This week in Comms Circle, we have been thinking about whether or not humans should alter genetics. In assembly, we discussed how this can be a positive thing to reduce the risk of diseases but we also considered how this could be unethical. We briefly began to look at the thought of designer babies and how breeds of dogs are frequently altered.
So, what are your thoughts? Should we interfere with nature and alter the genetics of living things?
This morning Class 12 turned their hand to creating a laser labyrinth in order to protect top secret DNA! We used the skills that we had learnt about light travelling in straight lines and how light can reflect, in order to create a laser labyrinth with our teams.
Take a look at some of us in action – It was definitely harder than it looked at first!
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This weeks question is “Why do we make New Years Resolutions?” We discussed in assembly the fact that people make them to set themselves a goal or a challenge for the year, however most of us will have already broken our New Years Resolution 1 week in!
So, this week we would like you to think about why should we set ourselves a resolution? What do we achieve from these? What new years resolutions have you already set yourself? Why do you think people struggle to stick to their new years resolutions?
Let us know your thoughts by commenting below!
Yesterday in Class 12 Maths, we were looking at the order in which we have to calculate the four operations using the BODMAS rule. After a little bit of practising, we had a go at decoding what Santa had left in a stocking.
Your challenge over Christmas is to attempt to create your own code for us to decode. Use the code that we used in class and if you use one of your presents you received for Christmas, we can then all have a go at decoding what your present was!
Post your calculations and answers below – Merry Christmas Class 12 Maths!
During topic this week we have been refining our art skills. In order for us to be able to paint the Bayeux Tapestry (I know, it’s a huge task!) we needed to control the brush strokes that we use. We then tested our skills by painting the templates which have very small detail. After our first attempt we then continued to practise on the same template, which become smaller each time.
I have to say Class 12, you were absolutely fantastic at this and every single one of you improved over the three attempts!
So last Friday the Year 5 & 6 girls had the opportunity to visit Kirk Balk and take part in an all girls STEM day. They got the chance to work with female engineers, representatives from RAF and STEM ambassadors where they created some FANTASTIC aircrafts.
In Class 12 yesterday afternoon, the girls got the chance to share their models and fill the boys in on the skills they developed. They explained the technique they used to roll the newspaper, the different tools and machines they had to learn to use and the circuit that they created to ensure their aircraft had lights.
SHOUT OUT to Renee who did an AMAZING job at drawing the circuit they used and explaining in clear to detail how the circuit was constructed.
Take a look at the girls sharing their work with Class 12 boys…
So our community circles question this week was ‘Should animals be treated the same as humans?’
In out assembly we were all crammed to the front of the hall to experience the same treatment that some animals receive. During our class discussions, we were thinking about what rights humans have, which we struggled to understand.
My question for class 12 is: What are human rights and do you think animals should have the same rights?
Well, Year 5 has got off to a busy start! Our topic this term is all about the Battle of Hastings, as Mr T and his puppy Max dug up some old swords. They were sent to be investigated at the Royal Armouries and they turned out to be daggers!
Although we weren’t allowed to keep the originals, they have sent Mr T replica’s which they created using 3D mapping! So after that exciting delivery and having the chance to look at the daggers, we had our visit to the Royal Armouries in Leeds last week.
The trip was fantastic! All the children got the chance to look around the galleries and we even got the chance to handle some of the weapons and armour that the Saxons and Normans would have worn during the Battle of Hastings!
What was your favourite part of the trip?
I hope you have all had a fantastic summer holiday! With the summer nearly at an end, I hope you are all ready to come back to school as Year 5’s!
What have you been up to in your summer holidays?
What are you most looking forward to in Year 5?
See you Tuesday!