Osprey Class 18-19

Friday 7th September
We have had a great first week back! We have been working with 7 and 8 digit numbers in maths and we are enjoying our class reading book, WarHorse. 
We have even started our spellings and these have gone home tonight.
Wednesday, 12th  September
As part of our topic work, we are learning about World War 1. This was known as The Great War because no other war until then had had such an impact on the world. It took many lives and changed the lives of millions more. It was 'great' in the sense of scale: large or huge.
We had a debate "Was it right for Britain to enter the war?"
Take a look at our videos.
Monday, 17th September
We thoroughly enjoyed Dr Hendriksen's science enrichment visit this morning. He taught us all about what the heart is for and how it works. We learned lots of interesting facts such as how many times a minute our hearts beat compared to other animals' hearts, and how big the human heart is.
We also dissected some pigs' hearts which helped us to understand they job that the different parts of the heart does. It was absolutely fascinating and the children were very sensible.
Thank you Dr Hendriksen!
Friday, 21st September
In PSHE we have been looking at ways to be healthy and lead a healthy life. The 5 ways to well-being have been researched and developed to help improve well-being. These are: learn, give, take notice, be active and connect. Take a look at the link below.
Wednesday, 26th September
On Wednesday, we had a visit from the Yamaha Music School in assembly. They showed us how to keep in time and how rhythms can fit together. We played "We Will Rock You!" It was great fun.
Tuesday 2nd October
We enjoyed our harvest celebration today. Every class produced some excellent work about harvest around the world, and we learned a lot!
Wednesday, 10th October
Our visit to the Arboretum today was very informative and also very moving. We saw many of the memorials there and learned about the work done by brave men and women during World War 1 and 2. We took part in an act of remembrance, to remember the soldiers and civilians who have died during wars.
Wednesday, 17th October 
KS2 had a fantastic afternoon showcasing their resources brought from home from World War 1 and World War 2. All the children were able to talk in length about what their artefact was and where it was from. We had medals, letters, ration books, bullets and a gas mask still in its box. Children drew and wrote a fact about an artefact and also designed a poster to help encourage people to ration food. Take a look at our photos.
Wednesday, 7th November 2018
Today we visited St Helen's Church to look at the exhibition which celebrates the end of World War 1. Children particularly enjoyed looking at the Etwall Primary School display. St Helen's Church invited our school to contribute to the exhibition and we accepted gladly. All classes worked hard and contributed to the display.
Monday 12th - Friday 16th November
This week is anti-bullying week. We have watched some anti-bullying videos and discussed the different scenarios in them. We have also written anti-bullying pledges and made posters with messages about being kind and showing respect.
Our new anti-bullying pledge is displayed in our classroom. We came up with some great slogans and eventually came up with "Don't Forget - Respect!"
Check out the video below.
Choose Respect this Anti-Bullying Week
Wednesday 21st November 2018
In Science today, we have been learning about sound. We carried out an experiment to see how the pitch was altered by adding water into a jar. We realised that the jar with the least amount of water had the highest pitch. This was because it vibrated more. We concluded that the faster the vibrations, the higher the pitch will be.
Wednesday 28th November 2018
Today has been a brilliant day! We have all been dressed as Victorians and have spent the day
re-enacting a Victorian school day.  The children behaved brilliantly! Take a look at our photos to see what we did.
Thursday, 6th December 2108
Ospreys have been busy programming. Children made a model out of Lego and then programmed it to move using software. Children were able to create a set of algorithms (instructions) to get the model to follow. They all had a great day!
Christmas party
Merry Christmas!
Happy New Year!
Friday 11th January 2019
In RE today we have been learning about Buddhism and important symbols to Buddhists. We made a lotus flower. 

The lotus flower symbolises purity and divine birth.

The lotus flower grows in mud at the bottom of a pool, but rises above the surface to become a beautiful flower. Buddhist say this is how people should rise above everything which is dukkha. A flower may be very beautiful and have a wonderful scent, but it soon withers and dies. This shows that nothing in life is perfect.

