When Simon Holebeach came to our school.

On Tuesday(30th January 2018) poler diver, Simon Holebeach came to our school. He showed us some pictures of him in his diving suit and told us all about what he does. For the main part of the session we learned about buoyancy. In the water if you want to go down you release air. To go upwards you would stay the same. To help with buoyancy, you would have 7 heavy weights round your waist.

After learning about buoyancy we made a diver which sits in a water bottle and when squeezed the diver sinks down to the bottom. To make the diver we used a pipette which we drew a face on and some white- tac as weight. We filled a plastic bottle with tap water and put the diver inside. With the lid on the bottle we squeezed it and the diver sunk to the bottom. After making our diver some of us got to go in the diving suit. After that we learned about Boaty McBoatface. Boaty McBoatface is a mini submarine on the RRS Sir David Attenborough which is operated by the British Antarctic survey. I loved our session with Simon Holebeach. It was great fun and an opportunity to learn new things.

Our Polar Diver Session

It was Tuesday the 30th of January when a Polar diver came in to talk out what he does (diving under ice). His name is Simon Holebeach and he has worked in many places around the world like Antarctica – many times before. He also came in to teach us about buoyancy,

You needed to know alot about it if you wanted to be a diver as buoyancy is the way to control how deep you go. If you wanted to go lower then you would need to decrease the buoyant force by adding weights to yourself. We passed around weights they would wear around their suit (or they would just collect stones of the seafloor). To rise up to the surface you would need to increase the buoyancy; in the diving suit there would be pockets of air and to increase the buoyancy they would let the air out. Simon allso talked a bit about Boaty Mcboatface and that it can dive up to 6000 meters! It is used on the RRS Sir David Attenborough.

Last but not least, we made mini divers out of pipettes, white tack (to create the right buoyancy) and drew faces on them. We filled up a bottle of water and floated them on the surface and when we squeeze the bottle – with the lid on – it was supposed to sink to the bottom. It was a very exciting day in dead but best part was testing out our divers buoyancy.

A day with Simon Holebeach.

On the 30th Janurary, we had a morning with Simon Holebeach. He is a polar diver that dives allover the world like Egypt , Africa and Cornwall. We got to get into his wet suite it was every big the head part was very tight it all had to be tight so that no water got in so that he could be full  dressed and not get wet. He had got us to do experiment witch was really fun.

The experiment was a diver and he went up and down in a bottle. You will need ;

cut a pipette in to a small size,

white tack,

a bowl,


plastic bottle ,


First step is to draw a face on your pipette you could make it smiley. Next you will need to full your bowl and bottle full of water , with your bottle fill it to the top with a little bit of room. Then put your white tack around your pipette and put it into your bowl full of water and if it doesn’t touch the bottom you can put in in your bottle and put the lid on tight and squeeze.

The day was really fun and exiting i hope it happens again and he was in the paper.

by Ellie D

Orchid Classes Visitor

On Tuesday the 30th of January, Orchid Class were very lucky to have a polar explorer come to visit. He came with one of his old suits he had dived in (it had sand in) and it had a button on it, which could let air out and in and that’s where buoyancy comes in. Buoyancy, is the difference between air and water, rising to the surface, sinking, or just floating in the middle. To go further under water you would need less buoyancy to reach the surface you would need more buoyancy. If you dropped a tennis ball in the water, it would float on the surface. If you dropped A rock in, it would sink. However, it you added a bit more weight to the tennis ball and held it under water, it would stay there, hovering in the middle of the water.

We made little divers and added white tack to make it heavier. It would float on the top of the bottle of water (with the lid on) and when you squeezed the bottle the diver would sink to the bottom. If it didn’t sink very well you had to add some water into it. I had a lovely time and I understand more about buoyancy.

Our Visitor Simon Holbeache.

On Tuesday the 30th January, a very interesting man called Simon Holbeache came to our school to show us all about being a polar diver and about the science of the sea.  He brought a diving suit which he had worn diving in lots of different countries, such as Egypt.  His talk was very interesting and I learnt all about under the sea.  Simon told us that the favourite thing he had ever done was play with the seals.

We did a experiment where you put half of a pipette in a nearly full bottle of water and tried to get the pipette to float by putting more or less blue tack on it to weigh it down.  The heavier the pipette was, the lower it floated in the water.

Simon Holbeache told us all about his experience as a polar diver and we (Orchid Class) got to ask him questions like, “What sharks have you seen?”  He has seen lots of sharks.  Some people got to try his diving suit on.  They looked very funny.

Simon Holbeache used to be a Polar Diver but now he is an Astronomer in Bath.

Our day with Simon Holebeach

On Tuesday the 30th January a man called Simon Holebeach came to talk to us about his job as a Polar Diver Instructor and buoyancy. He told us that if you wanted to go further down underwater you needed less buoyancy but if you wanted to go up towards the surface you needed more buoyancy. On his suit he said that there are two buttons, one that released air, which reduces buoyancy and one that brings in air to increase buoyancy. You needed to get the right buoyancy if you wanted to stay at the right depth. We past around two weights that he said helped to weigh him and the other divers down. If you took the weights off, it would help you rise. Simon said that you could use rocks from the seabed instead of weights to do the same thing.

