Mrs Tesoriere, Mrs Curtis and Mrs Bullock would like to welcome you to Owl Class!
We hope you enjoy following all the friendships we make and the fun and learning we will experience over the year.
Reminders: PE will be on Tuesdays and Fridays
It is great to be back for Summer. We have been working on a project outside again. This time we have used the left over turf from our willow dome to build a grass maze. Mrs Tesoriere showed us different images of grass mazes and we then used them to inspire our own designs. We selected two we liked and took a class vote to decide which one we liked the best. Team Owls then struck again, and produced something we are very proud of.
In class we have been learning all about Easter and new beginnings. We went to church for an Easter service which was held by Kingfisher Class and was fantastic. Once again our teachers were so proud of our singing, our behaviour and of how respectful we were.
We have also been looking for signs of new beginnings in nature. We found loads in our in our school grounds - including the tadpoles.
We have also said goodbye to one of our teachers, Mrs Bullock, who has gone on to a new adventure but she has told us she will keep in touch with us.
All of Team Owls would like to thank everyone who has worked with us this term and to all our parents and carers for all their support. Have a great Easter everyone!
Rockets and Parachutes
We wanted to recycle the left over willow, so we decided to use it to make rockets and parachutes. We pulled to bark off the bottom of the stick and then wound wool around the top. We tied the handles of the parachutes together and then tied it to the rocket. We had such great fun and they looked fab.
Finishing Our Living Sculpture
We couldn't wait to get started to finish our living sculpture. We had to work as a team to clear the area of all the sticks and rubbish and then when the area was prepared we could dig the bark chipping and transport them to the base of our dome. We set ourselves the target to finish before break time, people said we would never do it ... but we did! Mrs Tesoriere said there is nothing we can't do but one of us said, "We can't do front flips!" which made her laugh!
Living Willow Sculpture
We have been visited by a willow artist named Julie who worked with us on our buddy project. She taught us all about willow and how to use it. We worked together to build a living sculpture in the shape of a dome. It was like a leaving gift to the school form the year 6 buddies and something that the Owl buddies can care for, for the rest of their time at Bishop Henderson. It will also be a living memory of our special friends
We Went on a Bear Hunt
This morning, we went on our own bear hunt ... What a beautiful day! We weren't scared and we will definitely go on one again!
We made up our own prepositions and actions.
After reading the story of Supertato, the children decided that they would like to make their own superhero vegetables. They decided exactly what they wanted to do and the materials they wanted to use. I think you will agree, they did a brilliant job and the superhero vegetables look fabulous!
World Book Day
We all dressed up as characters from books. Can you guess who we are?
We are well and truly enjoying our Superhero topic. We have all made up our own superhero... we have; Badgerboy, Lavaboy, Unicorngirl, Angelgirl, Freezeman, Lionboy and Tortoisegirl to name just a few. We have designed costumes for them, superpowers and we have started to design and make logos. We have learnt that actually superheroes main aims are to rescue people rather than fight people; consequently we have made a rescue centre so we can receive rescue calls.
We were very curious about the fog. We asked Mrs Tesoriere lots of questions about it, so we decided to put on our coats and go and investigate it.
After our visit to Radstock museum, we were very interested in the fossils that were exhibited. Mrs Tesoriere has given us the job of being archeologists and discovering our own fossils. We had to use tools that would be delicate and not break the fossils.
In the Olden Days!
We have had a fantastic visit to Radstock museum. The people there were very kind to us and taught us lots of interesting things about how people used to live.
We learnt about the blacksmith ...
Time In a Victorain Classroom
We were able to dress up in the costumes that Victorain girls would have worn. Girls wore aprons as they only had two dresses and one of those would have been a special dress only worn on Sundays and special occasions. We had great fun learning about a day in a Victorian classroom but we decided that we were much happier with our days in Owl Class.
We learnt about Victorian school life...
We all had to dress up in costumes to become Victorian children. We had a taste of what it would be like in a Victorian classroom and although it was fun we don't think we would like to learn like that every day ...
The Life of a Miner
We are very proud of our mining history and our school connection (our school houses are named after pits and our school logo is a miners lamp). We were therefore very interested in this part of the museum. We looked at different images, artefacts and even got to experience the smells the miners would have encountered - some of them were not pleasant to say the least! We then went into a mock mine to experience how the miners would have worked day in and day out ... some of us found it quite scary!
We learnt about home life ...
It was through talking to a lady, that we learnt all about what the home life was like for people in the Victorian times and just after. Mrs Tesoriere could even remember some of her nan's friends having rooms similar to the one we saw. We learnt about not being able to use a vaccum cleaner and having to use a beater to beat the dust from the mat - and how some mother's would threaten to smack their children on the bottoms with it if they were cheeky! We also found out that one pair of little shoes would be used for all the children, sometimes 8 children would have worn the same shoes. We also learnt that sometimes supper would be a fish that the dad had caught using a stick with a hook on the end- so he could pretend it was a walking stick if stopped.
