Year 2 Blog

The Great Fire of London

The children in year 2 have been working extremely hard during the past 2 terms to build up their knowledge of the Great Fire of London. They have researched their own facts, both at home and in school, have written a non-chronological report about the event and are now working on a presentation that encompasses all of their knowledge.

The children worked in pairs to construct the fact that they wish to say and have worked on how they wish to present it. Lots have chosen to include actions which is amazing! We spoke about Oracy rules and looked at news presenters to gather inspiration. The children have rehearsed their fact in front of their group and in front of the class. They did very well and all showed great confidence and Oracy skills.

We can’t wait to video the presentation on Monday with the green screen!

Well done to all children in year 2- we are so very proud of you for taking pride in this project.

 


Year 1

St. Stephen’s Church

The children had a fantastic time walking to St. Stephen’s Church (despite it being mostly uphill). They enjoyed soaking up the sunshine and thinking about what they would learn.

When the children arrived at the church they had the opportunity to explore and search for symbols that they may not have seen before. After that, they were taught the meanings behind symbols and objects of the church and why they are important to Christians. This included the bible, the cross, the font, kneelers, candles, doves and many more.

The children were taught about different ways that Christians and other faiths pray to God. Then they were able to take time and pray themselves. They did this through song, dance and throwing balloons into the air. They enjoyed it very much and were very grateful to take their balloons home.

Mrs Lewis and I were incredibly impressed with how well behaved and well-mannered the children were throughout the trip. They were so respectful of others beliefs and listened very carefully. We would also like to say thank you to the parents/carers who joined us, we really appreciate it.

Keep working hard Year One, you’re doing amazing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Year 5

Year 5 kicked off our new topic with a bang on the first day back of term.  The children looked fantastic in their medieval costumes and made a huge effort with their homemade props!

 

 

We set the scene of our topic ‘Medieval Britain’ by randomly picking children to be higher in the hierarchy of the year group (Lord/Lady, Nobles, Knights and Pages). Children who were unlucky, were treated as peasants during our Medieval banquet: sitting on the floor, serving trenchers (a medieval snack) to their superiors and even cleaning up whilst the nobles stood and watched. The children tasted traditional gingerbread, stewed plums and Wensleydale cheese, which were all enjoyed back in the medieval period.

 

 

We then put our heraldry skills to the test where the children created their own shields with a medieval design, thinking carefully about the symbolism of colours, shapes and animals to suit their personality, family and achievements.

 

 

In the afternoon, the children thoroughly enjoyed apple bobbing on the field and being put in the stocks!

 

 

The topic has certainly got off to a bang and we have some exciting learning planned including working with Matt Jeanes on a visual timeline in the style of the Bayeux Tapestry and making a model of a trebuchet (war catapult).


Year 4 Blog

Year 4 blog

This term, Year 4’s topic is Ancient Civilisations. The children were lucky enough to take part in the first of two BANG days. Their first bang day introduced the children to the Ancient Greeks! They focused on the Olympics and made wreaths which the Olympians were awarded when the Olympics first began. In the afternoon, the children took part in a mini Olympics. All the children took part in one of the most popular events, the Pentathlon. They had a go at discus, javelin, long jump and running however we decided to leave wrestling to the Ancient Greeks! It was a fantastic start to our topic and we can’t wait to find out more.

 

Within Science, they have been looking at electricity. They discussed the dangers of electricity and how to be safe at home. The children had the opportunity to explore some electrical equipment and had to discover how to make a simple circuit. It was difficult without any instructions, but they all managed it in the end!

 

The children are looking forward to learning about the Ancient Egyptians next term and taking part in our second mini bang day.


STEM Week 2019

March 11th to the 15th saw a vast amount of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths happening across the school during our STEM week.  We had an influx of visitors, from engineers, scientists and graduate students, to highlight the wide variety of STEM subjects and their place in our world.  Here is what happened across the school…

EYFS

Our children enjoyed a packed week of science experiments, explorations and engineering challenges.  We observed forces and motion; investigated and observed how things work; designed and built constructions using a variety of materials and studied how light can be reflected. 

