Great LinksWhat's been happening, Year 1
In Science, Year 1 have been learning about the human body. We identified the different parts and then we drew and labelled our own drawings of a human body. We shared vocabulary and thought about how we use the different parts of our body. We also thought about how our senses are used together.What's been happening, Year 6
Music with ukuleles. We all had a go at a few simple notes. We also recognised the need to tune our instruments. We may try that next time!What's been happening, Year 5
We worked together to calculate how many bricks would be needed to make pyramids of different heights. We initially used cubes to help us construct the pyramids. Some of us soon started to spot patterns and realised that we could calculate how many cubes would be needed for a pyramid of any given height using our knowledge of squared numbers and calculation.What's been happening, Year 5
We spent a fun afternoon at Clip’n’Climb challenging ourselves to reach the top of as many of the walls as we could. Some of us were even brave enough to try the Stairway to Heaven and the Death Slide.What's been happening, Year 5
Year 5 had lots of fun taking part in archery and the junk orchestra. It was great learning how to improve our aim to try and hit some balloons on the target. We loved experimenting with all the different instruments created from junk to play a range of rhythms. Some of us even had a go at being the conductor.What's been happening, Year 1
Year 1 really enjoyed the exciting ‘Traditional Tales’ drama workshop sessions with the Spinning Wheel Theatre Company. We had fun thinking about the key elements needed for a traditional tale and how those pieces are put together to make a story. The children worked in small groups to create their own traditional tales using the key parts and developed them as freeze frames to perform to each other. They also explored how to use their bodies to show what the different characters were like. The workshops were a physical and engaging way of recapping and celebrating the work that the children have done in English so far this half-term.What's been happening, Year 1
Traditional Tales Day
Year 1 had a fantastic time reading out their own imaginative versions of The Three Billy Goats to the class and they enjoying being dressed as a character from tales that we love!What's been happening, Year 1
Year 1 have had a wonderfully creative time using Peta Boyce, an Australian wildlife artist, as an inspiration for our watercolour paintings of birds. As part of ‘Nature Explorer’ topic, we looked at the birds that we find locally and made observational drawings. Then we used watercolours to bring them to life.
We have loved finding out the names of the birds that we see around us!
In Maths, we have been learning how to double numbers by using Numicon. We have learnt that when we double a number we are adding the same number again. For example, double 3 is the same as 3 + 3.
Year One, have been busy learning about arrays! We have learnt that an array is an arrangement of objects or pictures that help us with multiplication.What's been happening, Year 6
In RE, we discussed what Christians believe about Jesus entering Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. We then made our own palm leaves and acted out a parade with people waving palms.What's been happening, Year 1
In D&T, we had to design a castle with a moving drawbridge for the Queen! To begin the unit, we planned our design and included the features of a castle, for example the battlements and the arrow slits. We then discussed how we could make a moving drawbridge by using a simple lever mechanism and then we made our castles using recyclable materials. Finally, we evaluated our castles and wrote about what we liked and what we could change next time.What's been happening, Year 1
In Maths, we have been learning to weigh different objects using balance scales. We had fun comparing the weight of different objects and discussing which objects were lighter or heavier.What's been happening, Year 6
Focusing on the style of Escher, we have looked to create perspective with 3D models by just cutting and folding paper. Origamic Architect Masahiro Chatani inspired these models.
We used written ideas as well as constructed models to understand the concept of area. We began with quadrilateral shapes and then proceeded to triangles. Well done!
We worked together in English, to identify the writing elements of an English persuasive text. As a pair, and then as a group, we were able to discuss punctuation, grammar and vocabulary we would need to elevate our own writing. In grammar we focused on our use of modal verbs, and recognising them in sentences. We then were able to apply our understanding to persuasive texts.
The Galapagos Finches have adapted to their environment as a result of food collection. Beak changes were necessary for food collection and survival of the species. We tested out some possible “beaks” and the food we were able to collect.
Adaptation has been the focus for spring 2 term. We have looked at how some native moths have changed in response to environmental pollution. The speckled colouration has provided more camouflage resulting in a higher survival rate for those moths compared to white ones. Using newspaper and plain white paper, we observed the differences and importance of this adaptation.
