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Queen Edith Primary School Summer Fete

Saturday 21st May 2022   1 – 4pm
Traditional Summer Fete fun for all the family – All Welcome!

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Whats been happeningYear 2

Minibeast Hunt – Summer 2022

This half term we have been learning about the habitats of different plants and animals. We focused on microhabitats (e.g. fallen log, leaf litter, grass) and went on a hunt to find minibeasts. It was so much fun!

Whats been happeningYear 2

Making Pictograms on Purple Mash – Summer 2022

Year 2 have enjoyed learning how to use 2Count on Purple Mash to make their own pictograms. We now know how to insert pictures, add/delete cells and record data.

Whats been happeningYear 2

DT – Making Sandwiches – Spring 2022

We loved designing an appealing and healthy sandwich based on our knowledge of eating a balanced diet. We then learnt how to use the correct techniques and tools to spread, peel, grate and slice safely, before finally getting to make our sandwiches. The best part was eating them!

Year 3

3.2 Class Assembly – Stone Age

NurseryWhats been happening

Spring 2 Half Term 2022

The children have had another busy half term. Our Talk for Writing book has been “The Tiny Seed” by Eric Carle. We have been busy preparing our Nature Garden and clearing sticks. We used the sticks to enjoy wool winding and then we planted seeds and have been enjoying taking turns to water them. We also spent time planting seed potatoes.
We have been learning about celebrations and enjoyed making Mother’s Day cards and drawing pictures of our mummies. We looked carefully at daffodils and painted pictures. We also noticed how the daffodils changed over time. We enjoyed egg painting, egg rolling and a shapes Easter egg hunt and we were delighted to welcome a parent who came and talked about Easter. We have been enjoying our outside area – playing in the mud kitchen and painting on large sheets of paper.
We joined in a whole school project to share the book “We are all wonders” by R.J. Palacio. The book enabled the children to talk about themselves and others and they looked in the mirror and worked really carefully to produce a wall display of self-portraits: “We are all wonders”, which looks beautiful!
We also took part in Science Week and welcomed another parent to come and share activities which helped the children understand what a scientist does.
The children enjoyed dressing in red to raise money for Comic Relief.

Whats been happeningYear 3

Easter Egg Hunt Story

In Year 3 we used the iPads to create an Easter Egg adventure story. Using Powerpoint, we could animate the characters and items in the story. When our story was finished, we used AirDrop to send it to a friend’s iPad, so they could enjoy it.

Whats been happeningYear 5

Drama Partnership with The Perse

5.1 have thoroughly enjoyed working alongside students from the Perse throughout a series of Drama workshops over the past half term. We have got so much joy from experimenting with ways to express ourselves! We owe the Perse a BIG thank you.

Whats been happeningYear 5

World Book Day

We had a really fun World Book Day this year. There was extra excitement in Y5, as we also received some wonderful new non-fiction books for our library! Thank you Miss Thurston!

Whats been happeningYear 2

Teddy Bear Hospital

As part of our Body topic this half term, Year 2 attended a Teddy Bear Hospital in school. Each child brought in a ‘poorly’ small soft toy and took part in a number of hospital-themed activities, including making stethoscopes and learning how to use a sling. The children also learnt about x-rays and created their own skeleton using art straws. Everyone really enjoyed this experience and went home with fully cured teddies!

 

Whats been happeningYear 3

Red Nose Day 2022

The children in 3.2 enjoyed dressing up for Red Nose Day, and raised lots of money by bringing in a contribution which they placed in the magic cat box!

Whats been happeningYear 5

Science Week – Year 5

Year 5 had a really exciting Science week. We were enormously grateful to welcome 3 guest Scientists in class, who came to teach us about their expertise. In each session, we did something hands-on; learning about antibodies and magnetic materials amongst other things. A HUGE thank you to our visitors!

Whats been happeningYear 6

Heart Rate Investigation

March

In a cross-curricular investigation using elements of Science, Maths and PE, Year 6 have designed and carried out an investigation of their own creation, using their learning about our circulatory system, as well as the effects of diet and exercise on our bodies. They had to organise their groups to pose a question, hypothesise, and collect their own data. Next Science lesson, pupils looked at this data and presented it in a way that they thought was the most useful from our statistics lessons in Maths. They finished by concluding and evaluating their investigation – well done to all – great synergising!

