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The Owls are a class of Year 5 & Year 6 with their teacher Mrs Palmer and TA Mrs Jones. 

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Hearts - passion and biology

posted 22 May 2019, 00:32 by Alannah Palmer

Thank you Lavinia for the well written blog this week.

This week we were learning about the human heart and how it works. Because of the topic, we even got to touch a pig heart - we had to have gloves on though. We learned about all the veins and how the heart keeps us alive. It was an amazing experience.

At the very end of the week we went to Delamor House to look at all of the sculptures. There were lots of different sculptures and there was a ‘Guess the colour of the powder’ game. Personally, my favourite sculpture was the totem of baby heads. It was really creepy.

This week was absolutely joyful and amazing. THANK YOU MISS PALMER.  

Don’t worry, I haven’t included our heart dissection pictures!

Being creative - art and drama

posted 12 May 2019, 02:57 by Alannah Palmer

This week Owls class did hot seating about the book Tuesday.

Characters from the book included an old lady and a man. There is mystery about the frogs coming because they fly on lily pads to different houses and then they get into people houses. I don't want to give away loads of information because I want you to find out for yourself when we publish our news reports.

Written with the help of Libby

This week at forest school we were taking photos of our art it different locations. We also had garlic leaf fritters as well as battered flowers. As another activity we guided our friends blindfolded on a piece of string. We were thinking about creating memories and what we need to do for this.  

Thank you to Ruby for this week’s blog.

We Had Wild Garlic!

posted 5 May 2019, 05:16 by Alannah Palmer

This week at forest school Beau, Bethany, Corey and I made a massive fire. It Went on for nearly two hours.

Corey was so good at collecting sticks. Beau was very good at blowing the fire and Bethany was good at putting stick bundles on and I was good at  finding sticks like Corey but not as good. Our base of the fire was like jenga. We used cotton wool and a fire steel, and some vaseline. Snack was amazing it was dough with wild garlic. (By Junior)

This week in Forest School we had lots of activities to do. One of them was making maletts with Dave. Everyone who did it really enjoyed it. Also we picked some wild garlic so we could sketch a picture and label what the different parts where. For snack we toasted some bread dough on our own individual fires that we had made and kept going. (By Grace)

Decimals and Shakespeare

posted 30 Apr 2019, 07:34 by Alannah Palmer

This week we went to Plymouth University to see a play written by William Shakespeare called The Tempest, which involved learning about old English. Although the actors didn’t use much old English so we understood. We all laughed at the drunken butler and the jester. (By Archie)

We have been exploring the place value of decimal numbers up to 3dp. We have used base 10, place value counters and key mathematical vocabulary to describe the numbers and compare the values. We will continue to link this to fractions and percentages over the next few weeks.

Sculptures, arguments and strategy

posted 7 Apr 2019, 07:47 by Alannah Palmer

Over the past two weeks, we have been designing our own Andy Goldsworthy inspired sculptures. On Thursday, thanks to many donations, we managed to start our models. Lots of us used modroc and chicken wire to make our models however some of us collected our own materials like rocks, sticks etc. 

This week we have been writing balanced arguments. Here are a couple of extracts from Ruby and Grace’s argument:

For many years, animals have been having trouble with humans. THere are arguments for and against the banning of tourists on Dartmoor because animal species are descending rapidly due to litter and car deaths. Grace 

 For many years, great debate has been said of future of tourists on Dartmoor. The argument for and against to help animals is the focus of this text. Ruby

Also, in maths we played a new fraction game called Creature Capture Fraction Game. Here is the link:

Thank you Ruby and Grace for this week’s blog.

Zoo visit and science experiments

posted 30 Mar 2019, 02:16 by Alannah Palmer

Thank you to Ava and Sadie for this week’s blog post.

This week on Tuesday we all went to the zoo. We practised our coordinates skills by using a grid reference. We also did it to help with our map reading skills. To get the coordinates we went to an animal, and looked at the country i5 came from.

Then we sat down and designed an enclosure for an animal that we saw. After we designed the enclosure, we had to work out the fraction of how much each bit was. The things we had to have in them were a food area, a sleep area and a play area.

