This term, saw us return to online learning with school only open to Key worker and vulnerable children. My Kurzepa has supported the learning for the Brazilian Parrots in class and Miss Liddicoat has led the online learning for us all. As the term progressed, we have learnt to present our Big Teach on Zoom to the class, complete an assignment on Google Classroom and ‘hand in’ for Miss Liddicoat to mark, as well as sending in photos and videos of all our lockdown activities!
Here are just a few things we have been up to…
Science – Electricity
Our learning this term has been about electricity.
Here are some interesting facts we learnt:
Electricity can be made using a variety of sources. Some of these are renewable which means they will never run out! Can you name any of the sources in the picture?
Can you name this natural electricity?
The Saga of Erik the Viking
This term, we have started to read ‘The Sage of Erik the Viking’. This links in with our topic, Raiders and Traders. As we read the book, it becomes apparent that each chapter has its own adventure featuring, Erik The Viking, Ragnar Forkbeard, Sven the Strong and Thorkhild. Based on this, we used this as a stimulus to write our own chapter featuring Erik and his men! Our adventure stories ranged from tackling a Cyclops to meeting a Monster Bird, from entering the Bermuda Triangle to finding an abandoned cave on an Island! These are still working progress and we look forward to sharing some of these on our class website page with you!
RE - Jewish Celebration - Passover
As part of our learning about the Jewish faith, we looked at the Passover festival and the reason why Jewish people celebrate it. We learn about the story of Moses asking the Pharaoh to set the Jewish prisoners free, why the Passover meal contains the Seder plate and the meaning behind the different foods eaten at Passover and why, flat bread is called flatbread!
Take a look at the story and find out for yourselves why Jewish people celebrate the festival of Passover.
We have tried to use everyday greetings in Spanish and begin to speak some common phrases in our lessons. Why don’t you give it a try?
Brazilian Parrots were inspired by the work of David Hockney. He used landscapes and recurring subjects in his art. His series of paintings of hills and mountains, show vibrant landscapes in vivid contrasting colours. We recreated our own versions of landscapes using pastels, ensuring we used layer and colour to reflect the work of Hockney.
Guess who is back?!
There was a delivery to Brazilian Parrots on the 1st December. A large grey postbag arrived with a label (with very poor handwriting) addressed to Brazilian Parrots. Miss Liddicoat was expecting it to be a delivery of some new PE equipment she had ordered, but instead was shocked to find our cheeky little friend, Frankie inside the bag! Needless to say, Frankie is being very Covid safe and is adhering to the guidelines but we are little worried what will happen when he is allowed out…
Misty Mountain Sierra
We have utterly enjoyed our topic learning over the past 2 terms! Our class text, ‘Running on the Roof of the World’ had as gripped, page by page. We really felt as though we were part of the journey the characters, Tash and Sam were on.
We learnt so many new things relating to mountains; we learnt about how mountains are formed, the features of a mountain, the climate, the water cycle and create biographies of Sir Edmund Hillary. We were very creative in our learning and completed extended writing in our Guided Reading sessions, fact files in our English Books, we learnt about the Water Cycle in the form of drama and we researched the Alps in our topic lessons using ICT to support.
Brazilian Parents came up with their top 5 facts based on what they have learnt and wanted to share these interesting facts with others:
-The higher you climb a mountain, the thinner the air gets and the harder it is to breathe.
-The Alps are 44 million years old and are the youngest of all the mountain ranges.
-Mount Everest is the tallest mountain in the world and is part of the Himalayan mountain range.
-Sir Edmund Hillary and his partner, Tenzig Norgay were the first people to reach the summit of Mount Everest.
To enhance the message of Anti-bullying, we used sport as the driving force to teach children how to ‘Play the right way’. Across the course of the week, activities were introduced to help children think about how they play. The Premier League Primary Stars scheme established a set of 10 rules that should be adhered to when playing football. We took this a step further, and incorporated these rules (alongside our High 5 rules) into all aspects of our sport and play.
