Quernmore C.E (VC) Primary School

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Askew Heights Hillfort, September 2020

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A fantastic morning to be up above Quernmore Valley exploring the Iron Age settlement at Askew Heights.

Science Week March 2020, Science Workshops

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Classes 1 and 2 joined together to explore 'Our Diverse World'. Classes 3 and 4 joined together to explore 'Our Unique Bodies'.

Science Week March 2020, Jan Maskell

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Jan worked with Class 4 delivering her workshop 'One Planet One Life', which considers personal carbon footprints and how these can be reduced.

Science Week March 2020, Steve Thackeray

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Steve talked to Class 4 about his work.

Science Week March 2020, Dr Mick Urbaniac

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Mick is a micro-biologist working at Lancaster University. He talked about his work with parasites. We did an experiment with strawberries, banana and kiwi fruit to extract their DNA.

Science Week March 2020, Paul Abraitis

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Paul made slime with Classes 1, 2 and 3.

Science Week March 2020, David Spreadbury

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David is an engineer. He talked to the children in Classes 3 and 4 about light and showed them lots of different experiments.

Science Week March 2020, Mistletoe the Hedgehog

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Ella, Sienna and Isla's Mum and Dad brought in one of the hedgehogs that they have fostered.

Science Week March 2020, Janet Horsfield

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Janet talked to the children in Classes 1, 2 and 3 about her work as a vet.

Swimming Gala Squad 2020

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Thank you to everyone who took part and especially Catie Giles for overseeing our entries, once again!

Science Week March 2020, Sandra Dawson

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Sandra is a veterinary pathologist. She talked to us about microorganisms, such as bacteria and viruses. We took swabs of different areas of the classroom to see which organisms were present and looked down her powerful microscope. We mixed yeast with sugar and warm water.

Word Book Day, March 2020

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Great costumes everyone!

Science Week March 2020, Visit from Adrian Bowden

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Adrian put on two of his amazing Travelling Science shows - 'Working Scientifically' for Classes 1 and 2 and 'Electricity' for Classes 3 and 4.

Science Week March 2020, Rachel Hearne

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Rachel talked to us about gems, minerals and rocks. She brought in some geodes and we opened them with a hammer and chisel.

Science Week, March 2020, Gordon

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Gordon showed the children lots of underwater photographs that he took of the marine life living in Morecambe Bay.

Science Week, March 2020, Steve Wroe

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Steve came into school as school as a STEM Ambassador to talk to each class about the 2 years that he spent living and working in Antarctica.

Prayer and Reflection Day, December 2019

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We explored the school's Mission Statement - 'Rooted and Grounded in Love'. Children in Classes 3 and 4 made cards, pictures and friendship bracelets for each other.

Volcano Muffins, January 2020

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We decorated volcano muffins with lava!

Victorian Samplers, January 2020

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Well done everyone!

China Day, January 2020

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Two Chinese teachers, Misa and Susan, visited the school today. They talked to us about China and Chinese New Year and taught us to speak in Chinese. We made origami frogs!

Christmas 2019

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Jesus as the Light of the World, December 2019

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Sarah Dodd from NISCU delivered an entertaining RE session about light and Christian beliefs about Jesus

Hanukkah, November 2019

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We listened to the story of Hanukkah and found out how Jewish people celebrate their festival of light. We played driedl!

Victorian Day, November 2019

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We had a great day with Dan Glastonbury from Dantastic Education! We learnt about food, clothes, schools, children, work and so much more! Thank you to everyone at home for the wonderful costumes!

Visit of author, Susie Day, November 2019

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What an inspiration! Susie talked about her books and read to us from her newest story. The children had fantastic ideas and made up a story with Susie about a tall baby penguin, a giant jellybean and a labrador!

World Lemur Day, October 2019

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We had fun learning about Madagascar and lemurs. We learnt some Malagasi jumping games and had a sponsored bounce.

Walking to Rowton Brook Farm, September 2019

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What a fantastic morning to walk up to Rowton Brook. Mr. Derbyshire very kindly showed us around the farmhouse and farm buildings which have many original features, left from the Victorian era. We looked at plans of the house from the 1880s and studied the Census data from 1881. Thank you Mike!

Back to school!

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IOM 2018

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Upland Education Day, July 2019

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We had a super day in the Trough of Bowland learning about this special environment. We learnt about the role of the police, fire service and mountain rescue in keeping people safe. We met gamekeepers and found out how they manage this habitat to protect endangered species like the curlew and lapwing.

Quernmore Sports 2019

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What a cracking day!

Christian Leaders, June 2019

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Sarah Dodd from NISCU came to talk about David from the Old Testament and Jesus from the New Testament.

River Adventures, June 2019

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We drew characterrs and made boats for them to set sail in!

Walking Along the River Lune from Halton, June 2019

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We spotted lots of river features - weirs, rapids, a meander, tributaries and floodplains. We also did a quiz about birds and a scavenger hunt along the way.