 

Whats been happeningYear 6

Art – Draw Small

February

As part of our learning in Art, before our final collage piece, Year 6 pupils have been learning how to draw small and really pay attention to the details. We began by making sketches on the page, amongst the objects themselves. We made tiny movements with our fingers and hands – drawing from the wrist, but also being most comfortable. The exercise was intended to help us focus, relax, and begin to coordinate hand and eye. As we drew, we became more aware of the relationship between looking and drawing and let our eyes flit between looking at the object and looking at our sketch.

Whats been happeningYear 6

Art – Growth Mindset

February

Year 6 enjoyed a mindful afternoon where we created some art based on our chats about developing a growth mindset. We first created a watercolour background and allowed that to dry. Then we used the 7 Habits metaphor of thinking of ourselves as a growing tree and filled our roots (using charcoal) with foundational words that we thought were important to cultivate.

Having a growth mindset means we believe our intelligence and abilities can be improved with effort and the right strategies. A willingness to confront challenges, a passion for learning, and viewing failure as a springboard for growth are all characteristics associated with a growth mindset.

NurseryReceptionWhats been happeningYear 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5Year 6

World Book Day 2022!

Everyone in Queen Edith celebrated World Book Day with a whole week of events! Each year group read ‘We’re All Wonders’ written by R J Palacio.

We’re All Wonders is a text for younger readers based on Wonder and shows what it’s like to live in Auggie’s world – a world in which he feels like any other kid, but he’s not always seen that way. We discussed themes of belonging, being seen, empathy, difference and kindness. Each year group had a project that they carried out linked to this text.

Nursery painted beautiful self-portraits with the title We’re All Wonders.

Reception children wrote individual letters to Mrs Jarman telling her how they are all special.

In Years 1 & 2, children used the text to inspire them and wrote their own recipes for kindness, to create a kind person 

In Year 3, they wrote a letter from Auggie to his friends on Pluto, exploring his experiences and feelings. They started when people were mean to him, then looked at visiting Pluto, to making his first friend who saw him as a wonder.

Year 4 created a diary entry, empathising with the main character of August, revealing his emotions both before and after his first day of school. They also wrote a letter to the Plutonians to show how Auggie was feeling after making new friends.

In Later Years, pupils used both We’re All Wonders and the original story of Wonder to look at inferences within reading, family dynamics, anti-bullying targets, emotive language and diary entries. We chose one of the children from Auggie’s school tour and wrote as one of them, framing our writing from a different perspective, not that of the protagonist. Some chose Julian, the school bully; Charlotte, the friendly but self-obsessed drama fanatic, or Jack Will, the friendly boy who sees with kindness and becomes Auggie’s best friend.

Our Book Fair was a huge success with us receiving ‘rewards’ per class for books to choose for our book shelves and also ‘rewards’ for us to spend on widening our representation of texts. Thank you to all who bought books and, in turn, supported the school!

Whats been happeningYear 2

RE – Judaism – Spring 2022

Year 2 enjoyed learning about what is important to Jewish families and looked closely at different artefacts. They also found out that Jews worship in a synagogue and learnt the story of Hanukkah.

Whats been happeningYear 2

Art – Making Clay Houses – Spring 2022

After learning about the Great Fire of London, children created their own clay houses that could have been on Pudding Lane. They used the clay carefully and then painted it before placing it down on a background collage of fire. Everyone was very excited to take home their masterpiece!

Whats been happeningYear 6

6.1 Fairtrade Cafe

On Thursday 1st March 6.1 managed to complete our Fairtrade topic by having our Fairtrade café! Children worked in groups of 3 to 4 to find/amend and amend recipes, provide the ingredients and equipment, and then bake it with only minimal help from our teachers. We also prepared a stand to show our work, which included posters, logos and leaflets. In the afternoon, we invited 6.2 to look at our new Fairtrade products, who voted for their favourite product and stand. The children all worked very well in their groups and produced some delicious treats!

NurseryWhats been happening

Spring Term 2022

This half term, children in nursery have enjoyed learning about the Lunar New Year. They enjoyed sharing noodles and using chopsticks, exploring Chinese writing and playing a money game with numbers. We shared stories and watched children enjoying Lunar New Year celebrations. Children also enjoyed playing drums and dancing a dragon dance together.

Our learning has been focused on the story of The Train Ride by June Crebbin. Children have enjoyed making model trains and painting large boxes to make our own train for our role play station.

Children have enjoyed a range of train stories and information books, they have made a story map and retold the story using our story stones. They made sandwiches and talked together about journeys they had been on themselves. They made their own train tickets and made marks. They also painted beautiful pictures for our Train Ride display.

