Welcome to Eagles Class!
TOPIC: LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION!
EATING HOME-GROWN VEGETABLES
Eagles class got to eat their very own home grown cucumbers.
They were delicious!
NEW TEACHER JOINS THRUPP PRIMARY SCHOOL
We have a new teacher in EAGLES teaching the class JAPANESE - they have loved learning this new language.
They can count up to 10 and 20 in Japanese and can name fruits in Japanese.
DESIGNING A NEW OSCAR AWARD
Pupils worked hard to design a new Oscar Award. They found out about these awards - came up with thoughtful designs. They then made the 3D sculptures using clay.
They class were impressive!
A VISIT FROM THE POLICE
Thrupp School were lucky enough to have a visit from the police! Pupils found out about the different roles that Police do.
They looked at when they should and should not use 999. Pupils were very thoughtful about this.
Pupils were lucky enough to go dress up as a police officer and then go inside the police car and actually put on the sirens. It got very nosy. Hopefully, it wasn't too loud for our neighbours!
FILM MAKING - OUR PROJECT
We began this half term with the EXCITING OPPORTUNITY of making our own movie.
We are lucky enough to have a parent from our class – Nick Stubbs. He teaches film at the University of Gloucestershire.
We had the wonderful opportunity to have Nick bringing a group of his students to come and film a film.
We generated lots of different ideas for different genres. Some of our ideas were:
1. Freaky Friday style film with pupils swapping bodies.
2. A time travel film set in Victorian Times and Modern times
3. A mystery with a pupil going missing and this being solved by a group of pupils
4. Battle for the Orb Sci-Fi movie.
We decided to film a film about CYBORGS and HUMANS living here at Thrupp.
As a class we brainstormed ideas thinking about keeping the conventions of the SCI-FI genre.
It took a whole morning to come up with the story.
After that, we split the film into 6 sections. Each section was scripted by a group.
Our amazing Costumes were the brainchild of Claire Finlay-Thompson– another talented parent at Thrupp who works as a costume designer.
She came in for an afternoon to do a workshop style Costume Making session.
The finished parts were amazing.
As yet, we have not seen the film.
When we get it, we hope to share it with you at its exclusive World Premiere.
Iain Green came into school and showed us his work and how he has taken amazing photos in India, South Africa and Uganda.
However, he has also taken fantastic photos in London, Bristol and his back garden!
He gave us advice on how to take brilliant photos. We look forward to seeing the finished photos.
Here are some photos of us taking some photos:
Thrupp pupils had had another chance to work with the talented Mrs Spring in the allotments. Here are a few photos of what they have been up to!
In class, we have been looking at Length as part of our Measure Unit of work. Pupils have been solving a range of real life problems.
Here is one problem that has got our brain cells going.
Can you solve it?
How many different ways can you find the answer?
CHARLIE CHAPLIN ART
This week, pupils earned a well deserved, 'Head teachers Award' for their amazing artwork.
They worked hard to draw these wonderful portraits of Charlie Chaplin from different points of his life.
Pupils established tone and the final pieces are very impressive!
ALLOTMENTS: BEING KEEN TO BE GREEN!
Pupils have had the wonderful opportunity to work with our TA, Mrs Spring in our local allotments. They have been gaining a wide range of skills which I hope will be used back in their homes.
They have cleared the land, potted seeds and are excited about following their progress!
Watch this space for any vegetable updates!
As part of our English work we are looking at 'The Kid' by Charlie Chaplin. Before we watched the film, we researched his life.
Here are some fascinating facts:
DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY
Pupils worked in pairs to create their own POP-UP BOOKS.
First, pupils looked at a range of pop-up books and evaluated them and the types of mechanisms used. Pupils were inspired by the work of Robert Sabuda. We even had some very dedicated pupils go home and make some of his amazing pop-ups.
They then developed their mechanism making skills. Pupils made:
Pupils then designed their own books. Here is one successful example!
Pupils being curious about their new topic. They asked lots of interesting questions.
Pupils had the task of creating their own landscape paintings - using ONLY primary colours:
Pupils each had their own palette to use for mixing colours. The results are quite impressive!!
(There was quite a lot of washing up afterwards!!)
REDOING WORLD BOOK DAY
In class, we used the learning power of 'CURIOUS' to mix paints together to make primary and secondary colours.
VISITING NANCY'S LAMBS
VICTORIAN SCHOOL DAY AT ST FAGANS
The pupils had a wonderful day at St Fagans on the outskirts of Cardiff.
