Sunday, 22 April 2018

Year 4 Newsletter

"The best week ever!"  many of the children in Year 4 boasted this week.  Maybe this was because we got both our new curriculum topic (Vikings) and Science topic off to a good start with...poo!  First, we analysed ‘Viking poo’ to discover what Vikings ate and  how they may have cooked. Interestingly, we found that they ate a lot of bread, fruits (including apples) and fish. Most interesting of all, we concluded that they must have used stones in cooking or food making because they seemed to have inadvertently eaten several small stones!  After that, in Science, we launched our topic on digestion...by making poo! Using potato mashers for teeth, sieves for large intestines and green washing up liquid for bile, we followed the journey of beans on toast throughout the body.... the results were authentic (apart from the smell)...  This exciting first week back was rounded off when the when Year 4 got the opportunity to hear Julian Clary read one of his famous children's books 'The Bolds' at the Bishops Stortford College. The children thoroughly enjoyed the author experience, even if some of the jokes were aimed at the adults in the audience!  


The Bolds!

What a treat year 4 had on Friday when they got the opportunity to hear Julian Clary read one of his famous children's books 'The Bolds' at the Bishops Stortford College. As you can imagine, the book was full of humour! The children thoroughly enjoyed the author experience, even if some of the jokes were aimed at the adults in the audience!  To top it off, the children all proudly received signed copies of this book, which will go home this week.


To give you a flavour of the author experience that the children received, click on the following link to hear Julian Clary read from this book.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwmQf2rWSKI

Friday, 20 April 2018

Year 1 Newsletter

What a super start to the Summer term! Year 1 have kicked off their exciting new topic, 'Oh I do like to be beside the seaside', by producing some beautiful artwork. They have created pastel drawings of the house from 'The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch' and a huge seaside painting.



In Science we have been learning about the seasons and today was the perfect day to go on a Spring scavenger hunt. We looked out for signs of Spring such as daffodils, twigs with buds on, bumble bees and birds singing. What signs of Spring can you find in the garden or in the park?








Meet the spider!


Today in Warhol class Lola bought in her pet spider 'Snortie'. She showed us how she looks after it at and told us some information she has learnt about the type of spider it is (a cellar spider). At lunch time we even had a look through a magnifying class to see the webs it had spun!


Year 2 Newsletter


What a great start to the summer term! We have kicked off our new topic of dungeons and dragons by going on a virtual tour of a castle. In English we have learnt the tale of George and the Dragon using drama activities so that we can re-tell it next week. We have started adding 2-digit numbers together in Maths by learning about the column method and using dienes to help us with this. In Science we had a trip to the forest and we created a tally chart to see how many different animals we could find there. We are really looking forward to our trip into town on Monday next week!



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Year 6 - exploring complex circuits - newsletter

Today during Science the children in Year 6 were thoroughly engaged in their learning. After completing riddles and discovering the history of electricity, the pupils worked in pairs and small groups to explore components within a circuit. The children led their own learning and investigated questions such as: What makes a bulb brighter in a circuit? Do the number of wires affect the efficiency of the component? Do plastics conduct electricity? A fantastic start to this unit of work!





Thursday, 19 April 2018

Where did all that food go?

In year 4 in Science this week we have understood about digestion...by making poo! Using potato mashers for teeth, sieves for large intestines and green washing up liquid for bile, we followed the journey of beans on toast throughout the body.... the results were authentic (apart from the smell)... somebody (not mentioning any names) even had an ‘accident’ on the table...