The Tiny Seed

The videos below are of the class in groups performing a poem about a seed. This week we have been learning the story of The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle. The children had to make up their own actions/movements in response to the words of the poem and then perform them. As you can see, all of the children were superb!

Pond and Patch

Helping make a pond

by Rowan Millen

The gardening club wanted to make a pond for all the frogs, and all the living creatures. I helped dig the big hole, it has two levels, a deep part for fishes and a shallower part for frogs, newts and other smaller creatures that like mud and roots of plants for their home.

my friends and i maid a pond, it was enormous, we used old pieces of carpet. We had 20 pieces of carpet and we made sure all the sharp stones were covered so the pond liner would not pop! The pond liner was heavy. The parents helped put it in. It was ginormous.

The next day, I then turned the tap on to fill up. It took a whole school day to fill and then we started to make a habitat for the creatures.  It was lots of fun, making it for the school children to enjoy. It is not finished. I am looking forward to making it a real pond and beautiful.

Water World!

This week, Thistle Class have been thinking about their new topic…..Water World! We started off having a talk about what we already know about water. Where do we find it? What does it do? What do we do with it? What is it good for? Everybody had lots of ideas and we discovered that we already knew quite a lot.

One of the things that we knew was that water helps plants to grow. We wondered…..if plants didn’t have any water would they still grow? In order to find this out we were going to plant a seed. Some seeds would have water and some would not. We made predictions about what would happen. Most of us thought that the seed would not grow at all. Some of us thought that the seed might grow a little bit.

We planted some broad beans using clear cups so we could see what was happening to our seeds. We are going to watch what happens over the next few weeks to see if our predictions are right.

Here we are with our seeds:

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History Day

Today we have all been working together to learn about a famous person in History – Louis Braille. We spent the morning discussing his life story and working in pairs, with Thistle class and Clover class working beautifully together to produce a super book of his life story. In the afternoon everyone then got the chance to create some braille patterns of their own and to understand.

Here are the children hard at work and describing what they have learnt in their own words:

Light and Dark

This week the children in Thistle class have been excited about their new IPC topic, Light and Dark. Everyone had the chance to make dens (huge fun) and then test out how dark they were with torches. A fantastic way to begin another exciting learning journey and here are some photos of the children having fun:

Making Hobby Horses

This afternoon the children of Thistle class all sat down together and discussed what they enjoyed and found difficult about making their hobby horses. They then recorded the whole process in their own words. Here they are:

The Magic Toymaker

As part of their exit point for their topic of The Magic Toymaker, Thistle and Clover class today worked together to make some fantastic hobby horses. Using a range of materials and a sock from home (!), the children stuffed, stuck, coloured and enjoyed being creative, ending up with some amazing results which they then shared with their parents, after playing with their hobby horses, of course! Here they are enjoying a group learning session together. This is what learning is all about…

World Book Day 2017

From the moment I opened the door at 8.55am this morning, I knew that we were going to have a wonderful day. I was not wrong. Standing in front of the assembled school it was so lovely to see how everyone – children, staff and adults – had made such a superb effort to all come as their favourite book character to celebrate World Book Day. With everyone from Where’s Wally to Goldilocks and The Boy in the Dress to Harry Potter, all types of books and stories were represented and it demonstrated what a love of reading our school has.

In class the fun continued throughout the day, with the staff all having planned some fantastic learning activities for the children, all centered around reading and books. Furthermore, a whole school reading session, with older children pairing with younger children made the day even more special and a special announcement from Mrs Hannam of an extreme reading award has now got everyone thinking how best to create that perfect photo of themselves reading!

In all it was another day to be proud of what we have at our school and a perfect way to mark the occasion. Here are some photos of the fun we had: