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AUTUMN TERM 2: 2018

 

This half term our topic is Polar Lands - Brrrr!!

 

In this Topic we will learn about The Arctic and Antarctica.

We will find out about the animals that live there and learn about

some of the explorers who have been to the South Pole.

We will also develop our art skills to design and make a range of winter crafts.

 

 

Week 5:  Scott of the Antarctic

 

This week we are learning about the 1910-12 Terra Nova Expedition

to the South Pole. 

We learnt about the journey to the bottom of the world, about the scientific aims of the expedition, about the equipment and supplies they took, about the geography of the Antarctic and the route to the South Pole taken by Captain Robert Falcon Scott and his heroic team, Capt. Lawrence Oates (our local hero), Edward Wilson, Henry 'Birdie' Bowers and Edgar Evans.

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In preparation for our own planned expedition to the South Pole,

we carefully studied Scott's expedition rations, and considered what we thought to be important supplies to take with us...

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We also thought carefully about our route, and about the 

terrain and conditions we might encounter...

 

The Buriton-Antarctic Expedition

 

Today we went on a  Polar Expedition of our own! After days of careful planning, we were confident that we could be the first ever explorers to reach the southern-most point of the Earth: the South Pole.

 

After days of adverse weather conditions, we were ready to depart. We were full of optimism as we set off from the Ross Ice Shelf on our incredible journey: our provisions were packed, our plans all complete… we KNEW we could work together and achieve our aim of conquering the South Pole.

 

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First we had to carefully navigate the Transantarctic Mountain Range that stretches for 2000 miles across the continent. We had to use our ingenuity and teamwork to ensure we did not shed our provisions from our sledges. It was tricky, but we managed by working together…

 

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Next we were faced by the Beardsmore Glacier: It was terribly difficult to cross, and many of us nearly fell down crevasses several metres deep, and were only saved by the bravery of our team-mates.

 

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Then disaster struck!! We realised that we had lost a ration of food, and someone might perish through lack of food. Mika was INCREDIBLY brave and headed off into the snow to find it, urged on by all the teams.

 

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We set off again: this time we had to face the polar ice cap—300 miles of barren snow and ice. The terrain was harsh and unforgiving, and we were battered by the endless Antarctic winds. We remembered, though, to leave rations at carefully-placed food depots, to sustain us on our return journey, Like Scott, we had biscuits and raisins amongst our provisions.

 

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Suddenly we spotted something ahead...

 

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As we neared the South Pole, we saw a tent, and a flag: this is the moment we realised that we had been beaten to the South Pole, and that this was not the Union Flag, but the flag of the Norwegians. They had left a letter, which Elodie read for us: “Dear Captain Scott, we got here first.” It was signed Roald Amundsen.

 

It was a very traumatic moment...

 

At this point, even our equipment began to fail: our camera ran out of batteries, we were exhausted and frost-bitten, we had no choice but to sadly turn and trudge off on our 800-mile return journey. We were disheartened, but the teams supported and comforted one another brilliantly, and constantly encouraged each other to keep battling on. I am happy to report that we made it to our raisin food depot, where we stopped to refuel and rest our weary feet, and we even reached our biscuit depot: we conserved these rations until we finally made it back to Base Camp, exhausted, but alive. We had conquered the Pole, and even though we weren’t the first, our bravery and heroism will make us famous for ever.

 

When we got back, we found out what happened to Captain Scott and his team . . .

 

. . . they made it to the South Pole in February 1912

but they too had been beaten in their race, by a team led by Norwegian Roald Amundsen.

Sadly, Captain Scott and his team died before they could make it back to their Base Camp.

 

Scott and Amundsen are still remembered today for their historic achievements.

 

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Week 4.  This week we have been focusing on the bodies of our Polar Animals. 

We have learnt how they are adapted to life in the frozen wilderness, and about what they eat.  The whole class worked together to sort animals into carnivores, herbivores and omnivores, and we then learnt about food chains and created our own

Arctic Tundra food web.

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For our homework last week, we decided to bake cakes to raise money to adopt a 

Polar Bear.  The children rose to the challenge, and made some wonderful

Polar creations! 

We held a very successful cake sale and raised a huge £79.66!!!!!!!!  

Thank you very much for all the baking and buying!

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We've also had fun role-playing in our igloo -- snuggling up in scarves and fur 

to keep warm, and making fires for cooking and heat. 

