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14/06/24

This has been a topsy turvy week for #TeamHawks, with sporting events and lots of different activities to squeeze in! 

Firstly, I must congratulate our amazing #TeamHawks representatives who took part in the Athletics on Wednesday. I am so proud of them both as individual athletes and as a group. Having #TeamHawks represented by such powerful and bold children makes me feel like the luckiest teacher in all the world! 

This week we have delved into the world of Beatrix Potter, trying to unpick who on earth Jeremy Fisher is. We have had to use all of our inference skills that we have built up over the year, as Beatrix Potter doesn't really give us much written evidence to use. This breakdown has helped the children develop their own woodland character, who will star in their 'The Tale Of...' story in the next few weeks. We have been completing so many spelling sessions in class,  I am so appreciative of all the work that has been going on at home to help the children with their spelling words - thank you - all that effort is seriously paying off.

This week we have brought our penultimate science topic to a close - Living Things and Their Habitats was a great unit, giving the children a deeper understanding of our environment and classification of animals. They are also experts at explaining the seven characteristics of living things - in particular the excretion part!

Next week the children will have the opportunity to make a home for their woodland character in Design and Technology. Currently, I have 29 shoe boxes; if anyone had a spare one lying around please do send it in - we need 4 more!

 

07/06/24

Goodness, we've had a wonderful week in #TeamHawks! The children have been full of tales about their half term news, which has been wonderful to hear. We have begun thinking about politics in Hawks Owls this week. I received a few questions about the election and so we have had a few chats about parliament, governing, how we vote, the importance of democracy and where we might see this in our school. Over the next few weeks we will continue our discussions - particularly as I can see one or two budding politicians in #TeamHawks!

We have begun unpicking The Tale of Jeremy Fisher! The children have loved hearing this tale, and will further explore the stories, the characters and settings within Beatrix Potter's writing over the next few weeks. This piece of English will now link to art and D&T as we create impressionist pieces of our characters and homes for them to live in; please do bring in a show box if you have a spare one!

We were so pleased to return from our week off to see our #TeamHawks patio flourishing. Thanks to Mr de Cani, we have tomatoes, peppers and courgettes growing alongside our very own marigolds and petunias. We also have two sunflowers growing rapidly. 

Thank you to all those who have helped their children learn to tell the time. This part of maths can often be tricky for the children however, because we are absolutely phenomenal, #TeamHawks have sailed through everything so far and can alternate between digital (12 and 24 hr) and analogue, they can also apply this to how long a journey might take.

In geography this week we learned about OS maps, their symbols and grid referencing. We have explored single and double digit grid references and will move on to 6 digit referencing  soon! Go us!!

Have a wonderful weekend all. 

 

17/05/24

This week has been one of respect and peace as #TeamHawks have watched and supported year six go through their SATs. We have checked in on them, to make sure they are okay and we have given them the space and quiet they need to do their best. #TeamHawks are SO proud of year six and send them huge congratulations on completing their tests this week.

 

For #TeamHawks the week has been filled with spelling assessments. There will be some changes to spellings during the next half-term (I will update when we have come back to school after the half-term holiday), particularly for year four.  The children's ability to dictate has improved so much over the course of the year, when I think back to how arduous and tricky it felt in September and see how quickly and effectively they manage now, it is remarkable progress! And the love it!

 

In maths we have moved on from money and begun time. It is clear from our cold task that many year threes and a few year fours can not yet tell the time, please, please help your child with this at home. Our focus in class is on timetabling journeys, periods of time across months and converting time between seconds/minutes/hours/days and weeks. So their foundational knowledge, of being able to tell the time to five minutes, is really key.

 

In French we have moved on from being 'On the Move' to 'Where in the World?'. The children have become very adept at giving directions in French and naming common things you might findin a town or city. Their passion for learning a second language is wonderful. 

 

In RE this week we have been moved by the act of worship in the Hindu faith. We have explored the act of Puja by making offerings to the Gods, starting with Ganesha. We have offered fruit and flowers and used all of our senses to help us feel closer to the Hindu Gods. We removed our shoes before entering our classroom shrine, just as Hindu's do when they enter the Mandir. The children chose whether or not to include the sense touch, which meant having the 'bindi' placed on to their forehead. They rang a bell for hearing, so that the Gods knew they were  coming to pray, had incense for smell and could see their Gods and murtis on our class shrine. Lastly, they could taste the offerings we had given to the Gods, once the act of Puja had come to a close. It was a special moment  for #TeamHawks, who were so respectful and enjoyed the experience. 

 

10/05/24

Well, after a beautiful bank holiday weekend, #TeamHawks got stuck into the next unit of English. We began with a tour of our      beautiful school, reminding ourselves of all the things that happen in each space and all of the amazing resources and staff that help us. We ventured out into the sunshine to think about what we have outside, and listed everything down. Then we headed back to Hawks’ base to make posters about Barton Stacey Church of England Primary School. This week we have thought about these and   other persuasive leaflets which entice to discover new places. We have ended the week thinking about modal verbs and how we can use these persuasively in questions. 

 

In maths we have worked hard with money, adding it, estimating it and understanding the language of it. Whilst we are far from being 'money savvy', we are excellent at recognising coins and adding them together quickly by grouping duplicate coins and colours. Our column addition has also resurfaced as we add increasing amounts of cash! Our journey with money is a relatively short one, but one which we are really enjoying. Time comes next; please, please keep  practising time-telling at home! 

 

Our river journey has continued with water cycle experiments! The children were delighted to discover the circular motion in which water is delivered and   taken away from the Earth. We are currently watching this action. as you can see from our photos, with active water cycles attached to the windows! The children run to the windows each morning to look at whether it is evaporating or raining at the moment!

 

Today we start our new RE topic - looking at Hindu worship and comparing it to Christian worship. Before half-term, the children will take part in Puja (the act of Hindu worship). They will make offerings to the Gods and receive the bindi (a red dot on their foreheads) to aid with protection. Bindi powder (Kumkum powder/ Roli) is made from purely natural materials; turmeric and saffron mixed with either lemon or slaked lime. Here is a link to Hawk Owls' Roli, should you want to check the details yourself. 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Pooja-Kumkum-Powder-Roli-10Gm/dp/B004W2U6ZG 

 

03/05/24

Well, what a week! 

We began with understanding what a metaphor is and thinking about rivers.  The  middle part of the week was full of visitors, measuring water and river walks and the last part has been filled with music, art and poetry writing. The week has been changeable to say the least!

#TeamHawks have been writing the most beautiful poetry based on their river knowledge;  beautiful sentences, such as: bark as bumpy as beach nuts (Fin); It lets the wind carry it along, whilst it quivers (Mia); ..it makes a stream, it meanders, it curls...(Melia) and, I am the sea breeze whistling in your ear..(Aleksander). There were so many beautiful phrases to choose from - we can't wait to display these at the end of term. This sees us say goodbye to poetry for the year.  Next we will write a local guide to fishermen, all about the River Dever. 

We have also completed our maths, concluding mass and capacity (year three) and decimals (year four). The children have excelled in these modules and next move on to decimals which involve money. Any practise with coin recognition will be very helpful.

We have been really creative towards the end of the week. writing up our poetry, discovering some of the art work of Claude Monet and     creating music with African drums. This has made an enjoyable and relaxed end to our week. 

#TeamHawks send you best wishes for a calm and relaxed weekend.

 

26/04/24

#TeamHawks have been busy exploring personification and similes in English this week. We have been singing some cool tunes to help us remember what we need to include in similes. Next week we will move onto metaphors, and all three of these types of figurative language will be included in our river poetry that we will write next week. 

 

In maths, year three have been using scales and comparing mass in grams and kilograms.  The reading of scales (number lines with different increments - not measuring scales) continues to be tricky for many of them - in particular working out different increments and estimating what numbers aren't labelled; any help with this at home would be very useful.

 

Year four have been investigating decimals and have been successfully dividing one and two-digit numbers by ten and twenty. They have also resumed their multiplication check practise and are such an impressive group of children - not only taking it in their stride but enjoying themselves! 

 

I just wanted to take a moment to explain our spellings. Our spelling teaching pays attention to the rule and not specific words (unless we are completing our statutory words). The children are taught a specific spelling rule; the words on Spelling Shed will use the taught rule. The children should be able to take that rule and apply it to other words when it comes to Friday's test. At the moment, many of the children are not spelling their given words correctly, nor applying the rule beyond those words. Next week I will send home a spelling crib sheet for your child's spelling group so that you are able to support your child's spelling learning as you practise at home. I am hopeful this will cement the rule which is taught in class on a Monday afternoon. Thank you in advance for your support in this. 

 

#TeamHawks would like to welcome our second new family of the term. Freddie has joined our class and has already settled in and charmed us with his love of music and PE!

 

19/04/24

Welcome all to the summer term! As a class we have spent the week settling back in and getting used to the summer term vibe. We have been learning and reciting poetry, making and learning about compass points and exploring counties, cities, monuments and river locations throughout the UK. We have also moved seats - and as you can see from this weeks' picture, one member of #TeamHawks was particularly pleased with his new seat!

Our maths this week has focused on decimals. The children have discovered the difference between decimals which are based in money and those which are not- changing their language and reading of the number to ensure the correct figure is given. We have also explored how we count in tenths, hundredths and evaluated the similarities of fractions and decimals - in particular how they are both just parts towards the whole. 

 As usual, #TeamHawks have taken this all in their stride and declared it to be the 'easiest maths ever'! Year 4 continue with decimals for another few weeks, whilst year 3 look more deeply into capacity and measure. Our next maths focus will be time; it would be useful for the children to be able to tell the time to 5 minutes if they can't already do this. Our focus will be on using our time knowledge to use timetabling effectively and calculate time periods - meaning time telling is key before they start. 

In English we are using our text, It Starts With a Seed by Laura Knowles, to write our own version about rivers rather than trees. We have started this by taking time to read poetry and work out what we like and enjoy. The children have learnt a poem of their choice to recite after being inspired by Mrs Hughes' recitation of her favourite piece of poetry she learned at school! 

This week we have welcomed a fab new member to #TeamHawks, the children have shown their best friendship skills and ensured Oscar feels comfortable and looked after. We are very pleased he has joined us.

 

28/03/24

 

How on earth do we find ourselves at the end of our second term of the year? It seems absolutely impossible that we are here! 

Our week (well, 3 days!) has been filled with end of term assessments and reflections based on our fabulous term studying the Romans. We are (we've decided) now experts in Roman history and have answered our project question - How Many Times a Week do You Think About the Romans? The general consensus is LOADS - although until this term, many of us didn't realise it!! Straight roads, toilets (thankfully not sponges on sticks!), baths, hairdressers, footwear, sofas, design, architecture, battles, sewers, water movement, legal systems, government, cement, calendars and the postal service (to name a few!).  We have uncovered bias, opinion and the need for evidence when you make a judgement. We've changed our minds a bit about Boudicca's battle strategy (she got a bit too handsy with fire and knives we feel). And we've thoroughly enjoyed our time delving into Roman history and reflecting on how it changed Britain.

 

Next, we move onto a project with a geographical focus - all about Rivers. We will think about chalk streams and how incredible they are. Will we pay particular attention to the river Dever and think beyond its make up to how it connects us to our dear friends at Micheldever. 

 

But for now, I wish you all the happiest and most joyful Easter holiday. I hope you rest, relax and treat yourself to at least one large Easter egg!

See you in April!

 

22/03/24

This week we have celebrated science. We have done this through our current module - Forces and Magnets - and also through a STEM focused task, where we spent the afternoon building Roman aqueducts. All of our tasks were excellent and led the children to think about gravitational forces, magnet poles, how birds know where they are going and how on earth a magnet can hold 13 paperclips at once!  During the afternoon we thought about gravitational force when building and engineering our aqueducts. Luckily, many of you got to  witness our testing this morning during exhibition!

 

This week we have also discovered how digital devices perform an input, process and output and how they can help us in different ways. We even had a go at recreating some of our art pieces through digital devices, by inputting our art on laptops and printing the output. Our inputs went through a lot of trial and error, and we soon realised we would need a lot of resilience to be able to build a piece of art that reflected our own pieces. Eventually, we printed our digital art and, actually, after some restarts, we were happy with the output and the amount of progress we made in giving the laptop the right amount of input to create what we wanted. 

