I hope you all had a lovely Easter break.
This term our topic question is: 'Why were the Romans so powerful & what did we learn from them?' Have a look at some of the questions your children have generated, which will form the basis for our learning. Also attached is a copy of the summer newsletter and curriculum map. As the term progresses I will keep you updated regularly.
We had a lovely day to the Roman Baths - even if it was a little busy. We learnt lots of information as we walked around the baths and then we had a workshop, where we got to handle Roman artefacts and even dress up in a toga!
RRS FOCUS DAY -
20th June: World Refugee Day.
Today we have been continuing to build on our work this year understanding and looking at the lives of refugees. In class we have thought about what is needed to build a great community and how we can help refugees to become part of our community. Our tableau pictures below demonstrate some of the qualities we think every community needs. We realised very quickly we needed other people to help us to make things work!
FITNESS FUN WEEK - 22nd May 2017
WOW! Coral class were all very innovative with their homework, which was to create a representation of the solar system. We had a variety of mobiles and models (including rotating ones!), posters, artwork, computer programmes, web pages and cake!!! Each unique and well researched. The children said not only did they enjoy doing it but they learnt something too. Brilliant Coral I was so impressed.
WOW! What a fantastic afternoon we had today watching a gases and air Science afternoon at St Mary's School. Lots of loud bangs, smoke, chemicals and information. We learnt lots about gases and air, reversible and irreversible changes. It was fantastic and we all really enjoyed ourselves. See the photos below.
What a fantastic first day we have had. We have spent the day team building and exploring how we would like our class to get along together. We have done several team building activities, but I think the one we have enjoyed most was building a capsule to protect our eggs when they were dropped from a height!! In this activity we had to cooperate with our group, listening & responding to each others ideas, which we all did really well. As a result 2 groups successfully managed to keep their eggs safe when dropped and the other 4 groups only had minor cracks and spillage! This activity also taught us that whilst each group had different ideas we all succeeded in the challenge, something that we can take forward into our learning ahead.
What a great day we have had today at Chesil Beach and the weather was perfect. We spent the morning learning about the wildlife, including the birds, of Fleet lagoon and Chesil Beach. Also the number of pebbles on the beach and where they have come from.
This afternoon we did a beach scavenger hunt, finding lots of interesting items including cuttlefish, crab shells and legs! Plus egg cases of catfish and rays, these proved a little tricky to find at first, but we found several by the end. A great day out was had by all.
Monday:We have had a great day today. This morning we made Aboriginal masks with Mrs Cardozo and this afternoon we made recycled jewellery with Mrs Edmondson. In addition we have also started on a 'Textures of Wood' class wall art.
Tuesday: Today we have been doing art inspired by Antony Gormley with Mrs Appleby. We have been looking at the shape and form of our silhouettes.
Wednesday: This morning we created collage trees to represent the four seasons. This afternoon we have been portrait sketching with Mrs. Beedle. You could of heard a pin drop, it was so quiet with the concentration!!
Thursday: We have made fir cone woodland creatures this morning. Not as easy as it sounds - the fir cones were much harder than expected!! This afternoon we marbled paper and used leaves to print calico - we need to wait till tomorrow to see the results of this.
Friday: Today we have been painting canvas with Mrs. Hogwood. We learnt about colour mixing with a very limited palette and produced some amazing paintings.
This morning we had a great time testing our boomerangs, which we had designed after looking at a variety of Australian boomerangs. I'm really pleased to say that they all flew and many spun and returned. It was fantastic session and we all enjoyed it. After flying them, we then evaluated our boomerangs and discussed improvements we would make should we have a chance to make another boomerang in the future. Many of us thought that technique played an important role and with further practice we hope to get our boomerangs flying even better.
What a fantastic day we have had today! We started the day listening to dreamtime stories, told with dijeridoo accompaniment. We then had a brilliant dijeridoo workshop where we all learnt to play and the techniques involved to make different noises and portray different animals. This afternoon we did some natural art using earth paint, some of which came from school. Finally we made up our own dijeridoo stories. We all thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
In Art, we have been looking at Aboriginal symbols and picture storytelling. We have evaluated boomerangs and designed some of our own, thinking about their size, angles and purpose. We created templates and drew them onto wood. Now they have been cut out we are decorating them with Aboriginal symbols to tell hunting stories.
In addition we have been attempting to create authentic Aboriginal dot paintings. The Aborigines believe the art/journey is in the making not in the end result but we have been trying to think carefully about both.
On World Book Day not only did we dress up, but we undertook activities relating to Articles 28 and 28 - the right to an education. We started off by talking about our characters and about books we enjoyed both now and when we were younger.
Next we explored the quotes below, what we thought they meant and how much we agreed with them and why. We all had a chance to express our opinions and finally we voted as to where we thought they should go on our continuum line, with strongly agree at one end and strongly disagree at the other.
We also explored classrooms around the world, thinking about and discussing whether we felt the children were happy or sad; rich or poor; had a better, worse or similar education to ourselves. We had to reason and justify all our opinions. Afterwards we wrote down our thoughts about our own classroom and education.
Today, January 26th, Coral class celebrated Australia Day! We started the day with a talk from Jago's Uncle, who is an Australian. He explained the history behind Australia Day, why Australians celebrate it and what they do. We then did some authentic Australian cooking; making chocolate Lamingtons and Anzac biscuits.
Afterwards we watched a short DVD showing Australia Day celebrations in Sydney and what Australians today get up to. We also organised information into chronological order to help with our understanding of the key historical dates.
Next just like Australians today, we had fun!!! We made origami koalas, collaged Australia maps with pictures and words which we felt encapsulated 'What Australia means to us'. We did Australia Day themed word searches and anagrams.
Finally we enjoyed our Lamingtons and Anzac biscuits. We have had a great day and learnt lots too!!
On Thursday 8th October we had a Rights Respecting Day, exploring Fair Trade. In Coral class we learnt about chocolate - where it comes from and why and how our choices of chocolate can affect those people growing the cacao beans,including about how Fair Trade helps. Our day included a workshop with our Fair Trade visitor, Mrs Way.