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Spilsby Primary is proud to be recognised for its commitment in encouraging and inspiring children in STEM subjects.

Spilsby Primary is proud to be recognised for its commitment in encouraging and inspiring children in STEM subjects.   1

STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach.

 

Using ICT to support our learning is a key part of daily life at Spilsby. Our pupils have access to both Apple and Windows and are becoming increasingly more skilled at choosing the correct tool for the job.

 

Children use a whole range of educational Apps on their individual ipads and we are looking forward to developing our programming skills with the introduction of a new suite of Windows laptops.

Year 4 demonstrated the effect of a tsunami wave on coastal buildings.

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Year 3 dropped blocks into water to represent tectonic plates shifting under water to create tsunamis. We used slow motion videos to see the waves formed.

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Year 5 loved learning about cube numbers this morning! #practicalmaths #primarymaths

Lego snow buggy building, along with parents/carers, as part of the Y5/6 Frozen Kingdom experience day

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Year 5 have loved investigating icebergs this morning with our very own iceberg experiment.

Year 5 have loved investigating icebergs this morning with our very own iceberg experiment. 1

Year 3/4 Launch Event! Lava lamps, Pompeii clay models, rock sculptures, earthquake proof buildings and seismometers!

Year 3/4 Launch Event! Lava lamps, Pompeii clay models, rock sculptures, earthquake proof buildings and seismometers! 1

Reception learning about the number zero through play and how zero is so sad as he's all alone...boo hoo!

Year 3 looked at human parasites this afternoon! They drew round each other and then labelled where the parasite lives on the host!

Year 3 looked at human parasites this afternoon! They drew round each other and then labelled where the parasite lives on the host!  1

Year 3 investigted with the Lego WeDo sets this afternoon. Their first activity was making a robot and programming it to move. Everyone did really well at building in pairs which gave them time to do the programming as well to get a moving robot.

Year 3 investigted with the Lego WeDo sets this afternoon.  Their first activity was making a robot and programming it to move. Everyone did really well at building in pairs which gave them time to do the programming as well to get a moving robot.  1

The finished versions...

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Reception have been talking about our wonderful bodies and are using our senses to observe and talk about what we see. We were challenges to make a rainbow using Skittles and warm water. We talked about what to do and then tried it out. We also had a think about what might happen (predictions). We thought it was amazing.

Using ICT today to create iMovie explanations about Pharaohs for our project. Fabulous use of resources!

Using ICT today to create iMovie explanations about Pharaohs for our project. Fabulous use of resources! 1

Year 3 and 4 learnt how submarines work this afternoon. They created model submarines from straws and modelling clay, then squeezed a bottle to increase the density of the air in the straw and causing it to sink.

Year 6 have discovered that their school environment has a high chance of creating bacteria from germs , dirty hands , warmth and water (condensation).

Year 3 making ‘poo’ this morning! They thoroughly enjoyed taking the food through the digestive tract; from the mouth to the rectum, and they used great language to explain what was happening!

Years 3 and 4 were very lucky today to have the chance to look at hold some animal organs. They looked at a heart, a set of lungs, a trachea and an oesophagus!

Y4 have designed their own t-shorts based on the digestive system. Don;t they all look amazing?!

So impressed with the resilience & challenge that Reception have shown this week when learning how to count in 2s. We've counted tusks, ears, explorers boots & money to learn how it's so useful! #EYFS #purpose #mathsisfun #resilience #skillsforlife #Spilsby7

So impressed with the resilience & challenge that Reception have shown this week when learning how to count in 2s. We've counted tusks, ears, explorers boots & money to learn how it's so useful! #EYFS #purpose #mathsisfun #resilience #skillsforlife #Spilsby7 1

Fantastic maths & engineering from our Y1s this afternoon- building bridges with spaghetti and marshmallows!! The winning construction held over 1.5kg! Great designs from everyone

Reception having fun with money! Some unburying & totalling treasure in a dragon's nest full of feathers and pennies and some finding different ways to pay for items on our shopping list!

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UKS2 have been 'making' blood to help show what it consists of: white/red blood cells and plasma!

Fantastic use of the Virtuali-Tee app to explore the circulatory system from a different perspective!

Years 5 and 6 using 'stop-motion' to create a video showing the bloods journey through the body.

The finished product...

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As part of their Blood Heart project, Y5 recreated a working model of a heart pumping blood.

A brilliant example of science meeting art! Year 5c have been doing something different with straws and paint. Our finished artwork shows oxygenated and oxygenated blood in the circulatory system.

A brilliant example of science meeting art! Year 5c have been doing something different with straws and paint. Our finished artwork shows oxygenated and oxygenated blood in the circulatory system. 1

Year 1 using different objects to measure their height! #tallest #shortest

Year 1 using different objects to measure their height! #tallest #shortest 1

Amazing day of maths in aid of NSPCCs Number Day 2018. Great to see lots of discussion and fun maths going on for a great cause!

