Grand Designs

We have been studying the Great Wall of China over the last fortnight. We started off looking at the wall using a 360 degree video and we created a 'wonderwall' of questions that the children then found the answers to using the internet.

We have learnt about unsupported arches which use a 'key stone' and the children showed great resilience making paper bricks and attempting to get their bridges to stand up without glue or any support - most succeeded!

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Electricity morning

To complete our work on electricity we spent the whole morning creating electric circuits, making a wire game, designing a light sensitive circuit, making parallel circuits, sending morse code and designing a burglar alarm. the atmosphere was truly electric and we amazed Mrs Beesley, Mrs Christian and Mrs Smyth with our knowledge and ingenuity.

Well done Lions, I was so proud of you!

 

Pictures will follow!

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Walk like an Egyptian

Today was our Egyptian immersion day and it was fantastic to see the children arrive in their Egyptian dress. This morning the children had the chance to try up to 10 different crafts and this afternoon they created and presented a celebration banquet, dances and plays for royal court.

I have attached as many photos as possible, so you can see the full range of fun and learning your children took part in.

We relied on adult helpers to make the day possible. Among the staff this included Mrs Edwards, Mrs Quilter and Mrs Martin, from the governing body we had Mr Eldred, from our volunteers we had Mr Ives and from the parents many thanks go to Mrs Mustafa.

 

 

 

 

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A week of Tutankhamun

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This week we have learnt about the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun by Howard Carter and the wonderful treasures within.

The children have written their names in hieroglyphics, painted 3D pictures of the desert and written newspaper reports about the discovery.

I wish I could post pictures of all their work on the blog because they all deserve to be celebrated, however here a few.

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Egyptian Day

I just wanted to update you on the details about the Egyptian workshop on Wednesday 3rd October.

We have been having technical difficulties with the school notification and payment system, so if you have had problems paying, we apologise but hopefully the system is working again now.

We hope the children will be able to dress up as Egyptians for the day as it really helps to bring the day alive. There are details of costume ideas on the message sent out last week. 

Finally, we need about six parent volunteers to help with the day. It will involve manning a table of around six children doing one of the activities - you will be briefed so don't worry. And you don't have to dress up in Egyptian costume - unless you want to of course!

Please speak to me or Mr Butler if you can help out, these days are really fun and a great way of seeing the children enjoying hands-on learning.

 

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Welcome to Lions

I can't believe that we have nearly completed our third week of the term - apologies for the late blog post. I have really enjoyed getting the know the children and we have been making great progress in all areas.

So far the children have consolidated their knowledge of place value, negative numbers, rounding, addition and subtraction in maths. This week we have covered long multiplication and next week we will move onto division, which means only one thing - times tables! The long summer holiday was lovely, but for many of the children it hasn't been good for their tables recall, so please can you help your child by reminding them to practice their tables at least 3 times a week - we test on Fridays.

In English they have written descriptions of Egyptian tombs and imagined they are tomb robbers, while this week they have learnt about Tutankhamun and the discovery of his tomb by Howard Carter; they will be writing a newspaper report about the discovery next week.

In our topic work we have learnt about desert biomes and the plants and animals that are adapted to live in them, hieroglyphics and the building of the Great Pyramid.

As of next week though our Wednesday PE slot will be on Friday afternoon, I'm sorry that this means that the swimmers will miss this PE slot. 

Please can you make sure the flu slip has been returned to school and that you have responded to the message about the  Egyptian Day on the 3rd of October.

Sorry this is such a long post, with no pictures too. Next time I will include some examples of the children's work.

 

 

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Mersea

And a couple more.

I am going to see the children this evening. 

 

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Mersea

Another picture.

A couple more pctures.

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Leavers' Assembly

Sadly the Leavers' assembly is approaching fast. It starts at 9.30, and siblings in the school will be able to come and watch too. Afterwards the children will be signing shirts as usual, so please let your child know if you don't want their shirt signed!

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Anderson shelters

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In DT we have researched air raid shelters and made a model of an Anderson shelter, choosing our materials for their purpose and then testing them for strength using a 1kg weight and for waterproofness using a watering can. They all passed with flying colours - except a couple - and I was very impressed with the variety of designs and materials used.

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Propaganda

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The final part of our study on WW2 included learning about the purpose of propaganda, how it was used by both sides, the design features of an effective propaganda poster and the persuasive techniques used in the messages.

The children then designed and created their own posters. We kept the images and the text simple in order to make the most of the tools of colour blocking, direction and movement. They make an eye-catching and vibrant display in the class room.

 

 

 

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RE presentations

The children completed and presented their work on religions this week with Mrs Skinner. They had an audience which included Mrs Dunne and Mrs Christian, who were very impressed with the depth of their knowledge and the flair with which they presented. Well done Lions.

