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 Middle Primary Class. The page will be updated each term.

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

 

Middle Primary Class December 2015 Middle Primary Class December 2015

 

Spring 2017

Literacy

English Language is focused around vocabulary development…”Wonderful Words’ and how we feel about them ,and the functional skills lesson which is a word -building /dictionary skills/ use of English Skills session.

English Literature

In English Literature ,this term ,we are continuing to read David Walliams’ : ‘The Demon Dentist ‘ with emphasis on ‘reading for meaning’ AND enjoyment of the story!

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

Our first term of science exploration in Middle Primary has been a very busy one. We have looked into Particles, Atoms, Elements, Molecules, Compounds and Cells – being the building blocks necessary for everything! This has lead us to look into experiments where their interaction and bonds can be seen. There has been experimentation with bubble science, oil and water, coke and Mentos, hydrophobic sand, surface tension, milk and washing up liquid, party balloons, and dancing raisins, to name a few. These experiments have been exploring concepts to do with hydrophilic/hydrophobic molecules (surfactent), sites of nucleation, surface tension, properties of gas, compression, pressure etc.
We have been making some notes in science journals as well as adding sheets of information such as the periodic table or ‘scientific ingredients’ as we call it. Each lesson Is recapped in order for the information to be really well understood.

Each child has reviewed their work with me and discussed what they would like to explore next. From their requests I can see that next term we will be discovering Space, Planets and Space travel, The Microscopic world, Ice, Volcanoes, Fireworks and other explosive reactions as well as other topics. I think we will be busy! We have already touched on the Microscopic world, so will be continuing with this as well as planning on exploring all things explosive.

History

History is an ongoing exploration of development in Medieval England thinking particularly about important written sources : The Domesday Book, Magna Carta and Town Charters. Emphasis is on the children developing understanding of some of the social/political perspectives of life at the time.

Geography

We have continued looking at Volcanoes and Earthquakes this term, as we did last term. We have tried to have empathy with people who live in tectonic zones by writing imaginative stories and listening to eyewitness accounts. After half term we will probably focus of Pompeii and Mount Vesuvius.

Art & Design

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

Last term we learned quite a lot of Halloween songs and of course Nellie the Elephant for our anti-ivory march in Lyndhurst.
After half term there is always a lot of practising of songs for our big Christmas Extravaganza, and Middle Primary did very well learning What The World Needs Now (Is Love Sweet Love) as well as Silent Night in 4 languages, including Sign Language with Ellie and more.

This term 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 playing games as well as creating little crafty projects as well as some activity sheets to learn Spanish. Last term we enjoyed learning the clothes we wear and the way we look, designing our characters, and also through paper cut-out dolls, and dressing up. 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.

PSHE

We start each session with meditation and then we have been enjoying getting to know our Human Rights!

Autumn 2016

General

Caracal the giant African land snail has a fine new tank and some lovely beetle friends! The children have enjoyed learning how to sit and watch our thoughts during meditation sessions-they now ask to do it!

Literacy

English Language will focus on three areas of development this term : Creativity ( The Thinking Space), Coherence ( structure in writing), and Competence ( the development of functional skills involved in writing).

English Literature

In English Literature last term we completed our study of ‘Stig of the Dump’ and I read ‘The Hodgeheg’ and ‘Mrs Tiggywinkle’ to the class which was well received. This term we are focussing on interpretations of text ( reading for meaning) through the Shirley Hughes stories.I will begin another class reader after half term and ‘Book Club’ will start in lessons by the end of September.

Maths

Last term we got very adept with our short multiplication and division. This term we will be hurtling through time and space (learning to tell it and measure it !)

Science

During our first term of science in Middle primary we will be exploring the concept of Atoms, Elements and Molecules. What they are, what they do, how they do it. We will be exploring these concepts through fun practical experiments using everyday groceries, objects and equipment. Each child will have a book (either plain or lined – their choice) in which they can write some brief notes and draw diagrams when needed. These books will be used to help consolidate what is learned during our practical experiments.

History

History sees the start of a term’s study of The Normans, Anglo Saxons and Vikings…plenty of castles, longboats and general historical mayhem on offer.

Geography

Last term we were investigating our local area. We started with the school building and grounds looking at the different types of materials used. Then we went on our first fieldtrip where we completed a survey on the types of houses found near school.
This term we started by doing a Traffic Survey of the road outside school and completing a geographical investigation about it. We also discovered all about the ‘by-pass that was never finished’ behind school! We are currently studying Volcanoes & Earthquakes which will lead into some cross-curricular work with History looking at Pompeii.

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.

PSHE

Taking over from Alex’s healthy eating pic last term, we will be looking at all we need to be healthy and happy, including meditation! We will then move on to Human Rights studies.

Spring 2016

 

General

We had to say goodbye to a couple of friends in the Spring term, but new friends have joined and we had to move the tables to make room! We are excited about the tree house/platform under construction in the garden and also playing by the stream in the woods now the better weather is here!

