In Literacy lessons we have learning the text ‘The deep dark wood’. It is based on the story ‘The Gruffalo’ and we have been writing our own versions of the text. In order to do this we needed to edit our story maps making any changes to it using mini post-it notes. Here are some examples of our work.
In Numeracy we have started to learn about angles. Today we made a right angle tester and explored the classroom finding different right angles within the room. Here we are testing whether the angles are right angles or not.
In DT we have started to learn about different sewing techniques. Today we have learnt how to sew a cross stitch. We began by practising how to thread a needle. Then we learnt how to sew a cross stitch including how to join them together in a row.
We have been travelling across the world visiting different countries in our Topic work. Today we stopped in Kenya. Kenya is found along the equator line and is a very hot country in Africa. We then learnt how to use a thermometer to measure different temperatures.
In our Science lessons we have been learning about light and shadows. We have been investigating what happens to the shadow when you move the light source closer to the object, further away from the object and move it in an arch shape over the object.
In our PSHE lessons we have been learning how to work well as a team. The children decided that it involved being a good listener, taking turns and sharing amongst other things. To show how much we had learnt we had to design an outdoor garden feature working our way through the planning and designing stages and then the making and evaluating stages – all as a team. Here are some of the wonderful products the children created – working brilliantly as a team!!
Continuing on from our Art topic based on sunsets, we learnt how to use a 3rd medium – water colours. We were shown how to blend the colours into each other and which colours worked well next to each other. Here we are practising our skills using the water colours.
In Numeracy we have been studying mass. We have learnt how to weigh different objects in kg and g, read different weighing scales and solve problems involving weight.
As a class we were all asked to put these weighing skills to the test…and we made shortbread. We had to weigh out all the different ingredients, mix them together, cut out the different shortbread shapes and finally bake them in the oven.
The next day we were lucky enough to eat them. Here we are enjoying our delicious shortbread!
In Art lessons we have continued looking at sunsets that have been created using different mediums. Today we learnt how to use oil pastels. Here we are having a go at creating our own sunset pictures paying particular attention to which colours blend well with each other.
In Art lessons we have begun to look at different mediums to use to create sunsets. Today we learnt to blend with chalks. We used our fingers to smudge the colours together choosing colours that blended well with each other.
Then we shared our work with the other class explaining to them what we had created and how we had used the chalks.
Today at school we had the opportunity to share our DT story books that we had made with the Year 1 children in Mr Baxter’s class. The books included pop up’s, flaps and pulleys. The children really enjoyed sharing their books and the Year 1 children also enjoyed listening to the stories they had written.
As part of our new topic ‘Around the World in 80 Days’, children have been creating their front covers ready to stick onto their topic books. They have been using different materials in order to make their pictures become 3D or textured.
What a fantastic day we have had learning about rocks and soils!
First we began our day by investigating the best type of rock to use to make a statue of Mrs O’Mara. We did this by completing a scratch test on 4 different types of rocks then a permeability test to find out if the rock was waterproof or not! We decided that marble would be the best as it is hard and impermeable.
In the afternoon we discovered how fossils are made. We then recreated this and made our own fossils (in a lot shorter time!!) out of plaster.
Finally we investigated different soils and used magnifying glasses to look closely at the soil. We found stones, rotten leaves, roots and even a few creepy crawlies!
We all had an excellent day!
We have been learning our new text in our Literacy lessons which is all about the rock cycle. We have learnt how igneous rocks are formed through hot magma cooling (called lava when out of the ground). This then breaks into pieces and is compressed and this turns them into sedimentary rocks. Then these rocks are heated and pressure is applied so they change into metamorphic rocks. Finally these rocks are are heated so much that they turn back into magma and the rock cycle begins again.
Here we are putting actions to our text to help us learn the rock cycle. We had lots of fun performing to our friends!
In Literacy we have been learning the story ‘The Polar Bear and the Snow Cloud’. It is a story aimed at Year 1 children. Over the next few weeks we are going to create our own version of the text and then turn it into a pop-up book. Today we looked at different types of movable books looking especially at the different mechanisms and how they work. After investigating this we were able to practise making them.
The children have been studying the Stone Age this term and have recently been asked to produce a piece of homework linked to this topic. Here are some of the examples of the creative and interesting pieces of work they have produced. Some children presented their work to the class and all children had the opportunity to look at each other’s hard work.
WOW! What an amazing day the Year 3’s have had at Hadleigh Park learning about the Stone Age and the Iron Age.
The day began with the children becoming archaeologists. They had to dig up the different artefacts and try to piece together what had happened in the sand pits!
Next they made traditional clay pots decorating them in the style that they found on the pottery they had dug up.
Then the children were taken into the amazing roundhouse where they had to investigate the different things they had found, decide what they were used for and how or why they were used.
After lunch the children watched whilst Miss Porter was transformed into a rather scary Celt!!
Finally the children had the opportunity to become Celtic warriors. They learnt how to use sling shots and battled with each other using swords and shields.
The children absolutely loved their day out. It was full of fun activities and they learnt a lot about the Stone Age and Iron Age.
Please remember that the school trip to Hadleigh Park is on the first day back after half term.
Meet at school by 8am.
Return to school at around 3.30pm.
Please bring warm clothes, boots (or suitable footwear for being outside) and a waterproof jacket.
We look forward to sharing a really fun and educational day.
Mrs Rudland and Miss Porter
After planning and making our magnet games we had the opportunity to play everyone's games involving magnets. We had a really enjoyable time following the instructions as to how to play then actually playing the games!
We have been experimenting with magnets in our Science lessons this week. We discussed different everyday items that use magnets and we realised that lots of games used them. After being put into groups we had to decide what game we would like to make then write instructions as to how to make the game. This has linked well with our Literacy lessons where we have been learning how to write instructions.