Water Rockets!

For the fantastic finale to their ‘Fantastic Forces’ project, Class 5 launched their water rockets from the KS1 playground! It was tremendous fun as the various rockets travelled in a variety of directions and reached different heights (including one landing on the roof of the boiler room!).

We concluded that filling the bottles with more water does not mean the rocket goes higher (because there is more weight and less space for air pressure to build). The optimum amount of water appeared to be one-third full.

Class 5 update

It has been a week since we travelled to Rockley for our residential and in class we have been enjoying writing our ‘Rockley recounts’ using our Google accounts. The pupils have access to a shared drive of photos from the trip, which they are adding to their Google document as they type up the story of their three days. The children have all shared their document with Mr Croutear, meaning that he can mark/comment on the work in real-time. Some pupils have been so enthused that they have been working on their recounts from home.

In Maths, we have been working on measurement and getting to grips with converting between different units, such as grams and kilograms. Today, we have been switching between metric and imperial, learning that 1kg = 2.2lbs.

On Monday we focused on our Heartsmart theme – ‘Fake is a Mistake’. We carried out some activities which underlined how important it is to be our ‘real’ selves, that we are good enough just the way we are and that telling others fibs about ourselves is not a positive thing to do.

Science was very enjoyable yesterday, as the pupils created their own ‘rocket mice’ which were launched out of plastic milk cartons! They came up with investigation questions such as ‘how does a longer tail affect the launch of the mouse?’ and ‘how does the size of the mouse affect the height it reaches?’. We discussed the forces at work and are looking forward to firing water rockets from the playground next week!

Rockley Day 2

A super second day at Rockley for Class 5. After breakfast we prepared for a morning of sailing on the Wayfarer and Drascombe boats – the wind was very strong and the sea very choppy. It was an exhilarating experience with a huge amount of bravery on show! In the afternoon, there was more sailing on the Drascombe and power boats, before some beach games, a visit from Mr Ruffle, an amazing hog roast for dinner and then some archery! Needless to say, after such a packed day, the children were very quick to settle to sleep!

Rockley Day 1

We have enjoyed a terrific first day at Rockley, with beach games including tug of war followed this afternoon by orienteering and nature pictures. Then we donned our wetsuits and life jackets for some kayaking! We were shown to our very plush mobile homes before returning to the beach for our evening meal (spaghetti and meatballs). Then it was crabbing and sandcastle building. We just about got back to our accommodation in the light and the children were very quick to settle to sleep!