Wharfedale Blog 22nd November
We had a visitor in school this week; Mr Wood (who was the head teacher of St Aidan’s) came and officially opened the new entrance to school. He led us in a special worship on Thursday.
This week in Maths we have been adding and subtracting fractions, we have done this by finding common denominators, we have also learnt some ways to work out the answers quicker.
In English, we are enjoying our class book ‘Wonder’ we are really thinking deeply about the story and characters.
On Wednesday, we did some science. We were learning about how Claudius Galen, a famous scientist from the Roman era, made arteries. Also, how Galileo Galilei made the pendulum. A pendulum is something with a piece of blue-tac, well that’s what we used in our experiment, and you swing it. He noticed that the ‘period’ of a pendulum (the time it takes to swing) depends on it’s (length not the mass.)
Santorio Santorio , who was our main focus, invented an instrument named the pulsilogium using the properties of a pendulum. He invented it to count the pulse of a patient in a hospital. It was hard because in that time (1603) they had no minutes.
As a matter of fact, we tried it out ourselves. We got some string and put some blue-tac on the end. We hung it off the side of the table and swung it to the beat of a partners pulse, we were in groups of four. Then we wrote how high or low the red dot on the string was. That was 70cm up the string.
See you next week!