WW2 day - quick, that's the air raid siren!
Year 6 had an excellent World War Two themed day today. They started the day by filling out an identity card, which they had to keep on them at all times (just in case anyone thought they were a secret spy!). Following this, they took part in a variety of activities such as: sewing, cooking homemade blackberry and apple pies, medal making, gardening and army drills. For lots of children, the highlight of the day was spending time in our brand new Anderson Shelter! The children were able to empathise with how civilians would have felt during WWII when the air raid siren would sound. We also looked at propaganda posters and analysed some of the key messages the government were trying to encourage back at the Homefront. What do you think the true meaning behind the slogan 'Keep it under your hat' is?
Take a look at our photos to see what we got up to...
Welcome to Maple Class 2019-2020
It has been fantastic to welcome the children back after a long summer break and hear about all of their adventures over the holidays. The children have all settled in brilliantly and have worked well in their new classes over the past few days. They have certainly been impressing us with their focus and determination to succeed in lessons so far and have also been able to enjoy the perks of sitting on the benches during assembly time too. They have certainly adjusted to Year 6 life incredibly well!
Year 6 PE will be on a Tuesday and Thursday this year, however their kits should be in from Monday to Friday in case we need to make last minute changes.
We would also like to introduce the new team your children shall be working with this year. Pictured below from left to right: Mrs Wilson, Miss Hunt (class teacher), Miss Crossley (class teacher), Mrs Sheers, Mrs Clarke and Mrs Barham. Mrs Evers also works with us in the afternoon.
Please feel free to pop in and keep us up to date with any concerns or queries at all. Otherwise we look forward to seeing you on Thursday 12th for our expectations evening.
Summer Term - Vicious Vikings and Savage Saxons
This term, Year 6 have been studying the Savage Saxons and Vicious Vikings. The children have learnt how to plot these two time periods on a time line, in relation to other key historical events. During our studies we have explored the legacy of the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings on our language and how many of our current place names can be attributed to their heritage. As well as this, they have learnt about Saxon home life by designing their own village settlements.
In Art, we have carefully studied the Bayeux Tapestry and looked into the details of the politics surrounding the fight for English rule. Moreover, the children experienced a Viking and Saxon day where we ate stew, designed our own weaponry and studied longboats. This day culminated in an epic battle between the class clans.
During their Literacy lessons, the children have focused on the famous myth of Beowulf and Grendel, written their own battle speeches and studied a wonderful text about Viking mystery - ‘Riddle of the Runes’ by Janina Ramirez.
In addition to all of this, the children have been busy rehearsing for their KS2 Summer production of Aladdin Trouble!
We hope you have a lovely, relaxing summer break. Thank you for all of your support this year and we wish all of the children the best of luck in Year 7.
'Walk on the Wild Side'
This half term, Year 5 and 6 have been having a really wild time when studying their topic ‘Walk on the Wild Side’. During this topic, we have investigated different rainforests around the world and the wild life that live in this habitat. The children have also studied the different layers of the rainforest in a homework project. To coincide with this, as part of our Science lessons, the children made their own bottle rainforests and were able to observe the humidity and condensation that occurs within the rainforest. Why do rainforests have such a wet climate?
During their Literacy lessons, the children have written creative descriptions of a trek through the rainforest, a balanced argument about deforestation and a play script based on scenes from ‘The Jungle Book’. Within Maths lessons, the children completed jungle based word problems and revised some of the common methods for the four operations.
As well as this, the children have studied Henri Rousseau’s famous tiger artwork and used acrylic paints to create their own painting in the style of this artist. Can you remember one of they key features of his artwork for example, his use of bold colours? Within French, Year 5 and 6 have learnt the names for a variety of rainforest animals. However, the main highlight of this topic was definitely the visit from Jungle Jonathan’s Roadshow; the children were able to hold and look at a variety of creepy crawlies and snakes!
The children have been really lucky to experience so many fantastic opportunities this half term and the fun continues after Easter when we’ll be studying the Vicious Vikings and Savage Saxons.
Next half term we will looking at life in the Amazon Rainforest in our topic ‘Walk on the Wildside’. We have a number of visitors lined up to meet the children, many of whom might have more than two legs!!
