Last week, it was Safer Internet Week. Mrs Robinson held a Key Stage 2 assembly, showing us all what the emphasis was this year. It is all about being sharp, alert, secure, kind and brave - in fact being internet legends. We have talked about being safe when on the internet and knowing how to keep safe and who we should talk to if feeling unsure. To end the series of lessons there is a game to play to become internet sharp. It was great fun.
Our Science topic this half term is Electricity. We began the lesson by revising the symbols and their definition. This then led on to a loop card game, using the symbols and meanings.
Our Maths lesson, this morning, looked at mean averages. To begin with we talked about the vocabulary and what average, range and mean average meant. Then we looked at how to calculate the mean average by finding the total, and then dividing by the number of items. The mean average of 14, 26, 10 and 22 is - the sum of the numbers - 72 and then dividing this number by 4 = 18.
Next groups were given cups of chews and money. They worked collaboratively on finding the mean average number of sweets per group, the mean average number of coins per group and the mean average amount of money per group.
What a brilliant day! Today began with us looking at the apple-themed food. We all liked the look of it - especially the apple doughnuts and the apple and sausage rolls. Next, Sycamore class went outside, armed with a piece of string, a ruler and a table to fill in. The task was to find out if there is any relationship between the diameter and circumference of an apple. To begin with, we used string to measure the circumference and then cut the apples in half to measure the diameter. Each group worked with twelve apples. Next we came inside to construct a scatter graph to see if there is a correlation between them. We found there was - a positive one. After break, Sycamore class worked with Miss Rampton on building apple towers. It took a lot of patience and collaboration to make the tower free-standing.
After lunch, we cut apples into tiny pieces and then bashed them in a bag to put the mush through an apple press. The end result was put into small glasses to be drunk. Delicious. Finally we went into the hall, to try some of the apple food brought in today.
It was a lovely day. Thank you Mrs Robinson.
"Teacher Pleaser" presentations.
On Tuesday, each pupil presented their explanation of how the machine worked. Some of the class created Powerpoints, with the image on to help them explain more clearly. Some created their own machine, whilst others spoke with no props. Well done to everyone for speaking clearly and confidently to the audience.
Today an Ancient Greek lady, called Daphne, came to visit Sycamore class. She appeared during registration ready to share a typical day in her life. We looked at artefacts and thought about what the objects could be, how they were used by the Ancient Greeks and what they were made of. We also looked at the clothes Daphne was wearing and what her costume told us about her life and home. Together we found 42 pieces of evidence. The children then thought about what evidence there was to show trade, agriculture or mining. In the afternoon, we played some games - they were great fun. We also had some trays of sand with some artefacts hidden in them, that we used brushes to remove the sand and reveal an object. We used information sheets to discover what we had found. Finally we were given some clothes to dress up in. We had a great day.
Today was Uganda Day at School. To begin the day, Mrs Robinson took assembly and told us all about the food children at Makonzi School would eat. Sycamore and Hawthorn class worked together on making chapatis. We used weighing scales and followed simple instructions. The ingredients were very simple - flour, water and a pinch of salt. Next we cooked them - well an adult did.
After lunch there were some chopped vegetables to add to the cooked chapatis and rolled them up to eat. They were delicious. Also during the day, Mrs Bevan Thomas (a school governor) came to talk to each class about visiting Makonzi school with Dodie.
A great day!
Creating an aquarium for mayfly larvae.
This morning, Vee visited our class. She has come into school to talk to us about the chalk streams and the wildlife that could be found. Today, we made, using plastic bottles, tubing and a pump, an aquarium to watch mayfly change into adults. The instructions were read out and the "home" easily made. Then we walked a local garden, which has the Bourne rivulet running through the middle so that Vee could catch some mayfly larvae. Next we brought the creatures back to class so that they could be put in their new home. The class are going to monitoring the water level and temperature as well as counting the hatchlings. The organisms are going to be released into the school pond area.
This morning in Maths, we did some problem solving - both in groups and individually. To begin with, an envelope with statements on was placed on the table and in groups we had to find out which shape was which colour. We definitely had to talk to each other and make sure we understood the statements.
This was followed by a 'leap-frog' challenge - to follow some simple rules and get the six counters (in the end we used people) to swap places.
Our Music lessons this half term, with Hampshire Music Service, have been based around a short film called "I Lava You". This week, we looked at the three chords used to accompany the song and, using those three chords wrote our own accompaniment. Next, we identified which notes made up the three chords and then used those notes to make our arrangements more interesting and challenging to play. Notice how closely we follow the conductor.
Performing Act 1, Scene 1 of The Tempest by William Shakespeare
As a class, Sycamore have watched a performance of The Tempest by Shakespeare at Hurstbourne Tarrant. This week we read and discussed the first act. The children wanted to know the meaning of the challenging vocabulary so that they fully understood what was happening in the storm.
This week is Maths and Sports week. On Monday, the snow helped us look at square numbers and how they could be arranged. It was jolly cold outside but great fun making snowballs. They were then arranged so that the class built a pyramid.
Last Wednesday, Sycamore class walked to Hurstbourne Tarrant primary school to watch a performance of The Tempest by William Shakespeare. It was a great performance and the children are more knowledgeable about the story and characters. The walk was muddy but fun. Back at school, the children worked in small groups to perform the play in twenty minutes.
Today we looked at reflection and how to see behind us as well as around corners.
Yesterday afternoon, Secret Santa dropped off a sack full of presents for the class. One of the children took the place of Santa and handed out the presents to the rest of the class. When the sack was empty, all the class opened the presents together. There was great excitement. What a lovely idea, suggested by the children. They managed to keep the gifts secret. Well done.
The week before half-term we learned all about the Hindu festival of Diwali. This week Hindus and Sikhs, all over the world, celebrated Diwali - the festival of light - what an appropriate time to discover what this festival is all about. To begin with we discussed good and evil and thought about examples of both in the world today and in the past. There were some interesting discussions about different people and events that have occurred.
During the week, we read the story of the Ramayana - which is all about the story of Rama and Sita. We also found out about Rama's childhood and preparation to be the king of his country; how he met Sita and why they were banished for 14 years. Next we made masks so that we could re-enact the play. There were no lines so we had to understand the chronology of the tale and make our own lines. We also made clay divas - little lamps - these were lit to show Rama and Sita the way home to the palace after their fourteen year absence. We found out all about the festival and what happens on the five day celebration. Finally, we performed the play to the rest of the school during assembly time.
On Wednesday afternoon, Sycamore and Oak class worked together. As Oak class have been finding out about the maiden voyage of the Titanic, we wanted to know what could they tell their buddy about the journey. The first task was to tell their buddy what they knew and, if possible to write down the fact on a post-it note, (otherwise the older buddy wrote down the information.) Finally, the children were given the opportunity to draw the Titanic.
The day before the Easter holidays, Sycamore class were lucky enough to go to Hurstbourne Tarrant Primary School to watch an interactive performance of William Shakespeare's Hamlet. The actors were fantastic at explaining the story and including the children as some of the actors. The class returned to school via the Test Way, eating a picnic lunch half-way home.