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What’s been happening

Year 2Year 6

A Christmouse Tale

On Wednesday, Year 2 and Year 6 were treated to a performance of A Christmouse Tale by Pendle Productions to support their work in their fairytale topics. Children enjoyed the cheery Christmas musical following the adventures of a lonely white mouse as he escapes the pet shop and tries to find his own way to the house where he was meant to have been a special gift.

Year 1

Daily Mile Celebration

Year 1 have been completing the daily mile since the start of the academic year. We have successful run the distance from Cambridge to Paris and so we celebrated with some chocolate brioche! Well done to all of Year 1 and we can’t wait to complete our next challenge and run the distance to Lapland.

Year 1

Nativity Story

Year 1 were visited by Danny and Karen from the St Barnabas Church who helped to consolidate our knowledge about the Christian celebration of Christmas. We learnt that some people believe that Jesus was born to Mary and Joseph and that he would be very special. The children learnt about the story of the nativity by dressing up and retelling the story using actions.

Year 6

WW2 Cake

For our WW2 day, the Year Sixes made chocolate “cake” as people in the UK would have during the war. The rations made it difficult then, but our taste-testers thought it was quite good!

Year 2

Sandwiches

Year 2 had a great morning making healthy sandwiches, which linked into our English instruction writing unit and ‘Ready, Steady, Be Healthy’ topic. First we made our delicious, healthy sandwich, using our design to help us. They tasted delicious! Then we looked at different sandwich packaging and evaluated them. We designed our own packaging for our sandwich and made it from a 3D net. Finally we evaluated our product, thinking about what went well and what could’ve been even better.

Year 6

Science

In science the year 6’s have been looking at the effect light has on objects we see. We experimented with water in a glass, and a drawn arrow observed through the clear materials in order to understand refraction. Ask us what happened!

Year 1

Action Adventure

As part of our topic ‘Action and Adventure’ we have been making moving toys. To do this we first explored a range of toys and discussed how they moved. We then designed our own moving cars and planned our work. Using Habit 6: Synergize, we worked in a pair to construct our toy cars. It was a bit fiddly but we finally attached the wheels to our axels. We then tested the cars, before finally evaluating what went well and what we could improve next time.

Year 3

Persuasive Advertising

Year 3 wrote persuasive texts advertising samosas as part of our topic on India. We then used the IMovie app on the IPads to make our own TV adverts with voiceovers, music and titles! It was a huge learning experience for everyone, but the Year 3s really synergised and collaborated well to complete the task! We hope you enjoy these examples.

 

Year 1

Science

In science we investigated which materials were waterproof. First we made predictions by looking at and touching the various materials. Then we carefully wrapped a doll in one material at a time (paper, tin foil, rubber and plastic), before pouring water over it.Hopefully when Traction Man returns he can use our knowledge to keep himself dry.

Year 1

Partition Numbers

Today in maths, the children used a whole-part model to partition numbers. We loved using the practical resources!

Year 1

Ten Nice Things

In maths the children played a game called ‘ten nice things’. Using a tens frame, the children had to make number bonds to ten. We loved playing this game!

Year 2

Journey Stories

In English Penguin class are learning all about journey stories and specifically ‘The Way Back Home’ by Oliver Jeffers. To help the children with writing their own journey story they hot seated both the boy and the alien characters understanding what it may feel like to be stuck on the moon.

Year 6

Hockey

During our PE lessons we have been practising our hockey skills!

Year 6

Newspaper Report

We have looked at model text to find elements of a newspaper report.

Year 6

Light

Our class assistants demonstrated how light travels in a straight line.

Year 6

Eco Awareness Morning

We became eco warriors by creating art from recycled plastic.

Year 6

Description Activity

We have been working at verbalising needs through hands on activities. We also completed a description activity were we had to practise discussing things clearly.

Year 6

Working As A Group

We worked together to begin with the end in mind. Later we worked as a group to help “save” Slimey the worm!

Year 2

The 7 Habits

Penguin Class have been learning how to use the 7 Habits in their daily life and learning at school. In Habit 3 ‘Put First Things First’ the class learnt about how you have your ‘big rocks’ in life (reading at home, doing homework, brushing your teeth) and then once they are completed you will have time for all the activities in life that you may want to do like playing on your iPad or going to a friend’s birthday party. To remind the children of Habit 3 they painted rocks to take home.

