We had a lovely time today making our pirate flags. We used crayons to create the pattern and then used brusho to paint over the top. our flags looked fantastic but they were a bit floppy so we talked about how we could make the pole stronger and how we could change our designs.
We have not given out any homework this week and have collected in the reading diaries before the holiday but feel free to do as much reading as you can over the holiday and remember the library is doing a reading challenge you can join in with.
Thank you to all of our wonderful grandparents and great grandparents who were able to come in and work with us during our open afternoon on Friday. We had such a lovely time searching for clues on the trim trail, answering pirate questions and working out the scrambled pirate word. The orienteering skills of our grandparents were very impressive! The children really enjoyed working alongside their grandparents and were keen to share what they have learnt about pirates this term, which was a delight to see.
We hope that your children's teeth are still in one piece after they made 'Hardtack biscuits' (the sort that were eaten by pirates) in English. The children had to follow a recipe carefully and understand instructional writing. The biscuits were very hard and tasted disgusting. How awful it must have been to snack on these at sea!
We have had a fantastic time this week first practising for sports day and then taking part in the real thing. We were so proud of all the children taking part and trying their best even when they found it tricky. The whole school had a lovely time and cheered each other on showing a great team spirit. Well done the Blue team for winning overall!
This week we have been learning about life on board a pirate ship and the different jobs that pirates would have had. We decided that it would have been pretty tough being a pirate as conditions on board the ship were awful. We wrote factual sentences about the different jobs and then decided which jobs we thought we would most like to do. Most of us wanted to be the Captain (the one in charge), the Quarter Master (the one who shared out the treasure and punished naughty pirates), the Master Gunner (the one in charge of the ship's weapons) or the Carpenter and Surgeon (the one responsible for repairing the ship and chopping off infected limbs!). We pretended to be pirates and wrote about our work on board the ship through a diary entry which we shared with our friends in Owls class.
The maths homework for this week is a problem solving activity which will be handed out on Monday (apologies for not handing it out today!).
This week we have been reflecting about our trip and learning more about Pirates. We learnt all about Blackbeard the notorious Pirate from Bristol! We have been searching images on the internet to find our what he looked like and have pasted them into a document to make a booklet. We have also made pirates using paper plates.
We have also started to practise for sports day and have been given our team colours. We look forward to seeing you all there.
We have had a fantastic adventure this week boarding the Mathew for our school trip. Our adventures started at the M shed in Bristol where we learnt about voyagers and travelling across the seas. We thought about all the different jobs on board and had a go at tying knots, mending sails and rolling up ropes to keep the decks tidy. We then explored different boxes with artefacts from boats and guessed what jobs they would have been used for. We then boarded to Mathew Pirate ship and sailed up the river learning all about Black Beard the notorious pirate from Bristol. All the children had a lovely day and learnt a great deal.
We had a great time this week making our superhero spoons. Thank you to all the parents that came in for the afternoon to join us. We hope you had as much fun as the children. We have had a fantastic time exploring our superhero topic and have learnt so much. The children have been sharing many of their highlights including dressing up as their favourite superhero, finding out about Florence Nightingale, designing a superhero's meal and appreciating the fact we are surrounded by real life heroes. Have a wonderful half term and enjoy the sunshine!
We have now been able to upload the new maths homework. The challenges for this week are called 'Seaside Scuffle'. Please remember that children should also be completing their spellings and reading at least 4 times a week. Many thanks for your continuing support. Any problems, please don't hesitate to pop in and speak to us.
Mrs Rockey and Mrs Channon :-)
There has been a problem with the Abacus website and we have been unable to allocate the homework for this week. Please be patient and we will upload the challenges as soon as we can. Thank you for your understanding Mrs Channon and Mrs Rockey.
This week, the children have been creating their own 'Pop Art' using Superhero action words such as, 'Pop, Bang, Kapow, Zoom!'. The children have been using their sketch books to practice how to do bubble writing and this week they created a final version of their bubble writing on large paper and painted inside the lettering with a bold paint colour of their choice (we have been testing out contrasting colours!) Over the next few sessions, we will be cutting out the lettering and laying it on top of layers of shapes, bubbles, stars and textures of paper to create something that looks like this.....
Look out for photographs of our finished Pop Art on next week's Blog post.
We are very much looking forward to celebrating the end of our Superhero topic with you next Tuesday 23rd May at 2pm. You will be invited to come and make a 'Superhero Spoon Puppet' with your child using some lovely craft materials. We do hope that you will be able to join us for lots of sticking and creative fun! :-)