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Somerset Bridge

Primary School

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Somerset Bridge Primary School, Stockmoor Drive, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA6 6AH
01278 422100
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Somerset Bridge Values
Aspire to be the best we can in our behaviour, our learning and our hopes and dreams.
Brave to challenge ourselves and take risks so that we achieve the best we can.
Care for our school environment, so that we maintain a safe, sustainable and healthy community and set an example for life choices both within and outside of school.
Collaborate with all members of the community – pupils, parents, staff, governors, neighbouring schools and organisations in the local area - ensuring that all contributions are encouraged and valued.

Miss Constable – Franklin Class

Franklin Class

Our class is named after Rosalind Franklin, who was born in 1920 in London, and was a scientist who helped make important discoveries about DNA.

She was part of a wealthy family, so had a heathy childhood and a good education. She enjoyed science from a young age, and decided to become a scientist when she was 15, while she was at St Paul’s Girls School.

As she got older, she went to Newnham College, Cambridge, to study chemistry, and achieved a PhD. After this she went to King’s College in London to do research. While she was there, she took Photo 51, which shows that DNA has a double helix structure.

Someone showed her photo to Francis Crick and James Watson (without asking her).  They got a Nobel Prize for their discovery, even though Franklin did a lot of the work.

As well as her work on DNA, she also investigated viruses. She was not recognised for her work until after she died from cancer in 1958. There is a university and science training programme named after her.

We think she was important because she collaborated with other scientists, and even when she did not get the credit for her work, she still kept trying to find out new things.

During the Autumn Term we have been learning about the Victorian Era. 

As part of our learning about Victorian inventors and inventions, we focussed on Isambard Kingdom Brunel. We used his famous bridges, including the one our school is named after, to inspire us to design and build our own bridges. 

In November we took part in the whole school Diwali day, learning about the story of Rama and Sita, making coconut ice sweets, and creating our own Rangoli patterns using coloured rice. 
Our Living Things topic in Year 5 includes learning about flowering plants, so we have dissected some Alstroemeria flowers to show their parts. 
We explored the work of William Morris during the Autumn Term, as part of our Victorians topic. We found out how the Industrial Revolution influenced his work, and then we used observational drawings from the school garden, and our own ideas, to create repeated, reflected or rotated patterns. We then created print blocks and used fabric paint to overprint our own handkerchiefs. 

Our Topic Web for the Spring Term