Music - Writing our own song!
After learning our space song the children were interested to find out what it is like to be a spaceman. So we looked at the food they eat and even tried a little space ice-cream. We decided we preferred the frozen variety! This afternoon we recounted the story for our ballad, ready to write our own song. We had to make sure the verses had 4 lines and had two rhyming words on lines 2 and 4. Next week we hope to finish it.
Music - Ballads
This afternoon the children in Daffodils have been singing a ballad - Space Oddity by David Bowie (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lEwLAfL2xQ). We looked at how the song is written with verses and choruses in preparation for writing our very own ballad. We then watched a cartoon of the story we need to write a song for. Recounting the song, we used words such as soaring above the clouds, sparkling stars, happiness and success. Next week we will move onto thinking about the lyrics using these words!
World book day in Daffodils
To celebrate world book day, we took part in 2 online workshops with the author Helen Rutter, who talked about her book 'How to be funny' and George Webster talking about his book 'This is me!' We also enjoyed sharing our favourite books with our friends.
PSHE - Fire safety talk
Andy Bradbury, from Shropshire fire and rescue, came to talk to us today about how to keep safe in the event of a fire. He told us the best place to put smoke alarms in our homes and when to check them. We learnt the safest way to escape. Some of us even got to try on his kit!
Can you use the maps and globes to locate the main cities in Australia? You will need to look closely!
Welcome back Daffodils!
We hope that you have had a fun and busy half term holiday. We are all looking forward to our new geography topic - Australia! We will be learning about the natural geographical features and important cities and landmarks.
Or mantel story this half term, explores the story of the Anangu people who don’t want people climbing Uluru. Signs were put up at the base of the climb which asked visitors on behalf of Anangu people, 'Please Don’t Climb'. A rule was put in place to stop people from climbing and walking there. The Anangu people are the traditional landowners of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Uluru is an important and sacred site for them and has existed since the beginning of time. A group of climbers say "It's difficult to see what the importance and significance is". "It's a rock. It's supposed to be climbed." We explore the questions what makes an important landmark?
How should we treat important places? Who are the Anangu people? Where is the Uluru?
This half term we will be continuing to investigate the properties of materials. We will be finding out how to separate a simple solid mixture, how to separate a solid from a liquid and what happens when a material is warmed and cooled.
This half term we will be continuing our Aboriginal dot paintings, using symbols.
We will continue to visit the forest school area every other Tuesday afternoon. We will be going out in all weather, so please make sure kits include plenty of layers (Water proof coats and trousers, jogging bottoms, jumper, gloves and hat. Please no jeans, as these can be uncomfortable if they get wet) Again, make sure kits are clearly labelled. Remember to check weekly reminders on the website for any changes.
PE will continue to be on alternate Tuesdays and Thursdays. Please check weekly reminders on the website. It is important children bring into school the correct kit. They should have in their kit: A white or navy blue t shirt, a navy blue jumper or zip up hoodie, navy jog suit bottoms or shorts, trainers and spare socks.
We will change books once a week and children can take home a book to enjoy. Please make sure book bags are in school every day. It is lovely to read your comments in reading diaries, please make sure you fill in reading diaries every time you read, as we are continuing our reading challenge in class – the more you read the more chance of winning a class treat!
Please continue to log in to TT Rocks. This is a really fun way to learn multiplication tables. Keep having a go as much as you can, the more times you play the more rewards you get and the better you become at your multiplication tables!
We love seeing any work you have done at home, or if there is anything you would like to share with us about our topic about Australia.
As always, if you have any worries or questions, please let us know.
Mrs Kavannah, Mrs Humphreys, Mrs McTweed and Mrs Ryan
What can we do to help stop people climbing the sacred Uluru?
On a large piece of paper there were the words “No walking or Climbing”
I wonder what can this mean? Have you seen a sign like this before? Where did you see it?
The local Anangu people have long been calling for visitors to stop climbing the sacred rock. And up until the ban, hundreds of thousands of tourists scaled and climbed Uluru every year, against the express wishes of the traditional owners, the Anangu people. This played a part in the decision of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park board to ban the climb. But just why is it wrong to climb Uluru?
We saw a picture of Rene, an Anangu person living in the Uluru park. They were wearing headband is worn to mark the closure of the Uluru to climbers.
They talk about the importance of the inma – not to show the world that their culture is strong – but to show the Anangu children.
We meet Rene, they explained,
“The dances they will be doing as small children today, are the ones that they will carry with them and continue to dance throughout their lives.These are the inma that our grandfathers and grandmothers entrusted to us to hold and pass on.“We hold this inma in our minds and in our sprit, so that we can sing, we can dance, we can give them to the children of the future. So it is for our children that we are most excited. We are going to be dancing for them, for the children. We need the rock to rest and heal”
A group of climbers are arguing against the closure of the Uluru, and are wanting to climb the old climbing route. There are several signs at the base of Uluru that urge tourists not to climb because of the site's sacred value.
We split into two groups. One group of children acted out standing at the base of the rock to try to stop the climbers, The second group acted as the climbers.
Music - What is a Ballad?
This afternoon the children in Daffodils learnt all about ballads. We learnt a ballad is a song which tells a story. We listened to a range of songs and talked about the stories that were told. Then we watched the story and song; Space Oddity by David Bowie. After talking about the story, we also noticed how a ballad was a bit like a poem, and even had some rhyming words.
Signs of Spring - Forest School.
We started the session by looking out for signs of Spring. On the way up to Forest School we saw some pink blossom just beginning to show. On site we found Pussy Willow, Catkins, Daffodils and lots of buds.
Bird wise - 4 buzzards were wheeling high in the sky, we think we saw a Fieldfare (or Red Wing) and the usuals.
Today we had time for some tree climbing, swinging and mud kitchen and WE LOVE IT!
PSHE - Internet safety
It is important that we are reminded about keeping safe online. We played a game in which we spotted when we were to tell a grown up if we were 'scared, worried or sad' about something we had seen when we were online. Then we watched some cartoons about what we should do if we saw something online that made us 'scared, worried or sad' https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/4_7/
We were very lucky today to welcome Siobhan from Oswestry library who told us all about how reading stories before bedtime can help us sleep more peacefully. We talked about our own strategies when going to bed, we have warm milk, hot chocolate, a story, a warm bubble bath and a cuddly teddy bear! Siobhan read us some lovely stories.
Cosford air museum online workshop
Today, Daffodils class took part in an online workshop with Cosford RAF air museum. We found out more about the different flying equipment through the ages. To start with, we looked at a time line of the different periods of time of aircraft. We then had to put in order different pieces of equipment from the oldest to the more recent.
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