Category Archives: Science

Week Beginning 20th June

During Computing the children have been using the website ‘Purple Mash’ to collect data and add it onto a pictograph. They have been working in pairs to find out what weather their classmates like best. The children also had the opportunity to find out what pirate object they liked best. We found out that we all love treasure!!!

What a great day we have had for our sports day! We were very lucky with the weather – the children really enjoyed competing in all categories. Well done Puffins for taking part.

During English we have been looking at some famous pirates. The children have been researching Blackbeard, Anne Bonny, Black Bart and William Kidd. We found out some really interesting facts! The children have then written a short biography. Check out our work below!

Puffins have been learning about time, we have been looking at ‘half past’ and ‘o’clock’. The children have completed lots of practical working in pairs to make a time on their clocks they have also been drawing the hands on a clock face.

In science the children have been learning all about plants and what they need in order to grow. The children got to complete an experiment, planting cress seeds. One of their plants got everything it needs to grow successfully and the other would be missing a key factor; either no soil, no water or no light. After a week, we looked back at our seeds to see what differences we could see. Our results were amazing! We found that the seeds with everything they needed grew green and bushy, the seeds with no light grew tall but were yellow. The seeds with no soil grew slightly but died shortly after and the seeds with no water didn’t grow at all. After we discussed our results we placed all of the plants out into the sun and after a few days the yellow cress turned green!

Puffins have also been learning the differences between evergreen and deciduous. We watched a clip with ‘Ranger Hannah’ – she goes exploring through her own garden to show us the different types of trees she can find. After we talked about the different trees we have in our forest and surrounding areas the children then completed a worksheet, finishing sentences to show their understanding.

During R.E this week we have been looking at the story ‘The Lost Sheep’ – a children’s Bible story about a shepherd who lost a sheep. This story can help children understand God’s great love for all people, including those who may not appear to be religious. God loves all people regardless of what they do. After the story and lots of discussion the children got to make a sheep to take home.

The children have loved their Dance session. This week we had Coach Sophie and she taught us a Chinese themed dance.

Check out our video and see our great dance moves!!

 

 

Week Beginning 13th June 2022

In Puffins we have been learning all about fractions. The children have been halving shapes and sharing quantities into two equal parts and discussing and using the term ‘half of’. We have also been looking at quarters. The children loved cutting up their favourite treats in quarters and sharing them equally.

In our English lessons, the children have been looking at the story ‘A new home for a Pirate’. We have been very busy putting the story into order and created our own story maps. We then used them to write our own version of the story.

Puffins have also been looking at poems and then spotting rhyming words throughout the text. The children then got to go on a rhyming word hunt around the classroom. We’ve had lots of fun naming different pirate characters and then using them to create a rhyming string. For example “Captain Waggle-Jack liked to eat a snack”.

During our history lesson this week the children wrote a ‘message in a bottle’ from themselves as Pirates.

Puffins have been introduced to their new science topic ‘An introduction to plants’. The children have already planted a sunflower seed so we discussed that process and then they labelled a diagram. We also took a little trip down to our forest to look at plants and trees. The children had a go at drawing some plants and adding labels.

During empathy day the children listened to a story about a little boy with one leg. We talked about how he was feeling throughout the story and what kind of things the children in the story could of done to show empathy. After we discussed with our talk  partners what  we thought empathy was and how we show it everyday at school.

Puffins loved their special dance lesson today taught by a visitor. We began by stretching and playing some games. The teacher then demonstrated some dance moves for us to copy which where then put together. The children enjoyed performing their ‘African dance’. Check out the video to see us in action!





 

In PSHE we focused on our emotions; particularly jealousy and pride. We watched a little clip on jealousy and then discussed with our talk partners moments when we felt these feelings. Here are a few comments about what makes us feel jealousy or pride:

Summer – “When I go to my friends house and see their toys that I like.”

Laken – “When my cousin gets sweets and I don’t.”

Lorise – “When we don’t win a football game.”

Alanna – “I feel jealous when it’s my sisters birthday.”

Archie – “I feel jealous when my brother goes to the cinema and I don’t.”

Ava – “I feel proud when I make things.”

Kaiden – “I feel proud of myself when I do something good in art club.”

Kane – “I feel proud when I get a gold card.”

Elena – “I feel proud when I help around the house and do things to help.”

Well done Puffins!

This summer term for our Design and Technology project we are cooking! To introduce this topic we had a message from a pirate telling us that his crewmates keep getting sick because they won’t eat their vegetables. He asked for our help to sneak fruit or vegetables into their tummies. Puffins came up with some great ideas such as fruit cake or different flavoured pies. We settled on ‘carrot cake’. The children then researched the existing product by tasting some yummy carrot cakes and looking on the IBW at recipes. The children wrote up the ingredients that they would need and what they could add to it to make it healthier. We looked at the method and what tools we would need to make our cakes. We then got to try a variety of carrot cakes and discussed whether we liked the taste or not.

