RE Summer Term 2021

Reception

This term in Reception the children have been exploring ‘The Lion StoryTeller Bible’. Everyone enjoyed looking at the beautiful illustrations in this Bible, and have listened to several of the Christian stories. A favourite was ‘A Special Promise’ that tells the story of Noah, his ark and an exciting rainbow. The children really enjoyed talking about the different stories and retelling them with their friends.

Year 1

This term in Year One, the children have been looking at a variety of different religious stories. We have retold the story of The Good Samaritan and made sure to order it correctly. We then looked at the story of Passover and Moses and the children were able to make puppets to re-enact the story. We also listened to the story of Rama and Sita and the children found out about the Diwali Festival.

Year 2

In Year 2, the children have been learning about Islam. They looked at pictures of mosques and prayer rituals. They talked about who is part of their own community, and wrote their own rules that they thought would make the world a better place. 

The children have also looked at a variety if religions as part of a philosophy focus, listening to videos from Ian Gardner and Marsha Parker about why people have different ideas of God. The children thought about morals, and if different scenarios were right or wrong, and sorted similarities and differences between religions. They ended their RE learning this year by drawing their own Rangoli patterns on the playground!

DT Summer 2021

In Reception, the children have continued developing their creative skills and designing abilities. The children have been taking time over their thought processes of what they are making and deciding what the best way to achieve something has been. Through their independent junk modelling and play, the children have expored the best resources to use to have the desired outcome. The children have also began to follow more complex instructions when designing and building, and have had lots of fun making paper aeroplanes to race!  

KS1 

In Year 1 the children have used their design and creating skills in RE to create stain glass cross. The children experimented with seeing what colours they enjoyed most held up to the light and made their decisions with that in mind. In Year 2 the children have explored different mediums of creating a designed piece. They have explored collage to create a flag, during which they discussed and thought about the different texture of material that they wanted to use to help create their work. They have make junk model pictures of the ocean in SAW week, designing their picture first and then creating. They then evaluated their pictures and thought about what they would do differently next time. The children in year 2 also had the chance to explore the medium of clay and make sculptures of their hands, which they then painted.  

Geography Summer 2021

 

Reception

The Reception children created story maps for the story “Jack and the Beanstalk”.

In Summer 2, Reception children found out about different continents, as part of the topic “Around the world”. When studying Europe, children looked at photographs of famous landmarks, were introduced to the countries in the UK, linked learning to the Euro 2020 football championships, and made flags.

Work on Antarctica included finding out about the climate and animals that live there, exploring google Earth to see what it looked like, exploring ice in the water tray, finding out facts using non fiction books, and playing with small world animals of Antarctica.

Year 1

Year one studied the topic “Our planet and beyond” in Spring 2 and Summer 1. They talked about the features of earth, including trees, rivers, seas, sky and clouds. Work also included investigating space.

Year 2

Year two studied the topic “Art around the world” in Spring 2, and the first half of the Summer term. They continued to build on knowledge of Antarctica from year one, considering how the animals adapt to the climate, then packed a back pack for the journey. Sessions included finding out about Africa, Australasia, South and North America, and Egypt. Children completed a variety of activites, including listening to the sounds in the Amazon rainforest and drawing what they heard. Once the topic was complete, children recorded their learning, as shown below.

History Summer 2021

Reception

Reception children continue to talk about their own experiences of events. They act out scenarios which demonstrate their knowledge of the past. For example, a child may build a bus, role play the journey, then discuss bus trips they have completed with family members.

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Year One

During the Summer term, year one children studied artefacts from the past, as part of the topic “Step back in time”. They learnt about different periods in history including the Victorian era and cave paintings. They also found out about significant people, including William Shakespeare and the Beatles band, as part of their cross- curricular work.

Year Two

As part of the topic “Art around the world”, year two children were introduced to the Egyptians. The children attempted to copy hieroglyphic symbols, which were used by the Egyptians.

Wellbeing Week June 2021

Reception

The reception children have thoroughly enjoyed their wellbeing/sports week! They started the week with a visit from Ellise who gave us some activities to do for a ‘day of calm.’ They learnt how to do deep breathing and hand breathing, and also did a listening activity where they had to focus on the sound of a chime. The next day they learnt all about bees and some of the children made hives to take home to hang up. They have also enjoyed playing some parachute games such as cat and mouse, having a boogie underneath in ‘I like to move it’, and running underneath to switch places. The mushroom we made at the end was fun too! We had fun on Wednesday at team day, earning points as a team trying different sports activities and on Thursday the children took part in ‘sports day’ led by Mr Mann, where they had a go at running different races and throwing javelins. On Friday, they spent some time doing yoga and some colouring in while listening to some relaxing music.

