What’s been happeningYear 2
In our Maths lessons, we have been getting to grips with all sorts of measuring. We have been finding out about different units of measure as well as which tools are best for which measuring jobs. We also found out that you have to be very accurate and careful and always start from zero!Year 2
A mystery suitcase arrived for us in school one day. When we looked inside, we saw lots of warm clothes, a compass, a very old camera and some tinned food. Bit by bit and with some careful questions and deductions, we found out that it belonged to Ernest Shackleton. We learned about his expeditions to Antarctica and his great survival and rescue story.Year 2
In our Science lessons on Materials, as part of our Fire and Ice topic, we investigated the properties of ice and then designed and planned our own fair tests, depending on our interests. Some groups compared how quickly ice would melt in hands or in water, while others were interested to see if ice with food colouring would melt faster than normal ice.
As part of our Fairy Tale topic, we planned designed and created Lauren Child inspired fairy tale rooms. We used Child’s mixed media collage style, which was so varied and exciting to do. We worked well in our groups and were pleased with the final products.
Reception, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6
World Book Day
To celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 7th March, all pupils at Queen Edith dressed up as animals! Look below at some of our lovely photos.
We all linked our English work to the book Welcome by Barroux. Reception children made their own islands inspired by those in the book. Year 1 designed a welcoming place for the monkeys from the story to stay in. Year 4 wrote inner monologues imagining that they were in that situation. Later Years pupils looked at Welcome and also Leaf, The Day War Came, The Island and The Arrival and found out about refugees around the world before writing diary entries, imagining that they were in that situation.
As part of our High Street topic, we visited Cherry Hinton High Street and popped into the baker’s shop. Did you know that our bread is baked at night while we are fast asleep? We also made our own bread and added a range of different ingredients. It tasted delicious! We wrote instruction so that others could also see how to make the perfect loaf.Year 1
This week year one have been exploring how to build strong structures by designing and creating Mott and Bailey Castles. Lots of skills were used to build these castles- paper mache for the motte, rolling clay to hold up the fences around the bailey and painting the castles. Some people even integrated closing drawbridges into their castles! Fantastic teamwork was displayed by all.Year 6
World Book Day
Year 6 have been contributing to AfA’s 200 million minutes challenge! We started on World Book Day and will continue to collect minutes of silent reading to contribute to this charitable challenge. We’re all loving some extra time to ourselves to read.
All this week, classes across school have been sharing a book! We’re all looking at Welcome by Barroux and our English work is themed around this. We’ll then have a celebration assembly showcasing the work on Friday 8th – can’t wait to let you know what each year group has done!
Computing – Plickers
Year 6 have trialed using Plickers – a quiz program – to help them revise grammar concepts and mathematical fluency. Each child has been given their own card which they hold up and the iPad reads their multiple choice answer. This will help us in quickly assessing their knowledge and is a fun tool for us all!Year 6
Science – Leaf Study
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!Year 6
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!
We have also been preparing for our Fairtrade Café where we will use Fairtrade items to create a product which we will sell to visitors to raise money for the Fairtrade Foundation charity.Year 3, Year 4
Years 3 and 4 Treasure Chest Cuboids
Children from Year 3 and Year 4 have combined learning maths with our pirate-themed production to produce treasure chests. The 3D shape of a treasure chest is a cuboid, so we cut out a net, then folded and glued the flaps carefully. We decorated our cuboids to look like treasure chests.
For World Book Week, the whole school is reading “Welcome” by Barroux. It is about three polar bears who are separated from their home, and are refused entry onto other animals’ islands. In Year 4, we wrote about what the polar bears were thinking after being rejected for the third time. The children were challenged to write it as an internal monologue, rather than narrating the story. The children excelled at giving an insight into the bears’ emotions. In order to bring their monologues to life, we recorded each child reading their writing. You can find the audio file with your child’s voice on it stored under their table group name.
