Natural Faces

Week Ending: 24th September 2021

For the last couple of weeks, we have been exploring the outdoor learning environment.


We have been getting to grips with nature and have studied all the joys it has to offer!

For our mini project, we have collected a large variety of natural materials, in order to create a face. We have studied our faces and have identified and described our facial features. 

As a class, we have realised that our faces are similar and yet very, very different! We are all special and unique!

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How Good is Chocolate?

Week Ending: 17th September 2021

In English, we have been learning about 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' by Roald Dahl.

This week, we have been watching clips of the 1971 and the 2005 movies up to the point where Charlie has his 'Golden Ticket'!

As a class, we have been thinking about the wide variety of different chocolates, taking into consideration the ingredients that go into them.

We have been using our senses of touch, smell and taste to rate a selection of different chocolates. Whilst using our senses, we have been developing our language skills by generating some superb adjectives! 

Some of the chocolates were superdelicious whilst others were just 'yucky'!

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Let's Get Cookin'

Week Ending: 10th September 2021

We have been extremely busy this week, especially in the kitchen! 

On this weeks menu, are some delicious rock cakes. These have been made by following a set recipe!

We have developed our social skills by taking it in turns to add and mix ingredients together. 

There are some budding chefs-to-be in this class!

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New Beginnings

Week Ending: 3rd September 2021

Wow! Now didn't the summer holidays just fly-by!

Although we've only been back for one day, we have had a very busy day! 

As a class, we have been getting to know each other, and seeing what our likes and dislikes are.

We have worked collaboratively to generate a set of class rules that we will be following throughout the year.

Next week is when the real hard work begins!

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Schools Out For Summer!

Week Ending: 23rd July 2021

It has certainly been another unprecedented and strange year, however, we have managed to get through to the end.

We have made it! 

For our year 6's they will be moving on to pastures new, and we wish them well with their future endeavours. 

Seal class would like to wish you all a lovely and happy summer holidays!

See you again in September!

Over and Out!


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Seaside Day

Week Ending: 16th July 2021

As 'Seaside' has been our topic for Term 6, we've had to celebrate it by having  a seaside day in school! 

In the morning, we visited three different areas in the school, they were:


Session 1: Classroom (for art-based activities).

Session 2: SLIC Field - Pen (sensory and active play)

Session 3: EYFS Area (for role-play and sensory-based activities and of course a visit to the souvenir shop!)

In the afternoon, it got extremely wet! We had fun on the slip and slide and dipped our feet into the big pool. We finished off our topic day by having a water fight and having a delicious ice-cream!​

​Although we were not able to go to the seaside this year, we still had a great day!

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Transition Week

Week Ending: 9th July 2021

We have had a very important week this week! 

We have had our 'Transition' week. This has been a good opportunity for our current pupils to meet their new classmates that will be joining us in September.

In addition, it has been a good opportunity for our current Year 6's to talk about any concerns or anxieties that they have regarding their transfer to Secondary school.

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It's All in the Detail...

Week Ending: 2nd July 2021

For Topic/Art this week, we have been learning about the artist Alfred Wallis. 


Alfred Wallis made paintings about his memories. He often painted on old pieces of wood, cardboard, lids from boxes or objects he had found, largely because he didn’t have very much money. 


He was also a fisherman who witnessed a local shipwreck in 1938 and painted what he had seen. This painting was called ‘The Wreck of the Alba’. It shows a steamer ship running into stormy seas on its way to Italy. A Cornish lifeboat was launched to save the 23 Hungarian crew on board. However, a huge wave crashed into the lifeboat, capsizing it. Hundreds of very brave local people then put themselves in danger to rescue the men. Only 5 men drowned.

Alfred Wallis preferred using paint for ships or for houses, rather than artists’ paints.

His paintings use similar colours: greys, greens, browns, blacks and whites.

From learning about Alfred Wallis, we have created our own observational drawings using colour. 

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Changes and Emotions

Week Ending: 25th June 2021

This week we have been learning about changes and how are emotions can be affected by them. This is a very important topic for our class!

We have generated a list of changes and have learnt that we face many changes and challenges on a daily basis.  This is extremely prevalent for our Year 6's at the moment.


Consideration has been given to how these changes affect us. We have had great discussions about strategies that can be used to express our emotions and thoughts in an appropriate way. 

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The History of Animation

Week Ending: 18th June 2021

For Computing this term, we are learning about Animation.


In the classroom, we have had great in-depth discussions regarding the different types of Animation. We have identified similarities and differences between the different types and have considered how computers have changed the animation process. 

During the next couple of weeks, we will be using animation software to create our own animations!

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Heatwaves and Knickerbocker Glories

Week Ending: 11th June 2021

What a sweaty week we've had! No-one was expecting how hot it would be.

To try and 'cool down' from the heat, we have made 'Knickerbocker Glories'. As a class, we have developed our social, choice making and turn-taking skills.


