The highlight of the week has got to be science in which we carried out an experiment to see if we could make ice-cream without a freezer or machine. Inventors loved carrying out their own experiment in groups and worked amazingly well together to explore changing of state from a liquid into a soli and the transfer of energy from the ice to the milk. Although it didn’t quite turn out for all (maybe we needed a little more muscle power), we did manage a small batch of ice-cream which tasted delicious 😋
We’ve had a busy time in maths looking at factor pairs and identifying common factors between multiples. Not and easy concept but inventors never fail to impress. Well done!
This week we have looked at road maps in geography to identify transportation networks and talk about the differences and why some may be more popular than others. Inventors loved exploring the maps and using a key to determine which roads are which. We have some expert map readers on our hands 😁
We have ended our week with some more amazing artwork inspired by Kandinsky. The children enjoyed designing their own Kandinsky patterns which they then tessellated in their books to create colourful pieces of art. Messy but fun 😊
The children in Inventors have been looking at blurbs this week and how to create an effect blurb for our writing text The Wolves in the Walls. They have looked at all the different features including ellipsis and parenthesis. We finished the week off by writing our own blurb using these features and I must say they are amazing and put the original blurb to shame!
A busy week with maths. Inventors have been exploring dividing and multiplying by 1, 10, 100 and even 1000. They have worked so hard and even rose to the challenge of working with decimal numbers. They were even allowed to write on the tables to show their working out (shhhh don’t tell).
Inventors have worked hard on their persuasive techniques this week. They were tasked to work in groups and prepare a persuasive speech to persuade me about an item of their choice. I was extremely impressed and equally scared at how good they all were at convincing me to change my mind. I know have some thinking to do!
This week Inventors looked at abstract art and to inspiration from Mark Rothko to create their own masterpiece. Using only 3 colours they painted onto a piece of fabric making sure to blend carefully where the colours met. The finished products look fantastic! Think we have some artists in the making.
A fantastic PE lesson today in Inventors. We practised out jumps and leaps in gymnastics, in particular stag jumps with straight leg and bent leg and then split leap. Safe to say they weren’t easy but everyone preserved and performed some amazing examples of each in front of the class.
For our DT this week Inventors have looked at the process of creating their own product. They were tasked to design a die through drawing a net structure, cutting it out and then folding to check how successful it is. They then evaluated their first attempts and thought of ways to improve it before having another attempt at creating their design making the necessary tweaks.
Inventors have created some fantastic pieces of writing for our new text ‘The Wolves in the Walls’. Here are a few samples of the amazing ideas they have created for some of the pages of the book.
This week the children began to notice that there were some suspicious looking eyes peering from some of the walls in our classroom. As well as this we had a ripped note, pinned to one of the boards asking for help. I wonder who wrote it and why they need help. Any ideas Inventors?
Inventors started the week thinking about sleep, the importance of getting enough good sleep and how to ensure they manage to have a restful night. How many hours do you think we should be having?
A big welcome back Inventors! Hope you all had a fantastic break and had a good rest ready for another jam packed half term of learning? We have got some exciting activities coming up especially in science with our new topic ‘States of Matter’.
Well done Inventors on another fantastic performance of When We See the Harvest in assembly. Even the rain can’t dampen your smiles. Well done, I’m super proud of you all 😊
A fantastic first assembly today! It was great to be able to showcase all the hard work Inventors have been doing this half term especially with their Geography work on the water cycle. Well done inventors. A big thank you to all the parents that came along to support your children and their peers. It was lovely to see you all - I hope that rap is firmly stuck in your heads as much it is mine now :)
This week we started off our learning with some poetry! We looked at a nonsense poem called the Ning Nang Nong which was very silly and made us all laugh. It wasn’t an easy poem to read but Inventors smashed it and everyone gave excellent performances. It’s safe to say it was a very noisy morning but there was plenty of learning and fun to be had :)
“What we doing?”
We have learnt a lot about how to keep ourselves safe this afternoon at the crucial crew event.
Year 5 and 6 had a great STEM day at St. Anne’s Academy today. From coding our own computer game to participating in science experiments- we’ve had a fantastic day and learnt lots! Thank you
This term the Inventors are participating in the Archbishop of York (AOY) Course. This course is designed as an opportunity to help our children think about their place in the world and draw upon the skills, virtues and actions that will help them stay strong when facing challenges.
For this they will be participating in a new course called ‘Be Rooted’, contributing to their AOY Young Leaders Award. We are delighted to have our Academy Chaplain, Mr McQuaid, deliver these sessions, which include leadership skills, character muscles, community actions and faith awareness. In addition, he will be offering support and guidance throughout the duration and upon completion Inventors will receive a certificate.
We are very proud of Inventors and how well they are participating in the course. Well done and keep up the hard work.
Wow! What a busy week we have had in Inventors. We have been learning lots of fun things starting in Design and Technology where we practiced our finger fluency by exploring different folding techniques. It was interesting to see the ways you can manipulate cardboard in order to form structures.
