Matthew and Kaine reach the Pink Ghost

Posted by lpsmrslater2013 on Friday Jul 18, 2014 Under Uncategorized

Matthew and Kaine became the first pair to rise to the Year 2 Pac Man Scratch Coding Challenge and navigate their way around the maze to gobble up the Pink Ghost. Here’s their successful Pac Man program.

Mia and Oliver came in a close second with their coding script. Most of the children reached at least the blue ghost.

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Seed Growth Investigation – Part 5 – 8th July 2014

Posted by lpsmrslater2013 on Tuesday Jul 8, 2014 Under Uncategorized

8th July Light

8th July Water

Our Conclusions

“We found out that plants need water to grow.” CARRIE ANN

“They won’t germinate (sprout) at all without water” FRANCESCA

“To grow healthily (tall white stalks with green leaves), plants need light” MIA

“Without light, cress still grows but it has yellow leaves and brown stalks” OLIVER

The children were asked if they thought that the seeds that hadn’t grown (the ones in the pots without water) were dead. No-one thought they were. They just hadn’t had the water that they needed to germinate in the first place. To test this, we added water to one of these pots to see what happened. We’ll post the results in a few days.

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Clay Tile Making with Paul and Becca – Thursday 3rd July 2014

Posted by lpsmrslater2013 on Thursday Jul 3, 2014 Under Uncategorized

Year 2 have been making clay tiles to be displayed on the wall in the library of the new school building. Paul and Becca from PaperShaker came in to teach us how to add our designs to pre-prepared clay tiles, which have now gone off for their first firing in the kiln. They’ll be back next week for us to paint and glaze.

The pictures show :- 1) Some of Year 2 about to be chomped by the great clay T-Rex, 2) Year 2 busy designing and practising their decoration techniques, 3) the competition we had at the end of the session to see who could make the smallest human shape, with arms, legs and a head, that would stand up on its own and 4) the winners of the competition receiving the clay crown from Paul.


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Seed Growth Investigation – Part 4 – 2nd July 2014

Posted by lpsmrslater2013 on Wednesday Jul 2, 2014 Under Uncategorized

Time for the next round of observations. The children are already starting to make their own conclusions about which conditions affect growth the most.

2nd July Light
“All still growing but stalks for plants with no light are getting quite brown with very yellow leaves.” Carrie Ann’s Group
“Stalks bending towards the light. Dark green leaves drooping towards soil. Brown-ish stalks” Dylan’s Group

2nd July Water


“Plants with some water growing the best. Green leaves, tall white stalks” Kaine’s Group

“Plants with water look quite healthy and curly.” Faye’s Group

“No water pots – still nothing. Just seeds.” Oliver’s Group

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Seed Growth Investigation – Part 3 – 30th June 2014

Posted by lpsmrslater2013 on Monday Jun 30, 2014 Under Uncategorized

No comments from the groups today, as we were a bit busy with Sports Day, but you can see that most of the cress has grown well over the weekend. It’s clear that the cress with no light is still growing but doesn’t look anywhere near as healthy as the cress that has been in the light the whole time. It’s also clear that the cress without any water is not doing very well at all.
By the end of the week, the children will be asked to think about what they have found out about what cress needs to grow (and to grow healthily too) and to write their thoughts down in a final conclusion.

30th June Light

30th June Water

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Who will be our 1000th visitor??

Posted by lpsmrslater2013 on Monday Jun 30, 2014 Under Uncategorized

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So, we’re on 999 visits for the year so far. Who will be our 1000th visitor ??
(please note – there isn’t a prize!)

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Just before hometime on Friday, this happened….

Posted by lpsmrslater2013 on Friday Jun 27, 2014 Under Uncategorized

It rained and hailed a little bit…..


Rain and Hail – 27th June 2014 by lpsmrslater2013

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Seed Growth Investigation – Part 2 – 27th June 2014

Posted by lpsmrslater2013 on Friday Jun 27, 2014 Under Uncategorized

Year have just made their second round of observations in their seed growth investigation. Their thoughts were as follows.

light 27th June
“No light makes an unhealthy plant, as it has yellow leaves and a brown stalk.” Matthew’s Group
“All growing quite high (9-10cm). The stalks are mostly straight, with some bending at the top. The greenest leaves are the ones in the most sunlight.” Dylans’s Group

water 27th June

“Still no growth from the no water pot. Others are growing well, but more seeds have sprouted in the ‘some water’ pot. All have healthy white stalks and very green leaves.” Ben’s Group
“The highest stalks are 7/8cm in some watered pots. The stalks are very straight now and will be above the brim of the pot by Monday” Faye’s Group

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Sponsored Walk – Friday 27th June 2014

Posted by lpsmrslater2013 on Friday Jun 27, 2014 Under Uncategorized

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The whole of Orchard Site had their sponsored walk this morning. Nursery went first, followed by Reception, then Year 1 and 2 (who had issues with the rain and had to do their laps in two attempts), all in aid of fundraising for a track on the new site. When they got back inside, they found that the Friends and the Spar Shop had provided a lovely treat for all the walkers – squash and biscuits.

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Seed Growth Investigation – 25th June 2014

Posted by lpsmrslater2013 on Wednesday Jun 25, 2014 Under Uncategorized

Year 2 are investigating the effect of different conditions on how well cress seeds grows.

Some groups have investigated the effect of different amounts of water (i.e. some, lots or none) on how the seeds grow, while others have been looking at the effect of different amounts of light (i.e. some, lots or none again). Apart from their one condition (or ‘variable’) that they changed for all their pots (light or water), they’ve tried hard to keep everything else the same (same soil, same pots, same number of seeds etc.)

Here are some pictures of their pots just before the groups made and recorded some detailed observations about the growth of their seeds.

    Water Investigation

26th June Lots of Water
“1cm tall. Most seeds are sprouting. Curly. White stalks, green leaves” – Mia’s Group.

26th June No Water
“Not growing at all” – Oliver’s Group.

26th June Some Water
“Growing well. Lots of curling. White stalks, green leaves”- Kaine’s Group.

    Light Investigation

26th June Light Investigation
“All growing. White stalks. Green leaves in pots with light. Yellow leaves in pots with no light” – Matthew’s Group.



Check back in a few days for the next round of observations!

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