Great LinksWhats been happening, Year 1
This half term, children in Year 1 have been creating artwork using a range of materials. They printed pictures using fruit and vegetables and paint to recreate artwork in the style of Orla Kiely. They had to think carefully about which colours to use in order create a repeating pattern. Children have also been making clay tiles and using a range of natural resources to print patterns into the tiles. They found a variety of leaves and feathers to use.Reception
The Three Billy Goats
This term, children have been learning the story, ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’ at home and at school. It was wonderful to see everyone back together again and share our learning. Children have creating and writing about trolls, building bridges and creating their own stories based on the original. They particularly enjoyed playing the ‘hot seating’ game, taking on the roles of the different characters. They have also been looking for signs of spring and new life with egg hunts and celebrating Easter.
Nursery, Whats been happening
Nursery Summer1 2021
The children in nursery have settled back very well. They are enjoying being with their friends and our new children have adapted very quickly to being at nursery.
Over the last few weeks, they have been enjoying time in our garden – climbing and balancing, digging in the bark, playing in the mud kitchen, exploring ice and planting seeds in our nature garden.
Children have enjoyed exploring paints to mix colours, snipping with scissors, making models and mark making on our writing wall.
They have been interested in building and have used shapes to make their own designs in the garden.Whats been happening, Year 1
Maths – Capacity
Maths in Year One: Capacity
The Snow Queen
This term, children have been learning our own story about The Snow Queen at home and in school. They have been exploring winter and experimenting with ice and exploring snow. They received messages from the Snow Queen asking for their help to find out about polar animals. They have been weather detectives and looked at palaces and castles around the world. Children created their own castles and thought of their own ‘magpie’ words to describe them.Year 4
Year 4 have been enjoying our Topic on the Ancient Romans. They were certainly an interesting bunch, and very clever. They organised their armies extremely well and conquered most of the territory around the Mediterranean Sea, as well as arriving into Britain too. They had excellent architects and lived in beautiful houses. They loved sports and leisure activities although we weren’t so sure how much fun it would be watching people being thrown to the lions!
Upside Down Christmas Tree
Year 4 have gone all out for the ‘Upside Down Christmas’ theme. We made upside down Christmas Tree displays and decorated them with ‘baubles’ coloured in by the children. Each ‘bauble’ had a Christmas message which we have used instead of Christmas cards to cheer each other up!Year 4
Year 4 have really been enjoying our Science topic – SOUND!
They have found out about how sound travels (as vibrations) over distance as well as through solids, liquids and gases.
They put some of their ideas to the test after making string/cup telephones. They found that sound travelled more effectively when the string was straight and pulled tight. They also decided to put “obstacles” (pegs and pens) on the string to see if this would prevent the sound travelling as well. A loud, but informative lesson!Year 5
We have been learning about the different forces in the world. Most recently, we have been learning about air resistance. The children enjoyed making parachutes to test how size of surface area can affect air resistance and how quickly the parachute fell to the ground.Year 5
Viking Art Work
In Art, we created Thor sketches. The children showed great patience and accuracy.Year 5
Tag Rugby and Netball
This half term, we have been improving our skills in netball and tag rugby. We have seen some great team work and leadership.Year 5
Landing on the Moon Newspaper Articles
In English, we have been creating newspaper articles of the famous landing on the moon. We wrote as if we were witnessing the events in 1969. The children also made moon and planet art.Reception
The Enormous Turnip
This term children have been settling into school and learning our routines. They have started to learn letter sounds in phonics. We find a monster in the monster sound trap each day then use Teach Your Monster to Read to help us learn the sound and use actions to help us remember it. The monsters are then displayed on a jungle vine in the classroom. Children are beginning to use the sounds that they have learnt in the environment and are beginning to make their own words. Children have been learning the story of The Enormous Turnip and activities have been based around harvest and seasonal changes. They have learnt to retell the story with actions.Year 2
We’ve been inspired by illustrator Lauren Child to make our own fairy tale boxes in a collage style. It’s been lots of fun creating our rooms!Year 2
We have enjoyed our geography topic learning all about the UK. We used atlases to find countries, capitals and other cities and created our own maps too.Year 2
As part of our Science learning, year 2 have grouped and sorted things they found on a plant hunt. We also grew our own beans, observing how they changed over time.Year 1
Science in Year 1
In science this half term, children have been learning about material. Children sorted a range of items by their materials and talked about how we know what each material is. They then discussed the properties of different materials and sorted materials by these for example: plastic and glass can be transparent.Year 1
