Music Autumn 2 2020

During November the Reception children enjoyed taking part in Nursery Week. Every day for a week the children got to listen to, discuss and enjoy different nursery rhymes and songs such as, ‘The Wheels on the Bus’, ‘Hickory Dickery Dock’ and ‘5 Little Ducks’.

Although Covid19 has made music slightly different this year as we aren’t singing across the federation it’s important we share that Year 1 and 2 have been taking part in a ‘Signing Assembly’ where the festive spirit has been flowing and the children have learned to sign songs such as ‘We Wish You A Merry Christmas’.

Finally, at the very end of term the whole federation joined other schools and got to watch a musical pantomime performance starring Rapunzel. This was called ‘Rapunzel the Lockdown Pantomime’ and children from Reception classes right through to Year 6 enjoyed being part of the performance, listening to the songs and enjoying the traditional and quite silly jokes!

Year 2 children all agreed that they loved the panto and gave it a big thumbs up! They enjoyed the interactive parts and especially enjoyed dancing at their tables. Many children agreed that their favourite part of the show was when Gothel the evil sorceress was turning into a baby. They were pleased she got her comeuppance in the end! 

Here are some things the children had to say:

Isabella (Y2) – “My favourite character was Rupunzel because she had such a beautiful dress.  She has Disney plus and Netflix…I have that!” 

Georgie (Y2) – “I liked that it was old but they made it like us with YouTube, Netflix and TikTok”. 

Arlo (Y1) – “I liked when her mum turned into a baby.”

Leo (Y1) – “I liked all of it!”


Freya (Y1) – liked when “the boy got married to the girl’

Charlie (Reception) “I like the dance monkey music.”

Esra (Reception) enjoyed “when Rapunzel’s mother was climbing down her hair.”

Even though theatres across the country have had to close this year due to Covid19 it was lovely to be able to share a musical pantomime experience with children across the federation. We know that some children got to experience panto entertainment for the very first time and others didn’t have to miss out due to closures and restrictions.

RE Autumn Term

Reception

In Reception, the children have been learning about Diwali; the Hindu festival of light. Everyone designed their own Mehndi’s, lanterns, rangoli patterns and Diva lamps and we were very lucky to have a dance workshop with Miss Helen from Music and Movement, where she taught some dance moves which helped to tell the story of Rama and Sita. 

Year 1

This term the children have been introduced to RE, including discussing what RE learning is. The children have learnt that there are different religions and that it is important to respect different beliefs and faiths. The children started by learning about Christianity, Hinduism and Judaism. Everyone explored using their senses (building on our learning from science lessons) and discussed some of the key symbols, traditional music, traditional foods and artefacts. The children were interested to learn that different religions have different celebrations. To conclude the learning this term the classes have shared the stories of Hanukah and Christmas. The children shared how they celebrate Christmas and enjoyed learning about how Hanukah is celebrated also . 

Year 2

This term, the children have enquired about ‘How the Universe came to be?’ by creating their own stop animation stories based on the Creation Story. The children discussed the Christian story, as well as the Hindu Creation Story and the similarities and differences between these. Based on this, the children then thought about the three things that are most important to them and created their own lotus flower. They also talked about what Scientists believe and thought about how we should look after our environment together. The children have also had a Theology focus, by thinking about the Nativity Story. They looked at the importance of stained glass windows and created their own, as well as retelling the Nativity story. At the end of the RE sessions, the children discussed the value of prayers, and wrote about what they might give thanks for during the Christmas season.

DT Autumn 2020

The children have been developing their creative skills and fine motor ability to use different equipment. All the children have had the opportunity to learn how to cut and thread and the children have been able to use their imaginations with various materials to make and create. The children will continue to develop their designing and making skills as the year goes on through more making!

Year 1

In Year 1 the children designed and made a product for a specific purpose. The children needed to design a toboggan for a small character doll.  As part of the introduction they were asked questions such as, what is a toboggan and what is it used for? The teachers then shared some toboggan facts. Each child became a designer and they had to think about what they might use to make a toboggan, and what they would need to measure it.  They had to ensure that the doll would fit safely on the toboggan.

Year 2

In Design and Technology the children have designed and made a medieval shield to link to their topic.  They designed the shield individually and thought about the equipment and materials they would need. They were all taught about the skill of printing and this is what they would use to add decoration to their shield. They also designed and made clay baubles. The children thought carefully about what they wanted to include in their designs and evaluated them after.  This is a really important part of the Design, Make and Evaluate process as it allows us to think about what worked really well and anything that could be improved next time.

History Autumn 2020

Reception

Bonfire Night

Reception children undertook activities linked to bonfire night at the beginning of November. Activities included discussing experiences of bonfire night, watching videos of the celebration, finding out about firework safety, and creating firework pictures.

