What a FANTASTIC start to the new school year we have had in Ash class. The children have settled in incredibly well.
On Monday, we kick started our topic 'Rockin' around the world' by thinking about the questions - What is underneath our feet? Lots of children said mud or soil so we then thought about what makes soil. In groups the children got a container and filled it with soil and water, shook it and watch it separate into different layers. From there we observed, using magnifying glasses, and found that we saw lots of different things - dead leaves, bits of roots, small broken bits of twigs, pebbles and sand. Have a look below at the scientists in action.
For the second half of the summer term we have been learning all about the 'Battle of Britain'. All of Key Stage Two were involved in the play 'We'll meet again' which gave them a real insight into life during the war for children. On Friday 13th July we finished off our topic with a WOW out that was truly amazing - a trip to the air tattoo show. The flying displays were spectacular and we got to see the planes that were flown during the Battle of Britain. We were also lucky enough to see the red arrows take to the skies. We explored the Techno Zone which was full of lots of fun hands on STEM activities for the children. Take a look at some of the moments captured throughout the day.
In Ash class, we have be learning about living things for the first part of the Summer term. We have been Scientists and looked at the 7 life processes of living things, the different groups of animals - mammals, reptiles, birds, fish, amphibians, vertebrates and invertebrates and we have used our knowledge of their characteristics to classify and group different animals.
This week, we have been using our artistic flare to end our topic. At the beginning of the week, the children looked at the work of Georgia O'Keefe, an American artist who painted pictures of flowers. We took to the great outdoors and selected a flower to sketch, we observed closely and drew the flower and then used our shading techniques to show the different light & dark areas on the petals. Following this we then looked again at Georgia's work and the colours, tints and tones that she used in her paintings. Using powder paints, the children experimented with different colours and finally chose the tints & tones for their final piece of artwork. Have a look at the children in action. I have been blown away by the quality of art from everyone.
What shall we do in the last Maths lesson before Easter - A MATHS THEMED EASTER EGG HUNT! The children had great fun today solving fraction problems as part of their Easter Hunt. With a map of the school and bundles of enthusiasm, the children raced around the school grounds finding the eggs. In each egg there was a maths problem related to fractions which has been our maths topic recently. I was so impressed with how the children applied their knowledge of fractions to solve the problems.
It has been an energetic afternoon in Key Stage Two today! In P.E we have been learning how to play Dodgeball. Within the sequence of learning we have focused on developing key skills which are used in the game such as dodging, catching and throwing. Today, the whole of Key Stage Two took part in a tournament in the hall. Below are some of the pictures of the children in action - everyone showed fantastic team spirit and brilliant sportsmanship.
Welcome back to Ash Class!
What a brilliant first Wednesday back after the half-term break. Thank you to all the parents who came to the KS2 maths café today. The bread making and tasting went down a storm. It was fantastic to see the children playing the Roman Numeral games and activities with their parents. The atmosphere and buzz in the classroom was lovely.
We have had a fantastic last week before half-term. During our topic sessions, we have researched, designed and made our own mosaic tiles. Have a look at the pictures below to see the children in action and the final products.
Welcome to Ash Class 2017-2018!
Autumn 2nd Half
We have kick started our new topic for the second half of the Autumn Term with an amazing trip to the 'Black Country Living Museum'. The topic is called 'Overground, Underground' and the children will be learning about the natural resources that are found underground in our local area and the Black Country. They will think about the past and learn about the mining of those natural resources and how this impacted the industries in our local area as well as thinking about today and how natural resources are used.
The children got a real feel for the life of a miner during the Victorian times at the Black Country Living Museum as we put our hard hats on and went down into a coal mine. Through all the passageways there were figures explaining what people used to do down in the mines and how the coal was taken up to the surface and distributed. Once we were out of the mine, we saw how the coal was used to make the fire to melt the iron so that nails and chains could be made. We were lucky enough to have live demonstrations.
Have a look at some of the pictures to see how fantastic our WOW day really was and keep an eye out for the brilliant recounts that the children have written about the trip.
As part of our topic we have studied the work of the artist L. S Lowry. The children looked at the colours that he used in his paintings and we experimented with making different colours by mixing using the primary colours. We used black and white paint to create different shades and tones. Once the children had looked at colour mixing, they moved on to plan and create their own piece of art work inspired by Lowry. Our work was based on his painting 'Yachts'.
What an exciting few weeks back we have had. In topic, we have been learning all about the digestive system which was kick started with a digestive system demonstration on our WOW afternoon. Once we had learnt about all the different parts, the children then worked in groups and created a 3D model of the digestive system. We've also had fun learning about teeth and the different types of teeth we have in our mouths and their functions. The children have used mirrors to have a look at their teeth and then using plastercine they made a model of the teeth in their mouths. Take a look at some of the fab learning that has been going on!
