Middle Primary News
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. This page is updated each term.
If you have any specific queries concerning this class or your child please speak to or email the class leader Alison.
Autumn Term 2019
This coming term our NFSS DT enthusiasts will be working on a diverse range of projects.
Kindergarten are currently learning all about tool use and safety, Lower Primary will be working on their Fairy/Miniature gardens, Middle primary are focused on Miniature worlds or Teddies, whilst Upper Primary will be working on an independent basis with work ranging from Textile design through to electronics.
It's going to be a productive term!
This term the children are learning the basic 12 bar blues structure, and putting it onto keyboards. Later They are going to try writing their own Blues in groups. After half term, they will be learning Christmas songs.
In History this term we will be exploring the impact of technology and availability of resources in the development of pre-historic societies.
In art this term the children who are new to the class are sewing their own handwork bags from new in order to look after and keep their work clean and safe.
Established members of the class will be perfecting their knit stitch in order to make three dimensional knitted squares rabbits.
We have begun our learning in Geography this term by 'locating' ourselves within our geographical landscape, beginning on the largest possible scale (the universe) and moving to the most localised (our houses, villages/towns/cities etc). We will move on to explore Planet Earth as a system (oceans, rivers, atmosphere etc) and cover areas such as the structure of the earth, plate tectonics and volcanoes.
Our first topic in PSHE this term has been values, learning about what values are and how our personal values define who we are. We will move on to explore social values in the context of communities such as the school and our class and then look at how values shape rights, for example the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).
Our topics for Science in Middle Primary this term are Sound and Light. We have begun by exploring sound, building on the knowledge of this topic that was introduced in Lower Primary. We are exploring how sounds are produced and travel as well as how different pitches of sound create different kinds of sound waves. We will move on to explore volume and the differences between sounds moving through solids, liquids or gases.
This term in English Literature, we will be studying the fabulous ’Sheep-Pig’ by Dick King-Smith. In English Language we will explore the functional skills of writing from the perspective of ‘What skills help us to communicate our thoughts, feelings, ideas and information?’ This means the class will learn particular techniques to help them articulate their thinking into written and spoken form.
This term Middle Primary are solidifying their knowledge of the times tables and learning to use their times tables to solve problems and generate and explore a range of number patterns including multiples. They are learning to make and test general statements about numbers, sort and classify numbers and explain methods and findings, as well as deepening their understanding of how to use the relationship between addition and subtraction, and addition and multiplication to understand and generate equivalent expressions. Finally the children are learning to visualise and understand multiplication represented as an array, record multiplication as number sentences and solve problems using multiplication facts.
Middle primary will be working on:
Days of the week
Hobbies and interests
Places to visit
Christmas in Spanish and Latin America
Summer Term 2019
All three primary classes are currently in various stages of project work. We have teddies, board games, toys and lamps all on the go. These should all be finished over the next few weeks.
Once they are completed, we are going to dedicate the rest of our DT time to putting the finishing touches to the tree house. It's almost there...just a few tweaks and safety checks required before the grand opening!
As a finishing touch - and to celebrate NFSS's 25th Anniversary - anyone who has been involved in the construction work will be asked to leave a hand print with a signature somewhere on the tree house.
We have our work cut out preparing for a big concert in the last week of the Summer Term, Wednesday 3rd July. As both of these terms (5 & 6) are so short, we are focusing on our repertoire for the big day. We are learning:
1. I Can See Clearly Now
2. Mama Mia
3. Acc-ent-tchu-ate The Positive
We will be singing with both Kindy and Lower Primary.
If you want to help your child, please sing along to any recordings/YouTube etc of these songs.
I have found a version of Accentuate The Positive - but we have only learned one of the parts. (The main part).
We will focus on comparisons between 'now' and 'the past' considering particular techniques and how humans have used various natural environments in relation to these technologies. A further emphasis will be placed on how environments can change over time.
This term we have been learning about the water cycle. We will be looking at water in our everyday lives, the water cycle itself and also water and it's issues worldwide.
Middle Primary have been exploring the wonderful world of metals! This Subject has been built on from the many metal police helmet finds from our dig site. We have been exploring everything from conducting electric current, electromagnetism and metal detecting, mining ore and environmental impact. Currently we are designing coin shaped clay beds in which I will hopefully be smelting and pouring molten aluminium. We have done a test run with the fire pit and believe we can get up to the required melting temperature! Fingers crossed.
Over the coming weeks we will look further into the Earth, it's structure and where we can find different minerals and rocks etc.
Continued study of 'The Demon Dentist' by David Walliams.
We will continue to explore and extend knowledge of key skill areas. There will be opportunities to experiment with written formats including the creation of comic strips.
This term we will be learning vocabulary related to food and drink and I will introduce the children to expressing their likes and dislikes, healthy eating, bakery, breakfast and dinner. They will concentrate on singular and plural nouns and adjective agreements. They will also learn how to order drinks in a cafe. Towards the end of the term we will move on to hobbies and interests.
