In Literacy over the past two weeks, KS1 have been learning about the General Election. We linked the General Election to a story called - King of the Birds! Each class chose a bird whom they thought would be a good candidate to become 'Prime Minister of the Birds'. Diamond Class chose the Dove, Emerald Class chose the Peacock and Garnet class chose the Flamingo! Each class came up with a party name. Diamond Class chose - Dazzling Diamond Doves; Emerald Class chose - Purple Peacock Party; Garnet Class chose - Fantastic Fluffy Flamingo Party. During the week we discussed the positive features of each bird, that would make them the best bird to become Prime Minister. We designed persuasive posters, to outline our pledges and encourage others to vote for our bird. Every child made their own 'Party Rosette' which they wore at our KS1 Election.
Each party chose a group of children to represent their bird and deliver their persuasive election speech to the rest of the children. We listened to each speech and then voted on a ballot paper, putting our votes into the ballot box. The votes were then counted and verified and the results announced.
Results: Dazzling Diamond Dove Party - 36 votes
Purple Peacock Party - 29 votes
Fantastic Fluffy Flamingo Party - 25 votes
That meant that the Dazzling Diamond Dove Party were the winners and the Dove became Prime Minister of the Birds!
Music - Sea Shanties
This week, we have been learning about sea shanties and practised singing them in two parts. Then we came up with our own 'Village Day Shanty' and composed our own lyrics. We hope you enjoy it!
Our Village Day Shanty!
Science - Looking at a Pond Habitat
In Science we are learning about different local habitats. We have a pond in the school grounds, so we went to see what living things live in or around a pond. We know that a Great Crested Newt lives in the pond, but unfortunately we didn't see it today. However, we did see: pond skaters, water boatman, water fleas, water louse, pond snails, a bloodworm, pond weed, bulrushes, water lilies and dragonflies .
Investigating properties of 3D skeleton shapes
We have been learning about 3D shapes and their properties. Today we investigated how many vertices and edges were needed to make a skeleton of each 3D shape. We used grapes and cocktail sticks to construct the shapes.
Skeleton 3D Shapes
Parent Partners - Thursday 8th June 2017
Thank you to all the parents who were able to join us today for our magic squares and dotty maths challenges. The children really enjoyed having you in their classroom and cannot wait to challenge you again at home.
Parent Partners - Wednesday 7th June 2017.
Thank you to all the parents who were able to join us today for our dotty maths challenge. The children really enjoyed having you in their classroom and cannot wait to challenge you at home. See if you can spot who was sitting on the carpet nicely!
Parent partners -Wednesday
Creative Arts Walk.
We really enjoyed our walk to Gobions wood on Monday morning. We collected a variety of resources from the great outdoors, to use in our nature art work later this week. It was fun to made some amazing nature journey bands. We spotted a heron, some ducks and a their ducklings and had to be really quiet when we spotted some geese and their goslings.
This term we have been learning about the topic of Coasts.
We started the topic with a treasure hunt outside in the playground, to find items that we would find in a variety of coasts. As part of our Science work we sorted the items into whether they were living or non-living things. We made a display of the things we found.
In Geography we discussed what we thought a coast was and made a mind-map of the different things we would find there.
Coastal Mind Map
Coastal Areas Visited by Diamond Class
We made our own coastal scene using items from the seaside and a variety of materials.
Today we took part in a Sports Partnership with Monks Walk School and had learned some new PE skills. We learned to play Boccia, as well as taking part in team games using bean bags and curling stones.
Sports Parntership Activities
At the end of Science Week we went on a great school trip to Legoland. As soon as we arrived we had a workshop where we had to build a lego car that would travel the furthest down a slope. We learnt about the forces of gravity and friction. Gravity is the good force that we wanted on the car to pull the car down the slope. Friction was the bad force that we didn't want our lego car to have, otherwise it would slow down and not go very far. We got into groups of 3 and built our lego cars. We then tested them to see if they survived the force of gravity and didn't break up. After making some modifications to our cars we then tested them as a whole class to see which went the furthest. The car made by Emmie, Izzy and Maya just beat the rest! They were all great models.
Lego Car Models
After our lego workshop we went on some of the rides. The first ride was the Atlantis Voyage which was great fun. We went inside a submarine and went under the water to see lots of sea creatures. We saw fish that looked like Nemo and Dory as well as a shark. We then all had a go at driving the lego cars. We all passed our driving licenses! Look at the photos below! Do you think we are good drivers? Wait until we are 17! Watch out Brookmans Park!
Driving Lego Cars!
