Autumn Term 2020
What a busy term the autumn has been!! The children returned after an extended break refreshed and ready to learn. We have been so impressed with the learning attitudes so far this year.
This term we have been learning about life during the Second World War both as a country and locally. The children have produced some fantastic scrap books about how the war affected their families and the jobs they had.
In English we have studied the books 'Friend or Foe' by Michael Morpurgo and 'Rose Blanche' by Roberto Innocenti and the children have produced some beautiful written pieces.
In Science we looked at both light and electricity and finished the topic with the children experimenting with Morse Code and how secret messages were transmitted during the war.
Class Four have taken part in an evacuee day in school! Children and staff dressed up in clothing inspired from their trip to Eden Camp; making sure they had their gas masks on them at all times. They took part in a food technology morning where they had to use their mathematical measuring skills to weigh out the ingredients for their recipes.
The children made: trench stew, spam hash, potato and cheese dumplings, bubble and squeak and an eggless cake. These recipes were all common household meals during the war, used from their basic rationed food. The children had to weigh, prepare, peel and chop all the vegetables for their dish. Then (with a little guidance) they turned their rations into a feast fit for any evacuee, with a pudding for afters!
Once the food had been sampled it was time to try traditional games! This was going to be interesting, how would the age of technological minded children react to board games, yo-yo, draughts and charades? THEY LOVED IT! So much so they have asked to keep the games in class so they can play them for the rest of term. Watching the children studying a draughts board, the concentration for pick-up sticks and the enjoyment on their face when they guessed correct in charades was priceless.
Using their English grammar we have been studying on a morning, letters home to parents was the only order left for the day - needless to say their letters were very positive, they had all settled in well and were being fed well in the countryside! A fantastic day had by all - Well done Class Four!
This half term our class book is 'Boy in the Stripped Pyjamas' and our topic has been World War Two, to centre around this. The children have been studying the history of the war including things such as: the build up to war, evacuation, rationing, fashion, women in war, the holocaust, Dunkirk and Pearl Harbour.
To bring the children's learning to life, Class Four visited Eden Camp. This gave the children a chance to experience sights, sounds and smells of London during the war. They watched a typical puppet show in the theatre hall and sang along to war time songs.
All that was left to do when we returned to school was to plan our evacuation day...
Last week the children took part in an art week based around the topic 'Remembrance'. The children learned different techniques such as:
On Friday morning the children visited the church to look at the remembrance display of the men of Buckton and Bempton, that had fallen during World War 1. The children read the log book of the men with some of them finding we still have descendants at school, the children also found that the head master at the time was also sent to the front line and he also died in action at Flanders. They also found there is a commemorative stained glass window for one of the men.
This half term Class Four have taken part in our residential trip to Bewerley Park, located in Nidderdale, North Yorkshire. This is part of the National Curriculum for Physical Education -
Bewerley Park aims to provide opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness. During our three days there the children took part in: climbing; ghyll scrambling; canoeing; blind line; team challenges; night orienteering and bush craft.
O.A.A. residentials are valuable, educational trips for any child to go on, however the staff at Bewerley go above and beyond with all the activities being off site they get a real sense of the outdoors; how to respect the environment and what we can live off. I know all the children took something different from this trip. Please take time to look through some of the many pictures taken.
Why are National Parks important? has been the children's enquiry question this half term. Children have explored both physical and human aspects of each National Park such as:
Children then took on a 'mini' project and choose one National Park of their choice, producing an information leaflet based on all of the aspects they have learnt. Children then created a display featuring each National Park and their information leaflets... have a look, which National Park do you fancy visiting?
This half term children have been studying 'pop' art and the local artist David Hockney and his landscapes - to tie in with 'Goodnight Mr Tom' and the evacuation of children during the war.
Pupils should be taught:
The children's journey began by studying Hockney and his life - creating a biography - and transferring their GPS skills to do so. Children were given half a piece of Hockney's art of the Wolds and had to recreate the opposite half. Once they had sketched their picture they then explored the mixing of prime colours and the different techniques of a 'pop' artist. Finally we then went up to the cliffs and the children took their own landscape pictures using IPads and did some outdoor drawing....... Watch this space for our very own art gallery!
During this first half term children have been looking at number place value and the four operations, they have been learning to:
Children have been creating their own addition and subtraction board games to put their learning into fun.
