Not content with running the London Marathon, Mr Bower has also been leading the charge with getting all the children out there and planting daffodil bulbs all round the school grounds. Over 300 bulbs are being planted so hopefully there will be a tremendous amount of beautiful daffodils in the Spring! Well done everyone for digging in and getting your fingers that little bit greener!
This week we have been looking at animals and their habitats around the world. The children have been discussing features of environments and matching animals to various habitats. We looked at the story The Journey Home, by Frann Preston Gannon. It was a fabulous way to introduce talking about climate change and the responsibility humans have towards the planet. It helped us start interesting conversations about the effect humans have had on the world around us. It inspired us to write brilliant sentences about the book.
In Maths, we have been looking at patterns in the environment, on animals, and creating colour patterns. The children have loved exploring with a range of materials to create their own patterns in school. We created patterns on a snake using paint on our fingerprints, challenging ourselves to complete 3-part or 4-part patterns.
We also looked at artist Henri Matisse and read some fabulous stories about him; 'How the Snail Found its Colours', and 'Matisse’s Magical Trail'. We looked at his different paintings and made our own version of his famous 'Snail'.
With best wishes,
Miss Treppass and Mrs. Barrett Nnochiri
The Upper Foundation Team
This week in Year 1, the children have been learning about setting the table for dinner time. We talked about table manners and proper dinner etiquette. We practised where to put the plates and cutlery. Can you have a go at home? We have also been creating our own menus with all of our favourite foods.
Year 2 went to Bel Air park to look at Physical and Human features in the World Around Us. The children saw a variety of objects, plants and buildings. We talked about the material they are made from and where they have come from. What a lovely walk we had together learning about the things all around us!
Year 2 have worked extremely hard on their ‘All About Me’ Projects. It has impressed us hugely to see just how creative they can be. Year 2 have used paints, PowerPoint, treasure boxes and mobiles. What an array – we loved getting to know the children better! Thank you to all the families for the effort and energy poured into these brilliant pieces of artwork.
Getting into Shape
This week in maths Year 3 are learning about shapes and Miss Salter's Maths group completed the NRICH investigation ‘Stringy Quads’. We learnt that a quadrilateral was a four-sided shape!
We found trapeziums and kites had one line of symmetry; a rectangle has two and a square has four! We also found that no quadrilaterals have 3 lines of symmetry.
Year 3's half termly homework project for this half term was to create their own maths games! Some children made their own versions of snakes and ladders, some built spinners with times tables questions and others created their own versions of top trumps linked to Lord of The Rings! They used dice, buzzers and timers to make their games very interactive.
We had great fun playing them on the last day of term in both our classes and our maths groups and were very impressed with the amount of effort involved!
Well done to all of the Year 3 children for their creativity and thank you to all of the parents for their support!
Year 4's Maths half termly project was linked to telling the time. The children created their own clock along with a ‘how-to’ guide on how to tell the time to share with their class. As an extension task, the children researched why our clocks move forward and back each year and why we have different time zones.
"My clock is special because it has shades and tell me the time too" Theodore
"I enjoyed making the clock and I think mine is special because it is analogue and digital at the same time. It also tells me the time in London and Barbados!" Elodie
"It was really fun to make my clock and I learnt a bit more about time" Dennis
"I learnt that the big hand represents the minutes and the small hand represent the hours. Before I thought it was the other way round!" Savannah
" I enjoyed making my clock, painting and drilling. My clock was the only grandfather clock and also, it is based on a book" Gabriella R.
Clubs, Activities and Extra-Curricular
Created with images by Katherine McCormack - "Springtime daffodils" • Rana Sawalha - "Travel. Learn. Teach" • Evgeni Tcherkasski - "Challah" • Will Paterson - "untitled image" • Callum Wale - "Abstract Metal Building in Sheffield" • Kyle Glenn - "untitled image" • Krys Amon - "untitled image" • JESHOOTS.COM - "untitled image" • Chris Curry - "untitled image" • blocks - "Vinyl + Grado Headphones" • Stacy Marie - "untitled image"