 

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Homefront cooking

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Well it's been yet another busy week  in Lions class. On Monday we analysed seven different historical sources and looked for bias. On Tuesday we cooked seven different wartime dishes and then tasted them.

Mock Apricot  Flan (made with carrots)

Coquet Pudding (made with potatoes)

Eggless Sponge

Potato and Bacon Dumplings

Potato and Cheese Dumplings

Spam Hash

Pear Crumble (made with pears!)

We will be thinking of ways to improve them with off-ration ingredients next week.

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WW2 cooking, art and ICT

This week we have been studying the work of Henry Moore - in particular his sketches of the Blitz. The children used mixed media to make a Moore-inspired London scene. Then they used stop motion to create short animations of an air raid over London. Hopefully you should be able to scan the QR code below to see their work. Please write in the comment box if it doesn't and I will try again!

In English we have been writing newspaper reports about an air raid on Braintree. This has taught us a lot about RAF and Luftwaffe planes as well as V1 rockets.

In maths we have been learning about rationing, weighing out a week's ration and then using WW2 recipes to design a menu for a week. They have had to make sure they don't use more rations than they are allowed for the week as well as calculate the cost in pounds, shillings and pence. Luckily they can use as much veg as they can grow, so it's a good thing the Dig for Victory garden is growing so well.

Enjoy the weekend Lions.

 

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Duxford

We had a fantastic day at Duxford last week, the children all behaved exceptionally and represented the school beautifully. We walked miles and saw lots, we still only scratched the surface of the museum though and it was lovely to hear so many of the children say that they wanted to return there with their families.

Many thanks to Mrs Crosby, Mrs Old, Mrs Root and Mrs Snell for helping out on the day, and also to the other parents who volunteered but were not required.

Here are some photos from the day.

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The final half term

This is such an exciting half term but tinged with a bit of sadness. Last week we had the last sports day for this year group and already the transition days have started for the secondary schools. 

I have begun to plan the leavers'  assembly, which will be on Friday 13th July at 9.30 am. A school ping will be going out with the details and you will  be required to let us know how many seats you require.

We also need photos, to include in the assembly, details are in the school ping.

A message has also been sent out to you about the puberty and reproduction lessons that we are required to deliver to all year 5 and 6 children. These will be happening next week, if you do not want your child involved please let me know.

 

 

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Zeppelins, diaries and Paul Nash

It's been another busy week in Lions. We have been working on diary writing and the children have written trench diaries. We learnt about Zeppelins and made them out of art straws and card, we studied the work of Paul Nash and recreated his Menin Road scene. All in all, a good set of outcomes for our mini topic on WW1.

The children can complete some activities from the homework menu over half term. 

Have a lovely rest Lions and enjoy the half term break - don't forget the Non Pupil Day on Monday 4th June.

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Trenches in the classroom, soundscapes, drama, a picnic, gardening and a few tests.

What a week we have had in Lions class,  busy would not be a strong enough adjective to describe it!

On Monday afternoon, Lions created their 'Dig for Victory' garden outside the classroom - so far they have planted peas, spinach, cabbages and lettuce. They have made cane structures to support the peas and moved enough soil to fill all our planting troughs. The challenge over the coming weeks will be keeping the cats at bay and making sure the plants get enough water.

On Tuesday afternoon, we immersed ourselves in WW1 by listening to a play set in 1914 and improvising some extra scenes. This set the scene for today's visit from Dan - the WW1 expert - which was so entertaining and informative. The class learned about the causes of the war by literally wearing the hats of key players. They were able to handle genuine artefacts from the time and learn about the role of technology in the conflict. Needless to say, they were fascinated and behaved beautifully.

On Thursday, we felt like celebrating the beautiful weather and spent the afternoon playing rounders and enjoying a picnic on the field. 

And on Friday we performed and composed a series of soundscapes to complement our drama. Using percussion instruments and 'found sounds', they depicted the calm of the countryside before the war, the tension of waiting for the order to 'Go over the top' and the confusion and turmoil of an attack. The results were fabulous.

On top of all this, of course, there were the KS2 SATs exams, which they approached with calm, determination and a "We mean business!" attitude - I am so proud of them.

Well done Lions (and thank you for your very kind presentation this morning). Have a lovely weekend.

 

 

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SATS week

Next week students can arrive at school from 8.30 and they must be in school by 8.50 at the latest.

We will be serving a snack and a drink during registration, after which the tests will start. 

Monday - Grammar and spelling

Tuesday - Reading

Wednesday - Maths arithmetic and reasoning

Thursday - Maths reasoning

We will be celebrating on Thursday afternoon with a party on the field, snacks and games - weather permitting. Please send in any contributions of crisps, biscuits, snacks etc during next week - remember no nuts or sugary drinks.

Finally, the children have worked very hard preparing for the tests, to help them perform as well as they can, please encourage them to get some early nights!

 

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