Miss Megan Bridge – Class Teacher
Mrs Nicki Collins - HLTA
Welcome back everyone! We hope you all had a lovely Christmas and wish you all a very happy New Year!
Some of the children have been very busy over the Christmas break attempting to complete Bookman's Christmas Reading Challenge - well done to everyone who got involved! The raffle draw for the £10 National Book Token will be held on Monday 10th January, so please make sure you return your forms by Friday 7th at the latest!
With the end of term fast approaching, the children have spent the past few days creating Christmas crafts and getting in the festive spirit 🎄 We have been baking, making and having lots of fun!
The children have designed and made Christmas hats for their party, baked melting snowman biscuits and even had a visit from Santa. Thank you to the PTA for their kind donations for of snacks and party games too! The children also participated in a Christmas themed quiz this morning where they came up with their own team names and worked together to complete the rounds. We ended up in a three-way tiebreak, which we resolved with a dance off (of course!).
Miss Bridge and Mrs Collins would like to thank you all for your continued support this term and wish you all a very merry Christmas! 🌟🎅
Outdoor Learning took on a very Christmassy theme today! 🎄
We were lucky enough to be able to use some local willow which we bent, twisted and manipulated into some festive shapes. The children produced some beautiful wreaths, stars and Christmas trees using locally sourced foliage and natural materials!
We'd like to say a massive thank you to Mrs Crang and Mrs Crocker for providing us with such amazing Outdoor Education lessons this half term, the children have enjoyed them greatly and have learned so much!
Santa's Sleigh was out of order today, so he arrived in a Wildcat Helicopter from the Naval Air Squadron instead! 🎅🚁
"Even the tiniest things can be a miracle" 🐛🦋🐞
In outdoor learning this afternoon we went on a minibeast hunt and explored the wildlife living around out school community. We found creatures big and small - from spiders to ants, worms to slugs, beetles to crickets - there was certainly a wide range of wildlife! In order to encourage more creatures into our community, we built bug hotels which we placed all around our allotment and outdoor areas. The children also made hotels to take home for their own gardens!
"He's behind you!!" "Oh no he's not!!"
There was certainly no 'booing' at our pantomime today! The children greatly enjoyed watching Cinderella and joining in with traditional pantomime actions and sayings. 👸 It was amazing to see the delight on their faces and hear their laughter and excitement. Thank you to the PTA for providing popcorn afterwards too! What a treat! 🍭
This week Christingle has been our focus in King Arthur Class! Throughout the week we have completed various activities in including the importance of Christingle to Christians in RE, as well as writing some amazing explanations about the symbolism of a Christingle in English! On Wednesday, we were lucky enough to have our visitors from the Church come in to make Christingles with us, and then on Friday we took a trip down to St Barnabas Church for our Christingle Service. ⛪🍊🔥
🟠🟡🟣🔵🔴🟢It's Children in Need Day!! 🟠🟡🟣🔵🔴🟢
The children wore their best spotty, dotty and yellow outfits to school today in order to raise money for Children in Need. We even had a surprise visit from a special guest - Pudsey Bear! Thank you to everyone who brought in a donation, it was very gratefully received 💛
This week we have been fortunate to receive a trial of an amazing, immersive resource called 'Now Press Play'. This resource has really helped to enhance the children's learning; so far, we have explored and re-enacted a story of an alien's journey to Earth to discover new, suitable building materials in the form of rocks, as well as explored the life and story of Florence Nightingale and her impact on the field of medicine and nursing. The children greatly enjoyed using their imaginations to place themselves right in the middle of these stories and they have produced some great English work in the form of recounts and narratives too!
Week Commencing 15/11/21
This week is Anti-Bullying Week. Our focus is 'One Kind Word' and we will be exploring how we can all unite to address bullying both in person and online.
"One kind word leads to another. Kindness fuels kindness. So from the playground to Parliament, and from our phones to our homes, together, our actions can fire a chain reaction that powers positivity. It starts with one kind word. It starts today." - Anti-Bullying Alliance
This half term King Arthur Class will be participating in Outdoor Learning lessons and today we kicked off our first session with an art based activity. As it is also Bonfire Night today, we thought it would be fitting to create firework themed floor art inspired by Andy Goldsworthy. The children picked which resources they would like to use and then created a design on paper, before recreating their designs with the materials outside. We were really impressed with the artwork the children produced and it was a joy to see the children so excited to be outside amongst the autumnal nature!
