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Friday 10th July 2020 - Spelling Shed Hive Games!

 

Today, we will be hosting two hive games to practise your spellings.

 

At 1:30pm, the first code will be posted here and after the first game is complete, a second code will be posted here. Hall of Fame still consists of: Elsie, Leah, Stanford, Taylor, Aarav, George and Oscar. Who wants to join?

 

Remember, go to: play.edshed.com

 

CODE 1: 724699 (medium game)

Play starts at 1:40pm

 

 

 

CODE 2: 455048  (Extreme game!)

Play starts at 1:50pm

Friday 3rd July 2020 - Spelling Shed Hive Games!

 

Today, we will be hosting two hive games to practise your spellings.

 

At 1:30pm, the first code will be posted here and after the first game is complete, a second code will be posted here. So far in the Hall of Fame, we have: Elsie, Leah, Stanford, Taylor, Aarav, George and Oscar. Who else wants to get in there?

 

Remember, go to: play.edshed.com

 

CODE 1: 505749 (medium game)

Play starts at 1:40pm

 

 

 

CODE 2: 855392   (Extreme game!)

Play starts at 1:50pm

Friday 26th of June 2020 - Spelling Shed Hive Games!

 

Today, we will be hosting two hive games to practise your spellings.

 

At 1:30pm, the first code will be posted here and after the first game is complete, a second code will be posted here. So far in the Hall of Fame, we have: Elsie, Leah, Stanford, Taylor and Aarav. Who else wants to get in there?

 

Remember, go to: play.edshed.com

 

CODE 1: 829274   (medium game)

Play starts at 1:40pm

 

And George sails to the top! You can tell he's in high spirits after yesterday's football announcement. He want to be at the top just like his football team! Well done George!

 

FACT: Out of the top 6, only 1 was a boy.... GIRL POWER!!!!

 

 

CODE 2: 485484  (Extreme game!)

Play starts at 1:50pm

 

Whey! And Oscar takes the crown for the second game! Welcome to our hall of fame Oscar (while I'm here, please ask your mum to check her emails from last week as I've been trying to break contact - it's nothing bad don't worry, something fun instead)

 

Well done everybody - see you all next week!

Friday 19th of June 2020 - Spelling Shed Hive Games!

 

Today, we will be hosting two hive games to practise your spellings.

 

At 1:30pm, the first code will be posted here and after the first game is complete, a second code will be posted here. So far in the Hall of Fame, we have: Elsie, Leah, Stanford, Taylor and Aarav. Who else wants to get in there?

 

Remember, go to: play.edshed.com

 

CODE 1: 139961   (medium game)

Play starts at 1:40pm

 

Aaaaaannnnnnndddddddddd Elsie wins! Well done Eslie! That was incredibly close. You guys all did so well!

 

CODE 2: 534153  (Extreme game!)

Play starts at 1:50pm

 

Well done everybody, you're all spelling gurus! I believe there was a few technical issues with a few of your laptops but I know you would have got them correct so don't worry. And well done Stanford for coming out on top! You have redeemed yourself! 

 

Till next week! :)

Learning Pack - Year 5, Week 15 (W/C 13.07.2020) Please complete both parts.

Learning Pack - Year 6, Week 15 (W/C 13.07.2020)

Learning Pack - Year 5, Week 14 (W/C 06.07.2020) Please complete both parts.

Learning Pack - Year 6, Week 14 (W/C 06.07.2020) Please complete both parts.

Learning Pack - Year 5, Week 13 (W/C 29.06.2020) Please complete both parts.

Learning Pack - Year 6, Week 13 (W/C 29.06.2020) Please complete both parts.

Learning Pack - Year 5, Week 12 (W/C 22.06.2020) Please complete both parts.

Friday 12th of June 2020 - Spelling Shed Hive Game!

 

Today, we will be hosting two hive games to practise your spellings.

 

At 1:30pm, the first code will be posted here and after the first game is complete, a second code will be posted here. Check back soon. Who will get to the top of the charts today?

 

Remember go to: play.edshed.com

 

CODE 1: 517276 (medium game)

Play starts at 1:40pm

 

Wow! Crazzyyyy watching everyone type so quickly - you smashed it! Well done to Taylor for taking that top spot - now can someone knock him off in the next game?? We can't have him win again can we???

