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In geography, as part of our inquiry topic on ancient Greece, Willows were tasked with researching Greek culture. The first step was to decide what constitutes ‘culture’ – the children agreed on the following areas: food, religion, dance, music, language, clothing and sport. They then split into groups to research these areas and to decide on the presentation of their findings. One group performed a drama production – depicting the reactions of modern day children travelling back in time to ancient Greece; another group used ‘Paint 3D’ to design a tattoo symbolizing Greek culture; and the third group created a PowerPoint detailing Greek culture in photos and writing. Each group did a fantastic job of comparing the similarities and differences between the ancient Greek and modern British cultures: on the whole we seem happy to keep olives, Greek myths and the Olympic Games – but we draw the line at performing sporting events in the nude!

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For the final week of our Exploration topic that has focused on Ernest Shackleton’s 1914 Endurance mission, we have been looking at different historical sources, both primary and secondary that help create a full picture of that event in history. We used actual footage, photographs, paintings, newspaper articles, diary entries and story books as some of our sources and evaluated their usefulness. The children then chose two sources and compared the two different versions of the same event.

 

Hawthorn Class

This week it was Hawthorn’s turn to host sharing assembly. We shared our Ernest Shackleton topic that included our ‘Make a boat that floats’ DT project. We started by giving some background information about who Ernest Shackleton was and then showed the audience what the different parts of a ship are called. A group of children then explained what we had learned about floating and sinking and showed some pictures of our experiments trying to get Plasticine to float. When then showed both our prototypes and final boat models and talked about the methods we used to construct them and how we overcame problems. We finished assembly with our current T4W story map ‘ Trapped in the Ice’. Great work Hawthorns, a job well done!!

 

 

 

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This week we’ve started a States of Matter science topic linked to our inquiry work on Antarctic exploration. We observed changes over time when placing currants into lemonade. The children discussed what they could see in the demonstration and decided how they would record their observations and how often. Most children chose to take a picture every 30 seconds to record the changes whilst some drew pictures to show what they had seen. We then used the scientific vocabulary ‘solid’ ‘liquid’ and ‘gas’ to help explain what was happening in our experiment. Lola wrote “I saw the currants going up and down because the bubbles were on the currants to make them float because there was gas in them. The currants are solid, the lemonade was liquid and the bubbles were full of gas.”

Willow Class

One target, for our year 6 children, is to ‘be the teacher’ for one lesson this year. The first child to rise to this challenge was Alex, who took the reins from Mrs. Spurgeon to deliver the first of this term’s computing lessons. Mrs. Spurgeon writes: ‘Alex really was fantastic today. He put so much thought into what he wanted his peers to achieve. He went through how to create a maze game on scratch with step by step instructions, making sure everyone was following and with him at all times. Very attentive! The whole class created a working maze game and were proud of their achievements. A really big thank you and well done to Alex!’

   

  

 

Willow Class

The children of Willow class have been braving the wet and cold, each week, for their outdoor learning sessions. Mrs Wands has lead investigations into evergreens and trees in winter, and this week the children have been busy making macrame feathers. These lessons revolve around art, crafts and sporting activities and are often linked to our Inquiry topic: next week the children will learn about laurel wreaths and the Greek myth of Narcissus.

 

Hawthorn Class

This week, as part of some Geography work, we plotted the route that Ernest Shackleton took on the Endurance expedition. We used our large class map and identified the relevant places; Plymouth, Buenos Aries, South Georgia and Antarctica and marked them with some blu-tac. We then placed a piece of string on each of the points on the map to track the journey. We then did some big number maths! We used the scale on the map to work out how many cm he travelled, then converted it to metres, then kilometres. We calculated that he travelled 16,500km. We then used online mapping to plot the same journey and found that journey to be a bit shorter at 16, 100km and noticed that the online calculation uses the shortest route which crosses land, whereas ours went only via sea.

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This week, and every Tuesday lunchtime, Willow class’ Alex can be found running Surlingham’s ‘Scratch Club’. These sessions are attended by children from across the school during which time they explore the world of coding and computer game design. Alex works hard when planning these sessions to ensure that every child is challenged and well supported. Well done Alex – you are doing a fantastic job!

‘Pop into Scratch club where Alex will help you create and edit your own games!’ (William)

 

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This week we attended an Indoor Athletics event held at Framingham Earl High School. We completed a carousel of activities that developed a range of skills including balancing, coordinating, throwing, running and jumping. The sports ambassadors from the high school (some of which were ex pupils!) measured and timed our results and we worked hard to beat our personal bests. At the end of the day we put some of this to the test by competing against other cluster primary schools in obstacle and sprint relays. We had a fantastic afternoon and really enjoyed working both individually and as part of a team to develop our athletic skills.

