Welcome to Turtles Class!
Our Class Teacher is Lee Harris and our Learning Support Assistant is Lisa Smith.
Lockdown Learners of the Week
A great big thank you to all the parents that have supported their children with home learning. We truly appreciate any effort that has been made to ensure your children continue with their education during this unsettling change of routine. Just like in our celebration assemblies, we felt it would be appropriate to celebrate some of the children who have been working hard this week.
Take a look at some fantastic home learning our children have been doing! We love seeing our children continuing their learning from home. 🙂
Year 1 Dolphins
In Year 1, I was really impressed this week by Eloise’s amazing story she has written about the space rocket she has made. Here is her amazing work:
Year 2/3 Whales
In Year 2/3, our lockdown learners of the week are Samuel and Jaden! They have been working hard at home completing the learning packs and completing their tasks set on Purple Mash.
Year 5 Turtles
A big shout out goes to the following children who have been working hard to complete their home learning, and have handed in work on Purple Mash:
Amelie, Lexie M, Ashira, Yusuf, Lexie T, Hanifa, Jumana, Raihan, Aleemah, Lucas, Oskar, Junior, Mahdi, Rosa, Umayyah, Davi and Sihan.
Year 6 Sea Horses
In Year 6, our lockdown learners of the week are Bibi and Nathalie! They have been working hard at home completing their tasks set on Purple Mash. Well done girls.
British Science Week
This week in Year 5 we explored what British Science week is all about this year.
We found out some interesting facts about how diverse our planet is.
What a Week
The Turtles class have had a super first week back after the half term!
We have been learning how to explore and recite a poem called The Witch by Mary Elizabeth Coleridge. We have discussed our impressions of the poem and have performed the poem using expression, tone and volume.
In our new topic ‘Go with the flow’ we have begun to learn about bridges. On Friday we investigated which shapes were the most supportive for beams in a bridge. We have learned some new vocabulary about bridges too: pillars, beams, deck, girder and parapets.
What an Explosive Week
In Science Year 5 have been investigating properties of materials, and which changes are reversible and irreversible. We investigating adding mentos into diet coke and discussed that this causes a reaction which created a new substance. This makes this change irreversible. The children have done an amazing job explaining all of the processes using scientific vocabulary. Have a look at some of our photos:
Mad for the Mayans
This week we have learned about Mayan masks, and their importance in the Mayan culture. The children have been working on designing their own mask which we will be making over the next couple of weeks.
The Ancient Maya Civilisation
Today Turtle class did their entry point lesson to our new topic: The Mayas.
We had a great lesson drinking hot chocolate and learning that we have chocolate today because of the Maya. They used to make this delicious hot drink with crushed cacao beans and water, sometimes adding a little chilli or cinnamon.
Not only did we sample some chilli hot chocolate, but we had some tortilla chips too. Corn tortillas are a Mayan staple and are enjoyed with most meals, especially stew and rice.
We are looking forward to learning more about the Mayas!
Christmas is in the Air
Year 5 have had a very festive week this week. We have done all things Christmassy, which has included singing some carols with Lisa, making Christmas crafts in preparation for our sale next week. We even walked in the pouring rain to the church to watch the KS1 Nativity. It was so rainy that we had to take off our shoes and socks and dry them on the radiator! And of course, today was Christmas jumper day and Christmas Dinner day, where we enjoyed a delicious roast dinner and laughed at some cheesy jokes. It has been a great week with lots of fun had by all.
KS2 Visit the Theatre
On Wednesday 4th December, Y4, 5 and 6 attended their enrichment trip. This term, the children were able to experience the wonders of the West End as we travelled into London to watch the matinee performance of Disney’s ‘The Lion King’.
For many of our children, they have never had the opportunity to visit the theatre or experience a west end production so we felt very lucky that we were able to take our Y4,5 and 6 pupils. Looking around the theatre, there were lots of faces filled with awe and wonder as the children witnessed a stunning theatrical experience, exploring culture from around the world and understanding the concept of the ‘Circle of life’.
One of our pupils told us that it “was the best thing I have ever seen in my life!”
Coral Live Lesson in our Classroom!
Today our class took part in one of the Coral Live Lessons where we signed on at 11am sharp! The session was streamed live all the way from the Caribbean where Scientists are working on ways to protect our coral reefs and oceans.
We were greeted by Jamie who guided us in completing 2 investigations. We explored the effects of ocean acidification and learned how the rising amount of Carbon Dioxide caused by Global warming are in turn causing raised levels of acidity in the oceans. We placed a piece of chalk into some vinegar and observed how the vinegar started to dissolve the chalk(calcium carbonate) in the same way that acidic sea water will start to dissolve coral.
It was a great lesson, which we all enjoyed! The best part was when Jamie read our shout out!
Our Star Nebula Artwork