Please keep the milk-cartons coming - soon our igloo will have a roof too!

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WEEK 3.  This week it's Polar Bear week!  We've watched videos of these amazing creatures and learnt lots of facts about them.  

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We tried to draw Polar Bears on the computer  - we may have another go at this ;-)  - and painted some beautiful observational artwork.

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We were also invaded by split-pin Polar Bears!  How many can you count?

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We also found out that Polar Bears need our help, so we have decided to try to raise enough money to adopt a Polar Bear by holding a cake sale in our classroom on

Friday 23rd November at 3:20pm.  The children will be baking Polar-inspired cakes for their homework, so please support us! 

WEEK 2.  This week we have been learning about Polar Animals.  We have learnt a song about the North and South Poles (if you want to practice, here's the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QF01mBSB8rY  - just control and click).  We have also sorted animals into Arctic and Antarctic creatures, and researched individual animals to write our Polar Animal Fact Files.

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We've also worked really hard to make some very cheeky penguins!  

Can you spot yours?

The Year Rs had a go at drawing a penguin on the computers!

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… and for their homework, the Year 1s researched some 

Polar animals facts of their own.

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WEEK 1: Today we began our Topic on Polar Lands...

 

By looking at the globe, and at pictures of the Earth in relation to the Sun, we worked out where the coldest areas on our planet are located and found out that ...

 

. . . the North Pole is on ice in the Arctic Ocean

at ‘the top’ of the world . . .

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. . . the South Pole is on the ice-covered continent (land) of Antarctica

at ‘the bottom’ of the world.

 

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Polar Geography

 

After watching clips from The Frozen Planet and studying photographs of the Arctic and of Antarctica, we made our own versions of Antarctica and identified and named the physical features of Polar landscapes: we could name mountains, valleys, oceans, glaciers, icebergs and the ice sheet, and also included lots of snow and ice!

 

Ice Explorers!

 

We used our senses to explore ice! We tried to describe how it looks, sounds, smells, tastes and feels. We tried crunching it and warming it with our hands to try to make it melt.

 

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AUTUMN TERM 1 2018

 

This half-term our topic is Weather and the Seasons. 

Week 7: To finish off our topic, we painted a picture for the front of our topic books.  Some of us chose a type of weather, some chose to paint the seasons.   

What beautiful pictures!

Week 7:  We talked about how we are similar to, and yet different from our friends.  We realised that, just like the beautiful leaves we had collected for our homework, we are each unique, and each special.  We studied a photograph of ourselves and used mirrors to study our own individual faces, and drew our self-portrait.  

Can you spot yourself?

Week 6.  We learnt about the seasonal changes that happen to an apple tree throughout the year.  We then used a variety of techniques to make our own beautiful changing apple tree, and talked about the seasonal differences.

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Week 6:  As the trees begin to change to their Autumn colours, we have been learning about evergreen and deciduous trees.  We went on a tree hunt around our meadow to try to identify the trees by examining their leaves and fruit.

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Week 5: This week we have been exploring the weather associated with different seasons.  We have made Seasons Spinners, and dressed teddies according to the weather and the seasons.

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Week 5:  As part of our Harvest celebrations, Diamond Class visited Pizza Express to find out where some food comes from and to make our very own pizzas!

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Week 4

This week we have been learning about weather forecasts, making a bar-chart to record the weather we have observed, and making weather wheels to record the weather each day.

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Week 4: We also learnt about clouds and about different cloud formations!

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Look at our amazing weather mobiles!!  We mixed our own secondary colours; used watery water-colours for the raindrops; used fiery, sparkly glitter for the hot, burning sun, and painted our fluffy clouds using sponges.

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Week 3:  Rain

This week in Topic time we've been exploring the rain.  First we designed umbrellas to hide under on a rainy day -- they kept us dry and protected us from the paint-splatter rain!

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Week 3: Weather Detectives!

We conducted two experiments to illustrate how clouds work.  First we gradually filled a cotton-wool 'cloud' with water until the cloud was full and the heavy water fell through the holes in the cup as rain...

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Secondly, we experimented with a shaving-foam cloud and food-colouring 'water vapour'.  We tried to predict what would happen and recorded our findings.

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Week 2 This week we used our colour-mixing skills to create the most beautiful rainbows -- these are stage one of the weather mobiles we are going to create.

