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Albert Einstein

Anti-bullying week

 

Einstein class have enjoyed lots of activities in recognition of anti-bullying week. We have made bookmarks and a blue paper chain which we decorated with anti-bullying messages. We also had a poster competition in class and the 4 lucky winners were rewarded with ten dojos! Have a look at our proud winners! As if all this wasn't enough, we also donated one pound each to an anti-bullying charity and the whole class received a blue wristband. 

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Yoga

 

In PE this week Einstein are finding their inner calm with a spot of yoga. Some of the positions are really tricky but the children make it look easy as you can see below.  

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Our Blackpool Tower Dungeon Trip

 

To introduce our 'Great Plague' topic for this term, Einstein class enjoyed a visit to the Blackpool Tower Dungeon this week. We started our experience by exploring the idea of crime and punishment in the Medievil era through drama and role play. The children were given different parts to play such as judge, villain, torturer or jailer and they really embraced their roles, as you can see from the pictures below. The second part of our experience involved meeting a 'plague doctor'. The children were treated to a gruesome and enthralling first hand account of what is was like to live through and treat the plague. The children were gripped and learnt lots to kick start their topic. 

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What time is it Mr Wolf?

 

Our Maths focus this week is telling the time. We're working really hard to tell the time on both analogue and digital clocks and we will apply our skills to solving time based word problems as the week progresses. 

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Parent afternoon

 

As a delightful end to the half term, Einstein class invited parents and carers in to share all of the wonderful learning that has been going on in the classroom. This took the form of a mini parents evening, where the children posed as a teacher and talked through their books, as well as a photo story showing all that has been achieved over the past half term. Many thanks to the adults who attended. It was lovely to see so many of you and to read the comments you left. 

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Science with Lego 

 

Today we took part in a Lego workshop.  We built our own Lego city which included a working circuit.  We worked so well as part of a team and we even got to make a car move.  We put into practice all the wonderful things we have learnt in science this half term.  We really enjoyed it! Have a look at our amazing creations!

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Look at our wonderful writing

 

Einstein class have done some wonderful writing this week. We've been trying hard to include all our non-negotiables such as joined handwriting, correct punctuation and the all important steps on our success criteria. Have a look at some of our writing to see how well we're doing! 

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Science stars

 

Einstein class held a poster competition this week. The posters had to be packed with scientific information and facts relating to our Electricity topic and presented beautifully. Judging the competition wasn't easy but eventually two winners were chosen. Just look at their proud faces!  

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Christmas craft

 

It's never too early for a spot of Christmas craft! Einstein have been making lanterns for the Christmas Lantern Parade this week and, if their fabulous creations are anything to go by, the parade is sure to be amazing! We can't wait. 

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Switch hunt

 

In Science this week we are looking at different types of switches. To consolidate our learning, Einstein went on a switch hunt to see how many different types of switches they could identify. As you can see from the pictures below, we found quite a few!  

 

 

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A visit from children's author Dan Worsley

 

This week our Key Stage two children enjoyed a visit from Dan Worsley. Dan chatted about his work as an author and discussed the various stages involved in writing his books. The children were then treated to a story telling session from Dan's first book, Impossible Tales. The children were enthralled! 

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Dan is a true inspiration and made quite an impression on the children. Declan and Zakhary were both really taken with the section about the magic wig fighting Mr Spit and that it belonged to a dead person. Lucas was surprised by the amount of editing involved in writing a book whereas Natalie was amazed to hear that the illustrator attended St.Mary's! Dan talked about the many challenges he faces when writing his books and how he deals with them. This resonated with Tia and she found it interesting.  

Einstein are buzzing, literally! 

 

There's a definite buzz about Einstein class this week. As our understanding of electricity deepens, the children are working with more complex components. This weeks focus is using a buzzer in a circuit and, as an extra challenge for budding electricians, including a bulb to see if both can work in a circuit at the same time! 

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Ball skills

 

Einstein have been perfecting their ball skills this week in PE. We have played football and netball to apply what we've learnt.  

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Creative writing 

 

This week Einstein class have been developing their creative writing techniques. Our focus is fantasy stories and the children enjoyed an English lesson in which they began collecting ideas in preparation for a longer of writing. This involved a carousel of activities in which the children used I pads and thesauras' to collect interesting and creative sentence starters, synonyms, alliteration and noun phrases to launch their writing. Our fantasy focus has an under the ocean theme so the children loved diving into our underwater world and handling related objects to inspire them. 

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Sparks might fly 

 

Our Science topic for this term is electricity. To begin the topic the children brainstormed ideas and thoughts about electricity. We then explored some of the electrical equipment we will be using over the next few weeks. 

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Picture 11 We predicted whether a circuit would work or not
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Sporting stars

 

PE is most definitely Einstein's favourite lesson. Check out our PE pictures to see us in action.

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Our Maths Work

Our Maths Work 1 We are great at teamwork!
Our Maths Work 2 The race was on to finish first!
Our Maths Work 3 We really had to think about our answers!
Our Maths Work 4 We debated some of our maths answers.
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Our Maths Work 6 The times table race.
Our Maths Work 7 'Quick 3x4 is 12!'
Our Maths Work 8 Teamwork at it's best!
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Samba

Einstein began their samba lessons this week. We talked about the various instruments that will make up our class samba band and their origins. To finish the session the children were able to play and practise the instrument they will be playing over the coming weeks.

 

Music, sweet music!

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Curriculum Overview 2017/2018

National Fitness Day

National Fitness Day 1 This morning we took part in 'Wake & Shake'
National Fitness Day 2
National Fitness Day 3
National Fitness Day 4 In Maths we played times table games.
National Fitness Day 5 We were great at running to the correct answer!

Our RE work

Our RE work 1 We read bidding prayers at Church
Our RE work 2 We took the Bread and Wine to the Alter
Our RE work 3 Getting in the last minute practise before Church!
Our RE work 4 Miss Davids was so proud of us in Church
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On Parle Francais (We speak French!)

On Parle Francais (We speak French!) 1
On Parle Francais (We speak French!) 2 We recapped our colour knowledge
On Parle Francais (We speak French!) 3 We can locate places that speak French
On Parle Francais (We speak French!) 4 We can talk in French and discuss our answers
On Parle Francais (We speak French!) 5
On Parle Francais (We speak French!) 6 We talked in French about the colours on flags
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On Parle Francais (We speak French!) 8

DT

In DT we are making lighthouses, table lamps or reading lamps.  We are linking this to our circuit work in Science and incorporating a working circuit with a bulb into our final pieces.  We are currently in the process of our junk modelling and they are all starting to come along nicely (which couldn't be said for the state we got the classroom in!! oops!!)  We will upload pictures of our final pieces when they are complete.  Please take a look so far...

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Let It Shine!

We have finally finished our DT projects... we have used lots of junk modelling materials to create either a reading light, table lamp or a lighthouse.  We put our working circuits into our final products.  Some of us noticed that the circuit didn't fit properly but we didn't let it bother us as this is a good evaluation opportunity.

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