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Acorn Class Blog
Monday 8th March - Welcome back!
Here is the updated class timetable for Acorn class up until Easter half term. Our PE slots have changed slightly and our Computing lesson has moved to Friday afternoon.
Monday PE - Swimming with Mr Myers
Tuesday PE - Gymnastics with Miss Reilly
Friday 12th February - Chinese New Year
On Thursday, we made lanterns to celebrate Chinese New Year. We discussed the importance of the festival and the meaning behind hope and new beginnings.
Thursday 11th February - Greek Project
This week we have had a competition between our school houses in Acorn class. We have been creating Greek Projects in our teams all about Greek Myths, such as Medusa, King Midas, Theseus and the Minotaur and Arachne. The children in school and at home have been taking part in live lessons and collaboratively planning their creative projects.
Friday 5th February - Golden Assembly
This week in Golden Assembly we took a look back at our lockdown learning from Spring 1. We put all of our pictures together and had some reflection time on a live video call with children at home and children in school.
Thursday 28th January - The Big Schools Winterwatch
Today we all joined in with the BBC Live lesson (at home and at school) and then we completed a reading comprehension about what we had learned. Afterwards, we headed outside to create a bird using our outdoor art skills!
Wellbeing Wednesday - Homemade Rainbows
During Spring 1, we have started taking the afternoon on a Wednesday to have a brain break from screen time and to complete an activity to focus on our wellbeing at home and in school. This week we made rainbows out of household or classroom items and sent them in on Seesaw!
Thursday 21st January - chocolate making
During Spring 1 lockdown, we have been using the Oak National Academy units to support our English learning. We have been learning about the chocolate making process from growing the cocoa pods to melting and moulding the chocolate. We are currently writing an explanation text about the process. This afternoon we decided to give the mixing and moulding stage a go in school. The children who are learning remotely have been sending their pictures in via Seesaw!
Spring Term 1 - lockdown timetable
In class we will be following this suggested lockdown timetable to keep us focused. Please try and follow this (or similar) at home to ensure consistency across our class learning.
Wednesday 16th December 2020 - Chocolate melting experiment
Today in class we conducted an experiment for our States of Matter unit. We used our Book Study book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, to influence us and decided to melt chocolate...yum! We measured the time it took for the different types of chocolate to melt: white, milk and dark. After we came back from break the chocolate was a solid again!!
Tuesday 15th December 2020 - Christmas Fayre not Fayre
This morning, Acorn class were lucky enough to have the Christmas 'Not Fayre' in the hall with the games created by the PFA. As a lot of the our children are of PFA members, they volunteered to run the games as their parents could not be in school due to restrictions. A great morning was had by all!
Wednesday 9th December - Multiplicative arrays
This week we have been looking at deepening our understanding of the multiplication tables through using concrete resources such as counters. We had to create the array with our partner and then divide by a given number into equal groups.
December 2020 - Elf on the Shelf
Uh oh it looks like our class elf, Mr Jeffery Jingle, has been up to no good this weekend! He has made a mess with all of our base ten resources!!
Thursday 26th November - Teeth
Over the past few weeks we have been learning about teeth and the digestive system and today we embedded that learning into our long term memory by recreating our own set of teeth! We used small white marshmallows to represent the incisors, small pink marshmallows for the canines and marzipan for the premolars and molars.
Tuesday 24th November - Multiplication and Division
This week we have been cracking on with our multiplication and division learning. We have been using the games on MATHSFRAME to support our learning! Have you tried these at home with you child?
Remember that we have a school log on that everyone can use.
Thursday 19th November - Digestive System experiment
This week we have consolidated some of our learning of the digestive system by doing an experiment. We used bread, crackers and bananas for the food and crushed them up in a food bag to represent the stomach. We added orange juice and water to demonstrate how stomach acid and saliva help break down the food. Then we transported the food from the stomach into the intestines which were a pair of tights. We squeezed the food down to get all of the nutrients and water out before pushing it out of the cup for our end result!
Monday 16th November - Multiplication and Division Knowledge Organisers
From Monday we will be moving on from Addition and Subtraction and looking at Multiplication and Division up until Christmas. Please take a look at the Knowledge Organisers below and familiairse your child with the mathematical language. A hard copy will be sent home with them as always, for your reference.
Children in Need day 2020
Thursday 12th October - Acorn class feelings chart
Since coming back to school after October Half Term we have been looking back at the feelings chart we created as a class at the start of the year. We used the 5 point scale to support us to recognise our feelings, but then added our own words. Every morning and afternoon we 'check in' and move our picture to the colour that we are feeling. This has been a great way for us to have class discussions about our feelings and address any worries we may have that might affect our school day and learning.
Thursday 5th November - Direct Speech role play
This week we have started reading our new topic book, The Incredible Book Eating Boy. We then had a go at role playing to explore the use of direct speech between three characters. We had great fun pretending to be Henry (the book eating boy!) and we produced some lovely sentences using inverted commas to show direct speech.