 

Week Beginning 23rd May 2022

This week in maths we have been continuing our learning about division. Puffins have completed lots of practical which they have loved as they got to have a little nibble of the resources we used. We learnt to share into equal groups using Cheerios and Rice Krispie Shapes.

This week in PSHE Puffins have been looking at ways to recognise the signs of “love and care”. We briefly looked at the story ‘Guess how much I Love You’. After we discussed with our talk partner our ideas. We then filled in heart shaped sugar paper with people we love and people we feel love and care from.

Puffins have enjoyed ERIC outdoors this week. They have built their own shelters and then used them during their ERIC sessions.

Ahoy there me hearties!!! Puffins have been super creative this week and used a range of resources such as water colour paints, crayons and felt tips to make their very own pirate maps. The children have done a GRRRRREAT job.

This week in computing the children have had a go at leaving their own comments on our class blog. The children worked in pairs to have a look through the blogs picking out the pictures they wanted to comment on. Check out the blog to see what they wrote.

Puffins have loved Science this week. We have been learning all about magnets and how they attract certain materials. The children got to experiment with some different classroom objects to identify which items are magnetic and which items are non-magnetic. We got to see how many paperclips a magnet could lift and we learnt about the magnetic force.

The children have thoroughly enjoyed their final day of the half term. They had the opportunity to create their own jubilee crowns ready for the disco or colour some Queen’s Platinum Jubilee pictures! The have also made a super den and played some carpet games.

Week Beginning 9th May 2022

Puffins have really enjoyed their ERIC sessions this week. We have popped up a couple of tents and created a few with some bedsheets… the children thought it was great!

In science we have been looking at a range of materials this week and from our last experiment and our results we have built our very own pirate boats! We then tested to see if they would be water proof and be able to float.

In English this week Puffins have listened to the story ‘The magic porridge pot’. The children have sequenced the story looking at each key part ‘opening, build up, problem and solution’. They have then written sentences to go alongside each stage using their knowledge of adjectives and conjunctions.

In maths this week we have been learning all about ‘Arrays’. What’s an array, I hear you ask? Well, an array is a arrangement of objects which can be counted easily. We used counters in rows and columns. This method helps the children understand multiplication. We have been learning our 2s, 5s and 10s.

We have been learning all about Ramadan this week in R.E; the holiest month for Muslims.

We listened to a song called ‘Ramadan moon’ and discussed that during the month of Ramadan, Muslims won’t eat or drink during the hours of daylight. This called fasting. The children then got to create a Ramadan Moon decoration which are hung in the classroom. We think they are fantastic!! Well done Puffins!

The children have definitely deserved their golden time this week and as an extra treat we gave them giant bubble wands!!

In art, the children got to finish off their fabulous pirate pictures this week, adding hair, pirate scars and creating a stripy background.

Week Beginning 2nd May 2022

Welcome back! Our first week back has been a very busy one.

In Maths the children have enjoyed consolidating their 2’s, 5’s and 10’s times tables. They got the opportunity to practice using lots of fun resources such as paint, shaving foam, chalk and the IWB. The children also had a race against their table partners to see who could write the times tables the most in 60 seconds.

In science puffins have enjoyed taking part in an experiment to find out which materials are absorbent and  which are not. They were each given a different piece of material which they where instructed to dip into a box of water. They then had to complete a worksheet and suggest what material would be best to make a pirate hat.

In computing this week the children have been looking at the life cycle of a plant. They then worked in pairs to paint the cycle on ‘Purple Mash’.

Ahoy there ship mates!!! This week we have loved learning all about our new topic ‘Pirates!’ The children have enjoyed playing in our new role play pirate ship where they have been giving the chance to dress up and become a pirate. We have been learning all about the famous pirates ‘Blackbeard’ and ‘Ann Bonny’. We have also been looking at some fun facts about pirates. The children have also painted themselves as a pirate.

During R.E we have been thinking about ‘remembering’. The children made some gold doubloons to remember their birthdays.

The children have been planting sunflower seeds this week. We discussed before what tools and method we would use.

Week Beginning 28th March

This week in English the children got to imagine they were the character ‘Handa’ from ‘Handa’s Surprise’. We went outside to recount Handa’s journey, role playing each part as it was told.

After, the children completed an activity sheet, discussing each event in the correct order and picture planning it. Later in the week the children got to write a recount.

Puffins have enjoyed listening to the Story ‘The sweetest song’ from The story Tree.

This week in R.E we have been discussing what makes a good friend. We took it in turns to describe a good friend and a bad friend. We looked at different scenarios where we had to decide what a good and a bad friend would do. We then watched the film ‘Being loyal and steadfast’ which is a short clip based on the Easter Story. It features Mary and Peter. Mary visits the cave after the crucifixion to find Jesus’ body gone. Peter sees the empty shroud and both believe that Jesus is alive. Their emotions are explored around the empty cave as they come to terms with the resurrection.  We briefly told the story of Peter denying Jesus. We discussed with our talk partners what we thought Peter should have done.

In maths Puffins have been learning how to counts in 2s, 5s and 10s! We had lots of fun playing a variety of IWB games and doing paired work at our tables. We have also looked at  length and height. We have completed lots of practical activities this week using rulers, measuring tapes and metre sticks.

