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Today we have been writing notes about how a Viking long ship works. We have used Kiddle as a child safe search engine to collect our information. Watch this space to see our final explanation texts.
This week, in order to understand how instructions work, year 4 tried making some cupcakes with minimal adult help. They were given the ingredients needed and the recipe before they began helping themselves to scales, eggs, flour, butter and sugar. Using their mathematical skills, the children worked in teams to decipher the scales, measure out what they needed and make their cakes. Despite one or two broken eggs, the results were pretty tasty!🧁
As part of our French topic (the weather) the children have been learning how to tell each other about the current conditions and to ask what the forecast is. Today we have used our computing skills to create presentations, complete with animations and images taken from child safe search engines, about the different weather conditions. We have learnt phrases such as ‘il fait beau,’ it’s a beautiful day and ‘il fait chaud’ which means that it is hot.
Year 2 were given their homework books this afternoon to accompany their first piece of topic homework. This can be found in the back.
At the front, there is a handy spelling guide alongside their spellings for this week. Please feel free to practise in the book.
Today we began our Harvest Festival artwork.
What country and crop have we been learning about?
We have been learning about The Gruffalo story in our literacy lessons. We have made our own puppet shows using recycling and decorated them using a range of materials and art resources. We have also made our own puppets and retold the story in our groups.
We had a fantastic day at the Box Moor trust learning about plants, flowers and trees. We took part in identification activities, colour activities in the meadow, making woodland crowns and listening to a story in the woods. Thank you to all parent helpers that came along with us!
We have been learning about family trees and after creating our own for our families we did the same for the royal family. There are lots more people in their family tree!
We have been working very hard over the last few days to complete our STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) project. We had to make a moving vehicle with wheels and axels to carry a teddy. We first learnt about how wheels and axels work and tried making our own using the Kinex. Then we thought about the equipment and design moving on to making our cars. We enjoyed measuring how long our axels had to be and then cutting them using a saw.
A big thank you to Histon Produce for our fantastic fruit workshop! We had a great morning learning about why fruit is so important for us to eat and all about vitamins. We tried lots of different fruits and even made our own smoothies by blending them on a special bike.
To end the half term we have designed and painted our own clay plant pots to take home. We also planted some flowers so we can look after them.
We have been learning about weight/ mass and how to find out if something is heavy/ light. We have used balance scales and digital scales to weigh different objects.
We have been learning about measures in maths and have been focusing on length. We have used tape measures to see how tall people are and also measure how long our arms and legs are. We recorded our results in a table.
Well done to all the children for our class assembly! Thank you to all parents and family members who came to watch us share our work.
We have been investigating which type of flowers the class like best. We have asked each person and recorded our results into a pictogram.
We have planted our own tomato seeds and are looking after them each day. We are keeping them in our class greenhouse in the outdoor area to make sure they get lots of sun!
We have been learning all about Kenya for culture day! We started off the day learning about where in the world Kenya is and found out the capital city using atlases. We then took part in a class flight simulation on board Pixies Airlines to arrive in Kenya – Miss Woollatt and Mrs Macleod enjoyed being air hostesses! We then made our own African collar necklaces using paper plates and brightly coloured paint. To end the day Mr. Smith came in to teach us about African drums and we took part in fun music activities looking at rhythm and technique.
In science we are learning about parts of a plant. We have dissected some tulips and sorted each part of the flower into groups looking closely using a magnifying glass. We have also learnt what job each part of plant does (roots, stem, leaves, petals)
We have been learning about Vincent Van Gogh and some of his famous paintings. We decided to create our own version of his ‘sunflower’ picture using paint and oil pastels.
We had lots of fun at the year 1 sports festival this week! We came 4th place out of seven schools, well done Pixies!
We have been making Mother’s Day cards today. We have decorated the front of our cards using paint, pencils and coloured tissue paper as well as writing thoughtful messages inside. We hope you have a lovely day on Sunday!
We have been learning about what aerial view means and looking at photos of places around the world. We have been identifying human and physical features of things in and around our school and local area. We have used the satellite view on google maps to help us.
We have been learning about Italy in preparation to write our own leaflet/ brochure. We have spent some time looking at existing travel leaflets and brochures and picking out the key features. We enjoyed looking at lots of different holidays!
We have enjoyed our new topic learning about continents and countries around the world. We used the atlases to find answers to challenges for example… What’s the largest ocean? Which country is the biggest?
We had to lots of fun learning about how important books are and reading lots of great stories! We used ‘The Tunnel’ by Anthony Browne to stimulate our work throughout the day.
We created our own front cover and blurb, acted out parts of the story and thought about what the tunnel could lead to.
Thank you so much to Jessica and Zara’s mum who came in and read two stories to the class.
We have been learning about lots of different animal habitats and matching the animals to where they live. We have also been learning about why the animals are suited to their habitats.