This term, we have started to read ‘Running on the roof of the world’ by Jess Butterworth. This is a new book to us all, and links in with our topic of Misty Mountain, Sierra. The story is set in Tibet and follows two children, Tash and Sam and their plight to escape the soldiers of Tibet and escape to India to visit the Dalai Lama. Each chapter has us gripped and we cannot wait to finish the text next term.
The book has inspired us to write in character as Sam and write to the Dalai Lama to explain to him what life is like for the people of Tibet. Through our reading, we have learnt lots of new vocabulary that we have tried to use in our writing including, ‘ransacked’, ‘beckoned’, ‘resistance’, ‘curfew’ and ‘monastery’.
Jubilee University – Community
Our theme for Jubilee University this term was ‘community’. It gave us an opportunity to look at the community around us and explore some historical features of Maidstone. We learnt about, ‘Iggy’ the Iguanodon whose remains were found in the 1800’s and the coat of arms for Maidstone which is the only coat of arms in the world to portray a dinosaur on it. Children were given the opportunity to design a coat of arms for Jubilee Primary School, to show that they belong to a community. We looked at life in the Stone Age in Maidstone, and how the area has changed over time by comparing maps as far back as the 1600s to the present day.
The text ‘Window’ by Jennie Baker was used as a stimulus for us to think about how the changing community is effecting the world around us and how we can and should be doing more to help. Children designed posters to teach others how to help ‘save the world’ as well as thinking about the view that they would like to see out of their window every day, if they could have any view they wanted.
It has been a thoroughly enjoyable week and Brazilian Parrots have learnt many new, interesting facts about our local community.
For tips on how you can help change the world we live in, watch the following clip!
Science – Does gas weigh anything?
We took part in an investigation to see if gas weighs anything. We used 3 different fizzy drinks to help us find the answer.
Possible predictions were:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/zt3fb9q - We watched this clip to help us think about how we might investigate if the carbon dioxide in fizzy drinks weigh anything.
We then investigated using orangeade, cherry cola and sparkling water.
We don’t want to give the answer away so why not have a go at completing the investigation for yourself?
Year 4 were asked to lead the Harvest celebration for the school. This was a quite a task to achieve as our celebrations at present, must all be via zoom! Not ones to be put off by a challenge, Brazilian Parrots rose to the occasion and performed a wonderful assembly to parents and children of JPS. Our main theme was being grateful and how, more so than ever, we are grateful for the wonderful world around us. We incorporated our English learning into the theme of being grateful to God for Harvest time by drafting our own version of the song ‘What a wonderful world’ by Louis Armstrong and sharing with one another, what we are grateful for. Brazilian Parrots executed a great assembly which was enjoyed by all!
Term 5 and Term 6
This term, we completed our ‘Road Trip USA’ topic. And what a trip it’s been! Whilst our trip and learning took a different direction with home-schooling taking place, Canadian Bears were still able immerse themselves into the American way of life! From learning about the Iroquois tribe, to the Pop Art movement and Independence Day celebrations, to famous American structures, our learning covered a multitude of subjects demonstrating cross-curricular learning at its best.
Maths – Shape
Part of our home-school learning covered 2D and 3D shape. Children were tasked with building a 3D model with items from around their house. You will see form the pictures that we have some very creative and talented individuals in Canadian Bears! This hands-on approach to learning allowed us to explore properties of shape, to use technical vocabulary linked to it, as well as linking in a variety of D&T skills!
To consolidate our learning in Spanish, Canadian Bears were asked to create any piece of work they liked to showcase their learning of numbers, days of the week, months of the year or body parts in Spanish.
Troy showcased Spanish numbers by making a snooker set from dough! Very creative!
Matas shared his understanding of numbers in Spanish by linking his love of basketball to his learning.
Alex showcased his ICT skills by photographing and labelling one of his Lego characters!
