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In the Swan Class

Term 5 Week 3

The Year 6s have demonstrated our value of courage this week by approaching their SATs with a calm and stoical attitude, as well as enjoying some down time doing their digital photography projects and some solving some tricky puzzles.

Year 3,4 and 5 have been working on their persuasive writing skills and enjoying trying to persuade Mrs. Dawson to give them extra break time and raffle tickets.  They have been researching the techniques used in advertising and designing their own cereal box that you simple won't be able to resist buying.

In Maths this week the Year 4 and 5s have been learning about different types of angles, recognising angles in shapes and ordering and comparing angles.  The Year 3s are starting their learning on time and thinking about the number of seconds in a minute and the number of days in the year.

The afternoons have been busy and enjoyable.  We have now started fencing lessons. Although it took us quite a while to learn how to get all our fencing gear on properly, we had plenty of time to learn how to salute our opponent and then to lunge, parry and riposte.

In art we are continuing our learning about street artists and learning about Keith Haring.  We enjoying using bright colours and action marks to give our figures dynamism and energy.  This week we learnt how to write our names graffiti style!  In recorders we have progressed to learn B and A and have been practising moving between the two notes and reading music on a stave.

In Science Year 5 and 6 were learning to create a classification key to classify different types of sweets! Year 3 and 4 were learning about plant nutrition and enjoyed the crop rotation game.

In History the whole class re-enacted an Anglo Saxon court. Oswald (a.k.a Guy) stood accused of murdering Lar in a fight. After evidence from both Oswald and Lar’s families and much gossiping amongst the villagers, the 12  tithingmen found him guilty. Sadly Oswald was sentenced to death by drowning by the shire-reeve (a.k.a Millie)!

We have also found time to do some country dancing.  Although we have missed a few years due to Covid it is all starting to come back to us now and we can't wait to demonstrate our skills at the village fete!

Term 5 Week 1

Our topic this term is Crime and Punishment across History, from the Anglo Saxons times, through the Tudors, the Highwaymen of the 17th and 18th Centuries to the Victorian times.  We have already started to look at the court system, which originated over 1000 years go in Wantage, when King Aethelred the Unready set up a legal code saying that trials had to be conducted by 12 jurors. We also have a trip arranged for next term to Oxford Prison and Castle.

In Maths the Year 3s will be continuing to learn about money and giving change, before moving onto Roman numerals and time later in the term.  Both Year 4 and 5 will be recognising and comparing angles before going on to learning how to use protractors.  The Year 6s are getting ready for their SATS in week 3.  They have been doing lots of practise questions and honing their arithmetic skills. 

In English Year 3&4 are starting with poetry and moving on to persuasive writing and Year 5 & 6 are finishing off their study of Kensuke’s Kingdom.

If you hear a melodious cacophony wafting from the school of an afternoon, you are lucky enough to be listening to the sound of the Swans’ recorder lessons.  This term we will be learning to hold the recorder, blow smoothly without squeaking and play the notes B, A and G.  Let us know if you would like them to take their instrument home to practise!

Our Art focus this term is street art.  We will be looking at the reasons why people create street art and exploring different types of installations.  Using Banksy and Keith Harding as inspiration, we will be asking the question 'Is graffiti art or vandalism?'

In Science Year 3&4 are looking at Plant Structure and Lifecycle and Year 5&6 at Living Things and their Habitats.

In RE this term we will be making links between the story of the Day of Pentecost and the Christian belief about the Kingdom of God on Earth.  We will be learning how Christians show their belief about the Holy Spirit in worship and in the way they live.

Term 4 Week 3

In English Year 5&6 have been doing some lovely writing, using  Kensuke’s Kingdom as inspiration and lots have been finding opportunities to include the semi colons and colons we have been learning about. Year 3&4 have been enjoying using ‘The Blue House’ by Phoebe Wahl and ‘I’ll Take You to Mrs Cole’ by Nigel Gray and Michael Foreman to explore settings and emotions. They particularly got into the role play this week and are preparing to write their own stories next week. 

In Maths, Y5 have been finding out that percentages are not as tricky as people make out! Y6 are converting between different units – ml/L, kg/g etc.   Y3&4 have been working hard on mental and written methods for division, including where there is a remainder. 

In RE we have been exploring why people experience both feelings of joy and sorrow during this time of Lent and Easter.

Music this term is pitch – one of our four musical elements.  We are using our voices to explore different pitches and learning to listen to and trace the line of the melody.  We are using ‘Land of the silver birch’ as a foundation for our learning and noticing the intervals between the notes.

Our art this term is inspired by the photographer Ansel Adams and his pictures of the Grand Canyon. We will take our own digital photographs of the landscape around school and use these to create a photographic collage.

