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Advent - preparing for the coming

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Starting Advent has involved us making our own Advent promise, which we added to the Christmas tree in the hall, having worship together as a class by opening a religious advent calendar and receiving a prayer cross each to keep. The pocket cross is to keep with them or in school and use during prayers to remind them of the relationship between themselves and Christ and the sacrifice he made for us.

Multiples, Factors and Primes - Maths Challenge

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As part of our work on multiples, factors and primes one group of the Year 5 children completed a challenge by accurately placing given numbers into the correct square so it match two statements, for example a multiple of 5 that is also a multiple of 3 or a factor of 126 that is also a square number. The children used fantastic mathematical language to explain their reasoning as they solved the puzzle accurately.

STEM day at Fleetwood High

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Four of our Year 5 children attended a STEM event at Fleetwood High School today. Our task was to build a bridge that was both sturdy enough to hold a 1KG truck and tall enough to allow a boat to pass underneath. The wood had to be cut to size by the children, using a hack saw, and the holes drilled independently. The children worked tremendously hard to build a bridge that more than met all the requirements. Well done team Blue Bridge! Four of our Year 5 children attended a STEM event at Fleetwood High School today. Our task was to build a bridge that was both sturdy enough to hold a 1KG truck and tall enough to allow a boat to pass underneath. The wood had to be cut to size by the children, using a hack saw, and the holes drilled independently. The children worked tremendously hard to build a bridge that more than met all the requirements. Well done team Blue Bridge!

Red Wednesday 2019

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As a school, on Wednesday 20th November, we have supported Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) by ssupporting their Red Wednesday campaign #RedWednesday. The children were allowed to wear an item of red clothing in additon to their uniform. Each class had their own red candle and had a special worship. As a class, we went to church for our class mass and at the end each child had their own red tealight to light and say their own prayer for those who have been killed because of their faith. 

Observational Drawing

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Building on skills learnt in previous lessons for example using different gradients of pencil and a view finder, the children produced their own observational drawing using a variety of painting as a stimulus. 

Using our vocabulary resources

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The children have been working hard on using the resources in school to help them with their vocabualry and ideas for writing in their English lessons. We have discussed how important it is to find alternative synonyms to engage the reader with their written work, as well as choosing appropriate openers and conjunctions. The children have access to word wheels, a thesaurus, conjunction maps and fronted adverbial ideas. 

Anti-Bullying Week

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The hat not hate campaign this year is about people making and wearing their own hat to support the cause. The handmade hat is a symbol of the 'craftivist' movement to get rid of bullying. Mrs Thomas, our parent governor and welfare assistant made 173 small 'hat not hate' hats to be pinned to the children's uniforms and staff's clothing as a symbol of solidarity against bullying. As part of Anti-Bullying Week, Osprey Class have got a secret angel. The children picked out a name from a box and they must watch over that person this week by doing small little things to make the person feel good, help them or be there for them if needed. At the end of the week, the children will guess who their secret angel has been. 

We Will Remember Them - Remembrance Day 11.11.19

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Today, 11th November, as a school we stood and had a two minute silence, in our classes, to show our respects for the fallen soldiers in the war, wearing our poppies as a symbol of unity in remembering the courage and sacrifice people made during the war. As part of our class worship, we discussed that in November, we remember those who served our country and lost their lives, but also people in our lives that are sadly no longer with us. The children shared someone in their family who is no longer with us today; we prayed together thanking God for them, the memories they have left us and for the gift of life. 

Freeze Frames - Street Child

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This half term we are reading Street Child by Berlie Doherty. As part of chapter two, we meet the character The Stick Man (Mr Spink), who evicted a family from the room they rent. The children got into groups and created a freeze frame of that moment and how they imagined it. The had to think about their body language, facial expressions and one adjective to describe how that character felt at that moment. 

Library Visit

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This half term, Osprey class will be visiting Fleetwood Library every Friday; a great free resource we have in our town. The children had their library cards and used the service independently and learnt about the lancashire reading challenge that they can be part of.

Halloween Science Day

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To begin the second part of Autumn Term and as it's the week that celebrates Halloween, Osprey Class has a full day of experiments linked to Halloween. At first, we discussed shadows, how they are formed and the relationship between the distance of the light source to the object and how this affects the shadow. We did an investigation to test our predictions and find an answer to the question. This was followed by testing whether a pumpkin with sink or float in water and why.  We finished with looking at chemical reactions with liquids and popping candy, alka seltzer and baking soda and whether it could make our 'pumpkin' balloon pop.

Multi-Cultural Week - our finished masks and t-shirts

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Our masks and t-shirts are now dry! It's been a great week researching, reading multi-cultural books, listening to visitors, tasting food and getting creative.

Multi-Cultural Week - Speech writing

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Take a look at our speeches! Here are a few examples for Osprey class, writing a speech to answer the question: why is it important to learn about other cultures? The children prepared for their speech at home at first, we then discussed them and shared videos of iconic speeches that have been made in our world's history, discussing the passion, persuasion and impact the speaker has. We looked at key features of a speech: quotes, statistics and rhetorical questions.

Multi-Cultural Week - tasting different foods

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As part of our week, we finished it by trying some foods from China, Mexico, India and England. With spring rolls, samosas, nachos and fish and chips, we discussed where foods came from and for most of the children they tried something they'd never had before.

Multi-Cultural Week - Visit from Stefan's Dad

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Plamen Antonov, Stefan's dad, came in to talk to the children with Stefan about the Bulgarian culture, his experiences and shared pictures of their traditions. The children had the opportunity to ask any questions they had too.

Multi-Cultural Disco

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During multi-cultural week, we had a disco and the children came dressed as a country or in the national costume of the country.

