We have been studying the census data from 1885 for Rowton Brook in Quernmore. At that time eleven people lived at the farm, including Mr and Mrs Townson and their six children. We walked to Rowton Brook Farm and met Mr. Derbyshire who lives there now. The layout of the farmhouse is still the same and the building has many of its original features. It was originally built in 1725 so that makes it 295 years old! Thank you to Mr. Derbyshire for letting us visit his house and barn. It was slightly muddy on the way home!!
We had a lovely day in Grasmere! In the morning we visited Dove Cottage, the home of William Wordsworth, and wrote poems inspired by the house. After lunch we walked up to White Moss Common. We passed the Leech Gatherer's pond and had a look at a real leech. We stopped high above Rydal Water and tasted some Grasmere gingerbread while we listened to some of Wordsworth's poems.
We watched films about dramatic rescues in the mountains and looked at lots of images that we had collected at home. Next we made our own mini plays. Now we have lots of ideas for our stories!
We made some lovely sketches this afternoon, right outside our classroom.
Dion told us the marvellous story of how he met his little dog Gobi in the middle of the Gobi desert, and of how he found him again when he was lost. We loved meeting them both!
We have been reading the limericks of the Victorian poet Edward Lear. We wrote our own limericks and read them aloud for everyone to enjoy. We like writing nonsense!
We had a scavenger hunt. Lydia and Tabitha got the most points! We had lots of fun in the woods too.
We had a lovely afternoon in the woods!
The dress rehearsal went smoothly. Well done everyone!
Year 5 and 6 in the Isle of Man!
John talked to the children about life in the deep ocean and in the Mariana Trench. The children used their imagination to create colourful posters containing all of their ideas. We looked a piece of obsidian (or 'dragon glass'), which was formed when a volcano erupted under the sea. Paul Hearne filmed the children. It was exciting to be part of John's research project.
Year 4 had a fantastic day at the university. participating in three different workshops! One workshop was run by the Debating Society. The children had to debate the pros and cons of wearing school uniform. The second workshop gave the children the experience of singing as part of a gospel choir. The final workshop was based on drama. The children made comic strips and met the villain Mr Hotdog! Thank you to the university for organising such an enjoyable day.
Kathy Blacker came into class to tell us about the important work of the charity Water Aid. We are so lucky to have clean water all the time in our houses. In many countries people are not so lucky. Some children have to walk a long way every day to collect water and many people don't have access to clean water at all. Water Aid is aiming to make sure that everyone in the world has clean water by 2030. Kathy told us about Water Aid's work in Madagascar. We all had a turn at picking up the jerry can. It was very heavy!
We went into the woods to make tiny boats from natural materials. We used twigs, bark, leaves. reeds and bracken. We drew characters to sit in our boats and attached them with clay. We launched them into the River Conder (with Mrs Kim's help and a long handled spade!) Now we are ready to write stories about their adventures on the river!
We had a lovely day walking from Halton to the Crook O' Lune and back again along the river. We spotted two tributaries, a huge meander, some rapids, a weir and the flood plains. Well done Archie for winning our bird quiz and to Nathan for finding the longest piece of grass!
We had fun this morning with Ben McCabe from More Music. We played samba rhythms on different instruments and sang too. We finished the morning with a performance for Classes 1 and 2.
What a great day we had at Brockholes, finding out about 'Rivers' with Ranger Phil! We also visited the Deep Dark Wood, had fun on the adventure playground and had ice cream! Best of all, the weather was great!
We had lots of fun with Matt this morning. Hooray - the sun was shining!
Look at all of our different designs! Did your boat cross the pool? No pushing allowed! We made newspaper towers. Whose was the tallest?
What a wet day! We made clay faces on the trees in the second wood. We collected natural materials to add to our clay creatures and to put on our photographs. We had lots of fun playing Mrs. Whitaker's games in the hall!
As part of our topic work on 'Water' we have been thinking about life in Madagascar, where 50% of children do not have access to clean water. We pretended that we were in Madagascar and Irenee told us about the daily lives of Malagasy children. After waking up we had to collect water and firewood, light a fire, set the water to boil,buy some rice from the stall and pick stones out of the rice. Next, some of us set off to walk to school. Lots of families in Madagascar cannot afford to send their children to school. While some of us had lessons at school, the others had to set to work. The jobs included - looking after the baby, cracking stones to make gravel, washing the clothes, preparing vegetables, helping with the cooking and looking after the cows and ducks. After all of this, it was time to buy breakfast at the stall ... if we had enough money. Benjamin's grandma, Hardy, had cooked us some apple fritters. They were delicious. Afterwards, Irenee taught us some Malagasy games. Thank you for a lovely morning!
