We had a super Smashing Science day on Thursday 22nd October 2020.
Our morning began with a visit from the owners of Tesla cars who kindly gave up their time to tell us about their Tesla cars and show us all their ‘tricks’.
After break, to link with the Our World Africa theme, we gathered population statistics from several African and European countries and compared these. We also learned how to use our maths skills to calculate population density.
We related population density to where and what natural disasters can occur. To understand how a tornado develops, we made a ‘tornado in a bottle’ and learned about centripetal force.
After lunchtime we continued to think about natural disasters and did our final experiment of the day, the volcanic eruption. This experiment is made by mixing bicarbonate of soda and vinegar together. Firstly we made a cardboard volcano with a bottle in the middle. We then added bicarbonate of soda, red dye and vinegar to the bottle. The acid and the base form to create carbon dioxide and this is why we were able to make a bubbling effect like a volcano.
We all had a very busy but fun day – and we really did ‘smash’ our science on the first Smashing Science Day of this school year.
PE in Year 6
To end our Gymnastics unit in PE, we had lots of fun with the large apparatus in the hall. It was great fun climbing the bars and ropes and jumping from the benches. I was very impressed by the gymnastic ability of the children and we had a few children facing their fear of heights!!
Virtual Reality at St. Bernadette's
Last week, Year 6 were treated to a Virtual Reality session. It was absolutely fantastic and we were all amazed and blown away by the images that we were able to see. They stepped inside a volcano and learnt about the Pacific Ring of Fire, hot spots and how a volcano erupts, in readiness for our next Our World topic. A wonderful experience had by all!
Escape the Box
Year 6 had a great time during the whole school Maths Day. They were faced with the task of Escaping the Box, where they had to work out and solve a number of maths clues and problems in order to open the locks. It was very challenging and the children worked well together in teams to do solve the clues. A super time had by all!!
Africa Wow Day
We experienced an African Wow day. During the day, the children took part in four different activities designed to fully immerse them in our geography topic. The children made a traditional African dish (Jollof Rice), painted a scene from the Serengeti, researched African countries and took part in a dance and music session.
First Aid Training
Year 6 received First Aid training from St John Ambulance. They received lots of useful advice and techniques and had lots of fun with bandages and CPR dummies.
The children at St Bernadette’s are thoroughly enjoying their current school topic – Our World: Our Responsibility. They enjoyed using recycled materials to create a variety of pieces of art and we saw all sorts of fantastic items including a basketball hoop and even a coat!
CAFOD (Catholic International Development Charity)
Just one world
To enhance our Africa topic, we had visitors from CAFOD to help us understand the daily struggles that many people in Africa face when collecting water for their families. We had a really fun and interesting morning playing a game (Life without Taps) and listening to the stories of what families have to go through. We also found out about how climate change affects the poorest communities around the world. We were so pleased to see how CAFOD helps different communities to help themselves. J