We have had a fabulous Friday 13th October. We were lucky enough to have an artist visit who taught us how to draw Wallace from 'Wallace and Gromit'. We learnt about using dots to help us draw and thought about using our fingers to help us measure so that we could make our picture symmetrical. Everyone had success and more importantly every showed a fantastic attitude - we definitely developed our growth mindset by persevering, learning from the mistakes we made and realising to do a good job, that we are proud of, might take some time and effort. Take a look below at the children's success with Art.
September 2016 - July 2017
Have a look below at all the exciting learning which took place in Ash class last year.
This half-term we are continuing with our Stone Age to Iron Age topic. The children have spent the first few weeks studying Stone Age cave Art. They have watched different video clips showing the inside of caves where ancient art has been discovered and studied close up pictures of the paintings. Following this, the children sketched ideas and then using pastels they created different effects. The children experimented with blending the pastels to get the different earthly colours.
Finally, in pairs, the children created their own piece of art using their ideas. The tables were turned on their sides so it was like drawing onto a cave wall. They will be on display in the classroom until half-term if you would like to come and have a look.
Whilst the Year 4s were bell boating, the year 3s created Stone Age jewellery. During the day, they studied different jewellery that was worn using google, planned their own design and then they created their necklace using clay. Have a look at the pictures below.
We have had an exciting few weeks back in the second half of the Spring term. Ash class took to the great outdoors for the introduction to their new topic which is 'Stone Age to Iron Age'. The children made damper bread around the fire, they made a piece of jewellery and used natural resources to create a piece of art. Take a look at the pictures of the children thoroughly enjoying their WOW day.
During our English lessons we have been enjoying the story 'Stone Age Boy' by Satoshi Kitamura. It is all about a boy who falls down a hole and finds himself back in the Stone Age where he gets to know a girl called Om. The children have thoroughly enjoyed learning the model text and have written some really successful stories of their own although their character isn't met by a friendly face instead they are met by a hostile tribe.
We have published the stories and they can be found in the library if you want to step back into the Stone Age and find out how the characters escaped the hostile tribe. I can assure you that they all are a fantastic read with some great illustrations.
This half term is an extremely exciting half-term as the children put on their inventing hats as part of our topic. Our topic is 'Bright Sparks!'. The children will be learning all about electricity so that they can invent and make their own electrical game ready to play with their parents at our maths café. Watch out for more information and pictures as our learning unfolds and the sparks of our creative imaginations fly.
During our English lessons, we are continuing the topic of 'Bright Sparks!' by immersing ourselves in the animation 'Wing It' which is all about an inventor called Sherman. He spends hours in his workshop planning and trying to create a flying machine but he keeps failing until one evening some aliens visit and give him a helping hand. The next day, he wakes up with a fantastic idea and gets to work straight away.
Have a look at the animation below.
This half-term we have been learning about the Ancient Greeks. We started off our topic by holding a Greek banquet. The children enjoyed tasting the different foods. Some went down really well and others not so well. We evaluated the different foods throughout the banquet by scoring them based on their texture, appearance, smell and taste.
We have started the year well and all the pupils in Ash class have settled in and hit the ground running. This half-term our topic has been Rockin' around the world. The children have been looking at the Earth's structure, volcanoes and mountains and we are just going on to look at different rocks and soils. Have a look below and see the fantastic learning that we have been doing.
Our English work has also been linked to our topic. We have been reading and exploring the 'Firework Maker's Daughter' by Philip Pullman. The children have learnt an adapted version of the story and created their own wishing tale. Philip Pullman would be extremely impressed with the writing that all the children have created.
During P.E, the children are putting together a dance based around the book 'Escape from Pompeii'. We are hoping to put a video up so that everyone can enjoy their performance.
As you can see we had a fantastic Spring term learning about the 'Rotten Romans'. The children made shields, created the Roman formations and worked as teams to design and make catapults. They then enjoyed an afternoon demonstrating to their parents which was the most effective catapult design.
Ash class also brought the Romans into our P.E lessons. They worked together in groups to create different motifs and sequences which culminated in a whole class dance that retold the invasion of the Roman army. Key Stage one were a fantastic audience - please see the video clip below.
The Summer term in Ash class has been full of science excitement. The children started the term exploring forces. We received a mission from James Bond and planned a fair test to help him figure out which shoe had the best grip on a wet surface. The children used force meters to test the force needed to make the shoe move and based on their results they drew a conclusion. They also explored magnets and in groups they enjoyed using the magnets to see which materials were magnetic. Once they had experimented with the magnets, they made a magnetic game.
During the final few weeks of the half-term, the children have become 'Nature Detectives'. We kick started the topic with a fantastic trip to Bishops Wood where the children studied different habitats. Back at school, they have learnt about the different variations in animal groups and looked at the food chains. We had a fantastic afternoon dissecting owl pellets. The children found all sorts of bones and using a key they were able to identify the body part and which animal the owl had eaten.