We observed changes in our long-term science experiment on microorganisms. Using different variables of light and moisture, the results were very colourful!
In maths, we have been learning to accurately measure the length of different objects by using rulers, meter rules and trundle wheels. We had fun measuring different items outside of the classroom and we loved using the new equipment!
Reception explored the story ‘The Little Red Hen’. The children worked together to make bread just like the Little Red Hen, following instructions to mix all of the ingredients together before creating little rolls, which they thoroughly enjoyed eating once baked!
We reflected on why we study RE, and the children suggested the idea of respect as a primary reason. We then had a go at drawing our impression of Jesus, knowing there are few descriptions of him.
During our PE lessons, we have been learning about the Haka. We watched some videos of it being performed and then tried recreating it in small groups. We worked hard to make sure we were in unison and that we looked as scary as possible. Once our routines had been perfected, we had two groups perform at the same time to see who the most intimidating.What's been happening, Year 5
In RE, we had a discussion about rules. We thought about why they are needed and which we feel are important. We also had an interesting discussion about rules we wish we didn’t have to follow. After, we learnt about the 10 Commandments. We discussed what these all mean and then reflected on which we thought might be the most important for people to follow and why.What's been happening, Year 4
We created a spinning colour wheel to test the properties of colour and light. We based our conclusions on Newton’s observations of prisms and the colour spectrum.What's been happening, Year 6
In French, we looked at different sports we play as hobbies. We then sorted them into “Je joue” (I play), or “Je fait” (I do) based on each sport. Practising answering questions based on these hobbies was a challenge but we all had a go! Well done to all!What's been happening, Year 6
We have completed some coding in Purple Mash. Well done to those who found fun characters to use and commands to give each one.Reception, What's been happening
In Reception, we have begun exploring how to ‘Be Proactive’ – the first of the 7 Learning Habits. We talked about how we can be proactive at school and how to be leaders in our own lives being kind, helpful, gentle, by listening and remembering to use our manners. We also talked about how to be leaders and proactive by thinking about what we need when we set out to do something. We practised this by going on a walk outside, leaving it up to the children to decide what they needed – clipboards, paper, buckets, pencils and the iPad. We stood back while the children gathered items, took photos, drew pictures and made lists to record what they had found while exploring outside. Some of them forgot pencils but luckily one of the children had been extra proactive and brought a number of pencils!What's been happening, Year 2
Year 2 have been looking at what makes them unique in our unit of work family and friends . We looked at snowflakes and thumbprints . The children designed their own thumbprint with elements of what makes them special and unique which they loved !What's been happening, Year 3
In Year 3, the children have been discussing friendships and what makes a good friend. As a class, we talked about the importance of friendship and described our friends as people we can trust and rely on. The children created posters to display their friendships.What's been happening, Year 1
Year 1 children have been exploring place value to 10, using the part-whole model and comparing numbers using <, > and =. We have also started to explore number bonds of numbers to 10 and fact families in addition. Plus, we found out that addition is commutative! We are enjoying investigations from Nrich too. The one entitled ‘Two Dice’ was great fun to try with a partner. We were challenged to try to find out all the possible solutions at home!Reception, What's been happening
In Reception, we have been busy learning the rules of counting, including counting in order, assigning one number to each object and that the final number is how many.
We have also been exploring the numbers 1, 2, 3 and 4, showing them on a 5-frame, ordering them and matching the correct numeral to each amount.