The Snow Queen
Children have been learning our own story of the snow queen who turns everything to ice and snow. They were very excited to find real snow and loved exploring it. We also discussed ice in the water tray and how long it would take to melt. Children went outside to find out about winter weather and use the thermometer to see if it was freezing. They made their own ice palaces for the queen and after she sent them an email they researched animals that come from cold climates. They thought of words to describe the queen’s palace and then told their parents the story in their assembly. Afterwards, children celebrated with a Snow Queen party when they ate chocolate Crispie Cakes and Apple Sorbet which they had made.Reception
Celebrating in the Autumn Term
This term we have been celebrating family festivals with our children. They made group fireworks, shouting out the sounds that their firework made as they made paint splashes. We learnt how to dance to Indian music for Diwali, made cucumber raita, and took part in different activities in the Foundation Stage.
Children also celebrated Christmas with a concert for their parents and carers. They told the story of ‘The Gingerbread Man’ and sang some songs about getting ready for Christmas. Children made cards on the computer and prepared their own food for their Christmas party. They also joined together for a Christmas Activity Morning with Nursery.Year 1
Last week we had great fun exploring the school with Sunny and describing what he likes and does not like about each place. When we got back to the classroom, we used the iPad to share our ideas and mark up the pictures with our ideas. We found these pictures really useful and used them to write fantastic stories about Sunny’s adventures!Year 5
Car Trip by Michael Rosen
We’ve been trying out a fun green screen app while performing some poetry. These children from 5.1 are performing Car Trip by Michael Rosen.
Year 1 have been forming numberlines and representing numbers up to 20. We were careful to show numbers using tens and units.
As part of our Cambridge topic, we took a trip into the centre of town to see some of the parts of the University that we hadn’t seen before! We had a look around King’s College Chapel, Market Square and Hobson’s Conduit, St John’s and Trinity gates with interesting stories attached, the Braille Map, the Round Church and Corpus Clock. We were also hosted by St Catharine’s College where we had lunch and enjoyed a fascinating talk from Professor Marciniak about asbestos. St Cat’s students then took us on a treasure hunt around the buildings to find out facts about the college itself. It was a cold but lovely day out!Year 6
Michael Rosen and HistoryWorks
We were delighted to welcome Michael Rosen to the school along with HistoryWorks who taught us about Cambridge history in songs, poem and rhyme. We learned about Oliver Cromwell’s head, found out why there are seahorses on the coat of arms and thought differently about the Fitzwilliam lions. It was so perfect to link in to our Cambridge topic this half term. Michael even performed our favourites of his for us – Chocolate Cake and No Breathing In Class. We had such a great workshop so thank you!Year 6
New Topic – Cambridge
Our new topic is a local history study, looking at Quentin Blake’s Panorama of 800 years of the University. We’ve already looked at the beginnings of the University and when the colleges were founded, next we’ll look at key moments in its history.
We finished our Carousel projects! We showed our Y2 buddies as well as our parents and got them working safely. Using the iPads, we were able to track the progress of our carousels and made a little booklet with videos, text and images to show off our process too!Year 6
Christmas Card Making
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 buttons. We loved creating our cards.Year 6
To raise money for Wood Green Animal Shelter, Year 6 participated in a pyjama day. We had such fun but it mean we felt slightly sleepy! Thanks to our School Council reps, Y6 leaders and Mrs Phillips for organising it!Year 4
In Year 4 this half term we have been learning about electricity and what you need to make a circuit. In this investigation, we were trying to figure out which materials are conductors (allow electricity to flow through) and which materials are insulators (don’t allow electricity to flow through). We found out that most metal objects were conductors and most other materials like plastic, cloth and paper are insulators.
In Year 4, we have been learning about decimals. When you multiply a number by 10, you move all the digits one place to the left. When you divide a number by 10, you move all the digits one place to the right. We learned that if a digit in the ones column moves to the right, it goes into the tenths column, after the decimal point. Notice how the decimal point has a chair to sit on; that’s because it never moves!Year 4
Year 4 St Faiths Maths Challenge
Four mathematicians from Year 4 travelled to St Faith’s School for the annual Maths Challenge, competing against children from 30 other schools. In teams of two, they had to do rapid mental addition, find the next number in sequences, make 24 using given numbers, and other fun challenges. Both teams did really well and were excellent representatives of our school!Year 1
Year 1 are exploring different words in dance. We practised creeping along like a spy and using different heights to add dimension.Nursery
Nursery has welcomed new children this term. We are very pleased that they are all settling so well and have already started to make new friends.
