Following our talk from the Natural History Museum, we applied all our knowledge from the last few weeks to dissect real-life lamb hearts. It was really interesting to see the children who excelled in this lesson asking excellent questions about the different functions of the heart.
This afternoon we joined the Nature Live talk from the Natural History Museum ahead of our work on Evolution and Inheritance next term. These discussions with curators from the museum introduce the children both to the role of a curator and an aspect of Science from the museum.
We learnt about the terms ‘monophyletic’ and ‘polyphyletic’ related to the number of ancestors a species has. We looked at lots of strange looking chickens and discovered how they all came from the same ancestors.
We learnt about the work of Mendel and his evolution work on pea plants. Sadly the world was not ready for this German scientist’s work and his work was not published.
Darwin spent a lot of time experimenting on chickens – this is not so well-known as the fact her experimented with pigeons. Chickens were very easy to breed and keep so it was easy for him to experiment on them.
Hein Van Grouw discussed the difficulties that Darwin and other scientists of his day had without a knowledge of genetics and genetic mutations.
We discussed whether chickens could never fly or whether this developed over time – some chickens (jungle fowl) can fly, as can pheasants however domestic chickens are too heavy.
Year 6 Leavers’ Hoodies are now available to order. Please complete the form below with your parent/carer so that we know if you would/would not like to order one.
Last year hoodies were £20 and this year we have managed to secrure them for £14.75 each. They will have the school logo embroided on the front left hand side and “Leavers 21” on the back in white with the children’s names in the numbers.
Children can choose from red, blue, green, yellow or black.
Please complete the form and go to ParentPay to pay for your hoodie by 12 pm on Monday 16th March 2021, so we can order these and the children can start wearing them from the beginning of the Summer Term. If you have any issues with paying by this date please email email@example.com and let us know.
Following our drivers of activism and democracy, yesterday we had a virtual visit from the education team at UK Parliament.
The children looked at the different parts of the building and learnt about some of the history of the Houses of Parliament. Then we looked at how our democracy works in the UK as well as the different components of the Houses of Parliament and how a law is written.
We were able to participate using the chat and the children asked lots of great questions and made some excellent suggestions about campaigns that they would raise or the purpose of different laws.
Families do not need to take any action on offer day, as they have until 15 March to submit waiting list requests and 29 March to submit appeal requests.
If families are not happy with the school they have been offered they can ask to be added to the waiting list for any Leeds school (including schools they haven’t previously asked for) and can appeal against the refusal of a place at a preferenced school. Waiting list forms and appeal forms are available at www.leeds.gov.uk/offerday.
Can you please recommend to any family who are considering refusing their offer that they
· contact the allocated school before turning down the offer
· are aware that if they turn down a place, it will be allocated to another child and we cannot guarantee a place will become available at a closer school to home – they could be left without a Year 7 place.
· understand accepting an offer doesn’t impact the chances of being offered a place from the waiting list or increase the chances of success at an appeal hearing
· any family who refuses an offer must contact the offered school direct and will be asked to confirm where they will be educating their child in September
Application forms for any children who have not submitted an application for Year 7 can be found on our website www.leeds.gov.uk/offerday