World Science Day 2021
This year Conway’s world science day focused on practical activities and experiments allowing the children to develop their enquiry skills and strengthen working scientifically.
Linking with their topic theme on Celebrations, Nursery explored paper firework experiments. They made paper stars out of filter paper and saw it unfold in black coloured water. The children developed their understanding of cause and effect discussing why the stars opened up when placed in the water and describing the effect of using different colour felt tips to decorate the stars.
Reception worked on life-size outline drawing of their body and discussed similarities and differences between themselves and their partner. They developed their descriptive language and understanding of same and different.
Year 1 explored their sense of smell. They created an experiment to test if your sense of smell is affected by distance. They observed that the more drops of lavender they used allowed them to smell further away. They made links to animals who have amazing abilities to smell from a distance- sharks!
Year 2 learned about the work of Rachel Carlson and how her research changed our understanding of the effect's pollution has on the ocean habitat. They carried out an experiment exploring water “pollution”
Year 3 investigated shadows and how they are formed. Through their investigation they drew the conclusion that the size of a shadow is affected by the distance of the object from the light source.
Year 4 explored changing states. They observed how a gas changes into a liquid through condensation of water on a glass jar full of ice and water.
Year 5 set out to investigate how different materials affect air resistance. They experimented with parachutes made from fabric, plastic, and paper. Y5 learned about the importance of taking repeated measurements of time to get more reliable results.
Year 6 studied the shapes of different bird beaks and learned about how adaptation of species helped them to survive. They carried out experiments to explore different types of “beaks” and how effective they were for picking different objects up.
This year anti-bullying week had the theme of ‘One Kind Word’ which helped our children share kind things they love about their peers. We learned how to manage our feelings so that our behaviour wouldn’t harm others.
Year 6 had an interesting discussion on how our behaviour can have a lasting effect on someone from saying something unkind or even using a tone of voice that could upset someone. Sometimes, that mean comment can stay with that person for a long time and we realised that more than often the person acting this way doesn’t actually mean what they have said; they have said it out of frustration.
There were insightful discussions throughout the school, from all ages about what we could do if we saw this behaviour. 4A even made a commitment to one another through a class pledge that they have hung in their classroom proudly and to remind themselves at all times. Have a look!
Armistice/Remembrance Day 11.11.11
November 11th, Remembrance Day, a time to honour those who have died fighting in wars around the world. At Conway Primary School we held a two-minute silence to commemorate the end of World War 1, and to remember those who have fought and lost their lives at war.
The children’s learning exposed them to new vocabulary which supported them to use their sounds to write thank you notes to the soldiers. During the Art and DT focus the children used simple tools and techniques to create poppies and wreaths.
Children introduced to new vocabulary for the Topic Day on Remembrance Day
The children in KS1 had the opportunity to showcase their understanding of Remembrance Day by writing a fact file.
In the afternoon, the children followed instructions to make their own poppies. It is wonderful to see the children engrossed in their learning!
The children in KS2 had a range of activities to participate in for the Topic Day. All classes had a writing focus to support their understanding and learning.
The children enjoyed learning about children similar ages during WW1.
They took in a discussion and then produced a poster on peace and how to resolve conflicts.
Breaking News! We are journalist! Year 5 had the opportunity to report about the events taken place on Remembrance. Day
Year 6 children focus for the day was on heroes. They had the opportunity to research and write a biography about veterans. In the afternoon, the children had the opportunity to choose a selection of Remembrance Day Art to sketch. Well done to our fantastic artist for the amazing work they produced!