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  • Partake History's Egyptian Day

    Published 09/07/24, by Mel Harris

    We've had another wonderful day with Mr Adby from Partake History - this time enriching our knowledge of the Ancient Egyptians. 

    We began our day recapping some of the facts and information that we have learnt over the course of our topic, with Mr Adby adding more detail. After that we looked at some replica artefacts including statuettes, miniature canopic jars and amulets.

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

    After break, we explored some of the spices used by the Ancient Egyptians. These included spices that we recognise today such as coriander seeds, cinnamon and cumin seeds and also older spices - frankincense and myrrh. 

       

       

    Then Mr Adby used Sophia as a model to demonstrate what the Egyptians used for make-up. We found out something new: the make-up wasn't used for appearance but to protect their faces from the sun!

       

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  • Transition to Y6

    Published 08/07/24, by Kristen Hopwood

    Find out what we got up to on Friday afternoon with Miss Hopwood

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  • Awful Egyptians

    Published 06/06/24, by Mel Harris

    Welcome back to the final term of the academic year.

    This half term our topic is Awful Egyptians. As part of this topic, we will be looking at the following questions:

    • Who were the Ancient Egyptians and when did they live?
    • What discovery did Howard Carter make and how did that teach us about the Ancient Egyptians?
    • How did different groups contribute to the achievements of Ancient Egyptian society?
    • Who were some of the most famous pharaohs in Ancient Egypt? What did we learn from them?
    • How did the Ancient Egyptians prepare bodies for the afterlife?
    • What did the Ancient Egyptians believe about life after death?
    • How did the Ancient Egyptians contribute to our lives today?

    As part of this, I have booked Partake History to do an Egyptian Day for us. They will be visiting us on Tuesday 9th July.  During this day the children will:

    • Re-create the scents and aromas of Ancient Egypt
    • Investigate and handle artefacts used in mummification
    • Discover the clothing and makeup of an Egyptian princess
    • Create a cartouche
    • Dress up and take part in a stunning and atmospheric ‘burial ceremony’ where the story unfolds through the use of costume, narration, mime, music, dance and drama

    In order to contribute towards the cost of the visit, the cost to you will be £12. Please pay the £12 on Eduspot (link below) by Wednesday 3rd July.

    https://login.eduspot.co.uk/public/portal/parent/?app=schoolmoney&source=website&version=20190314

    If your child would like to come to school dressed as an Ancient Egyptian they are more than welcome to but there is no pressure.

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  • Red - Our Talk for Writing Story

    Published 03/06/24, by Mel Harris

    Over last half term, we learned the story of Red using a story map and actions that we decided on together.

    When Jamie (our Talk 4 Writing consultant) came in to visit, the class retold the whole story for him.

    Take a look at the story map we used, then click on the QR code to see the retelling. Alternatively, get your child to retell it for you!

        

     

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  • Important information about Jigsaw coverage after half-term

    Published 16/05/24, by Mel Harris

    Dear parent/carer,

    This school year we have been using ‘Jigsaw’, the PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) Programme across school, which follows a mindful approach to PSHE.

    These lessons have built children’s emotional literacy, self-esteem, and knowledge of who they are and how they relate to each other and the world in a positive and healthy way. We are sure you will have heard about the Jigsaw Friends and Calm Me time.

    The Summer Term Puzzles (units) are about Relationships (unit 1) and Changing Me (unit 2).  Next half-term after the holidays, we will be focussing on the Changing Me Puzzle which includes, in every year group, 2 or 3 lessons to help children understand the changes puberty brings and how human reproduction happens. There is a very serious safeguarding aspect to this work and obviously the younger year groups are not looking at these issues directly and explicitly, but rather learning correct terminology for body parts and covering the foundation work for later year groups. The Year 5 and 6 lessons look more fully at puberty and human reproduction.

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  • Obama Class Are Gardeners!

    Published 23/04/24, by Mel Harris

    As part of our DT project, the children have today planted potatoes in bin liners. 

