Up. up and away!
Welcome to a new term. Our school topic for this term is entitled Up, up and away! We will be exploring flight in all its different forms- flying creatures, both real and imaginary, flying machines, gadgets and toys.
Our Trek from Trencrom to Tremenheere
We had a wonderful day walking along St. Michael's Way from Trencrom Hill to Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens near Penzance. The route was used long ago by pilgrims travelling from Wales and Ireland to Santiago de Compostella in Spain. They walked from Lelant to Marazion, so as not to risk the rough seas to the west of Cornwall. The path is waymarked with a scallop shell, the symbol of the pilgrimage. The children walked almost 5 miles along narrow footpaths, over fields and along quiet country roads. They climbed over countless stiles! While walking, they kept a sharp eye out for all the sights on the sheet below. By the time they reached Tremenheere, they were very tired after 4 hours walking, but felt very proud of the determination and resilience they had shown. Well done Class 1!
Our hot air balloon role play area!
We have a wonderful hot air balloon in our role play area, buillt not by the Montgolfier brothers, but by Mrs. Crisp, Miss. Smith and Mrs. Eathorne. We have a travel agents desk where we can show our tickets and passports, and dressing up clothes and picnic food to prepare ourselves for the journey.
Investigating hot air balloons
We had an exciting time investigating how warm air expands. We placed a balloon over the neck of a bottle and put it in a bowl of very hot water and then very cold water. When it was in the hot water, the balloon filled with air. When it was in cold water, it deflated and went floppy. We had great fun swapping it back and forth. Gradually, the balloon took longer to inflate in the hot water and we worked out it must be because the water was cooling. Interestingly, it deflated just as quickly in the cold water.
"Up, up and away!" topic homework
The children are very excited about our new topic and are bringing in lots of objects from home, linked to the theme of flight. Drawing hot air balloons is the current favourite, but we have also seen paper aeroplanes, a hot air balloon model, story books and a wonderful balancing bird! We are looking forward to the Topic Homework grid.