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PE days this term are: Monday - indoor
Friday - outdoor
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This week in Cherry class we have learnt a few new skills. We have looked at Passive voice in writing and produced a newspaper report about the rampaging bear from Wolf Brother. In maths, we thought about algebra and how unknown numbers can be represented by letters or symbols. Towards the end of the week, we finally begun our challenge of producing our own quest story. After a few days of planning, we set about writing our stories which are based around a simplified version of Wolf Brother.
Stop Motion - Wellbeing Week
As part of Wellbeing week, we learnt a new skill as a class - stop motion animation. We watched a video that someone else had made showing an example of what stop motion was. Following that we discussed how it worked and what we needed to make sure we were doing. We then got stuck in and made our own stop motion videos. At various points, we stopped the whole class and shared some key things we had learnt that we felt would help other groups!
Here are some of our end products!
Our enquiry: Where will your quest take you?
In Term 3, we will be using the adventure story, ‘Wolf brother,’ by Michelle Paver, as a stimulus for our writing. This is a story about a young boy, Torak, who lives in an ancient world steeped in magic. His adventure to avenge his father, alongside an unexpected companion, will take us on an emotional journey through shadowy and mystical lands.
We spent an afternoon sketching wolves. To begin with, we discussed a range of techniques the children had learnt and used before. We then looked at a range of pictures/sketches of wolves that we used as inspiration to create our own sketches.
Online Safety Posters
As a class, we had a big discussion about making sure we are staying safe online. We discussed the huge range of ways in which we can, and do within our class, spend time online. These ways varied from doing research online to online gaming. We shared our ideas about how we should act and how we can make sure we our protecting ourselves and keeping safe. We also discussed what we should do if we ever felt unsafe online.
Here are a few of our posters!
The Wild Place Project
To link in with our class book this term, we went on a school trip to the Wild Place Project. During the day we had the chance to explore in our groups and see the wide variety of animals that were based there. We saw giraffes, zebras, cheetahs and lemurs to name just a few!
We also had a workshop based on Wolves, which feature heavily in our book, that was very interesting and also great fun. We saw the wolves up close and they were very active as it was the first sunny day for a while! We also played some games to learn how wolves hunt and also linked to their fantastic sense of smell!
It was a great day and we learnt a lot as well as having lots of fun!
During week two, we were told our new enquiry question, 'Where will your quest take you?' We imagined that we had become stranded on a desert island and had to complete various quests in order to survive and be rescued. We worked collaboratively to create a light which would signal a passing plane as well as potions to heal wounds and treat illnesses.
In the afternoon, we were introduced to our new book, 'Wolf Brother'. We can't wait to find out more about the characters and their quest!
Electricity Prove It
To conclude science week, we learnt all about electricity and how it works. We thought about the dangers of electricity and also looked at series and parallel circuits. We conducted an experiment to do with the amount of bulbs or batteries in a circuit and the effect it had on the components.
To finish off, we created short quiz with either a bulb that lit up or a buzzer that went off when the person chose the correct answer! We then spent some time exploring the other games to see if we could get the right answers!
To start Term 3 with a bang, we had a week full of exciting science learning. On the first day, Mr G, a fun scientist, came in and did a whole school assembly with us and showed us loads of really cool science experiments. In the afternoon we then had a workshop with him and got to explore lots of the equipment he had bought in with him. We saw a hologram created that we could see but wasn't actually there; what the image in the back of our eye would look like (upside down) through a home-made piece of equipment, we made musical straws and mini hover crafts and we also had a chance to experiment with magnets, even making some of them float!
Throughout the week, we continued with lots of other experiments, from looking at spinners and what affected the amount of time they spent in the air to seeing the effects of cooking oil being poured on jelly and how that made it really difficult to then pick it up with chopsticks! At one point in the week, we also spent the morning being detectives and solving a 'Whodunnit' mystery using a variety of investigative skills before piecing together the clues!
All in all, a very hectic, but enjoyable, first week back!
Our enquiry: How do offspring inherit characteristics?
Our enquiry in Term 2 is based on the book Wonder by R. J. Palacio. This is a story about a young boy, August, who has Treacher Collins Syndrome. The plot takes us through his very first days at school and we learn how he is treated by others just because of the way he looks. We will go on a journey with August and discover the emotional roller-coaster that he takes as he steps into school life. Throughout the term, we will be using the text as a stimulus for our writing and will also be learning about genetics and how this effects the makeup of us
To conclude our enquiry, we thought about what would happen two different animals produced offspring. Whilst we learnt that this could not happen successfully in real life, it allowed us to show our knowledge of inheritance. We thought about the characteristics of both parents (maternal and paternal) and then thought about which characteristics the new species would inherit - inherited characteristics. We then thought about the unique characteristics that the new species would inherit as we know that although we may look similar to each other - we are all individuals!