 

Thank you to everyone who attended exhibitions and our brass concert today. The children adore showing off their learning and progress to you and they have beamed all day with delight! We are very fortunate to have such supportive parents. For anyone who could not make it, a video link to  our 'out of hours' exhibition will be uploaded and a link sent home soon. 

 

15/03/24

We've had a lovely week this week, investigating forces and magnets, beginning to produce graphic novels, practising our slang and completing our Roman knowledge; as is the mixed life of #TeamHawks!

 Last Friday we began our new science module all about forces, we started with an experiment investigating how much force we needed to add to everyday class items to move them on a table, the carpet and the grass. The children were amused by this experiment and spent many minutes pushing and blowing pompoms, glue sticks, pencils and rubbers along the grass - often to little or no avail. This week we will further this experimentation with a protractor!

 This half-term one of our PE units has been dance. The children have worked in pairs or small groups to develop dances based on the ocean. These dances are wonderful. The experience has been so enjoyed by us all that on Monday I am going to film them to share with you at Exhibition.

 We have begun to form our graphic novels this week and will continue with these next week too. They are already looking great and the children are totally focused on making them exciting and bright. We can't wait to show them off. To help us add in the correct punctuation, the children have been practising Kung Fu Punctuation. Performing a series of moves, each of which relates to an individual piece of punctuation. We love performing this before we begin writing and then  I get great enjoyment watching the children absent mindedly punching the air when they put a full stop in their writing!

 

08/03/24

Our creative flow has continued this week, with collage, pastels, watercolour, acrylic painting, clay moulding and pencil work - to name a few. #TeamHawks have been in their absolute element and have created masterpieces of Frida Kahlo style portraits with flair, pizzazz and attention to detail. They have really understood the concept of surrealism and encapsulated Frida's style and energy in their pieces We can't wait to show you at our exhibition in a few weeks time.

Fractions continue in maths.  We have understood equivalent fractions and had great fun discovering just how many equivalent half fractions there are! Next we move onto using a fraction as a quantity, and year 4 will begin to convert these into decimals. Mr Stangroom came to see us in the week, to check on our multiplication progress. He was VERY impressed at our ever growing knowledge and at our ability to apply this knowledge away from a direct timetables equation! #Teamhawks are, rightly, quite proud of themselves!

In English we have donned our actors’ mindsets and written short scripts from parts of our book, Queen of Darkness, by Tony Bradman. The children performed these to each other mid-week with gusto,  before drawing out the action as a graphic novel. This has given the children a great start to their graphic novel experience and the pieces look great so far.

On Thursday #TeamHawks celebrated World Book Day. We visited the pond area to look for evidence of small fairy-like creatures. To be honest we didn't think we would find anything like the amazing life-drawing of Charles Van Sandwyk, but we were entirely wrong! There was evidence of fairies everywhere - we even found a wing, a baby fairy's bed AND we believe we saw a camouflaged fairy hiding at the edge of the pond! What a day we had and what beautiful poetry came from our experience. 

 

01/03/24

#TeamHawks have well and truly entered the 'creative zone' within Spring Term. It began last week with product design for our Frida  Kahlo style headbands, it continued with creating the most beautiful headwear and continues still with evaluating our pieces, and time next week dedicated to using our photographed self-portraits into Frida Style surreal portraits using multi-media collage. The team have loved the exploration, discovery and experimentation of colour, materials and creative flow - whilst, of course, immersing ourselves in the sounds of Mexican music. 

In English we have completed our diary entries - these have been full of rich vocabulary about that fateful day in Pompeii. I have been impressed by the children's improvement in writing stamina. They enjoy having the opportunity to show off what they can do - and of course, the opportunity to don the 'spec-S-tacular specs' and proudly read aloud their pieces. 

In maths we have begun to progress in fractions. Year 3 now have a deeper understanding of what a fraction is and how it relates to a whole amount. Next we move onto equivalents (year 3) and converting improper fractions to mixed number fractions (year 4). Our timetables knowledge is also still growing. Year 4 will take their Multiplication Check at the beginning of June. I have been so impressed at their diligence and determination to succeed. We continue to practise tables as a whole class - as this is fundamental to all future maths that comes their way. 

It appears that when I produced the homework sheet, way back in December, I forgot to add a date for handing in (except for the competition) - so any homework can come in from next Friday (March 9th). 

 

23/02/24

This  week we have jumped back into our routine and half-term holidays already feel as if they happened a long time ago! We have been writing our diary entries in English - and I am very much looking forward to marking these over the weekend!

 

We spent some English time this week using dictionaries and thesaurus' to enhance our vocabulary - so that we could build on our #TeamHawks wondrous word-bank. The children really enjoyed this activity, finding words such as: noxious, teeter and perilous. We have added these to our hot writes to add clarity and detail to the feelings and senses possibly experienced by those at Pompeii when Mount Vesuvius erupted. We leave this unit behind now, and focus on our fantasy narrative, based on Boudicca's ill fated attempt to hold back the Romans from Britannia. 

 

In maths we have begun quite a long module on fractions. This did, as it often does; struck fear in the children (mainly year three), but with a little encouragement - and a lot of jazz hands (always useful for teaching fractions)- the children have progressed from fear to interest and dare I say, a little excitement! We are now able to move on from unit fractions to finding them on a number line - moving from the obvious to the abstract - it is important that the children notice that fractions are part of the every day. 

 

We have also launched a DT project this week, designing our headbands - Frida Kahlo style! Today, we make them- whilst listening to Mexican music and thinking about the cultural significance of headwear in Mexico and  the meaning of flowers. 

 

Thank you to those who have begun to bring in homework - the mosaics are incredible!

Have a wonderful weekend!

 

08/02/24

Somehow we find ourselves at half term and half way through the school year! This week has been full of exciting things like a gardening morning, Safer Internet day and geography! 

Last Friday we discovered Frida Kahlo and created the most beautiful double sized artists page all about her. These will be on show at the next exhibition morning . Alongside the art we will now begin, using her style and  ideas. 

Most of the week has had a geographical focus with the children exploring tectonic plates, earthquakes and volcanoes. The children have also delved into the physical features of Campania in Italy - focusing on Mount Vesuvius. We have experimented with tectonic plate action - testing Wenegar's theory that tectonic plates have caused continental drift. We worked together to prove or disprove his theory, by jigsawing the continents together to find out  whether they roughly fit as one land mass. Next, we used plasticine to establish whether, if it was real rock, the sedimentary rock on both sides of the tectonic plate would be a match in structure. The children loved this and have learned so much about the earth, its layers and how it all works together. 

After half term, we will write about Vesuvius erupting using our geographical knowledge. 

Please click on the QR code/ Link to watch our who class volcano experiment (Please excuse my facial expressions)

I hope you all have a lovely and relaxing half term. 

 

02/02/24

As we approach the middle of the school year(!), the #TeamHawks adults have been reflecting on how far the children have progressed since September. They are, by now, a well-oiled machine who understand how #TeamHawks works. They are a 32 person community who learn and progress together. It is often commented on by other school staff how well #TeamHawks work together, how polite they are and how thoughtful they are of staff members. This is learning beyond    academics and makes us all extremely proud. 

Of course the children have also made great strides in their traditional learning too, which was clear yesterday as the children confidently broke down sentences into their component parts. They understood the subordinating and main     clauses, sentence type, embedded clauses and adverbial and prepositional phrases. They could label prepositions, articles, quantifiers, determiners, subjects, verbs, adverbs, nouns, pronouns, proper nouns and adjectives and discussed how some words change their class depending on how they are used in a sentence. Blown away!

Our class focus between now and half term is all things volcanoes! We have surveyed the landscapes of South Eastern England and Campania, Italy, to compare the physical features in both regions. Next week we think about tectonic plates, earthquakes and volcanoes. This aligns with our English focus for the next few weeks which is based on the book, Escape From Pompeii, by Christina Ballit. 

 

26/01/24

This week #TeamHawks have been busy thinking about courage—courage both in their personal experience and courage in Christianity. We shared our own experiences of courage and found that we have often had to overcome some kind of barrier or fear using our courage. We have unpicked the Bible story of Daniel in the Lion's Den and established that faith can help you have more courage when you face adversity. The children have reflected on this, drawing a  portrait of themselves and noting how their own experience and faith helped them in that situation.

This week English has been a little different. The children have been experimenting with the reading comprehension skills - specifically summarising and have learned how to skim and scan text to find answers. We have also learned that we must justify when we make an answer, to ensure that our response is supported by evidence. The children get better at this every time they practise.

Our music lesson continue with gusto, the children are now able to blow and make a sound through their brass instruments - I am eternally grateful to Mrs MacDonald, who patiently assists the children in their music lessons. They are really making great progress! 

We have completed our sound module in Science! The children experimented with pitch and volume last week, measuring decibels and linking this to the pitch of the sound. We have LOVED learning all about sound. After half term, we will look at Forces and Magnets!

 

19/01/24

 

Despite the cold, #TeamHawks have been on fire this week (not literally!) with their learning! 

Last Friday we experimented with sound making ourselves giant pinner or ear flaps, to discover whether bigger ears equal louder sounds - and it turns out they do! They also look rather funny - as you can see from this week's photographs! 

On Thursday we brought together all of our English learning and wrote non-chronological reports about the Romans. We included present perfect tense, possessive apostrophes and fronted adverbials in our writing too. Our reports are great and our Roman knowledge is really rather impressive! Next we move onto writing a diary, with a focus on writing a collective diary showing the changes in Britain that the Roman invasion brought.

We also completed our multiplication and division unit this week - which has been very long! Next we take a quick look at perimeter and area before going into fractions. It is important to state that, the children need as much practise at home as possible with their multiplication tables as this is ongoing learning for them and doesn't come to an end at the end of our multiplication unit. 

As a collective KS2 have been gearing up, though our shared worship, to write to our local MP, Caroline Noakes. The children are supporting the 'Send My Friend to School' campaign and are almost ready to present their points to someone who can help us reach the goal of getting all children safely into education across the world. The children have discussed safety, resources and educational equality over the past few months and are beginning to understand how far reaching the issue is.

I hope you all have a relaxing, warm and cosy weekend!  

 

 

12/01/24

What a busy first full week we have had in #TeamHawks! There has been a lot going on, from full blown column multiplication to Roman Emperors and armies, to sound and hearing! Our learning has been varied and exciting. 

The children are really getting their teeth stuck into the Romans, and are very excited about their new facts and information. We have discovered senates, Emperors, consuls, treachery, Kings, Queens and the odd bit of murder - oh, to be a powerful Roman! All of the information has been delivered with care, and the children have thrived and grown in understanding. Next week the children will use this new information to write a non-chronological report about the Romans, before we turn our attention to how the Romans changed Britain. 

 

The children have also thoroughly enjoyed the start of our new      science topic - sound. They have experienced vibration and sound waves and are keen for today’s experiment!

 

05/01/24

As with all good starts to the new year, Hawk Owls began 2024 with a day trip to Italy. After worship, we moved through the all new 'Barton Stacey Airport', collecting our passports and boarding passes. We strapped ourselves in and took off on a Boeing 747 bound for Rome. Once we arrived, we had a quick tour around with our guide, Italia. She showed us Rome from the air and talked to us about the Coliseum. After that, we made Italian flags from Italian ingredients and then ate our flags - as you do! We spent time unravelling the code which is Roman Numerals, making clocks and working out the date. During the pommerigio, we boarded a second flight to Florence and explored the cathedral and rivers. Next we explored human and physical features around the whole of Italy and stopped for a gelato. Lastly, we learned some of the Italian language and experimented with rolling our r's....what a day it was!

All of this has helped to prepare the children for their new topic all about the Romans. Discovering Italy has helped them to realise the geography, distance, placement and features of the country as it is today - allowing them, eventually, to realise the differences the Romans made as they grew their Empire. 

The children have already written about their Italian experience to kick start their new piece of English learning - a non-chronological report, in a few weeks, the children will create a non-chronological report based on their knowledge of the Romans!

The term has so much in store for us, we are very excited about our project and all the opportunities it is going to offer us.

 

All of the #TeamHawk adults and I would like to thank our families for all of the well wishes, cards and gifts we received at Christmas, all of which were very much appreciated. We wish you all a happy new year and a restful weekend!

 

15/12/23

Goodness me what a busy week we have had in #TeamHawks! Biscuit making and decorating, window decoration painting, quizzing, story reading, card making, Christmas song singing, Christmas dinner eating, DT building and book publishing have all been on our packed agenda! This is considered "down time" as we move towards the end of term and may explain why #TeamHawks are so tired!

