Suffolk Owl Sanctuary Visit
As part of our Science week we had the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary visit us with a very special friend Titch.
Titch is a tawny owl who was hand reared and is therefore very happy to be around humans. We learned all kinds of facts about owls including that the 'twit-twoo' call, actually made up of a 'ke-wick' sound from a female and an answering 'hoo-hoo-ooo' from a male. The children were very excited to be so up close to a real life owl.
As part of our visit from the Owl Sanctuary we received some owl pellets to dissect and explore. Owls are carnivorous and eat a wide range of animals, including birds, voles, mice, rabbits, frogs and insects. Not having teeth, they will either eat their prey whole or tear it into large chunks with their sharp beaks. Once swallowed, the food travels down the owl’s oesophagus to the gizzard. Soft parts of the prey are then broken up by enzymes, but the hard bony components and other elements such as hair and feathers remain undigested. These are then ‘regurgitated’ or coughed up, as a pellet, before the owl can eat its next meal. Pellets are NOT droppings, as they do not pass through the intestine. They are usually quite soft to the touch and are odourless. The pellets were given to us sterilised so they were perfectly safe for us to dissect and we washed our hands really well afterwards.
Tints and Shading
Being able to change colours when painting is an important skill that children need to learn and that they will use throughout their academic career. When painting their planets the children had to work out how they would make one side of their planet lighter (daytime) and one side of their planet darker (nighttime). Through exploration of colour using black and white the children found adding white (tint) made the paint lighter and adding black (shade) made the paint darker.
Understanding Rotation and Revolution
To help the children understand how the rotation of the Earth causes day and night and the revolution of the Earth around the sun (orbit) causes the seasons the children made an orbiter. This helped them explain their understanding of this concept.
Fly Me to the Moon
Our topic for the second half of the Autumn Term is 'Fly Me to the Moon'. The learning that takes place around this topic is about the planets, space travel and history and the Earth's movement in space. The first week of our topic we have been learning about the Sun, Moon and Earth and their movement in space. We were very lucky this week as we were visited by a planetarium. In the planetarium we learned lots about the planets, the stars and constellations and traveling in space.
We have experimented this week with different media to create space pictures. We designed our own planets, made space scenes, designed our own rockets and much more...
This year we started with the topic of 'Ourselves'. This included settling into school, learning the routines and expected behaviour, learning about Kelso's Choices, developing their growth mind-set and classroom rules. Kelso's Choices gives children the skills to resolve their smaller conflicts independently. We have taught the children in class how some conflicts (problems) are big such as, someone is hurt or is very upset then they need to seek an adults assistance or if it is a small problem such as, someone tapping a pencil that they can use one of Kelso's choices to solve it without an adult. We have included a video below that explains Kelso's Choices.