This half term year 4 have been researching about the life and work of Andy Goldsworthy. We discovered that he is an artist who works with natural resources to create magnificent, sustainable pieces of art. To present our findings, we worked in mixed ability groups to create mood boards that included both key dates and information, as well as examples of our favourite pieces. Following our research, we designed and created our own compositions, working in the outdoor area to bring them to life.
This year’s theme is a connected commonwealth. This is to encourage collaboration to protect natural resources and the environment.
As a school we also looked at how we could link it to our own cooperative values.
During the week various activities took place in classes throughout the school.
In Reception, the children looked at how they can look after their own environment and how this can be the same in other countries in the Commonwealth. They then looked at the importance of recycling and sorted a range of different everyday objects into the correct bins.
In year 1, they tried a range of different foods from some of the Commonwealth countries. They discussed as classes what they thought about different tastes and compared them to the common food that they eat.
Year 2 researched the countries of the Commonwealth and wrote acrostic poems to share learnt information.
In year 3 and 4, they use different resources to find out interesting facts about the Commonwealth and then linked it to the theme. They researched what the Commonwealth is and the importance of it. This led to discussions within class. Year 4 then designed their own flags.
Year 5 also researched what the Commonwealth is and then took part in a class quiz linking to the research they had completed. They then designed a poster linking to the Commonwealth statement and our school values.
In year 6 revisited the Commonwealth and applied this knowledge to our cooperative values, especially how they are linked and how they can apply them to their own lives. They then discussed how all of this can be used to improve their own lives and the environment around them.
This week we have been preparing for our SATs next week. We have been completing extra grammar lessons to help our understanding of the curriculum in preparation for our tests.
We have also been taking part in French conversations about what food we like and dislike – some of our conversations were interesting; we have been justifying our choice of favourite food. We also started to look at comments about the food and what we might say about it.
During D&T, we have been attempting to recreate a bird’s eye view of an Ancient Greek city in an attempt to create our own version in the style of the Ancient Greeks.
Following previous year groups excitement surrounding investigating a teacher’s missing packet of biscuits and last year’s faux police incident, we know that Year 2 children are up for a challenge…especially around SATs season.
Have you been wondering why the school building work seems to dragging on for a while? This half term Year 2 will be analysing videos, photos and spreadsheets to discern what is going on. The children will be reading and responding to messages on the Google Classrooms platform as part of their learning.
Although e-safety is a frequent theme covered within Computing lessons, the experience of instant messaging within a safe virtual classroom enables learning opportunities about aspects such as appropriate use of devices, comments making and content in a way pupils have found very applicable.
If you have any questions regarding this half term’s Computing, how this relates to the broader Computing curriculum or online safety, please speak with your child’s class teacher.
We hope that you enjoy the video!
After a restful Easter break we have been excited to start our new topic about ‘Film and Photography’. We were extremely lucky to have an opportunity to handle a large selection of very old cameras. Some of them were fairly modern so dated back to the 1990’s but others were from the 1940’s so we needed to hold them very carefully! We were surprised at how big and heavy most of them were. Some of them were difficult to work out how you would take a photo with them.
In computing this week we have been learning how to edit a photo on the computer. We changed the colour and size before adding some writing over the top of it. Some of us could add a border and crop the image. We then printed out our photo using the photocopier.
In maths we have been learning about fractions. We really enjoyed the lesson where we needed to find non-unit fractions of a number because we used Smarties to help us. We each had a small box that we sorted into the different colours before writing them as fractions. Some of us were then able to write the fractions in a simplified way.
This week in English we started a new unit on narrative writing with our class book being The Iron Man. We have been focussing on character descriptions and learnt about similes, metaphors and personification. We used familiar film characters to practise using these devices in our own descriptions.
Year One enjoyed their trip to Southend this week. Once we arrived in Southend, we walked to the pier and got onto the train. This was very exciting and we could see all the different features of the seaside that we had been learning about last half term. We even spotted the RNLI boat which we were lucky enough to learn all about from one of their volunteers. We had a discussion about the pier and the features of the seaside whether they were physical or man-made. Then we had some time to get creative by designing our very own beach huts while looking at some on the pier. After lunch we had an ice-cream! By the time we got back to school, we were all exhausted but we had a brilliant day and everyone represented the school well. The teachers are all extremely proud of Year One!
In Year 2 this half term we are learning all about alternative fairy tales and we have been really enjoying ourselves so far!
A huge thank you to all of the children, parents, siblings and staff who cycled, scooted, or walked to school as part of last term's nation-wide initiative and competition. Our figures were uploaded daily and in the next P.E. blog we’ll let you know how we compared to the rest of the country.
Summer Sports Clubs have been popular again and include summer multisports, rounders, athletics, cricket and bat and ball club.
Summer Term events include Quad Kids Athletics, Borough Olympics, Cricket, Rounders and Tennis competitions.
Pupil engagement with extra-curricular more able opportunities so far this year has been fantastic. From our team of four Year 6 pupils who successfully represented our school in the intra-borough maths competition last term, to the pupils who attended the Trust-wide English workshop held at St Clere's, and the pupils who created computer games as part of our aspirations visit and more able computing workshop, as well as the pupils who started their participation in this year's Brilliant Club last term. Such opportunities continue to grow.
We'd like to thank parents and carers for engaging so enthusiastically with the additional opportunities we have been able to provide this year to explore different aspects of nurturing a child who regularly achieves beyond what is expected for their age.
Attendance at our general and subject specific parent/carer-child workshops, including Attitudes to Learning, Science, Reading and Writing, has been excellent and your feedback will continue to feed into the ongoing development of our provision. The last of this year's reading and writing ones will be held next week and we hope to offer further science and some maths ones later in the summer term.
Parent/carer response to our questionnaire looking at parent/carer perspective, sent out during parent/carer consultations last term, has also been honest and very interesting. It is always great to hear about our pupils' achievements both in and out of school.
Your positive and constructive feedback as well as numerous comments of appreciation have been shared with the adults working with your children.
As we move into the summer term and beyond, if you have any queries or requests related 'more able learners', please speak to your child's class teacher in the first instance and they will direct you to the right person.