 

Hawthorn Class

This term our topic is exploration and we’re started by finding out about Ernest Shackleton and his 1914 Antarctic expedition on the ship Endurance.  We’ve found out more about his ship and this week investigated how it was able to float. We were set the challenge of making a piece of plasticine float and then modified it so it could hold crew members (small balls of plasticine). The record set was 12 crew members and we worked hard to think about surface area, a wide base and making it water tight. Next week we will start to plan and design our own boats that float.

 

Hawthorn Class

This week we have continued our music unit of work and have learnt to add rests into music. We also learnt two new musical notes: minims and semibreves. We applied our new skills, writing a  composition including all of the notes we have learned, plus rests and then performed it with a partner using the drums.

 

Hawthorn Class

This week we have started a new unit of work on music. As part of our homework we selected our favourite pieces of music and listened to them as an introduction to the topic. We listened to a varied collection of music that included soundtracks, Disney, Led Zeppelin and Ed Sheeran. We have started to learn musical notation, including crochets and quavers. We clapped out the beats and were even able to write out our pieces of music on a stave. Next week will start to add in rests to our notation.

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This week, the children have continued work on suspension bridges, moving on from paper to food models.  They worked in small groups, pooling individual ideas into ‘master plans’ before ‘phoning’ the builders’ merchant placing orders for materials thought to be most effective for each part of the structure.  The children then constructed their bridges, making adaptations to their plans as they worked. Some bridges were sturdier than others(!) and the children will be evaluating their work, next week, to determine why this was the case!

 

Chestnut Class W/C:25/11/2019

This week the children have begun to innovate and think about changing their model text. The year 1 and 2’s have begun to think about ‘What happens at a Muslim wedding?’

The reception children have begun to re-tell the original model text in their own words. To support themselves with this, they drew their own version of the model text. Look at their fantastic drawings, symbols and words. From these text maps the children were able to confidently re-tell the model text.

Chestnut Class W/C: 18/11/2019

Our over arching theme for this half term is ‘Celebrations of the World’. This week we have been looking at how Christians celebrate and believe that earth was created. We discovered the tale of God creating the earth in 7 days through a beautiful book called ‘Wonderful Earth’ by Nick Butterworth. From this the children worked in pairs to created a day from the ‘creation story’. Look at our beautiful collages…

 

Chestnut Class W/C: 11/11/2019

This week in Chestnut’s we have begun a brand new model text within Talk4Writing ‘Why do Buddhists wear robes?’ To kick start our new topic we designed, molded, developed and painted our very own Buddhist statues. The children were very proud of them. As we learnt a little bit more of the model text daily. The children understood the history behind the robes being worn, how the robes were made, and why they were the original colour of an orange/yellow.

 

 

Hawthorn Class

For homework last week we selected one LKS2 activity passport experiences ‘learn to play a card game’. This week, when sharing homework we split into different groups and the children taught each other how to play the games they had learned. It was great to spend this time together working cooperatively and teaching each other. It was also lovely to hear their positive memories of playing card games including holidays, camping trips and time spent with grandparents. After trying games such as patience, go fish and beggar my neighbour, the children spoke enthusiastically about playing cards and how well they can entertain you, especially if you are on your own.

 

 

Willow Class

As part of our Design and Technology project, inspired by our Victorian inquiry into Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Willow class looked at some of the world’s most famous bridges and used their scientific knowledge to identify and discuss their structures. They were then tasked with building a 19cm bridge using just 1 piece of paper, 5 paper clips and 2 books.  The challenge was to create the bridge that would hold the most weight. After one attempt, the children evaluated their ideas and made improvements to their designs. Folding and rolling the paper helped to create secure models, but it was a rather impressive model of a cable-stayed bridge that won the challenge!

 

Hawthorn Class

This week we have carried on our food themed learning and made models of Stonehenge out of cheese puffs and spreadable cheese! This activity was completed as an introduction or ‘hook’ for our new writing topic: Explanation Texts. The model text we will be using is ‘How to build Stonehenge’ so the children spent the first session exploring the construction of the monument and placement of sarsen and bluestones. We concluded that building Stonehenge out of cheese puffs was very tricky, so hauling the 20 tonne stones across the country to Salisbury Plain must also have been a difficult task!

