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Redwood Class

We had a wonderful few days away at Bawdsey Manor in Suffolk. The weather was kind to us and the children showed grit and determination when challenging themselves. A variety of activities were experienced: abseiling, zip-wire, aero-ball, archery, fencing, giant swing, trapeze, buggy building, night ambush games and a disco. The giant swing seemed to be the highlight! We are sure memories were made that will last a lifetime.

 

Oak Class

We have had a great time exploring what effect  different liquids have on our teeth over the last two weeks. Below are some picture of us carrying out the experiment plus some of our disgusting results. 

Oak Class

Oaks had a great time at Trowse for our first skiiing lesson.

Maple Class 

Today we have marked Safer Internet Day. We listened and shared ideas about the story Chicken Clicking. We talked about what Chicken should have done to keep herself safe. We also identified our trusted adults, and who we would tell if we did not feel safe. We enjoyed a special internet safety assembly with Mrs Howes to end the day.

Maple Class

Maple class have designed and constructed their own lighthouses! Using junk modelling and Modroc, the children sculpted their own models. They chose the colours to paint their light house and really concentrated on giving attention to detail. Children in KS1 used their previous knowledge from ‘working scientifically’ to build a simple circuit for the lighthouse lamp to light up whilst Reception explored what happened when they shone a torch from the bottom to the top. This has been so exciting and we had a wonderful ‘magic moment’ when we turned the lights off to test our lighthouses!

Maple Class

“Is it today?” is a question I have been asked many times this week and today I could finally say “Yes, it’s today!” Today we began constructing our lighthouses. linking to our history learning about Grace Darling, the children have been practising their D.T skills to design and make a lighthouse. Today the children selected their materials and began to make models using Modroc. It was very messy fun and there is so much more to learn and do. Watch this space for more lighthouse updates!

 

Oak Class

This week we have been learning the names of body parts in French. We played games of Jacques a dit (the French version of Simon Says) and sang Petit Jean qui danse (Little John who Dances).

Maple Class

This week we have been very busy considering how Grace Darling’s famous rescue story has helped influence modern day life. We learnt about the important work done by the RNLI and thought about how these brave volunteers help many people every year.

Oak Class

Oak class have been very busy this week. On Monday, we went to Framingham Earl to compete in a Year 3 and 4 Indoor Athletics competition. We didn’t win however the children worked incredibly hard in each competition.

Also, we have made boats in DT that we then tested to see if they could float. All children managed to make their boats float and Ruby’s boat carried the most ‘passengers’ with a total of 226.

 

Maple Class

 Maple Class have had an excellent first week back and have started their new topic about Grace Darling. Following the principles of The Curiosity Approach, the children have had the opportunity to handle real marine equipment to provide hands on invitations to learn. Come and see the classroom if you’re feeling curious!

 

Oak Class

 
This week Oak class have started to learn about Shackleton’s Journey to Antarctica. In DT we tried an experiment to see if we could make plasticine float. Below are some pictures showing the fun we had.
 

 

 

Redwood Class

In this last full week before the Christmas holidays, Redwood Class made trench stew in the Margaret Mack Rooms. Using an authentic World War One recipe, including parsnips, corned beef and rich tea biscuits, the children planned and cooked their stew. They all really enjoyed making it, including using knives and peelers, but the general consensus was that it tasted about as bad as it looked!

Oak Class

This half term the children have been creating and performing imaginative movements to fit with different stimuli such as animals or their name. This week the children performed their final piece.

Maple Class

And… we can now reveal that our Nativity play for Christmas 2019 will be… Whoops a Daisy Angel! We have been busy exploring our parts, learning our lines and developing our acting skills. Don’t forget to watch our performance Wednesday 11th December 6pm and Thursday 12th December 2pm.

Oak Class

In R.E., Oak class have enjoyed designing their own Christmas decorations based on the Nativity.

 

Oak Class

We have been looking at a Stonehenge Explanation Text in Talk for Writing and as the hook at the start of the week the children made their own Stonehenge from custard cremes.

