Weekly Bulletin 27/05/2016
Design & Technology Challenges
With half-term now on us, many interesting DT projects are near completion.
Year 5 student have completed their experiments into flight. This started with paper aeroplanes and developed into gliders that were launched of a rolling deck of an aircraft carrier using a gimbal to ensure the aircraft was launched at the exact same angle despite the rolling seas.
In the test flights of the paper aeroplanes Casper C won with some amazing lateral thinking; however, due to a lack of glide potential, it was not recorded in the results. The top results after that were Charlie K, Charlie C, Freddie N, Marcus D, Will W and Zoe L. Following extensive test flights and modifications to ensure correct amount of lift and aerodynamics the winning team comprised of Dylan M, Freddie N, Charlie C. We now have moved onto Photoshop pen pots.
During exams week a number of students used their lunch periods to relax from the fun of exams and complete computer aided design products. Jasmin B and Izzy P were the first two students to complete and take home their Year 7 Night Light projects.
In the week preceding exams the Year 8 students completed their investigation into sustainable energy. This lead to a group competition where students experimented with a range of wind turbine options. Surprisingly, the most successful solution for a wind powered hoist was the traditional pinwheel fan. Anna D, Chloe E and Willow C were the most successful, thrashing the boys. The team that came in second place comprised of Max T, Sam D, Ben C and Jackman T. Well done to all.
Malawi Shared Project
This week Mrs Lock’s Outdoor Science group and Year 5 have been preparing the outdoor flower bed in order to begin a shared project with our partner school Salima LEA. Over the coming months, students at both schools will be growing a variety of fruit and vegetable plants. Pupils will take photographs of their progress and will be sharing their findings, comparing similarities and differences between items that can be successfully grown in the UK and Malawi. Our first trial… tomato plants!
Nature Adventure for Reception
On 17th May, Reception visited Pulborough Brooks RSPB Nature reserve. We enjoyed a very busy and fun-packed day. We started with pond dipping. Everybody took turns to swish the big nets into the pond and found some amazing pond creatures including newt tadpoles, back skaters, damsel fly nymphs, bloodworms and hundreds of water fleas. We calculated how many different species we had found by putting a peg onto a card indicating the creature we had discovered. Some were so tiny we had to use magnifying glasses!
Next, we played a game to sort food chains and we learnt about herbivores, omnivores and carnivores. Then, we played a great game to pretend we were the pond creatures and visited all the things we needed to stay alive; air, water, food, sunlight and shelter. Everyone liked being the ramshorn snail that took its own shelter with it!
We enjoyed a lovely picnic lunch and had time to play on the play equipment including a huge climbing net and fun tunnel area. After lunch we went minibeast hunting in the woodland. We had to take care not to get stung by nettles but found spiders, beetles, ants, worms, slugs and a black ladybird with orange spots.
It was a very busy and active day and we all got back to school happy but exhausted.
Surrey League Winner Freddie!
Well done to Freddie! On Sunday his team, the Guildford Saints, won the U10 Surrey Primary League final to be crowned tournament champions 2016. The final was very tense and ended in a draw, taking the game to penalties. Freddie made the winning save in the sudden death shootout!
Congratulations to Tyla Whyte who performed superbly at the National Finals in Crawley. It was already a fantastic achievement to make the last eighteen in the country for U13 backstroke. However, Tyla swam amazingly well in her heat, breaking her previous best by two seconds and thereby reaching the final. Tyla was against some incredibly talented swimmers in the final but again performed very well finishing in Seventh place. Well done, Tyla!
100 Not Out for Lucas! Lucas W played an outstanding innings against St Edmund's U15, sensibly supported by Robbie R. He opened the batting and showed his ability to play shots all around the wicket. With two balls remaining of the designated time, Lucas reached his century; this was the finest innings I have witnessed in my time as a teacher at Duke of Kent School. Defending a total of 144, our U15 team bowled excellently, taking the 10 St Edmund's wickets in less than 10 overs. Well done to all who played.
The U13 girls' rounders team played at Shoreham College where the team had a good win!