Owl Class Team:
Teacher: Mr Dakin
It has been fantastic to have all the children back and all together as the new Owl Class. We have started with a bang, full of joy and enthusiasm. On this site we will upload photos of what the children have been getting up to in school. Usually this will be every 1 or 2 weeks. Take a look below to see what we are doing this term in our topic ‘Castles.’
Owl and Fox class welcomed Falconry UK into school for an falconry display day. We enjoyed hearing and seeing amazing birds. We learnt about their habitats and survival designs. The birds we met were: White faced Scops Owl, Blue Winged Kookaburra, Tawny Frog Mouth, African Pygmy Falcon, Tropical Screech Owl, and a Milky Verreaux Eagle Owl. In our class education workshop, we pulled apart owl pellets to find out what they eat. It was an amazing day and the children were incredibly well behaved.
Black History Month
This week we have been celebrating Black History in class. We spent the lesson researching and investigating key events in the history of the UK. We looked at slavery and it’s abolition, Black service in WW1 and WW2, and finished by looking at how the government protects black people’s rights.
School Poppies – School Community
As part of Bath and Wells Diocese remembrance season, we as a school created a display board for Wells Cathedral. We asked our parents to come into school and create poppies as a school community. We had some much fun and there was a lovely bustle in all the classrooms.
A visit from a special friend – The Slow-worm
During our literacy lesson we heard a cry from outside, “snake snake!!” When I popped outside we saw it wasnt a snake OR a worm but instead a slow worm was sunning itself on our path to school. Owl class came outside and very sensibly asked questions about it. We found out that it isn’t a snake but in fact is a legless reptile. The class were fascinated and didn’t want to come back inside.
Today I set the class a challenge. Could they program a car to drive round a circuit using the coding app Scratch Jr. Lots of them managed to get the car all the way round and one even got 2 cars to race. Very impressive.
As part of International Poetry Day, Owl class challenged Fox class to a Poetry Battle. We taught both classes the poem, ‘Walking my Iguana’ by Brian Moses. We used a drum and actions to learn the poem. After that, we went into our classes to practice and add more drama. We then performed to the opposite class and enjoyed celebrated each others successes.
Schools Against Waste Day
The school welcomed Gary from Carymore environment Center to the school. We listened to an amazing assembly on how resources around the world are becoming more and more drained, and how it is up to us to make a difference. Gary then came to Year 2 and Year 4, where he discussed how far certain foods traveled to get to our dinners. We looked at the toppings of pizzas and one group found that the individual toppings totaled a traveled distance of 16,892 miles. We found this fascinating and looked at how we can Re-duce, Re-use and Re-cycle our food and packaging to create a more sustainable world. It was a fantastic day.
We have started this term with the math focus of place value. We are looking at four digit numbers and our ability to manipulate thousands, hundreds, tens and ones. In this lesson we went outside to represent our units in different ways. The children had to work out what each object was worth, how many there were, and then total them up in a place value grid.
Our Jigsaw topic this term is ‘Being me in my world.’ We spent a lesson looking at how we fit in the class team, and what it means to work well as a team. We have been especially looking at class behavior, respect, and how we improve ourselves to learn more.
George and the Dragon
Our text this term is the medieval tale of ‘George and the Dragon’. As a classic defeat the monster tale, we are looking at how the writer uses grammar and punctuation to engage the reader. We have immersed ourselves in the story by chanting, singing and reading the text in different ways. Today we acted out the story in groups and had such fun.
Dragon Nest Found In Owl Class!!
The children came into class and found that a dragon had nested in the middle of the classroom. We spent the day exploring and investigate where it came from and whether it was a friendly dragon or not.