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AUTUMN TERM 2018

 

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

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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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! 3
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! 4
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! 5
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! 6
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