Autumn 2 – Celebrations and Festivals
Year 6 have had a fantastic half term learning about the different celebrations and festivals observed across the world during our topic, for example: Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Remembrance Day and Bonfire Night. The children have also had the opportunity to research and present information about a celebration of their choice based on family heritage and personal preference. The children have been able to gain a wider understanding and a new appreciation of some of the differences and similarities between diverse cultures and religions. They have used their new knowledge to create thanksgiving information leaflets, non-chronological reports about Hanukkah and wonderful bonfire descriptions. Once the children had written their bonfire descriptions, they produced stunning chalk drawings of a firework display with a silhouette to stand in the foreground of the city they wanted to portray.
In Maths, the children have been securing their knowledge of the four operations and learning how to apply these methods within a variety of word problems. They have also looked at 2D and 3D shapes and tackled protractors to measure and draw angles too. In Geography and History we have been learning about the heritage of different celebrations, how they came to be so important in religious history and why we celebrate these traditions today. In Science the children have been looking at different materials, their properties and absorbency and reversible and irreversible changes.
Outdoor PE has been a little chilly this half term but the children have become incredibly confident with their hockey skills. We would like to thank Mr Watton, a qualified hockey coach, for helping the children to build on their previous skills from Year 5 and helping them apply these skills to game scenarios.
Most importantly, Year 6 thoroughly enjoyed their time at Avon Tyrrell and were a delight to spend the week with. All of the adults involved commented on how lovely it was to see the children facing their fears, improving their team work skills and growing in confidence. Have a look at the pictures on the latest news page to see what they got up to.
After Christmas we will be looking at Ancient Egypt in our topic ‘Walk Like an Egyptian’. We will learn about the mummification process, study the infamous Tutankhamun and experience an Egyptian themed Treehouse Theatre drama workshop!
Autumn 1 – ‘Ooh La La’
This half term the children have been learning all about the different aspects of French culture through our ‘Ooh La La!’ topic. Not only have the children completed a geographical study of France’s regions but they’ve also enjoyed learning about the annual event, Tour De France.
During our Literacy lessons, we have written a description of a walk through Paris, a newspaper report about a murder at the French Football Stadium and persuasive letters to Francesca La Rue at the Louvre Art Gallery in Paris. As well as this, our Maths lessons have involved solving lots of French word problems linking money with the four operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We have delved deeper into the importance of place value within our calculations and also looked at missing angles.
During our Art lessons, we completed an artist study of Claude Monet and tried to replicate his famous ‘Water Lily Pond’ painting. The children loved focusing on the different tones that he used within his painting and tried hard to use the tache technique to create a similar effect within their own artwork. The children have also learnt plenty of new French vocabulary throughout the topic whilst being able to grasp simple conversations about our hobbies, family and school.
To conclude our wonderful topic, the children became food connoisseurs by visiting a French Café. They tasted a variety of traditional French foods including: pain au chocolat, quiche Lorraine, crème caramel, brie and wine (grape juice!). The children were brilliant at trying the good they hadn’t tasted before and being honest with their descriptions of the food.
Next half term we will be focusing on different celebrations and festivals from around the world on the lead up to Christmas. The children will learn all about Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Remembrance Day.
Welcome to Maple Class
Welcome back! We hope you all had an enjoyable and relaxing summer holiday and are ready for the new term ahead. We have been really impressed with the way that the children have settled back into school so smoothly this week and they have all had a brilliant first day in Year 6. The children have been working really hard as a class team and starting to get to grips with the expectations of being in a new class and new year group.
Our topic this half term is 'Oh La La' and the children have already started to research Basingstoke’s twin town in France - Alençon ! Do you know where Alençon is in situated in France? We will be looking at many aspects of France throughout the term including studying famous artists, well-known landmarks and taking a walk through Paris in our Literacy lessons! In Maths, we will be working hard to consolidate taught methods for the four operations and understand how to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions too. In Literacy, we have lots of exciting writing planned based around France, including looking at a fantastic book called ‘A Walk in Paris’, by Salvatore Rubbino.
Keep your eyes peeled for our class newsletter that will be coming out soon for more information on the exciting things that we have planned for your children this term.
(Miss Bonner, Mrs Osborne, Miss Lockley and Miss Crossley)
Summer 2 – Jammin’ Jamaica and Cinderella Rockerfella!
