Carpe Diem - Seize the Day
The children have worked hard this week to make their Mayan bags and most have stitched their Mayan patterned binca onto their bags too.
The children wore some lovely Christmas jumpers to raise money for Save the Children this week.
Week 12 and 13
The children continued to practise different types of stitch and used them to create their Mayan pattern binca.
Along with completing their assessments this week the children have been practising their sewing skills. Today they learnt how to thread a needle and to experiment with different length stitches with running stitch.
Children in Need
We had a fantastic response from the children for Children In Need and they had a fun day and raised money for a very good cause at the same time. Thank you to you all. Below there are photos of the children from Friday. Who do you think had the best Children in Need outfit?
The highlight of the week was the class visit to Jodrell Bank. The children enjoyed the visit and learnt lots to support their learning in class about Earth and Space. They particularly liked the whispering dishes, where a person 60 metres away could hear you whispering.
On Monday the children were learning about how telescopes work and how they are used to study the stars and planets. They experimented using a pair of magnifying glasses and then used these to make their own telescopes.
On Tuesday, the children continued with their dance to represent Mayan farming. After practising their sequences, each group presented one part of the dance.
Watering the plants
The plants growing
Harvesting the crops
On Friday, the children worked in groups to present a short TV news report about an aspect of Mayan civilization.
This week the children enjoyed using dance to enact Mayan farmers at work.
Here the children are warming up, using their bodies to create Mayan arches and temples.
The children begin to work in groups to act out sowing seed.
This week the children were learning about why we have day and night. Using a globe, some blue-tac to represent our country and a torch to represent the Sun we demonstrated why it is light during the day and dark at night. We also thought about how sunrise and sunset happen and why it always looks like the Sun rises in the east and sets in the west.
Midday - UK facing directly towards the Sun
Sunset - UK turning away from the Sun. Sun would be seen to our right (West)
Midnight - UK facing away from the Sun
Sunrise - UK turning back towards the Sun. Sun would be seen on our left (East)
The children worked in groups to walk and measure out 1 km so they can visualise how far a kilometre is and discussed how many 10m and 100m groups there were in 100m and 1 km.
They also filled 10ml syringes with water and then used these to fill a 100ml container and then used this to fill a 1 litre container to recognise how many 10ml and 100ml groups there are in 100ml and 1 litre.
Someone has been practising their 'Dele Alli' celebration too.
This week the children worked together to create a fruit solar system, using fruit to represent the planets and toilet roll to represent the distance between the planets. Just for reference, each square of toilet paper represents 16 million miles.
We would like to welcome the children back to school after their summer holiday. We hope you all had a lovely break over the summer!
Our Topic this term is Mayan Mania!
This term the children will be studying the Mayans. They will be looking at Mayan Gods and their roles in Mayan life, researching Ancient Mayan calendars and the Mayan alphabet and will be discovering what life was like for people in Mayan times.
In science, the children will be learning about Earth and Space. Check out the website links below to see if you can wow Mr Durrell with your space knowledge!
The children will be studying Science Fiction in English. We have begun to discuss the features of a science fiction story and the children have been eager to share the stories that they have read.
Parental Permissions: If you would like your child to walk home from school independently, please leave a note in your child's Homelink book so that all adults dismissing children at the end of the day are aware.
Book change: Reading books will be changed during group read sessions, so please bring your books in daily.
Big Maths CLIC and Learn It Tests: Thursday. The children will bring home a practice CLIC and Learn It sheet with their homework on a Friday.
Below is a list of websites that may be useful when practicing times tables and place value.