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Monday 19th April 2021

Today was a great first day back in school after our Easter Break! We got to have a water fight to kick off our new Enquiry! However, we had to do some hard work first! Our job was to collect water from some buckets at one end of the field and transport it into buckets at the other end of the field using different containers. This was much harder than it sounds, as the containers we had to transport the water either had holes in or were really tiny. Once we had finished, we were allowed to have a water fight with whatever water we had managed to successfully get to the other end of the field. Luckily it was a beautiful day so we dried quickly! At the end of the water fight, we had a conversation about sustainability. We decided that our method of transporting water was not very sustainable and we discussed ways we could make it more sustainable. 

    

Wednesday 24th March 2021

Today in our PSHE lesson we did some drama. We had to act out the correct way and incorrect way of dealing with conflict on the playground. There were some really funny role plays demonstrating the incorrect ways of dealing with conflict that made us all laugh. 

Wednesday 17th March 2021

Today we were really lucky to have a rounders PE session with Mr Knibbs. We learnt lots of new skills and some of us got to demonstrate these to the class. We played a really fun game of rounders at the end of the session using a football. 

     

Monday 14th December 2020

As a reward for filling up the class marble jar, Owl class were treated to a movie afternoon where we got to wear pyjamas and eat popcorn and sweets while watching Charlotte's Web (A book we had read earlier in the term). We had a lovely time and are eager to fill up the marble jar again! 

 

Tuesday 8th December 2020

For the last 4 weeks in English, we have been writing a story based on the class text 'UG Boy Genius of the Stone Age'. We used lots of different features in our writing, including: similes, prepositions and direct speech. We published our work so that it looked like a real book. Some of us were even able to write a blurb!

 

Monday 7th December 2020

Last week we were put in groups and given a topic based on States of Matter which is what we have been looking at this term. In our groups we had to create a presentation to explain to the class everything about our topic. We watched one group show us a lovely poster about particles in solids, liquids and gasses and one group did a dance to explain the processes in the water cycle.

      

Friday 4th December 2020

This week we spent two days creating our very own Iron Age roundhouse. We used a cardboard box to create the structure and then a piece of card to create the roof. We used masking tape to stick it all together and then painted it. We used straw to stick on the roof which made them look more authentic. Even though the classroom ended up covered in straw along with our clothes, we had a lot of fun making them. 

Thursday 26th November 2020

This week we have been spending our time planning the hand of our enquiry. The hand is the way in which we communicate what we have learnt to the wider community. We decided that we would collect donations for a church in Cheltenham who are making up Christmas packages for those less fortunate than ourselves. our class created letters, posters and even an advert to spread the word about our project. 

Friday 20th November 2020

Today we had a lot of fun creating an Iron Age Beaker out of clay. We first made a base and then rolled out sausages of clay to wind round to create the sides of our beaker. We used water to smooth out any cracks. Finally, using some tools we scored in our own design. 

Thursday 19th November 2020

Today in our Enquiry lesson, we became actors! We were given the task to re-enact a prehistoric burial. We learnt that in prehistory, people were buried with their things and sometimes a religious person to guide them into the afterlife! We all had a lot of fun doing some drama!

      

Monday 16th November 2020

In our English lesson today we explored the main characters of our new book, 'Ug- Boy Genius of the Stone Age.' Children from the class were chosen to come and sit in the hot seat where they became a character from the book and answered questions from the rest of the class in character. 

  

Friday 13th November 2020- Children in Need! 

Today we all had a brilliant time engaging in activities which made us feel good. Children in need this year focused more specifically on the mental well-being of children after what has been a difficult year for us all. With that in mind, our afternoon was filled with fun activities such as: mindfulness colouring, decorating cakes and biscuits, playing games and making origami. These things allowed us to all relax for an afternoon and have a good time. 

                  

Wednesday 11th November 2020

Today in our Enquiry lesson we learnt about Stonehenge. We explored the area on Google Earth and then using the images had a go at constructing our own miniature version out of Jenga bricks and dominoes. We imagined that the real thing would have been much harder to construct during prehistoric times without cranes and machinery to help. 

      

Monday 9th November 2020

Today we continued with our new Science topic for this term 'State of Matter'. Last week we catagorised materials into solids, liquids and gasses. This week we built on that and found out how different states are made up of particles. We learnt that particles behave very differently depending on whether they are a solid, liquid or a gas. We demonstrated this by becoming particles ourselves. 

