Our Amazing Work!
This week Y7 have been learning how to separate mixtures using chromatography. They found out that the ink in pens can be made of many ink colours mixed together. Water is a solvent for the ink and can be used to separate out the different ink colours using chromatography paper to make a chromatogram.
Y7 have been separating mixtures. Today they made chromatograms to separate out different ink colours.
Pupils from Year 5, 6 and 7 chair drumming as part of wellbeing day.
Y7 have been busy learning about separating mixtures. Today they combined all their practical skills to extract salt from rock salt, having designed a method and chosen the equipment themselves. Well done!
Abbey Park Middle School celebrated National Numeracy Day by completing a range of mathematical activities. There was a maths trail around the school grounds, problem solving activities, competitions and even a Times Tables Rock Stars tournament. Michael in Year 6 was our TTRS champion! The theme around the day was how maths is used in everyday life and in future careers. We were fortunate to have a National Numeracy Day ambassador tell us all about their job and how maths helps them.
This term we have been doing Parkour in our PE lessons.
Last week was British Science Week and our amazing Y7 pupils hosted visiting classes. Y7s were trained to demonstrate scientific investigations which they taught to Y6,5,4 and 3 pupils! Y7 had a lot of fun doing this and I am VERY proud of how well they presented and explained their experiments, how well they kept everyone safe and how well they took responsibility for the organisation, setting up and packing away of their kit. Y7 you were AWESOME!!!
Theo Dews in 7JP, lead part of our KS3 assembly this week. He taught us about Tang Soo Do and demonstrated some moves.
In art, year 7 pupils have been studying typography and the work of David Carson. Pupils created their own composition using their names.
This week our ‘Science Superstars’ made CHEESE!
They have been carrying out a series of science challenges every Friday lunchtime, to achieve their science CREST awards. Well done team!
Y7 Have been making MAGIC happen! They were able to suspend a paperclip in a magnetic field and then test different materials to see which would cause the paperclip to fall. Only magnetic materials, such as iron, nickel, steel and cobalt can make this happen.
Y7 have been investigating the force of air resistance with parachutes and helicopters! We assessed the risk of standing on tables and reduced the risk of slipping by wearing trainers ( with extra friction), clearing the tables and by carefully climbing down. Whilst on the tables we dropped parachutes and helicopters and varied either the length of the blades ( helicopters) or the size of the canopy ( parachutes) to see what effect this would have on the time it took the object to reach the ground.
This week Y7 have been investigating the difference between mass and weight by using a newton meter to measure a known mass. We discovered that for every 1kg mass there was a force of 10N acting on it, called its weight. This force is due to gravity!
In music, Year 7 have been experimenting with Chrome Music Lab using the iPads.
The Year 7’s are learning about Blues Music and how to play the 12 bar blues chord structure.
They first played as part of the class one note on a chime bar, then worked in pairs to play the triads between them and finally they moved onto the keyboard to play the whole thing alone.
In Year 7 Games, we have started the spring term playing table tennis.
In Y7 science, we investigated the diffusion of particles and found out that particles diffuse ( move and spread out) quicker when they are warm, because they have more kinetic (movement) energy. The conical flask on the left has hot water in and the one on the right has cold water in it. The purple colour is potassium permanganate which has dissolved in the water. The potassium permanganate diffuses faster in hot water.
Y7 had a fun day learning how to safely light a Bunsen burner, in order to be awarded their Bunsen burner licence!!
They then set light to magnesium metal! In the picture you will see them taking the safety precaution of not looking directly at the bright light. They were very brave!
In science Y7 have been investigating the three states of matter. They made Oobleck using cornflour and water , then described how the particles must be arranged for Oobleck to have the properties of a solid and a liquid!
Year 7 have been learning the names, scientific diagrams and functions of all the science equipment we use.
Year 7 have been learning how to measure using scientific equipment.
Year 7 have been learning about the structure of cells; they enjoyed making slides of onion cells using iodine as a stain. year 7 were able to see individual cells and some of the parts e.g.: the nucleus, cell wall and cytoplasm; they then made excellent biological drawings of the plant cells.
We played petanque /boules today with year 7 in their last French lesson.
Year 7 have been solving problems by drawing diagrams and making notations. Hope’s drawings helped her solve the problems.
Y7 enjoyed a well-earned break from their St John’s First Aid training lessons in enrichment this week. They played games e.g. Jenga, UNO, Top Trumps, Snakes and Ladders, Monopoly and Cluedo and had fun with their friends.
