This week, in Sequoia class, we had a visit from our local PCSOs William and Natalie. They spoke to the children about weapons and the dangers associated with them. The children were all shocked to learn about the different types of weapons people use and the harm that they can do to the victim, families of the victim and even the attacker. A few of the children were able to try on the protective gear that the PCSOs wear all the time in order to protect themselves. They were surprised by how heavy the clothing was. We learnt so much!
This week we went on tour! As part of our Dimensions Time Team unit we made our own guided tour around Great Horton and found out lots of historical facts about our local area. We created a tour booklet and even took ‘Samuel Lister’ on the tour with us to show him how Bradford had changed since the Industrial Revolution. #DimensionsCC #localhistory #Bradford
This week we have been doing lots of research into captive breeding and looking at the declining populations of the red squirrel (in UK) and the wild boar (in Hong Kong). We looked at arguments for and against captive breeding, and held a class debate where we discussed alternative viewpoints. The children learned that there are always two sides to an argument, and it is important to research both sides before coming to your own conclusion.
It was lovely to meet most parents this week during parents evening and sharing your child’s progress and achievements so far in year 4. This week, Larch class have been engrossed in their new History unit in Dimensions looking at slavery. The children created WANTED posters and tea dyed their sheets to make them look really authentic.
Parker has finally been caught out by the Dimensions Curriculum. The children of Cedar class have realised, based on their current topic ‘Cry Freedom’, that he’s been keeping them as slaves. They have been overworked and underpaid. After writing an alternative ending for ‘Street Child’ in English, children have taken their ideas literally and escaped the classroom. Cedar class have fabricated the truth and created ‘Wanted’ posters for the escapees. If found, please return to Cedar class and collect your generous reward.
This week, we have continued our Geography unit and have learnt more about Dover and France, as well as Canada. The children worked in groups and produced presentations about the human and physical features of Canada. Yesterday, we finally compared all of them and produced a comparison table for each.
Furthermore, this week in year 3, we have completed our story maps on our class text – Robinson Crusoe, innovated and planned our own adventure story and started to write.
#Year3 #Dimensionscurriculum #Geography #France #Dover #Canada #RobinsonCrusoe #Adventures
This week Ash class have been completing their geography unit ‘Three Giant Steps’ where they have been learning about Dover, France and Canada. They have learnt lots about human and physical features and have researched each place in groups.
They have also been very enthusiastic and enjoying learning their Christmas song, ‘Rockin around the Christmas Tree’ for the Christmas performance.
This week some of Year 2 were lucky enough to visit Bradford Cathedral as part of the VOCES8 Foundation project. The children worked with volunteers and learnt some beautiful songs which they then sang at the Cathedral this week.
Everyone was so impressed with how well the children remembered the words and how beautifully they sang!
Well done Year 2!
This week some of the children went to Bradford Cathedral and what an amazing time they had! We were very lucky to watch VOCES8 perform and even got to perform with them! We haven’t been able to stop singing ‘Chosen Family’ all week.
This week Oak class have been learning a new text called ‘The Queen’s hat’ by Steve Antony. We have been learning all about the different places in London called Trafalgar Square, London underground, Big Ben, London Zoo, Tower Bridge, and the London Eye. We have practiced some actions to help us remember the names of the places. We have also been very busy making crowns using different materials, which has also helped us to develop our cutting skills. We have had lots of fun learning about how we can help raise money for children in need. We came into school in non-uniform. Some of us even dressed up in yellow clothes as Pudsey bear!
This week, in Cherry class, we are starting to look at our new story book – The Queen’s Hat. Because of this, we have been making crowns using paper plates. To make our crowns, we have used lots of useful skills, for example, cutting, painting, sticking and designing what we would like our finished crown to look like. We have been so proud of the crowns we have made – just look how amazing they are! We call ourselves Kings and Queens now!
This week in Nursery we have celebrated World Nursery Rhyme Week. Everyday before home time we have sung our favourite nursery rhymes. We also had a go at some arts and crafts activities linked to different nursery rhymes we love. The children voted for their favourite nursery rhyme each day to inspire our craft area. Nursery’s favourite nursery rhyme is Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
In P.E. this half term, we are learning a dance routine to Fleur East’s ‘Sax’. The children have really enjoyed learning ‘Tutting’ which is a style of street dance modelled on hieroglyphics. They have also learnt some basic dance moves which they will combine together to create a routine of their own.
We had an exciting delivery this week for Ali in Rowan class. Ali won our Accelerated Reader class raffle so was able to choose a book from Amazon that he would like to keep. He chose Brightstorm by @VashtiHardy. Great choice Ali!.
Also this week, Rowan class have been looking at some very special books in our history lessons linked to our Dimension work on Time Team. We are finding out about our school and were looking at the old school logs dating back to the 1890’s. Great use of primary sources. @DimensionsCC #year6 #history
This week, we have been learning about migration and why people may choose (or not choose) to emigrate. We discussed our own personal migration stories before looking at the human and physical geographical features of Hong Kong and discussing why people may choose to live or leave there.
We even had a Zoom call with Mr Bates, who emigrated to both Singapore and Chicago in the USA and asked him all about his experiences living there!
Here’s what Larch class got up to last week! #education #learning #bradford @DimensionsCC
This week we had an online interactive session
With Chester Zoo. We learnt about rainforests
and endangered animals and there were some
fantastic questions raised by the children
as we are also learning about this within
our Geography unit.