Year 5 and 6 have had an incredibly busy half term and we have managed to pack so much in, including lots of exciting visitors! Our new additions to the classes, Bluebell and Buttercup, have settled in and the children adore spending their time with them. The children also had a visit from two specialists from Sparsholt College to advise the children on how to help look after the rabbits and provide first aid if necessary. Continuing with our Jamaican topic, the children made their own exotic smoothies and conducted observational drawing of fruit. They focused on capturing the intricate detail of each fruit and how they would recreate this on the page using shading and tone.
Two members of Hampshire’s Fire Service delivered a thought-provoking session on how to prevent a fire in the home and what to do if one should occur. They also spoke about road and bicycle safety too. Does your family have a home safety plan should a fire start in your house? Take a look at our latest news section to see some of the pictures that we took during the visit. Year 6 also had their trip to Winchester University where they graduated proudly in front of their parents.
Alongside all of this, Year 5 and 6 have been working tirelessly to ensure that our end of year production is a huge success. The children have been incredible at learning their lines, organising their costumes and perfecting their acting technique – thank you for all of your support with this too. I’m sure there will be lots of parents who know their children’s lines off by heart too!
Thank you for all of your help and support this year. The Year 5/6 team have loved working with your children and will certainly miss them as they venture onto their new schools or year group. Year 5 will have the wonderful pleasure of seeing Mrs Osborne lots more though - you lucky things!
Summer 1 – Jammin’ Jamaica
The children have thoroughly enjoyed learning about Jamaica so far this half term as we have managed to jam pack lots of exciting activities into just a few weeks. Year 5 and 6 have studied aspects of Jamaican history and looked more closely at some notable people that have influenced Jamaican culture, such as Bob Marley, Benjamin Zephaniah and Usain Bolt. The children conducted their own research about a Jamaican person of their choice and then wrote a biography about their lives so far. We have also carefully considered the importance of carnivals within Jamaica’s culture. The children wrote a fantastic carnival description using wonderful imagery and powerful vocabulary to bring their writing to life for the reader.
Within Art, the children have also sketched a portrait of Bob Marley and were able to design their own Jamaican flag too. In Design and Technology, we have started designing our own smoothie cartons ready for our delicious, tropical smoothies to be made after half term.
During Maths, the children have investigated finding the volume of a 3D shape and compared this to the formula used when finding the area of a 2D shape. We also introduced the children to scale factor and how we can enlarge a shape whilst the proportions remain the same. Of course we needed to continue revising lots of key concepts ready for the Year 6 SATs, which really helped the Year 5 children to consolidate their learning too. Mrs Osborne and I must say how proud we were of the children during their SATs too – a fantastic Growth Mindset was shown by all.
We have plenty more exciting activities to look forward to in Summer 2 as we continue our Jamaican topic, including a surprise cookery visit from Miss Brookes. We will also be practising and getting ready for Cinderella Rockerfella – our end of year performance.
Spring 2 - Amazingstoke
This half term our topic was ‘Amazingstoke’. The children were able to really get to grips with their home town as we studied the history and geographical elements of Basingstoke. We were able to explore all of the different parts of Basingstoke town when we went on our trip and made comparisons between what we have learnt about Basingstoke in the past and what it is like now. We have developed our map reading skills and compared old and new maps.
During our topic, the children created a wonderful leaflet detailing all of the exciting things to do in Basingstoke and explaining why people should visit Basingstoke. The children worked incredibly hard on producing these, so we decided to shortlist a small selection for Ms Rogers to choose 4 winners from. These children won a £5 Festival Place voucher for them to spend as they wish.
In our English work the children were able to write a recount of their Basingstoke trip and retell some of the exciting facts that they learnt about the history of Basingstoke, including the horrifying death of Mrs Blunden. We also wrote a persuasive letter to Ms Rogers to convince her to update the Year 6 common area with more exciting activities. Which idea will she choose?
During our Maths lessons we have been looking at data handling and statistics in relation to Basingstoke and also focused on fractions, decimals and negative numbers.
In Art, we focused on a Basingstoke artist, Kev Munday, and created our own artwork in the style of his animation technique. We linked this with our Science week focus, to create a stylised wind turbine using our artist inspiration.
The children have loved learning about their home town which will contrast nicely to our focus country next term – Jamaica!
Spring Term 1 - The Terrible Tudors
This half term, we have looked at ‘The Terrible Tudors’ during our topic work. We have taken part in lots of exciting activities including our trip to Hampton Court.
