What's been happening in the Girls' Junior School - 25/01/2019

What's been happening in the Girls' Junior School - 25/01/2019

Stars of the Week

Well done to this week's Stars of the Week!


Year 3

Year 3 have become Rock Detectives in Science. Using a selection of different rocks, the girls have made observations and tested their permeability and durability, by scratching the surface with various tools and dropping water droplets on them. Then they tested the rocks with acid (vinegar) to discover if they are made of the shells of dead creatures and used a rock identification key to discover what type of rock each sample was. Moving onto fossils, the girls enjoyed matching a fossil to the animal and learnt about Mary Anning’s contribution to palaeontology.


Year 4

Year 4 have been having fun learning about the binary system used by computers to represent data. With the children acting as base values, they encoded the numbers 1 to 26 and the letters of the alphabet. Following this, they constructed a binary bracelet of their initials. Later they solved the mystery of ‘Who had taken Goldilocks?’ by playing the ‘Guess Who’ game and answering questions using ‘fields’ on a series of record cards.

In their Humanities lessons, the girls used their mathematical skills to create a timeline showing the music and dance trends that were popular when their parents and grandparents were young.

They also listened to a piece of Jazz, making marks and shapes to represent the different sounds that they heard. Having taken inspiration from other Jazz-influenced paintings by the artists Kandinsky and Klee, they created their own works of art.


Year 5

Year 5 have been devising experiments in science to investigate different properties of materials. They have been tasked with choosing materials appropriate for use at an outdoor festival. By testing for hardness and durability, they discovered that granite or toughened plastic would provide an ideal work-surface for food preparation and after lunch, you would aim to drink your tea from an aluminium cup if you wanted to keep it warm. The children have looked at a range of variables and given considerable thought to making their tests fair.


Year 6

The Year 6 Engineering Club have been researching, designing and adapting pulley systems, however they were not told this at the beginning of the session. They were given the challenge of lifting a dictionary with 1 metre of string, a piece of doweling and one cotton reel. 

Watch the movie to see what they designed, then tinkered with and the finished result! Well done, for great problem solving skills which is something every engineer should have.

We are getting ready to join the Engineering Challenge Competition at Manchester University later on in the term run by SEERIH.