Ben Langley’s visit to year 2 – April 2021

The children were in awe and fits of giggles with the visitor that came to year 2 at Toftwood Federation this week! On Wednesday 14th April, Ben Langley, star of the Great Yarmouth Hippodrome circus and participant of Britain’s Got Talent, entertained each of the year 2 classes with jokes, tricks and also misheard song lyrics!  

One of the children said ‘he was so funny that it made my cheeks hurt!’ Another remarked, “he was the funniest man on the planet!” 

It is safe to say that this really added an extra smiley boost to our week as well as watching a live performance and understanding how to be a wonderful audience.  

His performances took place on the school playground to ensure that all our COVID safe guidelines were followed and it was amazing to have a visitor finally enter our school again! Mrs Pedlow, Head teacher said “It was such a pleasure to have a live performance in the school for the children. They responded so well and felt they had seen a star in their school.” 

Year 3 Spring 2021

English

Year 3 have been reading a book called, “I am Neil Armstrong” this half term which describes Neil Armstrong’s life in a comic book style biography, written in the style of an autobiography. The children investigated the different features of an autobiography and then wrote their own in first person. In their final task connected to this style of writing, the children were asked to incorporate their wellbeing focus of ‘staying connected’ by contacting a family member or a friend and interviewing them to write a biography about them. The children really enjoyed doing this and found out lots about their adults that they didn’t know before! They were then able to use these interesting facts in a biographical piece of writing.

At the end of term, we investigated persuasive texts and persuasive techniques used in different examples of writing. The children role played different people to consider different viewpoints and practised debating opposing points of view for the first time! They then wrote their own persuasive letters.

Maths

Year 3 started the term focusing on statistics in maths and learnt how to use tally charts and connected pictograms to represent data. We also learnt how to interpret given pictograms and bar graphs. We then learnt how to measure objects in mm, cm and m and had great fun comparing the lengths of objects we found at home and in the classroom! We also learnt about perimeter and how to measure the perimeter of shapes. Since then, we have recapped our learning about multiplication using the expanded column method and division using a place value grid using 2 digit numbers by one digit numbers. 

Science

Year 3 have been learning about famous scientists and inventors and how they have influenced the world of science today. We learnt about how crop rotation was based on the findings of George Washington- Carver, how Alexander Graham Bell developed his understanding of sound to inspire the telephone and how Marie Curie’s scientific passions impacted her life. We have also looked at the human skeleton and how muscles are used for movement. 

PE

This half term we have focussed on our athletic skills and have learnt how to best propel our bodies when changing speed and direction. 

Geography and computing

This half term Year 3 have investigated the local area by researching information about Dereham using search engines on the internet. We have also explored symbols used in a key on a map to represent important human and physical features and found such features on a map of our local area. We then presented the information we wished to share about Dereham in a Microsoft Powerpoint presentation created in pairs. 

Art

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RE 

This term, Year 3 have explored the beliefs and practices of Hinduism and have learnt about some of the gods and deities and what they mean to Hindus. We also learnt about some of the Hindu festivals. In the second half of term, our topic has been how Christians worship. We have learnt about the different types of worship in church such as singing, praying and reading the Bible. We have studied Christian baptism and Christian weddings and how these help people feel part of the Christian community. We have learnt about the Salvation Army and how they put their faith into practice in the community and we have discovered how Christians celebrate Easter around the world.

Spanish

In Year 3 Mr Hardy started doing live lessons (following parental demand!) for the whole year group and we have carried this on back in school.

In Spring 1 children were learning the colours and also found out about Chinese New Year.

This half term children have been learning all about the items in their pencil case and will be making mini-books by the end of the Spring term.

RE Spring Term 2021

Reception

In RE this half term the children have been learning about the Christian celebration of Easter. They have talked about why Christians celebrate Easter and discussed how their own families or people they know celebrate. The children talked about Easter taking place on a Sunday and that Christians go to church on a Sunday. The children also know that Easter celebrates the death and coming to life again of Jesus and have talked about how some people give chocolate eggs as a gift on Easter Sunday.

