Year 6 Camp!

We had a brilliant week away on camp and the children took part in a huge range of activities. We had multiple compliments from the camp staff on the behaviour, manners and resilience of the children and we are so proud of what they all achieved.

Our favourite activities:

My favourite activity was the high ropes because there were different stages that you had to reach and at the end, there was a ‘leap of faith’ where you had to jump off of a platform and try to hit the red ball – Mimi

My favourite activity was gorge scrambling because it was fun to climb over the rocks and jump into the water – Ellie

My favourite activity was the night walk because I learnt a lot about Dartmoor and the nature that surrounded us. – Lyla

My favourite activity was kayaking because we got to do lots of mini games and some people fell into the water – Sam

Our funniest moments:

The funniest moment was during the room inspections when I dressed up and acted to try to earn extra points from Miss Elvin and Mrs Jordan. – Lucy

The funniest moment was when Mimi and Abby tipped me out of my kayak.  – Jack

The funniest moment was when Josie took her clothes out of the bathroom and managed to drop one of her socks down the toilet. – Sophie J

Our recommendations:

I would recommend camp because you get to try lots of new things and mix with different people from Year 6 – Leah.

I would recommend camp because you can spend lots of time with your friends and you can do things you have never had the chance to do before. – Bradley

I would recommend camp because you can make everlasting memories with your friends. – Alex

The Show:

This year’s show – Pirates of the Curry Bean –  is well underway and year 6 look forward to seeing you at one of the two performances for parents:

Tuesday 17th July at 6.30pm                                           Wednesday 18th July at 2pm

Please ensure that you have signed the consent for your child to take part in the evening performance – and let us know if you have any difficulties with transport on the night.


Reception Blog!

This week Reception have been re-planting their garden area. Children have helped plant lavender bushes to create a butterfly garden. Lots of children were really excited to use their senses to explore the plants; some were surprised to learn that mint is a plant and they all enjoyed rubbing the leaves and smelling all the different herbs and plants on offer. We have had lots of volunteers to help water the garden and keep our plants healthy. The children are excited to watch all the plants grow especially the baby fruit trees, we have had lots of guesses as to what they think they are going to grow!

 

Sadly this is our final blog this term. We just wanted to say that the children have worked so incredibly hard all year round and we wish them the very best of luck in Year One!


Year 5 Blog

Year 5 are continuing to work hard, after a brilliant Term 5. In the final week of term 5, the children wrote some superb diary entries from the perspective of Robin Hood and during a key part of his life as an outlaw. The first person writing really shows how well the children have embraced this topic, understand our class book and empathise with its main character. Have a listen to KFPS Radio next week to hear one great example – we certainly could’ve picked many more!

 

We have also been writing a non-fiction piece: an explanation text about trebuchets (medieval catapults). This is excellent preparation for our DT focus this term. The children will be designing, making and using their very own trebuchets!

 

Our visual timeline of medieval history (in the style of the Bayeux tapestry) is a work in progress and will be complete very soon. The children have worked extremely hard with Mr Jeanes to improve their human sketches and the steps from a basic frame to their medieval characters which depict ten famous (or infamous!) events of the period.

 

We’re looking forward to a jam packed sports week, including a trip to Broad Plain Boxercise and a greatly anticipated sports day. The children have chosen their events for the day and are looking forward to see which of the four houses will be most successful.

 

Our last blog post of the year cannot forget a BIG good luck to this lovely year group moving onto Year 6 in September!

 

 


Year 3 Blog

Year 3

In Year 3 this week, we have been continuing with our Roman’s topic. We learnt about life as a Roman slave and thought about what it would be like to be one. Each of us wrote a diary entry as a slave, including aspects that we had learnt as well as how they might have felt.

Later on in the week, we used our knowledge of life as a Roman soldier to conduct interviews to join the Roman army. We had to think about what makes a successful interviewee, as well as all the skills we have previously learnt in Oracy lessons. Such as: using eye contact, a clear voice, being prepared for the questions and answering coherently. The children enjoyed this task and completed it in character and used all of the new vocabulary.

 


Year 2 Blog

Firstly we want to start by saying how very proud we are of ALL the Year 2  children.  They have worked super hard over the past couple of weeks as we have been undertaking SAT’s tests (not that we let them know it was the official ones! They’re very used to taking these ‘quizzes’!)  It has been great to see all children trying their very best – what superstars!

A couple of weeks ago, as part of our ‘Fire, fire!’ topic we had a very exciting visit from the local fire service.  We want to share with you some pictures from the visit.