Whats been happeningYear 1

Twosday Tuesday! 220222

On Tuesday 22nd February 2022, it was Twosday as the date was 22.2.22! In Year One we were thinking all about counting in 2s. We started by thinking about counting in 2s and how high we can go. After that, we looked at the numbers in the 2 times tables, we had a discussion to see if the numbers are odd or even. We then practiced counting in 2s using our multilink cubes and finally we used a 50 square to colour in all of the 2 times tables. Some children noticed it was a stripey pattern!

Whats been happeningYear 5

Shepreth Wildlife Park Visit – February 2022

Year 5 had a wonderful trip to Shepreth Wildlife Park today. What a lovely way to end the half term. Thank you so much to all the parent volunteers that came along! Here are some photos.

Whats been happeningYear 6

6.2’s Fairtrade Trade Fair

February

On Thursday 10th February, to conclude our work on Fairtrade, 6.2 worked in 6 groups of our choosing to create and make a new edible treat! We had to find/amend the recipe, provide the ingredients and equipment then bake it with only minimal help from our teachers. We also enjoyed preparing a stand, which included posters, logos and leaflets, as well as showing off our topic books. In the afternoon, we invited 5.1 to look at our new Fairtrade products, aiming to impress our guests and persuade them to vote for us! It was a lively afternoon, after a busy morning cooking. Everyone worked so well together to create their amazing brownies, delicious truffles and adorable gingerbread men!

Whats been happeningYear 6

Snowy Loves Year 6!

February

Pupils in 6.1 recently won a week with Snowy (our attendance bear) thanks to their excellent attendance and punctuality. Last Friday, he was then handed straight over to 6.2 who have treated him to a fabulous week. Snowy has been tackling obstacle courses in gymnastics, having some time gaming as it has been too cold for him to be outside at play, supervising oil pastel art, playing on Miss T’s desk with a Rubik’s cube style fidget spinner in his dapper new hat AND he has helped everyone prepare for their Fairtrade Trade Fair. Snowy really is a helpful bear and we’ve LOVED having him.

Whats been happeningYear 6

PE – Gymnastics

February

To finish our gymnastics unit, we had a fun session combining flexibility, technique and movement to tackle an obstacle course. There were some outstanding moments of synergy being shown and it proved to be a wonderful challenge for the classes. Well done to everyone (including Snowy)!

Whats been happeningYear 6

RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch

January

All of us have enjoyed taking part in the RSPB’s Birdwatch recently. As part of aiming to becoming an Eco-School, the Eco Club with Miss Wilson have made an action plan of what they want to achieve during this academic year and the Big Garden Birdwatch was part of that! We all looked at different bird types and went outside to see which of the birds landed in our school field. We had to be really quiet and still so we wouldn’t disturb them!

Whats been happeningYear 5

PE – African Dance – Spring 2022

5.1 had an exciting finale of our African Dance unit in PE this week. We worked beautifully in our groups and performed wonderful movement sequences inspired by African dance. We ALL performed, thanks to the encouragement of peers. We managed to use levels, unison, mirroring and canon in our performances. Well done 5.1!

Whats been happeningYear 5

Art – Animal Masks – Spring 2022

5.1 have been working on the papier mache stage of our African animal masks. We created relief using layers of cardboard and then molded papier mache over the top to create texture. We’re looking forward to painting our masks after the half term break!

Whats been happeningYear 4

Writing – Spring 2022

Year 4 have been exploring how useful it is to peer and team edit their writing work. It allows them to dig deeper into their texts and spot errors as well as notice areas to improve.

They are enjoying this process and spotting how it can lift the quality of their written work.

Whats been happeningYear 4

Electricity – Spring 2022

Year 4 have been enjoying their Electricity topic. They have learned to make a complete circuit with bulbs, buzzers and switches. They have also discovered a range of conductors and insulators and are now able to predict from drawings alone whether circuits will work at all. You could say this topic was a light bulb moment!

Whats been happeningYear 5

Maths – Spring 2022

In Maths, Y5 children have been working on multiplications and divisions. They have learnt how to multiply four- digit by two-digit numbers. They have also been practising how to divide four digits by one !

Whats been happeningYear 5

EAL – ‘Journey to Jo’Burg’ – Spring 2022

In English, the children who have English as an additional language, have been using individual flashcards to create their own version of an extract linked to our class read “Journey to Jo’burg”.

Whats been happeningYear 5

Art – Amazing Africa – Spring 2022

In Art, the children have started a new project linked to our Amazing Africa topic: they will be creating sculptures of African Animals using cardboard. First, the children designed their Animal Masks in sketch books, before using the contour technique to transfer the outline on cardboard. They then cut the basic shape and have now started creating areas of relief- using extra cardboard -to achieve a 3D effect. They will use papier mache and will finally paint their masks. We will show the final results soon!

