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15th March - Science Day!
Year 3 began their Science Day morning by investigating how to make the longest lasting bubble after making their own bubble wands. They found that the bubbles made out of a mixture containing glycerine lasted on average a whole 8 seconds longer than bubbles made out of our original bubble mixture. The children were also delighted to find out that extra glycerine or sugar allowed them to produce enormous bubbles (one being the size of Murray’s head!) I was very impressed by the children’s use of scientific vocabulary when explaining their findings.
After break they set off investigating which materials would make the best boat. The children made some fantastic predictions and they decided that the most effective materials would probably need to be waterproof and light. Each team made a boat made out of different materials and the children decided to try and make each boat 15cm long to ensure a fair test. It was a very tense moment when we placed the finished creations on water and the children were delighted to find that all 6 boats floated! They tested how many plastic blocks they could place on each boat before it sank. The winning boat was made out of corks – it managed to hold a grand total of 14 blocks!
During the afternoon the children enjoyed making colour diffusion patterns and secret messages made out of lemon juice. A great day was had by all, well done Blackbirds! Take a look at our pictures below (check out those bubbles!!!)
World Book Day!
On Thursday 1st March, Blackbird Class arrived dressed to impress for World Book Day! Despite having to leave school at lunchtime due to the treacherous weather conditions, our spirits were not dampened and we managed to cram in lots of lovely activities during the morning. We read one of Mrs Leach's favourites; 'The Day the Crayons Quit', which is full of comical complaint letters from crayons who are quitting on their owner, then wrote newspaper articles, a letter back to the crayons and our made own little crayons complete with goggly eyes. Great fun was had by all!
The children looked fabulous in their costumes and we had such a brilliant range of book characters turning up to school. Thank you to all parents for making such an effort with these. Take a look at some pictures from our morning below!
On Wednesday, Year 3 had a fantastic day out at Cadbury World. They took part in a variety of exciting activities including: a 4D cinema experience, a ride in Willy Wonka’s lift, a trip down a chocolate river in a magical car and a tour around the interesting exhibition. They also had a ‘bean to bar’ talk from one of the Cadbury experts where they learnt all about how chocolate is made and the history behind it. Abigail and Evie were chosen to dress up as a tribal queen and a factory worker – they both looked fabulous! I was incredibly impressed by the knowledge the children could share from their topic lessons in school and the interesting questions they had to ask. The children (and adults) were absolutely delighted to finish the day with a taste of Cadbury chocolate with a topping of their choice (and even got to take some goodies home!) The children shone all day and were fantastic ambassadors for our school. Thank you to our lovely helpers who came with us on the day (Miss Moorhead, Mrs Stratton, Mrs Hughes and Mrs Johnson).
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A very proud Mrs Leach J
This week in Science, the children have been learning about bones in the human body and discussing the function of the skeleton. The children got into teams and worked very hard to construct skeletons made out of straws, before working together to label their skeletons using their new knowledge about bone names. Well done Blackbirds, I was extremely impressed by your determination and teamwork!
Welcome back! Wishing you all a very Happy New Year. The children have settled into our shiny new school beautifully and are thoroughly enjoying wearing their slippers! They have got off to a fabulous start to the term and are extremely keen and focused. Well done Blackbirds! Please head over to the 'Class Information' tab to find our topic web for this half term and information about ways you can support your child this term.
As always, if you have any queries or concerns please feel free to have a chat with me at the end of the day or make an appointment via the office.
Thursday 9th November - Chocolate Rocks!
This week the children started off their new topic in Science by making chocolate rocks! They learnt about how igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks are formed and we discussed the different processes. Then, they made sedimentary rocks by layering milk chocolate and white chocolate before pressing them together into a solid shape and igneous rocks by pouring magma (melted chocolate!) into tin foil cups and allowing it to cool. Finally, they created metamorphic rocks by squishing and reshaping the sedimentary and igneous rocks that they had already created. Well done, Blackbirds Class - a brilliant Science lesson with some fantastic contributions from all children. Take a look at our rocks below.
Friday, 20th October - Brilliant Britain!
Today, we had a wonderful time celebrating our Topic 'Brilliant Britain'. We completed lots of exciting activities including baking fairy cakes and decorating them with the Union Jack, creating stamp portraits and trying out different accents from around the UK. We finished the day by sharing some of our wonderful homework projects which included a model of the Angel of the North, a 3D Jigsaw of Big Ben and some informative posters. A fabulous day was had by all! Take a look at the pictures below to see what we got up to.