Literacy

We thoroughly enjoyed exploring Dr Seuss and playing with his tongue twisters last term. With this in mind, during the summer term, we plan to extend this language play using riddles and jokes – whilst secretly continuing our journey exploring texts, writing for different purposes, adapting our emerging writing style… practising handwriting, increasing our vocabulary, reading widely, debating and discussing etc etc…. the list is endless!

English Literature

Thanks to all our lovely children for the brilliant efforts they have made in English Literature and History…some of our study has required a lot of confidence in ‘having a go’ even if sometimes the work may feel quite challenging! ‘Stig of the Dump’ is ongoing and we will continue to study this as a class reader and as a ‘starting point’ for many different discussions. Last term we watched Ray Mears making fires and flint knapping! History took a bit of a detour regarding ‘Living through History’ concepts because it is the Queen’s ninetieth birthday on April 20th.I will return to invasions and castles a few weeks into the Summer term.

Maths

This term we have been having fun adding and subtracting, including carrying and borrowing. We used the Montessori golden beads and number squares to help us. Next term we will be learning about times and divide.

Science

The children enjoyed learning more about healthy food, especially planning and cooking a balanced meal! This term we will be doing lots of gardening, growing fruits and vegetables in our permaculture garden as well as sowing plants for wildlife such as butterflies and bees and learning about why these creatures are important for the health of our planet. Towards the end of the term we hope to turn some the garden’s produce into some tasty culinary creations!

History

Thanks to all our lovely children for the brilliant efforts they have made in English Literature and History…some of our study has required a lot of confidence in ‘having a go’ even if sometimes the work may feel quite challenging! ‘Stig of the Dump’ is ongoing and we will continue to study this as a class reader and as a ‘starting point’ for many different discussions. Last term we watched Ray Mears making fires and flint knapping! History took a bit of a detour regarding ‘Living through History’ concepts because it is the Queen’s ninetieth birthday on April 20th. I will return to invasions and castles a few weeks into the Summer term.

Geography

Last term we continued with the fundamentals of Geography – classifying the things we can study into Human, Physical & Environmental Geography. We spent some time looking at our Islands topic where we used the Katie Morag books & TV programme to examine what island life would be like and how it differs to our lives.

This term we are looking at the topic of Settlement and have already been our first fieldtrip! We are completing a geographical investigation into the types of houses situated close to school. We will be drawing graphs and analysing the data we have collected. Later on in the term we will be carrying out another investigation looking at traffic going past school – I know that we will have great fun counting & classifying the traffic!

Art & Design

Middle primary have been busy helping to build our climbing frame. They have been sawing, sanding, drilling, as well as having a sneaky test climb! They have also been helping to renovate the ‘Guinea – pig palace’ using materials taken from the old hutch.
Whilst taking the old roof off the palace, we discovered a large amount of mini beasts which were carefully relocated to the Bug hotel.
We have also begun to design our next big project as part of the ‘Roots and shoots’ competition we attended in London. This will be a bird/nature viewing hide in the left hand corner of the school garden. The children have made plans and are ready to get going on it.
When we haven’t been building, middle primary have been exploring Textile design. This included sewing by hand and machine, knitting, weaving etc. A break in creativity with tools and textiles was taken to make some vegan pancakes.
As well as all this many of you will have received some beautiful self designed and created mothers day presents and an Easter decoration.

Music

We are still working on our ensemble/group singing which covers many elements including;

staying in time together

remembering words

singing in tune together

starting to sing rounds together.

The first half of the term saw us writing our own song about what our favourite Christmas Presents were… good fun! And starting an on going project about insects/animals in songs. We learnt High Hopes and did some great drawings of the little old ant moving the rubber tree plant. And we too learnt Wonderful World which Alison videoed when we sang it with Upper Primary and the school choir. We also learnt a beautiful song called February Twilight

The second half of the term saw us growing our repertoire of insect and animal songs; we now know;

There’s a worm at the bottom of my garden

Baby Bumblebee

High Hopes

The Bare Necessities (our newest one).

Keep up the good work Middle Primary.

Spanish

We have experienced Spanish Language in a sensorial manner. Holding or touching the objects we are learning and learning their names in a challenging playful way, using what Montessori called ‘The Three Period Lessons’. In a similar way we have revised basics of the language such as colours through play and numbers through mathematical operations and cards.

This term, are using audio videos and ‘word cards’ to start building simple sentences and talking about ourselves. Our challenge is to create/sing a song with these.

Dance

Having worked with story telling last term, exploring literal representation and characterisation, this term we will be exploring abstract creation and individual interpretation. The world of art has many forms all commonly inspiring each other. This term we will look at the collaboration between art and dance, towards performance. We will then explore the relationship between what we see in movement to what we create as artists. Experiencing the role of both the performer and the visual artist.

