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KS1 Election 2017 - Prime Minister of the Birds!

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!

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Creative Arts Week

Creative Arts Week took place with the theme of the 'Big Outdoors'


We took a trip to Gobions Wood to explore, enjoy the outdoors and collect resources for some lessons later in the week.


We had a fabulous time, we saw a family of Geese and even a Heron!

Later in the week, we took inspiration from our Geography topic of Coasts to create a piece of mixed media art. We used watercolours, poster paint, salt and collage to create a beach scene. We are very proud of them! What do you think?

KS1 Trip to Legoland!


Garnet Class had a fabulous trip to Lego Land. The weather was fine and the rides were amazing! Linked to our science topic we took part in a workshop, building Lego cars in teams. We then sent these cars speeding down ramps. A great day was had by all, thank you to the parent helpers for volunteering their time to help us. 

Garnet's Transport and Travel Facts


Garnet class have worked very hard in Computing, researching facts about transport and drawing pictures. We hope you enjoy them!

Theoncorde was a commercial aircraft and one of only two capable of supersonic fight.

It could travel from Pars to New York in 3.5 hours. Most flights took 8 hours to travel the same distance.

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It is estimated that approximately 165,000 new cars roll  off the assembly line every day.

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Early trains were powered by steam.

Elizabeth and Leila

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It would take 157 days to drive to the moon in a car if you were driving for 60 hours non-stop.

Hugh and Che

The first hot air balloon flight with humans took place in 1783.


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The benefits of driverless automobiles include a reduction in the number of vehicles on the road and an increase in safety for passengers and others.

Mia and Dasha

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It would take 157 days to drive to the moon in a car if you were driving 60 mph, non- stop. Of course we don't have  cars that can drive to the moon - yet.

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The very first train were pulled by ropes attached to horses but by the early 1800 s  most trains were powered by steam.


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The hot air balloon was the first flying machine capable of carrying humans.


KS1 Trip to Hendon


We all went to RAF Hendon to learn more about aircraft and flight. We have been learning about a local hero, Sir Geoffrey De Havilland. We were amazed to see some of the planes he designed and made in Hatfield. We had a workshop to learn the difference between how aeroplanes and helicopters fly. We then made our own flying helicopters and launched them off a tall gallery!


There was so much to see and do. We had a go on all the games and simulators- a particular favourite was launching a plane to drop a parcel on the drop zone. I'm sure we could have spent many hours trying to get the drop spot on!


Thank you to all our parent helpers for coming. 

D/T Structures Workshop

As part of our London Architecture topic in D/T, we had a very interesting and fun workshop on structures.


Year 2 spent the morning and afternoon making 2D triangles, 3D triangle based pyramids, 2D rhombus' and 3D octahedrons, to name a few. We used wooden rods, of different lengths, and elastic bands to make the shapes. The shapes were then combined to make larger structures. 


The groups demonstrated excellent team work skills and managed to construct some brilliant structures together.


Martin, who led the workshop, was very impressed with all the maths vocabulary Garnet Class had to offer, such as 'rhombus', 'parallelogram', 'tripod', and 'tessellation'.


Below are some photos of the impressive structures we made. Thank you Martin for the fantastic workshop! 

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We learned about the Hindu festival Divali. Divali is a celebration of new beginnings, Hindus look forward to the new year ahead and start afresh. In front of their homes, Hindus create beautiful patterns  to welcome guests. We drew Rangoli patterns on the playground to welcome visitors to our school!
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Problem Solving

Garnet class have been thinking very hard to solve maths problems! We found our own ways to solve the following problem.....


A Giant has ten gold coins. He sorts them into 3 moneybags: the first has three fewer than the second bag, the second bag has two more gold coins than the third, the second bag has an odd number of coins inside.  How many coins are in each of the moneybags?


The children chose their own method to solve the problem, some used counters and others drew the dots. Everyone worked very well and persevered until they had solved the problem.  Stay tuned for the solution!


