- Paper Making
We were lucky enough to have a visit from a professional artist earlier this term, who spent the afternoon showing us how to recycle old unwanted paper into new, beautiful paper. We all had a go at the process of paper making, as you can see in the pictures below - and we were so pleased with the results that we decided to proudly display our creations by the school office. Check them out whenever you get the chance!
- Clay Eggs
As part of our work on explorers and the journeys of Ibn Battuta, we learnt about the symmetrical geometric patterns of Islamic art earlier this term, and were then inspired to have a go at creating our own symmetrical egg shaped designs to decorate for Easter. We found it quite tricky to roll out and cut an egg shape without sticking the clay to the boards, but in the end perseverance paid-off, and we were really pleased with our finished results!
In Science, we have been learning about life cycles, and have had the chance to watch chicks grow in our classrooms this term. We have really loved watching the eggs hatch into chicks and learning how to care for the chicks at each stage in the first few weeks of their lives . Everyone enjoyed holding and watching the chicks – and we were amazed by how noisy they could be when they all started cheeping at the same time! We have learned lots about the way these animals develop, and used this knowledge to create lifecycle diagrams and information posters about the journey from egg to chicken.
- Our Church Visit
Earlier in the year we were lucky enough to be invited to a local Catholic Church, St Andrew and St George. Whilst there we enjoyed learning more about how Christians celebrate Christmas and they shared their Christmas story with us. The afternoon was packed full of arts and craft opportunities and all the children made their own crown and sheep baubles. There were lots of adults dressed up as characters from the Christmas story such as the three wise men and the shepherds, and they let us ask lots of questions and explore different objects such as real gold, frankincense and myrrh. The visit really helped to get us ready for our own performance of the Christmas story!
- Prickly Hay!
The Autumn Term ended brilliantly with a dazzling performance from all of the children in KS1. The children had been working so hard to learn all of their lines and stage directions, and it was great to see all their hard work paid off during their performance last Thursday. The show was packed full of sensational songs, such as 'Stable Hoedown' and 'Christmas is for you'. We hope that all of the parents enjoyed the performance and that the children have created memories which will last forever.
We were lucky enough to spend an afternoon trying out all sorts of sporting activities at our local Leisure Centre earlier in the term. We had lots of fun taking part and enjoyed participating in a variety of activities, including rugby, cheerleading, stacking cups, gymnastics, curling and cricket. We were exhausted by the time we got back to School!
What we've learnt about this term:
We couldn't believe it when we came into school at the beginning of term and found that a mountain had grown out of the ground in our courtyard area, complete with flying crows and a broken tortoise! We had to use our imaginations to try and work out what had happened overnight and we came up with some amusing theories! Eventually we were introduced to the story How Tortoise got his Shell which explained the strange scenario. We had a great time learning the story and retelling it as a class using actions and expression to add interest. We then explored these types of stories in greater depth, learning How Tiger Got His Stripes, How Snake Lost His Legs and How Cheetah Found His Spots amongst others.
Finally, we used the text we had learnt as inspiration to independently write our own stories, imaginatively explaining how other creatures developed their distinctive features. While writing, we focused in particular on adding verbs and adverbs to explain how the animals behaved, for example stomped rudely, laughed ridiculously and slithered sneakily, and also spent lots of time evaluating, editing and improving our work, to make it the very best it can possibly be.
- The Magic Porridge Pot
At the beginning of term we couldn't believe our eyes when we came in to school and saw that there had been a porridge explosion in the courtyard - there was even porridge splattered all over the windows and floor! Once we had cleaned up the mess we enjoyed learning the story as a whole class and then retelling it using our story maps and stick puppets. We also had a fun time writing our own porridge recipes and set of instructions before having a go at making our own delicious porridge, as you can hopefully see in the pictures below...
We then used the story as a starting point for our own creative writing. We really focused on including the correct speech punctuation and making our stories interesting by adding ambitious adjectives and funny ideas - just like Missy did in the story below:
The Magic Jelly Maker
Once, not twice, but once upon a time there was a girl called Poppy who lived with her poor old mother. Early one morning Poppy was walking through the woods when she helped an old lady carry her shopping bags home. The old lady gave Poppy a magic jelly maker.