Matthew said, “He was in the cave and they put the big rock in front of it. He rose from the dead.”
Thomas drew a picture and said, “My family doing an Easter egg hunt.”

Year 1

This term Year 1 have looked at the Jewish festival of Purim and The Christian celebration of Easter.

We found out about how Jewish people celebrate Purim by wearing special clothes, eating sweet treats and taking presents to friends. We listened to the story of Queen Esther and how she saved the Jewish people and then made puppets of the characters in the story and had a go at acting out and retelling the story.

Some children also made Groggers which are used during the retelling of the story to make lots of noise whenever the name Haman is heard.

When learning about the Christian celebration of Easter we found out about why the cross is an important symbol to Christians and shared the story of Easter and learnt that it is sad but has a happy ending. The children also watched a film about how Christians celebrate and made their own Easter cards.

Year 2

In Year 2, the children have been learning about the Jewish celebration of Shabbat. The children were really lucky to receive a special video from some previous visitors to our school who shared how they celebrate Shabbat. They were then given the opportunity to think about how they spend their time relaxing, and what they do with their families at the weekend.

The children have also thought about the Christian celebration of Easter and have been part of retelling the story as well as making Easter cards for our local community.

Please see the website of Lincoln House for a mention of our children. The link is https://www.facebook.com/castlemeadowcare

Shipdham Manor have sent us some photos of some of their residents reading their Easter cards:

History Spring 2021

EYFS

Children talk about their past experiences, including days out with their family and special times such as birthdays. They find out about the past and how life has changed from a variety of sources, including photographs, objects and stories.

During the Spring term, the children learnt about dinosaurs. They found out lots of facts about dinosaurs using a variety of resources.

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Year one

Year one studied the topic of ‘Our Planet and Beyond.’ The children learnt about the history of space travel including learning about the race to space and the astronauts Neil Armstrong, Yuri Gagarin. They have been introduced to time lines for the events of space travel.

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Year two

During the topic of ‘Air, Land and Sea’ the children have learnt about Lord Admiral Nelson. They found out about important dates in his life and could use prior knowledge of how a timeline works to create their own timeline for Lord Admiral Nelson. Some of the children were able to expand on the information and wrote additional facts for each date.

Geography Spring 2021

EYFS

As part of their topic on animals, the children have explored the animals living in a variety of environments including the seashore, farm and jungle. Activities included using the tuff tray and books.

The children have used our outside area to find out about the plants and animals living in our locality. We talked about the birds living around us, during an online assembly linked to the RSPB Big Bird Watch.

In Year 1 the children have been Weather Watchers and have been learning all about types of weather and climate in different parts of the world. They created their own weather forecast on a map of the UK. They have learnt how a tornado works and listened to a BBC weather forecaster telling them all about his job. Year one explored places using Google maps. The children used their prior learning about maps to create their own maps with a key and symbols.

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Year two have been learning to locate places on globes and maps, progressing with their map work skills from year one. They have been naming and locating the world’s seven continents and the oceans. The children selected a country and found out additional information about it including key landmarks, weather and flags. They looked at, and discussed a selection of objects from around the world and matched these up to the correct continent on a map.

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KS2 RE Spring Term Report

Across the year groups, the children have been asking a “Big Question” about a particular faith or world view and learning more about it to answer their question.

Year 3

This term, Year 3 have explored the beliefs and practices of Hinduism and have learnt about some of the gods and deities and what they mean to Hindus. We also learnt about some of the Hindu festivals. In the second half of term, our topic has been how Christians worship. We have learnt about the different types of worship in church such as singing, praying and reading the Bible. We have studied Christian baptism and Christian weddings and how these help people feel part of the Christian community. We have learnt about the Salvation Army and how they put their faith into practice in the community and we have discovered how Christians celebrate Easter around the world.

