- Message from Mrs Jones
- Reception Gruffalo Tusk Kebabs!
- Year 1 African Savannah Poems
- Year 1 Lion Art
- Year 2 explore Africa
- Year 2 Happy News!
- Year 3 Maths & Stone Age Literacy!
- Year 4 Science
- Year 4 Circus posters
- Year 5 in Antarctica
- Year 6 explore Ravi Shankar’s Symphony – Finale
- Year 5 & 6 Crepe making
- News from the Church
- Phoebe is back!
Navigating these first 2 weeks of the National lockdown have been a challenge for everyone; juggling work and home learning whilst at the same time not having the support networks and places to go physically and emotionally due to the restrictions adds to the challenge. But we must all hold onto the reasons why we are in are lockdown and hold onto the hope that there are better times to come.
The home learning provision via Google Classroom has been tweaked for the coming week in response to how it has been used by the children, the activities we want it to fulfil in order to support learning, and feedback from parents/carers. Mr Campbell is creating ‘quick guides’ which are demonstrations about how to do the technical tasks on Google Classroom e.g. how to submit completed work. Quick guides are being uploaded to the classwork area of Google Classroom and will be uploaded to the home learning tile on SZapp.
The key development points this week are:
- Consistent presentation across the school so that the daily timetable is easy to navigate once it becomes familiar. If you have more than one child in school we recognise parents/carers need to be able to identify what they are looking for on each of the class pages they are accessing.
- The option for private interaction between home and school i.e. the child/parent and the class teacher, this is achieved by the core work being set as an assignment. Extension tasks completed can be 'handed in' in the same assigned subject area.
- Clarity in what the core tasks to complete are. The weekly timetable now identifies what are core learning tasks and extension tasks.
- Expectation of feedback by the class teachers to the children when they hand in work. On the weekly overview the class teachers will put the word ‘feedback’ against a maths/literacy task that they will be providing more detailed feedback for. All assigned work will be monitored by the class teacher who will answer questions directly with the child/parent.
- Completing the daily register on Google Classroom.
The class teachers are either in school leading a bubble or managing the home learning for both year group classes. Please understand that you will receive a response to a question raised via Google Classroom but it may not be instant. General communications should be sent via email or telephone call to the school office who will forward your communication to the appropriate person.
Thank you very much for your support and understanding -it's great to share some examples of what has been happening at home and in school this week.
Reception have been using ‘The Gruffalo’ by Julia Donaldson throughout their learning this week. Both children in school and at home particularly enjoyed practising their cutting and threading skills to make a Gruffalo ‘Terrible Tusk’ – a yummy fruit kebab! Well done to all those children who were able to complete this delicious and healthy task!
This week year 1 have been inspired by the beauty of the African Savannah and its many wonderful animals. They thought carefully about the features of a poem and included lots of fantastic imagery and rhyme. Some of our children even preformed their poems aloud during our google meet. Please take some time to read and enjoy them.
At home and in school, Year 1 have been busy crafting lions in all sorts of creative ways. We’ve seen finger painting, junk modelling, collage and even chocolate. They look fantastic!
Miss Delaney and Miss Holland have been incredibly proud of all the hard work the children are completing at home. It has been lovely to see the wonderful work being uploaded onto Google Classroom. This week the Year 2 children watched a video of David Attenborough introducing the incredible continent of Africa. Following on from that, the children have written super African Shape Poems using lots of adjectives for description.
Happy News editing
This week, the Year 2 bubble have been very busy! We became journalists and edited 'Happy News' newspapers, celebrating all the positive events that are taking place in the world. We even added some fascinating facts to our newspapers, spreading joy at school.
'Fun fact- did you know that butterflies can taste with their feet' (Isabel 2RD).
'Fun fact- did you know that every human has their very own unique finger prints' (Sebastian 2KH).
DT: Drinking Positivi-tea
In our DT lesson, we had lots of fun designing pop-up cards with flaps. Can you spot our clever use of language? We were drinking cups of positivi- Tea!
Art: Kandinsky's concentric circles
On Thursday, we learned all about Kandinsky's abstract art and how to mix colours, tint and shade. We spoke about cool and warm colours and how they make us feel. We had a lot of fun!
Keep up the magnificent work!
Year 3 have had an absolute blast in school this week. We have been really busy with our maths, multiplying AND dividing using different methods and explaining our working out. In our Literacy lessons we’ve been putting ourselves in the shoes of a Stone Age boy which culminated in us writing a postcard to our parents from the past! I hope you can spot our awesome, upgraded vocabulary in the postcard we’ve uploaded!