In science we have been learning about living things as well as the life cycle of a frog. We used the computers to order pictures and write about each stage in the life cycle. We also learnt a fun song to help us remember what happens.
Thank you to Joshua’s ‘pops’ for coming in to read a story to the class!
We wanted to show all of you our amazing finished castles! We are very proud of them 🙂
This week we have attached all the parts of our castles together using masking tape. We have also painted our castles in bright colours.
In PE we have been learning about balances on various body parts (points and patches) and have been using the apparatus to find ways of combining travel and balance.
In literacy we have been reading the story of Hansel and Gretel. We have acted out the story using masks and have performed to the class. Today’s lesson we thought about the trails that Hansel left in the story and thought about how we could create our own. We used a range of equipment and went into the hall to make our very own forest trails.
We have started making our own fairy tale castles using junk modelling materials. Thank you to all parents who have given in things for us to use!
Next lesson we will start to attach all the parts together.
We have been working on telling the time using o’clock. We played a board game in pairs to help us practice telling the time.
We had a look at different types of drums and how we can change the sound by using different parts of our hands and also a range of places on the drum. We passed the drum around and the children made up their own rhythm, the class had to clap the rhythm back.
We have read the story of Goldilocks and the three bears and thought about how we think the characters feel at each point of the story. We used role play to help us write a letter from Goldilocks to the Three bears to apologise for all the naughty things she did in their house.
Welcome back everyone! We have been learning about New Year and when and why it is celebrated. We have thought about our own new years resolutions – things we would like to do this year or things to improve on.
We have created our own firework pictures in art using paint and glitter. We made the firework shapes using cut toilet rolls, straws and plastic forks.
We have been writing instructions about how to make a jam sandwich. We used our instructions to help us make our own to take home – some of us had a small piece in school as they were so yummy!
We have been learning about why Remembrance Day is so important and have made our own poppy collages using different types of red paper.
We have been using the Dienes equipment to learn how 2 digit numbers are made up of tens and ones. We have used place value cards to split numbers up and use ‘tens sticks’ and ‘ones cubes’ to make each number.
We have started our new topic ‘Come and join the celebration’ and have been learning about bonfire night. We have read the story of the gunpowder plot to understand why we celebrate firework night. We worked in groups to act out part of the story and make a freeze frame for each part. We performed our work to the class.
We have been learning about 2D shapes and their properties. We went on a shape hunt in the classroom to see how many 2D shapes we could find. We recorded what we found out using a tally chart.
We have been learning what glossaries are and where to find them in non-fiction books. We looked at lots of different NF books and located the glossary we also had a go at reading some words and their meanings. We have been learning how to order words in alphabetical order using the first letter to help us. We will be making our own weather glossaries for topic.
We have been learning about money and how to add amounts of money using a number line. We had to solve a problem to find how many ways we could total 10p using set fruits and prices. We came up with lots of ideas!
We have used role play to make our own weather reports. We planned what we were going to say in our groups and then used props to act it out to the class.
Thanks to all the surprise story tellers that have come into our classroom to tell a story so far! The children always get so excited to see who it is going to be! If you would like to be the next story teller please contact the office.
Friday 18th May 2018
Today we learnt about the Royal Wedding. We watched videos and looked at the different members of the Royal Family. We then worked in our groups to make our own wedding dresses using toilet paper. We also made our own crowns using lots of shiny jewels.
Week Commencing: 21st May 2018
Our caterpillars continued to grow and grow. They then changed into chrysalis and we had to be very patient and wait. But after waiting nearly two weeks the butterflies were ready to fly and we let them go.
Week Commencing: 23rd April 2018
This term our new topic is ‘Minibeasts’. To start our topic off we have been learning about the life cycle of a butterfly.
We have had a delivery of our own class caterpillars. We look forward to seeing them change into butterflies. We are going to keep a class diary about how the caterpillars are changing each week.
We have made wet wipe butterflies.
We have painted symmetrical butterflies.
Week Commencing: 19th February 2018
This week we have been learning about Chinese New Year. We made dragons, lanterns and painted Chinese numbers.
Week Commencing: 19th February 2018
This week we all had the opportunity to sit down together and look at our learning journeys. It was great to look back at all the different learning we have been doing this year. It was nice to see what our friends had in their learning journeys too.
Thursday 8th February 2018:
Today we did our first ever class assembly at Pixies Hill. Everyone did a fantastic job to remember their lines and to say them loudly and clearly. The assembly was about our topic ‘Once Upon a Time.’
We hope you enjoyed watching our class assembly.
Look at how much our beanstalks have grown. We have now taken them home and hope they keep growing.
Week Commencing 22nd January 2018
This week during computing we used the I-pads. We used the Bee-Bot app, we were programing the Bee-Bot to move around the maze using different commands. After using the I-pads we watched the next part of Hectors World, the short videos are teaching us about the importance of e-safety.