During our English lessons, we have been writing our very own historical stories which were part of a continuation from the book ‘The Thief, The Fool and The Big Fat King’. As well as this, we have written a newspaper article depicting the events that happened during the Tudor times and written exciting descriptions of Tudor artefacts ready for an auction at Hampton Court Palace. In our Maths lessons, we have solved Tudor themed word problems whilst also revising for our SATs exams in May. Science lessons have involved studying the sinking of the Mary Rose.
During ICT, we have developed our research skills by independently gathering facts for our Tudor newspaper reports. We also developed our skills using the programme Publisher, in order to create our very own Tudor brochures. Within our Music lessons we have been listening to traditional Tudor songs which have helped us to compose our own music using recorders. Guided Reading sessions have enabled us to explore and dramatizing the works of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet whilst our Art curriculum has helped us to focus on Tudor portraits and draw our very own portraits in the Tudor style.
This has been a very important term for the year 6 children as we have been preparing for the up and coming SATs test. The more reading and times tables practise that both Year 5 and 6 children can be doing at home, the better. Thank you for your continued support with this!
Autumn Term 2 - Space
This half term, the Year 5 and 6 children have learnt lots of exciting new facts about Space and the Solar System we live in. They have taken part in a variety of exciting activities such as: creating planet pictures with marbling techniques, drawing astronauts inspired by Alexi Leonov and created their very own solar system models. As well as this, we have learnt the names of the planets in French and are able to describe their colours, climates and sizes. In Literacy, we have written some wonderful non-chronological reports about a planet of our choice and a set of instructions for an alien starting at the school. During their Maths lessons, they have completed a range of Space themed word problems focusing on the four operations and have gained an understanding of area and perimeter. We also had a surprise visit from Miss Brookes who baked some delicious cheesy star biscuits with us! We hope the children have enjoyed this topic as much as the adults!
Savage Saxons and Vicious Vikings -Summer Term
This term, Year 5 and 6 are studying The Saxons and Vikings. They will learn how to plot these two time periods on a time line, in relation to other key historical events. As well as this, they will learn all about Saxon home life by designing their own Saxon villages and clothing. The children will study Saxon battles, armor and weaponry; they will design and make their own Saxon shield which will then be used in a whole year group ‘battle!’
During their Literacy lessons, they will learn about the famous myth of Beowulf and Grendel. From this, they will write their own battle speech.
Later on in the term, the children will take part in a Viking and Saxon day where they will take part in activities such as: Viking cooking and jewellery making
In addition to all of this, the children will be rehearsing hard for their KS2 Summer production of Robin Hood!
Jungle Jonathan Visit
Today, the Year 5 and 6 children welcomed Jungle Jonathan and his many creepy crawly friends into their classrooms as part of our ‘Walk on the Wildside’ topic. Although many of the children were a little apprehensive at the start of the session (including the adults), the children were absolutely fantastic when taking part and facing their fears. They all showed a very calm and caring nature with both the animals, and each other - encouraging one another with a ‘give it a go’ attitude. The children were able to ask lots of burning questions about the animals that live in the Amazon Rainforest and were blown away by Jungle Jonathan’s knowledge and love for his creatures. Year 5 and 6 were able to interact with Millie the millipede, a Madagascan Ground Boa and tarantula to name but a few creatures. If you wanted to have a little look of your own at some of the animals that came into school today, I would urge you to take a look at Jungle Jonathan’s website: http://www.jonathansjungleroadshow.co.uk. Here are a few images of the children themselves as they took part in the session. I really do hope they had a fantastic morning!
Walk on the Wild Side
In Spring 2, Year 5 and 6 will be studying an extremely exciting topic called ‘Walk on the Wild Side’. During this topic, we will look at the different rainforests around the world and the wild life that live there. We will also study why it is important to have different rainforest layers.
During their Literacy lessons, we will be writing creative descriptions of a trek through the rainforest, a balanced argument about deforestation and a rainforest poem.
Maths lessons will involve looking at climate and rainfall graphs and charts to help put data handling into a real life context; whilst also completing jungle based word problems.
As well as this, the children will study the famous Henri Rousseau’s tiger artwork and use acrylic paints to create their own painting in the style of this artist.
As part of our Science lessons, they will learn about food chains and how animals adapt to their natural environments in order to survive.
