Blog 22 - 31st March
We began our week learning about Farmers and what they do to help us! We had the great pleasure of inviting Alan, (Mrs Farrar's dad) in, who brought in a Fendt Tractor for the children to enjoy! He talked all about the tractor - what it does, how it works and what it's used for on the farms. The children were able to get in the tractor and see all the components up close! The children left with a great understanding into farm life and the importance of tractors on farms.
Back in the classroom we started to think more about Dairy Farmers and The Milk Delivery service. The children learnt that milk isn't just made in shops and that's where it comes from. We learnt that actual story of milk and the production that happens before we see it in our cartons at snack time. Some key vocab that you can use within your conversations around this area of learning, over the weekend are: dairy farmers, milking, cows and udders.
Towards the end of the week we turned our learning to the RNLI, lifeboat crew and what they do to help us. On Friday we had the great pleasure of welcoming Richard who is a crew member at the Amble RNLI Lifeboat crew. Richard came and spoke about what they have to do if a 999 emergency call comes through. We learnt what we should do if we were ever in danger near the coast, that they have different boats for different rescue missions and we were even able to try on life jackets and safety helmets! Take a look at the photos. Our new vocab from this was:
From our visit we started to think about materials and which materials would be most suitable for a coast guard’s jacket. There were a few factors that we had to consider, the most important being whether the material was suitable for the job and being waterproof. So Mrs Farrar set us a challenge - we had to test out different materials to find out which one was waterproof. Our experiment involved squirting water onto the different materials to see which ones stayed dry, didn't tear and didn't absorb all the water. We quickly realised that paper was no good and definitely not waterproof. The materials that we tested were: felt, netting, card, cotton wool, coloured tissue paper and plastic. We realised that the most suitable material for being waterproof was the plastic. Please encourage your child to talk about this activity at home - we had great fun!
Over the holidays to follow up on any of our learning this half term, why don't you have a go at testing out some materials to see if they are waterproof or not? Can you make any predictions together?
Or how about having a conversation around the production of milk and what the dairy farmers need to do to get the milk in the shops on time. I’ve attached a link below to help jog your child’s memory!
You can upload any learning onto your child's journal.