At Pollyplatt Primary School, the whole came together (at different stages) to go around the school grounds and litter pick certain parts of the school. As you can see in the pictures, Hampden were tasked with the job of tidying the whole hedgerow up to the main gates! Not worried by the task, the children got to work and did a fantastic job, much to the delight of Mrs Rose. Well done children!
However in Hampden, we have not only been focusing on picking up the pieces as a team to be environmentally aware, but to also put the pieces back together when learning about communication! The children were each given 1 piece of a puzzle out of 5, then tasked to find their 4 friends around the class. Sound simple? Not in Hampden, the rules were to not talk or point at friends! How did they get on? Go see some of the pictures to see just some of the amazing results.
Till next time, I’ve got some puzzle pieces to find!
On Wednesday we had a great morning on the STEM workshop, learning all about Britain’s attempt at the land speed record with the amazing car Bloodhound. In October this year Bloodhound aims to be the fastest car ever travelling at a speed of 1000mph! We then made our own model versions of the car using connect which we then propelled across the floor using an air foot pump. The winning team was Savage Unicorns, consisting of Lily B, Jessica and Maddison. Well done to you girls.
On Thursday morning we transferred our DT skills into mathematics, making 3D shapes out of card, and learning what we could do to improve them. In English we made a timeline to help us write sentences using different tenses, specifically helping us to use the present perfect tense.
In Maths, we played our games that we had previously created in order to test our own knowledge of multiplication. The multiplication strands that we included in our board games consisted of: using related facts to solve problems, multiplying by 10, 100 and 1000 (including decimals) and using long multiplication.
We tried our best to include something that related to our topic about journeys. Some pupils created counters in the shape of cars (including 3d effects) ; others focussed on longer trips using planes to move from destination to destination.
This piece of work was enjoyable because it was in the form of a game. We were involved in the whole process from planning, creating and playing!
Hampden were very fortunate today to have Ken, who is an ambassador for the bloodhound project, come and discuss all about the Bloodhound’s history and what it takes to go as fast as 1000mph! We learnt that Andy Green (who is the pilot of the Bloodhound) must have excellent reaction time and driving skills, as we discovered by completing some simple reaction tests. Jenson Button was reportedly unavailable for the role…
We were then set the challenge of creating our own vehicle, using K’nex equipment. The children worked brilliantly and continuously, showing great enthusiasm and collaborative skills through-out. Never undeterred by their success and failure, they kept improving their vehicle and testing how far their vehicle could travel across the school hall. Some keen eyed viewers will see the tape on the floor of how far each car travelled!
Everyone in Hampden enjoyed the day and want to thank Ken and the Bloodhound Project for coming and teaching us all about the technology behind the amazing work. On a side not, we also learnt that cows produce a lot of Carbon Dioxide emissions somehow, any guesses?
It has been a positive return to Hampden this week, where we have been discussing friendships as a class. What is a friend and how do we know someone is a friend? The children came up with some lovely ideas and debating very sensibly, as well as making a lovely poster as a group! Take a look at some of the good collaborative skills in the pictures!
Equally, we are focusing on writing our own explanation text this term, where Pollyplatt Primary School are fortunate to have some special guest arrives with K’nex equipment, to create our own cars! In Hampden, we have been identifying what is an explanation text, it’s structure and the type of language used. One member of class mentioned that ‘because we must explain every process with time conjunctions, it is like having a parrot on our shoulders!’ Well, if it helps them understand they must explain the process.
Moreover, a successful start to term with all the amazing clubs going on in school! If you are still interested in signing your child up to a club, there are still places to join! Get in touch, or click on ‘clubs’ on the school website, to book your child on.
Today, we have continued to learn about the different days and months in French. We have identified in which month we have our birthday and practiced how to say all the months.
We created a table showing what happens in each of the months throughout the year and we are looking forward to learning a song to help us with our pronunciation.
After a busy week in Hampden, we have ended the week in style, by debating which story to read out to class! Firstly, the children wrote a speech to persuade the class that their story should be read out. Then, After lengthy discussions (and a bit of voting) we came up with our six finalist! The following day, the children then practised reading out the stories to the class. As you can see we had a good laugh reading our wonderful stories!
We have also been developing our art skills during topic, by designing our cars for the long journey that may be ahead! There were certainly many children who could rival Leonardo Da Vinci’s work!
It is also the end of term (it goes so fast!), so have a wonderful half-term and I shall see you all after the break that you all deserve.