Welcome to the Skylark Class webpage!
But first...some facts!
We are Skylarks...these little birds may look ordinary but they are quite cool...
Skylark class were able to have extra tennis coaching. They worked on the different techniques for hitting the ball and also how to move around the court.
Recently, we have been learning about teeth, their different roles and positions in the mouth and their internal features. We have created information pages and planned science experiments to see the effects of different liquids on eggs shells. We compared egg shells to teeth and talked about how some more acidic or sugary liquids may change the colour and strength of the shells and maybe our teeth.
Red Nose Day 2017!
As part of our fundraising efforts this year, the children came in dressed in their home clothes and red items! We all contributed donations to the charity and enjoyed an assembly where we learnt about the good work the charity does, where our money goes and how it helps those in need both in the U.K and in other countries around the world.
A musical treat!
Some children from Skylarks took part in a musical afternoon. These are the children who have been getting extra musical tuition in piano, guitar, and clarinet. We are all so proud of them and their musical abilities! They performed well to an audience of their classmates and parents.
Our topic for Spring Term 2 will be:
Below are the topic booklet and Medium Term Plan to give you an idea of what we will be covering in this time.
World Book Day 2017
Skylarks had a wonderful time dressing up as our favourite book characters, sharing our our favourite books and creating dramas about these stories.
Our topic for Spring Term 1 was:
"Ancient China? Sounds good to me!"
Below are the topic booklet and Medium Term Plan to give you an idea of what we covered in this time.
Oh, Canada! Oh,Canada!
This week we have been lucky enough to be joined by a pupil from Canada. She was visiting a family friend who is a member of Skylark Class. On her last day, the family very generously brought in pancakes and maple syrup for us all. Our Canadian treat was delicious!
Shang Dynasty Vessels
This week, we learnt about Shang Dynasty burial traditions. We now know that important people, like Kings, would be buried with 'sacrifices' for them to take with them into their next life. Using slab-building techniques, we made our own replicas of Shang Dynasty 'Fangdings' in groups. Soon, these will be glazed, fired and on display in the classroom. We are very proud of our clay vessels!
"Philosophy for Kids"
This week we were visited by Mr Twiss (who will visit us more in the future) to begin our module on philosophy. In this first session: we created class rules for our discussions and talked about the idea of being fair and how it feels to be laughed at.
It was wonderful to see the children, once again, talking to each other with such respect and kindness.
Chinese- inspired dances with ribbons.
In class, we have been working on dance techniques. In groups, we identified the different techniques shown in several dance videos we watched of traditional Chinese dances. One video showed a dance troop who were hearing impaired. We thought their dances were amazing and could see many moves we wanted to try in our own dances! We wrote simple dance algorithms to help us remember the moves.
Once we had perfected our dances, we also danced with fabric to add drama and detail.
Willow Pattern Plates
In literacy we have been focusing on the Willow Pattern story. We have learnt the storyline, thought about the motivations of the characters and what they think of each other and will soon write diary entries as the mandarin.
We also used pencil crayon and the colour blue to create our own versions of a Willow Pattern plate.
This week, Skylark Class we have been learning about the French language. We have looked at where France is in the world and discussed its location compared to our own. We also created our own board games using French words on the board and French numbers on the dice!
In groups we researched the French vocabulary for foods, drink and things in the kitchen. We used these words to create our own meal collage and label it with the French words.
As a class, we learnt the song Frère Jacques. We then learnt to sing it in a round. This means when the same song, lyrics and melody are sung at different times. Then, we decided to make it even more complicated by changing the order that our groups sing in it during the song.
Our Autumn Term 2 topic was: 'Rotten Romans! Captive Celts!'
Below are the MTP and Topic Booklet.
Christmas Jumper Day!
The children all came into school wearing festive jumpers and giving a small donation towards the charity "Save The Children".
Don't they look wonderful?
We had a fun on the last day of term playing mini games of Bench ball. Previously, we had all boys as Team Captains, so today if was the responsibility of the girls to be the ones in charge!
