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International Learning

Year 4 were incredibly lucky this afternoon to have taken part in a Skype history and geography lesson with a teacher in Wyoming, USA. They learnt all about the state of Wyoming and how it is a state of “firsts” in America. They also got to see artefacts and interesting objects related to the Plains Indians and other people who lived there in the past (including some shocked faces when they saw a water bottle made out of a bison’s bladder!). They learnt about the mountain men who trapped beavers, then used the pelts to make hats, and learnt about the process of felt making and how hatters were affected by mercury poisoning.

They listened brilliantly and asked lots of questions about what’s they had learnt about. We’re looking forwards to another lesson from America later on in November!

The Mummified Tomatoes!

What an interesting afternoon we’ve had in Year 3! After being covered in salt for the last two weeks, the children were able to free their tomatoes this afternoon in order to make their observations. It was fascinating to see what the salt had done to the tomatoes and some of the weight differences recorded were amazing – one of the tomatoes pre mummification weight was 93g and this had dropped down to 42g after being left in the salt for two weeks. The tomatoes had shrunk and the skin had gone crinkly. The children drew and recorded their observations before mummifying their tomatoes further by wrapping them in bandages! Year 3 are now professional embalmers, da iawn!

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Year 4 weekly roundup!

Blwyddyn Pedwar have had a great week working on lots of interesting things! We have been working hard planning our bank robbery newspaper articles, along with learning some line dancing moves to challenge our 2 left feet!

Also, after learning a little bit about Native Americans and their way of life, we have spent some time making dream catchers which will hopefully go up on display soon.

Finally, after a lot of reminding (nagging!) the classroom is nearly ready for a class pet. There is a fish tank, with water and some gravel. Something important is missing though, although we can’t think what?

Year 3 Egyptian Embalmers!

What a fantastic, messy afternoon we’ve had in Year 3 with the children becoming Egyptian Embalmers! We followed the steps of the mummification process using a tomato. First the children washed their dead bodies (the tomato) and then an incision was made for them to remove the insides. We then recorded the pre mummification weight. The children then had lots of fun stuffing their tomatoes with a salt and bicarbonate of soda mixture. The tomatoes were then placed in a container where they were again covered in the salt mixture. The tomatoes will stay in this state for 2 weeks where we will then compare the weight and make further observations. Da iawn boys and girls!

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Year 1: The Titanic

We have been finding out all the the Titanic in Year 1. The children have been busy researching and have found out some surprising (and shocking!) facts about the tragedy. The children loved using their GetEpic accounts on the computers to find texts about the Titanic and also did wordsearches to familiarise themselves with some of the new vocabulary. The children couldn’t believe that it took 3 years to build the Titanic so tried to build their own versions using the construction in class- they even tried to include the different decks and compartments and then realised what a tricky job it is to build a huge ship! Some of the children loved gathering different facts and have been busy planning a show that they want to perform to help us learn even more about the Titanic too.
We hope to find out even more about the fascinating even over the next few days…
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Year 2 Visit St. Fagans

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Today the Year 2 children visited St. Fagan’s as part of our learning about the topic ‘Take a Trip in a Time Machine’. We began by visiting Y Maestr school, where we learned about how school used to be over a hundred years ago. The children were very shocked by the punishments used, and how different the classrooms were. They decided that school nowadays is definitely better! We then had a walk around the village, stopping off at Gwalia stores and Y Siop Losin, where the children enjoyed being treated to some traditional sweets which they could take home as a memento of the day. We then went to visit Beti Bwt, who asked us to help her wash a huge pair of bloomers! The children enjoyed having hands-on experience of what washday used to be like a long time ago. They decided it was very hard work, and are thankful that we now have washing machines that do the hard work for us! We then had a look around the farm, where we saw pigs, chickens and sheep. The children were very excited to see some lambs that were only a few days old! We then had a look at houses throughout time. The children couldn’t believe that people used to use chamber pots, tin baths and how some toilets used to be in the back garden! Finally, it was time for lunch. The children certainly worked up an appetite with all the walking. I’m sure they will all sleep well tonight… and so will the staff! What a fantastic, informative and fun-filled day we had.

Year 3 Egyptian Trip – Group 2

What a fantastic day! All of the activities that the children took part in today were exciting, engaging and above all, enabled the children to develop a number of important key skills. In the morning, the children had the opportunity to take on the role of early 20th century explorers. They re-enacted the story of the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb and discovered a tomb full of ancient Egyptian treasures! While in the ‘tomb’, the children had the opportunity to explore and search for their favourite artefact which they later drew and wrote about. In the afternoon, the children learnt about the importance of food and drink and how essential it was for the dead in the afterlife. They enjoyed designing and creating their own offering tray out of play dough. The children then ‘brought the food to life’ by reciting a real ancient Egyptian spell. Well done Year 3, you are now officially Egyptian experts!

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The Mummified Tomatoes

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After being covered in salt for the last two weeks the children were able to free their tomatoes this afternoon in order to make their observations. It was fascinating to see what the salt had done to the tomatoes and some of the weight differences recorded were amazing – one of the tomatoes pre mummification weight was 86g and this had dropped down to 36g after being left in the salt for two weeks. The tomatoes had shrunk and the skin had gone crinkly. The children drew and recorded their observations before mummifying their tomatoes further by wrapping them in bandages! Year 3 are now professional embalmers, da iawn!!

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