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Dear All,

 

I am writing to wish you all the very best in these very strange times. I am missing all of Chandra class and I really hope that we will be back together in the very near future. 

The teachers are all working hard to set you work that we hope that you will complete in your pink books. For those of you who don't have them, please don't panic use whatever paper you have available.

 

Remember that there are lots of other things that you can do. Here are a few ideas.

Do a jigsaw puzzle.

Play a board game.

Carry out your reading challenge.

Go on a bug hunt in the garden.

Do a word search. You could even create your own. 

Play a card game e.g. snap.

Do some drawing e.g. create a scary monster or a wonderful animal.

Make a sock puppet.

Make a den.

Create a secret code and challenge mum or dad to break it.

Carry out a bird survey. See how many different birds visit your garden. 

Tidy your bedroom. This one will delight your parents/ carers.

Create a indoor treasure hunt.

Design your own computer game character.

 

Keep smiling Chandra and here's a joke to finish.

 

Knock, knock.

Who's there?

Cargo.

Cargo who?

Car go, "toot, toot, vroom, vroom!"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Worker of the Week

 

Congratulations to Loghan Rose and Eden, who have both been awarded worker of the week, for writing a great persuasive argument about Odin being the greatest Viking god. Well done!

 

 

Welcome to Chandra class everyone. 

It is lovely to see how well everyone has settled back into school after the summer holidays.

We have been very busy over the last few days getting to know one another and building up our new class community. 

Our school rules are really important and we have been talking about the things we can do to follow these successfully. 

Our school rules

Respect yourself

Respect each other 

Respect the environment

 

P.E.

Chandra class has P.E. on Tuesday and Friday. Please ensure that your child has a named kit i.e. t-shirt, shorts, trainers or daps. Thank you!smiley

                                           

 

     Term 4 

 Welcome back!

This week we have been continuing our work about the Vikings. We discovered that the Vikings were great explorers. Using maps and globes, we investigated places that the Vikings traveled to and discovered. Did you know that the first European to reach America was a Viking called Leif Erikson in about 1000? 

We were also social historians finding out how the Vikings lived and worked. 

In English we are now reading a book could, 'The Last Viking'. We have described the characters, worked on using speech punctuation and have written in the first person pretending to be one of the characters.

Designing and making Viking jewellery

Being social historians

Well done Chandra Class for an absolutely fantastic class assembly about the Vikings. I was so impressed with your performance and I was amazed at how well you had learned your lines. I am very proud of you all.

Mrs Maynes

Our Viking Class Assembly

Welcome Back Everyone

Term 3

We hope that you had a very happy Christmas and New Year.

This term we are working on the project, 'Were the Vikings Vicious?' We are thought of some questions that we would like to find the answers to.

"How did Viking make their longboats?" Bean.

"What were Viking houses made out of?" Toby.

"Were women allowed on longboats" Lilly Mai.

"What food did Vikings eat?" Erin

We have had a very busy few weeks since returning to school after the Christmas holidays. We have launched our new project about the Vikings and Anglo Saxons. We have discovered that the Anglo Saxons were made up of three groups: the Angles, Saxons and Jutes, who came from Germany, The Netherlands and Denmark. We have learnt that the Vikings sailed in long ships which were often referred to as dragon ships, that they originated from Scandinavia and that they raided monasteries and villages along the English coast. 

This week we have been busy writing special poems called kennings, haiku and tankas about Vikings. 

 

In science we have also started a new project on 'States of Matter'. We are finding out about the properties of gases, liquids and solids. 

Arthur's Viking axe

Arthur has been very busy working with his dad making a wonderful Viking axe. 

Eden and Erin worked together to create a Viking longboat

Bjorn Magnusson Visits Uphill

Yesterday, we were visited by a Viking called Bjorn Magnusson, which means Mighty Bear. Bjorn told us lots of amazing facts about Vikings. We discovered that they would hold meetings called a thing and that they believed in blood feuds. Vikings wished to die in battle and go to Valhalla. They believed in lots of Gods one of whom was Thor. When Thor drove his magical chariot, if the wheels hit rocks, it would thunder but if they hit corners there would be lightening. 

The Vikings are coming!

On Monday morning a very scary sight was seen on Uphill Beach. A hoard of very angry Vikings was seen raiding the village. They were the followers of the vicious Viking Hubba. They arrived on their dragon ships and lined up chanting their leader's name. It was such a formidable spectacle that the poor Saxon villagers fled in horror. 

Demonstrating the properties of gases, liquids and solids

Welcome back

 

Term 2

We have been very busy over the last two weeks. Our new topic is all about the human body and we have been thinking about what we already know and what we would like to find out.

"How many bones do you have?"

Lilly Mai

"How long would you survive without breathing?"

Arthur

"Why do you have an iris?"

Fin

"How do you catch diseases?"

