Friday, 9 February 2018

Year R's volcanoes

Watch their faces as their volcano erupts :-)

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Chess Competition

The children had a wonderful time at the collaboration chess event. As always the children were enthusiastic, polite and quietly competitive! 
Due to the success of the event, we are hoping to have a re-match against St Richards in the near future! Well done everyone.

Kent County Basketball Finals

Kent County Basketball Finals

On 1st February 2018 Charlton represented all 52 primary’s in Dover at a Kent County Basketball Final. 
We arrived at school at 10 to 8 and went in a minibus to Medway, where the competition would be taking place. We wore dark blue t-shirts with Dover written on the back. We arrived ready for our first match which we won. Because of the hope we gained after winning we fought hard but we just couldn’t get the goals and we lost. Our third game we lost but we won our fourth joyfully. Our fifth game was close but we just couldn’t grab the win. Our last two games were the best. We won our sixth which meant we came 5th out of our group of 8. As there were two courts we played the team that came 5th on the other court. We drew our last game which meant it went to golden goal. We had a team talk then ran onto the court to give it all we had left. Within the first minute of the game Thomas had a chance and hit the rim so we had won our final game. We came 7th out of all 16 teams there! We had an amazing team with; Finley [our captain], Kiera, Chloe, Aleks, Alessio, me and Thomas, the only Yr5 In our team. We had an amazing day and thank you to Mrs Gardiner and Ms Lanigan for training us in the mornings and after to school to prepare us for the competition.

Monday, 5 February 2018

Year 3 make a Mini Compost Bin

Year 3 had a wonderful afternoon discussing what soil is and how it is formed. We looked at the processes that go on in soil all the time; how water and other nutrients are added, how the nutrients are lost through evaporation and plants feeding, how organic matter transforms into other things, and how creatures living in the soil keep it all moving around and are vital to the formation of soil!

We discussed what the class do with their waste food; throwing into food bins or compost heaps, saving it for another use or feeding it to pets so nothing is wasted. We then looked at instructions for making our own compost bin, and how to care for the worms that would live inside them.

After introducing the class to how to carefully handle worms, we put on our rubber gloves and set off making our very own Mini Compost Bins!

Discussing soil, what it is and how it is made.

Plastic bottles ready to be turned into compost bins

Adding soil above the base layer

Worms, waste food and paper added
The Red Wiggler worms were very quick to burrow down!

Preparing covers for the compost, to keep them dark

Finished Mini Compost Bins

All of Year 3 worked hard to make sure they handled the worms safely and gave them a good home to do their work, making compost! We will be keeping them in class for the next few weeks to watch what happens to the food and paper we added, and each group is responsible for checking that the living conditions for the worms are taken care of.

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Year R doing volcano experiments

Year R loved doing volcano experiments and are now making volcanoes of their own.

Being archaeologists