In Science Y3&4 have been learning about the digestive system and found out some amazing facts – did you know that the capacity of an average stomach is equivalent to  15 cups of water, that the length of the small intestine is 6m and the large intestine 1.5m?! This week the children looked at the results of their egg shell experiment. The acid in the orange juice corroded the egg shell very badly. We were surprised that the sugars in milk had quite a bad effect on the egg shell too. But the egg shell that was in plain water was still perfect after a week. From this we concluded that, though milk is good for strengthening our teeth, water is the best drink to prevent decay.  

Y5&6 were surprised about when some of the stages of development take place for young children – they found it amazing that most babies learn a new language and how to walk in just over one year. Some of the children were able to bring their record books from when they were babies, to share some of their milestones. 

Everyone has been making great progress in tennis and gymnastics during PE. Last week we were very happy to have Ollie the cricket coach back, but it was a phenomenally wet lesson; well done everyone for keeping going. Should be much better weather today

Term 4 Week 3

In English Year 5&6 have been doing some lovely writing, using  Kensuke’s Kingdom as inspiration and lots have been finding opportunities to include the semi colons and colons we have been learning about. Year 3&4 have been enjoying using ‘The Blue House’ by Phoebe Wahl and ‘I’ll Take You to Mrs Cole’ by Nigel Gray and Michael Foreman to explore settings and emotions. They particularly got into the role play this week and are preparing to write their own stories next week. 

In Maths, Y5 have been finding out that percentages are not as tricky as people make out! Y6 are converting between different units – ml/L, kg/g etc.   Y3&4 have been working hard on mental and written methods for division, including where there is a remainder. 

In RE we have been exploring why people experience both feelings of joy and sorrow during this time of Lent and Easter.

Music this term is pitch – one of our four musical elements.  We are using our voices to explore different pitches and learning to listen to and trace the line of the melody.  We are using ‘Land of the silver birch’ as a foundation for our learning and noticing the intervals between the notes.

Our art this term is inspired by the photographer Ansel Adams and his pictures of the Grand Canyon. We will take our own digital photographs of the landscape around school and use these to create a photographic collage.

In Science Y3&4 have been learning about the digestive system and found out some amazing facts – did you know that the capacity of an average stomach is equivalent to  15 cups of water, that the length of the small intestine is 6m and the large intestine 1.5m?! This week the children looked at the results of their egg shell experiment. The acid in the orange juice corroded the egg shell very badly. We were surprised that the sugars in milk had quite a bad effect on the egg shell too. But the egg shell that was in plain water was still perfect after a week. From this we concluded that, though milk is good for strengthening our teeth, water is the best drink to prevent decay.  

Y5&6 were surprised about when some of the stages of development take place for young children – they found it amazing that most babies learn a new language and how to walk in just over one year. Some of the children were able to bring their record books from when they were babies, to share some of their milestones. 

Everyone has been making great progress in tennis and gymnastics during PE. Last week we were very happy to have Ollie the cricket coach back, but it was a phenomenally wet lesson; well done everyone for keeping going. Should be much better weather today

Term 4 Week 1

Our new geography topic in the Swans is The North American Dream. We will be exploring the continent but also looking particularly at the Grand Canyon.

In English Year 5&6 are using the Michael Morpurgo book, Kensuke’s Kingdom, to develop their own writing in a range of text types: descriptive writing, balanced arguments, formal letter to name just a few.  Year 3&4 are using ‘The Blue House’ by Phoebe Wahl and ‘I’ll Take You to Mrs Cole’  by Nigel Gray and Michael Foreman to explore settings and emotions.

PE this term is tennis and gymnastics up at the village hall.

In computing we will be completing our Scratch coding and going on to using technology to create digital images.

All year groups will be learning about the human body. For Year 3&4 the focus is on the teeth and dental hygiene, the digestive system and food chains. Could the children please bring in their toothbrush and toothpaste for the Science lesson on Tuesday next week, 8th March? Year 5&6 are looking human life cycles, which will include gestation periods of a range of animals, including humans, human foetal and baby development, key physical and emotional changes during puberty and the physical and mental changes to the human body as it ages.

This will be supported in PSHE (Personal Social and Health Education) by lessons on Growing & Changing, Life Stages and Changing Bodies.

In Maths Y6 are calculating percentages, Y5 finding decimal and fraction equivalent and  Y3&4 are working on using times tables facts to help multiplying larger numbers.

For RE we are considering Why do Christians call the day Jesus died ‘Good Friday’?  and in Music we are thinking about pitch and will be using this in our own compositions.      