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Leader in Me

For the first 8 days of the Autumn term we have been introducing all the children to the 7 habits and our new whole school project: The Leader in Me.
Please see the link to our daily newsletters which introduced parents to each habit and our celebration day on Friday.
We are seeking to teach children that they are the leader of themselves and with the 7 habits they can become leaders of others.

https://www.queenemmaschool.org.uk/parent-information/important-information/letters-newsletters

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Pond

We were so excited to see the fire brigade coming to help up fill up our pond! Some of us even got to wear the fire fighter’s helmet and jacket! A great big thank you to the Cambridge fire service.

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Arts Festival

On Tuesday 2nd July, Queen Emma enjoyed an Arts Festival where all classes enjoyed a mix of art, English and musical activities. We had a great day (as you can see by the pictures below).

Nursery enjoyed a musical sessions with Rat-a-Tat and lots of outdoors activities. Reception and KS1 listened to local group Shake, Rattle and Roll who brought  a range of exciting musical instruments in. Year 1 also had an amazing morning working together to paint outside. Year 2 created some weird and wonderful magical potions and investigated ‘The Air we Breathe.’

KS2 enjoyed a musical performance from members of St John’s Choir. Year 3 also loved a recorder workshop and made beautiful natural clay faces. Year 4 decorated tiles with stunning Islamic patterns and Year 5 made origami to hang in school. Year 6 enjoyed a performance from The King’s Men at Queen Edith before making dreamcatchers.

Special thanks must go to volunteers from the community who came in to run some of the activities. It was greatly appreciated and the whole day was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

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KS2 Sports Day

We were very proud of all of our children in KS2 who took part in our sports afternoon on Friday 28th June. Everyone demonstrated great sportsmanship,determination and teamwork skills, which made it a very enjoyable afternoon for all.

Huge congratulations to Hawking house who were victorious with 775 points.

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KS1 Well-being Morning

As part of Well-being Wednesday in KS1, we have had a fantastic morning taking part in a variety of different sporting activities in order to look after our physical well-being. There were 6 different activities:

 

Obstacle course

Sprint

Parachute games

Balancing a ball on a racquet

Right on target! Throwing bean bags to a target

Water relay

 

Well done KS1 on a fantastic morning. You worked really well as a team
Thank you to the Year 6 Sports Leaders and the staff who helped make the morning run smoothly.

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Hoodwinked

What a wonderful show! Congratulations to Musical Theatre Club who entertained their friends and families with a wonderful performance of ‘Hoodwinked’ on Tuesday 4th June.

Year 1

Planting

As part of our ‘Food, glorious food’ topic, Year 1 have been busy bees! They have worked hard on their class gardens, planting lots of seedlings and keeping them watered! They have discovered putting mint leaves in drinking water makes it taste delicious, and it is very healthy! We look forward to watching and helping the garden grow.

Year 4

Cross Stitching

Year 4 are embarking on a cross stitching project this half term. We have designed a bookmark, and have just begun to practise the stitches we need to successfully complete it. It is all looking sew good!

Year 4

Line Graph Activities

The Year Fours have been busy using their maths skills in statistics to create line graphs based on activities they designed themselves. Fantastic effort!

Year 5

Ancient Egypt

In history, Year 5 have been learning about the timeline of the Ancient Egyptian civilisation; we were amazed to learn that it started in 3100 BC and ended in 30BC! Working as a class, we made a timeline starting from 3100 BC until modern day, which was 52 metres long! When we understood how to order the dates, we then made our own Egyptian timeline by working in groups. We look forward to the rest of the topic.

Year 5

African Masks

Year 5 have been busy creating their African masks as part of our D&T lessons. They started by sketching their chosen animal before creating the mask by building up layers of cardboard with papier-mâché. After the masks were created, the children painted them to produce the final affect. We had a great time creating our masks and the children should be very proud of their creations!

Year 5

Activities Week

The children in Year 5 had a fantastic opportunity to take part in a week of exciting activities!

Year 4

Inference

Inference skills were shared and practised in groups before trying them independently.

Year 4

I-Pad Animation

We have practised our I-Pad animation with some lovely results.

Year 4

Fractions and Decimals

Throughout last term we found ways to show equivalencies between fractions and decimals.

We used computers to consolidate our understanding of combining decimal numbers to make 1.

Year 4

Art

In art, we practised our parallel lines before attempting perspective art.

