Monthly Archives: October 2016

Sneezing germs!

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Today in Science we learnt about germs and what happens when we sneeze. First we watched a video about sneezing. We watched a man sneezing and lots of germs came out of his mouth. We thought it was disgusting!

We decided to do an experiment to see what happens with germs when you sneeze. We practised ‘sneezing’ with a spray bottle to watch the germs spread and see how far they could go. We used paper to see who could do the biggest sneeze. Huey, Ruby, Brooke Be and Melissa did the biggest sneezes by pressing hard and all the way down on the sprayer.

This lesson we have learnt:
• There are good germs and bad germs in your body.
• Germs are spread quickly because they keep doubling.
• Germs can stay alive on surfaces for hours so you must always wash your hands.
• You should always cover your mouth when you sneeze or, even better, use a tissue and throw it away.
• You should always wash your hands after you sneeze.
• You shouldn’t touch someone who is sick as you will share and spread their germs.
• If you have a big cut and you don’t cover it up the germs can get into your body through the cut.

Descriptive poetry

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In English we have been learning about descriptive poetry. Last week we learnt about these features of poetry:

Rhyme – some poems rhyme and often you will find these rhyming words at the end of a line.

Repetition – some poems have words or lines that are repeated to make them sound good/funny or to emphasise something.

Similes – some poems (and stories – we found examples in our class novel George’s Marvellous Medicine too) have similes which compare one thing to another. Similes use ‘as’ or ‘like’ and often have adjectives in.

Alliteration – some poems have words together which start with the same letter. For example: Some sizzling sausages smelt scrumptious!

Today we put all this knowledge together to write our own poems. We then edited and improved it before copying it up using our neatest handwriting to make a class book. Have a look at the photos to read some examples and come and look at our book if you want to see some more.

Our School Councillors

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Today we had our school council elections. Lots of children were very brave and stood at the front of the class to tell their friends why they would make a good school councillor. We then had a class vote and worked out the results.

Well done to everyone who was brave enough to give rat speech. A very big well done to Harry and Megan who are our new school councillors! We hope you will do a very good job for us.

Healthy and unhealthy food

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Today in Science we starting to focus more on healthy and unhealthy food. We started by drawing and labelling our favourite snacks. We grouped them together by type and made a block graph. From doing this we found out that our favourite snack as a class was fruit and our least favourite was cheese.

Then we re-sorted our snacks based on whether we thought they were healthy or unhealthy. We knew all the fruit was healthy and all the chocolate and biscuits were unhealthy but there were a few we were unsure of and discussed further. First we talked about cheese. Some of us knew that cheese is a dairy product so that means it is good for our bones and teeth. Then some of us knew that cheese also has a lot of fat in so if you have too much it can be unhealthy. When we sorted our own foods in groups, we found a few more foods like this. We concluded that a lot of foods are good for you but not if you too much of them.

Senses poems

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Today in English we started learning about senses poems. We enjoyed reading one about Autumn and used this as a starting point to talk about one of our favourite foods… chocolate! We described our favourite chocolate to our partner and started to think about using our senses to describe chocolate. Miss Williams had bought a chocolate for each of us and they were all different. We explored them with all our senses before using our favourite sense and tasting them! We thought they were delicious, mouth-watering and scrumptious. We are working on improving our vocabulary and the range of adjectives we use – we think this activity really helped us!

Living By Rules

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In our RE lessons this term we have been learning about ‘Living By Rules’. We have learnt about the rules we have in class and how they help to keep us all safe, happy and learning. We have also learnt about the rules we have in society and how they keep us safe and happy. We have focused on why it is important to have rules and how we can always try our best to follow them.

This week in RE we learnt more about Christianity. Christians believe that God gave people a set of rules to live their lives by to keep them safe and happy. These rules are called ‘The Ten Commandments’. We learnt about these rules in our lesson today and thought about how Christians follow these rules.

Over the next few weeks we will learn about rules in other Religions.

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Egg-splosive Egg-speriments

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In our Science lesson today we started to think more about different sorts of exercise. We looked at two egg-cyclists; one was happy and safe and one was not! We talked about how helmets help to keep our heads safe and how important they are. Miss Williams showed us what might happen to our heads if we don’t wear a helmet by putting Mr Egg onto the table and rolling him off. He didn’t end up looking very healthy – in fact he looked egg-stremely sorry for himself!

Miss Williams challenged us to design and make a helmet for Mr Egg and then experiment with which was the most protective. We all chose our materials carefully and we used our knowledge of looking at real helmets to help us with this. We decided to keep some things the same so that Mr Egg had the same chance in everyone’s helmet. We all agreed Miss Williams would push him each time and it would be from the same table so that the height was the same. Have a look at our photos to find out what happened… some helmets were egg-spertly made and some egg-stremely dangerous!

Video: Following instructions to sing

Today the sweet sound of Music could be heard from Toucans classroom! We enjoyed our second Music lesson of the year today. We were learning about the pulse and following instructions for how and when to sing and playing instruments.

First we warmed up our voices with Boom-Chicka-Boom… we loved it! We then practised singing a song called ‘Music is in me’. We had to split into two groups and follow the instruction on when to sing. It was tricky at first but the more we practised, the better we got. We then practised playing the pulse on our instruments. We played a game with Miss Williams as a warm up and then started to play to the pulse of a new song we are learning called ‘Uncle Tom’.

We hope you enjoy the video of us singing our song and please do check back next week to see us playing our instruments also.