Welcome to Owls!
Welcome back to what has been a very strange year indeed!
I would first like to say how proud I am of the children of Owls and how well they have adapted to the changes in routine in school this year. Without fuss, they have taken well to the changes in place and have shown a great level of maturity and understanding for the changes we have had to make and the reasons behind them.
Above all it has been so lovely to see so many smiles in school and hear so much laughter. The children have expressed how much they have enjoyed being back and how much fun they have had so far.
In Owls we aim to not only stay safe but learn to the best of our abilities and above promote happiness.
Thank you for a great first term. Please enjoy reading about some of the activities we have enjoyed this term.
We began the term with some lovely weather, which meant lots of outdoor lessons.
This included Maths and English as well as many curriculum lessons too!
This term our topic has crossed many different lessons.
We began with a rock hunt, looking closely with magnifying glasses at rocks around us and noticing tiny details. This helped us to realise that every rock is different. It also raised lots of questions about them. We created a bank of questions that we aim to answer over the year.
This year DT day involved making the strongest bridge possible with just five pieces of paper!
Owls children came up with some amazing and varied designs. Once they had designed and made their first bridge in pairs they had to test to see how many cubes the bridge would hold.
After their initial test they had a second chance to improve their bridge designs. All children managed to improve their bridges, maing them hold more cubes than on their first attempt!
There was some outstanding teamwork and some very interesting designs. Browse the gallery below to see some our our bridge builders at work.
As part of our Stone age topic, Owls have been thinking about how cave painting were made.
We have recreated our own cave art pieces using different materials including chalks and powder paints. We even embodies cave dwelling people by attempting to create our art vertically, on the 'ceiling' of our caves.
Check out our finished cave of paintings below!
Macmillan Coffee Fundraiser
As part of our efforts to raise money for charity, we had a non-uniform day for Macmillan.
In Owls we also decorated cakes, carefully creating our own icing and decorating with sprinkles. We then met with the other classes over an afternoon video call to eat out creations together.
We are proud to support charities and appreciate the work they do.
This term we have been working hard to increase and improve our map reading skills.
Owls particularly enjoyed one of our outdoor lessons, reading the co-ordinates on a map of the school to find a series of hidden symbols.
Ask your child what they had to do this lessons to see how they found the hidden symbols...
Jump rope for heart!
This term we also participated in Jump Rope for Heart, again raising money for charity.
Thank you to all those who sponsored children to skip! Browse the gallery below to see some of our efforts, not only did we raise money for charity but we stayed active and had fun along the way!
This term we have been very lucky to have communicated with an author. Luke Temple prepared a block of work for owls based around his book: Felix Dashwood and the Mutating Mansion. The children really enjoyed reading the book and breaking down the features that were used in each chapter. We then created our own chapter of the book and collected them together into our own version of the story.
If you have purchased to book through school don't give away the ending! We will revisit the book at the end of the year and discover what happens next.
Watch the video below to see our author answer some of the questions that the children of Owls asked him.
Hive Game Friday
Time for our last Hive Game Friday, make it a great one! have fun and the best of luck! :) 17/07/20
Round 1 (Hard) Code: 756869
Round 2 (Extreme) Code: 610465
Please find below learning packs for Owls children during the school closure period.
Please work through the packs in order. A new one will be added at the start of each week.
For any questions or support, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Smith at: email@example.com
White Rose Input
If you want extra input for the maths set in the learning packs, then follow the link below to access free method videos. The link will take you to a page to access all year groups, choose your child's year group and then find the week we are working at. I will update every week which one we are using.
This week we are working from Summer Term: Week 4.
Morning there folks! Really wish we could see each other the start of this term but we will do the best with what we have.
Just an update to say from now on, Maths Shed and Spelling shed will have weekly targets of 15 games. That is still 3 games minimum a day. Depending on subject matter they may be daily targets again but for now, weekly ones seem more efficient. Have fun and speak to you all soon!