    

Friday 6th November 2020

During our first week back at school in English we have been looking at a type of Japanese poem called a Haiku. This was linked to our core text from last term 'Kensuke's Kingdom' as the main character in this was from Japan. We talked about the fact that Haiku's have a special rule of having 5 syllables in the first line, 7 in the second line and 5 in the final line. The week began with us getting to grips with syllables and by the end of the week we had written three Haiku's. The Haiku's were written about our Enquiry topic of the Stone Age. We decided on our favourite and then wrote it up in neat to go on display! 

  

Thursday 5th November 2020

Today we were lucky enough to have a visitor come into school to teach us a dance. We all had so much fun and Miss Heather-Warner was very surprised at how good we were at dance! We danced to the song 'Pompeii' by Bastille and the dance was inspired by hunting in the Stone Age which is our Enquiry topic until Christmas! 

  

Forest School Term 1

Owls have enjoyed a great start to the Forest School year. We have learned about the different kinds of trees we have in our grounds and managed to find nearly all of the Woodland Trust common native trees. We also did some observational drawings of leaves and trees in the nature area.
Everyone got to grips with whittling hazel sticks to create our very own 'Magic Stick', adding wool and string and some of us even managed to create a 'Stone Age' hammer.
Finally, we had a go at creating Fire using a flint and steel. The children persevered even though it looked at times that they wouldn't manage to make sparks and set fire to the cotton wool.
I have thoroughly enjoyed our first term and look forward to our next adventure after Christmas.
Natalie Greening

           

Friday 23rd October 2020 

Our final day of term was certainly a busy one for all of us in Owl Class! Along with it being pink day we also went on a school trip to Painswick Beacon! While we were there, we were given different activities to complete and were allowed to explore the area independently. We talked about where we would build a hut in the Iron Age as well as how the banks were used as a defence system and were all dug by hand! Despite the strong winds we all had a lot of fun! We walked around 12,000 steps which was just over 5 miles! I am sure we will all sleep well tonight! 

Thursday 22nd October 2020

Today we finished off writing our non-chronological reports on the Stone Age. We wrote them up in neat on an A3 piece of card and included all of our interesting facts that we researched including; Stone Age Animals, Stone Age Food, Stone Age Tools and Stone Age Art. 

     

Monday 12th October 2020

In music this term we have been looking at film music. We have listened to and commented on a range of different film music by composers such as John Williams, Hans Zimmer and Thomas Newman. We have discussed how different emotions are created in film music. In our lesson today, we were set the task to compose a short piece of music on an emotion of our choice. 

  

Friday 9th October 2020

Today we continued with our Science topic of 'electricity' by investigating which materials were conductors and which were insulators. Lots of us were shocked when we learnt that something as simple as tin foil was able to complete our circuit and make the bulb light up! 

     

Monday 5th October 2020

On this lovely drizzly afternoon, Owl Class joined with Seal and Fox Class to put our hunter gatherer skills to the test. We had to try and find different Stone Age food items that had been hidden around the school playing field. Some of the items that we found included; mammouth, nettles and pine cones. Once we had collected our items we went back to the classroom and had to create a recipe using the items we had found. In our class there were some very interesting recipes created with one member of our class creating stuffed pine cones accompanied by a sloe gin! 

Monday 22nd September 2020

Today we began our new Science topic 'Electricity'. During our lesson today we discussed what we already know about electricity and what we would like to find out by the end of the unit. After this, we were set a challenge to see who could complete a circuit to make the light bulb light up without any guidance. It did not take long before everyone in the class had managed to work out how to make the bulb light up. We were all very excited when we figured it out!

                   

 

 Friday 18th September 2020

In English for the last two weeks we have been looking at a book called 'When Sadness Comes to Call'. As a class we have been discussing what we can do to help others when they are feeling sad. This led to us all writing a letter giving advice to a girl named Clara who had wrote to us explaining that she had had a really awful week. After we had finished and edited our letters some of us decided to read our letter out to the class. 

 

Wednesday 16th September 2020

In Owl Class we have been really lucky to have a visitor in on Wednesday afternoons to teach us cricket skills. We have been doing some exciting warm ups and playing some team games.