Not only that in our geography lesson we made our very own cloud in the classroom (without the rain). It was amazing to watch the cloud form in front of our eyes and then disperse just as quickly. From this we have been able to learn more about how the clouds in out atmosphere develop over time and the contributing factors.
To complete our fantastic week of learning we also had our very first secret reader who came to read a lovely poem from Dirty Beasts by Roald Dahl. We loved listening to the silly rhymes and getting some inspiration ready for our poetry next week. A big thank you to our secret reader for coming to share their favourite book. We can't wait for more surprise drop ins :)
Whoever said learning wasn't fun?
This week Inventors looked at the results of our experiment. Look at what we have found? After just 9 days the spring onions have started to regrow shoots. We have found out that plants can asexually reproduce, which means they only need one parent plant to make their offspring. From our experiment and research we now know that many plants do the same such as strawberry plants produce runners, potatoes produce tubers and you can also take clipping from plants such as mint. Great investigation Inventors!
This week Inventors setup their experiment to find out if plants can regrow without seeds or another parent plant. For the experiment we cut the tops off a spring onion and sat them in a container of shallow water which have been placed on the window bottom in our class. It is safe to say that there is a nice onion smell coming from the Inventors room but we are all excited to see the results after the long weekend. I wonder what we will come back to on Tuesday?
In science we looked at how plants reproduce. The children had lots of fun dissecting lilies and findings the reproductive cells. They then stuck them down and labelled each part of the flower identifying the male and female cells and understanding the reproduction process of plants.
We had a busy week last week looking at 4, 5 and sometimes 6 digit numbers. The children explored making large values using concrete materials and looked into what each digit represented. Everyone worked extremely hard and are becoming very confident with reading, writing and recognising the bigger numbers.
I hope you are all well and have a lovely summer break! Hope you have all been enjoying the gorgeous weather we've been having (bit too hot for me but better than cold and wet). Hopefully you have all had a good rest and ready for the fun to begin. We have lots of exciting things to do and learn this year. I can't wait :)
I am so excited to meet you all again and look forward to getting to know you all as your new teacher.
See you soon,
Mrs Marland and Mrs Hill x
Today we learnt about the phases of the Moon. We thought about why the Moon looks different every night. The children loved using oreos to show the different phases of the Moon.
In science, we constructed and interpreted a variety of food chains, identifying producers, predators and prey. We looked at the impact a break in the food chain may have.
Fractions, fractions and more fractions. I think we have dreamt about fractions in Inventors this week. The children have enjoyed learning about equivalent fractions before moving onto improper and mixed number fractions.
In computing, the children made and edited videos. Afterwards, they thought about how they could have made them better and other equipment that may have been a better option to use.
We finished our final piece of writing about our book, 'Falling Angels'. The recounts are a joy to read. The children have amazing imagination.
Another fantastic week Inventors and well done to our star of the week- Amelia
This week, we have worked hard writing a persuasive letter to Sally's mum. We convinced her to believe that we could fly. I was very impressed again with the work produced this week. In maths, we have finished perimeter and area.
Science was a highlight this week. We recreated the digestive system using items you may find in your home. Tights were used for the small intestine, orange juice for the stomach acid and a sandwich bag for the stomach. Have a look at the pic collage below to see a sneak peak.
In art, we painted our Mona Lisa plaster's that we started last week. There are some amazing examples on the pictures below.
Well done to star of the week- Molly.
What a busy first two days!
We have started our new P.E topic- tag rugby. We learned the basic rules, complete tasks based on our new skill. In Science, we started our new topic- What happens to the food we eat? We learned all about the teeth and created our own clay models to show our learning.
In computing, we started with an E-safety topic, looking at online and offline bullying. We learned the difference between the two, how they can also be similar and how we can help/deal with it.
Look at the pictures below to see some of our amazing work.
What a wonderful day to end the year.
We started with classic party games in the hall like pass the parcel and musical statues. We had a dance off and played some class favourite games. The party didn't end there. We continued with the games in the classroom. Our most popular was noughts and crosses, with a twist.
We finished our day watching a film together whilst eating chocolate and crisps. At 2pm we had a surprise. We was wanted in the hall and waiting for us was an ELF! We danced and partied with them for ages. (Enjoy the pictures below).
Miss Hill and I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy new year. Have lots of fun and we will see you in 2022.
Mrs Walsh and Miss Hill
This week has gone over so fast - packed full of learning and events.
Inventors wrote fantastic newspaper reports for the events of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius that destroyed Pompeii.
In Maths the class focused on multiplying increasingly large number together. From multiplying two digits by 1 digit we worked hard to multiply four digits by two digits.
For science we looked at changing states - we looked at solids to liquids. Using coloured ice cubes we observed the change of state over time and the mix of colour from the ice cubes.
Loving ourself was the focus in PHSE this week. The classed passed a ball to each of with statements printed in the side. The children had to completed the sentence. Everybody worked well and showed love for themselves.
Have a great weekend.
Inventors have completed another week of learning.
