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Egyptian Shadufs

With the weather so amazing recently, Y5 took a stroll into the woods this morning to create our very own Egyptian shadufs.

Shadufs were a way of collecting water from the Nile up the banks to the farmland, and they had a variety of structures.  We went down to the local stream, and created our own shadufs by the bank using only natural resources (and some string from the classroom!). In teams, a structure was made, and counter balances were also added by using appropriate sized rocks. Check out the incredible finished shadufs!

For all the photos and shadufs, visit our class blog http://tpsblackman.edublogs.org/2018/06/28/egyptian-shadufs/


Science ambassadors’ day out!

We went to SHU as part of our science ambassador role.

We talked to other schools about what we have been doing in science this year. We showed them our swimming raisins experiment.

In the afternoon we extracted DNA from a strawberry in the STEM lab.

We had an amazing day.

Click here to watch our animoto.


Getting out of the ground…

The builders have been working flat out to make up for lost time due to the predominantly cold, wet conditions we have experienced in 2018. The ground work involved with preparing the footings and foundations for the two-storey block to the rear of the school has taken a long time, with awkward access and high levels of ground-water making things tricky. However, as the pictures show (taken 2 weeks ago), the walls are now starting to emerge and it won’t be too long before floor platforms can be installed. The children coped extremely well with having reduced play space on the junior yard but the now completed MUGA has given playtimes a much-needed boost!


Online Safety Information

Thank you to all who came along to support our recent online safety event, organised by our online safety co-coordinator, Mr Cooper. Feedback on the evening was very positive – here are some of the key slides from the presentation, courtesy of the excellent Sheffield eLearning consultant, Sue Finnegan.

Online Safety Slides


Mega MUGA!

We were extremely excited to be able to open up the MUGA (Multi Use Games Area) for use for all of our children today. The children absolutely loved being out in the sunshine and running around on our new sports area. It was fantastic to have all of the children outside playing together and enjoying the next completed part of our school’s expansion.

We can’t wait to continue make full use of the MUGA and the viewing steps. We just hope that the sun keeps shining!


Virtual Velodrome

This afternoon, Y5 had a go at a ‘Virtual Velodrome’ with each child having a chance to cycle a flying lap and post the best time possible!

Everyone managed to cross the line in under 30 seconds, well done!

For more details and photos, visit the Y5 class blog tpsblackman.edublogs.org


Happy science week!!

What an amazing week we have had!!

Thank you to everybody who has contributed in any way to the fantastic week our children have had. I just wanted to share a small selection of the photos we have taken this week.

Our little scientists looked fab dressed up for the day today. We have had visits from Marie Curie, Alice Ball, Tim Berners-Lee, Alexander Fleming and Jane Goodall to name just a few!

 

 

This afternoon our Y5 science ambassadors took over from the teachers to teach the Y1 children some fun science investigations.

Y5 had a fantastic visit from Dr Ducker to find out more about 3D printing.

 

Y3 have been making poo!!

Y2s have been investigating different materials throughout the week.

We have also had visitors from Sheffield University who taught us all about microbes. Melissa from Discovery Science have also been fantastic with providing axolotl workshops for our children and helping to organise our visitors for the week.

I hope your children have been inspired this week, I know there has been a real science buzz throughout school.

I just want to say a huge thanks to all of the staff, pupils, parents and visitors for the effort and hard work put into making this week a success. With an extra special thank you to my awesome science ambassadors!

Have a great weekend,

Miss Goodbody

 


Year 4 and the Wonderful Weather

In not so wonderful weather, Year 4 set off to Weston Park to launch our new weather topic!

Alison, our expert for the day, taught us how to record the weather each day. We’ll be tracking the cloud cover and type, precipitation, wind speed and direction and temperature every day of our topic.

The day threw up some interesting questions, like ‘what is the eye of a storm?’ and ‘how do you survive a natural disaster?’. We’ll begin to answer these questions on Monday.

Look out for our updates throughout the topic.

Alice was dressed for extremely hot temperatures.

Scarlett was kitted out for surviving the snow!

We made octographsifor measuring cloud cover.

Alison explained how the weather station was 136 years old and the weather has been measured there every day.

We measured the recent rainfall like real meteorologists.

 


Autumn 2- The Iron Man

This term Year 3 have been reading The Iron Man and finding out all about magnets and forces.

We put our drama skills to the test with lots of freeze frames and thought tracking as the Iron Man himself and witnesses who had seen this gigantic monster!



We worked on our art skills, using shading to create these amazing Iron Man sketches.

We created some fab models for homework.

Finally, we made our own magnetic Iron Man games to play on Toy Day!


Autumn 1- Ancient Greek Day!

This term we have been up to all sorts in Year 3!
We kicked off the year with a fantastic topic on Ancient Greece.
We dressed up for Greek Day and made delicious Greek Food.

We created some fabulous big Greek Art!

And we took part in and watched some fantastic theatrical performances.