I would like to thank all of you, pupils and parents, with your patience in getting blended learning up and running and for your participation. I am so pleased to see you all maintaining the level of enthusiasm you had for your work last term.
Each week, I will post a timetable here so you can see what subjects you should be doing each day. On the timetable, there is also a time. This is roughly how long I expect it should take you to complete each activity. Please continue to post your work to Teams, I love seeing what you’ve been doing. If there are any problems, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
As part of Connections topic this term, pupils have been learning to produce technical drawings, using equipment such as compasses and protractors for accuracy. Today they started their final piece of work to show all they have learnt. I am very pleased with their efforts so far and look forward to seeing them completed.
Cam Hammers 23 November
As part of our Da Vinci question last term, in DT Birch class pupils designed their own versions of one of his inventions; the cam hammer.
The wood finally arrived and last week they were able to build their designs.
After creating their own risk assessments for using the jigsaws and cold glue gun, they confidently measured, cut, sanded and glued their cam hammers, with a little assistance from Mrs Jesson and her drill!
Remembrance 6 November
In preparation for Remembrance Day next week, Birch class have made poppy lanterns.
As well as the traditional red poppy, some chose to include the purple poppy to remember all those animals who died in the line of duty.
They will sit proudly in our reflection corner for the next week.
Harvest festival 22 October
Earlier this week, Birch class looked at the history of harvest festival and different traditions associated with it.
Harvest was a vital time of year. A successful Summer and bumper harvest would mean that a community could survive the often barren winters. Therefore, many traditions and superstitions grew up around harvest time.
Corn dollies (or corn idols) have been made for thousands of years. It evolved from the Pagan belief of a corn spirit. Corn dollies were made at harvest time from the last sheaf of corn cut. The corn spirit was supposed to live in the plaited straw ornament and was kept until the following Spring when it was planted in the corn field to ensure a good crop the following year. The ornament often had pride of place at the harvest banquet table.
These are our corn dollies.
Building Bricks 15 October
In PSHE today, we looked at the things in school that help us to learn. These are our building bricks. They include people that help us, the environment in the classroom and resources available.
In collective worship, our story this week has been about Jesus as a young boy, going to temple to learn all that he could. Based on this, the children wrote their own aspirations for the year on a star. We have quite a mixture! Some have academic goals such as conquering their times tables or improving their spellings, others hope to learn a new song on their instrument or a new trick on their bike.
I look forward to reviewing these in July to see just how far they’ve all come.
This is not a spot 16 September
On Wednesday afternoon I set Birch class an art challenge; this is not a spot.
Each child was given a small brown circle and asked to use their imagination and as you can see, they really did.
It became a tennis ball, a child’s balloon, a dragon’s eye, a chocolate chip cookie buried in the ground in candy land, the Sun and many other things besides.