Year 4 children from Michelangelo and Ringgold class enjoyed an outdoor games session with a difference today. They played a game of Quidditch and, given that the children are all avid Harry Potter fans, it went down very well. The children rode on 'brooms' and worked in teams whilst attempting to chase the 'snitch' and score points by successfully hitting the snitch through the hoop. It was a fun and enjoyable session.
A day of all things French
Today we celebrated French day. The day began with a sea of red, white and blue flooding into the playground as the children came dressed in colours of the French flag. Each class enjoyed various French activities. Michelangelo class enjoyed an outdoor challenge of trying to make the Eiffel Tower out of marshmallows and spaghetti. We looked at the work of Claude Monet and had a go at re-creating a Monet masterpiece. Mid-morning the children were extremely lucky to enjoy a visit to a French cafe where they nibbled on a selection of French delights. It really has been a fun filled day!
Oh we do like to be beside the seaside...
Michelangelo class recently enjoyed a trip to the beach. The sun was shining and the conditions were just perfect for beach combing, tug of war and creating sand art master pieces. As you can see from the pictures, the children had a super time.
Writing a balanced argument
Our latest writing focus has been constructing a balanced argument, using information that we researched online. We based this on the issue of fox hunting. The children wrote points for and against the debate, with supporting evidence, before giving their own opinion. As several of children the children mentioned in their conclusion, it certainly is a very emotive issue.
Our Sports Day preparations continued in PE today. Sprinting was the focus, in readiness for the 60 meter sprint event. The children really gave it their all and, if today's lesson is anything to go by, I have no doubt that Sports Day will be a wonderful, enjoyable event for the children.
This week our Maths will focus on 3D shapes and their properties. To facilitate the learning of this topic, we used real life examples of these shapes and examined them to identify their features.
Sports Day Preparation
Our PE lesson today was all about trying out some of the skills and moves that will be needed for our annual sports day. Balancing and skipping were our main focus today and we will look at the skills needed for other events in the next couple of weeks. Despite finding some of the lesson tricky, all of the children tried their best and had fun in the process.
Michelangelo class were lucky enough to have a special visitor this morning. Janet, a representative from United Utilities, came in to discuss all things water with the children. The visit was arranged to link in with our current topic and it really was a fun, informative visit. We explored the natural water cycle, the processes that happen before the water reaches our taps and what happens when you flush the toilet. We did various activities around these and the children really enjoyed it.
Gods and Godesses
In topic today we looked at different Gods and Goddesses if Ancient Egypt. We worked in mixed partners to read and select information from an information source and the internet. We moved around the classroom so we could research different Gods. We also looked at some delightful figurines of Gods and Godesses. Feel free to pop in and have a look at the facts we found.
Investigating changing states of matter
Today’s lesson was especially tasty. We conducted an experiment to see which type of chocolate melts the quickest. The white chocolate melted the quickest, as most of the children predicted, and we concluded that this was most likely due to low cocoa content. Once all the chocolate had melted, we were left with no other option but to dip marshmallows in and eat it. It would, after-all, have been a shame to waste it!
In a similar vein, we also conducted an experiment to see if an ice pop would melt quicker on cling film or tin foil. We placed both materials over a bowl of hot water and then placed the ice pop on top. We discussed the properties of each material and how they contributed to the result. After working our socks off, we took a few minutes to enjoy a cool, refreshing treat.
It's all about the fizz
As part of our science topic 'What are states of matter?', Michelangelo class are conducting an experiment to find out which fizzy drinks contain the most carbon dioxide. The experiment involves weighing a selection of fizzy drinks before opening and then weighing them again a few days later. The difference in weight should indicate the amount of carbon dioxide that has been lost therefore demonstrating which drink contained the most carbon dioxide to begin with.
Michelangelo class are working with Fleetwood Town on a new initiative called 'Healthy Heads'. The aim of this scheme is to help the children think about what is needed for healthy bodies and minds. The session is in two parts. The first is a class room based activity where the children will brainstorm about the various emotional aspects of having a healthy mind. During the second session the children play outdoor games and try to apply what they have been discussing previously. Today we discussed praising our peers and being a good character. The children then demonstrated this in the game that followed.