This term has been truly wonderful. Those in year three quickly became fully fledged Hawk Owls, and now no longer bat an eye lid at my wacky schemes and crazy ideas - they simply take it all in their stride. The year 4s have taken to their older team member roles beautifully, assisting year 3 in their transition and rolling their eyes at my wacky schemes and crazy ideas! 

The #TeamHawks adults are very excited for Spring Term, where we will discover the Romans, through our project question; How many times a week do you think about the Romans? During our project launch, in early January, we will begin by looking at the country of origin and spending the day tourist-ing around Italy (no passports or suitcases required!)

 

In the meantime, I hope you all have the most wonderful, peaceful and cosy Christmas holiday. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

#TeamHawks

 

01/12/23

Christmas has arrived in Hawk Owls! There has been singing, dancing, creating, drawing, multiplication paperchain making and of course a visit from Saint Nikolaus. 

Learning about German Christmas traditions and the story of Saint Nikolaus, inspired the children to clean their shoes until they shone! There was copious amounts of cotton wool and water, blue paper towels and excitement. The children committed themselves to cleaning and spent a good 20 minutes, rubbing and polishing. Some even retied their laces to ensure their shoes looked as clean and  prepared as possible for a possible Saint Nikolaus visit! This was followed, on Wednesday morning by squeals of delight, wiggly eyebrows of excitement and jumps of joy as the children found Saint Nikolaus had visited them, bringing gifts of oranges and sweets (isn't it a good job they are well behaved!). It was a huge delight to share in this experience with your children - and I understand a few may have started a new tradition at home!

In English this week we have been rewriting the story of 'Cat in the Manger', by Michael Foreman - we have used this text to learn about personification leading us to many a discussion about whether snow can actually dance or whether the world can hold its breath!

We were also fortunate enough to watch the KS1 nativity this week and we would like to thank them all for a wonderful performance - it was magnificent!

 

1/12/23

This week we have brought our project - Has Life Always Been Like This? - to an end. We have looked back on our learning about rocks, light, the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages, Augusta Savage, Beethoven, The Commonwealth - and so much more and really discovered the reason why we are feeling so tired - we've have been so busy having fun and learning!  

We have also taken time to answer our project question and decided that no, life has mostly changed a great deal (especially technologically), but lots about life hasn't changed at all. Family, survival, community and sharing our world with nature are all ways on which life hasn't changed, despite the thousands of years between then and now. The children's understanding of what was and what is, is really quite remarkable. We are also very keen to get learning about the Roman's - in our new project,  How Many Times a Week do you Think About the Romans?

Next week we move on to Christmas. In RE we will be thinking about the significance of angels, and we will be using this stimulus to help us with our learning in other areas too and we are really looking forward to watching the nativity too!

 

24/11/23

This week Hawk Owls kicked off with a day full of Iron Age awesomeness! We learned about Iron Age tribes and societies, weaponry, homes, clothing and we learned how to become Iron Age warriors. We used swords, shields and spears. We discovered how chainmail was made and the value of it. We explored the use of furs and bones after an animal has been hunted and we investigated the way hillforts are made. It really was a remarkable day which we will remember and talk about for such a long time to come. We are so grateful to Matt from 'Experience the Iron Age' and really look forward to seeing him again two years from now!

The rest of the week has been a little less involved! We have continued to explore division and multiplication and number generally. Thank you to all those of you who have helped with the 'exploding number' sheet that came home on Tuesday. This has already helped then children. We are doing at least one in school every day between now and Christmas too! We have begun letter writing in English and will continue with this next week. We are writing a letter to ourselves, to give advice on differences between the Iron Age and today! 

#TeamHawks are getting very excited about next weeks exhibitions! We simply can't wait to show to you all with our learning and growth. The classroom is already developing as we unearth the terms learning and add it to our walls and displays! 

 

17/11/23

This week has seen us return to a regular schedule, post Remembrance. We have reflected on last week and are very proud of how well we did at our service. Thank you to everyone who was able to come to school an watch us.

We have begun our new maths learning - Multiplication and Division. I cannot express to you enough, how important it is that your children can secure their multiplication knowledge. Using TTRS, or your own way at home, will now help your child with every aspect of maths they learn for the rest of their primary education and beyond. This unit, and future units, rely heavily on children being able to multiply at speed and draw knowledge of timetables and related division to answer much bigger number questions. Please, practise as much as you can. In English we have taken time out of a writing focus to look at reading comprehension. After year-group sessions, we have had an independent attempt, and so far we are looking good. This will now become a weekly part of our learning as we explore the hidden meaning of text through our reading gems. 

Today we have celebrated Diwali (thank you for keeping my secret). The children have discovered the origin of the Hindu festival, with the story of Rama and Sita, and taken part in traditional celebrations such as making Rangoli from rice and lentils and feasting under twinkling lights. It has been a really special day which we will remember for quite some time. 

 

10/11/23

This week #TeamHawks have been focusing on our Remembrance Service. We began by understanding the origins of the Commonwealth from The British Empire to now. We discovered its nations, big and small, and used Google maps and atlases to map the 56 Commonwealth friends across the globe. We investigated flags, populations and the Commonwealth Charter, comparing this to our British Values. Lastly, we learned about the contribution of Commonwealth nations in times of war and were blown away by the help given to Britain by these nations after World War Two. We looked at the Windrush Generation and uncovered the huge amount of skill and compassion these people brought to us in our time of need. Ultimately, #TeamHawks are enormously grateful for what they have as a direct result of people working together. 

In maths we have come to the end of addition and subtraction and move on, next week, to multiplication and division. This is a long unit taking us up to Christmas and then continues for a few weeks into January. Addition and subtraction have thrown up a few issues with the children's security at adding and subtracting small numbers at speed. They can column add and subtract - understanding the processes- but are often incorrect because they are insecure at taking away or adding single digit numbers at speed - helping with this at home would be really helpful. 

 

3/11/23

Just like that we're back to it and learning new things in Autumn two! #TeamHawks have had a fab week, which has included, modelling ourselves from clay, a hot write, column subtraction, French instructions, tri-golf, football, handwriting, the Beaker people and Bronze Age Britain! 

I can't wait to read the hot writes, which are historical stories based on Stone Age characters living at Skara Brae or Stonehenge - early indicators show great progress from all writers!

Maths this week has been a challenge. After modelling column subtraction with exchanging, Charlie said to me "Wow Mrs Cobb, you just did the unthinkable!" The children felt quite overwhelmed with subtracting using exchanging, and some have found the concept of taking ten and moving it into another column quite difficult. We are pushing on though. We know some learning takes longer than other learning and we know that the struggle makes it all worthwhile in the end! Any help or practise with column subtraction over the weekend would be appreciated (year three with two or three, three-digit numbers, year four with two or three, four or five-digit numbers).

Next week we are going off topic so that we are ready to lead the act of Remembrance for the whole school! We are going to learn about the Commonwealth, this will lead us to think about how as a group of nations we have helped each other over the years. Leading us to think about The Windrush Generation and rebuilding a nation, as we build our Remembrance Service which will take place in the church next Friday. The Remembrance Service is a big part of #TeamHawks and we are proud to be supporting our school and our community with our service. 

 

20/10/23

This week we have been dominated by IT! Over the half term we have worked hard with year three to build their independence in logging on and searching, safely, online for Spelling Shed or TTRS. This week all of the children logged on - without support, finding a brand new website and taking part in an assessment of their knowledge. This was amazing progress. We also learned about internet safety and age restrictions on frequently used apps. We discussed digital footprints and played the Google safety game, Interland, which is an excellent free resource. 

In science we learned about and made amazing fossils. In English we have written beautiful character and setting descriptions for our historical narratives, Mr Stangroom has been so impressed with these, he has asked to read them when they are complete! In math, year three are competent at exchanging when using the formal method of column addition and year four have been nailing missing numbers! Today they will put themselves to the test and try and apply this knowledge to real life context such as when using money, adding weights and calculating quantity. 

 

13/10/23

#TeamHawks have had a wonderful week. Starting with writing the most amazing cold writes in English, based on our trip to Stonehenge. The children used amazing language, showing me their high level of understanding in how Stonehenge may have been built. Words such as Aubrey hole, lintel, Blue Stone, Sarsen Stone, Neolithic and circular ring were included across the board in their introductory writing pieces. What expert-level superstars! 

In maths we have experimented with crossing 10s and 100s in addition and subtraction in year three and will move onto column versions of this shortly. Year four have been manipulating number families to reassert their understanding of how numbers work together through inverse, to allow us to double check our answers systematically. 

On Wednesday afternoon we virtually visited the small Neolithic village of Skara Brae, with the children making links - without prompt - between the housing and landscape we viewed and that which is described in our class text - The Stollen Spear by Saviour Pirotta. This will help our cross curricular learning with setting descriptions in English.

Also on Wednesday we were so fortunate in receiving the most amazing morning of sport thanks to Luke Delahunty and his partner Nerys. The children were amazed by Luke's tales of overcoming adversity and claiming multiple sporting awards and personal bests and were inspired by Nerys' power and passion for sport. #TeamHawks have talked about the experience so much following the experience. 

06/10/23

 

Another week comes to a close as Hawk Owls celebrate what fantastic neighbours they are. Across the week we have completed our RE, performing some excellent short plays about being good neighbours. Who knew there would be so much acting ability in one class! 

This week we have also had the most amazing English lessons, signing into a shared online platform with 125 other schools to write poetry for Remembrance! We did this as individuals and as a huge group. We got to meet and understand the poetry writing process of Laura Mucca and our own poetry is phenomenal - bring tissues to the Remembrance service! 

In math we have moved on from place value and are now learning about addition and subtraction. Year three will soon begin to use columns for addition and subtraction, pre-teaching a little of this at home would be very useful. 

 

In Hawks, spellings are tested on a Friday and times tables on Mondays. Please ensure your child is accessing these via spelling shed/TTRS to ensure that when the test comes around they feel prepared to try their best. At the moment many children are not practising, meaning when the test comes around, they are struggling unnecessarily. Practising these things are part of the home-school agreement. 

 

29/09/23

 

We started the week with an AMAZING trip to Stonehenge. Setting off on the coach with Micheldever, we arrived to a beautiful sunny landscape. We entered the museum and sat, enthralled by the immersive experience. We watched the Winter Solstice sunset, the Summer Solstice sun rise and time pass as Stonehenge was built, from the first ring ditch, to a wooden circle, to the stones you see today. We watched the seasons pass and time move on. After this, we looked around the exhibits and discovered Stone Age people looked much like us. We tried to push one of the stones, and I was convinced they had managed to move it the smallest amount. We visited the roundhouses and shared a picnic in the early autumn sun. After lunch we headed out on he bus to the site itself and were taken on a journey of the stones by Nina and Anne, who were amazingly knowledgeable. Then we sat beside the stones and explored Stone Age burials, looking at artefacts which had been found and what their significance might be. We had an incredible day. 

 

During the rest of the week we have thought about what it is to be a neighbour, using the Good Samaritan to guide us on our RE journey. The children, after being asked to mind map the word neighbour asked me "But Mrs Cobb, do you mean our next door neighbour or how we can be good, kind people?" I was, as you can imagine, blown away by their perception and understanding of our Christian Values. 

 

22/09/23

As we come to the end of week three (!), we look forward with excitement to our first #TeamHawk school trip of the year. Look out Stonehenge! We have introduced ourselves to the stones and a little of their history in preparation and have talked about brand new Stone Age discoveries in a country, close to the hearts of Hawks, Zambia. 

In maths we have continued on our place value journey. The children have been resilient learners, as we have really deepened our understanding of number and experimented with how we can use our knowledge to estimate number placement on scales and number lines with limited information. It has been tricky, but we have come a long way and celebrated the learning journey this has taken us on. 

In English #TeamHawks completed their first 'hot' writing task with gusto and confidence. They have amazed all of the class adults with their commitment to writing the best instructions for making a cave painting. The results are brilliant. 

This week your child came home with two important items. One, a small green card which details their log-ins for Spelling Shed and Times Tables Rock Stars. Their first spellings will be on Spelling Shed today and will be updated every Friday and their tables have been updated for them to practise too. It is expected that these websites are visited for practise 3-4 times a week, however, if you would rather, the information can be taken from the website and practised another way. The second important item, was your child's in class tables test. These happen every Monday, and after marking, the children will bring it home for you to go through with them. This means you can help support them on their tables journey, which is a key learning point in year 3/4. 