The sun is out, hooray! So we have been out measuring perimeters and working out areas with long division.
We are deepening our meditation/quiet sitting practice and sharing of gratitude. We are also continuing to study Human Rights and are creating /enacting short plays to deepen our understanding.
This term we will be looking at Hispanic Traditions (Dia de Reyes - 6th January); having an introduction to basic reading; Family Members; Clothes; Pets; All about me - revision and finally Food and Drink.
From our Archaeological discoveries in the garden, we have been studying metal as our first subject. All those rosettes from police helmets have caused quite a stir of excitement! Moving forward with this project we will be looking not only at the properties of metal and alloys but also how they relate to magnetism and electricity as a wider subject. I am hoping we may even get time to make metal detectors! From there we are hopefully going to circle round back to the Earth and it's poles... then on to it's structure, rock and soil formation - in which we search for Archaeological and Geological discoveries. This should lead us quite nicely on to how we use the Earth's resources to make glass and pottery - two more materials that our dig site has produced over the last few months.
Moving on from the children's most successful miniature tree house project, we will be making the most of any dry weather to get their large tree house in the garden finished. Fingers crossed the sun keeps shining and our timber has time to dry out a little! We also have some fine tuning to be getting on with on our go-kart. We also have planning meetings, in which we will make an action plan of works and possible projects to be carried out in the coming weeks. I will be offering the idea of 'toys with a mechanism' and 'board games'. Will they go for the idea though?!
We enjoy starting our sessions with quiet sitting/body mind awareness and once termly we will do our sharing circle and work/play/home reviews. We will also be learning about Human Rights.
We are continuing to have fun with negative numbers (in a positive way!) reinforcing our whole numbers/quantities number work from last term. We will then be diving into the wonderful world of fractions and decimals. Don't forget to talk about fractions when cutting pizza and cake at home!
History sees us making further explorations in our understanding of the past, present and future; for instance, in our study of The Palace of Westminster and important historical figures who have had a profound effect on society and culture.
We will finish 'Charlotte's Web' and move on to 'The Demon Dentist' by David Walliams.
We will continue sentence development to include application of grammatical knowledge of word groups. We will focus on the articulation of thoughts and feelings in written form.
Continuing focusing on working as a team - not a group of soloists. Experimenting with body percussion and starting to write our own lyrics. Some research into specific songs will be set for homework occasionally.
We will be continuing to sew our handwork bags this term. Once all hand sewn they will be tie dyeing them and then sewing their initials onto the side in funky materials. These bags will be used to keep small craft/handwork projects safe, clean and tidy.
When these bags are finished we will embark on learning to knit and hopefully making a rabbit. Between the longer projects, smaller seasonal crafts will also be offered.
Handwork and crafts are so good for the children... maths, literacy, hand eye coordination and patience are some of the extra skills gained, without them even noticing! We are also working towards having a calm and relaxed atmosphere in class where quiet conversations and discussions can take place.
We shall be continuing to study the globe, exploring continents and oceans. We will be looking at maps and digital images of the world exploring and broadening the knowledge that the children have from last term.
The UK is our next topic, exploring the four countries and the surrounding seas.
Autumn Term 2018
Autumn Songs; beginning 'Singin' In The Rain'. Gentle homework set of learning words for those songs. Christmas materials to be decided soon.
Greetings for different times of the day, introducing themselves to friends, asking questions (such as how are you?) talking about Nationality, numbers, colours, parts of the face and describing yourself.
We will be deepening our body/mind awareness/meditation practice at the beginning of each session, working on posture, breath and watching our 'mind movies'. We will be holding twice termly sharing circles, celebrating our strengths and challenges and exploring gender.
We will be revising place value and cementing the 4 rules of number before having more fun with fractions and decimals! There is a lot of great maths online at www.mymaths.co.uk. The school user name is nfss and the password is school. Have fun!
The class are studying 'Charlotte's Web' as their class reader.
We will be thinking about sentence and vocabulary development.
We will be considering key historical terms, timelines, personal and social histories and how we can use the past to learn more about the present.
Design & Technology
We have another exciting DT project to get stuck into! As well as finishing off the tree house in the garden, we will be creating small and individual tree house lamps for each child to take home. These trees will create a calm focal point for day dreaming and meditation. Who doesn't love the idea of exploring a miniature world? Theses dream trees are based on the works of LA artist 'Jedediah Corwyn Voltz' who uses house plants to build his tiny tree houses around. I look forward to seeing what the children come up with and shall be letting the artist know how we get on.
We are beginning an in depth adventure into learning about archeology. Something the class are always very interested in. We will be looking into the topic from a scientific perspective which will involve soil profiling, rock formation, fossils, ground imaging, artifact discovery, dating and timelines, volcanoes, 'rot or not' and much more besides. The class will be setting up a dig site, so watch this space! Who knows what we might discover?