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  • 22
    May

    Clay Fish

    Posted by Mr J Chaffey
    For the last three Wednesdays, the class have been designing and creating clay models. Each child drew designs with varying patterns and ideas. They then went on to make the sculptures and paint them and the results are fantastic! You will be able to have a look at these at the open afternoon on Friday so please come and ask the children about them. Another art project over the last few weeks has been the 3D sculptures made from recycled materials. Thank you for all the CLEAN recycling that was brought in, we managed to avoid a classroom smelling like a skip! The children overcame lots of design and construction problems. They used all the resources available to them and trialed many different methods to piece their design together. Lots of fantastic art and DT has been created over the past few weeks.
  • 13
    May

    Reading

    Posted by Mr J Chaffey
    More children seem to be leaving reading books at home or don't currently have a book on the go. This makes it difficult if they need to read during school. They then tend to avoid reading in school or just pick a book and pick up a different the following day. Please can you try to help them to bring them into school and hopefully this will increase interest in reading. Also just a reminder about My Maths homework being completed. A little encouragement at home will remind children that there is Maths homework to be done weekly.
  • 11
    May

    Mindfulness

    Posted by Mr J Chaffey
    As you all know Friday was a mindfulness day. Our aim was to train our brains to focus on the task at hand when other factors may distract us. We trialed many breathing meditations which calmed our minds and judgement. Children then suggested scenarios where this may be useful, these ranged from social situations, sporting fixtures and work. Everyone found a calming, peaceful place in their mind that they used to control their breathing. These techniques are proven to have benefits for many people around the world and hopefully they can help children in the future.
  • 10
    May

    Mindfulness Day

    Posted by Miss E Fitzgerald
    Isn't it embarrasing when you turn up in the same outfit as someone else?! Well not for us... as a big Harry Potter Fan (which I think most of the children in the school know about) it was an obvious choice to wear my Harry Potter pjs on mindfulness day. It seems Maisie had the same idea, but she topped me as she had the slippers to match (my first plan this weekend is to go and find a pair myself.) I'm so glad we managed to get a snap together - I wonder if we have the same outfit planned for pyjamarama day...
  • 09
    May

    Boxercise

    Posted by Mr J Chaffey
    The hall was unavailable on Thursday, which meant we had to make use of other space available to us. We cleared some space in the classroom and completed a boxercise class instead. Everyone was surprised at how difficult the exercise was. As it was full of movements that we don't normally do in our regular exercise, it challenged us mentally and physically. One comment was 'it normally takes me 20 minutes for my legs to ache during running, this has only taken 2'. It was a fun alternative that definitely got the class working hard.
  • 30
    Apr

    Welcome Back!

    Posted by Mr J Chaffey
    I hope everyone enjoyed the Easter Holidays. It has been a very busy first week back and it's great to see some sun and get outside, although it would be lovely to see some more! We are going to be designing a recycled sea animal over the coming weeks which the children will design individually. As part of this challenge, it is their responsibility to clean and collect recycled materials from home to then bring in to school where we will construct our projects. They should be choosing materials that they will likely find at home (although I will provide some extras in school for good measure).
  • 30
    Apr

    Coral Reef

    Posted by Mr J Chaffey
    After sharing a picture book with the class called Alba The Hundred Year Old Fish, we tried to show a contrast between a vibrant, energetic coral reef full of life and the coral reef we could expect; full of pollution instead of fish and no colour at all. This ties into our Literacy where we are looking at the truly stunning sights that we can see in our oceans.
  • 05
    Apr

    Happy Easter!

    Posted by Mr J Chaffey
    I hope everyone enjoys their Easter break. We've had a lot of colds and sickness going around and everyone is in need of a well deserved break. So rest up, have fun and eat lots of chocolate! We may have started that this afternoon! See you all in a couple of weeks.
  • 02
    Apr

    How do we help each other?

    Posted by Mr J Chaffey
    We had an eye opening discussion this afternoon about various careers and their importance in society. Although most children decided that Doctors were one of the most important and footballers were one of the least important, how is it that they get paid such different amounts? This obviously confused many people (apart from the football fans) yet the class came up with great suggestions as to why this was the case. The children had many differing views on which jobs were more important but it was great to see them listening to each other respectfully.
  • 01
    Apr

    Personal Trainers

    Posted by Mr J Chaffey
    Over the last few weeks, the class have been acting as personal trainers to each other in a bid to improve one personal fitness element. We looked at muscular endurance, cardio vascular endurance, co-ordination and speed. Children were tested then put through a training programme before being tested again. There were improvements across most of the class but without having accurate measurements it was difficult to give 100% accurate results.