We love our Welly Wednesdays at Skelton School. This week, we watered the plants in our gardens to keep them looking bright and colourful.
As part of our topic on ‘Survival’, we have been exploring how all animals can be grouped and classified according to their similar characteristics. The two main groups are vertebrates (animals with spines) and invertebrates (animals without spines). These two broad groups can then be sub-grouped into smaller categories according to their similar characteristics. The main groups for vertebrates are the following: Mammals, Reptiles, Amphibians, Birds and Fish. We also looked at a number of subgroups for Invertebrates. Miss Wilson gave us a number of animals and we had to use a branching key to help us decide which group the animals belonged to. For some animals, this task was quite challenging! We had to look carefully at all their key features and answer questions one step at a time. In some cases, we had to use the internet to help us decide.
In Maths, Year 6 have been investigating and creating Parabolic Designs. Miss Wilson asked us if we thought we could create curved lines, just by connecting straight lines. Obviously, most of us thought that that would be impossible. How wrong could we be! We have had lots of fun producing optical illusions by creating curved lines just from intersecting a number of straight lines at equally spaced points. Perhaps you could have a try at creating your own designs too!
Earlier today, 12 children from the Year 3/4 class took part in the Eden Tennis Tournament. They were split in to three separate teams of four and each team played in a different group. All children did their absolute best and were delighted to discover that each team had come first in each of their groups, thereby reaching the semi-finals! An amazing achievement. The eventual winners were 'Skelton A' and they will now represent the Eden area at the forthcoming Cumbria School Games in July. Well done to you all!
In Maths we have been doing some work on Angles. We have been identifying and naming different types of angles as well as learning about the properties of angles in certain shapes. We particularly enjoyed our lessons this morning in which we had the opportunity to do some investigative work. We had to use our knowledge of angles to answer some PSR questions. We worked collaboratively in groups to solve these questions. We had prove whether certain statements were true or false; for example - ‘Opposite angles are always equal’ True or False?; ‘Angles inside all quadrilaterals add up to 360˚’ Prove it; ‘Angles around a certain point always total 360˚’ Prove it; ‘Angles on a straight line always equal 200˚’ True or False? - Please look at our photos to see the fun that we had!
The Nursery and Reception children had a lovely morning in our Growing Garden yesterday. They have been tending to the plants during the Spring term and had great fun harvesting the rhubarb. They took it straight to the schol kitchen so that Mrs Mallinson could make a scrumptious rhubarb crumble for everyone's lunch. Yummy!