Today we held a Christingle service with Flamingo Class. We found out the following:
- A Christingle is made from an orange, red ribbon, four small sticks, dried fruits or sweets and a lit candle.
- Christingle means ‘Christ’s Light’.
- Christingles are used by Christians to celebrate Jesus as the Light of the World.
- Christingles are usually used during church services and school assemblies during Advent.
- A Christingle is made from an orange, red ribbon, four small sticks, dried fruits or sweets and a lit candle.
- Christingles date back to 1747, when a minister in a church in Germany gave children a lighted candle with a red ribbon around it.
- It wasn’t until 1968 that Christingles were introduced into Anglican churches in England.
- The first Christingle service, in 1968, raised money for the Children’s Society charity.
- Each part of the Christingle has an important meaning.
- The fruits or sweets skewered on sticks represent the fruits of the Earth.
- The orange represents the world.
- The lit candle represents Jesus as the Light of the World.
- The four sticks represent the four compass directions and the four seasons.
- The red ribbon (or red paper frill) represents the blood of Jesus.
Today we researched Hinduism. Firstly, we looked at Hinduism and the main values. We were introduced to the different Gods: Saraswati, Lakshmi and Shakt. We found out that Hinduism is a religion that has fused many different traditions, they have four key beliefs: truth is eternal, dharma, reincarnation and moksha. Next, we found out about Diwali and the story of Rama and Sita. We looked at the Hindu Creation Story and acted the story out together in a group. Then we looked at Rangoli Patterns. We worked together as at table to create our own. We then looked at different symbols and designed our own symbol that represents us. We ended the day with some dancing and looked at traditional dance moves.
Today we conducted a science experiment to investigate different substances that dissolve. We also timed how long each substance took to dissolve in hot and cold water. We found out that things like coffee, salt and sugar dissolve in water. They are soluble and they usually dissolve better in hot water. Pepper and sand are insoluble, they will not dissolve even in hot water.
Today we have been learning about settlements, trading and land use. We found out that a settlement is a place where people live. It could be a house in a remote area or a house in the middle of a huge city like London. Other settlements include hamlets, villages, small towns, large towns and cities. We found out that settlements can be permanent or temporary. Some settlements may start out as being temporary then become more permanent over time. Next we looked at trading and we found out that the top product exported by the UK are cars. The top product imported by the UK is crude petroleum. We then looked at land use. We found out that land use is a term used to describe the function of the land. Land use can vary from place to place. In rural areas, land can be used for forestry and farming. In urban areas, land can be used for industry or housing.
Today we looked at algorithms. We found out that an algorithm is a sequence of instructions or a set of rules that are followed to complete a task. This task can be anything, so long as you can give clear instructions for it.
We then created our own simple algorithm for how to make a sandwich. We pretended to be a robot and tested our algorithms out with our friends.
We looked at decomposition and we found out that when we solve computer programming problems we need to make choices about what to do and what order to do them in. Sometimes the problem is so big or complex that we don’t know where to start. Decomposition is when we break a problem down into smaller parts to make it easier to tackle.
We then looked at the history of the ‘internet’ and researched our favourite celebrity. Finally, we used all of the information we had collected today to create our own game using Scratch.
Today we have been learning all about the Modern Royal Family. We found out that the Queen is the Head of the Commonwealth, Head of the Armed Forces and Supreme Governor of the Church of England. We found out that she is married to Prince Phillip who was born in Greece. She also has two grandsons called William and Harry. We watched her coronation and researched her childhood. Finally, we practiced greeting the Queen and listened to the National Anthem. We also made a list of questions that we would ask the Queen if we ever met her and put these questions into a letter.
The Modern Royal Family
Water Safety Code
Today we have been looking at the Water Safety Code. We designed a poster based on this and discussed how to have fun but also stay safe in water. Have a look at our posters to ensure you stay safe in water too.
Today in Science we made fireworks in a glass cup. We followed these instructions:
1. Fill the glass with warm water.
2. Pour a small amount of oil into another container and add a few drops of food colouring.
3. Give it a good stir.
4. Pour this inside the glass jar and watch the fireworks.
We found out that oil and water don't mix. Also, oil is less dense than water and therefore floats on top of the water. The food colouring is water based and therefore does not mix with the oil, instead it sinks through the oil into the water, it sinks to the bottom leaving trails (resembling fireworks) as some of the colours diffuse into the water.
Harry Potter Day
Today we had a wonderful day full of Harry Potter activities. Firstly, we used resources to create our own sorting hat. We used a cone and put some smarties inside and then sealed it up using a chocolate biscuit. We then swapped and had to break the biscuit to discover what house colour we had got.
Next, we mixed lots of different ingredients to create a magic potion. We described it to a friend and talked about what spells we could cast on each other.
Then we followed instructions to make slime. We had to discuss the different ingredients and why it didn’t always turn out as it should.
Finally, we listened to Harry Potter raps and had a go at making our own up.
Today we investigated density. We found out that density is how much mass is in a volume or space. We poured different liquids with different densities on top of each other. We found out that the liquid with the greatest density sunk to the bottom. The liquid that sunk to the bottom in our experiment was honey. We discussed the experiment and decided next time we would measure each liquid so it was a fair test.
We began the day by discussing what Christians believe. We then learnt about the Ten Commandments. In groups we chose a commandment to act out and then the rest of the class tried to guess which one we were trying to portray.
Next we discussed places that are special before learning about places that are special to Christians. At our tables, we then completed a matching activity to show what we had learnt about these special places.
