This week has all been about the beautiful country Greece. We have learnt how to say a simple Greek phrase "Hello, we are Greece", as well as Hello. We've seen many stunning pictures of Greece's beaches, islands, houses and historic buildings. We also learnt about the Greek Olympics.
One of things the ancient Greeks did was make clay pots to store their wine in. We to learnt how to make clay pots and we added our own designs features to them.
Thursday afternoon was an International show of all the countries the children had been learning about across the whole school. We performed our Greek dance to the school and a large crowd of parents. We loved it and we hope you did to.
The term is coming to an end but Willow class still have BAGS of energy and enthusiasm for lots of exciting learning! This week we visited a church to look at the features and to become familiar with the customs of the church. We listened to an organ, sat in the pews, made ceiling bosses and watched the priest perform a mock baptism. We all loved it and it secured our understanding of what makes holy places special to different groups of religions.
Visit to the Church
Testing the materials
Art on the Hill
This week has been jam packed with creative learning. As part of Art on the Hill the children have begun their work on the class sculpture and thought about their ideas for creating their own individual pieces. Next Wednesday will be a whole day dedicated to completing the work and getting it ready for exhibition.
The week has been a historic one we us learning about some prominent people from our past whose actions and attitudes have had great influence on the world. First the children had the chance to learn about Queen Victoria and her incredible life - nine children; reining for over 60 years; creating a British Empire. Through artefacts, objects and photos the children had to be detectives, piecing the clues together to discover who the mystery person was, that the objects represented. The children were fantastic, not just using the clues in front of them but applying their knowledge of what they knew about Brunel and Victorian people.
Later in the week the children had an opportunity to travel back in time, to visit another influential person. Our time travel took us back to a time where there was a war occurring and solider's were marching outside. We were in a room were there was a stench of illness and disinfectant. A woman stood caring for a wounded solider. The children immersed themselves in to the scene, examining the clues around them through their senses and together they discovered that they had travel back to an Victorian period. The young woman was a lady called Florence Nightgale. She kindly answered the our questions before having to return to her duties.
Our new Talk for Writing story has linked in well to our Victorian topic. It is all about Mr Adventure who loves going on Adventures, and he to travels back to a time in a Victorian school. Have a go at the learning the story together using our story map.
In numeracy we have been learning to share objects in to equal groups. We worked in pairs to solve problems involving numbers and sharing. We've also been learning about the place value of numbers and using this to understand why some numbers are bigger than others.
Please continue to bring in your homework as we are really enjoying seeing the great work done that has been do so far.
What a week of adventures! We have certainly had lots of new, but old, experiences that will live on in our memories for years to come.
We started our week learning the Victorian way. We used black paper to represent chalkboards and learnt classroom etiquette of standing when an adult enter the room, standing when spoken to and referring to an adult as 'Sir, Miss or Mrs'. There were severe consequences for those that didn't comply - the 'Dunce' hat!
This was all in preparation for our visit to Blaise castle, which was loved by all. The children wowed the staff with their immense knowledge of the Victorian times and thoroughly enjoyed their Victorian lesson in a real Victorian classroom with a 'real' Victorian teacher.
A well known school that we know is the Child of Hope school in Uganda. This week their Headteacher Mike arrived in the UK and has spent the whole week in our school, visiting us and learning what school is like here.
What a cracking start to our last term! The children have come back energised and raring to go. Lots of the children solved the homework mystery of the man in black and have come in brimming with some extraordinary facts about this gentleman. Have a look at the pictures below of the homework thus far.
Isambard Kingdom Brunel has become our new favourite famous person from the past. We can't stop talking about him and sharing our facts. We would love to travel back in time to speak with him, to ask him the numerous questions with have about his life and work. So we've penned them down just in case a rare opportunity arises!
We've also been thinking about how long ago he was alive and what else has happened in between his birth and ours. From the information we found out we created timelines.
Brunel has formed a major part of our topic as most of his incredible achievements occurred during the Victorian period. So we have been talking about what life would have been like for children during these times, particularly the types of clothes they would have worn. We compared them to our uniforms and other clothes we wear.
St Mary Redcliffe primary school has for many years taking an active role in supporting the Art on the Hill art trail. This year the school will be showcasing work inspired by the artist Niki De Saint Phalle. Her vibrant sculptures were well received by the class and we took joy in sketching our favourite sculpture.
In numeracy we have been exploring quarters, what they mean and how they can be represented. We found this quite tricky to start with but we slowly started to get the hang of it, eventually finding quarters of large numbers. We used circular wheels of two colours to show different amounts of quarters.
We completed what has been an extremely fun but busy week of learning with an awesome sports day. We all had so much fun, with our highlights being the sprint winners from the class: Lavell and Malak, followed closely by Billy, Isobel, Harvey and Tia. As well as Miss Pooley winning the teachers 'hopper' race! Also a thank you to the parents who took part in the races to.
Sports Day here we come!!!!
Well we hope the sun continues to shine and you all have a wonderful weekend.