In addition to settling in, the children have enjoyed learning inspired by our theme of Rainbows and have been busy singing the Rainbow song, dancing with scarves, painting rainbows on large paper and the whiteboard, playing rainbow games and making a rainbow fruit salad!Year 1
We have begun learning all about the world in our new topic. This week we learnt the names of the different continents. We have lots of tricks and mnemonics to help us remember their names!Year 1
In Maths, we explored how to separate numbers into tens and ones. We found it very helpful to use dienes to visualise the problems we were solving.Year 3
Here are some photos of the class drawing around each other and drawing in their internal organs! It was huge fun, now we just have to add the bones!
Year 4 Movie Trailers
We watched a short film featuring a Little Sprout at Christmastime, then we used iPads to make our own movie trailers. Just like real trailers, ours have photos and short video clips, titles, effects and backing music. Here are a few examples – we hope you like them!Year 1
Year 1 are creating a toy museum! Today the children used their computing skills to photograph and write labels for the exhibits that will be in the museum!Year 1
Toys From Around The World
Year 1 explored toys from around the world and compared traditional toys in Britain and Russia. They enjoyed creating Russian stacking dolls and learning the story of The Littlest Matryoshka.Reception
The Gingerbread Man
This half term, Reception have been learning the story of ‘The Gingerbread Man’. We discovered some footprints and crumbs in our garden and the children decided it must have been the fox from the story! The children enjoyed re-telling the story using actions. We have taken part in a range of activities linked to our story including: making gingerbread men out of clay, making houses for our gingerbread men in the workshop, learning songs and using technology to decorate gingerbread men. We also went to the shops to buy the ingredients to bake our own gingerbread men.Nursery
Autumn Term B
Children in nursery have enjoyed learning about a range of themes this half term. We have been learning the story of the Little Red Hen and enjoyed performing a Christmas themed Little Red Hen story that the children had written for their families at our Celebration. The children explored flour and enjoyed making their own play dough and role play bread. We have learnt about Diwali and Bonfire night and enjoyed a visit from a parent who talked to us about Hanukah celebrations. We have enjoyed our Nature Garden and have enjoyed planting bulbs and raking and sweeping the autumn leaves. Children enjoyed making and decorating cakes and sharing them with families at our Christmas celebration.Nursery
Autumn Term A
Children in nursery have been settling in well and enjoying both our indoor and outdoor areas. They have enjoyed exploring our garden and nature garden and recently went on a walk on the school field to look for signs of autumn. They have been painting, printing, riding bikes and scooters and enjoying a wide range of cooking in our mud kitchen. We marked the end of half term with our Books and Biscuits session for parents. Children enjoyed sharing books and eating the biscuits they had baked for the occasion.Event, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6
Netherhall Cross Country Competition
It was a beautiful day for the Cross Country competition held at Netherhall school on Friday 30th November. Attending the event were runners from years 3 to 6, with separate races for boys and girls. It was wonderful to see the team spirit of Queen Edith, who represented the school brilliantly, and persevered to run the 1500m course. A huge well done to all of the children selected to run and an extra special congratulations must go to Josiah and Emma for bringing back a gold medal!Reception
The Enormous Turnip
Children helped to pull up some vegetables form our garden area. They then learnt the story of ‘The Enormous Turnip’ using storytelling actions. They cut out and ordered different sized turnips, investigated and printed with different vegetables, wrote shopping lists for turnip soup and then chopped up the vegetables to make their own. It was very popular! Children also had a kitchen in their role play areas where they pretended to cook their own soup. Each class created their own story based on The Enormous Turnip and wrote about their new vegetable.Year 1
Peg Doll Toys
We designed and created old fashioned peg doll toys. Lots of people had very creative ideas. Here is a particularly happy Year 1 child with his Iron Man doll!Year 1
We have been learning to use imperative verbs and give commands by directing Traction Man to save Scrubbing Brush. Lots of fantastic commands were overheard, such as “climb over the mountain” and “tiptoe through the crocodile infested river”.Year 1
Year 1 have been exploring the properties of 2D and 3D shapes. Here we are putting all of those pesky 2D shapes into prison. There were some fantastic conversations about the differences between 2D and 3D shapes.Year 1
