Here’s what Aspen Class have been up to last week!
What a busy week it has been in year 4. Larch class had the opportunity to take part in a performing arts workshop exploring the story of Rama and Sita through dance. The children absolutely thrived in this session and enjoyed getting creative.
The children were ‘Flown Away’ with a workshop from Kevin, who works at Shibden Valley Falconry. He spoke to the children about their habitat and why conservationists are helping the ‘Birds of Prey’ to thrive in their habitat. This helps us with our Dimensions topic, ‘Windows of the Worlds’ as we look at why Zoos and certain conservationists prevent certain animals from extinction. The children were mesmerised with the size, colour and the different sounds they were making. We would highly recommend in seeing our feathered friends again.
This week, the children have never been readier to be back at school and ready to learn, after a well deserved half term break! On Tuesday, we had a visit from Kevin who delivered a falconry session. This was a fantastic opportunity for children to see different types of real-life birds! The children were extremely excited and enjoyed themselves thoroughly. We also celebrated Diwali day on Wednesday. The children learnt the story of Rama and Sita and then made their own mood graphs based on Sita’s feelings throughout different parts of the story. This was followed by the children making their own story boards to retell the story behind the celebration of Diwali. To end the day, we had a whole school assembly by which representatives of year 3 shared their work.
#Year3 #Falconry #Owls #Falcons #Birds #Diwali #Celebrations #Festivaloflight
This week Ash class took part and watched some exciting things!
At the start of the week, Ash learnt about and saw some amazing birds of prey. They learnt lots about the birds; how to look after them, what you should and shouldn’t do and how we can help make sure they are protected and safe! They were all amazed at how the birds showed us their wings!
On Wednesday everyone in the class participated in Diwali day. The children learnt a story about Diwali and created story boards. Some of the class presented this work in assembly. We also had a party, ate lots of nice food and danced to some traditional Diwali music!
This week Maple were extremely excited to have a visit from Shibden Valley Falconry. All of the children loved learning all about the environment and conservation and particularly enjoyed learning about the diet of these beautiful birds as well as how they hunt for their food by using their senses, particularly their excellent hearing!
As part of our Diwali celebration day, Holly Class looked at Lakshmi – the goddess of wealth. We found out that Hindu people in India light their lamps to help Lakshmi to find her way into their homes. Lighting the lamps celebrates that light triumphs over darkness.
This week Spruce class went to a session with Falconry. We learnt about owls and how they live and adapt. They were really big and we were fascinated by them! We had an amazing Diwali party, where we learnt the Diwali story and created a collage of the characters, before then enjoying dancing and food. Finally, we presented in the Diwali assembly where we learnt more facts about the festival.
This week, the children had the opportunity to see different types of real life birds! Kevin, from Shibden Valley Falconry, delivered an excellent and informative session, which the children really enjoyed. We also celebrated Diwali day and learnt lots of interesting facts about the festival. Year 1 had the opportunity to present their work in a whole school assembly and showed off their fantastic art work. The children learnt the story of Rama and Sita and analysed the good and bad characters. They thought of some adjectives to describe the characters.
This week, in Cherry class, we were scooping out the insides of pumpkins and exploring taste, smell, texture and look. We were doing this to understand the traditions of Halloween and what a pumpkin is like inside. We even looked at white pumpkins! Our teachers carved a spooky face on a pumpkin and we helped to put a colour changing battery candle inside to light it up. Now our amazing Halloween pumpkin is on display at the front of Cherry class for everybody to see!
This week has been a very special week, we have been learning about different celebrations!
We have had a spooky week! We have been learning about Halloween and loved dressing up in the witch’s kitchen, making lots of magical potions to cast a spell on others. We all made some bogie jelly and filled it will lots of bugs! Luckily, they weren’t real bugs because we had to eat it. Phew!
We also had a Diwali day this week to celebrate the special festival. We all came into school dressed in our party clothes and carried out lots of different activities. We also had a Diwali assembly to showcase our work.
This week in Nursery, we have learnt about different celebrations. First, we looked at Halloween and how different people celebrate Halloween. We dressed up in different costumes in the home corner and made different Halloween crafts. We then looked at Diwali. Mrs Patel shared her experiences of how she celebrated Diwali at her house. We learnt a song all about Diwali. On Wednesday we had a Diwali party where we dressed in bright colours, danced, ate party food and sang our Diwali song. We also decorated our classroom with lanterns and twinkly lights! On Friday, we learnt about Bonfire Night and watched fireworks on the whiteboard. We learnt about how to stay safe on Bonfire Night and even learnt a poem. We had a go at making different firework pictures using chalk and paint. We have had a very busy week in Nursery!
Here’s what Aspen got up to last week!
In Larch class this week we have been exploring printing in art and design.
“We learnt about an artist who was famous for printing.”
“We got stamps, a paper cup, a spoon, a sponge, a net and then we painted on the things with different colours and printed them in our new art and design books.”
The children took time and care in their work and this can clearly be seen – well done! We are looking forward to the rest of this unit in our Dimensions curriculum.
