Design & Technology Spring 2019

EYFS

Nursery

Our topics for this term are ‘Dinosaurs’, ‘Roots, shoots and muddy boots’.

Here are some observations from Tapestry of children using Design and Technology to develop their learning:

A child came to show me the plane that she had made, I was very impressed. She told me that it was like the plane that she went on a long time ago. When I asked her where she had gone she said, “On holiday, it was hot, I like when it hot. I like swimming.” I agreed that holidays were good fun. I looked at her plane and wondered if anything was missing, she was unsure so we looked at a picture of a plane together. The child noticed the writing on the plane and the windows, I suggested that she add them to her plane. She knew that she needed either a square or a rectangle but was unsure how to draw one, I modelled how and she tried hard to draw them on her plane; she even drew a window for the pilot to look out of.

Reception

Our topics for this term are ‘Fantasy’, ‘People who help us’.

Here are some observations from Tapestry of children using Design and Technology to develop their learning:

A child and his friends decided to use the large construction to build themselves a new juice machine. As the machine was taking shape the child realised that it wouldn’t stay standing up. I explained to him that it wasn’t ‘balancing’ and we chatted about what this word meant. We looked at a chair and I pointed out that each of its four legs were in the corners and this helped the chair to be stable. The child noticed his machine had only three legs and two of the were on one side. He worked hard to redesign his machine and we then tested how stable it was by gently bumping into it.

A child came over and showed me that she had made a watch on the making table. I asked her what we use watches for and she told me we use them to tell the time. I asked her if she could remember what we had talked about in maths before about time and she was unsure, so I reminded her that when the big hand points to the 12 we say O’clock at the top. She then remembered and did the action while saying it. I then looked at her watch and realised that she had drawn 2 O’clock as the time and asked her if she knew what time she had drawn. She had a look at and said 2 O’clock! Well done!

Key Stage One

Year 1

This term our topics have been ‘Weather Experts’ and ‘Our Planet and beyond’.

The children discussed traveling around on the moon in a moon buggy. They looked at some photos of moon buggies and talked about what features a moon buggy would need such as
wheels and a steering wheel.  The children then worked hard as they designed and made their own moon buggies and tested them in motion.

Year 2

This term our topics have been ‘Air, Land and Sea’ and ‘Art around the world’.

During the topic ‘Air, Land and Sea’ the children made Ham pasta bake and enjoyed eating this in school. It was delicious!

The children also talked about how people travel on water and discussed what is special about modes of water transport and who might travel on water and why. The children then designed their own boats to travel on water. They thought about what materials would be best to use and how to ensure their boat was going to float. The children chose their own materials to make their boats and tested them in a tray of water to see if their design and build had been successful. They then evaluated their boats and thought about what they would do differently next time.

As part of our ‘Art around the world’ topic the children have been learning about different countries.  They made and tasted a vegetable curry and this was new to many of the children but most said they enjoyed eating it and some said they would like to have it again.

STEM Day – Autumn Term 2 2018

The theme for our STEM Day across the federation was technology. Every child in our federation worked together on a special day of themed working to expand our STEM skills.

Nursery

The Nursery children enjoyed using the talking postcards for the first time; they recorded animal sounds and asked friends to guess the animal. We also experimented with magnets and found out which items were magnetic, gave instructions to the programmable dragon and made our own telephones with cups and string.

Reception

As part of our STEM day in Reception, we explored the ‘talking postcards.’ We learnt how to record our voices by holding the red button down and then turn it over, hold the black button and play back our recording. We used the postcards to practise our reading and our robot arms. We used letter pebbles to make up words and then recorded ourselves reading the words on the postcards. “I liked listening to them. I could hear people talking”  said Barclay.

Year 1

The children worked around three different activities throughout STEM day. One activity was on the computers linked to the year 1 topic ‘Winter Wonderland’ where the children imported their picture onto a snowman’s body. They were extended by writing a sentence about the snowman. “I liked importing a picture” said Mason.Another activity was using lollipop sticks and blu tac to make 2D and 3D shapes. The children discussed what they had made, including the similarities and differences between the shapes they had made.

The children also investigated how penguins stay waterproof. They coloured in a penguin with a selection of materials including oil pastels, chalk and felt tip pens. Then the children dropped water droplets onto the penguin to see which material was water resistant.

Year 2

Year 2 enjoyed taking part in a variety of different activities across the day. In one activity the children discussed nocturnal animals and used the beebot as a hedgehog that needed to get to shelter. The children had to plan an algorithm to get the beebot through the route. They then tried their algorithm and observed what worked well and what could be improved. “I really liked doing the beebots because I liked making the different routes to go home” said Leo.

