Making compounds

We have been investigating what happens when you mix different substances to make compounds. This has provided a slightly different experience to painting and it has provided us with opportunities to talk about our mixtures.

“It’s like hot chocolate – it’s bubbly.”

“I’m going to mix all of them together to see what happens.”

“It’s even more sticky now!”

“I can’t get it out, it’s so gooey.”

Visitor in class

This morning we had a visit from Sister Ripley who works at Barnsley Hospital. She told us about some of the things she does in her job to help people get better. Now, we can use what we have learnt in our own doctor’s surgery.

Kexborough Students Are Scientists!

On the afternoon of Friday 8th November the whole school took part in science experiments to celebrate World Science Day. We talked about how science is relevant to our lives and how without it we wouldn’t have half of the things we have today. Have a look below at some of the photographs taken during our afternoon celebrating World Science Day. All children from FS1 through to Year 6 demonstrated engagement and curiosity during their experiments. Please see individual class blogs for more details on what we got up to!


Yesterday some children made a bridge, however it looked more like a wall so this morning we looked at photos of lots of different bridges. We discussed how they were similar and different to each other and why the bridges were needed in the different places. This prompted lots of creative thinking in the construction area and the train track area. The children were acting as engineers – problem solving by thinking, adjusting, improving and reflecting. You can see from the photos, the processes that they worked through to reach their finished bridges!

Doctor’s surgery

Continuing on from our learning last half term about being healthy, we have changed our role-play area to a surgery. This morning we were learning how to play in there purposefully.

“Have you got an appointment?”

“What’s wrong?”

“You need an injection.”

“Go to the pharmacy.”

“Come back in a week.”


We have read poems and a story about bonfire night. In the story a boy makes a model rocket so this afternoon some children wanted to make one themselves. They’ve learnt how rolling a piece of paper makes a cylinder shape and cutting and twisting a circle make a cone shape. Look at our rockets!

Spooky going ons…

We have added some Halloween themed enhancements to our provision this week. The children engage with these resources well and they provide opportunities for developing some spooky language!

“Slimy snail”

“Bubbling potion”

“Glob of slime”

Autumn welly walk

We had such a fabulous time on our well walk this afternoon. We were really focused on looking for signs of autumn and we were excited to find a sweet chestnut tree – its chestnut shells were a lot spikier than the conker shells – they reminded us of tiny hedgehogs.

The Charleston

Every week we learn about rhythm and beat, as well as controlling our bodies in dance lessons. Mrs. Ripley has been teaching us some Charleston steps over the last half term. Today we had a competition to see who had really mastered the steps and enjoyed the dance.