 

15/09/23

Week two has been amazing. The children have learned the classroom routines and are we are now deeply immersed in our learning. The children are using historic language to describe the three periods of the Stone Age and they can use their historical skills to check for primary sources, evidence and continuity. 

In maths we have continued to understand the place value of three- and four-digit numbers - we are now experts in this and can apply this knowledge through manipulating a number to change its value by moving its position. 

In English we have dissected How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth and are able to identify the voice of the author, Michelle Robinson. The children can spot the features she uses to add her own style to her writing and have been trying this out for themselves. We have also been using expanded noun phrases to build up our vocabulary and we have thought deeply about imperative verbs at a key stage two level - thinking about them as abstract rather than physical actions. 

This week we also shared our first worship as a key stage. The children joined Eagle Owls in their classroom and listened to a great story, read by Miss Hardy. We are planning a key stage 2 project which will take us up to Christmas. 

08/09/23

Wow what a first week back we've shared! Despite the heat, we have been so busy getting to know each other, discovering what #TeamHawks is all about and exploring life in the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic parts of the Stone Age. 

The children have immersed themselves in Stone Age cave art, and on Monday we made our own by first creating paints from natural ingredients and then using them to create hand prints and mammoths. It was very messy but great fun! The children explored the caves and their drawings at Lascaux, understanding that this primary source of history shows us a snippet of what life may have been like. They have also learned about the historical skill of interpretation and understand that without context, we don't know whether these are depictions of daily life or impressions of stories. 

In maths we have begun looking into place value, understanding the value of individual digits in three and four- digit numbers with some of us managing the value of five and six-digit numbers. We will continue with place value, which really is the foundation stone of maths for the next few weeks. 

In English we are instructional writing. Beginning this week with washing woolly mammoths and sabre-toothed tigers, we have quickly established it's all a rather tricky business if you value your arms and legs and actually we'd rather wash a puppy or kitten!

 

21/07/23

Goodness, we have had the most fabulous week. To begin, we received and read our email from our Hawk Owl overseas, Demian. It was so nice to hear about his summer camp, theatre trip, woodland walks and upcoming holiday in the Carpathian Mountains. This children have formed a response which we will send today, wishing him the best summer of fun. 

In class we have learnt about the River Nile and how the Ancient Egyptians used it to their advantage, irrigating channels so that a flooding river could grow wheat and other crops for food. We also looked at wildlife along the river and made maps. 

As we come to the end of the school year, I want to thank all of you for supporting our many activities, for coming in and teaching the children about your passions, for supporting your children in their learning, for helping with the most amazing homework pieces, for supporting me in my teaching journey and for just being an amazing part of our #TeamHawks family.

Today will be a day of mixed emotions. Joy at spending a whole day just enjoying #TeamHawks and a little sadness at the end of a significant chapter. Personal growth is an important part of the children's learning journeys and the class adults have worked hard to prepare the children for the next phase of their journey. They are ready and they are excited but we also know we have something special in #TeamHawks, something truly remarkable, and so for today at least, we will hold it tight and celebrate it. 

Have a wonderful summer holiday however you are spending it. 

Much Love, #TeamHawks. 

 

14/07/23

We have had a wonderful week in #TeamHawks! After a little story writing and a bit of maths we have tuned into our bodies and thought about how unique we are, how amazing our bodies can be and how babies grow. The children have talked openly, with insight and with kindness. We have all agreed that we are pretty awesome!

We have had an influx of pyramids arriving in school. Hawk Owls currently resembles the Valley of the Kings. There have been incredible interpretations and I am so impressed at the work that has gone into creating them. Thank you for your time, effort and support. 

Unbelievably, we only have a week left together. We will spend that week enjoying all that #TeamHawks is about - belonging, community, togetherness and pure joy. 

07/07/23

This week has been super busy as we prepare to welcome you all on Friday morning. We have spent our English time thinking about the British Museum and the ethics behind having artefacts from other places. This culminated in writing speeches on Thursday to persuade others to our viewpoints. Next week we will record our speeches on iPads.

In maths we have been updating our skills from the beginning of the school year. We've recapped estimating, rounding and missing number equations and some of us have been making spirals out of coordinates. Next week we will revisit column addition and subtraction, some multiplication and division.

On Tuesday we wrote an Email to Demian, in the Ukraine and talked for a while, sharing memories and fun things we enjoyed with him. 

We have worked to answer our project question - what drives us to uncover mysteries? We had some amazing responses to do with feelings of curiosity and suspense, temptation and fear. The children understand exactly why we want to uncover such things. 

Thank you to all of those who came to exhibitions, the children loved sharing their work with you. They have worked so hard to on their pieces and getting to show off about their progress and achievements is like the icing on the cake. 

So here we go, two weeks before the school year ends- and we have a lot of fun to have!

 

30/06/23

This week Hawks have been super busy. We have been legitimate fractions geniuses and can not only add and subtract fractions, but we can find quantities of amounts and turn some fractions into decimals AND some of us can turn those into percentages! Honestly - amazing!!

In English we have completed our newspaper articles and spent time typing them up to show you all at exhibition next week. They are wonderful. We have also planted on our class garden and have lots of pepper plants and other vegetable plants to sell at exhibition next week. We have noted that our year long weaving task has become a bit dusty - so next week we will be on 24-hour weaving duty to make sure we can finish it by Friday! 

We have taken part in a few yoga sessions - and the children love it. They are also very, very bendy!  They have enjoyed the meditation process at the start and end of each session and the children ask daily if we will have time to do another session!

Next week we move on to debating in English, thinking about whether or not artefacts found in other nations should be displayed permanently in our museums. After our school trip to the British Museum today (thank you Google maps), we took some time to look at the British Museum map - it didn't mention many rooms about British history and we have found that very intriguing indeed! Thank you to Mr O, who gave us a fantastic presentation about mummifying bodies - rather gory but very exciting!

23/06/23

This week #TeamHawks have completed writing their newspaper articles all about how Finn sailed his boat to find the place where his Grandfather's stories came from - ultimately where the ocean meets the sky. The children have absolutely loved this book, which is called Ocean Meets Sky and was a gift from Pine Class, at Micheldever, given to us at the end of my placement with them. If you are looking for a birthday gift or purchasing early Christmas presents - it is highly recommended! The attached photo is of Miss Spence, who took the role of teacher this week, to read to the class. We have spent our maths sessions focusing on fractions this week. The children have excelled themselves in their determination to crack converting tenths and hundredths into decimals and can also add and subtract fractions that have the same denominator! Despite an initial concern that fractions are "really hard" they have all proved to themselves they are capable and can do it! Professor Thomas, of year four, imparted his extensive fractions knowledge in his group this week. Our tomatoes continue to mummify, and the children are observing their changes over two weeks. They have enjoyed noting the changes in skin, water loss and shape. It has been a really interesting process. In French this week, we looked at the seasons, some of the questions included which months belonged to which season and calling out the months of the year in English and French. It was evident that the children are unaware of which season belong where, with many confusing where winter and summer begin. If you have the chance, practising at home would be very useful!

16/06/23

Wow, what a hot week it's been! To combat this, we have switched to relaxed mode in order to get work done whilst staying cool. The children have handled the heat really well - far better than Mrs de Cani and I! We began the week by mummifying a tomato, as you do! and have observed it across the week releasing all its water. Yesterday we drained them, and now they are beginning to toughen up as the salt does its preserving. The children have really enjoyed this. During the morning we have continued to think about newspaper reports, and we have undertaken some end of year assessments in maths. Yesterday afternoon, to combat the heat we went onto the banks, at school, and sketched local village scenes or the tree canopy above us - the fruits of this labour will be for sale at the village fete on July 1st! Just a reminder about small/hand towels to be in school from next week please!

 09/06/23

Well after a half-term holiday of glorious sunshine, relaxing bird song and long evening meals, we headed into the last half-term of the school year reunited as #TeamHawks. What a week we have had! Completing shape with some symmetry, angles, and 3d property work, learning about the features of a newspaper, understanding the social hierarchy of Ancient Egyptian society and mummifying teddy bears. You will know by now that no weeks pass by in Hawk Owls without some crazy shenanigans and this week has been no different. We spent Thursday, doing a little mummification CPD! We then used our learning, practically and skilfully, to mummify our teddies. We began by purifying the fur, next we made an opening on the left side of the body, before removing the lungs, intestines, liver and stomach - placing these into salted canopic jars for our Pharaoh teddies' journey into the afterlife. After this, we salted the Pharaoh teddies bodies and wrapped them, with great care, in bandages. We added amulets between the layers to protect our Pharaoh teddies. Lastly, we laid them, respectfully, in the sarcophagus' as is heir birth-rite as Pharaohs. Being back with #TeamHawks has been exhilarating. Have a great weekend all!

25/05/23

This week the children have written, published and illustrated their incredible Ancient Egyptian mystery books. They are full of suspense, superb description and engaging plots. The children have worked so hard on creating these masterpieces and it has been a joy seeing their pride in the final results. In maths, we have continued to focus on shape. We have practiced using some very highlevel mathematical terms such as perpendicular, parallel and have learnt the names for lots of 2D shapes. On Tuesday afternoon we spent our time understanding the gods of Ancient Egypt. We successfully linked this new learning to our previous learning about the Viking gods, Anglo-Saxon gods and even Hindu gods. The children made links between groups of humans worshipping multiple gods, each of which have a different focus or ability. The Egyptian gods were very interesting because they mostly had animal heads, which had a direct link to some part of their character, ask your children to tell you about the head of Ra, Sekhmet and Bastet. After half term, I will be back in class as I was before Easter. The children and I are very excited to get back to it! I would like to thank Ms White for all of her hard work, teaching and inspiring #TeamHawks in my absence. The children have been very lucky to be so superbly cared for in my absence.

19/05/23

Another exciting and jam-packed week for #TeamHawks! In English, the children have been honing their writing skills in preparation for writing their Egyptian mystery story next week. We’ve storyboarded and planned our exciting adventures and even designed our front covers ready for starting our potential bestsellers. So, get ready to read ‘Tomb of Terror’, ‘Tomb Runners’ and ‘The Journey of Terror’ amongst many of the titles which you’ll be invited to delve into very soon. In maths, we’ve turned our attention to learning about shape and have spent the week exploring different types of angles and identifying them in 2D shapes. We ended our week making our own model arm as part of our science learning about the human body. We identified the triceps and bicep muscles and by using elastic bands, explored how they contract and relax to help us move. On Tuesday afternoon #TeamHawks finished up our IT module. We have learned all about creating movement, lines and sprites in Scratch and can now programme a short computer game complete with algorithms based on events and actions. To be honest, it’s blown my mind a bit, but we got there. On Thursday afternoon we completed our RE module about devotion, with your children writing persuasive pieces about what they are devoted to. From family to football and cats to baby brothers, we had a huge range of devotions. I have been so impressed with the children’s knowledge about the Hindu Gog of worship – Krishna, and how much information about this cheeky God they can remember.

12/05/23

#TeamHawks have been as busy as ever despite another short week. In English, we’ve turned our attention to story writing as we’ll begin to plan and then write our own Ancient Egyptian narratives next week. In preparation, we’ve been practising writing dialogue and remembering the rules of punctuating speech. We’ve also been looking at the techniques author’s use to build up tension and have practised varying the length of sentences to add drama and suspense. The children’s writing has been incredible and I am so excited to read their finished stories – I think they’ll have me on the edge my seat! In maths, we’ve been applying all our learning about telling the time and the 24-hour clock to calculate time durations and solve some very tricky problems. It’s been fantastic seeing the children drawing on their knowledge and employing their skills so confidently. Yesterday afternoon we enjoyed a brief moment of sunshine and got out of doors. Thanks to many wonderful donations, we have a great deal of plant pots, seeds and a beautiful array of vegetables to grow. #TeamHawks, got to work potting on peppers, watering pak choi and weeding the spring bulbs. Others made bug hotels for our much loved insect population and lots of tidying of our outside area took place. The children worked really hard. To finish the afternoon, we got the opportunity to pull up our carrots, which we planted in September. After giving them a thorough wash, we ate the fruits of a labour and lamented about what great green fingered growers we are!

