy sandwich

In DT we have been using our knowledge of healthy eating from Science in order to design and make a healthy sandwich.

25 Jan

RotaKids Planting bulbs- Year 5

Our RotaKids have planted crocus bulbs in the centre of the cross-shaped flower bed in the school yard, ready for spring. Thank you to Darwen Rotary Club for helping us and supplying the bulbs and equipment.

21 Jan

Year 2 Life Education Visit

Year 2 had a fantastic morning with Megan from Life Education! We talked about how to deal with our feelings and emotions and looked at all of the different ways that we can look after our bodies!

21 Jan

Year 1 Science- Investigating Material Properties

Year 1 really enjoyed their science lesson this week. We explored the different properties of materials. We used the words: shiny, dull, rough, smooth, hard, soft, waterproof, absorbent, brittle, opaque and transparent. We then investigated different materials to see whether they could bounce, absorb water, bend, twist or be squashed. We also talked about how a sponge is useful for cleaning our cars because it’s soft so it won’t damage our cars and it can absorb soap and water to clean them. However, a rock wouldn’t be very good for cleaning a car because it is hard so it would scratch our car and it can’t absorb the water or soap that we need to clean our cars.

20 Jan

Reception - Rock pools

This week we have read the story ‘Sharing a shell’ by Julia Donaldson which is about the creatures that live in a rock pool. The children really enjoyed the story and have had their own rock pool in the small world area. They have been busy acting out the story with their friends and have talked lots about the creatures we might find there.

20 Jan

Year 1-Life Education Visit.

We enjoyed our visit from Harold the giraffe today. We learnt about how to keep our bodies healthy. We learnt about having a balanced diet which must include protein, fruits and vegetables, dairy and energy foods and how exercise, keeping hydrated and sleep helps us to live a healthy lifestyle too. They listened and joined in amazingly well. Well done Year 1.

20 Jan

Year 3 PSHE- The brain and staying healthy.

Year 3 learnt all about the brain, healthy eating and how sleep is important for our bodies. They discussed medicine, smoking and alcohol and the effects these have on a body. They also discussed friendship and how friends may need to compromise. 

20 Jan

Well-being Warriors - What makes the best healthy break time snack?

As part of our work as Well-being Warriors, we have been looking at what we should bring in for our break time snacks in school. We have looked at lots of options and discussed how healthy they are, along with how much ‘hidden sugar’ they have. We are going to create posters and add these to dojo so that our parents and carers know what we are allowed to bring in as we have noticed an increase in children being less healthy options.

17 Jan

Reception: Muddy Monday

Reception really enjoyed their walk today around Jack Keys. The children showed the Christian value of courage whilst climbing over a stile independently. The children enjoyed investigating the marsh land and looked for moles and rabbits!

13 Jan

Year 1 Science

Year 1 have been identifying the materials that objects are made from. We have been exploring wood, metal, rubber, plastic, glass, fabric, wool and cardboard. We created Venn diagrams. We learnt that the middle section of our Venn diagram was for materials that were made from both of the materials that we had chosen e.g. scissors are both plastic and metal. We found that some objects are made from three materials such as the Rekenreks which were made out of metal, plastic and wood.

10 Jan

Year 4 Investigating Particles

Year 4 have been using marbles to make models showing how particles move in solids, liquids and gases.

5 Jan

Reception launches their under the sea topic

Reception are really enjoying the start of their brand new topic! They are starting to learn all about different animals that live in the sea and ocean.

17 Dec

Year 3 Making magnetic games

We have had a games morning this morning. The children designed and made their own games using magnets and paper clips. Some made a racing sleighs game. Others made a fishing for Christmas stockings game. We had fun making and playing with our own and each others’ games.

15 Dec

Y4 Testing Circuits

Y4 created two types of circuits, parallel and series, to tests which would be best for making a light up spinner card.

8 Dec

Getting Technical About Circuits

This week in science, Year 4 made human circuits to investigate the difference between a series circuit and a parallel circuit.

3 Dec

Explanation Texts - How is a circuit made?

In our English lesson today, we looked at how we can explain how a circuit can be made. We used conjunctions to create sentences with subordinate clauses, thinking about use of commas and technical language.

3 Dec

Forces and magnets in Year 3

In Science we have been sorting magnetic and non-magnetic materials using magnets.

1 Dec

Year 3 Science - Forces

In Science we have been learning about forces being a push or a pull. We made freeze frames of different forces at work: in basketball, cricket, football, chopping trees down, playing the piano, using bows and arrows and playing tug of war.

29 Nov

Reception: Winter

Today the children made the most of the snow and ice to help them to explore the signs of Winter. They found bird prints, explored ice melting, felt fresh snow and even threw snowballs at Mrs Wilkinson!

22 Nov

Winter walk in Whitehall Park

This morning the children have experienced a chilly muddy Monday as we looked for signs of winter. The children have all been touching frost on different surfaces. They have been looking at frozen leaves and have been talking about how the sun melts ice to make water. This morning it was brilliant to hear the children’s knowledge on deciduous and evergreen trees, as we walked underneath them.

10 Nov

Properties of Materials - Year 5

Year 5 have been exploring uses of materials in the school building. We compared and described objects and materials based on their properties, such as size, texture, weight, flexibility, transparency and magnetism.

18 Oct

Reception: Exploring our senses

During Reception’s muddy Monday walk, we explored the rose garden and herb garden at Whitehall park. The children really enjoyed smelling mint, chives and loved seeing Brussels sprouts, peas and strawberries to name a few.

14 Oct

Reception: Exploring Autumn

This week, Reception have been finding out all about Autumn. They have learnt all about what happens in Autumn and have learnt some new vocabulary too: deciduous and evergreen. Super learning!

14 Oct

Year 5 - Science

Year 5 have had a lot of fun in science today. We have learnt that when you mix bicarbonate soda and vinegar a new chemical called carbonic acid is made. This acid immediately decomposes into carbon dioxide.

13 Oct

Identifying faults in circuits

In year 6, we have learnt how to check connections of circuits. We have discussed about the flow of electricity and how it’s important to ensure that the flow of electricity can go from component to component.

6 Oct

Symbols of electricity

The children have been learning the symbols involved in circuits. They have understood the need for symbols so that everyone can understand the circuit.

6 Oct

Reception Owl Visit

The children in Reception had a very special visit this afternoon. They met 4 different owls. The children saw burrowing owls, a barn owl and a screech owl called Tyler, Midge, JD and Bobby. The children found their brave and held the owls. They also got to feel an owl feather and watch the owls fly. The children were so polite and well behaved during the visit. A big thank you to SMJ Falconry.

30 Sep

Classifying Animals in Year 1 Science

Year 1 have been learning about the different animal groups that there are and sorting animals to reflect their learning. 

29 Sep

Super Scientists!

This term, Year 2 are learning all about living things and their habitats. This week, we have been thinking about the differences between living, non-living and never lived. We also learnt about the characteristics of living things with Mrs Gren!

24 Sep

Investigating rocks in Year 3!

Year 3 had lots of fun investigating different rocks in Science.

10 Sep

Year 2 minibeast hunt!

Year 2 had a fantastic afternoon hunting for bugs and their habitats around our school grounds. Can you spot some of the creatures that they found?