We visited the Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Preston. Mr. Rye showed us the prayer hall and told us about Sikh beliefs. Sikhs believe that there is only one God and that you should serve other people. Every gurdwara has a langar hall and a kitchen, where food is prepared. Everyone is welcome in a gurdwara and Sikhs cook food for homeless people. We met the priest and had a snack and a drink in the langar hall. We all sat on the floor to show that we are all equal. Thank you to Reverend Cindy for coming with us!
Holly and Katarina spent the afternoon telling us about visual impairment. We tried out lots of fun activities. It was very frustrating trying to do things with restricted vision.
Grace and her Mum told us lots of interesting things about life in Madagascar! We had so many questions! We talked about the creatures that live in Madagascar and about how people live there. Life can be hard for children in Madagascar. Lots of children do not have access to clean water and families have to pay to send their children to school or to a doctor. Families live close to each other and help each other out. The people are friendly and always smiling. We loved seeing photos of Grace's family. Thank you Ando!
We made clay bird sculptures. Can you identify which birds we made?
Class 3 are participating in a scientific research project that has been initiated by the Edina Trust. We are one of 30 schools throughout the country that have planted daffodil, crocus and 'mystery' bulbs. Planting day was October 16th. When our bulbs germinate we will enter data onto the blog. We will be able to see what is happening to the bulbs at other schools and we will compare our results. Our bulbs are in one of the flower beds in the garden area. Look out for the signpost!
We had a lot of fun and were very pleased with the results! Congratulations to Grace and Benjamin!
Look how well they flew!
Last month we saw lots of lapwings flying over Quernmore valley when we went on our bird watching walk. They make their nests in the fields near school. Last week we saw a nest with chicks when we were coming back from swimming. We made our lapwing chicks from two pom poms and used good colours to camouflage them from predators.
We practised turning clockwise and anti clockwise through quarter, half, three quarter and full turns. We blindfolded our partner and directed them around the playground. We had to keep them safe and make sure that there were no collisions! We were very excited to see two buzzards circling over the church!
It was very windy on The Stone Jetty this morning! That didn't stop us from going right to the end though. We did a traffic survey on Morecambe sea front. There were so many cars that it was hard to make an accurate tally of them! Jake showed us around the Midland Hotel. He told us about the history of the hotel and showed us all the important works of art. We visited the restaurant and climbed the spiral staircase for a view from the top floor balcony. After lunch we walked along the promenade, past the statue of Eric Morecambe, to the Lifeboat Station. Mr. Jackson and the lifeboat crew told us about some rescue missions they have been part of and showed us all of their special equipment. They brought the hovercraft 'Hurley Flyer' for us to see and we all climbed aboard the lifeboat.
Charles and Mary taught us how to keep safe when we visit the beach or have fun in the water.
Well done for such brilliant costumes everyone!
We had a lovely morning! We saw pheasants, a kestrel, buzzards, lapwings, starlings, a very inquisitive robin, chaffinches, starlings, crows and two greylag geese. The children spotted some early frogspawn in the bog. We got a bit muddy coming back through Mr. Bolland's fields! Thank you very much to Mr. Thackeray for coming with us.
We devised games that used magnets.
We had a fantastic day at Leighton Moss with Carol, Suzanne and Pippa from the RSPB. In the morning the children had great fun leading the adults around the Habitats' Trail. After lunch we found out about birds' feathers, nests and song and had time spotting wildlife from the bird hides. Some children were lucky enough to have a robin feed from their hand!
Look at all of the fantastic models that we made at home over Christmas!
We dressed as Romans and celebrated Saturnalia by holding a grand feast. We ate olives, dates, figs, almonds and honey cakes and drank some wine (grape juice). We took it in turns to be masters and slaves.
Our buildings have columns and a pediment. We used tape and glue to join the pieces and cut cardboard triangles to help the pediment stand straight. It was tricky making all of the columns the same height.
We had a fantastic day!
Mr Mills showed us the Roman kiln in his garden.
Children in Classes 2 and 4 are reading together every week.
We tested different fabrics to see which would make the best cloak for Marcus, a Roman soldier patrolling Hadrian's Wall. The children wanted to find out which fabric was the most windproof. We tested this using a hair drier and a ping pong ball. They also wanted to know which fabric was the most waterproof. We poured water onto the fabrics and measured how much liquid passed through. The children had lots of ideas for how to make sure that our tests were fair.
Don't we look great!
We visited Vindolanda to see the remains of the Roman fort and the interesting objects that have been found there. Lorna, an archaeologist, talked to us about her job. Later we walked to Housesteads on Hadrian's Wall and enjoyed eating our Roman army bread there.