Multi-Cultural Week - Tie dying t-shirts

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As part of our theme this week, the children took it in turns to work as a group to tie-dye a white t-shirt with Mrs Thomas. The t-shirts have gone to be washed and will dry over half term. We can't wait to see them...

Multi-Cultural week - The Day of the Dead Masks

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Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular the Central and South regions. It is acknowledged internationally in many other cultures. The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey. In recognition of this we have begun to make our own masks, we designed them first on paper, then sketched them out in pencil, ready for painting...

Multi-Cultural Week - Mufaro's beautiful daughter's - an african tale

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We read the story Mufuro's beautiful daughter's, which is an african tale about two sisters who want to marry the king in the city. The daughters are very different - one kind and selfless, the other rude and selfish. We linked the story to Cinderella as the main character didn't have very much but was an honest, kind person who won the king's heart in the end because of her actions. The tale is based in Zimbabwe, therefore we discussed their culture, clothing, when it was built and their flag and what each part represents.

Multi-Cultural Week - Dance

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As part of multi-cultural week, we had a dance teacher come into school and teach the children a dance - we did some samba to music from High School Musical. In class, before we participated, we discussed the importance that dance has in many cultures with rituals, celebrations and festivals as a way express themselves.

Multi-Cultural Week - Ancient Egyptians

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To begin our special week celebrating and learning about the mulit-cultural world we live in, Osprey class concentrated on the Ancient Egyptains. Claire Ollitt came from Liverpool University, who is an Egyptologist, to share her experiences and knowledge on Tutankhamun's tomb and who and when it was discovered. Later on in the day, we discussed what we'd learnt and learnt about other traditions the Ancient Egyptains had, which in some parts are still part of their culture today.

Our Autobiographies by Annabelle, Tyler, TJ and Francis

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Here are three examples from Annabelle, Tyler, TJ and Francis of their autobiography about their life so far. Having read 'Boy - Tale of Childhood', which is Roald Dahl sharing stories about his childhood, we wrote out own thinking about our childhood and education so far, as well as what we want for our future.

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Writing as Roald Dahl

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As part of our work on Roald Dahl, the children wrote a letter in role, as him, to his mother about the true events that occurred whilst he attended a boarding school called St. Peter's in 1925.

Harvest Mass

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On the 9th October, Osprey joined the rest of the school, with our whole school's harvest donation at church to celebrate Harvest Mass. The food collection was presented on the altar as a gift and taken to the food bank to help support fmailies in our community in need afterwards. 

 

Dictionary Matters - MFL

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The children today, in French, used a bilingual dictionary to decode sentences in French, into English about our local area.

Move and Learn - food groups

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Continuing our work with Caroline from Fleetwood Town, on our Move and Learn project, the children had to arrange the food into the right category on the food plate.

Young Writers' Competition

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Well done to these children for successfully have their writing chosen to be published in a book! They entered the Young Writer's competition with Mrs Davids last academic year and these children's work will appear in the book alongside other children who have been chosen from other schools. 

Maths - ordering positive and negative numbers

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This week in Maths, we have been learning about positive and negative numbers, being able to complete sequences, compare numbers using < and >, as well as handle negative numbers in context with temperature and money. The children had to order the numbers, written by their peers, either in ascending or descending order.

Atlas Work - locating and identifying cities

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This half term, Osprey Class are studying the United Kingdom. We have been concentrating on our map reading skills, using the atlases  to identify and locate the countries which make up the UK and their capital, counties and cities. 

Move and Learn - Fleetwood Town

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In our Move and Learn P.E session with Caroline from Fleetwood Town, we discussed three keys words which are important in specific sports: flexibility, stamina and strength and which sports required these. We took our our theory outside and tested these skills and what we could do to improve them.

Class Mass - Wednesday 18th September

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This week, Year 4/5 went to church to celebrate Mass. This was the first time some of the children were expected to read. Tyler, Gracie, Annabelle, Maisie, Oliver, Francis and Alex all did a superb job with having the courage to read in front of the rest of their class and the congregation. The read really well and the class followed mass on the mass cards and joined in with all the responses. 

Library Time

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It was our week to go to the library and get set up with our cards and to choose our first book. The enjoyed learning about the facilities that Fleetwood Library have to offer with lego club, using the computers, ordering books online as well as getting ebooks. Next half term, Osprey Class will attend the library every Friday afternoon. 

Using our class Prayer Wall

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In Osprey Class, we have our own prayer wall as part of our worship area. The children are welcome to add a ribbon to represent a prayer at a time they wish but in particular during our prayer and liturgy time. We have STOP and pray theme - S is for sorry, T is for thanksgiving, O is for others and P is for peace. They choose the ribbon to match their prayer and add it to our wall whilst having reflection time with God.

The 'Birdman' came to visit

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On Monday 9th September, the 'Birdman' came to visit the school to show us some his birds of prey. KS2 had an assembly where he shard information about the birds and their job as a predator. The birds flew around the hall and returned when called. Some children even took the opportunity to have their picture taken with one of the birds. This was a great visit and even more important with each class being named after birds of prey this year.

Nelson Mandela - Art Project

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To begin our year together, Osprey Class discussed the qualities we will show this year so we can be a team and everyone can be happy. One of the qualities we discuss was acceptance. Accepting each other for who they are, accepting responsibility for our own learning and accepting our gifts from God and use them to help others. Nelson Mandela was all about acceptance - he fought to be accepted and to be treated as an equal along with his fellow black community. We looked at the artist Chuck Close and how he created large pieces of artwork using different colours, we did this to create the face of the iconic Nelson Mandela.

Our Classroom

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Osprey Classroom, ready to the children in Year 4/5 back to school and for the start of the new year. It is going to be a great one! 
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