Whats been happeningYear 1

The 7 Continents and the 5 Oceans of the World -Spring 2022

This half-term we have been learning all about the counties that make up the United Kingdom, the 7 Continents and the 5 Oceans. We have learnt some very catchy songs to help us remember the continents and oceans. Here we are working hard to locate the different parts of the world on a map.

Whats been happeningYear 6

Topic – Fairtrade

January

Our new topic is Fairtrade and so Year 6 are learning about the importance of trade, the rights of the farmers and how we can have a positive impact on helping them to meet their basic needs. Children have been really interested in finding out about the types of product that can be Fairtrade and how these are grown, harvested and then transported to the UK.

In one lesson, we looked at how bananas make their way to our shop shelves and the many groups of people responsible. We then debated how much each entity should receive from the sale of the banana. When we looked at the real breakdown we were shocked! In another lesson, we played a game in groups as different countries, where we learned how it felt to trade.

Whats been happeningYear 6

Coding on iPads

January

Year 6 have been working quite a bit with iPads recently. In Maths we’ve played games with coordinates; in English we created Travel Guides to South America and in computing lessons we’ve had to code some popular games. Pupils have also learned how to use features (like AirDrop and mark-up tools) to screenshot, label and send our work to our teachers so that they can see what we’ve been doing.

Whats been happeningYear 6

Maths – Making 3D Shapes from Nets

January

We have been revising our knowledge of 2D and 3D shape and spent part of our Maths lesson making 3D shapes from their nets. We made everything from cubes and pentagonal prisms to dodecahedra!

Whats been happeningYear 3

Science – Amazing Animals – Spring 2022

Skeletons

In our Amazing Animals Science topic, we have been looking at skeletons of humans and animals. There are two types of skeleton, endoskeletons like ours which are made of bones inside the body, and exoskeletons like a crabs, which is made of chitin on the outside of the body. Animals can also be divided into vertebrates, with a backbone, and invertebrates, which do not have one. We sorted some animal pictures into vertebrates and invertebrates, and also wrote an Endoskeleton vs Exoskeleton comparison.

ReceptionWhats been happening

The Gingerbread Man – Spring 2022

This term we have been learning the story of The Gingerbread Man. We found a ‘crime scene’ outside with crumbs and footprints leading out onto the field. After looking at different footprints we decided that they belonged to a fox. Children have been learning the story using actions, creating story maps, decorating their own gingerbread people and writing their words in speech bubbles. We have been looking at the Autumnal changes around us and finding out about animals which hibernate and which are nocturnal. We have been thinking about what happens when we go to bed and encouraging children to brush their teeth! The story has linked with Christmas celebrations as we created a film of the story to share with parents. Finally, they baked their own gingerbread men to eat at their Christmas party.

Whats been happeningYear 6

RE – Making Christingles

December

In RE, we finished our unit on Christianity and incarnation by making Christingles. We learned about what each part represented for Christians and how this light-giving object reminds them of the purpose of the incarnation.

Whats been happeningYear 3

Music – Recorder Concert – Autumn 2021

In Year 3 we had a recorder concert on the last day of term. We have been learning to play lots of different tunes, and the two classes took turns to perform to one another. 3.1 played Caterpillar Bye Bye  and Traffic Jam; 3.2 played Gypsy Dance and Hot Cross Buns.

Whats been happeningYear 6

Evolutionary Beak Experiment

December

In Science, we finished the term by conducting our own experiment to determine whether the size and shape of a birds beak really makes a difference to the type of food that it eats. We have been learning to identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution, and the beaks of birds are clear to see. We used sweets to be the ‘prey’ and the children each were birds and have different types of beaks (tweezers, large tongs, tooth pick and straw). They had to see how much “prey / food” they can “eat” by transferring it from plate to plate – jelly worms, hundreds and thousands etc. Each beak had 20 seconds to collect as much food as possible.

Whats been happeningYear 4

Writing Play Scripts – Autumn 2021

In Year 4, we have enjoyed writing play scripts and then performing them! We found out that the structure is quite tricky but we felt happy with it in the end. We also found out that if you write clear and detailed stage directions, the performers will understand where to go and which props to take with them on stage. It is also interesting that this kind of speech doesn’t need speech marks. We used so many adverbs so we could describe how the dialogue should be spoken. E.g. proudly, quietly, loudly etc.  Basically, the better the script, the better the performance really!

