Friday, 17 November 2017

Birch Strike a Pose for Perimeter

This morning, Birch Class took perimeter to a whole new level. Instead of measuring diagrams inside, we measured the perimeter of... each other! Working in centimetres and metres, Birch Class started off by finding the perimeter of their shoes (which was roughly around 50 or 60 cm according to Jaydon and Sydney), then moved on to all sorts of poses on the floor!

With only a 30 cm ruler to help them, lots of different measurements needed to be added in column method at the end.
'It was hard to measure around the head of someone because our ruler was straight and people's heads are curved,' observed Jorja.

By the time we had finished, the playground looked like some kind of maths crime scene!

With a sound knowledge of perimeter now demonstrated, we will work on compound shapes and area next week. This was a great finish to a great week for Birch Class.

Enjoy your weekend and remember to fit in some reading!

Mr Nicol and Mrs Spence

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Hinduism Workshop

On Tuesday, Year 3 took part in a fantastic, informative workshop learning all about the religion of Hinduism.

The children learnt all about the Hindu gods and goddesses, performed a Hindu dance and had the opportunity to try on Hindu clothing.

The children all behaved superbly and came back in to class, following the workshop, in a reflective mood.

"I found out that it is important that Hindu's spend time being peaceful and calm every day." Zac Nickson, Sequoia

"My favourite part of the morning was having the chance to wear a Sari and put on bindi jewelry!" Ameerah Bashir, Hazel

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Evolution and Adaptation -Dogs Trust


We have had such an exciting afternoon in Ash class! Today, we were joined by Maria from the Dogs Trust to teach us all about how dogs have evolved and adapted from wolves.

Maria commented on how well behaved Ash class were and what fantastic listening skills they demonstrated.

There are not any photos of the wolf that dogs evolved from as it was over 130,000 years ago. The closest wolf to the one that dogs have evolved from, that we have access to images of, is the Gray wolf.

Did you know?
The DNA match of a Yorkshire Terrier and a German Shepherd to a Gray Wolf are both 95.5% !

We learnt the importance of being responsible when looking after a dog and played a hilarious game of charades.

Evie acted out fleas and worming tablets.

 Ethan acted out feeding your dog

We also were introduced to some dogs that have not had the happiest life so far.

This is Splash - Splash is a 3 month old puppy and he was abandoned at the side of a road. Unfortunately, Splash does not have any fur and his skin is scabby and sore due to an infestation of fleas, that had not been treated.

The Dogs Trust have helped Splash and re-homed him! :)

This is Womble - Womble was left in a bin, his fur was so dirty that it had grown across his eyes and given him a severe eye infection. Unfortunately, Womble was not brushed 3/4 times a week and his fur had become incredibly matted.

The Dogs Trust have helped Womble and re-homed him! :)

This is Cassie- Cassie was taken to the Dogs Trust at 6 years old. She had never eaten dog food. Unfortunately, her previous owner had always fed her human food and she had not been taken for a walk for 6 years. 

The Dogs Trust have helped Cassie and re-homed her! She now weighs 3kg instead of 9kg! :)

We all got a certificate at the end of the Dogs Trust workshop to show that we now have an understanding of how to stay safe and be responsible around dogs.

Ash’s mysterious magic medicine

In Literacy today, we wrote a poem inspired by the 'Song of the Witches' by Shakespeare. We all collaborated our ideas fairly and edited the poem showing reflectiveness.

Here is our version:

Mysterious magic medicine

Double, double toast and trouble;
Sprinkle, sizzle and bucket bubble.

Tail of silky, slimy, snake,
In the bucket bash and bake;

Eye of fish and head of frog,
Fur of lion and claw of dog,

Belly of panda and Hornet’s sting,
Canine of shark and Bat’s wing,

Hocus Pocus create some trouble,
Like a bath-bomb about to bubble.

Double, double toast and trouble;
Sprinkle, sizzle and bucket bubble.

Scorch it with a demon’s blood,
Mash it with a mole from mud.

Hibernation shoe boxes

A reminder for shoe boxes:

Year 4 Science afternoon

Dear Parents and Carers,

We are writing to inform you that on Wednesday 22nd November, Year 4 will be taking part in an experiment related to their current Science topic - Environment, Ecology and Evolution. 

We have currently been learning about the evolution of animals and animal adaptation. Our next Science focus will be exploring hibernation and we would like each child to create their own cave. They will be taking into consideration the light, sound and temperature for a bear to hibernate over winter.

In order to make this activity possible we would like each child to bring in an empty shoe box that can be transformed into a cave during our lesson. All the other materials will be provided by the school. 
Please bring all shoe boxes in by Monday 20th November. We are looking forward to seeing the finished cave designs!
Yours Sincerely,

Miss Daly                     Mr Nicol
Year 4 Lead                  Birch Class Teacher
Ash Class Teacher

Monday, 13 November 2017

Year 3's Spellings W/C 13.11.17

Please find below Year 3's spellings for this week. Please encourage your child to practise their spellings every night so that they are prepared for their test on Friday.

Friday, 10 November 2017

Remembrance Day

This morning, each class positioned their poppies in front of the school to create our very own poppy field inspired by the sea of poppies at the Tower of London Remembers. Year 3 and Year 4 stood around the poppies in silence to show their respect and took a moment to remember all those who sacrificed their lives in the wars.

We also heard a poem about the poppies at Remembrance day, that was read by Sophia (Year 1).