Autumn Term 2 - Digestive System
Well done to all of our Acorns and their families for making it through the first full term back to school together! It has been a tricky time recently, but it has been fantastic to be back in the classroom again.
When we return after our well deserved half term break we will be starting our new science topic, The Digestive System. Take a look at your knowledge mat before we get started and try to familiarise yourself with some of the key vocabulary for our topic.
Spooky Day 2020
Wednesday 21st October - Homework due
Well done to everyone who has already completed their Egyptian homework, we have had some fantastic work uploaded onto Seesaw!
Remember that the deadline is Wednesday 21st October 2020, so please have a go at one of the challenges and make sure it is completed before we break up for half term.
Looking forward to seeing all of your Egyptian creations!
Autumn 1 D&T project - Egyptian inspired handbags
Tuesday 20th October - Adding and subtracting 1s, 10s, 100s and 1000s
This week we have be practising using concrete resources with our place value counters and grids to support us in adding and subtracting 3 and 4 digit numbers. We have been building up our number sense and focusing on patterns and fact families that we recognise!
Monday 12th October - Addition and Subtraction
Acorn class have now completed their Place Value unit in Mathematics and are now moving onto Addition and Subtraction. Below are images of the knowledge organisers we will be using for this unit. The children have one in their books to support their learning and another copy will be sent home with them before half term.
Please help your child to become familiar with the mathematical language as we will be using this a lot in class when we are discussing our work.
Thursday 8th October - Problem solving and reasoning
As our unit of Place Value comes to an end we have been practicing our problem solving and reasoning skills. Today we took our learning outdoors and tried our hand at some problem solving in the sunshine!
Tuesday 6th October - painting like Egyptians
Today we painted our Ancient Egyptian hieroglyph clay thinking about the colours that would've been used in ancient times. The background was dull and brown like papyrus or limestone and the hieroglyphs were bright bold colours that stood out.
Thursday 1st October - Hieroglyph clay work
On Tuesday we started to learn about Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs and we created some maths puzzles using their ancient number system. Then on Thursday we looked at their alphabet and carved our first names into pieces of clay.
Thursday 24th September - Pyramid building
On Tuesday we researched pyramids and created a design proposal to build our own in pairs. Then on Thursday we put our plans to the test and created our very own Ancient Egyptian pyramids (with Lego, spaghetti and marshmallows!).
Friday 18th September - Imagining History workshop
On Friday we were lucky enough to have two visitors from Imaging History come and talk to use about Ancient Egypt. We were able to share all of our Egyptian knowledge and learn some new facts too.
Thanks to Laura and Adrian for a fantastic workshop!
Good morning Acorns, Parents and Carers!
I'm very much looking forward to meeting you all tomorrow morning ready for the start of our year together in Acorn class. This year in class we will have Mrs Cooper and myself, Miss Reilly!
This first Autumn term our focus question is 'How can we recreate the wonder of Ancient Egypt?' so I have put our 'knowledge mat' and the homework sheet below for you to take a look!
p.s. we have PE every Monday and Friday afternoon and on those days you can come into school in your PE kit/School uniform with comfy bottoms and shoes all day!
For those of you who want to tinker on tinkercad.com here is our class code:
We hope you enjoyed the spell of lovely weather during what was possibly the strangest half-term break we've ever had. We also hope that you are enjoying some of the new freedoms we can enjoy as the lockdown is carefully lifted.
Remember, although it seems like we have been living through this chaotic period for ever, it will end sometime and we will see you all again. You will see your friends again.
Keep thinking about the things you are enjoying about the historic time we are in: time with family, nice weather, time to catch up on films and TV you might have been missing...
And, keep in your mind the knowledge that all seasons change. All things come to an end and you will get through this and look back on a unique experience that no one has had or will ever have again.
Our Science topic this term is Plants and Flowers. I hope you enjoy the tasks that have been set for you!
Well done! This has been a challenging time for you all and we are very proud of how well you have carried on learning and nurturing your curiosity!
Here are your final tasks for History and Art this half-term.
Hope to see you all soon,
We hope you are all well and you haven't gone mad indoors during the colder weather!
Here are your tasks for History and Art.
The are this week is linked to the rainbows we made earlier in the term. We will be making something called a colour study - based on the work of Russian artist Wassily Kadinsky.
Best Wishes and stay safe,
We are missing you all! Here are your tasks for Art and History this Week.
I hope you are all well! Here are this week's tasks for Art and History.
Read, Write Inc Extra Practice
Visit Oxfordowl.co.uk and look for the above icon to login.
This will give you access to the RWI extra practice zone. Below is a PDF information booklet for parents to download.
Here are your tasks for the coming week in the subjects of History (Ancient Greece) and Art.
I've included instructions on each of the files, so I hope they will be easy to follow. If you have any trouble, don't hesitate to get in touch.
I hope you are all safe and enjoying time at home.
Below are your tasks for the coming week in the subjects of History (Ancient Greece) and Art
What’s it all about?