Term 3 Week 6

In English we have been continuing our work on news articles very imaginatively. Y3&4 have been enjoying writing  articles about a mystery guest who disappeared from the royal ball at midnight! Y5&6 have been writing about a strange invasion of flying pig. Sounds unbelievable – well take a look at this news article about pink frogs raining down on Stroud and Cirencester 30 years ago.  https://www.stroudnewsandjournal.co.uk/news/17154361.remember-pink-frogs-rained-stroud-cirencester/

In Maths everyone has been doing some data handling and using the results of the Big Garden Birdwatch to help them. Year 3 & 4 have been looking at bar charts and Year 5&6 interpreting line graphs and using timetables, the latter being something that children in our area do not have much access to. Do please seize any opportunity to discuss any timetables you come across with your child! Y5&6 have also been thinking about reflecting and translating shapes and learning what makes a shape congruent - you might want to check their knowledge at home! Meanwhile Y3&4 have really been impressing Mr Jones with their knowledge of column addition and subtraction.

While the Y5&6 Cross Country Team were busy at Far Peaks the rest of the class enjoyed some time Scratch coding and debugging a quiz with Mr Jones.

This week we were really lucky to Zoom into the Cheltenham Synagogue with the rest of the school, as part of our study of Judaism. Thank you to Mrs Tipple for arranging this. The children were able to get some first-hand information about the different festivals celebrated and even learnt a Jewish prayer......in Hebrew!

 

In art we learnt about The Firebird by Stravinsky and used the music as inspiration for our own artwork.  The children had free choice over the medium they wanted to use for their picture and really captured the emotion of the music in their art work.

After all this we still had some energy left to design a work out during PE.  Miss Belcher challenged the children to design a routine that exercised each muscle group.  We even found some muscles we didn't know where there!

Our Anglo-Saxon trip to the Corinium Museum:

Term 3 Week 4

The whole class have all been investigating news reports in English and the Year 3&4s are busy writing their own articles about things that have been going on in school.

In Maths Year 3 & 4 have been working very successfully using the written method for addition. Year 5 have been applying their knowledge of division and multiplication to solve real life problems and Year 6 have been adding and subtracting mixed numbers.

We have all been busy carrying out investigations in Science, Y5&6 to find out which was the best material to insulate Mrs McLellan’s cup of tea and Y3&4 to find out the best material for waterproofing. 

In RE we have been finding out about the reasons Jewish people celebrate the Passover and the traditions they follow.  In D&T everyone has completed their designs for brooches and have started to make prototypes. In our study of music chronology and history we have looked at Baroque and the use of certain instruments over the ages. In Computing Year 5&6 have been modifying an existing maze game and Year 3&4 considering the pros and cons of paper-based and online quizzes

Term 3 Week 2

The pantomime always makes a great start to the year and the Swan class have been looking at the traditions of pantomime and doing some writing related to Rapunzel. Before we go on to look at newspaper reports we have explored some poetry and written some kennings, which fits in well with our current topic, The Anglo-Saxons.

We have discussed why the Angles, Jutes and Saxons felt able, and were even invited, to invade Britain once the Romans had left. We can see around us some of their influence in place names which are familiar to us, such as –ford, -ham, -stow. We will go on to look at their lifestyle, religious beliefs and culture, including through our artwork, where we will be designing and making Anglo-Saxon brooches. At the end of term we have a great trip to the Corinium Museum planned, where we will find out about the grave of an Anglo-Saxon woman that was discovered in  Butler's Field in Lechlade, and why she has been nick-named “Mrs Getty”!

In Maths Year 3 are starting with fractions, Year 4 with tables and all are going on to written methods for addition and subtraction.  Year 5 are starting with multiplication, Year 6 with fractions and both groups finish the term with work on angles.

For Computing we are exploring algorithms and the coding possibilities available with Scratch software. Y3&4 will be creating a quiz and Y5&6 a game, with a final version relating to our topic. You can check out Scratch on the education website and explore some tutorials at https://scratch.mit.edu/

Religious Education looks at how festivals and family life show what matters to Jewish people and we are hoping to have a virtual tour of the synagogue in Cheltenham.

Science for all year groups is Properties of and Changing Materials, carrying out investigations to test the most suitable material for a particular purpose and looking at how materials change when they are mixed, heated and cooled.

Term 2 Week 7

We have been busy doing the end of term assessments alongside getting ready for Christmas – sometimes we have even been able to combine the two with some Christmas themed grammar competitions! To complete our topic on the Romans we thought about the legacy of the Romans in Britain: underfloor heating, sewage systems, Roman numerals, grapes and cabbages, to name just a few! Take a look at our Show and Share to find out more. The final vote showed that education was the legacy our pupils valued most!

 

 

 

 

Term 2 Week 5

We have all been learning about Roman gods and myths in English and comparing them with the Greek versions. We are now busy writing our own myths, inspired by what we have read.

