Our whole school topic this term is ‘Step Back in Time’. Each class began this theme by being introduced to the specific topic and discussing what they knew already about it and what they would like to learn. We call these our ‘NOOKs’- Notes On Our Knowledge.
A few weeks into the topic we look back at our Nooks and see what we now know and if there are still questions we haven’t answered. At the end of the topic each class complete a POP task- Proof of Progress task. Look out for these towards the end of each term on this page!
Take a look at what we have been learning:
Easter Story – April 2022
In our RE lessons, the children in Owl Class have been learning about how Jesus inspires Christians all over the world. We retold the story in our literacy lessons but before that the children were able to recreate it using freeze frames.
Peacock Class Music POP Task
In music this half term, Peacock Class have been exploring ‘advanced rhythms’. We began by learning about the Kodaly method. We then built on this by exploring different clapping rhythms before trying these as a canon. We also incorporated singing alongside body percussion as a canon. Finally, as their POP task, children worked in pairs/small groups to compose, notate, edit, practise and perform their own rhythms using some of the techniques we have explored.
The Ducklings had a lovely afternoon learning about spring, new life and Easter today. We have been so lucky to have seen new life in our classroom and today the children were able to handle our little chicks and see how much they had grown in only 1 week! They were so gentle and caring holding the little chicks. Well done children!
A Step Back in Time….
The children in EYFS and KS1 had a very exciting afternoon when they travelled through time to meet Amelia Earhart. She was a very kind lady and answered all of our questions about what it was like to fly her aircraft. We asked her how she felt when she flew across the Atlantic and if she felt very proud of herself. We also met her navigator Fred Noonan! It was a very exciting afternoon!
The Lunar New Year
We enjoyed learning about the Lunar New Year this week. We read about the story of why people used to be afraid of the new moon and how the emperor decided on the 12 animals in the zodiac. This year is the Year of the Tiger. We researched which animal was chosen for the year when the children and staff were born. The children painted a picture of their animal and we decided whether we thought we were like our animals or not. Learning about the animals linked in with our Makaton animal topic too!
Our Reception children have been learning about past and present transportation.
They enjoyed building their own cars after looking at a timeline of photographs showing the earliest cars through to present day.
Our Key stage 1 children have been learning all about transport through time, and how forms of transport have evolved. They have recently made a fact file on Carl Benz, the inventor of the first ever petrol car. In Design and Technology, the children have been making their very own windmills! They have been learning about different parts of a windmill, and how they are used.
In RE our KS1 children have been learning about parables that Jesus told and discussing the meaning in the story. We listened to the story of The Lost Sheep and then the children used pictures to help them retell the story to each other.
The Passover Story
During our RE topic this term, the Owl’s question has been “Why are festivals important to religious communities?” This week we looked at why Jews celebrate Pesach every year and acted out The Passover Story. During this, we had a debate where Moses had to listen to ideas from the Israelites and the Egyptians on whether he should free the slaves.
Our KS2 children have been learning about the Victorians.
To begin our topic, the children worked in mixed year groups and chose their own areas to research. They were tasked to design a poster and present their findings to the class.
In RE, Year 3/4 have been learning about different celebrations/festivals celebrated around the world.
Here are the children creating their own “Ramadan Kindness Calendars.”
Our Year 5/6 children have been learning about monarchs from 1066 to present as well as learning about life for children during Victorian times. In geography, we are recapping our geographical knowledge of continents, oceans, countries and cities as well as practising map skills.
‘Step Back in Time’ Art Work – January 2022
Peacock Class created their own portraits inspired by Victorian silhouette portraiture. Can you work out who is who?
Geography POP task – January 2022
Before beginning our geography work this term, we completed a ‘kahoot’ quiz to assess prior knowledge of continents and oceans. We then recapped the continents and oceans along with some of their features before completing a short paired activity labelling and illustrating blank maps. Finally, we completed the ‘kahoot’ quiz again achieving much higher scores!