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What's been happeningYear 2

Traditional Tales

Year 2 have enjoyed the start of their learning about traditional tales by sharing stories and playing games with a partner. We have been thinking about the different features of the stories: settings, good and bad characters, magical elements and the language used. So far, we have found talking animals and imaginary lands!

What's been happeningYear 2

Maths

Year 2 children enjoyed an Nrich investigation ‘Catrina’s Cards’ which helped them to consolidate their learning in multiplication so far.

The children listened to the information about Catrina’s collection of football cards and represented this by drawing on their whiteboards. This helped them to work out how many she had altogether. The children then had the opportunity to look at each other’s representations; we noticed that they all have different strategies!

We also looked at the example solutions on the Nrich website to see how children in other schools tackled the investigation.

What's been happeningYear 5

Space Day

We had lots of fun celebrating the end of our topic with a Space Day. The children came dressed in some great costumes. We played some games to develop our teamwork and communication skills, as well as doing some coding on the iPads. We also had a go at making paper rockets which would be propelled by air blown through a straw.

What's been happeningYear 6

Baking

Year 6 engaged in some food technology by baking fairy cakes. Small groups allowed each student to participate fully, and support each other with the processes. The reflection highlighted this point, as many of the students stated that “working as a team” was something that was practised. They recognised problems, such as “egg shells in the batter” to “lumpy mixture,” but all seemed enthusiastic, and look forward to trying their treats!
The pictures were also taken by students with a keen eye. Great effort all around!

What's been happeningYear 1

Solar System

Year 1 have loved making the planets from the solar system. We made the planets using papier-mâché and then painted the planets in groups. Look through our classroom window to see our amazing solar system!

What's been happeningYear 1

Number Lines

Today in maths we explored using a number line to count forwards and backwards to 100. We discussed the interval lines on a number line and what they represent. We then had a go at drawing our own number lines on the playground using chalk!

What's been happeningYear 5

Perimeter

We have been learning about perimeter. We placed string around the outside of a shape and cut it when it met the point at which we had started. We then gathered these pieces of string together and compared them to see which objects had the longest perimeter and which had the shortest. Our next step was to use a ruler to measure the pieces of string to find out how long the perimeters were in cm.

Year 6

PE

We had a special day for Children in Need, which included lots of PE activities. The “Olympics” activities outside (while muddy) were enjoyable group challenges for s all!

Year 6

Celebration of Diversity

Our final activity for Anti-Bullying Week was to create a celebration of diversity. We drew face shapes and then used a variety of colours and patterns to highlight the differences we all have and the interest and beauty it creates.

Year 6

WWII

We used IPads and safe search engines to find answers to historical WWII Questions.  Some of the research focused on what the women did during the war, what types of vehicles were used and what happened after the war. We used the events in WWII to create a timeline reflecting some of the more significant aspects.

Henry Moore was our focus artist this term.  We used his sketches of the shelters in WWII to practise our techniques with different pencils.  Shading and cross-hatching were some methods we recalled and showed.

Year 6

Poetry

For the year 6 poetry unit, we looked at “Free Verse” style of writing using the poem ‘The Uncertainty of the Poet’ by Wendy Cope.  This poem uses only 10 words in total, and rearranges them in a variety of ways to create new ideas – some quite silly!  The focus of punctuation mid-line was an interesting challenge for the students, but one they tackled successfully.  Have a look at one example here.

What's been happeningYear 5

Lunar Cycle

We have been learning about the lunar cycle. We looked at the different ways the moon appears to us and why this happens. We then used Oreos to recreate this pattern.

Year 2

Up, up and away

Year 2 used their design and technology skills on their ‘Up, up and away day’. First, they met the Wright Brothers Wilbur and Orville who had arrived specially to help out. They looked at how aeroplanes worked and then made a prototype to test outside .The children then used this knowledge to design an aeroplane that would fly at least 1 metre. The children used their designs to make an aeroplane which they then tested in the hall measuring the flight. To end the day, they evaluated their designs. It was an amazing day.

What's been happeningYear 2

Science

In Year 2, the children have been finding out about everyday uses of materials. We have been identifying and comparing the suitability of a variety of everyday materials for particular uses. We explored how the shapes of solid objects made from some materials can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching. The children found out about ‘fair tests’ and then decided on what materials they would use for a pet home. They made models out of a variety of materials and we then carried out tests on waterproof materials having made predictions. We then discussed our results. It was great fun!