 

 

CODE 2: 622226 (Extreme game!)

Play starts at 1:50pm

 

Oh noooooo he's done it again! Taylor - you have smashed it... Actually, you have all smashed it and I'm very pleased to see you making a hugeeeeee effort with your spellings!

 

Taylor joins the likes of Elsie, Leah, Stanford and Aarav in the spellings hall of fame! Who will be in it next week?!

Friday 5th of June 2020 - Spelling Shed Hive Game!

 

Today, we will be hosting two hive games to practise your spellings.

 

At 1:30pm, the first code will be posted here and after the first game is complete, a second code will be posted here. Check back soon. Who will get to the top of the charts today?

 

Remember go to: play.edshed.com

 

CODE 1: 292403 (medium game)

Play starts at 1:40pm

 

Well done to all players - a gruesome battle to the end. Special mention to 'Stan the Man' for grabbing that top spot! I hope there is a victory screech wherever you may be! Game 2 is next....

 

 

CODE 2: 944922 (Extreme game!)

Play starts at 1:55pm

 

 

Oh my golly gosh you guys can type quickly. I can’t keep up! How close was that? And Is it true what I was seeing?! Did every single one of you get all your spellings correct?! Wow! I am speechless. Thank you for joining in and taking part this Friday afternoon. Well done to Aarav for taking that top spot crown (yes, yes, you can victory screech). You join the likes of Elsie, Leah and Stanford in the spellings hall of fame! Well done.

 

Keep practising those spellings guys! See you soon.

 

Mr Richardson :) 

Superb Spellers!

Baby News!

 

We would like to say a huge congratulations to Mr and Mrs Richardson on the safe arrival of their baby. Mr Richardson is very busy settling the newest member of his family in, but will be back very soon to continue his support for you all. In the meantime, if you need any support please contact Miss Willows by e-mail ( Miss.willows@sutton-st-james.lincs.sch.uk ) or by telephone and she will be more than happy to help! 

Academic Year 2019-20

Learning Packs

Please find below learning packs for Herons children during the school closure period.

Please work through the packs in order which work alongside the daily timetable beautifully (see below). A new one will be added at the start of each week.

 

For any questions or support, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Richardson at: herons@sutton-st-james.lincs.sch.uk

Learning Pack - Year 6, Week 12 (W/C 22.06.2020) Please complete both parts.

Learning Pack - Year 5, Week 11 (W/C 15.06.2020) Please complete both parts.

Learning Pack - Year 6, Week 11 (W/C 15.06.2020) Please complete both parts.

Learning Pack - Year 5, Week 10 (W/C 08.06.2020) Please complete both parts.

Learning Pack - Year 6, Week 10 (W/C 08.06.2020) Please complete both parts.

Learning Pack - Year 5, Week 9 (W/C 01.06.2020) Please complete both parts.

Learning Pack - Year 6, Week 9 (W/C 01.06.2020) Please complete both parts.

Learning Pack - Year 5, Week 8 (W/C 25.05.2020) Optional

Learning Pack - Year 6, Week 8 (W/C 25.05.2020) Optional

Learning Pack - Year 5, Week 7 (W/C 18.05.2020) Please complete both parts.

Learning Pack - Year 6, Week 7 (W/C 18.05.2020) Please complete both parts.

Learning Pack - Year 5, Week 6 (W/C 11.05.2020) Please complete both parts.

Learning Pack - Year 6, Week 6 (W/C 11.05.2020) Please complete both parts

Learning Pack - Year 5, Week 5 (W/C 04.05.2020) Please complete both parts of the pack

Learning pack - Year 6, Week 5 (W/C 04.05.2020) Please complete both parts of the pack

Friday 1st of May 2020 - Spelling Shed Hive Game!

 

Today we will be hosting two hive games to practise your spellings.

 

At 1:00pm, the first code will be posted here and after the first game is complete, a second code will be posted here. Check back soon, who will get to the top of the charts today?

 

Remember go to: play.edshed.com

 

CODE 1: 511330 - lovely to see so many of you!

 

Well done to Elsie (victory screeeeeeeechhhhhh?!).

