Miss Langley, Mrs Tasker and Miss Radcliffe welcome you to Woodpecker Class
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Water Focus Week
For our whole school focus week, we have been learning about water. We started our week by reading two stories to begin our learning. These were called ‘Turtle Trouble’ and ‘Saving Tally’. The two stories were similar because they were about turtles who went on beaches full of rubbish. We spoke about how to keep our environments clean and how to protect rubbish from going in the sea. We all created an information leaflet on water to inform people what water is used for, why it has to be clean and how you can clean it. Following this, we completed a water filtration experiment. We had 4 materials to test whether they could clean our very dirty water. We filtered the water with felt, netting, paper and a paper towel using a funnel and cup. We made predictions before we started and wrote our conclusions. We all found this very exciting and really interesting to do and it taught us the importance of having clean water.
We have recently discovered Beegu again. We have only noticed parts of her hiding before she runs off and hides again! She left us a note explaining to us that she is lost and shy. She has also asked if we will help her look for her Mummy. We have accepted the challenge and have been extra careful to not scare her. We will post pictures of Beegu in her hiding spaces and will hopefully have her reunited with her Mother very soon!
For Remembrance Day, we attended the remembrance assembly ran by Clarissa. We listened to the reason why we remember people on this day and paid our respect with a 2 minute silence. We sang a hymn and said a prayer for remembrance. In class, you may notice our stain glass poppies on our windows. We have traditional red poppies but this year we have also added purple poppies. These are to show respect to the animals who fought in the war.
On Thursday 7th November at 11.15am, the Woodpeckers discovered something unusual in our classroom. When returning from our habitat walk in the playground, we were approached by Mrs Tasker who seemed a little scared. She said she heard a strange noise coming from the classroom and wanted us to investigate with her. When we arrived, we were astonished to see a spaceship had landed in our classroom! We were all so surprised and excited. We didn’t know what to do at first but we stayed away from the ship in case we scared any aliens. A book called ‘Beegu’ was placed next the spaceship. We made some predictions about what the spaceship could actually be and who it could belong to, then we read the story.
We discovered that a little, yellow alien called Beegu had landed on our planet and was feeling very lonely. She wanted her Mummy but was yet to find her. We knocked on the spaceship door but no one answered so we believe she is hiding somewhere! We decided to help look for Beegu so that we can get her home to her Mummy. You will see our posters all around school. Please let us know if you find her! Keep an eye on our class page for updates!
UPDATE: Mrs Young has spotted Beegu in school! However, she has now disappeared again! You can see the evidence on the school Facebook page!
All about Orang-utans
To fit in with our whole school topic, water, we made our class topic about Rainforests. Our English unit was called ‘All about Orang-utan’s which suited our topic well because Orang-utans live in the rainforest. We have been trying to convince a character called Ellie James that it is not a good idea to have an Orang-utan as a pet because they are wild animals and it wouldn’t be kind for them. We became experts by learning lots of facts which we put into our non-chronological reports. We have given our reports to the character to see if we’ve convinced her. We will find this out after half term! You will be able to see our reports on your child’s seesaw accounts. They all took great care with their presentation and included so many great facts!
In class, we read stories including Orang-utans and also watched Orang-Utan Jungle School to see how people keep the apes safe. We named our class Orang-utan toy after a real Orang-utan from the programme called Big Benny. He was a greedy Orang-utan who liked to always steal food!
We all really enjoyed this topic and produced some great work from it.
UPDATE: We received a message from Ellie James (The character we had to convince to not have a pet orang-utan) and we changed her mind! She was very impressed and called us experts!
Ted’s Big Day Out
For Ted’s Big Day Out, we had lots of furry friends join us in class. We were raising money for the RUH in Bath by having fun with our teddies. We had all big, small, long, fluffy and soft friends join us for the day. Whilst we did our brilliant writing, our teddies played in our role play area. They joined us for a picnic during our snack time and enjoyed lovely colouring activities in the afternoon. The teddies even enjoyed our house meetings. We had a great day!
We all wore yellow to raise awareness for the Young Minds charity. We had yellow t shirts, tights, socks and hair ties! As a class, we spoke about what to do if we are feeling sad and how to be kind to others. We made buntin where we all drew a picture of when we have been kind to someone to remind us of the good things we do.
We attended harvest festival this year where we all brought along fruit, vegetables, canned products and flowers for the celebration. Clarissa ran our service where we all joined in with singing classic harvest songs. We spoke about the local charity we will be giving the donations from our food to and how it will impact the charity. Woodpecker class presented their harvest donations at the front of the hall to join in with the service.
We started arts week by creating our own orang-utans. We cut out the different pieces and coloured them in with orange pastels. We glued the parts together to form our orang-utan. We looked like orang-utans after making them because the orange pastel went everywhere!
The artist we looked at this week is called Henri Rousseau. He creates different pieces of art but we were especially intrigued by his paintings involving rainforests. Seeing as this is our topic this term, we thought it would be good to link our art with. We read a story called 'Katie's Picture Show' which talks about Katie jumping into different pieces of art. The book mentions that she goes into one of Henri Rousseau's paintings. So... we had a go ourselves. We put one of his paintings up on the whiteboard and we jumped straight into explore. We saw all sorts starting with orang-utans, parrots, leaves, butterflies and so much more! We then wrote down adjectives to describe what we could see, hear, smell and feel.
Anjali Sahi came into visit us at Bishop Henderson. We enjoyed watching her traditional dance in our school assembly. Afterwards, she worked with our class in our own workshop.
Our class was split into two groups. One group worked with Mrs Tasker on our own interpretations of Henri Rousseau's painting. We started drawing our tigers by following step by step instructions. We then coloured these in with oil pastels as our first material used.
The other group worked with Anjali in the hall. First we started by learning some words from the dance alphabet and performed some sentences. We used our new dance moves to tell a story.
After this, we tried on some traditional Indian clothes. We were able to explore a variety of clothes which come from the North and South of India.
We then performed Indian dances with sticks which was complimented with music in the background.
Finally, we created our own sari print by using blocks. The blocks contained beautiful and detailed pictures of different animals, flowers and leaves. We had to be really delicate with the wooden printing blocks because this helped us to create beautiful patterns.
Once we completed our workshop, we switched with the other group so that we could all take part. It was a really enjoyable experience having Anjali teach us about different varieties of Indian art. We learned a lot and found it very interesting.
We finished our rain forest pictures by cutting out different leaves and sticking them around our tigers. We added flowers as well to make our art similar to Henri Rousseau’s.
Here you can see all the art work we completed during arts week. Overall, we used many different materials to make our art more exciting.
We were lucky to have Liz and Mrs De Leeuw come into talk to us about all the different emotions we feel. We spoke about how we may become to feel happy, sad, angry, shocked or disgusted and which parts of our bodies we feel these in. We filled out our own emotions sheets to demonstrate what we had learned. We shared our experience and listened to a story at the end.