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On Wednesday 27th March, parents/carers and pupils from Nightingale and Darwin Classes participated in a creative Geography workshop, based on our Geography themed term - Changes in our local area. They worked in small groups and were given a map of Stratford; the area they focused on. Prior to the session, children looked at a non-fiction text, describing what the area was like before it was developed into, what is now, the Olympic Park. They therefore could use this knowledge to describe changes, to both man-made and natural features. During the workshop, the participants had to create Plasticine models of landmarks such as; The London Stadium, Velodrome, Aquatics Centre, Copperbox, to name but a few. Once the model was complete, they had to place it onto the map.
The children created their own mini submarines, using plasticine or blu tac. They explored how different shapes affected how these travel through the water. Children worked in groups, exploring which shapes they would like to test out.
The enquiry took place in a fair and measurable way. The non-variables had the same amount of plasticine being used so the weight did not change, cylinders contained the same amount of water and the shapes were dropped from the same height.
The children took part in role plays to show different reactions in a variety of situations, especially how to be calm and level headed in emergency situations.
They then watched a video demonstrating the recovery position and how it may save lives, before creating a set of simple steps to follow. Next, they instructed each other whilst practising the recovery position.
During today’s lesson the children worked in groups to identify the links between percentages, decimals and fractions in order to create a square doughnut. This was made trickier since some of the cards had the same links between them and as such the children had to decide whether the entire doughnut fit together appropriately.
In Design and Technology, we had a look at different types of biscuits which were available on the market, before creating a questionnaire in order to ascertain which biscuits our class preferred.
From this we then decided to design biscuits for a particular audience of our own choosing, some decided to create designs based on Red Nose Day, others for upcoming Mother’s Day and lastly for children deserving of a treat.
We then created and decorated our biscuits according to our own set purpose. We used a variety of toppings including vanilla frosting, different coloured icing, sprinkles, chocolate chip cookies. jam and skittles.
During STEM week, children formulated an array of different ideas to aid those affected by natural disasters. Children planned their shelters, by discussing ideas, gathering resources, designing, sketching and labeling a model. They then moved onto creating a scaled model and identified improvements needed. The next day, they created their dens and tested these.
The children have been learning all about Leonardo Di Vinci and who he was, as well as delving into his artistic background and how his myriad of other interests aided his skills as an artist. We have looked closely at perspective, different types of shading as well as colour blending which can be seen within art sketchbooks.
The children were learning about Benin, identifying where on the map it is, as well as creating a timeline. During this activity, each group had a different section of Benin to explore and identify key points in time, such as the Oba in charge, whether the country was in the ascendency or declining and the reasons for this.
The children played a tug of war game using dice and a number line, one was positive and the other negative. They took it in turns to roll the dice, adding the scores and moving the counter towards either positive or negative. First one to either reach +13 or -13 won. The children discussed how to partition numbers and how this would aid their swift mental addition or subtraction through spotting.
A travel company is proposing that for short journeys, people could actually be blown by air into the air, before gently gliding down to their destinations.
The children created their own rockets using card and straw.
They explored different ways of making the rocket travel different distances. They needed to conduct an enquiry in a fair and measurable way.
November 2018 - Kindness Week
As part of our PSHCE focus term, on Monday 12th - Friday 16th November 2018, the whole school participated in a charity called “Children in Need”. This article will tell you about what exactly happened in kindness week.
The whole school wore yellow clothes to represent the meaning of kindness,respect and friendship. We managed to raise a mega £400- thanks to everyone who took part.
Also on Tuesday 23rd November 2018,for PSHCE every single year got to create a banner to do with kindness. Luckily, parents/carers were able to join in and help their children. Each year made the following,
Elmer the Elephant (reception)
Tree decoration (year 1)
Put hands & arms in paint and put it on paper (year 2)
Fishes (year 3)
Puzzle making (year 4)
Friendship bracelets (year 5)
Birds (year 6)
Additionally,the peer mediators read books about friends, kindness and respect. Thank you to everybody who took part such as parents/carers, teachers, students, peer mediators, prefects and school councillors.
By Abdulrahman and Haadi
September 2018 - Literacy Lesson
During our last few literacy lessons we have been preparing for our poetry performance for a poem of our choice. We looked through and annotated the poems in our books and used these skills during our performance. We then evaluated each others performances looking at our tone, actions, facial expressions, pauses used.
Paul Lyalls Visit
In Year 5 we had the pleasure of working with esteemed poet Paul Lyalls who has worked and performed with Michael Rosen, Arsenal FC, Benjamin Zepphaniah, Kate Tempest, George Best, Miranda Hart, Will Self, John Hegley, Andrea Leavy and Rastamouse to name but a few. Whilst working with us Paul performed a few of his poems and even gave us some of his secrets for writing amazing poems. Most notably that normally our first, second and sometimes third ideas aren't the best but by refining and editing our work we will improve upon them.
We used a few of his techniques and created our own poems, have a look at one below
Do you like Donuts?
I love donuts with sprinkles
They stare at me wanting and waiting
For me to eat them but...
It's more fun to hoop them around
my finger until they get dizzy
and then swallow them whole!