I hope you are all safe and enjoying time at home.
|1. Ancient Greeks KS2 Knowledge Mat.pdf||Download|
|2. History - What Do You Know - Home Learning - Summer 1 Week 1 Task 2.pdf||Download|
|3. History- Research Challenge -Home Learning - Summer 1 Week 1 Task 1.pdf||Download|
|5. History- Timeline Challenge -Home Learning - Summer 1 Week 1 Task 3.pdf||Download|
|6. Art - Drawing Skills Tracing -Home Learning - Summer 1 Week 1.pdf||Download|
|6. Art - Information Cards for Drawing Task - Home Learning - Summer 1 Week 1.pdf||Download|
We made volcanoes using modroc. We painted them and then used red food colouring, bicarbonate of soda and vinegar to create a chemical explosion.
6 children competed in a bench ball competition at Bradfield Secondary School.
Acorn Visit to the Medina Masjid.
Y3 children have started learning French whilst the Y4 children are learning to play the flute. The Y3s have learnt about different greetings and can ask you 'How are you today'.
Now they are learning different classroom instructions.
We have started off our topic on THE STONE AGE.
We have been archaeologist's trying to
We had some ancient 'poo' from 3 different periods in history and we had to find out which was from where. Discover, examine and record.
Here are some photo's.
3 Weirs Walk.
Last Friday we went to walk the 5 Weirs Walk. We had a great time looking at small models built from stones and looking out for a Kingfisher!
Unfortunately 2 parts of the walk had been closed for repair that week!!
Here are some photos of our day.
Bouncy Obstacle Course comes to Dungworth...
On Friday Acorn class had a special visitor - Simon the bassoon player. He came and told us all about the different instruments in an orchestra. he showed us his bassoon. Then we composed a piece of music together inspired by nature which is the theme of Mahler's 1st symphony.
In the evening. some of us went to Sheffield City Hall to listen to the Halle Orchestra play in a concert. There were over 70 musicians all on stage at once playing together. Simon came to see us at the interval.
We had a fantastic day learning all about World War 2.
We learnt about The Blitz in Sheffield, Morse code messages, how to put out an incendiary bomb and what we would do if we had been around in that time in history.
We had great fun!!
What an AMAZING time we had on our Y3/4/5 Residential to Castleton!
Walking, bread making, candle making, gem panning, shelter building, fire lighting,archery, jumblies and exploring the Peak cavern.
We came back tired out but happy!!
We can't wait for the next residential.
Watch out for the Sporting star of the future!!
Our year 3's competed in the annual games at the EIS. What a fantastic day they had!! Watch out for the teacher on the space hopper!
Some children are running so fast it was hard to catch a photo of them!!!.
WATCH OUT FOR THAT SMILE!!!
We were very lucky to have Madeline's mum, Mrs Ferguson, to come and tell her about her job as a Dental Technician. She showed us how she made dentures, what teeth are like and why people loose teeth. Then we had a go at modelling our own teeth. It brought a smile to all of us!!
We have enjoyed learning about chocolate this term. Where it comes from , how it is made and all about fair trade. So we decided to make our own chocolate.mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
From Mouth To Toilet.
Last week we learnt about the Digestive System.
Then we made our own!!
We saw what happened to the food at different parts of the journey from mouth to toilet!
We hotseated some people to see what they thought about Fairtrade..
We asked the farmer, the trader and the shopkeeper questions.
Welcome to - The Chocolate Factory and the Great British Biscuit!
We designed biscuits with squeezy chocolate and plain biscuits.
We had a chocolate tasting session. Which chocolate was best?? We graded them on taste,texture and smell.
Chocolate Buttons were our favourite!!!
We worked hard to create, make and play an old Viking Game called HNEFTAFL.
Antarctica phone call
Today we received a phone call from two scientists, Ali and Sam, working at the Rothera Research Station - the largest British Antarctic facility. We spent this morning researching about Ali and the research station in preparation to ask questions when she phoned at 10am. We must have asked around 50 questions - receiving a detailed and interesting answer to each. We learnt about their role monitoring the skua population on Antarctica.
Our Viking Dance.
Bones, Bones, Bones.
We made skeletons today.
Keldon's Uncle came and showed us some Viking artefacts.
We looked at shields, daggers, and even a sword.
We are incredibly proud of how Acorn Class conducted themselves during the Ceremony of the Planting of the Oak Tree in Dungworth Park.
We researched different things about Vikings and then presented our findings to the rest of the class.
Acorn Class are fantastic gymnasts...
We have been busy in our Science lessons looking at how exercise affects our brains..
We have done 3 tests. Get your children to tell you about them.
Can you do the Stroop Test? Read the colour not the word!!
Welcome to Acorn Class.
Your teachers this year are
Mrs. Flewitt and Mrs. Watts
Mrs. Cooper and Mrs.Benson work in Acorn Class as well.
Our topic for this term is THE VIKINGS and we have already been on a visit to The Dig and Jorvik in York.
Residential to Ravenstor.
Jamie at the EIS.
This term we have been looking at different forces.
We had great fun making parachutes when we were looking at Air Resistance.
When it came to Water Resistance we designed and made small boats from the materials provided. We then timed which boat travelled the quickest through the water.