Here is the link for you to watch them at home – https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/5_7/hectorsworld/
Week Commencing: 22nd January 2018
This week we have been reading the story ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’. During literacy we made our own trolls using playdough and other materials, we made bridges using a range of construction resources and during art we drew our own pictures of the story.
Week Commencing: 15th January 2018
This week we have been reading the story ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. We have planted our own beans. We cannot wait for them to grow!! This week we have learning about the different parts of a plant, what plants need to grow and ordering the life cycle of a bean plant.
Here are some pictures of us planting our beans – we wonder if they will grow as big as Jack’s beanstalk??
Week Commencing: 8th January 2018
We have started our new topic ‘Once Upon a Time’ this week.
We started this week by reading the book ‘The Three Little Pigs’. We worked in our groups to story map and retell the story using small characters.
We also worked in small groups to act out the story to the rest of the class.
We pretended to be the big bad wolf (ahhh) and make paint wolf pictures by blowing the paint using a straw.
Today with Mrs Weare we read the book ‘Night Tree’. We then made our own bird feeders using Cherrios and pipe cleaners, we have hung them on a tree outside for the birds to eat.
On Friday 15th December we all wore our Christmas Jumpers to school and each donated £1 to the charity Save the Children.
This week we have been busy making our Christmas cards, calendars and Christmas envelopes ready to take home.
On Thursday 14th December we went to St John’s Church in Boxmoor to take part in the Carol Concert. We sang lots of different carols and listened to the readings. We had made decorations for the tree at the church, we had made crowns for the song ‘We Three Kings’.
On Friday 8th December we went to the Elgiva Theatre in Chesham to see Snow White. It was great fun and we all enjoyed watching the pantomime.
Well done to all the children in reception class taking part in the nativity. You were fantastic angels and donkeys and Miss Best was very proud!
Week Commencing: 5th December 2017
This week Christmas has finally arrived here in reception class. We have worked together to put up and decorate the tree. We have an advent calendar and an Elf has come to visit our class!!!(How exciting!!) We also have a new role play area which is Santa’s Workshop. We will begin to do some more Christmas activities during child initiated play and learn about ‘The Nativity’ during topic.
For the beginning part of this half term our topic has been ‘Penguins’. We have been doing lots of fun Penguin activities during child initiated play.
‘A King is Born’
Reception and KS1 have been very busy practicing for the Christmas Nativity. We have learnt 7 different songs and have been practicing our dances and lines on stage.
We can’t wait to show you!
Joe and Andrew visited us today!
This is what a few of the children thought:
“It was amusing and crazy and I liked it when Andy went to look for the bowl. I really liked the dancing at the end.” (Samuel, Year 3)
“I liked it when he got the cake in his face.” (Charlie, Year 2)
“I liked singing the songs and rhymes.” (Ellie, Year 2)
Week Commencing: 6th November 2017
This week we have been learning about ‘Remembrance Day’. We learnt about poppies and why people wear them on the lead up to Remembrance Day. During CIP time we had the opportunity to make poppies using different paper, paint poppies, make poppies on the computer and make models of poppies using construction resources.
Week Commencing: 30th October 2017
This week we have been learning about ‘Bonfire Night’ and the story of ‘Guy Fawkes’. We made our own firework pictures using marbles dipped in paint and cut tubes.
Week Commencing: 30th October 2017
This week we have been learning about Halloween. We had lots of different Halloween activities during CIP time, We made skeletons using cotton buds, repeating patterns using Halloween sequins and carving pumpkins.
Week Commencing: 30th October 2017
This week we have learnt about ‘Diwali’. We made our own Diva Lamps using clay. We rolled them into a ball and added a tea light. We used a pencil to decorate into the clay. When they have dried we are going to paint them and add glitter.
Week Commencing: 16th October 2017
Our topic this term has been ‘Autumn’, we recently read the book ‘Leaf Man’. For homework we collected our own leaves, twigs, moss etc. and then used this to make our own pictures.
Week Commencing: 16th October 2017
This week in maths we have been learning about repeating patterns. We have made patterns using a range of objects and resources from around the classroom.
Week Commencing: 9th October 2017
This week we have been reading the story ‘Peace at Last’. One of our activities during Literacy was to make our own bears.
Week Commencing: 25th September 2017
This week in maths we have been practicing recognising numbers and counting.
Week Commencing: 25th September 2017
This week we have been reading the book ‘The Gruffalo’. In our groups we story mapped the story on large pieces of paper. During CIP we also did lots of Gruffalo activities.
Week Commencing: 5th September 2017
This week we have been getting to know one another and making friends. We have also have the opportunity to explore our new classroom. It has been a little bit scary but very exciting and we look forward to next week!