Walk to Belas Knap

Owls donned their hiking boots on Tuesday and headed out for an adventure on Tuesday as we made our way up to the Bronze Age burial site of Belas Knap. On the way we looked at the landscape and thought about what may or may not have changed since the Stone Age. We also tried our hand at some Stone Age art using sticks and twigs foraged from the forest. The children were fascinated by Belas Knap itself and amazed to learn that it is about was about 714 times as old as Oscar H! A big thank you to Mrs Wycherley and to all of the other parents, younger siblings and friendly dogs who joined us!

On Wednesday, we created a timeline on the playground which represented the 200,000 years of mankind. The children were amazed to learn that Belas Knap is relatively new in comparison to the length of the Stone Age and most of our history that we have ever studied fits into about 1cm of our 20m timeline!

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Roman Numerals

Owls have had another great week. This week has been our computing week and our focus has been online safety. We have covered lots of different elements including cyberbullying, how to conduct effective searches using search engines and plagiarism. The children were amazed to discover that Google can find billions of pages and sort them in under 1 second – a search for ‘Stone’ from Stone Age gave us 3,510,000,000 pages in 0.61 seconds! We discovered that by adding more words and focussing on particularly important words we could cut down the number of pages and get more appropriate results for what we were looking for. Elsewhere, Mr Bridges and Mrs Fowler have been impressed with how well the children have picked up Roman Numerals and have used them to make some big numbers of their own!

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The Stone-Iron Age

Both Mrs Fowler and I have been really impressed with how the children have all settled in this week and the children have shown particular interest and excitement for our new topic focussed on the Stone-Iron age. The children have been thinking of some of their own questions they would like to find out about - ‘What did they eat?’ and ‘What did they do in their spare time?’ among them. Elsewhere, we started to look at a Stone Age themed story in English and in Maths discussed how we make all of our numbers from combining the digits of 0-9 (as well as learning that Mr Bridges insists we put only one digit per box!).

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An Easter Treasure Hunt at Adventure Club

Adventure Club finished on a high this week with a special extended session. The children had to use the map reading skills they had learnt over the past weeks to navigate our course and there were a number of cards to find on the route. The cards spelt out 'Happy Easter' but when they were turned over revealed a secret message to help us find some Easter themed treasure!! 

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Fraction Tarsias

Owls used their teamwork and newly developed fraction skills to help solve a range of challenging puzzles last week. Mrs Eliot was very impressed by the knowledge and enthusiasm shown by all! Well done Owls

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