 

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Hawthorn class have concluded their Design Technology project by making Stone Age snacks. Spring group made a breakfast snack of ham and eggs, summer made a fruit salad sprinkled with hazelnuts and lashings of honey, autumn group prepared and cooked a meat and vegetable stew and winter made an open sandwich using smoked salmon and cottage cheese. All children got to try their own snack and those prepared by the other groups. The food was so delicious that it was too difficult to decide on an overall winner. We also made others around the school jealous with the lovely cooking smells!

 

Willow Class

In preparation for writing discussion texts, Willow class have researched the pros and cons of a Victorian style education, which they delivered following a formal debate process.

In addition to class based activities, Willows attended the cluster tag rugby tournament at FEHS, coming first of all the small school entries, and second overall. Both behaviour and sporting prowess were exemplary! Well done Willows and good luck in round two!

 

Hawthorn Class

This week we have started a Design Technology topic: Stone Age Snacks. We explored evidence that archaeologists used to find out what Stone Age people ate. We then used this week’s homework task to help identify what foods would have been available during the period. As they were hunter-gathers, we sorted the foods into the different seasons. On Friday we split into groups and tasted a range of foods from each of the seasons. Each group also had to decide how to combine the ingredients to make a Stone Age snack. Next week we shall be making our snacks and evaluating how successful they are.

Hawthorn Class

This half term we are continuing with our Stone Age topic. We explored the Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae and are using this as our setting for our Talk for Writing model text ‘The Great Storm’. We’ve also woven this learning into Geography and have looked at different UK counties, placing a range of Stone Age settlements on the map including Cheddar Gorge, Stonehenge and Newgrange. At the end of the week, children designed their own Stone Age settlements and had to decide on a place to settle their tribe based on our new knowledge of UK physical geography.

Willow Class

This week, Willows were joined by Redwood class for a trip to Gt. Cressingham Victorian School. We immersed ourselves in living history, experiencing life as it was in 1899. As well as minding our manners (manners maketh the man!), we worked on the 3 R’s before the boys and girls studied natural history and needlework, respectively. Fortunately, behaviour was exemplary – so all children were spared the cane!

 

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This week, in preparation for harvest festival, the children researched, wrote and trialed their own recipes for bread and butter. During the process, we considered the nutritional content of the food and why high fat content is necessary to turn cream into butter. The children did a fantastic job and I was very happy to taste test their final products!

 

Willow Class

We started a new science topic this week – Animals Including Humans – which began with an investigation on the circulatory system.  The children worked very hard to learn new vocabulary and use it to identify the parts of the heart and describe their functions. They then used their learning to make a ‘human map’ model of the heart, showing how blood flows and changes during the circulation process.

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This week we have been continuing with our science topic ‘Forces and Magnets’. We carried out an investigation to find out how friction effects the movement of objects. We worked as a class to plan our experiment, including making a hypothesis and deciding which variables to control and which to test. The children worked in small groups to carry out their experiment, with some deciding to measure the time it took a toy car to travel down a ramp covered in different surfaces and others measuring the distance the car travels off the ramp using the same different range of surfaces.

Chestnut Class

This week the children have begun to explore their local environment. We discussed lots of new vocabulary, explored maps and identified what symbols of a map look like. To start of this new thinking of our local area we took a walk around surrounding areas of the school. The children were all very enthusiastic about what they could see and were also fantastic walkers, even in the pouring rain .

 

Hawthorn Class

Throughout autumn term in Hawthorns we will be learning about the Stone Age. We’ve started this new topic by creating our own cave paintings. We investigated existing paintings across the world and identified themes and techniques. We then chose Stone Age implements that could be used for painting including sticks, feathers and our fingers! We  ground and mixed natural paint pigments and went outdoors to make our own paintings. A messy but fun activity. Some in Hawthorns class really enjoyed spending the afternoon as a Stone Age artist!

Chestnut Class

What a busy start back to the half term. Our new topic in Chetsnut Class is ‘All about me’. Within art the children have been creating art work based on the artist Kandinsky. The children chose 5 objects that represented themselves and hid them within a Kandinsky based art piece. The reception children have also created collages in the shape of themselves to represent their favourite things. We have all certainty learnt a lot about each other.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Willow Class

Willows have been learning about the life cycles of animals and plants. So far, we have taken cuttings from fuchsias and buddleias in a bid to learn about their reproduction process (thank you to Mr. Gildersleeve for helping us with these!), and we have studied the life cycles of mammals, insects, amphibians and birds – including a study of birds’ eggs and their functions.

Willow Class

Willow class have brought positive attitudes and an exceptional work ethic to the new school year. Y5’s are adjusting well to their new routines and Y6’s are calm and focused, in preparation for this notoriously busy, but fun, final year. We are also pleased to be joined by 2 new members – welcome John and Logan! Here’s to a great year ahea

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