Another activity gave the children the opportunity to use their knowledge about nocturnal, diurnal and crepuscular animals. The children filmed a stop motion animation video showing the animals that are out at different times of the day. The children worked well in teams to engineer their own sets and colour the animals needed. The children independently recorded their own stop motion animation videos on the Ipads and Kindles. They were so impressed to see their finished animations and self-assessed what they thought went well and what could be even better if they made the animation again. “I like that we made all the pictures move in a video” said Isla.

For our final activity we discussed why we have night and day. The children shared their daily routines and sorted the pictures into day and night activities. After they had completed their sorting they had a vertical relay to record any other activities that they do. This linked well with the children’s recent maths learning where the children became confident at telling the time in 15 minute intervals.

Artsmark Gold Award!

We have received some very exciting news to let us know that here at Toftwood Infant School we have been awarded the Artsmark Gold award! We have received this from the Arts Council England and everyone should be proud of the hard work that all the grownups and children have put in to show how valued and enjoyed the arts is in our school. Arts Council England were impressed with how our school provides external opportunities that enhance arts teaching (music, drama, dance and art) that benefit the children and how proud the children are of all the achievements in these areas they are able to make.

“Your children are offered equal opportunity to plan, experience, participate in, and evaluate a broad range of high-quality arts and cultural activities, and your children have an opportunity to further develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of arts and culture through experiences provided.” – Arts Council England.

A huge thank you to all the staff and children at school who have worked so hard over the last two years to achieve this award.  It is fantastic to see the children enjoying the arts so much and we all look forward to seeing what excitement is next! Below are a few pictures of some of the exciting arts projects we’ve had in the run up to achieving our Gold award. Well done everyone!

Remembrance Day 2018

With the centenary of World War 1, Toftwood Juniors chose to commemorate the event by having a whole school assembly with Mrs Hughes and then discussing it further in class with the teachers.

The children understood why we wear a poppy as a symbol of Remembrance Day.  The children across the Federation, have been creating their own poppies as a sign of respect.  These were tied to the gates and fences of the Federation schools.

The day was also commemorated by the Kitchen staff. They baked and decorated poppy biscuits for the children as yet another visual reminder of Remembrance Day.

In class, the children participated in discussions about the trenches. They found the trench life of World War One unbelievably difficult to grasp and displayed great respect for the soldiers that took part in it. Many children also shared family anecdotes about their own relatives that had been in both World Wars.

Getting Arty in Autumn!

In reception and nursery the children have been exploring colour and mixed materials to create lots of beautiful artwork.

Year 1 have been learning about winter and created some beautiful snow clay snowmen!

In year 2, they created some fantastic medieval shields for their medieval Norwich topic. The children needed to design their shield then paint them, to match their design. They look great!

European Day of Languages 26th September 2018

Year 3

Year 3 have been learning about where different countries are this half term as part of their ‘Around the World’ topic. As part of the European day of languages on Wednesday 26th September we developed our learning from our topic lesson and learnt how to say hello in 9 different languages and looked at the flags for each country. We wrote the country next to each flag and practised singing a song to help us learn the different greetings.

Year 4

Year Four had a great time learning about the number of countries and languages in Europe. We used our research skills to find out how to say Hello and goodbye in different European countries. We then created a table or list of the greetings we discovered and shared them with each other. We found out that some European countries do not use the same writing systems as we do in Britain. We were particularly fascinated with the Greek and Russian writing systems.

Year 5

Year 5 played a matching game where they had to match phrases to the country and its flag. We had children demonstrating their knowledge of other languages and enjoyed hearing fluent Polish and Portuguese being spoken. It was useful to use our knowledge of other languages to try to work out what the phrases might mean.

Year 6

To celebrate European Day of Languages 2018, Year 6 completed fact files about a European country that they were interested in. This gave us lots of new knowledge about some countries that we did not know much about. Some of us used our dictionary skills to learn that certain words that we use in everyday speech have a European origin. For example, we learnt that the word ‘very’ originates from France and means ‘extremely’. Year 6 also completed a quiz which tested their knowledge of the celebration. We were fascinated to learn that there are over 200 European languages spoken!

Toftwood Federation Sports Fortnight

Toftwood Federation have enjoyed a very successful Sports Fortnight made even better by the fantastic weather! During this fortnight it is our aim to give all children in the Federation the opportunity to participate in a range of sporting activities. These include the traditional races and potted sports events but also visits and taster sessions from a range of sports enthusiasts and providers. It is a desire of ours, during these weeks, to give the children in our federation the opportunity to experience something ‘new’ with the possibility that they may decide to pursue that sporting activity in their out of school time.

