Summer 2 2019 – Year 4’s Arts Enrichment Week

We began the week with a fantastic investigation into ‘The Beatles’.  The children were fascinated by all the facts they discovered about the Sixties pop heroes and their cutting-edge hairstyles!

This led onto some lovely artwork including sketching portraits of the Fab Four, amazingly colourful Pop Art using a range of media and re-creating their famous album covers to show the children’s photography skills.

We also investigated the work of Andy Goldsworthy who is an environmental sculptor and photographer.  Goldsworthy is inspired by nature and uses natural materials for his artwork – which is often temporary.

The children really enjoyed letting their imaginations run wild to produce a group installation.  They followed this by working collaboratively with their peers in year 4, to create an outdoor artwork using the trees in our school grounds.  We present ‘The Year 4 Infinity’.

When thinking about musical art, we used collage to decorate musical notes and then demonstrated exceptional team-working skills to produce a “jigsaw” picture on the theme of music.  The children were fortunate to be visited by a String Quartet who shared their knowledge and technical application playing a range of music from the classical composer, Elgar to the Harry Potter theme. To change genres, the children also enjoyed how to Samba with a partner and learnt ‘Katoto Lala’ – a song in Swahili.

To finish the week, the children were thrilled to be a part of the ‘Toftwood Arts Show’ which took place at both the Infants and Juniors. What brilliant performances from all the contestants.  A great afternoon had by all!

The Arts Enrichment Week would not have been the same without the amazing support of the parents whether they have provided resources for musical instruments or come into the class to take part in the activities.  We have had a number of special moments which we cherish.

Fiver Challenge

This year, all Year 6 children will be participating in the Fiver Challenge, a national competition for young people aged from 5 – 11 years. This Challenge is free and run by Young Enterprise the UK’s leading enterprise and financial education charity, bringing learning to life and help encourage future aspirations in young people

Pupils are pledged £5 in groups of 5 and have one month to set up a mini business and create a product or service they can then sell or deliver at a profit.

We have thought of business ideas and have created logos:

Week 2

The children have been very busy this week. During the week they have had to price up and source and buy all their materials and products. They have had to prepare and present a one minute sales pitch, which must include a clear product idea, clear outlay and expected profit margins. They have presented their sales pitch to the class and the ‘judges’ decided if their business idea was good enough to lend them the £5 start up fee. All small business teams have worked hard with their ideas and as we move into week 3, there is a strong sense of purposeful activity.

Year 5 Summer 2 2019 STEM Day

Year 5 have enjoyed lots of different activities all around the ‘M’ in STEM – Maths!

Miss Skinner and Mrs Hodges led an exploratory session about the golden sequence, where the children discovered the perfect spiral in nature.

Mrs Lee led a session to investigate the best environment for mini beasts. Children had to use their timing and observational skills to see what sort of environment the mini beasts preferred.

Mrs Rathi led an exciting session allowing the children to visualise just how large some sea creatures are, and used the playground to re-create their size.

All in all, the children have enjoyed learning about Maths in a different and creative way.

Year 6 Summer 2 2019 STEM Day

Year 6 really enjoyed focusing on maths as part of STEM Day. Our first activity involved us managing money with a quick and easy game. It included small elves and a tree farm. The game was based on probability where we had to try and make the most money. Although, like the taxman, you had to take risks. It was a really fun way of being competitive.

Next, we started cracking codes using symbols (Morse code), a mixed alphabet and surprisingly maths! We used letter and code frequency to decipher hidden messages and texts.

Our final task involved us looking at Vedic patterns with our parents. Vedic maths teaches how to solve mathematical problems; it comes from India and Persia and is at least 3000 years old. We reduced 2 digit numbers to single digit numbers, for example 32; 3+2 = 5. The single digit numbers were then placed within the multiplication square. We then connected all of the 1’s, 2’s, 3’s etc. together to create patterns.

Year 4 Summer 2 2019 STEM Day

Year 4’s super sweet summer STEM Day 2019

For our summer term STEM Day, year 4 have been thinking about healthy snacks and drinks and, in particular, how much sugar we all eat. The children have practiced lots of maths skills as part of their learning today.

To create a scrumptious, vegetarian flatbread, the children needed to measure accurately to check they had the correct amount of each ingredient and to think about time intervals to make sure their snack was cooked in the correct time. As well as that, they also needed great team-working skills to complete this complex task.

