In Science, as part of our Companion Project about the Circulatory System, we have been learning about the Blood, and how it flows around the Human Body. As part of our research, we have looked at the differences in the three main types of blood vessel: arteries, veins and capillaries.
As these vessels each have a different function and are designed with varying thicknesses and openings (lumen), we investigated which type of vessel allows blood to flow quicker. Planning a fair test to keep the variables the same, we used two different types of tubing, polystyrene cups and blood (water and red food colouring thickened with syrup to improve viscosity). We then measured the time taken using a stopwatch and repeated the experiment to ensure accuracy.
To record our results with precision, we plotted a line graph and calculated the mean time for each vessel.
To celebrate World Book Day 2022, we used the book 'When I Grow Up' by Jon Hales, as inspiration for our costumes. We created poetry - using the rhyming pattern from the story - about our own aspirations about what we would like to be when we are older. As part of our learning, we discussed that it is perfectly fine to be unsure about what we want to do when we leave school and that we can change our minds about the jobs we would like to do in the future - even adults sometimes decide to change career!
In addition to our Maafa Topic - exploring the effects of Enslavement and 'The African Holocaust' - we have been looking at the work of several prominent Black artists, who have been inspired by the social, economic and historic struggles of Black Africans around the world. We then upscaled and recreated our own versions of their artwork as part of our Creativity lessons, using tone and shade to help bring them to life!
As part of our Dynamic Dynasties topic, we have been studying Taotie Art designs used to decorate and emblazon masks, bronze sculptures and other artefacts of Ancient Chinese Civilisations. We sculptured our designs into clay using a variety of printing materials and painted them in bold watercolour paints.
Pupils in Year 5 + 6 took part in our annual Football Festival. We had a fantastic time working as teams and showing good sportsmanship to our opponents - whether we won or lost. Many of us were also taken out of our comfort zone playing football competitively for the first time, and really enjoyed it!
One of Bishop Pursglove's teams were victorious in the Boys event, while one of our Girl's teams came a respectable 3rd Place!
Well done to everyone who took part.
At the end of June, to celebrate our achievements this year, we went on a fantastic outdoor activity visit to Dukes Barn on the Chatsworth Estate. During the visit, we completed tasks which involved working as a team, and challenging ourselves.
We really enjoyed Canoeing on the Emperor Lake at Chatsworth, and Abseiling down the 80 foot Viaduct at Millers Dale!
In Creativity, as part of our Alchemy Island topic, we have been looking at how the crystals found in Crystal Hedge Forest, increase in mass when they are submerged in water over time.
At regular time intervals of five minutes, we observed how much the crystals had increased in mass by weighing them using a set of sensitive scales.
We recorded our results and presented them using a line graph. We noticed that the rate in which the mass increased, slowed down as time progressed.
As part of our Alchemy Island topic, in Creativity, we have been studying the properties of different materials that we have found during our quest across this mystical land. We have classified them according to their state, transparency, electrical conductivity and magnetism. Using the knowledge we have learned, we decided to create an experiment to test the solubility of materials in water. During this fair test, we looked at how materials such as: salt, sugar, vegetable oil and yeast, dissolved in hot and cold water.
We hypothesised that some materials would dissolve easier in hot water due to the heat. In addition, we recorded our observations in a table.
In our 'Pharaohs' topic, as part of our Creativity programme of study, we have been investigating the Mummification process and how the Ancient Egyptians prepared the dead for the afterlife. We have looked at how small charms called cartouches, containing the pharaoh's name, were placed on the mummified body (inside the sarcophagus) in order to provide protection to the soul and ward off evil.
Using photographs of artefacts found inside the tombs of the Valley of the Kings, we designed and created our own cartouches out of modelling clay. We decorated our intricate designs using hieroglyphs which spelt out our own names or initials.
Which cartouche design is your favourite?
During our 'Sow, Grow and Farm' topic in Creativity, we have been looking at how plants reproduce. We have looked at how some plants reproduce using Sexual Reproduction - through pollinators such as Bees and Butterflies - to create variation, and how some use Asexual Reproduction - through tubers or bulbs - in order to produce genetically identical offspring.
We also carefully dissected flowering plants in order to identify it's sexual reproductive parts e.g. Stigma, Style, Anther, Filament.
The Carpel (Stigma, Style and Ovary) is the female part of a flowering plant.
The Stamen (Filament and Anther) is the male part of a flowering plant.
As part of our 'Sow, Grow and Farm' topic in Creativity, we visited Tideswell Allotments in order to investigate the amenities it has to serve the local community.
With help of our brilliant guide Mrs Clements, we learnt how people shared resources and equipment, as well as learning how plot owners improve soil quality and drainage using raised beds and natural fertiliser (manure) off local farmers around the village.
Some plot owners also keep chickens to provide fresh eggs!
Using our notes and observations, we then wrote a conclusion about how well the Allotment serves the village - taking into account it's location, and on-site amenities such as running water.
A huge thank you to Mrs Clements and Tideswell Allotment Association for all their help in allowing us to access the plots.