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We loved our session with Lancashire Cricket Club!

As part of our evolution, adaptation and inheritance unit in science, we looked at how some species are adapted to their habitat.

Before we moved on to calculating volume by counting cubes or using the formula, we investigated volume in a practical way.

World Book Day 2022. We were so happy to have our parade back in the hall after 2 years of missing it! After the parade, we worked in mixed groups with Y1 and Y4 all doing different sorts-themed tasks… we had a wonderful time!

We investigated if the position of a switch impacts how the components in a circuit function. We conducted this investigation as a control test. We had a control circuit which we kept the same throughout the investigation and a test circuit where we changed the independent variable (the position of the switch). After we completed our investigations and concluded out results, we identified if we had a high degree of trust in our findings.

Before we started converting between and calculating with metric measures, we had a hands-on session so we had a better understanding of what we were calculating with.

In geography, we created sketch maps to show how to get from school to places in our local community.

Today, we were totally inspired by James Ketchell. We had an assembly with James who proved to us that determination to succeed is the most important factor in achieving your goals. After the assembly, we had a session where James answered all of our questions about his time cycling the world, climbing Everest, rowing across the ocean, flying across America and his planned trip to ski across Greenland. We had the change to try on his equipment, eat what he did whilst he was out on the ocean and see how many people we could fit in his tent!

As the next part of our Logo Lift Off project, we conducted an investigation to identify the impact of the rising sea temperatures on the icebergs. We found the ice melted a lot faster when the water was warmer. We applied this learning to the context of climate change and discussed what will happen to the icebergs, if temperatures continue to rise.

We presented to the rest of the class what we found out when we did our climate change research.

We love using our rally coach skills in the context of a game. This time, we were multiplying decimals by integers in a ‘4 in a row’ style game.

Thanks to Mrs Merry, we were able to take part in the Logo Lift Off competition. Before we designed our logos, we had to research three of the problems the satellites being launched from the UK will monitor (bushfires, landfills and melting icebergs). We had to present our findings in a way we could share with the rest of the class.

Read all about our adventures at Thurston OEC on the blog… https://www.gildedhollins.wigan.sch.uk/thurston/

We cannot explain just how happy we are to have competitive sport back! We have represented our school at football and tag rugby competitions so far this year. We behaved beautifully at both and demonstrates the true #GoGilded spirit.

In PSHE, we have been learning about healthy and balanced relationships. We have done work based on negotiating, comprising and being assertive. We have been using drama to apply what we have learned to a context.

We had a brilliant day at Chester Zoo. We split into groups and mixed with Reception. Mrs Byrne and Mrs Holman were so incredibly proud of how amazing we were at being great role models for the younger children. Our class governor, Mrs Haworth, joined us too; she was also very impressed with our behaviour and enthusiasm.

We have been learning about microorganisms is science. We planned investigations with variables to see which conditions caused the most mould growth. Here are our results…

In RE, we have been learning about Hinduism. We ended our unit by making diva lamps out of clay to celebrate Diwali. We etched our henna-inspired designs onto our clay.

We supported two charities (Young Minds and Alder Hey Children's Charity) by wearing yellow or pyjamas to school.

We used atlases to locate where some key battles of the English Civil War were fought. One of the battles took place very close to us - The Battle of Preston.

We had another author visit! Emma Mylrea visited us via Teams. We were very inspired to write after this workshop!

We were so lucky to have an author visit us. Mr Marsh, a grandparent at Gilded Hollins, told us all about how he wrote his debut book.

We hosted our annual Macmillan Coffee Morning. We raised over £500 🤩

We have been working on coding in our computing lessons.

We made classification keys in science.

In PSHE, we worked on how to communicate without speaking. We had to sort ourselves into a specific order without talking. We found this hard at first but we got much better as we learned what did and didn’t work. We learned that communication is very important when working in a team.

We started off our science unit by sorting animals into groups based on their similarities and their differences.

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