What makes us unique? We created a class poem using a Kenning format.
Daffodils Wonderful Me!
I am a....
PSHE - Internet safety
We talked about what the internet is and how we can stay safe. We talked about the internet not being owned by anyone and that anyone can use it. It is important that when we use the internet, we use it safely.
Daffodils class enjoyed taste testing various fruits, vegetables, proteins and dairy foods today.
We thought about food combinations - which foods taste good together? We discussed the smells, textures and tastes. We will use this experience to help us design and make individual tasty, healthy wraps in our next lesson. We tried to taste test 'new' foods. Between us, we ate everything....clean plates all round!
Our 'taste testers' in action...
We talked about the things that we do to help us relax. Some of us like to read a good book or lie on the sofa and watch a film. We talked about the importance of relaxation, it allows your body to repair itself, restores your energy, makes you more alert, helps your memory, helps you to learn and concentrate, helps your immune system – can stop you from getting ill and can make it easier to stay calm. To help us relax, we had a go at some yoga. Have a go at home too https://video.link/w/Xns9c
A trip to Madrid....
"The team of experts have arrived for the very first time in Madrid. As they stepped off the aeroplane, the humid heat hit their skin. The sun shone in the bright blue sky, not a cloud could be seen. They collected their luggage and made their way to their hotel.”
The children picked up their luggage. What might they have packed if they were exploring the city and learning about the important places to visit?
Binoculars, sun cream, a map, Spanish dictionary, camera, note book, ruck sack, water bottle, money - euros
We imagined we were walking around Madrid for the first time. What could they smell/see/hear? How are they feeling?
“The team decided to explore the city straight away. As they walked, all around them they heard the lively Spanish language being spoken where ever they turned. They walked slowly around the straight, narrow streets, filled with new buildings mixed with old buildings remembering to look up as they walked! As they approached a narrow street, with restaurants selling tapas. The team stop to look at the menus as they walk on by. Until they reached a large square. They soon discovered a sign which read 'The Plaza Mayor' meaning, town square. I’m quite sure that if the buildings could speak they would have many stories to tell. The team find a bench and quietly sit down to take in where they were. They take out their travel journal and began to write”
The children imagined themselves sitting in the square. What might they be looking at? They drew a picture of what they saw? They wrote in their travel journal what they saw, heard and smelt in The Plaza Mayor.
Today we looked at 4 drinks and thought about sweet they might be - how much sugar they contained. We guessed which would have the highest sugar content and ranked them from most to least sugar.
Next came the fun part...we sniffed a tiny amount of each drink and thought about the flavours/scents we could smell.
Finally we sipped a small sample of each and described the taste.
Even a sniff of Yazoo had an amazing effect on us all. The cocoa/chocolate smell made us tingle with excitement and the taste created lots of big smiles!
Our results are shown below.
Throughout the week, we have been thinking about what remembrance means to us. During assembly, Mrs Chapman asked us what we could do to make peace. We discussed times when we have had to make peace with somebody else and how it made us feel. On the 11th of November at 11am, we took part with the rest of the school, in 1 minutes silence and listened to the last post.
We watched Operation Ouch video https://video.link/w/G1gJ it told us about fuelling the body and it looked at what food does for our bodies and why having a balance of food intake and activity is important. We talked about what energetic activities they do during the week, making sure they understand what is meant by this. (They sweat, become out of breath, heart beats faster, etc.) Do we use more energy on some days than others? How might this change the food we would need? Food is important for your body and your mind; eating healthily keeps your mood level, can stop you from getting ill or feeling tired and helps you to concentrate and maintain a positive attitude.
We created our own healthy diary plan which looked at our diet, what exercise we had done and how much rest we had.
Come and visit the wonderful city of Madrid.....
What could be inside this folder? Who could they belong to? We discovered that in the folder there were documents, photos, maps, and a passport.
Having established that the items belonged to a tour operator in Spain, we wondered what this person might need if they were to prepare for a guided walk around a city in Spain.
We meet ‘a man in a mess’, his business is not as busy as it used to be, he doesn’t know why. He takes tourists on guided walks around the city of Madrid, showing them landmarks and important places. However, times are changing and tourists want more interactive and exciting tours.
“How can my business survive this? I’m so worried I can’t keep up with the larger companies. My family business has been around for generations, I need to move with the times, but I don’t know how…. I know Madrid like the back of my hand and can show tourists the real Madrid. How can I make the tours more exciting and the maps easier for UK tourists to follow?”