 

I can see you've all been learning your spellings, well done! Again, I can see a few of you had some connections issues. Please don't worry, it's just a lovely little gathering between our friends! We all miss each other! :)

 

 

CODE 2: 566229 (now then, who can beat Elsie this time?)

 

Wow! That was tense! Edge of your seat stuff! And Leah has just pipped everyone to the top! Victory screeeeeeecchhhhhhhhh! A quick mention to Oscar, Isabelle, George, Ryan and anyone else who lost connection along the way - I know how well you would have done, don't worry guys.

 

Well done to each and every one of you. You should be very proud of yourselves on how well you're dealing with being away from school. Keep the focus, show the adults in your family how strong you are and we'll back in no time. I honestly can't wait to see what you've all been up to! I miss you dearly. Hopefully, you can tell me what good books you've been reading and recommend a few. :)

 

Please email if you need anything.

 

herons@sutton-st-james.lincs.sch.uk (I'm only an email away) 

 

In the words of Taylor (just because I can imagine him saying this)... PEACE OUT!

 

Mr Richardson

Learning Pack - Year 5, Week 4 (W/C 27.04.2020) Please complete both parts (maths answer sheets provided)

Learning Pack - Year 6, Week 4 (W/C 27.04.2020) Please complete both parts (maths answer sheets provided)

Learning Pack - Year 5, Week 3 (W/C 20.04.2020) Please complete both parts.

Learning Pack - Year 6, Week 3 (W/C 20.04.2020) Please complete both parts.

My 2020 COVID-19 Time Capsule Activity

During the Easter holidays we will not be setting Learning Packs for the children as it is important for them to have a break from education. However, Mr Richardson has created an exciting list of 50 activities that you could try at home if you run out of things to do. These are not compulsory - you do not have to do them, but it may be fun to try some if you get bored over the holiday! Remember to stay at home and stay safe! 

Easter Fun Activities List

Thank you everyone for taking part in the Spelling Shed Hive Game! I really do hope you are well and are keeping yourselves busy. I miss you all very much and I can't wait to return to school to see everything that you have been up to. Keep yourselves motivated, help your parents out wherever possible, and use this time as an excellent opportunity to learn from other people in your household.

 

Stay safe, I'm only ever an email away, smiley

 

Mr Richardson

(your proud class teacher)

Week 2 - Day by Day Curriculum Guide

 

Below is a table for the daily curriculum guide for week 2. Please look at each of the areas to cover per day and complete the quiz (if there is one) on the website. Many of the areas come with supporting video too. It’s very interesting!

 

Day

Subject

Website Link

Task Headline

Areas to Cover

Monday

Geography

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zvsfr82

Geography Skills

  • Mapping the world
  • Latitude and longitude
  • Time zones
  • Maps
  • Contours, keys and symbols

Tuesday

RE

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zpdtsbk

Islam

  • What is Islam?
  • What is Ramadan?
  • What is Eid ul-Adha?

Wednesday

History

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/ztyr9j6

Vikings

  • Who were the Vikings?
  • How did the Vikings fight?
  • Viking traders and explorers
  • What was life like in Viking Britain?

Thursday

IT

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zf2f9j6/articles/z3c6tfr

Dance Mat Typing

  • Dance mat typing (complete levels 1 – 2)

Friday

Science

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/znmmn39

Pushes and pulls

Friction and resistance

Gravity

  • What is a force?
  • What is friction?
  • What are water and air resistance?
  • What is gravity?

Learning Pack - Year 5, Week 1

Learning Pack - Year 6, Week 1

Daily Timetable for Home Learning

 

Please use the following timetable as guidance to support home learning. To be completed in order:

 

 

Before 9am

 

Wake Up

  • Have breakfast.
  • Get dressed.
  • Brush your teeth.
  • Make your bed.

 

9 – 9:30am

 

 

Physical Fitness

&

The Morning Challenge

 

9:30 – 10:30am

 

English

 

  • Use home learning pack to tackle an English SPaG task.
  • Use website www.pobble365.com/. Click ‘pick a day’, choose today’s date, and take on the story starter! challenge.

