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Below is a link to Starfish page where the songs for our Christmas Play are.

It was so good to see so many parents at our Class Assembly, we hope you enjoyed it. The children enjoyed sharing their work with you all.

We have also been creating some animations of a plant's life cycle - which were unfortunately not ready for today's assembly.  However most have been finished now and the children were keen to share them with you - so here they are.

This is Rafe's, Algy, Jonathan, Nancy, Monty and Bet's.

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This is Barney, Alice and Zara's.

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This is Freya, Jonathan, Thomas and Grace's

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This is Paddy, Olivia, Raphael and Violet's.

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We have a fab day at Hidden Woods. I hope that the children are full of memories. Mind you some may be very tired - we had a few nappers on the coach on the way home. We have been den building, cooking in the mud kitchen, excavating a mud pit, making clay models, rope climbing and toasting marshmallows - to name just a few of the activities on offer.  
In Swordfish class we have been growing beans in order to try and found out how Jack grew such a tall beanstalk. We grew them in plastic bags so we could see exactly what happened to the beans. We needed to replant them into pots as they were bursting out of the bags. We have now taken them home to see how tall we can grow them.
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Happy New Year! We hope you have had a good Christmas break. This term our topic is ‘How did the beanstalk grow so big?’- a Giant appears to have visited our classroom over the holidays! We will be growing lots of plants this term and will get to know the story of Jack and The Beanstalk really well. Here is a copy of our Curriculum map and parents letter for this term.

On Wednesday the children were greeted by some enormous footprints all over the classroom. This generated lots of questions and the children were excited to find out more. We spent some time trying to work out how tall the giant was using his footprints. There were some fantastic ideas following and lots of measuring involved.  As a class we think he is probably between 2 1/2 and 3 metres tall. We look forward to seeing what else the giant does.
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Swordfish art work - 'Winter scenes' December 2016

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We have really enjoyed our work based on The Enormous Crocodile these last few weeks. We all had a go at writing another Clever Trick that the Enormous Crocodile might have gotten up to. There were some fantastic ideas - including him dressing up as a teacher! Here are just a selection of them. There are more on the display board outside the office. We are also going to make them into a book to have in the classroom. Hope you enjoy them.

Autumn Term

 

We are back fully into the swing of things now in Swordfish class. Sorry it's taken me a bit of time to get the website updated. I will endeavour to try and add more information more frequently from now on. Here is our welcome back letter and curriculum map for your information.

Autumn Term Welcome Letter and Curriculum Map

 Welcome to the Summer Term,  which is a busy one in Swordfish Class. The Ancient  Greeks have arrived, keep your eyes open to see what we get up to with them.  We're also looking forward to Arts and Crafts week, the 175th anniversary of the school, celebrating the Queens 90 th birthday, sports day and sports week to name but a few. 
 On Friday 8th July Claire came to work with us for the day on a Greek drama workshop. She led us in a variety of drama activities that  revisited   all the knowledge we have gathered over the course of this term about the Greeks and produced a final dramatic performance. 
Picture 1 Retelling Greek myths and legends
Picture 2 Introducing ourselves
Picture 3 Introducing ourselves
Picture 4 Mirror work
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Picture 7 A Greek chorus!
Picture 8 Retelling Greek myths and legends
Picture 9 Explaining Ancient Greek life
On Thursday 9th June we celebrated the school's 175th anniversary by coming to school dressed as Victorian school children. We had Victorian lessons and discipline in our classroom!
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Picture 5 Bible study
Picture 6 The "naughty" hat!!!
 On Wednesday 8th June Freya's mum came to talk to us about her job as a portrait painter. She has painted the Queen and told us about her visits to Buckingham Palace. She also told us how she paints her portraits using correct proportions and how she adds details.
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Picture 2 Freya's mum helping Meg
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 It's art  week this week and we have been lucky enough to undertake a wide variety of activities. On Wednesday Mrs Cardozo came to class to help us make some Grecian masks and show us how to be bold and experiment with charcoal. We had a great time.
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 On Thursday we worked with Mrs Abbott to design and make our William Morris inspired printing blocks ready for printing on Friday.

