Monday, 24 September 2018

Rounding!

Year 4 have been busy mastering the art of rounding to the nearest 10, 100, 1000 using number lines to identify the closest 10, 100 or 1000. In the words of one child in the context of what to do if a number is exactly half way between two numbers, “If you were halfway to your nan’s house, why would you ever go back?”


Saturday, 22 September 2018

Hungry, homeless and helpless


Year 4 were fully immersed within the sights and sounds of  London on a cold, damp evening as they interviewed ‘Jack’, a homeless teenager to understand how he had become homeless and how he felt living on the streets in this way. This experience led to the children writing well informed narrative openings (cold tasks) full of empathy and reflection. We will build on this experience over the unit, exploring characterisation and setting as the children create their own characters and bring them to life.




Could you navigate round London?

Year 4 have been putting their map skills into action by ‘using’ the Underground to navigate round London.  Locating stations and underground lines using grid references and keys seemed fairly easy...but finding new routes when lines or stations were closed was much trickier! We reflected that the London Underground made London a great place to live because it enables you to travel quickly to anywhere in London. However, some of us recognised that this was only true if all lines and stations remained open. We are sure that commuters and Londoners alike would agree!!!


Friday, 21 September 2018

Year 3 Volcanic Poetry and Fabulous Forces

This week the children have been writing their own volcanic spine poems. Having developed a range of rich vocabulary as a year group we were able to use this to play around with our word order and line order. The children have been challenged to use alliteration, similes and metaphors. We are very impressed with their creative ideas. 



In science this week we have been investigating how different fabrics affect the distance a car travels down a ramp. We found that felt created the most friction therefore caused the car to travel the smallest distance, where as wood and plastic allowed the car to travel the furthest. 

Jeans for Genes in Warhol


Today in Warhol class we used our knowledge about healthy eating to design a menu for Max. We found out that Max has Hypohidrotic Ectodermal Dyslplasia and that part of this condition means that he doesn't have any teeth. We thought about how we could make sure Max had a balanced diet but adapt the food he eats to make sure he can digest it without having to bite. The children were incredibly caring and communicated well with their peers to create a menu for Max.

Thursday, 20 September 2018

We're going on a shape hunt!

This week in Reception the children have been searching for shapes in the environment. We managed to find circles, squares, triangles and rectangles. Some children even noticed oval signs on the shed and that our tables were hexagonal! 



What shapes can you see in your environments at home?


Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Can we find a home for Spiky?

Miro Class want to help our friend Spiky the hedgehog who is lost! We decided to help him find his home in the forest. When we got to the forest we learned lots of vocabulary to use there.

We learned...
- the difference between a branch and a twig
- what 'vegetation' means
- where to find minibeasts (there were lots under the logs!)




When we were back in class we decided to make maps to help Spiky the hedgehog find his home in the forest. We thought very carefully about how to design our map and labelled the features using the vocabulary we learned.





Monday, 17 September 2018

Nursey's first week!

This week Windhill21 welcomed 28 new nursery children into the school.  They had a brilliant first week and have already started to make new friends and find their feet within the new environment. The staff have been delighted to see the children really be challenged by the newly installed climbing frame and use the new track and garden cafĂ© too!  Well done Nursery!

 
 

Year 5 Newsletter



It has been an exciting return to year 5 and a visitor set us on the path to investigate whether the Aztecs were violent savages. The Aztec god of son and war Huitzilopochtli (With an appearance not too dissimilar to that of Mr Seales) appeared before us and told the ancient tale of the how the Aztecs rose from wandering vagrants to fierce conquerors. He warned the battles were not over and there were troubled times ahead! He told us that if we were strong in will, we must seek, find and rule the land of Mexico and never yield until it’s done. We then retold his story through drama and freeze frames. We are looking forward to learning more about these grim warriors.







Our topic in science is based around everyday materials. This week we focused on different types of solids used in our school building. We carried out an audit of the school and identified where materials are used effectively and where we could possibly improve them.


In maths, we have been exploring large numbers and the values within these.





Friday, 14 September 2018

Year 4 Newsletter

It’s hard to believe that we’ve only been in at school for 10 days because we have packed so much in!
We have been building circuits in science and learning about different power sources for electrical items.  In topic, we have been on a virtual tour of London and have navigated our way round London with ordnance survey maps using grid references and keys.  This week. we were privileged to have a visit from Tony Miller from the Whitechapel mission who got us thinking about less fortunate than ourselves and also challenged us to raise money to support homeless people in London.  Finally, the start of the school year would not have been complete without studying our class artists.  I'm sure you will agree that they would be proud of our efforts!







- poetry
- science
- topic launches


Year 3 Storm into Autumn Term

 We’ve had an exciting start to year three with our natural disasters topic!   ‘Which disaster is the most disastrous?’ is our big topic question for the term and we started by sorting events into ‘disaster or not a disaster’and then discussing if these events happened naturally or not.  In English, we have been learning and performing poetry on volcanoes, tornados and earthquakes.  The children gave each other feedback to help each group improve their performance.  This will lead us into writing our own poems based on volcanoes.
3 digit numbers have been on the menu in maths and we have been impressed with how the children have been so open minded about tackling these new challenges! We’ve also been incredibly creative with our art work on Ken Done and Marion Towns and have really enjoyed learning about their artistic styles. And to top it all off we have been learning netball footwork skills in PE!


Year 6 - Cliff and Lichtenstein



What a fabulous start to Year 6.  The children have entered the year with a fantastic attitude and a will to achieve. They have produced some high quality art work based on our class artists, Clarice Cliff and Roy Lichtenstein.  Can you recognise these portraits?  We have also made an energetic start to our science unit on the Human Body by recreating the circulatory system on the playground. Ask your children about the function of the heart and lungs and oxygenated and deoxygenated blood!
In Year 1 we have begun our new science topic 'Plant Detectives'.  This week the children thought about the question 'What is a plant?'  They drew a flowering plant from memory and discussed the features they included in their plants, addressing any misconceptions such as 'rainbow' flowers.  Next, they used their 'scientific eyes' and looked carefully at real flowering plants, noting the size, shape, colour, structure and leaf detail while completing their observational drawings.  The children also labelled their drawings to show the parts of a plant.

We also had great fun with, what was at times, a cacophonous music session! We played the game 'Name the instrument', listening to the sounds instruments make.  After that we played follow the leader where a child tapped/banged/scraped/jangled a beat using the percussion instruments and their partner had to repeat the correct pattern.  It was a noisy and joyous afternoon!








Year 2 Class Artists

Warhol and Kusama have been settling into year 2 brilliantly! The children have been very busy writing poems, doubling numbers, learning how to keep our bodies healthy as well as fact finding about the Great Fire of London.

We started off the year by looking at our class artist and created some pieces based on their artwork.
Here are some of our pieces.


Rousseau science

This morning Rousseau Class have been scientists! We built our own electrical circuits which made the bulbs light up! 

We then looked at the conductors of electricity in our classroom, including our show and tell items! We were amazed to find that a pencil conducted electricity!