English - Hay Festival
This week we were fortunate enough to register to be part of the Hay Literacy Festival. This meant that the children got to meet and work with real authors and poets as well as learn about their books and poems. The children were so inspired by two of the poets they met this week - Joseph Coelho and Simon Mole - that they created their own poetry based on what they had been working on with the poets. We sent the children's work to the Hay Festival and they were so impressed that they forwarded them on to the poets themselves and are going to be putting them on the Hay Festival news feed for others to see. Fantastic work Seahorses!
Maths - Multiplication and Division
This week the children have been showing their knowledge of applying different methods to solve 2, 3, 5, and 10 times table and division sums. All the children were able to use practical and written methods to show multiplication and groupings and division as sharing.
Art - African inspired art
Following on from the exploration of the African artist John Muafangejo's printing work and creating their own prints. The children used their knowledge of African patterns and textures to create African style borders for their own artwork.
Music - African percussion
This week the children explored the composition of music by experimenting with different African percussion instruments and creating varied rhythm patterns.
English - Persuasive writing
Through our learning about Uganda we have learnt that poaching is having a devastating impact on the lives of animals and humans as well as the environment. We decided to create persuasive leaflets to promote the great work Tusk continues to do and persuade people to help stop poaching. The children explored the main features of persuasive writing and then researched to find powerful facts they could use in their own leaflets.
RE - Special stories
This half term we have been learning about how special books and the stories within them are important to people of different religions and how our value of respect is important in understanding what these stories and books mean. Riaz very kindly and courageously shared his special book and taught us how the lessons are read and the rules that are followed that show respect for the book and its importance.
PSHE - Road Safety
This week the children put what they have learnt about road safety into practise. The children went out and were able to identify safe places to cross near the school, hazards that may occur, and show that they could could cross the road safely following the Green Cross Code.
Geography - Uganda
This week in Geography the children compared items that we use on a daily basis and explored how they are made. The children were amazed at what could be made out of tree bark, leaves and reeds, animal skin, and elephant poo!!
Art - Printing
This week we explore the art work of African artist John Muafangejo who creates a lot of his art work through printing. The children pierced copies of some of John's African animals artwork onto polystyrene tiles before using ink art paint to produce a print copy of their artwork.
English - The Hunter by Paul Geraghty
This week we started our next writing journal by looking at the book "The Hunter". Before we looked at the book we looked at some of the words in the book out of context and made predictions what the story was going to be about. The children also had a go at "hot seating" by imagining they were the main character and thought about how they would feel at different points in the story to produce some emotional pieces of writing.
Science - friction
This week in science the children explored friction- what it is and its impact on a moving object. The children were given 2 different sized marbles and materials that they had used before when looking at properties for clothing. They then had to predict what would happen to the marble when it rolled down a tube and came into contact with the different materials - would it slow down? Would it speed up? Did size make a difference? There was only one way to find out!
PSHE / Trickbox / Wellbeing - Cloud watching
To mark mental health awareness week this week the children had a go at the relaxing activity of cloud watching which links with one of the Trickbox skills Drew has taught us this half term called "Light bulb". Sometimes when we are faced with a problem, we get fixated with that problem and can't think of anything else. By relaxing and letting your mind wander - cloud watching - your brain has time to think of different solutions which is when you get the "light bulb" moment.
Geography - Uganda
We were very lucky and grateful to Steve Peach and Rebecca Lodge who gave up their time to come and share their knowledge and experience of Queen Elizabeth National Park and Uganda. Steve spoke to us about the many similarities between the 2 parks and brought along some fantastic artefacts that were made in Uganda using paper, trees and elephant poo! Rebecca shared her experiences with us about her trips to Uganda and shared some amazing photographs including a giant centipede that had crawled up her plug and a crocodile that was the length of our classroom!
Maths - addition and subtraction
This week in maths we have been focussing on using different methods to solve addition and subtraction problems. The children use practical equipment such as multilink, dienes and units and counters as well as whole part models, bar models and number line which we focussed on when we looked at the method of bridging to the nearest ten.
Geography - QENP Uganda and QECP Catherington
This week for our Geography the children compared the Queen Elizabeth National Park with the Queen Elizabeth Country Park near us. We used our school field to compare the similarities with our local environment and Ugandas'. We realised that they both have wild animals that live on the fields / plains, wild flowers that grow despite the different temperatures and vast open spaces.
Music - African drumming
This week the children explored the different style of drums used for African percussion and the different ways they can be played and the different sounds they make. The children then got in to small groups and created their own musical percussion compositions using drum and body percussion, tamborines and vocal accompaniment.
PE - Throwing and kicking skills
This week the children put the different skills they have been practising into games. We started off with a spot of football golf where the children focused on aiming and distance before moving onto a game of football rounders. It was great to see the children encouraging one another and being courageous with trying something new.
Music - body percussion
As part of our Ugandan topic the children have been exploring how African music changes throughout its 54 countries. The children discussed how the music changed depending on tempo, rhythm and instruments and gave personal preferences.
This week the children explored body percussion and after copying some African musicians they had a go at creating their own "follow and echo" body percussion copying their friends.
English - Adventurous vocabulary
This week in English the children compared the illustrations of Kapiti Plain before and after the drought. The children labelled all of the nouns they could see and then set to work of coming up with fabulous adjectives to describe the nouns and really show the contrasting conditions.
As well as this the children were incredibly resilient when they had a go at creating their very own cumulative rhyming tale base around "the house that Jack built".
Since the children have come back in to school together they have been building up their time for the "daily mile" - So far we are up to 7 minutes of continuous moving. The daily mile helps boost mood and can help deal with anxiety as well as a good way of improving physical and mental health. This Friday we joined in with "England does a daily mile day" and completed the full 15 minutes throughout the day. The rain may have stopped us going outside but we still manage the way to keep moving!!
Geography - Africa and the UK
This half term our geography focus is comparing a part of the African country of Uganda with our local known area. To start this topic, we were given lots of different photos of cities, schools, parks, stadiums, and homes. We had the challenge of sorting them out by where we thought they were in the world. This wasn't as easy as we first thought and we were surprised by how many similarities there are between the two different countries.
English - Bringing the rain to Kapiti Plain
This week we started looking at our new story, which is an African cumulative rhyming traditional tale. We discussed what we already knew about Africa and then went through the story looking at the language to find what words were specific to Africa and any words we did not know the meaning of.
We also looked at the illustrations in the book and focussed on how the main character Ki-pat would have felt to generate an adjective word bank.
Maths - number and place value
This week we have focussed on number and place value. We used arrow cards to show the different values of each unit and wrote on whiteboards how the numbers were made.
We explored how a number can be represented in a variety of different ways by choosing a number and showing it in as many different ways we knew. We also had to sort through different number representations and link them with the correct number.
Science - forces
We had great fun this week looking at how different different forces are used to make toys move and work. We were able to explore a range of different toys which we then had to sort by the different force used - push, pull, spin, roll.
PE - Pilates - a haunted house
We had our first pilates lesson this week and although some of the positions were tricky, we had lots of fun. We focussed on 4 main positions to help us strengthen our core muscles. We used these positions to act out a story of finding and exploring in a haunted house.