The children were all shocked by how much sugar was in their favourite drinks. They loved designing and making fruity Mocktails, using sparkling water to dilute the very sugary juices. They used bar model to work out the ratio of the juices they used and recorded this carefully. They then chose appropriate measuring cylinders to measure their ingredients. As well as all this, they also thought of ways to advertise their drinks and convince others they should make healthier choices.

They also investigated the secret added sugar in foods – they were surprised that foods like crumpets, bread, quiche and breaded chicken all had added sugar! They also looked at the advised amount of sugar children should eat per day and different words which can be used on food labels which mean sugar. Looking at food packaging and nutritional information taught the children how to make healthier choices even if the packaging is designed to make the products look healthier. The children then took a food category to investigate and compared the sugar levels of different products to help us make healthier food choices.

Year 3 Summer 2 2019 STEM Day

Today we focused on time in different formats specifically Roman Numerals. In the morning the children completed a variety of different activities involving Roman Numerals, including bingo, mosaics, completing hundred squares and making a clock. They then made their own sun-dials using paper plates and paper straws. We then tested these out in the sunshine.

In the afternoon, the children completed a ‘Clue Hunt.’ We learnt about time differences across the world and why it differs. Children found clues around the school; page numbers and grid references to different countries and their UTC time. Parents joined us to complete this final activity.

It was fortunate that the sun was out and it was a warm day, to test sun-dials and complete our clue hunts. A lovely day was had by all.

Year 2 African Bags – Summer 1

The year 2 children have been focusing on the topic ‘Art Around the World’ this half term. They have learnt about different continents and countries as well as different artists and the artwork they create. They have painted their own ‘Concentric Circles’ paintings in the style of Kandinsky and created their own Andy Warhol portraits of themselves using pastels.

As part of this topic the children took part in a workshop run by Amy Brewster from Amy’s Artbarn. The children looked at different African fabrics and patterns and discussed what they could see.

The children then created their own African style patterns on fabric bags using different objects and fabric paints.

All the children really enjoyed the workshop and were pleased with their finished bags. The bags will form part of the year 2 art exhibition ‘Toftwood Tate’ in the Summer term, which will feature all the artwork the children have created.

Summer 1 in Reception

This half term our topic has been ‘Once Upon a Time.’ We have been reading lots of traditional tales such as Jack and the Beanstalk, The Three Little Pigs and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We have also read some not so traditional versions of these stories such as ‘Blow your nose, Big Bad Wolf’ and ‘The Great Fairy tale Disaster.’

The first story we read was Jack and the Beanstalk. We learnt how to create a story map and then had a go at making our own. Using our cutting skills, we cut out a spiral pattern to make our own beanstalks. Some of us made ‘Jack’ to put on the beanstalk and added leaves. At the end of the week, we planted our own magic bean! We are waiting patiently to see if they will grow.

In class, we had a go at making and trying porridge like Goldilocks. Some of us had raisins or honey with our porridge and we decided it was ‘just right!’

We have had a go at making stick puppets and enjoyed retelling the story of the Three Little Pigs using our puppet theatre. We also had a go at making houses for the pigs using straw, sticks and blocks.

Summer Term 1 2019 Hickling Broad Visit

On Friday 5th May, year 5 enjoyed a trip to Hickling Broad to support our work on the history, tourism and habitat management of the Broads. Despite the gloomy weather, the children took part in sketching the view from the bird hide, learning about the variety of habitats and wildlife there – as well as dyke dipping. It was lovely to receive a compliment from the staff there who commented on their enthusiasm, engagement and excellent behaviour. Well done year 5!

Don’t forget to look at our blogs to see more photos from the day.

Year 6 Summer 1 2019 SATs Week

What a busy week! We are all so proud of how hard the children worked during SATs week and the perseverance they showed. It was a different experience for them all but their behaviour was exemplary. Their positive attitudes and ability to try their best, no matter what has been lovely to see. Well done to all. The SATs breakfast, which was enjoyed by all, gave a good start to the day. They all felt calm and prepared for the morning ahead. A big thank you to Tesco, Morrisons and McDonalds who all provided food for us and to all of the staff who volunteered to come in and help before school.

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