Monthly Archives: May 2022

The Journey by Aaron Becker

The Children used the skill of freeze frame to act out The Journey by Aaron Becker.
If you had something magical that could take you on adventures, where would you go? What would you do? How would you stay safe?
Throughout this book Bluebirds have followed the journey of a girl and her magic. They read about the adventures it took her on. From her home, to a forest, along canals into a castle, flying over the desert and back home to meet a boy with a magical purple crayon.
I wonder if they will go on more adventures with their very magical crayons, what do you think?

Seed Dispersal

Today Bluebirds learnt how plants disperse their seeds to enable new ones to grow.  The seeds are dispersed so they are not near the parent plant because otherwise both parent and young plants would be competing for nutrients and water.   The class looked at pine cones and sycamore seeds.

Mrs Parry cut open a poppy seed head from her garden so the we could see the seeds inside.  We all enjoyed watching films of seeds being dispersed by explosion.  We all made 5 different sized paper versions of a sycamore seed and tested how long they took to land on the floor. We made sure we used a stopwatch and held the paper at the same height each time.  The results were surprising!

This afternoon, Bluebirds have been getting the mood for the Platinum Jubilee.
First of all we watched an old film clip of the Queen’s Coronation as some children thought we were celebrating her birthday! Mrs Parry shared a book with them called “Little Elizabeth” which was packed with information and facts about the Queen’s life.  Next we made a timeline of some events with photos of periods during Queen Elizabeth’s reign.
We watched an amusing short film about the Queen’s hat which even included her special Corgi dog!  Here is the link:
After that, we all got crafty and created a collage in the shape of the Queen’s profile like we see on our stamps. (Look out for these on display during Arts week in July!).  We also styled some golden crowns with fancy paper plates.   We learnt to sing a special song called Platinum Jubilee – watch our recording of the chorus!

Here is the whole song.

 

 

Rhythm of the Rain 

Imagine you’re a jar of water that been poured back in a stream. Where would you go? Where would you end up? What would you see along the way?
This is the task Bluebirds were set in English. They used hotseating and all had a chance to ask questions of the jar of water. Children who wished to sit in the hotseat were different parts of the water’s journey. The rest of the class then asked the jar of water what it could see, hear, smell, feel and taste (the 5 senses).

Roots

Bluebird’s topic in science is all about plants. The children have been learning about what plants need to survive and the job of each part of the plant.
In today’s lesson Bluebirds examined the roots of an onion carefully. They discussed what they thought the job of the roots were.  They also talked about what would happen to a plant if it had no roots; the fact that it would die or fall over without them.
A plant needs roots to anchor it to the ground and also to suck up water and nutrients from the ground around them.