The children learnt exactly what it is that the fire service does, from putting out fires, to rescuing animals and offering home checks to see how fire safe houses are.  All children learnt what to do if they caught on fire (stop, drop and roll) and we all practised this on mats in the hall! The children loved being able to sit in the fire engine and explore all the equipment that they have on board the engines.  The most popular part was of course spraying water from the hoses!

We are currently very busy learning lots about the Great Fire of London – ask your child what they know about the Great Fire. I guarantee you’ll be impressed! We look forward to designing our own Stuart houses and having our very own Great Fire of London later on in the year.


Year 1 Blog

Science – Pushes and Pulls

This week we have been exploring forces in our science lessons.  We have learnt that to give an object motion you need to apply a force. This got us thinking, how could we make an object move faster or slower?

We experimented with the forces of push and pull by kicking balls, having a tug of war and pushing cars down ramps. To make the object move slower we used less force when pushing and pulling the object.  To make it move faster we used a greater force.  We observed that the greater the force, applied to an object, the further it will travel.

We had fantastic fun and learnt a lot about forces and motion.

 


Year 6 Blog

Year 6 Blog

Science

Within our science lessons this term, we have been exploring reversible and irreversible changes. We have learnt the theory behind this concept, thinking about the structure of the three states of matter: solids, liquids and gases. This week, we enjoyed a practical science lesson where we observed and completed a variety of investigations. One of the investigations that we particularly enjoyed was the mixing of diet coke (a carbonated drink) with mentos mints. The result was rather explosive!

SATs Preparation

We have continued working very hard in preparation for our SATs and have been completing revision to secure and revisit our understanding of a variety of concepts. It has been wonderful to see children who arrive in school before 8:45 completing extra maths revision in the mornings. It has also been great to see so many children embracing additional maths work at home through the use of our Rising Stars programme. We are setting the children ‘missions’ to complete as well as targeting specific tasks for their individual needs. We are very proud of their hard work and dedication towards reaching their targets. Please can we remind you of some useful resources and techniques which will enable you to support your child further with their revision at home:

  • Using the maths and grammar help sheet to test key knowledge (max 10 minutes per day)
  • Use the Rising Star maths programme
  • Practise and test children on the Year 5/6 key spellings
  • Completing all homework
  • Reading at least 3 times a week

Year 6 Performance

Prior to the Easter holidays, the children auditioned for a part in our end of year show: Pirates of the Curry Bean. We were extremely impressed with the children’s courage to audition in front of the rest of the Year group. We are now in the process of assigning speaking roles to the children and will soon be handing out scripts for them to learn. It is a very exciting time for the children to express their creativity and performance skills and we look forward to beginning our rehearsals once we have completed our SATs.

Key Dates for this term:

Wk Com 14th May SATs week
Friday 15th May SATs Reward Trip
Wednesday 23rd May Camp information meeting (6:30pm)
Wk Com 11th June Year 6 Camp
Tuesday 17th July Year 6 Performance (6:30pm)
Wednesday 18th July Year 6 Performance (2:00pm)
Wednesday 18th July Year 6 Leavers Disco
Friday 20th July Year 6 Leavers Assembly (9:30am)

Reception

This term our topic is ‘Traditional Tales’ and this week our storybook is ‘The Gingerbread Man’. We have been doing lots of fantastic writing in English lessons around the story including instruction writing, story writing and character descriptions. The story had enthused the children’s writing so much and it has been a delight to see.

In the afternoons we have had lots of fun doing different craft activities. The children have built multiple bridges using lego and sticklebricks to help get the gingerbread man cross the river. They have drawn gingerbread men, decorated gingerbread men and made gingerbread men buntings using all their craft skills. They have also explored measuring, mixing and making following instructions on how to make gingerbread men.

We have been discussing all the different ways that we could help save the gingerbread man from the fox at the end of the story and how we could help him cross the river instead. We decided it would be a good idea for the gingerbread man to be made out of a stronger biscuit. We had four different types of biscuits including rich tea, ginger nut, cookie and a chocolate digestive. The children made predictions on which biscuit they thought would be the strongest and why. We decided to test out their predictions and find out for certain which biscuit the gingerbread man should be made from. The children were very excited to find out the results. We found that the chocolate biscuit was the strongest because the chocolate held the biscuit together for the longest in water. The children were very surprised with the results and now know how to help the gingerbread man!

 

 


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.

 

 

 


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