Pelican Class have had a busy week. In gymnastics they have been using point and patch (body contact points) to create matching and contrasting balances into a simple sequence using strong body tension. What super gymnasts!
In DT, the children also enjoyed a visit from a local print artist who created a special Pelican print for them to use. During our Geography lesson, they have been locating the numerous seas and oceans around the world and then discussing how plastic pollution is becoming a catastrophic problem to marine ecosystems.
Pelican Class have been buzzing this week visiting Starfish Class! The children have shared their honey making process explanation texts and proudly showing off their felt pollinator designs and awesome final products to their target audience in EYFS.
In Science, Pelican Class have had a 'humerus' time studying the skeletal systems of humans and animals. They have been looking at the similarities and differences between endoskeletons, exoskeletons and hydrostatic skeletons and how they help the animals move, hunt and survive.
In Geography, the children have been continuing their work on climates of the world, studying which plants and animals live in the varied conditions.
Pelican Class have had 'sew' much fun designing a template, cutting out felt pieces and sewing their insect pollinators this week. The children were given a design criterion to make an aesthetically eye catching, realistic, soft and high quality 3-D pollinator to present to younger pupils. They used the applique method of stitching to attach patches onto felt to provide decoration. I'm sure you will all agree they are 'sew' good! I can't think of any more sewing puns; I'm out of material!
Pelican Class have had an active week performing movement phrases and motifs to a musical stimulus based on a theme 'Machines'. They have been working with a partner in unison and in contrast, acting like a cog, piston or lever using pushing and pulling or spinning and turning actions.
In Geography, the children have been studying the world climates and how some countries can have more than one climate whether it is polar, tropical, equatorial, temperate, dry and wet or cold and wet.
In English, they have enthusiastically completed their non-chronological reports based on a jungle or desert biome and have researched and written about some of the creatures that live there.
Pelican Class have begun the New Year, in PSHE, making resolutions and writing goals to help achieve these .
In Science, they have been learning about the food groups and a healthy diet. The class have studied nutritional labels of foods they eat to decide if they are healthy or an occasional treat.
In Geography, they have been studying the climate of the UK and why it is colder in the North and warmer in the South due to its position in relation to the North Pole and the Equator and the continental drift.
In English, the class have been looking at the features of non-chronological reports and have been planning a report based on jungle or desert animals.
Well, what an awesome first term we have had in Pelican Class! Thank you all for making the Autumn term such a wonderful time. We have made so many memories and friendships which will last a life time. I wish you all the best for the next exciting part of your journey through Leigh North Street Primary School. I look forward to hearing all about your many achievements and I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.
Pelican Class have been getting into the festive spirit learning their words and actions in preparation for the Year Three Christmas concert at St. Clement's Church.
In History, they have been designing a poster based on the game Pok-a-Tok (Mayan football) with relevant historical information. The children have been learning to multiply and divide using their three, four- and eight-times tables knowledge in Maths and have completed their explanation text in English on 'The Chocolate Making Process'.
Pelican Class have been cooking up a storm in D.T. following a recipe to make, cook, taste and evaluate their own Mexican style bean burgers.
In History, they have been detectives looking at various Mayan artefacts and predicting what the items were used for.
The children started to work on their multiplication and division fact families in Maths and have completed their draft explanation texts in English on 'The Chocolate Making Process' using adverbial starters and brackets to add additional details using precise technical vocabulary.
In Science, Pelican Class have been learning about the life cycle of a flowering plant and have created detailed models of the male and female parts and then described how a plant uses animals and insects to aid pollination.
In Geography, we have been studying the rediscovery of the Maya jungle cities in 1839 by two American explorers. Next week is bean burger making in DT!
Pelican Class have had a tasty week. As part of our DT project, they have been sampling different bean burgers. The class tried three types: Aldi Spicy Bean Burgers, Tesco Spicy Bean Burgers and Sainsbury's Spicy Bean Burgers. The children then had to evaluate the burgers based on smell, appearance, texture, spice and taste. The majority of the class liked the medium spiced Aldi burgers best.Next week the class are going to be writing their own recipe.