Year 5 and 6 will aim to learn the names of a variety of rainforest animals in French and production and French description of these animals too.
The main highlight of this topic will definitely be the visit from Jungle Jonathan’s Roadshow; the children will get to look at and hold a variety of creepy crawlies and snakes! This visit is happening in the second week of term so be sure not to miss it!
This half-term, Year 5 and 6 will be learning about the Ancient Egyptians as part of their topic ‘Walk Like an Egyptian.’
We are launching the topic with a trip to Highclere Castle where the children will learn all about Howard Carter’s discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb. Back at school, they will write a diary entry as if they are Howard Carter discovering the ancient treasures.
The children will also learn all about the mummification process and will even get to have a go at mummifying each other! During their art lessons, they will make canopic jars out of clay, which will be painted in an Ancient Egyptian style. They will also learn how to write their names in hieroglyphics.
In their Maths sessions, the children will complete a variety of Ancient Egyptian themed word problems to develop their addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills. They will continue to work on fractions, study 3D shapes and measure (area, perimeter and volume) focusing on the pyramids in the Valley of the Kings.
To top this all off, they will learn an Egyptian style dance and take on roles of Ancient Egyptian characters in our Drama lessons! We are all really looking forward to this topic!
Autumn 1 - Oh La La!
This half term the children will be learning all about different aspects of French culture and traditions through our ‘Oh La La!’ topic. We will be completing a geographical study of France’s regions, focussing particularly on Basingstoke’s twin town – Alençon.
During our Literacy lessons, we will be writing a description of a walk through Paris, a personification poem about the Eiffel tower, instructions about how to make a French baguette and even a newspaper report about a murder at the French Football Stadium!
As well as this, our Maths lessons will involve solving lots of French word problems linking money with the four operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will also be looking at the importance of place value within our calculations.
As part of our topic the children will get the opportunity to become food connoisseurs, tasting a variety of different French foods and drinks such as: quiche Lorraine, baguettes, croissants, pain aux chocolate, crème caramel and wine (grape juice!).
In our Art lessons, we will be sketching famous French landscaped such as: The Eiffel tower, L’arc de Triomphe and the Louvre Museum. Our focus will be to use tone and texture effectively to add detail to our sketches. As well as this, we will create our own versions of the ‘Water Lily Pond’ painting inspired by Claude Monet.
Of course we will be learning plenty of new French vocabulary throughout our topic whilst being able to grasp simple conversations about our hobbies, family and school and be able to sing heads, shoulders, knees and toes in French.
The children are really enthusiastic about our topic and all the exciting things happening throughout this half term!
Summer 1 – Jammin’ Jamaica
This half term the children will be learning all about Jamaica. They will be looking at Jamaica’s history and notable people that have influenced Jamaican culture, such as Bob Marley and Usain Bolt. We will also study the differences between Jamaican culture and geography compared to our own in the UK. In Design & Technology, they will be designing a smoothie carton and making their own tropical smoothies. They have already begun to look at the ingredients for these in their French lessons.
During Maths the children will be learning about algebra and also solving problems linked to our topic about climate and Jamaican currency.
In English, the children will be writing carnival descriptions, a Jamaican haiku poem and writing a recount of Usain Bolt’s historic, world record-breaking race.
This half term will be a busy one as the year 6 children get ready for their SATs and we also will begin to prepare for the end of year performance, which will be ‘Alice in Wonderland’.
The children are really enthusiastic about our topic and all the exciting things happening throughout this half term!
Spring 2 - Basingstoke Study
This half term our topic is Basingstoke. We will be looking at the history of Basingstoke and how it has changed over time. To support this, we will be taking a trip into town to make comparisons between what we have learnt about Basingstoke in the past and what it is like now. Also, we will be looking closely at how to use maps, developing map reading skills and comparing old and new maps.
We have begun to create leaflets on why people should visit Basingstoke that describe all the amazing activities on offer. The children have been working hard on making these as we hope to send a selection off to Basingstoke Council for them to use for marketing as there seems to be a limited amount of leaflets about Basingstoke on offer!
In our English work we are developing balanced arguments as to whether or not the council should be able to build on the woodland and the park near school. We will be having a debate in class for and against this and the children will then be writing it up, making sure that they show both sides of the argument.
During our Maths lessons we will be looking at data handling and statistics in relation to Basingstoke and also will be focusing on fractions, decimals and negative numbers.
