Today we have been following bearings by rotating the compass dial to set the number of degrees away from north, turning so that the red needle points north and heading off by following the direction of travel arrow.
The latest development in our orienteering journey has been to find magnetic north using a compass. In turn, we have been able to orientate our school orienteering maps to magnetic north – a key skill in the sport!
It was tricky at first but we persevered, becoming quite proficient by the end of the session.
Next week we will move on to short course orienteering.
Putting learning on the map!
Pupils from Y5 have been taking classes in orienteering. As well as being an introduction to the sport of orienteering, the lessons are also designed to offer a practical context for the application of maths and, in particular, those skills relating to space, shape and angles.
You can see from the pictures that we have been developing our skills in small spaces, using simple maps to navigate between cone arrays. The next step is to transfer our skills to larger, more open spaces such as the school grounds.
Upcoming lessons will see the pupils learn how to make a simple plane table survey using basic trigonometry, just as the early pioneers of mapping would have done.
Y5 have delivered the results of their investigations into air quality around the school site and on the main approach routes. The project, launched back in February, has seen a number of our Y5 and Y6 pupils working alongside environmental scientists to investigate threats to their local environment and formulate plans to tackle them.
Measuring air pollution using diffusion tubes
If you have been following the blog, you will remember that Jennifer Biggs from Modeshift worked with a group of Y6 Lakeside pupils to position diffusion tubes around the school site and on the main approach roads.
The tubes were placed in order to find the levels of Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) present in the air. This gas, which can be a danger to health, comes from petrol and diesel vehicles.
The tubes were sent back to the lab where they were tested and the results were sent back to school.
Air pollution van
An air pollution monitoring van also visited the school. The quality of the air was measured during half term and on a normal school day.
Interpreting the results
Nitrogen Dioxide ( NO2 ), Ozone ( 03 ) and tiny particulates ( PM10) can be all found in the air we breathe and can all be harmful to health. The levels of all three were measured.
Jenny worked with a group of Y5 pupils to interpret the results and to build a presentation which was shared with KS2 children on Thursday 13th July.
You can share their presentation and findings by downloading the PowerPoint.
Summary of the results
Air pollution was higher during the school commute times.
Air pollution was much lower during half term.
The highest levels of pollution were collected along Hatherley Road.
Air pollution levels recorded in the playgrounds were not as high as expected.
How can we help reduce air pollution
We were lucky to be joined by Louise Boyle (Senior Environmental Officer). She explained how Cheltenham Borough Council are monitoring air pollution in the same ways as we have been and explained how the council are acting to help reduce air pollution. She spent some time answering questions offered up by the children.
As part of our Eco Schools work we will be looking at how we can work together as a school community to minimise air pollution around the school site and neighbouring roads.
Our results show that the best way to do this is by minimising the number of car journeys to and from school. The results and the work undertaken by the children will also feed into our School Travel Plan. More on this next year!
In the meantime we would like to thank Modeshift, Jennifer Biggs, the scientists manning the air pollution van and Louise Boyle for their help and support.
Children across KS2 have been learning about various aspects of gardening:
Using water wisely
Gardening with nature
They have created cartoons and text to help their fellow pupils understand the concepts.
A huge thank you to Ravensworth for their kind assistance and for making such an amazing job of printing out our signs!
We have been working hard to maintain our growing areas.
The African Keyhole Garden has an integrated compost basket in the centre. Nutrients from the composter (kept well watered) are flushed into the soil. These gardens are saving lives in Africa. You can find out more at the Send-A-Cow website.
We are growing beans, maize, chard, squashes, nasturtiums and marigolds. Nasturtiums and marigolds help to attract beneficial insects and repel harmful ones.
Y1 are the first Lakeside pupils to make use of the Wetland Project established in the summer/autumn of 2016.
The Wetland Project comprises of four easily accessible wildlife ponds, designed to make pond dipping possible for all pupils in the school.
We found newts, water snails, frogs, tadpoles and a wealth of pond insects.