For Writing we have began to use the quality text Escape From Pompeii which tells the story of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Will will be writing newspaper reports based on the dramatic events.
In Maths we have continued to focus on multiplication and division. We looked multiplying by one and zero and diving by one. Did you know if you multiply a number by one or divided the number by one the answer is the same?
The class had two special visitors on Monday from Groundbreakers. The class learned about St Luke through Diary of a Disciple. We took part in some brilliant activities including, drama, craft, word searches and reading. Inventors discovered an amazing fact: the bible is been purchased 6 billion times!
Have a great weekend.
A week packed full and engagement, learning and fun.
In Writing Inventors researched the life of meerkats and wrote excellent non-chronological reports all about Sunny and his friends.
In Maths the focus was on multiplying by 10, 100 and 1000. The children became human place holders and digits. We found the digits move, not the place holders!
For Science we investigated gasses and learnt gas does have a mass.
Handball and gymnastics was the focus for PE this week. We witnessed some excellent movement and rolls in gymnastics.
We were inspired by Rubens for this week and created backgrounds in his style using dark to light shading.
Have a great weekend.
We must start this week with the amazing class assembly. Inventors did themselves proud. It was brilliant. For such a poignant occasion everybody performed so well. The individual poems were so well written and performed. Well done to all Inventors.
For writing this week we have been researching meerkats. This will allow us to write a non-chronological report next week.
In maths we have continued improving and exploring our addition and subtraction skills. We worked together in small groups to solve word problems: underlining the key information and deciding which operation to use.
We looked to improve our handball this week by using tennis balls. We practiced our ball control, passing and catching and throwing. It was fun! And a little competitive!!
Have a good weekend
First week back after the half term went over so fast. It was great to see the children back again.
In Writing we have begun to use Meerkat Mail by Emily Gravett. In the book a meerkat called Sunny wants to find a new home because he doesn’t want to live in the Kalahari Desert anymore. Inventors have been looking to write a postcard as Sunny for his family. Pictures of these will be uploaded once completed.
In Maths we have been looking at different methods of subtraction (who knew there was so many!!)
Our Science topic for this half term is States of Matter. We began by identifying the differences between solids and liquids. Some were harder than others: what would class jelly as?
Inventors class assembly is on Thursday 11th November. All of the children now have their script and have been asked to practice their lines. We are all looking forward to showcasing our work.
Have a good weekend.
The Homework grid for Autumn 2 is now on Showbie and below here. Inventors should aim to complete one piece of homework per week. Once complete, upload the homework to Showbie where possible.
What happened to this half term?!! Seven weeks has gone over in a flash.
The children have worked really hard this week and produced some excellent work. In writing we were inspired by War Horse and wrote and read some superb poems based on World War I. Please click on the link below.
We used our scientific skills to identify object that allow electricity to flow. We learnt these are called conductors and materials that do not allow electricity to flow are called insulators. The children worked hard during the PE this week working as a team in netball and volleyball.
The whole school came together for St. John’s Harvest Assembly. Inventors learnt and sang ‘Everything Around You’, we even added our own actions to the chorus.
It is great to see our seed growing into plants now. Generosity, positivity, teamwork and kindness continues to grow amongst the children too.
Have a relaxing half term break.
What a week in Inventors’ classroom.
Continuing to use War Horse, the children looked at another character from the book and wrote as that character. Some great writing was produced.
In Maths began to look at addition. We used different methods to aid us with the calculations and included some practical elements which we all enjoyed.
For history this week the children looked at The Bronze Age and focused on Ancient Sumer. We were amazed by the inventions of the Sumerian people that we use today. Did you know Sumerian people invented 60 minute clocks and wheels?
It has been great to see the seeds we planted last wee begging to sprout and grow. In the classroom we have also seen teamwork, kindness and positivity flourish this weeks amongst the children.
Have a good weekend.
Another week with some great engagement, learning and work from all Inventors.
Reading War Horse the children were transported back to 1914 and World War I to experience life as a soldier. Everybody produced a great letter for home packed full of emotive language.
In Maths we took our learning outside for Roman Numerals and made a bit of a mess of the playground in the process.
For PHSE this week we looked at the qualities we the children would like to see in the classroom. Planting a seed we hope to see the qualities develop and the seed grow too. Teamwork. Inspiring. Loving. Friendship. Positivity. Generosity. Kindness.
In Art we worked as a team to recreate a famous painting on Henry VIII. We done to all Inventors who showed teamwork and positivity during this task.
Have a good weekend.
The next quality Writing text Inventors will read is War Horse. Watch the trailer of the film for an insight into the story.
It is important to state however , the book is much, much better!!
This week Inventors became investigators in History. With the discovery of an Anglo-Saxon burial site the children had to work together to decide who the grave belonged too. One problem however, no body remained in the grave, only clues to the owner.
Following Henry eating all the books in The Incredible Book Eating Boy, the children the wrote explanation texts for the digestive system.
In Art we used digital media to create portraits of HRH Prince William. Te children created very good portraits that were printed.
