It’s all a balancing act

Some of our Year 1/2 were lucky enough to be invited to the Gymnastics Festival. They had a wonderful time getting stuck into all sorts of activities. Year 3/4 have continued to be inspired by the artist LS Lowry, Year 5/6 have been mapping in geography, coding in computing and studying a significant architect called Zaha Hadid. Year R have been on autumn adventures!

Year R - Autumn Adventures

We enjoyed spending time in our school grounds this week and spotting different signs of Autumn. We looked carefully at how the colours on the leaves were changing and found lots that had already fallen from the trees. We were also very excited to discover our school’s log circle and are looking forward to going there for a hot chocolate later soon!

Year 1/2 - Gymnastics Festival

On Wednesday 5th October, 18 lucky Year 1/ children went to Starlight Gymnastics in Romsey. We all felt a bit nervous but very excited as we took off our shoes to walk across the sprung floor. Some of the children’s comments were: 

‘I loved the trampolines because I really enjoyed bouncing so high!’  Evan.

‘I never felt scared, I just felt so excited balancing.’  Athena.

‘I learnt how to do a forward roll!’ Erva.

‘It felt high on the beam but I wasn’t scared.’ Emilie.

‘I loved the challenge of the rope. I felt like a monkey!’ Hallie.

‘My favourite bit was the spring board because you could bounce and it went down and threw me up!’ Lydia.

I was so proud of all of the children! They were so brave and did things that I would not have attempted!  This group were a real delight and credit to our school.  Mrs. Chappell.

Year 3/4 - Lowry's Artwork

This week, Year 3/4 have been continuing their learning about the artist L.S. Lowry.  This famous artist’s work focuses on everyday working people rather than rich landowners, the gentry or royal family.  This is called ‘genre’ painting which is not to be confused with the other meaning of genre which is used to describe different types of painting or other artistic work. 

The children looked at the industrial backdrops to Lowry’s paintings in a previous session; this week they learnt more about the so-called ‘matchstick people’ that made up the bustling crowd scenes in his paintings.  Everyone experimented with charcoal to make different shapes of people.  Enjoy some of our outcomes.

Year 5/6 - Getting our heads around map references

In year 5/6 we have been excitedly writing our Steve Backshall Deadly 60 texts! He is a TV wildlife presenter who has also written texts about his travels across six continents to find 60 of the deadliest creatures on the planet. Over the last few weeks we have been learning all about Steve’s writing style. Some of the features include: a mix of formal and informal expressions; model verbs; prepositional phrases and plenty of idioms! We are right in the middle of writing and editing so here are a few of our half-finished pieces. 

In maths, Year 6 have been multiplying by 2 digits and trying to remember to put all our placeholders in the correct palace. Year 5 have been investigating area of space using arrays. This has been done practically and pictorially.

We have been using Scratch and trying to complete the ‘Smoking Car’ challenge in computing.  The children had to create a racetrack and programme specific keyboard keys to move the car in different ways. We learnt how to add sound and other effects. Our art was to design a building for a specific purpose based on the real life work of Zaha Hadid.

Finally, in geography we were learning how to read and follow 4 and then 6 digit coordinate references on a variety of maps. The children had to place certain images onto specified places on a map, as well as having to decide where specified buildings or places were. We also had another little look at the large Rownhams maps to find the places we know.

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