On Wednesday 14th October, the year 1 children were lucky enough to have a visitor from the RSPCA. This visit was linked to our topic of Animal Life. The children learnt about the RSPCA Charity and what is stands for. They then learnt about the different animal groups of pets, wild animals and farm animals that we have here in the UK. They discovered how the RSPCA help all of these different animals by rescuing, rehabilitating and then rehoming or releasing them back into the wild. The children had their own animal to care for during the session. During the session, our visitor also focused on wild animals and their habitats.
On Friday 8th October 2021, Year 2 went back in time and enjoyed their own Medieval Day! The children came to school in medieval costumes, including Lords, Ladies, knights and maids. We were so impressed with the efforts the children and parents made.
As part of our Medieval Day we were lucky enough to be able to invite Janet Marshall into school to share an Edith Cavell workshop with each class. Janet introduced herself as Edith Cavell, telling the children about her life as a nurse and what she did during the war. Rachel said “My nanny is a nurse but she doesn’t wear dresses from the past.”
The children also made their own medieval gingerbread shields. They used their prior learning in English about following instructions, using time adverbials and imperative verbs to stir, mix and sieve different ingredients to make their biscuits. We were delighted that so many children tried their biscuits and Freya said “I liked it because it was really gingery,” and Bentley said “It was yummy and smelt really nice.”
As well as this, the children also did their own version of jousting and jestering by using bouncy hoppers, javelins and stilts. The children loved shouting ‘Hazaar!’ during the battles!
On Monday 4th October 2021, Year 6 were transported back to Ancient Greece through our Greek themed day. We are currently studying Ancient Greece as part of our history topic this term. We started the day by being introduced to our Greek visitor who told us a story about Athens, Sparta and Persia. We volunteered to play different characters so that we could really understand what it was like for people living at the time. Our Greek visitor helped us to play a Greek game known as ‘Petia’. We played in pairs with the aim of the game being to block and take your opponents counters. Another activity in the morning was solving a puzzle named ‘Stomachion’. There were lots of different shapes that we had to fit together to create a square. There are many ways to do this and many other shapes that you could make. Some people used a prompt sheet to help them whereas some groups enjoyed the challenge of solving it themselves. In the afternoon we took part in our own Olympic games! We competed in two teams, through traditional sporting challenges. We had great fun encouraging and supporting our team mates. We also looked at traditional Greek weaponry and learned how these tools helped the Ancient Greeks in battle. Our Greek day helped us with our learning as it inspired us to write our own Greek diary entries using the stories we have studied in class as well as the stories told to us by our visitor. It allowed us to visualise the different people of that time and understand their thoughts and feelings.
The Reception children have been settling in very nicely to their new school over the last few weeks. They have been exploring their new classrooms and having fun in the outdoor areas, including Ted’s Den. The children have been enjoying using the big playground at lunchtimes and eating their lunch together in the hall. They have been working hard in class and have already started learning about letters and numbers. They have also been very busy making new friends and getting to know each other.
This half term, we have been learning all about continents!
We started the topic by looking at Google Earth and searching for places that we were familiar with. We zoomed in on our school and enjoyed seeing the playground and field from up above! We learnt that there are 7 continents and 5 oceans.
The first continent we looked at was Oceania, sometimes called Australasia. We looked at the Great Barrier Reef and talked about how we could look after the ocean and the planet. We learnt the names of some sea creatures that live there, and found out some facts about them. The children had a go at some bubble paintings and experimented with blowing bubbles in watery paint to create a sea effect picture. We also did a Science experiment where we tested various objects to see if they would float on water with no salt, a bit of salt and a lot of salt!
Our next continent was Antarctica! We found out that no humans live there, they only go for a short while to do scientific research. We learnt about how cold Antarctica is through exploring ice in the tuff spot and looked at animals that live there and how they survive in the cold. We also found out some facts using non-fiction books.
We then learnt about the continent of Europe. We looked at some of the landmarks around Europe, such as the Eiffel Tower, London Bridge and Loch Ness. We also looked at the United Kingdom and the countries that make up the UK. We have also been talking about the football and the Euro 2021 Championships! The children have been playing a small world football game, looking at flags from the different countries and had a go at making their own to take home and wave!
Year 5 enjoyed a visit from Janet at the end of term, to consolidate our learning about South America, Central America and the Mayans, during the year. We built on our guided reading lessons, where we learnt about the significance of the corn gods and rain gods in Mayan culture. We replicated these traditions in our dance. Our knowledge of the hierarchy in Mayan society was excitingly challenged; we watched our friends and gave feedback, saying who we thought they were representing in society, looking carefully at their body movements and gestures. Finally, our knowledge of rainforest life and animal habitats in the various rainforest layers, helped us to explore new movements in our animal dance. We also had an enjoyable carousel of activities, writing leaf poems, making masks and dancing.
