Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Sycamore's Arctic Investigation

In Sycamore class, our Arctic topic is well underway and we are enjoying learning about the Inuit people and the different Arctic animals that live across the snow covered wilderness!

We conducted a science experiment into the insulating properties of blubber. Blubber is the thick layer of fat that surrounds animals such as polar bears and seals. Blubber acts as a thermal coat to keep the animals warm in the freezing conditions.

We used lard, ice cubes, water and sandwich bags to conduct our experiment.

We filled one bag with lard and then placed our hand inside the other (clean) bag and inserted this into the middle of the blubber. We then immersed our control hand (hand without blubber) and our blubber hands into the ice cold water and compared the two temperatures.

We were unable to feel the icy water on the hand wrapped in blubber but our control hand felt freezing. We concluded that the layer of blubber protected animals from the harsh conditions of the Arctic very well and we were fascinated to see how effective it really is!

Here are some pictures from our blubber experiment! 

Friday, 11 January 2019

Next Parent Forum - 29th January 2019

Bannockburn Bistro

Today's invited guests at the Bannockburn Bistro on both the High St and Manor Way sites.

High St site

Manor Way site

Achievement Assemblies today

Congratulations to all the children who were recognised in today's Achievement Assemblies across both High St and Manor Way.

High St site

Manor Way site

Year 5 Hawthorn's learning in Art

Our topic is the First World War and by the end of the half term, we will have created our own poppy-related collage. We needed to develop our skills of tearing and layering paper, which we did this week...

Thursday, 10 January 2019

Lion TV - Kids TV

My name is Yemi Oyefuwa and I’m writing from a London based TV Production Company called Lion TV; creators of popular shows like Horrible Histories, Homes under the Hammer and Inside the Tower of London.

We are currently making an exciting, new kids TV show for a popular children’s broadcaster. The format sees two teams of 6 compete to put on the best pop-up restaurant, with two celebrity foodies mentoring and judging their efforts in the kitchen and on the restaurant floor.  We are looking for kids aged 9-14.
I noticed that your school is registered with the Healthy Schools London Initiative and thought it’d be wise of me to see if you could possibly forward the attached flyer and application form to the students in your school, so that if they are any budding restaurateurs interested, they can be in touch or apply directly with us. I understand you won’t be able to pass me their details, but would you be happy to do the above and/or post it to your social media pages, newsletters and/or mailing lists.
The children must know each other in some capacity; for example, be from the same school or the same cooking club. We’re also happy to include extended family members or friends that attend different schools but know members within the team.  If there happens to be less than 6 students applying from your school, it’d be really helpful if you could encourage more students to apply; especially those with an interest in running their own restaurant.

We are looking for mixed groups of boys and girls. Three of the group members will be working on the restaurant floor, coming up with a pop up restaurant theme, welcoming and serving guests, as well as dealing with customers. The other three members will be creating their own menu and cooking to a high standard, under pressure, whilst remaining calm. It’s a demanding challenge so we’re looking for candidates who are capable of working independently in the kitchen or are confident when talking to adults and people.

We think this is a great opportunity for those aspiring to work in the restaurant business, so if have any specific children in mind do, please do forward them the flyer and application form so they can be in touch.  Please also pass on my details to any parent/guardian and teachers, if anyone has questions.

Have a fantastic day and please do not hesitate to contact me yourself, if you have any further questions or comments.

Warmest Regards,

Yemi Oyefuwa
Casting Producer
T: 0208 846 2041

Channel Four - Lego Masters

 I am emailing from a TV production company called Tuesday’s Child who make the popular Channel 4 series – Lego Masters, we were in touch with Bannockburn Primary School at the beginning of the year about casting the series that’s currently on at the moment on Tuesday nights. In case you are unfamiliar LEGO MASTERS is the competition series in which some of the UK’s most skilled brick fanatics do battle to be crowned the UK’s best amateur building pair.  

Following the success of current series, we are again on the hunt to find Britain’s most talented building duos for a third series. This year we had 7 incredibly talented and wonderful children on the show and it was their dream come true. With that in mind I was hoping to see whether you would mind distributing the attached flyer to your staff and students or parents network to see if the next winner of the series is either attending or working at your school – as we are looking for creative adults too!

Please do let me know if you would like any further information, or if anyone in particular springs to mind.

Many thanks,

Tracey Smyth
Assistant Producer – LEGO MASTERS
020 3761 4559

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