Today in Science we started to think more about living things. We already know a lot of facts about what we should eat to keep us healthy so we started to think about know we know whether things are alive. We explored and discussed for ourselves a set of pictures and sorted them into two piles – things that are alive and thing that are not alive. We then used this to make a list of criteria that means that something is alive. We decided that all living things can:
We then started to think about those things that weren’t alive and discuss whether some of them had been alive at one time. For example we looked at a chicken drumstick and decided it isn’t alive now but it had once been part of a chicken which was alive. We looked at cotton and realised once it had been on a cotton plants so it had been alive. We had a big debate about a car! Some people thought it was alive because it can move and it can eat (petrol/oil) but we decided in the end it can’t do any of these things without us… so it isn’t alive.
Today we made our sandwiches in our DT lesson. We followed our designs to make sure they were healthy sandwiches. Last week we learnt how to cut safely using the bridge hold and the claw hold. We put it into practise today – it was much harder than it looked! We have taken our sandwiches home to share.
Today we started to focus on our next behaviour for learning: pride. We discussed what it means to be proud and when we might feel proud of ourselves. We then looked at our books with a partner and found a piece of work that we were proud of.
We all found a piece of work we are proud of for lots of different reasons. We are going to continue to try and create pieces of work to be proud of by always writing neatly, setting our work out correctly and trying our very best.
Today we continued learning about materials. We started to think about what makes some materials better for a particular purpose than others. We focused on kitchen utensils as this links with our topic and had some very interesting discussions. Some different materials can be used for the same object if the purpose is slightly different. For example we would use a metal spoon to eat our soup but we wouldn’t stir it in the pan on the hob with a wooden spoon as it would get too hot. We can use glasses to drink from but would probably give younger children a plastic cup as they are more likely to drop it and it might break. We had some excellent ideas!
During anti-bullying week we have learnt lots of new things.
• Bullying is something that happens Several Times On Purpose (STOP)
• We don’t have bullying at Bells Farm because teachers take it seriously and children look out for each other.
• You have the right to say to someone ‘Stop, I don’t like that’ if they are doing something you don’t like.
• We should always choose our words carefully because words can hurt people just as much as actions do.
• If you are being bullied or you know someone who is, you should always TELL SOMEONE.
We also learnt a bit more about being safe on the internet and how cyber-bullying might be a problem as we get older. We used the Netsmartz website http://www.netsmartzkids.org/RoutersBirthdaySurprise to look in more detail at keeping safe on the internet. We earnt a safety badge and a certificate to put up in our classroom! Don’t forget Toucans, you can access this website at home if you want to try and get your very own certificate.