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Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhyme

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Garnet Class did a great job of learning and reciting "Jack and the Beanstalk". Our class won the poetry competition for KS1 and will be performing to the whole school during assembly on Monday.

Well done Garnet Class!


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Welcome to Garnet Class 2016 17!

Welcome back to school! We have had a marvellous start to the term. As you may have guessed, our topic this term is London. We have already been busy learning London’s Burning, managing to succeed in singing the song in a three part round!



Brookmans Park Golden Bees

We have been thinking about the 'Golden Bee' rules that everyone follows across the school. At all times we try our best to

  • Be responsible 
  • Be cooperative
  • Be kind and friendly
  • Be determined
  • Be respectful and polite

I’ve been so pleased to see all of the children trying very hard to show their Golden Bee behaviour!

Roald Dahl Week

As part of Roald Dahl week we set ourselves the task of learning some of Revolting Rhymes Jack and the Beanstalk. We drew a story map to act as a prompt. Watch this space for a video of the end result!

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Parent Meeting

Thank you very much for coming to the Parent Meeting, it was great to see so many of you. Please see below all the documents we discussed in the meeting.

Trip costs and dates will be confirmed as soon as possible. Please get in touch if you would like to help!


Today was the final performance of the routines that Garnet had been planning and practising in partners. They each performed to the whole class and Miss Davies awarded gold, silver and bronze for children who performed balances and worked well together. The winning partners routines are shown below:


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Capacity - measuring water

Last week, we had lots of fun learning about capacity. All of the children in Garnet class brought in a container and measuring jug. Then we went outside to estimate and then measure how much water each container would hold. Everyone had lots of practise reading scales in millilitres and got quite wet!

Healthy Eating workshop

Last week, we had the chance to try lots of different fruits. All of the children in Garnet class sampled exotic fruits such as limes, dragon fruit and star fruit. Some children even had the chance to power a bike, which blended a delicious fruit smoothie. 

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Maths - practical problem solving

Every week, Garnet class look forward to 'Problem Solving Friday' when they are given a puzzling problem to solve. They work in a group to discuss the problem and think about what equipment they could use to help them. They are also encouraged to think about how they might work systematically, so that they know for sure when they have found all of the possible answers.


This half term, the class have had to:

- Work out how many tables Cinderella needed at her wedding to seat all of her guests,

- Decide how many days teddy went on holiday for by looking at the combinations of clothes in his suitcase

- And they have tackled many other puzzling problems!

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African workshop


We all really enjoyed the 'African workshop' on Monday.  First, we designed our own African tribal masks and then learnt a traditional African dance using them.  You will find out more about what we got up to at our assembly next week . . . but for now, here are so photos of the day. 

Summer term in Garnet Class


What a great start to our last half term! In Garnet class, the children are really enjoying our new Africa topic and we have been focusing on this wonderful continent across lots of different lessons.


  • We have started to learn about the geography of Africa and have been using maps to discover interesting facts and information.
  • As part of our science work on animals we have identified the different parts of African animals, such as elephants and African killifish.
  • In Art, each child has chosen an African animal print to study, using their sketching skills and close observation to recreate these fantastic prints.
  • In Literacy we are focusing on the ‘Just So’ stories by Rudyard Kipling. My group will be planning and writing their own version of a ‘Just So’ story, with an African animal as their main character, over the next couple of weeks.


As always, Garnet class have been very enthusiastic about our topic and have already started to bring in books and interesting objects so that we can learn more about Africa. I am always happy for children to show books or work from home, when it is linked to what we have been learning about in class.


I’m really looking forward to the next few weeks when we have a go at African drumming and begin to focus on Kenya in more detail. We will learn more about Kenya’s geography, culture and compare it with our local area. We’ll also share with you what we have learning in our class assembly on Thursday 23rd June. We look forward to seeing you there!


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Observing and sketching African animal prints

Observing and sketching African animal prints 1 Matilda's sketch of crocodile skin.
Observing and sketching African animal prints 2 Sienna's sketch of zebra print.
Observing and sketching African animal prints 3 Hadya's sketch of leopard print.