Year 5

Year 5 ended term 4 with a special visit from Andy Kuh (who works for the Space Agency). The children had a chance to ask some excellent questions and learn more about what happens behind the scenes at space missions. We even had chance to explore “soil from Mars” to find out if there was any signs of life. Even though some children were convinced, we told them it was only sand from the sandpit mixed with yeast!

We started our new 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 feast: sitting on the floor, serving trencher (a medieval snack) to their superiors and even cleaning up whilst the nobles stood and watched.

They all created their own shields and flags with a medieval design before playing invasion games, quoits, orange bobbing and finally being put in the stocks!

The topic has certainly got off to a bang and we have some exciting learning planned – a visit from a local historian, 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 applause

What a busy final week we’ve had here in Year 4! We’ve spent the last few days building up to our topic applause by being active for Sports Relief, building bee boxes and finally visiting Wild Place.

Our Survival topic over the past two terms has enabled us to learn all about animals and how they adapt to their wild habitats, so what better way than show off our knowledge than visiting a Wild Place haven?! We took part in a workshop all about giraffes and how they have adapted to suit their Savanna habitat. Did you know a giraffe’s tongue is black so that it doesn’t get sunburnt? We do. As well as learning all about the giraffes, we were able to get up close and personal with some Madagascan Hissing Cockroaches (yes, this means we held them… yuck!) Finally, we were able to explore all the other amazing animals that Wild Place helps such as wolves, lemurs, okapi and baboons.

It’s not only outside of school that we have been showing off our amazing knowledge, but inside the school too. Protecting the globe plays a huge part in the topic of Survival and so do BEES. Yes, bumble bees are important. They help pollinate the flowers that give us oxygen. However, bees are slowly becoming more rare. Don’t panic because Year 4 are on the case! We have been building our own bee boxes (with the help of Mr Marshall) and they are looking ‘bee-utiful.’ We’ve measured, sawn and even hammered the nails in to construct a house fit for the Queen Bee herself. Take a look.

 

 

 


Year 3 trip

On our school trip, we went to Redwood Outdoor Learning Centre.

 

 

When we arrived, we put our wellies on and had a snack. After, we spilt up into our classes. Deer walked, jumped, ran or hopped down to the tree trunks and Bat squelched through the mud to the benches. We had a safety talk with the leaders. We learnt ‘No pick, no lick, careful with a stick’. This meant, don’t pick any flowers or berries, don’t lick your hands after picking things up and carry sticks carefully using the stick lid (you place your thumb on top of the stick).

Bat walked through the forest, while they walked they saw some toads. Then they ran down to a gate and back again in the mud. It was very slippery.

Most of Deer class ran up to the forest from the tree trunks. Then we stopped and we looked up at an oak tree which had acorns on. We searched the ground for other acorns.

 

 

Walking through the forest, we found a deer antler, a bug house with baby woodlouse, fungus, a badger skull and leg bone, a bird’s nest with egg shell in it, catkins, some rabbits hopping around, two buzzards and some worms. We learnt what people in the Stone Age would have used these items for.

In the forest, we made tepees and houses using long branches which we found on the floor. Deer had to watch out for the ‘swamp of doom’ which was a really muddy part of the forest. While we were building, we found lots of different plants and bugs. We were very good at remembering our new rule for the forest. We all managed to fit inside our Stone Age homes.

 

 

At lunch time some of us found some fossils and crystals in the stones on the floor.

After lunch, we followed the windy path back in to the forest and learnt how Stone Age people would have made fire. We made our own fire and followed all of the safety rules that we were given.

 

 

We put some marshmallows on the end of a stick then put them in the fire until they were toasted. We had to count to 10 to make sure they were cool then we ate them, most of us thought they were scrumptious! Once we had finished, we put water on the fire because otherwise, the fire might burn down the forest.

 

 

After a very long day full of fun and mud, we thanked the leaders before getting on the bus to go back to school.