Glass Making Workshop, June 2019

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We made hanging glass decorations with Anne Somers, an local glass artist. We also made coasters and zentangles, played beachball and rugby!

A Visit to Brockhole, June 2019

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We followwed the orienteering trail in the morning to find 22 checkpoints. After playing on the playground we did a 'Geography Detectives' workshop. We found out why people visit the Lake District, what impact this has on the environment and what can be done about this.

Forest Schools Day, June 2019

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We played some environmental games, cooked lunch on the fire, made clay faces on trees and even did some maypole dancing!

Lost Sounds : Nurturing Digital Naturalists, June 2019

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Class 3 have been helping Liz Edwards with her research project, which combines study of the natural world with art work and technology. First we visited Birk Bank to make recordings of different bird calls. Back at school we made prints of the birds we had seen using conductive ink. We then made circuits using Raspberry Pi computers. Lastly we edited our sound files using Audacity and wrote programs with Scratch 2 so that the bird calls would play when the pictures were touched. Come into the entrance hall to try out our display! Thank you so much to Liz for a very enjoyable week and to Lucy and Ben, who helped her.

Lapwing Pompom Chicks, June 2019

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Don't they look great!

John Muir Award, Class 3, February - May 2019

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We are working on a conservation project in the outside area, particularly on the pitch. We are going to try to encourage more birds to visit the school.

Jess Butterworth, April 2019

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Classes 3 and 4 went to Halton School to meet the author Jess Butterworth. She talked about her books, how she gets ideas for her writing and told us that we should have fun with our writing.

Cricket Coaching With Steve Pemberton, April 2019

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We all had fun practising throwing, catching and batting skills

Curlew Festival at Abbeystead, April 2019

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A great start to the new term! We joined children from three other local schools at Abbeystead, finding out about why curlews are in decline in the UK and also why they are doing so well here in the Trough of Bowland. We watched curlews, lapwings and oyster catchers at Black Clough. We painted and made models with local artists and wrote a poem with a local poet. Thank you to everyone who organised a fabulous day and to Harriet MacArthur for the curlew cupcakes!

Maths Day, April 2019

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Maths is fun!

Bird watching with Steve Thackeray, April 2019

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Thank you to Steve for coming bird watching at Birk Bank. We saw lapwings, curlews, red grouse, ducks, meadow pipits, robins, dunnocks, ravens, geese, black back gulls, pheasants, jackdaws, a green woodpecker, a buzzard and others too! We listened to lots of different birdsong and Steve could identify which birds were singing. We walked back to school across the farmland through a very exciting hailstorm!

Egg Decorating, April 2019

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Well done everyone!

Wheelchair basketball, April 2109

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Thank you Dennis and Julian for showing us how to play!

Bird Sculpture, March 2019

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The children chose a British bird to sketch and model from clay.

Barn Owl Box, March 2019

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Rob Cornthwaite brought the barn owl nesting bow that he has made for us. He explained its design and we decided where to site it. David Morris (Martha and Ivy's Dad) helped Rob to put it up in a tree in the second wood, overlooking the River Conder. A big thank you to David and Kate Morris for putting up all of our other bird boxes.

Map making with Miss Brownrigg, March 2019

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We learnt how to read grid references on maps and made our own maps of school

Visit of Charles and Mary from the RNLI, March 2019

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Thank you Charles and Mary for telling us about the work of the RNLI and about how to stay safe when visiting the beach.

A day in Morecambe, March 2019

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We had such a lovely day! It was very windy along the Stone Jetty and on the beach. We went to see the new Time and Tide bell. We completed a traffic survey on the promenade and had our linch in the Midland Hotel. In the afternoon we had fun on the playground before visiting the Lifeboat Station. A big thank you to Colin, Dave and Mark from the R.N.L.I. for showing us the hovercraft and lifeboat.

World Book Day 2019

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Great costumes everyone!

Tag Rugby Tournament, February 2019

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Well done Class 3 - great team work!

Visiting Leighton Moss, February 2019

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What a fantastic day! Carol and her team made us feel so welcome! We had fun exploring the Habitats Trail and finding out about all the creatures that live at Leighton Moss. In the afternoon we learnt how to use binoculars and visited the bird hides. We also learnt about the bird calls, nests and feathers of different birds. Well done Class 3, I was very proud of you!

Christmas Party, December 2018

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We had fun!!! Great hats everyone. Thank you for your party food donations.

Roman Buildings, December 2018

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We made Roman buildings with columns and a pediment. Thank you to everyone who brought in boxes and tubes.

Visiting the Roman Kiln, December 2018

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Thank you to Mr and Mrs Mills for showing us the Roman kiln in Quernmore!

Saturnalia, December 2018

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We had such a lot of fun taking it in turns to be the masters and slaves at our Roman feast. We ate olives, figs, dates, grapes, honey cake and pomegranate and drank grape juice. The slaves were very good at entertaining their masters with singing and dancing. Later we played Roman numeral bingo. Rachel and Lucy won!