Monday, 25th September - Super Scientists!
As part of our Plants topic in Science, we are investigating what plants need to grow. The children had some fantastic ideas and set up their own investigations in groups. They spent time recording what their plant looked like and its height before deciding what would they would change. One group decided that they wouldn't water their plant to see if it needed water to survive, another has put theirs in a dark room to see if it will still grow with no light and another group popped theirs into the fridge for the week! Our control plant is sitting happily in our bright classroom and our watering monitors are doing a great job. We are eagerly awaiting our results at the end of the week!
Thursday, 14th September
I'm very pleased to introduce you to our new School Councillors, Zak and Kitty! Here they are investigating what we enjoy about our school dinners and what could be improved.
Tuesday 12th September 2017
A very proud and slightly puffed out Year Three after the first 'Run a Mile' of the year. Well done everyone!
2016 - 2017
16th June, 2017 - Fantastic Fractions!
Today we were very excited to receive a letter from James Bond asking us to investigate whether the contents of sweet packets in the UK are fair. We used our fraction knowledge to decide what fraction of each colour sweet there were in skittles packets then presented our results in a table or a bar model. We then wrote letters back to James Bond explaining our findings! Take a look at the pictures from our investigation below.
May, 2017 - Wonderful Water Day!
On Monday we had a fabulous day celebrating wonderful water. We began our morning with a trip to a local stream in Colwall. We used our senses to describe what we could hear, smell, see and touch around us and planned acrostic poems about water. We then looked at what wildlife we could see around us before paddling in the stream and building a dam. During the afternoon, we had a talk from a volunteer at RLNA who gave us some fascinating facts about water safety. We finished the day with a boat building competition; each team were given the same materials and had to produce a boat that held the most gems! A fantastic day was had by all! Take a look at some of our pictures from the day below.
May, 2017 - Fantastic Flowers!
This week in Science, Blackbirds Class have been learning about the different parts of a flower and their roles in pollination. They dissected flowering plants to examine the different parts and predicted what their jobs might be. They then acted out pollination by being bees visiting a plant to collect nectar. Whilst on the plant their hands touched pollen (orange crisps) and they noticed that lots of the pollen was left on their hands and would be transferred to the next plant they visited. Have a look at the pictures from our lesson below!
May 2017 - Wonderful Water!
This week in their Topic lessons, Blackbird Class have been learning about the water cycle and finished by making their own water cycle models. They worked very hard to label their models accurately and I was extremely impressed with their use of scientific vocabulary to describe each stage of the cycle. Well done Blackbirds Class :) Take a look at the finished models below !
I hope you all had a wonderful Easter Break. The children seem very well rested and have had a fantastic start to the new term! They are really enjoying our 'Wonderful Water' topic so far. This term in Science we are going to be using the results from our investigations last term into 'what plants need to survive' to grow our very own plants! We discussed how we would need to care for our plants before planting our seeds. The children are very excited to have the responsibility of watering and taking care of their plants. We hope that they will germinate soon - keep your eyes peeled for updates!!! A huge thank you to Mrs Lewis (Rhys' Mum) who very kindly donated us plant starter kits.
British Science Week, March 2017
In celebration of British Science Week, on Thursday the whole school took part in a morning of exciting Science activities. Each class completed two investigations before sharing their findings with the rest of the school during assembly. We finished the morning by heading outside for an amazing display led by Mr Chopping (Kye, Tabitha and Quin's dad) which included an erupting volcano and some hands-on fun with some slime!! I was extremely impressed by the children’s creativity, logical predictions and fantastic team work. A special well done to Holly and Theo who won my 'Scientists of the Day' award for their fantastic contributions! Read on to find out about our investigations and to see some pictures from the morning.
After making a balloon straw rocket fire across the classroom along a length of string, Blackbird Class investigated how they could make the rocket travel even faster! Their creative approaches included setting their rocket off from a height, shortening the string, cutting the straw in half and attaching more than one balloon from their rocket.
The children then investigated what happened when maple syrup and oil were added to coloured water. After some great predictions about what might happen including the syrup turning green, they were intrigued to find out that each liquid settled in layers due to their different densities! They then chose different objects to drop into their layers and found that some objects sat on top of the oil, some on top of the water and others on top of the syrup! I was very impressed with their observations and they provided some fantastic scientific explanations.
