What’s been happeningEvent, Year 5, Year 6
Later Years have loved performing their production of Shakespeare Rocks and have done so brilliantly pulling it together on the stage. Parents and staff have been so impressed by their commitment to the action, their beautiful singing, their choreographical prowess and their behaviour as the choir. Well done to absolutely everyone involved on stage and behind the scenes – what great team work!
Event, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6
KS2 Sports Day
KS2 Sports day was a great afternoon. Everyone tried their best and ran, hopped, cycled and much more. Well done everyone.
Congratulations Centaurs on winning the cup!Year 2
The children loved sharing their science learning with parents today. All the investigations and research was explained and demonstrated for our visitors. Thanks mums and dads for extra probing questions! Further investigations emerged as additional questions were asked. Well done 2.1 on some great science observations and thinking.Event, Year 2
Year 2 Science Week
As our topic is “Around The World,” during Science Share Week we have been thinking about vehicles or machines that travel. We have been exploring all sorts of toys, like parachutes, gliders, cars and balloon helicopters. After exploring the toys, children decided on questions they were interested in investigating. 2.1 also had to decide how they were going to answer their questions. They will be able to tell you about the sort of enquiries we carried out. So far we have compared how far cars can travel on different surfaces on a ramp, we have compared whether a glider can stay in the air longer than a balloon helicopter and we have also done some book and internet research to find out how things fly. Finally we compared whether a balloon could stay up in the air longer than a balloon with a propeller attached. Parents are welcome into Class on Friday at 3pm to find out more and this will give children the chance to share their science learning with you.
Floating and Sinking
In Reception this half term, we had a visitor in to teach us all about floating and sinking. The children made balls and then boats using playdough and were surprised to discover that the boats could float but the balls couldn’t. They also tested bottles that had sand in compared to empty bottles and found out that the empty bottles could float.Year 2
France and Italy
Last week year 2 were lucky to have a presentation from Emile’s Mum, telling us all about life in France. We learned about the regions in France and how the weather can be quite similar to the UK. We got to sample some french bread and cheese. It was yummy.
Jacopo and Dante ‘s mums shared some authentic Italian food with us. We learned about many cities in Italy: Rome; Venice; Pisa and also what happened to Pompeii a long time ago.
We are looking forward to going even further around the world next week, when we go to Poland and Russia!Year 5
Year 5 Space Day/Science Week
As part of our Space Day, we learnt that it is possible to use a water bottle as a rocket. We investigated what factors make the rocket that launches the highest. Have a look at this video to see what we discovered!
If you would like to try this at home, you will need:
- A cork (a thin one, i.e. not from sparkling wine)
- An old inner tube valve from a bike tyre
- A drill (or some way of making a hole in the cork)
- A bike pump
- A water bottle
- Drill a hole in the cork just large enough to push the old bicycle valve through. You may need to use glue to seal any gaps.
- Attach the end of the valve to the bike pump.
- Fill the bottle ¼ full of water.
- Push the cork into the bottle and point upwards.
- Make sure not to hold tightly to the bottle when you start to pump air into the bottle!
We have been practising identifying numbers and have enjoyed playing adding games with dice.
In art we are creating watercolour collages inspired by the work of Turner. So far we have painted a cloudy sky and a stormy sea. We were careful to use dark, stormy colours and to smudge the paint for the sky. We also experimented with salt on the sea to make the water look foamy.
Class Council Assembly
In our class council assembly we have been thinking about how we can be proactive and make our classroom a friendly and inspiring place for everyone to be. Lots of us shared great ideas for ways to inspire and help our friends and visitors to our classroom.Year 1
In maths we have begun exploring numbers up to and beyond 100. Today we compared two larger numbers and explained which one was bigger and how we knew. We were careful to use the words “ones” and “tens” to help us explain clearly.
Art fruit and vegetable prints
We explored the shapes and textures of a variety of vegetables and fruits by making relief prints.
After that, we used oil pastels to create bright, contrasting and colourful backgrounds.
On a lovely, warm early summer’s day, we explored the Botanic Gardens! We drew detailed observational sketches of different plants in the glass houses and created a second journey stick as we travelled around. We noticed lots of details in the gardens as we completed our scavenger hunt. It was a fabulous experience for all and we are very thankful to our brilliant parent helpers!.Year 1
DT Food and Nutrition
Although we eat fruit as an individual item at school every day, not all children have experienced a mixture of fruit as in a fruit salad. So we explored the possibility of lots of different tastes ‘all at once’ when we decided on a special mixture in a fruit salad.
First, we explored the sensory properties of fruit by tasting them and describing their colour, texture and taste.
After that, we discussed the health and safety issues when handling and tasting foods. We also practised using everyday cutlery as effective and versatile tools.