Science – Plants
Our topic this term was ‘Plants’. Although at home, many of us embraced the opportunity to be in our gardens to build and plant a variety of features. Many of the children spoke fondly about being outdoors during lockdown and how they had had hours of fun planting seeds and exploring the world around them. We took part in experiements to look at plants more closely, and to investigate how water travels in the stem of a flower. We used food colouring in water and placed white flowers in the water. What do you think happened to the white flowers after they sucked up the coloured water?…
Home Learning – ‘The bits in between’
I have been overwhelmed with pictures of the wonderful activities and adventures Canadian Bears got up to during Lockdown 2020. The learning taking place in addition to the lessons set by us was phenomenal! Canadian Bears are a very active, creative and imaginative young group of people. Take a look at just some of the examples I was sent. (It was so hard not to include them all!)
This term we have completed our work on ‘Light’. We undertook an investigation about light and concluded that darkness can be explained as the absence of light. We learnt about how light travels and that it bounces off of objects and into our eyes.
We also learnt about safety in the sun with regards to our eyes. On a sunny day, it’s good to protect your eyes against the sun. You should always avoid looking directly at the sun, including during an eclipse.
Safety at night is paramount. You should always be seen. This can be achieved by wearing clothes that reflect light. These two clips helped us to understand this.
We know how to be sun safe in Canadian Bears!
Killing those Germs!
When learning about how germs spread and how we can help reduce this, we learnt the 6 steps to washing our hands with soap and water. We used glitter to demonstrate how easily germs can be spread and to help us remember to wash away those pesky germs! We displayed our gruesome germs in the classroom to help remind us to always wash them away!
Meet Messy Mobla and Gooey Dooey…
We enjoyed performing some of our English work through drama. We worked together in pairs to create a small sketch based on our book, ‘Charlie and the Chocolate factory.’ Children had to recreate a conversation between either Charlie and Grandpa Joe or Charlie and Willy Wonka. They had to use their inference skills to be able to decide what type of things they thought would be discussed.
Roll Back the Stone
Canadian Bears worked very hard practicing for their Easter Production, ‘Roll Back the Stone’ which we had hoped to perform to friends and family at the end of term. Unfortunately, this was not to be due to current circumstances. Children were all given their parts, whether speaking or acting and were busily learning lines and lyrics. I know that they were disappointed not to be able to perform this, as they truly had worked very hard and were thoroughly enjoying doing it. There are some budding performers amongst us!
Iron Age Workshop
To end our learning on the Iron Age, we had another visit from Kim. Kim previously visited us as a Stone Age traveller. This time, she visited us as an Iron Age traveller. We had a morning of activities linked to life during the Iron Age. This included:
- Churning cream in to butter
- Ground seeds into flour
- Making clay pots
- Weaving bracelets
We learnt so much, which helped to consolidate our learning. The most exciting part was actually churning cream into butter and buttermilk. It was very hard work but our perseverance paid off and we were left with two separate containers of butter and buttermilk!
As part of our topic, Scrumdiddlyumptious, we had a visit from Warburtons. Warburtons provide a workshop for children to help teach them about the importance of a healthy diet and making sure they are mindful of food wastage. We learnt about the founders Thomas and Ellen Warburton, and how their family have continued their work in the family business. Thomas Warburton and his wife Ellen first opened their grocery shop in 1870, but it wasn't until 1876 during a slump in the grocery market when Ellen Warburton started baking bread. Ellen's first batch of four loaves of bread and six cakes sold out in under an hour. Within two weeks the tiny shop in Bolton was renamed 'Warburtons the Bakers' and continued to go from strength-to-strength over the next 141 years.
To our end our learning, we were able to make our own delicious sandwich, filled with delightful fillings and were each given a loaf of Warburtons bread to take home and enjoy!
This term, we have been playing competitive games and applying basic principles suitable for attacking and defending. We looked at these skills through hockey, football and netball. Our PE lessons with Mr Ibbotson are great fun!
We also take part in the ‘Mile a day’ challenge on days we do not have PE lessons. This is a great way to help us achieve our 60 minutes of activity each day. We run it as a class and even challenge teachers to beat how many laps we can complete!