What's been happeningYear 1

Representing Numbers

We have been representing numbers within 50 using different pieces of equipment. We loved making the numbers out of: counters, tens frames, numicon, bead strings and dienes. We then partitioned the numbers into tens and ones using a whole-part model.

What's been happeningYear 6

Wires

In year 6 we have been investigating wires. We know these studies give us answers to a targeted focus question, but one student found it created more questions. Delighted, she then exclaimed “I need to do another experiment to figure out why!” A Scientist in the making!

Nursery

Diwali

In Foxes, we have been talking about Diwali and lighting divas. We made divas out of clay. We rolled the clay, pressed a hole with our thumb, put in a candle and decorated with beads.

Nursery

Settling In

This term, children in cubs have been settling into nursery. They have been making lots of positive relationships with adults and other children and have enjoyed taking part in new activities.

What's been happeningYear 3

History

Year 3 were taken back in time to the Stone Age all the way through to the Iron Age. They were a human timeline – learning all about the different time periods, how people’s clothes changed, how their skills and tools developed and how the climate changed and the impact that had on early man. They were detectives, exploring a range of artefacts and discussed what they could be and what period they could have come from. They ground grains to make flour and even hunted woolly mammoths in the playground!

What's been happeningYear 4

Area

Year 4 have been learning about area in maths. First we looked at a square centimetre and estimated how many would cover the surface of different items in our classroom. Then we used square centimetre paper to estimate and then count the squares of the area of different shapes. Finally we looked at a square metre and discussed that in a similar way.

What's been happeningYear 2

Computing

Year 2 children have been composing music using 2Sequence and 2Beat in Computing lessons using iPads and the Purple Mash platform. We started with ‘Twinkle, twinkle little star’ and then added our own sounds to create a tune. We experimented with speeding up an slowing down tunes and thought about how music can be used to express feelings. Then we composed a piece of music that made us think of Habit 7 Sharpen the saw! We have really enjoyed being creative with music.

Year 6

Remembrance Day

For Remembrance Day Year 6 created poppies, red to symbolise the blood loss of people who fought, and white to represent peace.

Year 6

RE

In RE, Year 6 have been thinking about God “incarnate” (God in human form.) What form might he take if he appeared today? We thought about different situations and placed our idea in an appropriate setting. Have a look!

Year 6

Anti-bullying

This week Year 6 have thought about anti-bullying, and what it entails. Here we identified what situations could be bullying, and which are rude or mean.

What's been happeningYear 1

Anti-Bullying Week

The children in Year 1 have really impressed the adults with their amazing work in PSHCE as part of ‘Anti-Bullying Week’. To begin the week, we designed our own t-shirts and we focused on what makes us special. We have learnt that everybody is different and unique but we should always be kind to others. We then worked together to make a kindness paperchain, to represent how being kind can start a positive chain reaction. Towards the end of the week, we developed our collaboration skills by working as a team. We loved passing a hoop around the circle without talking. Well done Year 1.

What's been happeningYear 5

Science

We worked together in small groups to act out and describe the movement of the sun, earth and moon in relation to each other. One person was the sun, who stood in the middle, while they were orbited by a rotating earth. At the same time, the moon was orbiting and rotating the earth.

ReceptionWhat's been happening

Woodland Explorers

This half term, Owls and Hedgehogs have been enjoying our ‘Woodland Explorer’ sessions each Monday! As we have been reading the story ‘Owl Babies’, in this week’s session, children have been busy making nests for the owls. They worked with their friends to gather items for their nests and then carefully built these.

What's been happeningYear 3

Science

Year 3 have enjoyed their work on ‘animals including humans’ in science lessons. They have been thinking about healthy diets and the human body.

What's been happeningYear 1

Newspaper Reports

In English, Year 1 have been learning about newspaper reports. Today we have immersed ourselves in a range of newspaper reports! We looked at a variety of newspaper reports and noted how they were similar and how they were different. We then decided which newspaper report was our favourite and why. We can’t wait to learn more about newspaper reports so that we can write our own report at the end of the unit.

What's been happeningYear 6

Reading

Jaguar Class had the opportunity to have some free time choosing books to read in our wonderful library. They chose to read independently, in a pair or as a small group. The session went so quickly, with the children becoming fully engaged in their reading. Jaguar Class really ‘Rave about Reading!’

What's been happeningYear 1

Planets

In Science, Year 1 have been learning about the planets in our solar system. We have learnt the planets names, their sizes and their colours. We used this knowledge to accurately colour in the planets before carefully cutting the planets out and sticking them in the correct order. Well done Year 1!