 

10:30 – 11:00am

 

 

Exercise & Snack (fruit)

  • If possible, morning walk or outdoor exercise (wake and shake, star jumps, create an exercise routine).
  • Eat a piece of fruit.

 

11 – 12pm

 

Maths

12 – 1pm

 

Lunch & Exercise

 

 

  • Outdoor exercise where possible.

1 – 1:30pm

 

Reading

 

 

  • 3 x read theories at 75% or more.
  • Read a book for pleasure.

1:30 – 2pm

 

Spelling and Maths Shed

 

 

  • 5 x spelling assignments.
  • 5 x maths assignments.

 

2 – 3pm

 

Wider World Knowledge

Term 3 – It’s All About Meeeeeee

 

What a way to come back after having a lovely Christmas break, then to learn about our bodies and how we’re kept alive by our circulatory system. We learnt about why oxygen is pulled from the air and the journey it takes through to vital organs to keep our bodies ticking along just nicely. It was fascinating! Children even got the opportunity to dissect a heart, naming vital parts and their function to keep the blood circulating around the body. They certainly won’t be forgetting that in a hurry!

 

 

Guided reading sessions got the children thinking in ways which they may have never experienced before with our fascinating book, ‘There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom’. This book dealt with issues surrounding self-worth and the importance of having a positive mental health. Children discovered how painful words can be and the impact it can have on a person and their surroundings. ‘Be kind’ was the message, you never know what battle someone else is facing.

 

 

Our literacy lessons tied beautifully in with our guided reading lessons. Firstly, children were asked to write a diary entry in the role of the main character from our guided reading book. They wrote beautifully to convey emotion, forcing the reader to emphasise with every action their character made. Next, they developed their writing skills by creating a beautifully crafted newspaper report on an unfortunate school event. It was superbly put together with every child taking pride for their finished article.

 

 

Now onto Maths! The term was predominantly made up doing everything you could think of when it comes to fractions. Oh we love a fraction in Herons class! Each child was keen to understand how these tricky little things work which triggered a different learning journey for all. By the end of it they came out smiling, keeping a growth mindset to overcome each challenge. Never will a child say, ‘I can’t do Maths!’ ever again.

Take a peek at what Herons will be learning about in Term 3 & 4!

Term 2 – Christmas is Here

 

Gosh! This term has been so exciting; it’s difficult to write about where to start!

 

I know… We’ll start with our amazing trip out of school to Peterborough.

 

First stop -  The Bharat Hindu Samaj Temple to link with our Hindu studies in Religious Education. This was an opportune time for children to learn about another faith in a structured and educational way, discussing the philosophies, mythologies and ritual practises that made for a deep understanding of the Hindu culture. Children really took this opportunity well by asking so many fascinating questions – it was wonderful to see.

 

Second stop – The Peterborough Library to support our school’s love of reading. Children were taken back by books, discovering how accessible a quality text really is. We read, played games and had a great time exploring. With Long Sutton library only a stone’s throw away, children ignited their passion to take out a book (or 30!) and even, maybe, possibly, definitely put a book on their Christmas list too!

 

 

In our English lessons, we continued to use our Viking theme by creating an incredibly detailed holiday brochure on why tourists should visit Jorvik (an imaginary Viking village in Norway). Children were able to combine both their emotive and directive language to persuade audiences to bask – and venture - in the beauty of this wonderful place. Also studied in English were: the use of fronted adverbials; how to apply inverted commas; placing of a semi-colon; and the study of similes, metaphors and personification in a descriptive text. It was a good thing it was a long term!

 

 

In our Maths lessons, we began the first few weeks of the term by looking at both multiplication and division using the formal written methods. Children reacted well to problematic questions, drawing on their knowledge of place value to solve them. Next, was statistics, where children were using information presented in line graphs and tables (including timetables) to solve tricky problems in an everyday context. And lastly, measurement concluded maths for the term where children looked at how to solve perimeter, area and volume of a given shape to the correct measurement. Is it cm? Is it cm2? Is it cm3? Who knows?

 

 

Another term? Another song? I’ll start to get a name for myself I think. But with Christingle falling beautifully in the middle of this term, another song was called for to explain the true meaning of this magically event. And the children once again raised the bar in terms of commitment and energy levels. The roof was rocking during rehearsals, with the children even putting together their own actions to the song – it just comes naturally to them!