Pelican Class have had a ball, this week, in P.E practising their hand and eye co-ordination skills with a racquet.
In Geography, we have been studying the countries in Central America that the Maya people originated from and the landscape, climate and rainfall of those countries.
In Science, we have been looking at the different parts of the flowering plant and how photosynthesis takes place.
As part of our new English topic, we have learned about the interesting process of how Cacao Beans are turned into chocolate bars. We then had the opportunity to sample some of the stages of the chocolate making process and even held a real Cacao Pod! We soon realised that chocolate can actually be quite bitter before ingredients such as sugar and milk are added!
In Science, we have been comparing the different factors that affect plant growth and then making a hypothesis to predict what might happen. We also discussed what was needed to make the experiment a fair test.
This week, in Art, Pelican Class have
completed their final piece in our Sculptures Unit. They have created excellent clay designs and have evaluated their work.
In Maths, they been looking at subtraction of 1,10 and 100’s including bridging using number lines, counters and bar models to understand exchanging.
Have a lovely half term holiday!
This week, in Science, Pelican Class have been learning about the properties of different soil types. They have looked at the texture, smell, colour, water retention and how these impact on the type of plants that grow in the soils.
In History, they have been studying 'The Red Lady of Paviland' making assumptions about the discovery of the body which is the oldest known skeleton found in Britain and eventually found to be a religious burial site of a young man.
The children have been writing, editing and re-drafting their own Stone Age adventure story in English.
Pelican Class have had a fossil-filled week. They truly dug it!
In History, they have been palaeontologists, studying the fossilisation process and how fossils are found.
In Maths, the children have started our work on addition and subtraction including going across 10's and 100's.
In English, they have been reading a new mammoth adventure story, looking at story structure and are now busy adapting the story model to plan their own Stone Age adventure story in paragraphs.
In Art, continuing with our study of statues the class have been using clay to create texture, form and design.
Pelican Class have had another 'Arty' week using different mediums to create collaborative 3-D sculptures out of building blocks, straws and plasticine, paper and card, paper mâché and sugar cubes.
In History, they have been archaeological detectives predicting the uses of replica artefacts from the Stone Age period and then finding out the actual reasons they were made, these included: flint arrow and spear heads, a mammoth's tooth, fur scrapping tools, a clay pot and a stone hand axe handle.
In Maths, the class have been continuing their work on place value looking at inequalities of three-digit numbers and we will be moving onto column addition next.
In English, the children have been writing, editing and publishing their 'How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth' instructions and will start to write their own Stone Age story based on a model text, next week.
Pelican Class have had yet another brilliant week!
As part of our Art study, the class have been looking at 3-D sculptures and have created some awesome sculptures at Old Leigh beach including woolly mammoths, volcanoes and castles with the very grateful support of our parent helpers.
In History, we have been learning about the need for evidence. We have been studying how a Stone Age family had left footprints in the mud at Happisburgh beach in Norfolk some 850-950,000 years ago and then hypothesising the reasons for their visit to the beach.
In English, the class have been continuing with instructions on how to wash a woolly mammoth using prepositions, imperative verbs and detailed vocabulary to make instructions clear and precise.
Pelican Class have been historical detectives, this week, looking at chronology and Stone Age Britain. They have looked at anachronisms to decide which statements and objects are appropriate to this period of History. In Maths the children have been working hard on place value up to 1000. During our English they have been looking at the features of instructions and how imperative verbs, adverbials and time conjunctions are important for the text. In Science we are continuing to study the formation of different rocks types.
Friday 8th September 2023
Well, what an awesome start to the new academic year!
Pelican Class have thoroughly enjoyed ‘Learning to learn’ week.
The class have taken part in Stone Age Britain activities including making a woolly mammoth in DT and acted out a Stone Age hunting drama in History. During PE the children have started to learn basketball skills and worked collaboratively in orienteering.