Year 2

Seeds

Penguin class got very messy exploring seeds during their science lesson. We learnt that all plants that have seeds are a fruit. Some fruits have internal seeds and others like strawberries have their seeds externally. We then planted some of these seeds. I wonder if any of them will grow in our country?

Year 5

Mini Enterprise

Year 5 completed their ‘Mini Enterprise’ topic with their biscuit making day. The children worked in their baking team and made the biscuits they had designed and planned using a very basic recipe. The children were very creative and the biscuits were very yummy! Once the biscuits were made, the children were able to sell their biscuits. After this, the children analysed and evaluated their products and suggested improvements. Well done Year 5.

Year 4

Robot Workshop

We put our understanding of computers into practise when we were visited by experts in robotics. In small groups, we constructed our robot, then coded it to make it move! An amazing morning!

Year 4

Maths

Year 4

Book Week

Year 4

Burglar Alarms

Year 1

Visit from the King and Queen

Year 1 children had a visit from the king and queen as an exciting introduction to our Castles topic.
Miss Barltrop and Mrs Rutter had to look after their horses outside while they talked to the children about different types of castle.

Year 4

Animation

In year four, we have been using Purple Mash to develop our own animation. Have a look at some of our creations!

Year 5

Maths Investigation

Today year 5 completed a maths investigation using multilink. The children had to work systematically to add different fractions together to make one whole. We had a great time adding fractions in a practical way.

Year 5

Zebra Bakery

The Zebra class bakery is officially open! The children are now in their baking teams and have chosen their own baking name and designed their logos. Here are their designs:

Reception

Penguins

Reception have been working hard in D&T this term. As part of their theme based on the book ‘Lost and Found’, the children were given a picture of a finished penguin as well as the steps that they could take to decorate them. The children then had the choice between following the design or making their own penguin. They were provided with a range of tools and materials to do this. The finished penguins looked fantastic. Well done everyone!

Year 1

Under The Sea Day

We had a fantastic day consolidating our learning about the zones of the ocean with a visiting expert called Stephen. He explained how scientists find out about the zones by travelling under the sea to different depths using special equipment. He also demonstrated the three zones using a bottle filled with liquids of different densities. We found out more amazing facts about the oceans and the creatures that live in the different zones. We also created a collage of the zones of the ocean.

Year 1

Place Value

We have been exploring place value up to 50 through lots of practical activities. We compared numbers using < and >; partitioned into tens and ones; and represented numbers on tens frames, with dienes and using Numicon. We have also used bead strings and hundred squares to help us show bigger numbers.

Year 1 have also been explaining our thinking and any patterns we can see – we have been very busy Mathematicians!

 

Year 4

Fractions

Year 2

Multiplication and Division

We have been learning about groups to help us to understand multiplication and division. First we made groups using objects like pasta and lollypop sticks, then we went to make the groups using house point counters in rows and columns to create arrays.

For example, 3 groups of 2 are 6. 2 groups of 3 are 6.
10 divided by 2, how many groups of 2 in 10?

Year 4

Financial Responsibilities

In year four we have focused on financial responsibilities. We can understand how people spend their money on different things, so we set a challenge for groups. They were to discuss and decide on some possibilities for what to spend £10 on. We had some very enthusiastic discussions! Well done all!

Reception

Winter Trees

In Reception, we have been talking about winter and thinking about changes that happen during this season. The children went outside and used chalk to draw winter trees, describing what they had drawn.

Reception

Melting

In Reception, we have been exploring melting and freezing. The children put white and milk chocolate into a bowl which was inside a bowl of hot water, stirring it until it had all melted. We then poured the melted chocolate into ice cube trays and put it in the freezer. The next day, we looked at the now solid chocolate and discussed what it had happened to it. The children really enjoyed eating it!

Reception

Ice

The animals were stuck in the ice! The children had to work out how to melt the ice to set the animals free. They melted the ice using warm water, salt and by holding it in their hands to warm it up.

Year 4

Story Maps

Year 3

Art

The year 3’s have been designing and creating a template for their clay pots before developing the clay model next week. Great work!

Year 4

Music

In music, we put into practise our understanding of the pentatonic scale by using just 5 notes to work out the tune for a song we had learnt. We then played it on the glockenspiels as the class sang along! What fun!

Year 4

The Golden Age of Islam

In year 4, we have been focusing on “The Golden Age of Islam.” Here, we have focused on the 5 pillars of Islam and what they mean.

Year 2

Art

The year 2’s were busy mixing colours to create different values; lighter colours were tints and darker ones were hues. We then shared our work and discussed it using our new art vocabulary! Fabulous work year 2’s!