 

 

It has been a wonderful term where children continue to amaze me with their passion for learning. I do hope you have a Merry Christmas and a super new year! Children will update you throughout the year as to how their new adopted class animals are doing. They’re making the world a better place!  

 

Term 1 - Let the Battle Commence

 

Wow, what a start to the new term we’ve had!

 

We were gifted with the incredible opportunity to study the Vikings and boy did we take it well! It has been at the forefront of everything we have studied and the children have learnt greatly because of it. We were educated in just how relentless these Viking warriors were on Britain when they invaded from the Norse lands, raiding from coast to coast, killing and looting everything in their path. It’s safe to say that British history had the children hooked from lesson one. It was brutal!

 

 

In our guided reading lessons, we learnt of Beowulf, a Geatish warrior who lived during the time of the Vikings. It is here where children learnt of Beowulf’s supreme power to defeat any enemy that came his way.

 

 

 

 

Our guided reading sessions fuelled our English sessions where we decided to write from the viewpoint of one of Beowulf’s enemies named Grendel. This fierce and ferocious beast had the children looking at backstory and questioning the difference between right and wrong. The writing which the children produced from this unit was of high quality, setting a wonderful first impression for what lies ahead for the new year. It even had us outside under the conker tree presenting what we had written to boost our speaking and listening skills. Even the rain didn’t dampen our spirits!

 

 

In our Maths lessons, we have been trying every trick in the book to get our times tables cemented in our brains. If this meant chanting them, we did. If this meant singing them, we did. If this meant getting up and dancing to them, oh yes, we did that too. For a closer look, watch this space for the link on how our times tables were being learnt.

 

 

What first term would be complete without a good Harvest festival sing-song ey? This year’s song was named, ‘Let It Grow’ which was a spin off from Disney’s Frozen ‘Let it Go’. Stuck in every child’s, mum’s and dad’s head from six years ago, it was time to bring it back and stick the melody back in their heads. The children performed this to absolute perfection and is something they should all be very proud of - their class teacher certainly was. The bar has been set, bring on Christingle!

Take a peek at what we will be learning about from now until Christmas!

Academic Year 2018-19

Class of 2019

Term 6 – It’s Showtime!

 

The end to a beautiful school year… celebrated in style!

 

First week back, time to go on a residential. Yes, Kingswood awaits! The children were extremely lucky to spend a few days getting the very best outdoor learning experience they ever could imagined. This wonderful place equipped the children from Herons with skills that they can use for the future, and opened their eyes to the opportunities available to them. They worked on their own, they worked in a team, they discovered things about themselves which they never thought they could achieve… All because they believed. Mission accomplished!

 

With many nerving faces, the big school production was drawing near. Lines were learnt, the stage was up and lights were ordered. All that was left was to put on a showstopper performance. And what a performance it was! With not a single spare audience seat going free in the school hall, the children from Herons, supported by Owls, put on the show of their lives. We all laughed, we all cried, this was certainly a night that these wonderful children will not forget in a hurry.

 

With the school performance now over, and children still buzzed with energy, it was time to switch our attention into putting on a great leaver’s assembly for our year sixes. The message was clear; what final words did they want to share of their Primary School experience? The children took the driving force with this by sharing fond memories, singing beautiful songs and reminiscing on the plain old funny times had at school.

 

What a beautiful school year it has been, I wish all the children heading to Secondary School the very best.

 

In a world full of darkness… Be the light!

Term 5 - The Final Countdown

 

Another term over, only one more to go!

 

Even though last term was a very short one, it still contained a very busy educational schedule for the children to utilise every learning opportunity. In our literacy lessons, we decided to put our focus on writing on hold due to the Year 6s upcoming SATs. Instead, we took the chance to revise everything that was learnt across KS2. It was incredible to see how much knowledge both the Y5s and Y6s had retained. Everything from ‘prepositions’ to the way ‘subject and verbs’ must agree were covered, including how easy it is to find the difference between a ‘coordinating and subordinating conjunction’. All areas the children now know just as much as their favourite Fortnite dance move!

