Globetrotters Stunning Starter

This term, we will be looking at the continent of Africa in our Learning Adventure. As part of our stunning starter, we looked at unidentified wooden items from Sierra Leone and had to suggest ideas about what they could tell us about that country. Another activity was to look at letters written to our school from children in Sierra Leone – we thought that they were very artistic! We also showed what we already know about continents by labelling and sticking them to a blue balloon to represent the globe. One of the activities was to investigate using an atlas. To link with our wider theme of Globetrotters, we were challenged to learn how to say hello in as many different languages as possible.  We noticed that some languages have a very similar way of saying hello. At another table, we looked at photographs and were asked to say which were of Africa – at the end we discovered that they were all of Africa. Finally, we had an opportunity to share the connections that we have with other places around the world and where we would like to visit in the future.

Written by Pearl Class

RE Certificates for Term 1

Classes have been working hard right across the school in RE during term 1.  Here are some of the ways that we have been learning.

Class teachers have nominated pupils who have shown super effort and enthusiasm throughout the term.  Congratulations to everyone who has earned a RE certificate for term 1!

Reception

Amber and Emerald talked about why God is important to Christians and drew their own representations of God.

Certificates: Olivia Igbineweka, Ana-Maria Gaman, Yara Mustafa, Ella Dipple, Gabriel Taylor, Leonidas Kotziamanis

Year 1

Jet and Moonstone started their learning by visiting the nature trail. They said that being outside made them happy because it is calm and there are lots of things to see and touch.  They made the link that God created the world and Christians are thankful to him for this.

Certificates: Kit Watson, Joseph Donoghue, Amiyah Jenner, Land Ali

Year 2

Peridot and Garnet have been learning about the good news Jesus brings through the stories of ‘The Prodigal Son’ and ‘Matthew the Tax Collector’.

Certificates: Alexsandr Bruzas, Sofia Darby, George Lock, Daisy Martin, Mohammed Sadullah ,Amalia Wells, Frankie Edwards, Callie Harper, Ioachim Gaman, Otto Gadd

Year 3

Amethyst and Jade have been exploring what a covenant is through the story of Noah. They made links to the promises made at wedding by acting out a wedding with the help of Fr Nick.

Certificates: Kitty Harris, James Coleman Cross, Navamanisha Nirmalan, Pearl Coram, Steven Leich

 

Year 4

Coral and Topaz have been making links between the story of Noah and how we live in school and the wider world.

Certificates: Lily-May McHenry, Soheil Samadi,  Fiona Mustafa, Rubi Carman-Smith, Jannah Mohammed, Lola Liddle, Emma Cooper, Rebecca Martin, Oasis Ncube, Betsey-Rose Selley, Scott Richards, Stacey Miller, Nikki Vitolina, Paula Brizga,  Erin Watson

Year 5

Pearl and Ruby used Godly Play to inspire them to think about how Christian beliefs about God being holy and loving can make a difference in the world today.   They created their own ‘Ten Best Ways’ for living.

Certificates:

Alice Darby, Thivya Thivakaran, Jaxon Cole, Tia-Louise Gannon, Matthew Rayner, Awlad Meraj, Amy Day, Laila Osmond

Year 6

Opal, Sapphire and Diamond explored ideas about whether Creation and Science are conflicting or complementary.

Certificates: Maddie Rosewell, Tommy Peters, Harry Malone, Reggie Rosewell, Leo Matassa, Summer McHenry, Chloe Ansell, Angel Ward, Briony Wright, Joel Zachariah, Vitalijs Sveds, Flori Harris, Libby Fairless, Robin Price, Rida Jaffari

‘Forest School Fun’ Term 1

During term 1 groups from years 3 to 6 have enjoyed several ‘Forest School’ sessions. The children have been busy planting fruit bushes,learning how to light fires safely,whittling and using a bow saw.

They have also transferred their math knowledge that they have learnt in class. Partitioning using natural resources. The final session included toasting marshmallows and drinking hot chocolate.

But most of all they have just enjoyed playing in the mud and getting dirty!!

Empanadas and Guacamole

In their final Funky Foods lesson today the Year 6 children have made Baked Vegetable Empanadas and Guacamole. They used a variety of skills including – dicing, cutting, grating, mincing, mashing and juicing. Every child made their own Empanada by filling shortcrust pastry and shaping them, closing the edges by pinching to seal the pastry case.

Once they had cleaned the work area themselves, they were able to taste their creations and analyse the appearance, taste, texture and smell. They then thought about any changes and flavours they would like to try. Ideas varied from chicken curry to banana and nutella.

The recipes will be sent home with the children tomorrow.

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Trip to Kidzania

Our journey began when parents were invited to come to help get involved in an exciting opportunity for our children.  They didn’t know it but they were to help plan a school trip with a focus on mathematics.  This also meant that those parents who attended the meeting had the opportunity to find out a bit more about the way maths was now being taught within the school, key vocabulary and meanings were shared and any questions they raised, were answered. The parents involved with this were also given first refusal to help with the trip – they all attended.

When the children in Year 3 discovered they were going to Kidzania, none of them knew anything about it.  We were able to talk through where it was, showed them maps and talked about the different possibilities for travel.  They were incredibly excited.  Some children have never left Hastings before and so the prospect of going to Shepherd’s Bush, London was incredibly exciting.

The children were given opportunities to discover the kinds of things available at Kidzania and looked at the indoor maps to help them identify places they may want to visit when we got there.  We took a train – again this was a first time experience for many children.  We changed at Clapham junction and children were initiated into looking at the railway maps and began to recognise station names as we travelled.

On arrival, we were all rapidly given security bands and the children were given some basic information to help them begin their exploration.  Adults supported children at first with how the systems worked, but very quickly the children developed their skills of independence and found they could separate from their main group leader to enjoy the activities of their choice.  Children that had previously lacked confidence were able to independently, or sometimes with peers, carry out activities and then select and wait for other activities they wanted to take part in.

The children were also in control of their own Kidzano pounds which paid for activities, but then they needed to plan to ‘work’ to enable them to earn more money.  Work activities were varied and included being cabin crew for British Airways, making crunchy cereal bars, cleaning, mail delivery, being police officers, fire fighters, ambulance crew, constructing game items for Nintendo, being a dentist, making burgers, film crew, radio crew, newspaper reporters and surgeons –  plus many other activities the children could pay for with the Kidzano money.

Children coped brilliantly with the travel to and from London and many passengers, who shared carriages with us complimented on how well behaved they all were and the children were full of many stories of how they had spent their four hours at Kidzania and the many activities they had completed.

This trip was an amazing opportunity for our year three children, encapsulating so many areas of learning and it none of it would have been possible without the kind funding from the Hastings Opportunity Area or the wonderful support of staff both on and outside of the trip and our core group of parents, who worked from beginning to end, ensuring all children had a great time and were safe throughout the day.

Thank you so much.