Forest School is on a Wednesday. For children to participate in this important part of the curriculum it is essential they have wellies with them. These can be stored at school or brought into school for the day.
Have a good weekend.
Can you believe we have been back three weeks already!
Inventors have worked really hard this week. Well done to everyone of you.
In Maths we looked at rounding numbers, to begin this we made practical number lines with skipping ropes.
We continued to use The Incredible Book Eating Boy and focused on Henry could eat all those books. We are looking to write an explanation text for the digestive system.
In Science we made electrical circuits using cells, bulbs and switches.
For PHSE we looked at how words can have power. Using apples we showed that using kind and cruel words can have a positive and negative impact on all of us.
We looked at Leonardo Da Vinci in Art and recreated his famous Mona Lisa.
Have a great weekend.
A week packed full of learning. Inventors have worked really hard!
In Writing we are looking at the book ‘The Incredible Book Eating Boy’. This week we looked at the key parts of the story are created freeze frames of them.
In Maths we are developing our place value knowledge. We used a variety of activities to aid our learning.
Our Science topic is Electricity. We considered which appliances around the home required electricity to make the work.
For history we created a timeline of Viking rule of the United Kingdom.
If you have not already, please log into the new class Showbie account. From here you will be able to access the login details for GoRead, the new school reading app.
Have a good weekend.
What a first week back! Well done to all Inventors. Everyone has settled back into school life brilliantly.
The new classroom looks amazing, the children have added energy and vigour.
This week we have done some great activities. The highlights being researching a ‘courageous advocate’ - as a class we chose Marcus Rashford, and designing shields for the four houses the children have been assigned to. We also wrote prayers, reflecting on God always being with us.
I will upload pictures of class displays once completed.
A quick reminder to join the new class on Showbie to access the Homework Grid and GoRead login details.
Have a great weekend.
Inventors PE days will be Monday and Thursday. Children should come dressed for PE for the entire day on these days.
So after 6 weeks holidays, the new term starts on Monday. Lots of excitement with the extension to the building and the new classroom. Look at the pictures of the new classroom for a sneak preview.
Can’t wait to see some familiar faces and the new members of ‘Inventors.’
i will give more information about timetable and PE days etc as the week progresses,
See you all on Monday.
Have a good weekend.
A three day week to end the school year.
What an amazing effort the children have made with their home work this half term. I really have been blown away with the effort and commitment to some of the tasks.
All of Inventors have worked really hard this school year and should be proud of the achievements.
September of course brings the new classroom and updates to the school buildings - all of us are excited about this.
I hope you all enjoy the summer holidays, have lots of fun but please stay safe whatever you get up to.
See you in six weeks.
Enjoy the holidays.
A week full of different activities with some excellent warm, sunny weather.
In Writing we took on the role of a character from The Princess’ Blankets, we will use the information to help us write a newspaper report.
In Maths we continued on work on fractions.
For P.E. this week we improved our teamwork skills playing rounders.
Both year groups had a massive role to play in the Year 6 performance - we all had to sing the songs that accompany the show. Everybody did really well.
Friday morning was fun morning on the inflatable obstacle course. We had lots of races and even more fun and laughter.
On Monday could we ask that all school reading books be returned. On Tuesday children will need to be in P.E. kit for the last session of cricket. Also on Tuesday is homework showcase morning. Can all homework that is completed be uploaded to Showbie or brought in on the day.
Have a great weekend and enjoy the sunny weather.
Another week of fun activities and learning. Another week closer to the end of year.
This week in maths we have been improving our fraction skills. We looked at fractions of a whole number and adding fractions together.
In writing we wrote alternative endings to The Princess’ Blankets.
Thanks to the wonder of modern technology, Year 4 participated in the Banner Service on Tuesday. The focus was peace, we produced an excellent display poster for the occasion.
Also on Tuesday we had a guest coach from Lancashire CCC who taught us some excellent cricket skills.
Have a great weekend and if you are watching the football enjoy the game.
What a wonderful week of learning.
In writing Inventors began looking at The Princess’ Blankets and writing about the characters.
In maths we focused on our division skills - looking at increasingly larger numbers and solving problems as a group.
Our P.E. focus this week has been rounders and tennis. We witnessed some excellent effort in both sports.
Have a great weekend.
This week Inventors have been working really hard.
In Maths we have looked at multiplication, the children became human place holders to aid learning.
For writing, we planned and wrote a diary entry for a character from Journey to Jo’burg.
In PHSE we looked at tasks that we think are impossible: but are they really? The question has been posed, is it possible for the egg to end up in the bottle. The children will find out on Monday...
Enjoy your weekend.
Sports Week has been packed full of exciting and competitive action. Even the weather has been kind to us all week. All of the ‘Inventors’ did themselves proud - individually during some events and as teammates during others. Well done to everyone!
On Monday the class enjoyed a computer afternoon learning about programming and using a Sphero robot.
Look at the great pictures from this week.
Have a great weekend.
First week back after half term went over in a flash.
This week in English the class performed their own version of The Journey, a poem by Neil Griffiths.
