19 October 2023

 

EYFS

We created lava lamps from water, glitter and oil. We shook them and timed how long it took to settle. We made some without oil to see which settled faster. 

 

Year 1

 

As part of Science Week Year 1 looked at how nature in the UK is in trouble. They each made their own bird feeder in Forest School to show how small changes can help natures future. 

 

Year 2

We wanted to know could a paper boat float forever? We worked together to design an enquiry that could take place over a period of time. To make sure it was a fair test we made our boats from the same material in the same way. We made predictions and then recorded how long it took for them to sink completely. 

 

Year 3

In Year 3, children spent some time learning about soil and how they are not just rock and dust but are astonishing living systems that are full of life! The children spent some time sampling different soils to see what they are made from and make some comparisons.

 

Year 4

Year 4 explored the difference between our brain development over time. We discussed how our brains build connections at different rates and in different ways depending on our life experiences. We recognised that we might have similar knowledge and experiences however identified that each person has a unique brain. 

 

Year 5

For Science Week, Year 5 have been exploring reaction times. We tested our own reaction time by dropping a ruler and seeing how fast we could catch it. Then we explored if distractions effected the reaction time.

 

Year 6

In Year 6, we combined our knowledge of electricity and renewable energy sources (from our Scandinavia topic) to research into the battery life times of electric cars. We looked at the battery charging time compared to how much this would cost and how far this would take you in km. We also had a fantastic discussion about how practical electric cars are when you need to charge them instantly!

 

EYFS

We retold the story by looking at the pictures. Then focused on the magic red door. We created our own magic door and drew the places we would travel to if we had a magic door.

 

Year 1

Year 1 looked at the book Journey and thought about the imaginary world they would enter if they went through the door. We each drew what we would hope to see through the door. 

 

Year 2

In year 2, we read the story and created our own adventure. We chose our own colour like the little girl in the story and drew an object that would take us on an adventure. We then decided where it would take us. 

 

Year 3

In year 3, the children saw the start of the story, Journey by Aaron Becker. They used the forest scene as inspiration to draw their own forest which they will use in their English work. They started to label their forests and were encouraged to use expanded noun phrases and figurative language.

 

Year 4

For world book day, year 4 created a word bank to describe the characters and settings throughout the book. They used a thesaurus to uplevel their vocabulary, which allowed them to describe the book in further detail. They showed fantastic engagement with the book 'Journey' and were eager to predict what could happen at the end of the story.

 

Year 5

In Year 5, we created our own stop motion animations without words in the style of the Journey. The children used their imagination to explore what the red pen could create.

Year 6

In year 6, we looked through the story and discussed what we thought was happening. In pairs across the year group, the children wrote what the story would say if there was text, focusing on the character's emotions and thoughts, the setting, figurative language etc. They then recorded them orating their page so that overall we had the entire story retold by the children like an audio book. These are all on Seesaw if you wish to listen to them or can attach them in some way. Here is a screenshot of a couple that made notes on what they wanted to say on their slide as well.

 

EYFS

 

 

Year 1

 

To celebrate Children’s Mental Health Week, we talked about how ‘every voice matters.’ Children have a right for their views, feelings and opinions to be heard. We read the story ‘Speak Up’ and talked about how the boy made his voice heard and spoke up to save the library. Then we drew pictures of the things that matter to us.

 

Year 2

For Children's Mental Health Week, Year Two have been reading the book Speak Up by Nathan Bryan and Dapo Adeola. We thought about what we wanted the class to know about us that they may not already know. We shared our likes and dislikes with everyone and recorded them in lots of different ways.  The children were very confident and brave to share their voice with their class.

 

Year 3

We talked about what mattered to us and what we had a right to. Some suggestions included: happiness, food, drinks, friends and family. We then created our own ‘happiness swirls’ that showed what mattered to use every day and what mattered to us in the wider world.

