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Find out about what Inventors got up to in their topic lesson this week...

Inventors' trip to The Whitworth Art Gallery and Manchester Museum.

Forest school in the snow

Children emulating bird flight by creating their own paper aeroplanes today in topic lesson.

Children emulating bird flight by creating their own paper aeroplanes today in topic lesson. 1
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Today in science children had to dissect a flowering plant and find all of its different parts. They then had to create their own botanical illustrations from their findings.

Today in science children had to dissect a flowering plant and find all of its different parts. They then had to create their own botanical illustrations from their findings. 1

Please see our new homework grid for the first half of the spring term. Children will bring homework books home next week with a copy stuck in.

Our new topic in the first Spring half term is "Planet Earth" linking natural history and science together. Finding out about life cycles of animals and plants; habitats and all of the weird and wonderful things that we have on this planet.

 

If you had the opportunity- what would you ask Sir David Attenborough?

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May we take this opportunity to wish all Inventors and their families a very happy and peaceful Christmas.

We look forward to seeing you all in the new year!

 

Merry Christmas or Wesołych Świąt!

 

Best wishes,

Mrs Browne & Miss Ireland

TASC Days

 

During the last week of school before the Christmas break, we have been busy researching Christmas traditions around the world. Inventors chose to investigate how Polish people celebrate Christmas to discover any similarities or differences that there maybe. We have found out lots of interesting facts out about Poland, as well as taking advice from our class member Jakub!

Following our research we designed and created our very own Christmas decoration inspired by our Polish research.

We cannot wait to share everything that we have been doing in our church service on the last day of term!

 

 

Science

As part of our science assessment this half term we had to work in a group to sell our ear defenders that we had produced and investigated- using a fair test. We had to include lots of persuasive and scientific language in order to prove that ours was the best. 

The children worked very well in their groups and it was a hard decision as to whose ear defenders were the most effective! 

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The Rockers of the future need you! Check out what Inventors have been creating in science lessons this half term.

Our reflection area for the coming weeks will be focusing on Advent and its true meaning.

The children will  have time for reflection and to write personal prayers based on hope, joy, faith and love.

These will then be shared in Lighthouse assemblies.

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Forest School Session

5.12.18

 

Due to the weather, forest school had to take place indoors today. However, we were able to create some fantastic festive pieces using natural materials from our school grounds.

It was another great session!

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Mindfulness

 

Every Thursday and Friday afternoon our children have the opportunity to participate in some mindfulness activities.

Today we did some meditation, where children had to find a comfortable position in order to listen to some relaxing music and a meditation clip. This encouraged children to relax their mind and become calm in order to be ready to learn after lunch time.

As you can see, some children were very calm and relaxed!

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Inventors were creating mathematical stories to deepen their understanding of multiplication. They were using pictorial and concrete resources to help to explain their reasoning.

Inventors were part of the Celtic tribe trying to discover the Roman army's new piece of weaponry. We found out vital information and were able to recreate it. We now need to find out how it works and how best to defend ourselves against it! We have had lots of fun learning about the Romans and Celts last half term and look forward to our new topic- Listen up!

Inventors were part of the Celtic tribe trying to discover the Roman army's new piece of weaponry. We found out vital information and were able to recreate it. We now need to find out how it works and how best to defend ourselves against it! We have had lots of fun learning about the Romans and Celts last half term and look forward to our new topic- Listen up! 1

We even got chance to practice Roman military formations and play some Roman games- We've had a great day!

We even got chance to practice Roman military formations and play some Roman games- We've had a great day! 1

Inventors' Roman Day! What a fantastic end to our history topic!

Inventors' Roman Day! What a fantastic end to our history topic! 1 Investigating Roman artefacts.

Inventors have carried out a Celtic Market place. Each table had a different aspect of Celtic life to research e.g. religion, homes, appearance/clothes, warriors. They then had to present their findings to the rest of the class. We are now Celtic experts!

Inventors have carried out a Celtic Market place. Each table had a different aspect of Celtic life to research e.g. religion, homes, appearance/clothes, warriors. They then had to present their findings to the rest of the class. We are now Celtic experts! 1

Please see a copy of our Autumn 2 homework grid, full of lots of exciting learning activities! Remember homework club will be on every Thursday lunch time too!

Our class loves the forest school session they do every Wednesday morning; learning different skills in the great outdoors!

During a maths lesson we were using resources to investigate prime numbers up to 100. Do you know what a prime number is?

During a maths lesson we were using resources to investigate prime numbers up to 100. Do you know what a prime number is? 1
During a maths lesson we were using resources to investigate prime numbers up to 100. Do you know what a prime number is? 2
During a maths lesson we were using resources to investigate prime numbers up to 100. Do you know what a prime number is? 3

More fantastic homework examples

Take a look at Inventors' impressive Roman style homework pieces! From mosaics to Roman snacks the children have worked really hard to produce some excellent pieces of work. Thank you for all of your support at home with this. More photographs to follow...

