Our topic in the Nursery this half term is ‘Food’. We have been discussing our likes and dislikes. The nursery children were given a chance to talk about what they like to eat. Healthy options and independence are encouraged. We carefully used the knives to cut the fruit and vegetables, and then we tasted them.
What a lovely morning for an Autumn Walk!
The children were absolutely amazing on their first out-of-school outing in Lower Foundation.
Belair Park did not disappoint, as we found many leaves of every shape, size and colour, blackberries, a conker, mushrooms and a squirrel. The children alongside their adult, searched high and low for the items around the park.
A massive thank you to our amazing parent volunteers who were equally enthusiastic searching for our autumn items and getting their hands dirty- Thank you!
In Upper Foundation, we have been learning about religion and have made divas out of clay.
Alexia: I'm holding my diva, and it lights up your house with a candle inside. It's for Diwali.
Maximus: I made a diva, because it was the Hindu Festival of Lights and it's called Diwali.
For Bonfire Night, we made our own bonfire out of twigs and crepe paper. Then the children wrote descriptive words - they are really good at using their sounds to write words!
The year one children have been busy in the kitchen!
Our topic this term is all about food and the children have been busy making a food product over their half term break. Some of their food products included: bread, cake, gravy, sandwiches and stir fry noodles! Some excellent culinary skills were on show.
Politics in Action
In 3CF, we have enjoyed learning more about democracy and the running of our country during UK Parliament Week. We used iPads to take a virtual tour around each room in the Houses of Parliament and learnt about how back in the 1600s Guy Fawkes had tried to blow it up!
This year's UK Parliament Week theme is 'Have Your Say' and we have been focusing on climate change. We have been inspired by videos of Greta Thunberg and have conducted class surveys to analyse our own carbon footprints.
Science of Teeth
In Y3, we have been learning about teeth and our mouths in science. This week we used blue food dye to help us to investigate whether we were a non-taster, taster or a super-taster according to how many fungiform papillae and taste buds we had on our tongues!
We then learnt about the five basic tastes that our tongues can recognise (Sweet/Salty/Sour/Bitter/Umami) and tried different foods to deduce which taste each food was. We learnt that the sides of our tongues are more sensitive and now understand more about why our tastes can change over time.
This week Year 5 children tackled 'The Handshake Problem' as a Maths investigation. If two people shake hands there is one hand shake. if there people all shake hands with each other, there are three handshakes. What about four people? five? Can you find a pattern? A rule?
Year 5 children worked really hard in pairs to find some solutions to this problem and have displayed their findings in their classrooms.
There were some great discussions and excellent reasoning skills on show. Well done Year 5!
Writing with Suspense
On Tuesday all of Year 6 went outside and created a tense environment with a combination of cheering and silence, before each pupil then had one chance to shoot the netball into the hoop. To really increase the pressure the pupils were told that whoever scored got a prize, and those who missed couldn't have any lunch (they were allowed to really!).
Inspired by the events on the playground they then had to write about the experience the next day, building up the tension and creating drama and suspense for the reader.
Created with images by Elisha Terada - "July 4th Independence Day Fireworks" • Bruna Branco - "Oranges" • Chris Lawton - "untitled image" • Nithin P John - "Festival of Flowers" • Brooke Lark - "untitled image" • Markus Spiske - "Global climate change strike - No Planet B - 09-20-2019" • Amador Loureiro - "untitled image" • Annie Spratt - "Child completing maths homework" • Tevarak Phanduang - "Soccer ball on grass green field with copy space" • Mark Solarski - "Vinyl + Grado Headphones" • 🇨🇭 Claudio Schwarz | @purzlbaum - "untitled image"