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Week Beginning 12th February 2024

 

In Music, we have been learning to play repeated rhythms to fit phrases about animals that you might see on safari.  This week we used percussion instruments to play the rhythms in time to some African music, thinking carefully about the dynamics.

In Art, we have been looking at the colourful designs of the ceramics artist Clarice Cliff. Using her work as our inspiration, we decorated paper plates by first using bright, colourful paint strokes and then adding a contrasting pattern by blowing black paint across the plate. 

Week Beginning 5th February 2024

 

This week, we enjoyed a visit from Mr Sheldrick who brought along his vintage car, an Austin Seven Box Saloon, for us to look at.  It really helped us to understand some differences between cars from the past and present.

In Geography, we did some research on Kenya using atlases and fact files. 

Week Beginning 29th January 2024

 

In Art, we made clay tiles with repeating patterns this week. We used a variety of different tools and objects to cut out the tile and create the patterns.

In English, we enjoyed listening to the story 'The Storm Whale' by Benji Davies.  It is about a young boy, called Noi, who lives with his dad.  He finds a baby whale washed up on the beach after a storm and decides to take it home to care for it.  We used role-play to imagine the scene when Noi's dad finds a baby whale in their bath tub! We then wrote letters to Noi to persuade him that he really should return the whale to the sea.  Here are some pictures of our role-play; perhaps you can guess which of us are playing Noi and which are playing his dad. 

Week Beginning 22nd January 2024

 

More Art this week - this time, some painting!  We worked hard to develop our painting skills, thinking about how to grip the brush, load it with the correct amount of paint and then use continuous flowing strokes.

In Computing this week, we were programming.  First we had to predict where Beebot would arrive and then we had a go at programming Beebot ourselves, debugging when necessary.

Week Beginning 15th January 2024

 

We started our new topic on animals, including humans, this week. We had a really good discussion about the features of animals and what makes an animal an animal!  In groups, we carried out a sorting activity to revisit the various features of the five main vertebrate animal groups (mammals, fish, birds, amphibians and reptiles).

In Art this week, we explored the use of tones in shading,

Week Beginning 8th January 2024

 

This week we have been learning about the American artist Romare Bearden.  His family moved to the Harlem neighbourhood of New York when he was a child and much of his art was inspired by the buildings, people, music and poetry from his early life.  We looked at some of the collages he created using different types of paper: wallpaper, newspapers, magazine pictures and hand-painted papers.  Using his collage, 'The Block', as our inspiration (a collage Bearden created as a tribute to the streets of Harlem), we had a go at creating our own collages of a street!  At one point, it appeared that every surface in the classroom was covered in paper but we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves!

In Geography this week, we were naming and locating the 7 continents and 5 oceans of the world, using globes and maps.

 

 

Home Learning for Monday 8th January 2024

Week Beginning 11th December 2023

 

To everyone who came to see 'The Twinkly Nativity', we hope you enjoyed it!  We had so much fun performing to you all - what an experience.  The classroom was buzzing with excitement this week and we are so proud of each and every member of Rabbit Class.  Thank you to all who helped with costumes, learning lines and just generally supporting the children.  A fantastic effort from everyone!   

Week Beginning 4th December 2023

 

What a week!  As well as some reading, writing and maths, we have been very busy rehearsing for our KS1 production, The Twinkly Nativity.  We can't wait to share it with you next week!  What with that, and Christmas Jumper Day and a trip into Cambridge for the pantomime, this week has been full of excitement and festive cheer!

Week Beginning 27th November 2023

 

It was time to make our healthy wraps this week!  We have spent the last few weeks learning about food groups and a balanced diet, taste-testing different combinations and deciding on our fillings.  So this week, we got to make our wraps, design the packaging, then eat them and finally evaluate them.  Delicious and very nutritious!

We have also been working on our mental maths skills this week.  We enjoyed using an online game to practise quick recall of number bonds. 