Year 5 have been learning about recycling this half term. We used the opportunity to convey the plight of plastics in the oceans, through our DT sewing lessons.
Having seen several images of plastic in the ocean, we carefully designed our work, thinking of the materials we would need and for what purpose.
To frame our work and avoid fraying, we made a cross stitch border. Long running stitches represented the water and waves. French knots and beads were used to attach our fish and other creatures. We used stem stitch and chain stitch to create plant stems and felt for coral and rocks.
Every piece of work incorporated an element of plastic in their design. Satsuma nets, trapping fish or plastic bags and bubble wrap entwining the creatures.
We gave each other some constructive feedback, as we evaluated and reflected on our finished pieces.
This half term in year 3, we studied Stone Age themed books in Guided reading to support our assessed piece of writing. First, we looked at an informative picture book called, “The Pebble in my pocket” which followed the life cycle of a rock. Then we read, “Stone Age Bone Age” which as another picture book that combined elements of non-fiction writing in a narrative style. Finally, we read, “A Rock is Lively” and admired the beautiful illustrations! We finished off the term by completing some modelled writing on, “Stone Age Boy” before writing our own imaginative recount in the day of a life of a Stone age child. We then completed a film review of “The Croods” and compared the content to our knowledge of what we know about the Stone age and how the media exaggerates things for the audience.
This half term we investigated fractions of shapes and of amounts and connected this learning to our work on bar models in division. We explored equivalence using fraction cubes and compared/ordered fractions using our fraction walls. We moved onto addition and subtraction of fractions with the same denominator.
We investigated different types of rocks and fossils, handling the examples that we have in school to categorise them based on their physical features. We learnt how they are formed, how they change over time and how humans use them in everyday life. We also created our own replica fossil whilst learning about the process of fossilisation. We learnt all about Mary Anning and her contribution to palaeontology.
We started our learning about The Stone Age by mapping the timeline of the era before meeting our virtual visitor who showed us artefacts stored at the Leeds Discovery Centre. We discussed the evidence used that aids our understanding of what happened in this time period and analysed cave paintings before creating our own. Each class used different materials to see the different effects. We also learnt about evidence of settlements by looking at Skara Brae and inferring what kind of lifestyle they had at the settlement. We finished the term by creating our own model round houses with authentic decoration. We also learnt how, later in the stone age, humans used weaving and sewing for clothes and bags. We designed our own “gathering bag” and learned how to do the basic ‘running’ and ‘over’-stitches. We also thoroughly enjoyed our return to the cooking room this half term and baked, and then tested, rock cakes.
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.
In computing, the children enjoyed learning how to add data onto a given spreadsheet and then created their own, utilising the count function.
In PE, Year 3 learnt the basic skills of tennis including forehand, backhand, controlling the racquet and were set the challenge of maintaining a rally. For our core Real PE, the children worked together on their social skills to create sequences of jumping. The children were also supported to coach their peers and offer positive feedback.
MFL – Spanish
In Spanish we learnt various different food names, including fruits and vegetables and how to express our preferences.
In music we have continued to learn how to play Ukuleles, beginning to move between 2 chords, Am and F.
Year 2 have been focusing on their topic ‘Art around the World.’ The children have been creating a range of different artwork, including their own Aboriginal dreaming, and an African clay hand. The children designed their artwork before creating these wonderful masterpieces. This meant they were able to evaluate their finished design and they are very excited to take these home and share them with their families.
The children have also been learning about Islam in RE. 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 drew on knowledge from previous RE teaching, our PATHs rules and also discussions around environmental issues.
As part of our current history topic, Year 6 took part in a World War Two themed day on Wednesday 9th June 2021. Our day was enhanced by a visitor who spoke to the children about what life was like during WW2. We started our day with some handwriting practise and code breaking. The children were impressed by the handwriting standard expected of the children during that time. Our day then consisted of various activities including playground games involving skipping, blitz artwork, spitfire plane modelling and a session with our visitor. The children showed great skill when painting and paid careful attention to their colour mixing and blending. The addition of the silhouettes really brought the scene to life. The children enjoyed the skipping games and learning WW2 rhymes that went with the games. Our visitor played the character of a woman living during WW2 and told us about her husband at war and son who had been evacuated to the countryside. The children really enjoyed listening to her stories and joining in with some historical dance routines.
Some of the children shared their thoughts about the day:
‘I enjoyed the stories from Mrs Ethel Brown they were interesting.’
‘I found the skipping fun. We all joined in together and we got to teach others how to do it.’
‘I really liked the code breaking but I found the style of the handwriting challenging, especially the capital letters’.
‘I enjoyed creating the Blitz art. It looked really effective when we stuck the silhouettes on top of the painting.’