Then, we designed our fruit salads, thinking especially about the flavours, textures and colours we wanted to include.
Next it was time for the big task: the making. Each group made two identical bowls of fruit salad to share. They made sure that the look, feel and taste of the fruit salad matched what they planned.
Finally, we evaluated our fruit salads and thought about how we would have liked them to be different.
We all worked together brilliantly and practised thinking “win-win” to make sure that everyone was happy with each stage of our work!Year 1
In Science we explored our school grounds using the woodland trust tree identification app. We had to observe different parts of each tree very carefully to help us identify it. We looked closely at the leaves, the branches, flowers and bark.
If you want to use the app at home you can find it here https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/trees-woods-and-wildlife/british-trees/identify-trees-with-our-tree-id-app/Year 1
Identifying parts of a plant
We were very excited to welcome Robert Macfarlane into school to talk to us about trees. We were inspired by his passion and enthusiasm for plants and nature and learnt lots about swifts and horse chestnut trees.Year 1
Identifying parts of a tree
We were very excited to welcome Robert Macfarlane into school to talk to us about trees. We were inspired by his passion and enthusiasm for plants and nature and learnt lots about swifts and horse chestnut trees.Uncategorized, Year 1
We used our close observation skills to explore our school grounds and create a journey stick to remind us of our walk. We loved identifying the different items we collected and trying to work out which plant they had come from.Uncategorized, Year 1
R.E and Visitor
We had a great time exploring Christianity with our lovely visitor from a local church. We learnt about three different stories from the Christian bible and discussed how Jesus was a good friend to people around him. Then we explored whether it was easy or hard for Jesus to show friendship to others and refleted on times in our own lives when it can be easy or difficult to be a good friend.Year 1
We discussed how trees change throughout the year and described what the weather is like in our country in each season.Year 5
Ancient Egypt Day
We had a fantastic Ancient Egypt Day on Monday 8th of October. Activities we enjoyed included making pyramids out of spaghetti and marshmallows, baking Cleopatra’s favourite sweets, painting hieroglyphs on scrolls, making papyrus(our modern-day version), and making necklaces out of paper plates. Thank you for helping your children come to school in some lovely costumes – it really added to the atmosphere!
Year Five have been preparing for the cold weather by making their own hand warmers out of felt. Everyone creates a unique design, then cuts a front side and a back side out of felt. Then, we add applique and embroidery to complete the design before sewing the two sides together. With just a small hole left, we fill the pocket with rice, and then sew it shut. The rice holds on to heat for up to 20 minutes when warmed in the microwave, and we are excited to try them out at home!
Mountains and Rivers
This term in year 5 we have been enjoying our Mountains and Rivers topic, producing some excellent survival guides in literacy and learning how mountains are formed in topic lessons. We were also fortunate to have Dr Charlie Schoonman, a geologist who has spent time on a glacier in Greenland and has climbed many mountains, visit the year 5 children and share her experiences with us.Year 5
This term Year Five have been working hard on our Africa topic, producing some suspense-filled stories and a biography of Nelson Mandela in literacy. We have also taken inspiration from the visit of Michael Rosen to perform poetry in groups, using the iPad to create a green-screen version of our performances.
Uncategorized, Year 5
Year Five had a fantastic day exploring Shepreth wildlife park. The weather was delightful and the children’s behaviour was lovely. We had the opportunity to hold stick insects, stroke snakes and bunnies, and watch animals such as bats, red pandas and capybara being trained and fed. The staff at the park discussed topics we have been looking at in class, such as life cycles, conservation and animal classification.
World Book Day
Year 5 celebrated World Book Day by looking at a number of texts together. We shared Welcome with the rest of the school but then spent time looking at The Day War Came by Nicola Davies. Throughout the week, we tried to put ourselves in the position of a refugee, imagining what it might be like to be forced to leave your home. In Welcome, the main characters of the polar bears are forced to leave their homes due to climate change, and in The Day War Came the main character is forced to leave due to conflict. The children came up with some thoughtful diary entries – well done!Event, Whats been happening, Year 6
St Faith’s Maths Challenge
On Thursday 6th of June, Ryan, Daniel, Laura and Ana from year 6 went to St Faith’s school to represent Queen Edith’s in their annual maths challenge. Despite the three gruelling rounds and competing against 50 teams from state and independent schools both near and far, the children sailed through and had a fantastic time. During the prize giving ceremony at the end of the challenge, it was announced that Daniel and Ryan’s team had come first overall! A huge congratulations to all of the children for their achievements.
Year 5 have been enjoying our Mini Enterprise topic of making biscuits! We’ve been working hard in our teams to prepare for our final bake sale, holding taste trials and creating packaging. We are keen to make sure that every team member has a leadership role and we are hoping to finalise and perfect our work by the time the bake sale comes!Year 6
In Maths we’ve been revising our knowledge of number in anticipation of our tests (shh!) coming up. This week, Miss Thurston’s group had to fit a jigsaw puzzle together with answers and use their brains to work out different calculations.
