Hello and Welcome to the New Term!
We’re off on an exciting journey with Charles Darwin and his crew on the HMS Beagle.
Can you trace his route across the vast ocean?
Stop at the magical Galápagos Islands to see the amazing species that helped Darwin develop his theory of evolution by natural selection.
Ready to trace the origin of species? Let’s set sail!
During this half term, we’re going to investigate a range of animal specimens, describing the characteristics of the creatures, and labelling their body parts using software. We’ll use a range of non-fiction books to investigate adaptation, natural selection, variation and inheritance. After examining letters and journal entries written by Darwin, we’ll write our own examples. We’ll collect natural items and discover what plants live around our school. We’ll retrace Darwin’s steps using maps and create sketchbooks to record the plants, flowers and trees we encounter. Using maps and globes, we’ll plan an expedition. What will the weather be like and what physical and man-made features might we encounter?
At the end of the ILP, we’ll think about why the Galapagos Islands developed such diverse animal life, and why they might be under threat. We’ll also think about what Darwin would have worked on if he were alive today. How would he use our technology?
Do you know what’s so special about a lava lizard? Or why the blue-footed booby has blue feet?
See how animals adapt to their environment over time and meet some of the world’s greatest explorers and naturalists.
Imagine how humans will evolve in millions of years. It’s a scary thought!
Gaveston Hall Day 3 Update
We’re coming home.... Cameron’s coming home! .....in a couple of hours. Everybody slept a bit better last night so the general mood is happy and excited. This morning's activities include field zorbing and tree climbing!!!
Gaveston Hall Day 2
We all had a lovely lunch of sandwiches and we have been learning how to set the table and clear up after lunch.
This morning we have been body-zorbing and karting. This afternoon we have enjopyed the delights of canoeing and buggy building - then racing our vehicles. Great fun!
Gaveston Hall Day 2
Not a lot of sleep was had by some people (!) but the children were in good spirits this morning regardless. They had a hearty breakfast and set off for an exciting morning of activities.
Zorbing, assault courses and problem solving challenges have been the order of the day so far....
Gaveston Hall Day 1
if you look in the distance you can see the coach arriving... the calm before the storm!!! Everyone has had a really enjoyable afternoon; the children have all learned how to make their own beds - one more skill to add to their repertoire and no excuses at home now! At 5.00pm they were playing on the play area before tea and evening activities!
As you know, we are well underway with our new topic Alchemy Island.
For additional homework you might like to select one or more of the following to do at home;
What will you choose to do?
Make a list of foods that change state when heated or cooled, such as eggs, water, butter and chocolate.
Plan and make an ‘alchemist’s banquet’ for your family, and include foods from your list. You could add a bit of sparkle by sprinkling edible glitter or miniature silver and gold balls on top! Make sure you take pictures for me!
Describe the scientific changes that take place in each of the dishes at your alchemist’s banquet.
Find out if your family owns anything containing gold or another precious metal or gemstone. What can you find out about where it came from?
How many synonyms can you find for the word ‘portal’?
Find out about (and watch!) films that show portals to other worlds, such as Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone and Star Trek.
Read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe or Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Write a review for your friends; be sure to describe the main characters.
Find out what work is carried out by an Assay Office. You may have a local office that you can visit.
Visit your local museum or library and use historical maps to find out where local wells used to be.
Find out the atomic numbers and symbols for metals such as lead, copper, silver, zinc, iron and platinum.
Use a magnet to test the magnetic properties of metals around your home and record your discoveries in a data table.
Design a costume and travel kit for an alchemist. What useful things might an alchemist pack in a suitcase?
Combine art and science to make an astonishing and unique gemstone!
Experiment with materials such as wax, resin, plaster and jelly!
As always- there is Mathletics and Abacus Maths. I will set some more challenges for those who have completed them ( they won't be linked to what we have been doing in class, but will be what we have covered this year.)
There is also BBC Bitesize:
Write a cinquain about one of the legendary gems. Can you share your first draft with a writing partner and discuss whether the cinquain captures the beauty, magic and feel of their gem.
Line 1: A noun
Line 2: Two adjectives
Line 3: Three ‘-ing’ words
Line 4: A phrase
Line 5: Another word for the noun.
Very soon you will be getting your script for 'Dreaming of Grease on a Midsummer Night'.
We will start to go through it together in class at first and then you will take your scripts home. Please make sure that you really learn your lines when you are given your script.
Next week we will be busy producing posters to advertise our performance, but in the meantime if you are asked...it is on 21st June!
Welcome to our PGL Gallery and news update
We all had a good (ish) nights sleep, and are now packing before breakfast (what a task!!) Earlier on yesterday, one of the instructors said that her group could throw some water on her as it was so hot. The children asked me if they could 'get' me too. I said (because it was hot, a little water would have been refreshing) that they could sprinkle me a little later. The afternoon was jam-packed with activities and fun and then by evening I thought they had forgotten.... oh no.... so, a promise is a promise. At 9.15pm I was expecting a little bit of water from their water bottles - how naive! (I'm still not sure where they got them from but most of the children suddenly produced 2 full bottles of water, and obviously it was both groups by then, ready and waiting!) thankfully, Ms Corlett (my saviour) said only one bottle could be deployed!
We are now about to go off to breakfast, then it is our turn for the zip wire and aeroball! We are looking forward to seeing everyone later xx
After a reasonably good night's sleep the children were all bright and breezy with a good game of football going on before breakfast. Then on to the activities.....
Mrs Sheraton said, "We have all had a great morning. We have been rafting and playing on the giant swing and are right now in the middle of abseiling and archery. The children are being an absolute pleasure to be with. I am very proud of their support, manners and spirit."
Quotes from the children:
Ellie, "It's been absolutely fantastic."
Amy-Louise and Amy T, "It's amazing here and the staff are really friendly."
Amy T, "This has been the best experience of my life."
All children, "It's better than Bushcraft!" "I love the giant swing." "The cabins were nice and clean (until the boys arrived)!" "The food is great!"
Everyone arrived safely and it is, of course, very hot, but plenty of water has been consumed! Here is a taste of where the children have been this afternoon....
Quotes of the day from the children...
"It's better than I thought it would be."
"So proud of Amy-Louise- her target was to get half way up the pole.... and she smashed it to the top!"
"Amy, Amy, Ellie and Millie- all made it to the top with support from each other."
"Harvey exceeded his target of half way to get to the top rung, just not quite on the pole- but so, so proud of him!"
"Jonathan exceeded his target- he struggled, but he got to the very top..... he's in one of the photos!"
Mrs Sheraton has said, " I'm impressed already with the teamwork and support the children are giving each other - without any prompting. Let's hope it stays that way! They are all looking forward to finding out what's for tea!"