05/05/23

Despite only being in school for four days this week, we’ve managed to pack a lot in! In English we’ve travelled back in time to November 1922 and imagined that we were Howard Carter, the famous Egyptologist and Archaeologist. We discovered more about his quest to discover the hidden tomb of King Tutankhamun and wrote a dairy entry about his adventure and ultimate discovery of the boy king’s treasure. The diary entries were superb and really showed the rollercoaster of emotions Howard Carter would have felt. As well as learning about Ancient Egyptian Kings, we’ve also been preparing ourselves for our own King’s coronation. The children have worked so hard to learn the Coronation Day song and it has been a joy to hear them perform during the week with such energy and enthusiasm. As part of the celebrations, we have also enjoyed making our own crowns, flags and King Charles portraits. The children have also explored the lives of past British Kings and Queens and ordered them chronologically by making a British monarch timeline and discovered lots of fascinating facts about our rulers of the past.

28/04/23

Team Hawks have had another jam-packed week! In English, the children have been writing diary entries about discovering an ancient Egyptian tomb and finding a hoard of long-lost treasure. Their writing has been superb and we are so proud of their efforts and their writing outcomes. In maths, we’ve continued to focus on time this week but have moved onto learning about the 24 hour clock and converting between this and the 12 hour version. As part of our learning about the Ancient Egyptian civilisation, Hawks have also been studying hieroglyphs and how they are a form of code. We have discovered the Rosetta stone held the key to deciphering the code and because of this discovery, we can now read hieroglyphs. After an awesome hieroglyph treasure hunt, we have used our knowledge of coding and decoding to begin to understand coding within the computer program Scratch. This week we have debugged and learnt how to add an event and action to code our sprite to move. Needless to say, the children grasped this far quicker than any of the adults!

 

21/04/23

What an exciting start we’ve had to our summer term! On Monday, the children were puzzled to find that our classroom had been transported thousands of miles to the land of Egypt where they had the chance to explore an ancient Egyptian tomb. Bravely, all ventured past the cobwebs and spiders and with their trusty torches explored the many ancient treasures within the long-forgotten tomb. This then led us to ask our enquiry question for this term: what drives us to uncover mysteries? We already had so many ideas and it left all the children excited to explore this question further and find out more about the Ancient Egyptians. As we continued through the week we learnt about when the Ancient Egyptians ruled and were amazed to find out just how long their civilisation was around for – nearly 3000 years! We then thought about what questions we have about how the Ancient Egyptians lived and how different their lives were to ours. In maths, the children have been learning how to tell the time using an analogue clock. All have done a fantastic job so please encourage time telling at any opportunity at home so they can show off their skills!

31/03/23

What an amazing term we have had in Hawk Owls! It has been great to see so much personal growth and academic growth across the class. The children continue to do their best and support each other, our 'whole team' ethos really helps them to understand each other and help each other navigate life's journey. This week we have been in full Easter mode, creating beautiful cards, scrummy fudge, poetry and our own Easter garden for the school service. We have had a little time for academia too, learning rhymes about months and days in the year, learning how to use and read a calendar and remembering how we tell the time. If your child is unable to read the time on an analogue clock, please help them with this over half term, as in year three they are expected to tell the time to the nearest minute. Children can find this skill tricky with the compression of a classroom added into the mix. When we return I will spend much of my time at Micheldever, but I know Ms White has some incredible things planned for Hawk Owls and I will look forward to hearing about these when I visit during the week. I hope you all have a wonderful Easter break. Thank you for such a brilliant term!

24/03/23

What a journey we've been on this week! We have become detectives in the hidden language of mathematical word problems and can now breakdown the problem into its basic parts and understand what it is asking us to do. We can also answer them and evidence what we found along the way! What incredible mathematicians. To end the week and our project learning, we learned about and celebrated the Hindu festival of colour- Holi - completing the day by throwing coloured powders which represent spring, calmness, love, joy and freedom. This was so much fun! We were also observed at windows across the school by other children who thought we might be a bit crazy! So it turns out, according to Hawk owls, you most certainly DO NOT need to be an adult to change the world. In fact, they have determined, you can probably do a better job if you're a child! This term they have grown into the most aware, respectful, global citizens. And as the future of our planet, I am assured, we are in the safest hands possible. On to Easter!

17/03/23

Well, where on EARTH do we start with this week?! Firstly, it is such a joy to be back in the room where it happens. Thank you for all the well wishes, check-ins, get well gifts and thoughts. I am much recovered and being back with your children has definitely helped with the last part of that journey. This week has been incredible. Monday saw #TeamHawks prep for our COP27 climate change conference. We delivered some of our presentations - which have been outstanding - and thought about permafrost, glaciers and icecaps, particularly in the Alps. We also found proof of melting glaciers in the discovery of a 5,200 year old murder recovering itself in 1991. Ask your children to tell you about Otzi the Iceman. We have also spent time this week understanding how we should answer word problems, using the RUCSAC framework to break answering down into six steps. This approach has helped with question answering and also explanation, which is a key part of deepening children's understanding of their mathematical strategies. On top of all of this, we are also completing our sculptures this week based on the work of Yayoi Kusama. They are stunning. I do hope you all have a restful weekend, I send extra special Mother's Day wishes to all the wonderful #TeamHawks Mums. You are all wonderful!

 

10/03/23

What another busy week for Team Hawks! In maths, the class have worked exceptionally hard to become confident in solving division questions using the bus stop method – it’s a tricky calculation to grasp and they’ve all shown tremendous determination and persistence. In English, the children have continued to practise writing explanation texts with an emphasis on using cause and effect conjunctions. We’ve also been developing our knowledge of the different climate zones and have been learning more about climate change in preparation for next week’s COP27 which we are all very excited about. We ended our week with a fantastic author workshop run by Stephen Pass who wrote the book ‘Madge the Mermaid.’ We were hugely inspired by hearing how Stephen developed his initial ideas into the fantastic book which we enjoyed reading together. Stephen also encouraged us to use our imaginations to make a first draft of our very own book!

03/03/23

It’s been another busy week in Hawk owls. We have spent our afternoons paper macheting and the children are so excited to be creating a final piece of artwork to wow you all with at the forthcoming exhibition. In English, we have been focussing on explanation texts and recognising all the features of these so we are ready to write our own. The children have also started their geography learning and had a morning dedicated to studying all about the Alps. The children will use all this new knowledge by writing their own explanation text about how and why this area of the world is changing due to climate change next week. We all thoroughly enjoyed our world book day at the end of the week and loved reading and sharing stories with the snowy owls and choosing a new book to take home and treasure from the book swap.

 

24/02/23

We have begun, in #TeamHawks to unpick our third topic question - How is the world changing? To unpick this, we have explored climate change, weather, and begun to think about our carbon footprint. We have also located and measured the South Downs, located many UK counties and begun to label cities and features within the country. In English we have set about understanding what plans are for to help us become better writer. We have been making potions and writing plans for how we would use them (if we ever needed to be invisible, a frog, making a wish or falling in love). This was a really enjoyable task and helped the team understand how important plans can be. In maths, we have continued to build on our knowledge of multiplication by using column multiplication. This is a really tricky strategy but the children have persevered and are making progress. Next week we will be moving on to division, factors pairs and multiples. Thank you for all of the presentations that have arrived so far - a reminder they are due in by Monday the 6th March. Have a great weekend all

 

10/02/23

Somehow, we find ourselves halfway through the school year! The children are definitely ready for half term and are well deserving of the rest. This week has been wonderful. When the children put their future role outfits on, on Tuesday, they immediately began to become their future selves. Role play began, without prompt and the children just immersed themselves in play. We had vets surgeries popping up, children buying land so others could engineer buildings on it. We had sports matches taking place and art and design happening. Watching an ecologist have an in-depth discussion with a member of the SAS, an archaeologist and a YouTuber will stay with me for a long while! It was such a delight to watch the children at play, completely uninhibited. For a while, the adults simply allowed the children to take the lead and enjoy their play, before we settled down to begin our writing. This week we completed our unit on electricity. The children are now experts in the field of circuits and what they need to flow. They understand that a switch closes or opens an electrical circuit to provide with what we need. We have loved this unit of science and are looking forward to revisiting it when we build our sculptures after half term. A gentle reminder that presentations for your child's country needs to be handed in by Monday 6th March. Please let the office know if you are unsure of which country you need to build a presentation for.

03/02/23

#TeamHawks have been committed to their learning this week, endeavouring to understand and be able to write subordinating and relative clauses. This is no easy task, as on top of that they have attempted to embed them. This has definitely been hard, but they have persevered and been resilient. More learning on this will come, but for now we are happy with our progress in the area. We have made use of the online sequencer this week for music - your children may have delighted you with some musical compositions! The classroom was a buzz with electric guitars, grand pianos and drums on Tuesday! Of course, we also learnt about the great artist Nina Simone, both as a musician and as a civil rights activist - ask your children how brave she was at 12, when she refused to play her concert. That wasn't all that was exciting! On Thursday morning we spent time building circuits and understanding what insulates electricity and what conducts it. This was great learning and active problem solving! Have a restful weekend all.

27/01/23

#TeamHawks have been getting creative with Lowry paintings this week. Their pastel versions of Lowry's industrial style paintings are brilliant and capture the mood very well. We have also been getting creative with vocabulary. We have experimenting with 'regular' words like small, big, happy and sad and blowing them up using dictionaries and thesauruses to find synonyms which are vivid and spectacular. Words like melancholy, luminous and microscopic have been replicated on a vocabulary jigsaw. This was great fun! In science this week we have been creating series circuits with electricity. Lighting bulbs, running motors and sounding buzzers was brilliant, next week we look at different conductors and insulators. We end our week, writing our own version of the Christian Creation story. We have really understood what the term creation means to us, and what it means to different religions. We have discovered what it means to Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists and people of both the Jewish and Christian faith. Bringing all of that together tomorrow, we write our own versions, showing the knowledge and understanding we have learned

 

20/01/23

Happy Friday all! This week has answered our first learning question 'How did adults change the world during the Industrial Revolution?' This has been an interesting start to our project and the children have been really involved in the inventors and their inventions. We completed the unit with a great experience. We were visited by Mr Cousins, who rode onto the playground on a Victorian invention - The Penny Farthing! We were amazed that he could stay on it and the children had so many questions about its design and structure. This was a great way to bring the Industrial Revolution to a close. Next, we begin to explore 'How are people trying to change the world?'. We will be looking at individuals who have a story to share about how they forced change. This will be an exciting part of the project. Last night children were given their homework country. If this has been 'lost in transit' please let me know and I will email you a copy. Every Monday #TeamHawks flick through a positivity book, I was given for Christmas, to find a positive statement for the week. This week Martin Luther King told us if we can't fly, we should run....but whatever we did it was important we kept moving forward. To compliment this, I found a video that we watched for class worship. The children really wanted to share it with you. Below is the link! Make sure you have tissues at the ready! https://www.passion-pictures.com/project/erste-group-hannabumblebee

13/01/23

This week we have been thinking about great inventors of the Industrial Revolution. Isambard Kingdom Brunel, George Stephenson, James Watt and Michael Faraday have all been prevalent characters in our learning. On Monday and Tuesday of next week we will be using the inventors to write a non-chronological report about their inventions. The plans we made of these already, which include paragraphs and present perfect tense, look fantastic!

At the end of last week we celebrated with our new years party: huge thanks to the DJ Fire team who created a playlist of all of our favourite songs and made sure we all had a great time. There was some funky moves and great singing from #TeamHawks! It was a real pleasure to watch them all enjoy themselves and let their hair down a bit.

New spellings are on Spelling Shed and updated Times Tables are on TTRS, please do use these great resources!

Homework countries and idea will come out next week, keep your eyes peeled!

Have a great weekend. 

 

06/01/23

Happy new year! I hope you all had a restful and peaceful Christmastime. The Cobb family certainly did!

#TeamHawks welcome 2023 with a celebration of who they are. Today, they celebrate themselves through their ‘New Years’ party expertly DJ’d by DJ Fire! 

We have begun to look into and answer our first question of the term- How did people change as a result of the industrial revolution? 

#TeamHawks have been really invested in Isambard Kingdom Brunel and his mighty tunnel building. 

Yesterday afternoon we spent time unravelling homophones and playing matching pairs with our words- spelling homophones and near homophones correctly is an important part of the LKS2 curriculum. Ask your children to tell you what a homophone is and see how many you can come up with!

Have a fab weekend.

 

16/12/22

Limping into the end of term come Hawk Owls! Goodness me, so many children have been missed from the classroom this week! 

