Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Simon Higgins visits Fairlop...

On Wednesday the 25/03/2015 a few selected children were lucky enough to work with a famous author, Simon Higgins. He was a very funny and humorous man and the children of year 5 and 4 were delighted to have the opportunity to work with him.

We were also accompanied by two other schools. 
In the morning session we learnt a bit about Mr Higgins himself and then took advice about how to write an introduction to a mystery story. The children came up with some fantastic stories filled with wild imagination. 
After break we discussed the features of a good, well written story. This included tense, dialogue and setting. 
After lunch we had a mini book signing where we could buy his books and get them signed. 
Later on Mr Higgins told us about how his friends, who are also authors, have written their own stories. 
We planned out our own adventure stories according to what special features he told us. He gave us some special advice on how to write a standard story. 
To a conclusion we had wonderful time and learnt a lot more about what there really is to stories. 
Thank you to everyone who arranged this and most of all, Simon Higgins

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

E - Safety Video Conference

Parkhill, John Bramston, Hylands and Redbridge Primary, all took part in the Video Conference. Mayespark kindly invited us to talk to two police officers, PC Kim and PCSO Winston. Fairlop was the only school to have a power point. During the VC, Fairlop found out a lot about how to keep safe online. 
You are responsible for what you write, not your parents you are! Some people lie about their age, when the website has an age restriction i.e Facebook, if you have a bad message or photo sent to you, the police can't do anything about it! However some websites don't have age restrictions so if you are being sent nasty stuff, either screenshot it or tell an adult. If you decide to screenshot it then go to the police and show them straight away. There is a 'Ceop' website that will give you lots of advise to do with bullying online. In 2014 1 in 7 people were bullied online. If you are a bully online the please STOP!

Callum Class 6B

Monday, 2 March 2015

Junior Science Competition

4 Children from our school attended the Junior Science Competition  at Forest School. There were 3 experiments for us to do. We were against at least 20 other schools from Redbridge, Walthamstow and Waltham Forest.

The first experiment was chemistry. We had to put 2 pieces of zinc metal into an empty test tube, then add 2 drops of hydro chloric acid into the same test tube. We then heated a wooden splint using a bunsen burner. Next we held it beside the test tube and placed out thumb over the tube. This was supposed to create a reaction but unfortunately the experiment didn't work. Our last experiment was to try and make colours to figure out if  this liquid was acid or alkaline. We did this by mixing usual liquids such as milk and lemon juice. We mixed this with universal indicator strips to see whether it was an acid or alkaline. We test the pH level using a pH chart.

Then the second experiment. We started off by drawing with a paintbrush, dry, wet and in water. We then had to cut out a 2d boat and placed it in water. Unfortunately it sank within a second but we knew where we had gone wrong.
lastly was a tasting experiment. We tasted: Grapefruit skin, citric acid and ice cream with salt. We had to explain where these tastes were on the tongue and whether they tasted bitter, sweet or sour.

When we finished we went upstairs to hear who the winners were! Before that was announced we watched a scientist pop things, blow things up and set things on fire. The announcements were made but we didn't win although we all had a great time and got to try things we had never done before in science.