Roman Mosaics, November 2108

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We made sun mosaics as we learnt about the Roman god Saturn and the festival of Saturnalia. The children experimented with different stylised sun designs. I was so impressed with the amount of care that they took as they were working. Super art work Class 3!

Hadrian's Wall, Nov 2018

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We had a great day!

Kadampa Buddhist Temple, October 2018

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Class 3 spent the morning with Gail inside the temple learning lots of interesting things about Buddhism.

Quidditch Day October 2018

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Watch Class 2 playing Quidditch! See if you can spot the Golden Snitch...

Quidditch! October 2018

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We had so much fun learning to play quidditch with Joe and John!

Conkers, October 2018

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We played conkers this morning!

Visiting the Hillfort, September 2018

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We had a fantastic morning visiting the remains of the Iron Age fort in Quernmore Valley and imaging life 2000 years ago!

Celtic tribe role play, September 2018

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We all had different roles in our tribe - hunters, blacksmiths, farmers, builders, cooks, healers, druids, basketmakers, weavers, potters, hunters or children. The children were the busiest of all!

Damas Gill, July 2018

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We had a lovely day finding out why the Vikings chose to settle at Damas Gill. Thank you to Mr and Mrs Cooper Dunn!

Hrothgar the Viking, June 2018

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We learnt such a lot from Hrothgar! Now we know all about Viking weapons and gods, Viking society, games and funerals.

Spinning with Denise Narbone, June 2018

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Thank you to Denise for showing us how to spin wool with a drop spindle and with a spinning wheel. She made it look easy!

Activity Week 2018

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What a lot of fun we had! We did drama in the woods and made up our own plays. We made animal scarecrows. We took the boat across Lake Windermere to Wray Castle. We enjoyed an afternoon of Malagasi dance with the Ny Ako Band.

Sports Day, June 2018

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What a lovely afternoon! The children had a great time and showed some great sporting skills. Thank you to Class 2 for entertaining us with their maypole dancing. Thank you to all of the parents who helped with the strawberry teas.

Will Babbitt, June 2018

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We had a lovely morning with the author Will Mabbitt. He told us about how he writes his books and gave us some good advice for when we are writing. His top tips were - Be a sponge! Don't worry! Be brave! Thank you to Sandylands and Bowerham Schools for joining us.

Football tournament with Tatum Fells School, May 2018

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Thank you to Keith and Richard for organising such an enjoyable afternoon. The children really enjoyed meeting some new friends.

Kubs, May 2018

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We learnt how to play the Viking game of Kubs. It was quite tricky to hit the chief!

Viking Longships, May 2018

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Can you spot your longship?

Bluebells, May 2018

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We went into the second woods to look at the bluebells. Look very carefully and you might be able to spot the children!

Leaving The Homeland, April 2018

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We enjoyed some Viking drama and it gave us lots of ideas for our stories.

Here Come the Vikings! Lancaster Maritime Museum, April 2018

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We had lots of fun meeting Eric and Linden and finding out about Viking home life and weapons. We enjoyed looking around the Maritime museum too.

Science Week Visitors, February 2018

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We were lucky to have so many interesting visitors supporting our Science Week this year. Thank you to the parents and STEM Ambassadors that joined us!

High 5 Netball tournament

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On Thursday 22nd March, some year 6 children took part in a High 5 netball tournament at Lancaster and Morecambe College. They all played brilliantly and were excellent representatives for our school!

Egg Decorating, Class 3, March 2018

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Well done everyone - they look great!

Visit of Ivan Kolev

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Ivan talked to us about his work on ships as a mechanical engineer

Lemur Bounce! March 2018

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We had lots of fun bouncing like lemurs and raising money to plant trees in the rainforests of madagascar.

Lancaster Cohousing, March 2018

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Jan Maskell gave us a tour of the community and we saw all of the environmentally friendly features. We visited the water turbine in the River Lune and made our own water turbine models.

Working Volcano Models, February 2017

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We made clay volcanoes and painted them with acrylics.

World Book Day 2018

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Great costumes everyone!

Visit of Amy Withers, Ecology Phd Student

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Amy talked to Class 3 about why she's interested in science, about her research into Class Army Moths and about DNA.

Visit of Sandra Dawson, Veterinary Pathologist

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Sandra told us about her work as a veterinary pathologist. We talked about the causes of disease and how to keep healthy. We looked down her microscope.

Dr. Mick Urbaniac, February 2018

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Dr. Mick Urbaniac told us about his work as a microbiologist and his research into parasites. We had fun extracting DNA from plums, grapes, raspberries and bananas!

Adrian Bowden's Travelling Science Shows, February 2018

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Adrian started our Science Week in great style! Classes 1 and 2 enjoyed his show 'Working Scientifically' and Classes 3 and 4 had lots of fun in his 'Light and Sound' show.

Philosophy for Children, January 2018

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Today we took part in a philosophy workshop with Gina, entitled 'Impressive Inventors'! We did lots of thinking, talking, listening and collaborating.