Mr Smith 😁
Once again we had an action packed term once we got back after the Christmas holidays. We started our new topic subject which was all to do with Ancient Egypt.
We have learned so much in Maths this last term, we enhanced our knowledge on graphs, angles and our basic four operation. We then culminated our skills into a super treasure hunt around the school. We used our skills in following grid references and turning in angles to solve the riddles and find the secret treasure inside the long hidden tomb of the Pharaoh Richardsofuful!
With our topic related to ancient Egypt, our main focus this term was to write a formal letter of complaint to Pharaoh Rameses II, for his horrible treatment of the Hebrew slaves. We used the brilliant musical film Prince of Egypt as our inspiration. We advanced our sentence skills with conjunctions to extend them and we used that to do the very best in our letters. The letters of complaint were full of high level vocabulary, conjunctions and reasonable points of argument.
We learned a huge amount about the ancient Egyptians this term for our topic. We learned the basics of making the famed pyramids, the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb and we wrote messages in hieroglyphics. We finished our term of history a talent show where the children showcased their talents as the ancient Egyptian Gods and Goddesses.
We focussed our learning on Judaism this term. We learned about the importance of Jerusalem and the Western wall. We learned about specific items and areas of a Synagogue and important festivals such as Passover.
We returned after a short break ready to get right back onto our learning and to have more fun doing so.
This term, we learned more about division, multiplication. We also moved onto statistics and 3d shapes. We had a fun lesson where we put together various 3d shapes based on net designs. This helped improve our understanding of 3d shapes and we then identified how many faces, edges and vertices those shapes had.
We returned to volcanoes for our D.T. task. We worked in pairs to build our very own volcanoes out of using paper mache. We then painted those volcanoes to help make them look realistic. We utilised our knowledge on what volcanoes normally look like and our team work skills to create a brilliant and accurate model.
Trip to Peterborough
As part of our learning in R.E. we were very fortunate to go to a Hindu temple to experience another type of religious service. We got to witness a morning prayer service and was able to look around at all the beautiful statues that represented the various Gods and Goddesses. The children learned a lot from the volunteers at the temple. After that excitement, it was followed by even more as we went to visit the main library. Again the children learned more about the building and how to find and loan books. They were very enthusiastic and many even wanted to become members of the library to borrow books. The children especially enjoyed the super challenging library treasure hunt that Mr Richardson had put together for them.
In art, we learned about the talented artist Archimboldo. He was unique as he painted portraits of people using fruits, vegetables and other objects related to the seasons to create his subject's face and shoulders. This was a fun challenge for the children who had to really think what type of objects they would need to create a sketch of their partner in this particular style. They had to make sure it was detailed enough so we could tell what they had used. We had some fantastic results!
For our D.T. challenge day, our school had to build their own boats which would then have to hold as many cubes as possible in water. We had basic materials to use such as paper, tape and string. There were a lot of various designs that were put to the test. In the end, we had a winner whose boat held a whopping 124 cubes! What a great and challenging day.
In science this term, we learned about kinetic forces. We particularly looked at how friction works. We learned what friction means and then we put it into practice with a fun experiment. Using our knowledge, we predicted what items on a ramp would cause the most friction and the least, then we placed the ramp at certain angles and pushed a toy tractor down the ramps, we recorded the height of the ramps when the tractor began to roll down. We then compared the results to our predictions.
History and Geography
With our topic being linked by Extreme Earth, we connected our History and Geography with a focus on Volcanoes and the city of Pompeii in Ancient Rome. We studied what actually creates Volcanoes and how often they occur, we then learned what exactly happened on the day MT Vesuvius erupted. We used our knwoledge on how volcanoes are formed to explain the 'rumblings' of Pompeii before it was destroyed and how people may believe it was somesupernatural force without any knowledge on volcanoes or their inner workings.
