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  • Tuesday 23 April 2024 Heart Dissection On Friday 19th April, the children in Alder Class were visited by a teacher from The Cotswold School - our local secondary school - who brought with her a lamb's heart! To link to our science unit: Animals, including humans and our learning about the circulatory system, she performed a dissection so we could further learn about the parts of the heart and the journey of blood cells around the body. (Most) of the children found this a very informative practical session. We began the session learning about the size of different animals' hearts, each represented by different sized balls. Some children then used string to replicate the size of a blue whale's heart - it was enormous!
  • Friday 12 April 2024 Jungle Jonathan - School Treat We had the most amazing afternoon this week. Jonathan brought some fascinating creatures to show us. We were able to hold a giant millipede, saw a huge katydid, saw a baby blue tarantula and her bigger orange sister and even got kissed on the nose or the hand by a snake!
  • Friday 15 March 2024 World Book Day This year, to celebrate World Book Day, we thought about the fantastic vocabulary that can be found in books. The children were set the challenge to dress up as a word of their choice. They had to think carefully about how their clothing represented their word. We had a huge range of words including: creative, vibrant and analytical. Can you spot them?
  • Friday 23 February 2024 Victorian Silhouettes As part of our 150 Year Anniversary topic, in art the children were learning about the historical context behind Victorian portraits and silhouettes. They created their own silhouettes and in small groups worked together to try and guess who each one was. Some were more easy to guess than others..!
  • Friday 26 January 2024 Digibus This week, Northleach School has been visited by the Digibus, which is a Cheltenham- based charity bringing digital education, help, and experiences to local communities within Gloucestershire and the surrounding counties.
  • Monday 11 December 2023 River Trip On 21st November and 5th December, as part of their Raging Rivers topic, Alder Class ventured outside to the fields adjacent to our school to carry out fieldwork on the River Leach. On their first visit they sketched the rivers, carefully considering the different features and adding lots of detail to their work. Then then later compared this to an OS map and discussed the similarities and differences between the two. On the second visit, the children carried out an investigation to test the speed of the river. They used dog biscuits (!) as their floating instruments
  • Thursday 16 November 2023 Author Visit This morning the children in Alder Class were treated to a talk from Howard Watkin-Jones, a local author. He spoke about his recently published book: The Legend of the Green Wolf Rider. The children learned about his inspiration for the book, about his writing process as well as the enchanting illustrations with hidden faces! The children asked some insightful questions and many of them are now desperate to read the book.
  • Wednesday 15 November 2023 Hockey Session This term in PE the children are developing their hockey skills and have been practising their ball control in pairs as well as playing small 2-sided games.
  • Wednesday 15 November 2023 Odd Socks Day To recognise the start of Anti-Bullying week Alder Class wore odd socks as a way of celebrating what makes us all unique.
  • Friday 20 October 2023 The Visible Spectrum of Light This term, in science, Alder class are learning all about light. They know that light travels in straight lines and how we use light to see objects. This week we explored the different colours that make up light and discovered that it is made up of many colours - red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet - the rainbow! We created our own "prisms" with bubbles! By shining a torch through our bubbles, the light refracted and the different colours seemingly split as each colour has a different wavelength.
  • Wednesday 4 October 2023 Alder Residential - Culmington Manor On Monday 25th September, Alder Class set off to Manor Adventure in Shropshire for their 4-night residential. During the week the children took part in a variety of activities from climbing to canoeing and archery to zip-lining. All the children represented our school brilliantly and we are incredibly proud of the determination and perseverance they demonstrated during the challenges they faced - well done Alder Class!

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