As part of Reception’s STEM activities, we have carried out a very colourful Skittles Experiment. Children have added cold and warm water and observed changes, including how each has a different reaction. We have discussed the science behind this tasty experiment and of course, enjoyed tasting the Skittles after completing the experiment!
As part of our PSED - Personal, Social, Emotional Development - children are encouraged to share their knowledge and offer help when needed. Ismaeel and Albert demonstrated this valuable skill in their Pass the Word activity, working together and supporting each other to complete the task.
As part of our work on Knowledge and Understanding of the World, we have been learning about Buddhism. Children have learned the origin of the religion, listened to the story about Siddhartha Gautama and looked at various symbols of Buddhism. We have gathered number of items and whilst working in groups, made beautiful mandalas
Since learning about Wassily Kandinsky as an artist, including his life and his works, Year 6 have tried to recreate one of his abstract paintings. Each child chose one abstract painting of Kandinsky’s that they particularly liked and which appealed to them. They did a couple of versions of their own work after receiving initial feedback from their peers. Next, the children then used his methodologies to create their own piece of abstract art by listening to music and trying to paint the music and expressing an emotion. Each child chose a different emotion that they wanted to express and focused on bright colours and vivid shapes. They all did an exceptional job and posted all the versions and edits they did onto Seesaw, so that their journeys could be shared.
As part of our comparative study of different world religions, each member of Class 6 put together a presentation about one religion, to start with. The religions that we are looking at are Islam, Christianity, Sikhism, Hinduism, Judaism and Buddhism. We are looking at a wide range of aspects about each religion, such as places of worship, festivals and celebrations, clothing and gods and goddesses. Each child researched a religion that was different from their own faith and then presented their work, using Spark Page, to the rest of the class. We discussed the many similarities and differences between the religions, such as Lent for Christians and Ramadan for Muslims. The children uploaded their presentations to Seesaw, which also allowed the children to peer assess and comment on each other’s work.
With Spring approaching fast, Year 3 & 4 have focussed on the evolution of the famous English gardens through times. The children made their own English gardens in a box, with spectacular results. Every child chose a different style, and their efforts show how a good understanding of main features of a garden, as well as the natural beauty of how a variety of plants can create a little corner of heaven.
Then in Adventure School, we focussed our learning on recognising shapes made by water spills. This fun activity enhanced the children spatial awareness, as well as their animal vocabulary, as some found marine creatures (jellyfish) and others found exotic birds (the emu). It was great seeing the children's surprised faces as they recognised more interesting shapes and some even try to look at the same shape from a different angle, which is good for understanding reasoning and perspective.