Then we made some divers using pipette tops and we drew faces on them. Then we got some white-tack and put it on the bottom to act as a weight. We used a bowl of water to test it was the right buoyancy. When we had the right buoyancy, we put the divers into a bottle of water and then if you squeezed the bottle the diver would go down. Afterwards, he told us a bit about Boaty-McBoatface which is a mini-submarine on the polar research vessel RRS Sir David Attenborough.

I really enjoyed it and learnt a lot. It was a fun day.

Boaty Mcboatface

Boaty Mcboatface is an remote controlled  sub on the research vessel RRS Sir David Attenborough, presenter of blue planet. The name was decided in a poll online. Former BBC Radio Jersey presenter James Hand  said as a joke Boaty Mcboatface , which was quickly liked by the public and chosen as the sub’s new name. In 2016 Boaty went through some intense sea trails. It was then first put into use 17 March 2017 south  Chile in the Orkney passage to research water flow and turbulence. Bjorn Baker’s team at Sydney’s Warwick Farm Racecourse heard about Boaty Mcboatface and decided to call one of their horses Horsey McHorseface. His owners then decided to take Horsey to auction and he sold for $17,325. He then sadly died of Bone disease.   


It turned him to his death…

The colonel was a kind of strict and shy person since it all happened since he was a sort of the devil.Whenever someone knocked at the door he would freak out and turn in to his ‘devil’ form.He would come out and threaten them to get out.It turned him into a messy form with all his hair like he was cursed. He was depressed because he had lost all his friends in the investigation and in the forsaken old mansion. He had to live here because this was the only thing he had left.

He couldn’t resist,




The WW2 Begins

There were bombs exploding children crying and Germans were invading but there was one child his name was Lonnie, he was hiding in a black gloomy trench hiding from the Germans until then there was a big crash near him he wanted to look but he new it was dangerous so he stayed sitting in his seat. There was another bomb that had hit near him so he (very stupidly) ran out side and tried to find more shelter. He had now found a building that surprisingly still looked in good shape well that’s what Lonnie thought, as he was sneakily crouching into the house a bomb was dropped and it hit the house Lonnie felt knackered he thought if he is going to die he might as well do it for his parents. But then the Germans had finally left Lonnie did have to see if it was safe, as he looked out there he could see: bricks, cars, people and even great big holed in the ground as he looked over to were he was sitting in the trench with a face that almost made him happy because there was a bomb there so he was happy he didn’t get blown up but then realised that he could see someone it looked like his father! He ran into his arms with delight.

“Are you okay father?” Lonnie had questioned

“I am now I’m here with you” His father answered with a tearful voice falling down Lonnie started to get worried “father please get up please” Lonnie cried as his father was struggling to breathe. Lonnie said to his mind i’ve got to stay strong so he did and left his father lying-there-dying Lonnie was thrilled to see his mother walking along the street calling for him but he didn’t want to see her he had to quickly run and try to find his belongings then. He eventually found a very important belonging that used to be his grandpa’s he had given it Lonnie just before he had died in world war 1,  Lonnie had finally found some of his belongs then his mother was happy to see him his mother was very surprised to see him and was extremely proud of him to be alive as they both walked very fast to try to find shelter Lonnie whispered to his mother,”Father is dead” everywhere went silent until the air raid sirens started to go off Lonnie and his mum ran like a flash to try and find shelter until suddenly, something was quite weird because the planes coming were not Germans they looked like English planes! Everyone (who was alive) cheered for there soldiers to come back Lonnie asked his mother, “Does this mean that the war is over?”

With a cheerful answer she shouted “YES IT DOES LONNIE IT REALLY DOES!” everyone was so happy that the war was over. A few years later when everything was rebuilt and looking fabulous everyone had celebrated with joy…





The horrifying sound of screams filled the are it was like in a horror movie ,but worse,me and my brothers were running for are lives it was like the world was going to end.We rushed to he subway it was the only place that was safe.No sooner as they went down there
other bomb hit.
“What are we going to do.”my brother asked me.
my reply was…“Were all going to die.”
Then I saw my mum on the street battered and bruised, it was like she had got involved in a huge fight, she looked very week.
We worked together to help her up. As soon as we did she started talking. She said with urgency…. “you are going to have to get a train and go to Devon, immediately, its too dangerous here.”
The boys yelled, “ But we don’t want to leave you here.” She pushed away and told us to go. Forgetting the war, we wondered out of the subway. We were at the train station.
“BANG” The bomb had landed near the train station, if we had been any earlier we would have been killed. A train was at the station, we got on amongst the crowd and sat down looking at the devastation. We were on our way to the countryside and to Devon.