World Book Day - March 2017
We had a fantastic time on World Book Day dressed to impressed as our favourite book characters! All of the children looked absolutely brilliant and had made a real effort with their costumes. We spent the morning in our house teams completing lots of activities around a few fabulous stories including 'The Tunnel' and 'The Day the Crayons Quit'. A wonderful day was had by all! Take a look at some of our pictures from the day below.
February, 2017 - Ancient Roman Day!
On Wednesday, Class 3 and 4 travelled back in time to experience life as an Ancient Roman. We began the day with a code cracking activity using Roman Numerals, before learning about the different formations used by the Roman Armies. We then practised making these formations military style using our magnificent shields that we have been working on for the last few weeks. After lunch, we made our own mosaic tiles before finishing the day with a delicious Roman banquet. The children tried a variety of different foods including bread with honey, dates and figs. The children were dressed to impressed and all looked absolutely fantastic – thank you to all of the parents for all of your hard work with their costumes. Take a look at our pictures from the day below!
February, 2017 - Super Science Investigations!
This half term in our Science lessons Blackbirds Class have investigated the answers to a variety of questions involving magnets, including 'which materials are magnets attracted to?' and 'are some magnets stronger than others?' This week, they have been designing, performing and recording results for their own investigations around magnets in teams. The children came up with some really interesting questions to investigate, such as 'do magnets still work underwater?' and 'how many books can a magnet attract a paperclip through?' They really enjoyed setting up their experiments and thought very carefully about what equipment they would need. Their results were very interesting - we learnt that magnets do indeed still work underwater and a magnet can still attract a paperclip through two books (but not three!). The children worked very hard to ensure a fair test and I was extremely impressed with their teamwork. Well done, Blackbirds Class! Take a look at the pictures from their experiments below.
January, 2017 - A visit from Luke Temple!
On Thursday 19th January, Key Stage 2 were lucky enough to be visited by the children's author Luke Temple. He told them how he wrote his stories and how he overcame writer's block which the children found very interesting. He also told them about his spooky stories and picked children to act out scenes from his book. As you can see from the children's faces in the pictures below, lots of fun was had by all!
January, 2017 - Happy New Year !
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! The children have had a super start to the new term and are very excited to begin their 'Romans Rule!' topic. They have lots of interesting questions about the Romans and are excited to investigate answers. To see some of the exciting learning opportunities that this topic provides, please head over to the 'Class Information' tab where you will find a curriculum map and information about how you can support your child at home.
As always, if you have any queries or concerns please feel free to catch me on the playground or book an appointment through the office.
December, 2016 - Watch out Cadburies World!
Earlier this term, Blackbirds Class were very excited to receive a letter from Mr Willy Wonka inviting them to design a chocolate bar to sell in his factory! They began by researching the different chocolate bars available on the market and deciding on ingredients they would put in their bars by conducting a taste test. Next, they wrote instructions on how to make their chocolate bars and a letter to Mr Willy Wonka persuading him to pick their chocolate bar over anyone else. They then designed their own packaging, ensuring that their designs were very colourful and eye-catching! After conducting some extra market research at Cadburies World, they made their bars and packaging to take home. Take a look at some pictures from our project below!
November, 2016 - Cadbury World
Our Trip to Cadbury World - Written by Isabelle
On Wednesday 30th November we went to Cadburies World. It was such a fun day! First we learnt about the journey of chocolate and Esme dressed up Montezuma. When Esme dressed up I found it quite funny! We sat on really comfy chairs and then we watched little clips about the journey of a cocoa bean and different wrappers that have been used through the ages. It was very interesting. We knew lots of the songs from the adverts and we all sang along!
Next we got told about John Cadbury and we looked in old fashioned shops. There was a house called the White House and we got told that only men used to be allowed in the White House! We saw the first ever Cadburies shop. But John Cadbury started by selling tea, not chocolate.
Then we went into a little theater. We were shown how chocolate is made and our seats rocked when they sieved the cocoa beans. We were quite surprised! After that we went on a ride and we went through different seasons. There were little chocolate egg characters that were skiing, it was really funny.
After that we got to try melted Cadburies chocolate with different ingredients added into it. I chose fudge and marshmallows but other people chose crunchie and jelly babies. I loved my day at Cadburies world and it was probably one of my best school trips!
Please take a look below to see some of our pictures from a super day out. As always, Miss Hughes was extremely impressed by the children's behaviour :) Well done Blackbirds Class.
November, 2016 - Super Skeletons!