After lunch we had look around Mini Land and saw all the mini lego models of famous buildings in London.
In Computing we have been learning about using the internet. Mrs Pollington asked us to find some interesting facts about transport for our class blog. Here's what we found out. We created pictures using an Art program to go with our facts about transport.
Lexi and Louis. Most balloon envelopes are made of nylon.
Jamie and Max. A Concorde aeroplane could travel from New York to Paris in 3 and a half hours.
A tandem bicycle can hold more than one person. Oliver & Liliana
Rocco & Teddie - The bow of a boat is at the back and the stem is at the front.
Lewis & Emmie - Some submarines can stay under water for several months.
Demetri & Agnes - There are 1 billion bicycles in the world today.
Brody & Charlie - A boat's left side is referred to as the port side.
As part of Science Week we had a great workshop learning about different types of birds! In particular we learned about owls and a hawk. We saw 5 different birds and learned about what they eat, where they live, how they catch food using their great sense of hearing, and how many feathers they have. We were lucky enough to be able to hold and stroke the smallest owl in the country called Goliath! We then had a look at some pellets and had a go at dissecting them, to see what the owls had been eating. We found lots of different bones in the pellets and tried to identify the animal it came from. Later in the afternoon, we saw the birds fly in our school hall. The barn owl was the quietest owl and swooped down across our heads. Some of the teachers had a go at flying the hawk and barn owl. We were lucky that non of them dropped any bird droppings on us! See the photos below.
Raptor Experience Workshop
During Science Week we have been doing a Science Investigation to see 'Which material will let a toy car travel the furthest?' We discussed how we would test this and came up with a test to roll a toy car down a ramp and let it travel across different materials. We decided to try the grass, fabric, bubble wrap, the carpet, the playground and a wooden table.We made sure the test was fair by using a ramp that was two bricks high, and the same car each time.We measured how far each car travelled using a ruler and recorded the number of centimetres each car went. We then presented these results in a bar graph. We found out that the wooden table was the best material to let the car travel furthest because it was slippery, smooth and flat. The worst material was the grass because the grass was wet and long and the wheels of the car got stuck in the mud.
Which material will let a car go the furthest?
Investigating which material will let the car go the furthest.
Golf Taster Day
We had a great time learning new skills when we had a taster day to learn how to play Golf. We practised using golf clubs and had to get the ball round different obstacles and each other. It was good fun! See the photos below.
Golf Taster Day
In PSHCE this term we are learning about Relationships. We have discussed different types of emotions and how we can know what people are feeling, by their facial features. We have thought about the special people in our lives and who we have good and bad relationships with. We have discussed and acted out in freeze frames, a variety of different scenarios showing good and bad relationships inside school and on the playground. We discussed how our bodies can be hurt and how our feelings can be hurt during these times. We thought about how the different behaviours make us feel and who we can turn to for help.
Good and Bad Relationships
PSHCE - Good and Bad Relationships
In PE today, we had a go at the Fitter Future exercise programme. We did 10 minute workouts concentrating on our core strength and balance. This is a great way to keep fit and healthy and we can access this online, so we can practice these exercises at home with our families!
RAF Museum Hendon
Diamond Class thoroughly enjoyed our visit to RAF Museum in Hendon yesterday. We saw lots of helicopters and planes and found out how they work. We made our own paper and card heilcopter rotary blades and tested them to see which stayed in the air the longest. We discovered that the paper blades were the best at floating in the air, because they were lighter than the card ones. We discovered that planes are built of light materials to help them stay in the air and glide. We also the saw the Mosquito airplane, designed by Geoffrey De Havilland, in Hatfield. It was made from wood. We were very lucky to also see inside the cockpit of a spitfire. It was tiny! A great time was had by all!
Happy New Year! 2017!
Diamond Class are now using the school library! Every Thursday afternoon, we will visit the library to choose or change our books, so please remember to bring them in each week. The books are loaned out for a two week period, but the children can change them each week if they wish.
Our fabulous finish to our topic on London! We designed and made our own Tudor looking houses and after a fire safety talk from the local fire brigade, we watched as they helped us re-create London's Burning! In Science we predicted which size of house we thought would burn the quickest and suggested reasons why. It was very exciting to see the houses burning, and watch how the fire fighters put the fire out!
Design and Technology - As part of our D&T work on London Architecture, we had a great workshop on Friday, where we were learning how to construct different structures using triangles. We managed to construct a giant pyramid that almost touched the ceiling in the hall. After break we constructed an enormous tower that did touch the ceiling! We definitely had to use our 'Learning Powers' of 'Relationships' and 'Resilience', when working will our partners to construct triangles that fit together to become strong stable structures.