“Is there a way that we can help?” “Do you think we could help this tour guide?”
“Is it possible for us to become travel agents and help to make his business more modern and attractive to UK tourists?” "How are we going to help him?"
“Do we know much about Madrid?”
Together, we drew an outline of the map of Madrid. We then wrote on the map what we think we will need to find out about Madrid to help the tour operator.
Off we go on our way to Spain..... "Please listen to the cabin crew for the safety instructions" "Enjoy your flight!"
Where is Spain?
We located Spain using a globe, Google maps and atlases. Can you locate the main oceans that surround Spain and the bordering countries?
We hope that you have all had a wonderful half term break and lots of adventures! We are looking forward to another exciting half term. Our new geography topic is Viva Espanol! We will be finding out about the main cities and geographical features of Spain. Through our mantle of the expert story, we will be helping a tour operator persuade new tourists to visit Madrid and join them on guided walks around the city. Through this we will be creating and drawing maps of the city of Madrid and discover main points of interest.
This half term we will be investigating forces and magnets. We will be finding out how can you make a car move? How can you change the shape of the plasticine? Which magnet is the strongest? Can you sort objects into magnetic and non-magnetic?
Design and Technology
Our design and technology project will be Spanish food and looking at a healthy Mediterranean diet. We will be following and creating our own Spanish recipes.
We will continuing visiting 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.
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! Remember to challenge Mrs Humphreys or Mrs O'Grady!
We are looking forward to working hard this half term in Daffodils class.
As always, if you have any worries or questions, please let us know.
Mrs Kavannah, Mrs Humphreys, Mrs McTweed and Mrs Ryan
To complete our topic on Charles Darwin, we visited the Shrewsbury museum to discover more. We began our trip by studying the old market hall and looking at the buildings surrounding the square. We tried to imagine what Shrewsbury might have looked like when Charles Darwin was living there.
When we arrived at the museum we were met by Hannah, the museum curator. She took us to the Charles Darwin section and talked to us about Charles Darwin's childhood in Shrewsbury.
She then told us about how Charles liked to collect lots of different things from nature and sort them. So she set us the challenge to hunt for fossils, shells, beetles, insects and rocks. We then worked in our groups to sort them into categories.
We then had the opportunity to look at some of the collection of Charles Darwin artefacts and learn more about extinction. We discovered more about how Charles Darwin had written about how animals evolve and change.
To understand the passing of time and the chronology of Charles Darwin's life, we created a time line with Hannah. We placed objects that represented a significant part of his life. We placed a picture of the plans for his home in Frankwell to represent his birth and childhood, a chalk board to represent going to school in Shrewsbury, lots of shells, fossils, collection of butterflies, to represent his love of nature and discovering, the book he wrote called The Origin of Species, then to end our timeline, a picture of the statue of Charles Darwin outside of the library (which we saw on our journey into Shrewsbury) to represent how we remember Charles Darwin now.
To really imagine what it would have been like to be Charles Darwin, we used ink and quills to draw pictures of things Charles would have seen and collected. Hannah explained that Charles made lots of drawings to record what he had seen on his voyage.
To end our wonderful Charles Darwin trip, we were extremely lucky to be able to visit Charles Darwin's childhood home, The Mount, in Frankwell. The house is beginning to be restored to how it would have looked when Charles would have lived there. We went into the dining room and then climbed the grand stair case to the room in which Charles was born. We then made our way down the narrow servants stair case back to the entrance hall where a statue of Charles stood as a young explorer. The owner has asked us to come up with some ideas for him to use when he opens the house to other schools.
How lucky we are to be the first school to visit?!
We had a wonderful morning in the library sampling the new books in cafe Morda! The reading champions served us up some fiction, non - fiction, poetry and biographies. We wrote down what we would have for starter, main course and dessert.
Charles Darwin biscuit sale
To raise money for our trip to Shrewsbury, we decorated biscuits with a Charles Darwin theme, then sold them to our friends at playtime.
What did Charles Darwin discover on his voyage?
"As Charles Darwin stepped onto the sandy shore of the Galapagos Islands, he saw animals and plants that had never been discovered before"
Together, we drew the outline of the island. We imagined what it would be like to be one of the first explorers to step onto the island, what would we collect? What animals would we discover? Remember to label each jar as you collect the different specimens!
Today we channelled our 'inner Charles Darwin' and used our curious minds to think like he did.