Our theme for Jubilee University this term was ‘First Aid’. Over the course of the week, we learnt many valuable skills:
- types of emergency services
- how to call for help if someone is in need
- how to treat a head injury
- how to treat a sting or bite
We learnt a very useful acronym that everybody should learn if they ever have to ring 999 and ask for assistance.
Number of casualties
Extent of injuries
Our work on Forces and Magnets was completed this term and as a class we decided that this has been one of our favourite topics. We got to explore using a variety of magnets and learnt about the poles of a magnet. We watched some useful clips on the BBC Bitesize website to help us understand how magnets work. These clips can be found by clicking on the following links:
Canadian Bears welcomed Kim, a Stone Age traveller, into their class this term, to enhance their topic learning on the Stone Age. Children were given the chance to make fire using a variety of Stone Age methods, including lighting a piece of cotton using flint. Kim taught Year 3 how to make paint using rock and vegetable fat, creating a class cave painting. It was a wonderful experience that really helped to bring the children’s learning to life.
This term, our topic work moved from the Stone Age era into the Iron Age era. Understanding a time line of events, and how life evolved between these periods, has been great fun. We used the text, The Iron Man by Ted Hughes, as the basis for our English work and completed some wonderful writing in the form of a diary entry by the main character, Hogarth.
The Iron Man also appeared in our class one day. The visual aid helped to capture the children’s imagination and enhance their involvement in the story.
As part of our topic, art and D&T, we explored Celtic Warriors and the story of Boudicca. We designed our own warrior shield based on our personality, then transferred the design onto cardboard. We used cardboard saws to cut out our shape and carefully sketched and painted the design onto our shield. The whole class made authentic shields that most warriors would have been proud of.
As part of our curricular learning, we took part in a STEM ‘Make and Do’ challenge with Year 2. The challenge was to design and build a house from cardboard, using cardboard saws, screws, bolts and a screwdriver. The design criteria stated that the house must be:
- have a roof
- have walls
- be as close to the design as possible
Teams were mixed with Year 2 and Year 3 children working together. The winners of the challenge were asked to attend a final against winners from other schools. The winners from our school were Grace, Frarney and Lilja. Well done!
FRANKIE IS BACK!
One very chilly Monday afternoon, Frankie the Elf mysteriously reappeared at JPS! He belongs to Canadian Bears, but Miss Liddicoat never knows when he will arrive and what he will do. During his Christmas visit he hid all of the sweets from our class advent calendar, escaped from a locked cupboard, moved all of the children’s trays and chairs and repeated one of his favourite tricks - covering our class Christmas tree in toilet roll! The children were very keen to think of ways to try to stop Frankie, but none of their ideas were successful! Frankie naturally received consequences for his choices and actions, as decided by the children.
What an exciting first term we have had in Canadian Bears! The class have settled in to year 3 and are eager to show off their learning!
As part of our ASPIRE homework, children were asked to create their ideal playground. This could be presented in any form they wanted. Children were very creative and their ideas were awesome!
Take a look at a few of their prototypes…
They were also asked to create a time capsule that would help people in the future learn about them and the way we lived in 2019. Again, children were very creative and we had information presented in the form of posters, buried time capsules and video evidence.
Stig of the Dump and The Stone Age
As part of our English and topic learning this year, we have been learning about The Stone Age and have read Stig of the Dump as our class text. Children have created handprint cave paintings, written alternative chapters for Stig of the Dump and learnt about life as a cave man!
We also entered a local poetry competition and wrote our own poems on Fant and the Community. We loved exploring words and discussing how we could use them to create an image. We looked at poems that rhymed and poems that made us smile and drew upon these features to create our own.
Our first theme for this year was Healthy Eating / Health. During the week we focussed on our values of independence, enjoyment and motivation.
The aims for our learning during the week were:
To understand that every food that we put into our bodies affects us.
To understand how different nutrients help us.
To understand a balanced diet.
Throughout the week we participated in personal challenges that ranged from eating a minimum of 5 fruit and vegetable portions a day, drank at least 2 water bottles during the school day, took part in physical activity after school, and improved personal best scores linked to the bleep test! It was an action packed week, with lots of learning taking place!