Dolphins, 2020-21

Welcome to Dolphin Class

      

Mrs Bowles (Teacher)       Miss Sims (TA)               Mrs Cartledge (TA)

 

30th November 2020 – Science

Whilst still monitoring our seed growth science experiment to try and prove what seeds need to grow, we learnt some more about the how each part of the plant completes it’s function.  We started by learning all about pollination and the different parts of the flower that are involved in that process to produce seeds and set up another experiment to show how the stem of a plant transports water to the rest of the plant using coloured water, celery and white carnations.  Again we focused on our working scientifically skills of prediction, observation and collecting results, monitoring the experiment over several hours to see any change in the pots with coloured water compared to our control with plain water.  There was great excitement when we found that coloured dots had started to appear at the top of the celery stalks and the white petals on the flower had started to show a change in colour.

 

26th November 2020

After the sad news about the Brixham fishing boat, many were asking questions so we spent some time reflecting and praying for the fisherman and their families. The children then wrote their prayers and messages on hearts; these have been made into a book whichhas been added to the memorial by the harbour.  The children’s empathy and thoughtfulness shone through in their prayers for the families at this sad time.

 

25th November 2020 – Science

Our science seed experiments have started growing and much to everyone’s surprise the seeds with no soil and no sunlight were the first to start cracking open and start to grow a root!  We are now observing , monitoring and measuring any shoots daily, capturing our results in a table. We can’t wait to see what happens by the end of the experiment and whether our predictions will be correct.

 

 

23rd November 2020 – Maths

In our maths learning we are continuing to look at column addition and subtraction, helping us to improve our mental maths ability through additions of just ones, tens or hundreds and now moving onto more formal written methods of addition and subtraction.  With this recent practice and our weekly Big Maths Beat That mental maths challenge sheets the children are definitely improving in using various different methods to add and subtract mentally and explain their reasoning for their approach. Well done Dolphins!

 

18th November 2020 – Anti-bullying Week

The children also amazed me this week as we marked anti-bullying week.  Their understanding, empathy and consideration of others was outstanding.  We used the book ‘Wonder’ and its sister book ‘We are all Wonders’ to discuss the issue of bullying further and how we can combat this by choosing kindness, using a quote from the book: ‘If you have to choose between being right and being kind, choose being kind’.  After selecting a name of one of their classmates out of a cup the children wrote down what makes that person a wonder, it was supposed to be anonymous but eventually everyone found out why there are a wonder before the big reveal as they were all too excited to tell the person they were writing about how wonderful they were!  I also have challenged the class to become a certified kindness classroom through the Wonder book website and I have set up a marble jar where 1 act of kindness = 1 marble in the jar.  We collected ideas on how we could be kind and everyone is going to work together towards filling the jar.

 

15th November 2020 – Science

We have started our new learning experience focus, which is science focused, all about plants.  The children were exited to get stuck in and share what a fantastic plant knowledge they already have.  We learnt all about the different parts of the plant and their function and we have just set up our seed experiments.  Everyone was confident on what they thought was needed to help a seed and plants grow so we set up experiments to prove it!  After taking into account fair testing each table set up a pot that would either have no soil, no water, no sunlight or no space to grow to see how they compared to our control pot which we gave everything too.  We just need to be patient now and see what happens over the next few weeks!

 

13th November 2020 – lunchtime skipping challenge

This week has seen our PE apprentice Miss Cunnew running a skipping challenge at lunchtimes. All the children have enjoyed this immensely, from several children who could not skip with a rope at the beginning of the week that by the end of the week had acheieved over 100 skips to some seasoned skippers who by the end of the week had acheived over 1000 skips and many in between.  They all showed great dedication, even practising skipping with hoops when there weren’t enough skipping ropes to go round!  Each child that took part was awarded a certificate with their achievement and all are looking forward to see what the next lunchtime challenge might be. Thank you Miss Cunnew and Mrs Cartledge for organising this for Dolphin Class at lunchtime.

 

11th November 2020 – Remembrance Day

To mark Remembrance Day in addition to reflecting on why we remember and must never forget we: marked the 2 minute silence in a circle of remembrance outside on the playground; we made poppies which we will be adding to our prayer space outside the main reception doors and learnt the poem In Flanders Fields, thinking about the words and their meanings, then reciting it as a class together.