Year 4

This half term we have been looking at Islam and whether we believe being happy is the greatest purpose in life for a Muslim. The children have had to consider the difference between being happy and happiness. We have been able to showcase what we have already learnt in Autumn term about Islam and have enjoyed consolidating our learning to help us to answer the big question.”

Year 5

In Spring 1, our learning focused around the question ‘how do Sikhs make sense of the world?’ We learned about Guru Nanak and some of his life stories. We also learned about the 10 Gurus and the importance of the Guru Granth Sahib.

In Spring 2, we have been learning about Judaism. WE have looked at synagogues and the Torah, even making our own scrolls. We have also looked at the significance of Shabbat and Yom Kippur. We were interested to find out about Kashrut and the strict rules that Jewish people follow around food and we also created art around their symbolism.

Year 6

Our Big Question in the first half of this term was: Is the biblical version of creation compatible with the scientific view of creation? We read the bible story of the creation of the world and then learnt about the scientific theories such as The Big Bang and Evolution? After some discussion and more investigation, we decided that some Christians only believe in the biblical version, but that some Christians also believe that the story in Genesis is more symbolic and can be compatible with some scientific theories too. All Christians believe that God created the world and that humans should look after it.

During spring term 2 we have been learning about how Christians celebrate Easter and the difference the resurrection of Jesus makes to Christians. We have watched videos about how Easter is celebrated in different churches and learnt what the concepts of hope; salvation; resurrection; incarnation and sacrifice mean within the context of Christianity using art to stimulate our ideas.

Spring Term 2021 – Art at TJS

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Year 3

This half term we have studied the author and artist Jeannie Baker and her unique collage representations of landscapes. We particularly focussed on her book, ‘The Window’ as we have spent so much time looking out of our windows at home and then the children created their own collage view ‘from their own window at home’. We discussed rural landscapes and cityscapes and how colour was affected by the change in these areas.

Year 4

While the majority of the school were working remotely, Year 4 children worked on a project to create an African sunset picture. The first task was to follow step-by-step instructions to sketch a range of African animals. Next, the children created an African sunset using a medium of their choice. On top of this sunset, the children painted or drew on to black paper the outline of animals they had learnt to sketch. The results were spectacular!

Once the children had returned to school, we began our second project of the Spring term which linked to studying Islam in R.E. After researching Islamic geometric patterns and Arabic writing, the children designed and made a print tile using card and string. Once dry, the children applied paint to their paint tile to create a whole page of prints. Take a look below!

Year 5

This half term we have introduced a new collage topic, which we linked to our history studies of the Mayans. We started by making a mood board after looking at various Mayan landscape scenes.

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We thought about mood, emotions and textures represented in these scenes. Next, we made a sketch of the scene we wanted to create and added vocabulary to describe what we wanted our collage to look like. Then we carefully selected papers, card, fabric etc to complete our scenes which are now proudly on display in the corridor.

Year 6

The children in Year 6 have enjoyed sketching illustrations for their ‘Tyger’ poems. They have also successfully finished off their ‘Amazing Americas’ geography topic by looking at some American artists. We started by learning about Ansel Adams, considered one of the greatest American photographers. We looked at his black and white photos, including the Yosemite National Park in California and were inspired to create our own black and white collages using a range of landscape images.

Thunderstorm, Yosemite Valley by Ansel Adams

We have also studied a painting by Albert Bierstadt, a German Artist who moved to New York when he was 2 years old. Using the painting ‘Wind River Country’ (in the Rocky Mountains) we have considered form, process and mood.

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The children developed their sketching skills to create perspective using lines and overlapping shapes to create their own Rocky Mountain sketches.

Computing Spring 2021

Year 3

Geography and computing
This half term Year 3 have investigated the local area by researching information about Dereham using search engines on the internet. We have also explored symbols used in a key on a map to represent important human and physical features and found such features on a map of our local area. We then presented the information we wished to share about Dereham in a Microsoft Powerpoint presentation created in our pairs.

