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Working Together for the Good of Each Other

Albert Einstein

Passport to Europe

 

To launch our new topic, A Passport to Europe, Einstein class have been using an atlas to label a blank map with all the countries that make up Europe. This is in preparation for when we focus on one particular European country which will be Italy. 

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Le Juste Prix (The Price is Right)

To reinforce learning numbers to 39 today, Einstein class played The Price is Right.  In two teams they estimated the cost of toys and showed their guesses in digits.  They then shared their guess using the correct language.

 

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Using the apparatus

PE this week was a real treat. The children were able to use the various apparatus in the hall to practise their swinging, climbing, balancing and jumping skills. The children had a fabulous lesson, as you can see below. 

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Crafty creations

 

Things took a crafty turn in Einstein class this week. In our Topic lessons we are looking at the work of Jason Mecier, a famous artist who created masterpieces from things people throw away. In our Science lessons we are looking at what constitutes a healthy digestive system so, in a bid to link the two subjects, we have used old newspapers to create two giant pieces of fruit. We will paint them next week so watch this space for a creative update! 

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Charismatic characters

 

In English this week we have been looking at character description. Our inspiration for this came from a character in 'The Fib' by George Layton, a class read which we are currently enjoying. The main character,  a school aged boy named Billy, resonated strongly with the children. 

 

 

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Outdoor learning

 

To begin thinking about area, our new Maths focus, Einstein went out into the playground. We made different shapes and thought about the difference between area and perimeter.    

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Disgusting digestion

 

Our Science focus this week focuses on the inner workings of the digestive system and the function each part plays in digestion. To enhance their learning, the children conducted an interesting and fun filled experiment to replicate the various organs involved. The children gained lots from the experiment as you can see below.

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Ukulele lessons

 

Einstein have moved on from samba in their weekly music lesson and are now playing the ukulele. Today was our first lesson and the children showed real promise. 

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Story telling magic

 

The children enjoyed a fabulous re-telling of Roald Dahl’s The BFG this afternoon. The story was told magically with amazing props and sound effects. The children were enthralled. There were lots of laughs! Here are some of our favourite moments; Zak particularly enjoyed the bit about the giants being trapped in the pit and Tia liked the part where Sophie was being rude to the BFG. Alfie enjoyed the sound effects and Miss Butler was particularly taken with the unusual prayer line ‘deliver us from weasels’.

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Code cracking in Maths

 

Einstein have been looking at Roman Numerals in Maths today. The children were given various numbers written in Roman Numerals and were tasked with decoding them into our numerical equivalent. They then worked in pairs using laptops to check their answers were correct. It was an interesting task which the children found very enjoyable. 

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Powerful, persuasive writing

 

Einstein class have been honing their persuasive writing skills this week. So far they have worked in partners to create and role play a persuasive advert for a brand of toothpaste designed exclusively by themselves. Today we have written our advert and have worked hard to include lots of persuasive writing techniques. 

The toothpaste designed by Alex has 'so many flavours it will blow your mind'. Demi's toothpaste has 'magenta magic foam that makes the germs fly away'. All of the writing was of a very high standard, well done children!    

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Exploring the Bible

 

In RE this week we have been taking a closer look at the Bible. We have looked at how to locate certain stories according to the the verse and chapter number.  

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Reading challenge

 

Einstein class are holding a reading challenge for this half term. The aim is to  see who can read the most books by the February half term. We have a chart on the wall so the children can chart their progress and there will be a special prize for the winner. Good luck children! 

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Guardians of Ancora

 

Einstein class are participating in the Guardians of Ancora program which is being ran by Emmanuel Church, Fleetwood. The program is an exciting, interactive game in which the children can explore different Bible stories using IPads. Ancora club is taking place at lunchtimes and the children have really enjoyed their first session. 

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Practical Science

 

To begin our exploration of the digestive system Einstein class are focusing on teeth and the role that teeth play in helping us digest food. The children began by brushing their teeth and then using a disclosing tablet to show any plaque left on areas that they may have missed. It was a real eye opener for the children and highlighted the importance of thorough brushing. It was also really good fun, as you can see from the pictures below! 

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Tasty toothpaste

 

Data handling is our Maths focus for this week and the children began by conducting a survey to determine which toothpaste flavour is most popular amongst our Key Stage 2 children. The children were invited to sample the toothpaste and choose their favourite. Einstein then recorded the data in a tally chart which we will  represent in various charts over the next few days. The toothpaste theme links nicely to our topic for this half term which is The Digestive System. 

 

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Christmas craft

 

Things have taken a crafty turn in Einstein. We've channeled all our creative energy into making a Christmas card for our loved ones. They are a work of art which we're sure will be well received.  

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Christmas carol service

 

Einstein class joined the rest of the Key Stage 2 children at our annual carol service last night. The service began with a candle lit procession around church to the hymn of 'Silent Night'. It was breathtaking. The children sang, read and performed spectacularly.

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Science experiment

 

Our Science focus on muscles and how they work meant a very active experiment for Einstein class this week. We predicted which muscles we used for running and then conducted a running experiment to see if our predictions were correct. It was fun, energetic, practical learning.  

Team teach

 

As our Science topic progresses, the children worked in teams to research the next areas we are going to explore. Using the lap tops and I-pads, the children worked together to answer various questions about different skeleton types. The children displayed fantastic team work and really enjoyed teaching one another. 

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Brilliant bodies

 

Our Science this week is the human skeleton. The children labelled a skeleton, and each other, before researching the role of various muscles using laptops. 

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Character description 

 

Character description has been our focus in English this week. The children have gathered adjectives to turn into expanded noun phrases, synonyms to improve their vocabulary and similes and metaphors to make their writing more powerful. 

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Bethlehem news

 

In RE this week, Einstein class have been applying all the wonderful writing techniques that they have been learning. The children wrote a newspaper article describing the nativity story, entitled 'Bethlehem News'. Once again, the writing is of an amazing standard and the children are immensely proud of their efforts.  

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Geography posters

 

Following on from our ICT fact finding mission earlier in the week, the children designed a poster to showcase all the information they had found. Choosing winners was tough as all the posters were of a high standard. As you can see the children were proud of their efforts.   

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Using ICT to help our learning

 

To gather facts about our new topic, Einstein class used the laptops and I pads. Our fact finding mission was focused on the environment and how we can look after it. The children loved sharing the facts they found. For example, did you know that the UK produces more than one hundred million tonnes of waste every year? This fact was discovered by Mia. 

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Our wonderful writing

 

The wonderful writing just keeps on coming from Einstein class. Our latest pieces are poems about The Great Plague. The children have really pulled out all the stops and the poems are packed with superb writing features. We've included some extracts for you to read below.  

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Picture 2 'The deathly plague rots'
Picture 3 'Thoughts of dying were rather sour'

Awesome art

 

Einstein class have been harnessing their painting skills this week. The children experimented with different types of paints to create some unique skull designs. 

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Read all about it!

 

There is a very journalistic feel to Einstein class this week as the newspaper articles that we have been working so hard on are finally finished. The articles are based on our visit to the dungeons and they are packed with superb writing features such as similes, alliteration, expanded noun phrases, subordinate clauses and much more! As you can see from the picture below, the children are so proud of their wonderful work.   

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Fitness fun

 

Einstein class were invited to join in a special fitness session this week. The session was organised by our Year 3 children as part of their topic and it proved to be great fun. 

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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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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
On Parle Francais (We speak French!) 7
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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