We have been continuing our topic of Inventors and Innovators this half term and this week our focus in art was on sketching techniques. We took inspiration from Leonardo da Vinci and explored some of the methods used to create his famous horse sketches. The children practiced their hatching and shading skills using pencil as a medium on templates of horses in different positions, in order to demonstrate how sketching techniques can be used to create the effect of movement. We certainly have some great artists in King Arthur Class!
As part of a PTFA fundraiser, the children came to school today dressed as what they want to be when they grow up! It would appear King Arthur Class has some very high aspirations; from doctors to vets 🩺, footballers to gymnasts🏅, YouTubers to Gamers🕹, ballerinas to flamenco dancers 🩰, farmers to business managers 👩🌾 and even fighter pilots and navy mechanics 👨🔧! We have no doubts whatsoever that the children will be able to achieve their career dreams 🤩
This afternoon the children took a trip down to St Barnabas Church in order to celebrate the Harvest Festival 🌾🍂 Unfortunately we were unable to welcome the parents but the children had great fun reciting harvest prayers and singing songs such as 'Harvest Samba, 'Big Red Combine Harvester' and 'Cauliflowers Fluffy'. We also took down all of the kind donations for the Lord's Larder - thank you to all who donated, your food parcels were very gratefully received!
Today the children got to proudly show off some of their art work in a parade for their parents!
The children made willow lanterns last week as part of their 'Hello Yellow Day' activities; they worked exceptionally hard on their lanterns as they were extremely fiddly and messy to make. Thank you very much to all of the parent helpers who came in to assist us!
The children have taken their lanterns home and hopefully will take them along to Castle Cary Carnival, in order to take part in the annual parade. We can't wait to see what they look like when they're fully lit up tomorrow night!
Our topic for the Autumn Term is 'Inventors and Innovators' and today our learning was based around the famous inventor Isambard Kingdom Brunel. We explored some of his most magnificent engineering accomplishments, such as the Box Tunnel, the SS Great Britain and SS Great Eastern, as well as the Great Western Railway. We then looked at the construction of the Clifton Suspension Bridge before trying to recreate the bridge ourselves!
We combined our History, D&T and science skills for this project, by discussing which materials and their properties would make them most suitable for building a bridge. We then tested our finished projects by driving toy cars along the bridges! Our conclusion was that the bridge needs a strong and stable foundation in the form of two towers at either end, as well as a smooth and flat surface in order for vehicles to use the bridge safely. We definitely have some excellent young engineers in our classroom!
Today we took part in the national 'Hello Yellow Day' in order to raise funds for mental health awareness. The children came in wearing their best yellow outfits and we spent the day focusing on our wellbeing, by completing art activities and talking about all the things we can do to support each other.
We'd like to thank everyone for their kind and generous donations, as well as thank the parent helpers who came in today to support us with our activities!
Today we've discovered the amazing artistic talents of King Arthur Class! Taking inspiration from our focus artist Leonardo da Vinci, the children used the sfumato technique with water colour paints to recreate the famous 'Mona Lisa' painting. We are very impressed with the results!
Hola! Yesterday we celebrated European Day of Languages at Countess Gytha Primary School. Each class had a different country to focus on and King Arthur class chose Spain. The children came dressed in the colours of the Spanish flag and practiced speaking greetings and goodbyes in Spanish, as well as singing songs! We then looked at some of the other flags of the world and had a go at identifying their countries on a map, before finally colouring them in. A great day was had by all!
"Mr Watson, come here - I need to speak to you!" - Alexander Bell, 1876.
In history today, the children explored the great inventor Alexander Bell. We looked at the first telephone and investigated how telephones have developed over time. We also discussed how telephones work and even had a go at making some of our own cup and string telephones!
Today we had a visit from the wonderful Pete the Poet. The children absolutely loved exploring poetry and its links to drama, role-play, geography and modern languages!
We are delighted to welcome back children to school this week and we have already made a fantastic start in King Arthur! We are really looking forward to an enjoyable year ahead - with plenty of fun, learning and friendships to grow.
Children in Year 3 will continue to use their early spelling and phonics skills to learn these 100 words over the course of Year 3 and 4.