Yoga

The children in Years 1 and 2 were able to work with Mrs Yorke, a qualified Yoga instructor. She had written the children a poem and they were able to act the poem out in Yoga Poses.

Karate

Reception through to Year 2 were able to join in with some taster sessions provided by Matthew from Traditional Karate Fitness. They learnt special counting and the discipline involved in Karate.

If your child is interested in trying Karate contact: TKF www.karatefitness.co.uk
email: office@karatefitness.co.uk

Hoola Hooping

EYFS and Years 1 and 2 learnt the skills involved in Hoola Hooping. They learnt the stance to adopt to keep the hoop around your waist. They also learnt how to spin it round their wrist, neck and legs. Even though it was a tricky activity for some also children showed great perseverance.

Cheerleading

Miss Coombes was able to show the children in the Infants some of the basics involved in the sport of Allstar Cheerleading. They were able to learn some jumps and practised a very safe handstand drill. They were even able to try some stunting in small groups.

If your child is interested in trying cheerleading contact: East Coast Emeralds www.eastcoastemeralds.co.uk
email: eastcoastemeralds@hotmail.co.uk

 

Team Day

We enjoyed another successful team day with the infant children supported by the Sports Leaders and Mr Phillis from Northgate High School. The children were able to have a go at 20 different activities, trying to score as many points as possible for their team. Well done to all the children who took part, there was a great team spirit.

Races

Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 held their annual Race Morning during Sports Fortnight. All children competed in 2 races and did brilliantly on a very warm morning.

Year 3 and 4

These year groups had an exhausting but fun few weeks enjoying Toftwood Sports Fortnight! The event kicked off with a visit from some of the students from Northgate High School. They taught the children lots of new activities from shotput to javelin with some hurdles and running too. The children got to try all of these out in small groups and had a great time doing it – the Northgate students were fantastic at supporting and helping our children out.

We also had a visitor in from Easton Shotokan Karate Association to give our children a taster session in Karate. They learnt some of the basic movements and how to count correctly alongside these. Finally, they had a very interesting discussion about when to use Karate and what it should be used for!

The Year 3 children also enjoyed some cricket sessions with Brett Gates from All Star Cricket. They started off learning the key skills of catching, throwing and teamwork within some exciting games. Then, they moved on to play some fast paced games where they used all of their skills and demonstrated some great batting and fielding teamwork. They had a lovely time!

The Toftwood Sport’s Fortnight was rounded off by a visit Neatherd PE teachers and Sports leaders who came in to run multi-skills sessions with the children focusing on ball skills. The pupils had great fun developing a range of skills requiring hand-eye coordination and agility. They particularly liked working with the older children, who were great role models.

American Sports for Year 6 

To finish off the weeks Year 6 had Mr Bell come to talk to them about baseball and basketball. Firstly he explained that he had grown up near Houston Texas and had grown up following baseball and basketball; he was a keen supporter of the Houston Astros. He told the children about the basic rules of baseball answering all their questions afterwards. The classes then went outside and did basketball; they learnt about bouncing then passing and shooting. We then split into mini teams and played a mini basketball match. The children certainly got a taste of both games and really enjoyed learning new skills from our American expert.

Races

Sports day went smoothly at the Junior School, with all the children participating. They all cheered each other on and encouraged their team mates. There was a sprint race, a relay and an obstacle. We were really impressed by their cheerful attitudes the resilience shown by a few children who took some tumbles but got up to carry on the race.

Karate

The children enjoyed a taster session of Karate on 29th June where they learnt some high kicks and punches. They also learnt the importance of blocking.

PE Summer Term 2018

Nursery PE Summer Term

The Nursery children have been practising their climbing on the new pirate ship climbing frame that was installed in the Nursery outdoor area this term.

They have also been preparing for their Pre School Sports Morning with some practise races and setting themselves challenges like throwing the beanbags into tyres.

 

Reception PE Summer Term

Reception had a special visit from Mr Mann to teach us some rugby skills. They practiced holding the ball and running, and throwing it underarm, over arm and swapping from each side. They also got to practice kicking the ball and making tries.

Harry came in to teach us some football skills. Reception children practiced scoring goals whilst holding the ball and then had a go at dribbling. They had some magic dust sprinkled on our feet so the ball would stick to them and then had to try and score goals past the goalkeepers!

