Welcome to the Spring Term and Happy New Year!
We are all enjoying our Viking topic and are looking forward to writing about our dragons over the next few weeks. We are continuing to learn about the Vikings, focussing on their myths and legends and learning about Viking Gods.
Please find below our long term plan which details some of the areas to be covered this term, I will send out a newsletter and curriculum map when we are back later in the week.
Please feel free to pop in anytime, my door is always open.
World Book Day
The children looked amazing for World Book Day this year, their costumes were fantastic - well done parents!
The children have done a fantastic job creating the most amazing Viking Brooches this week. They had already studied traditional Viking designs and planned how they were going to make their brooches. We had a little left over clay, so we managed to also make a Viking Pendant which we decorated with a 'rune' design.
We used ceramic clay which we baked in the oven for about 30 minutes, once fired we painted our brooches and pendants with metallic acrylic paints.
Our jewellery will be coming home as soon as we have glued on the brooch backs and threaded leather thong through the pendants.
In English we have been learning about debating in order to fine tune our skills when writing discussion texts. Later this week we will be judging each other on our debating skills, with the winning team earning extra power points. We have had lots of fun debating key issues such as "Should school uniform be banned?" and "Should the school day be longer?". More photos to follow.
The Human Digestive System
We investigated how food passes through the human body and what happens to it. We used a slice of bread, some coke and an old pair of tights to demonstrate how food is digested and passes through our bodies.
Happy Puzzle Day
We had such fun afternoon working in teams on a variety of challenges. We are looking forward to continuing to puzzle solve in the classroom with our newly purchased resources.
We are using Talk for Writing techniques, learning a 'warning tale' before we create our own versions. We have had fun using hot seating techniques to help us understand how characters in the story are feeling.
We have been looking at the Human Body in science. We talked about where our organs are found and looked in detail about how the heart works. We have had fun turning ourselves into blood cells 'flowing' around the body.
We have been looking at the reproduction of flowering plants over the past couple of weeks. Having carried out a 'flower dissection' we now understand all of the different parts of a flower - and we have realised what complex things they are!
We began looking at the process of pollination and the importance of bees in the pollination process. We carried out an experiment to see how pollination occurs with the help of some bags of cheesy puffs and some very busy Stingray shaped bees. Lots of fun was had by all, especially as we were not allowed to lick our lips or fingers throughout the whole process. Its amazing where our pollen ended up!
Whilst some of the class were out doing their Bikeability, the rest of us completed 'The Egg Challenge'. Each team was given an egg to look after. They had to find a way of packaging the egg so that the packaging could withstand being dropped from a height.
Some of the teams produced amazing packaging, so much so, Mrs Ogle and Mrs McCall had to resort to throwing the eggs around the playground to find the ultimate winner!
This week we have enjoyed Arts and Crafts week. We have had a variety of activities happening in and around school. On Monday, Stingrays started their Willow Project, we created giant spider webs out of bits of willow which had been chopped off our willow structure at the front of the school. We then weaved wool in and out of the branches to create our wonderful, colourful webs.
We also started to recycle old magazines by rolling them carefully into spirals and mounting them onto card. Each of us made individual pictures and we also started to make our class clock which we plan to put into a forthcoming art exhibition.
On Tuesday we made clay masks with Mrs Cardozo, we thought back to our rainforest topic and remembered the tribal people we had studied, we drew our inspiration from this.
In the afternoon we made giant 4 pictures out of materials which had been donated to the school. We created 4 Stingrays using different materials in imaginative ways.
On Wednesday, with the help of Mrs Cartlidge, we made a giant spider. It was quite a challenge getting him to stand on his eight spindly legs, but with the help of Mr McCall and a long piece of rope we managed to suspend him from between two trees. He is now situated at the end of the field in his 'lair'. We decided to call him "Boris".
On Thursday we were really luck to have two visits from amazing artists! In the morning, Mrs Hogwood helped us to create some amazing nature inspired art. We looked around us and each created an individual interpretation of what we could see. Stingrays produced some amazing work! In the afternoon, Mrs Beedle joined us to demonstrate how to do portrait sketching. The children listened carefully and have produced some wonderful images of their friends.
We are looking forward to showing you all of the amazing work we have produced the week after half term. We really hope you will be able to join us.
Today saw us taking control of the kitchen and finally baking our well planned cakes. Our brief was to bake a cake containing no sugar, using local produce and to include some fruit or vegetables.
