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What’s been happening

Year 1

Fizzy or Calm

This week in Year 1 we have been finding more ways to be proactive. We are learning that we are in charge of our actions, attitudes and moods. To help us with this, we named lots of different moods and acted out what happens to our bodies when we feel them. We discussed how when we are nervous our tummies might have ‘butterflies’ and when we are frustrated our hands and faces might scrunch up.

We also talked about the difference between feeling fizzy and calm. We realised that sometimes it is great to feel excited and bouncy, like a bottle of cola, but other times it is better to be a ‘calm water bottle’.

 

Year 4

Chalk Pit Visit

We visited Cherry Hinton Chalk Pits as part of our Changes topic. Millions of years ago, the sea covered the local area, and the shells of sea creatures were deposited on the sea bed, taking 1000 years to create one centimetre depth of chalk. After the sea had retreated, Iron Age and Roman people lived in the local area, leaving behind evidence such as flint tools, animal bones and pottery. More recently, stone was quarried until the 1980s. It was used for buildings such as Cambridge colleges. In 2009, the chalk pit was converted to a nature reserve and is home to many plants, birds and other animals. While we were there, we also had the chance to practise our perspective drawing.

Year 1

Maths

In Maths we have been learning the vocabulary:

“Just the right amount”

“Not enough”

“Too many”

We tried to share out the fruit fairly, but realised we had too many carrots and not enough apples. Fortunately we had just the right amount of tomatoes!

 

Year 1

Science

In Science we are learning about our senses and our bodies. This week we learnt that the eye is an organ and we use lots of different equipment to help us see better. We enjoyed exploring the courtyard with magnifying glasses and discovering lots of tiny plants and animals.

Nursery

Nursery Books and Buns!

You are invited to come and share stories with your child on:

Either
Tuesday 15th October at 8.45- 9.20am. or Friday 17th October 3.00-3.25pm(you will receive an invite for a specific day)

The children would love to share a story and bun with you!

We would also like to share this half-term’s story ‘Dear Zoo’ with you.

We hope you are able to join us. Please note younger siblings are welcome to attend but will remain your responsibility.

Please tick the sheet in Nursery to let us know if you can come.

Many Thanks
The Nursery Staff

Year 6

Duxford

On Friday 27th September, Year 6 took a trip out to Duxford Imperial War Museum to view the amazing exhibits and learn more about our first topic of World War 2.  We visited Hangars 8, 4 and 1 to look at the vast array of different vehicles and models. We followed trails made by our teachers to really ensure that we were looking at specific parts very 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 a great experience for us.

 

Year 6

Bikeability

 

Some Year 6 pupils chose to participate in Bikeability training. We spent the first 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 for 3 sessions to test our skills and learn how to be safe around others – pedestrians or vehicles.

 

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Middle Years Assembly

This week one of the Year 4 children gave a short talk to Years 3 and 4 about environmental pollution, including some of the causes and what we can do about it. If children have a topic they think is important or interesting, and would like to present it to the rest of Middle Years, they can speak to Mr Blower to arrange it.

Year 1

Synergising

We synergised to make a video celebrating some of the ways we can be proactive.

 

Year 4

Science – Gases

In Year 4, we are learning about solids, liquids and gases. We thought about whether gases really weigh anything. Some people thought not because they are invisible or lighter than air. We did an experiment with fizzy water to find out.

First we weighed some fizzy water in a cup, then we stirred it to make the gas come out and weighed it again. The second time, it weighed less, showing that the gas that had escaped really weighed something (about 0.4 grams). We also used some even more sensitive scales and we could watch the weight going down as the bubbles escaped by themselves.

 

Year 6

Bikeability

This week, some of our Year 6 pupils have chosen to participate in Bikeability. This is a free course run by local volunteers which aims to teach children practical skills and how to cycle safely on today’s roads.  We spent the first 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 for 3 sessions to test our skills and learn how to be safe around others – pedestrians or vehicles.

Year 6

Active Maths

We had lots of fun during an outdoors investigation this week, learning how to find the approximate age of a tree. We had to measure 1 metre up from the base of the trunk and then use a tape measure to find out the girth of the trunk. As 2.5cm is roughly equivalent to one year of aging, we worked out that we had to divide the girth (in cms) by 2.5 to find out the age of the tree. Did you know that there are lots of trees in our school field older than 100 years?!