In Maths we have been looking at tables, bar charts, pictograms and timetables - we really have busy.
This term in Science the children are focusing on healthy eating, this week we looked at the seven main food groups. This links with this terms Design and Technology project which is to make healthy snacks for athletes.
Next week is Sports Week, children are asked to wear PE kit each day.
Have a good weekend.
A short week this one of only three days but still full of learning, celebrating homework and some laughter.
In English the children wrote and performed a poem based on Please Mrs Butler by Alan Ahlberg. (Due to file size please view these on Showbie)
The standard of homework produced this half term left me speechless. Well done to all the children (and adult helpers). I have uploaded some photos of the work.
Have a great half term break. I look forward to seeing everybody refreshed and ready for the last half term of this school year.
Another week full of excellent learning and activities in Inventors class.
In Writing this week we wrote some phenomenal travel brochure leaflets persuading the reader to visit the amazing Amazon Rainforest.
We took Maths outside the classroom to help us learn to tell the time on analogue clocks and convert unit of times.
This week has been Science week, the focus for Inventors being to design and build a roof for a house in the Rainforest. Working in small groups, the teams created some excellent builds that proved to be watertight - perfect for the location.
Have a great weekend everybody.
Another full week of learning and laughter.
In writing we are using the quality text The Great Kapok Tree. We enjoyed learning about the Amazon Rainforest. In Maths we began to look at clocks, telling the time and time problems. For PE we continued with our athletic skills and focused on high jump and long jump.
Don’t let your eyes decide you when you look at the art pictures: the hand pictures really are flat. We learn about Op Art to create 3D effect pictures!!
Spellings are now posted on Showbie each Monday for the week ahead.
Have a great weekend.
This week was only a four day week but it was full of learning and activities.
Today was NSPCC Number Day, packed full of fun and engaging Maths. We learned about the important role the NSPCC plays in children’s lives and about Childline.
The class took on Buddy’s Key Challenge and learned about the Fibonacci sequence (ask the children about it!!) We were surprised how many jobs needed maths skills to perform the role. Finally, in P.E. we undertook a maths treasure hunt.
Look at the pictures below at our day.
Another week gone in a flash.
In writing we used hot-seating to interview an eyewitness. For P.E. our sports are athletics and cricket, we witnessed some great batting skills. In art we continued our focus on abstract art.
Hope you all have a great Bank Holiday weekend.
I have uploaded the Homework Grid for Summer 1.
Looking forward to see the four pieces of work that you choose to complete on Tuesday 25th May.
First week back has been and gone. It is great to see everybody back in class and the weather has been good to us too.
Some of the Year 5 children have begun working with the police on activity called Project Chameleon.
In art we looked at abstract art and the work of Piet Mondrian. This half term in PE we will be working on our cricket and athletic skills. Today we focused on javelin - we may have found some future Olympians.
Well this week was over in a flash!
In writing the class wrote a story based on the book Fly Eagle Fly. I have been very impressed with how many excellent writers we have. Maths this week has been focused on fractions and decimals - everybody has worked really hard.
We have been creative in art and learned new skills playing dodgeball and cricket.
I have had a great first week getting to know all the children. They have been very helpful and a have done themselves proud.
What a great first week we have had in Inventors. It has been lovely to welcome all the children back and they have settled in very well, again.
Today, we celebrated science week by joining in with Robokids space show that was organsied through the STEM hub. The children enjoyed learning about the most recent mission to Mars and algorithms with robots.
The children also learned a new dance, Sea Shanty, ready for a whole school dance, when we can perform it.
Check out the pictures!
Please see this week's remote learning grid! (The last one :))
Remember to make your toilet roll book character ready for the zoom showcase on Thursday at 1.30pm. I cannot wait to see all your creative designs!
You have done so well with your remote learning- make sure everything is up to date ready for you coming back to school on Monday 8th March! I am really looking forward to seeing you all :)
See you soon,
Welcome back Inventors!
I hope you all had a lovely half term. The weather improved (slightly) which meant lots of walks and adventures. This week's learning grid is attached below, as well as on Showbie.
I look forward to seeing you all on zoom this morning.
Good morning Inventors,
I want to start by saying well done for your continued hard work throughout this lockdown. You have surpassed expectations and should all be very proud. Also, a big thank you to the parents who are helping their children alongside working from home.
The Friday fancy dress quiz was a great success. Thank you all for the effort you put in. The outfits were great! We will arrange more for after half term.
This weeks learning grid is on Showbie and attached below. There are also some super examples of work you have sent me this week.
Keep up the hard work.
Good morning Inventors,
Can you believe it is February already?
Thank you all for your hard work last week. I cannot say enough how amazing you are doing! I love seeing the work you are producing, everyday.
The learning grid for this week is below. Everything is available through Showbie. Remember to complete the whole task set.
Have a good week!
Good morning Inventors,
I hope you all had a lovely weekend. I am enjoying seeing the pictures of your work but also of you enjoying time with your family. You are clearly enjoying the snow!
Let's have another brilliant week. Continue to work hard.