The week beginning 14th March is National Science Week and we will be concentrating on Science throughout this week. There will be some exciting activities for children to get involved with related to our topic.
We will tie everything we have learnt together by creating quizzes in ICT. We will learn about programming and coding and create the quizzes using a computer program called Scratch. We will then be testing each other to find out who is the Basingstoke Mastermind champion!
Spring 1 - Tudors
This half term, our topic is ‘The Terrible Tudors’. We have lots of exciting activities coming up including a trip to Hampton Court Palace and the Tree House Theatre group coming in to do a play in a day!
During our English lessons, we will be looking at some of Sir Francis Drake’s work and writing historical stories. As well as this, we will study and write some newspaper articles depicting events that happened during the Tudor times.
In our Maths lessons, we will be solving Tudor themed word problems, looking at statistics and averages of number of deaths for each illness and budgeting for a banquet. We will also focus on being able to read scales for cooking.
Science lessons will involve studying the sinking of the Mary Rose, as well as finding out about a variety of Tudor illnesses and their cures.
We will also be starting cooking sessions where we will be make Tudor knot biscuits! During ICT we will be able to research the Tudors for our newspaper report.
As well as all of this, we will also be listening to traditional Tudor music to help us compose our own music using recorders and we will be exploring and dramatizing the works of William Shakespeare. We will have the opportunity to explore Tudor portraits and draw our very own portraits in Tudor style.This term the year 6 children will be beginning to prepare for their SATs at school. The more reading and times tables practice etc. they can do at home, the better. Thank you with your continued support with this!
Autumn 2 - Space
This half term, the Year 5 and 6 children will be learning about Space. They will take part in a variety of exciting activities such as: creating planet pictures with marbling techniques, designing and making their own rockets and drawing astronauts and space crafts. As well a this, they will be learning the names of the planets in French and will be able to describe their colours, climates and sizes. In Literacy, they will write a non-chronological report about a planet and a set of instructions for an alien starting at the school. During their Maths lessons, they will complete a range of Space themed word problems focussing on the four operations.
We hope the children enjoy this topic!
Autumn 1 - World War II (Year 5 and 6)
This half term, our topic is based around World War Two. The children have already started learning key dates, important facts and vocabulary about the war. During this topic, we will focus on how the lifestyle of children living in1940’s war time Britain differs to life today. To give the children more of a ‘real life’ experience, we will be holding a World War Two day on Monday 28th September where the children are invited to wear evacuee style clothing to school and take part in a range of war time activities such as: cooking, sewing, rationing and army drills.
Our Literacy lessons will link to World War Two as the children will be writing their own evacuee diary and war time speech. As well as this, in our Maths lessons we will be focusing on: budgeting money for rationing, using war time statistics to create graphs and calculating accurate measurements to construct an Anderson Shelter.
The children will also be learning some 1940’s dances and songs and creating pictures inspired by the artist Roy Lichtenstein.
Summer 1 (Year 3 and 4)
Summer 1 brought an array of different weather; perfect for our ‘Extreme Weather’ topic. Who would have thought April and May would see showers, blazing sunshine, thunderstorms and even hail (well we are in England I suppose!). Willow and Sycamore classes quickly got busy studying some of these different types of weather and finding out where in the world saw most of these. We looked in depth at Great Britain in particular and discovered and located on a map which counties have had hurricanes, tornadoes, snow storms or floods. We then used this data, as well as data from around the world, to form graphs and charts using ICT. We answered questions related to this data in order to enhance our interpretation skills in maths.
We explored a lot of art techniques through this topic. We started with collage. We created an extreme weather scene using various materials. Firstly we thought about a background for our scene and then layered over the top. Cardboard, string, tissue, hessian, bubble wrap straw, cloth and coloured paper were just some of the materials used. Techniques included scrunching, ripping, folding and cutting. We carefully applied these techniques in order to create the desired effect e.g. rough sea, rocky edges, a stormy background. We also thought carefully about the colours we used and what effect they created for our final piece. Check out the finished collages amongst the pictures below.
Our creativity continued when we used water resist to create rainy pictures. First we used white crayon to draw the weather onto the page. Some of us chose to do rain drops, others puddles, others an umbrella. After that we washed over the top; using shades of blue and grey watercolour to create the clouds above the horizon, and watercolour paints to do the reflections below the horizon. The crayon repels the water away from it, masking out areas to retain the white of the paper underneath. It creates a really interesting picture.
