In English, Year 6 created some amazing kennings linking with reasons for and against xenotransplantation. We then incorporated our kennings into our conscience alley drama work. How do you think Cameron is feeling? Should he have the pig heart transplant?
This week was our final week of looking at and reading ‘Whatever Next’. The children thought about where they would go in their rocket and they made marks to show us their chosen destination.
We learnt about Tim Peake who went to space just before the Nursery children were born. We looked in detail at his spacesuit and we now know they are not always white and they are made specifically for that astronaut. The children tried on Mrs Squibbs’ spacesuit coat and the quickly realised that wasn’t the right size for them.
The children enjoyed using an app called ‘NASA selfie’ where they got to become real astronauts! Check out our Nursery astronauts in the photos.
In PE we rode the moon buggy scooters and bikes and went around the moon picking up moon rocks. The children were very careful not to fall in the craters.
We continued with our super subitising this week. We learnt how to play pairs where we had to match the numeral to the picture showing that amount.
Our topic this half term had been about safety. We took a look in our playground and the area around our school. We looked at the floor markings outside our school and the speed bumps and discussed how they are there to keep us safe. We also looked at the floor and realised it was softer in places to stop the children from hurting themselves on the equipment.
Year 6 have been recognising and describing the style of Viking knots and patterns. We carefully used our skills of proportion and symmetry to recreate Viking patterns and modified these as we sketched. We persevered and showed great resilience.
What a great start Nursery have made to 2022! It has been lovely getting to know all the pupils and we also welcomed 5 new children who have really settled in well.
This half term our topic is Space. We have been reading the story Whatever Next! where baby bear makes his own rocket and travels to the moon.
The children enjoyed acting out the story with their own rocket, space helmet and took some food with them.
The children talked about and drew what they would take with them in their rocket. The children chose some interesting items to take including sausage rolls, scrambled egg and their ‘elephant cuddly’.
We started to talk about the moon and we watched a video of astronauts boarding the rocket and we got to listen to a story read by an astronaut in Space, her hair was all over the place! We talked about how her hair was flying around, as was she, because there is no gravity in space. We enjoyed watching how Tim Peake drank from his water bottle in Space, we had to watch it a few times as it’s so amazing.
To finish our first week we started our Astronaut training by taking part in some Space yoga.
This week some children chose to paint the characters from the story and some children used resources to make their own rockets for the astronauts.
We talked abut 2D shapes and made rockets using and naming the foam shapes and/or paper shapes.
This week we looked at the moon in more detail and we discussed the holes that are called craters. Some children chose to be creative, making their own moons, rockets and aliens using playdough.
We continued our Astronaut training, this time we went on the playground equipment practising our balancing skills. We also watched gravity in action as we threw balls in the air and watched as they fell to the floor because of the gravity on Earth.
This week we got to look through a telescope. The children enjoyed looking and exploring the telescope and we talked about how sometimes you can still see the moon in the daytime but unfortunately we couldn’t see the moon as it was just too foggy ☹ Instead the children looked at a starry night scene on the IWB. A few children then used the ‘junk modelling’ to make their own telescopes.
As well as learning about the moon we discussed the owl from the story and we talked about how some owls are nocturnal but not all of them. The children learnt this means they sleep in the day and wake up at night, the opposite to us as we are classed as diurnal. As part of our learning about owls we made our very own ‘Owl Toast’ using fruit to make the features of an owl including wings, beak and large round eyes. The children thought the owl toast was “delicious”.
To finish our third week we revisited craters on the moon. We watched a video of what happens when a space rock hits the moon and the children were amazed. We talked about how some craters are big enough to fit the whole school in! To show the formation of craters in action the children dropped rocks on to the shaving foam moon and watched how they left a ‘crater’ just like on the real moon.
Astronaut Training was an agility assault course this week. The children liked being timed using a stopwatch and tried to be faster each time.
Alongside our topic based learning the children have been busing in Maths and Phonics.
The children have been learning and practising the skill of subitising. Subitising is when you can see an amount (up to 7) and know how many there is without counting, just like we do using a dice. The children matched numeral to dot arrangements, matched to how many fingers on a hand, to how many cubes in a tower and in lots more ways.
We have been thinking about sounds we can hear in the environment and sounds we can make with different objects and instruments. The children had to listen very carefully on our listening walk and when we played a game of ‘Guess the instrument’.
In preparation for writing we have been strengthening our muscles during our daily Doodle Sticks sessions. The children enjoy making shapes to music with their ribbon sticks and finish the session making marks on paper which prepares them for writing and forming letters of the alphabet.
Today Year 6 travelled back in time to discover the lives of the inhabitants of 10th-century York. During our visit we looked at actual archaeological evidence found during the Coppergate excavations, learnt about trade and customs, participated in our own archaeological dig and learnt about Viking battle tactics. For more information speak to a member of Year 6, especially to find out what our final picture is of!
To introduce our new English text (Pig Heart Boy) and science unit (The Circulatory System), Year 6 had the opportunity to study a lamb’s heart to gain a better understanding of how this amazing organ works. Ask Year 6 about the fabulous facts which they have learnt!
Year 5 had a busy end to the Autumn term. We completed designing, sewing and evaluating our Drawstring bags in Design and Technology. We explored the true story of Christmas and how different types of truth, such as scientific or historical , can affect belief. We ordered significant events and debated whether we thought they were true or not. In Science, we explored objects, materials and their different properties that made them suitable for their purpose.