PE - Tag Rugby with Bristol Sport
This Term, we have been lucky enough to have two coaches from Bristol Sport come in and take our outdoor PE lessons. We have played lots of different games that helped to build up individual skills that could then be applied to tag rugby. We have had a great time and really enjoyed the sessions.
Science - Labradoodle
In science, we have been learning about evolution, adaptation and inheritance. Initially, we looked at how different animals have evolved and adapted to the surroundings they live in and why they needed to do that to survive. We then moved on to look at inheritance and how our parents pass on certain genes and that is how we get some of our characteristics. We also looked at the fact that we also develop unique characteristics which helps to make us who we are!
Below, we thought about a Labrador and Poodle and what their offspring would look like. We thought about the characteristics of both the maternal and paternal dogs and chose some of these that the Labradoodle would inherit and then also gave is some of its own unique characteristics.
Wonder - Direct and Reported Speech
During our work on Wonder, we learnt about direct and reported speech and what the difference was between them. We learnt how to use them in our writing and then applied them to a range of different scenarios linked to Wonder. Here are a few examples of our 'Use Its' (applying our skills) below.
During week 3, we went on a trip to the Lifeskills centre in Bristol. During the morning, we were shown around various different scenarios by the volunteers. Each one focused on a different skill that we may, although some hopefully not, need to use at some point in our lives. They ranged from helping someone who was injured to paying for items in a shop and making sure we had the correct change! It was a great morning and we all came away having learnt something new!
To begin our work around the book Wonder, we discussed the front cover and the blurb and then predicted what the book would be about. We then used the front cover for inspiration and created our own faces in the same style before putting them onto a big piece of paper to create a class display of them. After this, we read the first couple of chapters and discussed what we initially liked and disliked about the book.
Can you work out who is who?
Science - Classifying living things
During the first week of Term 2, we spent two days looking at Living things and how we can classify them. We looked at the way in which scientists classify all of the living things in the world which is estimated to be over 10 million different species! After looking at this, we then used a branching diagram to classify some members of the cat family, using the questions to work out which cats were what.
We then spent some time creating our own branching diagrams. Initially, we were classifying something we all knew well, sweets! We came up with our own questions and managed to do really well. We then spent some time classifying different types of birds or butterflies.
To kickstart Term 2, we had a whole school online safety day. We spent the day thinking about how we can be safe online and how we should be acting, in particular with the images we share online. We did some role play/freeze frames around the types of images we thought were acceptable to post online and ones that were not. Following this, we then produced a poster that we thought shared the key messages from the day.
Our enquiry: How were the people of Britain affected by the First World War?
Prove It - War Reports
During Week 7, we filmed our war reports that we had been researching, planning and then rehearsing over the previous weeks. Initially, we researched different aspects of the war individually. After we had completed some of our research we got into groups and thought about which aspect of the war we would like to report on. We then set about doing some more research and planning our reports. Finally, we rehearsed them in class and made sure we knew who was saying what and when!
In the hall, we then used 'greenscreen' to make it look as though we were in a news studio or 'in the field' to film our reports! Some of them are shown below...we hope you enjoy them!
This term the school value we have been focusing on is trust. As a class, we have discussed what trust means and why it is important to be able to trust people and ensure we try and keep people's trust in us. During week 6, we thought about gossiping and how this could lead to breaking someone's trust. In small groups, we acted out a short role play, showing gossiping and thought about what we should have done in those situations. We also produced some anti-gossiping posters.
During indoor PE this term, we have been working on our balance and agility through the use of Real PE. One of the ways in which we have shown these skills has been through games of bench ball after practising the skills.
After looking at some replica examples of propaganda posters, we planned and designed our own versions. We thought about making them appealing to the audience we were targeting and made sure we tried to make them 'speak' directly to the people reading them.
What does the story of Moses tell us about God?
Following on from last week, we looked at the story of Moses in a little bit more detail. We watched a clip from when God spoke to Moses in the desert and asked him to go and free the Jewish people from Egypt. Throughout the afternoon, we had lots of discussions around what the story told us about God and explained why we thought that. To end the afternoon, we then wrote up some of our ideas making sure we gave reasons for our thoughts.
During Week 3, we began looking at the story of Moses and linking it to creation. We also produced our front cover page for the creation unit. Here are some examples below.
During week 2, we had the road safety team come in and teach us how to be safe when out using the roads, riding our bikes or travelling in cars. It was a really fun afternoon and we all learnt a lot about how we can play a big part in making sure we keep ourselves safe. As part of one activity, we saw how good the polystyrene inside a crash helmet is as it protected an egg from cracking - simulating how it helps protects us! Check out some of the photos from the afternoon below.