"What should I do with this machine?" asked Poppy. "Say the magic words and it will give you stick jelly," the old lady replied. "What are the magic words?" asked Poppy. "Make little machine, make," replied the old lady. "However, make sure to tell the machine to stop when you've eaten enough jelly or it will carry on cooking."
Poppy ran home to show her mother the magic jelly maker. She carefully said the magic words, "make little machine, make," and soon the machine was full of sticky jelly. "Stop little machine stop!" demanded Poppy cheerfully and the machine stopped. A while later Poppy was going to visit her Grandma when her mother got hungry. "Make little machine make," she said and soon the machine was full of sweet jelly, as good as sugar. Unfortunately she forgot the magic words, oh dear, jelly jelly everywhere...
The jelly poured out of the maker, on to the hard floor and up the stairs and out of the door. It carried on down the lane, through Mr Smith's shop and into John's house. It carried on until there was jelly jelly everywhere.
The sticky jelly carried cars and even took them away. It went down chimneys and up tables and smashed the doors! When Poppy got back she shouted, "Stop little machine stop!" Luckily the machine stopped and in the end they all had to eat jelly for a whole year.
By Missy Shield
This half term in maths we have focused on problem solving techniques, looking at a question and choosing the best method to help us work out the answer. We have used graphs to present and interpret data and have begun to look at 2d, 3d shapes and telling the time more accurately. Each Thursday we have continued to enjoy our Booster sessions where we tackle example test questions and discuss how we can use our prior knowledge to help us to find the answer, all of which will help us to be as ready as possible for our SATs tests, which will take place at the end of May.
In Miss Hodson’s group, we have been thinking really carefully about multiplication and division, aiming to fully understand what these terms mean and what is happening when we start to work out answers to questions involving these operations. From there, we have explored ways in which we can represent our thinking and working out on paper to help us to get to the correct answer, even when dealing with larger numbers.
- History : Greatest Explorers
During our topic sessions we have been learning about famous explorers from history, including Christopher Columbus and Ibn Battuta, who both travelled around the world, discovering new places and people. We were amazed to learn that without these famous explorers we might not enjoy chips on Friday as potatoes were bought back to Europe from South America in 1492! We are looking forward to learning about more explorers next half-term.
Our Summer Term Topic:
We will be focussing on instructions next half-term, and will begin by learning How to Trap a Lion, using actions and symbols to support our work. In particular, we will be looking closely at the sequencing and layout of these texts. We will be working in pairs and small groups to give and follow instructions, playing games to help us to be really clear and precise about what we need each other to do. We will then use this understanding to plan, draft, edit and present our own sets of instructions. Every day we will continue to work in our spelling or Read Write Inc groups to really focus and refine our spelling, so we can apply our new skills in our English work.
We will be looking again at how we tell the time, working to the nearest fifteen minutes, then the nearest five minutes, and using words like “quarter to” and “half past” to describe it. We will also be using the more than ( > ) and less than ( < ) symbols to compare numbers and number sentences. We will continue learning about multiplication and division, and will begin to recognise and derive factor pairs of multiples in times tables that we know. As we head towards our SATs assessments in May, we will also continue to revise all the maths we have covered this year, so that we can do our very best in our tests.
We will investigate things that are living, dead and things that have never been alive and learn about how to identify them. We will also learn about the different habitats that plants and animals live in and why they are suited to each other. In addition, we will also investigate the sources of food that different animals need and prefer.
We will be learning about the habitats of different animals in the context of a study of the six continents. We will focus on specific landscapes, people and issues associated with real places, and use this understanding to explain why particular animals like to live in particular places. In particular, we will learn about the homes of emperor penguins, whale sharks and lions to tie in with our work in both English and Science.
We will link our DT to our science and topic work, designing and creating a brand new creature and the habitat it will live in. We will think carefully about the ways we could represent that habitat using a range of materials, considering colour, texture and strength, leading towards creating a 3d model of the creature’s habitat.