Stonehenge Artwork

Owls rounded off their topic work for the term by learning about how life changed again with the discovery of iron as a new material to work with. The children looked at how hill forts were built to defend against enemies and why they were so difficult to attack. We also finished our Stonehenge artwork and began to get into the Christmas spirit with lots of exciting activities (as well as some rehearsing for the Carol Service).  Happy Christmas to everyone and have a great Christmas break.

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Computing

‘We’re Walking in the Air’ has been ringing around Owls’ classroom this week as we began planning our descriptive writing based on the flight of the Snowman. The children have been practising building up detailed descriptions of the places that were flown over using smiles and prepositions.  In Computing, we have been developing our digital art skills to create our own interpretations of Mondrian’s artwork as well as designing backgrounds for a platform video game.  In preparation for the Christmas concert we have been practising ‘The Night Before Christmas’ poem as well as adding musical accompaniments to our songs.

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Sleepy Owls

We will have some sleepy Owls on Friday morning after another busy week culminating in last night’s Spirit of Christmas concert. As I’m sure everyone will agree, all of the children performed brilliantly and were a credit to the school. Elsewhere, we have been painting our Stone Age pots, writing up our latest stories in English and exploring Factors and prime numbers in Maths.

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Getting Creative

Owls’ afternoons have been full of creativity this week in undertaking our Art and DT week. We currently have two projects underway. Miss Plaskitt has been demonstrating to the children different techniques for creating clay pots and we have talked about making them functional and sturdy as well as looking good! We are also creating Stonehenge sunset artwork incorporating watercolour blends to create our skies, overlaid with silhouettes of the rocks. In PE, we welcomed back Mr Major who taught the children to play Boccia - a popular sport at the Paralympic Games.

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Stonehenge

Owls ducked, dived and most importantly dodged on Thursday in our first School Value’s Games of the year, where we started with dodgeball. The children showed a competitive spirit but with a real sense of fair play, demonstrating the School Games Values; passion, determination, respect, teamwork, honesty and self-belief, brilliantly. In other areas, Miss Plaskitt has been teaching the children the names of different foods in French through a very competitive and fun game (even though Mr Bridges lost!) and we also learnt how to say if we like or dislike different foods.  Lots of our children took part in the Year 3 / 4 football tournament this week too and it was pleasing to hear of all the enthusiasm (and success!).  In our topic lesson, we learnt about the building of Stonehenge and the children were amazed to learn that some of the rocks weighed more than 300 imes the weight of Mr Bridges! We even had a model Stonehenge built in the playground during our afternoon play with substantially lighter bricks!

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