Sewerby Hall and Gardens
Class Four recently visited Sewerby Hall to undertake some cross-curricular education in the outdoors. It was an action packed and fun day which all the children took part in and thoroughly enjoyed.
The day was split into two: orienteering and map reading throughout the morning and den building after lunch. The children were given a map of the grounds and using their geographical skills they learnt to:
Orientate the map to the ground and find direction (North, South, East and West)
Children learnt to use the key and symbols to aid with their positioning when in the grounds
How to use the scale to work out how far they are walking over the course
After a well earned lunch, we took to the woods to start our den building. We discussed which area would be suitable, what they had to look for and how they would construct their team's den. Lots of discussion was had around the type of frame they would use: a fallen trees, construct an A frame or use the branches of trees still standing. There was lots of different ideas spoken about and each group then went off to their area and chose how they would construct their den. They had to find their own materials and some even used vines to bind sticks together with.
'Dreams and Goals'
Over this half term we have been looking at our dreams and goals#; what we need to achieve these goals; possible education we will need to qualify for our 'dream job' and comparing these dreams and goals to other young people in different cultures around the world.
We made a 'dream job' list and using drama, in pairs, we picked out of a hat and acted out the job for the class to guess. This was a brilliant way for the children to develop many skills such as: communication; confidence; respect; teamwork and thinking about other perspectives.
This term children have been mastering the techniques of art and design, focusing on volcanoes. They have used a range of techniques these include:
The children have explored a range of materials such as pencil, charcoal, oil, pastels, paint and clay and used these to create texture and effect when designing and making their volcano models.
The children have been learning about various geographical features of different parts of the world, specifically fold mountains and how they have been formed over time. The children have been learning to describe and understand key aspects of:
We then focused on the United Kingdom, geographical regions and their identifying human and physical characteristics, key topographical features (including hills, mountains, coasts and rivers), and land-use patterns; and understand how some of these aspects have changed over time. The children picked out these features on a map and created a bar and line graph to show the weather (temperature and rain) through the year.
In P.E. the children have been looking at fitness, in particular circuits, and how exercise affects the body. The children have been learning about: why a warm up is important; what a warm up is and how a warm up can aid performance.
Over the weeks the children made their own circuits and each week they:
22nd - 26th January
During the healthy schools week, the children took part in many different activities. In class, the children looked at the sugar, salt and fat content of different food and compared processed foods with fresh products. The children produced some health information texts in English, looked at mass of amounts in math and anti-smoking posters in P.S.H.C.E.
The children also took part in a taste testing morning. There were: exotic fruits; 'different' vegetables; strong cheeses and lots of different spices to discover. Lots of funny faces were pulled and plenty of nice surprises towards these new tastes.
The children then created their own healthy meal. This was a cous cous based meal, they could choose which of their favourite foods from the taste testing they liked best to put in.
Children have been learning about filtering water. In groups, children were asked to filter a cup of dirty water using funnels and plastic cups. They shared their techniques and discussed which materials were easy to filter and which ones were not, from this they revised their filter system accordingly. We made predictions and then recorded their results.
This year the slogan for anti-bullying week was 'All Different, All Equal', the meaning of this slogan was explored by the children throughout the week, Class 4 took part in different activities to understand differing perspectives other than their own.
These activities ranged from;
Here are a few pictures of the children in action, promoting the slogan 'All Different, All Equal'.
As part of the community art display, children in Class 4 have been getting creative and working extremely hard to create a Kensuke's Kingdom art inspired board.
Children have been using: pastels; oils; paints and charcoal to show their visions of the rough seas - when Michael was thrown overboard.
They then looked at 'still art' and focused their sketching and drawing to objects of the sea and shore; these objects have been drawn in charcoal to create a 3D effect with the use of shading.
Children then placed their object with their drawing on the board, along with other objects they perceived to be floating in the rough seas.
This art work will be displayed in the Promenade Shopping Centre, Bridlington - along with other local schools art displays.
Please pop down and have a look.
Children have been exploring number place value and making links to place value within everyday life situations, using place value grids and place value cards.
Children will be able to:
• read, write, order and compare numbers up to 10 000 000 and determine the value of each digit
• round any whole number to a required degree of accuracy
• identify the value of each digit in numbers given to 3 decimal places and multiply and divide numbers by 10, 100 and 1000 giving answers up to 3 decimal places
We have been exploring numbers showing reasoning and practical exploration through measure - weight, length, volume and time.
• use, read, write and convert between standard units, converting measurements of length, mass, volume and time from a smaller unit of measure to a larger unit, and vice versa, using decimal notation to up to 3 decimal places
• compare and order fractions, including fractions >1
• convert decimals, fractions and percentages
Children then played board games focused on: place value; rounding; decimals; fractions and percentages as a fun way of consolidating their learning.
