Staverton C.E. Primary School
School Lane, Staverton, Trowbridge, Wiltshire,
Would you like to take a pirate home for tea?
This term, Kingfishers will be answering the question 'Would you like to take a pirate home for tea?' We will be finding out about famous pirates including Blackbeard and Anne Bonny. We will have a pirate day where you can come into school as a pirate. More information will be sent out soon. It is going to be a very busy term. As well as finding out about pirates we will also be making a film! We cannot wait for you to attend our film premiere.
We are making our own film. We cannot wait to show you the results.
How can we grow our own salad?
During Term 5, Kingfishers will be answering the question 'How can we grow our own salad?'. ’We will be finding out how plants need water, light and suitable temperature to grow and stay healthy. Towards the end of the term, we will be starting to think about our big topic question 'Would you like to take a pirate home for tea?
What is the best material for a superheroes' cape?
This term, Kingfishers will be finding out 'what is the best material for a superheroes' cape'.
Will the material survive freezing temperatures? Will the material survive blasting into space? Kingfishers will be finding out. We will also be making and designing our own capes.
Would you survive an expedition to the rainforest?
Kingfishers will launch their new learning challenge questions with a visit to the SS Great Britain in Bristol. The children will travel back in time to Victorian Britain and experience the launch of the SS Great Britain. During our topic we will be finding out about Isambard Kingdom Brunel and we learn all about his engineering projects.
Once upon a time...
In the morning we had the opportunity to make hats, key rings or puppets. We could also attempt the challenge of building a house for the three pigs out of spaghetti and marshmallows. It was very tricky, but we had some amazing designs.
In the afternoon, we were set the challenge of making a zip wire for either Peter Pan or Tinkerbell. In groups we had to design and make our own character and build the zip line. We had to think carefully about the materials and the design. We realised that if the material was too light it wouldn't move.
Trip to SS Great Britain
On Wednesday 2nd November Kingfishers went to visit the SS Great Britain.The trip enabled the children to see the ship set up as it would have been on a voyage to Australia in the 19th Century. They also enjoy a workshop entitled “Brunel, our engineering hero”. In the school room we enjoyed our workshop where the children loved “making” the ship using real tools. Once the ship was ready for the launch, the children were able to dress up in Victorian clothing. It was very exciting! We had Victorian children, the crew, the engineers (including Brunel in his tall hat!), gentlemen and ladies. Once we had grabbed our flags we went outside to the 'launch'. The children cheered and waved their flags as the champagne broke onto the ship.
It was then time to explore the ship. We all loved exploring the different decks of the ship from the first class saloon where passengers could enjoy tea to the steerage compartments where third class passengers had quite a hard time on their long journey. We also visited the kitchens, the bakery, the deck and saw where the horses and animals were kept.
It was an exciting trip and the children learnt so much from the real smells of the ship to the facts about how it was built.
This term, Kingfishers will become dinosaur experts! We will be answering the question 'why would a dinosaur not make a good pet? We will consider the diet and habitat of dinosaurs and we will find out what happened to make them extinct.
We have been using atlases to locate and name the 7 continents and 5 main oceans. Click the links below to play a game.