Poetry was also explored using extreme weather as stimuli. Our main aim was to use personification to bring the particular weather alive and on a journey across its path. Some of us described the destruction of a tornado, others the calm tranquillity of the sunset. All of us used other poetic techniques to make our writing interesting including alliteration, onomatopoeia, and powerful vocabulary.
We also learnt how to write newspaper reports. We actually interviewed Mrs Wilson, a witness of The Great Storm of 1987. We used her quotes and recount of the ordeal, along with further research, in order to write our newspaper articles. It was really interesting talking to someone who had been part of the storm that happened so close to home. We found out information about how this changed the weather forecast system and included this in our articles.
During design technology we made our own land yachts out of wood. First we made the frames then we added wheels to create the chassis. We learned how to use the hacksaws safely and various other pieces of equipment, such as bench hooks, lynx jointers, drills, and a vice. When making the chassis we had to measure accurately, as well as learning new techniques for joining. Once the chassis was made we focused on designing and making the sail. We had opportunities to test our land yachts and adjust parts so that they would move swiftly when the wind blew. It was exciting to finally race our land yachts!
Our home learning this term saw some wonderful projects handed in. Everything from bottled tornados, wire 3D models, and research charts to recorded weather reports, PowerPoint presentations and our own weather instruments. Have a look ate the pictures below to see our projects.
Summer one finished with Great Binfields very first art festivals week. The Great British Woodland was our theme. We undertook a variety of activities around the KS2 classrooms including printing, collage, sewing and paper mâché. We had loads of fun exploring the different art related activities. Look at the pictures below to see our finished pieces.
What to look forward to in the Summer Term
During the summer term our topic will be ‘Extreme Weather’ with a geography focus. We will be looking in detail at maps and globes, locating different places and comparing weather. These comparisons will be used during ICT to create graphs and explore more data handling techniques. For art we will be creating weather pictures and scenes using various materials through collage. We will also be exploring watercolour linked to weather.
Willow and Sycamore classes continued their topic of ‘Lights, Camera, Action’ over spring two and had lots of fun doing so.
One of the highlights of this half term was our trip to The Anvil in Basingstoke town centre. The kind staff took us on a personal tour throughout the whole theatre including backstage, onstage and into the audience. We learnt an exceptional amount about how the lighting and sound works in the auditorium as well as some of the shows, actors and performances that have been in the dressing rooms and have appeared on the big stage. The staff went to great lengths to make the trip both enjoyable and educational and we enjoyed it very much.
The trip was a great stimulus for our writing when we returned to school. Firstly, we wrote thank you letters to all the staff at The Anvil; detailing what exactly we enjoyed and what we learnt from the day for our ‘Light, Camera, Action’ topic. This then led nicely into our next piece of writing; mystery stories! We had great fun writing these. We used the staff within our stories as the main characters and used the setting, and what we learnt from the trip, to solve a mystery of something important going missing. Having gone to the theatre really helped us when describing the setting; in addition to sparking our imagination in order to generate great ideas for our mystery stories.
Alongside all the exciting writing, we were also developing our musical skills while learning samba. Mr Cross from Hampshire Music Service taught us a range of samba instruments including; agogo bells, surdo, caixa, repenique, timberin and ganzas. We learnt a variety of rhythms on each instrument and two sequences in which to put them altogether. Mr Cross also used call and response with us, just to check we were listening! At the end of the term we performed to the rest of the school and to our parents. Both performances went brilliantly; definitely something to be proud of.
Something else to be proud of is our withie lanterns that we made in class. We worked in groups of 4 to design and create a lantern out of withie and tissue paper. Firstly, we explored shapes and decided as a group on our design; we then made this from pipe cleaners. The next stage was to build a structure out of the withie, it was soaked in water so it was easier to manipulate and we used masking tape to hold the pieces together. After that was the messy stage; using watered down glue to soak the carnival tissue paper and then carefully covering our entire frame. Once this was dry we cut colourful shapes out and stuck them on for decoration. A lot of teamwork was needed in order to produce some excellent results. See for yourself by looking at the pictures below.