We’ve started our new topic by reading the story of Siddhartha Gautama, the Prince who became Buddha. We decided what the most important parts of the story were and retold it in our own way, using a comic strip as our inspiration!Year 6
On Thursday 21st March, 11 of our Year 6 children took part in the Tag Rugby tournament at Shelford Rugby Club. They won 4 out of 5 matches in their group, but unfortunately missed out (only just!) on the play offs. They all played well as a team, showing excellent understanding of the sport and of each other.
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.
Escher Sculpture Project
Our Escher project has come to an end with some spectacular pieces being produced. The children really used their imaginations and created some lovely artwork.Year 1
We have been learning the difference between capacity and volume. We worked as a team to pour water and label cups with words and phrases like ‘nearly empty’ and ‘more than half full’.
We have really enjoyed the start of our plants topic! We have been exploring our school grounds and investigating the different trees and plants. We used our observation skills to look closely at the leaves, bark, branches and flowers on the trees to help us identify them.
Year 4 Roman Projects
In the second half of the Spring Term, the Year 4 children were set the challenge of creating a project based on our Roman topic. Some people researched and presented information; some created an Roman artefact, model or piece of art. On the last day of term, we showed one another our finished projects.
Helping the Hedgehogs
Following children’s interest in hedgehogs we invited Darren the rescued hedgehog to come and visit. This was very popular and we decided to find out more about hedgehogs and how the children could help them. They raised £75 for the Shepreth Hedgehog Hospital by making cakes to sell after the Reception assembly and this was delivered to the hospital who were grateful to the children for their care. We will be continuing to find out more about hedgehogs, what happens to them during the year and how we can help to protect them.Whats been happening, Year 4
Middle Years Production
Below are photos from our wonderful Pirates of The Curry Bean.
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 2
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.
Three Billy Goats Gruff
This half term, children have been learning the story of The Three Billy Goats Gruff. The children learned the story and actions. Some children also had a go at writing the whole story independently. In our workshop area, the children painted their own trolls and cut these out carefully. We also looked at bridges from around the world and the children had a ‘task of the week’ to build their own bridge for the three billy goats. Our story has also linked to spring and children have been exploring the outside area for signs of spring.DT, Year 6
On Wednesday 27th March, Year 6 enjoyed a day of baking Fairtrade products and worked brilliantly in their groups to ensure that they tasted delicious and looked appetising. Each group had their own stall, which they decorated with posters and leaflets advertising their product. Parents were invited to our Fairtrade Café later in the day and their generous donations helped us to raise £71.65 for the Fairtrade Foundation charity. The children were really proud of this.
From the very beginning of the day, the children imagined themselves living in a castle. Through role-play, they experienced life as it would have been during 1145, using authentic tools and materials. Throughout the day they were involved in the issues of the time and began to learn about lots of different aspects including
Making a leather finger guard to protect your fingers when doing archery
Rope-making and braiding wool to edge collars and cuffs
Working with the wise woman to dispense cures for a variety of illnesses
Making clay gargoyles for the great hall
Making a leather purse to store keepsakes
Creating scent bags to dispel the smells of the castle
Making a sample of woollen weaving
Throughout all this activity, there were knights and hunters outside, protecting the castle and hunting for food for our feast! They managed to hunt wild pig, rabbit and a large number of rats! They also managed to save the castle from the attack of the dastardly Sir Geoffrey!
To celebrate the defeat of the enemy and managing to defend the castle, the children joined in a huge banquet! Servants did a wonderful job of serving bread, cheese, fruit and biscuits to the knights and performers and everyone was entertained by jesters, singers, dancers and a jousting tournament.
What a wonderful day we will remember it forever. Thank you very much to the volunteers who joined us on the day.
Measuring dragon’s footprints!
This morning Year 1 have investigated which dragon has the longest foot. We talked about how to measure accurately and used cubes to measure how long each different foot is.
“The blue one is shorter than the yellow one.” Marley
“The yellow dragon’s foot is longer than the blue one.” Dua
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!
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!Event, Year 1, Year 2
KS1 Christmas Production
KS1 have really enjoyed their Christmas production this year. “The INN-Spectors” was a comical performance with beautiful acting, singing and dancing. Congratulations to all the children for working so hard on learning lines, songs and dance moves. Thanks too to parents who supported the memory challenge and helped children every step of the way. The cast also looked stunning in their costumes, so thanks again to mums and dads for equipping us so well. Our many rehearsals paid off as the final show is one we can all be proud of.
Happy holidays to one and all!
KS1 teamYear 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.