Create’s Trip to the Tate Modern

On Monday 14th January, our ‘Create’ group went on a trip to the Tate Modern to look at artists who use collage and photography as their art medium. Children looked at the work of Ellen Gallagher who cuts and layers magazine clippings with texts, images and a range of materials including plasticine, glitter and gold leaf. Children also looked at the artist Lorna Simpson who screen prints photographs to create artwork all around the theme of race and politics. Children had lots of fun engaging and responding to modern art.

Christmas in Early Years

This week in the Nursery, the children have been very busy preparing for their Christmas Concert. We enjoyed singing all of the songs we have been learning and performing to our families and friends.

We really enjoyed our Christmas Party, the families from the EYFS joined together in the lower hall to share some amazing traditional foods. The children enjoyed taking part in the different activities such as face painting, play dough, arts and crafts and much more.

From the Early Years, we wish you all a very merry Christmas!

Topic Blog Entry by Willow Class

Willow class have been studying the features of a blog in English and have produced a series of blog entries. This one is about learning in their topic that has taken place this term.

Learning about Rome

This half term we enjoyed our topic work. We learned about Hadrian’s Wall and how the Roman Empire conquered countries. Hadrian’s Wall was an important defence against the people who lived in Scotland at the time, and many Roman soldiers lived in it. Romans built roads so the Empire could send armour and weapons faster.

We went to the Museum of London to look around. We got work sheets from our teacher.  Everyone had to explore the museum to find the answers. We also saw the ruins of the amphitheatre underneath the museum, and learned about its excavation. There was a Roman who was called Marcus and he taught us how to march in Latin!

Did you know the legend that Romulus was the founder of Rome? Apparently he was raised by a wolf and he fought with his twin brother Remus over where the city should be started.

We hope everyone had a wonderful half term and are looking forward to the holidays.

Science Blog Entry by Willow Class

Willow class have been studying the features of a blog in English and have produced a series of blog entries. This one is about learning in science that has taken place this term.

Did you know this wonderful half term Willow has been learning about properties of different magnets?

Magnets have invisible forces to automatically stick to nickel, iron and cobalt. We used different types of magnets such as horseshoe magnets and bar magnets. We tested each magnet’s power by seeing how many paperclips they could hold in a line. We learned that magnets have two poles; if you put north to south it attracts, but if you put north with north it repels. We made our own games using magnets like a racing game, a fishing game and a magnetic maze.

Willow also investigated friction. Friction is the force which acts against push or pull forces we make. We tested the friction of different materials by putting toy cars on a ramp to see how high we had to lift the ramp it until the car moved. We were surprised how much of a difference the change in surfaces made!

We hope you have had a great half term and learned something from our blog post.

Maths Blog Entry by Willow Class

Willow class have been studying the features of a blog in English and have produced a series of blog entries. This one is about learning in maths that has taken place this term.

The Best Half Term In Maths

This half term in maths we have been learning about multiplication and division and doing challenges.

We made multiplication wheels, where you turn the wheel to the question and you can see the crocodile holding the answer.

We learned many different strategies to help us with multiplication and division, such as bar models, number trios, arrays, and equal groups. We learned that in dividing, the first number is the dividend, the second number is the divisor, and the answer is the quotient. In multiplication, the two numbers you multiply are called the multiplicand and multiplier, and the answer is the product.

We are excited for the next half term.

Guided Reading Blog Entry by Willow Class

Willow class have been studying the features of a blog in English and have produced a series of blog entries. This one is about learning in guided reading that has taken place this term.

This half term we read a book about volcanoes in guided reading. We read about different types of volcanoes, such as super volcanoes. One child in Willow class said, “I like volcanoes because they give you electricity from their heat!” Did you know that volcanoes are made from igneous rock?

Next, we read a story called Leaf. We made predictions about what would happen in the story. We also used evidence from the text to debate whether the animals in the story should talk to the bear or not. A child in Willow class said, “I liked the story Leaf because it is interesting.”

Finally, we have been reading a book about a robin called Coming Home. We have made predictions about the story and inferred how the character was feeling using phrases from the text.

Willow have been working very hard this term. We are looking forward to next term!

English Blog Entry by Willow Class

Willow class have been studying the features of a blog in English and have produced a series of blog entries. This one is about learning in English that has taken place this term.

This half term in Willow we have been learning about volcanoes. It was so exciting. “We read lots of facts and information about them and now we will share them with you,” said a child in Willow. We used bullet points to write the facts that we already knew about volcanoes. Later, we used technical vocabulary such as ‘crater’ and ‘dormant’ to write a fact file.

We read a book called ‘Escape from Pompeii’. It was about a boy called Tranio and a girl called Livia. Then we wrote diary entries from Tranio’s point of view, using time adverbials to know which time things happened and manner adverbials to describe how they did things in the book. We described what they saw and did when Mount Vesuvius erupted .

In our newspaper reports, we used headlines and time and place adverbials to know where something happened. We also learned about using inverted commas to add speech into our writing and used quotes to make our reports more exciting.

We hope you liked our blog because we are amazing Year 3s!

 

Computing Blog Entry by Willow Class

Willow class have been studying the features of a blog in English and have produced a series of blog entries. This one is about computing learning that has taken place this term.

This half term we learned how to keep safe online. We played a game called Interland. The different islands taught us some rules to follow on the internet: do not trust people online, be kind and do not tell your personal information. We learned that passwords with symbols and capital letters and lower case letters are strong, but passwords with 3 to 5 lower case letters are weak.

Being kind online is nice. They might be kind back.

A child in Willow said “I really liked Interland and I finished it at home. It helped me by knowing if things are fake.” Another child said that it helped them by not speaking online. It also helped someone by knowing what to say and not say online. We learned to only share our personal information with trusted family members.

We are looking forward to see what we do next term.

‘Giraffes Can’t Dance’ by Year 1

As part of the English project on ‘The Floating Classroom’, Year 1 enjoyed retelling their own version of ‘Giraffes Can’t Dance’ ​by Giles Andrede and Guy Parker-Rees. As they were also reading this book back in the classroom it supported their sentence structure and sequencing of ideas in their writing. Can you hear your part in the recording? What is your favourite part?

Christmas Time in Reception

This week, Reception had fun performing in their Christmas Concert with Year 1. We performed for the whole school first and then we welcomed parents to come and hear us singing some traditional Christmas songs and carols.

In class, we have been busy making Christmas decorations and being Santa’s little helpers wrapping presents in Santa’s workshop.

Have a look!

Electronic Viking Game Boards in Year 4

Year 4 have been busy making Viking themed board games. Children worked hard designing their board game with Viking themed images. They carried out some research and used their knowledge to write questions about the Vikings. Children linked each question and answer to an electrical wire and made an incomplete circuit.

Each time a question is answered correctly, the circuit becomes complete and a bulb lights up. Children had lots of fun playing with each other’s board games and learning new Viking facts!