Year 6

Topic – South American Travel Guides

December

Linking up our topic of South America with our Computing project, we have been using iMovie. We wrote a travel guide to South America looking at some of the best natural features of the continent and chose our own to research. We then worked collaboratively to create our own iMovies which was great fun!

Whats been happeningYear 6

Art – Rainforest Oil Pastels

December

In Art, to celebrate our topic of South America, we used oil pastels to draw a chosen animal from the Amazon Rainforest. Before we even touched 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 whichever colours we wanted and lots were bright and brilliant. Many children had different ideas on how to present their animals – in the end we think they all look lovely!

NurseryWhats been happening

Autumn Term 2021 – Nursery

Children in nursery have had a busy term. Our new children have settled really well and the children re-joining us have enjoyed making lots of new friends.

Our Talk for Writing stories this term are: Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell and the traditional tale of the Little Red Hen.

Children have enjoyed a range of activities focused on these stories. In our learning around Dear Zoo, the children have been making a story map, learning the story with actions, painting animals, sharing information books about animals and they brought toys from home to talk about for our animal show and tell week.

We have also been learning about the season of autumn and the children have enjoyed exploring autumn resources, planting bulbs in our Nature Garden and going on lovely walks in our school field to look for signs of autumn.

In our learning for the Little Red Hen, children have been making a story map, learning the story, exploring flour and water, mark making in flour and making bread rolls. They also shared lovely ideas to re-write the story with a Christmas theme, which they performed, along with other songs and poems, at our Christmas celebration.

Children have enjoyed learning about Diwali and Christmas and have been busy making Christmas cards and chocolate muffins to take home at the end of term.

Whats been happeningYear 2

Topic – Fairytales – Autumn 2021

This half term, Year 2 have been inspired by the illustrations of different rooms in Lauren Child’s books and have created their own Fairy tale room. Children have begun to decorate their empty shoe boxes with wallpaper and flooring made from paper and fabric. They will soon fill them with decorations, including photographs and stickers, as well as some carefully made 3D objects.

Year 6

Christmas Card Making

December

As always, Year 6 are given the responsibility of creating Christmas Cards for all our support staff in school – to say thank you for such a great job throughout the year. This year our theme was stripes. We loved creating our cards.

Whats been happeningYear 5

Making 3D Boxes

Year 5 were set the challenge of making a structurally stable 3d box this week using paper but no scissors, glue or sellotape. They had to use conjecturing, working backwards and visualising skills. Well done Year 5- we ended up with some beautiful gift boxes to go under the tree!

NurseryWhats been happening

Communication and Language and Literacy – Autumn 2021

Communication and Language is one of the Prime Areas in the Early Years Foundation Stage and many of our children are learning English as an additional language.

Children in Nursery listen to stories during each session and we spend time talking about the story together. They are learning to talk about what has happened in the story and this is helping them to use longer sentences and to respond to questions.

Children also enjoy daily singing and rhyme times. They love learning new songs and enjoy songs with actions and playing ring games.

We place importance on talking and conversation – talking to adults or friends and listening and responding appropriately. New vocabulary is learnt through activities such as playing games in small groups, gardening and planting bulbs, cooking or on seasonal walks. Children are encouraged to talk and share ideas with each other in our group times and to share news from home at fruit time or in our regular themed show and tell sessions.

We use our Book Corner and our displays to encourage conversation by displaying items for children to explore together.

Children enjoy our role play areas both inside and in our nursery garden. This play helps them to learn to use appropriate conversation in a variety of settings.

ReceptionWhats been happening

Learning to Read and Write – Autumn 2021

Children are encouraged to build on their skills in reading and writing during their own play and with adult-led sessions. In the Autumn Term, we are teaching all the Phase 2 sounds during our daily Phonic sessions. We use the ‘Teach Your Monster to Read’ monsters to introduce each new sound following the Letters and Sounds program.

We play lots of games to encourage them to blend the sounds to form simple words. Children are given opportunities to ‘have a go’ at writing in different areas of the environment following their interests. We also model writing with children, inviting their contributions- which sound can you hear next?

Our class stories support children’s literacy skills, encouraging them to create their own story maps and encouraging them to create their own stories. They have time to enjoy ‘reading’ to themselves and to listen to a wide range of exciting stories.

 

ReceptionWhats been happening

The Enormous Turnip – Autumn 2021

In the Autumn term Reception found enormous beetroots growing in our garden, this led on to our new story of The Enormous Turnip! Children enjoyed learning inspired by this theme. They learnt actions to the story and drew story maps to enable them to re-tell the story by themselves. They learnt about Harvest and where our food comes from, explored vegetables and used them to print, enjoyed seasonal changes on Autumn welly walks, learnt new songs, wrote shopping lists for soup and ended the half term by talking about healthy foods and making our very own turnip soup!

