Although we know that many pupils tell their parents all about what they having been studying and doing at school, not every child is so forthcoming. Therefore so that you all know what your child has been up to in the last term and what plans there are for next term, you can now visit this new page providing the latest news from the Lower Primary Class. This page will be regularly updated.

If you have any specific queries concerning this class or your child please speak to or email the class leaders Alex or Alison.

 

The Lower Primary Class December 2015 The Lower Primary Class December 2015

 

Spring 2017

 

Literacy / English

Last term we were exploring poems, reading Shirley Hughes’s book ‘Out and About’ which contains short poems exploring the natural world. The children developed skills in reading and understanding poetry as well writing some of their own poems. Through this work we also developed our writing and keyword spelling skills.

This term we will begin by continuing to look at poetry and then focus on the Greek stories that we have been reading together, exploring these through writing, art, drama and so on! We are also focusing on developing spelling skills this term, looking at familiar and unfamiliar sound blends and some of the more difficult spelling words these contain.

Maths

Don’t forget to ask us the digital and analogue time (last terms topic)
This term we are having fun with number bonds and money….

Science

Last term we explored light and sound, which the children responded to fantastically. Our emphasis has been on exploring these topics through experiments, creating some memorable moments such as exploring echoes in the underpass!

We will continue learning about light this half term and the move on to our new topic, forces.

History

This term we are continuing to learn about our Celtic ancestors. This topic will be interspersed with seasonal crafts, poems, etc.

Art & Design

Last term our focus was the changing seasons and this will continue in the New Year as we move from the colours, textures and feelings of autumn into those of winter.

Our Middle and Lower Primary DT project for this term has been designing and building clocks. Each child carefully selected their materials in order to work out their deigns, keeping in mind the requirements of the hand movements and motor dimensions. From the materials independently chosen, they have created some very individual and amazing designs. This project has been running along side the children’s maths lessons with Ali, where the classes have been learning to tell the time. We have also been getting a bit more of our outdoor construction in when possible. This includes development of the mud kitchen area.

After Christmas we are planning to get on with the final addition to the climbing frame, with the help of Upper Primary. This will be one final platform to the left of the slide as well as some monkey bars. We also have a shed to repair and get put together for our bird/nature watching hide. This should be taking shape over the spring term. The classes will be having a meeting to discuss possible small project ideas for when we can’t get outside. One thing we are planning to use is the left over clock cases (now we have used the hands and motors) to make wall lamps.

Music

We’ve been learning a 5 part canon of When The Saints. We’re also learning songs with a Green/Eco message and writing our own Green songs.

Spanish

We like listening to music, singing songs, dancing, playing active games as well as creating little crafty projects to learn Spanish. Last term we  enjoyed learning the clothes we wear and the way we look like, making paper cut-out dolls, and dressing up games. We have discovered what is Halloween like in Spain and how we celebrate Christmas, food we like and presents, who is Papa Noel and Los Tres Reyes Magos (Three kings).

This term we are talking about family and pets, we will see how we celebrate carnaval and San Valentín. We observe and learn about our close environment, classroom and outdoors, seasons, what we like and what we don’t like.

Nature Walks with Kindergarten

Once a week, on a Thursday, we embark on our Nature Walk, with our learning and playing all taking place in the woods around school. Last term we explored map skills and getting to grips with some basic toolwork (using a bushcraft knife and hand drill) and firelighting skills.

Autumn 2016

Literacy / English

Last term the children enjoyed learning a little about life in Ancient Greece. We read and discussed a number of Greek creation stories as a precursor to reading the Greek myths. They also enjoyed coming up with ideas for their own stories about where the world and human beings came from.
This term we will be starting to read and discuss the main Greek myths, as well as continuing our English Language work on phonics, grammar and spelling. We will also be focusing on our love of books and reading individually.

Maths

We had great fun last term jumping up and down whilst chanting our times tables and learning to divide with gemstones! This term we will be travelling through time (and learning how to tell it)!

Science

Last term the children loved learning about the Solar System and finishing off their solar system books. Our first topic in science this half term will be sound. We will be exploring what sound is and creating experiments to further our understanding of how sound works.

History

Our Greek and Roman studies culminated in a trip to Rockbourne Roman villa which we all enjoyed. This term we will be experiencing all things Celtic interspersed with Seasonal arts and stories.