Mrs Nicholls worked with the children on some Jackson Pollock inspired art work using powder paint and taster paint pots from Focus.

The children also worked on some circle artwork inspired by kandinsky using a variety of media.

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Picture 1 Applying the second block print
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Picture 3 The finished print!

 We finished art week in style by having a feast of Greek food which was supplied by Mr Eustace.

Some of us loved it whilst others weren't so keen!

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Junk Model Animation

On Monday and Tuesday we turned recycled materials into models inspired by nature. These models then became characters in animations.

Isabelle, Beth, Imogen and Tallulah

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Coco, Grace, Freya and Iona - Skunks

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Meg, Laceigh, Kiara and Lilian - Day in Ladybird's life

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Sam E, Elsa, Fenella and Poppy - Under the Sea

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Otto, Sam A, Raphael and Leo - A Chameleon

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Freddie, Noa, Jonathon and Sam N - The bird's nest

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Alfie, Felix, Josh and Fred's Penguin Walk

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Sewing

Swordfish class have also had Mrs Melia come in and do sewing with groups. The children embroidered their own designs on a square of material. 

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 On Wednesday 9th March Swordfish Class once more battled the elements to venture into the great outdoors to learn about how Lulworth Cove was formed, how it has changed and what the future may hold.
Jim explained to us the geology of Lulworth Cove, how it had been formed and what it may look like in the future.
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Swordfish class then ventured outside to battle the wind and rain and see the rock formations first hand.
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We then returned to the dry and warm  visitor centre to enjoy our lunch!
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The Year 3 children from Swordfish class have enjoyed their swimming sessions at Riversmeet in Gillingham
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 It's Thursday 3rd March which means only 1 thing......World Book Day. Can you recognise the characters that we came dressed up as?
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Happy New Year! We hope you had a good Christmas break? This term our topic is Volcanoes-what makes the earth angry?

To erupt the children's enthusiasm we will begin with a trip inside the Science Dome, which is visiting on Thursday.

Please see below for this terms topic map.

On Thursday 7th January, Neil from the science Dome gave us an introductory talk on our new topic Volcanoes-What makes the earth angry?

We handled a variety of rocks and then went into the dome. We went on a voyage of exploration around the earth to discover how volcanoes have shaped the history and geography of the earth.

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Welcome to Swordfish Class, Mrs Higgins and I have a fun packed year planned for you!

We are beginning this term with our topic "Oceans and Seas" and are launching the topic by having a "beach party" on Friday 11th September and on Wednesday 21st of October we are going to visit Portland Bill Lighthouse and Chesil Beach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well what a busy day we had on Thursday 5th November! The day began when the parents joined us to play maths games, then in the afternoon we had a sporting visitor to the school. Megan Fletcher who is the current Commonwealth Gold Medal Judo champion talked to us about her career so far, led us in a circuit training session and showed us some of her winning moves!! See the photos below.

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Megan Fletcher visit

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Despite a wet, wild and windy Wednesday we had a great trip to the lighthouse and the beach.

Portland Bill Lighthouse & Chesil Beach

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 On Wednesday 7th October Mr Cowan (Coco's Dad) came into class to talk about his job as a sailor. He told us about the equipment he uses, where he has sailed and the adventures he has had. The children especially enjoyed the demonstration of the life jacket being inflated!! 

Autumn Term 2015 Curriculum Map

The weather was great for our beach party and we had a great time at " Semley-on-Sea"

We played boules, cricket and beach ball. We went paddling, tried body boarding and played in the sand.

We read books, played cards, chatted with friends and had a nap!

No visit to the seaside would be complete without an ice-cream.

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We started this year by looking at our class articles for our "Rights Respecting School Award"

Allow us to tell you what we are thinking and feeling. Let us meet together and listen to us and hear what we say.

We have expressed our feelings and thoughts through talk, art and music.

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