Volcano Muffins, January 2018

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We had fun decorating our muffins today!

Christingles, December 2017

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This term our R.E. work has all focused on the theme of 'Light'. We ended our topic by making Christingles and exploring their symbolism.

Christmas 2017

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We heard the story of Hannukkah and found out how Jewish people celebrate their festival of light. We played a game of Dreidl!

Too Much Water

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We had a lake outside our classroom today!

Shaduf building in the woods- October 2017

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We spent a fantastic morning in the second woods, working together in teams to design and build devices to collect as much water as possible from the beck. Some of our designs were inspired by the ancient Egyptian form the Shaduf. When we tested them, we had some very close results!

Ancient Egytpians

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Class 4 enjoyed a great interactive session at the Liverpool World Museum. We became archeologists and handled some genuine ancient artefacts, including a canopic jar which would once have held a pair of lungs!

Sandcasting- 17/11/17

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Class 4 had a fantastic morning with Rachel Hearne learning all about sandcasting and how the Ancient Egyptians used it. We all had a go at making our very own edible cast also!

Traditional Tales Autumn 2017

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We have been busy this term!

Tag Rugby

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Quernmore School participated really well in a Tag Rugby festival at Lancaster and Morecambe College! 20th November 2017

Visit of Sarah Dodd from NISCU

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We had an interesting R.E. session with Sarah from NISCU (Northern Inter-Schools Christian Union) today. This term our RE work has been centred on the topic of 'Light'. We talked about sources of light and carried out some interesting science investigations with mirrors. We talked about the Christian belief that Jesus is 'The Light of the World' and that we can reflect His light in the world.

Dunham Massey, November 2017

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What great day we had! We spent the morning with the groundsman, trying to track down a poacher who was stealing Lord Stamford's rabbits. In the afternoon we were put to work as servants, preparing the house for Christmas. We made crackers, pomanders, spiced biscuits and chocolate bread for Lady Stamford.

Pebble Art, October 2017

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We all painted pebbles to hide in the outside area. Whose pebble did you find?

Walking to School from Rowton Brook Farm, October 2017

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We have been studying the census data from 1885 for Rowton Brook in Quernmore. At that time eleven people lived at the farm, including Mr and Mrs Townson and their six children. We walked to Rowton Brook Farm and met Mr. Derbyshire who lives there now. The layout of the farmhouse is still the same and the building has many of its original features. It was originally built in 1725 so that makes it 295 years old! Thank you to Mr. Derbyshire for letting us visit his house and barn. It was slightly muddy on the way home!!

Dove Cottage, October 2017

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We had a lovely day in Grasmere! In the morning we visited Dove Cottage, the home of William Wordsworth, and wrote poems inspired by the house. After lunch we walked up to White Moss Common. We passed the Leech Gatherer's pond and had a look at a real leech. We stopped high above Rydal Water and tasted some Grasmere gingerbread while we listened to some of Wordsworth's poems.

Mountain Rescue Drama, October 2017

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We watched films about dramatic rescues in the mountains and looked at lots of images that we had collected at home. Next we made our own mini plays. Now we have lots of ideas for our stories!

Sketching, October 2017

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We made some lovely sketches this afternoon, right outside our classroom.

Visit of Dion Leonard and Gobi

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Dion told us the marvellous story of how he met his little dog Gobi in the middle of the Gobi desert, and of how he found him again when he was lost. We loved meeting them both!

Limericks, September 2017

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We have been reading the limericks of the Victorian poet Edward Lear. We wrote our own limericks and read them aloud for everyone to enjoy. We like writing nonsense!

A Sunny Day, July 2017

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We had a scavenger hunt. Lydia and Tabitha got the most points! We had lots of fun in the woods too.

In the Woods

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We had a lovely afternoon in the woods!

Olivia! July 2017

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The dress rehearsal went smoothly. Well done everyone!

Isle of Man 2017

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Year 5 and 6 in the Isle of Man!

Visit of John Childs, June 2017

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John talked to the children about life in the deep ocean and in the Mariana Trench. The children used their imagination to create colourful posters containing all of their ideas. We looked a piece of obsidian (or 'dragon glass'), which was formed when a volcano erupted under the sea. Paul Hearne filmed the children. It was exciting to be part of John's research project.

LUSU Day at Lancaster University, June 2017

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Year 4 had a fantastic day at the university. participating in three different workshops! One workshop was run by the Debating Society. The children had to debate the pros and cons of wearing school uniform. The second workshop gave the children the experience of singing as part of a gospel choir. The final workshop was based on drama. The children made comic strips and met the villain Mr Hotdog! Thank you to the university for organising such an enjoyable day.

Kathy from Water Aid, June 2017

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Kathy Blacker came into class to tell us about the important work of the charity Water Aid. We are so lucky to have clean water all the time in our houses. In many countries people are not so lucky. Some children have to walk a long way every day to collect water and many people don't have access to clean water at all. Water Aid is aiming to make sure that everyone in the world has clean water by 2030. Kathy told us about Water Aid's work in Madagascar. We all had a turn at picking up the jerry can. It was very heavy!

