Hazel class would like to update everyone on their bean plants.
We are starting to wonder if someone has switched our broad beans for magic beans from Jack and the Beanstalk.
We measured how big our plants had grown. Some pupils thought it would be fun to measure using cubes and others used the metre stick.
We then filled in our bean diaries, discussing why some had grown and others had not. Pupils recognised the importance of light and water to the plants to be able to grow.
We can’t wait to see how tall they are when we come back from our holidays.
This afternoon we went for a walk to see a local sculpture called ‘The Men of Steel’ also known locally as ‘The Transformers’. We learnt all about the sculpture for Art and this visit also combined our RRS topic of National Walking Month with our English topic of Non-Fiction Texts. In English we have been finding out about the famous walking guide writer Alfred Wainwright. On our journey pupils looked out for landmarks and took photographs to help us retell the journey when they write their own guided walk instructions later in the walk. Pupils thoroughly enjoyed getting out and about again despite a bit of rain. Szymon read a poem which is on a plaque hidden in the grass ‘The Old Transformers. The men that lived near here, dug in the ground for the Black Stone. In their Giant huts, they Burnt the earth. They turned the sky red. A river of steel ran to the sea, where it was transformed into the Engines, Ships and Machines, that transformed the world.’ Telling the story of the coal mining and Consett Iron Works industries that once thrived in the area.
During Mental Health Awareness Week 80 took part in some Mindfulness sessions allowing them to express their feeling and identify opportunities what Mindfulness means to them and what helps them relax and enjoy to make them happy. Pupils were giving arrange of different breathing techniques to do whilst going through the range of scenarios. They each wrote a paragraph about their experience as follows
Taylor: I did the rainbow breathing technique. I stood with my legs apart and gently rested my arms and raised them up when I breathed in and lowered them when I breathed out, I added a new color every time to my rainbow every time.
Szymon: I did the star fish technique and I didn’t find it relaxing or very sensory. I find cards and doing things on the computer relaxing to me.
Oliver: I did Butterfly breathing in school and when I was flying as a butterfly with my eyes closed I was thinking about flying with Bobby and Taylor jumping in fluffy clouds.
This just demonstrated we all meet our own mindfulness in different ways.
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The PTA have also signed us up for another way of raising funds along similiar lines.
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As part of Hazel classes topic this term we are learning about transport.
Today Hazel class enjoyed listening to the story
‘If I built a car’ by Chris Van Dusen.
In the story Jack told us all about his dream car, that had a swimming pool inside and could fly.
After we read the story pupils designed their own futuristic vehicles.
Alien car that could fly and was solar powered by sun wheels.
A train bus hotel with a swimming pool that could also fly.
Train that can also fly.
A train with bedrooms and a horse. It also has wings to fly and a sail for the ocean.
A bus that flies.
An areoplane submarine that is powered by a robot.
We used PECS to support idea exchange and requesting the colours we needed for our vehicles.