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As part of Multicultural Week, Ptarmigans cooked Jamaican Rice and Peas (actually beans) with Jerk Chicken. Why not try some at home?

Ptamigan's visit to the Holy Family Roman Catholic Church.

On Friday Year 5/6 were visited by Steve Clifford, a famous author. They had the opportunity to ask questions about being an author as well as enjoying some of his stories. All the children really enjoyed their writing workshop with Steve!

A water resistance investigation.

Testing Spinners in Science

When it is too wet for outdoor games we can always play New Age Kurling and Boccia!

A visit to Ford Park Cemetery to investigate WW1 graves.

On a beautiful afternoon, Ptarmigans visited Ford Park Cemetery where we were given a tour of some WW1 graves. What made it special was the our guide was able to show us photos and tell us the story of the servicemen (and women). We even saw a grave containing a memorial to an engineer killed on The Titanic in 1912.

Calculating the Area of the World's Smallest Country

For European Languages Day, Ptarmigans studied The Vatican City. Its area is only 44 hectares (0.44 sq km), far smaller than Plymouth! We decided that we could calculate the area enclosed by Ham Drive, Honicknowle Lane, Melrose Avenue and Arden Grove by measuring each road using trundle wheels. Although the block is not an exact rectangle, we were able to work out that its area is about 3.5 hectares; therefore, only 12.5 blocks of this size would be needed to make an entire country!

We also studied some Latin (one of the Vatican's official languages) by translating Harry Potter spells into English; in addition, we created Latin mottos for our class- watch this space for our favourite!

The Great Ham Drive Space Walk

To help us understand the true scale of The Solar System, we created the Great Ham Drive Space Walk! We used a ball (20 cm diameter) to represent the Sun and Blu-Tack to represent the planets (from less than 1mm for Mercury to 2.2 cm for Jupiter). Staring at the junction with Arden Grove, we used trundle wheels to measure the scale distance between the planets. The first four were quite close together, but they soon spread out! In fact, Neptune was almost at Mayflower School!

To give us a real sense of the vastness of space, we worked out that someone holding a 20 cm ball to represent our nearest star (Alpha Centuri) would have to stand in the centre of Rome!

Outdoor Maths at St. Pancras' churchyard.

Ptarmigans visited the churchyard at St. Pancras' church on Monday 10th September. We collected data to answer questions related to the people buried there; in addition, we discussed some of the graves of First World War servicemen and women who died during childbirth. 
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