 

With areas of geometry still yet to cover in our numeracy lessons, the class were unable to solely just focus on revision - instead they had to do both! This was greeted with a real maturity from each child, giving maximum effort to find solutions to very tricky mathematical problems. They had to compare and classify geometric shapes based on their properties. From this discovery, children were then able to use this newly learnt knowledge to find unknown angles in triangles, quadrilaterals and regular polygons. Not easy by anyone’s standards but by keeping a growth mind-set, children soon managed to get their heads around it.

 

In our history lessons, children started to uncover the history of the Maya Civilisation. With this Empire arising many years ago in Central America, it was wonderful to see the children’s faces as they explored how different this culture truly was in comparison to ours. With dark secrets containing gruesome rituals and disturbing sacrifices, it appeared that not everything was how it seemed. This will be resumed and completed in our final term.

 

With SATs now out the way, it was time for reward – bring on the end of the year school production! Having spent a while choosing the right play to showcase all of the children’s talents, I finally settled on the perfect play. This play has everything: laughter, music and a beautiful message! If only casting it was a simple job as many children could have slotted into a number of roles. With that being said, the play was eventually cast and even though some children did not get their dream role, they were still respectful of the children who did and dealt with this very sensibly. I can tell already that they will be great to work with – the show is going to be the biggest show the school has even seen! Look out for more information.

Term 4 - 'Monkeying Around'

 

A whole lot of fun was had last term with the children picking up many new strategies that they’ll be able to use both inside and outside of school.

 

In numeracy, we moved on from fractions, and into decimals and percentages to see how they all linked. The children did brilliantly! This tricky concept was certainly not easy to learn, but with great perseverance and determination, they soon got their head around it and developed their mathematical skills beautifully. Next, was to beat algebra… This by no means was going to be straight forward! I mean, who wants to work out what 6a x 3 + (7b – c) is anyway?! Well, Herons class certainly did, and they did very well too! We were able to substitute numbers for letters/ shapes until the correct answer was found. A wonderful achievement and a very proud teacher!

 

Our literacy lessons saw a huge focus in writing for a specific purpose. Firstly, and after discovering that Justin Bieber was unable to use the subjunctive form correctly in one of his smash-hit songs, we felt the need to write to him detailing the negative impact he is having on the youth of today. Our writing was formal and demanded that change needs to happen. ‘Be more like Beyoncé (a singer who uses the subjunctive form correctly)’ were the children’s cries! Not finished there, the children decided to take their formal letter writing one step further by complaining to Albus Dumbledore about one of his pupils, Harry Potter. Hero or villain? Well, after reading the children’s letters, let’s just say I will never look at Mr Potter in the same way again. 

 

Taking a break from the realms of numeracy and literacy, it was important to get the children moving. Nothing did this quite like our highly-infectious ‘arts movement’ lessons where the children chose an animal to explore and recreated it in the form of music and dance. Our chosen animal, an orang-utan. So without ‘monkeying around’, we took what we had learnt from this angelic creature, to the school hall to experiment with its movement and habitat. We were even lucky enough to rehearse our piece at the South Holland Centre in Spalding with lead professionals, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

 

 

Lastly, the children’s creative side burst into life with the exploration of the famous artist, Vincent van Gogh. We learnt about this extremely talented artist’s background and how he came to be known globally (and no, not because of the situation he had with his ear)! Children were inspired to create their own paintings similar to the Vase with Twelve Sunflowers and The Starry Night.

Term 3 - To Infinity and Beyond

 

Last term was kicked off with our new overarching theme on Space! This galactic subject became the children’s influential stimulus and driving force behind each of our Literacy units. We firstly chose to base our opening piece of writing around the film clip, It’s not our planet, it’s our home. It is here where the children produced incredibly detailed character descriptions of an astronaut in Space. Once complete, and not wanting our fictional stories to end, we decided to continue our descriptions with a stronger emphasis on environment setting for reader effect.

 

In our Numeracy lessons last term, it was all about the fractions. Ordering them, comparing them, adding them, subtracting them, multiplying them, dividing them and simplifying them. You name it with fractions, we did it! This tricky little concept was soon picked up by the children, who by the end of the term were fraction gurus!