Inventors have been researching, designing and creating prototypes for Roman catapults in design technology. We look forward to testing them out when they are finished!

Inventors have been researching, designing and creating prototypes for Roman catapults in design technology. We look forward to testing them out when they are finished! 1
Inventors have been researching, designing and creating prototypes for Roman catapults in design technology. We look forward to testing them out when they are finished! 2
Inventors have been researching, designing and creating prototypes for Roman catapults in design technology. We look forward to testing them out when they are finished! 3
Inventors have been researching, designing and creating prototypes for Roman catapults in design technology. We look forward to testing them out when they are finished! 4
Inventors have been researching, designing and creating prototypes for Roman catapults in design technology. We look forward to testing them out when they are finished! 5

The Roman Quests book that we are focusing on in English this half term is a series of books by Caroline Lawrence. Why not see if you can find any in your local library or book shop? The children and I are finding it very exciting so far! I am sure that they would be able to tell you all about it.

The Roman Quests book that we are focusing on in English this half term is a series of books by Caroline Lawrence. Why not see if you can find any in your local library or book shop? The children and I are finding it very exciting so far! I am sure that they would be able to tell you all about it. 1

The children have been using talk for writing strategies to plan their re- telling of the chapter "Porta Ostiensis" from the book we are focusing on in English this half term "The Roman Quests- Escape from Rome" I can't wait to read their finished pieces of writing next week!

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"Don't stop believing!"

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Inventors learning to play a new song on the xylophone this afternoon with Mrs Purser- very impressive!

Inventors have been exploring positive and negative numbers in maths this week- they had lots of fun creating their own number lines on the playground

Inventors have been exploring positive and negative numbers in maths this week- they had lots of fun creating their own number lines on the playground 1
Inventors have been exploring positive and negative numbers in maths this week- they had lots of fun creating their own number lines on the playground 2

Inventors enjoying R.E and Art week

Our Roman Topic Wall is really taking shape after all of the children's hard work so far...

Our Roman Topic Wall is really taking shape after all of the children's hard work so far... 1

Welcome Back Inventors!

 

Mrs Browne and Miss Ireland hope that you have had a fantastic summer holiday and are ready and raring for the school year ahead- we definitely are! We have an action- packed first term ahead of us full of exciting and new learning opportunities, which we hope you enjoy but also take the opportunity to come out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself!

 

Our first topic this half term will be "The Empire Strikes Back" where we will be travelling back in time and learning about all things Roman; from how it all began, until the Empire was over thrown (not forgetting everything in between!)

 

Don't forget to earn your rewards from "The Bank of Browne" too!

 

We look forward to another great year at St. John's...

 

Look at our newly decorated classroom ready for our Inventors

Look at our newly decorated classroom ready for our Inventors 1

GOD & THE BIG BANG WORKSHOP – YEAR 5

Our Year 5 attended a God & The Big Bang Workshop Day at Manchester Cathedral on Tuesday which explored the interaction between Science & Faith. The children took part in an exciting day of hands-on activities, small group workshops, and had time for big questions with scientists of faith and were involved in interactive sessions throughout the day.

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BANNER SERVICE – YEAR 4

Our Year 4 attended the annual Banner Service on Tuesday at St Michael’s Church, Bamford. As Headteacher of St. John’s (Thornham),Mrs Hunter belongs to RAF (Rochdale Anglican Federation) and once a year, pupils from the Anglican Schools in Rochdale attend a service, led by Bishop Mark. This service is known as “The Banner Service” as several years ago the Headteachers of RAF produced banners which tour around the Rochdale school. At the service all 4 banners are paraded as a symbol of unity for the Rochdale schools. This years’ theme was Friendship and all schools that attended created a “Friendship Wreath” containing their prayers which they presented at the service. The children all enjoyed a picnic in the sunshine at Queen’s Park after the Banner Service.

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ROBINWOOD ACTIVITY CENTRE TRIP

The children from Years 5 & 6 enjoyed a wonderful time at the brand new Crosslanes Centre in Wrexham last week.

The took part in a range of exciting activities; The Giant Swing, Zipline, Piranha Pool, Caving, Archery, Trapeze, Rock Climbing and the Dungeon of Doom!!! The children were impeccably behaved and were a credit to our school.

WORLD THINKING DAY- FRIDAY 22ND FEBRUARY Some of our children wore their uniforms with pride in school today to celebrate World Thinking Day on the 22nd Feburary during the half term holiday. The day focuses on International Friendship and encourages the children to think about guiding and scouting all over the world.
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