This week, amongst lots of other things, we have been taking the time to think about harvest. Whilst we can’t come together as a community and observe this festival in the church, the children did assemble on the playground in their bubbles and at the appropriate distance to perform their harvest class piece. Hawthorns have been learning about sound and were interested to find out more about how people who cannot hear sound communicate. In our video, as well as singing, the children use Makaton to sign the words to ‘Let’s Harvest’. In Celebration Assembly this week Joshua was recognised for the hard work he has put in to making sure his handwriting is neat and legible. Well done Josh.
This week we concluded our work on sound. We found out how sound is measured and used a decibel meter to record sounds. We investigated how to block sounds by covering a sound source in different fabrics. We also learnt about how sound travels through air and why we can’t hear sounds as well when we move further away from the source. We have started learning about explanation texts in English and are using the model text ‘How do volcanoes erupt?’ to help us. As a fun way to start this topic we made our own exploding volcanoes with baking soda and vinegar. In this week’s celebration assembly we focused on things we’ve found challenging. Well done to both Ava and Henry who received certificates for being great learning partners and always working cooperatively.
This week Hawthorns started a new science topic: sound. We spent time exploring how sounds are created and how they travel in group activity stations. The first showed how vibrations are produced when sound is made by putting birdseed on a drum, then hitting it. We found out that sound travels through liquid by striking a tuning fork and putting it in water. This also demonstrated that sound travels in waves. We discovered that sound travels through solid objects by attaching string to a wire coat hanger, wrapping the string around our fingers, placing our fingers in our ears and knocking the coat hanger against the table. We could hear the sound we made really clearly! We also investigated how changing the size and shape of objects changes the pitch of the sound they produce through exploration with a range of different musical instruments. Finally, we experimented with pitch by making our own straw oboe instruments and observed how changing the length of the straw altered the pitch of the sound it produced. We’ve got lots more to find out about sound next week. In this week’s celebration assembly we focused on making progress and how our work shows we’ve improved. Congratulations to Finley who demonstrated reach and resilience across the curriculum by giving all learning opportunities his very best effort.
We’ve had a busy week finishing our earthquakes topic in geography. We compared the damage inflicted on Haiti and Chile when earthquakes hit both countries in 2010 and found out that earthquakes affect poorer countries much more than richer ones. Buildings being built too close together, lack of high quality construction materials and limited healthcare provision all have an enormous impact on the damage that earthquakes cause. We also found out this week that earthquakes and volcanoes are often found in the same locations and tracked the journey of a volcano from start to finish. Our storyboards for this can be seen below. Elsewhere we’ve been carrying on with place value in maths and are currently innovating our conquering the monster stories, adding in effective dialogue for both our monster and hero. In celebration assembly this week we discussed successes we’ve had in our work and reflected on what that looks like and how it feels. Congratulations to Ellie who demonstrated resourcefulness across the curriculum by becoming increasingly independent.
This week in Hawthorns class we have been spending time looking at how speech is used in stories and have had a go at writing and punctuating dialogue that we had written ourselves. In maths we’ve been revisiting place value and have worked confidently with 3 and 4 digit numbers. We’ve also been finding out a lot about earthquakes and have used New Zealand as the focus for this topic. We’ve observed the impact on people that earthquakes can have, how many earthquakes New Zealand has had over the years and why so many earthquakes happen there by looking in depth at the plates and fault lines that make up the Earth’s crust. Next week we’ll find out why it’s not always the biggest earthquakes that cause the most damage. In celebration assembly this week we reflected on the last two weeks of learning and discussed how we approach challenging tasks. A huge well done to Flynn who displayed two of our school values: reach and resilience this week in his maths work.