 

Year 4

During PSHCE, Year 4 identified a range of 'good' and 'not good' emotions the impact they can have on our body. We discussed how we can identify our feelings and effective strategies to make ourselves feel better. This included deep breathing, mindful colouring and listening to music. We also discussed the importance of speaking with others to overcome our worries. 

Year 5

During children’s mental health week, Year 5 celebrated by discussing what matters to us on a day-to-day basis and what is important to us in the wider world. We then used this to create some artwork to show what matters to us.

 

Year 6

In Year 6, we looked at what ‘mental health’ actually was and how everyone experiences good and bad mental health days – a lot like our physical health. We spoke at length about the different types of self-care options we had and how they helped us. We then spent some time talking about our rights as a child and that we have the right to SPEAK UP and BE HEARD because OUR VOICE MATTERS!

 

Base

We read the story ‘When I’m feeling nervous’. We discussed different strategies that were used in the story.  Then we enjoyed practising the strategies and tried to decide which ones we preferred the most.

It is officially Internet safer day on Tuesday 6th February. However, we feel that this topic is too important to cover in a single day! Below are some of the ways that our children have been learning about staying safe online this year.

 

EYFS

Reception are still getting to grips with the basics of how to use a computer. However, we are planning to see if we can find a PenguinPig later in the year (as part of our “Can you trust everything you find online?” lesson).

 

Year 1

 

Year 1 read the story Digi Duck’s Big Decision and, based on what happened to Digi Duck, created tips to stay safe and sensible when using computers. They then used a pivot and a lever to create a waving picture to share one of their tips.

 

Year 2

Year 2 explored who to tell if “something bad happened online”. They then combined online pictures and WordArt (+ effects!) to create posters in MS Publisher.

 

Year 3

Year 3 have been discussing the difference between physical and virtual bullying, using a Venn diagram to sort bullying behavior. They have also been creating their own avatars and nicknames to keep personal information private and creating their own tips in WordArt!

 

Year 4

Year 4 have been writing blogs and as such have been exploring the differences between posting content in school, where it is checked and approved, and posting content from home, where it is instant. They have also been researching what cyber-bullying is, what to do if it happens and the consequences of taking part – presenting their findings in PowerPoint.

 

Year 5

Year 5 posted selfies and then used the comment function of Seesaw to share positive comments. We discussed how the use of technology means that the positive or negative feelings created by our online actions spread further and faster and last longer.

 

Year 6

Year 6 have been using Office 365 to share microblogs/tweets about their favorite holiday memories. This led to a discussion about the advantages and disadvantages of using a collaborative document to communicate.

 

Year 1

 

To celebrate World Religion Day Year 1 discussed the main religions around the world and how they are similar and different. We agreed that they all have a holy book or sacred text, they all have a place of worship and they all involve the love of a higher god. We drew and wrote key symbols and words to show we need to be lovely to everyone no matter what they believe in.

Year 2

 

To celebrate World Religion Day in January, Year Two have been talking about belief. We have been learning about important it is that we try to understand what people believe and do in the world around us. We collected our ideas about self-belief, and what we belief about others and the world. Year Two have demonstrated how they are aware of the diversity of belief in the world. Well done.

Year 3

In Year Three our topic is: What do Christians learn from the creation story? The children have been reading and retelling the creation story Genesis 1:1–2:3, and discussing what the story suggests is wonderful about the world.

Year 5

During our unit of 'what does it mean to be a Muslim in Britain today?' Year 5 explored extracts from important Muslim texts and thought about how the advice would guide the life of a Muslim. We also used the target activity to consider which elements of Islam are most important to Muslims in their day-to-day life.

Year 6

This week in RE, we have been looking at how God is portrayed in the bible using similes and metaphor. We have also considered how different religious opinions (theism, atheism and agnosticism) affect the way people live their lives.

 

EYFS

 

As part of their 3 Little Pigs topic, children in Reception have been exploring materials, looking at how easy it is to make shelters using twigs, straw and blocks. They also tested how strong these were using a hairdryer.

