Monthly Archives: June 2017

Discussing courage and the Grenfell Tower fire

Our value word this month is courage.

Robins watched the official video and song “Bridge Over Troubled Water” which has been produced by Simon Cowell and famous pop stars, to raise money for the victims of the Grenfell Tower.

The children had all heard about the fire on the news and were asked who showed courage (our value word for June) in this terrible tragedy.

Robins thought about other qualities and values that people had shown because they had donated lots of clothes and toys to the survivors who had nothing left at all.

These included caring, love, friendship and hope.

Teeth damage experiment

Robins have been excited about the results of our science experiment to find out which liquids cause least damage to eggshells (simulating teeth).

Luckily, due to the fantastic weather, we were able to open the jars outside in the fresh air! Some were rather smelly!

The most damaged egg was by vinegar as it had completely taken away the shell. In fact, the egg was bouncy! We thought about how vinegar is used to pickle food which dates back to the Roman times (our current topic). We remebered how strong vinegar is as we found out on our trip, that Romans used to clean their communal “toilet” sponge using vinegar!

The biggest surprise was that sugar free blackcurrant squash had damaged the eggshell. It has grown a further crusty shell around it and the shell was soft in one area.

The egg in coke had a hard shell but had bady discoloured the shell. It smelt very sweet with such a high sugar content.

The egg that had been in orange juice smelt horrendous and was bady dicoloured although the shell was still hard.

The egg in milk had a hard shell and was in good condition. Similarly, was the egg that had been in water.

We used toothpaste and a toothbrush to clean the eggs and found we could remove the discolouring and build up left on the shell which reminded us of how plaque gathers on teeth.

This experiment confirmed what the dentist had explained to us. Liquids with sugar and acid cause the most damage to our teeth. We concluded that as as result of this experiment, we should avoid these drinks and replace them with water or milk.

Data from charts

Robins have been busy interpreting data from bar charts, pictograms and line graphs. They have enjoyed working with different partners and have showed excellent team skills, working together and supporting one another. Children have also been explaining how they reached their answers to the rest of the class.

Discussing our value word – Courage

Robins today discussed the meaning of courage and shared their fears with one another:

We shared our views and opinions about whether we should avoid things we are scared of or face our fears. Some of the children shared examples of when they had showed courage:

Daisy – Sleeping in the dark
Sophie M – Jumping from a height into a pit of foam pit
Mohamed – Climbing a fence
Osama – Climbing high bars in P.E. Daring to smell the eggs in our science experiment
Jamie – Sliding down a space bowl at the swimming pool – there was a drop at the end
Tiffanie – Sleeping on the floor abroad. I was worried about bugs!
Riley – Crawling through a simulated cave on a Cub Scout camp last weekend

In partners, the class made up a poem entitled “Almost Nothing Scares Me!”

Cara & Sophie:
We wouldn’t be afraid of a dragon or a murderer
We would fight a Roman or a Celt for free
We wouldn’t run away from a tornado or acid rain
but lifts absolutely petrify us!

Art Week – Gustav Klimt

Today, Robins looked at a picture by Gustav Klimt called “The Tree of Life”.

They learnt the tree of life represents wisdom, protection, strength, and beauty. It reaches up into the sky and down into the earth. It links Heaven, Earth, and the Underworld.The swirled branches make people want to keep looking at the painting to explore and find more.

Robins then focused on spirals as their theme and Mrs Parry showed the children how to quill. The children created their own designs and pictures. There was real perseverance this afternoon in Year 4!

Lunt Roman Fort trip

Robins have enjoyed being Roman soldiers today, as they marched around Lunt, the archaeological Roman Fort in Coventry.

Upon arrival, they were greeted by Frances who demanded a password to see whether we were friends or enemies. All the class practised soldier drills and learnt marching techniques and vocabulary.

Next everyone put on tunicas and were taught how to use a gladius and shield correctly. After that, the children marched to the gyrus to brush up on their army formation, using shields as a barrier to defend enemies. This is the only known gyrus in the Roman Empire so we were very privileged to see and stand in it! Once the children had perfected their technique, they were taken by surprise and attached by the enemy (Mrs Parry, Mrs Sargant and Miss Sargant), whom they surrounded… until they surrendered! As the children had been so well behaved, they were allowed to battle in pairs!

We were lucky with the weather and all enjoyed eating our lunch outside in the sunshine!

After lunch, Robins marched outside the fort to become Celts. They discovered how Romans designed the fort with an “ankle breaker” ditch and scattered caltrops in the grass.

Everyone was excited to go up the stairs to see the view that the Romans had from the fort. We heard all about Boudicca and her revolt.

We visited the site of the barracks where soldiers lived and heard how they slept in bunk beds, and all washed and went to the toilet together! We also saw what Romans used instead of toilet paper (which was also shared!)

Finally, the children went up into the granary to learn about the armour that soldiers wore. Shayla and Christos dressed up in full costume!

Everyone really enjoyed the day and absorbed lots of new information by being immersed in a full Roman experience. There was plenty of active listening and concentration!

Frances the leader, was extremely impressed with the behaviour so well done to Robins who were a real credit to Bells Farm school.

What do you need now?

On Wednesday, Robins were asked to think about the Peacemaker questions “What do you need now? and “What do you need to happen next time?”

Children acknowledged that often, just saying sorry doesn’t stop the behaviour happening again or make them feel any better immediately. The children read through Peacemaker’s cards which helped them to identify some of the needs that can arise. After using the cards, one child felt angry and recognised they needed space to calm down, away from another pupil. One girl needed reassurance from another pupil they would not repeat a certain behaviour that had upset her. We talked about how using the cards might help and support us in being able to explain how we feel and what we need as it can often be tricky to know how to manage feelings.