Week Beginning 20th November 2023

 

This week, Rabbit and Hedgehog Classes joined together to celebrate the end of our topic on castles, with a special 'Banquet Day'. The children arrived in fabulous costumes and thoroughly enjoyed a day of activities in The Great Hall of Stretham Castle!  As well as a banquet with singing and dancing, the children enjoyed all sorts of different castle-themed activities; making and testing a catapult, weaving a place mat, making a crown and trying their hand at some court jester skills, to name but a few.  A great time was had by all!

Week Beginning 13th November 2023

 

This week marks 'Anti-Bullying and Kindness Week' and children across the whole school have been enjoying a variety of different activities.  In Rabbit Class, we all thought very carefully about how we can be kind with our words and actions.  We each listed 5 different ways we can be kind to others in the petals of our own personal 'Kindness Flower'.

We thoroughly enjoyed the Stacking Festival at the sports centre in Soham this week.  We rotated round different stations in our groups, trying all sorts of different activities - who knew you could do so much with stacking cups?  Everyone demonstrated a fantastic attitude and should feel very proud of themselves!

In Design Technology this week, we were tasting different combinations of protein, vegetables and dairy foods for our balanced wraps.

Week Beginning 6th November 2023

 

We really enjoyed our Science lesson this week.  In this unit, we have been exploring everyday materials and their different properties.  Before the half term break, we carried out a simple test to investigate which materials are waterproof.  This week, we used wax crayons to see if we could make cotton fabric waterproof.  Did you know, it was a scientist called Charles Macintosh who was the inventor of the first ever 'Mackintosh' raincoat?  He loved Science and it was when he was exploring with chemicals that he became the first person to create waterproof fabric by sandwiching a layer of liquid rubber in-between two pieces of material.

In Design Technology this week, we thought about food! We looked at the different food groups and then designed three balanced meals for our restaurant menu.

Week Beginning 30th October 2023

 

In Maths this week, we have been looking at subtraction.  Our main focus has been subtracting ones from a 2-digit number.  We started with numbers below 20, then used our bonds-to-10 to help with subtractions from a tens number (eg. 40 - 6 or 60 - 8).  By the end of the week we were tackling subtractions such as 54 - 8 and 62 - 7.  We looked at different methods to help us, such as using tens and ones or making jumps on a number line.

In English, we have been learning about life in a castle.  After working in a group to research a particular aspect of castle-life, we then had to present the information to the rest of the class.

Week Beginning 16th October 2023

 

Another busy week in Rabbit Class to finish off the half term! 

 

It's been all about knights this week in English lessons. We had to search the room for answers to questions about knights and then complete our own quiz sheet. We also acted out a day in the life of a knight, before writing diary entries.

In Music, we looked at the texture of music as different layers and then had a go at writing graphic scores for our own compositions with percussion instruments.

Week Beginning 9th October 2023

 

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Forest School this week.  As well as exploring, we created pumpkin heads and baked cinnamon apples on the fire.

We also enjoyed a week of hula-hooping across the whole school!  The theme of the week was determination and self-belief.  There were different hula-hoop challenges to try and we all worked incredibly hard to improve our skills.  Some were really surprised with how much they improved!  Everyone showed great determination and should feel very proud of their achievements. 

Week Beginning 2nd October 2023

 

We had to work cooperatively this week to assemble our castles - it took great teamwork!  We were very proud of the finished models.

In Science, we carried out a simple test to answer the question 'Which materials are waterproof?'

Week Beginning 25th September 2023

 

This week saw the start of our castle-building project!  We are working in groups to construct replica castles, made from cardboard, to help us learn about the features of a castle.

Thankfully, this week's swimming session was not interrupted by thunder and we got to work on our pull action.

Week Beginning 19th September 2023

 

In our Computing lesson this week, we used our 'click and drag' skills to complete a sorting activity on the laptops, to compare inside and outside uses of IT.

Half the class got to enjoy a swimming session on Monday, before the thunder arrived!  Don't worry the others will get a longer session next week.

Week Beginning 11th September 2023

 

Our first topic in Science is 'Uses of Everyday Materials' and this week we went on a materials hunt around our school.  We noticed that we had quite a lot of paper, fabric and plastic in our classroom, compared to outside, and that there were a lot of things made from wood outside.