Throughout the course of the week, we were also lucky enough to be visited by parents and visitors in various fields of engineering such as medical device design and manufacturing and in aviation. Mini Professors took us on a journey through the solar system where we learned about the planets and created images of some stellar constellations. The MoD furthered our understanding about materials and shapes that float and sink and our week finished with a visit from the Halifax who created our own class bank, shop and encouraged our children to earn money as well as to save and spend carefully. The children all demonstrated enthusiasm and great thinking skills.

 

Year One

This week the children learnt all about the digestive system and exactly what happens inside our bodies. They also had the opportunity to work in teams to create boats and test them in water to see whether it would float or sink.  They have come up with many incredible inventions to enter in the young leaders competition. They have had lots of lovely experiences and practical opportunities. Pupils worked with an engineer who pulled apart a computer and showed them all the different components.   It’s been an amazing STEM week!

 

Year Two

Year 2 were visited by Wessex Water and were taught about what happens to things that we flush down the toilet and children learnt what we should and should not flush! We were also visited by Mr Chana who taught us all about computers and how to create simple circuits. He showed us a water dispenser that he made and we loved having a go with it. The workshop that we enjoyed the most was boat making where we designed and made a boat that we then tested to see if it would float. All of our boats floated and the leaders were very impressed with our designs and our teamwork.   We had a great week being engineers, scientists and mathematicians!

 

 

Year Three

During STEM week, Year 3 were very lucky to work with members of the MOD to design and build a ship that would float. They worked in teams and afterwards we tested what they had built.

We also had an assembly about climate and energy, where we learnt about how much electricity is used by everyday appliances. We then had a workshop where we used solar panels to generate power to move a propeller and made wind turbines.

Visitors from Airbus came and spoke to us too about the planes that they build, how they are put together and how they fly.

Throughout the week, we have been engineering a marble run as a whole school challenge. The children worked in small groups using trial and error to construct their marble run. Lots of grit and determination were needed.

Every child designed an invention for a problem that they wanted to solve. They also wrote a persuasive letter to attach with their design to send off for the Engineering Leaders Award.

To end the week, staff from Halifax came in and ran a workshop. They spoke to us about how to look after our money and think about things that we ‘need’ and those that we ‘want’.   A great week enjoyed by everyone.

Year Four

Year 4 embraced all experiences that STEM week had to offer! The children instantly were enthralled by the opportunity to become inventors and worked extremely hard from their original designs to sending a persuasive letter about their invention.

The children showed great enthusiasm when working with members of staff from the MOD. They considered the best shaped design for their boats when travelling through water at speed and/or carrying a heavy load. After making the boats and testing outside, they found most of their boats succeeded but they also learnt about how they can learn (as engineers) from a failed prototype. This was a great opportunity to mention growth mindset outside of the classroom.

Year 4 also had a visit from some renewable energy engineers and had the opportunity to test solar and wind power. Mole class were lucky enough to have a quick burst of sunlight through the clouds to power their buzzers, rather than just using a bright light. This was a brilliant experience to help their Science focus of Electricity next term.

Finally, the children had a visit from members of staff at Halifax and they impressed us with their knowledge of managing money. The children were involved in an activity which made them think of budgeting and implications of day to day life with spending, considering what is a necessity and what is a ‘treat’.

A BIG thank you to all visitors who worked with Year 4 – it is greatly appreciated!

 

Year Five

Year five had a magnificent STEM Week which included the following:

 

a brilliant trip to The Aerospace Museum to see concorde and build their own rockets; a visit from the UK Space Agency where they tested their reactions and tried on a space suit and a talk by Mr and Mrs Chana about their work as network engineers. We also loved the boat building challenge with the MoD and our money management workshop with the staff from The Halifax. The children really impressed us with their teamwork, problem solving skills and their ability to apply their science knowledge to real life. Well done all! 

