Mischief and Magic
Welcome back to Term 5. We hope that you had a great Easter break and are refreshed and ready for a Summer of learning. This term we will be learning about the life and works of William Shakespeare, and will be studying two of his plays; 'The Tempest'and 'Romeo and Juliet'. We are looking forward another exciting term.
Rebel: 2. a person who resists any authority, control, or tradition.
Is it bad to be labelled a rebel? Much of our history is shaped by people who have rebelled and forced change, sometimes with terrible consequences, but often changing life for the better. We will be looking at different types of rebellion and especially at individuals who have challenged the artistic traditions of the time. Keep checking the website for examples of our work.
We are almost at the end of another term. Who would have thought that we would be approaching our Easter break with snow! We had another successful World Book Day. Everyone had made such a fantastic effort with their costumes, well done. Luckily, we managed to get the day in before the snow descended!
In English, the children have learnt how to retell a traditional story, adding and extending detail. We have some fab final stories. We used the story as a basis for our Matisse inspired abstract artwork.
Everyone worked hard on their assesssment tasks with growing confidence, and are pleased to see how their learning is progressing. We have been working on our Easter poem for the Easter Service. The children were very thoughtful and came up with some powerful words and phrases which we shaped into a class poem.
Red Kites have been developing their science skills this week and have been learning about materials and their properties. They have learnt to describe the properties of a range of different materials and then used their knowledge to plan and carry out an investigation. Their enquiry question was, 'Which material makes the best food preparation surface?' After thinking carefully about what properties the material needed to have, they tested a range of possible materials for hardness, smoothness and permeability. When they had completed their investigation, they plotted their results on a scatter graph. Next they will be looking at thermal insulators and conductors. In English the writing task was to write a science report based on their investigation.
In Maths, the children have been ordering and rounding large numbers and decimals. In P.E. they have been developing their gymnastic and on Thursday, braved the cold to begin developing their netball skills. Let's hope that snow doesn't stop play this next week!
January seems to have flown by and now we are heading towards the end of term 3. Red Kites have continued to work hard in their lessons and have been developing their knowledge and skills across the curriculum. Well done to all of the choir members who took part in Young Voices at the O". Whilst they were entertaining everyone with their amazing voices, the rest of the class had a day of exploring different games - chess, Cludo - Uno - Monopoly, to name and few - and reflecting on the wide variety of skills needed and how their emotional responses changed at different points in the game. It was good to see everyone enjoying some 'old fashioned' board games. This term, in English, the children's writing has been inspired by the picture book 'Way Home' by Libby Hathorn. Last week, we used drama to explore the children's ideas ready to write their own playscripts controlling the use of standard and non-standard English. This week, the children have been learning about narrative viewpoint and have created emotion graphs to plot and compare the feelings of both characters in the story. They enjoyed discussing how each of the characters viewed the same situation. Their ideas will help them to write a retelling of the story from a different viewpoint.
In maths the children have been learning how to describe and measure angles - using the protractor has been a bit tricky! In P.E. the children have nearly finished choreographing their own Hakka dances and we are looking forward to seeing the polished performances at the end of the week. In art, they have been using drawing tools on the computer to create city skylines and have used pastels to blend colours in their graffiti names. Have a look at our gallery to see some of the things we have been doing. There are also some photographs of our poetry day.
This week has been an exciting and creative week in Red Kites. On Tuesday, we had a visit from the poet, James Carter, who worked with all of the children in Key Stages One and Two on poetry writing. He hooked everyone in with his performances of his poems during the assembly at the beginning of the day and then followed this up with ideas for developing our own poetry. As a class the children developed the initial ideas further during the rest of the week. This built on further from the fantastic poems that the children wrote last week.
In Maths, we continued with our journey through multiplication and the children have begun multiplying larger numbers, estimating first to make sure that their answers are reasonable.
In P.E. basket ball skills are developing well and the children are getting much more co-ordinated in their Hakka routines - they just need to develop the aggressive facial expressions and sounds to complete them!
In art, we further developed our digital skylines and have produced some interesting and creative artwork. Poems and pictures will be added shortly.
Last week was another packed week. It was lovely to speak to parents at our consultation evenings and to share information about our learning journey, including all of the wonderful achievements. It was great to see such enthusiasm for writing story openings and to see everyone wanting to share their own ideas so enthusiastically. I look forward to sharing some of the extracts on our web pages when we have finished our edited pieces.
In maths lessons the children have learnt how to measure accurately and to convert between mm and cm, and cm and m. They have also learnt how to calculate perimeters of rectangles and regular shapes. We worked together on following a line of inquiry about perimeter and learnt how to draw a table to record ideas. We also learnt how to work systematically to be able to see patterns. Some children got as far as being able to find different patterns and use their knowledge to reason why the patterns occured. Well done for persevering with the task. The children have now begun to work on securing their written methods of subtraction. In French, the children have continued to use phrases and sentences to describe themselves. During our Monday sessions, the children have shown real commitment in their swimming and are growing in confidence and ability. We are lucky to have such great swimming teachers helping everyone to achieve.
Our week was topped off with a fantastic 'Teacher Take-over Day'. What a confident and talented pool of 'new staff members' we had for the day. Mrs Hamblin and Mrs Taylor had a rest while the class was led by Mr H. who was ably assisted by his three Teaching Assistants.(We obviously enjoyed a good staffing budget that day!) Everyone enjoyed his well planned science lesson with four activities involving eggs. The finale was nail-biting as we watched a volunteer attempting to walk on eggs! There was some success with only a few cracked eggs! Well done to all of the other members of the class who carried out their jobs around the school, including being caretaker, teaching in the nursery, being the Headteacher and being the school admin assistant. Well done to everyone who took part.
