We had a lovely time today making pirate flags. We looked at the different flags from notorious pirates such as Blackbeard and Black Bart and discussed what images were included on them. We then had a go at making our own flags; cutting out shapes to make a skull and crossbones and other pirate images and then placing them on our flag, adapting our ideas and then finally sticking the pieces down on black card. At first our flags were a little floppy so we discussed how we could make them stronger and then we tested out our ideas. Our flags looked really good.
We have not given out any homework this week and have collected the reading diaries in before the holidays but feel free to do as much reading as you can and remember that the library are running the summer reading challenge which you can all join in with.
Thank you to all of our amazing grandparents and great grandparents who were able to come in and work with us during our open afternoon. We had a great time looking for clues on the trim trail, answering pirate questions and working out the scrambled pirate word. The children really enjoyed working alongside their grandparents and were keen to share what they have learnt about pirates this term.
In English this week we read and followed instructions for making 'Hardtack biscuits' (the sort that were eaten by pirates) and then we tasted them. They were disgusting and we are all very glad that we are not pirates!
What a busy week we've had! On Wednesday we spent the day in our new classes getting to know our teachers and finding out a little about next year. We all came back together on Thursday very excited about the year ahead.
Yesterday we all had a lovely time competing in our sports day events. We all demonstrated great team spirit and tried our very best (even when we found some of the races a little tricky). It was good to see the children cheering each other on and congratulating one another on their successes.
The abacus homework for this week is called Balloon Pop. New spellings will be set on Monday.
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!).
Following on from our trip last week, we have been learning all about Blackbeard, a notorious pirate from Bristol. We have copied images from the internet and pasted them in a document to make our own booklets and have created a character profile about him. We have learnt lots of interesting facts about his life and have shared our ideas about why we think he was so feared. We have also been busy making paper plate pirate faces and some of us have written about our own fantasy pirates too.
In PE this week we have been preparing for sports day and have been testing our skills in running, bouncing and balancing. It was great fun and we enjoyed working as teams against each other.
The Abacus homework for this week is 'Canopy Chaos'.
We have had a fantastic adventure this week pretending to be pirates for our school trip. Our adventures started once we were aboard the Matthew. We sailed up the river learning about Blackbeard, the notorious pirate from Bristol and we pretended to fire the cannons at oncoming boats as if we were real pirates.
Then we went to the M Shed where we learnt about voyagers and travelling across the seas. We found out about all the different jobs on board a ship and had a go at tying knots, mending sails, calking the decks and rolling up ropes to keep the decks tidy. We then explored different boxes of artefacts from boats and guessed what jobs they would have been used for.
We all had a lovely day and learnt a great deal!
Our Abacus homework for this week is called Bingo! As always, if you have any problems getting onto it, please don't hesitate to pop in and speak to us.
What a busy end to a fun and informative term! Over the past five weeks we have discussed the qualities that a superhero has, created our own superhero characters, learned about Florence Nightingale (a real-life superhero) and thought about how to keep our bodies fit and healthy, just like a superhero. We completed our 'Pop Art' pictures, using superhero words, and they all look fantastic!
On Tuesday we welcomed our parents into class for a creative afternoon making superhero spoon puppets to celebrate the end of this great topic. We gave our puppets a name and thought about the qualities that they might have. Thank you to those parents who were able to pop along to the event and help the children with their creations.
The abacus homework for this week is called 'Nimble Gnome'. New spelling lists should also have come home this afternoon.
Thank you for all of your continued support over the term. We hope you have a lovely (sunny) week off and we look forward to welcoming you back for another busy term on Pirates!
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.
This week we have been creating our own 'Pop Art' using Superhero action words such as, 'Pop, Bang, Pow, Zoom!'. Over the past couple of weeks the children have been testing out ideas in their scrapbooks and developing their understanding of contrasting colours and developing skills in bubble writing. This week they have been putting their ideas together to form their final piece; bubble writing their chosen word onto paper before carefully painting inside the lettering with a bold paint colour of their choice. Over the next few sessions we will be cutting out the lettering and layering it on top of different 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 are 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!
There has been a problem with the Abacus website this afternoon and we have been unable to allocate the homework for this week. Please be patient and we will upload the challenges as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding.