The children in Years 1 and 4 came together to celebrate characters. The children began to think about characters from their favourite books and what traits they have. The two classes began to outline their character’s features and to draw them. They then added details of their character’s place in a story, some speech and most importantly colour!
The children then began to share their work with both classes.
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Throughout the school different year groups are getting involved in the Tunnels of Love project aim to transform the Penn Inn Subway.
Outline of the project:
The Penn Inn subway complex, Newton Abbot, is a neglected & unloved space. Many users find it unpleasant to walk through. Tunnels of Love links local people with artists to transform the subways into spaces where people want to be and interact with games, stories & imagery about who they are.
3 artists will engage with the local community to dramatically change an intimidating space. In idea-generating workshops, groups, schools, & local residents will imagine what the subways could become. People will discuss what makes them feel safe, what games they like to play, & they will share stories of themselves and the place where they live.
Entwining Photoshop imagery, ceramics & words together, artwork will provide unexpected encounters, featuring affirming messages that help boost mental health coupled with interactivity, a sense of being part of the community that created it, and seeing themselves reflected in their local environment. Tunnels of Love will enable an improvement in a sense of wellbeing rather than an unpleasant encounter at the start & end of each day.
In year 1 we had our initial visit from Kate Green who talked us through our part in the project. In the new year, Year 1 will be visiting the area to engage in photography and drawing projects.
A huge thank you to Scarlett who came to visit Year 1 and talk to us about the Mare and Foal Sanctuary and how they care for horses. This supported the children’s science learning around animals and what animals need.
The children learnt about the different body parts of horses; how horses are groomed; what horses eat; and what makes horses happy and healthy.
If you would like to find out more about the Mare and Foal Sanctuary or visit, please check out their website. https://www.mareandfoal.org/
In year 1, we thoroughly enjoyed welcoming Chantal who engaged with groups of children in the class sharing different playground games. The games included Granny’s Footsteps and Treasure Game.
Mrs Bunce is keen to share these games with KS1 during breaktimes.
Year 1 had lots of fun at the Newton Abbot Sports Festival. Click on the link below to find out more about the experience.
We have had the most exciting morning with our visit from Simon and the Space Dome!
The children had the opportunity to go inside the dome where Simon took us on a journey through Space. Within the Dome the children listened to the planet song and then travelled to the Moon with Neil Armstrong. We also had a look at the different constellations in the night sky.
As if that wasn’t enough, in the afternoon Simon treated the Year 1s to an additional Dome experience exploring the different phases of the Moon and why the Moon looks like it’s changing each night. We have all come away inspired!!
“I want to be the first girl on the Moon”
“Where do meteors come from?”
“I want to touch the Moon!”
The children across years 1-6 had an amazing experience today. We were delighted to be able to welcome Simon from Space Odyssey back to the school after a prolonged absence.
A huge thank you to all of you who supported the Space Dome with your donations. These are hugely appreciated as it would not have been able to happen without you!
The children in year 1 are studying The Moon as their topic focus and so got a first hand, up close view of the Lunar surface, as well as some beautifully presented explanations of how and why we see the phases of the moon. Year 2 are finding out what lies beyond the planet they live on and are exploring the solar system, searching for life and wondering, dreaming, imagining and envisioning their potential futures as members of a species which spreads itself out across the cosmos!
I wonder what we will find out their when we get out there?
Autumn has definitely arrived!
The children have been exploring the artist Andy Goldsworthy and some of the natural sculptures he has created. The children were challenged with using natural objects to create patterns and sculptures in the style of Andy Goldsworthy. The class created various swirls and sculpture carefully considering symmetry.
(One of Andy Goldsworthy’s sculptures).
For their home learning, the children were asked to go on an Autumn walk and collect natural materials to create a sculpture. Take a look at some of the children’s fantastic creations. More to be seen in the classroom.
Look at the state of those hands! Clear evidence of lots of creative fun had. The children have spent the afternoon kneading dough, spreading sauce and sprinkling cheese to create their own pizzas. The children have shared that their pizzas were “tasty”, “delicious” and “very cheesy!”.
Check out our classroom display and talk to your child about: how they made their pizza? What ingredients did they use? What was the best bit about pizza making?
Sometimes, something happens which is just to good an opportunity to miss. Following it up means taking risks, abandoning plans and thinking on your feet, but this is always where and when the best learning happens.
One of the mums came in today with a butterfly farm and asked if we could release them in the garden area. I snapped her hand off! It meant changing the whole afternoon and the plans for tomorrow but it was well worth it!
The two girls gave the class a great presentation on the lifecycle of the butterflies they had reared and then we set them free!
One of those nice little moments that makes you realise why teaching is such a great vocation.