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Art week session 1


We had a fantastic start to Art week today. We are working on our painting skills and started our learning by looking at the artist Wassily Kandinsky and how he painted abstract pieces using lines, shapes and colour to express his feelings. 

We traced around 2D shapes, overlapping them and then painted the spaces using the three primary colours. We went outside and collected natural materials such as twigs, feathers and flowers and had a go at painting using these objects to see what sort of lines or marks they would create. Finally we mixed primary colours to see which secondary colours we could make!


We're looking forward to Wednesday afternoon where we will get to explore the secondary colours further. 

Art week session 1

Framlingham Castle

We had a wonderful day at Framlingham Castle. 

We spent the morning exploring inside the castle grounds and the children bravely climbed up to complete the wall walk. We all enjoyed lunch on the picnic benches in the grounds of the castle and after lunch we went out and walked around the outside of the castle, we even walked where the moat would have been around the outside of the castle. 


The children were able to talk all about the castle following our learning so far this half term. They could identify the different parts of the castle, talk about how the features of the castle were used for attack and defence and asked some amazing questions that hopefully we will find out the answers to during the remainder of our topic!

Framlingham Castle

Geography share


Thank you so much to everyone who supported us with our share this week. 

The children were so excited to share their learning with you and they had some amazing ideas, which you all managed to bring to life! 

We were all super impressed with the creations, we even had a lift, a swan in a pond, a lighthouse, tree swings, a helicopter and an aquarium and the children were so excited to show all of the adults in the room what they had been working on.  





Geography Share

Ferris Wheel

Today we started making our Ferris wheels! 

Ferris wheels



In geography we have been learning all about maps. We will share lots more of our learning with you on our share afternoon next week. 


Today we designed our own maps. We were given the road layout and had to create our own key using symbols to show different human and physical features. We needed to think about what the town would need, how many of each feature and where they would be! 


Have a look at some of our fabulous maps below!




Today we carried out a science experiment to see which ball would bounce the highest. 


First we had a go at writing a prediction, we thought about the materials the balls were made from and how they felt to help us think about which would bounce the highest and which would be the least bouncy. 


We then went outside in our groups, we had 5 different balls to test. We dropped each one from the same height and measured how high it bounced. 


We then tried writing a conclusion, we thought about whether our predictions were correct or incorrect and what our results from our experiment showed us. The children were shocked to see that the golf ball actually bounced quite high!


This morning we put our beautiful decorations on the tree!


Today in our active maths lesson we were continuing with our money work. There were cards with values on hidden around the room, the children needed to work in groups to find a value card and using the coins write down three different ways that they could make that value. 

Active maths- making the same amount.

Christmas Decorations!

Art- weaving

Art- making clay tiles

Anti-bullying week: One kind word.


To begin our anti-bullying week activities we thought all about what our odd socks represent, we thought about how we are all individual, unique and special in our own ways. When considering kindness, we thought it was important to think about being kind to ourselves first and we wrote down some things that we love about ourselves. The children recorded ideas such as their earrings, the colour of their eyes, that they're great at writing stories and how funny they are!

We then paired up and thought about the similarities and differences between ourselves and our partners. We thought about the way we look, our likes and dislikes and our personalities. Our final activity on Monday was to design our own pair of odd socks.


On day two we focused our discussion on online relationships and the importance of being kind in all situations, including virtual ones. We thought about how we can use kind words when communicating with people on games or through messages, and what we should do if we experienced someone being unkind in this way. 

We thought about how we have the power within our words and actions to make people feel happy, but also, to make people feel sad. Then we thought about small things that we could do everyday that, although small, could make someone feel special and cared about. The children all created their own acts of kindness posters. Our ideas included; holding the door for people, smiling at them, using kind words, saying nice things about people, asking people to join in their games and helping them when they are stuck. 

We also had a lovely treat, Molly's act of kindness was to bring in some apples grown at home for us all to try! They were absolutely delicious and it was wonderful that Molly thought of her friends and wanted to share the fruit with everyone.


On the final day of anti-bullying week we recapped all of our previous learning about kindness and bullying. We then thought about actions and consequences. We completed a task called 'before, before, after after', where the children had a picture of a little boy crying in the playground in the middle of the page. We shared lots of ideas about what may have happened before that picture, why was the boy sad in the playground? The children thought that perhaps he had been left out of a game, someone might have pushed him or that he had fallen and hurt himself. We then thought about what might have happened after the picture, again we collected lots of ideas, such as a teacher came over to help, other children asked him to play or someone came to give him a cuddle to make him feel better. The children then completed their own sheets to show what they think could have happened before and after. 

Anti-bullying week photos.

November 11th.



In science we have been learning about animals and their habitats, we had a go at drawing our own food chains to show the flow of energy from one plant/animal to the next. After learning about different types of habitats and how they provide everything an animal or plant needs to survive there, we looked at the threats humans pose to some of these wonderful places and the animals that live there. The children created a poster to encourage people to look after our world by explaining what we can do differently to protect the habitats.

Animals and their habitats.