Times tables test - Thursday
- these will be written into the diaries on a Friday.
Spellings test - Friday
- these will be stuck into the diaries on a Friday and test scores written in on a Monday.
PE day - Tuesday
(but please have PE kits in all week just in case we change the day.)
Remember that Mathletics is a fantastic way to keep practising your maths skills!
Rember Reading Eggs is a great way to keep practising your reading skills!
Welcome back to school after a lovely Half Term when the weather treated us well. Year 3/4 are in for another fun packed half term so I hope they are eager to learn many new skills.
This term our Learning Journey question is....
What have the British people learnt from the Ancient Greeks?
We will be studying all areas of the Ancient Greeks from what food they ate to what they did in their past times and how their buildings were built. We will also be looking in depth at the myths and legends that have been told down the generations. Many of which the children will know already but don't ever realise the real meaning or where they actually came from. The Ancient Olympics were a huge part of this time in history and therefore we will be researching about the sports and how they differ from the Modern Olympics.
Welcome to the Summer Term!
I hope you are ready for another fantastic term full of exciting new things to learn.
Our new Learning Journey Question is...
Who first lived in Britain?
This is a History based topic looking at Prehistorical facts.
We will also be looking at Rocks and Soils.
There will be many books that we will look at...these being just a few of them;
Today we had our wow day for our next topic, the Stone Age, here we are hiding in caves drawing messages to each other!
We had a great time at Creswell Crags, here are a few photos to show you what we got up to!!
There is only a few photos but here we are investigating the density, durability and permeability of rocks...
Welcome back after the February half term. This term the children in 3 and 4 will be researching Coal mining, as part of their new Learning Journey for this term.
Our Learning Journey question is...
Where in the world are we?
In English we will be researching Coal Mining and writing a diary entry about ‘The day in the life of a Coal Miner’. In Science this term we will be looking at healthy eating and researching balanced diets and nutrition. The main focus of our Learning Journey is Geography. We will be carefully studying maps and plans of school and then Selston and finally the whole world. The children will get to find out about the equator and the Northern and Southern hemispheres.
Spring 2 Newsletter and Homework
The Year 3 children are starting swimming on the 28th February for 9 weeks...the children are very excited!!
During our Hockey lesson today, Emily took some brilliant photos that captured Swallow class enjoying their Hockey lesson with the PE specialist.
Today has been World Book Day, look at our amazing costumes!! Well done everyone!!
Today we had a lovely walk around Selston, we looked at the key areas of Coal Mining in Selston and we also looked at some of the general history of Selston.
We had great fun on Comic Relief day....
Today we have made Smoothies, Thank you so much for your contribution of fruit! We have had a great morning!!
Swallows did some brilliant creative homework, here they are, very proud of themselves!!
Welcome to the Spring term!
As usual Year 3 and 4 are going to be having a fun filled time!!
This Term's Learning Journey question is......
Can you create a Robot to help save the world?
Our Learning Journey will cover Science skills...
...we will also be writing lots of stories.
The book that we will be looking closely at will be 'The Iron man'.
On the first day back the children enjoyed a wonderful WOW day introducing them to magnets and how they can be used.
Swallow class have created some brilliant CRAZY ROBOTS to start off their Robot Topic!
In Science today, we investigated what force there are and what it means. We sorted the forces into pushes and pulls
Today some of the children made 3d models.
We investigated the force that we would need to make the car move on different surfaces. Eventually we decided that it would be easier to use a ramp to create the same force every time.
Wow, what a day!! Today we had ROBOT DAY!!! The children have loved making their robots to save the world! Here are some photos as promised.....
In English we have written adverts about our robots...
This term's Learning Journey question is....
How many shadows can one person have?
Our Learning Journey this term will be driven by Science and will cover ....
In other topics our Learning Journey will cover ....
Light in Religion
Our text type will be play scripts, in particular Rama and Sita....
Curry Day - As part of our Wow for our new topic Swallow class had a great day making Curry. The children watched the curry being made and were able to have a go at working out how much ingredients we needed and adding it into the huge pan. The children then wrote their own set of instructions to go with the recipe.
Today we investigated why we could not see an object within a box without any light. We soon realised that without any light an area would be dark. We then shone a torch through small holes in the box, we were then able to see the object.
These are our amazing Henna Patterns that we had on our hands!
Today we had our Shadow Puppet day!! We have worked all day to create our puppets and our theatre screens. Finally we were able to perform our shows to the rest of our class. Some of them need a little more work before we perform them to KS1!!
We had a fantastic time dressing up for 'Children in Need'.
Today we have been investigating how a shadow changes as the light source gets further away...
During break time we noticed that the sun was creating some amazing shadows, so we quickly got some chalk and drew around our partners!! We loved it!!
Swallow have yet again created some fantastic pieces of homework to support their Light Learning Journey...
This term's Learning Journey question is:
How did that Blossom turn into an apple?
The class novels that we will be reading are:
PLEASE TRY NOT TO WATCH THE FILM AS THIS WILL BE A TREAT FOR THE END OF THE TOPIC!!
We have had a lovely WOW morning creating collages out of Vegetables!!
We have been having some exciting Science lessons....today we planted cress seeds to see what they need to grow.
