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Forest School - 25.1.19
This week, Laurel class went to Forest School as part of their topic 'Scavengers and Settlers'. The children were given the target of creating a stone age style hut, using just the things around them. The children worked brilliantly as a team and built some excellent houses.
On Friday 25th January, Laurel will be going to forest school to create Stone Age huts and to consider how the people in the Stone Age would have created tools in order to build them!
The children will need to bring a set of clothes with them that you don't mind getting muddy! they will also need sensible, waterproof shoes (wellies would be perfect!).
Topic Launch - Scavengers and Settlers
This week (14.01.19) we started our newest topic with an exciting launch day! Our day began in the hall with Maple and Oak classes, all of the lights were switched off to show us what it would have been like for the scavengers and settlers in the stone ages, living with no electricity.
We then looked at cave paintings and found out how they were created, when they were created and why. (Did you know...experts believe that people in the stone age used cave paintings as a way of communication?) We used what we had learnt about cave paintings to create our own, whole-class, giant cave paintings!
The rest of the morning was spent carrying out our own research, in groups (using iPads and books) in order to create our own stone age fact-files!
Watch this space!
This week, Laurel, Maple and Oak classes are starting our newest topic
'scavengers and settlers'
Watch this space for exciting updates, photos and examples of our work over the coming weeks!
Perimeter! - 11.1.19
This week in Maths we have been looking at measurement. Today, we have been choosing our own measuring instruments to find out the perimeter of different shapes.
An inspirational visitor! - 10.1.19
This week (on 8.1.19) we were visited by Harnaam Kaur. She is a remarkable person who spoke to us all about how she was bullied in school due to having a beard. She taught us that it's important to be ourselves and to treat others with kindness. The children were intrigued by her story and asked some mature and thoughtful questions and shared some great thoughts, such as:
"It's what's on the inside that counts, it doesn't matter what we look like."
"You should always say nice things to other people because unkind words might stick with them."
"It's important to love yourself for who you are ."
You can see the video which we watched, below, to see how hurtful words affected Harnaam and about why it's important to be kind to others.
Welcome back to school and Happy New Year! We hope that you've had a lovely break and are ready to learn.
The Digestive System
As part of our Science lesson this week, we have been looking at the digestive system. We started the lesson by learning about the different organs in our digestive system and about where our food goes after we swallow it. We then planned and carried out a (gross but fun!) investigation to visualise how the digestive system works.
We added crackers and bananas (food) into a plastic bag (stomach) and added in water (saliva) and orange juice (stomach acid). We then mushed the contents of the bag up to represent how the stomach begins to digest our food. From here, we moved our churned up mixture into tights and squeezed out the liquid to show the function of our intestines. We had a great time investigating the digestive system and we have learnt lots about the organs involved!
Today (4.12.18), we have been looking at coding in our computing lesson. We went on to the website 'lightbot' (which you can visit by clicking here) and created codes in order for the robot to light up tiles. We saw lots of different skills being used and the children showed great resilience, problem solving and team work. Sometimes our codes didn't quite work out as planned meaning that we had to 'debug' our algorithms.
You can see some examples of our work below!
Perseverance pays off in computing!
Solve it, create it, draw it, explain it!
In Maths over the past two weeks we have been practising our reasoning skills by completing 'solve it, create it, draw it, explain it' activities. This gives the children a number sentence (e.g. 8 x 3 = ) or a problem which they then need to solve, create using concrete objects (such as counters, cubes, bead strings, etc.), draw mathematically and then explain/ reason how they know their answer is correct.
We saw lots of creative ways of 'creating it' and some excellent reasoning too!
This Friday (23.11.18), we started something new called enrichment afternoon! For this, we were split into different groups and joined together with children from other classes in KS2 to do something which we wouldn't usually get the chance to. Some of us tried map reading, others learnt about mindfulness (and did chocolate meditation!) and another group did orchestra! The children who stayed in Laurel class learnt about languages. This week we focused on counting to ten and saying how old we are, in German.
We all had a great time learning new things and we're looking forward to our next enrichment afternoon!
Chocolate Launch Day!
What a fantastic day we've had! We came into school this morning to find a golden ticket and a letter attached to the board. The letter was from Willy Wonka and said that due to the Oompa Loompas going on strike, he needed Laurel, Maple and Oak classes to create some new chocolate bars! Of course we were quick to agree and got straight to planning our delicious designs.
The classes joined together in the hall where we melted dark, milk and white chocolate before putting them into molds and carefully selecting some delightful fillings.
For the rest of the morning, we designed wrappers for our chocolate bars which were all based on Wonka bars. During the afternoon we wrote recipes so that the Oompa Loompas can copy our designs!
In English this week we have been looking at the animation 'Treasure' (watch below!). We have been focusing on the character in Treasure and creating our own character descriptions about her. On Thursday (25.10.18) we used hot-seating to ask the character more questions about herself and her life. To do this we watched how the lady moves and acts and we then each took it in turns to act as the lady and also to ask each other questions.
Science - Animals including humans
This week, we started our newest Science topic, 'Animals including Humans'. Over the next few weeks, we will be looking at (amongst other things) what animals need to survive, food chains and what organs and bones we have inside us. To start this topic, we started to think about our organs, what they're called and whereabouts they are inside us. We drew around someone in our group and then added in some of our organs.
Storytelling Festival trip!
On Tuesday 16th October we had the opportunity to go to the University of Worcester to take part in their 'Storytelling Festival'. As part of this trip, we got shown around the Infirmary and we learnt all about the University Campus' past as a hospital. We then listened to the author 'Steve Cole' talking about and sharing some of his books. He had us all laughing with his tales about superheroes and how the characters in his books came to be.