Year 1

Winter Wonderland

During the topic ‘Winter Wonderland’ the children learnt about Robert Falcon Scott and how his team tried several times to reach the South Pole. The children learnt that he recorded his travels in a diary, his ship got stuck in ice for 20 days and that unfortunately they did not make it home from the South Pole. The children enjoyed learning about how his team put a British flag at the South Pole when they finally arrived but were disappointed that another team had beaten Robert Falcon Scott’s team. After lots of class discussion the children were keen to record their learning onto fact sheets. They used what they had learnt and their knowledge from the Geography lesson to record full sentences. Many children said they would like to record their adventures in a diary like Robert Falcon Scott! 

Year 2

Night time

As part of our topic Night time the children have learnt about a siginificant person from the past, Guy Fawkes.  The children wrote about who Guy Fawkes was and why he is an important historical person.

They picked some items that Guy Fawkes might have used in 1605 and described how he would have used them. They then explained the difference between objects that Guy Fawkes could have used, compared with what he might have used today.

Norwich’s Past

Year 2 children have learnt about life in Norwich in the past. They studied the cathedral and castle in Norwich. Lessons included looking at artefacts relating to Norwich’s past, comparing old and new landmarks in Norwich, and finding out about castles and how they were defended. They also looked at the significant people Edith Cavell and William the Conquerer.

Autumn 2020 Geography

Reception

Reception children have been very busy exploring their immediate environment, including talking about animals and plants in their outdoor area, which is known as ‘Ted’s Den’. They have also learnt about harvest.

During child- initiated learning time, some children have found out about other countries. Other children made their own treasure maps, then used them to search for treasure in Ted’s Den.

Year one

Year one children studied a world map and discussed the continents. They then identified where we are on the map and where the Arctic and Antarctica are. This built on from our Science lessons where they had been learning about polar animals and the adaptations they have to survive in cold climates. As a class they discussed how we thought people survived in cold climates. The children thought about the clothing and shelter required to keep people safe. They focused on the Inuit people, their diet, modes of transport and hobbies. The children were intrigued and thought about the similarities and differences between their lifestyles and the lifestyles of the Inuit people. This lead to the children wanting to learn more about people who had been to the North and South Pole.

Child looking at a world map

Polar bear with cubs in snow

Year two

Year two children have been locating significant landmarks in Norwich and comparing old and new landmarks. Work included using google maps.

Autumn Term 2020 – Remembrance

Remembrance Day was marked within the federation this year with the selling of poppies and individual class assemblies. In each class the children also took part in a silence at 11am. The children discussed with their classes the importance of the day. They learnt a little bit about the history of selling poppies, looked at photographs related to Remembrance day, and discussed why we come together every year to mark this event. The Reception children spent time during the day creating and making their own poppies to take home. During the infant assemblies, the children were shown a short animation designed to explain Remembrance Day to younger children. 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04p4zsl/poppies

Music Autumn 1 2020

During the first half term back the children in Years 1 and 2 have enjoyed our regular ‘Music Assembly’.  This takes place each Wednesday and the children listen to a different piece of music that can range from modern pop to classical, movie soundtracks and music from different parts of the world.  After listening to the music children spend ‘reflective time’ thinking about how the song made them feel. Sometimes, the music provides a virtual ‘live performance’ of a song. In the photograph below children are listening to music from the Harry Potter movies. This experience allowed the children to see and hear the instruments involved in the piece.

Year 1 and 2 have also enjoyed continuing their music learning using Charanga! They have developed their listening skills and have focused on beat and rhythm. Feeling the pulse of music and clapping alongside the beat.

In Reception classes the children have enjoyed listening to and singing along to many simple songs. They have also been enjoying exploring and experimenting with instruments across our learning environment.

A variety of music is played in the class environments and outdoor classroom for the children to experience. The teachers make sure this music provides a variety of musical experiences and the children are often seen moving to the music, playing the instruments alongside it and developing dances.

Computing in the Autumn Term

Computing in the EYFS

The Reception children have been using a range of different technology to develop their computing skills. They have been using the interactive screens to mark make as well as helping to develop their mouse and keyboard skills. The children have also been using programs such as www.phonicsplay.co.uk  to help with hearing initial sounds and blending words.  Some children have even been playing games to help them with their counting!

Computing in Key Stage 1

Computing has looked a little different for the year 1 and 2 children this term. They have been lucky enough to have been allocated their own tablet for their computing sessions. It has been good for the children to learn how to use a different and new device and to learn about logging in and turning their tablets on and off.

So far they have used their tablets to access purple mash and complete set 2do tasks by their teachers including creating their own algorithms, using 2paint and spelling games.

The year 2 children have also been able to use their tablets in other areas of the curriculum including using phonics play as well as making their own stop animation stories in English and RE.

Infant History Spring 2020

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.

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.