Miss Megan Bridge – Class Teacher
Mrs Nicki Collins - HLTA
We were very excited to go on our class trip this week, especially as it was the first trip we'd been on since Covid19 for most of King Arthur Class! 🚂
The children greatly enjoyed their time at East Somerset Railway, participating in a multitude of activities including a ride on the mini-railway, controlling the signals in the Signal Box, a mini quiz and hunt in the museum, exploring the engine restoration shed, and two very informative workshops on the history of the railways and transport through time. Not forgetting eating our lunch whilst riding on the Steam Train too!
Today we came in wearing blue as part of the PTFA 'Colourful Classrooms' fundraiser - thank you to everyone who kindly donated a blue gift!
We also had a visit from Mr Tearle in his police van - the children greatly enjoyed trying on his protective gear and learning about the services the local police force provide in our local community.
This week, King Arthur Class have been working exceptionally hard on a computing unit linked with our English, History and Geography topic about The Mayans.
The children demonstrated excellent research skills to find information, before organising this in a PowerPoint. They then presented their work to Mr Gordon, Miss Bridge and the rest of their class. We were all very impressed with the depth of the children's understanding and confidence in presenting their work!
Well done King Arthur Class, you should be very proud of yourselves this week 🤩
King Arthur Class have been excellent scientists this afternoon, exploring the microhabitats within our school environment. The children were fascinated by the variety of minibeasts they found and made some lovely observational sketches and notes about what they found.
It's safe to say Countess Gytha's Platinum Jubilee Celebrations were an amazing success on Friday! The children greatly enjoyed their morning of activities, followed by an amazing parade, singing of the National Anthem, presentation of work and cream tea on Friday afternoon! Well done to all of the children for their hard work and a massive thank you to parents for coming in to support us! 👑
The Jubilee celebrations were kick started today in King Arthur Class with some designing and decoration of our commemorative Platinum Jubilee plates. The children had great fun using the Jubilee colours and some extremely creative work was produced!
King Arthur Class had the pleasure of some very cute visitors today! 🐣
Thank you to Mrs Crang, Mrs Crocker and Merlin Class for letting us say hello to their chicks which they had very recently incubated and hatched! We thought they were very sweet!
Today we had the pleasure of being visited by the Wassail Theatre Company. We got to watch their excellent, emotive production of 'Whispering Willows' before taking part in a willow craft workshop, during which we produced our own willow crowns. It was a brilliant morning!
As part of our Science topic on 'Living Things and Their Habitats', the children have been exploring how to classify things as living, dead or never having been alive. We discussed life processes using the 'MrsGren' acronym, before taking our learning outside to look for things we could sort into each category.
King Arthur Class had their first drumming workshop this week as part of our music provision. They certainly had fun making lots of noise!
Welcome back to the Summer Term!
It's been lovely to hear that the children have had a great Easter break, we have greatly enjoyed hearing about the children's stories and adventures over the past two weeks!
Well done to all of the children that took part in Bookman's 'Eggstreme' Reading Challenge - some really adventurous and crazy reading has taken place over the holiday, amazing! Miss Bridge even had a go whilst on her travels.
Happy Easter! 🐣🐇🍫
King Arthur Class had great fun this morning on our Easter Egg Hunt, searching for all the elusive, extremely well hidden eggs throughout the school! Thank you very much to the PTFA for donating them, we enjoyed them greatly!
Well done to all of the children for their hard work this term, we wish you all a very enjoyable, restful and well earned break!
"Here Be Dragons!"
Today the children of King Arthur Class have worked extremely creatively to design a dragon's eye using the medium of clay. We explored lots of different techniques including moulding, rolling, stippling, pinching and coiling to replicate the effect of the scale pattern and features of a dragon's eye. We are extremely impressed with the results!
King Arthur Class are coming to the end of our RE unit on Judaism and have been enjoying learning all about the Jewish Festivals and Celebrations. This week, we have explored Shabbat and the key elements of this weekly event. We even got to taste some delicious Challah bread which we dipped in honey!
Today we had a very exciting visit from Rich Parker, GB Inline Skater, and his Sportivator Liz! We took part in a challenging circuit activity, demonstrating our fitness skills, before hearing from Rich himself! Rich told us all about his sport and his perseverance to become the European Champion and Silver Medal Winner at the 2011 X-Games. Rich then gave us a little demonstration of his skills - it's safe to safe Mr Bunter, Miss Bridge, Mr Gallagher and Mr Gordon had some very fast racing hearts after Rich's jump!
Red Nose Day for Comic Relief 2022 has been a massive success! The children looked fabulous in their red outfits - what a great effort they all made!
We have completed lots of activities today, including a circus skills workshop this morning, rocket blasting at lunchtime and a nose and spoon race this afternoon. It's safe to say we have had a great day and are very grateful for all donations received.
We have made the most of British Science Week in King Arthur Class, conducting lots of experiments, investigations and activities in order to improve our science knowledge! 🧪
As well inviting parents in for an afternoon of experiments with Mr Gordon, we have had a visit from the marvellous Mrs Greenway who completed some fascinating demonstrations, we have explored magnets and magnetic fields in class and even made some origami antibodies with paper. We are also hoping to launch some plastic bottle rockets tomorrow too! 🚀
What great artists we have in King Arthur Class! 🎨
The children have been working exceptionally hard in our art lessons on our Dragons' Eyes topic, exploring different pencil sketching techniques to draw dragons' eyes with, as well as a variety of chalk drawing techniques to create dragons' scales. We are very impressed with the results!
King Arthur Class have had a fabulous day coming in as our favourite characters for World Book Day! We have discussed our favourite authors and shared a variety of books which we love to read. As well as this, we wrote a character description and even designed our own book covers! 📚
"The more that you read, the more things you'll know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go!" - Dr Seuss
It's wear your scarf to school day! King Arthur Class wore their scarfs to school today to celebrate Children's Mental Health Week. We completed some special activities and discussed how to keep ourselves mentally well.
Our focus in King Arthur Class today has been centred around Safer Internet Day. We have explored the various purposes and activities we can use the internet for and how to do so respectfully and safely. We also created our own avatars, usernames and passwords to protect our personal information and even wrote a potion recipe for being safe and kind online!
Today marks the beginning of the Chinese Year of the Tiger! 🐯
The children have been very interested in learning about Chinese culture and traditions today and have worked incredibly hard on making Chinese lanterns using the collage technique. They also completed the tradition of writing a wish on a red ribbon and hanging it from the tree; in Chinese culture, red symbolises luck and joy! The children were also gifted Chinese coins from Mrs Sherry; we hope it brings them luck and good fortune in their future! ⭐
The children have been working exceptionally hard on our money topic this week in maths. We have been exploring the different coins and notes in our currency and combining different coins and notes to make a given amount. Next week we will be practicing our skills by visiting the 'school shop' to buy equipment for our class. Well done King Arthur children!
The children have had a great start to the Spring Term and have really enjoyed getting stuck into our new science topic about rocks and fossils!
We have explored some different samples of rock and conducted an experiment in order to classify them; first we identified what type of rock it was, then we performed a hardness test, permeability test and acidity test to determine whether it was an igneous, sedimentary or metamorphic rock.
Today we also looked at some fossils and discussed how they are formed. It's safe to say the children are very keen to become Paleontologists and can't wait to go fossil hunting at the beach!
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.