BIG PIT DAY TUESDAY 4th FEBRUARY
What a fabulous trip we had over to Wales this week! The children were all so brave in embracing the opportunity to go 90m down a mine and find out what it was like to work there six days a week. We were accompanied by miners who had carried out their jobs for many years and had so much information to share with us. As a result, we all gained a greater understanding as to why cola was important to industrial advancement and to families.
Maths was brought alive today for Year 6 pupils as we explored ratio and proportion by making orange squash and comparing the relationship between the amount of orange concentrate and water needed to make it delicious to drink.
In Orion class this term, we are really enjoying reading our class book entitled 'The Last Human' by Lee Bacon and the children have produced some excellent pieces of writing inspired by what they have read.
Take a look at some of them here!
Term 3 January 2020
Welcome back to school and the new decade! We have had an exciting first week back with the introduction of our new project about climate change and discussions around the question "Have we made the world a better place?". It has been great working on our social skills in P.E and we have had our first session of learning to play the trumpet which was delivered by a specialist music teacher and will continue this term fortnightly.
It is the last academic week of 2019 and we are all very excited for Christmas! We are rounding off our WW1 project by presenting our understanding of how and when WW1 ended. This will be in the form of working in groups and acting out soldiers' reactions and thoughts to the news that at last the fighting will stop. Have a look at us practising:
Orion, what a superb job you did with your class assembly this week! Every single one of you learnt your lines, shared knowledge and were enthusiastic about getting on the stage ( even with Mrs Tinker being poorly!). The singing of Silent Night in English and German was a really memorable moment and stirred up emotions to those watching.
Welcome back to school for an action-packed Term 2!
In Orion class, we have started reading our new class book linked with our project entitled 'The Silver Donkey' by Sonia Hartnett. We have already met some of the main characters (Marcelle, Coco and Monsieur Shepard) and are enjoying learning about WW1 from the point of view of children in France.
On Remembrance Day, Amelia and Rebecca shared information in whole-school assembly about a soldier who was Mrs Tinker's great grandfather and how he fought in WW1. We respectfully remembered all those who serve in our army.
Also on Monday 11th November, we were lucky enough to welcome a visitor, Josh, into school who talked with us about life as a soldier in WW1. We were able to try on original clothes which were worn, rucksacks which were carried and weapon which we heaved around too. It really helped us to understand how tough it was for soldiers.
We are now reading every Wednesday afternoon with children from Y3/Y4. This is a great opportunity for us to share our reading books as well as non-fiction books and to discuss the contents of them. We get to read out loud as well as ask each other questions about what has been read.
Happy half term! Have a great week's holiday and we look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 4th November.
We have reached the end of Term 1 and it is great to be able to say that we have enjoyed a knowledge- and skills-packed curriculum since we started back in September. This week we found it fascinating listening to Mrs Barke (Mrs Tinker's mum) talk about her family history and how her grandfather fought and died in WW1.
When children bring in work or books from home which they they want to share with the class as part of their project, it means that really effective learning is taking place. Thank you to Sophia and Cecilia for their contributions.
We are thoroughly enjoying getting really 'into' our project of 'Whose footsteps do we follow in?'. Take a look at our project wall in our classroom which maps our journey of learning - it is a work in progress but really does show how much we have learnt already.
It is great when learning in school influences learning at home and it was a real pleasure for the whole class to see Harriet's artistic portrayal of the nursery rhyme Oranges and Lemons which is used as a theme throughout our book Private Peaceful. Thank you Harriet!
Take time to read our diary entries which we wrote from the point of view of Tommo - the man character in our Michael Morpurgo book. We looked at how they should include feelings, be written in the first person and sequence events in a chronological order. Thank you Harvey, Anna and Rebecca.
We love exploring ways of retrieving our knowledge and understanding of information or extracts that we have read. This is on of them: babble/gabble. We had two minutes to work with our learning partner to retell as many details about the chapters as we could - in order of how they happened too! We relied on each other to help fill in any gaps in our knowledge.
What a super beginning to the new school year we have had in Orion class!
It has been fascinating starting to ask questions about our project 'Whose footsteps do we follow in?' and we have gained a real understanding of why World War 1 actually happened.
Our class book 'Private Peaceful' by Michael Morpurgo is ceratainly keeping our interest into the life of a WW1 soldier (Tommo Peaceful) and, as a result, we have already been successful in writing two extended pieces of writing based on the novel.
Thank you Marlee for bringing in World War resources from home to share with our class during our project work.
We were very lucky indeed to have a poet, Rachel Rooney, join us this week to lead a poetry workshop. She showed us how we could have fun with words and how we could write a poem sharing our ideas. Take a look at our whole-class poem we wrote.