Science Production: To the Moon and Back

Brought to WEJS by….. Ben Langley

As part of the 2024’s Festival Learning Programme, we were invited to watch the Norfolk Panto legend and Britain’s Got Talent star, Ben Langley perform his fantastic one-man play.

‘To the Moon and Back’ is an interactive, science play for primary aged pupils. The play explains the science behind the trip to the moon and enhances the school Science curriculum for Earth, space, light and forces.

The children really enjoyed the play. Thank you for making our learning so memorable.

Design & Technology

As part of the investigation into ancient machines we looked at how levers, pulleys and gears worked. We did this by testing out simple machines such as a catapult and by reading about ancient designers such as Archimedes. We also learnt about the effect of forces in Science and discovered how the Norwich Cathedral was built in Norman times.

We worked together to create prototypes of machines and used our knowledge of the mechanical systems to consider how we could solve the problem of moving an item from one height to another safely and considered how ancient mechanics are relevant to the global world today.

DT: Cooking & Nutrition- Making Pancakes

Yum, yum, yum in our tum, tum, tum.

Within this series of lessons we learnt how to:

  • Crack an egg
  • Read scales to measure amounts in grammes
  • Measure amounts in ml
  • Measure amounts using measuring spoons
  • Beat a mixture together

We also practised:

  • Using a hot pan safely
  • Using a knife to chop safely
  • Reading and following a recipe carefully and accurately
  • Working together safely in a kitchen

Before making the pancakes, we designed what we wanted our finished pancake to look like and decided what we would like in our pancakes. We followed the recipe to make a batter and chopped the ingredients before using following our designs to create the finished pancake.

We cooperated well in the kitchen and cooked together as a team. The end results were delicious and we decided that as a year group we preferred sweet pancakes over savoury. If you would like to have a go at whipping up some batter then please follow the link in the ‘learning together’ section of the school website. We look forward to hearing about which toppings you like.

Forest Garden Project Session.

Science: Finding out about Seed Dispersal

As part of the Forest Garden Projects, we looked at and investigated different natural objects. We learnt about seeds and seed dispersal. We found out that seeds are dispersed by wind, fire and water as well as by animals. We discovered that animals carry and disperse seeds in their fur or by going to the toilet!

Next, we prepared the seeds for winter so that they can be planted in the spring. We are looking forward to our next Forest Garden Project session.

Welcome to our 2023/2024 Year 5 Blog

Year 5 Trip to Norwich- ‘Our Fine City’

We went to visit the centre of Norwich. Once there we were given a number of challenges to complete on our trip. These included:

  • Visiting Norwich Market
  • Creating a map of key Norwich landmarks that can be viewed from the top of the market.
  • Going on a George Skipper building hunt to think about how one architect can make a difference to one city.
  • Viewing the George Skipper’s botanical tiles in the Royal Arcade.
  • Sketching the botanical tiles to provide inspiration for our printing designs once back in school.
  • Investigating the modern Norwich streets for historical clues as well as journeying underground to find out what hidden secrets lie beneath our feet.

Patron of Reading Visit: Macbeth Workshop

What a fabulous workshop. We loved learning about Macbeth in our taster session and are really looking forward to taking part in the Macbeth drama workshop when we are in Year 6. Steve Skidmore also had lunch with the Year 4 children and held to Awards Assemblies in the afternoon. We found out that one of the Year 5 classes had read the most words in the school and that one Year 5 child had gained their ‘Millionaire Reader Badge’. Well done everyone and keep reading.

Garden Project

The school has been working in partnership with the ‘Garden Project’. As part of this project we have planted trees with the Year 4’s at the bottom of our field and have attended a range of workshops to find out more about the Science and Geography of our local environment. Here are a few photographs from our day.

West Earlham Junior School
Scarnell Road, Norwich NR5 8HT

Telephone: 01603 454569
Email: office@westearlhamjunior.norfolk.sch.uk

Headteacher: Mrs Catrin Eyers
School Business Manager: Mrs Beverley Savage