After a lovely break over the summer, the children have come back raring to go. We are currently reading the book 'Goodnight Mr Tom' and linking all other areas of learning to this. This is our overview for the Autumn term.
The R.N.L.I. are currently promoting a national water campaign - FLOAT. The children took part in a whole school assembly with the main focus being water safety at the beach, with us being a coastal school. From this Class Four were invited to take part in Hit the Surf activity afternoon.
The afternoon was split in to two, becoming a lifeguard and being a surfer. The children were in two groups and learnt how to use rescue equipment to save a drowning member of the public. In the other activity the children were taught how to body board with the wave and then how to catch a wave, with some even managing to stand up!
As part of the School Sports Partnership, Class Four had the opportunity to take part in a golf afternoon with local golf professional Ivan Oliver. The children worked on their chipping, putting and driving skills. They rotated around four stations where points were awarded for the golf ball landing in certain areas - working on their accuracy skills.
This last half term the children have immersed themselves in the topic 'Earth and space'.
They were taught to:
We have researched the individual planets and created information texts about them, we then created our solar system making our planet to go with our text.
The children researched statistics about their planet putting these into a table and also wrote a descriptive body about any interesting information they found.
The children were then set the task of researching a space shuttle or space station - they had to find out as much information as possible as they would be making models of their chosen shuttle or station. The children had write a set of instructions of how they would make their model.
This years REAction was based on: Pilgrimage and specifically looking at the life of St John of Bridlington Priory.
Over the day the children took part in four different workshops, these were drama, music, map reading and planning life in the future based. The children were told the story of St John and his pilgrimage, they then did some map reading activities based on their own pilgrimage. During the music and drama workshop the children had to show different emotions and act/play these out using their own expression.
We often hear that 'children learn best outdoors', so this half term we combined a maths morning and a science afternoon at the local nature park of Danes Dyke. For the mornings activities an orienteering course was set up around the park. At each point on the map, which the children had to orientate their map and navigate to, there was a maths problem whether it be an arithmetic or a reasoning question.
This outdoor setting gave the children the chance to :
After dinner we headed down on to the the beach to explore the rock pools. The children had a list of different creatures and plants that could possibly be found on the shore. The children noticed the change in the shore line as we were exploring - tide times. This was then discussed and raised as a point to explore further in our next science topic of Earth and space.
As part of the music curriculum all schools in the area were invited to 'Big Sing' at The Spa - Bridlington. Over the course of the term the children have learnt songs and practiced routines, which then they perform with a live band along with all the other schools from the East Riding.
The year fives recently had the opportunity to take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges at Allerthorpe Park. These challenges were both individual and team based, the children had many obstacles to over come and communication was essential in order for them to achieve.
At the end of each session a full debrief and evaluation of their performance was undertaken where they had to compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement within the next challenge to achieve their goal.
The children have been learning about the different forces: air/water resistance, gravity, friction and levers, gears and pulleys.
Over the course of the topic the children have researched, carried out investigations and explored falling objects and raised questions about the effects of air resistance. We have explored the effects of air resistance by observing how different objects such as parachutes fall and the children have experienced forces that make things begin to move, get faster or slow down. This was done through their home project of creating their own boat.
The children took into account water/air resistance and how to best design their boat to move the faster through the water - to win the race!
Over the half term the children have become nature broadcasters. The children were set a project to create a nature documentary, the children could either create their own animal or use an already existing animal for their documentary. The process from start to finish enabled the children to use their imagination - however every feature had to be explained as to why their animal had developed and mutated to have this.
Through science, the children have learnt about living things and their habitats the children can:
this cross in the curriculum allowed the children to use their knowledge of living things to create their animal. First facts were made about their animal and an information booklet was created, with facts and labelled drawings about the life and habitat of the animal.
Then the children had to create their animal, they completed a drawn design with labels to explain features, once they were happy with their animal they started to make it, this was done using modelling plasticine so the animal was pliable when it came to videoing.
For homework the children had to watch a blue planet episode and make notes of any language or words they think would be useful for their script, they also created their habitat using materials which reflected the home of the animal they made. Many were very imaginative and grand others were simple and effective - perfect for their animal.
The documentary script was the penultimate part of their project, the children had to write a script for themselves in the style of David Attenborough, ensuring the viewer would be kept interested through facts, information and voice tone.
Once this was done the children had to make their video using their computing skills:
We did this using the app - stop, start motion. All that was left to do was speak their script over their video, using their performance voice they had practiced to their partner.
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.