The life of famous palaeontologist Mary Anning

Today we have been learning about the life of the famous palaeontologist Mary Anning born in 1799.

We researched Mary’s life and created dramatisations of different periods.

during infancy Mary was the only survivor of a lightning strike.

Collecting ‘curiosities’ on the beach
Chipping away piece by piece at the rock
Mary Anning’s legacy and why the fact she is a woman is so important.

Can you comment any amazing things we learnt about Mary Anning?

Double Science Excitement

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.

Darwin’s Chicken Coop

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.

Titeuf avec l’Institut Francais

This afternoon Year 6 attended a Cine Lumiere screening of 4 episodes of the famous Swiss comic series Titeuf followed by a bi-lingual workshop learning how to create comics in the style of Titeuf.

We found the episodes really funny and loved having a go at creating our own characters in this style!

The stations of the cross

In the run up to Easter we spent today’s RE lesson looking at the stations of the cross and the messages that Christians take from the scripture. We re-enacted the stations as tableaux.

Morayo wowed us all with her knowledge of these events running up to the Christian festival of Easter.

We discussed the meaning of ‘messiah’ and revisited our knowledge of why Jesus was chosen. We also discussed the links in this story between Judaism and Christianity.

A visit from UK Parliament

Following our drivers of activism and democracy, yesterday we had a virtual visit from the education team at UK Parliament.

Introduction to the House of Commons.

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.

The importance of debate.

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.