Welcome to the Kingfishers Class!
This week we had our last cornet lesson with Mrs Tetley. This is a piece that the children wrote themselves.
Yesterday we went to the Nottingham Concert Hall with our cornets and had the opportunity to play with the Halle Orchestra. We have been practising our parts for a few weeks and also sang some songs.
On Monday were very lucky to finish our Science topic off with a visit from a dentist and a dental nurse. We learnt all about our teeth: the different types of teeth we have, what each tooth is made up of and how to look after them. We all brushed our teeth and then used a disclosing tablet. Apart from turning our tongues purple, it showed us where we had missed with our toothbrush. Finally, we wrote a set of instructions for how to brush our teeth and set ourselves each a target for how we are going to improve the way we look after our teeth.
Today we created our very own digestive system and learnt about all of the different functions.
The Kingfisher's have been learning the cornet for nearly a term now and they have made so much progress! Watch the video to see how well they are doing. They are all superstars!
On Tuesday we went on a Time Travelling pilgrimage to Southwell Minster. We started the day with a procession into the Minster and then enjoyed a Worship led by the Bishop. Soon it was time to get on with our interesting activities. We were split into two groups and each did a mixture of the following activities:
1. Making prayer bracelets and finding out about the meanings of symbols, words and actions used in prayer and worship
2. Becoming members of the choir and considering how music has the power to create mood, atmosphere and express beliefs about God through words and sound
3. Learning about communion and Jesus' life, teaching and example
4. Studying the beautiful stained glass windows of the Minster to spot the Bible stories.
5. Learning about baptism
6. Learning about Faith in action and the importance of Fair Trade
At the end of the day we joined together again to Worship and were presented with a Pilgrim candle to take back to school.
Our whole day was based on the fantastic book 'How many jelly beans?'.
First, we estimated how many jelly beans were in our jar and Puffin class' jar. Then we decided on the most efficient strategy for counting them. In total we had 917 jelly beans.
After lunch we worked out how many would fit inside a 10cm x 10cm square. We then applied our learning about area to work out how many would fit in an area of 1 squared metre. Finally, we used what we had learnt to find out how many of some other things around the classroom would fit in an area of 1 metre squared.
We spent the end of the day reading to KS1 children. We loved spending time with the little ones.
This week we have been thinking about how humans can be affected by coastal erosion. In pairs we wrote a 30 second news bulletin and performed them to the class. Watch our clips to find out what was on Kingfisher News today.
This term our topic is 'Coasts' and we have been learning about different features of coasts and how they change. This week we conducted an experiment to see how waves affect the formation of beaches. Some of our waves got a bit crazy!
Beach 1 with no headland at 0 minutes - we observed that 12cm of the shore had absorbed water and some sand particles had mixed into the water.
We were then all ready to write an explanation of how beaches are affected by coastal erosion.
This is Oliver's explanation:
Coastal erosion is when waves constantly bombard the cliffs and the coast to make rocks fall off the cliff, changing the shape of the coast. Large sharp rocks fall off the cliffs and get bashed around until they become smaller, less sharp rocks. Then those small rocks turn into large, pebbles. Those large pebbles turn into small pebbles, that turn into sand. The bigger the waves, the quicker this happens.
This is Ewan's explanation:
Coastal erosion is when waves bash a cliff or shore until rocks fall into the ocean and get hit by other rocks, then turn into sand. Material can be moved to other parts of the shore. The bigger the wave, the more taken away. First, the waves grab the big rocks and bash them against each other, to turn into smaller, sharp rocks. The sharp edges hit other rocks and crumble off, turning the main body of the rocks smooth and rounded. Eventually, the rocks collide until they become smooth pebbles. After more time, the pebbles become fine sand.
On Thursday we went to Rushcliffe School to take part in some invasion games. These were all ran by some year 10 and 11 who got to try out their young leader skills on us. As well has learning some new games we also utilised our learning behaviours of resilience, having a positive attitude, engagement, challenge, pride in achievement and communication. We had lots of fun!
