KS1 and KS2 news

In science, year 5SE have been experimenting with gravity and air resistance. 

In our first investigation, we tested how the size of an object would affect the speed of its fall. 

In our second investigation, we made three parachutes and changed one variable to test which parachute would have the most air resistance. 

We discussed the importance of a fair test, worked together to calculate our results and wrote a conclusion for our investigations. We love being scientists!

It’s been a busy start to the year in 4A, with lots of fun activities. We have been using our whiteboards in maths to help us solve addition questions using the compact column method. In humanities, we have used our devices to research the spread of the Roman Empire, we were amazed at all the countries they invaded. We also used our atlas skills to locate some of the countries the Romans conquered.


This year’s NABSS (National Association of British Schools in Spain) competition was: Top 10 Tips for Learning During a Pandemic.
We submitted entries from KS1 and KS2.
Entrants from KS1 and KS2 designed an A4 size poster to give other students their age some ideas on how to keep learning!
Many congratulations to Naya Y5SE who won the runner up in her category of KS2.

Year 1 had a wonderful walk around our local area. We needed to map a route to help Sunny the meerkat find his way from the Kalahari desert to our school. We knew he would be in Tafira Alta somewhere by now! We also talked a lot about the natural and manufactured materials we could spot along the way.


On Friday 26th February, children took part in the international Stand Up to Bullying Day. The children wore pink accessories to show their support. Children looked at the different types of bullying and what to do if they are being bullied. Classes completed activities about cyber bullying, being included, friendship and equality. The children have learnt a lot.

In 4A we have been learning some new badminton skills in PE. In art, we have been planning and designing a rainforest collage ready to make soon. And although we recently won the Times Tables Rockstars competition, we still need to practise so we have been using our devices when we get the chance.

On Monday 30th November, Y5 had a very special meeting on Google Meet with an astronomer in New Zealand!  Dave Owen is an astronomer, teacher, owner of a space museum in New Zealand and fanatic space enthusiast. He has been passionate about space for as long as he can remember, and he loves sharing his enthusiasm with others.

The children learnt more about Earth’s position in the Solar System and wider Universe; days, nights and years on Earth and other planets; the night sky; spaceflight (including robotic space probes and human exploration of space) and the International Space Station.

Here are some quotes from the children:

“It was a fantastic meeting and we all learnt so much about Space that we didn´t know”

“My favourite part was seeing the astronauts in a Space Station and how they moved and what they ate!”
“I liked learning about  Black Holes around our Galaxy, and also in the centre of our Milky Way – the Super Massive Black Hole”.
“Learning and seeing the satellites and the Internation Space Station was really interesting”
“I liked learning about why Mercury was colder than Venus even though it is closer to the Sun.  This is because it has no atmosphere or clouds (like on Venus) to hold the heat in.”
“I hope that one day I can visit Space!”
“It is strange that stars have names like Stephenson 2-18 – which is the biggest star we know of SO FAR.”

On Wednesday 29th January, Year 4 enjoyed a trip to Palmitos Park to consolidate their learning of a rainforest environment. The children were given a special talk from one of the monitors about the dolphins, learning about their characteristics, followed by watching the birds of prey in free flight. They then completed a tour of the park learning about all the other animals and plants. A great day was had by all!


Year 4 students spent a great and unique day in the Finca de Osorio. The aim of the trip was to help replant some of the island’s indigenous Laurisilva plant species. As a team, we managed to plant eighteen small tree heathers, which will hopefully grow into beautiful trees in the future.

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On the 18th February, Year 5 took part in an excursion to Osorio, where they were able to see and learn about the growing process and reforestation of the Laurisilva forest, one of the world’s unique natural gems. Our little tree-planters learned how to use a hoe and planted several tree-heathers in an area where, two years previously, fellow Oakley students had planted various shrubs which continue to grow today. In addition to planting trees, students enjoyed a nature walk and were able to see some animals living on the farm. An interesting and fun day was had by all!