Day Two in the Art Studio…

After learning about Ken-te-strips yesterday, Macy was very excited to show off her dress from Ghana…

We spent this morning sequencing the main points of the story before beginning our own story board to show these events.

We had an exciting yet busy afternoon. We used the oil pastels to draw a spider’s web, thinking carefully about the shapes and designs. After using a water wash, we had lots of fun using the plasticine to make banana leaves which we used to print onto our webs. It was important that we thought carefully about the shape of a banana leaf as in the story, the wonderful web was found on a banana tree.

Some of us had another go at weaving. Although this was quite tricky at first, we are finding it easier with a bit more practise.

After this, we did some sewing. Lots of us were definitely like Tough Tortoise as sewing isn’t easy! Thank you to Debora, who was a Helpful Hen by helping those around her when she felt more confident herself.

Day One in the Art Studio…

This morning, we launched our fortnight in the art studio by playing bingo. We carefully read some clues which we had some pictures of on our bingo mats. Some of the words were new to us and included:

Lion, carnivore, continent, Africa, Antarctica, yam, ken-te-strips

We then enjoyed playing hangman which revealed the phrase ‘Ghana is in Africa’.

We then found out that our book with a hook is set in Ghana, a country in Africa.

After listening the story ‘The Spider Weaver’, we used the story sack to pull out some significant objects. These helped us to understand the story when we read it together for the second time.

Mastering Place Value…

In our Maths lessons we have been looking at different two digit numbers and writing these in different ways. We understand that they are made up of some tens and some ones.

As well as partitioning numbers into tens and ones, we have also been thinking of other ways to make up these numbers. We used the Base 10 equipment to help us with this as it was quite tricky.

I wonder if you can partition these numbers?

74                          55                              82



What an exciting morning we had! Year 3 and 4 thoroughly enjoyed a performance of Quasimodo which carried a very important message.

Quasimodo was treated unkindly and lived alone until he met Esmerella who he became good friends with. The anti-bullying theme which ran throughout made us think about why we should all treat everyone with kindness and respect. 

Reflecting on our writing like Gandalf…

After working hard to write a description of Mr Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory from Charlie’s perspective, we helped our partner to proof read and edit. Our partner read our writing while we listened carefully. If we spotted any grammatical or spelling errors, we used our green pen to amend. 

As well as being reflective, we were also very resourceful and used the working wall, wordbanks and dictionaries to support us with our spelling. 

Becoming Excel Experts…

Mr Ogilvie led our computing session today. We started off by playing bingo on Microsoft Excel to revise the formatting tools. We are becoming a lot more confident with this and now use topic vocabulary more accurately including: cell, formula and autosum. 

We were then set the challenge of planning a party. To begin we thought of five things to buy before researching how much these cost on the internet. After doing this, we were able to input the relevant information including the cost onto an Excel document. We used our prior knowledge of Excel to calculate the total amount using ‘autosum’ which saved us from working it out ourselves. How clever Excel is! 

Our visit to Countryside Live…

We throughly enjoyed our visit to Countryside Live yesterday. We were very lucky to have such lovely weather and the children were all extremely well behaved. 

I think the children would agree that the highlight was definitely the sheep shearing which was very entertaining! 

Throughout the day, we all participated in three workshops:

– Plants to Potions

– Bee keeping

– Pollination