We have started 2017 with a new challenge, to learn how to play the Cornet! This week we had our first lesson with Mrs Tetley and we were all very excited to have a go on these fantastic instruments. After a bit of practice we all managed to create a sound using it, and we are looking forward to developing our skills over the coming weeks.
This week each class were given a different artist to research. Kingfisher class learnt all about the famous artist 'Frida Kahlo'. Kahlo painted in a Surrealist style and is famous for her self-portraits. We found out that she reflected her thoughts about herself, feelings and personality into each of her paintings.
We learnt how to mix our own colours using primary colours, black and white, creating different tones; and then created our own self-portraits utilising this skill. We tried to include things which are important to us, and how we would like others to see us.
To finish off this half term's Science topic on Electricity the children were split into two different challenge groups. One group had to apply their knowledge into designing an alarm for their trays. They all included either a buzzer or an alarm in their circuit and made their own switch.
The other group had to design a nightlight for a small child which had a switch. The children had lots of fun and the results were brilliant!
Today we had a very special day in Kingfisher class, our 'Viking Experience Day'. To really get into the character of those 'vicious invaders', lots of us dressed up as Viking warriors and people from that time. Mr Hammond from 'Hands on our History' brought in hundreds of Viking artefacts and replicas for us to sketch. These included real bones and teeth, antler pieces, horns, pottery, jewellery, bone combs, needles, dice, thimbles, brooches, pins, coins, oyster and mussel shells, iron horseshoes, pieces of jet, iron tools and nails, glass beads, and finally a replica helmet and axe. We couldn't believe how many pieces there were!
We then used our detective skills to study them and found out even more information about the Vikings and how they lived.
We also experienced a Viking berserker, completed the Viking and Anglo-Saxon place name challenge, staged a Viking burial and had a hot seating activity where we interviewed a Viking warrior and his children. Its was lots of fun and we have all learnt so about how the Vikings lived in Britain.
At the beginning of this week we earned our last 'positivity point' to complete our Connect 4 board. The children earned these points when the whole class showed a positive attitude at the same time, e.g. by tackling a problem with enthusiasm or asking lots of questions in a discussion. As a treat for completing our board we got to 'throw our maths lesson out of the window' and instead spent the session outside in our new shelter doing some art with some tasty goodies. We all really enjoyed relaxing, and sketching different areas of the playground.
This week we have completed our topic 'States of Matter' by doing lots of investigations. The children had to design and implement their own experiment to answer the question, 'Can you make water disappear?'. They had lots of fun deciding what to do and finding out what results they got.
Today we transformed our classroom into a 'moot' which is an Anglo-Saxon court.
We had lots of fun acting out what would happen in the court and finding out what punishments criminals may have received in Anglo-Saxon times. We then thought about whether we thought the system was fair. We had a great discussion!
These are a few of our opinions:
" I think today's system is fairer because in the Anglo-Saxon times you could kill people then walk away if you had enough money. You could also just steal something and lose your life!' Daniel J
'I think that nowadays is fairer because in Anglo-Saxon times you didn't know what sentence you were going to get. Nowadays your sentence would be compared to what you did.' Orla
'I think that in Anglo-Saxon times the punishments were good because it might have stopped other people from doing what a criminal they knew did.' Noah S
We started our brand new sketch books with a self-portrait to see what sketching skills we have. Can you spot who is who?
We had a fantastic day celebrating the life and works of Roald Dahl. Amazingly, we had characters from nearly all of his books in our class! We spent the day doing a variety of different activities. Our favourite activity was inspired by his novel, George's Marvellous Medicine. We spent the afternoon making our own disgusting concoctions. They looked and smelt revolting!
We started our new topic off with a mystery!
First, we had to put together the puzzle pieces to work out what the clues were. Once we had put together the artefacts, we then tried to decide who the grave could have belonged to. The children had loads of ideas, and we definitely have some potential future detectives in the class!
In the end we decided that:
We are now all super excited to find out more about the Anglo-Saxons and see if we were right. Watch this space!!