Friday 18th January
Some year 5 and 6 children went to DW Sports today to compete in the EFL Kinder Cup Football Tournament. Out of 24 teams, we finished in the top 8 and went through to the playoffs. Unfortunately, we were beaten by Cavendish Close School. We had a great day and showed great sportsmanship. Well done!
Friday, 25th January
Every Friday, we do R-Time. This is an exciting, dynamic, fun-filled Personal and Social Education Programme. The emphasis is upon creating effective, respectful relationships by way of random pair work. It is great to see children working with others that they wouldn't normally. Today the children played a barrier game. One child had to draw a face and then give instructions to their partner to create the same face. This really focused on language skills as they had to give very detailed instructions to create identical faces. Take a look at our photos and see how well we are working with others.
Wednesday, 30th January
As part of our topic on Victorian toys, we made some ourselves. We made a Victorian theatre and a zoetrope. Take a look to see how we got on.
Wednesday, 6th February 2019
Today, it was our class assembly. This term children have been learning about SPACE. Children have enjoyed learning this area of science, and thoroughly enjoyed sharing it with school and families. To support their learning, children created posters and shared them in the assembly. We also shared a class poem, which children created. 
Tuesday, 12th February 2018
Today, we went to Thinktank in Birmingham. Here we explored four floors of hands-on exhibits showing us and explaining to us all about  the science of the world all around us. As part of our visit, we visited the plantatarian, which is a  full dome 360º  digital planetarium. We watched a  a vibrant programme, which took us on an inspiring exploration of space.
We all had a lovely day. Children were excellent ambassadors for our school, displaying excellent behaviour and manners.
Thank you to Mr and Mrs Bumstead for accompanying us, and helping to make the  day a success. 
Wednesday 1st March
As part of RE this term, we are looking at the Easter story. To start this topic, we spent the afternoon looking for signs of new life around school. The weather was beautiful and we enjoyed drawing things from observation as well as bark rubbings and then identifying the plants and trees. Take a look at our work.
World Book Day - Thursday, 7th March
Look at our fabulous costumes - thank you to all families for the super effort you have made! The children enjoyed sharing their favourite characters/authors/books today and they recommended books to each other.

We have also really enjoyed our book 'Journey' this week (by Aaron Becker) as it has allowed us to really use our imaginations to tell the story. We have done some lovely art work and descriptive sentences from it.
Friday 15th March - The Normans
Our topic this half term is The Normans and today we have been researching Norman castles. Did you know the Normans (1066-1215) built the first castles in the style of motte and bailey and later stone castles for better protection. 

The Normans invaded England in 1066 and after killing England's King, they set about taking over the whole country. In order to do this, they needed to build defences to protect themselves while they advanced across the rest of the country.

The Normans built motte and bailey castles to begin with. These castle were quick to build using just earth and timber.

Later, once William the Conqueror, the leader of the Normans, had firmly established his rule in England, the Normans built huge stone keep castles. They were built to last a long time and many can still be seen today.

Also today is Red Nose Day - check out our noses!

Friday, 22nd March 2019
In RE, we have been looking Christianity and the story of Easter. Today, we looked at Maundy Thursday. Maundy Thursday is the day before Good Friday. The word ‘Maundy’ means ‘command’. It is part of an important week in the Christian religion called Holy Week. This was the day of The Last Supper. Jesus and his disciples ate their Passover meal. This meal is known as the Last Supper, because it was the last meal Jesus would have with his followers before his death.
We looked at the painting of The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci. The Last Supper is a late 15th-century mural painting by Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci housed by the refectory of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, Italy. It is one of the western world's most recognizable paintings.
Thursday 28th March
This week we have been busy sketching and labelling Norman castles, and planning the materials we need to build them with next week. We hope you like our sketches, and we look forward to seeing you at the Castle Showcase next week (Thursday 4th April, 3:00, in the classroom).
Thursday, 4th April 2019
This term children have been learning about the Normans. They learned that The Normans came from Northern France, and invaded England in 1066 after King Edward the Confessor died without leaving an heir to the throne. The Normans ruled England for about 300 years, living in castles and defending England They wanted to make sure that they could defend England from any more invaders, and being inside a strong stone castle was a good way to do that. Children have had a great day building their own castles. 
Friday 3rd May 2019 
As part of our RE Topic "How do people express their faith through the arts?" we went outside to collect pictures of nature. We have used these photos to create a palette of nature colours.

