Symondsbury Church of England VA Primary School

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Class 1

The highlight of our week must be our library visit.  We loved having a tour of Bridport library and finding out about all the different books that are there, not just children's books!  I think our favourite thing was just looking at and reading all the wonderful books there, so much fun to enjoy them with our friends.  This week we have also started our 'Traditional Tales' theme where we are reading an alternative version on Little Red Riding Hood.  We have warned Little Red about the wolf and played in role.  We have also been scientists and explored apples and what happens when they are left cut open.  We have tried applying different liquids to the flesh to see if it makes a difference to them going brown.  We have discovered lemon juice is quite good. 

Class 2

It has been a joy to have the children back this week! We were surprised to discover a well-worn rucksack in the classroom, belonging to 'a global explorer'. Inspired by the contents of this mystery bag, we've decided to start our very own explorers' club and have done some bossy writing as we jotted down the rules of our club. If you want to be an explorer, you have to look after the planet! We're practising our mapping skills by adding photos of our own explorations onto our classroom world map, paying close attention to the human and physical features in the landscape. This week our journey around the world took us to North America. We learned about the Native American traditions and explored the story of the Raven who stole the Sun. Ask your child about the special powers of the Navajo arrow we handled in class! We also baked some traditional Finnish buns, did some brilliant Maths and realised that this week marks I less than 100 days of school! What a journey it has been so far — and how far we've come! We are so proud of our reflective, kind and creative class 2 and cannot wait for the next hundred days. 

Class 3

Class 3 have returned from the half term break filled with enthusiasm and ready to learn! This week, we were treated to a visit from Seren’s Dad, who taught us about Judaism to complete our most recent RE topic. We looked at some items which are used in Jewish prayer and sampled some delicious sweet Challah bread. In Literacy, we have been introduced to our new class text – Oliver Jeffers, The Heart and the Bottle. We have explored the deeper meaning behind the story and had some amazingly reflective discussions surrounding what the heart in the bottle might symbolise. The children showed impressive resilience and understanding in maths this week, where we have all been tackling tricky problems using fractions. In PE, we learnt some classic 80s dance moves and have made a start choreographing our routine for the upcoming dance festival. Stay tuned for more information on this coming soon!

 Class 4

What a first week back.  This week we have been writing Pirate stories working alongside our DT project to create a pop-up story book. The children have been investigating how the mechanics that are needed to create a pop-up.  We are still working on them but look forward to showing them off next week. 

Class 1

What a busy Spanish week!  We have loved hearing a well-known story read in Spanish.  Oso marron, oso marron, que puedes ver?  Through Brown Bear, Brown Bear, in Spanish, we have begun to learn some Spanish colours and animals.  A highlight of the week has to be our Flamenco dancing workshop, everyone enjoyed the stamping, and the clapping and twirly, whirly hands!  We have talked about some of the food in Spain and cooked some patatas bravas.  We made the sauce in the morning and then cooked the potatoes on the fire at forest school, added the sauce and it was delicious!  We also learnt a little about Spanish artist Picasso and looked at some of his pieces of artwork.  We had a go at painting our own abstract faces.  We can't wait for our Spanish parade on Friday!

 

Class 2

¡Estupendo! This is how we would sum up Spanish week in Class 2! We threw some shapes in flamenco class, learned a Mexican campfire song and practised our conversational Spanish. We've explored Picasso and cubism and made our own portraits in his style. Casper's Grandad took us on a zoom to Spain where we were within picking distance of almonds, lemons, grapefruits and olives! We mapped our way around the world in search of Spanish speaking countries (and were particularly curious about all the islands along the way). In Mexico we met Frida Kahlo and learned about her life and art. Mrs Edney led the class on a wonderful, Frida Kahlo-inspired oil pastel art exploration. We were really impressed with the children's colourful and expressive portraits! To finish off our Spanish week, we had some churros dipped in chocolate sauce — a suitably sweet end to a really special week. Have a great half term everyone!

Class 3

Hola! Class 3 have had so much fun celebrating Spain Week and have completed a range of activities. We began our week by using IT skills to complete research on Spain and presented our learning in colourful fact files. In the afternoon, we loved learning and performing a Mexican campfire song. On Tuesday, we enjoyed a flamenco workshop in the hall where we learnt a range of traditional dance moves. We also wrote and illustrated our own Spanish stories in Literacy this week which showed off the learning we have been doing in our lessons with Ms Swift. Yesterday, we turned our hands to traditional Spanish cookery by making our own olive oil bread and Gazpacho soup which we then enjoyed as a whole class meal. To top off our busy week, we’ll be creating mosaic art in the style of Gaudi before parading through the village and playing our castanets for our Symondsbury carnival. Muy bien

Class 4

This week our learning has been based on Spain and Spanish-speaking countries.  We had a lesson in flamenco dancing, cooked and ate some traditional Spanish food, recreated art from famous Spanish artists, and created a fact file and a holiday brochure about a Spanish-speaking country. We have enjoyed this week immensely and what a great way to end the first half term of 2024. 

This week, we also had our Fabulous finish.  We created an art gallery showcasing all our learning from across all the subjects we have studied this half term.  We had some lovely comments from the visiting families about the talent and passion that the children have shown.

 

 

 

 

 

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