Welcome to Class 3
The Botanical Gardens
We enjoyed a school trip to the Botanical Gardens. Class 3 spent the day looking studying the local history of the people and their homes. The day started with an introduction about the Edwardian buildings present at the garden and we found out lots about the sorts of people who had lived there and their life stories. Class 3 split up into groups and throughout the rest of day enjoyed exploring the Botanical gardens and experiencing a range of activities including: studying Beaumont hall in person; studying Dutch tiles and designing our own; playing croquet; learning about tropical greenhouses and plant hunters and exploring historic tress. Class 3 ended their day with their very own historical drama from 3 volunteers; they all thoroughly enjoyed their day!
We have had to roll up our sleeves this half term because we have been making clay pots. We used the thumb and coiling method to mould the pot shapes and then intricately engraved and decorated the sides. Some children even managed to make lids that fit the pot like a glove! Class 3 then had the task of carefully painting the pots and making sure every millimetre skilfully was covered. They ended up looking great!
Class 3’s trip to Duxford
Class 3’s visit to I.W.M. Duxford, was a huge success. The children were able to explore W.W.II and gain an inside view of what it must have been like as a fighter pilot or as a soldier. The children were able to go into “Concorde” and experience how it worked and to wonder at how tight the space was.
Pupils from class 3 worked with an architect to design classrooms for the future. Taking the basic plan for the new extension, the pupils had to consider what the delivery of education might look like years from now - how to draw to a plan (scale); conservation (designing alternative habitats); the environment (materials and insulation); engineering (Physics and Maths.).
Beaumanor Hall and Park was the venue for Class 3’s (Upper Key Stage 2) residential visit. They participated in rock climbing; manoeuvring the high wire, abseiling, canoeing and archery. A wonderful experience!
On our Computing day this half term, Class 3 have been learning about Computer Aided Design and how it can be used in the real world. We used a programme called Google Sketchup to become architects for the day. The pictures that you can see can actually be viewed from any perspective in the programme.
Class 3 have been busy making their very own animations. They carefully planned out story boards, back drops and brought in props from home to help them. Working in groups, they then set up the camera and equipment ready for filming. Making the animation involved slightly moving the objects only 1mm at a time, capturing a picture, then moving the object again and repeating the process. 1 second of footage needed 12 frames so they had to be very patient! They were able to produce some fantastic animated stories by the end of the session and they were great fun to watch back. Well done class 3.
Steel pan drums
Over the Spring term, our Year Five and Year Six pupils have been learning to play the steel pan drums. They learned many skills including assembling the drums, finding and playing the notes, different ways to create music with the drums and not least, working together as one band. Enjoy!
'People in Action'
During our ‘People in Action’ scheme in art, Class 3 have been thinking about the human form. They have developed their sketching skills, measured their bodies and compared proportions in maths and thought about body language in drama/ PSHCE. Following on from our Roald Dahl literacy focus, the children have made their own wire and clay figures and decorated them.
Year 6 reviewing science books on behalf of the Royal Society!
Year 6 are lucky enough to have been selected for the elite 2015 review panel for the Royal Society Young People's Book Prize.
The Royal Society is a fellowship of the world's most eminent scientists and is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence. They have donated 6 recommended science books to the school. Please speak to Year 6 pupils if you would like to find out more about the science books that they are reviewing or if you would like to look at the books for yourself.
This term, Class 3 is conducting research into W.W.1 - the causes, the conditions of warfare, the consequences of the war. Independent studies of trench warfare, in particular, have led to the construction of “shoe box trenches” and the strategies of debate. The children will be carrying out a re-enactment of a confrontation based on one of the battles of Ypres.
This particular line of study is important because of W.W.1’s place in history and also because of the local link of the heroine, Edith Cavell, and the erstwhile Thrussington vicar, Rev.Gahen, who administered the last rites before her execution by the Germans.