In Maths Year 3&4 have been doing really well finding efficient ways to add and subtract. Year 5 have been multiplying and dividing decimal numbers by 10/100/1000, while Year 6 have been learning about square and cubed numbers, going on to coordinates.

In History we have been looking at what made the Roman army so successful and have even been practising our own Roman drill using the Latin commands - Parati – sinister, dexter, sinister, dexter – to march! We have just finished off our mosaics and are very pleased with the end results.

In Computing we have been considering the features that make a good website and designing our own Roman websites in Powerpoint. 

In Science the Y5&6s have been investigating refraction and using prisms to split light into its component colours. Y3&4 have been investigating opaque, transparent and translucent materials

Tuesday saw the classroom buzzing as we participated in the Knex Challenge, of which you can see more below. On top of all of this we have found quite a bit of time to practise our Christmas songs ready for the performance at Lechlade Garden Centre last night.

Term 2 Week 3 

 

We have been extremely proud of the quality of writing coming through in Year 3 and 4.  This week the children have been writing explanation texts and ensuring their work is well organised, using paragraphs.  It is great to see our youngest Swans starting to write at greater length and editing their work. Year 5&6 have been busy researching information and are starting to write up biographies of people who inspire them.

The year 3 and 4 children enjoyed learning their Roman Numerals this afternoon.  We especially enjoyed learning the roman numerals song which had some challenging actions!  You may like to ask the children to sing it to you.

Year 5 have been looking for efficient methods to carry out addition and subtraction and Year 6 have been learning about decimals, percentage and fraction equivalents.

In Science the Y5&6s have been investigating reflection and found that the angle of incidence and reflection are equal. This week they used this information to help them construct periscopes. Y3&4 have been investigating reflections too, and understanding which materials reflect well in the dark and help to keep us safe. They produced some lovely posters with advice on how to keep safe.

We have been archaeologists this week, completing laboratory reports on Roman artefacts we discovered (well actually they are on loan from the Corinium Museum!)

 

 

 

 

Term 2 Week 1  

Our topic this term is The Romans. We have already looked at the story of the founding of Rome and the structures in Roman society – ask your child what a plebeian is! We were all rather taken with the word.  We will be looking at the expansion of the Roman Empire, why the Roman army was so successful and their reasons for and attempts at the invasion of Britain. We will go on to think about the things that modern-day Britain has inherited from those times – such as Roman roads and numerals. Art will follow on from history, with the pupils designing and creating mosaics.

In Maths Year 3 and 4 are learning mental and written methods for all four operations. Year 5 & 6 are studying addition, subtraction and multiplication, including with decimals, and going on to squared and cubed numbers.

For English Year 5&6 have been reading Roald Dahl’s hilarious autobiography, Boy, using it as inspiration for writing anecdotes about events in their own lives. They will go on to research and write biographies about people they admire. Year 3&4 have been reading explanation texts about various aspects of Science, e.g. the life cycle of a plant, the water cycle, and will be writing their own explanations.

In Science everyone is investigating light.  For Computing we are looking at the features of websites, evaluating their effectiveness and designing our own, which we will then mock-up using Powerpoint.

RE is the study of Jesus the Messiah. Music will be practising the Christmas songs for the end of term performance.

 

 

 

Term 1 Week 7

The Swans have been having lots of fun learning about the Egyptian afterlife this week.  We learnt about the processes of mummification, and particularly enjoyed all the details about removing the organs! 

We have started designing a shaduf, Egyptian irrigation system, in DT and will be improving our designs ready for you to see at our show and share at the end of term.  In English we have been doing some research into the authors we will meet at the Literature festival, practising our research skills and learning how to summarise details for a biography.  We have enjoyed reading some of the books in advance too and are hoping the authors don’t spoil the ending today!

In Maths Y3 have been comparing 3 digit numbers and counting on and back in 10s and 100s. Y4 have been rounding to the nearest 10 and 100. Y5 have been comparing and ordering numbers with up to 2 decimal places and Y6 have been multiplying and dividing including using numbers with up to 2 decimal places. In Science Y3&4 have been testing the strength of magnets and Y5&6 starting to look at simple mechanisms using levers.

Our representatives in the cross country competition and our trip to the Ashmolean Museum:

 

 

 

Term 1 Week 4  

Food has been a major theme in the Swan’s class this week.  We have been busy getting ready for our Harvest festival on Monday, practising our songs and readings and getting our display ready for the church.  The Year 5 and 6s have been learning about producers and people who get food to our plates.  Meanwhile the Year 3 and 4s have been looking into fruit and vegetable record breakers.  Do take some time to look at their work on display in the church.