What's been happeningYear 5

Water Resistance

We enjoyed conducting an investigation into water resistance. We created different shapes out of plasticine, dropped them into a funnel of water and timed how long they took to reach the bottom. We discovered that more streamlined shapes were quicker to reach the bottom. We also spent some time evaluating the investigation and discussing what improvements could be made.

What's been happeningYear 5

Multiplying Numbers

We have been busy learning efficient written methods that we can use when multiplying numbers. We have looked at how we can use both an expanded and compact method to reach an answer. When working out on whiteboards, we have talked each step through with a partner making sure we explain the place value of each digit as we go.

Year 6

Geography

Using Atlases in Topic utilised our year 6 geography skills. One child identified “the key has abbreviations which can help us find the countries on the map.”

What's been happeningYear 3

Partitioning

Macaw Class have been busy partitioning and redistributing hundreds, tens and ones in different ways using their place value counters to help.

What's been happeningYear 1

Maths

Today in maths, the children have been learning their number bonds to 10. We found number bonds to 10 by playing an alternative version of snap; when the children found two numbers that add together to 10 they had to shout out ‘bonds’.

What's been happeningYear 1

PSHCE

The children in Year 1 have been thinking about the adults that we can trust when we are worried or upset. We started the lesson by discussing who we could trust and then we wrote the name or occupation of the person in each finger of our hand. We thought of the following adults: parents, family, teachers, police and doctors.

Year 6

Maths

In Jaguar Class we have a Maths teacher in the making! He explained working out and reasons for the methods he chose to solve a multiple-step word problem, relating to squared and cubed numbers. He used excellent mathematical vocabulary and interacted with his audience well.

What's been happeningYear 6

Rationing

We discussed the idea of rationing and what that meant for families during WWII. We then had a look at the provisions given to families and tried to create meal plans for the week. The reflection we wrote afterwards made clear the difficulty in creating such a plan given the meagre rations.

What's been happeningYear 6

Art

We looked at the fine details of Paul Nash’s pictures and tried to copy what we saw using pencil drawings and sketching.

 

What's been happeningYear 6

WWII

We looked at propaganda for our topic work in WWII. Here we assess the focus of the posters, who they were aimed at and if we could have improved it.

What's been happeningYear 6

Remembrance Day

Today, the children were incredibly respectful and creative when celebrating the lives of everyone who has played their part in all war and fought for their country.

This picture is just a few examples of poetry writing and the creativity that the children demonstrated throughout the day.

ReceptionWhat's been happening

Models

Reception have been demonstrating a range of skills in DT this term. The children have created different models out of recycled materials. These included the Eiffel Tower, a phone and a bag! Well done Reception.

What's been happeningYear 1

Partitioning Numbers

We have been learning about the addition and equals symbols in maths and using part – whole models and bar models to partition numbers up to 10. We have had a few practical lessons in maths to help our learning which we have all enjoyed.

What's been happeningYear 6

Common Factors

In Year Six the children have been learning how to find common factors. The multilink proved beneficial when consolidating their understanding of equal amounts.

What's been happeningYear 1

DT

Y1 completed their first DT unit. We had to design a moving vehicle to help Traction Man escape from the shark scissors! We discussed which recycled materials we could use to make our cars and we planned our design. Next we made our cars and attached wheels to an axle so that our cars could move. Finally, we evaluated our work; we wrote about what we liked and what we could improve. Well done Year One!

Year 4

Roman Day

What's been happeningYear 2

Art

Year 2 children enjoyed creating observational drawings of leaves and flowers in their sketch books. They took great care to add detail and to draw what they could see.

What's been happeningYear 3

Quest Stories

Macaw Class wrote absolutely amazing quest stories based on the book the Ice Palace by Robert Swindells.  Here are some pictures of them sharing their stories with each other.  They went onto publish their favourite few paragraphs and some of their published work can also be seen in the photos.

What's been happeningYear 2

Geography

Year 2 have had fun exploring maps of the UK and finding out about the different countries and their capital cities. They used the directional language of North, East, South and West to state where the countries lie in relation to each other.
The children have also found out about physical and human features and sorted them as a group. They discussed where each of the pictures should so and worked together to complete their posters of different physical and human features.

What's been happeningYear 6

Multiplication

Multiplication was investigated and discussed in Maths. We thought about ways to “prove” our findings using a variety of methods.

 

What's been happeningYear 6

Refraction

In science we explored refraction, and looked at an example through water and glass. We noted our findings when we finished.

What's been happeningYear 6

Zumba

Since returning to school in September, we have had a real focus on physical fitness, as well as, our well-being. Jaguar Class have thoroughly enjoyed Zumba sessions and this video is a celebration of all their efforts so far.