Mini Boats, June 2017

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We went into the woods to make tiny boats from natural materials. We used twigs, bark, leaves. reeds and bracken. We drew characters to sit in our boats and attached them with clay. We launched them into the River Conder (with Mrs Kim's help and a long handled spade!) Now we are ready to write stories about their adventures on the river!

Walking Along the River Lune, June 2017

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We had a lovely day walking from Halton to the Crook O' Lune and back again along the river. We spotted two tributaries, a huge meander, some rapids, a weir and the flood plains. Well done Archie for winning our bird quiz and to Nathan for finding the longest piece of grass!

Samba Workshop, June 2017

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We had fun this morning with Ben McCabe from More Music. We played samba rhythms on different instruments and sang too. We finished the morning with a performance for Classes 1 and 2.

A Visit to Brockholes, June 2017

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What a great day we had at Brockholes, finding out about 'Rivers' with Ranger Phil! We also visited the Deep Dark Wood, had fun on the adventure playground and had ice cream! Best of all, the weather was great!

Fun with Team Theme, June 2017

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We had lots of fun with Matt this morning. Hooray - the sun was shining!

Design a rubber band powered boat, June 2017

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Look at all of our different designs! Did your boat cross the pool? No pushing allowed! We made newspaper towers. Whose was the tallest?

Forest School Day, June 2017

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What a wet day! We made clay faces on the trees in the second wood. We collected natural materials to add to our clay creatures and to put on our photographs. We had lots of fun playing Mrs. Whitaker's games in the hall!

Children in Madagascar, Irenee and Hardy's visit, May 2017

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As part of our topic work on 'Water' we have been thinking about life in Madagascar, where 50% of children do not have access to clean water. We pretended that we were in Madagascar and Irenee told us about the daily lives of Malagasy children. After waking up we had to collect water and firewood, light a fire, set the water to boil,buy some rice from the stall and pick stones out of the rice. Next, some of us set off to walk to school. Lots of families in Madagascar cannot afford to send their children to school. While some of us had lessons at school, the others had to set to work. The jobs included - looking after the baby, cracking stones to make gravel, washing the clothes, preparing vegetables, helping with the cooking and looking after the cows and ducks. After all of this, it was time to buy breakfast at the stall ... if we had enough money. Benjamin's grandma, Hardy, had cooked us some apple fritters. They were delicious. Afterwards, Irenee taught us some Malagasy games. Thank you for a lovely morning!

Visiting the Gurdwara, May 2017

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We visited the Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Preston. Mr. Rye showed us the prayer hall and told us about Sikh beliefs. Sikhs believe that there is only one God and that you should serve other people. Every gurdwara has a langar hall and a kitchen, where food is prepared. Everyone is welcome in a gurdwara and Sikhs cook food for homeless people. We met the priest and had a snack and a drink in the langar hall. We all sat on the floor to show that we are all equal. Thank you to Reverend Cindy for coming with us!

Holly's Visit, May 2017

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Holly and Katarina spent the afternoon telling us about visual impairment. We tried out lots of fun activities. It was very frustrating trying to do things with restricted vision.

Finding out about Madagascar, May 2017

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Grace and her Mum told us lots of interesting things about life in Madagascar! We had so many questions! We talked about the creatures that live in Madagascar and about how people live there. Life can be hard for children in Madagascar. Lots of children do not have access to clean water and families have to pay to send their children to school or to a doctor. Families live close to each other and help each other out. The people are friendly and always smiling. We loved seeing photos of Grace's family. Thank you Ando!

Bird Sculptures

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We made clay bird sculptures. Can you identify which birds we made?

Edina Trust Bulb Project, 2016-2017

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Class 3 are participating in a scientific research project that has been initiated by the Edina Trust. We are one of 30 schools throughout the country that have planted daffodil, crocus and 'mystery' bulbs. Planting day was October 16th. When our bulbs germinate we will enter data onto the blog. We will be able to see what is happening to the bulbs at other schools and we will compare our results. Our bulbs are in one of the flower beds in the garden area. Look out for the signpost!

Egg Decorating and Rolling in Class 3, March 2017

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We had a lot of fun and were very pleased with the results! Congratulations to Grace and Benjamin!

Bird aeroplanes, March 2017

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Look how well they flew!

Lapwing chicks, March 2017

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Last month we saw lots of lapwings flying over Quernmore valley when we went on our bird watching walk. They make their nests in the fields near school. Last week we saw a nest with chicks when we were coming back from swimming. We made our lapwing chicks from two pom poms and used good colours to camouflage them from predators.

Position and direction, March 2017

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We practised turning clockwise and anti clockwise through quarter, half, three quarter and full turns. We blindfolded our partner and directed them around the playground. We had to keep them safe and make sure that there were no collisions! We were very excited to see two buzzards circling over the church!

