Saturday, April 30, 2011

The Royal Wedding

Photos from Daily Mail UK

Here's a look at some of the highlights of the Royal Wedding 
 Prince William and Kate Middleton
29 April 2011

Congratulations to the future King and Queen of England the
 Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

Did you watch the Royal Wedding?

Friday, April 29, 2011

Proboscis Discovery

A bee’s tongue, called a proboscis is long and pointy, so is yours if you stick it out as far as you can. Their tongue is soft like yours too. Bees need long tongues so that they can reach into flowers to where the nectar is.
Their tongue works like a straw. The bee unrolls it's tongue and dips it into a flower. Then sucks up the nectar like you would drink from a straw.
Bees will also use their tongues like a cat to lick their fur to keep themselves clean. They lick and clean each other and their mother the queen. Their tongues are also used like brooms to lick the inside of their hive to keep it clean.

Here we are using straws to experiment what it would be like be a bee using a proboscis
We had a competition to see which group could suck up the most water in 2 minutes.
It was a lot of fun!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Students blown away with landscape

Here are the results of the working bee led by Botany Life Community Trust.
We can't thank them enough for their hard work, generosity and community spirit.
Community Project 2011 - Walkthrough from BotanyLife Community Church on Vimeo.

We wrote letters to the Botany Life Community Trust to thank them.

Dear BotanyLife Community Church

I like how you made the gardens look nice at our school. From Zana

I like the maze because it is fun and I like walking around in the maze and I wanted to get to the middle. Thank you for making the maze. From Dykie

Thank you for building the sandpit and the maze. I really like it because the maze is very long and I got to the middle before someone else got to the middle. The sandpit is awesome! From Aum

Thank you for your help with building the garden. I like the sand. From Alex

Thank you for helping in the secret garden. I liked the maze and the sandpit most of all. From Krishant

Thank you for helping to plant our flowers in our corner. My favourite part is the sandpit. What is your favourite part? Did you help each other to work on all the things in the secret garden? From Benny

Thank you for the work. We are so lucky. From Mallika

Monday, April 18, 2011

Beehive Maths is Fun

Study a beehive and you will see
The mathematical genius of the bee.
The Hexagons that you’ll find inside
fit side, by side,
by side, by side.
This math is passed mysteriously
from worker bee to worker bee!
 Bees, Snails & Peacock Tails
by Betsy Franco and Steve Jenkins

This is our hexagon wall display. We cut out the hexagons by 
ourselves and made some bees to go on it. 
Which bees do you think are doing the waggle dance?
Which bees do you think are the worker bees?
What are the bees on the flowers doing?
What is the worker bees job?

We explored the hidden shapes and patterns found in a beehive.

Check out our beehive slideshow below.
 We made the beehive with lots of shapes.
When we ran out of hexagon shapes...
we discovered that 6 triangles make a hexagon.
And that 3 diamonds make a hexagon.
We also had some shapes that we didn’t know what they were.
Mrs Laburn told us they were trapeziums.
Well... 2 trapeziums make a hexagon.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Insect Art

How we made our Insect art.
First we drew an insect based on our insect knowledge.
To achieve the success criteria it had to have three body parts,
 a thorax, an abdomen and a head. 
It also had to have 6 legs drawn from the thorax and 2 antennae. 
Once we were finished drawing we outlined our pencil drawing 
with a vivid maker pen and then cut out the insects.
We then dabbed very bright dye colours onto a thick paper towel. 
The colours spread beautifully!
Lastly we glued our insects on to the dry colourful paper towel.
Here is our finished art. We think they look fabulous!
What do you think?

Friday, April 8, 2011

Handwriting Formation

Today we had a big practise writing the lowercase e. Our learning intention was to concentrate on the correct formation. We practised and practised on our whiteboards. Then we self assessed and ticked which e we thought was the best one we had written to achieve our success criteria. 

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Insect Acrostic Poems

Our secret garden has some very special visitors!

Worm Farm Game

Have a go at making your own worm farm

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

I see... I think.... I wonder....

I see a caterpillar spinning a cocoon around him. He will turn into a butterfly that drinks nectar. I think the caterpillar is going to be a butterfly soon. The caterpillar grows wings inside the cocoon. I wonder how the butterfly flies to the flower to have a drink? By Krishant

I see a caterpillar change into a chrysalis. A chrysalis turns into a butterfly. I think the caterpillar will turn into a beautiful butterfly. I wonder why he is yellow, black and white? By Tiffanny

I see a caterpillar hanging onto a branch. I can see the caterpillar turning into a cocoon and I see some green things on the chrysalis. I think the caterpillar is ready to almost pop out of the chrysalis. I wonder how butterflies drink nectar from flowers? By Benny

I see the caterpillar spinning a chrysalis. I think it's going to be slow. I wonder when it's going to come out? By Rohan

I see the caterpillar turning into a J shape. I think the caterpillar comes out after two weeks. I wonder how the caterpillar comes out of the chrysalis? By Gina 


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