The long awaited return to school is finally underway and what a lovely week it has been! Well done to all of the children in Hawthorns class for coming back to school with such enthusiasm and positivity. We’ve spent a lot of time this week getting reacquainted and have had fun playing some ‘get to know you’ games. We’ve also enjoyed learning about the modern artist Paul Klee. We’ve found out more about colour theory, spent time mixing and making colours and created tints by adding white paint. We’ve made a large scale class painting, and have explored Klee’s love of animals and nature by recreating his famous ‘Cat and Bird’ painting. All in all, a productive and enjoyable start to the year.
w/c 12th October 2020
As part of our seasonal celebrations, Willows researched the different ways that harvest is acknowledged around the world. We then took time to give thanks for the food we eat and the people who take it from farm to fork. The children presented their work to the rest of the school in our harvest assembly which they recreated here, on video, to share with you.
Congratulations this week to Bella, Owen and Erin for their hard work on Times Tables Rockstars; to Lola for attaining the gold star for reaching 100 dojos; and to Erin for showing respect and reach in everything she does! Great job Willows!
w/c 5th October 2020
Please be introduced to this year’s chair and vice chair of the school council: Bella and James. Several Y6 children stood for election, giving rousing speeches. Congratulations to them all for their confidence of delivery and for their inspiring words!
This week in Talk for Writing, Willows started learning about discussion texts. To ‘warm up’ the text type, we split into two groups to participate in a formal debate about the pros and cons of eating chocolate for breakfast. Whilst competitiveness was evident between the teams, the children listened well to each other and gave well-researched, informed responses in their counter arguments.
Finally, congratulations to Erin and Owen for attaining a silver star for their Dojos; to Myah, Noah and Bella for their achievements on Times Tables Rockstars; and to Zachary for his enthusiastic and well-reasoned contributions to class discussions across all subjects! Phew! What a fabulous bunch!
w/c 28th September 2020
Having previously planned their science experiments, Willow class were finally let loose to conduct them! The children worked together in small groups to test their predictions about shadows and learnt that a shadow becomes larger when the distance between a light source and an object is increased.
In Talk for Writing, the children completed their first ‘hot task’ writing their own ‘spin off’ inspired by the character of Hatty from ‘Tom’s Midnight Garden‘. Their work is proudly displayed in class for all to enjoy.
In celebration assembly, we focused on the challenges we faced in our work this week and how we might overcome these next time:
‘Something I found challenging this week was completing the science experiment on time. Next time, I will choose equipment that is quicker to set up so I can finish earlier’ – William.
‘I found it difficult to finish my story on time. Next time, I will stop and edit my work after each paragraph, rather than leaving it all to the end, so I can manage my time better.’ – Evy
Finally, congratulations to Bella, Elspie and Alfie for their work on TT Rockstars; to Elspie and Erin for the inspiring book review; and to Myah for reaching so high with her English work! Great job Willows!
w/c 21st September 2020
This week, Willows worked in small groups and planned their own scientific studies to find out how a light source’s distance from an object will affect its shadow. The children considered the principles of fair testing to ensure their research would be reliable, and they discussed the most effective ways to record scientific data. Next week they will conduct their research and find out if their predictions are correct. In Talk for Writing we explored the budding friendship of Tom and Hatty from ‘Tom’s Midnight Garden’ by writing our own version of ‘a day in the life’ of the pair. In PE the children honed their cricket skills in a ‘Striking and Fielding’ session with Pro-Coach, and we continued our journey along the timeline of heavy rock music by watching and evaluating Queen’s performance at Live Aid. In celebration assembly we reflected on our learning in maths and identified what went well and areas that need a little more work. Bella, Evy and Noah set the bench marks and earnt themselves a place in the TT Rockstars Hall of Fame; William was awarded the bookworm certificate for his review of ‘The House With Chicken Legs’ and Bella and William (again!) were awarded certificates for displaying Resourcefulness, Reach, Resilience and Respect this week! Keep up the great work, Willows!
w/c 14th September 2020
It has been a busy week in Willow class and the children have done an exceptional job of keeping up with the fast pace! We worked on expanded noun phrases to make our writing more interesting; tackled the place value of numbers up to 10,000,000; created line graphs on Excel to communicate geographical data; learnt and performed Roald Dahl poems in acknowledgment of Roald Dahl day and listened to Led Zeppelin to kick start our learning about the history of Rock/Metal music! In science, the children used spools of wool to create human light models demonstrating their learning about the way light enables us to see. The children remembered to show the ray of light as one continuous straight line coming from the light source, reflecting off an object and straight into a person’s eyes. Finally, congratulations to Noah and Barney who were celebrated for displaying all 4 of the 4 ‘R’s in class this week! Great job Willows!