A Day in Morecambe, March 2017

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It was very windy on The Stone Jetty this morning! That didn't stop us from going right to the end though. We did a traffic survey on Morecambe sea front. There were so many cars that it was hard to make an accurate tally of them! Jake showed us around the Midland Hotel. He told us about the history of the hotel and showed us all the important works of art. We visited the restaurant and climbed the spiral staircase for a view from the top floor balcony. After lunch we walked along the promenade, past the statue of Eric Morecambe, to the Lifeboat Station. Mr. Jackson and the lifeboat crew told us about some rescue missions they have been part of and showed us all of their special equipment. They brought the hovercraft 'Hurley Flyer' for us to see and we all climbed aboard the lifeboat.

Visit from the R.N.L.I.

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Charles and Mary taught us how to keep safe when we visit the beach or have fun in the water.

World Book Day 2017, March

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Well done for such brilliant costumes everyone!

Bird Watching at Birk Bank, February 2017

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We had a lovely morning! We saw pheasants, a kestrel, buzzards, lapwings, starlings, a very inquisitive robin, chaffinches, starlings, crows and two greylag geese. The children spotted some early frogspawn in the bog. We got a bit muddy coming back through Mr. Bolland's fields! Thank you very much to Mr. Thackeray for coming with us.

Magnet Investigations, February 2017

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We devised games that used magnets.

Leighton Moss, January 2017

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We had a fantastic day at Leighton Moss with Carol, Suzanne and Pippa from the RSPB. In the morning the children had great fun leading the adults around the Habitats' Trail. After lunch we found out about birds' feathers, nests and song and had time spotting wildlife from the bird hides. Some children were lucky enough to have a robin feed from their hand!

Class 3 Model Challenge

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Look at all of the fantastic models that we made at home over Christmas!

A Roman Feast, December 2016

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We dressed as Romans and celebrated Saturnalia by holding a grand feast. We ate olives, dates, figs, almonds and honey cakes and drank some wine (grape juice). We took it in turns to be masters and slaves.

Making Roman Buildings, December 2016

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Our buildings have columns and a pediment. We used tape and glue to join the pieces and cut cardboard triangles to help the pediment stand straight. It was tricky making all of the columns the same height.

Christmas 2016

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Class Two at the Toy Museum

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We had a fantastic day!

Low Pleasant Roman Kiln, November 2016

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Mr Mills showed us the Roman kiln in his garden.

Reading Buddies

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Children in Classes 2 and 4 are reading together every week.

The best cloak, October 2016

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We tested different fabrics to see which would make the best cloak for Marcus, a Roman soldier patrolling Hadrian's Wall. The children wanted to find out which fabric was the most windproof. We tested this using a hair drier and a ping pong ball. They also wanted to know which fabric was the most waterproof. We poured water onto the fabrics and measured how much liquid passed through. The children had lots of ideas for how to make sure that our tests were fair.

Book Character Day, October 2016

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Don't we look great!

Hadrian's Wall and Vindolanda, October 2016

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We visited Vindolanda to see the remains of the Roman fort and the interesting objects that have been found there. Lorna, an archaeologist, talked to us about her job. Later we walked to Housesteads on Hadrian's Wall and enjoyed eating our Roman army bread there.

Investigating Light, September 2016

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We made shadow puppet theatres and investigated reflections.

Askew Heights Iron Age Hillfort, September 2016

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We walked up to the site of the Celtic settlement in the Quernmore Valley. We decided that Iron Age people chose to settle there because of the fantastic views all around. We could still see part of their fortifications and the remains of a holloway leading down the hill into the woods.

A sunny afternoon, July 2016

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We made God's eyes and played a Viking game.

Making felt, July 2016

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We made felt this morning with Sarah Ludford, Ella's Mum. She showed us how to lay the layers of fleece and how to rub the fibres until they felted together. We added lots of soapy water and rolled our felt in sushi mats. Thank you Sarah!

Clay Minibeasts, July 2016

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Can you guess which mini beasts we made?

Quernmore Methodist Chapel, July 2016

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Reverend Peter Brown is the minister at Quernmore Methodist Chapel. He met us at the chapel this morning and showed us how Communion is celebrated on Sundays. We met Abigail's Grandma too! Afterwards we walked back to school along the very muddy track.

A Day at Damas Gill

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We walked to the site of a Viking settlement and pretended that we were Vikings building our own houses there. We decided that Damas Gill was a good place because it was sheltered, it had water, it had building materials and there were plenty of animals to hunt.

The Eucharist, June 2016

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We met Reverend Cindy at St. Peter's Church and she told us about the Eucharist service. We went into the Sanctuary and she showed us the chalice, the pattern, the host and the wafer. We talked about Jesus's Last Supper and the words he said to his disciples.

Spinning and Weaving Workshop, June 2016

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Weaver Laura Rosenzweig from Sedbergh showed us how to weave on a loom and Janet taught us how to spin yarn on a drop spindle and with a spinning wheel. Carole lent us some carders and drop spindles and gave us lots of different fleece samples too. Thank you to everyone who helped us!