I have added the remote learning grid to our class blog, as well as on Showbie.
Have a look at this week's remote learning grid below. Make sure you organise your time efficiently, to complete the tasks. You have your English and Maths lesson everyday alongside your foundation subjects, which we would normally do in the afternoon.
I look forward to seeing your work on Showbie.
Good morning Inventors,
Please find the remote learning grid below for this week (11.1.21). All the documents/videos are on Showbie, as is this learning grid.
Good luck and I hope you all have a great week.
So sorry to not be able to see you for the next few weeks due to another lockdown! :(
However, I will be uploading activities for you to continue with your learning on Showbie and on the class blog.
For the next few days, I have already uploaded some activities to refresh your memory of how to use Showbie and present your work. Have a go at these and familiarise yourself again.
Next week there will be a full time-table of activities that you are expected to attempt and send into me via Showbie- We have been working so hard up until this point so I am keen to continue with the progress and new learning that we were doing.
I am looking forward to see what you create/ find out along the way.
I hope you all stay safe,
goodbye for now,
Mrs Walsh x
Thank you for all your hard work this year. It has been a difficult one in many ways but as always the children have surpassed our imagination. I am looking forward to what next year has in store for us all.
I wish you and all your family a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.
See you all in 2021
Mrs Walsh and Mrs Powell
What a fabulous day Inventors! We started with a super surprise; watching the best pantomime Cinderella. The children received an admission ticket to attend the annual Royal Ball. We sang along and enjoyed being able to still experience such a fantastic event.
Then it was party afternoon. We danced the day away, played music statues and pass the parcel. Well done to all the winners! Afterwards, an elf joined the party. We danced to classic songs like the cha cha slide and gangnam style.
Thank you all for a wonderful day full of Christmas cheer.
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Congratulations for making it through the first half term. You have all been amazing and you should all be so proud of what you have achieved so far this year. Now it is time to have a well earned rest and come back fresh and ready to learn in Autumn 2.
Today, we focused on the work of Rosa Bonheur. We looked at The Horse Fair by Rosa Bonheur. We noticed how she created a 3D effect on the horses using tone and shading as well as showing a shadow. Then we drew our own animal adding tone, shading and shadow to make it look 3D.
Good morning parents,
Today, you will receive a letter from me to give you an overview of what to expected while your child is in the Inventors class. I have also added one to our blog.
Welcome back! I hope you all had a lovely summer. Mrs Powell and I are looking forward to welcoming you into our classroom. We have been working hard to get the classroom ready for your return (I have added some photos on the blog for you to get a sneak peek). The first two weeks we will be keeping busy by doing lots of activities based around new books that Mrs Hunter has chosen.
I am excited to meet the new children to the Inventors, as well as seeing the familiar faces of the year 5 children. We have two new children starting (1 in each year group) and I cannot wait for us all to get to know them.
School will look a little different at the moment due to the building work that has started. Don’t worry, we are in the same classroom and will still get to enjoy our dinner in the hall.
I know you have been away from school for a considerable amount of time but be assured that we are here for you all and cannot wait to get started again!
See you tomorrow,
You all understand how important it is to know your Times Tables. Well, check out this amazing website ( https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/category/585/HTML5). There are lots of free games to play on your tablet or computer and will get you learning your Times Tables whilst having fun .
I have particularly enjoyed playing 'Super Maths Bowling' and you can play against somebody else . Can you beat them?
It's me again! Well here we are, the last week of the school year. It has been very different to any other year we have experienced before. But you have all remained resilient, positive and have shown amazing character.
It has been a pleasure to teach you this year! Although our time together was cut short, the experiences we had with stay with me forever. I am lucky enough to still have the year 4 children next year and I am looking forward to making up for lost time.
I have added a summer grid onto the blog. It has fun activities to complete before we return to school in September. I have also added a video to introduce myself to the year 3 children- soon to be year 4- coming up to Inventors.
I am looking forward to seeing you all very soon. Have a lovely summer with your family and friends.
Thank you to the children who continue to send me pictures of their home learning. I have been amazed by your creativity!
A message to the year 5 children. Please can you complete your buddy letter and return it to school by the 10th of July. If you need guidance, please scroll down on our blog and you will find a template to help you. Thank you Isabella, I have received yours.
Can you believe it is almost the summer holidays already? I certainly can't. We will be working hard to get the school ready for your return in September. I am looking forward to seeing you all again soon. But for now, keep safe and keep smiling.
Hello Year 5,
You have all been contacted in regards to writing a letter to your new buddy. Your buddy will be a new reception child, so it is important they have someone they can look up to. We will deliver the letters this summer therefore need them back as soon as possible.
I have upload a template for you to look at so you can guide your way through and have some ideas of what to write. You can make it personal by including your likes and interests. Please write your letter on lined paper and remember to write in your best handwriting. You could do a draft copy first, check your spellings and edit it, then write it again. If you need anything to complete the task please ask us.
At this stage, please write your letter to 'Buddy' and when you return we will tell you and introduce you to your new buddy. We have a tray outside the school gates for you to return your letter to us.
