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Transport topic - road focus

posted 10 May 2017, 09:13 by Maria Parsons

We are very enthusiastic about our new transport topic in Dragonfly Class! We started the term by becoming storytellers and writers for Aaron Becker’s imaginative adventure text ‘Journey’. After lunchtime play one day we found Lego and pencils covering the floor and were shocked to hear that the Naughty Bus had carelessly driven through our classroom! We had great fun re-telling ‘The Naughty Bus’ before inventing our own troublesome stories.

         

 Our road focus has enabled us to have exciting visits from Paul with his motorbike and the Fire and Rescue service with their fire engine. The pupils learned subject-specific vocabulary and asked questions about the equipment and how the firefighters help in emergency situations. We also really enjoyed trying on the uniform and spraying the hose as you'll see in the pictures below! 

Thank you to everyone involved.

 

World Book Day

posted 6 Apr 2017, 05:35 by Maria Parsons

Ladybird Class and Dragonfly Class really enjoyed taking part in storytelling and reading activities to celebrate World Book Day. The pupils came in very excited to look at the costumes, accessories and books that were brought in and it was lovely to see some children willing to wear something different to school for the first time. Which book characters do you recognise?


 The children enjoyed listening to stories read by the adults and they could be heard laughing at a pop-up wolf, naming Kipper and his friends, discussing what Cuddly Dudley should do and identifying emotions in ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’.

 

Then it was the children’s turn to share their favourite books and the SSC teamed up with Class 6C for a very successful reading session. Some pupils chose to sit with PALS or peers they recognised from class meetings and others were able to chat about stories with unfamiliar children. What excellent discussions, reading, politeness and patience!

 

The next challenge was to create a setting from a book. Ideas included a soft play Eiffel Tower, a Lego Gotham City and the ‘Land of Ooo’ made out of Jenga bricks. What setting would you choose to make?


 We had lots of fun in the afternoon making book characters out of potatoes with our parents and carers. What superb results! 
Which characters do you think we created?

The last challenge was to tell stories using our characters and settings. 

Some very original ideas were heard after such a fun day of creative activities and sharing books! 

Thank you to everyone who shared World Book Day with us. We are now even more enthusiastic about reading!

Young Voices at the O2

posted 13 Feb 2017, 10:02 by Maria Parsons   [ updated 13 Feb 2017, 10:05 ]

Five pupils in Dragonfly Class have shown commitment to the mainstream choir club this year and were invited to sing at the Young Voices concert at the O2 arena. They followed instructions in a busy London environment, persevered throughout the very long day and thoroughly enjoyed singing and dancing during rehearsals and the final performance in front of thousands of people. Fantastic efforts and what a wonderful experience! 


Fantastic Forests

posted 13 Feb 2017, 09:53 by Maria Parsons

Our topic this term has been ‘Fantastic Forests’ and we began by reading ‘The Tin Forest’ and thinking about our hopes and wishes. 

We then explored ‘The Great Kapok Tree’ and the pupils carried out some thoughtful drama as different animals in the Amazon Rainforest. Would you want your habitat to be chopped down? We practised using the word ‘because’ and some of us included it in our speech writing. 

We then learned about some positive reasons for deforestation and chose our side of the argument before writing a persuasive letter to the man in 'The Great Kapok Tree'.

In music, we listened to and described rainforest sounds before creating our own soundscape using body percussion. We then composed animal and weather sound effects using our chosen musical instruments. Which instrument do you think we chose for thunder?


The pupils in Dragonfly Class have been very enthusiastic about Geography this half term! We have learned about the countries in the United Kingdom and can now name and locate the world’s continents. In Computing, we explored digital maps and we tried to navigate from Gorseland Primary School to our home address on Google maps. We then took on the challenge to identify a forest on a map and we discussed the location of the Amazon Rainforest and how this affects the climate. 

We have been focussing on textiles and sculpture this half term as we have learned to weave and use techniques such as rolling, cutting and moulding to create our own rainforest art. What skills do you think we used for our final pieces? 

For our Martlesham 100 project, we compared the Amazon Rainforest to a forest closer to home: Portal Woods. Some excellent communication was heard as the pupils explored the local woodland environment, searched for animals and observed historical artefacts. What do you think the similarities and differences are?  

Next stop - Awesome Oceans!

Our Christmas Performance

posted 18 Dec 2016, 09:13 by Maria Parsons   [ updated 18 Dec 2016, 09:18 ]

We have been continuing our 'Fantasy' topic by rehearsing and performing our own version of 
'The Jolly Christmas Postman' by Janet and Allan Ahlberg.