After break time we learnt about the Christian festivals that are celebrated throughout the year. Some of these festivals we were already familiar with and some we hadn’t heard of before. We then created our own Christian calendars.
Signs and Symbols
We have also been talking about Christian symbols. We learnt about the meaning of the Ichthus symbol (the fish), the cross and the dove. We then create our own dove out of a paper plate and labelled it with words that the dove can symbolise.
This week in Science we have been learning about density. We prepared for an experiment and made predictions. Next week we are going to pour different liquids on top of each other to see which liquid has the greatest density.
Today in History we researched Queen Victoria. We then discussed the different countries she had an impact on. We found out that when a mutiny happened in India in 1857, her Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli, arrange that she be appointed as Empress of India in 1877. The British Empire included Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, India (now), Jamaica, Barbados and many more. Under the reign of Queen Victoria, the UK became the most powerful country in the world. We were interested in finding more out about each country. We decided to research Canada first.
This week in Geography we have been learning all about the water cycle. We discussed where rain comes from and what clouds are made up of. We memorised a song to help us learn the meaning of evaporation, condensation and precipitation. Finally, we drew the water cycle and made a class model to help us understand how it works.
Today in Design and Technology we researched our favourite board games. We then designed our own. We had to think about three key questions:
How will the players move around the board?
What will the players need to play the game?
How will the players win the game?
We are very excited to make our design in the next few weeks.
Today we had a debate in class to discuss the reasons for and against Scotland joining England to form Great Britain. In groups, we were assigned a different role. For example some of us argued as English people who thought Scotland joining England was a bad idea and some people argued as Scottish people who thought it was a good idea.
Once each group had presented their argument we voted to decide if Scotland would join England to form Great Britain.
This week in Computing and Coding we had a discussion about how important it is to know how to use a computer. We spoke about different careers that require computing skills and why they are important in everyday life. We followed instructions to load up an internet page and researched our favourite artists. We spoke about safe internet searching and had an e-safety quiz. When we had found the information that we thought was reliable we followed instructions to copy and paste this information from the website onto a word document. We had a go at changing the size and font of the text. We then added a question to the bottom of the word document and followed instructions to save the document and rename it. We then had to open the work using the find button and change the question to italics. We swapped with the person next to us and they had to find the answer to the question using Google and copy and paste the answer onto the word document. Finally, we followed instructions to print our work.
This week in History we have been looking at why King Henry believed a male heir to be important. We discussed his wives and why he married so many times. We then worked together as a class to memorise what happened to each wife.
This week in Geography we have been learning all about compasses and why we use them. We had to memorise what each point stands for. We then looked at a pirate treasure map and worked together to write instructions to direct the pirate ship to the treasure.
This week in Science we have been discussing experiments and what kind of experiments we have done in the past. We looked at how to conduct an experiment and what we need to think about before and after. We discussed symbols that scientists have to look out for and discussed harmful chemicals and what equipment we could use to protect us. Finally, we thought about what we would like to investigate and how we could conduct the experiment.
This week in art we have been exploring patterns. We then researched Wassily Kandinsky who was a famous Russian artist (1866-1944). At an early age, Wassily exhibited a very special gift called synaesthesia cognate. This gift gave him the ability to hear colours and see sounds. This special gift was encouraged by his father who enrolled him in private drawing lessons as well as lessons in piano and cello. We then used 2D shapes to create our own masterpiece. We closed our eyes, listened to the music and responded to the sounds by drawing.
This week in DT we have been researching board games and discussing our favourites. We then used I-pads to research and answer questions about our chosen board game. Did you know the inventor of snakes and ladders is unknown? All we know is that it was made in India.
This week in Science we have been learning about different Scientists and what they investigate. First we looked at scientists that introduce new plants to our gardens. We found out that plants need air, light, water, nutrients from soil and room to grow in order to stay alive. We also researched how plants are transported. Next, we went on a plant hunt outside to discover what different plants were in the school garden. Finally, we designed our own plant and discussed what special powers it could have.
In art we have been using tiny lines and sketches to make up a drawing. We then used this skill to create a badge that represented one of the houses in Harry Potter. We then looked at the picture of Hogwarts at night. We discussed the different shapes in the picture and how these were used to make up the building. Finally, we followed instructions to create our own drawing of Hogwarts. Why not have a go?
1. Draw the outline of Hogwarts onto black paper using pencil. Think about the shapes that you can see.
2. Create the sky. Use blue, white, yellow, pink/purple and black chalk. Remember to leave a space for the moon, and to leave lots of black in the sky- it looks better like this! Use your fingers to blend the colours into one another. You could put lightning in too.
3. Add in the moon. Use white chalk. You could add a bit of yellow or blue as well. Only smudge it a bit.
4. Add in the lighter parts on the buildings. Use white and yellow, and blend the colours in. Remember, you want to leave a lot of the building black.
5. Finally, add in the windows. They are white and yellow. Don’t smudge them- you want them to really stand out.
In History we have been learning about how the Normans came to rule Britain in 1066. We then researched William the Conqueror’s messenger, Stephen Ingram. We thought of some questions we could ask him to find out more information about William the Conqueror. We then discussed how we could help promote happier communities. We decided we would organise a community party to bring everyone together.
This week in Geography we had a discussion about the different ways you could get to a destination. We spoke about using maps, compasses and a satnav. We then discussed the differences between a town and a city. We found out that Worksop has a population of 44,970 and Sheffield has a population of 518,090. We then located cities on a map and directed each other using the words: north, south, east and west.