In Geography  Puffins have been exploring and comparing the weather in the UK and Africa. The children watched ‘Go Jetters – series 1:4. The Sahara Desert’. We discussed the weather and the seasons in the UK and asked our talk partners what we thought the weather was like in Africa. We then looked at pictures to compare this.

This week in Art we have been looking at African masks! We watched BBC Two – Bitesize Primary, Art and Design 1, African Art, African masks and we discussed what colours, shapes and textures we could see. We were given the challenge to create our own design. We modelled using colouring pencils, reminding the children to slant the pencil grip and to choose appropriate colours encouraged them to use light and dark shades by changing how hard they press down with their pencil.

This week in Science we have Introduced the children to objects that are transparent, translucent and opaque. We discussed each one reminding the children of the meaning of each word. Mrs. MC modelled filling in the investigation sheet to introduce the children to the idea of fair testing. The children were then sent off to take it in turns with the torch to work in pairs to investigate objects that are transparent, translucent and opaque. They then had their own investigation sheet to fill out.

The children loved our trip on Wednesday the 30th. We were all very excited to go to the Botanical Gardens! The children were all very well behaved and enjoyed the days activities. Check out the photos to see what we got up to. Kaiden  said “ I loved everything apart from the fish, they were scary!”  Aria said “ It was so good!! I liked it when we were allowed to play on the hill!”

Another Busy Week!

Puffins have enjoyed using technology to represent their own ideas in Computing this week. They have been taking photographs of toys from the past and of their friends.

Puffins have also been learning how to use the keyboard during Computing. We introduced the children to the different keys on a keyboard then accessed purple mash ‘to write’ to practice entering text specifically describing words for different types of toys.

The children have loved PE this week, taking part in a variety of gross motor skill activities.

In maths, Puffins have been looking at 3D shapes and their properties. They had the challenge of sorting the shapes into different categories. We also recapped our knowledge of 2D shapes. Puffins then had the opportunity to look around the classroom for different shapes.

The children have also been learning to identify tens and ones within numbers to 20, representing numbers using counting sticks and dienes.

During R.E Puffins were introduced to the Islamic story of Quaswa to explore the ideas of fairness and wisdom. The children also had a look at a traditional Mosque and how that is different from a Christian church.

 In English the children have been very busy story mapping “Where the Wild Things Are” and using adjectives to describe the setting , including the conjunction ‘and’. Puffins then got to come up with their own setting and have been writing extended sentences and phrases with adjectives to describe their setting.

Puffins have enjoyed listening to two stories during PSHE “The great big book of families” by Mary Hoffman and “The family book” by Todd Parr. After reading both books we discussed with our talk partners how our families might be different. We then brainstormed the children’s ideas on a flipchart which will be displayed in our classroom.

A Busy Week!

This week puffins have been introduced to the story “Where The Wild Things Are”.

They have come up with some actions to go with the story and have acted it out as a class using them.

The children have also been using adjectives to describe and label a character from the story of their choosing they have then used the adjectives in simple sentences.

Puffins have loved ERIC this week, we visited the library and also had “Flashlight Friday!” The children have been looking at Non-Fiction books particularly books about toys from the past.

This week in History Puffins have been exploring toys from the past. The children got to handle/play with the toys and were encouraged to write down any questions on a post it note.

During R.E this week the children have been discussing ‘Being Fair and Just’. We first watched a video showing different ways of life in other countries pausing to discuss different opinions on what is fair and unfair for children in deprived areas. The children then brainstormed practical issues that they may encounter on a daily basis.

This week in Science Puffins have been learning all about clouds and rainfall.

The children have enjoyed their golden time this week! They had the opportunity to build with Lego, draw/colour, go on the iPads, complete a puzzle, play teachers and use the train track.

Welcome back Puffins!

This week we have welcomed our new teacher; Mrs Lewis!! The children have enjoyed getting to know her.

In maths, Puffins have been looking at first, then and now stories; working out how many objects would be left when an amount was removed. They have also been practising their addition skills.

In science we have been looking at seasonal changes. We have introduced 8 new key words and their meaning. The children were then set a task to recognise different types of weather and match them accordingly.

Puffins have been working hard in English writing simple sentences to go alongside a picture of their choosing. We recapped what we need in a simple sentence and reminded them of our “think, practice, write, check” method.

Anti-Bullying Week

This week was a special week in school – anti-bullying week. The theme was one kind word. Puffins in a circle time, sharing acts of kindness that they have either received or done themselves. We then brainstormed acts and words of kindness which are displayed around the room.

In our online safety lesson the children learnt all about how to stay safe when using the internet. They learnt facts and have created their own online safety posters following the lesson.

Puffins found this week’s science lesson very interesting. We looked at the human body, different parts and how they work. The children were very keen to learn more about the bodily functions. They particularly took an interest in the ‘Hymn’ statue by Damien Hirst. Children then took part in a science experiment to see who could jump the furthest and whether leg length contributed to this.