Summer Term 2013
Here's a photo from our recent trip to the Wildlife Park - what a brilliant day it was!Spring Term 2013
The topic for the spring term is the Celts. To get us started, we all enjoyed an interesting trip to the House of Manannan, where the children took part in several activities. They dressed as Celts before attempting weaving, modelling clay and looking at designs of Archibald Knox, which were influenced by Celtic artwork.
After lunch we had a look around at the other artefacts before heading back to school, having had an enjoyable and informative day out.
World Book Day
As one of our World Book day activities, the children looked at stories from around the world.
They considered what they thought they knew about Africa, India, North America and Australia before reading a selection of books set in different cultures. They were then asked to add anything they'd identified from the books they'd chosen to their original lists, before discussing some of their ideas as a class - very interesting!
After their internationally themed lunch, they shared stories with Class 1.
The final book related activity today was to choose their favourite book and draw its cover, for display in the classroom.
Autumn Term 2012
This term we've started learning about chocolate as our main topic. So far this has included taking a look at the origin of the cocoa bean, how and where cacao trees grow and a timeline of how the cocoa bean has evolved into some of our favourite food!
The children also found out about the pop art movement and each drew a bar of chocolate in this style, taking care to apply what they'd learned about 3D shapes in maths to their art work. These are now on display in the hall - thank you to anyone who assisted in supplying the wrappers!
In science we've learned about teeth and the components of a heathy diet. As part of this topic we carried out an experiment to see what would happen to a tooth if it was left in coca cola for an hour - the results were extremely unpleasant!
In maths we've already covered a lot - place value, rounding, bar charts, 2D and 3D shapes, measuring and I've been really impressed by the majority of children's positive approaches to their home learning.
Similarly reading is going really well - the children are super keen! I'm undertaking reading assessments at the moment, so some children may find that they move up a stage in the coming week.
Here are a selection of photographs taken in the classroom recently:
Below are also some links to a selection of websites to support the learning undertaken so far:
If the children are complaining of boredom over half term, encourage them to write out their times tables - this makes such a difference in maths!
The order we suggest they're learned in is 2x, 5x, 10x, 3x, 4x.
In maths we have been learning about position, direction and coordinates this week.
The children enjoyed beating me at battleships! Attached is a link to the battleships document we've used - print a copy per player if you'd like to have a go at home, or copy the grids out onto paper!
We'll be looking at telling the time next - the following website links (imperfectly, but adequately to have a go) to games we'll be playing in school...
Here is a page I think may help some of the children with spellings and remove some frustrations!
We've had a brief look at the learning style(s) the children think they favour and the site below makes some suggestions as to alternative ways of approaching spellings, dependent on whether the child prefers visual (sight), auditory (hearing) or kinaesthetic (touch) learning. Even if they show no strong preference, the ideas listed may be helpful in making spellings activities more fun that the traditional revision of a list of words.
On 20th November we visited L'Experience restaurant to carry out some chocolate-related activities. The children had a go at making truffles, piping chocolate mousse and decorating it, using moulds to make festive chocolates and dipping fruit in melted chocolate.
Roy Macfarlane and some of his staff came to demonstrate how they make chocolate orange cheesecake, after which we all tucked into a fabulous lunch prepared by Michael and Belinda Murphy. Robinsons were good enough to assist with the supply of some of the ingredients for our morning, which seemed a great success.
After lunch we travelled down to the Fudge Factory in Balthane, where Peter Birch led an informative talk and we were able to watch the ingredients for butter fudge being put into the boiler and to sample some of the many varieties of confectionary produced at the factory.
We have had a guest in to speak to us at school. Margaret Newton of the Fairtrade Association came to explain the process of selling cocoa beans for chocolate production. She gave an interesting explanation which enabled the children to understand the problems faced by the cocoa farmer and how the fairtrade cooperatives help them.
A chocolate bar was used to demonstrate how the income from cocoa farming is split between the farmer, the factory owner, the middle man, the shopkeeper, the government and others - this fitted in well with our fractions learning!