The knickerbocker glories went down a treat!

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PGL & Activity Week

Week Ending: 28th May 2021

This week has been very special for our Year 6's.


Some of us have attended PGL for the whole week (which was an experience we will never forget!), whilst our remaining Year 6's have experienced many different activities including: A Bluewater day (Gravity, McDonalds and the Cinema), a visit to Shorne Woods Country Park and various fun activities in school!


What a fitting way to end Term 5...

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Anyone for Cheesecake?

Week Ending: 21st May 2021

On the menu this week was 'Strawberry Cheesecake with a Maryland cookie base'.

To create these tasty treats, we have developed our turn-taking and sharing skills.

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Tie-Dye Fashion

Week Ending: 14th May 2021

In Art & Design this week, pupils have been creating tie-dye t-shirts. 

Tie-dye is where you produce (a garment or piece of cloth) by tying parts of it to shield it from the dye.

The steps we took to create these tie-dye t-shirts are as follows:

1. Tie elastic bands to the plain white t-shirt.

2. Damp down the t-shirt.

3. Place the t-shirts in a bucket or in the washing machine.

4. Take the t-shirts out of the bucket/washing-machine.

5. Take the elastic bands off and re-wash t-shirts, to ensure the dye is out.

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Worry Monsters

Week Ending: 7th May 2021

During our creative activities this week, we have been developing our stitching skills to create our very own Worry Monsters!

Worry Monsters are used to help us with our worries. When we have a worrying or troubling thought, we can write it down, or draw a picture, fold it up and feed it into our monsters mouth. Our monsters will then eat away our worries!

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Je Voudrais...S'il Vous Plaît!

Week Ending: 30th April 2021

This week in French, we have continued to learn about 'The Very Greedy Dog' who ate lots and lots of different foods!


Within the lesson we have learnt to make polite requests, using the following key vocabulary:

1. Je Voudrais = I would like

2. S'il Vous Plaît! = Please

3. Merci = Thank you

4. Voila = Here you are

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    Ice Balloons

    Week Ending: 23rd April 2021

    For Term 5, our topic is water. The outline for our weekly sessions are as follows:

    Week 1:  Changing State

    Week 2: The Water Cycle

    Week 3: Making Clouds and Rain

    Week 4: Treating Water

    Week 5: Floods

    Week 6: Water Pollution

    For this week's Topic lesson, we have been learning about water in its different states, and have conducted an experiment. We have filled balloons with water and placed them in the freezer. After a couple of days, we have then cut away the balloons to reveal the ice.


    Initially, we had discussed why and how the water changed from a liquid to a solid. Then, we had predicted how long it would take for the ice (solid) to revert back to being a liquid.

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    Easter Celebration

    Week Ending: 2nd April 2021

    For the last week of term, we have been learning about the Easter story and the importance it has in the lives of Christians.

    We have engaged in a number of Easter-based activities including an easter egg hunt. 

    As Term 4 has drawn to a close, Seal class hope that you all have a lovely and relaxing Easter holiday. 

    We will see you all again on Monday 19th April, for the start of Term 5!

     

    A Slice is Nice!

    Week Ending: 26th March 2021

    Anyone for pizza?! 

    This week we have continued to learn about good hygiene skills when preparing and cooking food.


    We have developed our creative and choice-making skills to make our own pizzas.  A variety of different toppings were available to choose from and we also practiced our cutting skills!

    Our pizzas were very tasty, although we are biased! 

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    Sensory Circuits

    Week Ending: 19th March 2021

    On a daily basis we follow a sensory motor skills programme, that helps us to become more organised and achieve the 'just right' level of alertness to prepare for the day's learning ahead.

    We complete the circuit for approximately 10-15 minutes at the start of the day. 

    Completing this circuit also encourages us to develop our sensory processing skills. Within the circuit, there is a balance of calming and alerting activities, depending upon our needs!



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    Exploring Magnets

    Week Ending: 12th March 2021

    This week in Science, we have been learning about magnets. 

    We have learnt that a magnet is a special type of object which produces an area of magnetic force around itself, called a magnetic field. If certain materials enter this magnetic field, they will be attracted to the magnet. This will cause the materials to be pulled towards the magnet.

    In class, we have been using a variety of different magnets to identify objects and materials that are magnetic and non-magnetic.


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    World Book Day Celebrations

    Week Ending: 5th March 2021

    This week we have celebrated 'World Book Day' by dressing up in our favourite fictional characters. 

    We have thoroughly enjoyed trying to guess 'Who is Behind the Mask?' in our Masked Reader Competition. We successfully guessed 15 readers (including Mr. Baxter)!

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    Ready, Steady, Cook

    Week Ending: 26th February 2021

    As part of our non-screen Friday afternoon, we have been extremely busy baking yummy treats this week!

    Pupils in school have been using their mathematic skills by weighing out ingredients, to create rice krispy cakes. 

