Wednesday 3rd November Today we had a day learning all about the Great Fire of London. The children asked questions, created a timeline of events, learnt some key facts, made paper house, burnt their houses, did some art work as well as ending the day with a quiz. We had a great time!
Key facts we learnt
- The fire started on Sunday 2nd September 1666
- It burned for 5 days
- It started in Thomas Farriner's bakery on Pudding Lane
- The people kept safe by waiting for the fire to go out in boats on the Thames
- Houses were destroyed to stop the fire.
We learnt about how easy it was for the fire to spread and what this event in history has done for us.
Thursday 4th November. We learnt about Remembrance with a reading comprehension, a video and some art work. Our art work is on display on the windows and in the hall as a whole school celebration.
Tuesday 9th November
We started our new Science topic today all about Materials. The children began by identifying everyday materials including wood, metal, plastic, glass, paper, rock, brick, cardboard etc and looking at their particular uses. We discussed how the same material can be used for a number of different things, for example metal can be used for coins, keys, cars, cans and bridges. The children used vocabulary such as: hard, soft, stretchy, stiff, shiny, dull, rough, smooth, bendy, absorbent, not absorbent, waterproof, transparent, opaque, strong, hard, flexible etc. to describe the materials properties. These materials were taken from our material hunt.
Monday 15th November
Odd Sock Day
One Kind Word
In class we celebrated our differences by wearing odd socks and designing a new pair. We learnt about how every is unique and that is what makes us all special.
We wore odd socks
We gave each other compliments and we all went home smiling!
A great afternoon for all.
Well done Otters I am proud of you.
Friday 19th November
Otters thoroughly enjoyed coming into school in their casual clothing and pyjamas to raise money for Children in Need. We also had a wonderful time watching the Aladdin pantomime.
Monday 22nd November
Today we learnt all about Samuel Pepys and how important he is to our knowledge about historical events.
1. He lived in London during the Great Fire of London.
2. He wrote a diary
3. He used a quill and ink to write
4. He wrote by candlelight
5. We know about the Great Fire of London because of his diary
We learnt all about him and then we wrote in pencil, pen and with a quill all in dimmed lighting.
" Its hard to write when you can see"
" This is hard, it must have taken ages to write everything"
"Writing in pencil is much easier"
"It was really fun to write with a quill in the dark"
Friday 3rd December
In Science, continuing our Material topic, we explored objects made from different materials to see if their shape could be changed. We twisted, stretched, squashed and bent each and recorded the results in a table. Afterwards, we compared the materials and their properties and discussed whether the results were as we expected.
Monday 6th December 2021
Today the children have been learning all about Betty Campbell and what she has done for Black rights.
Betty Campbell was the first Black headteacher in Wales. She was then able to make important changes to the curriculum to ensure that Black culture and Black history were being taught. She was honoured for this by sculptor Eve Shepherd and now has a statue in Cardiff that was unveiled in 2021. The children have learnt some facts about Betty Campbell and have then had a go at recreating her statute using play dough.
Have a look at some of their wonderful creations below!
Wednesday 8th December
Today, we designed and created our own Christmas decoration using wooden lolly sticks. We thought about the number of sticks we would like to use, the shape we would like to place these in, how we would join these together and how we would decorate our decoration.
Thursday 16th December
This week we have used our DT skills to make Christmas pizzas! We followed the instructions carefully making the dough first by measuring all the ingredients, mixing and then kneading the dough to form a ball. We then shaped the dough into our chosen Christmas design shape. Our pizza toppings were then added before they went into the oven to bake. They smelt amazing! We hope they tasted as good as they looked!