Portraits and funny faces…

In Art, we have been looking at faces: our own, our peers and imaginary ones! We began with our ‘funny faces’ which we made out of clay:

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Then we used a photo of ourselves to draw a pop-art self-portrait using laminate sheets and sharpies:

Our third art activity around the theme of faces was to create a portrait study of our partner in our sketch pads:

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Can you spot anyone you recognise?

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Celebrating Shabbat!

Today we learnt about the Jewish day of rest called Shabbat. We learnt about the special rituals and routines that occur on a Friday evening for those of the Jewish faith. We washed our hands, lit some candles and tried some ‘Challah’. After this we had quiet time, without technology or work, where we played games, read and took time to spend talking with one another. We discussed the benefits, in an open discussion, of having some time in the week that is technology/work free and solely dedicated to spending time with close family and friends. We didn’t all agree but the discussion was mature and reflective. We all agreed time together as a family without technology is enjoyable and important and for those of the Jewish faith Shabbat is a great way to start the weekend.

We are Petrologists!

Today in science, we have been petrologists! Learning all about rocks…how they form, how to identify what type of rock they are and where they might have come from. We conducted three experiments on our rocks-testing them for strength, permeability and even with acid to see how they would react! The children enjoyed observing them closely through magnifying lenses and detecting the strata, crystals and even fossils that could be found. We tried to make our testing fair and came up with some great variables so that our results would be most accurate. We are creating a little rock display in the classroom so it would be great to have a few more rocks to share…

History detectives

Today we discussed how we find out about life in the past. We talked about how archaeologists can spend weeks and weeks on a site in an attempt to carefully uncover treasures from the past that will help us to know how they lived.

We had a go at our own little archaeological dig, noting down our ‘finds’ and trying to guess what they were and how old they might be! We also had a bit of a gruesome discussion about what things we thought would remain in the ground for hundreds of years, and what things wouldn’t!

Have a look at us in action:

Objects found included bones, teeth, fossils, rocks, shells, precious stones and old coins.

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Welcome back!

New year, new books, new routines, new staff and new friends!

We are all settling in really well here in Osprey class, getting to know new faces and becoming reacquainted with old ones. We have had a great first week and the children have come back to school bursting with positivity!

We have our ‘meet the teacher’ session on Wednesday 12th (this week) at 2:45pm in Osprey class room, where Mrs Edgley and I will share some useful information regarding your child as they start their new year.

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday.

Five minutes of fame…

Over the last couple of week’s, the children in Osprey have all had their five minutes of fame: a presentation to the class on a topic of their choice.  They could choose to teach us something new, or share an interest of theirs.  These skills and interests ranged from origami to musical instruments.  Some even shared their Reading Journeys, just like the teachers did.  Most produced a PowerPoint to accompany their presentation.

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Reading tip #5

Today, in our Guided Reading session, we looked at a short film-clip and then discussed it. You can learn a lot about how an author draws in their audience by looking at film, because a screenwriter will use some of the same strategies. Seeing them visually helps the children to spot them more easily when reading them in a book.