This term saw the children entering a world full of superheroes. The children have immersed themselves by dressing up as their favourite characters ready to save whoever was in danger in the classroom. One of our favourite stories was 'Supertato' and we kept our eyes wide open in case an evil pea was lurking around the school! The children saved the day by making their very own 'Supertato'. Our phonics lessons have led to the children becoming increasingly confident to write independently and they eagerly described themselves as superheroes.
On Tuesday afternoons the children quickly change ready to climb into the pool for their swimming lessons. The cool water hasn't put them off and the children have developed their water skills, swimming on both their front and back. Whatever they are asked to do, from blowing bubbles to jumping in and sitting on the floor of the pool, there are always smiling faces popping up out of the water and children who are proud of their achievements!
The children have also developed their cooking skills this term and they all spent an afternoon with Mr Collier, our Head Chef. The concentration on the children's faces was a picture as they chopped, stirred and tasted the tomato and basil soup they had created. They all eagerly tried another sample the following day to accompany their roast lunch...yummy!
YEAR 1 AND 2
The Year 1 topic of Global Explorers began with the discovery of a hot air balloon on the school field. Inside was a letter from Indiana Jones asking for their help. He was stuck in the Amazon Rainforest! The children have had to find out what it takes to be world-famous explorer, in order to build a crew to rescue him. The children have learnt about Christopher Columbus and Captain Scott, and how they discovered and explored new lands. “Captain Scott went to the bottom of the world and he stayed in a tent, and they all died of frost bite” (quoted by Libby). Next they will be looking to warmer climates where an explorer travelled the desert in search of new discoveries! Year 1 have also been enjoying their STEM lessons on Global Goals - Life on Earth. The children have been tasked as explorers to find out about some of the problems the oceans face and think about what we can do to help.
Year 2 have taken to the waves with thier new Topic, Oceans and Seas. In English Year 2 shared the story of Dougal the Deep Sea Diver and welcomed him into the classroom to ask questions about his time diving and the excitement of finding Atlantis. The children all then pretended to be Dougal, wearing his beard and asked each other questions about deep sea diving.
Year 2 are also having an enormous amount of fun at Forest School. Although the weather is cold, there are lots of different activities to keep them active and warm. The children all attempted to start a fire using a fire steel to set cotton wool alight and the children have also explored the woodland and built dens and even a seesaw!
YEAR 3 AND 4
In English, Year 3 have looked at the structure of adventure stories and written their own exciting stories. More recently they have had fun creating acrostic poems using alliteration and similes.
This term, Year 3 are finding out about life in Roman Britain in their Humanities lessons. They have learnt about the power of the Roman army and produced wanted posters for the famous Celtic rebel, Boudicca. The children very much enjoyed their trip to the Corinium Museum in Cirencester, discovering the wonderful artefacts they have on display there. They had the chance to dress up in suitable Romano-British costume, create mosaic designs and play some keenly fought board games called tabula and calculi.
In STEM lessons Year 3 have been investigating renewable energy and have been looking to set up a school recycling centre, a compost area and also looking at increasing awareness to save the energy costs through posters and displays.
Throughout this half term, Year 3 have been very practical in their Maths lessons, learning about angles, time and money. They particularly enjoyed the opportunity to visit a mock-up shop in Mrs Mitchell’s office and buy various items from her, checking to make sure they were given the right change!
This term, Year 4 have been hard at work singing, dancing, acting and learning everything they will need for their upcoming performance. Dances for bandits and tricky tongue-twisters for villains, the children have also been keen to understand the plethora of puns and plays on words within their scripts. Even they have started groaning now they understand just how terrible the jokes are!
They have been using their performance expertise to create their own play scripts (including songs!) in their English lessons. We have been blown away by their imagination when it comes to devising their own scripts but also their knowledge of stage directions, scene openings and ability to create a play that could be performed by others. The children can regularly be heard singing songs through the corridor on their way to lesson, or acting out parts of their plays at break time.
In Science, the children have been learning about states of matter and considering the vocabulary used when matter changes between a solid, liquid and gas. Some of them may even recall lines from a lovely water cycle song!
In their new STEM lessons, Year 4 are considering the UN's Global Goals that deal with inequalities and the consequences of unstable governments and institutions. The children are hard at work uncovering the simple inequalities within Heywood itself - watch this space as they will deliver their findings in a Summer Term assembly!
YEAR 5 AND 6
‘Create, Connect and Share Respect – a better internet starts with YOU’ was the message of our final week in Computer Science, to mark the globally renowned ‘Safer Internet Day.’ Pleasingly, this theme seemed to strike a chord, with high levels of engagement in evidence during lessons which encompassed the positive aspects of the internet as well as empowering children to conduct themselves safely online.
Indeed, the skills of ‘staying safe online’ are vitally important for children of today and here at Heywood, we leave no stone unturned to ensure our learners are equipped to thrive in this ever-increasingly digital age.
Every Heywood pupil takes an active part in Digital Citizenship lessons, which are an integral part of the Computer Science curriculum. Teaching covers a broad range of learning outcomes, under an umbrella of eight main topics: Self-Image and Identity; Communication; Digital Footprint and Reputation; Cyberbullying; Information Literacy; Internet Safety; Privacy & Security and Creative Credit & Copyright.
To give you an idea of our activities, this term has seen Year 4 evaluating the quality of websites after conducting a ‘web quest’ to find out about famous explorers; Year 5 collaborating online to create a digital citizenship pledge and Year 3 developing strategies to select effective keywords when searching online.
It is our firm belief that by embedding such skills within our Computer Science curriculum, we enable Heywood students to think critically, to behave safely, and to participate responsibly within our digital world. An incredibly serious aim for young minds, you might think, but it’s all achieved whilst having lots of fun!
On Tuesday 6th February, a group of Year 5 children attended a ‘Maths Murder Mystery’ day at Hardenhuish School. Miss Clarke, Head of Maths at Hardenhuish, prepared the children by introducing the famous equation: Speed = Distance/ Time and explained how each component could be covered up to work out different equations. This information would improve invaluable when the mystery was introduced: who had ended Lord Mortimer’s life at Pentagon Castle?
Using their knowledge of speed, distance and time, the children worked together as a team to finally identify ‘James Dunnit’ as the perpetrator- after discounting many other witnesses. What made this team so successful was the strong teamwork skills and communication the children used and the way in which they valued all opinions.
A special mention must also be made for the map of Pentagon Castle and its surrounding roads and gates. The children took great care to add all of their information onto their map in order to visualise the problem.
A thoroughly enjoyable morning was had by all and we look forward to taking part in further events.