 

Maple Class

We have been practising our gymnastic skills including balancing, jumping and rolling. We have learnt starting and landing positions ready to put into a sequence of movements. We took safe risks, persevered and encouraged each other when things got tricky!

Oak Class

Oak class have enjoyed practising their French by following classroom instructions. In this picture, the class are practising regardez-moi – look at me.

 

Redwood Class

Redwood Class had a fantastic day out at Great Cressingham Victorian School. It was an authentic experience and really helped bring our learning about the Victorian era to life.

 

Oak Class

Oak class produced some amazing homework last half-term and they showcased this, alongside work they have done in class, to their families at our termly class assembly this week.

 

Maple Class

This week we have been studying the works of French Artist Andre Derain. We explored and responded to the art work, investigated hot and cold colours and looked at how Derain used colour choices in his painting ‘The Turning.’ Using the knowledge of understanding of our local area that we have acquired this half term, we made our own masterpieces- painting the same picture of our own using only hot and only cold colours and looked at the effect it created. Our art gallery will be displayed on our class display board in the Margaret Mack Hall.

 

   

Redwood Class

Redwood’s year 6 completed their first SATs run-through this week, and they all worked really hard and displayed great resilience. Mr Gildersleeve helped us make bug hotels as part of science and DT, so we can support our local invertebrates to have warm and cosy winters!

Redwood Class

This week, Redwood members have participated in the cross-country event at Fram, performed at the harvest festival in Rockland Church and worked really hard on their English and Maths. A much deserved weekend awaits!

Oak Class

This week, we have been looking at primary colours and discovering how to make secondary and tertiary colours. We then used what we had mixed and painted some lovely autumnal leaves.

 

Maple Class

This half term, in our P.E sessions, we have been learning how to control a variety of different balls. This week, we have been focusing on using tennis rackets to control tennis balls in a variety of ways. We then applied our skills in team games. There were balls bouncing everywhere, and we really demonstrated our abilities to be resilient and adapt our techniques to be successful!

Oak Class

Oak class had a wonderful time this week creating their cave paintings using paint they had made from berries and turmeric.

 

Maple Class

This week, we have been applying our skills in counting to 10 in French. We played French games outside, using our French counting to join in a game.

Maple Class

Maple Class have enjoyed exploring their local area this week. Learning about some of the human and physical geographical features of the area, children visited the church, the parish rooms, the shop, the surgery, the post office, noticed the farm fields and took note of traffic. We had a wonderful walk in our countryside village playing 1,2,3, I can see…

Oak Class

Oak class have done some amazing pieces of writing this week. They completed their journey stories writing in paragraphs and using fronted adverbials. They should be proud of their hard work!

 
Redwood Class

Redwood Class hosted the first class assembly of the year today. Thank you to all the parents who came to watch the class perform two songs and share their learning from science so far this half-term, and very well done to each and every member of Redwood Class – you were fantastic!

 

Redwood Class

We have been continuing to learn about the life-cycles of different species, in particular learning about different types of mammals. We have learned some excellent words – placentals; monotremes; marsupials – and we will be sharing this learning in our class assembly on Friday 27th September.

Oak Class

We have been continuing our learning about the Stone Age, children researched different cave art discoveries and then designed their cave painting ready for creating their final piece next week.

 
Maple Class

Continuing our learning about seasonal change around us, children in Reception collected Autumnal items and made some beautiful pictures from them! They used loose parts of wood to frame them. What beautiful masterpieces!

Redwood Class

Redwood Class have been learning about different types of reproduction used by plants, and have had a go at using Buddleia cuttings to ‘clone’ the parent plant. Many thanks to Mr Gildersleeve for his expert tuition!

Maple Class
 

We have been busy working scientifically and recording data about the different types of leaves in our school grounds in our Seasonal Change topic. We worked as a group to answer a question, using our collected data.

Oak Class

We have had a lovely first two weeks in Oak Class. We have been learning about how Stone Age people lived including where they lived and what they ate. Also, we created Stone A

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