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Spring 1 2021

Week 6

To finish our RE topic this week we explored the importance of a shrine to Hindus and how they use their shrines to remember and celebrate Holi. The children used their knowledge of the story about Holika and Prahlad to understand the importance of the candles, offering food at the shrines, and it being a time of celebration 

Holi shrines

For science this week we continue our study on the field looking at different habitats, how the environment has changed since early Autumn, and how animals and minibeasts adapt to these changes.

Winter on the field - habitats

Week 3

This week in food technology we looked at the different types of food our body needs to stay healthy and how much of each we should consume. The children all knew that fruit and vegetables was the largest section on the "eat well plate" and so we thought we would get them to try out and evaluate some different types of fruit and vegetable to see if they would like to use them in a salad. The children were very courageous in trying food they weren't sure about and were even surprised about liking a few of them. Others definitely weren't going to be used in a salad!!!!!

Evaluating fruit and vegetables

In music this week we listened to the piece of music "Mare Tranquillitatis" by Vangelis. The children were given the task of moving their bodies to the music to show how they felt and then had to draw what the music made them visualise. 

Moving and drawing to Mare Tranquillitatis by Vangelis

In computing this week we used looked at how music can be made using computers via the "chrome music lab" website. Inspired by the artist Kandinsky's use of patterns and shapes the children explored and composed their own rhythmic compositions using different sized shapes and patterns.

Chrome music lab - music inspired by Kandinsky

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This week Mrs Fennell and I have been blown away by the children's amazing letters to the wolf over whether or not he should be released from jail. All the children have worked so hard on these and the results are incredible. You should all be so proud of yourselves. Some of the children in school were courageous enough to share their letters.

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Week 2

This week in English we have been looking at features of persuasive writing and the use of contractions and applying them through writing about the wolf in the True story of the 3 little pigs. To help the children become passionate about persuasion they were told that lunchtimes and playtimes were now cancelled to give more time to learning. It is amazing how much persuasive language and techniques children know when they want to convince you!!!!

We also looked at how an apostrophe is used to replace letters in a contraction and used these to write about what the wolf did in the story and what he could have done instead.

Features of persuasive writing and contractions

This week in science we looked at ourselves and thought about the questions - Why do we grow? Why do we stop growing? When do we stop growing? We measured ourselves and started a line chart to see if we could see any patterns. We think that girls at this age are growing quicker than the boys. We then got Mr Dickenson to measure the other teacher (following Covid guidance) and added the results to our chart. Mr Dickenson and Mr Goodall were the tallest in the school which led us to think that possibly boys will end up being taller than girls so maybe girls stop growing earlier than boys.

 

Science - Why do we grow and when do we stop?

In gymnastics this week we continued developing our "point" and "patch" points of contact when creating different shapes and movements. We added a new element of balance this week by looking at how we move and change our body positioning to help us balance.

PE - Gymnastics - balance

Last term we explored if broad bean seeds could grow without any soil from a bag. We were amazed when after a couple of days we started to see them split and after a couple of weeks roots and shoots appear. As they were growing so well we decided it was only fair to plant them in our garden and hopefully have some broad beans later on in the year.

Planting broad beans

Happy New Year 

Although it is not the start we wanted, it has been lovely being able to see most of you this week via zoom or in class.

Breaking news - police tape off area outside Seahorse Class.

This week definitely didn't start as planned because our lesson got interrupted  by a policeman who taped off our door and told us that a crime had been committed. As we knew the school very well he asked us to help him look for anything unusual whilst we inspected the crime scene.

We found loose bricks, scattered sticks and a pile of hay. We quickly sussed that this was connected to the 3 little pigs and we then acted out the original story.

Plants, animals and humans

In science this week we finished off our plant topic by looking at our  bean shoot experiments we started 2 weeks before Christmas. We were amazed to see that although the seeds had no soil and hadn't been watered - they had grown roots and started to grow shoots. Mr Dickenson's and Mr Fennell's beans that were in the cupboard grew better. We hypothesised that the beans had started to shoot because they had water from the tissue and also had daylight. The beans in the cupboard, we believe grew better because it was warmer and darker, just like if the bean had been in the soil.

We then started our new topic of animals and humans where we compared different animal species by how their young are born and sorted them by "live young" and "hatched from eggs".

Skipping gymnastics

In gymnastics this week we looked at different points of contact you can create using different parts of your body. The children explored points of contact and balance using small body parts known as "pitch" and larger body parts known as "patch". The children then looked at bridging from your back and tummy using different parts of the body.

 

In games, the children looked at jumping by experimenting how far they could jump forward, back and side to side safely.

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