Excuse the blurry images, the children we so fast!
The children all had a wonderful time pulling crackers, eating their festive meal. They all remembered their "pleases and thank you's" and enjoyed the blessing from Reverend Pam before the meal.
A special visitor!
We were lucky enough to spend the day with Ros Liddington from Wilton House who was a font of knowledge on all things Roman. She guided the children through hundreds of years of Roman history using the story of invading soldiers. We looked at a variety of things, from tools and artwork and architecture to medicine.
The children had great fun and threw themselves into the drama of the day.
The children worked in pairs to create beautiful Christmas wreaths to show the symbol of the eternal, never-ending nature of God and His love for us.
"I worked with someone new today!"
It's Christmas time!
The Year 3's in Skylarks had the special job of decorating the Christmas tree for the library this year. The children talked about the meaning of Christmas with Miss Berry as they added the lights, tinsel and baubles. We were so impressed with their team work and commitment to making this festive symbol look great!
Didn't they do an excellent job!
Carey Camp Team-building Day!
On a very cold day, Year 4 took a little trip to Carey Camp for a day spent working together and problem solving.
The focus really was on building the values of trust, fellowship and commitments to their peers.
It was wonderful to see the children working in different groups, thinking carefully and having a giggle. We spent time on a low-ropes course, a trail they had to do wearing a blindfold and on a climbing wall. They were all beautifully behaved and seemed to have a great time!
Gym, dance and ribbons!
With Mr Southwood, Skylarks have been working on their sense of rhythm and using ribbons to create shapes, patterns and movements. Using Roman-themed music and different movements, the children created a short sequence. They then performed these to a very impressed Wren Class and Miss Purdue!
"I moved slowly when the music slowed down!"
"I marched like a Roman soldier when the music became jerky."
We are learning about multiplication strategies in maths at the moment. We played games to help us develop quick recall of the multiples. We also looked at factors, square and prime numbers.
What would Boudicca say?
We have been learning about Celtic rebellion against the Romans this week. After some drama, where we put ourselves 'in the shoes' of various people in the rebellion story and were able to ask them quesitons, some of us write speeches as Boudicca trying to convince some wary Celts to fight back against the Romans.
We focused on the features of Celtic warriors and Roman soldiers. We learnt that Celts wore woad patterns on their bodies during battles. We now know that woad comes from a plant that used to be seen all over this country.
When the plant has been dried, crushed and mixed into a paste; it becomes a blue colour and can be used to paint designs on skin.
We talked as a class about why the Celts would have worn these patterns during battles and mostly agreed that it might be because they were so good at fighting that they were showing that they did not need armour to protect them and so could decorate themselves instead.
What brave warriors!
Run Celt! Run!
We looked at the features of Roman soldiers and Celtic warriors. We learnt that Celts could be identified by their crazy hair, woad patterns, colourful clothes and special round shields. Romans could be identified by their clean-shaven faces, the colour red and their rectangular shields. We worked in groups to make large collages of these brave fighters and displayed them in the classroom as if they were in the middle of some epic battle.
Click on the link below to see what Skylarks have been learning about with Wren and Robins classes.
Mosaics! Little bits of fun!
In order to add some colour and a new interesting feature to the Spiritual Garden; we created mosaic artworks. We are learning about the Romans and we now know that they enjoyed mosaic artwork too. You can still see some original Roman mosaics today!
We worked in groups to plan a design that would help us to reflect on our faith when we are in the garden and that we could challenge ourselves with when actually making them. We included shapes, patterns, words and even a tree!
"These look really pretty and restful in the spiritual garden."
Our first topic together was:
"You rock! You rule!"
The children of Skylark Class worked hard to extend their knowledge of rocks and fossils and completed some interesting experiments. Well done to them all!
Below are the Medium Term Plan and Topic Booklet for Autumn Term 1 as well as some examples of the fantastic things we got up to in Autumn Term 1.
Here are a few memories from the children of this term.
