Today in science, we were learning about the invention of toothpaste. We had a go at making our own toothpaste and designing a new brand for our product. It was quite messy.... but lots of fun!
Happy New Year!
I hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas break and are not finding it too tricky getting back into the swing of it in the new year.
This term Bowie Class will be going swimming on a Monday afternoon. Letters have gone out about this but please see me if you need any further details.
Today, we began reading our new novel, 'I Was a Rat' by Philip Pullman. We had loads of interesting discussions about whether Roger, the main character in the story, really did used to be a rat, which is what he claims. At the end of the unit, the children will be writing a prologue to the story.
In maths we are continuing with multiplication and division for the next few weeks. This term we progress to learning about short division to help us answer tricky questions such as 235 x 4.
We are learning about scientists and inventors in science and our new geography topic is all about settlements. We will be considering what attracted invaders to Britain in the past and what makes an ideal settlement.
As always, don't hesitate to come and see me if there's anything I can help with.
We have been learning about the ancient Egyptian ritual of mummification this week. For our starter activity, we had a competition to see who could make the best mummy.... using one of the pupils!
Our Trip to Bristol Museum
We had a great time at the museum last week! We spent time in groups looking round the whole museum, which has a whole room dedicated to ancient Egypt, then we took part in a workshop where we got to handle artefacts and try to work out what they were used for.
Welcome back to school after the half term break! I hope everybody had a lovely week . Parents' Evening is the second week back so I look forward to catching up with you all properly then. Also, don't forget our school trip to Bristol Museum, where we will get the chance to see the Ancient Egypt exhibition and join in with a workshop, is on Wed 13th November.
Our Invertebrate Hunt
Thankfully the weather was much better this afternoon and we were able to get out on our invertebrate hunt in the Outdoor Classroom. The children made some excellent observations and had a go at using a key to identify different invertebrates.
Rapturous About Reading!
We've had a good old revamp of our reading system in Bowie Class over the last couple of weeks. All of our books have been organised into different colours: green, blue and orange and the pupils have been guided towards the colour best suited to them. Each table group also takes it in turns to sit in the Book Corner each day and read from a selection of 'free time' books and comics as a way of generating enthusiasm and promoting a love of reading.
It is great to see from children's Reading Records that lots of them are reading regularly at home and are getting the chance to move up on our reading reward system - giving them the chance to earn certificates and prizes. Reading at home with your child really is so important and helps to develop their written and verbal communication skills as well as helping them with their fluency and comprehension. Attached to their Reading Records are examples of questions you could use to check their understanding of a text, which link to our reading VIPERS. Please do see me if you would like any more support with this.
Our Anglo-Saxon Day
Here are some pictures from our Anglo-Saxon day where the children learnt about weaving, coins and brooches.
Welcome back to the new school year and the vamped up 'new' school! I hope you all had a wonderful time in the summer holidays and are excited about the year ahead. Back to School meetings for Year 4 will be held next Wednesday (11th) at 6pm and I really look forward to meeting some of you then, but do feel free to come over and say hello beforehand.
A curriculum map was sent out yesterday (a copy of which can be found on this website) detailing all of the things we will be learning this year. We begin the year delving into the world of the Anglo-Saxons, finding out where they came from and why and how they helped to shape Britain today.
Spellings will be sent out next Friday for a test the following week with more information to follow in a letter. Spellings can also be found on the school website.
In the meantime, if there is anything I can do to help, or if you would just like to come and say hi, please feel free to grab me at the end of the day or make an appointment with the office.
Yesterday afternoon, we were very lucky to have a visit from Evan's grandparents following their recent visit to Nepal. You may remember that, back in March, we had a 'wear yellow to school day' in order to raise money for some of the people affected by the 2015 earthquake. Evan's grandparents took our donations, along with the letters written by Mandela Class, to the children in the Kodari village, Nepal. We received letters back, saw pictures of the children and each received our own copy of the local newsletter mentioning our involvement! A massive thank you to Evan's grandparents for their continued support in Nepal and coming to share their fascinating experiences with us. Well done to Brentry too!
Mandela Class are teaming up with the residents of Katherine House Residential Home to create a exciting art display. The children and the residents of the home have all drawn around their hands and decorated them. Members of the public are invited to visit Katherine House to view the work, meet the residents and have a tour of the home on 28th June 11am-4pm. Everyone is very welcome!
The Pedlar of Swaffham
We have been reading the traditional tale 'The Pedlar of Swaffham' in Literacy this week. Here are some photos of the children acting out the story.
We had a fantastic time on Thursday with our visit from Forest Schools, where we got to build dens, whittle sticks to roast marshmallows and look for all the hidden nature gems in our very own school grounds. Who knew we how so many different species of plants and animals on our own doorstep? It made us all super excited about Year 4 camp!