We investigated which material was waterproof.Year 1
We have begun our weekly spelling quizes in year 1. Sometimes we will complete them using iPads.Year 1
In year 1 we are beginning to develop an awareness of the past. We explored toys that our grandparents used to play with, that our parents played with and now that we have played with. We noticed that today we still play with many of these toys but some people noticed that the materials we use now are different. Some people also noticed that the toys we play with today often use batteries or are plugged in to make them work. We are excited to explore more of these toys and find out other differences about the past.Year 6
Positional Language in Maths
In Maths, Year 6 have been looking at position and direction as well as recapping some maths language. One group went to the hall to have an active session using hoops, balls, mats 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! 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
Coding on iPads
Year 6 have been working with iPads recently. In maths we’ve played games with coordinates; in topic we’ve been documenting the progress of our fairground rides 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. Some of the Year 6’s have been made digital leaders to help around the school in other classrooms too – well done!Event, Year 5, Year 6
Queen Edith Football Teams
On Thursday 11th October the Queen Edith boys and girls football teams took part in the ESFA football competition at Netherhall School.
The girls team faced some tough competition but performed extremely well to record 3 victories and 2 defeats in their 5 games, meaning they finished 3rd in their group of 6 teams. This meant they just missed out on playing in the play-offs for the 3rd place medal. Well done to all of the girls who took part!
The boys team had an excellent start to the tournament, winning 4 and drawing 1 of their 5 group games and only conceding one goal in the 5 games. This meant Queen Edith won their group and progressed to the final.
After a tight game the match eventually ended 0-0 which meant a penalty shoot-out was needed to decide a winner. The boys did very well to keep their nerve in the shoot-out and won the final 2-0 on penalties!
As a result the boys team have progressed to the county finals, where they will represent Cambridge in the next round of the tournament.
As our first Science lesson in our new topic of Fairgrounds and Fairytales, we got out the electrical equipment and made simple circuits in pairs. We used different components of a motor, a buzzer or a lightbulb. We looked at scientific symbols for the items we used and drew our own before explaining how the circuit worked. We are looking forward to more!Year 6
After spending some time chatting about how to be safe on fireworks night, Year 6 spent some time on Monday afternoon creating firework art with black paper, chalk and oil pastels. We were able to smudge them slightly and created some super artwork!
Settling into Reception
Children have settled into Reception after visits with their parent or carers. They started in each class during the first week of the school year and either came full or part time, depending on their parent or carers choice. Activities reflected children’s interests discussed at each child’s personal visit with their new teacher. During the first few weeks, we got to know each other. Children began by learning routines and exploring the classrooms both indoors and outside. We introduced animal characters to help them begin to understand how to learn- such as ‘Concentrating Crocodiles’, ‘Go For It Gorillas’ and ‘Exploring Elephants’. These learning skills will be developed during the year.
Varying sentence lengths for effect
In English class on 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?
It started dashing towards me, adrenaline filling my veins as my legs desperately carried me away. I ran to the end of the hall and the noise stopped. I could no longer feel its presence lumbering behind me. I turned around. It was gone. I decided it would be a good time to escape, so I did just that. I was about to turn the corner when I stopped, but what I thought were my footsteps continued behind me.
A door creaked behind me while I ran and tripped over a loose floorboard before falling in some glue-like muck, only it was……… sticky! CRASH! I heard a noise and I knew I had to escape. Footsteps. They grew closer. Just in time as the insane, bladed monster burst through the door………
The hatch slammed shut. Trapped in the bowels of a warship. The squad of commandos had arrived here, in the Pacific, 7 days ago. Sent to reach the Japanese admiral and destroy the ship. Footsteps. “Hide!” “Get ready!” Suddenly, a cough. The man turned around. Discovered. A burst of machine gun fire and soldiers – “Allied and Axis – “sprawled all over the deck. None of them stood a chance…….