The children have also looked at matching items and grouping by similarities.What's been happening, Year 1
Year 1 have enjoyed thinking about what is special about them by designing a T-shirt to represent themselves and their skills. They have also been identifying a new skill that they would like to develop before moving up to Year 2. Some children wanted to learn a new sport like karate and others were keen to improve their reading or Maths skills. It was a lovely opportunity to share our goals for the future!What's been happening, Year 1
Night and Day
We observed what happens at day and night. We learnt that one day on Earth is a full spin of the Earth on its axis, one month is the time it takes the Moon to orbit around the Earth and the orbit of the Earth around the Sun is one year. Working in groups, we acted this out by taking it in turns to be the Earth, Sun and Moon.What's been happening, Year 6
Year 6 have been working on poetry in their English work. The children have planned well and used lots ideas from each other’s work to write war time poems. The unit linked superbly to Remembrance Day where the children made their own version of poppies whilst reflecting on the men and women who fell throughout war.What's been happening, Year 6
The year sixes have been reviewing fractions in Maths. We’ve shown values with models, mixed numbers and improper fraction equalities.What's been happening, Year 6
Year 6 have been recapping their knowledge of coding using Purple Mash. The children used a coding app ‘Free Code Gorilla’ to make a character (sprite) move, within a time scale and by scoring points. By the end of the unit the children will: plan and create a program using variables to achieve a desired effect. They will then move onto ‘Debugging.’What's been happening, Year 6
In year 6 our topic on WWII has allowed us to use a variety of research materials. Here, we used our geographic skills to locate the allied and axis countries involved in the war.
The persuasive model text needed to be highlighted in year 6. In partners we looked for and discussed persuasive writing elements, high-level punctuation, topic-specific vocabulary and grammar points already covered this year. Well done!What's been happening, Year 6
Our year 6 dance skills have been highlighted with the challenge from Cambridgeshire! We have also been preparing for our “daily mile” by warming up beforehand!What's been happening, Year 6
Art has focused on the artist Henry Moore in year 6. Shading and highlighting on only a few focused items in the pictures, help create visual interest.
Remembrance Day reflection included moments of silence and creating poppies symbolising the blood shed with our red poppy, and white to reflect our hope for continued peace.What's been happening, Year 3
Our tribute for Remembrance Day.
What's been happening, Year 1
In science, we have been learning about the planets in our solar system. We discussed the difference in their sizes by comparing them to fruit! We then discussed the colours of the different planets. Using a template, we coloured and labelled the planets of the solar system and put them in order.What's been happening, Year 1
Year 1 children had fun creating firework Art using straws and paint. We watched some clips of fireworks to spark our imagination and then had to be careful when using the straws to blow the paint.What's been happening, Year 6
In Year 6 we started our Electricity Science unit by making a circuit using batteries, bulbs, buzzers, switches and motors. The class had very little instructions so really had to ‘Synergize’ and ‘Begin with the End in Mind’ in order to create a working circuit. Obviously, there were many circuits that needed adjustments, as they didn’t work first time, so they had to also problem solve in order to make the circuit work.
Fantastic perseverance Year 6!
Year 2 have had an exciting half term in English making up their own journey stories based on ‘ The way back home’ . We looked at a range of journey stories and found what the features were of this type of story .The children learnt what an expanded noun phrase was and then used these to describe the characters they had made up for their own stories. They learnt the story map off by heart and added actions, which they loved performing . The children then became authors and wrote their own story using their new story map and new characters.
Reception, What's been happening
Reception have been exploring the story ‘The Little Red Hen’. The children worked together to make bread just like the Little Red Hen, following instructions to mix all of the ingredients together before creating little rolls, which they thoroughly enjoyed eating once baked!
We investigated light in year 6, and discussed the idea of refraction. We conducted an experiment to show how light slows and bends through a glass of water, and what happens to objects on the other side as a result.What's been happening, Year 3
We have been working hard as mathematicians, learning all about place value and how to partition numbers into different combinations of tens and ones. They have also been revising their number patterns within and to 10 and learning how to apply this to the number patterns within and to 20.What's been happening, Year 2
Year 2 have used their art skills to tell us more about themselves.What's been happening, Year 2
Year 2 used their art skills to draw the Scottish national flag, the thistle.What's been happening, Year 6
Outside during our PE, we enjoyed some distanced invasion sports, before taking a mindful break!What's been happening, Year 6
In Science, we examined objects through a coloured filter, and identified their properties. We used this information to help understand how the filters allow some of the light spectrum through, but not all. Fascinating!Year 1
In Art, we have been creating self-portraits. First we drew the outline of ourselves by carefully observing and copying our features using a mirror. Then we completed our portraits by mixing different colours together to match the correct colours for our skin, hair and eyes. We also tried hard to stay inside the lines! You might want to come and see our paintings which will be hanging in our classroom windows.Year 5
Students learned about and designed their own Anglo-Saxon villages. They also made woven crafts inspired by Anglo-Saxon artisans. Year 5 then learned about the Vikings! We had a good time designing our own Viking ships and learned about the brutal Lindisfarne raid in 793 AD. Both classes submitted wonderful homework related to our topic! Well done, Zebra and Giraffe Class!Year 5
We had an interesting class discussion around the question ‘What is religion?’. We shared our ideas and listened to each other carefully and respectfully. We then created religion wordles which contain all the words we think of when we hear the word ‘religion’.Year 2
Polar Bear Class have had a busy term learning all about the countries that make up the United Kingdom, their capital cities and compass directions. They wrote their own information reports on England and published these:Year 3
In our Topic lessons we have been learning about our local area. Here the children are creating a map of their local area, turning a satellite view of our school into a sketch map.Year 1
Year 1 have been investigating which materials are waterproof because Traction Man wanted a new outfit to swim in. Exploring the various materials helped us to make predictions about which materials would be waterproof.
