Welcome to Hawkmoor Class!
Spring Term 2020
To open our new topic, Sciencedipity came into school to wow us with a workshop.
To begin, we were given a battery holder, 2 batteries, a bulb, a bulb holder and two wires with crocodile clips on the ends. We were challenged to make a circuit and light the bulb. We all succeeded! We were extended to add a second bulb. Some of us went on to make a parallel circuit.
Next, we went on to test which materials were conductors (would allow the flow of electricity to pass through and make the circuit) and which were insulators (would not allow the flow of electricity to flow and so broke the circuit). We found out that metals make good conductors and wood, materials and plastic are insulators.
In Science today we have been learning about the different components within an electrical circuit. Firstly, we made an electrical circuit using our bodies- this was really good fun and we were able to work out how a switch could be used as part of a circuit.
We were then given the challenge of making a bulb light using different components, some of us remembered our work on bristle bots and we used our learning from our human circuit. To finish the lesson, we got to experiment with buzzers - this was very noisy but good fun!
Spring Term 2020
Today in RE we read the Bible story about Noah from the Old Testament. After reading the story, we acted out the important elements and hot-seated the main characters. We thought about why God chose Noah and why Noah followed God's request. Additionally, we discussed how much trust Noah must have had in God to continue with his actions.
In Science, we have been learning about different types of rocks. We have been identifying and classifying them whilst sorting them into different groups. Yesterday, we made sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous rocks using starburts. We had a lot of fun adding pressure and layers to make sedimentary rocks. We also had to change the temperature to make metamorphic and igneous, this was really interesting and we were amazed how the sweets changed and formed like the rocks we had been learning about.
We have been lucky enough to borrow a loan box from Parliament this half-term.
The loan box includes:
In Hawkmoor, we took part in a class debate whilst pretending that we were in London, in the Houses of Parliament. The children took this very seriously and made sure they addressed the speaker and other members of the houses appropriately. The bill that was debated was as follows: The pen license should be scrapped! This opened up a good range of opinions and some people even changed their minds. We concluded with a vote led by the speaker. Hawkmoor decided that the pen license should be scrapped!
This was a fantastic resource lent to us which inspired debate, deepened understanding and created memorable learning experiences.
Autumn Term 2019
To begin our new topic, we started by thinking about all of the things our families celebrate. We then thought about how other families, communities and cultures celebrate different things. Through discussions, a party was definitely voted as the most popular way to celebrate in Hawkmoor. The children have lots of memories of different parties they have been to to celebrate birthdays, weddings, Christmas, Easter and christenings.
So, to launch our topic, we had a party!
Week beginning 11th November was anti-bullying week. In Hawkmoor, we learnt about how it takes all of us to stop bullying from happening in our school and we all made pledges of what we would do from now on to make this happen. This included things like:
Odd Socks Day
On Wednesday 13th, we wore odd socks to school to support the nationwide event to support anti-bullying week. This is a fun event and lots of us remembered to wear our odd socks to raise awareness.
DT - Designing and making fish
In DT this half-term we have been designing and making large fish from the story 'Jonah'. First, we refined our cutting and sticking skills whilst learning about the story from the bible. Then we used these skills to cut, stick and make our fish.
Can you spot the teeth, gills and fins that we cut in the photos below?
Autumn Term 2019
Phase 2 Topic Launch
Today we launched our new topic, this involved all three classes in phase 2 rotating around three different activities organised by the class teachers. In Hawkmoor, the children explored Tutankhamun's tomb. They were archaeologists taken back in time to November 3rd 1922. They learnt about Howard Carter's discovery and helped him to explore the pharaoh's tomb. They had to work as a team to enter the tomb one by one and report what they found within the tomb. The children had a fantastic time and expressed how much they had learnt during their experience.
Today in Hawkmoor we all got a little bit messy with paper mache! In Art we have been learning about the colour wheel and how the primary colours can be mixed to make secondary colours. We have used what we have learnt to design an Egyptian death mask using different colours. Then today we used cardboard, balloons and paper mache to begin making our creations. We had a fantastic day learning about how to apply the newspaper using the PVA to create the shape of our masks. Some of us even added some facial features to bring our masks to life!
At the end of our Explorers topic, we opened up our phase museum. Parents were invited into school to come and view our exhibits and activities. The parents were free to examine the artefacts that we had made, take part in activities that we had planned and we even taught them some of the things we had learnt about the Egyptians. One group even set up a tomb for the parents to crawl in like we did during our topic launch!
Some of our favourite bits from Nature School:
Summer Term 2019
We have now started our new topic for the Summer term, 'What's inside?' To begin this topic, we had a topic day where the children began to think about what our topic would be all about. This was introduced to the children with 5 boxes, these each had a riddle on to help them guess what was inside.
The Dream Giver
In English we have started looking at the short film, 'The Dream Giver'. This film is about a protagonist who gives children dreams by tipping gold liquid from a magic egg onto the things that the children enjoy. The children have begun this unit by watching the first 10 seconds of the film and describing the setting.
Below are some examples of the children's paired work which have also gone onto our 'Celebrate and Inspire' display in the classroom:
Thursday 25th April 2019
LO: Can I describe the setting of a short film?