My heart was pounding. Turning around, the old rickety gate swung shut with a creak. Eeeeek. It had opened again. In the dark corner of the garden, I found a pair of fierce red eyes staring at me. “What was it? I asked myself. I ran out of the garden. In the distance, a wolf was howling. An eerie silence pinched the night sky. Aaaaoooooooooooo! More howling. Without looking back, I just ran…..
To finish our gymnastics unit on symmetry and asymmetry, we joined forces with students across classes and practised, performed and perfected these routines. There were some outstanding “challenge yourself” behaviours being shown and wonderful teamwork across the year group. Well done to everyone!
Year 3, Year 6
Year 6 have paired up with a buddy from Year 3 to enjoy books. The Year 3’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!Year 4
Micro Bit Programming
Some children have been learning how to program the Micro Bit, which is a small processor with 25 LEDs for a screen and two buttons you can use to control it. Here is a game of Rock Paper Scissors where the players press a button to choose Rock, Paper or Scissors, then show the screen to their opponent.Year 6
Hansel & Gretel
On Wednesday 31st October, Year 2 and Year 6 enjoyed a wonderful performance of Hansel and Gretel by Pendle Productions. We were treated to lots of singing and dancing, a beautiful backdrop and two very energetic performers. It was interesting to discuss the differences in this retelling compared to the traditional tale in our classes afterwards. It was the perfect introduction to our current topic: Fairytales.Year 2
October Hansel & Gretel
On Wednesday 31st October, Year 2 and Year 6 enjoyed a wonderful performance of Hansel and Gretel by Pendle Productions. We were treated to lots of singing and dancing, a beautiful backdrop and two very energetic performers. It was interesting to discuss the differences in this retelling compared to the traditional tale in our classes afterwards. It was the perfect introduction to our current topic: Fairytales.Year 1
1.2 Have been working extremely hard recently and have earnt lots of ‘sunshines’ for their reward time.
As a class, we voted to spend our reward time climbing.
We loved using our bodies in lots of different ways to climb up and over a range of equipment.
This week we have been learning how to use the + and = symbol.
We worked together in groups to practise addition fact families and we discovered a pattern.
Can you spot the pattern?
We practised our presenting skills by sharing facts about owls, just like David Attenborough!Year 1
October TV PresentersYear 1
Year 1 had lots of fun creating sock puppets this week. First we designed our puppets, thinking about what shapes we can see in an owl. Then we cut out felt pieces and glued them on to create the owl puppet. Finally, we enjoyed playing with our puppets and telling super stories using our class puppet theatre!Year 1
We practised balancing on a wobbly ‘bridge’ which grew wider and wider. We had to talk to our partners and help each other to make it safely across the ravine!Year 6
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!
This half term, Year 6 spent a wonderful day at Duxford Imperial War Museum as part of our topic on World War 2. We visited Hangars 8, 4 and 1 to look at the vast array of different exhibits and followed trails made by our teachers to really ensure that we were looking closely. We especially loved their ‘Heavy Drop’ exhibit, the Normandy experience with armour and weapons as well as the range of interactive Science tools which let us play with forces and engines. It was great fun!Year 6
Our new librarians have been appointed! These children have volunteered to help to run our relatively new library. They’re looking forward to the challenge and want as many pupils to benefit from our beautiful reading space.
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 somber 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.
Performing in Assembly
Pupils from KS2 have been volunteering to perform a range of musical instruments while children are walking into assembly. Congratulations to those who have successfully performed in front of their peers – we’re loving the opportunity in Year 6!
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.
Ancient Egypt Day
This term year 5 have enjoyed learning about Ancient Egypt, including Ancient Egypt day which saw the children making their own papyrus, cooking honey balls and writing messages in hieroglyphs. In PE the children have been working on creating brief routines which have been performed in unison, practising not only their gymnastic skills but also their teamwork and timing skills.Year 4
This week some Year 4 children brought their bikes into school and practised their cycling skills with the Bikeability Team. The weather was perfect and they really enjoyed learning how to be safer on their bikes.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.