Year 6

World War 2

In an introduction to our first topic of World War 2, pupils used iPads to research key ideas (such as food and rationing, the role of women and evacuation) before collaborating and sharing what they had learned.

Year 6

7 Habits

To start this year, Year 6 have been looking at the 7 habits of highly effective leaders. We spent a fun session describing a picture for our partners to draw using all the first 5 habits – partners took initiative, knew their end in mind, Put First Things First by following directions, used win-win thinking, and communicated by speaking clearly and using active listening.

In PE, we played some team games to ‘synergise’ (a new piece of vocabulary we have learned) which requires involving others. In this activity children stood in a circle and held hands. They were given a hula hoop and were told that the hoop must go all the way around the circle without anyone letting go of each other’s hands. We found out that the group can only be successful if everyone does their part.

On Friday, we held a special celebration day, dressing up as leaders who are inspiring. Congratulations to Ellie and Oliver who were voted as the most inspiring for their class!

 

Year 1

Birthday Cards

We enjoyed making birthday cards which we will use throughout the year to celebrate one another’s birthdays.

Year 1

Celebrating choosing time

We spotted patterns and compared the weight of different objects during our choosing time.

Year 1

Circle of Influence

Today we practised Habit 1: Be Proactive. We discussed what we are in control of. We realised that we are in control of ourselves and not in control of others. Here are some of the very sensible things we said:

“I can choose to use kind hands”

“I can choose to be nice to other people”

“I can’t choose the weather outside”

Year 1

Leaf Printing

We enjoyed printing with autumn leaves. We will share these on the habits tree in our classroom.

Year 1

Put first things first

We worked together to sort out what is more important and less important, so that we can put first things first.

Year 1

What I want to be like

1.2 Are beginning with the end in mind!

Today we shared what we want to be when we grow up. Here are some of our ideas:

“I want to be a nurse because they fix animals and people.”

“I want to be like William Buckland because I like dinosaurs”

“I want to be a fireman so I can take care of the world”

“I want to be like mummy because she makes nice cakes and wears necklaces”

“I want to be like Marshall because it’s a firefighter costume”

“I want to be like ghostbusters because they fight ghosts and it’s brave”

“I want to be a baker like my mummy because she makes super cakes”

“I want to be like my mummy because she makes my favourite food”

“I want to be a chef because you get money and cook food”

“I want to be a ballerina because I like dancing”

“I want to be a princess because they are kind”
“I want to be a nurse because they help people”

Year 4

4.1 Mission Statement

In 4.1, as part of Habit 2 (Begin with the end in mind) we have been thinking about why we come to school, how we best work together and how we would like others to view us. We gathered our ideas into a mission statement, and also made posters to show our thoughts.

Class Mission Statement

We are in 4.1 to learn, so we do our best in our work; we listen carefully without interrupting and we share our ideas.

We also want to make friends and have fun, so we support each other in learning and playing, and we agree or disagree kindly.

We hope others will see that we are well-behaved, hard-working, we try our best and we are friendly and kind.

 

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Leader in Me

For the first 8 days of the Autumn term we have been introducing all the children to the 7 habits and our new whole school project: The Leader in Me.

Please see the link to our daily newsletters which introduced parents to each habit and our celebration day on Friday.

We are seeking to teach children that they are the leader of themselves and with the 7 habits they can become leaders of others.

 

Year 1

Identifying leaves

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.

Year 5

Hand Warmers

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!

Year 5

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

Africa

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.

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Shepreth

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.

 

Year 5

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!

Year 5

Biscuits

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

Arithmetic

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.

Year 6

Buddhism

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

Tag Rugby

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.

 

Year 6

Beak Experiment

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.

Year 6

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 4

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.

 

Reception

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.

Year 2

Breadmaking

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

Fairytale Boxes

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

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.

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Fairtrade Cafe

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.

 

Year 2

Maths Measuring

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

Literacy

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

Ice Science

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.

 

Year 2

Fairytale Boxes

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.

 

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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.

 

 

Year 2

Bread Making

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 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.

 

Year 6

Welcome

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!

 

Year 6

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

Fairtrade Topic

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.

 

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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.

Year 4

Internal Monologues

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.

 

Reception

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.