SPRING TERM 1 - 2020
This half term our topic is DINOSAURS.
Our topic this half term is Dinosaurs. In History we will be learning about the life and work of the famous fossil hunter Mary Anning and question why she was so undervalued in her own lifetime. Our Science work will focus on learning to identify some of the more common dinosaurs and name the parts of their bodies, including a detailed study of the Stegosaurus skeleton: we will become palaeontologists and make salt-dough Stegosaurus bones to excavate and attempt to reconstruct its skeleton. We will categorise dinosaurs according to their features, and learn about carnivores and herbivores. We will also learn about fossils and make our own trace fossils. In DT we will work in teams to make a large 3D dinosaur, designing it together and selecting suitable materials, then learning how to attach features and strengthen them. In Art we will practice colour-mixing in our geological rock-formation art and make collage dinosaurs; we will also discover how to place dinosaurs within a habitat or landscape in our art. In ICT we will be focussing on learning basic programming through controlling dinosaur Bee-bots. Our work in PSHE will continue to focus on good and not so good feelings and how to deal with them, on friendship issues and also on safety.
In RE our theme this half term will be “Special Places”.
This week we have been busier than ever! Our main focus this week has been a study of Mary Anning, the self-taught palaeontologist from Lyme Regis who discovered the first complete fossil ichthyosaurus skeleton when she was only 12, and went on to become one of the world's leading authorities on fossils - discovering more complete skeletons and numerous other fossils - and who helped to change the way scientists viewed the development of the Earth. Unfortunately, because she was a poor, uneducated woman living in the first half of the 18th Century, she was not given the recognition she deserved in her lifetime. We read stories about Mary Anning, and watched videos, and studied photographs of artefacts to gather evidence about her life. The whole class received a Head Teacher's Award and a Certificate of Achievement for their amazing learning, hard work and concentration!
We became palaeontologists and worked in teams using paintbrushes to very carefully excavate the fossilised bones of a Stegosaurus! We used our knowledge of the great beast's anatomy to try to reconstruct the skeleton.
We learnt about how fossils are formed, and made our own fossils of Jurassic plants, shells or dinosaurs by pressing them into saltdough to leave an impression.
We looked at images of the layers in rock formations - geological strata - and learnt that these layers represent different layers of time. We learnt how to use watercolours by transferring the paint to a palette, adding water, and mixing colours there before using them on our paper. We used our colours to create our own rock formation pictures.
We've also had a chance to do some more work on our 3D dinosaurs. We worked in teams and discussed how to best fix the features to our balloons, how to make them stronger or stiffer. Can you guess which Dinosaurs they are?
We've been super busy this week! In Science we have studied images and models of dinosaurs to compare their features. We played "Are you my Mummy?" to sort the different types of dinosaurs into families, and then worked in groups to sort the dinosaurs according to features such as, for example, whether they had feathers, flippers, wings, sharp teeth, whether they walked on two legs, ate plants and so on. We were surprised how the dinosaurs moved from group to group, but not one group was ever completely the same.
For ICT we tried to program the Dino-Bee-Bots to move around the mat, visiting the volcano, the dinosaur eggs, the river, the ammonite and the jungle, whilst avoiding the pursuing T-Rex!
For DT the Year 1s started their 3D Dinosaur project: they will be working in groups to create a prehistoric monster - I wonder if you will be able to tell which dinosaur they have chosen? Stage one was super-exciting: papier-mache!!
We also carefully considered which features we will have to add to create our dinosaur, and drew a design sheet to show them and suggest materials we might use.
The Year R children have also been inspired by dinosaurs this week: they have made a very complex Dinosaur world and have done some lovely writing!
We wish you all a very Happy New Year, and would like to say a big thank-you for all your lovely Christmas gifts and cards - you are all extremely kind... Thank you all.
This week we started our new topic by exploring our current knowledge -- some of us know lots about dinosaurs already, and for some of us everything will be new.
We took a class vote on some dino-fact statements to decide whether they were True, sometimes true, or false. We will return to these statements at the end of our topic to see if we've changed our minds...
We learnt how palaeontologists piece together fossils to try to discover what dinosaurs looked like. We carefully studied the fossil skeleton of a Stegosaurus, closely examining the different parts of its body, and then chose one of its bones to draw. We then used salt dough to make our own fossil bone.
AUTUMN TERM 2 - 2019
This half term our topic is LIGHT AND DARK.
This half term, our new topic will be "Light and Dark". We will be learning about Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night and about the Hindu Festival of Light, Diwali. We will study the black and white OpArt of Bridget Riley and make and evaluate our own optical illusion artwork. We will learn about British nocturnal animals and classify them according to their characteristics, study "Owl Babies" and "The Owl who was afraid of the Dark", learn about shadows and make a shadow theatre complete with puppets and create artwork to reflect the magical wonder of the Northern Lights, the Aurora Borealis.