Take a look at a few of the moments from our take-over day in our photographs below.
This week everyone has been busy finding out about pyramids ready for their information writing task. We looked at lots of different sources, including a 3D tour of the pyramids. Did you know that the largest pyramid is called the Great Pyramid of Giza and is 140 metres in height and was built completely by hand. Archaeologists found a full sized ship, as well as several boat pits, inside the pyramid which belonged to the Pharaoh, Khufu. Today, we visited the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford which has the most amazing Ancient Egypt gallery with incredibly well preserved artifacts. The children took part in a workshop where they learnt more about life in Ancient Egypt and got to handle and explore real artifacts. It was fascinating to see the mummies, sarcophagi and tombs and to see first hand, things we had been learning about in our topic lessons. We also got to look around the other galleries and saw some beautiful art work by famous artists such as the Impressionist artist, Pissaro and Pre- Raphaelite artist, William Holman Hunt.
Take a look at our photographs of our visit.
This half term has flown past and we have had an exciting and productive last few days. In Maths the children have been getting to grips with decimal place value and multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000. In English, they have been learning how to identify and use determiners and have finished writing up their science reports - a tricky type of writing when it includes lots of new scientific vocabulary, and having to get to grips with 'variables'! In art the children learnt how to make coiled, clay pots and have used Ancient Egyptian styles of decoration to paint them. It was a bit tricky mixing the colours to get the right tones. Thursday afternoon finished with a slightly damp PE games session and some group challenges.
Have a lovely half term break.
Another busy week on learning despite experiencing power failure at school today! This week in Red Kites the children have been learning all about forces in our Science block. They have learnt what a force is and what it can do to an object. There were lots of questions to be explored when learning about gravity and how it affects us. We watched some videos showing experiments to test ideas such as; 'Do heavier objects fall faster than lighter ones?' and 'Which will fall faster, a basket ball or a feather?' It was fascinating to see what happened when both objects were dropped in a vacuum. We carried out our own test to see if the weight of a ball affects how quickly it falls and discovered that the very light one fell at the same rate as the heavier one. The children used Newton meters to measure the force of gravity on objects around the classroom as you can see in some of the photographs below. In guided reading we found out about the life of Isaac Newton and how he became interested in science. He is one of our most famous scientists ; incredibly, he was also a mathematician and a politician! He made lots of discoveries and invented a number of things. Very clever. Tomorrow the children will become scientists and carry out their own investigations into air resistance by making and testing parachutes.
It was lovely to hear the following comment yesterday; 'At the beginning of the week I didn't know anything about science and I now know so much, and it's only Wednesday!'
October is looming large and it feels that we have hardly been back any time at all. The Red Kites have been very busy again learning lots more about Ancient Egyptians and using their knowledge to plan their information texts. In maths they have been consolidating their understanding of place value to add four digit numbers and have learnt to follow a line of enquiry to test an idea. On Monday, swimming sessions began in earnest and the children spent a an intensive hour in the pool learning and practising their skills. In PE they bravely weathered the rain to continue their running and football skills lessons. In computing the children have been learning new formatting skills in Word and have been fascinated by the effects they can create. We look forward to using them in when we present our work in other areas of the curriculum.
Many thanks to the children and parents who sponsored us for the 'Pretty Muddy' run for Cancer Research. We are aching slightly and have finally managed to get rid of the mud. It was a great team effort and, despite strain on our bodies, was a fun morning. Thanks to my class helpers for rattling the money jar and raising extra money from the parents at home-time.
We are well into our topic now and are gaining some fascinating information about life in Ancient Egypt. The children's mummification explanations are all completed and they are now learning about the river Nile and its importance in the development of the rich civilization. One of the important mechanisms used by the ancient Egyptians, and which is still used in modern Egypt, was the shaduf. The children have been designing and making their own working shaduf in DT. Take a look at the photographs of the work in progress.
Our swimming lessons start properly this week - the first week was assessing the children's skills so that they could be grouped for the rest of the term. In the Thursday P.E. session, everyone began their running skills to develop stamina and have begun to learn some football skills. In maths the children have been learning to read and write, and order and compare, 5 and 6 digit numbers and understand the place value of each digit. They have worked hard on their learning and have shown a good understanding and are ready to move on to calculating. We are delighted to be finally connected to the internet - this should make life a little easier for us.
9th September 2017
It has been an busy and exciting start to the new school year. Our new 'temporary' classrooms are beginning to take shape and feel lived in and buzzing with learning. Three days into the new term and lots of ideas and questions have bounced around the walls. We have have been learning to be a 'Questioning Class' and finding out that by asking questions and discussing existing knowledge and ideas we can begin to develop thinking at a much deeper and more profound level. It was impressive to watch as the children developed their own ideas as I merely acted as a conductor to direct their thinking. We have used our topic of mummification to start our questioning. On Thursday the children were treated to a masterclass on mummification. They saw the body being prepared and then the removal of the organs and wrapping of the body. See the photographs on Falcons' Class pages. They will be uploaded onto ours later. On Monday, the children will be using their learning to write an explanation of the mummification process. Our first few days have also been a time of learning to work collaboratively and co-operatively so the children have been working on some maths challenges using their logic and sharing ideas to find a solution.
Temples, Tombs and Treasure
Uncover and discover mysteries, myths and mummies as we travel back to the time of the Ancient Egyptians. Journey down The Nile, past dusty pyramids and ancient sites. Dig deep below ground and explore the tombs of kings and pharaohs and discover how ordinary people lived their extraordinary lives.
Mrs Hamblin and Mrs Taylor welcome all new Red Kites - reunited again. We are looking forward to getting to know you all and sharing your exciting learning adventures in the year ahead.