Year 1

Year 1 began the week with ‘A Day of Calm’ activities with Mrs Owen from the Dereham and West Norwich School Sports Partnership. Children were able to do this in their classes.

We thought about designing a calming garden to attract the bees. Part of our learning for this was to learn about how bees collect the nectar from flowers and bring it back to their hive. The children played a fun game to demonstrate this using coloured water for nectar and pipettes to extract the nectar and carry it back to the hive. We found out a lot of information about bees and what they liked and tried to include this in our design. We also did a collaborative mindfulness colouring of a giant bee.

We also had great fun learning a new team game of throw rounders. The children picked up the rules quickly and some children were able to think in a tactical way.

Mr Mann and his colleagues from The School Sports Partnership joined us on Thursday for some sports activities

Year 2

On Monday, Ellise Owen came in to teach the children strategies to keep calm, breathing strategies and some Tai-Chi movements. They also did some chime listening to heighten their listening sense.

The children all entered the BBC Radio 2 Design a Bee Garden competition. We were impressed with how detailed the children completed their designs and some of them were keen to include some of the aspects in their own gardens.

During the latter parts of the week, the children enjoyed playing a variety of different games and team building activities. This included trying to get their team across shark-infested waters with just 2 mats and lots of obstacles to overcome. They used excellent communication skills. The children enjoyed a visit from the West Norwich and Dereham Schools Sports Partnership who ran a mini sports day. The week ended with the children partaking in a variety of physical activities and such a lots of fun with parachute games!

Computing from the Summer Term 2021

Reception

This term the children in Reception has their first session in the computing suite! They were very excited and concentrated really well on listening carefully. The children learnt to use a mouse and click and hold to draw a picture on purple mash. Some of the children even learnt to use the menu to select a clean page!

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Year 1

This term the children have become more confident with navigating the programs on Purple Mash. In pairs they have used ‘create a story’ to write and illustrate their own short books. The theme of their books was ‘Step back in time’ (our topic for the second half of this term) and the children thought about an event in History that had taken place. The children used sentences, pictures and sound effects to make their books interesting for the reader. The children demonstrated excellent teamwork and perseverance. They enjoyed sharing their completed stories with each other and were keen to make more books in the future!

Year 2

The children in year 2 have enjoyed making their own artwork portfolio using Purple Mash. During our Art Around the World topic, the children have created many fantastic pieces of artwork and because we can’t have people in school to see our fantastic work, they have created their own online portfolio’s to share with their friends and family at home. It involved the children having to create a front cover introducing their portfolio and then a new page and write a summary for each piece of artwork. The children had to take photos of their artwork and import the photos from their tablet. Their Portfolios are now ready to view by logging into their Purple Mash accounts from home.

SAW Project Summer 2 2021

The first week back after the final half term saw the children taking part in a special week of activities. These activities were part of a SAW project which incorporates Science, Art and Writing. The theme of the week was The Ocean. Each year group created artwork around this theme. Take a look at our Amazing Art Display to see what each year group got up to!

In Year 3, our writing focused on bioluminescent plankton and the beautiful glow it creates. The children wrote their own shape poems including various techniques such as alliteration, simile and metaphor to create some wonderful imagery. These poems were then added to our watercolour paintings of plankton blooms, creating our own sea of plankton.

In Year 4, we challenged the children to create a collage of the ocean using plastic. We began by thinking about all the diverse and interesting things that could be found in the sea by creating an ocean alphabet. The children were then shown images of sea creatures made out of plastic to give them some inspiration for their own artwork. In their sketchbooks, the children were given the opportunity to sketch some designs that could be included in their art. To create the background, some children used paint to create a wash while others used oil pastels to create a similar effect. The final part of the project was to use pieces of plastic to create the final collage. It is great to see such a wide variety of ocean scenes that contain a wide array of plants and animals.

Year 5 have been very busy! We’ve been making a year group mural to go down the Y4/5 corridor along the theme of ‘Layers of the Ocean.’ The children have researched and found out about the names of five Ocean layers and the plants and animals that live there. In pairs, they stuck five pieces of A4 paper together along the long side and measured out each layer, from sea level, to scale right down to the deepest part of the Ocean which is roughly 11,000m (the Mariana trench off of the coast of Japan). Using their pieces of paper and knowledge of what lives at each layer, the children then worked in pairs to draw, colour and paint on the animals and plants and added details like rocks, submarines and even things in the sky above the Ocean! Finally, we have stuck our artwork up along the corridor to create one giant mural.

Year 6 enjoyed creating some collages to depict the different layers of the ocean and produced some pictures of sea creatures in an aboriginal style.