Year 1 Maths – Shapes
In Year 1, children have been recapping their understanding of 2D and 3D shapes. They went on a shape hunt around the classroom to see which shapes are all around them! They then discussed the names and properties of shapes and used vocabulary including faces, edges, vertices, sides, curved and straight.Year 1
History – Toys
This half term, children in Year 1 have been finding out about the history of toys. We rented a box from the Cambridge Folk Museum which contained old toys. Children talked about the materials that the toys were made out of and discussed changes that have happened to toys over the years. They loved exploring these in our busy learning session. Children then had a range of old and new toys and attempted to put these in age order.Year 1
At the start of half-term Year 1 looked at fireworks. We learnt a poem about fireworks, thought about the different sounds fireworks make, wrote acrostic poems and created our own firework art using chalk and paint.Year 6
Positional Language in Maths
In Maths, Year 6 have been looking at position and direction and recapping key maths language. We went to the hall to safely have an active session using hoops, balls, beanbags and other sports equipment. We had been set a series of challenges by our teacher and needed to see if we could meet them. First we tried making 2 ½ rolls in one go and working out how many degrees this was. We couldn’t do forward rolls as we needed to always land on our heads with our heels in the air (not safe!) but we could do pencil rolls and teddy bear rolls! We also had to see how many rotations of a hoop we could do in 30 seconds, then find out if we could do it both clockwise and anticlockwise. There were lots more and we had great fun!Year 6
Science Assessment – Shadows
For our first science assessment, we were experimenting with shadows. In our groups, we shone a torch on an opaque object from different distances (e.g. 5 cm, 10 cm and 15 cm) and observed and recorded what the difference in the size of the shadow was. We found out that the further away from the light source the object was the smaller the shadow.
Written by MaxYear 6
Yesterday, we made clay monkeys while other students went to Bikeability. We learnt about Frida Kahlo and her passion for painting animals using bright colours in her art work. When we learnt about Frida, we found out most of her artwork was self-portraits, but that she also used animals that she saw in the wild around her. We had to go step-by-step making the monkeys that we saw in Frida’s art. First we had to roll the clay so it became softer in our hands and made it into three different sections: one small, one medium and one large. After we separated the clay, we used the largest piece for the torso of our monkeys and the medium for the head. From the smallest part we then made ears, eyes, legs and arms.
Written by Rose and EmilieYear 6
Rainforest Oil Pastels
In art, to celebrate our new topic of South America, we used oil pastels to draw a chosen animal from the Amazon rainforest. Before we even touch the oil pastels, we used pencil to draw the animal although it was tough to see on black paper. After we had drawn the outline, we used images of the animals to fully complete our artwork. We could choose which ever colours we would like and lots were bright and brilliant. Many children had different ideas on how to present their animals – in the end I think they all look lovely!
Written by EmmaYear 6
As soon as we came back from half term, Year 6 have been participating in Bikeability training. We spent a day on the playground learning how to start and stop safely, and how to look after our bikes. Then we went out on the nearby roads to test our skills and learn how to be safe around others – pedestrians or vehicles.Year 6
WW2 Topic – Homework Projects
For our English homework, which concluded our World War II topic, we all crafted, wrote and presented some astounding World War II projects! Numerous topics were displayed, such as the Blitz, aeroplanes, ships and submarines and even some evacuee information! Many people had original ideas that were explained perfectly. Congratulations to all!
Written by Mia and EmmaYear 6
WW2 Topic – Gas Masks
On the first morning we complete some World War II day tasks, Year 6 made gas masks! In order to get them to work properly, we cut three holes in the black card and covered the eyeholes with cellophane. Then we wrapped card around the mouth hole and filled it with bubble wrap. We then had to fix it to our heads with string or elastic.
Written by MiaYear 6
Year 6 have been working to create art which shows the skyline of London before, during or after the Blitz. We learned about the German bombing offensive against Britain in 1940 and 1941 then looked at images of the destruction and devastation caused by the shells. At first, we washed our white paper with watercolours in hues that we had decided would be accurate, then we decided upon a black silhouette for our skyline and either cut or ripped it to fit over our sky. It looks really effective, we think!Year 6
Science – Making Periscopes
As part of our Science topic on light, we’ve been trying to understand how mirrors reflect light and how they (and our eyes) can help us to see objects. We had to use our knowledge to make a periscope – a device for seeing over or around something. Did you know that periscopes were first used by sailors in around 1860, who used them in submarines to see above the surface of the water? They were also used by soldiers in the First World War, to see over the top of their trenches.