This year we are starting each day with 'Active 10'. This involves us using different pieces of apparatus to get moving and to wake ourselves up ready to learn. This week we have been using ladders.
If this is the answer, what is the question?
This week in Maths we have been exploring written methods of addition, with a focus on using partitioning and the column method. Today, the children were given the answer to a Maths problem and they had to come up with what the question might be. The children worked creatively, and challenged themselves by adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing!
Using personification in English
This week in English we have been looking at the poem 'Budapest' which uses personification, describing the pen as a 'strange animal foraging for grubs and insects'. Using this poem as our inspiration, we have been describing places from around the world, including Times Square, New York. See some of our fantastic descriptions below.
Making a circuit in Science.
We have had a brilliant start back to school! Over the last two weeks, we have been looking at a school-wide topic which focuses on children's rights. We started our topic by seeing what children's rights might be like in Zimbabwe, Syria, Macedonia and Thailand, compared to England. We then wrote persuasive letters to the UN, convincing them to help children who don't have the same rights as we do.
In Maths we have been looking at place value, we have estimated numbers on a number line, identified how many thousands, hundreds, tens and ones a number has and we have started to look at Roman Numerals.
In our topic lessons we have been exploring inspirational people from the past, finding out how they've affected people's rights. We've also compared Kempsey to other places around the words, as well as sketching images based on our rights.
Laurel Class Academic year 2017 - 2018
A week in Laurel Class (11.6.18 - 15.6.18)
This week in Maths we have been looking at measures and carrying out lots of practical activities. We have been estimating how much something weighs, using our capacity skills to create potions and converting measurements. To finish off the week, we took part in 'The Great Kempsey Bake Off!'. Each table was given a recipe and a set of ingredients. They needed to use their knowledge of measures to carefully weigh and measure the amounts of each ingredient, in order to produce the best cake. The cakes were then judged by Mrs Williams and Mrs Stubbs, who has a difficult job as all of the children had worked so hard.
A week in Laurel Class (4.6.18 - 8.6.18)
This week in English, we have been writing non-chronological reports on an animal, making sure that we include headings, subheadings, effective adjectives and paragraphs. In Maths we have been looking at data analysis. We have collected data and created bar charts and line graphs. We have also been answering questions about data and comparing it too.
In Science this week, we have continued to look at the plank kingdom, comparing leaves and discussing the different types of plants in the world.
In computing, we looked at how the internet works. We found out that when someone searches for something on the internet, the data is broken down into tiny packets of information which is then sent to different servers, through fiber optic cables. We discovered that the speed that this information is sent at, is so fast, that the packets of data can go to California and back, in a second. We then chose which part of the process we were going to be and we stood together to model these packets of data travelling from one place to another.
A week in Laurel Class (14.5.18 - 18.5.18)
This week in computing, we started to create a fact file all about Laurel Class using Microsoft Word. The children learnt how to open a word document, how to create a title and they then started to add text using the 'text box' tool. We also found out how to 'undo' and 'redo' and we experimented with changing the colour and font style of the text.
On Wednesday afternoon, the year 3 children in Maple and Laurel class had a visit from The Blue Cross. Jason spoke to us about how to take care of a range of animals including dogs, guinea pigs, hampsters, mice, horses, cats and many others. He spoke to us about how to approach dogs that we don't know (after asking their owner for permission), suitable foods to feed to animals and how to train a dog using a 'clicker'.
On Thursday afternoon, In our D.T. lesson, the children were given a task to create a way of transporting water and food from A to B (which was 4m in length). The children could use push and pull forces and had to transport the water or food without losing any. The children had the chance to look at the resources available and then plan their transportation. Everyone worked very creatively, using trial and error to improve our designs. We then demonstrated and explained our designs to some of the children in Elm class.
A week in Laurel class (8.5.18 - 11.5.18)
This week in Laurel Class....
The children have been continuing to practice their Netball skills in P.E. We have been using the 'overhead throw' along with the 'bounce pass' and 'chest pass' to pass the ball. The children then played mini netball games, using their passing skills.
In R.E. this week, the children learnt about Ramadan. We looked at Islamic patterns and then created Ramadan Lanterns using these patterns.
In Maths, we have been focusing on fractions. On Tuesday, we created a 'fraction museum' in the classroom, using different resources to represent different fractions. We have also been finding equivalent fractions and identifying fractions of shapes.
On Friday this week, the whole school took part in the 'Friday write'. The children could choose a room they wanted to go in to depending on which genre they'd like to write about. In Laurel class the genre was 'Space' and so the children from KS2 who chose this genre, wrote about anything to do with space, whilst a live-stream from the International Space Station was playing on the board (we saw the world from the Space Station, different parts of the Space Station and even some astronauts on a space walk). Please check back soon for some examples of the children's Friday writes.
Please find below this week's homework (Friday 11th May). Due to issues with the school's photocopier today, children will not be able to receive a paper copy of their homework until next week. The weekly letter can be found on our 'Class Letter's' page above.
A week in Laurel Class (30.4.18 - 4.5.18)
This week in Science, we tried moving jelly cubes using chop sticks. We then coated the cubes in oil to see how it effected the friction.
In Computing, the children created codes in order to make a cat follow the mouse.
We had an extra, exciting History lesson this week in which Mr Gaston taught us about the Roman Army and the children had a go at creating a Roman battle formation called 'The Tortoise'.