Art & Design

Our Summer of DT involved more building work on the climbing frame, as well as being busy working on our Elephant Art projects.

On nearing completion of the climbing frame, the children have decided to add more, so this will continue into the autumn term along with our other outdoor projects. These being the Guinea pig enclosure, bird watching hide, go kart, quiet area and possibly some tyre seating.

Other indoor based projects will evolve through our class planning meetings.

Along side those jobs, we will be working on more Elephant related project work ready for the march in September and exhibition in October.

Music

We continued to learn new songs with Ali! Next term we will be revisiting our favourite songs and practising for the Xmas concert!

Forest School

Once a month on Thursdays we will be beginning our Forest School sessions, with our learning and playing all taking place in the woods around school. In the first term we will be exploring map skills and getting to grips with some basic toolwork (using a bushcraft knife and hand drill) and firelighting skills.

Spring 2016

Literacy / English

The children enjoyed developing their phonic skills over the last term through games, making pictures and writing sentences. This term in English we will be continuing our phonic work, developing our independent writing skills and also reading together some of the wonderful Greek myths.

Maths

We enjoyed adding and subtracting numbers in the Spring term and now we will be having fun learning how to multiply and divide. The Montessori beads help us see the quantities and we will also use a magic number square to help us multiply. Dividing means sharing and sharing is good!

Science

The children loved learning more about our Solar System over the previous term. This term in science we are continuing with our project about Space. The children are making books about the solar system learning about the individual planets in detail. Towards the end of the term we will be learning about rockets, human exploration of space and the International Space Station. We are also setting up some experiments which look at growth and living processes, including taking part in the national Rocket Science experiment which grows seeds which have been taken to the International Space Station and compares their growth with seeds that have remained on earth.

History

We have all been fascinated with our early people studies this Spring term, from Australopithecus to Homo sapiens! During the summer term we will continue our studies, looking at early civilisations.

Art & Design

In our DT classes we have had a busy term of building and creating.

Lower primary are taking time to familiarise themselves with the tools and safety rules. They have been helping with building the climbing frame in the garden as well as working on the Guinea pig palace renovation.

We have also begun to design our boats we will be making to sail down the stream in the forest.

The dolls house in the classroom has undergone a fantastic makeover, which includes some very contemporary carpets.

We had a bit of fun making an ‘early man’ den complete with cave art to run along side Ali’s history lessons. As well as all of this, we took a break from DT to make some Vegan pancakes.

You will also have received some fantastic mothers day presents as well as a lovely Easter wreath.

We also took some time to use the knitting and sewing machine to make a blanket for a new addition to one of the children’s family.

Music

We will be continuing to learn songs with Ali!

Baking

This term we are getting very adventurous with our taste buds-trying steamed artichoke dipped in olive oil and sampling chai tea! We hope to get out in the garden soon and help our food to grow..

Yoga

With a strong focus on meditation and wellbeing in the previous term, this term we will be focusing on six of the fundamental components of yoga; Balance, Bend, Twist, Stretch, Partner Work and Breathe. We will introduce these elements through various interactive and entertaining themes, before testing our ability further through workshops after half term.

Spanish

Last term we have all had a great time while learning Spanish Language. We love singing songs in Spanish and playing games with relevant objects. Our activities are very interactive. We have learnt some vocabulary through what Montessori called ‘The Three Period Lesson’, we have built our farm house and worked with farm animals while we sang ‘La Granja de McDonald’. We have also dressed up with surprising garments with funny Spanish names found in our magic basket, and we have reinforced colours and numbers with secret boxes where we found an unexpected number of objects.

This term we have introduced our rabbit mad hatter, who loves having conversations with the beautiful group and getting to know them. We have also set up a summer scene: songs, river by the seaside, seagull, fish… all so very exiting. The group is willing to help in the both the setting up of the theme as well as putting everything back. Their understanding when given instructions in Spanish is impressive and increasing!.

We will play ‘Veo Veo’ (‘I spy with my little eyes’) to learn new vocabulary using resources in the classroom which will be reinforced by using ‘Classifying Cards’. Songs, games and puppet conversations will be our dearest companions and we shall keep up this good group work together.

Autumn 2015

General

With many children joining our Lower Primary class this year from our Kindergarten or from other schools, its been lovely to see how quickly and happily everyone has settled in. New friendships have been formed and relationships with our teachers established. The children love playing inside and outside the classroom and have really gelled as a group. They show great ability to self-direct their activities during free choice and playtimes and engage with lessons in a range of subjects. In lessons they have enjoyed making books about themselves, developing their mathematical skills, learning about the universe, meditating and creating with Hannah and making amazing things with Maggie!