Gabby from 6.2 said “For Science we have been learning about light reflection and how it bounces off mirrors. We learned that we could see through a periscope due to the light and the angle of the mirrors. We used a cereal box and cut in the correct areas.”
When you look at an object, you see it because the light (from a source such as the sun or a lamp) reflects off the object and goes into your eye. If the object is round a corner, you can’t see it anymore because the light reflecting off the object can’t get into your eye. That’s why you need a periscope. A periscope uses mirrors to reflect the light from the object around the corner and into your eye. In this fun, practical lesson, we all tried creating them in groups using a cereal box, scissors and two mirrors. Our teachers said we synergized well, but our periscopes were made with varying degrees of success!Nursery
Autumn Term 2020
Children in nursery have been settling in well and are starting to make new friends and become familiar with their new setting.
They have been enjoying being outside in the nursery garden and we have seen plenty of Responsible Rhinos as the children take part in our autumn activities.Year 3
Odd Sock Day!
On Friday, at the end of Anti-Bullying week, we wore odd socks to celebrate that we are all unique, but we come together as a whole community at Queen Edith.Year 2
Plant Charcoal Drawings
Year 2 were asked to make charcoal sketching’s of a flower. This was linked to our Science unit on plants.Year 2
High Street Maps
Year 2 were given the task of creating a map of the high street linked to our Autumn 1 high street topic.Year 3
Ancient Greek Theatre Masks
As part of our Ancient Greek topic, we learnt that actors wore masks. We decorated our own Greek theatre masks and watched a short piece of a Greek play.Year 3
As part of our science topic on Light and Dark, we predicted which material would be best for making shadow puppets. After we had discovered that black card worked well, we made shadow puppets and acted out a Greek myth.Year 3
Ancient Greek Mini Olympics
We had a mini-Olympics to celebrate that the Ancient Greeks created the first Olympics. Although we couldn’t do the activities that the Ancient Greeks did, we had lots of fun moving from one activity to the next, and writing down our record scores!Year 3
In Year 3 we investigated how far a ball would roll on different surfaces. We were careful to keep everything about the experiment the same, using the same ball and the same ramp, except that we did the experiment on different surfaces. We found that on smooth surfaces, like the desk top, the ball rolled furthest, but on rough surfaces, like the grass, it rolled the shortest distance.
Ancient Greek Clay Pots
We learnt that Ancient Greek pots came in all shapes and sizes. We made our own Greek pots using clay, then decorated them using the colours the Ancient Greeks used. It was hard to attach handles so that they didn’t drop off!Whats been happening, Year 4
Paul Nash Artwork
This half term in Art lessons we have been studying Paul Nash and trying to look closely at his work. We discussed artwork such as The Battle of Britain, Totes Meer, Battle of Germany and Defense of Albion. The sombre tones and colours, as well as the marred landscapes, were great points for debate. We chose our favourite one and tried to replicate a small area of it in his style before creating our own Nash-ish watercolour.Whats been happening, Year 6
Year 6 have been revising negative numbers and played a bingo style game in pairs using dice. We had great fun and had lots of practise with subtracting across zero.Whats been happening, Year 6
To start our Tag Rugby lessons, we played a number of games to learn the rules and techniques of the sport. There were some outstanding â€œchallenge yourselfâ€ behaviours being shown and wonderful teamwork across the year group. Well done to everyone!Whats been happening, Year 6
World War II
This half term, Year 6 are learning about World War II. In one of our first topic lessons, we looked at the countries that were involved and whether they were allies, neutral or an axis power. We used our knowledge from previous lessons, our own research, and the atlases to help us colour code our own maps of Europe.Reception
Phonics At Home
As part of your home learning your child will be taking part in phonic activities set by their teacher. Many of you may have used Oxford Owl as it gives levelled reading books. The link below will also give you a video to show you how to make the sounds in a way that will help your child with reading and writing. The sounds are taught in a particular order in phases which develop during Reception and KS1. If you are unsure which phase your child is working on at the moment then please contact your child’s class teacher.
You don’t need to print out lots of flash cards or letters, just make your own or ask older brothers and sisters to help you.
There are lots of fun activities that you can do indoors and in the garden, hiding sounds so that your child can go on a treasure hunt, having competitions to see how many words you can make with a sound your child finds tricky or being sound detectives on your daily walk. Have fun together!
Pupil’s Eye View