Devon County Show.
We have been chosen to be entered into this year's Devon County Show. We will design and make a flower arrangement to fit into a wheelbarrow and base it around sea pollution. Our wheelbarrow will be collected in May, ready for this year's competition.
Heatree Residential 2018
The year 4 pupils took a trip to Heatree Residential where they got to take part in a number of activities based around outdoor learning including: archery, low adventure, high ropes and stream bug hunting.
The children had a fantastic time where they put 100% effort into everything and showed determination to accomplish every activity! They have been awarded the Heatree Outdoor Adventure award.
World Book Day.
The children looked fantastic on World Book Day this year, choosing characters from their favourite books.
Class 3 and Class 1 got together and shared an afternoon of reading.
Some of the older children read to the younger children. The younger children picked their favourite books in their classroom to hear read to them. We also heard that Class 1 are excellent readers and some of the children read to the older children. We couldn't believe how good their reading was!
It was lovely to see the children showing kindness to one another and sharing their love of reading.
It was decided that children no longer needed chairs to sit on when working in the classroom.
Children were expected to stand when they were learning, including when they were writing.
The children weren't very happy about this and were asked to use their persuasive skills to write a letter to Mr Westwood, persuading him to change his mind and give back the chairs!
The children used very effective persuasive writing techniques that they have been learning in their lessons and were fortunately allowed them back!
It's not just the children who enjoy reading, the staff at Lady Seaward's also like to get 'caught reading' throughout the day.
Can you see what their favourite books are?
'It took two weeks to make. We made the face out of paper mache. We then put two pillows in the body to make the tummy and used an old pair of tights for the legs and two pairs of gloves to make the hands. We found a mask to make the face and old dog hair to make his hair. We purchased some lovely new boots for him to wear!' - Karly.
I am very impressed with the work that has gone into making this lovely character and it will be displayed proudly in our classroom.
Keep an eye out for him when visiting!
Lady Seaward's C of E Primary School Ethos Day.
Lady Seaward's held an Ethos Day where children from five different schools were divided into family groups and participated in a number of different activities based on the significance of Lent as a Christian Festival.
The activities included a variety of workshops including: music, cookery and art.
The children shared their learning and reflected on the day through a service at Clyst St George Parish Church.
Measuring the perimeter and area of the playground.
This term the children have been developing their measurement skills and have been learning how to measure the perimeter and area of different shapes.
To show our skills and knowledge, the children decided to measure the perimeter and area of the playground.
They estimated the measurement first as this is a skill we have been developing in class and worked out the formulas needed to calculate the perimeter and area.
They then used trundle wheels to calculate the perimeter and area.
The children showed friendship when working together and perseverance to make sure they had measured every side.
Through our learning of 'Animals and Their Habitats' we decided to go on a bug hunt. We have been looking at the differences between invertebrates and vertebrates.
We used the outdoor space to hunt for living things.
In the classroom, we then had to identify the creatures using a classification key.
We found many things and proved that you are never too old to get excited about finding a frog in the school pond!
Class 3 were lucky enough to be invited to Mantracourt for an afternoon class trip. Mantracourt specialise in miniature high performance electronic products and have a factory just minutes away from our school.
The children were given a talk by staff members who informed the children how the company started and the day to day running of the company. We were then taken on a tour where children got to see the staff at work and got to view the equipment and machinery running. Additionally, children were invited to take part in a number of scientific testing involving weight and measure.
Class 3 learnt a lot of information and were very impressed with the technology. This trip will now form part of our science topic for the rest of the term.
We would like to thank the staff at Mantracourt for inviting us to visit your factory and really hope we can return again one day.
'I really want to work for Mantracourt when I am older, which will hopefully only be a couple of years from now, as long as I work hard in school!' - Max.
Class 3 and 4 STEM workshops
Class 3 and 4 were visited by Mr Tomlinson, who works at the Met Office, today. He spoke to the children about how weather is recorded and what equipment is used to measure different types of weather. The children were able to use an anemometer to test windspeed and were shown where different anemometers were located across the UK (there were none in Clyst St George!)
