Tag Rugby

On Monday we had a morning of tag rugby (see Jack, Oscar and Ollie below). Mr Major put the children through their paces and by the end of the morning everybody had improved, which was fantastic to see. We've also started looking at poetry by black poets, as part of Black History Month. We read poems by Benjamin Zephaniah and thought about equality. Year 6s remembered Zephaniah's poem 'The British' well from our recipe poems last year. We learned about 'MORERAPS', an acronym made up by the poet Joseph Coelho to help remember the different features of poetry - Metaphor, Onomatopoeia, Rhyme, Emotion, Repetition, Alliteration, Personification and Simile. In Science we discovered how animals evolve to help them survive in their habitats. The children looked at one of three different environments (marine, arctic and desert) and found out how some animals have adapted to them. Then they invented their own animal to fit into their biome, explaining what adaptations had been made to help them survive. We're looking forward to seeing Jennifer Killick at the Literature Festival on Friday! We've looked at the cover and blurb of Crater Lake, and heard the beginning of the first chapter. It will be interesting to hear what inspired her!


Apple Rock

What a sterling job the Eagles and the teaching team have been doing in my absence! I could see some excellent examples of writing, Maths and of William Morris-inspired art in their books. Thank you very much for all the kind messages of support - I have been very glad to be back (albeit part-time!) this week.

Eagles were delighted to have a spelling test on my return on Tuesday afternoon 😄 

We followed this treat up with an Apple Rock linked art lesson in which we learned to draw realistic apples. The children all started by drawing an apple - round, green / red, 2D were fairly common traits in their sketches. Next we looked at some real apples and noted the colour, shape and imperfections. After that, we followed a YouTube tutorial on how to draw an apple - the difference in 'before' and 'after' apples was fantastic! Here are Rowan's apples so you can see the difference yourselves. After this practice, we have produced our best versions for FoGS and Apple Rock - do go along and have a look!

We've picked our Science back up: we focused on adaptation and variation in animals and plants, touching on one of the most famous Victorian scientists - Charles Darwin. Did you know that the peppered moth evolved to turn black during the Industrial Revolution, to better camouflage itself on soot-stained walls? They were first spotted in 1848 - 10 years before Charles Darwin formally outlined his theory of evolution.

Beauford shared his medal which he earned from his fundraising walk for CALM. Well done to Beauford, his family and their friends!appleBeau

William Morris

Well what a week for Eagles! Everyone sends their best wishes to Mrs Holt, for a speedy recovery and timely return as soon as she is fit and able.

The children have been very helpful, ensuring their ‘alternative’ teaching team have been welcomed and shown what’s what and where’s where. Work- wise – Mrs Netting has been working on the Victorian Artist, William Morris – using the front garden for natural inspiration. Mrs Hanson and Mrs Lacey led a PE session, challenging the children to work cooperatively, learning a new game and of course, listening to the instructions! Mrs Dodd explored ideas about what makes a good leader in PSHE.   


Nature inspired block printing

Maths found us working through Place Value objectives, multiplying or dividing by 100s 1000s and 10000s, using rounding up and rounding down and generally dodging around the decimal point, this way and that! (Truly mathematical!)

In English we have continued working on the ‘Goth Girl’ story, observing how to draw one of the main characters, and later conceiving and sketching a new character of their own. The children had many villainous ideas for names, personalities and characteristics. They practised their acting skills, role-playing arguments and developing the wrangles to not include “Yes I can”, “No, you can’t!” – and then we tried to write them! Writing dialogue is always an undertaking!

Just a little French, and a Forest School experience with our Little Friends, and a week in Eagles passed by almost effortlessly!

Goth Girl

We rounded off last week with some glow stick geometry, in which we learned all about tessellation and regular and irregular shapes. It culminated in a video by Professor Brian Cox explaining why bees use hexagons for their honeycombs. 

This week, we've been learning more about the characters in Chris Riddell's Goth Girl, including trying to predict who the mysterious Lucy Borgia might be. The children have written some lovely character descriptions and even incorporated some relative clauses into them.

We've also looked at the 1881 census for Winchcombe. The handwriting was extraordinarily difficult to read, but we persevered and found out that some of the language the Victorians used was not necessarily very kind towards others - lunatic and imbecile being some of the examples. We learned about the kinds of jobs people in the local area had; by far the most common was agricultural labourer.

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