Ask your child what they can tell you
about palm oil!
Following on from our lovely experience from the Shibden Falconry, we continued to work on our theme ‘Windows of the World’. We looked at the different types of settlements (Rural, Nucleated and Urban) and where would Cedar class like to build their village, town or city. A stumbling block arose when a wooded habitat had to be knocked down and we questioned ourselves on whether we could do that and what impact it would have on the animals around? We required some help from some professionals ,that worked with animals, and Chester Zoo came to our help. We organised a 60 minute workshop with the zoo from over the Pennines to help us with our quest. Prior to the workshop, we spoke about the benefits of a zoo and that it was a type of conservationist just like the falconry but on a bigger scale. In the workshop, we spoke about the rainforests around the world and what amazing animals lived there. Unfortunately it came to light that animals all over the world are becoming critical, endangered or extinct because their habitats are being taken away from them. We loved the experience. THANK YOU, CHESTER ZOO.
Cedar class then became curious on what other animals were endangered, so we looked on the www.iucnredlist.org to see if our favourite animals were endangered.
Question: According to the World conservation Union, when are you able to say that an animal is extinct?
This week, we have had a coverage of Geography based on the physical and human features of France and Dover. The children made distinct links of the similarities and differences of both places. They also worked as groups and made presentations about a human or physical feature of France. Furthermore, they created their own fact files. This week we have also been busy practising our Christmas song – Rocking around the Christmas tree!
#Year3 #Geography #France #Dover #similarities #differences #christmasspirit.
This week in English Ash class have been learning about the story of Robinson Crusoe.
We are going to innovate the story so that it is set in Africa.
We learnt about similes and metaphors. We worked in groups to figure out which phrases were similes and which were metaphors.
The children have been writing some amazing similes and metaphors about animals in Africa to add to their own stories when we write them.
This week Maple Class have been learning their compass points: North, East, South and West and how to use them when looking at a world map.
All of the children enjoyed using compass directions to ‘move’ Paddington Bear on a map to see where he needs to go.
‘Naughty Elephants Squirt Water’ certainly helped the children remember the order of the compass points.
We had an extra special visit from VOCES8 this week. We learnt three amazing songs that we will perform at Bradford Cathedral next week. In the workshop we also learnt how to warm up our voices and bodies so that we can sing our very best. This will be very useful when singing our Christmas songs too! A huge thank you to Ann and Lydia!
This week Spruce class have been learning about continents and oceans. We have been exploring a globe and matching countries to their continents. We enjoyed learning them through songs. We have also been practising the Christmas songs. In English, we have been learning about verbs and we mimed key scenes from our story. This was really fun because we could only use actions and no sound. We also had a visitor who judged our pumpkin competition and our winners received prizes!
This week Pine class has done a lot of work in Geography. We have been busy using a compass and a globe. The children in Pine class can now confidently name the four different compass points. The children learnt about the four countries in the UK. Ask your child if they can remember the capital city for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland? We learnt the different continents and the five oceans too.
This week, Maira from Pine class won a huge hamper full of Halloween goodies. Chloe, from PK Education, judged the entries for the pumpkin competition and Maira won. Take a look at how creative Maira was with her pumpkin design. She used tissue paper and googly eyes! Other children who were the runners up also received a prize.
This week Oak class children have been learning the text ‘Me on the Map’ by Joan Sweeney. This inspired us to view our school street called Dracup Road. We went on a walk and saw lots of different things such as houses, house numbers, trees, paths, bins, cars, roads etc. We also saw car park signs and road markings such as the zebra crossing and yellow double lines. We discussed what they mean and why they are so important for everyone’s safety. We had so much fun!
This week, Cherry class have been learning about maps and where they live. Because of this, we went on a walk to Dracup Road to understand what kind of things we would find on our street. We found lots of signs and road markings which we now understand, like zebra crossings and double yellow lines, and we practised our working knowledge of road safety to ensure a fun and successful walk. Cherry class always love going on trips – we can’t wait for the next one!
This week in Nursery, we had some very special visitors! We have got some new pet fish for our classroom. They came in an empty tank on Monday morning with a letter asking us to look after them. We were so happy to see them! We were very excited to decorate the tank and make their new home cosy. We are going to learn how to look after them. We are taking it in turns to feed them each day and will be cleaning out their tank every Friday. In the next few weeks we are going to learn about fish, where they come from and other creatures we might find at the bottom of the sea. we are also learning some under the sea songs!
This week as part of our ‘Time Team’ topic we have been investigating Bradford and our locality of Great Horton using Ordnance Survey maps. The children were amazed at how small everything was. They looked carefully and identified key landmarks such as hospitals, schools and parks. We then learnt how to use 4 and 6 figure grid references to locate places in Bradford.
In Rowan class we have been developing our spy skills this week! We are getting ready to write instructions on how to train a spy linked to our class novel – #Strormabreaker @AnthonyHorowitz.
As part of our Diwali day, we looked at the importance of Siblings’ Day (Bhai Dooj) and why it is important that we recognise and honour our siblings.
We also looked at the Hindu festival of Raksha Bandhan, where sisters tie a rakhi (an ornate bracelet) on their brothers’ wrists, and sisters receive a gift from their brothers.
We decided to make our own bracelets that we could give to our siblings or loved ones, to show them that we love and respect each other.