Towards the end of term, the whole school celebrated Harvest time by holding a performance festival at the community centre. Our class put on a performed reading of Squeak's Harvest. A fun short story about a field mouse who moves home and finds a harvest festival where he learns the meaning of love and being thankful. We had some volunteers perform as our excellent readers while the rest of the class did amazing jobs at performing as the characters of the story.
After the October half term, we returned to school ready and excited to learn! We experienced and learned lots of new things this term, take a look below to see what we have done.
The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
On Thursday 22nd November, Owls class were lucky enough to go on an adventure all the way to Cambridge to visit the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. On this visit we learned all about the Stone Age, Iron Age and Bronze Age. The children used their senses to explore the sounds, sights and smells of the past. By handling ancient objects and using the museums multisensory bags, pupils were challenged with identifying which era certain objects were from and thought about similarities and differences between then and now.
We have been learning lots of new skills during our ICT lessons this term. We have been using the laptops to design, write and debug their very own programs. We were given challenges to design a character and make the character move from point A to B by writing an algorithm. Along the way we found some errors in our algorithms, so we paired up and assisted one another in debugging the instructions. In the end we had some fantastic characters who were completing some difficult journeys across our laptop screens, all thanks to the children's excellent algorithms!
In Maths, we have been having lots of fun during our learning. At
the start of the term we were looking at shapes, not only did we have to identify different shapes, whether they were 2D or 3D, their properties and see if we could spot any around the school, we had to make our own 3D shapes!
During the term we also had a look a measuring and comparing lots of different things such as weight, capacity and mass. We had a very practical lesson where we had to estimate then measure different amounts of liquid and the capacity of different instruments used to hold liquid.
This term saw Anti-Bullying week at school, and we were
all invited to wear odd socks (outside of our trousers). As part of an English class, Owls created an Anti-Bullying Rap. We considered and used all of the different features of a rap, each group managed to make every line rhyme! It was a very fun afternoon and it allowed us to discuss different ways that we can stop bullying, what to do and how to ensure that all children play happily every day.
A School Day Out!
On Wednesday 19th September, Owls and Herons went on an adventure to Peterborough. We were very lucky because we got invited into both a Mosque and a Cathedral.
In the Mosque we saw a beautiful chandelier and were taught lots of fantastic information about the Muslim religion. We discovered that they pray 5 times a day, and have 5 rules they live by, known as the 5 Pillars. When we left the Mosque we were treated to a packet of crisps and a drink to say thank you for coming, they were very yummy!
Later that day we went to the Cathedral where we stood in amazement looking up at
Tim Peake's Spacecraft show. We saw the real Soyuz spacecraft, parachute and spacesuit that he wore and used up in space. It was very exciting and we learned lots of facts!
DT Day - Let's Go Fly A Kite
We are lucky enough as a school to, each year, partake in a DT Day. The children love the DT days as it allows them to explore and be as creative as they can! This year, we made our very own kites.
We spent the morning creating and decorating our kites. Once we had done this, everyone in school went outside to the school field and flew their kite. Unfortunately some of the kite strings got very tangled, however after a quick reconstruction of the kites, they were back up and flying. It was a fantastic day, and one we will remember for a very long time!
In Owls class this term, our work has been influenced by the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. We have done lots of learning, and thought a lot about how Britain changed through these different eras. During one of our lessons, we all became Neolithic hunter-gatherers and we were all SO hungry! We had to go round the school, playground and field to investigate and locate some food! The hunter-gatherers used their tools to either catch animals or find berries or nuts. After all of this food, we we not so hungry anymore! It was a very interesting food, as we had to think about how much time, energy and planning had to go into the hunter-gatherers getting food.
Design and Technology
Our Design and Technology lessons this term were heavily influenced by our Stone Age to Iron Age topic. We have been carefully designing, creating and decorating jewellery from these eras. We very carefully created a blue print for our
jewellery, considering the materials, size and colour scheme we were going to use. After that we created our beads using clay or pasta, we then painted the jewellery and constructed it.