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.

Autumn 2015

Literacy

We have finished our alliteration journey through the alphabet this autumn and progressed in our learning of basic grammar rules.

After Christmas we plan to continue with our rules (and exceptions) and introduce some spelling practise games and exercises.

English Literature

This half term we have been reading ‘Charlotte’s Web’ exploring language and character. We have been thinking about ‘meaning’ and how we feel about the characters in the story.

Next half term we will be starting a new class reader and will continue to explore language, meaning, character and story development. We will also be starting Book Club sessions where a member of the class brings in a book they have read to talk about in class.

Maths

This term we have been having fun adding and subtracting, including carrying and borrowing. We used the Montessori golden beads and number squares to help us. Next term we will be learning about times and divide.

History

This half term we have been thinking about and exploring what ‘History’ means. Therefore we have been considering what ‘time’ means and how we measure the passage of time. We have tried to feel small amounts of time and how the year is measured…days /months /seasons and what they feel like.

We have also talked about KEY TERMS in History…for example…’in the past’,’timelines’. Further to this we have considered the time measurements of a ‘decade’, ‘a century’ and ‘a millennium’.
Next term we will continue with this and then apply our knowledge so far to a specific time in History : ‘The Norman Conquest and 1066’. This will involve considering the ‘impact’ of invasion on landscape and populations and specifically this will involve an exploration of castles and language.

Geography

This term Middle Primary students have made a fabulous start at becoming Geographers!  We have looked at the kinds of topics that we can study in Geography, and the difference between Human, Physical and Environmental Geography.  We have also learnt what countries are in the UK and their capital cities.

Next term we will be looking at the differences between places using the Katie Morag books and TV programme as inspiration.  If any of you have any Katie Morag books, please bring them in!

Art

Check out our Spring Dreams catcher in our classroom! Next term we will be exploring 3d art using clay, and papier mache.

Design & Technology

Middle Primary class have been working on fan powered cars this term – as well as various den building outside. The idea was to give them a hand fan, an empty bottle, lids for wheels etc and see where it would lead. Having got to grips with all of our tools last year, they know their fixing/cutting techniques and the safety rules surrounding the tools. With my help and supervision, they used the drill, scissors and glue gun for this project.

This project was great for thinking through problems and developing their designs. If the car wouldn’t move..why? How could it be modified? We tried various axles, methods for fixing the wheels on etc until we had the optimum design. They were great fun for running down the corridor and got up some speed.
I wonder what the want to do next term? Someone did suggest more boats!

Music

For my weekly class with Middle Primary I tend to focus on working together as a singing group, which encompasses many musical elements including;

staying in time together
remembering words
singing in tune together
starting to sing rounds together.

We learnt some sweet songs over term 1 including Sing a Little Song, and Yellow the Bracken (an Autumn song). The children also did some lovely Autumn pictures inspired by the songs we were working on.

Term 2 saw presentations/sharing of everyones favourite Christmas songs and then a lot of work on our 3 songs for the Lower School Christmas Celebration. Some great, brave soloists did very well in Away in a Manger, and well done Zoe for jingling the sleigh bells for us.

We’ll be starting to look forward to Spring in the new year.

Spanish

In this group we have worked some basic notions, such as numbers, colors, parts of the body, some clothing and animals. They feel confident enough as to listen to me all the class speaking in Spanish, and the help of the class teacher provides this class with a great potential as to learn the language. Next term we hope to get to know some more basic stuff, family members terminologies, more parts of the body, start using adjectives in masculine and feminine version, and start talking about food. Always with a communicative approach, as the students are already talking in Spanish in the classroom.

Science

In PSHE this previous term we began by looking at a Tree of Health which showed some of the different branches that make up health, for example physical health, emotional health and environmental health. We spent time understanding what these different branches mean, using examples to illustrate them. We then spent the rest of the term focusing on physical health and food in particular. We have explored different food groups and how they are needed in different ways by the body. As well as looking at which foods belong to the different food groups, we have spent time looking at the proportions and quantities we should eat foods from these food groups, using the eat well plate as our guidance.
In the coming term we will be exploring how our knowledge of the food groups needed for a balanced diet can be used to create planned meals and diets, hopefully involving some chances to put our knowledge into practice with some practical cooking and baking!

Creative Kids

The beginning of the term 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; we also had lots of fun in the studio on Halloween playing games and dancing! During the first half of the term we also started a topic on Social Justice; we explored ‘What is social justice’  This unit encouraged students to examine how their  lives are connected to broader society, empowering students to ‘talk back’ to the world; to pose critical questions about society, social structures and government action.

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 specific to their age. The children have also chosen a posture each to practice over the term which we have incorporated into an imaginative story they have created.  Their story is being created into a poster to take home. We practice  mindful breathing each lesson, along with chanting and silent meditation. 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 been replaced with dance/yoga due to a staff change