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Upper school have had a fun-filled day at Sherwood Pines. The forest provided welcome shade from the sun and a stunning setting for some fantastic activities... Orienteering was awesome, the children worked brilliantly in teams navigating their way through the forest. The children also got to try their hand at den building and fire lighting! Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2018 at Porchester Junior - School Website
This week, the children in upper school have been learning all about natural disasters and the impact they have on people. After researching different types of natural disaster, the children worked in groups to create their own news report which they then recorded. Here is an extract from one of the reports... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2018 at Porchester Junior - School Website
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Last week the children in upper school held a vote on who they thought was most to blame for the Titanic disaster in 1912. Jack Phillips, the radio operator on the Titanic, received the most votes because: He ignored ice warnings and wasted time sending out Easter messages. The wrong distress signal was sent by Jack Phillips - CQD instead of SOS! Disastrously, Jack sent out the wrong coordinates for the Titanic to another ship. Things changed after a debate on Thursday, during which the children had the difficult task of defending one of the people/groups of people, that could have been to blame for the disaster. The debate was very professional and managed effectively by the chairpeople. The children came up with very persuasive defences and convincing arguments as to why other people were more to blame than them! Class six then took another vote on who was most to blame and the person who received the most votes was Captain Edward J Smith because: The captain was in bed when the iceberg hit, after ignoring several iceberg warnings. He did not ensure binoculars were available for the lookouts. Carelessly, he advised Jack Phillips to ignore the ice warnings. Recklessly, the captain did not carry out lifeboat training with all of the crew. Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2018 at Porchester Junior - School Website
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Class 6 had fun today investigating how the shape of a boat impacts its ability to float when weights are placed in it. We have been linking our topic work by learning about forces and the Titanic. This week so far, we have been discussing water resistance and the fact that for an object to float, its weight must equal the force of upthrust from the water... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2018 at Porchester Junior - School Website
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Today, class 7 spent the afternoon investigating how light travels. We used a torch in a very dark room to think about how light waves travel in straight lines and reflect off objects back into our eyes. Class 7 now know the difference between opaque, translucent and transparent objects. Mirrors reflect light perfectly because they are so smooth, but it isn't easy to use reflected light in a mirror to trace a pattern, as we all now know! It is even more challenging to write your name when only looking in a mirror. Give it a go if you don't believe us! Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2017 at Porchester Junior - School Website
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Well done to the children who found out today that their poems, which they created in Rhymecraft, are going to be published in a book next year! They should all be super proud of themselves. Writing for fun helps develop so many skills, including creativity, comprehension and fluency. Keep writing guys, who knows, maybe we'll have the next JK Rowling or Roald Dahl! Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2017 at Porchester Junior - School Website
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Today, class 7 built models of Stonehenge using biscuits. Never mind sarsen stones, we had complicated custard creams, pesky pink wafers, baffling bourbons and strangely difficult shortbread biscuits to make our Stonehenge models with. We followed our class instructions, which we had written earlier in the week. Class 7 were amazing at working in teams and evaluating their designs. They were also brilliant at resisting the temptation to eat Stonehenge whilst it was being built! Well done everyone! Biscuit Stonehenge Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2017 at Porchester Junior - School Website
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