Eagles Go Fossil Hunting

Last Friday, in Art, we were looking at fossils: how they are made, the type of rock they can be found in etc – and we looked at several pictures. We then sketched some fossils before making salt dough and creating our own using a variety of tools and techniques. Here are some of the amazing results:

Dinosaur timeline

As our topic for this half-term is the Dinosaurs, today Eagles have been looking at the three time periods in the Mesozoic era to compare how the Earth looked in throughout this time and how it changed as well as how dinosaurs changed over time, which species dominated, how some dinosaurs became more bird-like and when mammals first appeared to live alongside the dinosaurs. Looking at the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods which made up this era, the children have been discussing changes and linking this to Darwin’s theories on evolution and natural selection, as well as understanding how the continents were formed, which dinosaurs live when and how the Cretaceous period ended in the catastrophic meteor causing mass extinctions around 66 million years ago.

Below are some of the children’s lovely representations of what we have been learning about:-

Arty Eagles

Today in Art, we have been trying out some Batik-style artwork along with paper towel tie-dye. The children really rose to the challenge and created some lovely art work.

Obviously we didn’t use hot wax or muslin to do the Batik, but we did improvise, using paper, string and masking tape. With the tie-dye, we used paper towel (which is nice and absorbent) and food dye – which we still all have on our hands! The results (as you will see) were well worth it however.

First, the tie-dye…

…and here’s the Batik-style art:

Eagles soar with Charles Darwin

Today in History, we have been looking at the life and career of Charles Darwin. We looked at his time (5 years!) on the HMS Beagle and the fact that he came up with his theory of evolution over a period of 20 years. When he finally published his work, a lot of people were shocked, but it did change the way the world sees itself and ourselves as a species.

Charles Darwin - Wikipedia

Although Darwin was born in Shrewsbury, he spent his later life at Down House in Down, Kent – not too far from here. Some of the class have already visited this fascinating place. Here is a link to the museum – as it is today – which is now an English Heritage site.

Below are some lovely examples of the children’s learning:-

Computing with Eagles

We had a wonderful day today looking at the importance of code in algorithms. We started off by walking to the dining hall from class using directional language (e.g Turn left 90o then walk forward 20 steps). This was then turned into our own codes which were much shorter and easier to write. (e.g L90o F20).

Once we realised how invaluable a code can be, we looked at an app called Lightbot and we ‘played the game’ whilst learning to code. Within a few minutes, we were all able to use the code and solve problems proving how easy and simple to follow a code can be.

Once we had looked at the basics and then followed some more complex procedures, we then returned to the question: Why is code so important in algorithms. We got a range of answers including: easy to follow; quick to learn; replaces language so anyone can use it; there are only a small amount of commands to learn; repeating tasks is easy, and you don’t have to write in long-hand which takes time.

Here is some of our learning:-