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Modelling the Solar System

Today in Science, we created a scale model of the Solar System. We began by recapping our knowledge of the planets from the previous week including their distances and sizes, before choosing which fruit represented the planet and comparing it with our peers.

Following on from this, we then worked in groups to work out a scale model – applying our mathematical knowledge.

Once we had accumulated all of the information, we began to create a scale model of the solar system demonstrating the distances.

 

Class Election

PSHE

Building on last weeks learning about how laws are made, this week, Eagles Class held a Class Election.

4 Budding candidates shared their manifestos and key promises and then the class held a secret ballot.

Fortunately, all candidates ran a clean campaign, no horrible secrets from the past were unearthed and there was hardly any protesting! All 4 candidates could shake hands after the election.

Well done Eagles Class!

Sources of Evidence

Today, Eagles learnt about different sources of evidence that can tell us about the past.

In small groups, children learnt what pictures, objects, buildings and writing can tell us about the Maya.

We followed this with a debate, arguing which source gives us the most information. Although the objects team had a strong argument, children acknowledged that looking at all four sources is key to learning about events from the past.

Planets in our Solar System

In science, we conducted some research into all the planets using a range of sources off the internet and through a range of non-fiction books. We also learned about the background information as to why Pluto was declassified and demoted to a dwarf planet.

Here are some of the interesting facts we learnt today:

– Jupiter has poisonous clouds with drops of acid that would burn your skin.
– Mars has the largest volcano in the Solar System (three times as high as Mount Everest)                         – Venus is the hottest planet despite Mercury being the closest to the Sun.                                                        – Neptune is sometimes further away from the Sun than Pluto.

Fieldwork Maths

After our Geography fieldwork trip, children got to do some very exciting maths today!

Using the ‘straight forward’ formula: Discharge (m3/s) = Cross Sectional Area (m2) x Velocity (m/s)

Children were able to use their knowledge of mean, measures, place value, multiplication and division to calculate the amount of water flowing through the river per second at the point we measured.

 

Splashing in a river

This week, Eagles class carried out some Geography fieldwork for Bolton Council at a nearby river. We took a number of measurements whilst we were there in order to work out the amount of water that flowed through the river (total discharge) per cubic meter per second. The council had asked us to monitor this due to the rising number of floods recently.

River Systems

Eagles Class braved the cold and created their own river systems in Geography this week. They gathered resources to use on their slope and predicted the route that their river would take. Children were able to describe observations using key vocabulary such as erosion, deposition, meander, delta, source, levee, mouth and even spotted some potential oxbow lakes in their systems!

Well done!

Science – Soluble or Insoluble?

Eagles spent this afternoon trying to identify whether a range of materials were soluble (they dissolve in liquid) or insoluble (they don’t dissolve in liquid). The children were really sensible and they were great at predicting which materials would be soluble or insoluble, though they were surprised to discover that all of our experiments this afternoon produced changes that were reversible. Next week we will discuss this concept further as we talk about filtering and evaporation as a means of separating solutions and mixtures.