Thank you year 5. Remember if you have any questions or need any help, please ring the school office and we will help you.
I hope you're all well and keeping yourself busy at home. It seems like a long time ago since we were all in class together.
We had a good week in school learning about civil rights and equality and the key worker children created some brilliant work. The display we made over the week is on the newsletter- check it out.
We hope you enjoyed the quiz we did for you all last week. I'm sure most of you beat your adults and siblings .
Remember you are all doing a fantastic job and when we can return to school safely we will do so. We will all be here waiting for your return. In the meantime, keep up with completing the activities and keep smiling.
Mrs Walsh x
I am very excited to share this news with you today. JK Rowling has written a new book called 'The Ickabog' which she is releasing day by day until mid July. This means we get to read a chapter or two every day until then. I cannot wait to get reading and I want you to join me on this reading journey. If Harry Potter is anything to go by this will be a big hit. The first two chapters have been released and are on the website- https://www.theickabog.com/home/.
Also for you artistic children, there is an illustration competition going along at the same time.
Thanks again for the lovely pictures to show me how hard you are working at home. I know several of you enjoyed the science experiments, therefore I have added another one to our blog. The added notes will help you understand the science behind it.
Remember to continue with your reading! I have been reading lots and I have found it helps to take your mind away from everything else. It allows you to be creative and almost enter another world. Lots of you are completing your TTrockstars challenge- well done! I discovered this website this week- https://www.wizardingworld.com/collections/harry-potter-at-home- it has lots of fun activities for you to complete.
Finally, keep learning the lyrics to the song 'Looking to the rainbow'. We will record it in September- it's going to sound great!
Have a lovely bank holiday
Mrs Walsh x
It is me again . This week is Mental Health awareness week and the theme they have decided on this year is Kindness. The Mental Health Foundation stated that, 'One thing that we have seen all over the world is that kindness is prevailing in uncertain times. We have learnt that amid the fear, there is also community, support and hope. The added benefit of helping others is that it is good for our own mental health and well-being. It can help reduce stress and improve your emotional well-being'.
As we know our mental health is just as important as our physical health. By showing kindness to others, not only are we helping with their mental health, we are improving our own. The feeling you get from showing kindness to others can not be underestimated. Therefore, I have based a couple of this weeks activities around this concept. There is a Mental Health awareness pack on our blog which has lots of ideas on how to show kindness to others. I look forward to seeing how you have achieved this throughout the week. Please remember to send your pictures to our office email.
Finally, please find the song and lyrics (on our blog) to 'Looking to the rainbow'. In September, as a school, we will record this song. I am learning the song and look forward to hearing it come together when we arrive back at school.
Keep smiling, singing and surprising us. You're all amazing.
I hope you are all well and keeping busy. Did you celebrate VE day? I was in school last week and we had lots of fun. We made VE medals with clay, painted union jacks, decorated biscuits and made slime. We spoke about the importance of remembering those who fought so we could live today.
Last week I also celebrated my 30th birthday . It was a strange one, not being able to see family and friends, but I had a lovely day and ate lots of cake!
Well done for continuing with your home learning, you're doing a great job. I have added an extra resource to our blog this week. Have a go at it and remember to complete your TTrockstars as normal.
I hope to see you all soon,
Click the link to access daily family prayer and worship activities.
I hope you and your families are well and you are keeping busy doing lots of fun activities. Thank you for sending in your pictures. I love seeing what you are all doing at home. Keep them coming! Remember to try and have some routine to your day, I have found it really helps.
I did it! Yesterday I ran 13.1 miles (half marathon) with my Mum. We got up early to do it because we knew it would be too hot later on. I am really proud of myself and have found running gives me an extra focus at this unusual time.
I found this article (https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/whats-on/family-kids-news/50-fun-kids-activities-home-17975046) it has lots of great ideas and activities for you to do. Check it out and have some fun .
I miss you all lots and look forward to the day we can be back in the classroom. For now, look after yourself and your loved ones.
Parents! Please use the link below to access this fantastic resource. It provides lessons for all school year groups from Reception through to year 10 and will be taught via a new Government-backed online platform, the Oak National Academy. The scheme, which has been set up by teachers and funded by the Department of Education, is set to provide video lessons for students, with each lesson arriving with a quiz and worksheet to go with it.
Hope you all had a lovely Easter. I certainly did. I have posted a picture below to show you a couple of things I have been up to, including my attempt at a cheesecake and a cute picture of my dog!
I ran 11.5 miles today , it was very, very hard. However, I am now only 1.5 miles from my target of 13 miles (half a marathon). Believe it or not, my Mum runs with me. She is 53 and is smashing it!
Keep smiling and look after yourself.
See you soon,
Happy Easter to you and your families. Make the most of this precious time you have with your families.
It was lovely to speak to most of you this week. It sounded like you are all keeping very busy and enjoying the sun at the same time. I enjoyed my week in school. We had fun making structures to hold a cream egg, tallest one won (which wasn't my team). We also decorated boiled eggs, decorated Easter eggs, made Easter cards and played lots of sports, of course .