We have also been looking at food in our topic work this week.  We have learnt about the importance of the Nile to the Egyptians and how it enabled them to successfully cultivate the land.  We have learnt about the crops they grew, how the Nile offered protection from invasion and the danger of crocodiles and Hippopotamuses!

We had a really interesting lesson about spam emails in computing last week which triggered a debate about online communication.  It was great to listen to the children debating the positive and negatives of using different sites and talking about how they ensured they were keeping safe online.

In RE this week we have been thinking about The Creation.  We discussed how we feel about things we have created and how we would like our own creations to be treated.  The children chose some rules that they believe would help to look after our world.

Y5&6 have been doing parachute investigations considering the effects of air resistance and Y3&4 have been finding out which materials are magnetic.

 

 

 

Term 1 Week 2  

It is lovely to have everyone back and we have been enjoying introducing the new Year 3s to our classroom routines. Our topic this term is Ancient Egypt. We will be learning about the landscape and the importance of the River Nile, discovering why and how the pyramids were constructed and the Ancient Egyptians’ views about death and the afterlife. In English we have started off performing, learning and writing poetry and will go on to non-fiction texts for Year 3&4 and explanation text for Year 5&6.  In Maths we start by looking at place value in numbers and will go on to Roman numerals, rounding and negative numbers. Science for the Year 3&4s is Forces and Magnets and for the Y5&6s Forces and Air Resistance. In RE we will consider What do Christians learn from the Creation Story?  In art we will be looking at patterns linked to our topic and studying the work of Escher. In Music we will be practising for our Harvest performance in church.  PE is rugby.

Please could you make sure that your child brings in a piece of fruit or vegetable each day for their morning snack as these are not provided by the government for children in KS2.

 

 

 

Term 6 Week 6 21/07/21 

The last couple of weeks have been dominated by our rehearsals for the play. In The Keymaster, a rather dull looking supply teacher, took us on a tour to show how gruesome and fascinating history really is!   It was sad that one member of the cast was isolating, but happily managed to join on-line via Teams   to participate. Well done to all the children, they did a great job – it is really hard projecting your voice in an open-air performance, particularly when you have aircraft circling overhead too!

The Swans had a wonderful activity day at Hill End. We were lucky enough to spend time in Wytham Woods, an ancient semi-natural woodland, designated Site of Special Scientific Interest and one of the most researched pieces of woodland in the world, exceptionally rich in flora and fauna. On our survival course we learnt to build dens, light fires with a steel, trap bears (!), which plants were toxic and which edible and purify water with cotton wool, grass and charcoal. Later we undertook team building challenges, for example to guide a blind-folded partner through tyres, under scramble nets and around the trees. As everyone else left the centre for the day we enjoyed some free-time and then finally barbecued our evening meal round the campfire, toasted marshmallows and enjoyed a cup of hot chocolate - the perfect end to a perfect day!

 

The Year 6s were delighted to receive their leavers’ hoodies on sports day and insisted in wearing them most of the day, despite the intense heat! We all had a fabulous time at sports day on Friday. Thank you to Miss Belcher for joining us in the morning.

We were very happy to be able to celebrate our Year 6s’ time with us with a slightly amended service and lunch. We were joined by the vicar and representatives of the Church, Swans, Year 6 families, some governors and former staff. Everyone enjoyed a light, socially distanced lunch in the playground, kindly organised by Mrs Simmons. Thank you to the PTA for the cakes and fruit for the children. Jonty and Isaac, along with their families donated some plants to make the area to the left of our front gate a nectar rich area, for the wildlife. In anticipation of its impending popularity with the wildlife, they also gave the school a bug hotel!

 

On the last day we all gathered together for final worship. It is always a lovely calm moment, ending with Miss Davies’s hilarious rendition of Michael Rosen’s The Register, which includes all of the Swans.

Have a great summer Swans!

 

 

Term 6 Week 6 21/07/21 

The last couple of weeks have been dominated by our rehearsals for the play. In The Keymaster, a rather dull looking supply teacher, took us on a tour to show how gruesome and fascinating history really is!   It was sad that one member of the cast was isolating, but happily managed to join on-line via Teams   to participate. Well done to all the children, they did a great job – it is really hard projecting your voice in an open-air performance, particularly when you have aircraft circling overhead too!

The Swans had a wonderful activity day at Hill End. We were lucky enough to spend time in Wytham Woods, an ancient semi-natural woodland, designated Site of Special Scientific Interest and one of the most researched pieces of woodland in the world, exceptionally rich in flora and fauna. On our survival course we learnt to build dens, light fires with a steel, trap bears (!), which plants were toxic and which edible and purify water with cotton wool, grass and charcoal. Later we undertook team building challenges, for example to guide a blind-folded partner through tyres, under scramble nets and around the trees. As everyone else left the centre for the day we enjoyed some free-time and then finally barbecued our evening meal round the campfire, toasted marshmallows and enjoyed a cup of hot chocolate - the perfect end to a perfect day!