Mr Tomlinson also brought part of the 'Supercomputer' where the children studied the RAM memory of the device, the cost of this computer and how it was used in the Met Office.
Finally, the children became weather forecasters, where they had to read and present the weather to the rest of the class, using the relevant terminology and actions as seen by real reporters.
A huge thank you to Mr Tomlinson for giving up his time and for sharing such interesting information with the children as part of our Extreme Earth topic.
Thank you to the parents who came to our open morning on Friday the 3rd November. The children were given the challenge to safely land an egg out of the staff room window using a bin liner, string, sticky tape and a plastic cup. Using their knowledge and expertise about the forces of gravity and air resistance they began designing their parachute. Half an hour later, the parachutes were launched out of the window and tested.... They were a great success and lots of eggs survived! EGGcellent!
The children and parents thoroughly enjoyed this mission!
We were invited to Exeter Ramm Museum to take part in an art workshop. We had the opportunity to look around the museum for inspiration. Once we had decided our focus (mine was a jelly fish) we then created a stencil out of foam. With our stencils we then made prints which were inputted onto a computer to make an animation. Watch this space, the animation is coming soon!
Written by Macy Gayson, Year 5
Class 3 were provided with an excellent opportunity to go to Westpoint to find out more about farming in Devon, understanding the role of farming and its pivotal role in food production. They had the opportunity to learn where their food comes from first hand. They touched, felt and smelt how farms work! Class 3 thoroughly enjoyed this trip nominating at as one of their ‘best trips ever!’
From this visit, the children have completed some cross curricular learning activities where they have written up their experience from the day.
Our rugby trip to Clyst Vale
The following is written by Isaac (Year 5)
We took a coach to Clyst Vale and when we arrived we were greeted by a play leader who taught us how to pass down a line diagonally so we could improve our skills in matches. We also did two on one with the ball, which helps our side stepping, agility skills. After that, we played a match which was really fun because we had some game-play experience. It was a close match!
Earthquake tower investigation! How would you create yours?
The following is written by Amelia (Year 5)
We were designing structures out of spaghetti and Blu-tac to withstand an earthquake. We shook the tables to see whether they stayed up or fell over! Next time, I wouldn't make it as big because it wasn't as sturdy when we used big pieces of spaghetti. We had to re-make ours about five times because it kept falling over! We showed lots of perseverance and never gave up.
Himalayas class have had an enjoyable few weeks back to school. They have shared lots of interesting facts about natural disasters and have discussed what they want to find out. We have linked maths and literacy to our learning. We began by collecting data about our favourite natural disaster, plotting these results on a bar chart and discussing the results. Then we wrote an information text about volcanoes trying to include a range of facts and subheadings. Come and have a look at our fantastic work on our classroom display!
As creative artists, we have been discovering French artists and their techniques. In particular, we have been exploring the work of the French artist Georges-Pierre Seurat and pointillism. The children have sketched the school building and then used cotton wool buds to create the pointillism effect.
Heatree Activity Centre
The year 4 children had a fantastic few days on their residential this year. The children participated in a range of activities and had lots of fun and laughter along the way. Take a look at the pictures to see what we got up to.
The children of Class 3 and 4 were fortunate enough to have our local PCSO visit us to discuss internet safety. This session involved lots of practical work as well as learning about the dangers of giving out personal information. We all now feel very well informed and know how to keep safe online.
As part of our science learning this term, pupils from Class 3 and 4 have been carrying out their own investigations into how shadows are formed as well as how images are reflected. The children have extended their core investigation skills, learning about the importance of controlling set variables to ensure a fair test. The most recent experiment saw the pupils creating multiple reflections of objects using mirrors placed at differing angles. This optical illusion created great excitement and engagement from our budding scientists!
The children have started creating their very own Aztec houses and produced some wonderful Aztec artwork. We have used information gathered from previous lessons to build their houses in a style that they would have seen during the Aztecs time in Mexico. They thought carefully about the materials that they would use and some children even brought in items from home! It’s great to see that the children are so excited by their topic.