Last week Pennthorpe launched ‘Book Bingo’! Thank you to James who recommends 'The Nothing To See Here Hotel' by Steven Butler.
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Christmas has come early to the Honey Pot!
The Honey Pot have been busy making cards, decorations, and, of course rehearsing for their Christmas play. The children have also been very busy practicing their pencil skills, having elaborate tea parties, and developing their IT skills by learning to use the coding train.
There was fantastic team work involved in making a story map of their book of the week 'Mog's Christmas'. Everyone listened carefully to the story and then made a large group picture of the key events and characters. Fantastic collaboration, recall and drawing skills! Well done Honey Pot!
Year 1 are learning about 2D and 3D shapes
The children are learning how to describe a particular shape using the word BECAUSE in a sentence.
This is a square because it has 4 sides that are the same length.
This is a rectangle because it has two long sides and two short sides.
The children made patterns, created objects using 2D and 3D shapes and did some painting with the shapes.
Another fantastic time in Forest School
The Year 1 children used natural materials to make their names, then they did some free play and created a bug hotel, with a woodlouse, earthworm, spider and centipede as guests. Some children also created a beauty parlour to beautify others.
'Golden time' is always a treat at the end of a busy week!
Typing Club in Computing
Years 3 - 8 have started to practise their typing skills. Each week children will spend ten minutes practising their typing skills, learning about the home keys and improving their words per minute as they are all going to be using laptops a lot more in the next few months!
Year 4 get ready to make a scene this Christmas
This week children were learning how to accurately crop an image and add it to a new background – just like they do in magazines, adverts and, er, fake news! Next week they will be looking at adding layers to make a really professional looking Christmas montage.
Year 5 design Inuit animal sculptures
Desert Island Drinks
Year 5 were stranded on a desert island with a few items and had to design a method of getting pure water from a mixture of sand and salty water.
On Saturday students from Year 5 and 6 enjoyed becoming cryptographers at their Maths Enrichment. After learning about different codes and ciphers including Morse Code, PigPen, Caesar shift and even a code based on typing on an old phone keypad the children enjoyed being able to write secret messages for each other. After their break they returned to find a Top Secret envelope had been delivered with details of a theft at Pennthorpe and so they set to work in teams to try and work out which of the suspects was responsible and just what had been stolen!
Year 6 pupils explore harmonious colour
At the end of their lesson 6P found out what happens when you mix complementary colours together.
Christmas has really taken hold in 7C!
Everyone enjoyed making and decorating the 7C form room this week and singing along to the Christmas jukebox provided by DJs Callum & Flynn. Only 29 days to go! Is it Christmas?
Ever wondered how Christmas decorations are designed?
Wonder no more! Year 6 have been busy learning all about 3D modelling using Tinkercad to design their own Christmas baubles, trees and stars. They’ve been looking at how to design different objects from basic shapes such as spheres, pyramids and hoops, transforming these into amazing 3D models.
Not only that but they’ve also been nifty with their keyboard skills using shortcuts to help manipulate the objects and help with their design skills – improving their digital literacy skills at the same time. Next week, we’ll be thinking about how we can improve our basic designs to include more intricate detail. Coming to a Christmas tree near you soon!
Year 7 and 8 investigate the murder of Mrs Bolton!
The CSI team carried out analysis of the force needed to explode a party popper, compare fingerprints and material fibres, test coffee for sugar, test sweat for aspirin content and finally analyse ink samples by using chromatography in order to expose the killer from the information they had gathered about the staff.
The killer used a party popper to stun the victim and so the detectives had to find the minimum force required to activate a party popper...they did this by applying weights to the string.
The second test was a test to see if the killer’s ‘sweat’ contained any traces of aspirin...they used iron chloride to test it and if aspirin is present then the ‘sweat’ turns purple.
Year 7 investigate Acids and Alkalis
Year 7 investigated two different indigestion treatments as part of their research into acids and alkalis. They had to choose the best one based on their results ... but some just went with their gut :) !
'Bee Netball' is all about friendship, inclusion, fair play and playing together. It enables all children to be involved in their own way; be it with a ‘sting in their tail’ or simply in a way that ‘gets them buzzing’.
With adaptations at age groups, Bee Netball gives options and opportunities to involve all kinds of children in a simple child-centred way. Have a look here.
Year 5 practice distillation
Year 5 finished their work on separating mixtures by carrying out a distillation experiment using mulled wine (very seasonal). The alcohol evaporated at 78 *C and left the red wine behind. Mr Shaw then tested the alcohol...by lighting it to show it was flammable!
Year 7 and 8 learn some basic tackling techniques in rugby
The boys from Year 4-8 have now switched from football to playing rugby. This week they used tackle bags to practise basic techniques and learnt about how to stay safe.
Maths in Art competition
Earlier in the term, in celebration of 'Maths Week England' we invited the children to look at the Maths in the world around them and send us a photograph of what they saw. There were lovely examples of patterns, shapes, numbers and symmetry that were spotted in the wild!
Congratulations to our winner: Juliet Johnson for her beautiful photo of her dogs symmetrical dog face. Thank you to all who entered, they have all been awarded pluses for the great Maths content they were able to explain in their photos.
Wraparound Care set to work making the library look festive