 

“It was an amazing day because we got to build Stone Age houses.” Lily

“The activities were super fun and the marshmallows were super yummy.” Evie

“I enjoyed squelching in the mud because it was fun hearing the noise.” Oliver

“I liked getting stuck in the mud because it was sticky and fun.” Logan B

“It was cool that you could see a deer’s antler and a nest with an egg shell in it.” Flora

“It was super fun because the marshmallows were super yummy and creamy inside.” Peter


Year 2 Blog

This term in Year 2 we have been learning about animals and their habitats in science. This week we really enjoyed investigating real fish. We had 30 of them to study! We then used our scientific skills to draw and label them whilst learning about how they are adapted to suit their environment.

 

 

 


World book day in Year 1!

We had a fantastic time dressing up as our favourite characters on World Book Day.  We shared some of our favourite stories and discussed what we loved about our favourite books.  A wonderful day, despite the falling snow and disruption!

 

 

 

 

 

 


Reception

This week we have been learning about Chinese Year and how it is celebrated. We found out which zodiac animals the children and teachers are. They seemed very interested in the culture and enjoyed the activities.
The children tasted some Chinese food including rice, sweet and sour sauce and prawn crackers. They did so well trying the food even when they didn’t enjoy it! They have absolutely loved Chinese dragon dancing!

 

 


Arts Week Blog

Last Monday saw the beginning of the 5th annual Kings’ Forest Arts Week. This year’s theme was The History of Art and it all tied in beautifully with our celebrations of ten years of Kings’ Forest Primary School. The week came to a creative crescendo on Friday with the first ever Kings’ Forest Arts Trail being held all over school. Thank you to everyone who came along to see the art and helped make it such a success.

 

 

Hare Class

In Hare Class, the children have been learning about emotions and how they affect us. They made some fantastic salt dough sculptures, practised their photography skills and made cardboard collages showing different feelings. Great work!

 

 

Year R

The youngest children in the school excelled themselves last week by showing their creative side. They researched the early 20th century art movement Fauvism, which features vivid images made up of bright, exaggerated colours. They created Matisse inspired mobiles and they showcased their newly found cutting skills on a wonderful number ten made out of cut outs of their hands!

 

Year 1

The reign of Queen Victoria is part of Year 1’s topic this term, so they studied the Victorian’s love of portraiture by having their photograph taken – no a smiling allowed! They then drew realistic illustrations of their friends’ pics. The whoile year group showed their amazing growth mindset while learning to draw oval shapes for their faces.

 

Year 2

In Year 2, they researched Vincent Van Gogh and painted their own fantastic versions of his famous piece Starry Night. The painting skills on show were really impressive and the children were rightly proud of what they produced. It goes to show what can be achieved with perseverance when learning new skills. Their number ten was also a masterpiece – covered in sunflowers in homage to Vincent.

 

Year 3

Bat and Deer class took their audience on a trip way back in time to Stone Age Britain. Their exploits included some beautiful cave paintings on cave walls that they had created using papier mache. They also painted some wonderful sunsets behind the silhouette of Stone Henge.

 

Year 4

Miss McCusker and Miss Spencer’s classes looked at the culture of the Australian Aborigines, whose art is the oldest to still be created in the same way now, dating back to 70,000 BC! The children sculpted some impressive spirit animals from clay, experimented with pointelism paintings and recited their very own Haiku poems on film.

 

Year 5

Stoat and Adder classes learned about Pop Art this week and how it revolutionized art in the 1950s and 1960s. They took their time to hone realistic line drawings of an everyday object that meant something to them. After several attempts which saw much improvement, these original pieces were used to create paintings and digital art inspired by Andy Warhol and drawings in the style of Brazilian contemporary pop artist Romero Britto.