 

The Year 6s were delighted to receive their leavers’ hoodies on sports day and insisted in wearing them most of the day, despite the intense heat! We all had a fabulous time at sports day on Friday. Thank you to Miss Belcher for joining us in the morning.

We were very happy to be able to celebrate our Year 6s’ time with us with a slightly amended service and lunch. We were joined by the vicar and representatives of the Church, Swans, Year 6 families, some governors and former staff. Everyone enjoyed a light, socially distanced lunch in the playground, kindly organised by Mrs Simmons. Thank you to the PTA for the cakes and fruit for the children. Jonty and Isaac, along with their families donated some plants to make the area to the left of our front gate a nectar rich area, for the wildlife. In anticipation of its impending popularity with the wildlife, they also gave the school a bug hotel!

 

On the last day we all gathered together for final worship. It is always a lovely calm moment, ending with Miss Davies’s hilarious rendition of Michael Rosen’s The Register, which includes all of the Swans.

Have a great summer Swans!

 

 

 

Term 6 Week 4 01/07/21 

Last week we were busy with assessments in the mornings. Any spare time has been taken up with play practice, PE, climbing, scootering and Science. The Y3&4s have enjoyed putting together circuits, in their study of electricity, to get bulbs and motors working.

This week we had a fabulous trip to the Cotswold Sculpture Park and came back brimming with ideas for our own show, which we realised on Thursday and Friday. We hope you enjoyed the show this afternoon.

Monday will be a Science Day covering the science which was missed during the lockdown period last year, Forces and Magnets for Y4&5, Forces and Air Resistance for Y5&6 and Science Investigations for Y3.

Term 6 Week 2 19/06/21 

Our topic this term is Through My Window, looking at our local area. We are very lucky to have Margaret Davey from the village, who has a lot of local history knowledge, and was able to guide the Swans on a walk around the village yesterday. The children are in the process of putting together a survey which will be coming home soon, to ask parents about how they use the local facilities and how far they travel for work and shopping. In Art we will be creating a collage of our views of the village.

In English, Y3&4 are enjoying reading and writing non-fiction texts relating to world records, starting with a very quirky book, The World’s Laziest Duck and other Amazing Records.  Y5&6 are studying the narrative poem, The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes, and have created some atmospheric artwork and play scripts based to this.

For Maths everyone has been looking at time and measures. Y3&4 will go on to shape, while Y5&6 will be looking at data handling.

In Science Y3&4 are studying Electricity and Y5&6 Sports Science. Y6 will also be doing some additional Sex and Relationship Education lessons.Y5&6 have been investigating which type of sports kit dries most quickly and which pattern of studs gives the best grip for football boots.

For PSHE, as part of the No Outsiders scheme, we have been looking at the book Two Monsters to understand how differences arise through a failure of communication and what methods we can use to resolve these. We will go on to think about how we care for our environment and handling money.

In RE we have been enjoying some great discussions around the theme Why do some people believe in God and some don’t? We have some natural philosophers in the class!

Swans’ Trip to the Pitt Rivers and Natural History Museum

There was huge excitement in anticipation of the Swans’ first trip as to Oxford to the Pitt Rivers and Natural History Museums.  We took part in a workshop handling and examining Mayan artefacts, explored the eclectic display cabinets to identify some additional artefacts and used these as inspiration for designs for Mayan headdresses. In the Natural History Museum the bugs and dinosaurs were a great draw but the beautiful artwork by Angela Palmer  2020: the Sphere that Changed the World, a 3D model of the virus with an eerie and ethereal quality, had a big impact too.

 I think many your children are keen to go back to explore the displays in both museums further.  However, a definite highlight of the trip was lunchtime picnicking on the lawns, where we attracted the attention of a pair of mallard ducks, named by the children as Sneaker and Beaker,  who were very keen to share our lunch. They were truly Southrop School ducks,  showing resilience and determination and causing great hilarity, they managed to outpace Mrs McLellan and Mr Jones and get a crust or two!  Please take a look on our Youtube channel to see their antics!

Term 5 Week 6 28/05/21

Year 3&4 have been enjoying being advertising executives in English, producing some very persuasive end products. Watch out at home in case they start using their persuasive skills on you!

Y5&6 have been thinking deeply about their English unit covering the migration of people, following on from their work on the migration of animals. They produced some beautiful postcards with profound messages which they are exhibiting in the Dawson Room, along with an exhibition brochure they developed. On Thursday they did a very confident presentation to the Year 3&4s explaining what they had learnt.

