It has been a whirl-wind of a term and the children have made a fantastic start to the year. To begin our musical topic we made raps using a blue screen for performance poetry during the first full week which the children loved, it was a new experience for most of them as well.
Ising Pop dominated the third week with the children representing the school beautifully during the afternoon and evening performances at the church. It was great to see so many parents supporting their children and even dancing along to the songs too.
We wrote recounts based on the music of David Bowie and attempted to play 'Always look on the Bright Side of Life' as a class; an extremely noisy but fun experience. In Science we looked at forces with a particular focus on gravity, whilst in maths we continued our work on number, investigating worded problems and trying to defeat Dr Evil and his henchmen.
Harvest festival was a wonderful week of generosity and reflection. The children wrote heartfelt letters to members of the community telling them a little about themselves and what they'd been up to at school. We then personally delivered the letters, as well as food parcels, to those people and wished them a happy harvest. The children were once again brilliantly enthusiastic and incredibly polite and respectful. Our class collected the most amount of food (90kg) and so Miss Sowden rewarded us with a delicious, homemade chocolate cake.
During our final week the children wrote explanation texts for elaborate inventions they created. Inspired by the art of Rube Goldberg and the physical comedy of Charlie Chaplin, the children developed the most unusual, elaborate, bizarre and imaginative machines for performing the most simple tasks. The writing the children produced over the course of the week was fantastic and the inventions were incredibly creative.
To end this busy term we invited a local musician into school to play a concert of songs from the 1960s to help us celebrate the end of our first topic. The children loved the music and joined in with hits from The Beatles, The Jackson 5, Van Morrison, The Who and Ottis Redding. They were then given the opportunity to perform with Stuart exploring rhythm and beats. They also had another opportunity to use the blue screen once again and also experiment with a variety of musical instruments.
It has been an action packed start to the year and we can't wait to get started on our next topic 'Diggin' for Victory'.