Here is what we have been up to in the Spring Term!
Ian Bland Poet Visit - 16.3.22
We were lucky enough to receive a visit from the poet Ian Bland. He is a very talented poet who made his poems very fun and exciting with acting and movements. We then attended his workshop and learnt how to write a kenning which is a Viking poem. We worked in pairs to write our own and 6 pairs were lucky enough to read them to the whole school!
Roman Baths Trip - 9.3.22
Today we went on our trip to Bath. We were able to explore the museum using audiophones that allowed us to listen to different pieces of information about certain points in the museum. It was amazing to see the things we had learnt about in real life including the different rooms, natural hot springs and stonework. We also took part in the Roman Life workshop where we were able to dress up as Romans, create Roman mosaics and see some genuine artefacts used in the Roman Baths such as a strigal.
Roman Shields - Half Term Homework
Have a look at our half term homework of making Roman Shields! We had the choice of material and design. It was lovely to see!
Guinea Pig Care
We have been looking after the guinea pigs by feeding them, changing their water, cleaning them out and of course lots of cuddle!
As part of our Roman topic, we acted out Boudicca's attack on the Romans.
World Book Day 2022
Have a look at our costumes for World Book Day! Miss Thomas dressed up as Sebastian from the Little Mermaid, and Mr Bromige dressed up as Mr Bump!
Art - Van Gogh
This half term we have studied the artist Van Gogh, with a main focus on his Sunflowers - 1887 and Irises -1890. We studied: Van Gogh and his life, the use of watercolours and how to correctly blend these, sketching and creating shapes that are accurate to what we would like to represent and then we created our own Van Gogh inspired paintings!
Music - Recorders
This half term in music, we have been learning how to play the recorders with Mrs Blake. We have enjoyed learning the notes and applying them to songs!
Science - Forces
In our science unit of forces, we studied friction and how different surfaces can create more friction. We tested this using a wooden ramp, a toy car, a ruler, carpet, sandpaper and a rubber mat. We put each surface onto the ramp and raised it up the ruler to see how high it needed to go in order for the car to start moving. The higher the ramp, the more friction there is. The surface that created the most friction was the carpet!
The focus for this spirituality day was 'Let Your Light Shine' where we thought about all our talents. We wrote our names on a piece of paper and passed it round where everyone wrote one thing they thought we were good at. By the end, we had 30 things written down that others thought we were good at!
Then, we decided to represent letting our light shine through art. We used watercolours to paint pictures of a light house, a scenic sunset or a candle.
Here is what we have been up to in the Autumn Term!
The theme for the Christmas Frames this wear was 'Christmas Around the World'. We decided to choose Romania and look at their Christmas traditions. The tradition we decided to focus on was that of 'Mos Niculae' or more commonly known as 'St Nicholas'.
The Christmas season in Romania is kicked off by the arrival of St.Nicholas (Mos Niculae) on December 6. This tradition is a favourite amongst the children. On this night they know they will receive small gifts in their boots from St. Nicholas. But only if they were good! Otherwise, instead of presents they will receive a stick!
On the evening of December 5 every child must clean a pair of their shoes and leave it by the door, hoping that Old St. Nick will leave a present for them. The gifts are usually small and symbolic, like crayons, or watercolors, often just oranges or chocolate. But children enjoy them just the same.
We each made our own boot filled with presents delivered by Mos Niculae, and made the frames 3D by putting the boots on some snow covered steps. We loved seeing our work up!
Break the Rules Day - 15.12.21
Today was 'Break the Rules Day'! This was a great day and there were many rules to break such as, crazy hair, wearing bright socks and wearing pyjamas to school! Lots of money was raised and everyone had fun!
Christmas Jumper Day - 10.12.21
Today was Christmas Jumper Day! We were able to celebrate the day by wearing a Christmas jumper or t shirt in order to raise money for Save the Children. Today was also Christmas Dinner day, yummy!
Art – Alberto Giacometti
In our art unit for this half term, we have studied a sculpture artist called Alberto Giacometti. One of the main focusses, was that his sculptures grew smaller and thinner, some were as small as 7cm! We decided to make some human sculptures inspired by him using foil. This linked to our Stone Age topic, as the sculptures looked similar to Stone Age Cave Paintings of humans!
Stone Age Necklaces - DT
To help us bring our Stone Age topic to life, we made our own Stone Age Necklaces using clay. First, we researched some Stone Age necklaces to help us get an understanding of what we were creating. Next, we recapped some 3D shapes. We then used the research and 3D shapes to design 2 Stone Age necklaces. We chose our favourite and created them! We had to make sure we had the holes big enough so the string could fit, and that we followed our designs to make them accurate.
As part of our Stone Age unit and in preparation for our trip, we created Stonehenge out of biscuits! Prior to this, we looked at the different lines you can see at Stonehenge (e.g. vertical and perpendicular) and created it ourselves!
In our Hinduism RE unit, we focussed on the festival and celebrations of Diwali. We discovered that Hindus will create diva lamps and light tealights in them. This is to symbolise the diva lamps that were laid out to guide Rama and Sita home. We made our own diva lamps out of clay and painted them in bright colours. We then turned off the lights, and lit our own candles!
Following our visit to Stonehenge, we decided to paint it from memory at sunset! We used watercolours and blended them to create some beautiful, scenic landscapes.
Stonehenge Trip - 12.10.21
This year we were lucky enough to go to Stonehenge! It feels like a lifetime ago we went on a school trip. We completed a Neolithic Life workshop where we looked at Stone Age houses, Stone Age clothes, how the stones were transported to Stonehenge and what Stonehenge used to look like when it was first built compared to nowadays.
We also went up to see the stones, sat down and sketched what we could see.
Tag Rugby Visit - 4.10.21
We were lucky enough to receive a visit from some tag rubgy coaches who taught us how to play the game as well are mini games. It was great to learn a new sport.
We were lucky enough to have the drama company 'M&M Productions' come in and perform 'The Wizard of Oz'. It was strange because covid meant only one actor could come in. She was very clever, as there was a big screen that acted the story out too! It was very funny!