Over the last two weeks the Swans have been busy getting to grips with their new production ‘The Keymaster’.  There was much excitement as the children found out which part they have been given and we have been enjoying starting to learn the songs and practise our lines.   As well as this we have been practising our recorders, introducing the note ‘g’ to our repertoire and practising moving between notes.

In RE we have been thinking about people whose lives have been inspired by their faith.  We learn about 2 noble peace prize winners, Desmond Tutu and Mother Teresa.  After using their research skills , the children created some lovely PowerPoints and posters about their lives.

 

 

 

 

Y3 have had a wonderful time doing Scooterwise training with Mr Jones and Y4, 5, 6 have been pushing themselves outside of their comfort zone with climbing. 

Term 5 Week 4 14/05/21

It has been a very busy couple of weeks in the Swans' class. Last week we celebrated Number Day with lots of mathematical challenges and problem solving. We even consolidated our knowledge of capacity by measuring out juicy cocktails in our own Southrop Cafe! The year 4’s were in charge of taking the money and giving the correct change. We have had a textiles focus in art this term, learning about Mayan weaving. Using ths as inspiration we have started our own weaving projects using CDs to weave in a circle – there have been a lot of tangles and knots but we are getting there! In recorders we have learnt 2 notes already and have been practising playing to a familiar rhythm.

On Thursday we had lots of excitement as it was the return of the much loved k’nex challenge. This time the challenge was to build a castle with defensive features. The children all worked extremely hard to include a mechanism for their drawbridges. Reuben and Jack’s design won and they will be presenting their castle to the virtual regional final! Millie and Bella and Isaac and Jonty’s designs came a close joint second place. In Science Y3&4 have been looking at how different creatures are adapted to hear well and this fitted in well with the research we have been doing into barn owls for our information texts. Did you know that barn owls have ears buried in their soft feathers and that their distinctive heart shaped disks of their face helps to direct sound waves to these ears? Year 5&6 have been enjoying learning about the heart and circulatory system – though Jonty has not been too keen on some of the footage we have seen of the heart pumping!! This week they drew a heart and circulatory system on the playground and acted out being blood cells collecting oxygen from the lungs, returning to the heart to be pumped to deliver it to the rest of the body. 

 

Term 5 Week 2 30/04/21

Our topic this term is the Ancient Maya. We are comparing the Maya civilisation to that of the Anglo-Saxons, and the invasion by the Spanish with the Norman invasion of Britain.  We will be immersing ourselves in the culture, particularly the chocolate! But the Kitchen Club will help us to create some healthier Maya dishes as well.  We are also excited to have our first post-lockdown trip arranged, to the Pitt Rivers and Natural History Museums in Oxford.

Maths has a focus on measure and shape, with Yr 3 looking at money, mass and capacity, Yr 4 at money followed by position and shape and Yr 5 and 6 getting to grips with angles and position. English is based around the short novel The Owl Tree by Jenny Nimmo for Yr 3 & 4. They will be writing their own stories and creating some information texts about barn owls. Year 5 & 6s are writing reports and recounts about the migration journeys of various animals and then comparing these to the migrations that many people around the world choose or are forced to make.

Science is sound for Y3&4 and the circulatory system and heart for Y5&6.

You might be able to hear a beautiful melody wafting through the lanes of Southrop as this term the Swans will be learning to play the recorder.  We will begin by learning how to hold our instruments correctly, blowing in a smooth and steady way, and learning to play notes in a familiar rhythm.  Art and DT will have a focus on textiles in this term, thinking about Maya costumes and fabrics.  We will learn how to weave and design a Mayan outfit.  RE is looking at why people of different beliefs try to make the world a better place. 

Term 4 Week 1 26/02/21

This term the Swans will  be doing the topic ‘We Are Britain’, focussing on the culture, values and diversity which make us brilliantly British.  We will make a whirlwind tour of Britain looking into the geographical features and landmarks of each country.  We will make a timeline of British history, exploring the way in which Britain has been ruled and learning about the role of parliament and monarchy in governing our country.

There will be plenty of opportunity for enthusiastic engineers in DT this term.  Taking inspiration from famous British bridges, we will be learning about different bridge structures and designing, building and testing our own bridges.

In music this term we will be learning about British folk music, particularly sea shanties.  We will explore structure, harmony and improvisation within the songs and create our own Southrop shanty!

As we approach Easter, RE this term will consider the events of holy Week, why Jesus’s sacrifice is so important to Christians and how we can be inspired to make sacrifices for others in our own lives.  In PSCHE this term we will be learning how to keep ourselves safe in difficult situations, telling people if we feel uncomfortable and learning when we need to ask for help.

