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Week 31 – 23rd March 2014


Sport – White water rafting


Physics  – Forces Revision Activity and Test – 80%

Maths – Decimals – Multiplication

English – Read a poem and answer questions

History – Wartime Farm – Making clay tiles, evacuees, making space for evacuees

Economics – What effects the price of food – imports, weather, supply and demand, food sovereignty, feed for animals, fuel costs  Looking at food prices for  rice, beef and chocolate.

Moons – How the Moon’s phases look from the earth, the crescent moon seen from the equator, what makes a moon, the Moon’s origin, forming other Moons, Triton a Moon with a difference,  Pluto’s eccentric Orbit,  Pluto and Charon,  bombardment history,  what is a tide, spring and jeep tides and tidal heating.

Sport – Fencing


Geography –  Tourist impact in Tasavo National Park and completed an exercise

IT – Data capture forms

Gardening – Pond cleaning and more work on bug hotel

Nature – Wild Burma – South Burma trying to protect an area diverse in wildlife to stop the poaching of animals to be used in Chinese medicines.

IT – Bang goes the theory – How data is used, reports from plane engines in flight,  medical uses, and how data is captured and sold legally like the NHS, and illegal for monetary gains/ fraud.  How fraudsters track information down on the internet to build profile of a person

Maths – Decimals- rounding up and down to 1, 2 and 3 dp

Gaming – Looking how free trials get you hooked on online gaming but then to continue the game you have to purchase monthly subscriptions.

Social – Scouts


Chemistry – Revision Acids Bases and Metals – Test 79%

History – Wartime Farm – Government requirements of farms

Culture – Looked and discussed the annual report from Plan International regarding the child we sponsor

Maths – Decimals

Economics – Continuing with what effects the price of food, Corn – the use of  corn in biofuel pushing price up, with the price of corn increased increased costs to farmers for feed, increased cost of meat.  Eggs – Use of battery farms – the regulation in 2012 that made farmers invest in larger cages plus cost of food has pushed the price up and coffee – looking at Ethiopia and our love of proper coffee from the aribica bean, which is harvested by hand, the bush is very difficult to grow susceptible to weather and disease and  within 30 years due to climate change its possible there will be no coffee plantations left in Ethiopia.  The affluent Asians – increase of middle classes in Asia seen an increase in protein consumed in particular pork.  UK has higher welfare standards than most of the world however UK producers won’t pay this so most is sent to Asia where it reaches a higher price leaving the UK with low  quality factory farmed pork in supermarkets.

Sign Language – Unit 3 Test – 95%

Sport – Taekwando


Maths -9 times table looking at the pattern to make learning easier than rote learning.

Sport – Climbing


Animal Care – Animal session day at Cheltenham and Gloucester Animal Shelter. Small Animals – Rabbits, care and making/ painting new hutches, cat care and cuddling, dog care and dog walking.


Sport – Swimming lesson




Week 30 -16th March


Sport – Welsh Road Relay Championships 1.2 Miles


Maths – Decimal Subtractions

Documentary – Astronauts – Houston we have a problem – issues that can go wrong in space.

Technology/ computing  – Designed a pressure pad and then programmed it to say “Mr Pickles get out of my room”DSC_0128

Nature/Woodwork – building a bug hotelDSC_0087

Music – Guitar Lesson

Sport – Fencing


Documentary – Astronauts – A trip around the earth

Science – Bang goes the theory – Cancer – What the major causes of cancer are in the UK – smoking and obesity.  Why a cell becomes cancerous – cell division and what can go wrong.  How Radiation therapy works – why the machine goes in an arc. How biopsy’s are performed. Chemotherapy how it works – how they are selective. Cancer screening programs.

Oceanography – Rubbish in our deep oceans, Out of site out of mind , TED talk on plastics in our oceans and disposal at sea

Maths – Decimals, multiplication and division by 10, 100 and 1000

English – Writing a letter to a newspaper on opinion of animals being kept in Zoo’s.

Astronomy – Moons- Open University Course –  Introduction to the moons around our solar system planets, including what they are made from and size,  a 10 myths about moons presentation, a waltz around Saturn and a short quiz

Social – Scouts


Technology for fun session in Gloucester – making a paddle boat

Animal Behaviour – Cats – How cats see


Natural History – What goes into deciding if an area should be protected – finding new species, finding a breeding population , research methods use

History – War Time Farm – Changing role of women, portable electric generators, modern time saving household equipment – Iron, kitchen cupboard, The blackout and what fines were imposed farms  dictated to by ministry of agriculture to change their  animal pastures to arable crops, Special Forces Assistants and the resistance movement.

Oceanography – Final day of course – Who owns the deep oceans, the impact of exploration, TED talk No longer in the dark, our choice for the future of the deep ocean,  deep ocean in our everyday lives, how underground cables are laid, metals for modern lives, how metal mining in deep sea vents can be achieved

Technology –  Working out what was wrong with yesterdays model and improving the design of yesterdays paddle boat

Sport – Athletics Club Training


English – Write a funny story about Cats

Maths – Decimals division

History – Wartime Farm – The Land girls, WI and canning, getting rid of pets/ livestock due to affordability, rationing, the black market. Amelia King and her fight to become a land girl.