There, they dressed up - the girls in smocks and the boys in Waistcoats and flat caps. After that, they went to Ysgol Maestir for their lesson from the Victorian Era
During the lesson, pupils did handwriting, learnt about the Kings and Queens of Britain, practiced the four times tables and did some readings.
Once the lesson was over the pupils could ask questions about the Victorian Era. They found out some unpleasant punishments that the Victorians had for their pupils!
Pupils had to imagine that they were Victor Frankenstein and design and make some monsters.
Here are the class' impressive efforts!
WORLD BOOK DAY
Even the cold weather could not stop Eagles from having a wonderful time celebrating World Book Day.
We were also lucky enough to have an author who came in and inspired the children to enjoy and love reading.
John Doherty was a great joy to have!
THEME WEEK: LET'S INVESTIGATE
This week has been absolutely wonderful with a range of opportunities that allow pupils to use a whole host of learning skills.
The week started off with a visit to We Are Curious! There, pupils went to the planetarium, explored all sorts of hands on activities.
ANIMAL LIFE CYCLES
We were surprised to find out:
We had an engineer come in from Dyson to make bridges with the pupils. Pupils were engaged and enthused by the whole day.
CHINESE NEW YEAR
We celebrated Chinese New Year with a visit from Miss Guan. She taught us a Chinese Song with body parts and also got pupils to sing 'Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes'.
This was quite the challenge! Several pupils were very good with their pronunciation!
Pupils went up to our Outdoor Learning Area where they did a range of activities:
ROAD SAFETY DAY
Before half term, pupils investigated Road Safety and made these wonderful posters to remind all road users to be safe.
It turned out to be quite challenging for a few but it was wonderful to see the children use the RESILIENCE learning power.
In P.E we have been doing a sequence of Dance lessons that have linked to our Geography work (RIVERS).
Pupils have been exploring the Water Cycle and creating dances to represent evaporation, condensation and precipitation.
They have had a go and using a range of dance skills:
It has been lovely to see the pupils really challenging themselves to explore these in detail!
FRANKENSTEIN OR THE MODERN PROMETHUS
BY MARY SHELLEY
In class, we have been looking at the wonderful story of Frankenstein. Victor Frankenstein's ambition is to create a living person. This decision leads to a terrifying chain of events...
In pairs, children gave a talk that focused on:
SHOULD VICTOR CREATE A LIVING PERSON?
They gave reasons why he should, reasons why he shouldn't and then summarised it with their own opinions.
Here are their presentations...
Pupils had the opportunity to find out about the bones in the human body.
They found out their scientific names.
They also found out the 3 main functions of the skeleton:
In class, we made our own skeletons.
Here we are making the skeletons:
Our topic will see the class looking in depth at the Vikings and their invasion of Britain. They will get to look at Scandinavia as part of our Geography - finding out about the wonderful physical and human geography. Pupils will also have a go at creating some amazing Viking themed artwork.
In Computing, we have been working hard at making our own Roald Dahl booklets.
We used a range of skills on Microsoft Word to do this.
Once finished, we printed off copies and had the opportunity to read them all and peer mark them. We gave thoughtful feedback that said what worked well and what could be improved.
We were using the REFLECT Learning Power.
LEARNING POWERS DAY!
Today, we were using all our learning powers by going around the different classes and completing a range of different tasks.
We reflected on how we have changed from babies to who we are now.
We had to be curious to draw a picture of 'curious'. What did it look like? What would it look like as an image?
We had to aspire to be good gymnasts and focus on our body positions.
We had to use straws to pick up peas from a bowl. This was quite hard so we had to keep on trying.
We had to work together to make famous buildings. We had to use a range of different materials to create them (e.g. Leaning Tower of Pisa, Eiffel Tower, etc.)
As part of our R.E lessons we are looking at Judaism. Pupils will learn about the customs and beliefs of the Jewish people. We hope the children's respect for people of different faiths will grow as they continue learning about other religions.
They will find our about the key traditions, festivals and pilgrimages of the Jewish faith, including looking at Moses as a key figure and learning about the Passover.
To start the topic, pupils sang a Jewish Hymn (see video below) as well as looking at a few artefacts to see what they could find out.
NORTHERN LIGHTS ARTWORK
As part of our art lessons we looked at the Northern Lights - and were amazed by them.
We had a go at recreating them using soft pastels. The children created these wonderful pieces of work that are currently on display in Eagles class room.
STARTING OUR TOPIC
To start our topic the class tried to be curious about the Vikings. They thought about what they already know and what they'd like to know. Here is a record of their conversions.