Year four are almost half way through their national experiment on the effects of micro gravity on seeds. The classes have planted their rocket seeds and are starting to see some interesting results. Australia’s seeds are in blue trays and are slightly smaller than Italy’s red seeds, We look forward to finishing the experiment and finding out, from Tim Peake, which seeds have been on the International Space Station.
Year 4 children found themselves transported back 140 years to re-enact a day in the life of a Victorian child at school. The children found themselves copying Bible scripts, repeating their times tables and learning ”the 3 R’s” (Reading, wRiting and aRithmetic). Desks were positioned in rows and there was certainly not the opportunities for the group work that 21st century children are used to. As well as having to get used to learning in a different style, the children enjoyed playing Victorian games, and eating just a simple piece of bread and cheese for lunch.
All the adults in Year 4 were impressed with how well the students took on the role of a child in Victorian times, and how much they learnt throughout the day. The children enjoyed the day but were shocked at how strict the teachers were and the types of punishment that were issued in Victorian days.