In science this week, Y7 have been making their own indicator from red cabbage. They ground up the cabbage using a pestle and mortar and added the red cabbage extract to known chemicals. They found out what colour their indicator would change to in an acidic, alkaline and neutral substance. Their practical skills are excellent, and they are working independently now in the laboratory, having risk assessed the practicals themselves and taken steps to reduce the risk of harm. We are looking forward to more investigations soon! Mrs Griffiths
In DT, Y7 have been learning about cooking and nutrition. Some of them recently baked ‘Herby Veggie Crumble’ which required them to chop, peel, grate and slice safely as well as use the rubbing-in method to make their oaty, cheesy, wholemeal crumble topping. You can see from the photos how skilled they are becoming and how much they enjoy cooking! Mrs Griffiths
This week Y7 have been learning about acids and alkalis. They have been using universal indicator to test household substances to identify them as an acid, a neutral substance, or an alkali. Y7 have also been learning how to work safely in the laboratory, how to handle hazardous chemicals e.g. bleach, and how to observe and record qualitative data. I have been very impressed with their safe and professional approach to the tasks, and we are looking forward to making our own indicator in a future science lesson. Mrs Griffiths.
Following lessons solving equations, the Year 7’s worked collaboratively to solve a Tarsia Equations challenge. Matching equations with their solutions.
Y7 have been designing new board games in their enrichment lessons. They have been developing their skills including: teamwork, time management, resilience and creativity. We think they are fabulous and know how many hours of effort were required to make these. Well done Y7!
Design and Technology- Biomimicry Survival Suits
Y7 listened to a podcast. whilst remote learning, from the BBC called ’30 Animals That Made Us Smarter’, they identified useful adaptations animals have and included them in their designs for a futuristic survival suit. Later this week they will begin making the masks for these suits in Art.
As part of British Science Week, Y7 are currently investigating whether salt can affect the tolerance of pea plants. The pupils soaked some peas in water over a weekend and now they have germinated, we are going to grow them in different concentrations of salt solution, on a floating platform of packaging foam, and observe them over the next two weeks.
This week in science, Y7 have been investigating how light travels by making a series circuit and constructing their own ray box houses.
BRITISH SCIENCE WEEK March 2021
SCIENCE AT HOME COMPETITION RESULTS!
3rd place: For a great slo-mo video of a paper cup in flight! – AF https://youtu.be/1AHqv_M6OIU
2nd place (joint):
BS and his fruity batteries.
AW for his candle extinguisher: https://youtu.be/2L61OpNODsE
AQ for being able to recreate a glowing red sunset in a glass jar at home: https://youtu.be/HsniyXoVkDc…and for taking part in the Royal Institute science show about climate change whilst completing a science experiment ‘Curious Carbon Dioxide’
BRITISH SCIENCE WEEK March 2021!
MARVELLOUS MACHINES COMPETITION WINNERS:
Best twist and turn
For their Helter Skelter: AM and KM:
For the wind-up Turkey Toy nudging the dominoes over…MW https://youtu.be/hqDdkQj7DfQ
Longest continuous run with no breaks…SL
For making the entire marble run out of paper! JJ
Best design, best creativity , best originality and for outstanding innovation!
For all the incredibly intricate components and a great finale…the winner is…
…the person who designed THE ERUPTATRON!….AW https://youtu.be/OO8qp4H7vtQ
The pupils had the previous learned about music in gaming and then could chose to either research it, invent and game and describe the music or have a go at composing their own music for a game of their choice.
Alfie created his game music using Chrome Music Lab Song Maker, which you can try here: https://musiclab.chromeexperiments.com/Song-Maker/
During half term:
Y7 pupils kept themselves busy with optional enrichment sessions:
Ready, Steady Bake! Y7’s made cookies, chocolate brownies, pancakes and joined in with a ‘Fruity Flapjacks’ a bake-a-long session with Mrs Griffiths
Arts and Crafts: Y7’s made sure they spent some time outdoors getting lots of fresh air and drawing wildlife, painting pebbles, writing poetry or getting creative with digital art.
ART: Y7 pupils have been continuing with their Pop Art topic and combined their new skills of producing foil art and their knowledge of Roy Lichenstein’s Pop Art to produce these wonderful cartoon captions.
In Year 7 music we have been learning about reggae music and Bob Marley. Here is some of our artwork.
Y7 have been learning about Andy Warhol and his style of 1960’s Pop Art.
They have made some art either on their own or using digital technology, or a combination of both.
Today we celebrated Mardi Gras with our key worker group, learning the origins of Mardi Gras. We had fun making Mardi Gras masks and eating crepes. Charlie was the best pancake flipper!
Year 7 keyworker children enjoyed some Belgian waffles today as we have been looking at French speaking countries in our French lesson. The children said they were delicieux. 🙂
In Year 7 we are RESPONSIBLE, READY TO LEARN, RESILIENT, RESPECTFUL AND REFLECTIVE.