We then planned our experiment. We carefully wrapped a doll in one material at a time (paper, tin foil, rubber and plastic), before pouring water over it. We found that tin foil, plastic and rubber were waterproof because the materials have tight bonds. Traction Man was excited to find out which materials would keep him dry!
We continued our investigations into more materials and thought about why they are suitable for their use. For example, metal for radiators, plastic for Lego and glass for windows. We are really excited about different materials and their properties!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
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
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
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.Year 3
Magic Box Poems
In Year 3 Macaw class had a go at filming their own videos using the ‘Clips’ app on the IPads. We used different filters and effects on some of our videos and filmed our own poems based on ‘The Magic Box’ by Kit Wright. We wrote our poems so that they were filled with memories from the past and interesting images using adjectives, verbs, adverbs and similes to make them as descriptive as we could. Hopefully they will give you an image in your head of some lovely times! We realised that we had to speak loudly and hold the IPad still to make a really good video, so there will be lots of our learning that we can use next time to improve them even more!
This term the children in Toucan class have been writing poems all about their very own imaginary boxes. The class worked in pairs to identify the different senses shown in Kit Wright’s ‘The Magic Box’.Year 3
Leo used the IPad app Lightbot hour to work his way through the grid and light up the square! He showed his debugging skills throughout.
Jaguar Class have been focusing on speed when recalling times table facts up to 12. The children have started to challenge each other using Times Table Rock Stars and are enjoying sharing their achievements.Year 1
This week, we have completed our first D&T unit. In D&T 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 can move. Finally, we evaluated our them and wrote about what we liked and what we could change next time. Well done Year 1!Year 6
In Science the children worked in groups to create a human model to show how light enables us to see. They used wool to symbolise a ray of light, members of their group acted as a light source and an object. They held the wool to demonstrate how the light travels from the source to the object and then their eyes. Finally they presented their work to the class.Year 5
This week we learnt about Vikings Long Ships. We looked at how they were made and the distances they were able to travel. It was fascinating watching a video that showed a replica Viking Ship being rowed down a river and then carried across land. We then drew our own ships and labelled the key features.Nursery
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.Year 6
During our Science lesson, we demonstrated the principle of how we see objects.Year 6
We focused on Paul Nash and his WWII art, to select colours represented in his art, and practise some sketching and painting techniques.Year 6
We have great ideas about Maths and are keen to show our methods! Partitioning, column method and grids have all helped prove what we know.Year 6
During our topic work, we looked at the science behind periscopes and together, used a template to create our own.
In maths, we have been learning how to use a number line. We can now count forwards and backwards from a given number when using the number line. To consolidate our learning, we have played a game where we had to count how many jumps we needed to get to the number ten.
In maths, we have been representing number to ten using the multilink. We have enjoyed counting and we can’t wait to start comparing numbers.
We have been starting each day with ‘busy fingers’. Each morning, we have a range of activities for the children to complete to improve their fine motor skills. The children have loved developing their fine motor skills!
Autumn Term – Welcome Videos – How to Enter School!
Please follow the guidelines in the video below for your year group to enter school following our new system…