We enthusiastically learned and sang songs, recorded drama for music videos and became fairytale characters receiving their 
Christmas cards on stage. We even performed in front of a large audience!


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone in the SSC!

Shared storytelling afternoon

posted 27 Oct 2016, 11:28 by Maria Parsons   [ updated 27 Oct 2016, 11:31 ]

We really enjoyed our storytelling afternoon this week and it was fun to share our fantasy topic with Ladybird Class, parents and carers. 

We worked as a team to make a den for the Gruffalo.
We used our imaginations to make superhero masks. Can you guess our superpower?

We created our own magic potions using outdoor materials and spices, we drew fictional characters in foam and designed then made sock puppets. 
We also enjoyed riding superhero vehicles and sharing myths and legends.

Thank you to everyone who shared the storytelling activities with us! 

Magic potion recipes

posted 27 Oct 2016, 11:10 by Maria Parsons   [ updated 3 Nov 2016, 13:08 ]

We have been using our imaginations to create exciting magic potions with gruesome ingredients! We enjoyed experimenting with ingredients in the potion lab, developed confidence with role play and communicated our ideas very well. Mrs Parsons was frozen, turned into a frog and even given a beard!

We explored the features of instructions in English before writing our own magic potion recipes with a title, horrible ingredients, bossy verbs and clear instructions in the method. We were very proud of our work! What potion would you like to make?

In Maths, we learned how to read measures and practised following magic potion recipes accurately by carefully measuring out liquids. It could've been disastrous with too many dragon tears!


We also practised out mouse control and typing skills by creating instructions in Computing. What do you think you need to become a witch or wizard?
 

Author visit

posted 27 Oct 2016, 10:04 by Maria Parsons   [ updated 27 Oct 2016, 10:06 ]

We are really enjoying our Fantasy topic so far and have become keen storytellers. With this in mind, we felt very privileged to have a special visit from authors 'the 2Steves' who have written books such as Action Dogs and the iHero series. 
We listened carefully to extracts from their books and enthusiastically carried out accompanying drama. After each page we made a choice: to give up the mission or carry on. (This has become the new growth mindset catchphrase in Dragonfly Class!) 
Thank you for visiting us and engaging us with your books!

Superheroes

posted 27 Oct 2016, 09:31 by Maria Parsons   [ updated 18 Dec 2016, 09:14 ]

We were very excited to start the term with a focus on superheroes as part of our Fantasy topic!

We enjoyed discussing our favourite heroes or villains and took part in some imaginative role play in the superhero headquarters. We thought about the superpowers we would like to have and talked about our own skills and interests. We realised that we're all good at different things and this is what makes us interesting!

 

We enjoyed sharing and re-telling stories in English and imagined what we would do if we were a superhero or villain for the day. 

   

In music, we described superhero theme tunes and composed our own sound effects for characters. Ideas included banging a drum loudly to sound like the Hulk stomping and shaking maracas as Spiderman swings on his webs. We enjoyed creating graphic scores and exploring new instruments!

When discussing superpowers, we realised that some heroes and villains have powers related to light such as the ability to control lightning or create fire. We learned about light sources in Science and discussed whether objects are sources of light or not. Some of us also learned that light travels in straight lines and can be reflected. 

  
We have loved our superhero work but are looking forward to learning about myths and legends next!

Animal Parade – Take One Picture

posted 10 Aug 2016, 03:45 by Maria Parsons   [ updated 10 Aug 2016, 03:55 ]

We really enjoyed our ‘Take One Picture’ project this year and chose to focus on the animals in the painting ‘A Roman Triumph’ by Peter Paul Rubens. We answered questions about the painting, linked the elephants to our habitats topic by exploring ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ and enjoyed an Elmer activity day. Some of us thought that the elephants in the painting might be in an animal parade and we thought it would be fun to have our own performance!

 
 We described the ‘Circle of Life’ animal parade in the ‘Lion King’ theatre performance, studied animal patterns and made our own repeating patterns, created masks and costumes for our chosen animal, listened to the ‘Carnival of the Animals’ music and used our imaginations when devising our own animal movements. We enjoyed performing our dances and singing African songs in our animal parade before saying goodbye to our Year 6 pupils. 
A big thank you to everyone who was able to come!

Here are some photographs of us rehearsing and look out for our 'Take One Picture' display on the way to the small hall!

   

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