Wednesday 8th May 2019

Today we have been investigating mixtures and solutions and looking at how to separate them.  We had a mixture of water, salt, paperclips, sand and rice. This was “Alien Soup!” The children were welcomed  to “Area 51” and they needed to find out what was in this mysterious soup using all the skills they had learned about separating materials so far. They had to photograph each stage using an ipad. Finally, there was a clear solution left. We discussed that there could be something else in this water eg salt. We have left a saucer of this on the side to look at what is left after the water has evaporated. 


Friday 17th May 2019
In Citizenship today we looked at "Being Responsible." After World War II the leaders of the world got together. They set up a new organisation called the United Nations (UN) to help stop wars between countries and build a better world. The UN drew up a list of human rights that belong to everyone in the world called the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). They include our right to get married, to live, to go to school and to play; our right to food and shelter and to travel; our right to think and say what we believe in; our right to be treated fairly; and our right to peace. Thirty rights from the UDHR are illustrated in a book called, ‘We Are All Born Free’. Check out the links below to see. We then wrote about our rights and responsibilities.
Tuesday, 21st May 2019
Languages Day 2019
Children have spent a day learning the names of rainforest animals and names of colours in French. Student teachers from University of Derby delivered lessons, which gave the children a taste of a new language. At the end of the day, all classes were able to showcase their learning. Thank you for the hard work, that  all student teachers put in to engage all children. Children have had a good day!  
Friday 7th June 2019
On Monday 1st July, all children in Key Stage 2 will be taking part in a fundraising activity to raise money for the school’s chosen charity for this year, Air Ambulance.
The children will have 60 minutes to complete as many dance routines as possible. The children would very much appreciate it if friends and family would sponsor them for completing this activity. We would suggest that children are sponsored a fixed amount for participating in this event.
A sponsorship form has been sent with this letter and sponsorship money will be due in by Friday 12th July.
I hope you will help us in what we feel is a very worthwhile charity to support.
Friday 14th June 2019
Today in Science, we have been looking at reversible and irreversible reactions. We made salt dough. This is an irreversible reaction due to a chemical change. It hardens by crystallising. We also mixed bicarbonate of soda with lemon juice and vinegar. This bubbled and created a gas. This was also an irreversible reaction. 
Thursday 20th June
We had great fun with the Happy Puzzle Company today! It was really good to be able to put our problem solving skills in to practise, and to use our team work skills.
Friday 28th June 2019
Year 5 and 6 have been making their games ready for the Summer Fair next week. Hope you can make it and show your support. Thanks.
Sunday 30th June
8 children competed in the Rolls Royce Design Challenge at Ripley Junior School alongside 10 other teams. They had to build a pylon that was able to withstand weights being added at the top. Everyone had a fantastic time.
Wednesday 3rd July
We have really enjoyed getting to know each other on our class swap days! We have read a fabulous book called Dear Teacher by Amy Husband, about a boy called Michael as he transitions in to a new class at school. We are looking forward to being the new Ospreys' class in September!
Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th July
What another fantastic end of year performance - "Aladdin!" The children did it again and pulled out all the stops to produce a funny and entertaining show. We are so proud of them! Hope you are too! 
Image result for aladdin show
Tuesday 16th July
Congratulations to the Y6 Primary Maths Challenge team, who were worthy winners of the trophy in their competition at John Port today!
They beat eight other Y6 teams from local primary schools in challenges including logic, speed, relay, cross number, making a number and team challenges.
What an amazing end to the year from our Y6 mathematicians!
Well done team!
Tuesday 16th July
As part of our art topic, we have been looking at the techniques of using watercolours. We created a tonal ladder and a colour wheel. We then had a go at creating our own landscape paintings. Take a look at our work!