In science this week, we investigated evaporation and condensation by putting warm water in a bowl, covering it with cling film and putting ice on top. We also investigated how salt affects the melting point of water and also the temperature.
Inspired by our POR book, Leon and the Place Between, we designed circus posters. We used water colour pencils and felt tips to make our designs bright and colourful. We also watched some videos from Cirque du Soleil for inspiration. It was wonderful to see so many of Year 4 share their posters on google meet and also on the google stream.
Within Literacy this week Year 5 children have been discovering fascinating facts about Antarctica. These pieces of work show many interesting facts about the wildlife that can be found there. The demonstration of artistic flair in the sketches also contributes to the brilliance of the facts. This research is in preparation for reading our Power of Reading text; Ice Trap, which is all about Ernest Shackleton’s expedition to Antarctica . It’s been fantastic to see so many pieces of work and to share everyone’s findings within our Google Meet sessions as well. We then used our knowledge of Antarctica to write a persuasive advert to ask men to join Shackleton’s expedition. It’s been fantastic to see so many pieces of work and to share your findings within our Google Meet sessions as well.
Here is an example written by Benjy:
My name is Ernest Shackleton. I am a famous explorer from Ireland looking for a team of brave, determined, strong and fearless crew members to join me in Antarctica. Do you want to make history? Do you want to become famous? Do you want to be a living legend? Do you want to be a Pioneer and in the Guinness Book of Records? Then why not step up to the challenge and face your fears? This is not time for a vacation, this is time for an adventure.
Antarctica has the most dangerous but awe inspiring and unique climate. You will be amazed by its beauty. It is the coldest and most windiest continent on earth. It has an average temperature of -57c but it has reached a whopping -89.c before. If you thought your freezer was cold, then you have not experienced Antarctica. It is also home to unusual katabatic winds. The katabatic winds are created by a combination of its cold climate and the shape of the continent. Antarctica itself is the windiest place on Earth! In fact, Antarctica holds the record among continents for sustained wind speeds; wind speeds can reach 200 mph here.
The white wonderland has the most breath taking landscape you will ever experience. The continent is known as the “the land of snow and ice” and you will get the most magical and magnificent feeling when you get your first glance. It is literally covered with a thick ice sheet that covers 14 million square kilometres. The ice bergs are like towering giants like nothing you have seen before.
Antartica has an extreme range of wildlife. Prepare to meet some of the hardiest survivors on the planet! You will see over 12 million flightless penguins, wandering Albatrosses which have the largest wingspan of any bird in the world today, stretching up to 3.5 metres across. There are Southern Elephant Seals. These are the largest of all seals. Males can be over 20 feet long and weigh up to 8,800 pounds! And lastly there is the most dangerous predator of all……the Killer Whales. These ginormous beasts can grow to be the size of a bus, that’s 23 to 32 feet long!
So what are you waiting for? Do you want to make history and plant the British flag at the South Pole with pride? Join me on this thrill seeking roller coaster now. Sign up today and you will have the time of your life and really wont regret it!
And look at these Amazing Antarctica Animal sketches!
This week in school and at home, Year 6 completed the Music task set by Mrs Derrington from the BBC Ten Pieces site. They listened and explored the Ravi Shankar’s Symphony – Finale. They learned about the raga (melody) and tala (rhythm) in Hindustani music. They enjoyed clapping the rhythm. Then, the Photographer Mahtab Hussein showed them in a video how to embellish a photograph of a clap to represent movement by using paint, glitter, shapes and stitching. They children created beautiful pictures and are very proud of their art work.
On Friday morning, the Year 5/6 key worker children made French crepes in school. In groups of 3, the children mixed up their own batters and used traditional French wooden spreaders to create the perfect crepes. If you would like to have a go at creating your perfect crepe at home, follow the instruction below.
6 heaped tablespoons of plain flour
250ml of milk
- First pour the flour into a large bowl
- Before adding the eggs, make a well in the centre of your flour
- Then crack both eggs into the well
- Next pour in a big dash of your milk
- Stir using a fork or a whisk, occasionally adding more milk
- Make sure you keep mixing until there are no lumps left
- When ready, pour your mixture into an oiled pan
- Cook for 1/2 minutes on each side of your pancake
- Go crazy with your topping - any toppings of your choice
- Bon appetit
Instructions written by Ruby (6TC)
If you’re struggling with big life questions right now
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