No Screen Wednesday was an opportunity to take part in activities away from screens and devices, that we have relied on so much over the past six weeks. The teachers planned a variety of tasks; from science experiments, to making music, to gardening - there was a whole spectrum of lessons. Have a look at what the children did on Wednesday. Maybe No Screen Day will return again in Term 4 - stay tuned!
Reception enjoying No Screens Wednesday:
Year 1's Hope-O-Potamus art project and STEM challenge to build a tower.
It was lovely to spend time away from our screens on Wednesday and many children in Year 2 took the opportunity to get creative. They raided the recycling boxes and created some fabulous African animal junk models. We think you’ll all agree they look brilliant!
We absolutely loved switching our screens off for the day, here in our Year 3 bubble. From making GIANT board games to balloon rockets – we had an awesome time working together and having fun! In the afternoon, we were transported back tens of thousands of years into the Stone Age where we were tasked with decorating the cave walls. Whilst lying on our tummies, we used pastels to draw hand prints, hunting scenes and houses in a Stone Age style.
As part of No Screens Wednesday, Year 4 took part in some amazing and creative activities. As usual, Mrs Castle and Miss Cator were blown away with everyone's efforts. In Science, the children chose a living thing and completed a scientific drawing, thinking about scale, perspective and accuracy. In Maths, they completed board games using all the mathematical knowledge they have consolidated so far this year. In Art, they created a mystical creature using materials from thier recycling - it looked like lots of children had fun with this at home! In Literacy, they prepared some food for their families and then wrote out their recipes using imperative verbs. It all looked delicious!! For P.E. and Music the children took part in homemade obstacle courses and composed a rap or a song to a hip hop beat. Thank you for all of you who uploaded videos, they were very entertaining!
During our Google Meet, Year 5 shared what we'd been doing on No Screens Day. Many of us took up the maths challenge to make a game to help us practise one aspect of our maths learning. Noah created a maths game to help him practise his 7x and 8x table; Carmen made a game involving fractions. Many of us also took part in the Literacy challenge to design a front cover for our Antarctica adventure stories.
Away from our learning, some of us explored the great outdoors, played with other members of our family, went birdspotting or cycling. Noah practised his violin and Benjy enjoyed some creative time. He drew a map of Bristol, thinking carefully about the course of the river and landmarks along the way.
Here is a picture of Faith’s fractions card game. The aim was to turn over two sets of two cards and then complete the fraction addition before the opposing player. Faith said it was really good at making her think quickly to try and get the cards when playing with family. Both Nina and Elliot took on the Book cover challenge and created strikingly bold front covers for their Antarctica adventure stories. The detail in the creation, as well as the simplicity of the scenes, create very eye catching front covers. Well done.
Year 6 cooked, baked and created natural art as they spent the day away from their screens.
For maths, Year 6 completed a ‘Race Run’, which involved making stepping stones that had a variety of maths questions on.
After the children had made the stepping stones, they competed in teams to be the first to move along them and win the race! ?♀️
For no-screen Wednesday, Year 5 and 6 children completed the salad challenge in school. They told me which ingredients they wanted and I went to the shops to buy them. Then, they chopped lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, red, yellow and orange peppers, spring onions, carrots, baby spinach. They all arranged their salads in different ways. I made vinaigrette (mustard, cider vinegar and olive oil) which they sparingly put on their creation. To finish off, they added fresh basil, mint, coriander, olives, cubed feta and croutons, which Raphael suggested you can make yourselves at home to use old bread. (Cut the bread into cubes, add a bit of oil, salt, pepper and mixed herbs, roast them until they crunchy.) For some of the children, it was the first time, they tasted some of the food. They all had a great time preparing and eating their delicious salad!