Cookery – Making SushiDSC_0089



Finance – Micro Loans what they are and how they help poor communities  in third world countries, get a start in helping themselves and each other, choose a charity to donate to 

PSHE – Relationships –  BBC Schools – The importance of trust

Moons – Moons and Planets, The Moons Orbit, Prograde Orbits, Orbital Inclination, Retrograde Orbits, Tritons orbit around Neptune, Synchronous Rotation, Rings around planets, Are ring particles Moons, Moon phases and liberation.

Physics – Revision – BBC bitesize – Energy transfer and storage – Revise, Activity and Test 91%.


Sport – Swimming lesson

Week 27 – 2nd March 2014


Music – Guitar Lesson

Oceanography – More about how the sea gets to be so salty and why the salt concentration does not keep increasing


Maths – Fractions, simplifying before multiplication

English –  Reading a passage about the Elephant Child and answering questions

Biology – Male and Female reproductive systems, labelling and matching descriptions to parts.

Animal Behaviour – Inside the animal mind

Oceanography – Iron concentration and movement

Cookery – Pancakes

Sign Language – Greetings, Lip reading and body language

Culture – New Lives in the wild – Panama

Social – Scouts


DSC_0087Physics – Power transmission, using apparatus transmitting a force through a long tube and making the air thinner by creating a vacuum.  Looking at the densities of water and air and Newton.

Maths – Cancelling down fractions and multiplication

Oceanography – Planning a cruise – reasons to set sail, planning the exhibition  and back at base

Culture – New Lives in the wild – the Himalayas

History – Edwardian Farm

Sport – Taekwando


Maths – 7,8,9 times table practice

Sport – Climbing

History – People – Florence Nightingale – Nursing and Alexander Bell- Telephone


Sport – Timed 1.2 mile run

History – People – Harriet Tubman – Slavery, Brunel – Railway, Mary Anning- Fossil Hunter

Biology – Dissection the human foot video, trying to write his name with his foot

English – reading a letter from an RSPCA inspector about elephants in zoo’s and answering questions

Gardening – Potting on

Geography – National Parks in the UK, why we have them, what conflicts can occur and solutions to those conflicts


DSC_0099Sport – 7 Mile walk Oystermouth to Caswell bay and back

Week 28 – 9th March 2014


Woodwork – Using a circular saw


Gardening – Cleaning equipment- why its important to wash and clean garden equipment.

History – Edwardian Farm – Cherry Picking, potato crops, salmon fishing and methodist day trip to the beach.

Oceanography – Research vessels and equipment, video first manned mission to worlds deepest known undersea vents, Exploring the ocean floor in manned submersibles,  diary entries  of a day on a research vessel , Planning ahead, where each ship will be, working with an ROV,  Marine Technology

Astronomy – The sky at night and looking how pictures from DSLR’s attached to scope

Maths – Addition of Decimals

Greek Mythology – Cronus Titian King

Sport – Fencing


History – Visit to a Cobblers

History – Visit to Dukes Table in Trefil

Geology/ History / TV  Location –  Trefil Quarry , looking at the quarry and the limestone, how it was used in the local steel works, family history Road Runner’s Great Granddad drove the train that took the limestone to the steel works, how the disused landscape is now  used for many TV programs.

Sport – Running

Social – Scouts


English – Writing an article about food for a national competition

Maths – Addition of decimals

History – Edwardian Farm, making charcoal, making Iron from Iron Ore, making a weather vain, home made barometer, oat harvest, start of first world war

Biology – Menstrual cycle, Fertilisation and conception

Money – Looking at house insurance, why the cheapest is not the best, why re build value is different than house value, what contents insurance covers, what buildings insurance


Documentary –  Astronaut’s  in Space, what they eat, how they are monitored, contact with families, where they sleep, how they exercise.

Maths- Decimals and subtraction

Sign Language – Asking Name, Where do you live, Your age and workplace and answering

Oceanography –  Schedules on cruises, how to get the timings correct ensuring that there is very little down time, life at sea, logistics onboard and virtual tour of ship, test week 5

History People – Grace Darling, Edward Jenner, Rosa Parks, Thomas Barnardo and Elizabeth Fry


Big Bang STEM Festival

DSCF1294Roadrunner was a neutron attracting electron’s, saw the Bloodhound car  and had a go at the simulator at driving the car, saw a Gatronaut  show, a dome show where we went into a cell to look at the parts in depth, met an astronaut, chocolate welding, made a bacteria out of plastercine, went in a virtual site office, with BBC Natural History Camera men looked at different camera’s they had, macro, thermal, slow motion and small wand.  Saw a short BBC show and finally a machine that could solve a rubik cube in


2.71 seconds.

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