This week the Pioneers have been very busy joining a variety of materials using a range of methods. The classroom has been quiet and the Pioneers have been very focussed on their work. They used a selection of tools to take apart some Beebots and other junk. They used tape and lots of glue, paper fasteners and pipecleaners.
Month: January 2023
Learners Class love to learn!
Learners class really are awesome! We have had another wonderful week of amazing learning!
We have produced some fabulous newspaper reports this week in English, centred around our very own Parker, who has inspired us all with his caring, eco-warrior determination with his idea to collect for the homeless in our community – a truly deserving newspaper report focus!
On Monday, we had a visit from our very own well-being nurse Mel, to raise awareness of Children’s mental Health Week. This years these is ‘Let’s Connect’. We shared the book ‘The Invisible String’ by Patrice Karst and then we created paper chains to represent all the people, places and pets each is child is connected to. Well-being is so important and we really enjoyed Mel’s activities.
In DT this week, we were able to build bridge structures using only paper and sellotape. Our challenge was to make the bridge strong enough to hold some heavy building bricks. We soon found that we needed to roll, fold or layer the paper to make it stronger and stiffer. We delighted in testing the strength of our bridges at the end of the session.
We are three weeks in to our swimming sessions at the local pool and it is clear that our water confidence and skills are improving!
We have shared lots of stories this week. We love to discuss our favourite characters and chat about the stories we enjoy.
It is clear to see that Learners Class love to learn!
Friday 27th January
It has been another brilliant week in Leaders class.
In English, the children have started their new unit on narrative writing. Over the next few weeks, the children will work towards writing a flashback narrative on our current class text, Holes. To start this unit, the children have been thinking about their vocabulary choices to describe a setting and have been using a range of openers.
In history, Leaders learned how crime was reported in the Roman period. They explored Roman curse tablets to find out more about this theme.
In art, the children have started their new unit on printing and explored the artist William Morris, enjoying being creative in their art books in the process.
On Friday afternoon, the children finished the week with a session from Mel, who worked with the children to understand more about the brain and how it impacts mental health and well-being. There were some great discussions throughout the afternoon.
Well done, Leaders!
A week with Adventurers!
We have had a lovely week in Adventurers.
This week, we have practiced our 2, 4 and 8 times tables in maths. We have mastered this! In English, we finished our newspapers on Hope Whitby and started reading The Wisp for our narrative writing topic.
In art, we created prints inspired by Elizabeth Catlett and all produced some amazing black and white prints using polystyrene and black paint.
We became electricians in sciene and created our own series circuits. We found out the more bulbs you add, the duller they become.
In geography, we researched some famous mountain ranges and found out about the different types of mountains.
Hello again, Visitors,
This week, we have been thinking about ways that we can stay safe. We have worked with our play therapist Mel and thought about how we can look after our own metal health, we’ve spoken with Mrs Taylor about road safety and how to avoid taking risks, and we have learned about electrical safety, and why it’s important to not overload sockets or have wet hands when using electricity.
As well as learning about keeping safe, we have also been learning about some people who have to take huge risks in order to stay safe. We have learned all about refugees and migrants, and are beginning to write a narrative about somebody who has to flee their country for safety.
We are praying for those who are having to move out of their homes so quickly, and for those people who find themselves lost or afraid in a new country. We are considering ways that we can help refugees, in addition to the collections that we gather at school.
Happy Lunar New Year
It’s been a cold and frosty week, but Learners have kept busy and cosy in the classroom.
We have been developing our map skills in Geography this week and have been finding out about the North and South Poles. We found out that these were the two coldest places in the world and really enjoyed researching the different animals we might find in each Pole – Frozen Planet is truly magnificent and we found out lots of information around polar animals and adaptations.
New Sumdog challenges have been set this week in Maths and Learners are working hard to complete their own challenges, using money skills and times tables knowledge. There is some healthy competition in the air!
We ended the week inviting families into Learners Class to join in with Chinese New Year celebrations. The classroom was a hive of activity and a joy to see. Families and children perfected their chopstick skills, wrote messages to each other using the Chinese alphabet, made lanterns and painted blossom trees.
Don’t forget, it is the rescheduled Christmas disco on Thursday 26th January, KS1 3.30-4.30. I can’t wait to see you all there!
A Full House For Chinese New Year
The classroom was packed with happy learners this week as we explored Chinese New Year traditions and stories. The Pioneers were excited to teach their families and they did a really good job. The Pioneers told their families the story of the rat and the ox and the names of the years.They showed their parents how to use a paint brush and paint the greeting in Mandarin Chinese. Everyone had a look at our current phonics and tried out our subitising maths app.
It was so lovely to have everyone in the classroom and we look forward to the next get together very soon.
Friday 20th January 2023
It has been another brilliant week in Leaders class, with lots being achieved by the children across the curriculum.
This week, the children worked hard to plan and write a newspaper report about Hawkes, our new PE provider. They will use the skills they learned during our shared writing of this to write their independent reports about Hope Whitby. The children started this task on Friday, using the chrome books.
In history, our new unit focuses on crime and punishment throughout history. This week, the children explored the vocabulary that they will be using throughout this unit, such as deterrent, retribution and rehabilitation.
On Friday, it was lovely to welcome families into the classroom to work with the children on Chinese New Year celebration crafts. We are looking forward to the next event, which will be happening soon.
Chinese New Year Celebrations to End the Week
This week, we have spent maths lessons focusing on how to calculate tricky division questions. We have used bus stop method, and our times table, to help us work through questions.
In English, we have finished writing our newspaper reports, and are so excited to share them with our families and the local community. They certainly highlight the importance of giving, and being generous (our current Collective Worship value).
Families joined us today, to end a brilliant week. We celebrated Chinese New Year in style, and created lanterns, origami bunnies, fortune cookies and pictures. Take a look at the pictures below to see us in action:
Another week in Adventurers class!
We have had a brilliant week in Adventurers class this week! Especially celebrating Chinese New Year this morning creating stained glass rabbits and paper chain dragons!
In Science, we learnt about how to keep safe around electricity. We talked about the risks of electricity and made posters to tell people about the dangers and how to keep safe.
We learnt more about Elizabeth Catlett in art and practiced our shading to create texture using biros, charcoal and graphite. Now, we are ready to move onto printing our designs next week!
Also, we are almost finished writing our newspapers about Hope Whitby. We are ready to write our final copies into a proper newspaper format like real journalists. We have all felt really inspired learning about the loving charity over the past three weeks.
The Adventurers 🙂