VE Day

Last Friday, the Year 3 children celebrated the end of their Dig for Victory topic with a VE Day celebration at school.P1020892 - Copy

Megan: “VE Day celebrates the end of World War II in Europe (VE stands for Victory in Europe.  Megan used to think that it meant ‘Victory for England’, so she has learnt something new).  We usually celebrate on the 8th of May every year but our celebration was at the end of our topic in July.  At the end of World War II, lots of communities had street parties, where they celebrated the end of the war together.  Before our street party, we pretended to be different countries or dictators and we did a drama activity where we  learnt the order in which different countries joined the war.”

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Abdullahi: “I am going to explain how we got ready for our street party.  We made Union Flags to decorate the playground and worked in a team to put out the tables and chairs.  We had food to eat like biscuits, cake and sandwiches.  I also drank lemon juice that was so sour, it made me run around the playground.  In World War II, they didn’t have very much food, so people had a little ration book to make sure the food was shared out fairly.  This was because the Germans used submarines to attack the boats with food on them.  I am glad I did not live during World War II, the bombs would have been scary. Some of the bombs had teeth on them.”

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Mandarin Songs to Practise for the Summer Concert

On Thursday 13th May, the children will performing in two Summer Concerts at St Catherine’s Church.

10:00 until 11:00 – Reception, Yr1, Yr2, Yr3

13:50 until 15:10 – Yr4, Yr5, Yr6, Orchestra, Choir and Steel Pans

The children in Years 2 and 3 will be singing:

小兔子乖乖  (xiǎo tù zǐ guāi guāi) “Well-Behaved Little Rabbit”

The children in Years 4-6 will be singing:

蜗牛与黄鹂鸟 (Wō niú yǔ huáng lí  niǎo) Snail and Oriole Birds

You can listen to the songs by pressing the hyperlinks above.  The lyrics to both songs can be found on the PowerPoint below.

Download (PDF, 737KB)

Happy practising.

 

 

 

Moving Monsters

In science, we have been learning about forces.  In particular, we focused on pneumatics; making things move by using air.  As our topic is Toys, we put all of our learning together to design and make marvellous moving monsters.  Ask us how they work and we’ll gladly give you a demonstration too!  You’ll be able to see them if you visit our Memorable Event Museum in Cooke Hall at the end of the term.

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Creating with Clay.

As we come towards the end of our Toys topic, we have been sculpting teddy bears out of clay.  To start with, we linked it to our science learning, looking at the effect of pushes and pulls on the clay.  We explored how to shape and mark the clay, using our hands and a variety of tools.  In another lesson, we were taught how to join pieces of clay by cross-hatching the edges of the two pieces to be joined and then creating ‘slip’ out of clay and water.  When applied to the two pieces, the slip creates a strong join (although we have leant that we need to practise more if we want our joins to be permanent!).  Our models will be on display in our Memorable Event Museum … we hope to see you there!

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Ramps, Ramps, Ramps.

What a lot of fun we had whilst investigating the impact of the height of ramps on the distance travelled by a toy car.  We linked this with our work on measuring length in maths.  It was a fantastic learning experience, enjoyed by all!

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Coppelia Ballet Workshop with Miss Simpson.

Our current topic is Toys.  This week, we have read the story of Coppelia and were fascinated by the inventor, Dr Coppelius.  He invented lots of toys and robots.  We were able to watch a performance of the ballet, thinking carefully about how the story was told without words.  Following this, we were lucky enough to be visited by Miss Simpson, a ballerina and ballet teacher.  She told us all about ballet dancers and how strong they need to be.  It was fascinating to watch her stand on the points of her ballet shoes.  Miss Simpson helped us to think about how we could use our bodies to retell a section of the story.  It was a fabulous workshop and it made us realis

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e just how difficult it is to be a dancer!