Year 4

Art

Year 4

Maths

Our practical application of area had the year 4’s calculating tile squares down the corridor! Well done!

Year 2

Ice

Year 2 have spent a chilly lesson exploring ice. Things that we discovered and wanted answering were;

  • Ice can melt and turns slippery when handled. The warmth from our hands make the ice melt which turns the ice into water. This is a reversible change.
  • Ice shrinks when it melts.
  • Some of the ice was opaque and other pieces were transparent. Why is this?
  • Salt speeds up the melting process if put onto ice.
  • Some ice is bumpy and rough but it can also be smooth.

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Adapted Multi Sport Competition

Four children from our school took part in the annual Primary Adapted Multi Sport PLUS Competition which took place with school children from across the Cambridge & South Cambs School Sports Partnerships.

The morning was full of activity and excitement with children competing in pairs as they rotated around four different sports: Polybat, Boccia, Table Cricket and New Age Kurling. For many of the children this was their first experience of representing their school and taking part in competitive sport so the event was very much about the children having an enjoyable experience and trying out some new sports, with an element of competition added in. The points from each activity were added together to give each pair a total and determine the winners.

Year 4

Cricket

This half term the year 4’s are enjoying honing their skills in cricket. With the help of a coach, we are learning some techniques to help practise and understand the game a bit more. Well done!

Year 5

Flashback Stories

Having completed their flashback stories, the children worked in groups to act them out. They focused on some key aspects of drama, such as body language, voice projection, physical gestures and facial expressions.

Year 4

Music

The year 4’s have been learning about pentatonic scales and some songs with that in mind. In our initial lesson, we practised one such song and accompanied it with various instruments.

Year 5

Multiplication

Today year 5 worked collaboratively to create posters representing multiplication through build it, say it, write it and draw it!

 

Year 2

Fire Dance

Penguin class have been busy creating a dance based upon fire. We came up with a variety of movements that represented a burning ember, to a roaring fire and then slowly the fire dying out. We have also listened to the classical piece of music titled ‘Ritual Fire Dance’by Manuel da Falla basing our movements upon the dynamics of the music. Finally we used paper flames to help us with our movements. We can’t wait to perform it to another class!

Year 4

Calligraphy

We have started to think about the Golden Age of Islam.  By looking at art in Mosques, we spotted calligraphy as part of the decorative touches that can be found there.  We tried our own calligraphy by writing our names in Arabic!

Year 4

Factor Bugs

In maths, we took time to review multiplication facts, including factors of different numbers.  We complete “factor bugs” to help represent factors of these numbers.

When we finished factor bugs, we put our understanding into practise by playing a game designed to test us on our knowledge of the factors we discussed.

Year 4

English

In English, we used the picture book “Quest” to discuss our ideas of features of a quest story.  We shared our thoughts and created a list we then referred to throughout the week.

Year 4

I-Pad Challenges

We had the opportunity to use the ICT suite this week to look at coding within the Purple Mash programme.  At the end of the week we used what we learnt to complete I-Pad challenges.  Fantastic work!

Year 5

Flashback stories

Our new English unit is flashback stories and Year 5 had en exciting ‘hook’ lesson to get things started. Working with a partner, the children decided where each of the mysterious items had come from and the story that each item told. We shared some amazing ideas – from dragons guarding castles to hidden treasure beneath the desert!

Year 5

Maths

Year 5 have already been very busy in 2019, in our maths lessons. We have been learning to multiply using concrete resources (base 10 and place value counters) before moving on to the abstract calculation. The children always have access to the concrete resources should they need them.

Year 5

Space Day

Year 5 had a fantastic end to our topic with Space Day! During our day we tested our dexterity skills; worked on our teamwork; ensured we hand great hand-eye coordination and even landed some Mars Rovers! We finished the day with a talk from an astronomer Mathew and graduated from the Queen Emma Space Academy. We would like to thank the parents who helped the children with their costumes.

Year 5

88 Pianists

Year 5 had a terrific day with our visitors, 88 Pianists.  We learned a little bit about pulse and rhythm, before we constructed our own mechanism for playing a musical note.  Later, we explored our creativity when designing a unique way to play the piano.  We would like to thank our visitors from 88 Pianists for taking care of us and making our day so enjoyable!

Year 4

Atlases

We have used Atlases to help with understanding our own geographical area as well as those surrounding us.