    We have chitted potatoes in the classroom and they have already begun to grow tubers and shoots.

    This afternoon, we filled bin liners with 8-10cm of compost. Next, we put the potatoes into the compost.

          

         

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  • Welcome Back to Summer Term: Sow, Grow and Farm!

    Published 18/04/24, by Mel Harris

    Welcome back to a brand-new term! 

    I hope you are all feeling refreshed after the Easter holidays!

    We will be learning lots of exciting things this half term focusing on Farming in the UK and around the world in Geography; and Living Things and their Habitats in Science.   In Maths we are starting with Perimeter and Area and for English our fiction model text is called "Red". The curriculum information and the knowledge organisers for both Geography and Science can be found as an attachment at the bottom of the blog.

    What is our class text for this half-term?

    Last half-term we focused on the book ‘Boy in the Tower’ by Polly Ho Yen This term we will be sharing the children's classic 'The Hobbit' by JRR Tolkein. Feel free to purchase a copy if you would like your child to follow along in class.

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  • Happy Easter!

    Published 28/03/24, by Mel Harris

    Well, we've made it!

    Obama class have worked incredibly hard this half term and have accomplished a lot.

    In History, we continued to explore the Tudors, focussing on Henry VIII, his six wives and his "Great Matter". The children have considered whether or not Henry was a 'bad king' and looked in depth at both him and Anne Boleyn through our Vipers work. They also finished their DT project which was begun last half term - Obama Row - and designed and made their own Tudor Pots!

    In Science, we have investigated forces. We explored gravity; air resistance by designing and making our own parachutes; friction by testing cars on a ramp covered with different materials; and water resistance by making boats and propelling them through water with a fan.

    In Maths, we have covered fractions, decimals and percentages, whilst in English we have written a news report about a “Rocketeer Rescue”, and then wrote our own version based on a Dodo in a road bringing all the traffic in Keyworth to a halt!

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  • Obama Class are Terrible Tudors!

    Published 22/03/24, by Mel Harris

    Today, Obama Class have had their Tudor enrichment day with Mr Adby from Partake History.

    The day started with the children becoming archaeologists and examining a range of replica Tudor artefacts. They spent a lot of time talking about what the artefacts were used for and who would have used them. They also used their sketching skills to draw the artefacts.

                

    After break, we went into the hall and Mr Adby taught us how to dance the farandole.

       

       

    Next, he taught us how ladies curtseyed and gentlemen bowed.

    Then he taught us the galliard (the favourite dance of both Henry VIII and Elizabeth I).

                          

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  • Science Week

    Published 15/03/24, by Mel Harris

    We have had a busy week in school celebrating all things scientific. The week was launched with an Assembly led by Mrs Westie and Mr Cresswell and culminated this afternoon with the finals of the Marble Run Challenge. We also had a visit from Severn Trent Water.

    In Year Five, we celebrated with several different lessons, including making a water clock and then making boats to test water resistance.

    Our water clocks were made using an empty plastic water bottle which was cut in half. We punched a hole in the lid and then inverted the top half. Next, we filled our own water bottles with water. We then started a timer on the whiteboard and poured water into the inverted lid. As the water dripped through, we watched the timer and every 30 seconds used a Sharpie pen to mark on the side of the bottle. Finally we labelled our marks 0:00, 0:30, 1:00, 1:30 and so on until the bottom half of the bottle was full.

                                 

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  • Science Week Competition - Class Results

    Published 13/03/24, by Mel Harris

    Today, we had the heats for our marble runs as part of the SciTech competition and it was very close! Lucas and Joshua's marble went the furthest, Laurels's was a close second. The school final will be this Friday, at the end of science week.

     

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  • World Book Day

    Published 12/03/24, by Mel Harris

    We had a lovely time on World Book Day with our theme of 'Bedtime Stories'.

    I shared my favourite bedtime story, 'Elmer, with the children and they created beautiful Elephant Parades. They also designed a star to represent one of their favourite stories, including pictures to give clues about the book. These will form a display in school, with stars from all the children. 

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