 

Year 6

The oldest children in the school took a dip into the bizarre world of Salvador Dali and his fellow surrealists, whose artworks first graced galleries in the 1920s. The children studied the style before embarking on their own journey into the unusual, creating strong images with pencils and felt tips. Their 10th birthday piece featured a 3D model of a tree and a ‘melted clock’ in the style of Salvador himself.

 

 

Thank you to everyone who came to support the Arts Trail – it was a huge success and we hope you enjoyed seeing the children’s work on display in their own classrooms and answering the quiz questions as you went around the building. If you missed any of the class films, many of them are on the school website at: https://www.kingsforestschool.co.uk/kings-forest-tv/

 

Enjoy!

 

Mr. Ivanovich

 

 

 

 


Year 6 Blog

We are still studying Shackleton’s ill-fated expedition to Antarctica in our ‘Endurance’ topic and have spent most of our writing lessons this term on producing a journey tale – we have sent our poor sailors into all kinds of testing circumstances. Next term we will try our hands at non-fiction writing with articles based on the expedition and using a range of formality to write diary entries from different members of Shackleton’s Endurance crew.

On the subject of ships, we are very much looking forward to our trip on The Matthew in Bristol harbour to celebrate all our hard work in this topic and to experience life on-board and the history of sailing adventure from Bristol.

 

 

This term we have started to earn our stamps for our reward trip at the end of SATs week. We need to collect 30 stamps in total: 10 from our reading homework, 10 from completing our maths and spelling homework and the final 10 are ‘WOW ME’ stamps where we have to do something outstanding – either work, behaviour or effort. We are showing that we can make consistent, excellent effort between now and when we take our SATs.

 

Next week is Arts Week where we will be studying the work of surrealist artists such as Dali, Magritte, Picasso and Miró. Our piece to celebrate Kings’ Forest’s 10 year anniversary will be based on Salvador Dali’s famous work ‘Persistence Of Memory’. Make sure you check out our work on the Arts Trail next week!

 

 

 

 


Term 3 excitement in Year 5

Year 5 had a brilliant bang day at the beginning of this term and the excitement for the topic has not stopped! After building our own mini rockets, learning the planets in Spanish and using pringles tubes to create our own constellations Year 5 were certainly keen to know more about space.

 

 

‘Possibilities are Endless’ topic is engaging Year 5 completely as they have completed some brilliant explanation texts about the moon and some VERY persuasive radio advertisements for humans to ‘Move to Mars’ using the amazing equipment we have within school.

During PSHE, we were fortunate enough to have NSPCC complete a workshop with both year 5 and 6. It was within the safe spaces of our classroom and children were able to learn about what NSPCC does, how they help children all over Britain and to know we have the trusted adults around us who can help. All the children were really respectful during the workshop – we were proud of you all.

 

 

Unfortunately, our stargazing live after school opportunity was cancelled (95% cloud cover isn’t very helpful for stargazing!), however it has been rescheduled – fingers crossed for the weather! To finish off the term Year 5 have been working extremely hard on their handwriting, presentation and are completing beautiful pieces of work across their books. Keep it up!


Creativity in Year 4.

Who knew learning could be so creative? Well, Year 4 do! As well as being our usual genius selves we have been experimenting with our artistic talents (with the expert help of Mr Jeanes) in both Art and Maths.

We have been learning all about the artist M.C Escher and how he uses mathematical patterns in his artwork. Mr Jeanes has been teaching us how to draw realistic birds and fish to replicate the artwork of Escher. We have enjoyed perfecting our drawings so much, that soon we will be using our designs to create a printing block that will be used to construct our own tessellation pieces.  Not only have we been flaunting our artistic talents off in Art but it seems Escher has rubbed off on us, as we have been exploring the use of practical resources in Maths too!  Over the past couple of weeks we have been looking at shape and angles. In order to demonstrate our knowledge of angles we have made our very own acute, obtuse and right angles. It was so much fun testing our partners on the angle names! We can identify angles easily now. Go on, TEST US… we dare you!

 

 

 

 


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