Friday, 27 June 2008

GREEN SPRING EXHIBITION

We hope you enjoyed our Green Spring Exhibition this week. The whole school really enjoyed this topic and we have learnt lots about recycling. Have a look at some of our work:



Year R have made their own plant pots and grown plants. They made pebble mini-beasts to decorate the pots.



Year R also enjoyed making 'Mr Greenheads' to grow grass for their hair.


Year 1 created a mini-beast walk way. We used papier mache to make the mini-beasts and painted and decorated them with paint and pipecleaners.


Year 1 went on a walk around Lordswood and noticed lots of litter on the floor. We felt sad about this and decided to make posters to enourage people not to drop litter.


Year 1 also decided to make monster litter bins to remind us not to drop litter on the floor.



Year 2 created willow sculptures. They soaked the willow in water and then bent and fixed them to create animals and plants.



Year 2 also made their own paper bags to reduce the amount of plastic ones that they use. This is much better for the environment. They made their own logos and wrote messages on the front.



Year 2 recycled lots of rubbish to create life size sculptures of animals. We re-used old plastic forks for the sharp teeth!



Here is our lion. Can you see the old rubber gloves that we used for the lion's mane.



Year 2 were in charge of the exhibition. Here are just some of the things they needed to do:

1.) They had to ask permission from Mrs Knight to use the small hall.
2.) They also had to ask the kitchen staff if they could have their lunch in the main hall so that the exhibition could be set up.
3.) They asked each year group what they needed to display their work.
4.) They wrote letters to invite guests to see the exhibition.
5.) Some children showed the adults their work and explained what they did.
6.) Some children went to Cedar school to exhibit our fantastic work.

Well done Year 2 and well done to the rest of the school for all your hard work and commitment to looking after the environment!

Thursday, 26 June 2008

Tile-tastic!

Year 4 are now well under way with their gardening project.

We have made our first 2 mosaics already - our "summer" stone and our "winter" stone. They already look great and will look even better once they have been grouted.

We have been learning lots of new skills along the way - cutting tiles with tile nippers, applying adhesive with a spatula, how to co-ordinate colours...

Have a look at our slide show to see how we've been getting on!



Watch this space for the next instalment!

Tuesday, 24 June 2008

Room for improvement?

Year 4 have been working hard on a new, exciting project.

We decided that our garden area in our playground is dull and boring and needs to be changed.

So... we have plans. We will be updating the blog regularly with photos and examples of work to show you. Look out for mosaics, woodcarvings, story thrones...

In the meantime, have a look at our slideshows to find out just WHY we think the garden needs updating.

We started with visiting the garden and brainstorming adjectives to describe it.



Then, we turned our ideas into some FANTASTIC pieces of descriptive writing. As you will probably be able to tell, we worked especially hard on our presentation skills.



Hint: If you want to be able to read the pieces of writing, double click the picture for a larger slideshow.

Thursday, 19 June 2008

Knapp House Day 4: Keeping busy...

There's not a spare moment at Knapp House and everyone is kept busy doing something from the moment they get up to the moment they go to bed... (Today, that was 7.30am - 10.30pm, so it was a very long day!)

To charge them up for the activities, most children are eating at least this much for breakfast...



And then it's straight into floating and boating, dangling and hanging, pedalling and paddling... Here are some of the things you may have missed!


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We drove out to Great Torrington to the boating lake and everyone had plenty of time to learn how to use three different types of boat... Listen out for Mrs Worley and Miss Beavill's very good suggestion for next time!

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And here's daredevil Miss Hutchinson... The video stops just before she gets to the bottom. Did she make it down safely? You'll have to wait and see!


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Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Knapp House Day 3: Going Underground!

Day 3 and it was raining just a little, so the best place to be is underground!

Just like for miners, big overalls and helmets are important safety features, and so are torches. We counted them all in...



Miss Beavill waited patiently with the sheep...



And we counted everyone back out again!



Everyone came out smiling...

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Tuesday, 17 June 2008

Knapp House Day 2: Surf's Up!

Only five minutes drive away from Knapp House is Westward Ho! beach where we went to do surfing! Here's our short journey... (Zoom right in for a really close up look at the beach!)



Westward Ho! is the only town in the UK which has an exclamation mark in its name. (Leave us a comment if you know why!)

To warm up before going in the water, everyone played team games and learned how to use the body board safely...



And then it was into the water to put it all into practice! (Spot Miss Beavill enjoying a bit of sunbathing at the end!)

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Knapp House Day 2: How to build a raft...

It was all going so well...


  1. Get your pieces of wood and rope

  2. Arrange pieces of wood in a strong shape -perhaps a triangle

  3. Use other pieces of wood to make the shape stronger

  4. Tie pieces of rope through the holes and around the planks

  5. Tighten rope

  6. Tie on big barrels full of nothing but air so that your raft floats

  7. Climb on...




Fall in!

But wait... at least one group managed it...

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Monday, 16 June 2008

Knapp House Day 1: Down by the seaside...

If we were all a bit tired after our coach journey to Knapp House, we got woken up again really well in the afternoon!

First we had an energetic walk through the fields and lanes to the village of Appledore...



Where we dangled big bits of raw meat over the edge of the quayside...



(No! Miss Hutchinson didn't fall in...!)

And we caught over fifty crabs!



This was one of the biggest...

If we weren't awake enough by then, we all clambered aboard "Knapp" and sped out into the Bristol Channel, towards Lundy...

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(No! That's not Miss Beavill driving!)


And we managed to make it back for tea!

Thursday, 12 June 2008

Our New School Patrol Office



We are really pleased and proud to support our new School Patrol Officer Kay!



Don't forget to say hello when you cross the road!

Tuesday, 10 June 2008

Pupil Council Recycling Day



Pupil council gathered all the rubbish from the bins to see what we should be recycling.
We found out that we are using lots of paper towels to dry our hands. Pupil council have made posters to remind us to use 1 paper towel each time we wash our hands! We are also collecting our fruit for composting.

Tuesday, 3 June 2008

Puzzle Power!

Year 4 have been working hard on some new home learning projects.

Just like Year 3, we were all getting a bit fed up of boring old homework sheets, so we thought we would try something a bit more exciting...

And WOW!! What a creative year group we are!

Our task was to create a mathematical or logical thinking puzzle to go in our brand new puzzle corners. We could have made a jig-saw, puzzle book, board game... the list was endless!

Have a look at some of the amazing projects we created...

Sunday, 1 June 2008

Our Beautiful Garden...

Thank you Mrs Johnston for helping us to develop our garden area.
Here is a potato plant that has grown...



Here we are growing carrots, radishes, lettuces and peas.


We have also grown some beautiful flowers. We are trying to keep the slugs away by doing a slug hunt each day. We help to weed and water the flowers daily.