Recycled 'Bottle Birds'
The bottle birds we made a few weeks ago (see below for further details!) have been added to the structure on the school field. Click on the link below: it will take you to the school art page where you can see some pictures and be given inspiration for possible linked activities that you can do at home!
We thought hard about the Christian value of looking after your environment and so were delighted to be able to make artwork together from recycled items that would otherwise be thrown away in some cases.
The 'Golden Mile'
We took part in a running session to kick-start our 'Golden Mile' efforts this year. This initiative aims to encourage children to be more active. We were given four minutes to run as many times as we could around a 100 meter track. Our distances were recorded and the aim is for us to improve this later on in the year. Between now and then we will be able to run during school time in order to continue to develop our level of cardio fitness.
We all had fun running around the track on a cold but bright morning. I was very proud- no-one gave up and we all ran for the four minutes. Some of us managed just over eight times around the track!
In PE this week we have continued to concentrate on developing our Football skills. We worked in groups to create challenging cone courses through which we could dribble the ball. We also made sure to use different parts of our feet to keep control of the ball.
In maths we have been learning how to use column methods to subtract amounts up to 4 digits.
We made use of 'base 10' blocks to help us see how the values can be moved when exchanging in order to help us complete a subtraction.
We know that, when a subtraction can not be done in its column, we can exchange from the column to the left in order to help us.
The children performed wonderful poems at our Harvest Festival. After this, we created small collages to represent the Harvest time of year and thought deeply about how the festival itself helped us to feel closer to God.
A rock-tastic science experiment.
We have been looking at rocks in more detail this week; we focused on their properties and how different rocks are effected by different processes.
As a class, we listed different 'processes' we could expose the rocks to. We carefully set up our experiments. We know we need things like equipment lists and a clear aim to our experiment to make sure the test is fair and that we are testing what we say we are. We also made predictions and were able to see if these were correct when we had finished our experiments.
We found that some types of rock, like granite, seem unaffected by being placed in water but others, like chalk, become mushy and begin to break up.
Our sharing assembly!
During our sharing assembly, the children shared some of the hard work they have been doing these last few weeks. There was: singing; a maths example; fossil artwork; a whole-class poetry performance; talk of how we made "Moray" our class puppet feel welcome; group gymnastics and information about Red Deer!
The children made me so proud today! They all supported each other and were the first to applaud their friends!
They made every effort to give an interesting, lively and fun performance.
I feel very lucky to be working with them.
We were lucky to have Mrs Dawkins visit. She taught us about the need to recycle and how items that are normally thrown away can be used to create wonderful artwork.
We used plastic milk bottles to make birds which we added colour to using paint and PVA glue. Then, we went outside and 'flew' them! We were happy to discover that they could 'fly' quite far!
We also worked with Miss Purdue and Miss Berry to create a giant fossil-inspired mixed-media collage. Every child in class contributed to this artwork and we feel very proud of the beautiful picture we created. It is hanging in the school hall so feel free to take a look! We have been looking at the stages of fossil formation in our science lessons and it was fun to focus on dinosaurs.
An unexpected but very interesting visit!
Mr Wase came in and explained about Deer antlers and when they fall off. We got to hold the antlers and discussed their size and weight. Then, we sat on the carpet and asked questions about the Deer.
“How many deer calves does a mother give birth to per year?” - Nathan and Sam
“When are deer born?" – Kisna
“In the summer”
“What kind of deer have these antlers come from?” - Jacob
(Post written by Jake)
It's a mucky job...
"Come fly with me, let's fly, let's fly away!"
Using the book "Journey" by Aaron Becker as our inspiration, we created watercolour birds. These birds have escaped from a giant cage in the classroom and are currently flying to freedom.
We also wrote super sentences to describe the moment when they escape.
Skylark Reflection Table
We have worked hard to create a Class Charter of rights and responsibilities. We will make sure to follow these and treat each other with the Christian values of kindness, love, support and empathy.
We added: prayer pebbles, our class scrapbook, a prayer book of our own prayers, relaxing items, the Bible, calming artwork and a green cloth.
These items help us to reflect on our faith and have ways to record our feelings.
2D and 3D shape