Music, Movement, Monologue and More
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Nursery Train Journey
It is always delightful to see how child initiated learning in Nursery unfolds and this week the children have discovered some new resources in the Nursery. Inquisition and wonder were demonstrated as each child chose their own unique way in which to engage with them. The loose part tray has been an absolute highlight. One child placed all the figures in the curtain rings and pretended they were playing pass the parcel with a button, stopping at one figure to declare “Mummy is the winner, she has won the parcel.” Another child lined all the figures up and counted them, whilst another used the glass pebbles as stepping stones bouncing the figure along to the grass square, saying “careful don’t fall in!” The children recreated this game outside using the wooden stepping stones, testing their own movement and balance skills.
The children have also been going on some amazing train journeys this week. This activity provided so many different learning opportunities as the children collaborated, problem solved and took turns. They used mathematical thinking as they bought and sold their tickets and worked out whether they needed more 'carriages' (chairs) on the train. Health and safety was present as the children demonstrated how to safely carry chairs through to the room, to add carriages to the train. Patience was shown as children took turns at being the ticket conductor, driver or passenger. The buffet trolley even visited so the children could enjoy some ‘on board’ sustenance to keep them going as they took a long journey to the jungle!
Lou Blackaby, Nursery Teacher
Reception Plan To Move
In Reception this week, we have focused on developing the children's motor planning and sequencing skills in our PE lessons. These skills are important to enable a child to perform many everyday tasks such as walking, running, playing on a playground and playing sports. Motor planning skills are also needed for everyday tasks such as dressing and eating, and can impact on a child’s ability to organise themselves and learn new routines. Motor planning and sequencing can also influence skills required to achieve in an academic setting such as writing, drawing and cutting.
The children have been challenging their motor planning skills, alongside testing their core strength, coordination and agility. They used wobble boards to practice their balance, footprints to test their coordination when jumping and hopping, challenged their core strength in a very tricky crab balance exercise and developed shoulder strength in a plank task. All of the children showed immense concentration and determination throughout the lesson. When they found a particular activity challenging, the children showed great resilience and particularly enjoyed seeing how their continued perseverance improved their results.
Jess Oecken, Head of Sport
Year 1 Have The Power
Year 1’s topic this term is Superheroes. Such a topic invites creativity and Year 1 have this in abundance. Having decided that no Superhero would be complete without a cape and mask, the children set about designing and making their very own. They explored different textiles for their capes and discovered how to dye the fabric and to print on it to make their own designs. The children’s creativity didn’t stop as they went on to make some wonderful, characterful wooden spoon Superheroes. There were some interesting discussions among the children as they considered the powers their superheroes might have. Would it be best to be able to fly, be strong, be agile, or perhaps to see into the future?
Kim Martin, Specialist Art Teacher
Year 2 Musical Emotion
As part of the celebration of Beethoven’s 250th Birthday, Year 2 have been exploring emotion in music. They discovered how Beethoven had been such a pioneer, bringing many new ideas and innovation to music. They learnt how he took the classical era's love of opera and added a whole wealth of character and emotion into his music. The children listened to different pieces of music and thought hard about the mood and emotion that the music evoked. To help them with their task, the children chose different faces that best represented how the music had made them feel.
Mary Hall, Deputy Head of Music
Year 3 Show True Spirit
This term, Year 3 have been learning about Ice Worlds and Adventurers and this week has truly shown the extent to which they have taken it all in. Following an unexpected relocation of learning environments, their indomitable spirits are shining through! From day one of online learning, there has been a flurry of activity in kitchens, studies, bedrooms and drawing rooms as they have tackled their learning challenges with alacrity. I have been immensely impressed by the plethora of masterful creations which have been uploaded to the Year 3 Blog. Well done to each and every one of these resourceful children!
Sophie Delacombe, Year 3 Class Teacher
Year 4 Compose A Code
To mark Beethoven's 250th Birthday and link with their studies on Word War II, Year 4 discovered how Beethoven’s music had a very powerful resonance with the allies during the war, despite the obvious irony. The children were enthralled to find out that the rhythm opening motif of Beethoven’s fifth symphony spells out the letter V in Morse Code, which led to the emergence of a French resistance song 'La Chanson Des V' which the children sang in their French lesson. The children composed their own secret message in Morse Code to reveal hidden ammunition around the school.
