Beech have been inspired by Picasso’s Weeping Woman as they learn about Cubism. We have made 2 versions, as we learn to revisit and revise. The children preferred the second version!
This term in Science Hazel and Oak class have been learning about rocks.
Over the last few weeks we have completed some experiments to develop of knowledge on different types of rocks (igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic) and the different properties they have.
We created igneous rocks by pouring warm melted chocolate over ice to represent how igneous rocks are formed by magma cooling and then hardening.
We also made sedimentary rocks using rice crispies, chocolate pieces, and melted marshmallows to represent the layers of different rocks compressing together to form sedimentary rocks.
We explored different rocks and how they look and feel.
This week we completed an experiment to find out which rocks were durable, had density and whether they were hard or soft.
Today Hazel Class spoke about Remembrance Day and decided it would be nice to link it to English.
In English we have been working on poetry. Hazel class create some acrostic poems and haikus.
They then created some beautiful printing and college art work to demonstrate their art knowledge and skills.
Well done Hazel class, amazing work!
9th November 2022
Dear Parents and Carers
I am writing to inform you about the arrangements for Christmas activities this year as well as some other updates.
We are inviting pupils to wear odd-socks on Monday 14th November to celebrate the launch of anti-bullying week. No monies are necessary and we will be taking photographs of these socks and uploading them onto the school website.
We will also be having a non-uniform day on Friday 18th November with monies raised being donated to Children in Need. We are asking if pupils can wear red or yellow but please don’t feel the need to buy anything new if your child does not have anything in this colour. We are, I’m afraid, insisting that pupils DO NOT come into school in pyjamas or other nightwear.
School will be closed on Friday 2nd December for a training day.
Other arrangements for Christmas are as follows:-
Monday 12h December – Christmas activities that are organised by the PTA, pupils will be taking part in present making, a visit to Santa and general Christmas activities. This will be for the Primary pupils.
Tuesday 13th December – Christmas activities that are organised by the PTA, pupils will be taking part in present making, a visit to Santa and general Christmas activities. This will be for the Secondary pupils.
Wednesday 14th December- Primary Nativity Play, Primary will be creating a play this year and we are inviting all Primary pupils parents and carers into school to come and join in the fun and watch the performance.
Thursday 15th December – Rewards Day
Friday 16th December – Christmas Dinner and Christmas Jumper Day. All pupils will be having Christmas lunch on this day, if your child is on packed lunch can you please let the office know so that we can plan for the numbers needed. This will cost £2:25. In terms of Christmas jumpers we are asking for donations which we will send to Norah’s North Pole https://norahsnorthpole.co.uk/norahs-story to support young people who need that little bit of extra help at Christmas time. We will also be holding a bake sale but further details of this will follow.
We will also be holding a secondary disco on the 19th December in the afternoon and a primary disco on the 20th December. For both Christmas discos pupils can come into school in non-uniform or clothes to change into.
As ever, if you require any more information or have any queries please get in touch with school via the usual channels.
Head of School
This half term we have had a fantastic group of pupils who have been learning new skills in how to; set up a fishing rod, different ways and methods to cast, how to line and set up a fishing rig and then putting the new knowledge and skills learnt into fishing for Trout on the Derwent Reservoir.
Some of the pupils were lucky enough to catch and keep some excellent sized Rainbow Trout and some students had a good fight with some monsters that we will come back to land.
Mr Harrison & Miss Quinn.
FAO of Year 7 parents.
I know I’ve spoken to lots of you over the past week about class changes and some of you had concerns about timetables so I’ve attached all of the Year 7 class timetables below. If you require more information about which class your child will be in after half term just message school either on Dojo, Facebook page, website or via the school phone.
In history this term Maple have been learning about timelines.
We found out all about how we have grown the great fire of London.
We know that this happened before anyone we know was born.
We used a sensory story to find out how the fire started and how it spread.
We know the fire started in a bakery.
We know that the wind helped the fire to spread quickly.
We know that the wooden houses burned down.
We know that the people tried to put the fire out with water.
We know that when the fire stopped the people were calm.
We know that the new houses were made from bricks so that they would not burn as easily.
We made some lovely detailed pictures of the houses burning in London.
The children said
“There was lot’s of fire” “The houses burned”
“Fire” “It burns all houses down”
On behalf of all the primary staff and children we would like to say a great big THANKYOU to each and everyone of you for your support and kind donations that will be delivered to the local food bank at the Annfield Plain community centre by the end of the week. The children celebrated the Harvest festival with performing and singing to their parents and carers. In the production we had some singing cows, floppy scarecrows, dancing vegetables and samba dances. Year six children in Birch did some extra research and found out how Harvest festivals are celebrated in the rest of the world.