Welcome to Ash Class 2016-2017!
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.