Whinlatter Forest, June 2016

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We spent the day at Whinlatter Forest, near Keswick.

Streetdance with Vicky from Ludus, June 2016

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The children worked hard all morning to create a performance for Classes 1 and 2. Great teamwork everyone!

Orienteering, June 2016

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We can follow maps to find the locations of different markers.

Forest Schools - Totem Heads, June 2016

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Day 1 of Activity Week was a scorcher and we had great fun in the woods. We decorated our totem heads with things from the woods.

Visit by Vicky Auld, May 2016

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Vicky is a pilot with the British Antarctic Survey. She lives in Quernmore. We invited her into school as part of Science Week, but she was away in the Antarctic. She talked to us about her interesting job and showed us lots of wonderful photos and films. Thank you Vicky!

Here Come the Vikings at Lancaster Museum, April 2016

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We had a fantastic morning with Olaf and Linden, finding out about Viking weapons, home life and beliefs.

Eggs! March 2016

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We decorated our eggs for the Easter competition.

Science Week 2016 - Visit to Lancaster Cohousing

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Class 3 were invited to visit Lancaster Cohousing at Halton by Jan Maskell of Scientists for Global Responsibility.

From Little Fell to Quernmore School, March 2106!

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Class 3 walked from Little Fell to school. The view was fantastic from the top - we could see the whole valley. We found a fossilised tree and the remains of an old railway line, we followed the course of a Roman road and we crossed the River Conder on a secret bridge. We found 4 geocaches on the way with lots of treasure! Now we're ready to draw our own maps of the whole route.

World Book Day, March 3rd 2016

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Great costumes - well done everyone!

Science Week 2016 - Rachel Hearne

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Rachel talked to Class 3 about minerals and gems and helped them to make their own salt, sugar and bicarbonate of soda crystals.

Science Week 2016, Visit of Steve Thackeray

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Steve talked to the children about his work as a fresh water ecologist.

Science Week 2016 - The Astrodome

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Graham Perrin brought the inflatable Astrodome. We found out about our own Solar System and the stars beyond.

Science Week 2016 - Darren Tremble

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Darren is an engineer with the RAF. He talked to the children about his job maintaining aircraft and about the aerodynamics of different aeroplanes. The children made their own paper planes and tested them in the playground to see which shape flew the furthest and which shape was the fastest. Some of our planes could even loop the loop and roll!

Class 4 Quernmore Village Investigation

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Class 4 walked into Quernmore village to investigate evidence for key geographical features and for signs of changes to the Quernmore settlement over time.

Science Week 2016 Day 1

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In Class 1 the children made catapults to deliver a message across a river.

Science Week 2016 - Adrian Bowden

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Adrian put on two fantastic science shows - 'Materials' for Classes 1 and 2, and 'Forces' for Classes 3 and 4. Afterwards he came into classes to chat to the children and to answer their questions.

Spring Sunshine!

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We enjoyed a run in the sun and then had the adventure playground all to ourselves. A good chance to try out our fantastic new playground equipment.

Science - Miracle Berry

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We learnt about Miracle Berry which makes sour and bitter foods taste sweet. We tested different foods to see if they were sweet or sour. We add sugar to lots of these foods. Would Miracle Berry help to keep our sugar intake down? Miss Richardson thought our 'sour faces' were very funny!


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As part of our space topic we have been designing and making our own rockets. We have been enjoying writing stories based on 'Bob, Man on the Moon' by Simon Bartram.

Class 4 Science Fair, Science Week 2016

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Class 4 independently identified twelve experiments that they wanted to share with the rest of the school, gathered the resources and explained the science. Well done!

Science Week 2016 - Dr Mick Urbaniak

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Dr Urbaniak is a biologist who works at Lancaster University. He came to talk to Class 2 and 3 about his work with parasites. We had a very interesting time learning about the parasites that live on humans. Dr Urbaniak told us how he looks after his parasites so he can find out how to stop them spreading diseases to humans. He talked about DNA and genetics with Class 3. The children extracted DNA from strawberries, kiwi fruit and bananas using salt, shampoo and ethanol.

Science Week 2016 Day 4

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Bay Vets Visit

Science Week 2016 - Professor Jim

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Professor Jim talked to Class 2 about space.

Science Week 2016 - Janet Horsfield

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Janet and Caroline visited us from Lanes Vets to tell the children in Classes 1 and 3 about their work with animals.

Science Week 2016 - Day 3

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Ms Meijer, Alex's mum, came into class to share her expertise working for a chemist company based at Lancaster University

Science Week 2016 - Day 1

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In Class 2 we were exploring different forces. Children blew up balloons with coca cola, they tried (and succeeded) to make a hole in a ballon without it popping, they explored a non-newtonian fluid (cornflour goo) and made balloon rockets. We had a great time!

