As part of our Science topic on Living Things and Habitats, we went on an organism hunt around the school grounds to see what kinds of living things we could find and what kinds of habitats they lived in.
This afternoon, we were thinking about how to use technology responsibly. Pupils were given certain scenarios, such as 'using your mobile phone in class', and were asked to move to the sign that reflected their opinion. It led to some very interesting discussions and helped us to think about how to stay safe online.
Today, we found out that the Anglo-Saxons were excellent warriors. They travelled across the North Sea in big ships to invade Britain. Within a few centuries, the land they settled in was named England, after the Angles. We designed and pained our own Anglo-Saxon shields.
Today the pupils worked together to come up with a list of Rights and Responsibilities for our Class Charter.
I hope you all had a fantastic summer holiday! It's very exciting to be back and in our temporary accommodation, which is starting to feel more like home now.
A few reminders and some information about what we will be getting up to this term:
I hope to see you all on Thursday for the Back to School meeting, if not before!
Maths Open Morning
Thanks to all the parents who came to help out at our Maths Open Morning! The children loved working with you and showing off their mathematical skills.
In literacy at the moment, we are reading poetry by Valerie Bloom. Today, the class learnt and performed different sections of the fabulous, 'I Asked the River', which is a powerful and moving poem about looking after our environment.
Thanks for sending in all of your recycling! The children had great fun designing and building their bridges, and worked brilliantly as a team, showing loads of creativity.
Our Eggshell Experiment
It's been a bit of a pongy afternoon in Mandela Class! Last week, we put four eggs into jars containing different liquids and today we got them out to see the effect the liquids had had on the shells. This was linked to our science work on teeth because the shell on an egg acts a bit like the enamel on our teeth, It turned out that milk and water damaged the egg shells the least (but week-old milk smells pretty gross!) and orange juice and cola damaged the shells the most. Time to get drinking more water!!
Well, it seems that spring may finally have sprung! It certainly felt like it this afternoon in Mandela Class, where we were drawing daffodils as part of our Realism art topic.
Welcome to Term 5
I hope everyone had an egg-cellent Easter (the oldies are the best!). We've got lots on in Term 5 to keep everyone busy - here's a quick summary:
In maths, we will be spending the term learning about fractions and decimals and how they are related to each other.
We start the term in English by reading the fantastic story 'The Iron Man' by Ted Hughes and by the end of the unit will be writing our own stories in a similar style.
For science, we will be learning all about animals and humans, including topics such as digestion and tooth decay (the pupils are about to learn some shocking things about some of their favourite drinks!).
Our topic work this term has an art focus, where we will be learning about realism. Take a look below at some of the portraits the pupils drew this afternoon, where they have learnt to use accurate proportions to make their work look more realistic.
Coral Reef Projects
Well done to everyone who completed this term's coral reef project. Everyone came up with such creative, colourful designs as well as providing us with some really interesting, and thought provoking, information about coral reefs.
Sparks have been flying in science this term, as we have been learning all about circuits. This week, the pupils had a go at making their own switches out of a piece of card, a paper clip and two butterfly pins.
A little later than planned due to the snow but it was lovely to finally get a chance to see all of your super costumes!
This afternoon, we went to visit Henbury Library, where we learnt all about how the library system works and got chance to have a look at some of the lovely books there. If you would like to become a member of the library, I have some application forms I can give you - alternatively, pop in to the library at some point and have a look for yourself!
Big Blue Whale
This morning, we read the non-fiction book 'Big Blue Whale' by Nicola Davies. The book is beautifully illustrated and includes some incredible facts about blue whales - did you know they can grow up to 30m long and even babies are 7m long?! To help us try to understand some of these dimensions, we went outside and measured the length of a blue whale. It was as big as our playground! We investigated lots of other interesting facts too.
Welcome back - term 4!
Welcome back after the half term break! We've got a short, but busy, term ahead of us with lots of fun things planned, including English Week in the second week back (more details to follow).
Our new topic this term is 'Rivers, Oceans and Seas', where we will be learning about all things aquatic. We started off the topic today by thinking about all the places, both on a local and global scale, where we can find water. This afternoon, I sent the children home with their new homework project relating to this, a copy of which can be found under the Homework section on this page.
Our literacy unit over the next few weeks will also link to this topic, where we will be finding out all about blue whales and eventually writing non-chronological reports (or fact files) on them.
In maths this term we will start off by focusing on division followed by a unit on time and measures. Our science unit is all about electricity and our focus in RE is Christianity.