I must begin by letting all Hawk Owls, who haven't made it to school this week,  know that we will hold a New Year's Party in the first week back, so that you all get to celebrate too! 

This week has been a lot of fun. We have crafted, played, danced, eaten and shared in the joy that Christmas brings.

The term has been fabulous. The sheer amount of knowledge your children have taken on is pretty phenomenal. They have certainly earned a rest over the holidays.

Below is a link to the Blooket Christmas quiz I have made, which we are using in the classroom this week. This is by no means homework, or a required activity; just something to entertain the children for half an hour if needed! It's available until December 29th.

All that's left to say is thank you. Thank you for gifting me with your amazing children every day. I am so excited to see them all in January for an exciting term.

I hope you all have a peaceful, calm, joyful Christmas. 

#TeamHawks

https://play.blooket.com/play?hwId=639b4d0a43b6ff55512b4a03

 

09/12/22


This week has been so jam-packed, I had to check back through my planning to remember what we've been up to! From maths assessing, to story writing with speech and fronted adverbials, to discovering who Mary was, prayer writing and Christmas crafting; we have been super busy Hawks!

Thank you to all parents who came to exhibitions, we hope you enjoyed looking at our hard work. I am sure you can imagine how much work goes into producing it, and that really is the tip of the iceberg in terms of work we've completed. Your children really are amazing! As we find ourselves at the end of the Autumn term, their books are brimming with work and projects and learning.

We were lucky enough to watch the KS1 Nativity dress rehearsal earlier this week - which was amazing. Hawk Owls send their congratulations to KS1 for all of their fantastic performances. 

As Christmas is upon us, we have decorated the classroom with glorious paper stars, beautiful paper chains and twinkling fairy lights. We have been feeling very cosy in our nest this week and are really looking forward to wrapping ourselves entirely in Christmas festivities next week!

We are particularly excited by our party on Thursday afternoon (which children can bring a change of clothes for) which will be hosted by DJ Fire and include Christmas scones! Exciting times for #TeamHawks!

 

01/12/22

Today marks the end of our Anglo-Saxons and Vikings topic and we have answered the question - How are Nations Formed? 

We understand that the movement of humans over time has brought education, law, diversity, new cultures and unity and from this, nations are formed.  Hawks have loved this topic, really getting into the spirit of unearthing why some tribes chose to raid. By looking at it from the perspective of both the raider and the raided they have formed balanced views on what the opinions of both sides would be. 

This week, to end our topic, the children have recorded their Battle of Hastings podcasts with great dramatic flare! We have also ordered the data we have been collecting from our carrot study and presented this data in pictograms and bar charts.

Now we move on to Christmas - we are really looking forward to some fun and linked activities happening alongside all the joy of a Barton Stacey School Christmas. 

 

25/11/22

Hawk Owls have been using their new -found commentary skills to commentate on everything from football matches to horse races to adverts with gusto. This has been a great week of English in class, with their versions of commentaries for the various pieces becoming quite comical. We have included exaggerated language, modal verbs and a little hyperbole into them which has added to the storytelling. Next week, we will hone our skills to write and record our podcasts. We are all very excited about this!

In maths, after a highly successful fractions unit, we have continued our good work and understood how we calculate the perimeter of 2d shapes. Year four have gone a step further and explored ways to measure 2d rectilinear shapes. We are continuing to convert cm's, mm's and m's which has been a little trickier.

To end the week, we are spending time discovering the artist David Hockney, specifically his work 'A Year in Normandy'. This is a modern interpretation of the Bayeaux Tapestry, all drawn on an ipad. It's a remarkable piece, which should inspire us to create our own Bayeaux Tapestry, detailing the history of the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings and ultimately helping answer our project question - How are Nations Formed?

 

18/11/22

It was a real pleasure to meet so many of you at parents evening this week. Having the opportunity to share your children's success with you has been wonderful.

#TeamHawks have been busy, completely nailing fractions and unearthing the Battle of Hastings. Across the class we have partnerships and small groups researching and working on podcasts, so that they can create their own Battle of Hastings broadcast, complete with football style commentary, coming live from the battlefield! The children, as always, have met this challenge head on and are committed to becoming broadcasting legends! You will be able to listen to these podcasts at our end of term exhibition.

I am still hoping to have an early evening under the stars to read our Norse myths, however, the weather is currently set to rain for the foreseeable, so we'll have to just keep checking and holding out for a dry spell. If we manage to get it on the diary, it would mostly likely happen very early, as

11/11/22

Over the course of the week, we have spent time learning about Remembrance, our service personnel and rehearsing our service. The children are immensely proud to be representing the school, and of course, as a military wife, I am enormously proud to be helping #TeamHawks to fulfil this role. The children have been passionate about ensuring they do justice to the service and have taken their roles very seriously. 

We have found time for fun this week too, going back over our Blooket quiz to make sure we are retaining all the learning we have done so far. I am so impressed at just how much information they can recall. We have also really enjoyed learning fractions this week- which was highly unexpected! The children have got really stuck into learning everything they can about them and are now experts! 

Next week, we leave behind the Vikings, return to the victorious Angle-Saxons, and begin to move towards the battle of Hastings and the formation of a United Kingdom!

 

04/11/22

#TeamHawks have been on it from the get-go! Getting back into the swing of it after their well earned week off. In English we have been discovering Norse myths and creating our own mythical creatures to put into our own tales, which will be told one evening under the stars, just as the Vikings did- but with more coats! The date for this is to be arranged and will be weather dependent. 

In maths we have completed our unit on multiplication, please use TTRS to maximise your child's knowledge; timetables are a fundamental part of maths, without the security of which, calculations will become quite difficult as we progress. 

In PE, the children have begun to learn the skills of hockey on a Monday and are creating choreographed dance pieces on a Wednesday. This Wednesday's lesson was a delight to view as they rhythmically moved around the hall to the music; complete joyful abandon viewed on every person's face!

 

21/10/22

Well, there we are- half term. #TeamHawks have worked so hard, they are very tired but absolutely bursting with new knowledge! They make me incredibly proud every single day. An email has gone out about an online quiz set for half term homework- this will be open all holiday, with each 'play' of the quiz limited to 30 minutes. They can play it as many times as they like. 

Last Friday we went on our school trip. This was a brilliant day and a real treat for staff to be able to spend time enjoying learning with the children. We took part in archaeological digging, made cord, built dens and tracked for wildlife. Jam packed from start to finish but wonderful! 

This week your little popstars have been song writing in their newly formed Viking bands! We will be recording music videos before the week is out, these will be available to view at our exhibition in December. Our maths has moved onto multiplication, we've kept it light pre-half term and focused on our year group targets (year 3: 3, 4 and 8's; year 4: all of them!) but after half term we will begin to unpick formal method for much larger calculations. 

Thank you for all of the support I have received this half term - #TeamHawks is definitely a great team. Have the most fantastic half term holiday, rest, eat well and enjoy some relaxing time. 

 

  

14/10/22

Addition, formal and mental, have been our maths focus this week. The children have been amazing at understanding and applying carrying their numbers! I have been so impressed at their mathematical genius! We have returned to instructional writing in English, to help this we spent Tuesday making our own Viking longboats and making notes along the way so we could turn them into real instructions. The longboats are fantastic, and I am pleased to say, we are confident they won't sink, so there will be no need for Hawk Owls to change the course of British history, phew!! 

We have been thinking about why the Vikings chose Britain to pillage and raid and how this was both different and similar to the Anglo-Saxons. 

Today we are out enjoying our trip, dressing as Anglo-Saxons and building dens. A much-needed treat for Hawk Owls.

 

07/10/22

Your children have taken part in an incredible live lesson pack this week, working with renowned poet Tomos Roberts, to create Remembrance poetry. A selection of this poetry, which I can tell you is mind-blowingly good, will be performed at our Remembrance service in November. This service will be led by Hawk owls with more information, regarding the service, coming out in due course. All of the poetry will be available to view at our exhibition in December. 

In maths Hawks have worked hard to improve their mental strategies. Understanding how to draw down on already learned information has been difficult for most of the children. At home, noting to your child when and how mental strategies are used mathematically would be a great help. Whether you are totting up shopping or estimating how long something is, or how many of something you have- discussing this with your child would be a great help in their future ability at mental maths- a skill we all use every day. 

In Hawk Owls, we find ourselves on the precipice of a Viking invasion. The wood has been cut, the nails have been forged and the boats are ready to be built. We have discovered their reasons for planning an invasion, and have dealt with stereotypes. Exploring what stereotypes, like those we think of when imagining the Vikings, we might leave behind to be discovered by archaeologists in hundreds of years' time.

 30/09/22

From making jam sandwiches to celebrating Diwali- this has been an immense week in the #TeamHawks Calendar. We began the week by editing our hot writes and ending our maths unit on place value. Moving onto new cold writes and maths. 

We have begun to learn about writing instructions, and we have had to learn about these through our mistakes! I was a little mean and left the children to write their cold instructions without any help whatsoever- but this was all part of a master plan! The following day the children used their instructions to instruct a partner in making a jam sandwich, learning along the way what needed to be added to improve specificity.  By the end we all had a fairly decent sandwich and set of highly detailed instructions. Hopefully, now we've learned our lesson, when we instruct the Vikings how to make a longboat, they won't sink!

On Thursday we  celebrated Diwali. We have made Rangoli, watched the story of Rama and Sita, learned about lamps and light and shared in a homemade feast of chapati, bhaji, vegetable curry and pilau. The classroom smelled delicious, and the children ate, traditionally, with their hands (after a good wash!). This was a great discovery-based learning experience. 

During our Harvest Live session this week, we learned about how carrots can help lower carbon emissions, photosynthesis and measured our own carrots, which are growing remarkably well!

  

 

23/09/22

Somehow, we find ourselves at the end of another week in Hawk Owls! We have moved our focus from Anglo Saxon history, pausing to look into the Vikings next week. We can hear the Vikings preparing to invade and will begin thinking about writing instructions next week- so that we can make sure those Viking longboats have been built properly!

It has been a short week, following the bank holiday and funeral of the late Monarch. We have reflected on this in class this week, and talked about new beginnings and joyful memories.

    

16/09/22

#TeamHawks have been super busy this week! We have been learning about estimating on a number line, ordering numbers and comparing digits in maths, developing our story characters in English and planting carrots in science. The week has been full on!

On Wednesday I introduced your children to Blooket, which is an online quiz page which allows teachers to produce curriculum based quizzes that their classes can play. The children were assessed on their knowledge of the Anglo-Saxons so far, with all of them proving their stuff and answering the questions at great speed. We had a great time doing this activity. 

This afternoon (Thursday) the children have begun a term length longitudinal study in science. They have planted carrot seeds so that we can watch them grow and collect data from this. This will support our science 'plants' topic, our ICT knowledge about forms and typing and our mathematical statistics later in the term. 

Of course, this week we were also able to walk to the Recreation ground and pay our respects to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second. We laid flowers, labelled with a personal message and read poetry, written by Eagle Owls. The children were very respectful, and all staff were very proud of them. 

 

09/09/22

What an incredible week in #TeamHawks! The children, whether new to juniors or now in year four, have settled beautifully and are absolutely working their socks off. They are so interested in our new topic - The Anglo-Saxons and Vikings and already working hard to answer our question - 'How are Nations Formed?'

This week we have weaved, dyed wool with vegetables, made Anglo-Saxon toys and helmets and learned about how these people invaded Britain before settling here. We have also thought a great deal about how people move around and settle in other countries today. 

Thank you to the parents that came to 'meet the teacher' on Wednesday- the PowerPoint will be available for those of you who were unable to make it shortly. If it raises any questions, please do come and see me. 

Spellings will be live on Spelling Shed from Friday (logins are inside reading records), with spellings tests taking place on every Friday morning.

Mrs De Cani, Miss Beer, Mrs Cousins and I are so excited to spend this year watching your children develop and grow! Welcome back everyone!

 

 

15/07/22

Where to start this week?! Well, Monday would be a good place I guess! We began with some science where we explored how water travels through flowering plants, by putting food dye into water and watching where it spread through the flower's petals. We loved doing this experiment and are now experts in transpiration. On Tuesday we went on our trip to Dever Springs, when we arrived, we were welcomed by Mr Barrett and Mr De Cani. Mr De Cani told us some great information about chalk streams and the river Dever, and about where our water comes from and goes to. He also explained about what the river needs to be successful and how we can help it- ask your children what they remember. The children were excellent on the trip and really enjoyed the morning- even getting a surprise - being allowed to go and look at the trout in the fishery, expertly guided by Master and Mr Barrett. 