At midnight, glimmer, gold, glittering stars are shining in the dark blue night sky, clouds below making shadows on the silent, gloomy street with clothes hanging on the washing line and houses with their shutters closed and lamps on.
By Toby, Ethan and Cian
As the stars shimmered in the inky blue sky, the clouds shadowed over the daunting, dark, dangerous village. The village was a silent, secret scene.
By Caitlin and Harry
On a strangely, quiet night, gleaming, glowing stars are shining in the blazing, blue night sky. The marshmallow clouds are making patches of shadows amongst the silent, sleepy streets.
By Beth and Jude
Shining, the stars glimmer in the dead of night. The white, fluffy clouds hover under the winking stars. In the distance, a church stands stronger than a warrior and as brave as a super-hero.
Shining, the stars glimmer in the impossibly inky sky. Floating, the clouds are puffy and white. In the distance, a school stands, as time flies by the school clocks tick. The moon watches the people lazily lying in bed.
Blue, sparkling stars are shining in the beautiful, horizontal night sky. Clouds drop shadows on the calm street whilst towers stand around like soldiers going into battle.
By Kameri and Julia
The stars were glimmering in the dark, gloomy night sky whilst the white as snow clouds were forming shadows below on the melancholy street.
By Rose and Freya
The Dream Giver continued
This week in Hawkmoor, we have been describing the protagonist of the short film. We have been trying to include fronted adverbials, prepositions, adverbs, noun phrases and 'show not tell' in our writing.
Here are some examples of our work, can you spot any examples of 'show not tell', where the writer tries to paint a picture for the reader without telling them all of the details?
The Unknown Dream Giver tiptoed across the dusty floor to the sleeping children to crack the mystical dream egg. His skeleton like body moved swiftly until he landed on the dusty, wooden floor. He was wearing turtle shell sized safety glasses.
The stars were shining, and the Dream Giver was whizzing through the night sky. He got to the window and creaked it open and saw the boy in slumber.
Standing as still as a statue, he pulled out his bag of eggs as quiet as he could. The eggs were like a bag of heaven. These eggs were full of dreams and wishes.
On the window frame, stood a pale figure with dragonfly wings. Observing the children silently in their comfy beds, he casted a dark shadow behind himself.
On the windowsill, a pale, skinny figure stood silently, watching the children lay in their squishy beds. In his bony fingers, a glowing, fiery object dangled.
Below the clouds, stood a dark figure, curiously watching the children who rolled uncertainly in their colossal, four poster beds. Skinny and unpleasant, the pixie looking creature, hung a golden, glowing handkerchief around its shoulder.
Under the starry night sky, a scrawny, pale figure stood observantly watching the children lay in their padded, cushioned beds, covered in piles of blankets. Gripped inside his bony fingers, a glowing, golden sack hung eagerly waiting to be revealed.
Cautiously, a skinny, creepy winged man stood observantly, wings flapping quickly. The winged man was carefully grasping a glowing, gold cloth wrapped up. He swiftly, swooped silently down to the loud snoring fellows. The goggled, mysterious, mythical man dragged a gloomy shadow everywhere he went. As silent as heaven, he stuck his bony, pale fingers into the brown cloth, reaching to a gold sphere.
Suddenly, a bald man with bright blue wings landed on the windowsill and peered in. Silently, he stepped into the room that the children slept in. He carefully opened an egg, gleaming like the sun in the sky.
This unusual creature flew into the ink black bedroom. He was carrying some glowing eggs and he put them on the bed. The moonlight sky was shining onto the bed and the glowing eggs.
Spring Term 2019
Romans on the Rampage
A Roman Day with Claudius Maximus
Phase 2 experienced an amazing day under the rule of Claudius Maximus a Roman Soldier, a Centurion. It began with the ‘soldiers’ being organised into Contubernium (8 men), under strict guidance they needed to stand straight and equally spaced at an arms width apart. Phase 2 made up 10 contuberniums with a total of 80 men and this made a grand Roman Army called a Centuria.
The morning consisted of strict orders and discipline. The ‘soldiers’ revisited the important dates leading from 55BC when Julius Caesar first invaded Britain to the present day creating a human time line. Claudius Maximus invited children to join in a game naming parts of the armour, costume and weapons.
Later that day, all the ‘soldiers’ in the Centuria used their own personally designed shield to interlock creating the formation called ‘The Tortoise (Testudo)’ which acts as a shell to protect the soldiers.
The day culminated in the ‘battle’. The Roman Army consisted of three Contubernium who took up the formation Testudo on the field. They were well organised, highly disciplined and trained. The rest of Phase 2 became the Celts, who were large in numbers, savage, unruly, loud and barbarians!
In a disorganised clump the Celts charged down the field screaming and yelling, whilst the Romans stood firm. Once the Celts came into range the Romans released their javelins and many Celt fell. Those Celts who continued were brutally injured and killed by the hidden barbed spears sunk into the ground in front of the Roman Army. The Roman Army left no one alive!
World Book Day 2019
Autumn Term 2018
Chocolate and Fair Trade
This term in Phase 2 our topic has been 'Chocolate and Fair Trade'. We begun the term in September learning about Fair Trade around the world. We looked at the different products that are produced and where in the world. We then used Google and The National Geographic Map Marker to pinpoint the countries and their products.