We also did science this week. We poured a solution into a foil bowl, which was on top of a bunsen burner and we had a tea light under it. Then we waited for it to boil. As soon as it started to bubble, it slowly changed colour from a clear green to a brown smokey colour. Once we blew out the tea light we waited for it to cool down and harden, it smelt like toffee. We also did separation and filtration with dirty water. We put dirty water into a funnel which had filtration paper in it. Then we observed and could see that different peoples cups were dirtier than someone else's. But surprisingly all of the water came out quite clear.

STEM week Part 2

posted 18 Mar 2019, 06:05 by Alannah Palmer

Thank you to Keira for this blog post.

This week for STEM, we made some flood proof houses for Watu island [a fictional island]. We designed a house and were given some costs for the equipment we used to make the house. Whilst making our houses, we needed to work out the total cost of them and after a few days, on Wednesday we tested our houses and Mrs Palmer sprayed them down to see whether the cotton wool person inside would get wet. We also flooded the tub outside to see if they would float. Then we got scored for the amount of money we spent, the appearance, and how it well it survived in the water. The team who won was Ruby, Sadie and Archie they spent £1,194 and their cotton wool person was completely dry. They used polystyrene on the bottom of their boat to make it float in the pretend flood.   

STEM week part 1

posted 16 Mar 2019, 02:08 by Alannah Palmer

Thank you Daniel for your letter to our visiting scientist.

Dear scientist,

Thanks for organising the science workshop for Owls and the other classes. It  was full of science. I liked that we did it as well as you. The 3D glasses were full of colour and beauty. It was also cool that we made a mini whirl pool and blew the balls. I managed to land it on the right place most of the time. My personal  favorite was the first one, the flower soaked up the water after it combined. Genius!


From Daniel

Help with fractions

posted 16 Mar 2019, 02:01 by Alannah Palmer

Here are some websites and games that we have used in class to apply and practise our recognition of different fractions. Try these out at home.

Trip to Burrator Reservoir

posted 16 Mar 2019, 01:47 by Alannah Palmer

Thank you to Lavinia for your detailed and well written diary entry about our day out.

Dear Diary,

Today I got up and went to school. When we got there we got ready to Burrator Reservoir. Once we all were ready, we lined up outside ready to get on the bus. We all got on it. I sat next to Oliver and Beau right at the back of the bus. When we got there, we met our tour guide Paul. He is an expert on the moors and he was going to take us half the way round the Reservoir.

Our first stop was by a horse field and there was a few Dartmoor ponies outside it. He told us not to feed them because they might be allergic to the food you give them and they may get sick.

Our next stop was the potato cave. It was dark and creepy down there so thank god that Greta had her torch with her. There was also a bat down there. A real life bat. It was impossible to see without the light from the torch.

The third stop was on the path next to the river. We saw a woodpeckers home. It was a small hole in a really twisty tree. We couldn't see or hear the Woodpecker though. It was probably because the river was too noisy.  

The fourth stop was Leather Tor Farm. It was an abandoned farm. It was abandoned because all their litter was going into the Reservoir so they were kicked out. It was mainly crumpled down because it was so old but a bit of it remained.

After that we stopped for snack time (everyone was sooo hungry.) I had a banana. It was mostly brown because it had been bumped around in my bag for so long; I didn't mind though because I like it that way.

After that, we went up to a man made river. I lied on a big stone lying above the river. It was attached to the riverbanks. The river was around 80 cm wide. We dropped sticks into it until we got to our next stop.

The next stop was a tomb of an old leader from the bronze age. We ate lunch there but we had to pay our respects to the tomb so we couldn’t sit anywhere near it.

I had some blueberries, some egg sandwiches, a chocolate and caramel cereal bar, some popcorn, some strawberry flavoured water and and an orange.


Next we kept on throwing sticks in the river and we went down a road and across a field. At the end of it there was a little pond. Mum said that it was where fairies had their parties. I thought it was where demons met up to find their revenge on humans for locking them up in hell.

After that we found the Reservoir. I put a stick in the water and held the end as bait to catch jaws. I didn’t catch him though.

That was my day at Burrator Reservoir.



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