Year 4

In the Spring term, while the children were taking part in remote lessons, the focus for learning was E-safety. The children began by evaluating websites then they considered which aspects of internet safety were the most important. To round off the topic, the children could choose to design a poster or leaflet for someone younger than themselves to display all their new E-safety knowledge.

Our latest series of lessons have involved using 2DIY3D on purple Mash, a program which enables the children to create their own game. The activities included creating 2 levels of a game, creating hazards, designing the features of the game and finally writing a set of instructions for others to play the game

Year 5

We have enjoyed learning about spreadsheets, especially how to use formulas. We have been using the spreadsheets to check some calculations which we had also done mentally.

In Spring 2, the focus has been staying safe online. Specifically, the children have been learning about copyright and plagiarism as well as looking at fake websites and designing their own!

Year 6

During the Spring Term Year 6 have been learning about Spread sheets. The children learnt how to create a spreadsheet for an event and put in data into it. The children manage to do this at home as part of their online learning. This half term we are doing blogging which is proving very enjoyable, this is being done on Purple Mash.

Autumn 2020

Year 3

The children in year 3 have been working on coding, providing specific and detailed instructions to make a car move. We used Purple Mash to complete the tasks and after a lot of perseverance we successfully made our vehicles do what was expected of them.

Year 4

In the Autumn term, the children in year 4 began their computing lessons by taking part in Dance Mat Typing. The aim of this programme was to improve and develop their keyboard typing skills.

After this, the children had great fun learning to send and receive emails to and from each other. These lessons taught the children how to include an email address, how to add a subject and an attachment. Later in the term, the children enjoyed a series of lessons using Scratch. This enabled the children to create programs by dragging blocks of instructions to make animations move. The children were able to think creatively and reason systematically.

Year 5

The children in year 5 were busy in the Autumn term becoming more familiar with using their blogging page. They have loved using this as a way of communicating with each other both in class and when at home. The children can like posts as well as leave comments. They love to see how many people have gone onto the blog and from where about in the world. Click on the links below to have a look!

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The children also created their own stop motion films! Some chose to include their Viking ships that they had recently created in DT. They learned out to create a story using photos and thought carefully about how to show if a character is moving quickly or slowly.

Year 6

This term we have been working on coding, giving clear instructions, known as algorithms. We used Purple Mash to complete set activities to practise using the algorithms and using different variables to complete different tasks. This culminated in the children creating their own games involving the variables such as timers and directions through Purple Mash. We then looked at and focused on Online Safety and how to keep others and ourselves safe online.

Year 5 Spring 2021

C:\Users\k.morgans\Downloads\IMG_1342[1].JPG The week beginning 1st February 2021 was Children’s Mental Health Week and we recognised this week in year 5 in a number of ways.

We started the week by discussing the theme ‘Express Yourself.’ We talked about different ways you can express yourself creatively and why it is important to find healthy ways to express yourself. 

We had many opportunities throughout the week to express ourselves creatively. One of the activities was to make a Gratitude Tree which involved collecting twigs and decorating them. The children enjoyed writing what they are grateful for on their trees.

Year 1 Spring 2 2021

The children have worked very hard this half term and we have been so pleased with how well they have settled back in to learning in the classroom. They have worked independently in English and maths and are showing us how much progress they have made over this term of learning from home.

This half term we started our new topic ‘Our Planet and Beyond’. We began by learning about significant people in the space race. We learnt how animals were first sent into space followed by people and how Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon and the children placed these events on a timeline showing the order in which they happened. We looked at how scientists use moon buggies to go to space and find out lots of information about the moon. Then we had a go at designing and making our own moon buggies!

In science, we looked at materials and their properties and linked this to our topic by designing a space suit and choosing materials for their specific properties. We thought about whether a material was waterproof, flexible or kept us warm and discussed how this would affect the way in which the space suit would work. The children had fun thinking about what it would be like if chairs were flexible rather than rigid and how they would wear clothes if they were rigid.