Christmas is Coming!
We had great fun making Christmas cards of robins and Angels, decorating baubles, making Father Christmas and Angels, sticking a Christmas Hedgehog, and a Tea-light Abstract Christmas tree. We even made a paper chain that stretched from our classroom all the way to Mrs Brown’s office!! That was VERY exciting!
Week 7: Journeys
For RE this week we thought abought the story of the Nativity and read the Russian tale of Baboushka and discussed how she felt at each stage of her story. We learnt that her journey to find the Baby Jesus was not just on foot, but also in her heart. We also talked about the journeys of Mary and Joseph, the shepherds and the Magi to Bethlehem in the Nativity story and thought about how the characters felt at different points of their journeys. We drew a concept map to illustrate our thoughts. We thought about why the Nativity journey’s end is important to Christians.
We learnt about the Aurora Borealis and made our own pictures of the Northern Lights. We watched a film and noted how the colours brightened as the sky darkened, and reflected this by making brightly coloured chalk-pastel pictures of this amazing phenomenon.
We learnt about night and day, light sources and shadows, and identified the silhouettes of our nocturnal animals. We watched a shadow puppet show of the Three Little Pigs, and designed and made our own shadow-puppets. We held a show in our own shadow theatre!
We learnt about light sources and discovered that shadows are the absence of light, made when an object blocks the light. We also noticed that objects’ shadows can have different shades according to whether the object is opaque, translucent or transparent. We took great care drawing round the shadows of some of our classroom toys — can you guess what they are?
In Literacy we used an online encyclopaedia to research information on our nocturnal animals. We each worked hard to make our own Non-Fiction book.
Today we've played a game sorting our nocturnal animals by structure -- whether they have fur, feathers, scales, warm blood, exoskeletons, whether they lay eggs, or whether they are mammals, reptiles, birds, minibeasts. We were very surprised by how many creatures fitted into different groups!
This week we're starting to learn about Nocturnal Animals. We started off today by doing some research online and making a book, and then creating collage owls - they certainly have character! I wonder if you can spot which is yours?
We looked at the black and white OpArt of Bridget Riley, and learnt about optical illusions. We had a go at making our own black and white art, based on her style, and tried to make our eyes wiggle.
The Year 1s also had a go at making OpArt on the computer.
Hooray for Bonfire Night! We have thoroughly enjoyed thinking about fireworks this week - we have created a wordbank of wonderful fireworks vocabulary and written some beautifully descriptive sentences; we have learnt about Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot, and created some vivid and vibrant firework pictures by firstly blowing paint, then embellishing our artwork with glitter, and finally carefully cutting townscape silhouettes.
We learnt about the Hindu festival of Diwali—the Festival of Lights. We watched the story of how Hannuman the Monkey King helped Prince Rama to rescue Princess Sita from the clutches of the wicked 10-headed demon Ravanna, and talked about the triumph of Light over Dark and Good over Evil. We learnt about how Hindu people celebrate Diwali by visiting the Temple, cooking meals and sweets for friends and family, watching fireworks displays, cleaning their houses, decorating their doorsteps with elaborate Rangoli patterns; beautifying their hands with Mehndi designs, and lighting Diya lamps to show Rama and Sita the way home and to welcome Lakshmi, the goddess of Wealth into their homes.
We enjoyed making our own Rangoli designs with chalks or with objects, drew intricate mehndi designs, and made our own Diya lamps out of salt dough. When they had dried, we painted them and decorated them with stars.
AUTUMN TERM 1 - 2019
This half term our topic is OURSELVES AND OUR WORLD.
This half term, our new topic will be "Ourselves and Our World". We will be learning about our bodies, creating self-portraits and talking about our families and other special people. We will tour our village and look at its geography and plants, and then move outwards to discuss our country and its place in the world, and learn about the different continents. Finally we will study a village from a completely different part of the world - Dominase in Ghana - and compare it to our own village.
This week we zoomed in to focus on Ghana in Africa. We learnt about its savannahs and rainforests, and looked at images of countryside and towns. We focussed on our sister village of Dominase, and thought carefully about similarities and differences between the human and physical geography of Buriton and Dominase, and compared our lifestyles. We also learnt about Kente cloth, which is made exclusively in Ghana. We learnt how it is woven on looms and looked carefully at the colours and patterns. We designed our own pattern cloth using oil pastels, then sliced it up and wove it into our own version of Kente cloth. With the remnants, we made a happy group of friends who may well have come from Dominase...
And our Year R children have been super-busy this month: here is a snapshot of October...
This week we travelled in our imaginations to Africa. We thought about African animals and studied the works of Kenyan artist Martin Bulinya, looking closely at the colours of the African Savannah in his backgrounds, at the colours and patterns on the clothing, and at the postures of his figures. We used what we had learnt to make wonderfully vibrant artworks of our own. Can you spot yours?