Thank you for the pictures (below), I love seeing what you have been up to.
I look forward to seeing you all again. Keep safe and enjoy your Easter break.
Happy Easter Inventors! Over the next 2 weeks your home learning grid is based around fun Easter activities for you to choose from. Do still continue with the blue squares from previous grids but remember to give yourselves a break too as I'm sure you've been working very hard!
It is my turn to be in school this week. I am very much looking forward to it! I will post pictures on the school twitter and class blog to keep you updated with what we have been up to. Remember to send your pictures to the school email address so I can see what you have all been doing! The email address is on our blog, as is the time capsule activity link.
Remember, keep safe and stay at home!
I hope you are all doing well during this unusual time. Remember to keep smiling and keep your body and mind active.
Just a quick reminder to complete your TT Rockstars activity. I am still completing my weekly check. I am sure you are all completing your weekly tasks and having fun doing so.
I have been working from home and whilst doing so have been completing my daily exercise by going for a run. My target is to complete a half marathon within the next two months.
I miss you all and look forward to seeing you all back at school when we can.
Here are some great home learning activities from white rose. Just click on the link below. Keep up the good work and stay safe!
What a treat!
To finish our D&T activities relating to the Greeks, we made Greek honey cake. The children all had a turn to measure and mix the ingredients. All the staff had a taste and the feedback was incredible. Well done star bakers.
The final week of term has been an exciting one in the Inventors classroom. We completed an experiment to understand the process of the digestive system using items such as tights, crackers and orange juice. The children then used this knowledge to write a narrative from the perspective of a book, travelling through the digestive system. On the final day of term the children shared their amazing homework with one another before completing an Atlas scavenger hunt in Geography. Well done to the winning team: Koel, Harrison and Jacob.
Have a fantastic half term and I look forward to seeing you all again in a weeks time.
Mrs Walsh and Mrs Hill 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 interesting and new learning opportunities. We hope you enjoy your new learning but also take the opportunity to come out of your comfort zone, be creative and challenge yourself!
Our first topic this half term will be "Shell Shock" where we will be travelling back to 1914 and learning about World War One; from how it all began, the effects of the War across Europe, until how the War ended in 1918.
Don't forget to earn your raffle tickets to be in the prize draw every Friday!
We look forward to another great year at St. John's...
Making the Most of Symmetry in the Sun!
Running for distance
As part of our athletics unit of work, Inventors were asked to design a running course that would test their stamina and endurance. The course had to last between 30 seconds and 1 minute, using a range of equipment to help them. At the end of the lesson, the children got the opportunity to test each other's designs out.
What a great afternoon of physical activity!
All of the Area
Children had to work in groups to investigate the area of different shapes, using different materials. They had 5 challenges to complete with a time limit of 10 minutes per challenge. There were lots of skills demonstrated during this lesson not only mathematical but also great examples of co-operation and team- work. Well done Inventors!
Bye, Bye Butterfly!
Thank you to Tomas for bringing in his butterflies that he has been rearing over the last few weeks. He showed Inventors the cocoons that they had evolved from and we discussed the complete metamorphosis that they go through from caterpillar to butterfly.
We then set them free in our old forest school area, where we hope they will flourish in their natural habitat.
Prayer Workshop with Bishop Mark
Inventors had a fantastic afternoon participating in a prayer workshop with Bishop Mark. The workshop showed children how they could pray in different ways by interacting with fun and interesting activities with a specific message and bible reading.
The afternoon ended with a pray and blessing led by the Bishop himself.
GO FOR IT MO!
Do you know what it takes to be a world famous athlete?
Who lives in a house like this?
During topic lessons we have been looking at different styles of houses and where people live. We have been learning new vocabulary linked to house and homes and have started to create an estate agent style advertisements whereby children are trying to sell their own houses. We have been using lots of persuasive language as well as floor plans and pictures.
Inventors win "Cakes and Shakes" for the second half term in a row!
Well done for gaining the most compliment slips Inventors and a big thank you to Miss Robertson for preparing such a delicious treat!
Take a look at some examples of our fantastic grid homework this half term. These are just a few pieces, there are lots more displayed in our classroom and the school's lobby area.
How did the Vikings preserve their food, when travelling on long voyages?
As part of our science week Inventors have been researching ideas about how to preserve food. Children came up with several suggestions on how to preserve mackerel.
We then gathered our information and set up five experiments to see which out of the following food preservation methods would be more effective- salt, smoking, lemon and lime juice, honey and vinegar.
We look forward to seeing the results.
Inventors are reading "Alex Sparrow and the Really Big Stink" by Jennifer Killick with Mrs Purser.
They tweeted Jennifer to tell her how much that they were enjoying her book.
She sent them posters and a signed postcard.
Children have written thank you letters to her too.
A Kingly Debate
Inventors had to go back in time and take on the role of either King Alfred the Great or King Athelstan. They had to use their debating skills to prove which king was the best!