We made shadow puppet theatres and investigated reflections.
We walked up to the site of the Celtic settlement in the Quernmore Valley. We decided that Iron Age people chose to settle there because of the fantastic views all around. We could still see part of their fortifications and the remains of a holloway leading down the hill into the woods.
We made God's eyes and played a Viking game.
We made felt this morning with Sarah Ludford, Ella's Mum. She showed us how to lay the layers of fleece and how to rub the fibres until they felted together. We added lots of soapy water and rolled our felt in sushi mats. Thank you Sarah!
Can you guess which mini beasts we made?
Reverend Peter Brown is the minister at Quernmore Methodist Chapel. He met us at the chapel this morning and showed us how Communion is celebrated on Sundays. We met Abigail's Grandma too! Afterwards we walked back to school along the very muddy track.
We walked to the site of a Viking settlement and pretended that we were Vikings building our own houses there. We decided that Damas Gill was a good place because it was sheltered, it had water, it had building materials and there were plenty of animals to hunt.
We met Reverend Cindy at St. Peter's Church and she told us about the Eucharist service. We went into the Sanctuary and she showed us the chalice, the pattern, the host and the wafer. We talked about Jesus's Last Supper and the words he said to his disciples.
Weaver Laura Rosenzweig from Sedbergh showed us how to weave on a loom and Janet taught us how to spin yarn on a drop spindle and with a spinning wheel. Carole lent us some carders and drop spindles and gave us lots of different fleece samples too. Thank you to everyone who helped us!
How far can your go?
We spent the day at Whinlatter Forest, near Keswick.
The children worked hard all morning to create a performance for Classes 1 and 2. Great teamwork everyone!
We can follow maps to find the locations of different markers.
Day 1 of Activity Week was a scorcher and we had great fun in the woods. We decorated our totem heads with things from the woods.
Vicky is a pilot with the British Antarctic Survey. She lives in Quernmore. We invited her into school as part of Science Week, but she was away in the Antarctic. She talked to us about her interesting job and showed us lots of wonderful photos and films. Thank you Vicky!
We had a fantastic morning with Olaf and Linden, finding out about Viking weapons, home life and beliefs.
We decorated our eggs for the Easter competition.
Class 3 were invited to visit Lancaster Cohousing at Halton by Jan Maskell of Scientists for Global Responsibility.
Class 3 walked from Little Fell to school. The view was fantastic from the top - we could see the whole valley. We found a fossilised tree and the remains of an old railway line, we followed the course of a Roman road and we crossed the River Conder on a secret bridge. We found 4 geocaches on the way with lots of treasure! Now we're ready to draw our own maps of the whole route.
Great costumes - well done everyone!
Rachel talked to Class 3 about minerals and gems and helped them to make their own salt, sugar and bicarbonate of soda crystals.
Steve talked to the children about his work as a fresh water ecologist.
Graham Perrin brought the inflatable Astrodome. We found out about our own Solar System and the stars beyond.
Darren is an engineer with the RAF. He talked to the children about his job maintaining aircraft and about the aerodynamics of different aeroplanes. The children made their own paper planes and tested them in the playground to see which shape flew the furthest and which shape was the fastest. Some of our planes could even loop the loop and roll!
Class 4 walked into Quernmore village to investigate evidence for key geographical features and for signs of changes to the Quernmore settlement over time.
In Class 1 the children made catapults to deliver a message across a river.
Adrian put on two fantastic science shows - 'Materials' for Classes 1 and 2, and 'Forces' for Classes 3 and 4. Afterwards he came into classes to chat to the children and to answer their questions.
We enjoyed a run in the sun and then had the adventure playground all to ourselves. A good chance to try out our fantastic new playground equipment.
We learnt about Miracle Berry which makes sour and bitter foods taste sweet. We tested different foods to see if they were sweet or sour. We add sugar to lots of these foods. Would Miracle Berry help to keep our sugar intake down? Miss Richardson thought our 'sour faces' were very funny!
As part of our space topic we have been designing and making our own rockets. We have been enjoying writing stories based on 'Bob, Man on the Moon' by Simon Bartram.
Class 4 independently identified twelve experiments that they wanted to share with the rest of the school, gathered the resources and explained the science. Well done!
Dr Urbaniak is a biologist who works at Lancaster University. He came to talk to Class 2 and 3 about his work with parasites. We had a very interesting time learning about the parasites that live on humans. Dr Urbaniak told us how he looks after his parasites so he can find out how to stop them spreading diseases to humans. He talked about DNA and genetics with Class 3. The children extracted DNA from strawberries, kiwi fruit and bananas using salt, shampoo and ethanol.