We looked for Buriton Primary School on GoogleEarth and retraced our walk in "Street View". We then zoomed out to see the whole of Buriton from a bird's eye view, then out again to Hampshire, to England, to the United Kingdom, to Europe, and to the whole Earth. We studied the globe and A HUGE world map to find our place in the world. We coloured a map to learn the names of the four countries in the United Kingdom, and also listened to some songs about the seven continents which you can hear if you click HERE, HERE and HERE.
We brought in holiday pictures and identified where we had travelled on our maps of the UK, of Europe, and of the world.
This week our focus was on Seasons and Weather. We learnt about different types of weather and learnt the symbols that can be used to represent them. We became Weather Forecasters ourselves - there was apparently a lot of snow, hail, rain, sunshine, wind and lightning this week!
As part of our exploration of our school and village we became Tree Detectives this week, and went on a Tree Hunt to discover which evergreen and deciduous trees grow on our Meadow. We also learnt about the names of the different parts of trees and flowering plants.
Our new Reception children have settled very happily. We welcome you and your families - we know we will have lots of fun together!
We have been very busy this week! We learnt the names of parts of the body (including a very catchy song which you can listen to HERE), and wrote about which of our body parts was our favourite. We carefully designed a natural self-portrait sculpture, and then selected our materials and had great fun making Clay Faces on the trees on our Meadow. Can you spot your face?
A Walk around Buriton
We walked around our village to identify the human and physical geography. We then made a simple map of our walk.
We've started our topic this term by learning the names of parts of the body, and by drawing self-portraits. First we traced a photograph of ourselves, and then looked closely at the photo to observe our features and carefully drew ourselves.
SPRING TERM 1 -2019
This half term our topic is TOYS!- hooray!
This half term, our new topic will be "Toys". As part of our journey into becoming Toy Makers,
we will be examining materials and their properties, learning about suitable and unsuitable
materials, and designing and making our own toys - both for ourselves and for other people.
We will also be learning about the history of toys - examining how they have changed and developed.
Week 6: Teddy Bears’ Picnic!
We learnt the song The Teddy Bears’ Picnic, and decided that we would like to host a Picnic for our favourite Teddies. We wrote them an invitation, so that they would be certain when to come. They were all so excited to come to School that we had to sit them on the sofa to calm down! We drew a picture of our teddy and measured it, and then imagined what Teddies would do at a Teddy Bears’ Picnic.
We all made our own sandwiches for ourselves and our Teddies, and took our furry friends out on to the Meadow. The Bears really enjoyed playing Hide and Seek, and climbing on the Timber Trail, before we settled down for our yummy picnic.
Week 6: Teddy Bear Week!
Having learnt about the history of Teddy Bears, first named after ‘Teddy’ Roosevelt in 1903, we know that Teddies come in all shapes and sizes. We examined a selection of teddies and tried to observe them closely. We used art pencils to try to convey the idea of their different textures. Can you spot the teddies you drew?
Week 6: Puppeteers!
We had great fun learning about the history of puppet shows: we roared with laughter when we watched clips from Sooty and Sweep, and shouted "He's behind you!" very loudly when the Crocodile tried to steal the sausages from Mr Punch! We then staged our own Wooden Spoon puppet shows to an appreciative audience.
Week 5: Toy Museum Artwork
We watched a story about Zid—a little alien who tried and tried and tried to make “The Best Dress Ever”, by never giving up, never settling for just ’alright’ and by listening to her friend Mab’s kind and helpful advice. As an exercise in improving our work and striving to do our best to be ‘Super-Learners’, we returned to an observational drawing we did two weeks ago, of a toy from our Toy Museum. We re-evaluated our artwork, tried to improve it, and when we thought we had finished, swapped with a friend who had drawn the same item, and listened to, and then applied, their gentle suggestions of how to make it even better.
Week 5: Toy Manufacturers!
This week we worked together in mixed Year R and Year 1 groups to read the instructions for making a paper cup toy and carefully made our own toys. By working together in our teams, and helping each other at each stage of the ‘build’, we ALL made our own Cup and Ball game entirely independently. We were all so proud of our achievements!
Toy Manufacturers: Part 2
We also worked incredibly hard to make our pop-up puppets. Miss Burrough rolled and stuck the cone for us, but otherwise we worked independently, trying to help each other when we got stuck, and support each other with kind ideas of how to improve our work. We will evaluate our products next week.
Week 4 Toy Designers: Part 2
We have been thinking about the differences between baby toys and toys for older children. We decided that babies like toys to chew, to cuddle, or toys that make them laugh. We decided to design a pop-up toy for a little friend. Can you spot your design?