w/c 7th September 2020
What a pleasure it is to have a classroom filled with children again! It has been a jammed packed week and I am so impressed with the children’s behaviour and attitudes: they have given EVERYTHING their absolute best shot and have taken to their new routines swimmingly. Well done Willows! This week, in addition to having a good old ‘catch up’ with one another – we immersed ourselves in ‘Tom’s Midnight Garden’ and enjoyed some friendly online battles on TT Rockstars. In science, we conducted experiments testing the theory that light travels in straight lines: the children switched off the lights and used torches, hose pipes and mirrors to investigate.
16th October 2020
This week we have celebrated Harvest Festival, although we were unable to be together in church we all still had fun celebrating and are keen to show you what we have done. We talked about what harvest means and linked this to our RE topic of looking at kindness as well as how important our friends are to us. It was lovely to watch a video that the vicar prepared for us all about Harvest afterwards. Thank you for all your donations for Norwich foodbank, we know they will be greatly received.
9th October 2020
We have started a new Talk for Write text. We are looking at instruction writing and started the week by following instructions and making our own sandwiches. We learnt to spread the butter in a sideways motion and measure a spoonful of jam to put onto our sandwich. Finally we cut our sandwiches into halves then quarters before we enjoyed eating them.
We also looked at where our fruit comes from in geography and got to taste 10 different fruits. We then ranked them from our favourite to our least favourite and were able to see which was the most popular. The class studied the world maps and looked carefully for the different countries that our fruit comes from. We then learnt all about how bananas are grown, harvested, packaged and exported for us to enjoy.
Finally, our special certificate this week goes to Oliver S, he has put in an incredible amount of effort with his handwriting and presentation in all areas and we are seeing the results. Well done Oliver.
2nd October 2020
This week Chestnuts have had lots of fun learning about dairy farming and how cheese is made. We then used cheese to make cheese puffs and tasted them and they were delicious.
We have also written our own wishing tale based on Avocado Baby. The children made changes to their story and came up with some wonderful ideas. All the children’s handwriting has improved and we are very proud of them.
The Reception children have been learning all about the rainforest and the animals that live there, they have painted wildlife and made tall trees with different materials.
Our special certificate goes to Oran this week for fantastic work in all subjects and a great attitude to learning! Keep it up, well done Oran.
25th September 2020
This week Chestnuts have continued the Avocado Baby story, they have learnt it and are retelling it with actions. They have changed parts of the build up, problem and resolution to have Avocado baby use his strength in other ways. In science they have been learning about forces and have been making and testing ramps to see who can make a car travel the furthest.
In Reception they have had fun completing challenges linked to the Avocado baby story and particularly enjoyed making an obstacle course to keep the baby fit.
This week our certificate goes to Lee for fantastic work in phonics and writing. Well done!
18th September 2020
This week Chestnut class have had fun starting their new learning about Avocado baby. They kicked off the start of the week by having strong boy/girl competitions, including tug of war, arm wrestling and weight lifting. They then mapped out and leant the story of Avocado baby. Reception have explored how to construct with different materials and have created some fantastic vehicles for travelling in. They thought carefully about what materials would be best for the job, how to make them strong and could they get them to roll.
This week our celebration certificate goes to Toby for fantastic work in maths, when learning about tens and ones.
11th September 2020
Chestnut class have had a lovely relaxed start back to school life, with children exploring their environments and getting to know one another again. We have carried out informal assessments to find out where the children are with their learning, along side some fun creative activities. Much fun was had using the parachute to get to know others likes. We would just like to say thank you to everyone for making it such a successful transition back into school, the children have all been super stars!
During our celebration assembly, reception received certificates for settling into school life so well. We look forward to seeing you all next week. Mrs Barnes, Mrs Spurgeon and Mrs Inwards.