Year One have worked so hard this half term… All of the staff are so proud of how amazing they have been settling back into school life and throwing themselves into their learning. We have been extremely lucky to be able to regularly visit the Outdoor Classroom, this has helped to inspire our learning and is something the children have really enjoyed.
This week in Year 4 we have celebrated Black History month with our curriculum day! We have learned about influential Black people throughout history and their impact on society. We have been inspired by their work, to create some of our own Art work, animations and persuasive posters.
Pablo Fanque was a circus entertainer in the Victorian period. He was most famous for his act where he would dance with horses! He was a trapeze artist and ran his own circus. He was also from Norwich! Pablo Fanques’ famous circus poster inspired a song by the Beatles. Today, Year 4 were inspired by his and other circus posters and used persuasive language to create our own eye catching posters.
Alma Thomas was an influential painter, and became most iconic for her use of brush strokes and colour. Year 4 chose different techniques to recreate the style of Alma Thomas with their work.
Floyd Norman was an animator who worked with Walt Disney, creating some of Disneys’ most well-known stories. Year 4 created animations of a volcano erupting using Purple Mash, inspired by Floyd Norman’s animation work.
This week, Year 4 have been exploring classifying living things in Science. We have joined forces with Mrs Geschke this week to go on an invertebrate hunt in the outdoor classroom!
To start Year 4, we have been thinking about all the things that make us us! We have been using this to help us with our writing in English. Year 4 have written Kennings poems about themselves. We are entering these into a competition and they will be published in a book for families to buy!
In Art and Design, we have been creating class flags. We have studied the different symbols and colours that you find on flags and what they represent. We used these ideas to inspire our flags, each individual flag represents a child in the class, and they are all sewn together to represent us as whole class community. Thank you to Miss Chamberlain for assembling the final pieces together.
Additionally, we have have been learning about what makes Norfolk great! In Reading Masters we have been studying a non-fiction text all about Norfolk and using our comprehension skills to find out more information about our Inspiring home County. This is going to help us with our learning in week 2, when we will be writing persuasively to encourage people to visit Norfolk!
For our second week of term, Year 4 have been investigating the rock cycle and plants. Year 4 have been recapping some of their Year 3 Scientific knowledge about the rock cycle and plants. We used chocolate to represent the rock cycle. We grated the chocolate to represent sedimentary rock, then we applied heat and pressure, then left it to cool to it to turn it into igneous rock. We applied a hotter temperature and more pressure to create metamorphic rock.
We grated the chocolate to create the ‘sediment’
Sedimentary ‘rock’ (chocolate rock)
In order to study plants, we investigated the function of the stem of a plant by leaving celery in water with food colouring overnight. In the morning, we could see that the water had travelled up the stem by the blue dots that were showing. This shows us how water travels up the stem of a plant.
In Writing we began to planning and drafting our persuasive leaflets to encourage people to visit Norfolk. We used a good example from the ‘Great Days Out in Norfolk’ leaflet to help us.
In Maths, we have been working hard and using base ten and bead strings to help us to add and subtract, recapping some of our Year 3 knowledge.
In Year 4, we kicked off the week with Roman day! The teachers and the children came into school wearing their Roman costumes and we spent the whole day learning Roman Numerals, Latin words and creating Roman shields.
A huge thank you to all our parents/carers for coming to our Reception Harvest Cafe. The children enjoyed showing you our classrooms and outdoor area. It was great fun to share stories, dig up carrots and make scarecrows!
A big well done to our Year 6 pupils for all their hard work in swimming this year. We’re really proud of their achievements!
This week all of the Year 1 classes went on their first school trip to Whitwell. Everyone involved had a great time going on the bus and enjoyed our activities (river dipping and den building). Thank you to all of the parents who gave up their time to help out!!
Last week the children created clay models of themselves holding welcoming messages as part of our work looking at refugees. This was inspired by the Norwich 2040 Figurine Partnership Project. Each class was also visited by a very special guest… A canary!! We learned about the history of canaries, where they came from and why they are a symbol of Norwich.