Week 3: The History of Toys
This week, Miss Burrough brought a Toy Museum to our class: some of the toys are Victorian, some from the 1920s and 30s, and a few from the 1950s. We were also lent an amazing Bisque-headed doll, which we were thrilled to see could wear the Victorian dolls' clothes, a Meccano set, and Mrs Tapster's much-loved Rupert Bear. We studied the toys very carefully and observed the materials they were made of and how they moved. We were pleased to learn that children from long-ago liked to play with the same toys as us, such as farms, vehicles, dollies, books and skipping.
We chose the antique toy that we would have liked to play with if we'd lived long ago, and some of us chose to try on the Victorian Dress, pinafore and lace cap and pose with the wooden dolly, just like the little girl in the photograph.
Old and New Toys:
We played a game to make a timeline of the history of toys, focusing in particular on the changes in dollies, teddies and toy cars. We used our knowledge to identify whether toys are old or new by looking at their materials and their styles.
After working hard to make our Wooden Spoon Puppets,
we evaluated our finished product by deciding what we love best about our creation,
how we could improve it, and what we would change.
Week 2: Toy Designers Part 1
Our work as toy-makers begins. Today we designed our own wooden spoon puppets, carefully considering which materials we could use to make our designs successful. We labelled the materials that we will need, ready for construction.
Toy Makers: Part 1
Oh, we had SUCH fun making our wooden Spoon Puppets, and I think you'll agree
they are FANTASTIC!!!! Can you spot your puppet?
[Don't worry, those that haven't had a go yet -- everyone WILL have a turn!]
Week 1: Properties of Materials Exploration
This week we became Scientists to find out what toys are made of and why, so first we had to explore and explain the properties of everyday materials. First we looked at some objects and worked together to categorise them by whether they were made of wood, plastic, metal, glass, fabric or stone.
Next we chose a toy in the classroom and examined the material of our
toy to identify its physical properties.
We looked closely at some toys and discussed the properties of the material they are made of and why it is suitable for that toy.
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 8: We'd like to wish a very very very
HAPPY CHRISTMAS to all the children in Diamonds Class, and all your families. We've worked SOOOOOO hard this term, and we are SOOOO proud of you all!!! Here are the pictures of your Christmas Snow-globes and all your smiley Christmas faces -- Happy Holidays!
We hope you enjoy our Parade of Penguins!
Week 7: The Art of Ted Harrison
This week we studied the art of Ted Harrison, an artist who portrays the world of the Arctic circle in vivid, vibrant colours. Ted Harrison was born in England in 1926, but moved to Canada in 1968, and his most famous paintings show the landscape and culture of the Yukon in Canada's Arctic circle. We learnt how to mix our own colours and to modify their shades and tints by using black or white.
Polar Animals Mindfulness Colouring
Whilst we were waiting for our turn on other activities,
we worked on improving our fine-motor and concentration skills by carefully colouring our beautiful Polar animals in a myriad of wonderful colours.
We learnt that the colours of our pencils can be blended to create graduating shades, and that the pressure we apply also changes the effect.
Week 6: The Inuit People of the Arctic
This week we have been learning about the Inuit people who live in the Arctic circle. We have learnt about their modern-day and traditional lifestyles, and about some of the special clothes they wear to keep themselves warm. Some of us decided to colour an Inuit, and some decided to challenge themselves to make their own figure. Some children took their artwork an extra step and made an Arctic landscape collage for their person to live in.
Our igloo is finished, just in time for Inuit week!!!
Thank you so much for all the milk-drinking and bottle-recycling you've done -- the igloo was made out of about 300 bottles in total!!!
The Art of Kenojuak Ashevak
We also learnt about the life of the world-famous Inuit artist Kenojuak Ashevak and studied some of her works of art. We discussed her style and the colours and techniques she used in the pictures and then we tried to create our own art inspired by her masterpieces. Some of us even drew our own masterpieces!
We learnt about the Inuksuit that are made by the Inuit people.
Inuksuit are placed throughout the Arctic landscape as "helpers" to the Inuit: they are used as hunting and navigational aids, to show where good hunting can be found, where food is stored, or a good route to take.
We studied images of the Inuksuit and used clay to make our own Inukshuk.
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.
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...
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
Suddenly we spotted something ahead...
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.
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.
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
We held a very successful cake sale and raised a huge £79.66!!!!!!!!
Thank you very much for all the baking and buying!
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!
WEEK 3. This week it's Polar Bear week! We've watched videos of these amazing creatures and learnt lots of facts about them.
We tried to draw Polar Bears on the computer - we may have another go at this ;-) - and painted some beautiful observational artwork.
We were also invaded by split-pin Polar Bears! How many can you count?
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.
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!
… and for their homework, the Year 1s researched some
Polar animals facts of their own.
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 . . .
. . . the South Pole is on the ice-covered continent (land) of Antarctica
at ‘the bottom’ of the world.
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!
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.
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.
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.