Lady Joanna Thornhill (Endowed) Primary School

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Puffin class blog

Puffin’s class blog- 02/02/2023
In French, we have been learning the days of the week and different numbers.
We really enjoyed writing our persuasive speeches in English. It was fun using different adjectives to create a powerful impact. 
In Science, we learnt about thermal conductors and insulators. We had a metal, plastic and wooden spoon which we put into warm water. We then balanced a cube of butter on the edge of the spoons to see which butter would melt the fastest. The metal spoon melted the butter the fastest and the butter slipped into the water. This showed us that metal is a thermal conductor and that the plastic and wood are thermal insulators. We are sure of this because we also proved our findings using ice cubes on metal, wood and plastic trays. The ice melted quickest on the metal tray because metal is a thermal conductor. 
On Monday, we did gymnastics where we learnt about mirroring and balancing in partners. We even had the opportunity to show our skills to the rest of the class. 
For the children who were in on Wednesday, we learnt about the Ndebele tribe in South Africa. We made paper beads and jewellery, Ndebele art patterns and in the afternoon, we created some origami- a real multi-cultural day!

Puffins class blog 26/01/2023
Last Friday, we were practising our sewing skills to help us create a textiles project. We learnt about: layering, quilting, painting and stitching. 
On Monday, we did lots of different and challenging balances. We even had to hold them for 3 seconds- MINIMUM!
In science, we were investigating different properties of objects. We tested if the objects were magnetic, an electrical conductor, the hardness, if it was transparent or not and absorbency. We started our lesson by using touch to describe objects hidden in an envelope. Our team mates had to try and guess what the object was from our descriptions. We learnt the difference between absorbency and permeability! Do you know what it is?
Tuesday’s history lesson was interesting too. We learnt how Anglo-Saxon’s religion changed from Paganism to Christianity too. 
Did you know:
•    St Aiden convinced the ‘normal’ Anglo-Saxon families to become Christian but St Augustine only convinced King Ethelbert of Kent.
•    St Columba built a monastery in Scotland.
•    Anglo-Saxons became more peaceful when they converted as there was only one god to believe in so there were less arguments about which god was the best!

Puffin Class blog. 05.01.2023!

What a way to start the year! Today we had PE (tag rugby) where we got to roll around in the mud. 
In Maths, we’ve started the year learning and practising long multiplication which we’ve enjoyed too.
We’re really enjoying our text in English this term: FLOODLAND.
We’ve started to learn about Anglo-Saxons and made timelines to show the important events. 
In Science we learnt about: upthrust, density and displacement. 
Upthrust- It’s a force in liquids. It pushes object up which is the opposite to gravity. Something with a bigger surface area will have more upthrust acting on it. If gravity and upthrust are balanced, an object will float. But if gravity is stronger, the object will sink!
Density- When the particles are more compact, the object is more dense. This can make it feel heavier.
Displacement- When you place an object in water, the water level rises. This is displacement.