Love - Trust - Hope - Joy
Hello Robin Class! Welcome back - we are so looking forward to introducing you to our new Learning Adventures, and exploring some fantastic people, places and topics this year! Have a look at our Newsletters to see what we will be up to over the weeks ahead.
We heard the story of Arachne the weaver, a Greek myth. In this myth, Arachne challenges Athena the Goddess of Wisdom, Handicraft and Warfare to a weaving challenge. Athena turns Arachne into a spider!
We created our own spider webs using sticks from the eco-garden to make our frame.
We enjoyed tasting lots of different Greek foods including: olives, greek yoghurt and honey, pitta and feta.
Some of the food we really liked but others we were unsure of!
Introducing our Olympians!
We have just begun our new learning adventure - Kalos Irthate!
We have discovered that this means Welcome in Greek. We have learnt a little about Ancient Greece and discovered that they started the sporting event called the Olympics. The winners were awarded olive crowns and showered with flowers.
We decided that we were going to make our own olive crowns to wear, so went on a hunt around the eco-garden to find the resources we needed. We also added in some resources we had in the classroom.
Miss Smith thinks our crowns look incredible and she is sure that you will agree too!
World Book Day!
We had such fun on World Book Day - we were able to dress up as a character from a book or we could just dress in our comfy clothes.
We were very lucky to have a visit from Sam Usher, the author of the books we have been reading. Sam spent time with us showing us how he illustrates his books and he drew a picture of an elephant for us. The elephant looked a little bizarre! Some of us were lucky enough to get books signed by Sam so we have a lasting memory of this wonderful experience.
We have been having such fun investigating how we hear sound. We had 3 different stations that we worked at.
One involved hitting a tuning fork and then putting it into a bowl of water to see the vibrations in the water. This made a funny noise and kept getting Miss Mead wet!
We also explored placing a ruler off the edge of the table and flicking it to see the difference the distance off the table and the power we put into the flick made.
We also explored the vibrations seen on a snare drum - we were meant to use rice but Miss Smith forgot to get any. We used rice snaps instead (close enough surely!)
Drama for all workshop
When we came back from February half term, we were surprised to hear that we had a visitor! We spent the morning in a drama workshop where we learnt different techniques that were used by actors.
We had so much fun (as I am sure you can see in the images!)
Our Scaly Visitor...
We were very lucky on Friday 20th January, to be visited by a scaly, desert animal! We thought carefully about different desert animals that might be able to visit us - we thought maybe a gecko or a lizard.
Mrs Clark and Sophia (her daughter) brought in their bearded dragon for us to see. We were able to stroke the dragon and ask lots of questions about how to care for them.
Garrowby Hill - David Hockney Inspired Artwork
We have been looking at a piece of artwork by David Hockney called Garrowby Hill. We used this piece of artwork as it had a similar theme to our whole school text 'The Misadventures of Frederick'
We focused on using soft pastels to create our own version of Garrowby Hill. We had a small section of the piece to focus on recreating. We used our techniques such as blending and line making.
Look at our individual pieces and how amazing it looks altogether.
Fabulous Freeze Frames!
What a wonderful Christmas break we all had! We spent time in our English lesson on Wednesday 4th January thinking about our favourite moment in the Christmas break. We thought about how this moment made us feel and how we would show this emotion on our face!
We then created freeze frames for these favourite moments - can you work out our favourite moments? Some of them take a lot of creative thought.
A Special Visitor!
On Friday 9th December, we were visited by a very special visitor! He wanted to ensure that we had been good this year and we were able to ask him lots of questions that have always intrigued us - such as 'How does your sleigh manage to carry all the presents?'
.... Have you guessed who our visitor was?!
You've got it! Father Christmas came to visit us, with the help of two of his trusty elves. We felt very lucky to have received such fantastic gifts and enjoy exploring them all afternoon!
Georgia O'Keeffe Inspired Artwork
We explored Georgia O'Keeffe's artwork as a means to show our amazing watercolour skills. We looked at her artwork as she liked to paint flowers especially poppies.
Look at our amazing poppies!
On Friday 11th November, we went and stood by the monument to pay our respects to the soldiers who have given their lives and those who are still working to defend our country. We sang a beautiful rendition of 'In Flanders Field' led by the marvellous Mrs Cartwright.
Some children in Wren class shared some wonderful poems with us based on the importance and symbolism of the poppy. Their poems are in this collection of images.
We have created a whole school art project based on poppies which will be on display.
Scottish and Southern Electricity Visit
We had a visit from Scottish and Southern Electricity this morning. We learned about the dangers of electricity and how electricity travels to our homes.
Check out Miss Smith pretending to be a windmill in the journey of electricity in the clip below!
Superb Solar Farm!
On Tuesday 1st November, we were lucky enough to visit Eveley Solar Farm, albeit after a slight drama with the coach! We had a visit from Tracy who works with Earth Education Trust who taught us about solar cells. We explored making a circuit work with solar cells and different features such as lights, buzzers or motors. We then had a look at volt meters to work out the strength of the sunlight in different places. Whilst at the Solar Farm, we learnt lots about how a solar panel is made and why they are so important.
Mrs Cartwright's Art Club Exhibition
The children who have been attending Mrs Cartwright's art club held their art exhibition on Wednesday 19th October. They loved showing around their parents and carers and talking about the different techniques they used to create their art work.
They created some truly amazing imaginative pieces!
Easter Island Sculptures
During our 'Island Life' learning adventure, we have been exploring Easter Island and the sculptures that are scattered around the island. We used these to create our own sculpture!
During our RE learning, Miss Smith gave us the challenge of completing an activity without giving us any instructions. We worked out it was origami however, we didn't know the method to make the object. We then spoke about how God provides Christians with instructions on how to live their life and how to look after his world. We were very grateful when Miss Smith provided us with the instructions!
We have been thoroughly enjoying our computing lessons, where so far, we have learnt how to log-on successfully and how to log out correctly. Today, we have been practicing our typing skills using Dance Mat Typing! We had such a fun time and became more confident using the keyboard.
Remembering Her Majesty
We spent some time on Friday 9th September learning about the Queen and about her passing. We created a commemorative stamp using things that we thought the Queen would like. We also described the Queen and filled a template of her head with words we thought best described her.
Rest In Peace Your Majesty, we are so grateful for all you have done for us.