On Wednesday, after having watched the AMAZING Eagle Owl production, we held our brass concert, followed by our boat race. Our concert was great, especially considering we've had no practise for two weeks! Our boats were marvellous, and the racing was great fun! 

Ending the week is just as busy, reading our Beatrix Potter tales to Barns, exhibitions and our talent show and tea party close the week. We will most definitely be in need of a rest this weekend!

 

08/07/22

This week has been full of chopping and changing in Hawks. Unfortunately, I was ill at the beginning of the week ,leaving Mrs De Cani to lead the class, which she did admirably until my return on Wednesday. The children managed all of this transition really well - I am so proud of them. There has been much development in our ability to bus stop divide and to work out word problems to do with division and multiplication in maths. In English we have been inspired by children who want to change the world, and have written our own speeches, poetry, plays, and presentations based on what we can do locally to improve the environment. Your children are deeply passionate about the earth and how we can protect it, this week I have learned it will be in safe hands with them! In science we have discovered the finer details of pollination and now understand how plants grow and the amazing journey pollen makes between flowers. We are also aware of how seeds are fertilised and go on to disperse and grow and germinate. Our own flowers have begun to germinate, and we are watching our gardens with interest. We have also made our own bug hotels. 

Next week we have our brass concert and boat race! 

   

01/07/22

Hawk Owls have spent a lot of this week tying up loose ends! We have completed and typed our Beatrix Potter stories, so we can share them with Barn Owls next week and we have evaluated our house building DT from last week. 

Our new English focus will begin shortly, with us moving our learning on to now and the future. We will be discovering how we can look after and live alongside the river and our local environment. Your children will write a speech, poem or presentation to deliver the information they have learned to persuade us all to look after our village and the world.  Bee gardens, sustainability TED Talks by children and a trip along the river Dever will help us understand, as humans, what we can do to ensure our lives positively impact the environment. 

24/06/22

Have you ever wondered how much mess you can make in a classroom? If you have, there is potential Hawk Owls can answer that question! Through the medium of DT junk modelling, to make our habitats for our Beatrix Potter characters, we have made more mess than even Mrs Cobb thought possible! Paper, boxes, cardboard, lids, old coffee pods, wallpaper, wrapping paper, punnets, napkins, feathers, pompoms and PVA have all been involved in building our creations. We have a few future interior design masters in our midst! A crazy but fabulous day of successful building!

We have grown our division knowledge this week, moving through the curriculum from year 2 to year 4 to make sure we have the basics secure before going up to the next step. This has been successful for all the children, who had forgotten the basics of sharing. 

 

17/06/22

We are arriving at the end of a hot and busy week here in Hawk Owls! We have learned a lot this week but kept it low key so we've managed the heat. Multiplication has become our maths focus with all of year four having completed their multiplication check. 

I want to say a huge congratulations to year four, they all managed to complete the check without fear or worry, they sat, did their thing, and left bold and confident in their ability. What amazing, resilient children. 

We are ending the week with some water colour art. Creating our characters from our English writing, based on Beatrix Potter's stories. I am very excited to see Mr Adderson Smith, Mrs Winches, Mr Felix Fox and Amanda the Otter when they are bought to life on canvas! 

#TeamHawks hopes all our Dads have a fabulous Father's Day this weekend. 

10/06/22

The new half term has kicked off in Hawks! We have delved into woodland and pond habitats in science. We visited the school pond and collected data on the habitats and living organisms we found within them. At the end of the week, we will become estate agents and try to sell a local habitat to a species it suits!

In English we have dived deep into the world of Beatrix Potter and become friends with Jeremy Fisher. Having discovered his story, we have innovated the ending to make it more dramatic! Poor Jeremy has been through the mill this week in your children's stories, he'll be looking forward to having the weekend off! 

Maths learning has been focused on practicing our multiplication skills. 

This weekend, if you're a year four parent, please encourage your child to practise their times-tables through any necessary means! We begin the government check on Monday.

Also, from here on spellings will only be available on Spelling Shed, reminders for passwords for this site and TTRS will come home this week. 

27/05/22

Well, here we are at the end of our first half term together. I realise it was a short one but my goodness, it has flown past. Getting to know your children again has been a complete pleasure.  At the end of last week, we had the opportunity to use augmented reality to build 3d topographical maps. Thanks to Mr Rippon who made and lent us this amazing kit- don't worry parents and carers, we've also got it for exhibition so you can play with it too! This week we have explored French greetings and have been conducting the register in French - tres bien #TeamHawks! English, we have made the most beautiful leaflets to inform local fisherman about the river Dever. The information your children have included in this piece of writing has blown me away! What superstars! In maths we have successfully understood formal column subtraction and will move onto multi-step reasoning after half term. This week we had an unexpected visitor. One I have spotted before. I had my suspicions about this visitor, and they were affirmed by Hawks this week. None other than PETER RABBIT is living on our field!! We are keeping an eye on his mischiefs, as you can see from the picture!

20/05/22

This week has been another busy one! Last Friday we created our own Hindu temple in Hawk Owls and explored the way people of the Hindu faith experience worship. This was a very special moment for Hawk Owls, which we all enjoyed and reflected on afterwards. This week we have been gearing up to write our Fisherman's Guide in English and perfecting our place value whilst using column addition in maths. At the end of the week, we return to geography., deciding what features in a landscape are natural and which are manmade. We are also going to be looking at different types of maps- in particular topographical ones. This will be bought to life with an augmented reality experience loaned to us by Mr Rippon. * Advanced Warning* Next week we will begin to explore the French language; prepare to be amazed at your bilingual children! 

13/05/22

 How is it already the end of week three? #TeamHawks have been up to all sorts this week! We have discovered classification in science and explored ways to classify organisms by their characteristics. We've used Venn diagrams and keys to arrange our classification models. Max came to visit on Tuesday to discuss his hobby of wildlife photography. He showed us his kit and his amazing photographs- many of which were taken on his mobile phone. Max really inspired us to get outside and start taking photos for our "Hawk Owls Wildlife Photographer of the Term" competition which is explained further on the homework sheet sent out at the beginning of term. He even said he'd like to come and look at out competition entries at the end of term! As we near the end of this week, we will be turning our attention to R.E, looking at sacred places. This will culminate on Friday with us all building a Hindu shrine in the classroom, allowing us to experience what worship is like for people of the Hindu faith. Goodness, I didn't even get time to tell you about our trout tasting!

06/05/22

What a busy week! #TeamHawks begun by learning about rivers generally before learning the specifics of our very own river, The Dever. They have been discovering the chalk geology our river is built on and why this is so important. We continue with our time unit in maths, which some of the children are finding very difficult. Conversations about time, durations, 24-hour clocks and digital/analogue representations would be so helpful at home over the weekend. Next week we will begin our new English writing! Our goal is to research and design a leaflet for visitors to the Dever, discussing the animals and plants we can find along its banks. Also, we have a wildlife photographer coming in to talk to the children about his work and how they can get the best shots for their homework. The classroom is taking shape: a river and maps are popping up around the room and our outside area is beginning to look seasonal with beautiful flowers, herbs and vegetables growing on the 'terrace'! The weekend looks set to be beautiful.  If you have the opportunity to go for a walk, The Dever is looking spectacular at the moment; see whether you can spot a Brown Trout!

29/04/22

This week I have had the great pleasure of getting to know Hawk Owls in my new role as class teacher. This has been amazing. Your children have helped me to settle in, looked after me and cared for me all week. They are a wonderful class, and I am excited for our term together. The new topic was introduced on Monday, 'How do we share our local area?' The children have become geography field work experts, they can now read eight points of a compass, use a compass, and read grid referencing up to 6 places. I have been overwhelmed at their enthusiasm to learn. On top of our topic, the children and I have begun learning about time. A particular weakness here is not knowing the months of the year in order and how many days each one has- practise with this over the weekend would be great! In art, we have been exploring how water is created and how it's made to look like it's moving. We created our own water art using ink and straws. To complete this unit, we are looking at the artist John Constable and his painting 'The Hay Wain', building our own version of this masterpiece in class. What a busy week!

08/04/22

 In Hawk Owls this week we have thoroughly enjoyed dressing up as Romans ad Celts and re-enacting the battle of Wattling Street. Considering we didn't have much time to practice the children played their parts phenomenally. I can assure you no Romans or Celts were physically harmed in the making of our video but the acting was sublime - especially the deaths ðŸ™‚ We have also enjoyed making our Easter story comic strips and all our fun Easter activities!! 

04/02/22

In Hawk Owls this week we have been completing our last week on division. This group are looking at equivalent and inverse sums using the same three numbers. We are moving onto measurement next week!!!
We have also been using a thesaurus to expand our vocabulary and make our writing have a little more va va voom!! The children have done this using books and are just embarking on using Microsoft Words' thesaurus for the same purpose.
Hawk Owls blew Mrs Tellett away with their collaborative art. In groups they were asked to produce a collage and we now proudly display 2 centurians, a roman lady, a chariot, a shield and an amphitheatre. It wasn't just the products of this lesson but the way the children worked co-operatively and no excuses for messy bedrooms; they are the best tidier uppers I have ever come across - washing paint pots, drying up, putting things away. A great week in Hawk Owls.

28/01/22

In Hawk Owls this week we have been exploring forces again, using slopes and cars. We conducted an experiment with only one variable (surface) and made sure it was a fair test by not changing anything else. However, we discovered that the uneven surface of the playground affected our results so we are going to repeat the experiment on a smooth surface.
We have started making mosaic pictures using squares of paper and will be exploring mosaics more as the term progresses.  In English we have been extending our vocabulary more – Mrs Tellett and Miss Day are going to introduce the use of thesauruses to help us discover new words and their meanings.  In maths we have been continuing division and multiplication and are applying these skills when working out word problems.

21/01/22

This week in Hawk Owls, we have been improving our writing. We have been learning about fronted adverbials and expanded noun phrases to make our sentences more interesting. Once we have learnt these skills we will be using them to write postcards, diary entries and newspaper reports.
In maths we have moved onto division this week. Some of us are doing the bus stop method and others are using the number line to jump back in groups of 3, 4 and 8.
In science we have been looking at different types of friction and conducted an experiment to keep our Egg Astronaut safe. We learnt about air resistance and the children had to work in groups to produce a parachute - Mrs Tellett then dropped them from the top of a ladder. Only 1 of our egg astronauts smashed. It was an eggsellent experiment and the children's behaviour was smashing!!!

14/01/22

On Monday, Hawk Owls conducted an exciting experiment to create their own volcano. Our topic is The Romans and we have been very interested in  learning about the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD. Two of our children recounted what we did.

“ We used Baking Soda, vinegar, Fairy Liquid, food dye and water. On our second attempt we only used Baking Soda and vinegar. First we got a jug of water and added vinegar and food dye to it. Then we added Baking Soda and Fairy Liquid to the volcano. The first time it only erupted a little bit but on the second attempt we just used the Baking Soda and vinegar and the eruption was huge. Everyone really enjoyed seeing the eruption of Mount Vesuvius take two! Next time we are going to use Coca Cola and Mentos.”

 Earlier in the week, we joined Birch Class at Micheldever, on-line, to discuss together how we could represent our Federation Vision through art work. We then had fun creating pictures to represent our thoughts.

               

07/01/22

In Hawk Owls Class we have introduced our Roman topic. This term, we will be finding out who the Romans were and what it means to be democratic. In class, we have started reading our text 'Escape from Pompeii.’

The children have been working on multiplication, division and inverse operations in maths.

This term in Listen 2 Me we will be learning how to play the ukulele. Mrs Gooding, our music teacher, came into school this week to tune the 31 ukuleles and the children are looking forward to starting to learn how to play them next week.

 

17/12/21

In Hawk owls class this week we have being doing some maths investigations. We did a challenging code breaker and a pentagram challenge with a partner. The children showed great resilience and worked very well together. They have thoroughly enjoying elfing themselves and making snowman biscuits. We have also done some beautiful snowy 'prints'.

                           

10/12/21

In Hawk Owls this week we have been writing four line stanza Christmas poems. Mrs Tellett bought some gold and silver pens and we wrote the poems in neat on black card.

We have also been practising our Christmas song and learning lots about shapes, angles, lines of symmetry and reflection. Year 4 also looked at translation.