Year 1

 

Year 1 pupils discussed which fruits they liked to eat then used this to create their own fruit salads. They particularly enjoyed taste testing the fruits before deciding whether to add it to their dish.

Year 2

Year 2 worked together to create their own towers using marshmallows, kebab sticks and spaghetti. All the children worked amazingly as a team but most were very sticky by the time the towers had been built!

Year 3

Year 3 used chopping and blending skills to create their own salsa and guacamole as part of their Day of the Dead topic in Art. They explored adding different spices to change the taste of their sides.

Year 4

Year 4 pupils voted on their favorite ingredients to use as a pizza topping. They then used wraps to create their own “Fake-Away” pizzas, using the claw and bridge technique when chopping.

Year 5

Year 5 have used a blanket stitch and applique to create their own Christmas decoration!

Year 6

Year 6 visited Mikey’s Kitchen at St Michaels church and used their kitchen to prepare pumpkin soup. They then returned the following day to serve their delicious creation to members of the public. When they were not cooking, they also showed great teamworking skills to create place mats and a banner to advertise the event.

Year 1

 

Year 1 were given some dominoes. First, we discussed which dominoes were odd and which were even.  Then we discussed different ways we could make 5 using pairs of dominoes. Children worked in pairs to see how many different ways they could make 5. We discussed why we couldn’t use some of the dominoes.

Year 2

Year. 2 were given 5 plates and 15 counters. Using a cross shape, they had to make the vertical and the horizontal part of the cross equal to 10. Then they had to make them equal to 8 and some of us even made our own! We used trial and improvement to solve this problem which involved a lot of determination. 

Year 3

There are black markings all the way up the lighthouse are 1 metre apart.

In this task, children were asked to look at where the mouths of each of the different animals are. This allowed them to compare their position above or below sea level, or what distance apart they were. For example, the seahorse's mouth is 1 metre away than the mouth of the blue and yellow fish. As the children progressed through the statements, they got harder. They then created their own statements to match the picture.

Year 4

Year 4 looked at finding the length of missing sides where we knew the perimeter then applied to a True or False problem. #explainit #proveit #flipit

Year 5

Year 5 have completed the Susie the snake problem looking at factors and multiples. We completed the problem using a range of practical resources before challenging our self to #drawit. 

Year 6

In Y6 we looked at an NRICH problem called 'Fifteen Cards'. We had to find the winning combination of 7 seven cards that met the given criteria: the numbers on the first two cards add to 15; the numbers on the second and third cards add to 20; the numbers on the third and fourth cards add to 23; the numbers on the fourth and fifth cards add to16; the numbers on the fifth and sixth cards add to18 and the numbers on the sixth and seventh cards add to 21. We worked on number sense, quick calculations of facts and resilience.

 

EYFS

 

For Anti-Bullying Week, we read ‘The Rainbow Fish’ and talked about why we were special. We spent time taking notice of ourselves and other people by looking in a mirror and thinking of kind things to say about ourselves and our friends.

Year 1

 

Year 1 discussed how sometimes our friends can be unkind or tease and very occasionally even bully. Together we decided what each one means. We read different situations and decided which one we thought and decided which one we thought it showed. 

Year 2

Year 2 learnt all about why we 'make noise' about bullying. We explored what bullying actually is and what we can do to stop it from happening. We then decided, if we could have a superpower to stop bullying, what would it be and why? Some ideas were; ‘super speed to catch the bully’, ‘super vision to see bullying happening’, ‘healing to make someone feel better if they’ve been bullied’ and ‘super strength so I could pick up the bully and take them away'.

Year 3

In Year 3, we have been talking about conflict management. We were given a range of scenarios and discussed how a conflict might arrive and how everyone in the situation could resolve the conflict through compromise. In groups, we created ‘freeze-frames’ of each conflict and tried to show the different emotions in our body language and facial expressions.

Year 4

This term, Y4 have been focussing on how different feelings and emotions can be displayed. We talked about how strong feelings and emotions can be linked to a physical state. We also considered the following questions and discussed them as a class: How would you know if someone else was feeling like that? How could you tell? How might they show that feeling on their bodies and faces? 

