Wiltshire Festival of Engineering and Manufacturing (WFEM)

playmaker-planningThe year 6 had a fabulous session at (WFEM) today. Before we left, we started the morning with the planning for our bronze level PlayMaker award. The practical is this coming Friday when the Yr6 will organise a PE session for some of Clover class. There will be three groups and they have each organised a 45min PE session! Look out for Friday’s post!

The session at the WFEM was simply amazing. The children were handed cotton bags as they entered so they could collect of freebies from the interactive stands. There were stickers, erasers, torches, pens and pencils, fuzzies, competition sweets… the list was endless. There were robots to control, a Mars Rover, bathbombs to make, soldering irons to make torches with (very popular with our boys), radar systems to influence, wind energy, renewable energy, satellite models and animations, race tracks, computer simulations… and much more. To find out about the festival, look here: http://festivalofengineering.com/

Here are a few of the pictures from today (more will follow as the other pictures are collected)…


Weeks 1-3 in Orchid class.

It has been another busy start to the term!

In week 1, we had our entry point for our new IPC topic: Weather and Climate. The children were challenged to save some scientists on Halley IV in Antarctica – so we were preparing our route and finding out facts about the continent. Here is one of our presentations:


On the Thursday, we spent all day doing the Sport Leaders UK PlayMakers award – a PE based award for primary school children. We will receive our certificates soon.

week-2-letter-writingOn the Wednesday, we had a mystery Skype with our new pen pals! We had to ask yes/no questions and find out where they were based. It has to be said that our pen pals asked better questions than us! We eventually discovered that the clever questioners were from Brownhills West Primary School in Walsall! In week 2, we wrote our letters to them for our Big Write.

week-1-andrew-visit-photoOn the Friday, we had a visitor, Andrew, who had visited Antarctica for a couple of weeks. The children were fascinated with what happens to the waste the scientists and visitors produced! He showed us lots of pictures of fossilised trees and fossil clam shells – an indication that Antarctica was once a tropical.

Week 3: On Monday we had Emma Hodgkins from The Helen Hodgkins Trust come and talk to us about her charity that raises money for water filters to be delivered to remote villages in Ghana. As Ghana is our class country, we are going to be raising awareness and funds this year http://www.helenhodgkinstrust.org/ . We practiced balancing buckets on our heads:

water-buckets-1 water-buckets-2


We also had the NSPCC come and take an assembly, with a couple of workshops coming over the next few weeks. Week 3 was also Science week and we had so much fun with the science portables from @Bristol and the Explorer Dome that came. Other classes had the space session in the dome, but we had a fun packed session on forces, which took us from under the surface of the oceans to deep space  in rocket. A few of us felt a little space sick as we twisted and turned!



It has been sooo busy!

On Friday we had a class session on TTRockstars: the best part was when the whole class was playing in the one arena and competing against each other – the noise of the countdown to play was unbelievable!

This coming week is no quieter- the year 6 are off to the Wiltshire Festival of Engineering on Wednesday!


Tropical Storms

1)Tropical storms are called different names in different parts of the world.

2)In America they are called hurricanes.

3)Between Africa and Australia they are called typhoons.

4)In Asia they  are called cyclones.            

5)A tropical storm bring heavy rain falls strong winds,mud slides and floods.

6)Tropical storms are given names alphabetically.


Homework Supercells.

  1. A Supercell is made by a mesocyclone.
  2. Out of all the the known storm classes (squall line,multi cell,single cell and supercell) a supercell is the strongest and most dangerous.
  3. A Hp (high precipation) supercell is very deadly because there is often rain in a HP supercell which hides a tornado if there is one there.
  4. In a HP supercell it wraps up the Mesocyclone all the way round.
  5. In Africa they have several supercells every year with tornadoes.
  6. Supercells can be up to seven kilometers wide.


Droughts are one of the rarest and most fatal things in the world. It can kill you if can’t find water. Within 3-4 whole days you will die but it would be rare to be in a drought, so don’t worry about it. Droughts can happen in California,Morocco and the Sahara desert so pretty much every where. We even have someone in our school who has been in a drought, and his name is, Oscar -he’s a living legend!


thunder and lightning facts!

(1)Heat from lightning, causes the surrounding air to expand and create a massive wave and that causes  thunder!

(2) The avarage tempature of lightning is around 20000 C !

(3) Astraphobia is a fear of thunder and lightning!

(4) Thunder is difficult to hear at  over 12 miles!

(5) every time there is lightning there is thunder , you cannot have one or the other !

(6) Thunder storms cause 100 deaths and more than 100 injuries in a year !

(7) Thunder can be heard  when it snows!

Weather And Climate Facts

  • A tornadoes are extremely dangerous.
  • Once a man in a mobile home traveled 389 meters in a mobile home.
  • Tornadoes are very rare in Britain.
  • The most tornado hit country is Amsterdam.
  • Tornadoes have human names!
  • Tornadoes create loads of damage.
  • Lot’s of people die by tornado.

Tornadoes facts!

. Some tornadoes spin over 300 miles per hour.

. It isn’t classified as a tornado unless it’s touching the ground.

. If fire and a tornado mix it’s called a firenado.

. Some tornadoes can hit down at any moment.

. Tornadoes can go and wreck things for about a mile and they are 50 miles long.

By Freddie P

Facts about tsunami’s

Tsunami’s can be destructive to lives homes and can leave children homeless if it’s a very bad tsunami can wipe out a whole village .

England is lucky even though it rains a lot so country’s have no rain rain then a big Tsunami comes.

It does come in England sometimes  but they are small loads of the time but then very rarely there will be big tsunami .

Giant slabs of the Earth’s crust, called tectonic plates, grind together. Sometimes, though, the plates get stuck, the pressure builds up and they suddenly slam into a new position. This causes an earthquake.Then a  tsunami happens.

A normal wind wave travels at about 90kmh, but a tsunami can race across the ocean at an incredible 970kmh it can get up to higher than 1000 if its massive !!

Sometimes, before a tsunami hits, there is a huge vacuum effect, sucking water from harbours and beaches it can ruin eveything .

People can see the ocean floor littered with flopping fish and other sea animals and they can die.

Then a wave blasts onto the shore minutes later, then another and another for two hours or more.There may also be up to one hour between each wave so it can ruin eveything.


The cave of doom

Suddenly the room went completely pitch black…Gibbles shivered with fear then! The light’s ternd back on agen without eney warning.

The next morning Gibbles went for a highk after a fue hour’s he found a (DEEP DARCK CAVE)! He slowly went in it suddenly he fell ! He landed with a CRASH then he saw a three headed dog however  Gibbles looked around and saw lot’s of gold !

Gibbles went to have more of a good look around. Wille Gibbles was walking he saw a way out however there was a swomp full of crocodile’s and alligator’s dun dun dun der. He saw a boy on the other side of the river he shouted out to the boy who are you he said the boy replied he looked very sciny he said si