Our PE topic was striking and fielding. We focused on cricket, learning skills for receiving the ball, throwing the ball, batting and bowling. Throughout the term everyone showed great progress in all these elements, especially with bowling. Initially everyone used an underarm action. By the end of the term everyone was attempting an overarm bowling action, with fairly good accuracy. We mainly played French cricket, which everyone enjoyed the most.
Blue class had an opportunity to have some tutoring on Table Cricket.
Table Cricket is a great team sport where we are all involved in taking part and spectating.
We learnt the rules and some of the skills needed to bat, bowl and field.
We cheered each other on and the real team spirit of Blue class shone through.
We have been learning about transport and went on a trip on a steam train on the Watercress Railway Line which runs between Alton and Alresford. This was a fantastic experience and we loved sitting in the old carriages, with the large windows to look out of as we travelled through the countryside. We felt the rhythm of the train as it sped up and slowed down and the sounds of the steam and the whistle as the train left the station each time. On the way back up the track to Alresford we could smell coal burning and even saw how little bits of coal from the engine had risen through the funnel on the top of the train and floated in through the open windows! Everyone had a fantastic day.
Our science topic during the Spring term was chemistry focusing on elements and compounds. We learnt about how different elements combine to make one substance. To show this, we made bio-plastic by combining vinegar, water, baking powder and glycerine. We carried out three different experiments before finding the best way of making the bio-plastic. Everyone really enjoyed carrying out these experiments and got quite inquisitive about how they can contribute to using less plastics.
Life skills are so important to learn-they help us to become more independent and prepare us for adulthood.
Making snacks and drinks has been part of our weekly timetable ad we have made a variety of easy but tasty snacks. We have learnt to use knives and graters safely as well as kitchen appliances like the microwave and toaster.
In Art this term, Aqua have been focussing on Spring and new growth in plants. Still Life is a great platform to facilitate this. ‘Still life’ means that you are drawing inanimate objects - they can’t move. It is also important for the artist to stay in the same position once they have started creating their image, as their perspective will also change. Pupils have painted Daffodils to celebrate St. David’s Day, used Oil Pastels as a medium to create images of Tulips which they then used to make Mother’s Day cards, chalks on black paper to capture Snowdrops and Watercolour paints to show the daintiness of Catkin pollen. I hope you agree when I say that we have some fantastic artists in this class and this should be celebrated.
Students carried out an observational science experiment on the types and numbers of insects we could find in our school garden. Bronze class made pitfall traps to collect this data and checked on the pitfalls daily. We also ensured that we released the insects every day and when we were finished we removed our pitfalls and put their habitats back to their original state.
We really enjoyed the Red Class Role play café during the Spring term. The staff turned into waiters, waitresses and chefs. They took and cooked the children’s orders. We had a Red Class café Menu as well as a specials board. We even had café Jazz music playing. The most popular item on the menu were the Red Class Sausages.
We made hats as part of their Easter celebrations in class. We made choices about the materials and colours we wanted to use. We looked at different animals associated with Easter and made choices about which animal we wanted our hat to be. We wore our hats on an Easter Parade.
They have been learning about poems in their English lessons. They have learned about alliteration and its use in poems. Alliteration is when words with the same first letter are used to create a description of an object. They explored and identified some animals and as a class they thought of an alliteration using a describing word, for example, the angry ant. Next, they extended this to sentences, for example 'The angry ant ate an apple.' To create the class poem, we were all given a different letter and examples of animals starting with this letter. They then wrote a sentence using alliteration and put all the sentences together to create their alphabet poem. A fantastic job!
This term we started our John Muir Award- Discover, Explore, Conserve and Share
We focused on the season of Autumn and took photos, observed, cleared areas and did some creative activities. We really enjoyed making real leaf pictures within a frame.
We learnt skills needed to play badminton in the second half of the term.
We learnt to serve, holding the shuttlecock properly. We learnt to return serve and finally we had a go using the nets and playing a game. Jake and Elliot got really skilled and were able to return and receive a few times.
This term we were making snacks. We made festive sausage rolls which included a few different processes including zesting an orange using a grater. It gave our sausage meat a lovely orange flavour. We added cranberry sauce too.
Problem solving in Maths
We were given four different sized and coloured strips. Our task was to make as many different triangles with the strips and to find a way to record our answers. Lots of people came up with different ways of recording and one person made 12 different triangles! We all enjoyed doing this task.
During the Autumn Term Bronze Teams Mighty Bears and NRG have been completing the first 3 months of the skills section of their Duke of Edinburgh Award. Pupils are completing the St John Ambulance First Aid Schools Award. They have covered the following units and are showing a growing confidence in their first aid skills.
Coping in an emergency
- manage an incident, minimising the risk to themselves
- create an action plan to help them cope in an emergency.
Communication and Casualty Care
- recognise the importance of effective communication in a first aid situation
- be able to make an emergency call.
- be able to assess a first aid situation using the DR ABC method – danger, response, airway, breathing, and circulation
- know how to check the casualty’s responses, open their airway, and check for breathing.
- know when a casualty needs to be put into the recovery position
- know how to put a casualty into the recovery position.
In Science, Aqua class have been learning about Plants and Photosynthesis.
As part of this topic, pupils explored how plants reproduce and used hand held microscopes to look for and identify the male and female reproductive parts of a flower.
They were looking for the Stigma, Ovary and Ovule which are the female parts and the Anther and Filament which are Male. They also looked to see if they could find any pollen in the flower which is transported through a variety of ways for reproduction to occur and new plants grow from seeds.
Pupils experienced a virtual workshop with Jane Smith from Job Centre Plus.
The childdren were asked to discuss the qualities and skills they would need to work with animals or to be a Sales Assistant. They were given opportunities to ask and answer questions and then decide which of the skills and qualities would be most important for each role.
Purple Class have been working on improving our attention skills in Attention Autism sessions. We are eager to see “What’s in the bucket?” Our favourite objects light up and spin. We are all able to remain focused for the whole of stage 1 and we’re working on sustaining attention for stage 2 activities. It’s so much fun and we often end up in a real mess!
During our extended walking practices each student has taken the lead. This has included map reading. The image shows one student showing the group where they are on the map and working together to problem solve how to reach their next check point.
This term both Silver and Bronze DofE groups have been learning different First Aid skills, following the St Johns Ambulance syllabus. The students have learnt skills how do a primary survey, placing a casualty in the recovery position, CPR, how to treat some with hypothermia, what to do when someone has a foreign object in their eye, ear or nose and deal with different types of bleeding and someone who has gone into shock. The image shows one student carrying out CPR on Baby Annie.
During the term our physical tasks have been learning basketball and badminton skills. The image shows the group playing a game that involves interception, to work on passing skills and movement with and without the ball.
The Bronze Team this term has been taking part in different volunteering activities, which include McMillian coffee morning, Pink day and Children In Need. The image shows both students preparing cakes to deliver to other hubs throughout the school.
Red Class really enjoyed the Pink Day activities that were organised by the Duke of Edinburgh group. We chose to do some pink art activities- some of us made pink butterflies and some of us made pink masks but everyone really enjoyed the afternoon. Here are some pictures of Red class creating and our creations!