After learning about the structure and function of skeletons, we braved the wind and headed outside to create our own skeletons using natural materials. The children worked in teams and took great care to make their skeletons as accurate as possible, choosing certain pieces of bark because they were 'the shape of a joint' and choosing 'large, smooth pieces of wood' to create the skull of their skeleton. The children then labelled their skeletons (no easy task in the wind!). Miss Hughes was extremely impressed with the teamwork she saw! Take at a look at the children's fabulous skeletons below!
November, 2016 - Welcome Back!
I hope that you all had a lovely break! We have an action packed half term ahead and the children are very excited about starting their 'Chocolate Heaven' topic. To see some of the exciting learning opportunities that this topic provides, please head over to the 'class information' tab where you will find a curriculum map.
Ways that you can support your child this term:
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please make an appointment to see me through the office or catch me on the playground at the end of the school day. I will always be happy to speak to you!
October 2016 - Walk like an Egyptian!
We had a fantastic time at our ‘Ancient Egyptian Day’ this week. The children came to school dressed up and every child looked absolutely brilliant! We started the day by designing, making and decorating Ancient Egyptian burial masks. Then we baked traditional Egyptian pita bread and Mrs Stratton was very impressed by the children’s weighing and measuring skills! During the afternoon we made and decorated Ancient Egyptian necklaces and danced to ‘Walk like an Egyptian’. Mrs Webb came to visit and was very impressed by the children’s dance moves! We ended the day with a traditional Egyptian feast and a special visitor (Niamh Hogan’s mum) who showed us some wonderful Ancient Egyptian artefacts and told us about her visit to the pyramids. A huge thank you to Mrs Hogan for bringing in her artefacts and to the parents for providing such wonderful costumes! Take a look at some of our pictures from the day below.
October 2016 - Fantastic Fossils!
As part of our 'Rocks' topic in Science, we have been learning about the fossilisation process and comparing it to mummification during Ancient Egyptian times. We created our own fossils, they turned out brilliantly! Take a look at some of our designs below:
Build a Pyramid workshop - October,2017
Year 3 and 4 had a fantastic afternoon at our build a pyramid workshop. First, they each constructed a square based pyramid which they then linked together in teams of 5 to make a larger pyramid. Then, they all worked together to make a giant pyramid outside! Mrs Davies and I were particularly impressed by the team work we noticed - there were a lot of children helping other children who were finding it tricky, which was lovely to see. They then had great fun lying inside the pyramid pretending to be mummies. What a super afternoon! Take a look at the pictures below.
Happy Birthday Roald Dahl!
We had a fantastic day on Tuesday celebrating Roald Dahl's birthday. The children came dressed up as their favourite characters and all looked absolutely brilliant! During the afternoon, we listened to ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’ and then made our own magical potions. We finished by writing recipes for our own marvellous medicine which included ingredients such as frogs eyeballs and sand – YUCK! A super day was had by all. Take a look at our pictures from the day below!
Wishing you all a very warm welcome back to school and to Blackbirds Class. We are looking forward to an exciting year ahead! It was great to see so many of you at our 'Meet the Teacher' evening this week. If you were unable to attend, you will find all of the useful information that we discussed in the letter below:
This half term, our topic is 'Walk like an Egyptian'. Please take a look at the curriculum map on the 'class information' tab to see some of the exciting learning opportunities that this topic provides.
Supporting your child at home
2015 - 2016
July, 2016 – Our Local Area
Yesterday, we took advantage of the sunshine and went outside to investigate our local area. First, we sketch mapped the area outside the school taking careful note of road names and land marks. Then we performed a traffic survey on the road outside our school. I don’t think we have ever been more excited to see a bus!! We were interested to find out that there were a lot more cars than pedestrians and some of us started to think about ways that we could encourage people to choose to walk when taking a shorter journey. We didn’t come across many lorries, which we thought was likely to be due to the small population of Colwall. When we got back to school, we drew graphs to show the traffic in our local area.
July, 2016 – Dancing to the beat!
Blackbirds class enjoyed a drumming workshop last week. They listened to a huge variety of music created by people around the word using both instruments and their bodies. They even listened to music created using animal noises and the sounds of extreme weather! They then performed a tribal dance to the beat of a drum and got to try out lots of different percussion instruments. A great afternoon was had by all!
June, 2016 – Howzat!!
We have thoroughly enjoyed our cricket sessions this term. We spent lots of time working on our skills with the bat and the ball through drills, then finished with a game during the last session (England vs Sri Lanka!) England were victorious, winning by 13 runs – what a game!! Take a look at some of the pictures from the game below.
June, 2016 - A busy term ahead!