Year 1 PE Summer Term

Year 1 have busily been preparing for Race Day this term with some practise running and obstacle races. They have also been practising their rolling and retrieving skills through the real PE Program. Year 1 have also had time to learn a simplified version of Rounders. They have had to think about tactics for both fielders and throwers.

Year 2 PE Summer Term

This term in PE the children in year 2 have been working together on a range of team work activities. The children have been working on their communication. They have learnt different ways to communicate through various activities. The children really enjoyed these games and liked working together to solve problems. The children also have been working on their ball skills this term, building their control and accuracy when passing a ball.

Year 3 PE Summer Term

Year 3 have had a busy term in PE with swimming, tennis, Real PE and cricket! AH3 have had a great time swimming this term and the teachers have seen some great progress. JS3 and CT3 have been taking part in Real PE. In Real PE, we have focused on the skills of teamwork, balance and worked on our reaction times. All classes have also had a focus on cricket and tennis. The children have really enjoyed learning the basic skills in tennis, focusing on aiming and rallying with each other – they had lots of fun putting this all together at the end and playing a game. Cricket has been fantastic! We have had Brett Gates to teach us the skills to play a game of cricket. We have spent time focusing on aiming to help with our bowling skills, catching to help with fielding and in games we have been practicing some quick fire batting skills. We have seen some great teamwork and progression throughout the term.

Year 4 PE Summer Term

In PE this term, the children developed their ball skills through Real PE and on our unit on Kwik Cricket. The pupils really enjoyed working on improving their batting, bowling and fielding abilities. During this learning, they began to think more tactically about the fact that their team needed to work together to win the game. More recently, we have been focusing on athletics on a range of field and track events including: sprints, relays, hurdles, longer distance races, shot put and javelin.  All the hard work, culminated in a very successful race day where the children really impressed all the adults with the sporting behaviour and dedication to their class. As with all sporting events there had to be a winner and on this occasion congratulations to RB4.

Year 5 PE Summer Term

During this term, year 5 have been following real PE during one of their weekly PE slots. Not only are the children developing their physical skills but they are also becoming better all round athlete by working on their social and cognitive skills, making them better team players, and developing strategies.

Alongside these lessons, we have also done gymnastics, tag rugby, hockey and kick cricket.

 

Year 6 PE Summer Term

This term Year 6 have been doing some cricket, they have learnt to bowl and bat. They have also played diamond cricket as a team game, which they have enjoyed. During their other lessons, they either have been doing racing, for sprint races or relay.

STEM Day – Summer Term 2 2018

The theme for our STEM Day across the federation was CSI (Crime Scene Investigation). Every child in our federation worked together on a special day of themed working to expand our STEM skills.

Nursery

Mrs Sutterby came into class to discover that our class dog named Cherry was missing. There was a black hand print on the wall. Mrs Sutterby marked off the area with cones and tape, so we could investigate what had happened. We thought of ways of tracking Cherry down. We looked at the hand print and measured it against our hand prints. We checked out our finger prints with paint to see what they looked like. We decided the hand print belonged to someone with a big hand. Some children used binoculars and magnifying glasses to search for foot prints and hand prints. Other children tried to sniff for Cherry, wrote posters to place around the classroom and searched for other clues. Another child said we should tell the police. We wrote a letter to Mr Barnes the caretaker to see if he had seen or heard anything when he locked the classroom door.  Mr Barnes checked the cameras and told us to check the office. We discovered Cherry under Mrs Borgars’ desk. We are pleased to have Cherry back in nursery.

Reception

On STEM day, in Reception, we thought about Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths and thought about the story Dinosaur Police. We had to see if we could make a ramp that would help the police car travel the furthest to catch Trevor the dinosaur, and after lunch Trevor had visited our classroom and eaten our pizza! We found footprints in the classroom and cheese on the floor, and were able to measure the footprints like we had been practising in our maths this week. Trevor had eaten our pizza but left the ingredients to make more so we were able to have a go and making, then eating pizza. We felt happy at the end of the day as Trevor had been a nice dinosaur to us and left us our ingredients 😃

Year 1 and 2

At the beginning of the day we found a crime scene in our school! We learnt in assembly that all the pencils had been taken and there were three suspects. We spent the day doing different crime scene investigation activities in the Year 1 and 2 classrooms to find out who committed the crime.

Measuring footprints
Footprints were left at the scene and the children used their skills to measure the footprints to identify the culprit. First the children looked closely at the footprints to see if they could see anything that may help them. Then the children used rulers to measure the footprint and compared the length they measured to the size of the suspects.