Year 4

Quest Stories

We have been looking at Quest stories and developing our ideas through partner work and idea sharing.

Year 4

Calculation

Looking and noting the various methods for calculation and proving our ideas has helped when focusing on multiplication and division facts.

Year 4

Paper Mechanisms

Our paper mechanisms allowed us to design books based on our topic of study.  By practising first, we were able to create a spring mechanism, an open the flap example, and a pull and push model for our books.

Year 4

Performance

We used performance to develop tableaus based on Robert Falcon Scott’s Diary entries.  This helped us with our later writing.

Year 5

Space Poetry

In English the children have been performing space poetry as part of our poetry unit. The children agreed that it is important to practice reading poetry, as this develops our speech and acting skills. We had a great time thinking about expression and actions.

Reception

Christmas Show

The children worked really hard at preparing for the Christmas show and then performing it to the school and their parents. We are very proud of the way they learnt the Christmas story and sang a range of Christmas songs in the play. Well done Reception!

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Cross Country Championship

The children in KS2 had a fantastic morning at Netherhall taking part in the annual Cambridge CSSP Cross Country Championship! The key theme of this year’s event was ‘determination’ and the Queen Emma team certainly were determined! We were so proud of all who took part. We look forward to returning again next year!

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Football Tournament

Queen Emma entered their first ever football tournament this year. The children played extremely well together, demonstrated amazing support for each other and played fairly. All of which helped win the tournament! The children, parents and staff are all excited about progressing to the next stage of the competition.

Year 5

Maths

In Maths, the children developed their understanding of perimeter during a practical maths lesson outside! They took rulers and measuring wheels with them, to measure the perimeter of the school playground.

Year 5

Music

In music, the children have been focusing on songs based on the solar system. This week the children learnt the term ostinato (a repeating pattern). We then played the ostinato in the song ‘A Starry Night’ using the glockenspiels .

Year 5

Painting the Moon

As part of our topic, the children have been creating their own paintings of the moon. To do this, the children practised mixing black and white paint to make numerous shades of grey. The varying shades, were then used to create a detailed painting of the moon and its many craters.

Year 1

Aliens love underpants!

We enjoyed the story ‘Aliens Love Underpants’ but then something strange happened.
The pants we made went missing! We looked around the school and asked questions to find out information. We are going to write news articles about what’s happened using time openers.

Footprints and a pair of pants were found. There were a pair of pants in the bushes! Pegs that were dropped.

Year 1 searched for clues outside and investigators reported back information from the office staff and Miss Stubbs.

Year 2

Fairy Tale Maps

Penguin class have been exploring maps and will eventually make their own fairy tale map, relating to their topic of ‘Traditional Tales.’ The children looked at a variety of maps and discussed their similarities and differences. They also went on an epic journey on google maps, travelling all over the world and exploring far flung cities.

Reception

Bonfire Night

This week we have been talking about Bonfire Night. The children have enjoyed making their own fireworks using paint, chalks, crayons and even leaves!

Reception

Numicon

In Owl Class we have been practising recognising Numicon. Some of the children went on a hunt in the outdoor area to find the giant Numicon and place it in order from 1 to 10. We have also been looking at using Numicon to make different numbers, for example ‘4 and 2 make 6’ and ‘8 and 2 make 10’.

Year 2

Story Telling Afternoon

Year 2 invited parents and carers to come in for a story telling afternoon. There were lots of fun activities enjoyed.

Year 5

Building Structures

October

To kick start our year, Zebra class made the tallest structure they could, out of spaghetti and marshmallows. This enabled us to work on our team building skills and was a lot of fun!

Year 5

Maths

September

The children have been using the maths resources to create different numbers in our place value lessons. Even in year 5 it is important to use the resources available. These will always be accessible to the children in their lessons (should they need them).

 

Year 5

West Stow

September

Year 5 immersed themselves in their Ancient Britain topic with a visit to West Stow. We had an exciting morning exploring some reconstructed homes of Anglo-Saxons and in the afternoon, observed some ancient artefacts in the museum.

 

Nursery

Activity Days

Children in nursery enjoyed welcoming families into the nursery garden to enjoy our Activity Days. They enjoyed practising the activities and then leading the adults. We talked together about healthy eating and keeping healthy. The children made fruity flapjacks and enjoyed sharing them at the end of the session.

Thank you very much to all the parents and family members who came to join us. We all had a really great time and it was wonderful to spend time together.