Mary Hall, Deputy Head of Music
Year 5 Perform Monologues
This week, while Year 5 have been learning at home, their English lessons have continued in their usual creative and dynamic manner. The BFG remains a firm favourite with both children and teachers alike and alongside reading, verbal reasoning, spelling, comprehension and writing, the children have written and performed monologues. They picked one of the main characters of the story, and performed their monologue to the class - 5SB even dressed up. Special mention should go to Cristo Porter who dressed up as 'Sophie' complete with glasses, a pink scarf and a wig! This allowed the children to delve deeper into their choice of character and really understand their characteristics. The Year 5 children have thrilled us over the last two weeks, and we are delighted to welcome them back today.
Vivienne Liddell, Head of Year 5
Year 6 Crack The Code
Eight lucky Year 6 children spent a really enjoyable afternoon taking part in Sherborne School's Cracking the Code afternoon. Although the event was held virtually this year, the stakes were just as high as our eight children, Tallulah Bateman, Dee Dee Sinclair, Suzanna Kovalev, Mariella Lacey-Gutsell, Tom Hall, George Elmore, Jasper Marshall-Lee and Harry Currie, were given a secret mission to crack the various codes before a deadly computer virus was released onto the internet.
Our first task was to solve a series of mathematical problems in order to reveal various passwords which would ultimately lead to a final pass code to stop the hacker from succeeding. Despite a fire alarm delaying our start, our teams worked brilliantly together, making up a huge amount of lost time and only just missing the deadline. Challenge two was a linguistic task where children had to find patterns in various languages in order to solve a series of questions. Thanks to Jasper and his super language skills, our teams made a fast start and never looked back. Both teams were able to solve all the clues before the deadline and succeed in our secret mission.
All the children showed fantastic teamwork, alongside cool, calm logic and thinking throughout. I could not be more proud of the way in which they approached the afternoon and threw themselves into the challenges.
Jane Hamilton, Head of Year 6
Year 7 Draw With Beethoven
Art and Music are very closely related and this partnership creates the perfect opportunity for cross-curricular teaching. This week in celebration of Beethoven's 250th Birthday, Year 7 were tasked with drawing a picture inspired by Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony No. 6. The children drew their initial inspiration from simply listening to the music and really thinking about the imagery within it, what they could see and hear and what colours came to mind. The children then chose a medium to draw with and created a picture whilst listening to the music again, noting whether the line and shape had changed with the tempo of the music and whether their drawing style or movement had changed with the music.
Olga Houghton, Head of Art
Year 8 See The Light
Year 8 have been studying the topic of light. They have carried out experiments investigating the behaviour of light at mirrors and as it crosses the boundary between different materials and the phenomena of dispersion to produce a spectrum. Once the children had discovered that white light was actually a mixture of many different colours of light, they learned about the primary colours of light, different to those for paint, and how these colours mix to produce any other colour. This led to a discussion about what colour a blue car would look under a red or cyan light.
Some children from Set 1 took a bit of a diversion to learn about the link between the structure of atoms, with their shells of electrons, and the line spectra different elements produce. They learned that this happened as a result of excited electrons returning to their stable states and the release of energy, in the form of photons of different frequencies, as this happened (a hint at A level Physics and Planck’s constant, E=hf). They also considered that it was by looking at absorption spectra that scientists were able to determine the elements contained in the atmospheres of distant celestial bodies.
Peter Hesselmann, Science Teacher
Highfield House Points
Good Marks (Years 4, 5 & 6)
Sabina Tracey 59 • George Elmore 58 • Lloyd Allen 45 • Jack Heaver 24 • Oliver Glasgow 22 • Harry Remers 22 • Wilfrid Walters 22
Waterloo 33.2 • Trafalgar 32.8 • Agincourt 31
Plus Marks (Year 4, 5 & 6)
Rory Lett 139 • Ella Griffiths 99 • Jemima Goldsmith 90 • Edward Kessell 63 • Amelie Tyrell-Evans 61 • Emily Pearce 57
Trafalgar 89.6 • Waterloo 85.6 • Agincourt 80.2
Merit Marks (Years 7 and 8)
Oliver Hendricks 91 • Fergus Turvill 87 • Isabella Hendricks 67
Agincourt 26 • Trafalgar 23.9 • Waterloo 23
Brookham House Points
Ash 320 • Oak 303 • Willow 318