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Keinton Mandeville Primary School

In English this week we are working on grammar and sentence construction.
In maths this week we are looking at previously learned skills, and reviewing how well we can apply them in problem solving.

 Welcome to Falcons' Class Page.

This half term our topic is 'The Earth and Beyond!'

We have been studying the reasons we have day and night, what makes a year and why the moon appears to change shape.  We have also learned about the planets in our solar system.  Below are some examples of our work.

 

In science we have been learning all about plants.  We have looked at how plants are adapted to their habitat and at different ways that plants disperse their seeds.

  

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last week we had a wonderful trip to The American Museum in Bath.  This was a great day out and we had lots of opportunity to learn about the Americas.  During the day we thought like historians; investigating primary and secondary evidence of the lives of Native American tribes.  We had the chance to handle artefacts (with our white gloves on) and to question how they might have been used.  We learn about how the lives of the tribes varied with the environment that they lived in.  We also had a chance to look at how the homes of early European settlers looked.  We also looked at examples of American quilts and needlecraft and related these to or own needlework.  Below are some photographs from the day. 

A big thanks to Ellie, Beatrice and the staff at The American Museum Bath.

American Museum Bath 

 

The children in Falcons Class have been working really hard on their fractions skills.  We have been adding and simplifying fractions, as well as converting between improper fractions and mixed numbers.  

 

 

In PE lessons we have been improving our gymnastic skills.  We have learned a lot about good body positions. 

 

What a busy start to term!

Falcons have returned to school after a great Christmas break and are working really well.

Our topic this half term is Great Britons.  We will be studying the lives and achievements of many British people through the ages. We will learn about  British explorers, inventors, writers, musicians, artists, sportsmen and sports women, politicians and those who stood up for what they believed in.

We will look at the long line of British Monarchs through the ages and learning what made some of them great, and some not so great!   We will be thinking about the personal attributes that helped them to achieve great things and seeing how we can learn from these.

 

 

 

 

Our topic this half term is LIFE.  We have already looked at the seven life processes common to all forms of life and we are now studying vertebrate groups in more detail.

 

 

We have had an excellent first term in Falcons. In topic lessons  We have learned so much about the Stone Age, Bronze Age and the Iron Age. 

In Maths lessons we have worked hard at improving our understanding of place value.  We have also improved our mental and written methods for addition and subtraction.

Topic homework!

The quality and effort that has gone into this half term's topic homework has been nothing short of staggering.  Every single child in Falcons has produced a great piece of work.  We have seen replicas of Stone Henge, including one with real grass;  Stone Age tools, including axe and arrow heads that children have shaped themselves; amazing artwork; fantastic presentations; and even Stone Aged menus.  Below are a selection of photos.

 

 

 

In PE we have been improving our team game skills.

We have enjoyed some great games of Hockey.

Today we had a fantastic Stone Age workshop.  We learned about many aspects of life in the Stone Age.

We acted,  we drew and we even designed and built our own Henges!

George played the part of a reindeer being hunted.  He got to wear a genuine reindeer hide, but sadly, after he was killed and cooked, his hide was made into clothes for the Stone Age humans.

 

This group acted out a scene in which a man discovered a burial ground in his back garden.

This group are creating the Henge they designed.  Theirs was named Happy Henge and the rising sun would bring happiness to all humans. 

Another School  Year has started.  The work is well underway and the children in Falcons are working hard.  We have spent a lot of time discussing our class ethos.  This includes statements like:

Falcons never give up

Falcons are good listeners

Falcons are kind

and

Falcons learn from our mistakes.

I'm sure that we will have a fantastic year.

The Stone through to The Iron Age

 

This half term we will be learning all about the lives of people in the prehistoric period.  We have an exciting visitor coming in to run a workshop and we have already started to look at the way Stone Age people lived.  We will be reading Stone Aged Boy by Satoshi Kitamura and writing our own stone age adventures.