Hawk Owls want to help save our environment and animals so have written letters trying to persuade supermarkets to stop using so much plastic on cucumbers and vegetables.

   

03/12/21

In Hawk owls this week we have been learning about light in science. We have explored natural light, discussed how light bulbs work, learnt that white light is made of a spectrum of colours, looked at reflection and made our own sun dials – which we used to monitor the time every hour (until the sun went in!!!).

We have been doing some experiments with light and made the stock cupboard smell lovely!!!! (we used talc to explore beams of light in the dark.

In English we have written a persuasive letter to the supermarkets asking them to use less plastic.

26/11/21

This week Hawk Owls have been learning more about Iron Age weaponry. We have designed our own Iron Age shields.

We have also threaded our beads from last week to complete our jewellery.

In literacy we have been doing more work on our playscripts ready for our shadow puppet shows next week. Watch this space……..

In maths we have continued our work on fractions. Any opportunities to consolidate this learning at home would be fantastic and can be done with food, objects or measures – the more practical the better!!!!!!

    

19/11/21

Another busy week in Hawk Owls. We have been using clementines to show fractions. Our  clementines could be 1/8, 1/9, 1/10 or one had 12 segments—1/12! The children enjoyed using salt dough to create bones, teeth, stones and shells which they will use to make stone age necklaces. On Friday, we all became gardeners and have planted lots of different bulbs , including daffodils, snow drops, tulips and alliums, in  the vegetable beds in our outdoor curriculum area. We are looking forward to watching them grow and flower  over the coming months.

12/11/21

 This week Hawk Owls have been rehearsing and then acting out scenes from Little Red Riding Hood in order to help us understand the features of a play script. In science we are looking at shadows and how a shadow is made. We are learning about unit and non unit fractions in maths and are finding equivalent fractions too.

05/11/21

Hawk Owls enjoyed living a day in the life of a stone age farmer at Butser Ancient Farm on Monday. We learnt new skills such as making wattle fences for our walls and animal pens. We discovered artefacts in a Stone Age dig including metal gate hinges, hooks from the fires, pottery and tiles. We also created artwork, carving chalk with flints and colouring with leaves. We ended our day, feeding the farm goats by hand.

15/10/21

This week in Hawk Owls we have consolidated our learning of the column method for addition and are moving onto subtraction using the column method. In literacy we have looked at the importance of adjectives in characters’ descriptions and creating a good picture in the readers imagination. As part of our class worship, we looked at the phrase from the bible 'a three-cord rope is not easily broken' and thought about how important it is for us to work together as a team, helping and supporting each other to succeed, celebrating our strengths and weaknesses.

 08/10/21

This week in Hawk Owls, we enjoyed finding out about Stone Age cave drawings and created some of our own using charcoal. In Maths, we all worked excellently whilst learning and mastering column addition. Adjectives and expanded noun phrases in SPAG have allowed us to write great character and setting descriptions. In music our collaboration with the different instruments and rhythms is coming together!

 01/10/21

This week in Hawk Owls we have moved on from instructional writing and begun looking at Narrative writing in literacy. We will be basing our stories around an adventure Video clip called 'Oke Lele' about a scout who goes back into the Stone Age. In Maths we are moving on from Number and Place Value to look at Addition and Subtraction. In PE with Active 360 on Mondays we have been working on our Teamwork skills whilst playing invasive games.

Music Quick Quiz... Ask me "What a Surdo is?"

 24/09/21

This week in Hawk Owls we finished our instructional writing by producing our own set of instructions for 'How to make a primitive fire' having built some next to our shelters and traps in our settlement. In History we published on the computers our writing about the different types of homes during the Stone Age. In Maths we continued with Place Value. We would like to congratulate Dillon and Clemency who we nominated as our School Councillors and Toby and Ella who were chosen to be Eco Ambassadors.

Quick Samba Music Quiz: Ask me what a 'Ganza' is?

 17/09/21

We have had another exciting week in Hawk Owls this week. We continued with our instructional writing thinking about 'How to build a primitive trap' and escaped out into the woods and our little settle and constructed traps, we will see if we catch any-thing over the weekend. (No animals will be hurt in pursuit of this learning!) In history we began looking at how homes developed during the Stone Age and enjoyed constructing Neolithic houses from clay, sticks and dry grass (our thatched roof). We had our first Samba session led by Listen2Me and demonstrated good musical ability whilst keeping a great rhythm. Quick quiz... Ask me what an 'agogo' is?

 10/09/21

Welcome back everyone, we have had a super week in Hawk Owls. Everyone has settled in fantastically and shown a great attitude towards their learning, the Hawk Owl team have been very impressed. Our Topic of the Stone Age to Iron Age was launched by asking the ques-tion 'Has life always been like this?' and we thoroughly enjoyed going out into the wooded area to create our own early man settlement, building shelters out of branches, leaves and other natural things we could find. We have begun learning about the three eras of the Stone Age in History, looking at number and place value in maths and instructional writing in English. Great first

Summer Term Learning Project

11 June 2021

This week in Hawk Owls we have begun looking at Mummification and enjoyed turning 'Billy Bones' into a mummy. Firstly, removing his brains with a hook (we found this particularly fun and gory). Then removing his lungs, intestines, stomach and liver and putting them in canopic jars and finally wrapping him in 'linen' (toilet rolls). In DT we made canopic jar lids out clay of either Duamutef, Hapi, Imsety or Qebehsenuef. In Literacy we have begun looking at newspaper articles and this week have focussed in on the different features of the three main types of newspaper in the form of Broadsheet, Tabloid and Digital news.

28 May 2021

This week in Hawk owls we enjoyed creating Egyptian profiles of ourselves and then painting them. We worked hard planning, writing, and then editing our own narrative, (creating mystery), involving a main character getting flown to Egypt by a mythical creature to look for a family member who had disappeared inside a Pyramid. We got very excited whilst learning about mummification and have set up a longitudinal science study to observe the changes in both tomatoes and apples when mummified (using Natron) or left alone. 

21 May 2021

This week in Hawk Owls we have really enjoyed looking at the Ancient Egyptian Gods. In pairs we researched a different God each, created a PowerPoint and then presented what we found out to our peers. In Maths we have moved onto recapping multiplication and division focusing on multiples and factors. In science we learnt about 3 three important functions of our skeletal system: protection, movement and support. We continue to learn the names of main bones using a song to aid us.

14 May 2021

This week in Hawk Owls we started looking at key narrative features in Literacy using Marcy and the Riddle of the Sphinx as our focus text. As part of our RSE this term we are going to be looking at Relationships particularly with Family and Friends. This week we have discussed the possibility of both positive and negative relationships with our friends and peers as part of being 'United Against Bullying'. In art we have been practising our sketching skills of the human form whilst drawing Ancient Egyptian Gods.

7 May 2021

This week in Hawk Owls we have continued uncovering the mysteries of Ancient Egypt, researching and learning about the Pyramids, their purpose and construction, combining all that we have learnt into a non-chronological report or fact file. In PE we have been working on our ball skills—throwing and catching— and are enjoying competing against one another in both team and individual games.

30 April 2021

This week in Hawk Owls during history, we have continued uncovering the mysteries of the Ancient Egyptian Civilisation, finding out about its timeline and their society, which we will be using in English to write a non-chronological report. In science we have started looking at the human skeleton and enjoyed piecing together our new friend 'Billy Bones' and learning the names of all the bones. In Maths we have continued recapping addition and subtraction, progressing onto reasoning and problem solving.

23 April 2021

This week in Hawk Owls, we thoroughly enjoyed diving into our new topic of the Ancient Egyptians. On Monday we became archaeologists, unearthing ancient Egyptian artefacts and deciphering strange symbols which told us our project question of 'What drives us to uncover mysteries?'. We also began looking at where Ancient Egypt was located and the importance of the river Nile. Concluding our music project, learning about pulse and rhythm, we joined in with other schools participating in Orchestra Unwrapped YouTube Concert, performing the body percussion we learnt.

1 April 2021

This week in Hawk Owls, we learnt about the significance of the Paschal candle to Christians at Easter, and what the different coloured Lotus flowers symbolise within Buddhism and why it is important to them. This term has been an unusual term but Hawk Owls have been amazing and both Mrs De Cani and I hope that you all enjoy a great Easter break and are very much looking forward to the summer term.

26 March 2021

This week in Hawk Owls we really enjoyed doing an independent creative write; using 'once upon a picture' as a stimulus and a story mountain planner to produce some fantastic stories. In maths we continue to secure our addition strategies and in year 4 we have focused particularly on estimation and rounding. Whilst the weather was nice, we took time to go outside and practise our observational drawing skills of things in their natural environment.

19 March 2021

This week in Hawk Owls, we concluded our persuasive writing by writing a letter to two superstores; we have encouraged them to not supply plastic straws with their drinks cartons and instead use recycled paper or offer reusable straws made from materials such as bamboo or stainless steel. We enjoyed quilling in art and created a contrasting underwater scene - one part polluted with plastic and rubbish, and the the other with perfectly healthy, clear water.

12 March 2021

This week in Hawk Owls we thoroughly enjoyed our science day looking at changes of state involving various foaming, sprouting and little explosions of solids, liquids and gases. We also loved doing some ‘special’ watercolour, pastel and pencils observational drawings. It was a week full of chatty reunions, excited break and lunchtimes and at times an over exuberant classroom. We’ve had a fun but busy first week of all being back in the classroom!

5 March 2021

This week in Hawks Owls we enjoyed looking at the 'Journey' by Aaron Becker as part of World Book Day, going outside to find inspiration for our own picture story settings, which we put on lanterns that the character took with them throughout the story. In Maths, we have been looking at time and in our English persuasive writing we produced infographics trying to persuade people not to use single-use plastic straws; this was as part of our Eco topic, having watched Molly Steer’s 'Straws No More' speech.

26 February 2021

This week in Hawk Owl class we continued with our persuasive writing, producing a ‘Poster for Greta’ (using imperative verbs; rhetorical questions; and a rule of three adjectives).  The aim of this was to help her persuade others to join her peaceful protest and to help you stop the giants destroying the forest (based on the Book 'Greta and the Giants). In Maths, we have been recapping time: o'clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to. We created wonderful forest scenes using a media of our own choice and finished looking at Hinduism, learning about the different Hindu Holy Books.

12 February 2021

 This week in Hawks Owls we continued looking at Hinduism and learnt about their festivals of Holi, Diwali and Navaratri. We learnt about Greta Thunberg and her passion to 'wake the world up to the effects of climate change'.  The children began looking at persuasive writing and recapped the features of both personal (informal) and formal letters. In Maths, year 4 have finished off working on multiplying 3 by 1 digit numbers and year 3 have been looking at money. Mr Singleton has been really impressed with the attitude and effort towards their learning of those both at school and learning from home and hopes that all the Hawk Owls and parents are able to enjoy a relaxed half term holiday break.  

5 February 2021

This week in Hawk Owls we completed our Hot write producing a TV Broadcast script and enjoyed video recording performances of us reading them. In this week's Reading Comprehension we were introduced to Greta Thunberg who will become a focus of our Project moving into the next few weeks. In Science with Professor Strange we've been looking at states of matter and this week learnt about how water can be found in each state and change between each state. We loved making mini water cycles and will be watching them over the next few weeks for the evaporation and condensation cycle.

29 January 2021

This week in Hawks Owls we began to look at Recycled Art and some famous artists whilst starting to create some of our own artwork. We started learning about the key features of a News Report or Broadcast in preparation for producing our own.  The children continued to look at Hinduism; their different Gods and main beliefs which sparked a lot of discussion.

22 January 2021

This week in Hawk Owls we continued our Eco Project and learnt about Iceberg A-68 and the possible danger it poses to South Georgia. We used our coloured pencil techniques to sketch, colour and shade an iceberg. The children were introduced to Hinduism and they learnt where in the world Hindus can be found and where it all began, in India, by the River Indus in South East Asia. In Maths we continue with multiplication and division and in English we are about to start learning about news broadcasting.

15 January 2021

This week in Hawk Owls we started our Eco Project by asking the question 'Do you have to be an Adult to change the World?'. We have begun looking at our planet and the impact we as human beings are having on the environment. We focussed in on Antarctica and the melting ice caps, researching and producing non-chronological reports on penguins and Icebergs. We have also learnt a little about the life of Sir David Attenborough and produced some artwork of his portrait.