Seniors have had their Stargazers Innovate week! The pupils split into three groups to explore resources and design their own rockets. They then put their design to test and make their rockets using a range of products. There were some brilliant and creative ideas! Some of the pupils also had a go at launching shop bought rockets to see how they travel. At the end of the week we all came together to launch our rockets! There were two winners. Fleur won a prize for having the rocket that travelled the furthest and Oliver won a prize for having the most creative rocket.
Our topic for Autumn 2 is Rio de Vida! We have been learning about Brazil, its music and celebrations. Here we are using our Physical Education time to experiment with different ways to move to samba music. We tried out twists, turns, shakes and shimmies!
Our topic for Autumn 1 was Moon Zoom. We loved learning all about space and space exploration. These photos show our Design Technology project for the term, designing rockets. We used real and cartoon rockets for inspiration, incorporating our favourite elements into our own rockets. We chose appropriate materials and explored the best way to fix the rockets together. Then we evaluated our rockets and made improvements. We finished with imaginative play, blasting off into space just like real astronauts!
At the beginning of every new topic, we celebrate with a ‘brilliant beginning’ which is a memorable experience intended to engage the students in their learning.
This half term, the topic in primary is ‘Rio de Vida’, and we are learning all about Brazil, Rio and carnivals!
Chestnut class had their own colourful carnival to kick-start the topic! We dressed in bright colours, made carnival masks and decorated carnival bunting. We then moved and danced to carnival music and played percussion instruments. Everyone in chestnut class is very excited about their new topic!
We brought Caterpillars and we watched them grow, then they went into their Crysalisis.
Finally they turned into painted ladies butterflies. We released them and watched them fly away!
We made a life cycle of a butterfly using paper plates and pasta.
We made butterfly feeders to feed our butterflies.
Written by Abby in Oaks class
Did you know, that the European Day of Languages has been celebrated every year across Europe since 2001, on the 26th of September- together with the European Commission? You can find out more about European Day of Languages here: https://edl.ecml.at/
Chestnut Class celebrated this year in a variety of ways. They learnt some simple phrases in other European Languages. They then tasted some different foods from other European countries including Salami, brioche and Greek yoghurt! Everyone worked hard to communicate what they wanted to taste, some by using Aided Language Boards. After learning about some of the countries in Europe, and looking at their flags, they then made their own flag biscuits with icing! The students even had time to ‘visit’ some of the countries via green screen!
Limes Class have explored our solar system and found out lots of exciting facts about the planets that revolve around the sun. We used fruit to represent the planets so that we could see how different they all are in size. Next, we took our fruity solar system out to the playground to make a model of the planets revolving around the sun and spinning on their own axis. We got a bit dizzy but it helped us realise why some planets have years that are much longer or shorter than ours is here on Earth. We used non-fiction text to gather information about the planets and created a fantastic fact file about each one, we have them displayed in our classroom. Some of us wrote out the facts in our own words and some of us used symbols to describe them. They help us to remember the order of the planets and some fun facts about each of them.
Our topic this term is Moon Zoom and Cherries Class have been learning about space. We found a crashed rocket on the playground, which we investigated. We followed the alien’s footsteps and we think the aliens may have gone into Oaks! We have made ourselves into aliens and used lots of descriptive language to talk about what we think the aliens look like! In Drama, we have also been learning about Beegu who came to earth by herself and exploring different planets!
Chestnut Class always work hard in their Bucket Time (Attention Autism) sessions.
Attention Autism is an intervention model designed by Gina Davies, a specialist speech and language therapist. It aims to develop natural and spontaneous communication through the use of visually based and highly motivating activities. Our sessions aim to engage attention, improve joint attention, develop a shared enjoyment in group activities, and increase attention in adult-led activities.
You can find out more about Attention Autism on Gina Davies’ website: https://ginadavies.co.uk/
On the 24th of September, Chestnut Class explored a space themed Bucket Time, linked to our topic, ‘Moon Zoom’. In Stage 2, we watched in excitement as Helene splated paint and glitter to make a space picture! We all thought it was very funny when Helene got paint all over the floor! In Stage 3, we took turns to dress up as an astronaut. We enjoyed being jiggled in ‘the rocket’ and blasting off!
Cedar have been learning about night and day. We made a model to represent this using a small globe and a torch.
In Pines class we hit the ground running with our first Forest Schools session. Despite the rain we made some delicious smores and savory crackers on the firepit as well as crafting wooden pendants, building a den and creating some amazing artwork using the natural resources around us.