 

Whats been happeningYear 6

Snowy’s Help – Autumn 2021

December

Pupils in 6.2 won a week with Snowy (our attendance bear) thanks to their excellent attendance and punctuality. He has been in isolation for quite some time now so it was so great to see him! They have loved having him in class as he is a great supporter of all pupils who use our habits to focus, concentrate, challenge themselves and persevere this week. Well done!

Whats been happeningYear 6

Positional Language in Maths – Autumn 2021

December

In Maths, Miss T’s group of Year 6 mathematicians have been looking at position and direction as well as recapping some key Maths language. We went to the hall to have an active session using hoops, balls, skipping ropes and other sports equipment. We had been set a series of challenges 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! 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!

Whats been happeningYear 3

Science – Forces – Autumn 2021

In our Forces topic in Science, 3.2 have been investigating how well balls rolled on different surfaces. We first planned which variables we would keep the same and what we would change. We then made a ramp and rolled a ball on different surfaces, like the table top, grass, carpet and paving slabs. The next week, we used the iPads to enter the data on Purple Mash and created a bar chart to show our results.

Whats been happeningYear 5

Year 5 EAL – Autumn 2021

Our Year 5 children who are were new to English in September have been making working so hard! Here is some of the activities we have been doing and their BEAUTIFUL stories about a Viking warrior, which they independently sequenced and un-jumbled the sentences for. We are so proud of their amazing progress.

Whats been happeningYear 5

English – Viking Character Descriptions

In English, we have produced amazing Viking Character descriptions using expanded noun phrases, relative clauses and powerful vocabulary to add details.

We got inspired by images and stories of mighty Viking and Anglo-Saxon warriors.

Whats been happeningYear 5

Viking Art Work –

In Art, we have created portraits of warriors and images of Viking Long boats.

The children loved their final results!

Whats been happeningYear 5

Reading – Wolf Brother – Autumn 2021

This half term, our class read is WOLF BROTHER.

Wolf Brother is the first book in the series Chronicles of Ancient Darkness by Michelle Pave. The children are enjoying this page-turning novel so much that they have started reading  other books of this amazing saga.

 

Whats been happeningYear 3

Science – Shadow Puppets – Autumn 2021

We investigated which materials were transparent, translucent and opaque. We found that black card was very opaque, so it was the best material to make shadow puppets. We also found that if you moved the puppet closer to the torch, the shadow grew larger.

Whats been happeningYear 3

Science – Ramps – Autumn 2021

To investigate how well balls rolled on different surfaces, we first planned which variables we would keep the same and what we would change. We then made a ramp and rolled a ball on different surfaces, like the table top, grass, carpet and paving slabs. We measured how far the ball rolled and recorded it in a table. The next week, we used the iPads to enter the data on Purple Mash and created bar charts that show our results.

Whats been happeningYear 3

Maths – Place Value – Autumn 2021

The children have been using base 10 and place value charts to practise exchanging 1 ten for 10 ones, or 10 tens for 1 hundred. We need to do this when we are adding or subtracting two- and three-digit numbers.

Whats been happeningYear 3

Topic – Greek Pots – Autumn 2021

After looking at the shape and decoration on ancient Greek pots, we used clay to make our own pots. We then used the same colours and patterns to decorate our pots. We took a lot of care to fix the handles on securely, and most of them stayed attached!

Whats been happeningYear 3

Geography – France – Autumn 2021

As part of our Geography topic about France, we found different European countries and capital cities in an atlas. Then we marked them on our own maps. Later, we named cities, rivers and mountain ranges on a map of France.

Whats been happeningYear 3

Art – Colour Wheel – Autumn 2021

At the start of our French art topic, we practised our colour mixing skills by painting a colour wheel. We painted the three primary colours first: red, yellow and blue. Then we mixed them together in pairs to make the secondary colours: orange, green and purple.

Whats been happeningYear 6

Remembrance Art – Autumn 2021

November

After spending some time chatting about Remembrance Day and recognising the importance of learning about the recent past with our World War 2 topic, Year 6 spent some time on Thursday afternoon creating beautiful 3D art, representing how the hope of future peace is in their hands by being able to remember the past.  They started with black and white photocopies of their hands and then made red poppies using any red material they could find in our scraps box; including cellophane, card or wrapping paper. We hope you love their artwork!