Our Eggshell Eggs-periment
These four strange jars are sat in our classroom at the moment. Believe it or not, they are part of our Science lesson on teeth! We have left four eggs in four different liquids to see what, if any, effect the liquids will have on the eggshells after a week. The hard shell on an egg acts a bit like the enamel on our teeth, working to protect what is inside.
Getting Some Perspective
Our last few Art lessons have been focused on using perspective to make our drawings look realistic. Take a look at some of our finished pieces below:
Our Art topic this term is Realism. In our first lesson we learnt how to use sizing and proportion to draw realistic portraits (very different to our Spanish matador portraits in the style of Picasso in Term 3!). Take a look at some examples below:
Term 5 Overview
It may only be a short term this time but we've still got lots going on in Mandela Class!
We've started reading The Iron Man by Ted Hughes and even have our own Iron Man in the classroom. We will be looking closely at the fantastic language that Ted Hughes uses and eventually writing similar stories of our own.
In Maths, we will be finishing off our work on decimals before moving on to units on money and time. Our Science unit is on Animals Including Humans and we will be learning all about teeth and digestion.
Coral Reef Projects
The children have all worked so hard at home this term on their fantastic coral reef projects! We've all learnt some fascinating facts from the presentations and reports and seen some stunning, creative and colourful coral reef constructions.
Visit to the Main School Site
Today we went over to the main school site to see how the refurbishments were coming along! It looks very different without all our furniture in there... Can't wait to see it when it's finished!
Today, we all wore something yellow to school in order to help raise money for The Banana Project. The project helps to ensure that children at Shree Singha Devi School in Kodari, Nepal, have access to tasty, nutritious bananas, following the devastating effects of the 2015 earthquake. We also wrote letters to the children and learnt about Fair Trade.
Big Blue Whale
This term, our Geography topic is Oceans, Seas and Rivers and for Literacy we are learning to write a non-chronological report about blue whales. Today, we read to wonderful non-fiction book 'Big Blue Whale' by Nicola Davies and explored some of the dimensions of a blue whale. An adult blue whale can grow up to a whopping 30m! That's nearly as long as our playground!
We had great fun today tasting food from around the world and dressing up in some traditional outfits.
Around the World Day
What a fun day we've had travelling around the world! The children visited four different countries throughout the course of the day - Russia, China, Iran and Ghana - finding out about the geography of each country, learning some new languages and taking part in craft activities.
Pulse Rate Experiment
In Science today, we were investigating the effect of exercise on our pulse rate. It turned out that running and jumping jacks got our hearts racing the most!
Our Matador Paintings
This week, we have been learning about the Spanish tradition of bullfighting and had a go at creating paintings of matadors in the style of Spanish artist, Pablo Picasso.
Happy New Year!
Welcome back after the Christmas break - I hope yule had a great time...(terrible!)
It might be cold and dark outside but we've got lots of exciting learning going on this term to warm our spirits
We have started reading the Philip Pullman book, 'I was a Rat' in Literacy and will be doing lots of grammar work around it before using it as inspiration for our own writing.
In Maths, we will progress from mental multiplication and division to using written methods and will take a look at area before the end of the term.
Our Science unit this term is all about practical investigations and in RE we will continue to consider how people decide what is right and wrong.
Our Topic work this term has a Geography focus and we will be learning all about Spectacular Spain! Ole!
On Friday, we had a visit from the Community Church who taught us all about the nativity story by getting us to dress up and act it out ourselves...
Today, we used the technique 'conscience alley' to help us consider a character's dilemma.
We created still images to help us explore the characters in our Literacy book, 'The Wolf's Footprint'.
States of Matter
In Science this term, we are learning about different states of matter. Today, we learnt about how the particles in solids, liquids and gases are arranged and the children even had a go at being particles themselves!
This morning, we used the 'Readers' Theatre' technique to help us learn our Literacy book 'Into the Forest'. Next week, we will be using the text to write diary entries.
Take a look at the art we have been doing this week to commemorate 100 years since the end of WW1...
Welcome back to school after what was, hopefully, a nice relaxing half term.
This term, our topic will be Ancient Egypt - a project for which was sent home this week.
In Literacy, we begin the term by looking at a range of Anthony Browne books, with particular focus on 'Into the Forest', followed by a unit on the captivating story 'The Wolf's Footprint' by Susan Price.
In Maths, we begin by learning about perimeter and will spend the rest of the term on multiplication and division facts.
Our Science unit is on 'States of Matter'.
Don't forget to sign up for Parents' Evening next week (I will be seeing parents on Tuesday and Wednesday).
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.