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Autumn Term 2 Learning


On Thursday 2nd November, we had our Hook session for our new learning topic. Mrs Sutcliffe and Mrs Vartan set up a carousel of activities to help us learn about different parts of the human body. We had the following activities to complete:


  • Making a moveable hand using straws and string to show the joints in the hand;
  • Creating an edible spinal cord to show the different parts it is made up of, using cheerios and Polo mints;
  • Building our own pasta skeletons;
  • Using balloons and straws to make a model of the lungs.


We had great fun being really hands-on in all of these activities – take a look at some of the photos that show our amazing learning.

Autumn Term 1 Learning


In the first half term of this school year, our first topic has been called Temples, Tombs and Treasures and we have been learning about Ancient Egypt. Our main focuses have been in Art, Design Technology and Religious Education. Keep reading to find out more about the learning we did in each of these subjects.


We also had a visit from the past in Years 3 and 4 this half term. The Egyptian Goddess Isis came to St Columba and taught us all about sending a pharaoh to the afterlife. We learned about different Gods and Goddesses and why they were important to the Egyptians and learned how to sing a song to help someone move into the afterlife.

Science Learning


We have learned so much in Science in Autumn 1, so it’s really lucky that we have 2 hours every week just for our Science learning. This half term, we have been focusing on learning about Rocks and Soils.


We started off by organising types of rock into natural and man-made rock. Once we started to understand what natural rock meant, Mrs Sutcliffe taught us about 3 different types of natural rock that can be found on our Earth. These are called igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic. We used modelling clay to show the different types of rocks, where they are made and how they are made. Look at the photos of this great learning below.


When we learned about soil, we made soil that we could eat. We used different foods to make up the layers of soil including bedrock, parent material, sub soil, top soil and organic material. Take a look at some of our finished edible soil – can you work out which layer is which and what food we used to make it?



Art Learning:


As part of our fantastic topic about Ancient Egypt, we have been learning all about printing in Art. We used hieroglyphics to create our own printing stamps on Styrofoam tiles, which we found to be quite tricky because we had to write our names in the opposite order to the order we’re used to AND the letters had to be drawn backwards too! We used acrylic paint and rollers to cover our tiles in coloured paint and then printed them onto cartridge paper.


Take a look at the photos below to see some of our fabulous learning after half term!

Hieroglyphic Printing

Hieroglyphic Printing 1
Hieroglyphic Printing 2
Hieroglyphic Printing 3
Hieroglyphic Printing 4

Design Technology Learning:


In DT, we have been learning about levers and mechanisms. The mechanism in particular that we have learned about is called a ‘shaduf’ which was an Ancient Egyptian mechanism used to get river from the Nile to help farmers water their fields. We collected sticks from our local school environment for the shell of our mechanism, planned out what other resources we needed and use them to make our own working ‘shaduf’. Check out our amazing finished products – we’re so proud of our amazing learning!