 

Year Six

This STEM week has seen year 6 working with the MoD to build fan-powered boats; taking a trip to Unit DX (a science incubator) to take part in some experiments in a real laboratory; meeting a polar geochemist who conducts research in both the Arctic and Antarctica; learning about the human circulatory system and comparing the function of the human heart to that of other mammals (including observing the dissection of a lamb’s heart); and inventing a mechanical solution to a real-life problem to enter into the Young Engineers’ Leaders’ Awards, 2019. The children have worked brilliantly and demonstrated our excellent values whilst working with members of the public.


Arts Week 2019

Monday 11th February saw the start of the 6th annual Kings’ Forest Arts Week. This year’s theme was My Hometown and the signs were very encouraging with all the amazing homework that children had created in the weeks running up to the event. After a fun packed week, the celebrations concluded with a fantastic exhibition in the school hall, which, as in previous years, was very well attended.

 

As well as their own personal hometown landmarks, each year group was given an iconic Bristol landmark to study and at least one visiting artist to work with, so all of the children received a professional artist’s expertise to guide and inspire them. An exciting week was had by all!

 

Year R

The youngest children in the school worked with Mr. Jeanes to create a large 3D model of their landmark, Bristol Temple Meads, complete with turrets and a clock tower. They loved using mixed media to create a wonderfully textured collage. They also built a huge model train (named the KF Express of course!) which was painted a vivid red and tied in nicely with their transport theme. In addition, the children created some excellent collages of their own homes which looked brilliant displayed next to photographs of the buildings.

 

Year 1

Mouse and Rabbit Classes worked with illustrator Cai Burton to draw St Mary Redcliffe Church, which was their landmark this week. The huge illustration captured the grand, imposing nature of the building and the collaged layers were really effective. Year 1 also tried their hand at line drawing the building and adding a water-colour wash behind their lines to great effect. Finally, they made some colourful stained glass windows which replicated the windows at St Mary Redcliffe beautifully.

 

Year 2

Cai also visited Year 2 this week to create illustrations of the Clifton Suspension Bridge. The children used the basis of the structure to guide their pieces and then let their imaginations run wild, adding fantastic colours to their pieces.

Year 3

Bat and Deer class studied Blaise Castle this week and they were lucky enough to work with Sarah Edwards to weave a huge model of the building out of willow. The structure is set to be a semi-permanent feature around the school, so look out for it! They also learned some new needlework skills with visiting artist Alison Bingham and produced some beautiful work with her.

 

Year 4

Alison also got the needle and thread out in Year 4 this week and in addition they were treated to a ceramics lesson from Emma Wreyford. With Alison, Moles and Buzzards sewed the gates of Page Park and with Emma they made some wonderfully textured leaves out of clay, which were displayed creatively hanging from an actual tree! They also collaborated to create a 3D aerial view of the park, complete with buildings, trees and play equipment.

 

Year 5

Stoats and Adders studied Clifton Observatory this week. They worked with Cai Burton to combine illustration and watercolours. They also created a relief tile of their personal landmark which they painted. Year 5 also made models of the camera obscura (which is in the observatory) out of cardboard boxes and ‘painted’ some Bristol Blue Glass using plastic water bottles and marker pens.

 

Year 6

The oldest children in the school worked with Matt Jeanes to create a collaborative image of the SS Great Britain in a variety of media chosen by the children. They also explored texture with Emma Wreyford using clay to create ropes and moustaches, emulating items that could have been found on the iconic ship in its heyday.

 

Photography Masterclass

The photography masterclass exhibited some highlights of their work so far this year with Mr. McPherson. The new SLR cameras are really being out to good use and the progress the children have made is phenomenal. The stunning prints are in pride of place in the hall – go and have a peek!