In English we have been forming our own opinions and giving reasons why we have that opinion.....Should the Once-ler cut down the trees or not??
A lovely Friday afternoon sketching flowers and plants, well done Swallows some lovely art work.
We discovered how water is transported in plants by putting them into food dye...
On 'No Pens Wednesday' we did lots of lovely activities without pens!! In English we did acting and in Maths we plotted co-ordinates for the Land of the Lorax.
To learn about the pollination of the flowering plant we needed to dissect a flower and look closely at all of the parts...
We have had great fun learning to play cricket this half term...
Last Tuesday we had a fantastic day at Conkers!! Here are some pictures...
On the last week of the half term we bought in the homework that we have all been working on ......
Swallow Class 2015 - 2016
To start the summer term we will be looking at:
The Changing Roles of the Monarchs
As it is such an important year for our Queen we will be looking at her lifetime and her reign in detail and understanding why we have a Monarch and why they are so important.
The Queen has had many birthday celebrations so we will be watching these and talking about them, we will write her a letter to congratulate her on her 90th birthday.
This term we will be learning all about Teeth and Digestion.
Our Learning Journey question is:
What happens to chocolate when we eat it?
We will be looking at the story from the Magic School Bus and creating comic strips.
We shall be investigating what happens to the food in our bodies.
We will be looking at our own teeth and also animal teeth to compare the difference.
Keeping our teeth healthy is very important so we will be creating persuasive adverts to promote good teeth hygiene.
We completed a model of the digestive system...it was very messy!!
We have done an investigation to find out what effects different liquids had on teeth (egg shell).
Here is Sienna's persuasive advert...
In this half term Swallow will be working on the learning challenge:
Why were the Romans so powerful and what did we learn from them?
Within this we will be completing various activities, using skills from several areas of the curriculum.
Curriculum Newsletter and Homework
Today we have had a fantastic WOW day to introduce the Roman topic.
World Book Day!
This year, as a school, we had a theme of 'Alice in Wonderland'
Everyone in Swallow class looked fantastic in their costumes, throughout the day we did lots of activities all based around the famous story. In English we watched a clip with the caterpillar and we wrote a description about him and then in maths we played card games. We also got time to share our favourite books that we had bought into school.
A big thank you to all the mothers (and grandmothers) that gave up their time to come into school this afternoon and spend time doing craft with the children. We all had a great, and messy, time and all have a lovely photo frame to go home with.
Unfortunately, Miss Hardstaff was so busy taking pictures to go into the frames that she forgot to take any pictures of the frames!! Sorry!!
Creating Life Size Romans!!
Our fantastic trip to Nottingham Castle!
Some fantastic Roman homework!!
Today was the Queen's Birthday so we celebrated by creating 90 Queen masks...
Welcome back after the Christmas Holidays! As ever we have an exciting term in front of us!
This term we will be studying -
This term's Learning challenge question is:
What was life like before electricity?
We have had a great WOW afternoon inspecting all of the the electrical components and trying to make the bulbs, motors and buzzers work. Unfortunately non of us were able to be successful to start with but with a little help from Miss Hardstaff we were all able to make electricity!!!
After we had had a go at investigating the circuits our selves then Mr Close came to show us something really exciting! He made a battery out of a lemon, potato and a carrot!!!!!!
We have great fun inventing our 'Cracking Inventions'...
Today we created Static Electricity with balloons....we had so much fun!
We had a great time completing an investigation about conducting electricity. Here is the order that we did the investigation...
This week we have had a go at being newspaper reporters, here are a few of us reporting the daily news!
We had a taster session for 'Taekwon-do' this week! We absolutly loved it!
Today, in Science, we have created switches to go into our circuits.
Miss Hardstaff created a switch from money!!
This morning we have been learning about Chinese New Year. We have created our own Chinese Dragons!
The last few weeks we have been making our Robots.... here we are planning them....
Here are our finished Contraptions.....
The summer holidays are over and the new school term is upon us and hopefully you have all had a fantastic start in your new classroom. The new term is going to bring lots of new and exciting topics. We hope that you will visit our page regularly to see what we have been up to. If you have any questions or queries then make sure that you do not hesitate to come and see any of the staff at Holly Hill.
This term's Learning question is....
Who would you rather be;
a Pharaoh or a slave?
This term's Learning Journey is mainly based on the Egyptians. All of the curriculum will be linked to this Learning Journey Question.
In English we will be looking at the below books...
In Maths we will be covering the National Curriculum as well as creating pyramids....
In History we will be researching all areas of Egyptian life...
In Geography we will be looking closely rivers and the importance of the River Nile in Egypt....
In Science we will be covering the topic of States of Matter and Materials...
In Art we will be making Egyptian pendents, death masks and many many more....
In DT we will be discovering how the Egyptians transported water...
This is a poem that we have been looking at on OUR first day back at school.
The First Day of School
by Ruth Donnelly
I've got a brand-new lunchbox.
My shows are shiny clean.
I've got a cool, new bookbag
And a pencil box that's green.
But I don't know my teacher,
Or where my desk will be.
I don't know if I'll like the kids,
Or if they'll play with me.
I peek inside my classroom.
I stand there for a while.