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.

 

 

 


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!

 

 


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