In Maths the Yr 3/4s will be continuing to learn about fractions, including fractions of an amount and adding and subtracting fractions.  We will then move onto tenths and hundreds and learning about decimals.  Yr 5/6 will be finishing their learning about algebra and then moving onto perimeter and area, including the area of triangles.

Term 3 Week 1 08/01/21

We are all enjoying our new topic, Amazing Africa. In school the Swan children participate with the Cygnets on the topic and related music and art work. As well as comparing how life is similar and different to life in the UK, they have been learning about the great changes that came about through the work of Nelson Mandela. They have also been making 3D animal masks out of card and modroc and creating African drumming rhythms. We have spare modroc in school for any home learners who would like some – please let Mrs McLellan know.  For English, Y3&4 have been looking at traditional tales with a modern twist, such as Daft Jack and the Bean Stack, and have moved on to Tinga Tales, which are an African version of the Just So Stories. Y5&6 have been reading and writing fantastical myths and legends. They have now moved on to the unabridged versions of the Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling. In Maths Y3&4 have been working industriously on the mental and then written methods for multiplication. They are now going on to measures. Y5&6 have been getting to grips with fractions, decimals and percentages and have happily found that they are not as tricky as some people make out! For RE we are studying “How festivals and worship show what matters to Muslims”.

Term 2 Week 5 04/12/20

The Y3&4s have done some fabulous explanation writing on the topic of Weather, and explaining some of the weather phenomena is a lot trickier than you might think. They are now enjoying writing letter based around The Jolly Postman and the Father Christmas letters, sent by FC to JRR Tolkien’s children. They have also chosen a favourite author or personality to send a letter to, so we will be looking forward to some replies arriving in the New Year. The Y5&6 have been enjoying The Midnight Fox and it inspired them to carry out a debate on the merits of fox hunting, which they presented to the Y3&4s – the conclusion was that “this house believe fox hunting should not be allowed”.  In Art we have been exploring watercolour techniques and using them in weather pictures in the style of JMW Turner:

 

Term 2 Week 1 07/11/20

Our topic this term is Weather. The children will be researching different types of weather and carrying out a weather investigation. You might want to take a look at these websites to find out some interesting facts: https://www.weatherwizkids.com/weather-tornado.htm https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/learn-about/weather In English Y3 & 4 are developing explanation texts and will be using these skills to explain various types of weather, as well as some weird and wacky inventions. Y5&6 are learning how to write a balanced argument about a range of topics, such as the value of school uniform and mobile phones. They will then go on to a range of writing based around the book Midnight Fox by Betsy Byars. In Maths Y3&4 are covering multiplication, division, perimeter and area and Y5&6 factors, multiples, square and cube numbers and the order of operations. In RE we are learning about the Holy Trinity. Art will look at the work of Turner and the use of watercolours, plus an exciting project to create a piece of 3D art “A Storm in a Teacup”. For PE we will be doing Hockey.

Term 1 Week 6 09/10/20

The Year 5 and 6s have been working on some very authoritative information texts about mountain ranges.  This week they went on to produce some promotional brochures for their particular range.  Please see Jack and Isaac's examples below. 

Having finished their rocks information texts the Year 3 and 4s have now moved onto newspaper articles and hope to have a newspaper ready to send out to you later this term.

In maths Year 3 and 4 have become very confident with place value and the written method for addition.  THey are just building thier confidence using Roman numerals.  Year 5 and 6 are revising the written method for multiplication adn are starting to multiply 4 digit numbers by 2 digit numbers.  Happily most of them are very confident with their times tables which really helps. 

In PE we have been using backwards rugby passes. We were unable to do our cricket outside last week but enjoyed a video about cricketers who have overcome physical challenges to keep on competing, which was inspiring. 

Everyone has been enjoying the topic work.  On Thursday the Cygnets joined us in the playground to witness some of the volcanoes we made in D&T erupting.  Hopefully the rain will keep off long enough for everyone to get a turn next week. 

Mrs McLellan

Week 2 10/9/20

Our topic this term is The Power of the Earth, learning about volcanoes, mountains and earthquakes. In English we have started off performing, learning and writing poetry and will go on to non-fiction texts and newspaper articles, linked to our study of Pompeii. In Maths we start by looking at place value in numbers and will go on to Roman numerals, rounding and negative numbers. Science for the Year 3&4s is Rocks and Soil and for the Y5&6s Electricity. In RE we consider For Christians, What Kind of King is Jesus? We will be studying the Japanese artist Hokusai focussing on the effect of colour in a picture and how to distinguish between foreground, middle and background in Art. For D&T the children will be creating erupting volcanoes using pneumatic systems!  In Music we will be learning using a piece called Earth by Hans Zimmer, who has composed scores for over 150 films.