The ‘Camera’ part of our topic was helped along by Miss Rogers who kindly shared with us her passion for photography. We learnt about how cameras and photographs have changed through the years and we got to have a look at some of Miss Rogers cameras that she has collected. It was really interesting to see how they worked and listen to the processes involved in printing photographs. Thank you again to Miss Rogers.
Overall a very enjoyable term with lots of fun activities and learning.
The new term brought a new topic to Willow and Sycamore classes titled ‘Lights, Camera, Action’. Our first focus was on the exploration of light. We carefully observed different sources of light in order to complete some sketching; including lanterns, torches, candles and bulbs. We learnt various techniques, such as shading and smudging to make our sketches look more realistic.
Our science day let us explore light and the eye even further. Various stations were set out across Willow and Sycamore classes in order for us to investigate light and how it works. Some of the stations included; how shadows vary depending on the light, how objects appear differently when in water, different colours, looking at a model of the eye, how light can be redirected through a prism and we even got to spy on others around the school using the periscopes, including Miss Rogers! We had a really fun day whilst learning a lot too.
We transferred some of the knowledge we learnt from science day in order to help us with our home learning projects. Have a look at the pictures below to see our fantastic periscopes, kaleidoscopes and fog boxes.
Within design and technology we made our very own torches. First we designed them and then used a small LED light with a touch sensitive connector in order for them to work. We covered them with card and a colourful design. Now we can use them to light the way when walking to the main building at this darker time of year! Also within DT we wrote instructions for making scones. We made sure we used adverbs and imperative verbs so they were really accurate; we could then follow them and enjoy our scrumptious home-made scones.
To work off all those delicious treats we enjoyed learning some new skills in PE. The year 3's had a 5 week course of badminton with a specialist coach. First we learnt how to hit a balloon over the net using different grips, including shaky hand and thumb grip. We then progressed onto using the shuttle cock; we even learnt how to serve! Meanwhile, the year 4's had a specialist coach for rugby, learning how to make a 'V' formation and how to pass whilst on the move. However, we need to remember that you can only pass backwards! We had a great time and some of us have even taken up extra-curricular clubs in these areas.
This term we have continued to have one of our special ‘moral, spiritual, social and cultural’ (MSSC) days, this time with the title of 'Love of Understanding Differences'. Willow class looked in depth at the wheelchair basketball player Ade Adepitian, while Sycamore class looked at the visual impaired skier Kelly Gallagher. We learnt how they have lived their lives and achieved their ambitions. It was really interesting and we produced some great shape and acrostic poems in relation to this.
The last week of term saw 60 children dressed as characters from Harry Potter, and the modular buildings transformed into Hogwarts for the day. We used clips from the film in order to gain inspiration for our writing, resulting in some fantastic setting descriptions using our imaginations to create our own castles. A fantastic week to end the half term.
We have had an exciting and busy start to the term. Our theme has had a scientific focus titled ‘Funny Bones and Healthy Heart’. We started by learning what a balanced diet is by exploring the ‘Eatwell plate’ and looking in depth at the five food groups. Our visit to Tesco reinforced this learning as we were able to find a range of foods from each category. We also handled a variety of fish. Smelly but fascinating! Photographs of our experiences can be seen on the community board at Tesco. Keeping within the healthy theme, we wrote letters to persuade the younger children to try exotic fruits. We used adjectives, descriptions and persuasive phrases. Persuasion was also used to write a letter to Miss Rogers to asking for a specialist instructor to teach us Zumba, an alternative and fun way to keep fit. It was great to try a different way of keeping a ‘healthy heart’!
Continuing with our cross curricular links we went on to design and make our own breakfast muesli. This involved lots of maths as well as design and technology. First we tried the dried fruits and worked out how much we would need to make a portion. After that a group of children went shopping for the ingredients thus applying their mathematical skills within a real life context. Next we disassembled cereal boxes in order to understand what we should incorporate in our packages. After that we weighed, combined and packaged our cereals before taking them home to enjoy.
Another exciting opportunity we had was when we visited Chineham library. The librarians showed us each section of the library including how to use them and we had time to browse and choose books to take home.
More fun was had in our school woods when Miss Rogers and Mr Wood lead outdoor activities. These helped to promote cooperation, creativity and a love of the outdoors. The boys had to create monsters using natural materials. They attached their fantastic monster onto the trees using clay. Once again, the girls had to use natural materials; plus string, a few buttons and shells. This time they created magical mobiles.