Science: Separating Mixtures using filter paper, magnets and evaporation.
The challenge this week was to find out ways to separate mixtures. Pupils were given different mixtures including salt and water, sand and rice, sand, rice and drawing pins, flour and rice as well as sand and water and polystyrene balls. They had to come up with a way to separate each ingredient.
Using sieves, filter paper and magnets they got to work.
We gathered together in front of our new altar for October, the month of the Rosary, for a collective worship written and led by Olivia, Elliot and Teresa.
"We hold many talents."
Our RE display celebrates our talents. Every child had to design a star which described their talents or in some cases they were asked to write about the qualities they saw in a friend.
This week in science we had to test out how temperature and stirring affect dissolving. We mixed sugar with cold, tepid and then hot water and timed how long it took to dissolve in each. We then re-tested, but this time we introduced stirring and compared the difference in our results.
We found out that temperature and stirring speeds us dissolving.
We worked in groups to investigate which substances dissolved in water. We tested paint, coffee, salt, sugar, pebbles, flour, bicarbonate of soda and rice. We completed a table of results listing which substances dissolved, which did not dissolve and which reacted.
Our new display board is celebrating our best work. Every pupil has a their own Hollywood star from the Walk of Fame and Mrs Jones will choose the best pieces of work to feature on the display, as well as highlighting pupils' achievements and success stories.
We had to find out how best to dissolve jelly. We made predictions and tested out our theories by trying to dissolve jelly in cold, then tepid and finally hot water. The first time we stirred, then we retested by not stirring. We used a timer to work out which method was fastest. Finally we repeated our experiment by using smaller pieces of jelly.
Pupils in Class 6 have written thank you letters to the History Chefs to let them know they really enjoyed the workshop. Carys and Ceri were so impressed by the enthusiasm and knowledge of pupils in St Mary's they told staff they would love to return. In a note to Mrs Jones, Carys said: "You have a lovely school and all the students were so polite and enthusiastic."
Here are some of our thank you letter to the History Chefs.
To prepare for our Tudor banquet we made some Tudor treats including Marzipan-fruits out of playdough. The results were worthy of Masterchef!
Thank you to Fr Bord who celebrated today's mass and thank you to all the members of our school community and parish who were able attend. Here are some pictures of the mass taken by Lili.
As part of our Christmas theatre trip to see Wind in the Willows pupils were challenged to create a gallery of portraits of Toad's 21st Century famous relatives. Our artwork will be on display in the foyer of the Sherman Theatre during the festive season.
Happy New Year and welcome back Class 6.
This term our Context topic will be Champions and we will focussing on The Winter Olympics, which will be held in South Korea, in February.
Our next RE topic is Mission and includes a learning focus on: Local Church and community, The Eucharist and Lent and Easter.
We will explore how the experience of community is an essential and enjoyable part of life for people of every age and faith.
We will recall the Last Supper and learn more about the liturgy of the Eucharist in Mass. Children will learn about this special part of the mass as an act of thanksgiving to God as well as being a memorial as it allows us to remember Christ's sacrifice on the Cross and gives hope for the future. We will consider how we keep memories alive.
As part of our work on Lent and Easter we will focus on giving. Lent is a time of giving in preparation for the celebration of the sacrifice of Jesus.
As part of our topic on healthy eating we have created recipes for fruit smoothies, made the drinks and put them to the taste test.
We have promised to give up our treats, give money to charity, be good friends, help our parents and not fight with our brothers and sisters as well as watch less TV. Let's hope we can all keep our Lenten promises this year.
The quality of work by pupils from Class 6 on their Winter Olympic projects has been so inspiring we thought we would share with you some of their facts, their designs and their artwork. Well done to everyone for producing such informative and imaginative work.
We have been busy creating portraits of some of the famous characters from the Welsh legends the Mabinogion, designing posters the Wales Tourist Board would be proud of and showing off our best handwriting for the Eisteddfod Competition. The winners will be announced on March 8.
As part of our new topic Wonderful World pupils from Class 6 travelled to the Brecon Beacons National Park to enjoy the beautiful scenery, study wildlife including Red Kites in their natural habitat, as well as learn survival skills. It was a fantastic.
Inspired by Eco artist Andy Goldsworthy pupils created their own masterpieces using materials they had collected from their gardens, on a weekend walk or the beach.
Andy Goldsworthy is a British artist who’s best known for the fleeting outdoor sculptures he creates from natural materials, including petals, leaves, snow, ice, rocks and twigs. His work is often fleeting and ephemeral, lasting only as long as it takes for it to melt, erode or decompose, but he photographs each piece right after he makes it.