Why Do Zebras Have Stripes?
This term our topic has been, 'Why Do Zebras Have Stripes?' We have been learning all about Africa including; animals, villages, music and artwork. This has been a very exciting journey and we have all gained lots of new knowledge about Africa. this topic has given us all a chance to show lots of creativity, we really enjoyed listening to Africa music, exploring instruments and making our own African instruments. We have been creating lots of beautiful artwork like out African sunset paintings.
Che Che Kule!
As part of our topic, we have been lots of different African music. One of our favourites was Che Che Kule, which we really enjoyed performing as a whole class and we later performed it using the African drums in small groups. We hope you like our performances.
Our Class Visit to The BALTIC
As part of out, 'Why Do Zebras Have Stripes?' topic we went on an exciting visit to The BALTIC Art Gallery in Newcastle. We took part in an exciting Artist Workshop and we learnt all about African patterns and African artwork. We used lots of printing techniques to create our beautiful pieces of artwork in groups. We used a roller technique to form the background and then we used a block printing technique to create our repeating patterns.
Later in the afternoon of our visit, we went around the gallery to view different pieces of artwork. We really liked looking at the artwork by Joy Labinjo, who painted bright, colourful paintings based on her African family. We looked at all of the paintings, chose our favourite and then tried to draw someone who is special to us in our family using bright colours.
We would also like to say a great big thank you to all of the parent helpers who came along on the visit. Your support and help is greatly appreciated.
Parent Phonics Cafe
Today we have had a lovely morning with some of the parents in Reception Class. The parents came in to find out more about phonics, how it is taught at St.Oswald's and how to apply these skills and techniques at home. This was a super turn out from lots of different parents and later the children joined to take part in lots of fun phonics activities with their adult. We would like to say a big thank you to all of the parents who attended.
This week has been a very exciting week in school, it has been our STEM week. We have been learning about our topic through STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), Reception Class have been learning all about volcanoes!
We started the week by researching lots about volcanoes and we found some in Africa using Google Earth, this was very exciting to see a real volcano. We could see lots of smoke and fog around the volcano and this made us have lots of questions. Later we started to explore different experiments to find out what can happen when we mix two ingredients together. We made lava lamps using oil, water, food colouring and Alka Seltzer. We loved watching the fizzy bubble move around. Then we decided to design make, test and evaluate our own volcanoes. Each group made a different style of volcano either Lego, Paper Mache or playdough, then we put each one to the test. We have had so much fun making our own volcanoes and watching the lava pour out.
World Book Day
We have all had a very exciting day today for World Book Day. We all made a super effort to come into school dressed up as our favourite story book characters. We took part in the whole school parade in the hall, this was an exciting opportunity to see all of the school in their costumes. Throughout the day we did lots of exciting activities based around World Book Day and we had a lovely visit from some our our special adults who read us some exciting stories at the end of the day.
Thank you to all of the parents who helped us with costumes to celebrate such a lovely day!
We have all had a very exciting Science Week this half term, we focused on all things to do with plants. As our topic is, 'Will your read me story?' we have been doing lots about Fairy Tales. We read the story of Jack and the Beanstalk and The Enormous Turnip this week to give us exciting ideas of what to plant. We planted our own 'beanstalks' in small pots and made sure we gave the plants lots of water and sunlight to help them to grow. We also kept one plant in a dark cupboard with water and one we kept in the sunlight but we didn't give it any water. This was a very interesting investigation to find out what will happen to those plants - will they grow?
Later in the week, we had a look at some strange objects on the carpet. We predicted what we thought these objects may be and wrote our ideas down on post-it notes. We had lots of exciting ideas such as; aliens, robots, baby trolls, goblins and unusual creatures. We later found out they were potatoes! We carefully planted our plants and looked after them carefully with water and sunlight.
“We walk in the footsteps of Jesus so that we may have life in all its fullness”