Molly’s presentation

This week’s homework has been to research a tornado of your choice.  Molly sent in a PowerPoint and asked if she could demonstrate a tornado using her science kit from home. Here she is, showing the class how a tornado forms:

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Robotics Day 2018

Today was such good fun!  John and Yvonne came in and set up ‘Ocean Odyssey’, a Lego computer technology activity where the children work in teams of four to build a robot and program it to complete certain tasks.  Take a look at them in action:

The children worked really hard and all of them showed resilience and perseverance.  When they faced a challenge, they worked hard to resolve it as a team.

The team who won the ‘Team Work Award’ were ‘Aqua’:


The children gained points for each activity, when completed correctly. To do this, the children needed to use accuracy and precision. The winning team for the ‘Performance Award’ was ‘The Electric Eels‘:


Would you build your house near a volcano?

“Of course not!”, I hear you cry! “What an absurd idea!”

It seems like such a silly question!

However, the children in Osprey class have been looking at reasons for and against building a new town near a volcano.  We held a class debate, where half of the class argued the reasons for the proposal, and the other half argued the reasons against!


  • Ash can destroy farm crops
  • Buildings can be destroyed by lava flow
  • People can be swept away by pyroclastic flows or lahars (mudflows)
  • Ash can cause health problems for people and animals
  • Frequent earthquakes can damage property



  • Farming near a volcano can be really good, because the volcanic soil can produce very good crops
  • Volcanic regions can produce geothermal energy, which is clean and renewable
  • Scientists can predict when a volcano will erupt
  • Volcanoes are tourist attractions bringing money and jobs to the area
  • Dormant volcanoes may not erupt for hundreds of years
  • The isolated slopes of volcanoes are good habitats for rare plants and animals
  • Minerals and rocks made from volcanic lava are mined and used for building materials, bringing jobs to the area

IMG_0205The children played their role well, fighting their corner even if it didn’t reflect their true opinion.  However, when we took a class vote on how they really felt about building a town near a volcano, almost all of the class voted against the notion.

(And I’m inclined to agree!)

Curling – but not as we know it!

Last Friday, a small group of pupils from St. Philip’s were invited to try a new sport: curling, but with a difference!  It is called New Age Kurling, and instead of sliding stones on ice, the stones are rolled along any smooth, flat surface using a set of ball-bearings.

“New Age Kurling is a derivative of the original curling game on ice.  The main difference is that it can be played by able bodied and people with disabilities alike, and it can be played indoors on any surface such as sports halls, dance halls, church or community halls, office breakout areas, classrooms, school playgrounds, corridors and even in disused car parks.

Three children from Osprey attended and had a great experience. Take a look at them in action:

Corey’s electric presentation

As part of our science topic on electricity, Corey offered to bring in his electrical kit from home and give us a demonstration.  He was very knowledgeable; he was able to show the class how to create a circuit and explain how it worked.  Corey, and his able assistant, Calum, built two different games using the circuit boards. The children particularly enjoyed the lie-detector test, which created a high buzzing sound if you were lying, and a low buzz if you were being truthful.  Corey would ask his volunteers a question and they would have to answer. This caused much hilarity in class, especially when they caught Mrs Callow out telling a sneaky porky-pie about not liking ice-cream!

Take a look at our mini slide-show:

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