Our advent writing

This week we have been thinking about the story of advent and then wrote from the perspective of the Shepherds. Here are a few examples.

Week 2 with Mrs Johnston

This week we have had so much fun with Mrs Johnston.

On Monday we continued with our dance which is coming together very nicely. We also looked carefully at speech. We ordered a conversation between Barney and Lou and then looked at how it was punctuated. After this we wrote our own speech to extend the conversation.

On Tuesday we worked with oil pastels to create a colour background. We then painted over them with black paint with washing up liquid in! It was all very strange! We then looked at some more of the story of Stig. From reading the chapter we realised there were some quite tricky words. We therefore split out into groups and clarified some of the tricky words.

On Wednesday we met the chief! In the story Barney and Stig meet the chief and it is impossible to understand him because he doesn’t speak English. We sat round our indoor fire and Mrs Bentley came and talk to us about herself. However she did it in a language none of us understood. It was amazing if not a little confusing because we couldn’t understand. We then wrote our own speeches all about ourselves. We could chose to do it in English or another language we spoke. In the afternoon we went outside to meet the real village chief around the camp fire. It was very atmospheric and a little scary! The chief didn’t smile or say a word she just stood there staring at us. We then had to step forward one at a time and give our speeches about ourselves. Some of us didn’t manage to do it as we got a little scared. Once back in the classroom we thought about all the emotions and feelings we had when we were out there.

On Thursday we started the day off with dance practice, we finally finished it all. In the afternoon we looked at pictures of Stonehenge in the summer solstice. We then created pastel drawings for it. From that we pick a specific view and then painted it onto plaster of Paris!

Thanks so much to everyone who came this afternoon it was so lovely to see you all there and I know the children loved sharing their work.

Here are some pictures of our week.

 

Week 1 with Mrs Johnston

What an exciting first week we have had with Mrs Johnston. We are linking our 2 weeks with the last couple of chapters of Stig. On Monday we started the session with a spelling test, it was quite a tricky test but the children persevered, after we went through each word looking closely at the clues. We looked closely at an extract and thought about what Stig was good at. We use choral reading to help us understand the text. Choral reading is when we read the text all together and do lots of other activities to help develop a good understanding of the text. We then went on to complete a retrieval exercise where the children had to find information in the text. We finished off the morning by starting our dance, the children tried really hard. I am not going to tell you much about it as I don’t want to spoil the finished dance next week!

On Tuesday we carried on using the text and started to infer information from it. We also looked at the work dilapidated. After finding the definition we thought about what we would use a dilapidated umbrella for. We finished off the morning doing observational drawings in art. We thought about the different techniques and materials we could use. We practiced hatching, cross hatching, dashing, dotting and circling. We used graphite, pencil wax crayon and charcoal. We used these to help use draw random objects, thinking about the light and dark and the shapes.

On Wednesday we started the day by cutting our observational drawings out. We then had to be really imaginative. Using our drawings we had to create a new invention. For example, Michael had bottles, whisk and a lamp. He made an emergency helicopter with them. Evie had the bottles, the telephone and a lamp. She made a juice maker with them. Amy had the baubles, a tambourine and the lamp. She made a swing out of the objects. After we had made our inventions we shared them with the class. We then read a little more of Stig of the Dump. In the afternoon we played vocabulary bingo! In the last chapter of Stig the vocabulary is quite tricky so we worked in groups to find the definitions and reveal the words. We then played the game again.

On Thursday we began the day with some drama. We read to a certain point in the chapter and acted it out. We then did a shared write. This is when the whole class work together to write a piece about the story we are reading. They did really well and had some great ideas. In the afternoon we moved onto art. We have been reading the part of the book which is about midnight. So we started by looking at all the different blues we could make. The children worked in pairs they had to mix different blues and paint patterns on the paper. They looked great!

Fashion show!

Over the past couple of weeks we have been working on an exciting DT project. This project looked at how we could use recycled material to make an outfit for Stig. We researched different materials, thought about what the outfit needed to do, e.g. – be waterproof and warm and designed the outfits. After that we made our outfits in groups. We then wrote letters to Mrs Stott to invite her to our fashion show. The children’s letters were fantastic they used paragraphs, formal language and explained clearly to Mrs Stott way she should come. We had our fashion show today and Mrs Stott came with her 6 take over Mrs Stott’s. This is what Rehan and Max had to say about the Fashion Show- it was super fun and it was so amazing. Everyone in our classroom worked very hard on the outfits and it was great to show them off today. Here are some pictures.

 

Bronze age day!

What an exciting day we have had! We started the day with an archaeologist dig. We found all sorts of fantastic items in our dig. We started by choosing a director, an assistant director and a photographer! We then started our dig. We found a bronze pin, a copper ring, pieces of pottery, a bronze bracelet and a bronze axe. Each team worked closely together deciding where to dig, investigating the artefacts and documenting it with pictures. When an object was found, field investigators came in to document the artefact. They had to described and then sketch the artefacts. After finding the skeleton we thought about what type of person it might have been. We then move onto looking at all the tools used in the Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. In the afternoon we went and re-enacted a Bronze Age burial!

Salt dough bones!

This week we have been making salt dough bones.

EQUIPMENT.

1 cup of salt water

1/2 cup of salt

1/2 cup of water

1 bowl

a table cover

Step1 First get all of your equipment.

Step 2 Next put your table cover on your table.

Step 3 Put your flour in the bowl.

Step 4 Put your cup of salt in the bowl.

Step 5 Add your 1/2 of cup of water (adding it slowly and you may not need it all).

Step 6 Mix it all together with your hands.

Step 7 Snap your dough in half for your partner.

Step 8 Shape it into a bone and leave to it to dry.

The End.

Written by Amy, Logan, Max and Yara

Building Stig’s den!

We have had such a lovely afternoon unlocking our imaginations and building a den for us and Stig. We started with a round of – ‘it’s not a stick it’s a….’ Instead of sticks we had all sort of weird and wonderful things. We had unicorn horns, walking sticks, sausages and swords. We then looked at all the equipment we had to build a shelter. Our shelter needed to be sturdy and waterproof. The children then split off into groups and built some fantastic shelters. Here are some pictures.

Our fantastic writing!

Here is all our fantastic writing. We wrote information texts all about the Stone Age.

Science

In science we have started to look at the bones of the body. For the first lesson I wanted to know what the children already knew about the bones in our body. We drew round one of our friends and labelled all the bones we could think of. Some children already knew quite a lot of scientific language which was fantastic to see. Here are some pictures of our lesson.

Have a go at the science challenge: 

How many bones are there in the human body?