Monthly Archives: January 2017

Going for goals

Robins discussed were going for goals this week and thought about what qualities the Olympic athletes had such as stamina, natural ability and regular practise.

They heard the story about Richard the Brave who watched the perseverance of a small spider spinning a web which inspired him.

The class made a mind map and shared ideas of their personal goals which ranged from what they aim to do by the end of Year 4 to what they aim to do when they are adults.

Paint our Greek vases

Robins were eager to paint and decorate their Greek vases this afternoon! We watched a film first as inspiration and looked at some real Greek plates. Then it was time to get creative. It was a tricky task to hold the delicate vases whilst trying to paint intricate detail. As the pieces were painted we thought about the learning behaviours we were using without even realising. These included active listening, perseverance, concentration and creativity!

Sikhs and belonging

Today Robins have been learning how Sikhs show that they belong. The class watched a flim clip about the Amrit festival and learnt about the Baisakhi festival. They recapped on the five Ks of Sikhism which most of the children could remember from Year 3. What fantastic memories – Mrs Parry and Miss Lucas were very impressed!

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The Robins watched this clip –click here.

Jamie remembered the sword (Kirpan)
Sophie remembered the head wear (Kesh)
Millie remembered the hair comb (Kangha)
Nila remembered the bangle (Kara)
Callum remembered the underwear (Kachera)

Belonging and appearance

In RE Robins thought about how they knew they belonged and what they did to show it, to understand how belonging can be shown by outward appearance.

After lots of discussion, they made a class list of ideas and then individually, drew a picture of themselves and labelled what they wore to show how they belonged. Robins went on to consider how following rules, conducting the right behaviour and being responsible all linked in to belonging, – when you are part of a group you are representing it.

Besides school, children belonged to gymnastics clubs, dance clubs, karate, boxing, Brownies, Cubs and the Young Voices choir.

Compasses and directions

Robins enjoyed learning more about compasses and directions in their Topic lesson.

Children took part in practical tasks to become compasses making turns and directions to face the correct way. Some critical thinkers soon realised they needed to apply their mathematical skills as they discovered questions including “anti-clockwise, clockwise, quarter, half and three quarter turns.”

Children then completed compass directions to find their way around town landmarks on a map.

Belonging

In RE Robins thought about how they knew they belonged and what they did to show it, to understand how belonging can be shown by outward appearance.

After lots of discussion, they made a class list of ideas and then individually, drew a picture of themselves and labelled what they wore to show how they belonged. Robins went on to consider how following rules, conducting the right behaviour and being responsible all linked in to belonging, – when you are part of a group you are representing it.

Besides school, children belonged to gymnastics clubs, dance clubs, karate, boxing, Brownies, Cubs and the Young Voices choir.

Fantasy stories

Apologies for the blurry image

Robins worked really hard in English today. Following lots of work about the story “Mr Morris Lessmore and the Fantastic Flying Books”, they began to write the first paragraph of their own fantasy story.

There was so much to remember to include and concentrate upon! They had to describe the main character, set the scene, use fronted adverbials, include adjectives along with taking pride in their work! Children in Robins are working really hard at the moment to improve their presentation and handwriting. Six children were chosen to explain why they were proud of their work and read it out to the other pupils, whilst the rest of the class then listened carefully to ensure the success criteria had been met!