May, 2016 - Scavengers and Settlers
Blackbirds Class thoroughly enjoyed their 'Scavengers and Settlers’ day of themed activities. They did some fantastic cave paintings in their caves, before making some beautiful Stone Age necklaces. Then, they made Iron Age oatcakes after weighing out the ingredients that they needed. Next, they created Stonehenge out of biscuits. Miss Hughes and Mrs Webb were very impressed by how well the children worked in teams to make their representations extremely accurate! During the afternoon, they designed and created Bronze Age beakers. Well done, Blackbirds Class – a super day!
Our Trip to British Camp
Written by Ava and Tim in Blackbirds Class
On Wednesday 25th of May, Blackbirds Class visited British Camp. We did lots of exciting activities. First, we used compasses to find north, east, south and west. Some of us even found north-east, north-west, south-east and south-west. Then, we looked for evidence of Iron Age houses. On the lower level some of us found 18, 12 or 15 but on the top level most of us found 3 or 4. Later on, we went round the ditches and had our fruit snack, it was very cold! We set off again on the long walk up the hill and stopped in a ditch sheltered from the wind to have our delicious picnic. After that, we were all warmed up and took a visit to the giants cave. Next, we had fun chipping stones and rolling down the hill. When we got back to the carpark we all had an extremely scrumptious ice lolly. We had so much fun! Take a look at some of our photos from the day below.
April, 2016 - Welcome Back!
I hope that you all had a wonderful Easter break! We are very excited to begin the new term and are looking forward to starting our new topic, ‘Scavengers and Settlers’. Please take a look at the curriculum map below to see some of the exciting learning opportunities we will have this term.
Reminder: Progress meetings are taking place this week on Wednesday (13th) and Thursday (14th). Your child should have taken home your 10 minute time slot - please let me know if you haven’t received this! If you are no longer able to attend your appointment, please let me know and I will happily book you a meeting on a different day.
Ways that you can support your child at home this term:
As always, I am available to speak to after school or through the office if you have any queries or concerns.
Thursday, 3rd March - World Maths Day
Blackbirds Class were very excited to receive a delivery with a challenge from James Bond today! He told us that MI6 believe sweet manufacturers might be deliberately holding back our favourites. We had to investigate the fractions of types of sweets within different packets to find out whether their suspicions were right. We then presented our findings to the rest of the class.
Wednesday, 2nd March – World Book Day
Our topic this half term will be 'Brilliant Brazil'. Please take a look at our curriculum map below:
We have had a super half term in Blackbirds Class learning all about the Ancient Greeks! We have particularly enjoyed writing Greek Myths and learning what it was like living in Ancient Greek times. We celebrated the end of our topic with an 'Ancient Greek Day' which included making Greek salad, holding our own Greek Olympics, tasting traditional Greek foods and writing letters using the Ancient Greek alphabet. A great day was had by all! We would like to say a huge 'thank you' to Mrs Edwards who gave us a helping hand. Well done Blackbirds Class for another great half term!
Take a look at some of the pictures from our day below:
Fun at Forest School
Blackbirds have really enjoyed their time in Forest School this term. Highlights have included whittling wood to make letter openers, building assault courses, making dens and learning how to build fires safely. For their last session, they had a cook out which included toasting marshmallows and crumpets on the fire – yummy! We would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to Mrs Stratton for running the sessions this term.
I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas! We are thoroughly looking forward to the new term in Blackbirds class. Our topic will be the ‘Groovy Greeks’ – please take a look at the curriculum map below to see some of the exciting things that we will be covering.
Ways that you can support your child at home this term:
As always, I am available to speak to after school or through the office if you have any queries or concerns.
We have thoroughly enjoyed our ‘Victorians’ topic this term. A particular highlight was our visit to Hartlebury museum, where we experienced what life was like for Victorian school children with ‘Miss Proper’, the very strict schoolmistress. We wrote on slates and even tried out the punishments! During the afternoon, we were Victorian maids and boot boys; having a go at polishing boots, preparing food and washing clothes. A big well done from Miss Hughes and Mrs Newby to all children for behaving absolutely beautifully all day – you did us proud! Take a look at some of our pictures below.
We have really enjoyed our first topic, 'Food, Glorious Food'. We had a fantastic time investigating where food comes from, and learning about the importance of healthy eating. We wrote persuasive letters to Mrs White asking her for a 'Food Activity Day' in our class. She said yes, and we had a brilliant day making bread, fruit kebabs and 'Foodscapes' in the style of Carl Warner. Well done Blackbirds class for a fantastic first half term!