After a science investigation into air resistance, the children carried out a design technology 'Scrapheap Challenge'. They chose different materials from a pile of junk modelling resources and made a parachute for a wooden figure. After an initial test, they had time to revise their design before the final knock-out competition. The photos show some of the competitors and worthy winners.
We had a fantastic trip to the National Rail Museum at York. The children loved travelling by train - including making friends with a dog called Archie - and seeing trains we had been learning about, like Stevenson's Rocket and Mallard. We watched the turntable in action, explored underneath a steam locomotive, watched model trains and took part in a fantastic workshop. The children learnt about Newton's three laws of motion through catapulting elephants, rolling marbles down a track and firing Barbie out of a cannon. It was a truly memorable day!
Learning in English has continued to be linked to the E Nesbit book The Railway Children. As it is no longer in copyright, it is available for free in several places on line if the children would like to read it for themselves at home.
It can be downloaded from -
but is easy to read on-line here –
There is also an audio book available free via you tube or on the link below.
Farah class have had an exciting start to the term. Before there were the ‘Trains, Planes and Automobiles’ in our topic, travel could be very dangerous. You might even meet a Highwayman. The class have been reading the narrative poem The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes, and learning to blend watercolours so that they can illustrate it.
To watch an animated version of the poem, you can click on the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryu1JZiSbHo