Whats been happeningYear 6

Science – Understanding Inheritance – Autumn 2021

November

Year 6 have been learning about inheritance in animals and used Mister Men to help us recognise that living things produce offspring of the same kind, but normally offspring vary and are not identical to their parents.

Whats been happeningYear 6

Perse School – Maths Quiz – Autumn 2021

November

Year 6 popped out to visit The Perse School and meet some Upper Sixth students who gave us a number of Maths challenges including code breaking and games such as Bingo all while testing our Maths brains! Thank you to our parent volunteers who came with us – we all had a fun afternoon.

Whats been happeningYear 6

Music – Ukuleles – Autumn 2021

November

In music this half term, we are all learning how to play the ukulele. So far we’ve all learned two chords and can play two tunes. We’ve really enjoyed sharing with our partners and playing music again!

Whats been happeningYear 6

English – Varying sentence lengths for effect – Autumn 2021

November

In English, just after Halloween, Year 6 were tasked to create a short paragraph that was as scary as possible, placing emphasis on certain words or pauses that would affect the reader. We wrote these in an eerie silence, then read them aloud in darkness with just a torch to set the mood.

Here are some of our paragraphs – which one do you think is most effective and why?

One soundless night, I was walking through a pitch-black alleyway to get home. I felt a shadow move. I turned as quick as a flash. There was nothing. I took a deep breath. Suddenly, there was a bang! What could it be? A light flickered in the creepy alleyway. SP

The pitch-black woods shadowed the figure behind me. You could only just make out the looming trees which covered the forest. I thick brown blanket of leaves lay on the ground. I sprinted. Should I stop? I knew I was being followed. The only light guiding me was the bright moon and the gentle breeze made my golden hair blow. I stopped. The leaves rustled. I turned slowly to see that the figure had stopped too. My heart was pounding and the wind was now howling. I felt the cold air slap against my face. Suddenly, I heard a bloodcurdling scream… SC

Suddenly, the door closed. Bang!! We realised that we were trapped inside as we tried to open the door but it was locked. A light flickered then a shadow moved. It came closer and closer. I looked away for a moment. With fear, I felt someone breathing down my neck. MM

I walked slowly down the crumbled, rocky path. Straining my ears, I tried to hear a scuffle of footsteps or a coat rustling in the wind, but I heard nothing. Suddenly, a flicker of light caught my eye. Slowly, I turned around…  Behind me stood a tall, thin stranger, wearing only black. Deep cuts scarred his pale, white face and where his eyes should have been were two empty, black holes that seemed to stare into my soul. Heart pounding, I turned and quickened my pace. So did the stranger. NB

Year 6

English: Rainforest Animals Encyclopaedia

November

In English, we wrote a fact file on animals in the Amazon Rainforest. We researched three animals whose habitat is the rainforest and used a beautiful, high quality text called The Wonder Garden to give us inspiration. We were asked to complete a double page spread about our animals and the habitat they live in and we were able to design it however we wanted. As you can see, there were loads of different ideas!

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Blitz Artwork

November 2021

This week, 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!

Whats been happeningYear 6

Bikeability

October 2021

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.

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WW2 Individual Projects

October 2021

For our English homework, which concluded our World War II topic, we all crafted, wrote and presented some astounding World War II projects! We had to be brave to read them out loud in the time allowed and we were able to listen to everyone else too! Numerous topics were covered such as the Blitz, aeroplanes, tanks, shelters, submarines and even some pigeon heroes! Many people had original ideas that were explained perfectly. Congratulations to all!

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Gas Masks

October 2021

In our final week of our topic, 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.

Whats been happeningYear 6

Plant Survey

October 2021

In Science, we’ve been learning about adaptations of plants so we went outside to carry out a plant survey. We looked carefully across a variety of habitats for different types of plants to begin to understand how these can also adapt.

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Paul Nash Artwork

October 2021

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 piece, using watercolour or oil pastel, as he did.

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Investigating the World around Us – Autumn 2021 – Reception

Here are some photos from Reception of children exploring the world around them. We have been finding out about which where our food grows and whether it grows above the ground or under the ground. This links in with our story, ‘The Enormous Turnip’

Whats been happeningYear 2

English – The Jolly Postman

Children loved exploring The Jolly Postman book as part of our English unit on diary entries. After reading the story as a whole class, they spent some time carefully taking the letters out of the envelopes inside the book to enjoy reading with a partner. It was lovely to see how engaged they were!

Whats been happeningYear 2

Topic – High Street Experience

We have enjoyed learning all about the High Street and to celebrate finishing our topic, we opened a 2.1 and 2.2 High Street. First, children got into small groups and decided what their shop would be and which items they would sell. After, they designed their items and decided how much they were going to cost. The best part was when the High Street opened and children got to visit each other’s shops. They loved playing the roles of shopper and shopkeeper!