Music – Summer 1 2021

Reception

This term the children have thoroughly enjoyed our topic Once Upon A Time. The children have been learning about traditional tales, such as Little Red Riding Hood, The 3 Billy Goats Gruff, The Ugly Duckling etc. The children particularly enjoyed The Gingerbread Man where the story was told alongside ‘Zorba the Greek’ music. As the tension in the story heightened, the tempo of the music quickened. This really helped add to the drama of the tale.

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The Children also enjoyed watching Miss Helen’s performance of The 3 Little Pigs. Everyone got to join in with building the houses and blowing them down in character as The Big Bad Wolf. The music used really supported the children as they them expressed themselves.

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Year 1

In Year 1 the children have been learning to play the song ‘Your Imagination’ from their Charanga lessons. They have used chime bars and talked in detail about the different notes each bar makes. They identified the notes needed to play the song and listened carefully to the rhythm/pulse of the song before they began to play. The Charanga lesson emphasised and showed everyone when it was the correct time to play each note. The children showed excellent concentration as they persevered and mastered the piece. They were very proud to perform the song together as a class at the end of their learning.

Year 2

This term the children have been learning about sequencing. They followed lessons from Oak Academy and focused on following notation and repeating this from memory as they performed as a class group. In subsequent weeks, the children used chime bars and boom whackers and their music lessons linked to their prior sequencing learning. The children were able to refer back to sequences they knew and when they felt confident they composed their own sequences!

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Music – Summer 1 2021

Reception

This term the children have thoroughly enjoyed our topic Once Upon A Time. The children have been learning about traditional tales, such as Little Red Riding Hood, The 3 Billy Goats Gruff, The Ugly Duckling etc. The children particularly enjoyed The Gingerbread Man where the story was told alongside ‘Zorba the Greek’ music. As the tension in the story heightened, the tempo of the music quickened. This really helped add to the drama of the tale.

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The Children also enjoyed watching Miss Helen’s performance of The 3 Little Pigs. Everyone got to join in with building the houses and blowing them down in character as The Big Bad Wolf. The music used really supported the children as they them expressed themselves.

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Year 1

In Year 1 the children have been learning to play the song ‘Your Imagination’ from their Charanga lessons. They have used chime bars and talked in detail about the different notes each bar makes. They identified the notes needed to play the song and listened carefully to the rhythm/pulse of the song before they began to play. The Charanga lesson emphasised and showed everyone when it was the correct time to play each note. The children showed excellent concentration as they persevered and mastered the piece. They were very proud to perform the song together as a class at the end of their learning.

Year 2

This term the children have been learning about sequencing. They followed lessons from Oak Academy and focused on following notation and repeating this from memory as they performed as a class group. In subsequent weeks, the children used chime bars and boom whackers and their music lessons linked to their prior sequencing learning. The children were able to refer back to sequences they knew and when they felt confident they composed their own sequences!

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KS2 RE Summer 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 half term we investigated the beliefs of Islam. We focussed heavily on the five pillars of Islam and the commitment Muslims make to prayer each day and their pilgrimage. 

Year 4

This half term we have been focussing on Hinduism. The children have really enjoyed looking at karma and how Hindu’s believe they can receive good and bad karma. We also have considered the difference between right and wrong and how our opinions on this may differ from others. During this unit the children were particularly fascinated by the idea of reincarnation and many thought it was a nice idea that Hindu’s believe in.

Year 5

We looked at Christianity through art and music, looking at stained glass windows, art and sculpture. The children responded through poetry and creating illuminated letters and designing El Salvador crosses to show how they wanted to represent their idea of hope.

Year 6

During the first half of the summer term, year 6 have been learning about how the Islamic religion has influenced art, architecture and learning across the world. The children were fascinated to learn that the number system we use is the one introduced in Baghdad over 1000 years ago, and that many of the medical practices and instruments in use today were also introduced by the scholars then too. We have looked at the concepts behind the Islamic patterns found on many buildings and learnt that many patterns in Islam follow geometric designs to encourage meditation on the infinity of God. The children also enjoyed creating their own repeating geometric patterns in the Islamic style.

Geography Summer 1 2021

Year 4:

In Geography this term, we have gained an understanding of longitude and latitude and have been able to use co-ordinates to find a country and city on a map. We have also been researching an African country, finding out its human and physical features as well as interesting facts and presenting this on a PowerPoint presentation as part of our Computing sessions.

Year 5:

In year 5 we have been doing a local area study of the Norfolk Broads. We looked at where they are in England, and practised naming the counties in England. We then looked at the history of the Broads and how they were actually man-made by medieval peat diggers, before flooding when sea levels rose. Next we learnt how humans can also damage the Broads through eutrophication and even through tourism. Despite not being able to visit the Broads this year, the children still produced a lovely fact sheet to promote safe tourism.