WOW! Just look at the fantastic creations, research and investigations that have been completed by the class as part of their creative homework linked to our Topic 'Why do homes look different around the world?' We were blown away by the time and effort put in to all of the homework and we enjoyed the chance to share them with the class and our families during our assembly. Thank you to all of those that joined us, the children loved sharing their learning with you even if as little stage fright set in! We are looking forward to starting our new topic 'Why were they famous' when return from the half term break.
Safer Internet Day - 6.2.18
As part of our activities on safer internet day we thought about all of the people we are connected to and how we are connected. The children passed the ball of string to someone they are connected to; they may share a common interest, enjoy playing the same game or live on the same street. By the time we had all made a connection we had created a big web! We discussed the different ways we communicate with the people we are connected to and how we can make sure we stay safe when connecting with others either via the internet, through games or making new friends.
Forest learning - 8.2.18
On Monday, we took a step into the country of Brazil and had a go at Samba dancing and playing the Samba drums; we tried some coconut water and learned about some famous landmarks. After learning all about people who are less fortunate than us and the homes they live in in Brazil we compared our houses to favelas and realised just how lucky we are to have running water, electricity and clean, safe homes. We then headed outside to make our own Favelas. Favelas are made out of any scrap materials which can be fund lying around. They are not very strong or waterproof but people paint them bright colours so as to make them look pretty. We layered up to keep warm and put on our painting aprons on to try our best to stay clean! We had so much fun but the wind did make it rather challenging! Watch this space for our final (indoor!) favela...
Gospel Workshop - 2.2.18
On Friday we took part in a Gospel workshop with Miss Morrison. We loved singing 'This Little Light of Mine' and some of us even had a go at making the beat on the drum! Miss Rushby got involved too, encouraging us to relax, be confident and sing our little hearts out!
Forest Learning - 30.1.18
As part of our topic this half term 'Why do homes look different around the world?' we looked more closely at Africa and discovered that they live in mud huts! They use sticks, mud and straw to build their huts as this the only materials they have to hand. These materials are best suited for homes in Africa as it helps to keep them cool in the hot temperatures. We got out waterproofs and rubber gloves on and had a go at building our own mud huts! Just like they do in Africa, we had to fetch the materials we needed to build our mud huts. We worked together and even began to build our own community, it was great fun!
Locality Walk - 23.1.18
We set off on our locality walk to explore the different types of houses people live in in Forest Town. We used a chart and tally system to record our data. There were lost of houses for us to count! We found out that semi-detached houses are the most popular type of house in the area and bungalows came in second. We didn't see any terraced houses along our route. We saw other types of building too; including a Library, Snooker Club, Shop and Day Nursery. The children behaved brilliantly, following instructions to cross the road safely and being respectful of other people we met along the way.
Science Investigation 2 - 16.1.18
Today, we developed our scientific skills further and conducted an investigation into which materials are waterproof. The Three Little Pigs wanted to know which material would be best to make their roof out of. We started off by making a prediction about which material we thought would be waterproof. Then, we put a small bear into a cup and 1 by 1 we covered the bear with the different materials and secured them in place with an elastic band. We poured water over the top then peeled off the material to see if the water had soaked through. If the bear was wet, we knew that the material was not waterproof! We found out that the plastic bag was waterproof and at first, we thought the cardboard was but eventually the water soaked through. We worked fantastically as a team and we all had a special job to do!
Science Investigation - 15.1.18
This week in our Forest Learning, we conducted an science investigation! The Three Little Pigs sent us a letter to ask us which materials would be best to build a house that would not change if The Big Bad Wolf came along! First, we thought about how we could change the shape of a material; we came up with bending, stretching, twisting and squashing. Then we predicted which materials we thought would change shape and which we thought would not change shape. After that (the exciting part!) we went outside and tested each material at each station. We tested yoghurt pots, pans, tea towels, socks, jigsaw pieces, foil, cardboard, plastic oven gloves and pegs! We used lots of scientific language such as bendy, stiff, hard, soft and stretchy. We had lots of fun!
Today, we used the BeeBots in our Computing session. We learned all about what an algorithm is (we did, honestly!) and worked with our Learning Partner to enter instructions into the BeeBot to direct him around the maps. We had to think carefully about the instructions we gave the BeeBot and whether or not he had to make a left or right turn.
Forest learning - 9.1.18
This week, we have been learning about the traditional tale, The Three Little Pigs. We have acted the story out, retold the story in our own words and were really excited when we found out our Forest Learning was all about The Three Little Pigs. Waterproof trousers and coats on, we acted out the beginning of the story in the classroom and in small groups pretended to be the pigs. We worked as small teams to build houses made out of straw, sticks and bricks. The best bit was pretending to be The Big Bad Wolf and blowing all of the houses down! Fun was had by all!
Our visit to St Lawrence Church
Abbey County Fair
We enjoyed a jam packed afternoon of activities during our visit to St Lawrence's church. We learnt about the Christmas story, dressed up as the characters from the story, heard a Shepherd's recount of his visit to see the new born King and took part in craft activities. We had a wonderful afternoon!
We all arrived at school dressed as Victorians to celebrate the opening of our walled garden during the Abbey county fair. During the day we made a class scarecrow, collaged pumpkins for the art competition and took part in making fruit and vegetable faces. We even got to try some of the fruit and vegetables. The braver ones among us even tasted the radishes!
What Makes Me Me?
As part of the topic What Makes Me Me, we learnt all about the different body parts both inside and out!
We also used the Purple Mash programme on the computer to paint and label our faces.
The Daily Mile
Each day the children take part in the daily mile. We have a weekly challenge we must complete. So far we have completed the mile walking backwards, jumping and sideways. The children really enjoy this active but social time with their peers and it provides a well earned brain break!
Autumn 1 - This is the bear
We orally rehearsed This is the bear using actions to help us to retell the story.
Transition days - French theme
We made the Eiffel Tower using marshmellows and spaghetti. Our hands got very sticky!
We sketched the Eiffel Tower using chalk.