Year 3 have been working very hard on their special animal clocks such as Monkeys, Penguins, Owls and Dolphins. Some were outstanding. This is how your child made a beautiful first touch to their clock. Then they got another piece of coloured card and made another lovely part of their clock. Slowly and carefully, they glued their parts together and started to make a new masterpiece.
Once they glued everything together, they got a mechanism and a battery which made their clocks work.
I am sure you will agree with us when we say they look super!
written by Maya and Callum
As part of their Design Technology topic, Year 4 made wind-up cars. The children were given a design brief, which asked them to design and make a toy car that had a wind-up mechanism and could travel at least 1 metre in distance. Although the distance was a little ambitious, all children managed to include a wind-up mechanism and they worked in their teams to measure, saw and glue their wood to make their frames. Well done Year 4!
Our Teachers and Personalised Leaders enjoyed their training with Frank Driessen learning about how to ensure our Design and Technology curriculum is purposeful and one which enables the children to learn new skills. Frank demonstrated how focusing on specific skills to practice on prototype models first enables the children to learn from their mistakes and finish by making much improved finished models.
In year 3 we have been learning about the different food groups in science, in design technology we are designing healthy pizzas and in literacy we are writing instructions.
Our school trip
When we got to school we did the register and sorted which minibuses we went on. Then the buses set off to Pizza Express. Then we washed our hands and started to make our Margarita pizza. The ingredients are:
- black peppers
The chef showed us how to stretch out the dough using flour and then place it in baking tin. We then spread on the passata and sprinkled on the cheese. We added flavour to our pizza by using oregano and black pepper.
While we washed are hands again the chef cooked our pizzas. Once they were finished we went back to school and ate our pizzas.
Report written by Callum, Leon and Logan
This half term, lower key stage 2 have been learning all about rainforests as part of our IPC topic. The children have carried out various art and design technology projects which are available to view in the Victor Kitamirike Gallery. As part of our topic, the children also carried out independent research, looking at the location of rainforests, indigenous people and deforestation.
We have come to realise that deforestation is a major problem and we now recognise its effects on trees, plants, animals and our eco system as well as the lives of the people who live there. The Rainforest Alliance is an organisation which believes the best way to keep forests standing is to ensure that they make profitable businesses and communities to do so. That means helping farmers, forest managers and tourism businesses.
Therefore we organised a Rainforest Café and Gallery to raise funds to help those who live in rainforests all around the world to overcome poverty through the sustainable management and use of their natural resources. Our aim was to help people to be able to harvest fish, timber, honey, fruits, medicines and plants from their beautiful surroundings while being careful to protect the forest. The event was incredibly successful and we managed to raise £224 through the sale of buns, biscuits, truffles, smoothies and CDs.
Year 3 and 4 would like to say a huge thank you to all the parents and relatives who attended the event and made it such a big success.