 

No term would be complete without having to learn about our new overarching theme, and this term was no different, bring on Space. The children’s key target was to learn all about Earth, the Sun and the Moon. It is here where they were able to describe the movement of the Earth in relation to the Sun in our solar system, and the movement of the Moon in relation to the Earth. We went on to describe the Sun, Earth and Moon as approximately spherical bodies, before discovering the Earth’s rotation to explain day and night. It's amazing what our planet can do!

 

Finally, for our History topic, the children looked at the history of Space travel and how technology has advanced since the early invention of the telescope. The children discovered which countries were the driving force behind technological Space advancements which led to the first man stepping foot on the moon. This subject pushed every child’s curiosity button, becoming an astronaut is much better than playing video games anyway!

Take a look at what Herons will be learning about this term!

Term 2 - We'll Meet Again

 

     Seeing as last term was an incredible hit studying historical events of WWII, we decided to continue our literacy writing around this. We started by studying Aiden Gibbons’, The Piano which tugged at every single heart string going. The children produced one of their best literacy writing pieces to date, with a pupil from the class sharing their work to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of WWI. This was followed up with a film stimulus named ‘Beyond the Lines’ and Siegfried Sassoon’s famous poem, ‘How to Die’. The children have taken a considerable amount of knowledge away from this topic, using beautifully crafted figurative writing techniques in their own writing.

 

     In our numeracy lessons, children have built on their knowledge of ‘number’ from the previous term by learning about short and long multiplication/division. They have since taken this understanding into their statistics lessons, and further into their measurement lessons, where they have been learning all about perimeter, area and volume.  

 

     Design and technology will certainly take some beating! Children were tasked to construct an Anderson shelter out of everyday household materials. This was then supported with the use of paper mache before actually being put through a rigorous testing system. Please ask your child what this testing system was as writing it in words does not do it any justice at all. As you can see from the pictures, we certainly had a lot of fun!

 

                                     

 

     The term was pleasantly finished off with a trip to Freiston to visit the ever-so popular, We’ll Meet Again Museum. Each child enjoyed this incredible opportunity by fully immersing themselves in everything the museum had to offer. From WWII, children were able to hold and wear equipment, taste popular sweets, injure a unique Blitz experience, and many more. This is something they will not be forgetting in a hurry!  

 

                    

Term 1 - Fantastically Fun Learning

 

This term has been heavily influenced by the historical events of WWII. The children have learnt a lot of information including: what life would have been like as an evacuee, how rationing was introduced and sustained, how important women’s roles were, as well as what caused WWII to both start and finish. From the very first lesson, each child was gripped by this extraordinary time, showing a genuine interest in each fact that was discovered.

 

Science has been entirely about the world of electricity. As you can see from the picture, the children have had a fantastic time making circuits and experimenting with different investigations. Using a cell (battery), the children have been leading tests with electrical conductors and insulators. They have been using wires to transfer power to a range of lightbulbs, motors and buzzers. Plenty of hands-on practical work!

 

The children have been working incredibly hard in both numeracy and literacy lessons. They have learnt many news skills and techniques they’ll take with them into next term. In our literacy lessons, there has been a strong focus on sentence structure and how this can be varied to produce creative writing. The stimulus for this writing has been heavily influenced by the book ‘The Lion and the Unicorn’ which follows the story of an evacuee - a boy named Lenny – being taken in by Lady De Vass. In our numeracy lessons, place value has been our overarching theme. Before children get stuck into the world of fractions, co-ordinates and shape, they need to build a concrete understanding on the value of a digit in a given number; something which they’ve done beautifully.

We have had a considerable amount of fun learning our times tables on a Friday. It’s amazing how a little ‘song n dance’ during lesson time can have a significant impact on our children’s recall of times tables.

During music lessons this term, we have been creating our very own music which represents the world we live in.

 

 

 

We were extremely lucky to visit Tim Peake’s spacecraft at Peterborough Cathedral. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity was an amazing chance to learn all sorts of incredible information about this amazing man’s expedition.

 

 

 

Whilst in Peterborough, we were able to take full advantage of our time there by visiting an Islamic Mosque. It is here where the children learnt about Islamic culture and their different way of life.

 

 

Take a look at what Herons will be covering this term.

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