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We had a go at making mini films with stop motion animation using our finished sets

Da Dah!!! Our finished set designs!! We are now excited to put them to use. As part of our Computing curriculum, we will be using the sets to produce a multimedia project. Look out for what we get up to with that!

Full steam ahead today making our portal story sets! Hot glue guns, craft knives and saws on the ready to cut, chop and stick our way to a fantastic finished set design!!!

A sneak preview of our set designs. Keep an eye out for the finished products!

19th April

Today in Music, we carried on with our composition topic and became foley artists. First we used a range of symbols to create a graphic notation to show what we were going to play. Then, we used a range of instruments and every-day objects to create sounds to match a clip from Zootopia. Here are a couple of action shots and photos of our work. What would you use to recreate the sound effects for each scene?

Manatees Badminton Champs!

Manatees Badminton Runners Up!

World Book Day - Thursday 7th March


We have had a great week with lots of focused reading activities which have been fun and engaging. We have compared characters in Harry Potter novels and been detectives finding clues which show their character traits. We have taken part in a 'Footy and Booky Quiz' run by the Literacy Trust, we have used drama to bring chapters from books alive and created maps using descriptions of settings. Best of all, we have enjoyed reading and sharing great stories!

W/C 26th February

We have started our next unit in Music: composition. This week, we have been using the website Charanga to compose our own melody line to play on the recorder. We listened to a range of styles (Jazz, Motown, Bollywood, Pop, Funk, Reggae and Orchestral).

Here are some action shots as well as some example compositions from William and Bertie.

Rock n Roll

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In Dance, we have been learning how to Rock n Roll like they did in the 1950s. Everyone did so well but here is an example of a short routine that we created.

13.2.24 Magical Maya Day!

Art - Fashion Design

Our design brief was to design an outfit suitable for a prestigious awards evening. The outfit had to contain elements of the Maya

To begin our topic we looked at a the work and inspiration of a selection of artists and fashion designers including - Sophie Cochevelou, Alice Fox and Rahul Mishra. We gathered some ideas and inspiration for pour work before creating a mood board about the Maya and then designing our outfits. To complete the topic, we produced our outfits using a selection of acrylic painted paper and bits 'n' bobs found in our art and design boxes.

Have a look at our finished garments as they hit the red carpet.

Can you identify the links to the Maya? Would you wear outfits?


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Manatees have been learning a piece of music on the recorders called 'Call Me'. So far this year, we have learnt the notes G, A, B and C. This piece was a particular favourite of theirs as it combined recorder playing with vocals.

Science - Thursday 5th October

As part of our Forces Topic, pupils have been learning about simple mechanisms such as levers and pulleys. 

A lever is a simple machine that consists of a rigid object, such as a board or bar, that is free to pivot around a fixed point called a fulcrum, like a seesaw. The longer lever with a greater disctance from the fulcrum works more efficiently than one that is closer to the fulcrum. 

In this practical lesson, pupils created their own pulley system. A simple machine that consists of a grooved wheel that is free to rotate around an axle. A string was used to pull on the load and we measured the force required to lift it using a Newton metre. We experimented with two types so see that the moveable pulley reduced the effort reqired to lift the load. 

1. Fixed pulleys: The pulley is fixed to a stationary object, such as a ceiling or a beam, and the rope or cable is used to lift the load. Fixed pulleys change the direction of the force required to move the load, but do not reduce the amount of force required.

2. Moveable pulleys: The pulley is attached to the load, and the effort is used to lift the load by pulling on the rope or cable. Moveable pulleys reduce the amount of force required to lift a load, but do not change the direction of the force

A Fixed Pulley.mp4

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A Moveable Pulley.mp4

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