Literacy / English

This previous half term in English we have been focusing on two areas. The first is developing the children’s phonic awareness, looking at sound blends/vowel digraphs such as sh, ch, th, ai, and ay. We explore this in a multi-sensory way, using movement and actions, creating pictures, making sentences and playing games! Secondly, as most of the children are new to the class we have been creating books entitled ‘All About Me’ about ourselves and our families. These will be sent home before Christmas for parents to see.

In the coming term we will continue our phonic work, exploring ‘magic e’ and more complex sound blends. Having finished our books about ourselves, we will be looking at stories from around the world and understanding the different elements that make up the storytelling process.

Maths

We enjoyed adding and subtracting numbers in the Spring term and now we will be having fun learning how to multiply and divide. The Montessori beads help us see the quantities and we will also use a magic number square to help us multiply. Dividing means sharing and sharing is good!

Science

Our project for this year in Science is Space, a subject the children have showed great enthusiasm about! This previous term we’ve been exploring from the origins of the universe to the birth of the solar system. We discussed what this universe is and how scientists think the universe was born. We created a timeline of the universe showing major events such as the Big Bang, the first galaxies and the birth of our planet. Each step along our timeline represented a billion years of time in the universe! Recently we have explored how scientists think our star and the planets of the solar system were born, using clay to model the way tiny particles orbiting stars gradually build up into orbiting objects the size of planets.

Next term we will be exploring in much greater detail our solar system and how it works, comparing and contrasting the different planets in terms of size, length or orbit and so on. We will be visiting the Winchester Science Museum (previously Intech) to deepen how learning.

History

We have all been fascinated with our early people studies this Spring term, from Australopithecus to Homo sapiens! During the summer term we will continue our studies, looking at early civilisations.

Art & Design

As this was their first term doing DT, the lower primary class have been looking at our tools. How they work, what they can be used for, who can use them and any safety rules that may apply. We started with some hammer and nail practice on our tree stump outside, but soon moved on to our first project.

The children showed a lot of interest in an old magnetic fishing rod we were using to clear the loose nails from our tool box. So with saw in hand, we set off to the woods to find some branches to make rods. This lead on to making our own magnetic fishing games.
The class were able to help with sawing, drilling and hammering to complete their individual projects – along with the use of both the hand powered and electric sewing machines to make the bags to keep it all in.
The finished games are fantastic! A project well done and the children soon got into the swing of working on a project over several lessons until it was complete.
We are now working on a few Christmas decoration projects and who knows what will happen in the next term? I can’t wait to see where the children’s ideas lead us!

Baking

We love this term because up until half term we can harvest and eat garden produce for snack! When we ran out of fresh garden produce, we stewed garden apples with cinnamon and boiled garden potatoes with margarine-yum! Most of us tried the baked Halloween pumpkin and the garlic bread was a big hit. Recently we all made hemp milk hot chocolate! Next term we will be boosting our winter immune systems with fruit smoothies and vegetable juices and enjoying hot cross buns as well!

Creative Kids

At the beginning of the term we focused on Autumn; discovering which foods grown during this season, tasting the harvest and  exploring the forest in order to experience the changes that occur after summer. We learned about the Autumn Equinox and Samhain and read old stories and myths. Over the course of the term we have also has messy creative sessions making Christmas decorations and furniture for the dolls house which they have all thoroughly enjoyed!

The second part of the term we have been focussing on our yoga practice, using story telling to practice our postures. We have a weekly practice which takes us on an adventure to the jungle  with Stella the stick insect; this routine uses 15 different postures that are uniquely designed to encourage healthy anatomical  development for their specific age.   We practice  mindful breathing each lesson, along with chanting and silent meditation. Every session ends with their favourite part- relaxation! The children snuggle down with a blanket and listen to a guided meditation story and have a head massage.  The children have come a long way since we started  and they are able to copy postures easily and with confidence.

PLEASE NOTE this class has now been replaced with dance/yoga, due to staff change

Spanish

The main objective is to completely speak in Spanish to this class by the end of January. The help of the assistant teacher in this class is highly appreciated, and will definitely make it happen by then. We have worked very basic colours, numbers, parts of the body.