Design & Technology Workshop
In RE, we have been learning about festivals of light. This week we learned about Advent and how Christians celebrate this, by having Advent Wreaths and Advent Calendars. We also learned that Christians often have a service of light called a Christingle Service. Christingles, are made made from oranges, dried fruit and sweets, a piece of red ribbon and a candle. The orange represents the world God made, the red ribbon symbolises Jesus' blood, and the four cocktail sticks with dried fruit and sweets on, symbolise the four seasons with the fruits of the world. The candle in the middle reminds Christians that Jesus is the light of the world.
Festival of Lights - Advent and Christingles
RE- We are learning about Festivals of Light. We have learned about the Jewish festival of Hanukkah. We listened to the story that Jewish people remember during the festival of Hanukkah. We then acted this out using 'freeze frames'. We discussed how the festival of Hanukkah lasts for 8 days. Each night a candle on the Menorah is lit, as blessings are said. We discussed why light is important to Jewish people during this festival.
Open this document to see Diamond Class' freeze frames of the story remembered at Hanukkah.
Remembrance Day - 11th November 2016 Today we thought about all the soldiers over the last 100 years who have lost their lives through war. We paid respect during our 2 minute silence, and made poppy wreaths. Mr Ratcliffe our new Teaching Assistant wore his RAF uniform, as he is a member of the RAF Volunteers.
PSHCE - We have been learning about keeping heathly. We discussed and planned a healthy meal with food from all the food groups - meat/fish, fruit & vegtables, bread/rice/pasta/potatoes, dairy, oils, sugars and fats.
RE - Diwali. We have been learning about festivals of light. We listened to the story of Rama & Sita, and made some Rangoli patterns and Diva lanterns.
Maths Learning. Over the past few weeks we have been learning our ordinal numbers, making teens numbers using tens frames, and doing problem solving.
How many ways can we arrange five cubes?
Which carriage would the 9 and 24th bear sit in?
Noah saw 12 legs go into the ark-How many animals?
Great Fire of London Workshop
The Great Fire of London News reporters.
Recalling how the Great Fire of London started.
The weather man gives us the weather report.
The people of London in 1666
The camera woman catching all the aciton!
Thomas Farriner and his family in the bakery.
Thomas Farriner asleep whist his oven was left on!
The fire begins to start.
Thomas Farriner's family wake up and escape.
Passing leather buckets down the line!
Rowing in boats to escape the fire.
Boats rocking as they cross the Thames.
Interviewing the London townsfolk.
Blowing up houses to stop the fire.
Rejoicing as the fire goes out!
Diamond Class thoroughly enjoyed our Roald Dahl BFG workshop on Monday. The children started the session with a warm-up of Grandpa's footsteps. After discussing the story of the BFG, the children then had to imagine what their favourite dream would be. They then thought about how to show this as a 'freeze-frame'. The children chose to be either a specific character in their dream, or act out an activity, such as going on a roller-coaster. The children had great fun being superheroes, princesses, unicorns, or being in places such as the beach!
Goldilocks and the Three Bears Revolting Rhyme
The children enjoyed learning Roald Dahl's 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears' Revolting Rhyme as part of last week's performance poetry. They were amazing at how quickly they remembered the words and actions to this rather long poem! We shortened it slightly so it was more manageable to learn! We hope you enjoy it!
Welcome to Diamond Class 2016 -2017!
Mrs Luck, Mrs Yeldham and Mrs Neiman welcome you to the start of the new term in Diamond Class.
We have had a lovely first week, getting to know each other and making new friends. The children have been excited to learn about our new topic of 'London', and in particular have enjoyed learning the song of London's Burning about the Great Fire of London in 1666! Some children have already started to bring in information and pictures, about the Great Fire of London that they have researched at home.
We have been very impressed how the children have been learning one of Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes - 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears!' They have worked very hard to learn the words along with actions. Look out for our video next week, of the class performing this rhyme. We are also looking forward to our Roald Dahl storytelling workshop about the BFG, on Monday 12th September, to celebrate 100 years since the birth of Roald Dahl!
We have been learning about our school rules - the Golden Bees.
Diamond Class know that they should:
Be Kind and Friendly
Be Polite and Respectful
Parent Information Meeting - Tuesday 13th September
We look forward to seeing you all at the information meeting after school on Tuesday, where we will share more information about upcoming year in KS1. Please find below information and documents that will be discussed.