Amazing day of maths in aid of NSPCCs Number Day 2018. Great to see lots of discussion and fun maths going on for a great cause!  1

Reception have been checking their work using objects, fingers, balances and with number sentences!

Reception have been checking their work using objects, fingers, balances and with number sentences! 1

Y5 applying their decimal knowledge to reasoning and problem solving questions.

Year 4 using a variation of the classic Battleships to reason & problem solve with coordinates in all four quadrants!

Year 4 using a variation of the classic Battleships to reason & problem solve with coordinates in all four quadrants! 1

Impressive reasoning answers from Y3 today; including the use of diagrams to help with this!

Y5 have been learning how to make QR codes this morning.

Check out the reasoning in EYFS this morning! The children were problem solving with castle towers and recording their answers too. What a fabulous way to evidence a learning journey!

Check out the reasoning in EYFS this morning! The children were problem solving with castle towers and recording their answers too.  What a fabulous way to evidence a learning journey! 1

Super reasoning from Y5; really showcasing their concrete, pictorial and abstract representations!

Y4 using string to solve problems and explain their reasoning in the context of symmetry in quadrilaterals.

Brilliant reasoning skills on display in Y3!

Great explanations from Brooke and Jacob about how they solved their maths challenge

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Daisy and Daniel love their weekly maths challenge!

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This afternoon the children in Year 3 were looking at reversible and irreversible changes as part of their science lesson. They all had an opportunity to take part in four experiments which were: invisible ink; bouncy eggs; edible slime and exploding chocolate! They had a great afternoon, although rather messy at times, and were able to talk about whether the changes they saw in each experiment were reversible or irreversible. Have a look at the pictures below..

Year 3 and Year 4 went on their Forces Fieldtrip to Spilsby playing field. The trip was to launch our Mighty Metals project and to allow us to see the forces that we are learning about in Science in action! The children had to identify the forces that they needed to use to play on the equipment and the forces that were acting against them. They found examples of push, pull and twisting forces. They also found places where gravity, air resistance and friction were acting on them or an object.

Y3 showing their skills with Lego making and programming.

Debugging rockets in Y5

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As part of their 'Mighty Metals' project, Y4 children learned about 'forces' using Lego. Using the instructions for creating a model, the children then made it move using programming.

Year 3 have followed a line of enquiry this week, where they had to investigate the effect different materials had on the distance a car travelled down a ramp. They had to think about how to keep it a fair test in order to generate reliable and accurate results. As a class they decided that in order to keep it a fair test they had to: use the same car on the five different surfaces; start the car in the same place and not push the car down the ramp. They found that the car travelled the furthest on the sandpaper surface and the shortest on the rug material. Have a look at the pictures below to see how they carried out the enquiry...

Y1 using the iPads to create and debug programmes with Bee Bot!

Introducing Programming Language in Y2. Children used ScratchJr to design their own characters and then make the speak, move and interacting with others.

Amazed at the explanations as to why the water felt hot and cold at the same time! You're super scientists Reception! #EYFS #communicating

Amazed at the explanations as to why the water felt hot and cold at the same time! You're super scientists Reception! #EYFS #communicating 1

Reception made a bed for Little Louie. We had a range of materials to choose from and needed to choose, giving reasons, why we would use certain materials and not others. We used our knowledge of Goldilocks and the three Bears to make a bed for Little Louie that was "just right".

Reception made a bed for Little Louie. We had a range of materials to choose from and needed to choose, giving reasons, why we would use certain materials and not others. We used our knowledge of Goldilocks and the three Bears to make a bed for Little Louie that was "just right". 1

Investigating forces using a Newton metre

Reception received a letter from some creatures who needed our help to camouflage themselves. They worked in groups to choose different materials to hide the animals to make them safe while they slept. They also thought about the comfort of the creature and added some soft materials to make it more cosy. They worked brilliantly as a team and talked about why they used certain colours and materials.

Reception received a letter from some creatures who needed our help to camouflage themselves. They worked in groups to choose different materials to hide the animals to make them safe while they slept. They also thought about the comfort of the creature and added some soft materials to make it more cosy. They worked brilliantly as a team and talked about why they used certain colours and materials. 1

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4JC have been programming their Lego joysticks to send messages.

Y1 children exploring coding!

Using 'Scratch' programming to help debug a path. Can the Alchemist find his way to the gem?

Years 1 and 2 loved their Messy Mixtures memorable experience yesterday! Lots of scientific investigations going on!!

Years 1 and 2 loved their Messy Mixtures memorable experience yesterday! Lots of scientific investigations going on!! 1

Children in Y4 were using the Lego WeDo software to enhance their computing skills through fun and excitement. By using Lego the children were able to: Get started with basic programming, Make cross-curricular links with science, Learn to investigate, build and design Improve their critical thinking and problem-solving abilities

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