We were very lucky to be treated to a concert performed by flutists, it was fascinating to learn that there were so many flutes and so many different sounds that they can make. We decided there is something very special about listening to musicians play their instruments live
As a class, we are very interested in science. We have been exploring light, light sources, shadows and materials. We were very lucky to have a visitor to our school who is a scientist and wanted to show us some of the experiments she enjoys.
We would just like to say welcome back to school everyone. We have made a great start so far and are already enjoying working on our new themes and with our new resources and activities.
We joined our buddies for a Christmas party. We played some great games and had such fun together.
We walked to Holly Trinity to school to join Reverend Clarissa in participating in a Carol Service led by Year 3 and Year 4 pupils. We enjoyed the service very much and everyone commented on how well behaved and respectful we were.
After the carol service we had a delicious Christmas lunch. We had such a great time chatting to each other about our plans for Christmas and pulling our crackers. We had to laugh as the hats were too big for most of us and they kept slipping over our eyes ... it all added to the fun of the day.
Christmas Jumper Day!
We looked very festive in our Christmas jumpers and we raised a lot of money for Save the Children.
Well done to all of owls for doing an amazing job with their first ever nativity play. Every single member of the class had something to say and they delivered it beautifully. Mrs Tesoriere was very proud of them and she would also like to thank all the parents for supplying the amazing costumes.
Christmas Inspire Morning
We would like to thank everyone that came to our inspire morning. We were so excited to see our parents in school with us. We had lots of Christmas activities to do all based around Christmas Books that we have been reading in class.
The Santa Trap
We think the Santa Trap is a hilarious book. Bradley is a very naughty boy who keeps trying to trap Father Christmas. We thought we would try to teach him a lesson by making a Bradley trap. We had to design it and then make it out of recycled materials. Mrs Tesoriere was delighted to find out that some children carried on working on them when they got home and even painted them.
In this book, Santa sends lots of presents but they are all wrong. We thought it would be a good idea which paper was the best to use. We checked whether they were waterproof, see- through, or strong. We then ordered the paper from best to worst.
The Jolly Postman's Christmas Biscuits
We felt very sorry for the jolly postman, it is always a very busy time for him during the Christmas period. We therefore thought it would be very kind of us if we made some biscuits for him to keep him going. We had to weigh the ingredients and use skills such as stirring, blending and kneading. The trickiest part was breaking the boiled sweets for the decoration.
Eric the Reindeer Decorations
We have loved the story of Eric the Reindeer in class, and so Mrs Tesoriere thought we would like to make Reindeer decorations and gift tags. We used our thumb prints to make little reindeer and then illustrated them with red noses and antlers. We were all able to decorate a bauble each.
We also made paper chains. We showed our parents how amazing we are at making complicated repeating patters.
We have been learning the story of the first Christmas, ready for our nativity play. For this activity we had to use the i pad to illustrate a scene or character from the first Christmas. We could then explore some of the Christmas Apps Mrs Tesoriere had found for us. After our star rating we have found out that Xmas Booth was the app we would most like to recommend. Mrs Tesoriere also reminded the adults how important it is that we talk about what we should and shouldn't view at our age.
We have been looking at different Christmas books with Christmas characters in, these have consisted of books entitled: That's Not My Angel!; The Snowman; Sssh Santa; The Last Christmas Tree and many more. We created different cone characters based on these characters.
We have had yet another busy and fun packed week. We had a visit from a fire officer, an open studio afternoon, celebrations for the forthcoming Diwali festival and a class visit to Victoria Park.
Botanical Gardens in Victoria Park
We used all our senses to explore the beautiful plants in the gardens.
Fun and Friendship
We had such a great time playing with our friends in the park.
Open Studio and Sculpture Trail
Thank you to all the adult who came to see our open studio in our classroom and our class sculpture along the trail. We were so pleased so see so many people looking at our work inspired by Paul Klee and felt very proud of all the lovely comments we received.
Diwali, the festival of lights
We have learnt how people celebrate Diwali and about the story of Rama and Sita. We completed different activities such as making diwa lamps, listening to Indian music and making our own and dancing.
We had a visit from a fire officer who told us important information that we needed to know about how to avoid fires and what to do if we are involved in a fire. We learnt all about phoning 999 and stop, drop and roll. As we were so well behaved we were allowed to go and see the fire vehicle and see the blue flashing lights and how noisy the siren is.
What a busy two weeks we have had, we have had visitors learnt about special occasions and being part of a community project and learning about our seasons, especially Autumn.
Autumn leaves are falling!
We have been learning about different seasons, and in particular Autumn. We went on an autumn walk to find signs of autumn. We found beautiful leaves of all shapes and colours but our particular favourite was the sycamore seeds- otherwise known as helicopters.
We have taken part in making remembrance day poppies that will be displayed, as part of a huge collection, at the Bishop's Palace in Wells.
A visit from Clarissa, our local vicar.
Fun, Friendship and Buddies
We have enjoyed making friends with our buddies. We have shared play times, completed clay work and we have eaten lunch together.