The year 6 children have recently visited one of our feeder schools - Ebor Academy Filey. They spent the day sampling a day in the life of a student, children took part in: science; drama; mathematics; I.C.T. and art. New experiments, techniques and equipment was used throughout the day, showing year 6 a snippet of what they will be doing next year when they transfer to secondary school.
Here is a sample of the manga art work children completed, using different drawing techniques and tools.
Our class novel this term is Michael Morpurgo's - Kensuke's Kingdom. The children have been unpicking the text of the adventure story through our daily reading time. Not only have the children been looking at the features of an adventure story but also how vocabulary can create mood and effect and orally justifying their answers with reasoning from the text to support their idea.
Class 4 have spent their English lessons creating story boards, planning, re-writing, editing and finalising their own adventure stories. To give children a reason for writing this has been extended into digital literacy with the children creating an e-book on the Ipads ready to read to the children in Class 2, resulting in improving their spoken language and communication sills.
Thank you to everyone who joined us to find out about their child’s new class including timetables, homework, their routines and teacher expectations. We would also like to thank you for your very positive feedback.
For those of you who were unable to join us please find above the powerpoint from the evening; we hope that you find it helpful.
In the last week of term Class 4 ventured up to the RSPB to explore the different types of sea birds found along our cliffs and how, through time and evolution they have adapted for survival.
Before the children explored, basic features and specific markings of each bird was explained. Each child was given a pair of binoculars with a quiz question what does the 'bi' mean - the children came up with bi = two eye pieces to look through.
A quick practice and they were ready to find the different types of sea birds.
Along the cliff top there is different sections of the cliff where certain breeds can be found. This meant the children could focus on specifics of each bird. Children had to look for: markings, wing span, beak size and shape, tail and body shape and position of legs/feet.
At the final view point the children were very lucky to catch some of the last sightings of the puffin for that season. The guides then got various eggs from each bird that had been seen, markings or lack of markings were discussed and why this was. Children deduced that some did not need markings to camouflage their eggs as the bird had a defence mechanism to stop other birds attacking them.
Through D.T. this term the children were given a specific deign brief -
using specific dimensions of height, width and depth, a specific length of handles children were tasked with creating their bag; children had to accurately measure, draw and cut their template using their mathematics skills.
Children then had to overcome threading a needle and then master the technique of sewing using the back stitch, once they had completed sewing their bag inside out they turned it out and attached the handles. The final stage was to produce a design sheet for a pattern on their bag and transfer this - some opted to use off cuts from their Batik work to make pockets.
This term we have had the privilege of learning how to play volleyball with the Great British captain and gold medal winner Ben Pipes. Ben led a school assembly about his positive life choices and the pathway he followed, explaining his rise through the ranks of volleyball which eventually lead to him becoming an Olympian.
The children were put through their paces by Ben. They learnt the basic skills of volleyball; bump, serve, volley and set and they also tried sitting volleyball which is played in the Paralympics.
This term we have been learning about India; through this we have learnt and understand key aspects of:
Alongside this we have looked at the history and cultural art of India. We have studied the ancient art technique of Batik.
We developed techniques, including control and use of materials with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.
As part of the 'Art Waves' festival at the Spa we created our own 'pop up' art gallery at school. We created a journey of the process from the first design through to the final design and the making of the Batik art. With this we also used our research skills to explore the history of Batik and artists from whom we took our inspiration.
This Batik gallery was inspired by the artist Beth McCoy, we hope you like it.
After SATs it was the perfect opportunity for the class to get out and do something fun, still within the parameters of the national curriculum. As a class we chose to go climbing! We would:
There was lots to plan - the children became very busy researching train times and prices and comparing these to bus hire for the day. Once the cheapest option had been found (for 30 children and 4 adults - hidden maths skills!) we then had to find the best train times to use to ensure we arrived there with enough time to get to the venue and the correct train home ready for the end of school collection (again plenty of hidden maths links using our time skills).
Once travel arrangements had been decided and agreed, we had to write a formal persuasive letter to Mrs Rawling requesting permission to go on the trip. Children had to think about structure, language and reasoning why this trip should go ahead (another opportunity to write for purpose).
There were 25 walls all of different abilities and challenges, each child achieved something new and pushed their own boundaries, whether it be: completing 20 of the walls, beating their partner on the race wall, beating their own time on the time trial, getting half way up or even just getting off the floor. Every child achieved something new and celebrated a personal achievement.
Please take time to look at all of the pictures in the gallery.