This week, Willow class took part in an African drumming session. It was very exciting as children were informed of the background of the drums (their origin, material etc), and then were able to play them. They thoroughly enjoyed this. The session ended with a question and answer and the children were extremely inquisitive!
#Year3 #African #Drumming
This week Ash class had a very busy, fun-filled week! They have all taken part in road safety and wrote a persuasive speech.
One of the highlights from their week was their session learning about and participating in an African drumming workshop! This session linked to our history lessons surrounding Black History Month.
They learnt lots of new information about African drums and they learnt different ways how to play them. They all got involved and played the drums. They did a great job!
As part of Black History Month, the children learnt about the footballer Marcus Rashford and the amazing work he did to make sure that all children received free, healthy meals during the holidays. During Art, Maple class designed and made a ‘healthy meal plate’ using a range of materials like tissue paper, card, string and pencil. The children learnt about the importance of protein, fruit and vegetables in order to grow strong.
This week Spruce class had a surprise visitor. We had a drumming workshop with Martin, who taught us different techniques of African drumming, using our hands and other actions such as clapping. We drummed to a rhythm and developed an understanding of beat. We had an amazing time! We also celebrated Black history month by learning about Mary Seacole, the famous nurse who helped injured soldiers. In art, we had a super experience because we made clay pots using the ‘pinching’ technique. We enjoyed this very much-it felt like we were living in ancient times!
Last week, in Reception Oak Class, we found lots of UNDERPANTS in our classroom! This made us very suspicious and led us to reading our core text called ‘Aliens love underpants’ by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort. We have really enjoyed learning all about the things related to the story. Therefore, we have continued to look at space in more details and have been learning about our planet ‘Earth’.
This week, in Cherry class, we told Miss Eastwood that we wanted to make fans, so that’s what we did! We used our fine motor skills to cut, fold, stick and sprinkle glitter. We discussed that fans are used to keep us cool when we are too warm. We also discussed the different types of fan we might have, e.g. fans used at home, paper fans and handheld fans you can carry with you. We really loved following our interests and making something beautiful to keep!
We have had another fantastic week in Sequoia class. During our Design and Technology lessons, we explored a range of greetings cards and the reasons why we give them. Then Mrs French, who makes stunning greetings cards, gave us some fantastic tips to help us design and make our own cards. We worked together in groups to create some fantastic cards. We’re so proud of our designs!
This week in Nursery we have been learning all about Autumn. We explored different autumnal objects in our tuff tray. We went on an environmental walk around our school grounds to look at changes to the environment. We have learnt a song all about Autumn and the changes and traditions that come at this time of year, called What do we do in the Autumn time? We also learn about different woodland creatures and has a go at drawing them.
We were really lucky this week in Rowan class as Mrs French came to talk to us about how she makes her amazing greetings cards. We used her ideas and techniques to help us create our own range of greeting cards. We think they’ve done a fantastic job and are worthy of a place on the high street. What do you think? @Dimensionscc #Year6
The children in Cedar class have been exploring relief printing in Art lessons for the Dimensions curriculum. We first explored different ways of printing onto paper. We found that stamping was the best way to create a relief print. We then used foam polystyrene to calve out autumn leaves and used felt tips and water to print it onto card. The children really enjoyed this experience.
This week, as part of our “Mission Control” space topic, the children wrote their own scripts for a play “The First Moon Landing”. This included some fascinating (albeit made-up) dialogue between Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins as they navigated their way to the moon aboard Apollo 11.
Once the scripts were finalised, they added music and dance to their performances to create space-themed-musicals! This included fantastic sound effects and we also heard a few renditions of Sam Ryder’s “Spaceman”! @SamRyderMusic
The children were also excited to see the planet Jupiter up close in the night sky, as it was the closest it had been to Earth since 1963 and was visible with the naked eye. One child decided to take photos and you can actually see the planet in the sky!
As part of Black History Month, the children looked African music. The continent of Africa has lots of different types of music. People play lots of different instruments that make a range of sounds. We were invited to learn how to play the African drums. We really enjoyed working with a drumming expert!
In Sequoia class this week we have had so much fun during our Design and Technology and Art lessons. We started the week off by making our own cars with a motor so that they would move. We were so excited when the first car raced down our classroom. We have ended the week with exploring complimentary colour combinations to use in our own brand names and logos for a greetings card company.
This week in Rowan class we have been busy making moving cars that use a pulley system to move.
The children worked collaboratively in a group, using a range of tools and showed excellent team work to create their vehicle.
They are very proud of them and we think they’ve done a great job!
@DimesnionsCC #Year6 #Science #STEM #DT
Week Commencing: 10.10.22
Year Group: 5
This week, Beech class took advantage of the autumn sunshine and took their learning outdoors! As part of their “Mission Control” space topic, the children used their own bodies to recreate the orbits of the Earth and moon around the sun. By holding arms and rotating at the same time, they could show how the same side of the moon is always facing Earth. Great work!
This week Aspen class looked at Black History Month, which is key to remember, learn and celebrate important people and events in the African diaspora.