What's been happeningYear 3

Tangram Puzzles

Macaw Class were busy at the beginning of term, learning about tangram puzzles through the book Grandfather Tang’s Story by Ann Tompert.  They used the skills of flipping, rotating and sliding to recreate the tangram animals from the story.

What's been happeningYear 3

Maths

We have been busy using our prior knowledge of bridging ten from Year 2 to help us to bridge 100 with two two-digit multiples of ten.  We used our ten frames to support our understanding of the structure of the mathematics and learned to bridge one hundred by adding and subtracting.  We then used the dienes to help us bridge one hundred when we had a two-digit and a one-digit number and recorded our thinking on our whiteboards.

What's been happeningYear 6

Fitness

We have been considering our overall fitness, and have practised some one-minute skills to see how we can improve.

What's been happeningYear 6

Reading

We have been caught reading!  In our whole class guided reading session, we were able to enjoy the end of the summer sun to partner read together.

What's been happeningYear 6

Periscope Activity

We put into practise the periscope activity from science to check our understanding of the law of reflection.  We then noted our observations and findings of how it worked.

What's been happeningYear 6

People Who Inspire Us

We have been encouraged to reflect on people who inspire us.  Here are some of our ideas.

What's been happeningYear 6

Place Value

We practised writing our understanding of maths using the written-word form and place value representation.

What's been happeningYear 2

English

Year 2 have been creating story maps for their journey stories. They have also explored the characters by using role play . They have been learning about past tense by playing a game and they found features of journey stories too .

What's been happeningYear 2

Partitioning

Year 2 have been partitioning into tens and ones. With a partner, children used part-whole models to show two-digit numbers in different ways.

What's been happeningYear 1

History

In history, Year One have been learning about toys from the past. We explored a range of toys including a Jacob’s ladder and a spinning top. We played with the toys and wrote a bank of adjectives to describe each toy. We also made cross-curricular links with our science learning and thought about what materials the toys were made from.

What's been happeningYear 1

Whole Part Model

This week, we have been learning about the whole part model. We selected a number card (our whole) and then partitioned the correct number of cubes into two different parts. We tried to see if we could think of more than one way to partition each number.

What's been happeningYear 1

Comparing Numbers

We have been busy comparing numbers in maths. We have learnt to recognize the less than (<), greater than (>) and equal to (=) sign. We then used these symbols to correctly compare different sets of objects.

What's been happeningYear 1

Maths

We have been comparing different objects based on their length and weight. We used balance scales to measure which objects were heavier and which objects were lighter. This will build the foundation of our knowledge when we begin to compare numbers.

What's been happeningYear 1

7 Habits

Year One have been learning about the ‘7 Habits’ as part of our ‘Leader in Me’ lessons. We created a class tree to display the habits and painted our own leaves to put on the tree. We can’t wait for you to see our fabulous display.

What's been happeningYear 2

Place Value

Year 2 have been exploring place value to 20 by using equipment such as dienes and bead strings. We learnt some new vocabulary, ‘digit’ and ‘numeral’ and counted using a Gattegno chart. We’re having lots of fun in Maths!

What's been happeningYear 4

Adverts

Year 4 have been looking at persuasive adverts this term in English. They started off with a ‘Hook’ taking part in a Dragon’s Den type activity where they had to design and ‘ sell’ a product to the Dragons! The children really enjoyed this activity and were very persuasive!
They have then been identifying the features of a persuasive advert and thinking about how to use these features in their own adverts for a Roman House.

Year 4

A Love of Reading

This term we have enjoyed delving into books such as Diary of a Wimpy Kid, David Williams’ series and Harry Potter. We enjoy reading striving to read regularly at both home and school.

Year 4

Roman Villas

We have employed our research skills, enjoying researching many aspects of Roman Britain, including learning about the structure of a roman villa and what each room was used for.

Year 4

Making Shields

Things got a little messy when we were making the shields. However, we had loads of fun creating, painting and constructing our shields. We persevered even when challenges arose and worked together to solve different problems. We shared our resources and materials. We are looking forward to testing our shields out by completing different shield formations.

Year 4

Roman Britain

As part of our History and Design and Technology units we have been designing and creating Roman Shields. To begin the process we researched about Roman Shields. We then designed our own shields, taking into consideration, shape, colours and design features.

Nursery

Busy Learning

We are doing so well at settling into Foxes room. We have been very busy having lots of fun and learning our new nursery routines. These photos show us busy learning inside and outside.