To conclude our Italian topic, Michelangelo class visited Domino's pizza in Fleetwood. The visit began with a tour of the kitchen which included the fridge room and a talk about food hygiene. As you will see from our pictures the fridge room was teeth chatteringly cold! After this, the children had a go at making an essential feature of Italian cuisine, their very own pizza. It was a fun, informative and tasty visit.
Fun with parents
As our topic 'What do you know about Italy?' draws to an end, Michelangelo class invited parents and carers in to enjoy a fun Italian themed activity. The task was to construct an Italian landmark using spaghetti and marshmallows. It was great fun and lovely to see parents and children working together.
Stations of The Cross
Tomorrow sees the return of our annual 'Stations of The Cross' reflections. Each class will represent two stations. Michelangelo have looked at Station IV when Jesus sees his Mother. At this station, Jesus is covered in blood, sweat, and spit. He is bent under the weight of the cross and is being shouted at by the soldiers and people in the crowd. Mary is experiencing every mother’s worst nightmare, seeing her child suffering harm, and she feels the pain pierce her soul. Though Mary is not the one carrying the cross, seeing Jesus in this terrible state fills her such pain and sadness it as if she too is carrying her own invisible cross. To reflect on this, we have thought about a time when our Mum, or another special lady in our life, has helped us. It may be when they have taken on our worries or sadness, as Mary did with Jesus. Perhaps they offered us help when we needed it most. We have written about this on a flower and created paper flowers in honour of special women who help us. As we did this, we remembered how it felt to be offered help.
Our second station is Station XI, where Jesus is nailed to the cross. When Jesus was nailed to the cross, his pain and suffering must have been unimaginable. We have thought about how many people suffer pain every day and we have thought carefully about the different types of suffering. This can be from illness, hunger or poverty, and because of war or natural disasters. We have written prayers asking Jesus to help them and pinned them on a cross.
Our topic 'What do you know about Italy?' is coming to an end. To mark this, the children have created a model relating to Italy. The variety of creations was fantastic, the children have created everything from meatballs to the Basilica - and everything in between ! We will proudly display them for the rest of the school to admire and the winning creation will be announced on Monday. Well done and thank-you to the children and parents for their fabulous efforts!
The children have hunted for coloured Easter eggs in our shared story. They learnt about the importance of the church bells to French children and made their own Easter cards.
Our writing focus over the last week has been on producing a diary entry as William, a World War 2 evacuee in our class book 'Goodnight Mr. Tom'. It was a different style of writing for the children and they worked hard to produce a moving and heartfelt diary entry.
Michelangelo class visited church today. Our visit was slightly out of the ordinary in the sense that we didn't go to attend Mass as we would normally. Instead, we went to spend some time with father Michael and hear explanations about parts of the Mass, the Gospel and some of sacred artefacts and what they symbolise. It was an informative visit and the children enjoyed it.
Inspiring young minds
St. Mary's was fortunate enough to have a special visitor on Friday. George Fouche, an international and professional rugby player, came in to speak to the children and share some of his experiences. George spoke about the highs and the lows of his life and career. The overriding message to the children was that they can do anything they set their minds too and, just as he has done, overcome any hurdles they may face. The children were enthralled and I'm sure that George 's words have left their mark.
The magical sound of the panpipes
As part of our ongoing Science topic, 'How do we hear sound?', we have been listening to different sounds and focusing on pitch. As a class, we looked at the example of string instruments and how the tightness of the string alters the pitch. We then went on to make our own panpipes so that we could identify low and high pitched sounds.
Today has been a particularly special as, across the school, we have been celebrating Science. Our day began with a spectacular Science assembly, during which the children were entertained with a variety of experiments and awesome scientific facts. Each class then conducted their own Science based activities. It has been an incredible and exciting learning experience for the children, involving everything from constructing catapults, making ice cream, propelling rockets, producing slime, creating volcanic eruptions, and making lava lamps - to name just a few of the wonderful activities. The children have been enthralled and it's been a truly memorable day.