Ellie

 

Currently, we are carrying out research on hearing. We have discovered how the ear works. Did you know that the ear contains some of the smallest bones in the human body? 

 

Today we were all involved in the Big Morning Move which was led by our very own aerobic expert Mrs Tinker. It was great fun put pretty exhausting! 

We continue to be very busy with our topic, 'How is my body amazing?' We have been discovering the function of the skeleton and learning the scientific names of the major bones.

Last week, we had a visit from Charlie of the Hens Trust and two of their hens. During the visit, we found out some amazing facts about hens. It was fascinating to discover, that hens are descended from dinosaurs, they can see ultra violet light and that they actually swallow small stones to help with their digestion. Very soon, we will be looking at how humans digest food and then we will be able to look for similarities and differences. 

Currently, we are finding out about the muscular system and the different types of muscle that are in the human body. 

Visit from the Hens Trust

Learning the poem, 'The Boneyard Rap' by Wess Magess

Last Friday, the whole school took part in A Poetry Slam. Each class learnt a poem related to their topic. As our topic is about the human body, Chandra learnt to recite 'The Boneyard Rap' by Wes Magee. We watched video clips of another famous children's poet, Michael Rosen, on how to perform a poem in front of an audience. We found out that you can make your performance really interesting by adding facial expressions, gestures, using your voice in different ways and adding sound effects.
We have been very busy finding out about the digestive system. To help us understand how the digestive system works, we drew it on to plastic aprons.

Recently, we have been discovering what a food chain is. As a class, we made a food web. We found out, that if there is a shortage of a food source this can cause problems for other creatures and may result in plants and animals moving to a different area or dying out.

When there is lots of food, then the number of creatures will grow but if food is scarce then numbers decrease. 

Can you believe that it is almost time for Christmas? What a busy and eventful term it has been. Yesterday, the children in Chandra shared their learning on the human body with Pluto class. The children created their own activities to explain to the Year Twos the function of the skeleton, how the muscles work, digestion, teeth and food chains.  

Mrs Lorimer said, "The children in Chandra were very articulate in explaining their learning. My class really enjoyed having things to look at and touch."

 

 

Sharing Our Learning with Pluto

Luke's Rudolph the red nose reindeer

Luke was very busy over the weekend making a wonderful Rudolph using wood and sticks.  Well done Luke! We were all very impressed.

End of Term 1

It is very hard to believe that we have reached the end of Term 1.

We have been very busy over the last few weeks finding out more about rhinos. Recently, we have discovered how the Black Rhino's conservation status is critically endangered. We have written an argument against poaching rhinos using persuasive language. We carried out research on animals that are now extinct. Did you know that the dodo became extinct because sailors ate them and that the Irish Elk died out because its antlers became too large? 

If you are looking for a place to visit over half term, Bristol Museum has exhibits of some extinct animals.

 

Conscience Alley - Is it right to poach rhinos?

Key Stage 2 running challenge

On Monday we were set the challenge of running round the track for 20 minutes. We managed to go around 259 in total. It was pretty exhausting!

Space Workshop

Last Thursday Years 3 and 4 took part in a space workshop, thanks to Mrs Tinker who had won this experience in a competition.Thank you Mrs Tinker!

We discovered what it was like being an astronaut in space and we did a variety of challenges such as putting puzzles together wearing thick gloves and doing step ups while reciting number sequences backwards. We found out that there are lots of skills you need to be an astronaut. These include listening carefully, giving clear instructions, showing resilience when things get tough and working as a team. 

We continue to be very busy in Chandra class. This week we have been writing our own Just So stories in the style of Rudyard Kipling, who was a famous author in the late 19th and early 20th century. 

Our project work continues a pace and we have been finding out where rhinos live and why they are facing extinction. We were very shocked to learn how few rhinos are left in the world. Would you believe that there are only two Northern Rhinos left in the wild? Sadly, they will most certainly die out by 2050. We discovered that these wonderful animals are killed for their horn, which is used in Chinese medicine. 

Using an atlas, to find out where rhinos live.

In English, we have been looking at a beautiful poetry book called, 'The Lost Words'. This is full of wonderful acrostic poems about the natural world. In particular, we have focused on the poem called 'Weasel'. We have talked about the words and phrases used in the poem and how the poet has compared the weasel to a wildfire. The children drew wonderful sketches of a weasel and I have been thrilled that several have brought in their own sketches from home.

Weasel Sketches

As part of our work on, 'The Lost Words' we closely observed a variety of plants such marigolds, rose hips, fuchsia and cosmos. We thought about words to describe their appearance, texture and smell. We then carefully drew scientific drawings paying very close attention to detail.

Scientific Drawings

Currently we are following a program called Inspirational Maths, this helps the children understand that everyone can succeed at maths. We have talked about the important of perseverance, believing in yourself and having a positive mindset.As part of this programme, the children have had the opportunity to play maths games and undertake different fun activities.  

Inspirational maths

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