Whats been happeningYear 5

What’s Been Happening -Year 5 – Autumn Term 1

Written by Year 5 reporters.

In Year 5 this half term, our topic has been Space. We have been learning lots of incredible things about our super Solar System.

In Maths this half term, we began by learning about place value up to a million including negative numbers and rounding. After that, we learnt methods for addition and subtraction and finally we learnt about different ways of representing data in statistics. We have drawn and interpreted tables and line graphs.

This half term in English, we wrote a narrative about a lonely baboon on the majestic moon. We have also been writing a newspaper report about the moon landing in 1969 and the 3 American astronauts who went on the Apollo 11 mission.

In Science, we have learnt mostly about the three celestial bodies which are the Sun, the Moon and the Earth. We have learnt that there are different phases of the moon depending on which lit up part of the Moon we see as the Earth spins on its axis. We know about the relative sizes of the planets in our Solar System and the orbital paths of the Earth and Moon.

We hope you enjoyed hearing about our amazing work in our classes. Here are some pictures for you to look at.

Whats been happeningYear 6

World War 2 Day

October 2021                                                                                                                                                

To celebrate nearing the end our World War II topic, Year 6 enjoyed an experiential day where they participated in a range of exciting activities. These included baking honey cakes with rationed ingredients, creating replica paper spitfires, embroidering individual pieces of fabric to create our celebratory bunting, writing radio broadcasts, using telegrams, thinking about what we might take in an evacuee’s suitcase and translating Morse code messages. In the afternoon, we had lots of fun looking at an amazing Jeep from 1945 and feeling how heavy army equipment was before sampling our delicious jam sandwiches and honey cakes. Thank you so much to our parent volunteers for helping out!

 

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Paired Reading

October 2021

Year 6 have paired up with a buddy from Year 1 to enjoy books. The Year 1’s have enjoyed reading to the older children and, in turn, the Year 6’s have felt very responsible being allowed to write in their reading records – even awarding house points! We’re looking forward to some more lovely times working together!

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Librarians

September 2021                                                                                                                                                      Our new librarians have been appointed! These children have volunteered to help to run our large library. They’re looking forward to the challenge and want as many pupils to benefit from our beautiful reading space.

 

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Coleridge Maths Quiz – Autumn 2021 – Year 6

A Year 6 Student reports …

On Wednesday 29th of September, 12 students from Queen Edith Year 6 competed in a mathematical quiz which took place at Coleridge Community College. The 12 of us took part as two teams of six against participants from other local schools. There were three rounds, starting with number puzzles, then number crosswords and lastly a relay race which got our hearts beating fast. We had to work together as a team and be speedy with our arithmetic.

After all their hard work it was finally revealed that the two Queen Edith teams had come first and second! Congratulations to everyone who took part – we can’t wait to have the engraved trophy presented!

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Science – Leaf Study – Autumn 2021 – Year 6

Year 6 took advantage of our lovely field space in Science recently. We’re studying plants and looking for key observable characteristics. We each chose the most interesting leaf we could find and then took it indoors to discuss. We then created a branch diagram to help us work out what sort of leaf it was!

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Mathematics – Negative Numbers – Autumn 2021 – 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.

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World War II – Year 6

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.

 

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Science – Fruit Dissection – Year 2

Year 2 loved dissecting different fruit to learn about seeds. We carefully used tweezers to remove the seeds and then used a magnifying class for a closer inspection. It was so much fun!

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Science – Bean Plant Measuring – Year 2

We have been amazed to see how much our bean plants have grown over the past two weeks. We are using rulers to accurately measure the stem and making sure that we position our plants in the sunlight during the day. We also know it’s important to give our plants water as this helps them to grow too!

Whats been happeningYear 2

Science – Parts of a Tree – Year 2

This week, children learnt about the different parts of a tree (including trunk, branches, twigs, leaves and crown). We discussed the similarities and differences between plants and trees and then had a go at making a collage of a tree. We loved combining Science with Art!

Whats been happeningYear 2

Art – Still Life Drawing – Year 2

In Art, we have been learning how to draw plants in a realistic way and have done some observational drawings. So far, we have used sketching pencils and thought carefully about our pencil technique to ensure accurate lines and shapes. We are looking forward to using charcoal and watercolours in the coming weeks to add more life to our drawings.

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.

 

Reception

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.

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.

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.

https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/reading/what-is-letters-and-sounds/

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!