The children impressed me as always with their depth of understanding and empathy on this day.

 

 

10th November 2020 – RE, promises

In RE we have been learning about the Sacraments and in particular the Sacrament of Baptism, learning about the symbols and rituals involved in a Baptism and the Baptism of Jesus.  We created storyboards of the Baptism of Jesus and reflected on why Jesus was baptised, we have started then linking this back to our reflections on promises.

 

5 & 12th November 2020 – PE, tag rugby

This half term we have started a new block of PE – tag rugby.  In our first week we have been practising our ball control skills, throwing and catching the rugby ball, sideways passing and running with two hands on the ball. Everyone particularly enjoyed playing our adapted version of stick-in-the-mud with rescuers throwing rugby balls to free ‘stuck’ children.  In our second week we have moved on to using the tag belts and practising chasing and tagging each other.

 

22nd October 2020 – Art

We have almost completed all our Gustav Klimt, Tree of Life inspired pieces of art work.  Here is a gallery of the first few to be finished, more pictures to follow …

 

15th October 2020 – PE, sports festival

Today we had our second sports festival with Miss Moore, a PE teacher from the college.  This time we focused on netball, playing lots of games to improve our accuracy of passes, catching and goal shooting. One of our favourites was battleships where we had to try and bounce pass the ball to land inside our opponents hoops, scoring a different amount of points depending on how far away the hoops were.

 

8th October 2020 – RE, Judaism

After finishing our Homes topic we have started learning about Judaism.  We have looked at the Synagogue, the symbols and their traditions around prayer, reflecting on the similarities and differences between our religions.

 

Dolphin Class Homework Letter_Oct2020

 

30th September 2020 – Music

Every Friday morning we have ukelele lessons with music teacher Mr Hopkins.  We have impressed him with how quickly we have learnt how to clap out a beat, play single cords and have now started putting these cords together to start playing songs. We look forward to these lessons each week and are enjoying playing together as a whole class.

 

21st September 2020 – RE

We have started this half term thinking about our homes and families.  Considering what makes a house a home and why are homes are special and what they mean to us.  We have started learning about St Paul and what he wrote in letters advising others on God’s hopes for every family.  We reflected on how we can show God’s love and kindness through our actions at home and in school.

 

19th September 2020 – English

In English we have been writing to entertain, focusing on meeting stories. We have enjoyed text mapping and performing our model text Poppy, Waldo and the Giant and have started to create our own versions with our own magical/mythical creatures.

 

17th September 2020 – PE, sports festival

We would usually attend Brixham College several times a term for inter primary school sports festivals, unfortunately due to the current situation this is not possible.  However, Brixham College PE leaders are coming to us instead and today it was Dolphins turn.  Miss Moore led us in tag rugby festival lessons, practising key skills we had a fabulous time and can’t wait until our next festival afternoon.

 

15th September 2020 – Maths

Since returning to school we have been exploring place value, using different resources to help us represent numbers, write them in digits and words, moving onto ordering and comparing numbers too.  The children have shown great mathematical skill!

14th September 2020 – Art

In art this half term we are exploring the Tree of Life by artist Gustav Klimt.  So far we have started by exploring the elements of art and how these are all combined together in different ways to form all art. We are going to continue our learning by experimenting ourselves with the elements of art using different pencil grades.

 

10th September 2020 – PE

We will be completing PE lessons twice a week on a Tuesday and Thursday, initally focusing on ball skills, working towards playing basketball games.  We had great fun being outside in the fresh air, working together in teams learning how to accurately complete chest passes and bounce passes.

 

7th September 2020 – Welcome Back

What a wonderful first week back we have had in Dolphins Class.  It has been so lovely to have a full class again after so long, with everyone ready to learn and excited to meet their friends.    The children have enjoyed immensely being back together; playing and learning alongside their friends.

During this time we have made a fantastic start to our recovery curriculum with lessons starting with exploring our emotions in support of our mental wellbeing.  We shared a fantastic books all about a little rock called Ishi and how he copes in different situations and how we can all spread a little happiness.  We even created our own Ishi rocks to help us when feeling a little worried about being back at school.

 

 

All the children have taken to our new routines and procedures to keep us safe all in their stride and I couldn’t be more proud of them all.  Well done Dolphins, I look forward to a fun, learning packed year with you all.

Dolphin Class Welcome Letter_Sep2020