Science Week 2016, Day 1

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We had Colour Chaos in Class 3! We tried out chromatography, separating different coloured inks used in felt tips using filter paper. We used red cabbage as a natural indicator and found that acids (lemon juice) turned it red and alkaline (bicarbonate of soda) turned it blue. We carried out a Stroop Test, reading sets of coloured words and timing each other. We decided that we'd rather be a green caterpillar if we lived on the pitch - they were the best camouflaged!

Lancaster Cohousing, March 2016

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Class 3 were invited to Lancaster Cohousing by Jan Maskell at Scientists for Global Responsibility. The children found out about all the eco-friendly features of a Passivhaus. We walked along the Lune to the Hydro and the engineer showed us the water turbines. We made our own model water turbines and tested them with water to see if they worked!

Rainforest Posters, March 2016

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In Class 3 we have been finding out about life in the rainforests. We were horrified to discover how quickly these beautiful and important ecosystems are being destroyed. Please read our posters!

Gujarati Hindu Temple, Preston, January 2016

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Classes 2 and 3 visited the Hindu temple in Preston.

Volcano Muffins!

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We decorated our muffins with lava and rocks!

Christmas Party 2015

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Happy Christmas from Class 3!


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We made 'Christingles', which means 'Christ Lights' and learnt what each part represents.

Victorian Servants at Dunham Massey, November 2015

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It was hard work getting Dunham Massey ready for Christmas and the servants had lots of jobs to do! There were decorations, cards and pomanders to make. Chocolate bread and biscuits needed baking in the big kitchen. The servants had to be on their best behaviour when they were introduced to Lady Stamford. Out in the grounds the gamekeeper needed help with beating for the hunt and we caught a poacher who was stealing Lord Stamford's rabbits.

Dunham Massey, November 2015

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Class 3 met the game keeper and experienced life 'below stairs' at Dunham Massey.

The Planetarium dome and Mrs Harrison, Science Week 2016

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Class 4 entered the planet learning zone and had an immersive learning experience. Furthermore, Mrs Harrison came in to talk to the children about what science was involved in working with in a civil engineering company who are currently responsible for replacing Morecambe's sea defence barrier!

Science Week 2016 Day 1- Class 4 Science Investigations

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In Class 4 we investigated the following: 1. Can I make a balloon rocket? 2. Can I make my own constellation using my knowledge of how light travels? 3. Can I show I understand the order and relative size of the planets in our solar system using fruit?

World Book Day

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Class 4 got into the spirit by dressing up as a wide range of fantastic book characters including Harry Potter, Mary Poppins and Sherlock Holmes to name a few...

London 2015

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Class 2 Science

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A fruity day!

Manchester Museum Egyptian Trip

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Class 4 visited Manchester University museum and came face to face with a real life (sort of) mummy, built pyramids and explored artefacts, to name but a few activities!

Christmas 2015

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Tutankhamen Play in a Day

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Class 4 worked extremely hard to produce a wonderful play for the entertainment of the whole school. Not bad for two and a half hours practice!

Butterfly House, June 2015

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We had a lovely day in the park!

Isle of Man 2015

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Gruffalo Crumble, May 2015

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His eyes are orange His tongue is black He has purple prickles all over his back Oh help! Oh no! It's a Gruffalo!

Mapping the wind turbine

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Damian from Ordnance Survey came to find the coordinates to put our wind turbine on the Ordnance Survey map of our area. Children in Class 2 went to watch him working. He explained how his equipment worked with the internet to put our wind turbine in exactly the right place on the map.

Bug Hunt

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We found all sorts of mini beasts when we went on a bug hunt in the second wood.

Dewlay Cheesemakers, April 2015

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We visited Dewlay in Garstang to see what happens to Mr. Bolland's milk after it leaves the farm. We looked down into the factory to see how cheese is made. We made some cheese of our own, using milk, culture, rennet and salt. We tasted lots of different cheeses too. Yum yum!


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The Woods

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The Orchard

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The Pitch

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Museum of Science and Industry, November 2014

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We had a great time watching the steam engine demonstration, visiting the Air and Space Hall and trying out experiments.

Greenlot Farm, April 2015

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We walked to Greenlot Farm and Mr. Bolland showed us how he looks after his cows and how he milks them.

Christmas 2014

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A Day at Grange, March 2015

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Class 1 had a fantastic day finding out about trains. We had a tour of Lancaster Station before buying our tickets and catching the train to Grange Over Sands. The guard checked our tickets and we saw lots from the train windows. We liked crossing the estuary on the long bridge! We walked along the promenade at Grange and looked back across the bay to Quernmore. We had lots of fun at the train playground and ate our lunch in the sunshine. On the way home, we got off the train at Carnforth Station to go into the Visitor Centre. We met Mr. Adams and learnt about steam trains. The ice creams were delicious!

Oasis Dentist

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Oasis Dental Practice visited Class 3 and delivered a series of activities


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Class 2 Wildlife Oasis

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Trip to Milnthorpe

Baking Class 2

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Snow at Quernmore 14th January 2015

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Even snowfall and closed roads do not deter our children and staff from getting into school! Have a look and see how much fun we had.