Workout with a Paralympic athlete

This week Christ Church were lucky to have an English Paralympic athlete Solomon come to visit us.
He shared his incredible journey with us and the hurdles he had to overcome to reach his goals.
Each class were lucky enough to get a inside look into Solomon’s training regimen. Here are some pictures of how the kids coped with his intense WARM UP workout!!

 

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Trip to the Science Museum

The children made their way to the Science Museum this half term in preparation for our topic next half term…Space!!
The children participated in a quiz in the first exhibition hall in which we broke into 3 teams to answer questions using the information around the hall about building rockets and astronauts. The race was close, but Ms Julies team won by a half point!!
We  then went to experience an exhilarating 4D film in which we watched the landing of the first Apollo Mission. This was a truly memorable experience as many of us, including the adults had not experienced a 4D movie before in which the seats moved in tandem with the action in the movie!!
We will be visiting the Science Museum again for sure!!

Finishing our Miro’s

Over the last 2 weeks the children have been working on creating their own abstract version of Miro’s art work. We have looked at various types of abstraction throughout the year. Previously we looked at artists who kept to rigid shapes and bold colours with strict rules about what colours could be used. This time we moved to a style that is more free in drawing. However it holds a strict rule in that you must free hand the drawing and only use primary shapes such as circles, lines, squares and triangles. We also had to stick to just primary colours.
Here are the children hard at work finishing off their work. Once their work has dried it will be up on the blog.

 

 

Making Elder flower

Having never come across this drink myself, I was very intrigued into the making of this beverage as were children. We made our way to the kitchen with four simple ingredients: caster flower, lemons, honey and of course our elder flower that the children had picked.
We worked together in the kitchen, each of us taking on a different job to produce our elder flower. Having finished making it, the final result did not look like something we could drink.. That was of course after we realised we have to leave to mature overnight. Many of the children were not convinced that it would not taste good having seen what it looked like before it matured. However, its best not to judge a book by its cover.We tasted the drink the next day and the children absolutely loved it!!!

 

Final week on Fractions

This week in Maths, the children aimed to find the fractional amount of a whole number. We looked at this in multiple ways, ranging from multiplying it out to dividing out the whole number. Looking at all the different methods, allowed us to see there are multiple ways to do this and we can use any method want from the ones we learnt. However we also learnt that as the whole number gets larger, its more useful to divide by the denominator and multiply by the numerator because if we multiply it out as repeated addition, it takes up a lot of room to work out a calculation we could do it 2 simple steps. Whilst it is simple to see the 2 steps, it was imperative we understood the reasoning behind them. We divided by the denominator because it showed us was each piece of the whole was worth before multiplying by the numerator as this showed us how many pieces we were interested in.

Here is some of the games we played above to get to grips with this concept.

Vikings and their Shields

After having learnt about Viking weaponry, we finally got onto creating our own Viking shields.
Using the designs we have mocked up using the traditional patterns we studied, we produced our own shields. We made sure to keep it to the circular fashion that is traditional for a Viking shield.
The children learnt that the reason they were circular was that it allowed Vikings to build a shield wall to defend against incoming spear attacks and they would normally be made of wood because the material was much lighter, therefore allowing the Vikings to move faster in battle. Here is some of our designs.