We have a wonderful winter term in Reception so far. We worked so hard to put together our Nativity and we are so proud of our performances. We’ve achieved so much this term by working really hard in English and Maths. We also loved having our friends and family in for a Christmas morning.
By Oliver Carver and Millie Thomas-Avent
Christmas Craft Fun!
Fox and Owl Class Nativity 2017
This week year 6 were visited by the Betty Bus – a touring workshop (on a double-decker bus) which aims to promote understanding and empathy around the topic of periods.
We were very impressed by the mature way in which all the children took part in each session, the quality of the questions they asked and the understanding that they showed. More aspects of our SRE topic were taught during the week and will be revisited by the end of the year. The Betty Bus team emailed the school, praising the children for their excellent behaviour – thank you Year 6!
It has been wonderful to see so many of our year six children attending the extra learning sessions which have organised especially for them, including before and after school sessions where children have had the chance to further practise and hone their skills in maths and reading in preparation for the SATs in May. Those children who have been attending regularly have seen an impact in their confidence in lessons and are finding that they can move their learning on much more quickly – fantastic!
In two weeks, year 6 will be taking part in the annual carol concert at Clifton Cathedral, where we will join with other schools to celebrate Christmas and start to get in the festive mood!
In science the children have been exploring which makes a better battery – a lemon or a potato! They have had to apply their knowledge of simple electrical circuits and electrical current to analyse in order to reach a conclusion.
Well done Year 6 for all your superb hard work this term – your narrative writing was outstanding and your commitment to achieving your absolute best really showed in your final pieces. Keep up the hard work!
Year 5 have been involved in many practical science experiments this term, involving dissolving sodium chloride (salt) and sucrose (sugar) and even dying t-shirts using blueberries, which was inspired by the Native Americans who we are studying! This has enabled us to further develop our scientific knowledge and understanding of conducting fair tests.
In our topic lessons, Year 5 have been focusing on blues music (including influence on modern day music from this time period) and David Hockney’s paintings and his use of colour and perspective. Our trip to the Watershed Cinema to watch the documentary Landfill Harmonic was truly inspirational. The children enjoyed learning about a Paraguayan orchestra who shot to international fame playing instruments made from recycled materials. They used this as the subject for fantastic discussions in their Oracy lesson this week.
What a busy term we’ve had so far! Alongside our everyday learning, we have been planning and carrying out different investigations within Maths and Science.
We have been using our Science topic of Sound to investigate changing the pitch and frequency of an instrument. After discovering what pitch was (how high or low a sound is) we made our own kazoos out of ordinary drinking straws! Did you know the shorter you cut your straw the higher the note produced? WE DO!
Not only have we been incredible scientists but amazing mathematicians as well. This week we have started looking at fractions and already we have been able to show equivalent fraction families using a fraction wall and … CHOCOLATE. It was a super day of learning and a yummy, tasty treat.
In Year 2, we have been learning about ‘Inspirational People’. We were lucky enough to have a visit from a Police Officer who told us all about her job and inspired us to follow our dreams.
This term we are reading ‘The Enchanted Wood’ by Enid Blyton. We have been enjoying using Talk for Writing to learn the story and are looking forward to creating our own versions of it soon.
In Science we have been enjoying carrying out investigations outside. We have been learning about what humans and animals need in order to survive.
Our current topic is called Frozen, so far we have been learning about life in the Arctic Circle, which countries make up the Arctic Circle, the climate and the animals that live there. This week we were lucky enough to have an explorer from the University of Bristol come in and talk to us! Dr Kate Hendry has made many expeditions to the Arctic and the Antarctic where she studies algae and ice. We carried out an experiment to see if melting ice caused water levels to rise more at sea or by land. She also showed us many photos and answered all of our questions. Thank you so much for coming in, we learnt lots!
We have also recently visited We the Curious where we attended a workshop about magnets and forces. We tested a variety of materials to see if they were magnetic and carried out an experiment to see which surface made the best ramp for a car to drive down. It was our first trip on the new minibuses and we were excited to be using them!
We have also been busy making an igloo which we have been reading in, thank you to all the parent who sent in the milk bottles!
Wow! As each class studied animals for this year’s Science Week, school was full of living creatures, from birds of prey, insects of many kinds, a guide dog and even a snake!
Each class was tasked to research their class animal and all children enjoyed doing this in different scientific ways. Y6 held a Battle of the Beaks to compare the effectiveness of different beak features; Y5 tested the strength of eggs; Y4 went on a mole dig and Y1 explored their senses to observe how nocturnal creatures are adapted to finding their prey in the dark. Plus much, much more.
We have started our Autumn to Winter topic with a bang! The children walked to Mangotsfield Station where we found autumnal objects and observed the changes in the trees since the summer. We even went on a bear hunt.
In Autumn, Sikhs and Hindus celebrate Diwali. We wanted the children to learn and experience some Diwali traditions. They made Diva lamps from clay and they had a visit from a family who showed them traditional clothing, headwear and decorations. We had lots of fun!
Our first topic this year is: Lest We Forget. We are studying a book called ‘Stay Where You Are and Then Leave’ by John Boyne, which is set in the First World War. We are looking forward to learning all about how life was for people in wartime; how women’s lives changed dramatically during the early 20th century; celebrating Remembrance Day and ending the year with a carol concert at Clifton Cathedral.
We had a brilliant time our first bang day this year experiencing different music from the era and we made old-fashioned lemonade – it was delicious but we were really surprised with how much sugar we needed to use! We also learned how to play games such as hopscotch, shove ha’penny, hot potato (ours was cold!), penny pitch and peg drop, as well as learning a verse and chorus from the song ‘Pack Up Your Troubles’. Our teachers kept us on our toes all day demanding to see our ID cards – if we didn’t have them we had to spend two minutes in ‘jail’ in the afternoon!
Year 6 have made an excellent start in their learning and are already taking up lots of opportunities for extra support – it is great to see so many attending these sessions both before and after school. Keep it Up!
An exciting start to Year 5 included a wonderful Bang Day: samba drumming, testing our Brazilian football skills and tasting different fruits from around ‘The Americas’!
Samba drumming provided an opportunity to play various Brazilian instruments such as huge surdo drums, tuneful agogo bells and snappy tamborims. It was great fun and very LOUD! One year 5 child commented, “I think the other teachers wouldn’t have been happy if we did this in our normal classroom!” and we completely agree!
Brazilian football skills and food tasting certainly showed us how talented this year group is but also opinionated they are when trying different foods. Pineapple and papaya were popular, but physalis and sweet potato definitely received mixed reactions!
Following a great Bang Day, Year 5 had an opportunity to visit our local library to learn about what is inside and how we can use it. It was a very successful visit; thank you to Steph and the rest of the team at Kingswood library. Keep on reading!