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Week 2:  We listened to some amazing music inspired by the weather - including Sun Arise, Kiss the Rain, Cloudburst, Fog,  and the storm and 'Winter' from The Four Seasons - and tried to match the music to the weather, and give reasons for our ideas.  We got especially excited by the storm music! 

We then used percussion instruments to compose our own weather music.

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Week 2: Wind Artists

We explored the amazing wind sculptures of Anthony Howe and then examined some portrayals of the wind in art.  We let our imaginations ride the wind to create our own wind art, and then turned it into our own moving wind sculptures.. We will use our beautiful twirling wind spinners to monitor the speed of the wind.

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Week 2: Wind Scientists Part 1

We learnt about the wind at its properties, and experimented to find out which materials could be blown by the wind:  we made predictions first, and then tested our theories with Mrs Brown's fan!

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Week 2:  Wind Scientists Part 2

We watched an animation about wind speed and wind direction and learnt about anemometers and windsocks.  We ordered a simple version of the Beaufort Scale and made our own windsocks to monitor the direction of the wind.

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 In Week 1 we learnt about physical and human geography and went for a walk around our village to study the geography of our school and its surrounding environment:

 

We drew maps of our walk around Buriton:

 

DIAMONDS CLASS 2017-18

BRITISH VALUES WEEK

During British Values Week, we learnt about Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism and Islam.  We really enjoyed making Wesak lanterns to celebrate the birth of Buddha and Tibetan Prayer flags.  The whole school each wrote a prayer for the world on a flag and they have been hung up so the the prayers can be carried away on the wind.  The children were also surprisingly good at Meditation!
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We found out about Mary Anning and her interest in fossils.  We then made our own "fossils".
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We have been learning about the different structures of dinosaurs.  We studied the Stegosaurus skeleton and each made a different bone.  We then "excavated" the bones and reconstructed the Stegosaurus!
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We have been experimenting with bubble wrap to give our dinosaur paintings different textures.
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The children have been using their computing skills to program the dino bee-bots to reach the ammonite before the T-Rex can catch them!
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3.11.17

This week we found out about Guy Fawkes and made our own firework creations using a range of different skills and materials.

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As part of our topic this half term "Light and Dark", Diamond class found out all about Diwali and how it is celebrated.  We each made our own diva lamp to take home.
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Diamond Class have been learning how to mix paints to create different colours.  We then created our own paintings in the style of Mondrian.  We have also used mirrors to help us draw a picture of ourselves.
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Diamond Class were very lucky to have a visit from Mr Jones who told us all about life in Dominase, Africa.  We even got to try on some African clothes.
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We went on a walk around Buriton village to help us learn about our local environment.
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As part of our topic "Ourselves and Our World", we made mud tree self-portraits.
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Our new Reception children have all settled in really well.
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11.07.17

This week Diamond Class went on a school trip to Dell Quay.  In the morning we made crab homes, hunted for natural "treasure" and made beach sticky pictures.  After lunch we then went pond dipping and found creatures hidden under logs and in the long grasses.  It was a fantastic day with fantastic weather!

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15.12.16

Today Diamond Class have been feeling very festive!  We have finished our Christmas cards and really enjoyed our Christmas party.  We even had a very special visitor....

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9.12.16

This week we have been learning about the work of the artist Ted Harrison.  We have looked at his paintings and the Year 1 children used his work as an inspiration for their own masterpieces!

 

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28.11.16

Diamond Class would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported us at our cake sale.  We managed to raise an amazing £101.  This has enabled us to adopt a polar bear and we are now also hoping to adopt a snow leopard at Marwell Zoo. We will keep you updated...

 

We would also like to thank Miss Slack who very kindly made Diamond Class a fantastic polar bear cake to celebrate!

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23.11.16

Today Diamond class had some very exciting visitors!  Mrs Shanks came into school to talk about her role as a vet.  She brought Bess the dog with her and the children really enjoyed learning all about being a vet and even got to use a stethoscope to listen to Bess's heart.

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British Values Week

 

What a fantastic week we have had! Look below to find out more!

 

We visited the local Church and found out all about Christianity!

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We went to the Town Hall and even met the Mayor!

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We have been drawing self portraits and thinking about what we are good at. It's great to celebrate our individuality!

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We were inspired by the stained glass windows in the Church so we created our own! They're beautiful, especially when the sun shines through them!

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