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Please find our curriculum knowledge organiser below which will give you further information about the curriculum coverage this term.
Emergency on Planet Earth!
Our topic this term is all about our amazing world.
We will be learning about Earth and Space in science over the first
half term and then in the second half of term we
will be looking at the environment and the impact of
pollution on our beautiful planet.
Trip to St Peter's Church
We had a wonderful trip to St Peter's Church today, singing carols alongside lots of other local schools. We ended a wonderful morning with hot chocolate and doughnuts! Perfect!
Following a delay with our minibus we ended up walking down to The Abbey School where we had fun in their playground and in their ICT suite where we had a chance to practice our Scratch skills!
We had a fun filled maths investigation session this week. We explored perimeter and solved various perimeter problems. We have decided maths is so much fun!
Reading in Swallows
I am loving the way the children are expanding their reading choices. They are beginning to choose some really challenging (and fun) texts and it is great to see such a wide variety of reading materials appearing in the classroom.
Well done Swallows, I am super proud of you!
Friendship Week 2019
At the beginning of the week we all secretly took a name out of a hat. We then became a 'Secret Angel' for that person. Our mission was to show kindness to our person but not let them guess we were their 'Angel'. This meant we had to cover up our kindness by also being kind to others.
We recorded who we thought was our 'Angel' and also recorded other random acts of kindness we had witnessed over the week (photos to follow).
We disclosed who we were being a secret angel to on Wednesday and talked about all of the wonderful acts of kindness we had been doing all week.
It was wonderful to find out about all the special things you had been doing for each other over the week. We talked at length about kindness and how we can look after each others wellbeing with kind words and actions.
We have been exploring reversible and irreversible changes in science. We added mentos to diet Coke and stood back to watch the reaction. It really was very impressive!
We then created our own reactions by adding vinegar to bicarbonate of soda in a lunch bag. We quickly sealed the bag and waited for them to pop!
Our experiment didn't quite go to plan, so we considered which variable we would have to change when we repeat our experiment. Watch this space for the results!
Creating our Viking Banners and Sigils
We have been working really hard planning, preparing and making our Viking banners. We were really lucky to have Mrs Coates from Shaftesbury School join us along with several sewing machines! We also had a few parent helpers who joined us for our sewing afternoon.
All of the children took their 'Sewing Machine Driving Tests' and all passed with very few collisions! It was great fun and we are all feeling super confident to sew the hems on our banners.
We also practised our embroidery skills to prepare for creating the detail of our sigils.
We have been thinking about this question in class over the past two weeks. We have thought about why the Vikings invaded England and considered if they deserve their reputation of barbaric murderers. The children enjoyed practising their debating skills as a whole class, before putting their new debating vocabulary to the test in a written discussion text about the Vikings. A few examples are shared below.
In the first two weeks we have been enjoying finding our way around our new topic:
We are studying the story of Beowulf in English and deciding how we can create our own 'Defeating the Monster' tale.
We have been hot seating as the main characters King Hrothgar and Beowulf and thinking about how the characters are feeling.
We have written a narrative poem using rhyme.
Week Beginning 16th September
Look out for two letters coming home this week about some trips we have planned this half term, please return them as soon as possible.
We are expecting to find out the dates for our two 'Taster Days' up at Shaftesbury High School - this is a fabulous opportunity for your child to experience a morning in secondary school and even if your child is not planning to attend Shaftesbury, I thoroughly recommend that they come with us.