Monday, 25 April 2016

A Very Exciting Day!

On Friday, we received a very exciting royal message at St. Anthony's. We were all surprised to find many mysterious keys around the school, however we were astonished that Her Royal Highness the Queen had heard about it! She had been told about our mystery at her 90th birthday party on Thursday.

Her Majesty requested that we investigate this mystery for her (and her Royal Keeper of the Keys). Each child needed to write to her, to let her know where we thought the keys had come from and what they might unlock.

Lots of pictures to follow on the blog this week!

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Marathon Superstars!

Source: Virgin Money London Marathon

Congratulations to Mr. O'Neill and Ms Yuill for the wonderful achievement of participating in the London Marathon today! Good luck!

Source: Virgin Money London Marathon 

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Frost Fairs


Today, as part of our Thames topic, you learned about some rather fascinating historical events! We found out about the Frost Fairs, which were held on the River Thames itself. 

The worst cold spells in Britain occurred between 1550 and 1750. The climate during this time was known as the Little Ice Age, when winters were so cold that the Thames froze over each year. It was not uncommon for the freeze to last over three months, as it did in the winters of 1683 - 1684 and 1715 - 1716.

Source: Telegraph
The first recorded Frost Fair was held on the frozen river Thames in London in 1608. It had tents, sideshows, food stalls and even included ice bowling! The last Frost Fair was held in February 1814.

Why doesn't the Thames freeze any longer?
Source: walklondon

Here is the interesting video from the Museum of London that you saw today:

Source: YouTube, Museum of London

You made some posters advertising a Frost Fair, showing all of the activities and foods on offer. We'll share some on the blog soon!

Homework Help!

Source: picsaboutspace

This week for your homework, you need to research and create a poster about one of the planets in our solar system.

Remember to include key facts about:
  • How far your planet is from the Sun,
  • Its diameter,
  • Its temperature,
  • How long it takes to rotate and to orbit the Sun,
  • How many moons it has.

Include any other interesting facts you find! Perhaps you could find out where your planet's name comes from?

Here are some websites that you might find helpful:

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Hawking News!

This week you began your Space topic in Science with Mrs Hopkins. On Wednesday we were very excited to see the news that Stephen Hawking (one of St. Clare's Class' favourite people) has backed a project to send a space craft to another star system, within our lifetime! We watched an exciting news clip on the BBC website.

Here is the link, if you would like to watch it again:

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Space Race and Thames Exploration!

Source: cntraveller

Next week, we will be beginning our new topics- hooray! We have lots of fun activities planned to learn about the River Thames and about Space for Science.

Get a head start by playing this fantastic activity from NASA. The Solar System mission contains lots of mini games and loads of information to help you with your new topic:

Take a look at the other awesome activities for kids on the NASA website (click the picture below)- there is so much to see and play!