 

Art with the wider Kings’ Forest community

In addition to all of the exciting art going on in classrooms all week, the wider school community has also been getting involved. Matt Jeanes ran a series of four evening classes for parents in which he taught life drawing, still life and caricature. The informal sessions were well attended and the standard of work was exceptional. There is talk of the evening classes continuing at the school in the future, so watch this space. Not only that, but Alison Bingham also ran two workshops for parents and children to come and create some beautiful prints together and the results were fabulous.

 

Thank you to everyone who came to support the exhibition – it was a huge success and we are sure you relished seeing the children’s work on display. You can see films about Arts Week 2019 on the school website here: https://www.kingsforestschool.co.uk/kings-forest-tv/

 

Enjoy!

Mr. Ivanovich


Girls Maths Morning

This week, we held a Girls Maths Workshop where mums, grandmothers and aunts were invited into school to take part in maths activities with their daughters, granddaughters and nieces. It was a great turnout with everyone getting involved.

Ms Keddie, Miss Timbrell, Miss Davis and Miss Cullimore ran mini workshops. Each teacher focussing on different year groups. They demonstrated how maths is taught and presented in each of the classes in our school. All of the adults that attended the workshop, worked alongside the girls completing maths activities; using different resources; representations and methods for working on addition and subtraction.

We want to take this opportunity to thank all of the mums, grandmothers and aunts who gave up their time to join us on Wednesday morning to work on maths tasks with their daughters, granddaughters and nieces in such a positive and supportive way.


Year 2 Blog

Last week Year 2 had a super trip out to the Clifton Suspension Bridge.

Hedgehogs were lucky enough to visit the Visitors Centre. They learnt all about how the bridge was made so strong and about the history of the bridge. They also read some interesting stories about its famous engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Hedgehogs really impressed the staff with their knowledge of Brunel and great enthusiasm.

We bravely walked across the bridge, enjoying the magnificent view and ticking off the sights we could see, such as the Avon Gorge and even Ashton Gate football stadium! The children showed great courage and positivity when walking across the very high bridge- they impressed us all.

In preparation for Arts Week, we had a go at sketching the suspension bridge from the viewpoint by the Clifton Observatory. This will help us as the famous Bristol landmark year 2 have been given is the bridge. It is almost like Miss Timbrell and Miss Ball planned it!?

Despite our excitement and the cold, we were all extremely well behaved and respectful to the other members of the public who were visiting the bridge and Visitors Centre.

 

A Happy New Year in EYFS

The children started the new year with great enthusiasm.  Our topic is Humans and Animals and we were lucky enough to watch The Snow Mouse at The Egg Theatre, Bath, which featured a young girl who befriended a little lost mouse.  The pupils were enchanted by the wintery landscape and the friendship and fun had by the main characters.  It was also our first time on the school’s minibuses and that was very exciting!

 

Focusing on the humans side of our topic, we have begun to think about people who help us in the community and the occupations that might present themselves in our futures.  The children all though about what they would like to be when they grow up.  We have budding artists, pop stars, vets, doctors, engineers, scientists and even racing car drivers in our midst.


Year 5 Blog

Possibilities Are Endless!

Year 5 have really impressed all of the teaching staff with their enthusiasm for our new topic Possibilities Are Endless, which is all about space. This week, they have been writing some fantastic sci-fi stories in which the Earth’s gravity has been affected by a mysterious force, causing everyday objects to float!

Our Bang Day last week was a huge success, with the children trying a variety of fun, space related activities for the first time. The first of these was building an air-propelled rocket using a drinks carton. The children enjoyed working out how to make the most aerodynamic design and how to propel it with the most force to win our ‘fly the furthest’ challenge.

Secondly, we made ‘canstellations’ which used a Pringles tube to represent star formations and could project them on the wall with the aid of a torch.

Finally, we entered the Explorerdome for an immersive journey around the Milky Way, learning about the planets and other celestial bodies in our solar system. The children showed off their considerable knowledge and asked our expert visitors some fantastic questions.

Still to come in this exciting topic is a visit to Aerospace Museum in March and next week we will begin filming our documentaries about the planets. Please check the KFPS TV page of the website for updates!

 


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