Computing – Recording the crime

The children looked at different photographs from the crime scene and reported what they could see using the computer. They recorded the evidence found from the suspects using a variety of description to rep

Dusting for fingerprints
The children found fingerprints on CDs left at the crime scene. They used dusting powder to dust on the fingerprints and lift them off using sellotape.

Chromatography
The children were left a note from the culprit and they had to work out which of the suspects had written the note. The children completed an experiment which separated the ink mixtures into the colour compounds to find a matching ink!

Fingerprints
The children printed their own fingerprints and looked at the different patterns they could see.

Observing fibres closely
The children looked at fibres from different materials closely using the digital microscope. They matched materials to the fibres they found.

Year 3

We began our Year 3 STEM day receiving an email which said that there had been a break in at our school and the culprit had taken all of our work we have been doing on Fantastic beasts! The only thing the culprit left behind was a bone covered in vinegar from their meal last night…

In our science topic we have started learning about fantastic beasts, their skeletons and different types of food. When we looked at the bone that was left behind, we saw that it was bendy! We all wanted to learn how this had happened so we researched how to make a bone bendy. We found out that this happens when a bone is left in vinegar. Vinegar is actually a very mild acid. We thought we would try this out for ourselves using a chicken bone and vinegar. We also decided, that to make it more of a scientific investigation we would put another bone in coke (another mild acid) so we could compare the two bones after five days! We’re looking forward to the results!

We looked at other ways bones move and discussed the way our backs bend. We realised that this was because of the joints in our back. We were given pipe cleaners and straws and had to make a model using these that explains how our backs can bend! We then sketched different skeletons.

We were asked to complete a Cluedo challenge and work out which Cluedo character committed the crime. We were given a list of the different Cluedo characters with facts about them. We then had to complete different maths challenges to work out which people to might have been. We couldn’t decide between two people…

However, one suspect was allergic to vinegar! It had to be Colonel Mustard! We had solved the mystery! We decided to reply to the email to say that we knew who the culprit was. We all accessed our school email accounts and replied to the Cluedo detective with our good news!

We really enjoyed our STEM day and had fun solving clues to work out the mystery!

 

Year 4

As the focus of our STEM day was CSI, the children put their detective skills to the test, examining and comparing their own fingerprints. They learnt that although fingerprint are unique to the individual, they can be classified into 3 groups: loops, whorls and arches. The children investigated their own prints and used careful observation to decide which group they belonged to. Using this scientific learning and our recent work on data handling and statistics in maths, the children answered the question ‘How do our fingerprints compare to national averages?’ Children confidently collected the data and presented their findings. Using computing, they investigated all the possible ways they could show the collected class data, including bar and pie charts and donuts. Then, they discussed which image was the most effective and explained why. The children thoroughly enjoyed collecting ‘dactylograms’ (otherwise known as fingerprints).

 by Jack and Willow

 by Benji and Grace

Year 5

Year 5 discovered how to write secret messages using different types of invisible ink, which they made themselves from lemon juice and candle wax.

They worked in teams of three to find a murderer by solving mathematical clues based on measure and later completed a maths investigation involving mysterious footprint casts.

In the afternoon, Year 5 discovered more about the history of fingerprinting. They observed their own fingerprint before designing it into a very individual piece of art.

Year 6

During our STEM Day, we became expert detectives and solved a murder mystery during a giant game of Cluedo! After answering questions by applying our mathematical knowledge and skills, year 6 accused Mr Chris Hemsworth (Hollywood actor), in the school canteen, with a protractor.

In the afternoon, year 6 explored fingerprints! We discovered everyone’s fingerprints are unique! Consequently, this makes fingerprints ideal for solving crimes through gathering forensic information. We learnt there are three different types of fingerprints: the loops (most common fingerprint pattern), the whorl (identified by showing two deltas), and the arch (identified by showing no deltas). After applying this information, which was through the use of charcoal, year 6 students discovered which type of unique fingerprints they have. This then developed into allowing our creative mind to flourish and produce artwork to demonstrate all the different swirls and patterns.

 

Art in Spring at Toftwood Infant

This term we have been getting busy throughout the year groups! Reception have been looking at the themes fantasy and people who help us and been getting creative exploring these.

In year 1 the children have been learning about the topics, weather experts and our amazing earth! They have been busy learning about Andy Goldsworthy the outdoor artist and creating sunset pictures while thinking about the country of Africa.

In year 2 they children have been creating artwork ready for their Toftwood Tate display in the Summer, focussing on the artist Monet, and painting pictures of the pond and creating mud huts with natural found resources and clay.

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