60 Years of Brentry
On Thursday, we were really lucky to receive a visit from Carol Pullin, who came to this school as a little girl when it opened 60 years ago. We were all fascinated to hear her tales of what life was like back then and how different the school used to be. Some children were shocked to find out that there were no computers back then!
We have been speaking a different language each day this week and have done some research on The Philippines, where Paulo's family come from.
Yesterday, the pupils all got a chance to do some cooking with Mr Clarke. They made a delicious Spanish stew called Albondigas.
Today, everyone came in dressed as a different nationality and in the afternoon, we sampled more food from around the world. Thank you so much to the children and parents who brought in things from home. It was fabulous to try some of your local delicacies. I don't think I'll be need dinner tonight!
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
This has been our book just for pleasure this term - a personal favourite of mine and the pupils have absolutely loved it too! We ate Turkish Delight whilst watching the final episode of the 1988 TV series this today and then the pupils made these lovely paper wardrobes...
'Rings of Responsibility'
This week, we have been learning about Internet safety. During the activity below, pupils listened to a series of statements, such as 'always accepting anyone who asks to be your friend of a social network' and then moved to a different area of the classroom to show their opinion. The activity provided lots of interesting discussion. We then created a Conscience Alley to consider both points of view and provide each other with advice.
Thanks to all the parents and carers who came in to see our Virtual Museum last Friday. The pupils loved having the chance to show off all of their fantastic history work done over the last two terms.
Ancient Egypt Projects
Well done to everyone who completed the Ancient Egypt homework project! We saw some absolutely fantastic pyramids- which showed a huge amount of creativity and skill - as well as wonderful PowerPoint presentations and newspaper reports. What a talented bunch!
The Wolf's Footprint
Our new text in literacy is The Wolf's Footprint by Susan Price. Over the last couple of days, we have been using different strategies to help explore a character's dilemma in the story. Take a look at our Still Images and Conscience Alleys:
What a state!
Our science topic this term is 'States of Matter'. Today, the children grouped different materials into solids and liquids, which created some really interesting discussion. Then they had a go at being the particles in solids, liquids and gases.
Take a look at our paintings of Ancient Egyptian gods and goddesses...! The class also had a go at writing their names in hieroglyphics - the Ancient Egyptian equivalent of our alphabet.
Welcome back everyone - I hope you enjoyed the half term break! I look forward to seeing you all at Parents' Evening next week, but in the meantime, here's what we will be getting up to this term:
In maths, we begin the term looking at written addition and subtraction methods before moving on to geometry. Our literacy work at the moment is centred around the wonderful picture book 'Into the Forest' by Anthony Browne and will be followed up by a short novel called 'The Wolf's Footprint' by Susan Price. In science, we will be learning about states of matter (solids, liquids and gases); and our new history topic is all about the ancient Egyptians! A project linked to this topic will be set on Friday.
A fantastic time yesterday had by all! A massive well done to Mandela Class, who performed their version of the Elton John classic 'Crocodile Rock' with great energy and enthusiasm. It's been wonderful to hear how much they've enjoyed our 1970s topic. They've worked so hard and this was a great finale.
Keep listening out for more competitions and events throughout the year linked to our 60th birthday!
Hot off the Press!
On the shelves today: Mandela Class's 1970s magazines! The pupils have been working mega hard all term to bring you all the hottest information on music, fashion, entertainment and what life was really like in the groovy seventies. You don't want to miss these totally radical editions. Can YOU dig it...?!
Science: Organism Hunt
Our science topic this term is 'Living Things and Habitats'. This afternoon, we went on an 'organism hunt', looking for different plants and animals that live on the school ground, and we discussed the conditions of their habitats, e.g. dark and damp or light and airy.
Hi everyone! We've had a couple of weeks to settle in now and the children have been working really hard in Mandela Class.
In maths, we have been revising and extending on the pupils' understanding of place value (including rounding, ordering and comparing 4-digit numbers) and in literacy we have been working on developing basic skills and recognising different types of sentences. Next week, we will begin a new literacy unit based on the book 'The Chocolate Touch' by Patrick Skene Catling.
We've been having lots of fun getting immersed in our history topic about the 1970s! Thanks to everyone who has sent things in for us to look at or to go in our 70s memorabilia box. Any photos etc. that you have from the era would be great to see! (We saw some lovely photos of a certain headteacher yesterday - with a lot more hair on his head than he has now!)
Welcome to Mandela Class!
Welcome back to school everyone. I hope you all had a fantastic break over the summer. It has been great to get to know the children over the last couple of days and they have done really well at settling in to new routines.
I do hope to meet you all at the Back-to-School meeting on Thursday, but please feel free to pop in any time if you have any questions.