As part of their English and art lessons, Class 6 have been listening to the story ‘The Adventures of Egg Box Dragon’, written by Richard Adams. The children enjoyed listening to how the character, Emma, made her own dragon out of an egg box and then acknowledging the importance of writing a clear set of instructions for others to follow. The children had a great time planning and then selecting a variety of materials to make an Egg Box Dragon of their own.
Class 1 had an amazing time at the standing stones stables.
James and Buddy the horses were very gentle and patient with the children. Firstly they enjoyed being brushed and groomed by the children. We learnt all about how to care for them and how to keep them healthy and happy.
I saw a horse inside the stable that was as big as this room. Daisy wanted to find the fairy king and the fairy village in the woods. We built a village for the fairy king out of sticks – George
Next the horses were transformed into magical unicorns with bows, glitter, coloured ribbons and even a unicorn horn.
I liked it when I rided on the horse. He was called James he was brown – Sorrel
So I was eating lunch and I eated it then I rided on a horse. I went on the horses back and he skipped. I collected sticks in the woods – Daisy
Then for the most exciting part, the pony rides. All the children in the class were brave enough to have a ride and loved this wonderful experience.
There was even time for a lovely walk in the woods for a spot of exploring, investigating and den building.
I rided a horse, it was fun. It feeled like I had a fun day – Poppy
Class one would like to thank Natalie, Debbie, Amy and Sarah for their time, patience and care. They really gave the children the most wonderful experience and a trip to remember.
Year 5 were treated to a week of organic art and mixed media Art with Tracey, an artist from St Ives.
With the amazon being a pivotal part of the Earth’s ecosystem, Year 5 are currently following artist John Dyer as he broadcasts live his travels across the Amazon. His project, ‘Last chance to Paint’ , aims to connect students to the environment and create a global art gallery which highlights what we stand to lose.
In this art session, the students used blackberries, which had been freshly picked by Mr Pollard and Mr Wise, to mimic the Yawanawa tribe’s version of organic art. Using modelling tools, the students created sketches of wildlife in nature, with the results surprisingly pleasant to the eye.
The variety between each piece of work was quite staggering, considering the only ingredients used were blackberries. Mr Wise, Class 12 teacher
Later on in the week, Year 5 were once again treated to another Art session, this time from local artist Tracey from St Ives. Tracey brought in a lot of different materials for the children to use in order to create mixed media art. Using a variety of materials, such as masking tape, coloured paper and doilies, the children were instructed to build up a surface formed from different layers.
I really liked using different colour paper to layer my work and make different objects stand out. Oliver, Class 11
Through lots of experimentation and creativity, both classes then drew different nautical scenes from the surrounding area, with St Ives harbour being a common landscape for the children to draw.
The students used different grading of pencil to add different tones to their work, as well as graphite, pens, pastels and finally paint.
My favourite part was mixing the paints to create the colour I wanted for my drawing! Lydia, Class 12
The final results speak for themselves! The children took great pleasure showing off their art work and it was interesting to see the degree of variety between every piece of art work.
A fantastic effort, check out the results in the gallery below!
Year 3s have started using LEGO WeDo 2.0 robotics sets for the first time this week! After much excitement and anticipation, Class 8 have been building race cars for their first project. From building with LEGO bricks to writing the code on screen, the children have demonstrated fantastic teamwork and perseverance to overcome obstacles, locate missing pieces and connect the robots to their iMacs.
The key to success here was good teamwork and cooperation, something which Class 8 realised from the start. Working in pairs they set about co-ordinating their approach so one had the instructions on screen whilst the other built the model, often switching roles as the process went on.
In forty minutes we all had race cars built, but then it was time for the biggest challenge of all – getting the cars connected to the computers and moving by themselves!
Of course we had to have a race to finish the lesson, check out the breathtakingly fast action on the video below…
Before being beaten by the weather, Class 6 had a great time exploring in the sand, rocks and sea. The children were so excited to find a crab and with a little bit of help from Hazel, managed to find its way back to the sea.
The children enjoyed walking across the causeway and heading up the steep path towards the castle. After visiting the inside of the castle the weather deteriorated very quickly and sadly the children had to make a very quick return to the mini buses. All of the children from Class 6 demonstrated great stamina and perseverance against heavy rain, hail showers and a biting cold wind. As their Class Teacher, I am extremely proud of all of them!
Related to our science topic this term of space, both year 5 classes have created experiments using balloon power!
Initially, the plan was to investigate whether a balloon with a larger straw (exhaust) attached to it would travel further than one with a smaller straw, though in the end a completely different result was proven, as Lola will now explain:
The string we used in the first place was wool so it was fragile and had too much friction, but when we used a different kind of string that Mr Wise gave us it worked perfectly well and traveled over a metre each time, as it had less friction.
Thank you Lola! Sometimes we enter science experiments expecting one thing and we then unexpectedly out something else entirely!
This week we’ve started using the fantastic Scratch 3.0 software to build some pretty interesting programs. Starting with a basic idea of animating our names, we developed ideas and explored options to take our projects in different directions.
Within an hour we’d got 28 completely different projects including games, animations, musical performances and some very unusual pieces of abstract art! Everyone in class pushed themselves to try something new and to experiment, without fear of making a mistake. And when mistakes were made we celebrated them, because with Scratch a mistake is just the first step towards understanding how to make something work!
Well done Class 14, you’ve worked incredibly hard here. Take a look below to see what some of the pupils made and what they thought of their Scratch experiments…
“With my project you can press the numbers on the keyboard all the letters will start bouncing around the screen and change colour.You can change the background colour too by pressing the Space bar.Then if you press the up arrow the letters will all glide back to their normal place and be the right way up so you can see my name again” – Theo
“I have made mine in the line and put music on, then all of the letters spread up in different directions and then all go back together again to ask each other questions.I used code to create my own animations.” – Melissa
“I got my letters to spell my name and then I’ve put some code to make them flash all different colours like a rainbow at different times.And then I’ve got this block of code which asks you a question and you can type an answer to speak to the program” – Izzy
“I have used pieces of code block to create my animation of “E, T and H” and all have their own special parts which make them very funny in all sorts of different ways.I like Scratch because you can go out of your comfort zone but if you make a mistake it’s a perfect opportunity to learn on how to do it so you don’t make that mistake again.” – Ethan
Class 4 love Autumn. We celebrated Harvest time this week and were lucky enough to receive our own Harvest gift from Mrs Smart… lots of delicious cooking apples from her tree, so we decided to get cooking. After a class discussion, we decided on apple crumble – yum!
The children had great fun working together, weighing out the ingredients for the crumble mixture and chopping up the apples. Here is how you do it…
Step 1 – Weigh out 400g of plain flour.
First of all you have to put 5 big spoonfuls of flour in the bowl. (Rosie)
Me, Suki and Ava were taking turns getting the sugar. You have to weigh how many pounds it is and then put it in the bowl. (Emily)
I was cutting the butter with Reggie. We put it in the measuring box, then put it in the bowl. My favourite bit was squishing the butter. (Kensa)
I was putting my hands in the flour and squish it up. It was exciting and fun. That was my favourite bit! (Lily)
After mixing the dry ingredients and rubbing in the butter to make the crumble mixture, the children had to cut slices of apple and put them in the baking dish.
I was chopping the apples with Scarlett. We put flour in on top of the apples. (Erin)
Once the apples are chopped and placed in the baking dish, sprinkle the crumble mixture on generously, covering all of the apples. Place in the oven to cook for about 45 minutes or until the apple slices are cooked through. Leave to cool and … Ta-Dah, delicious apple crumble! Well done Class 4, great team work!