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As part of our computing lessons, we are learning to build LEGO models and then use the computers to control their movements. This is applying the skills we have developed in computer programming. Today we have been building our models and tomorrow we will test and program them.
Wonderful World Book Day
Today, in Hawk Class we have been celebrating world book day by…
- Visiting Jay Class to read books and share stories.
- Enjoying looking at everyone’s costumes and discovering who they are.
- Playing The Masked Reader, which we found pretty tricky.
- Sharing our favourite books with a book report
- Exploring fairy tales with a twist
What a brilliant day!
The Year 3’s go on a Climbing Adventure
Today, the Year 3’s had an incredible adventure to a climbing centre. It was fantastic to see how determined they were to get as high as they felt they could. Some challenged themselves to reach the top and others had personal goals that they were extremely proud to reach. We all had a brilliant time and many overcame personal challenges. Well done Year 3’s.
Creating Clay Volcanoes
As part of our art topic, Form, the children of Hawk Class have been learning to sculpt clay using their hands and specialist tools. The class loved this activity and we can’t wait to get the clay out again.
Our beautiful volcanoes are now in the kiln and we are hoping to glaze them very soon to make cosy lamps for their homes.
Coding using Python
Today, Hawk Class were introduced to the world of algorithms and learning how to debug them using Python. Whilst it started quite simply, it soon became tough and the class really had to persevere. I was so impressed with them, as they dug deep and managed to progress to the next level of coding.
Last week, Hawk Class embarked on an adventure to the Roman settlement in Caerleon. We had a wonderful time following Latin orders, (play) fighting in amphitheatres and visiting the barracks. It really helped to bring our Roman topic to life.
This week we have combined art and science with our topic, The Romans, to create fish mosaics. The class loved sketching different fish and next week they will be using paint and tiles to create their finished mosaics. We can’t wait to update you.
The Celts v the Romans
This week, we have been learning about Boudicca and what a fierce and brave warrior she was. As Queen of the Iceni tribe in East Anglia, she was betrayed by the Romans and treated very badly. In 60AD, she led a revolt against the Roman army and destroyed Colchester, London and St Albans. She was famous for her auburn-red hair hair and fierce look in her eyes! Here is Isaac, playing the part of Boudicca very well!
Before the half term break, we had our cooking week. As part of our Roman topic, we made mini pizzas on lightly baked tortilla wraps. We cut and sliced all the toppings, spread the tomato base and created our own mini pizzas.
Fantastic Frida Kahlo
During our art lessons, we have been discovering Frida Kahlo and drawing self portraits. We have now combined both skills and have started to create our own self portraits in the style of Frida Kahlo. So far, we think they look great. We can’t wait to see the final results.
The Water Cycle with Wessex
Today, we were delighted to welcome Mrs Smith, from Wessex Water, into our classroom to introduce the water cycle. The children listened really well, learned lots of new vocabulary and asked thoughtful questions.
Today we explored gases through a variety of different experiments. This included compressing an empty water bottle (with and without the lid), watching the bubbles rise from a bowl of marbles and a squeezed sponge and even weighing a balloon, before and after air had need added. Have a look at all of our fun:
Fun with Maths
For the last two weeks, we have been learning place value in Maths. We have used Base 10, counters, number lines and digit cards to create numbers up to 1,000! Have a look at us in action:
Meet the Teachers
Thank you to all those parents who attended the ‘Meet the Teacher’ meeting we held last week. For those of you who were unable to attend, please click here for the PowerPoint of notes which were discussed.
Exploring Solids and Liquids
Today in our science lesson, Hawk Class explored the properties of solids and liquids. We even got our hands really messy feeling ooblek (a mixture of cornflour and water), discussing whether it was a liquid or a solid. They then used this amazing new knowledge to create their own scientific diagram. Great work scientist!
Exploring the new Junior playground equipment
One of the things Hawk class said they are enjoying the most so far in the Juniors is the playground equipment and the bigger space to run around and play. Here we are having a go on the equipment:
Today, we found out how archaeologists learn about the past, by taking part in our own archaeological dig. We used small tools and brushes to delicately scrape away at the ‘earth’ (or sand in this case!) and find tiny treasures and artefacts left behind for many years! Take a look: