This week we have been going over some key number concepts as we begin our revision for SATs. Here are the links to last year’s arithmetic paper if any parents want to try – its a 30 minute test.
The reasoning papers are here:
In writing, we have completed our own newspaper reports based on fairy tails. We had some great reports based on Little Red Ridding Hood, Jack and The Beanstalk, Cinderella and Snow White amongst others. Next week we will return to story writing.
We have also managed to fit in some science for British Science Week including two amazing science visitors on Friday.
We had a thrilling presentation from Dr Adam Baker who works on rockets and satellites and collaborates with the astronaut Tim Peake. Below are the live launch of an air-powered rocket and a demonstration of a real miniature rocket engine.
Adam told us about the International Space Station (ISS) – a giant science laboratory in space, orbiting the Earth at 25,000 miles an hour. He encouraged us to use the International Space Station tracker (http://www.isstracker.com/) to follow its orbit. There’s also lots of amazing video of the Earth shot from the ISS on the web for anyone interested.
We had an equally exciting presentation from a chemistry teacher at Dulwich College (and Rosendale parent) who explained how atoms are the building blocks of matter and performed some great experiments.
Explosion of a hydrogen balloon:
Burning ethanol in a plastic barrel:
Ethanol + oxygen –> carbon dioxide, water [which we saw left in the container] and heat energy [the barrel was warm]
This week’s SPaG practice is three short (10 question) exercises:
- Formal and informal English
- Passive and active voice
- Use of colons and semi-colons