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West Denton Primary School

‘A Stepping Stone into the Future’

Spring Term A

Week 6

The children took part in an internet safety session. The were reminded about staying safe online. In science, we conducted an investigation about what happens to a shadow when it gets closer to a light source. We discovered that the shadow gets bigger! The children also tried out different materials to see which would be the best for sunglasses, before making their own. They found out that translucent materials make the best sunglasses. In music, we had great fun using the glockenspiels. Check out the video below!

Three Little Birds

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After learning how to sing the song, the children began to learn how to play parts of the song on the glockenspiel.

Week 5

We started our new Science topic this week, which is all about light. The children sorted natural and man made light sources. They also tested materials to see which were the most reflective, and learned which materials are transparent, translucent and opaque. In computing, the children created a spreadsheet based on data we collected as a class. They then used their spreadsheets to create different types of charts and graphs, begore having a go collecting their own data. The children also worked very hard completing their assessments this week. Well done everyone!

Week 4

We continued our Pop Art topic, with the children creating their own artwork of King Charles. They had to paint it using bright colours. They then created their own self portraits in a Pop Art style. They used mirrors to help them draw their faces, then had to choose which media to use to colour their portraits.

Week 3

We have had a very busy week which got off to a good start by making pizzas in the Bushcraft area! I was very pleased that all of the children tried them, even those who weren’t so keen on pizza. Well done! We had a visit from the Dog’s Trust this week and learned how to behave around dogs to keep both them and ourselves safe. In English, I chaired a meeting of some very angry farmers who were upset about the Iron Man destroying their land and machinery. The children then wrote letters from the perspective of a farmer to persuade a character in the story to help them to get rid of the Iron Man. We finished off our geography topic by learning all about how volcanoes are formed. We also started our Pop Art unit, looking at the work of Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. The children used Andy Warhol’s blotted line technique to print a picture then used watercolours to paint it in bright colours. We think they look fantastic!

Week 2

We continued our iron man topic in English, writing a setting description using similes and metaphors. In geography, we learned more about plate boundaries and why the largest earthquakes don’t always cause the most destruction, looking at case studies of Haiti and Chile.

Week 1

The children had a great first week back. In Bushcraft, they used binoculars to look out for different types of birds. We started our new English text, ‘The Iron Man’. The children made predictions about the book based on pictures and the blurb. We started our geography topic which is all about earthquakes. The children learned where earthquakes usually happen and why they happen in those places.