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On our page you will find lots of photographs which show the different things we have been doing in class. We hope you enjoy them!
Today we looked at our new topic Plants, Pollen and Petals for the first time. We talked about what we already know and what we would like to know about plants. We then planted our own sunflower seeds in groups by following instructions. We will follow how they grow over the coming weeks!
Greek Pot Painting!
This week to finish off our Groovy Greeks topic we looked at Ancient Greek pottery. We found that the Greeks were famous for their beautiful, creative and detailed pots and they often included geometric and figure designs. We planned what designs we liked the most and then painted our own pots! They came out beautifully!
This week in Science we have been looking at shadows. Today, we conducted an investigation to see what makes a shadow change size. We had a cut out of Zeus' thunderbolt as our opaque solid object and used a torch to find out how and why the size of the shadow of this object might change. We found out that the closer the light source is to the object, the bigger the shadow is!
Greek Shadow Puppets
This week in Science we have been looking at how shadows are formed. We looked at the different types of objects (opaque, translucent and transparent) and the effects they have on shadows. We then used this information to create our own greek themed shadow puppets that included all three of these elements using card and tissue paper. We then turned off the lights to see how effectively our puppets created shadows and performed a show of Theseus and the Minotaur in groups. We had a lot of fun and did a brilliant job at retelling the story using shadows!
This week in Literacy we have been looking at the power of persuasion in speeches. We looked back at the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur and thought about how Ariadne would have felt about Theseus leaving her on a deserted island. We then created a speech as Ariadne to try and persuade Theseus not to leave her there alone and today we performed them to the rest of the class who were acting as Theseus! Everybody did a brilliant job at persuading us to change our minds!
Ancient Greek Democracy
This week in Topic we have been learning about how the Ancient Greeks invented democracy. We learnt that speakers would stand on the pnyx to talk to the Athenian citizens about laws and then the citizens would vote on them. We even had a go at pretending to be speakers with issues Ancient Greeks might have had to try and persuade our fellow classmates to vote for us! We were very good at getting into character and had a lot of fun too!
World Book Day!
We had a great time dressing up as our favourite book characters to celebrate World Book Day! Well done to everyone for making such a brilliant effort!
Theseus and the Minotaur
Today in Literacy we started our Groovy Greeks topic by looking at a myth from Ancient Greece called Theseus and the Minotaur. We talked about the features of a myth and what makes them different to other stories and then performed our own versions of the myth in groups! We had a lot of fun watching the brilliant performances as a class.
Elm's Got Talent
This week for Golden Time we had a class talent show! We all had a brilliant time watching all of the different performances from our class mates. We enjoyed watching a comedy sketch, lots of singing, an acting performance and a gymnastics display! Well done to all the children that performed in the show. It's clear to see that Elm Class certainly does have talent!
This week in Literacy we have been looking at poetry. As our Topic this half term is Vicious Volcanoes, we thought it would be a fitting idea to write a poem about a volcano. We compared the volcano to a dragon and came up with some wonderful ways in which they are similar. We then put these ideas to good use and created our own poems! Today we had a chance to perform our poems to the rest of the class, and quite honestly, they were amazing! Here is a small sample of some of our poems being read aloud and some pictures of us performing them to the class!
Today we have been super busy getting into the Christmas spirit by creating some wonderful finger paint Christmas cards for our loved ones! We also used our artistic skills from last week and created some beautiful Christmas themed pictures using chalk pastels and the smudging technique. All whilst listening to some Christmas music, of course!
Magnets and Forces
This half term in Science we have been learning about magnets and different forces. We made predictions and conducted an experiment to find out whether objects were magnetic or not. We also looked at how different materials create friction and predicted which material a car would roll down fastest. Both of these experiments were a lot of fun and we learnt a lot too!
Today we finished our Stone Age topic by learning about cave paintings and how they were made back in the Stone Age. We then had a go at making a hand stencil and animal cave painting using chalk pastels and charcoal. We even tried smudging them to give them the blowpipe effect! It was lots of fun and we all did a brilliant job!
Gifts for Christmas
Today we rounded off our RE topic of Christmas by talking about the value of giving and how it is nice to think of others during this time of year. We looked at the question: 'If you could give the world one gift at Christmas to make it better, what would it be?' and thought really carefully about all the different things that would make the world a better place. We came up with some wonderful ideas such as: giving food and clean water to all the people and animals so everyone is healthy, stopping wars in the world to make sure everyone is safe, giving toys to all children so they could be happy. Here are a few of our lovely ideas!
The Snow Queen
Last Friday we enjoyed a wonderful performance of 'The Snow Queen' and as it was so fantastic, this is our focus in Literacy this week. Today, we started the week off by reading and sequencing the story to refresh our memories and then used puppets to retell the story in our own words. We had lots of fun working in groups and enjoyed performing our puppet shows to the rest of the class at the end of the lesson!
Discover Christmas Workshop
This week we were lucky enough to receive another visit from Sutton Schools Work, where we were treated to a performance of the story of Christmas! We then went back to class and had lots of fun singing songs, thinking about the story and sharing ideas on how we can show kindness to others at Christmas time!
Silver Coin Challenge!
This week we have been collecting silver coins in order to raise money for our new library! This afternoon we went outside and had fun lining up each of the coins to see how many we had brought in. Elm Class managed to raise a fantastic £36.00 altogether just in silver coins! Thank you to everyone who has brought in coins this week, we have had an amazing effort from the whole class and we are proud of you all!
Skara Brae House!
Over the last couple of weeks we have been learning about a Stone Age settlement called Skara Brae, which is in the Orkney Islands in Scotland. Today, we made our own model Skara Brae house! We used lots of different materials to help create a fire pit, bed, dresser and even some had tunnels! Don't they look great!
Stone Age Workshop
This week we attended a brilliant Stone Age workshop. We learnt about the different time periods of prehistory, what houses would have been like in the Stone Age, different clothing people would have worn, and we even had a go at using real tools, spinning wool and grinding grain! We learnt so much and are very excited to apply this new knowledge in our Topic lessons over the coming weeks.
We were lucky enough to have a visit from Sutton Schools Work this week to bring us the IWonder Space. This was an opportunity to have a think about lots of different things including, our journey through life so far, things and people that make us happy, things we are good at, our dreams for the future, and things and people we are thankful for. We all really enjoyed these activities and the chance to think carefully about different aspects of our lives and how we are all special in our own unique way.
Delicious Fruit Smoothies
In Science we have been looking at healthy eating and how we can create a healthy, balanced diet. We learnt that eating lots of fruit and vegetables is a very important part of a healthy diet and one way to include these is by drinking healthy smoothies. As a project for DT, we tasted existing smoothies to see what flavours we enjoyed, chose the ingredients we wanted to put in our own smoothies, and then planned the method to create our smoothies. We worked really carefully to prepare the fruit and had lots of fun in the process too! Finally, we created our own packaging to go around our own smoothie with all the important information on. They really were delicious!
In RE we have been learning about Hinduism and the festival of Diwali. To understand how a Hindu child might feel during Diwali, we made Diya lamps from clay and then decorated them with rangoli patterns!