On Wednesday 24th May, we were extremely lucky to be invited to sing at the Head Teachers Conference at the Spa in Bridlington. This was a great experience as all the primary schools in the East Riding came together to sing for Head Teachers, Councillors and the Director of Education. The children performed two songs, showing solidarity and unity which was made more poignant due to recent events in the news.
As part of the RNLI programme - Shore Thing, lifeguards from the local beach paid a visit to Bempton to lead our assembly and share their knowledge surrounding the hazards and dangers of the beach.
We learnt the meaning of the colours of the flags; what each sequence of whistles means; all the equipment needed and what it is all used for; where we can find lifeguards if we need them; what to do if we ever find ourselves in danger in the water; and what to do if we find another person in danger.
We had to get dressed up to show the younger children what a lifeguard on the beach and also a lifeguard patrolling on a quad bike looked like so they understood what they had to look out for.
Class Four was then invited to take part in the RNLI programme - Hit the Surf.
Bags packed, lunches made, suncream on and towels at the ready. It was time for us to become lifeguards and learn how to surf!
During the morning we played team games and explored the concept of physical land art as we made each other into mermaids with sand, built sand castles and made sand sculptures.
Water safety and personal survival brief, wet suits on and we were ready!
We played a couple of games to warm up before we entered the water, then half the group learnt how to rescue a member of the public while the other other half learnt how to surf.
Over the past half term children have been learning about how living things are classified into broad groups according to common observable characteristics and based on similarities and differences, including plants and animals. Children also learnt to give reasons for classifying animals based on specific characteristics.
We did our first data collection within the school grounds
After we had learnt about classification we then explored three different locations to see if the amount of each species found varied. We had to work scientifically and used methods such as:
To collect and compare we then set out to collect results from the local pond
Finally the last location for our comparison experiment was the RSPB at Bempton.
The results were collated and from these we produced tally charts, bar charts and pie charts which showed the differences between the species.
This term Class Four have been out in the village looking at living habitats in science, however the children discovered that litter and pollution could affect where and how living things grow. From this the children decided that they wanted to research about the importance of respecting and protecting the environment. During PSHCE we have researched and made posters to place around school encouraging other members of our school to think about our environment and keeping the school and the community tidy.
This term in science we have been learning about the human body, specifically the circulatory system.
Children were learning to:
We have learnt about the journey of a blood cell within the body, where oxygenated and de-oxygenated blood pass through and the site at which gaseous exchange takes place.
To make this lesson come to life for the children, they became the blood. Carrying red cones to represent oxygenated blood and blue cones to represent de-oxygenated blood. They travelled through their diagram of the heart, muscles and lungs on the playground.
After we had finished travelling through the heart, muscles and lungs as blood we set about writing up our journey using scientific language. We used the key terminology we had learnt about specific parts of the body.
With the Year 6 SATs commencing on May 8th, the Year 6 children have been working extremely hard in English and Maths. As parents and educators we all want the best for our children, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support outside the classroom.
The leaflet below is guidance and information for parents/carers about the SATs produced by the Department for Education specifically for parents.
If you have any questions, queries or worries about these tests or your child please don't hesitate to contact me.
Once again thank you for your support.
Class 4 teacher
Coming up to the Easter festivities we have taken the opportunity to learn about Christianity and each child's own beliefs. The children have been learning about Jesus' journey, Lent and the representation and symbolism of Easter eggs, unleavened bread, 'wine' and the cross. The class has looked at other countries around the world, how they celebrate Easter and how traditions differ across the world.
The children were given a basic recipe for unleavened bread.From this they had to use their knowledge of maths - ratio and proportion- to scale down the recipe correctly. They then had to use their knowledge of measure to weigh out their ingredients and time to ensure their bread was cooked correctly.
Here is our finished unleavened bread - symbolising the body of Christ.
In Upper Key Stage 2 pupils:
Build on their understanding of the number system and place value to include larger integers. By the end of year 6, children should be fluent in written methods for all 4 operations.
We are always exploring different ways to learn within the curriculum. Here children worked practically to classify shapes with increasingly complex geometric properties using the correct vocabulary needed to describe them.
Here the children measured the size of the school, yard, fields and other objects. The task was to measure and convert between units of length, we challenged ourselves to convert units of length from metric to imperial units.
Children have to:
Use, read, write and convert between standard units, converting measurements of length, mass and volume
Develop their ability to solve a wider range of problems, including increasingly complex properties of numbers and arithmetic, and problems demanding efficient written and mental methods of calculation.
Getting ready to transfer our mental arithmetic and problem solving skills to our maths treasure hunt around the school grounds.