Our business teams were:
British Baking Stars
Union Jack Bakes
Build 'n' Bake
Royal Mini Bakers
Each team whisked and beat their cake mixtures, and with the help of the Village shop and Mrs Pinsent next door, we all managed to produce a wonderful array of different cakes. However, the proof will be in the eating, which will take place on Thursday during our birthday party for the Queen.
We decided to make our own butter, by churning cream. The children were amazed by the process and all enjoyed tasting their butter on some crackers. Many of the children felt this was something they would like to try at home with their parents.
Art - One Point Perspective
Below you will see some of the art we have created using 'one point perspective'. I think you will agree the children have done a fantastic job and have learnt a really useful technique. I have already seen the technique used in a variety of ways around the classroom. Fabulous!
On Thursday 10th March, we enjoyed our 'Evacuee Day'. All of the children came into school dressed as a child being evacuated in the 1940's. We started the day when we entered the hall to be 'booked in' by the billeting officer. All of the children were then directed to their trains and told their destination. Some children ended up being sent to Pendine in Wales, some to Totnes in Devon, another group went to Norfolk in East Anglia and the final group travelled all the way to Fife in Scotland.
We then talked about what would have happened next and the children were asked to imagine what it would have felt like.
All of the children then had some First Aid training with St Johns Ambulance. They learnt how to deal with cuts and wounds and learnt bandaging techniques. The children also enjoyed making bread and butter pudding and completed craft activities; making clay medals and decoupage memory boxes.
In the afternoon we had some visitors who experienced life in WW2. Mrs Brockway told us about life in the WAAF (Women's Auxiliary Air Force) and talked about what it was like to see bombers flying overhead. Mr Francis (who was 6 at the time of the war) remembered some of the local areas which were hit by bombs at that time, he also talked about how life was so different for children growing up in the countryside. Finally, Mrs Wallace talked about life closer to London and remembers vividly the sight of smoke and destruction following a bombing raid. She also talked about how her family used their Anderson Shelter in the back garden.
We ended our day with a walk through the village, singing war songs and practicing our marching.
What a fantastic day we had!
World Book Day 2016
We had a great time on world book day and dressed up as various characters from our favourite books. We started the day with an assembly thinking about classrooms around the world and about Children's rights. At the end we held a parade and the whole school joined in showing off their costumes.
Back in the classroom we talked about Equality, thinking about children in different countries and their experiences of education. We realised that not all children around the world are treated fairly and there is inequality everywhere, even within countries.
Focussing on one child per group, we mimed the lives of children and asked others to work out from our acting what our life was like. It really made us think.
Stingrays Trip to Beaulieu.
We had an amazing day taking part in activities organised by the Special Operations Executive (SOE). We had to agree to and sign the official secrets act before embarking on our training as special agents. The children had to be careful as there were some German agents in disguise trying to gather information too!
We learnt about vehicles used in wartime and all had the opportunity to sit in an American jeep which would have been parachuted into German territories for the secret agents to use during World War 2.
At lunch time, we learnt all about rationing from Florrie, who showed us how much meat, cheese and eggs people were allowed and how ration books were used.
We finished our day with a tour of the Top Gear exhibition which the children loved.
We all had an exhausting, but fun filled day at Beaulieu.
World War 1 - Models of the Trenches
Stingrays have made models of the trenches using aid drying clay. Each child planned how their model would look based on what they have learned about life in the trenches. I think you will agree they all look fab!
We were lucky to be given some actual WW1 artefacts to look at by Mr Lake (Jemima's dad).
The children were fascinated by these objects - all of which were real. We spent a long time, observing and discussing the objects.
An air raid in Stingrays Classroom!!
The children returned from break to find the Air Raid siren was ringing and a shelter had been built in the classroom. They were quickly ushered into the shelter and asked to stay quiet whilst they imagined what it might have been like for a child during war time.
We spent some time listening to various sounds before discussing how the experience had made us feel.
We then worked in groups to describe how we would have felt using mind maps to record our ideas.
MATHS MORNING 3rd December 2015
Here are some pictures of our maths morning. Maths morning is held on the first Thursday of the month and all are welcome.
Below you will see some pictures of Stingrays performing their "Rainforest Raps".
The children have had great fun putting their words to music, thinking about rhythm and rhyme and adding their own creative 'twists'. We performed our raps to Mrs Stokes in the classroom.