Year 5

Year 5 have been working on recognising different emotional needs and coping strategies. We created our own fictional characters and considered their likes and dislikes before giving them a scenario they would find difficult and recommending potential coping strategies. We have also been celebrating anti-bullying week. We have discussed what a good friend looks like with everyone coming up with a way that they can play a part in 'making a noise about bullying'. 

Year 6

As part of ‘Anti-Bullying Week: Make Some Noise’, Year 6 have been looking at the difference between banter and bullying, what this looks and sounds like, how we can identify it and how we can make some noise and challenge it! We created our own ‘bantometers’ showing when banter can become bullying. We also talked about how ‘banter’ to one person might be fun and that they might not mean to cause harm but that sometimes we need to look at situations from everyone’s point of view.

During the month of October, we have been celebrating Black History Month. The theme this year is ‘celebrating our sisters’ so each year group has studied one influential black woman.

 

EYFS

 

We watched JoJo and Gran Gran- The Voyage. This talks about Gran Gran moving from St Lucia to UK when she was a little girl. We watched a Cbeebies clip that interviewed parents and children about what Black History Month means to them. We have been learning about Lorraine Pascale, she is a chef.  We talked about why she is an inspirational black woman. Then used a recipe from her bestselling book to make flapjacks.

Year 1

 

Year 1 have been learning about Rosa Parks and why she is significant. We learnt about her life and then sequenced the events which showed the part she played in ending segregation.

Year 2

In Year Two we chose to celebrate the achievements of a significant figure relating to our History Topic of Kings, Queens and Castles for Black History Month.  We looked at a powerful and inspirational Queen Sheba who it is believed came from Africa to visit King Solomon to learn more about God. We looked at historical representations of her and tried to imagine for ourselves what she would have looked like. We enjoyed learning about the gifts she brought for the King and what had learnt from him to make her a better queen for her people. 

Year 3

Wangari Maathai said small changes can make a big difference. She worked hard to plant trees in Kenya and stop deforestation.
We have decided to try and make small changes in school to help the environment.
We have created posters and ask that you join in and try and make small changes with us to help the environment.

Year 4

Year 4 researched the importance of Mary Seacole in history. They extremely enjoyed reading about her heroic service towards wounded soldiers and selfless acts of kindness. They were able to compare Mary Seacole's characteristics to their own and they identified how they could be more like Mary Seacole.

Year 5

Year 5 have been studying ‘the human computer’ Katherine Johnson and the influence she had on our lives today. We discussed the difficulties Katherine faced and the barriers she had to overcome to achieve her goals. We then completed our own NASA challenge where we had a time limit to complete the correct calculations to create our own rocket.

Year 6

In Y6, we looked at the historical significance of Sacagawea. She was born around 1788 and was best known as serving as a member of the Lewis and Clark expedition into the American West. She was the only woman on the quest which saw the group travel thousands of miles across America from Missouri to the Pacific North West. Sacagawea showed the men how to forage and live off the land, supported them travelling along rivers and as well as acting as an interpreter which helped with gaining the trust of other tribes across America. We think she was amazing!

Year 1

Year 1 have been learning about the location of their school. Together we looked at our school address and discussed what each part tells us. We then found our school on an aerial map and labelled what we could see around our school. 

Year 2

Year 2 have been locating the 7 continents and learning where they are in relation to the equator. They described whether continents were in the northern or southern hemisphere. 

Year 3

Year 3 have been completing their own knowledge organiser for their topic on The UK counties, rivers, coastlines and mountains.

Year 4

Year 4 have been learning about what would attract tourists to our local area.

Year 5

 Year 5 have been out of school doing fieldwork. They have planned, walked and evaluated a route in the local area.

Year 6

Year 6 enjoyed their visit to Lindisfarne this week. Prior to their visit they had the opportunity to explore OS maps of the island to plan and follow a route using OS symbols.

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