    Although we are biased, they were tasty!

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    Snow Fun

    Week Ending: 12th February 2021

    What a week!

    The final week of Term 3, as well as, a snowy and icy one!

    We have thoroughly enjoyed playing in the snow this week and we have worked together to build a snowman.

    We hope that you all have a lovely and safe holiday. Stay safe and we will see you all again in Term 4!

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    Releasing the Endorphins...

    Week Ending: 5th February 2021

    As we have been working extremely hard during our Maths and English lessons each morning, it has been very important to have fun and creative activities in the afternoons.

    As it is a very tough time for many people at the moment, it is important to have opportunities to try and release some of the stress and pressure that we are feeling. Therefore, we have been spending some time interacting and socialising through physical activities. It has given us an opportunity to channel our feelings and emotions in a positive way.

    Pupils have enjoyed engaging in a variety of physical activities this week, (they have even tried to beat Mr. Baxter in a game of tennis!), and they have developed their turn-taking skills, whilst following the rules of the games played.

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    Vocabulary Everywhere!

    Week Ending: 29th January 2021

    Within all of our learning, we have a strong focus on key vocabulary, that is used throughout the lessons.


    When sharing the vocabulary, it is an opportunity to discuss its meaning. All of our key words for the lessons are then RAG rated according to our knowledge and understanding of the words. As we progress through the term, it is the hope that our understanding strengthens so the key words that were initially in the 'red zone' will gradually move down to green, thus having a secure definition of the words in our minds.

    In Science this week, we have been learning about the 'Water Cycle' and have learnt some new key vocabulary. 


    We have learnt that: 

    Evaporation 

    The process of turning from a liquid into vapour.

    Condensation

    The process where water vapour becomes a liquid.

    Precipitation

    Rain, snow, sleet or hail falls to or condenses on the ground.

    Collection

    Rain water runs over the land and collects in lakes or rivers, which takes it back to the sea.

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    Online Window Shopping

    Week Ending: 22nd January 2021

    In Computing this week, Seal class have been using the internet to identify a range of online adverts and targeted online adverts. Some pupils have been learning about how companies use websites to promote products.

    Whether we have been learning at home or in the classroom, we have searched for our favourite toys from the following websites: 

    1. Smyths Toys

    2. Amazon

    3. Lego

    4. Play-Doh

    We were quite surprised at how expensive the toys we wanted were!

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    It's All About the Drama

    Week Ending: 15th January 2021

    This week, Seal class have thoroughly enjoyed learning about 'Return' by Aaron Becker. This is the third book in the 'wordless' series. 

    We have observed and identified the many references linking back to the first two books (some of which Mr. Baxter did not get!). One of our main highlights of this week has been 'acting out' the different characters from the story, and thinking about the relationship between the dad and his daughter. For the pupils who were accessing the activities virtually, it was all about the body language and facial expressions for this activity, and they were all brilliant!

    Are you next for the 'HOT SEAT'?

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    New Beginnings 

    Week Ending: 8th January 2021

    We have just completed our first week back of Term 3, and what a week we've had!

    Some of us have been learning in school, whilst others have been learning virtually, from home. 

    We have all been getting to grips with Microsoft Teams and trying to establish new routines!

    A new term leads to brand new topics. Our Term 3 areas of learning for each subject are as follows:

    Maths: Number - Multiplication and Division/Fractions/Decimals/Percentages/Algebra; Statistics; Measurement - Area/Money; Geometry - Properties of Shape

    English: 'Return' by Aaron Becker

    Science: States of Matter

    Computing: E-Safety

    Topic: Pirates

    PSHE & Social Skills: Building Character

    RE: Christianity - Gospel

    Art & DT: British Art

    PE: Tag Rugby

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    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    Week Ending: 18th December 2020

    That's it folks! 

    We have successfully made it to the end of Term 2. 

    Seal class would like to wish everyone a very happy and relaxing Christmas and New Year.


    Stay safe. Take care and we will see you all in 2021!

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    'Quest' by Aaron Becker

    Week Ending: 11th December 2020

    As Seal class have thoroughly enjoyed learning about 'Journey' (book 1) by Aaron Becker, this term we have continued with Aaron Becker's series, where we have been learning about 'Quest'.

    We have enjoyed using our imagination to decide what the 'Quest' is. As a class, we have been exploring the characters and settings in depth. Drama has been incorporated to portray the characters thoughts, feelings and motives behind their actions.

    Seal class will be learning about 'Return' (the last book in the series) in Term 3, to see how the series concludes...

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    It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas!

    Week Ending: 4th December 2020

    So we are now into the Festive Season!

    Let the Christmas songs play! 


    Seal class have begun counting down to Christmas this week, by decorating our classroom door. Our Christmas song that we are focusing on is: 'The Twelve Days of Christmas' and we are busy learning the makaton signs for it!

    We have also created our Christmas hoop that is being displayed in the hall too!

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