Bay Vets Visit
Professor Jim talked to Class 2 about space.
Janet and Caroline visited us from Lanes Vets to tell the children in Classes 1 and 3 about their work with animals.
Ms Meijer, Alex's mum, came into class to share her expertise working for a chemist company based at Lancaster University
In Class 2 we were exploring different forces. Children blew up balloons with coca cola, they tried (and succeeded) to make a hole in a ballon without it popping, they explored a non-newtonian fluid (cornflour goo) and made balloon rockets. We had a great time!
We had Colour Chaos in Class 3! We tried out chromatography, separating different coloured inks used in felt tips using filter paper. We used red cabbage as a natural indicator and found that acids (lemon juice) turned it red and alkaline (bicarbonate of soda) turned it blue. We carried out a Stroop Test, reading sets of coloured words and timing each other. We decided that we'd rather be a green caterpillar if we lived on the pitch - they were the best camouflaged!
Class 3 were invited to Lancaster Cohousing by Jan Maskell at Scientists for Global Responsibility. The children found out about all the eco-friendly features of a Passivhaus. We walked along the Lune to the Hydro and the engineer showed us the water turbines. We made our own model water turbines and tested them with water to see if they worked!
In Class 3 we have been finding out about life in the rainforests. We were horrified to discover how quickly these beautiful and important ecosystems are being destroyed. Please read our posters!
Classes 2 and 3 visited the Hindu temple in Preston.
We decorated our muffins with lava and rocks!
Happy Christmas from Class 3!
We made 'Christingles', which means 'Christ Lights' and learnt what each part represents.
It was hard work getting Dunham Massey ready for Christmas and the servants had lots of jobs to do! There were decorations, cards and pomanders to make. Chocolate bread and biscuits needed baking in the big kitchen. The servants had to be on their best behaviour when they were introduced to Lady Stamford. Out in the grounds the gamekeeper needed help with beating for the hunt and we caught a poacher who was stealing Lord Stamford's rabbits.
Class 3 met the game keeper and experienced life 'below stairs' at Dunham Massey.
Class 4 entered the planet learning zone and had an immersive learning experience. Furthermore, Mrs Harrison came in to talk to the children about what science was involved in working with in a civil engineering company who are currently responsible for replacing Morecambe's sea defence barrier!
In Class 4 we investigated the following: 1. Can I make a balloon rocket? 2. Can I make my own constellation using my knowledge of how light travels? 3. Can I show I understand the order and relative size of the planets in our solar system using fruit?
Class 4 got into the spirit by dressing up as a wide range of fantastic book characters including Harry Potter, Mary Poppins and Sherlock Holmes to name a few...
A fruity day!
Class 4 visited Manchester University museum and came face to face with a real life (sort of) mummy, built pyramids and explored artefacts, to name but a few activities!
Class 4 worked extremely hard to produce a wonderful play for the entertainment of the whole school. Not bad for two and a half hours practice!
We had a lovely day in the park!
His eyes are orange His tongue is black He has purple prickles all over his back Oh help! Oh no! It's a Gruffalo!
Damian from Ordnance Survey came to find the coordinates to put our wind turbine on the Ordnance Survey map of our area. Children in Class 2 went to watch him working. He explained how his equipment worked with the internet to put our wind turbine in exactly the right place on the map.
We found all sorts of mini beasts when we went on a bug hunt in the second wood.
We visited Dewlay in Garstang to see what happens to Mr. Bolland's milk after it leaves the farm. We looked down into the factory to see how cheese is made. We made some cheese of our own, using milk, culture, rennet and salt. We tasted lots of different cheeses too. Yum yum!
We had a great time watching the steam engine demonstration, visiting the Air and Space Hall and trying out experiments.
We walked to Greenlot Farm and Mr. Bolland showed us how he looks after his cows and how he milks them.
Class 1 had a fantastic day finding out about trains. We had a tour of Lancaster Station before buying our tickets and catching the train to Grange Over Sands. The guard checked our tickets and we saw lots from the train windows. We liked crossing the estuary on the long bridge! We walked along the promenade at Grange and looked back across the bay to Quernmore. We had lots of fun at the train playground and ate our lunch in the sunshine. On the way home, we got off the train at Carnforth Station to go into the Visitor Centre. We met Mr. Adams and learnt about steam trains. The ice creams were delicious!
Oasis Dental Practice visited Class 3 and delivered a series of activities
Trip to Milnthorpe
Even snowfall and closed roads do not deter our children and staff from getting into school! Have a look and see how much fun we had.