Years 1, 4 and 5 recently welcomed a visitor to the class. George McFarlane (dance teacher Jo’s father) came in to the class to talk about his childhood, experiences in the army and Scotland in general. The children were fascinated by his tales and enjoyed asking questions to further their knowledge of life in the United Kingdom, countries around the world and all about Scotland and the different vocabulary used there.
Year 1 have been learning about how to care for a plant and what it needs in order to grow. This week, the children planted their cress seeds and are eager to see how they grow, given the best conditions! We will also be conducting an experiment with one pot to see what happens if it does not get any sunlight or water.
In Reception class, the children have been building their own cities. They drew roads and made buildings and other landmarks and even wrote their own labels. The children also enjoyed working together and listening to each other’s ideas. It was a real team effort!
Year 4&5 have been learning about The Solar System. The class are able to name all the planets in order, starting from the sun, and have learned a range of facts about each different planet. The children used some abstract art techniques to create their own galaxy image. These included a waterpaint wash, ink marbling and paint splatting – messy but fun and effective!
In Science class, Year 3 learned that our Planet Earth has four layers: an outer solid crust, a highly vicious mantle full of magma, a liquid outer core, and a solid inner core. To visualise this, the children used different colour Plasticine to make each layer. They added the oceans and continents (as part of the crust) to decorate the outside of their planet. Finally, they cut the ball in half to reveal the four layers! Such an effective way to understand our Earth’s structure!
On the last day of term in December, Year 1 went to the beach. This was no ordinary trip as the children had created Tudor houses in previous lessons in the style of 1666. This was Year 1’s attempt to recreate the Great Fire of London. They then stood well back while the houses were set alight. The houses were burnt down and destroyed, to give full effect of the destruction caused in 1666. The fire spread quickly and was assisted by the breeze. This demonstrated to the children the way in which the fire spread in London in 1666 and gave them a true understanding of events.They thoroughly enjoyed this experience!
Even more fun with boxes! Boxes are great for sitting in and even better for hiding in! They are also great for capturing people in jail, typing on a computer, decorating the roof of a house, and creating a graffiti wall!
Ahead of the coming term, Years 2 and 5 have been reviewing different maths concepts in maths carousel tasks. It is essential that basic elements of maths are practised regularly in order to consolidate key facts which can be built upon in future tasks. This can be done at home by involving your children in reading the time, adding totals in the supermarket, counting money, arranging items into groups, weighing and measuring, for example.