Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Year 2 become Sauel Pepys



Year 2 dressed up as Samuel Pepys today!
It was such fun wearing a wig too !

Pepys wrote a diary and that is how we found out about the fire of London.  He wrote it in code so that people couldn't read it.
Look at the special quill pen that he used.


He wrote by candle light which was very bad for his eyes!
If yo want to watch the magic Grandad film click here.

Fire fire


Year 2 have been exploring mixing colours in art.
They used red and yellow to make orange in a variety of ways.

 They used oil pastels to make flame shapes.
 Dip dying a tissue was a great way of watching red and yellow dye bleed into each other to create orange.

The flames will be added to the class display of The Fire of London. 


Reception Update

The children have been settling in really well since their first day in Reception. Learning the rules and routines of the setting has really helped them to become more independent and confident in their environment! 

The children have even taken 'tidy up time'
to a new extreme!

As part of their learning at this stage of the year, the children have been working hard to read and write their names. It is really helpful if the children's jumpers and cardigans are named, not only for them to recognise their own possessions, but also to ensure that clothing does not go missing. We already have a number of jumpers / cardigans left in school with no names! 

We would greatly appreciate you naming all items of your children's clothing, particularly jumpers and cardigans, as the children are responsible for putting them on their pegs if they take them off during the day.

Many thanks for your support with this!

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

London, 1666

Today we kicked off our new topic by visiting London in the Immersion Room! We remembered lots of facts about cities from our work in Year 1 and looked at what it's like to live in London today. Then we travelled back in time to 1666! When we arrived, we met a girl called Cybil who told us all about living in London in 1666. We learned about how the houses were built and what the living conditions were like, including the lack of toilets and sanitation!





Kusama get to know Kusama!

During our first week back at school we learned all about our class artist, Yayoi Kusama. We looked at her photographs, paintings, sculptures and installations and were inspired by her obsession with all things dotty! We created our own dotty paper which we then cut out to create portraits. We also wrote facts about Kusama and her life.


 

Our first full day in Reception!

Today, the children came into school with a very grown up task ahead of them... it was their very first full day in Reception! They started the day with some name writing and choosing time, followed by learning another new phoneme (today we learnt the sound 'a'). 

After that, the children eagerly made their way to the lunch hall, having been talking about it all morning! They did so well with lunch time, remembering their manners for the cooks and even remembering to use their cutlery when eating.

After eating, the children had a little play outside before the afternoon began. With a story, painting and some more choosing time, the children were kept busy right the way through until the end of the school day.

The children are doing really well remembering the rules and routines in school, and the teachers are very impressed! 

Monday, 22 July 2019

Thank you from Cassatt!

Dear Parents and Carers of Cassatt class

Thank you all so much for your generosity, kindness and of course all your support throughout the year. It has been a pleasure to work with you all. Have a wonderful summer break!

Best wishes

Miss Lawrence
Mrs Cantel and Mrs Williams




Friday, 19 July 2019

Year 5 Aspirations: Game Makers

In year 5, we have been designing and creating our own computer arcade games. We used our creativity to develop a story set over several levels. Each one was harder than the previous. We then designed the promotional cover for the game. App games are incredibly popular now and we aspired to create one that could compete with those already on the market.

Throughout the process we used imagination, collaboration and clear targets to create our game.




Thursday, 18 July 2019

Aspirations Week - Hairdressers!

On Wednesday, Year 1 was transformed into a hairdressing salon as part of Aspirations Week. We watched videos to help us learn how to style hair in different ways and then partnered up! We took it in turns to style each others' hair using clips, bands and hair gel. It was so much fun!














Igniting Aspirations: Artist!

Reception have been so lucky to have lots of visitors this week for Aspirations week! This afternoon, we heard all about being an Artist from Logan's mummy, Emma.


  Emma spoke a little bit about her favourite kind of art, which was painting with oils. We had a look at some of her completed pictures, some of which took her 40 hours or more to finish! 

The pieces of art were so realistic that they looked like they were photographs!
The children couldn't wait to practise their artistic skills during choosing time.

We had to remember that it was okay to make mistakes because they help our brains to grow!


Igniting Aspirations: Butcher!

Today, Reception had a visit from Ethan's dad, who works as a butcher!


Mr Hornsby spoke a little bit about why we have butchers and how we end up with food in our shops.

We learnt all about the role, including the uniform that needs to be worn, 
the tools that are needed and even how burgers and sausages are made! 


Later, the children set up a food shop using playdough produce and tools, charging customers for their tea time sausages, burgers and meatballs!

Budding authors, editors and publishers

As part of igniting aspirations week, Year 4 wrote, edited and published a Vikingology book. This week, we even had the opportunity to do an author reading and book signing at Waterstones in town. This was a fabulous experience and the children wer3 fantastic ambassadors for Windhill. Well done Year 4.

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Reception Escape Room!

Today, Reception took part in Mrs Pyne's Escape Room challenge! The children had to be problem solvers and solve lots of different puzzles to escape the room.

We had to piece together puzzles of teen numbers, build towers using the language of 'more', make tricky repeating patterns, put numbers back in the right order on Mrs Pyne's calendar and we even has to guess the names of shapes from specific clues!



The children really enjoyed themselves!

Oliver: "I liked the one where you had to fix the numbers because I like fixing problems!"

Mary: "I enjoyed it when we had to guess the shape, because I could ask lots of questions"

Ethan: "I liked putting the patterns in the right order because I solved the problems"

Ava: "I liked the puzzles because I could put together the tricky numbers!"

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Igniting Aspirations: Crop Scientist!

Today in Reception, we learnt about being a crop scientist! Mary's mum came in to talk to us about her job as a crop scientist and what it involves.


The children learnt all about what plants need to grow, and what might stop a crop like wheat from growing well. Sometimes plants don't grow very well and it's up to people like Mary's mum to act as problem solvers and experiment with different ways to grow crops.

Did you know, in a wheat field the size of our classroom, there would be enough wheat to make flour for 103 loaves of bread? That's why it is so important for crop scientists to find out what makes crops healthy... so farmers can produce more food!

The children listened very carefully and demonstrated some excellent estimation skills!

Inspiring Aspirations: Video Game Artist!

Today Reception was really lucky to have a special visitor!


Mr Neal visited us to talk to us about his job:

Video Game Artist!


Mr Neal told us about the different jobs that go into making a video game:

Director
Artist
Producer
Tester

He showed us a video of the game he helped to make:


The children asked some brilliant questions like:

"How many games have you made?"

"What sort of games do you make?"

"Do you play the racing games against the computer or against other people?"



Monday, 15 July 2019

Year 5 Newsletter

We have been preparing for our graffiti exhibition. We have written discussions about whether graffiti is art or crime. We have included our own personal pieces of graffiti, sprayed furniture and rehearsed our presentations.