Mr Chaplin's Class
Hands On History
We had a fantastic time at the Hands On History Museum in Hull finding out about mummification. We re-enacted a mummification, worked with artefacts and saw an actual Egyptian mummy!
Ancient Egypt Here We Come...
The title gives away the topic, but there is still plenty of mystery to be found in our summer topic! The children will explore Ancient Egyptian tombs, help a builder finish the pyramids and create a musical number to give a recently passed pharaoh a good send off... Come back soon for more!
All Done and Ready for a New Adventure...
Well that is it for the spring term... well nearly! After a well considered debate and some very careful weighing up of the evidence the class determined that the Lincoln Iron Man was probably not real, although a few of us still thought it was real - Who would go to all that effort to fake it!?
Take a look at the linked Twitter account below to check the evidence for yourself...
The company tasked with rebuilding the robot that crash-landed has asked us if we can make a prototype arm. It has to have 4 fingers and a thumb that open like a human hand and requires a magnet that can be turned on and off.
We have set to work investigating how to turn a magnet on and off straight away...
Breaking News Update
There are reports in the news and on social media explaining what has happened:
Sometime during the night what appears to be a large robotic head has crash-landed in the school playground. Police have sealed off the area and are investigating the situation.
Apparently other robot parts have landed across the city!
We hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas break and are ready for all that 2018 has to offer.
This term the children will be looking at magnets and robotics in their topic work. This will be a very hands-on topic with plenty of opportunities to investigate and create. Use the links below to find out more and carry out some virtual experiments.
We will continue with swimming sessions on Fridays for the first few weeks, so don't forget those swimming kits!
Rainforest in a Jar
The children have made a rainforest in a jar using soil, water, moss and some garden herb seeds. The rainforest is self sufficient and the jar will never need opening, as it has its own water and oxygen cycle.
Dr Indiana Chaplin visited today to ask for our help with an important quest. He had found an ancient code in the rainforest and asked for our help to break it.
The children worked in groups to complete the maths stories and then went on a journey through the rainforest to see if they could find what the numbers meant.
After a long journey through the rainforest, the children broke the code and found a treasure chest containing a map and some instructions.
Following the instructions by taking steps with their fingers the children found that they all placed the treasure in different places – We all have different size fingers! After some discussion we decided that we could use 5cm ‘steps’ to follow the instructions and we found that the treasure was located in a temple hidden in a tree.
Dr Chaplin entered the temple and found the treasure but it was booby-trapped. We needed bags with 2 handfuls of sand to take the place of the golden relic. The children each made a bag containing 2 hands of sand, but when they weighed them they were all different! The children realised they all had different sized hands.
It started to get late so we headed back to camp to think how we can deactivate the trap and get the golden relic.
It is time to shake-off those late nights and long lay-ins, the 2017/18 school year has started!
We will be kicking off the year with our rainforest topic, focusing particularly on plants and creatures of all sizes. We have lot of fun activities to help keep our learning fun and a few surprises too.
I will be in contact with parents and carers at the end of the first week to let you know how our first week has gone. A letter will also be sent in the first couple of weeks containing useful information like which days to send PE kit and when homework activities are due.
Keep checking back to see what we are up to in class.
Some Useful Start of Year Websites
The sites below will help improve your knowledge and make you look a genius in class...