Meet the Terrific Turtles.

Spelling tests

 Spelling tests are every Friday in the Turtles class.  The spelling booklet is here.

Dates and weeks for the spelling tests are as follows:-

Week 11 - 1st December                       Week 12 - 8th December                   Week 13 - 15th December

Week 14 - 12th January                       Week 15 - 19th January                     Week 16 - 26th January

Week 17 - 2nd February                       Week 18 - 9 February                        Week 19 - 23 February

Week 20 - 2nd March                           Week 21 - 9 March                            Week 22 - 16 March

Have a look at what we have been up to this year.

The Turtles and Cheetah classes have been enjoying reading together on a Friday afternoon.   Here are some of the children working hard reading their book and enjoying a good story. 

The Turtles have been planting trees in the school grounds with the Cheetahs.  They had a great time and are looking forward to seeing their trees and shrubs grow.

Here are the Turtles at the end of a great week doing their Bikeability training.  The children all enjoyed their lessons and were complimented on their fantastic behaviour.  Well done, Turtles!

Here are the Turtles glass painting their London landmarks, inspired by the 'Pop Art' artist Leichenstien.


What would Jesus Do? (RE Spring Term 2017)

Our RE topic this term for the Penguins and Sea Dragons has been considering the question: Can we live by the values of Jesus Christ in the 21st Century? This has caused a great deal of debate in deciding how far you could actually live by Jesus' values - depending on your beliefs, own personal values, stance on tricky moral dilemmas and outlook on life. To help us decide, we looked at Jesus' Mission Statement : “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.” (Luke 4:18-19). We then looked in more detail about love, forgiveness, sacrifice, generosity, justice and fairness before applying them to everyday situations. Below are some photos of the work we produced for our classroom display.

The Sea Dragons have been continuing their novel study work on the Michael Morpurgo book 'The Wreck of the Zanzibar'. This time, they have written some raps imagining they are one of the characters in the book.  Click here to see more!

Rapping page

Click to see the Sea Dragons performing their own rap.

Monologues page

Click here to see the Sea Dragons performing their own pieces of writing.

Design Technology - Shelter Building - The Final Results!

Well, we had varying levels of success with our shelter building, but we all had great fun making them. On the whole, teamwork and perseverance were the superpowers on display from all groups, as well as the ability to cope in a crisis and thinking on our feet! Below you can see the finished results!

Design Technology - Shelter Building (January 2017)

The Sea Dragons and Penguins have been given the challenge to research, design and build a shelter. Fairly straightforward you might think, but Mrs Cook has said that the frame has to be built with newspaper. After using the new Learnpads to research shelters from around the world, we had a go at strengthening pieces of newspaper with only small pieces of masking tape allowed, before creating our final designs. Below are some of our attempts at strengthening the newspaper. Come back soon to see our finished shelters (if they have survived the rigorous testing process!)

Cooking with Mr Kemp

Christmas party fun!

The Penguins and Sea Dragons visited Beaumanor Hall recently to experience a World War II day.  The children were evacuated from Whetstone to Beaumanor Hall to try to keep them safe from German bombing raids.  The children all played the part brilliantly.  Some children dressed up, some brought a pack-up wrapped in greaseproof paper, others had ginger beer.  One boy even found a letter from his mother telling him to look after himself whilst he was evacuated away from home!

Below are some pictures which show the children in the Morse Code hut, which was actually used during World War 2 as a listening post.  The children listened to intercepted German messages and then pretended they worked at Bletchley Park cracking the German's enigma code!  The children also looked at war time recipes, some of which looked more appealing than others! They also went shopping in a typical World War II shop   They wrote post-cards home to their families. In the afternoon, the air raid siren sounded and the children rushed to the cellars to keep safe from a German bombing raid.  They had to put on gas masks and listened to the frightening sounds of German bomber planes flying overhead. At the end of the day, the children prepared themselves for the billeting process.  The children had all been warned about a 'Mrs Jones' (not our Mrs Jones!) who really didn't like children but had been told she had to take some evacuees!  The children were desperate not to be left until last in the billeting process and many of the boys were seen rushing off to the toilets to straighten their hair, clean behind their ears and remove mud from their knees!  Thankfully, just before Mrs Jones arrived, the children were given the all-clear to go home to their parents!

This term, the Sea Dragons have been studying the book 'The Journey to Jo'burg'.As part of this unit of work, the Sea Dragons have been doing some freeze frames to help investigate the characters' thoughts and feelings or reasons for their actions.  There were some truly Oscar winning performances!  (Mrs Davies was seen having to grab her tissues at one point!)

Rotational Symmetry Patterns

Here is some of the fantastic homework the Penguins and Sea Dragons have brought into school this half term.  We have seen models, photographs, morse code, wordsearches, pictures and artefacts and much much more!

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