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Week commencing 3rd February

 

We have had a jam packed week this week as we have been in a science trip, taken part in the children’s mental l health week and also had DT week.

 

Children’s mental health week – This week we took part in children’s mental health week which was based around finding your brave. We looked at the film wonder and saw how the main character had to be brave and how he showed courage. We then looked at times that we were brave and what it takes to be brave.  During our next activity we created a though handprint which included – what they are good a, what they find difficult and where they can come for help.

 

Science – We had so much fun on our science trip to The Woseley Centre in Stafford. The purpose of the rip was to explore our plants topic further and to get some hands on experience looking at different plants, flowers and trees whilst also looking at the environment around us. Whilst there we took part in lots of different activities to continue our learning – we looked at the functions of the different parts of a plant, the life cycle of a plant, seed dispersal and also looked at how you can work out the age of a tree. We finished the day off by looking at some story writing linked directly to our senses. We used our senses to describe what we could see, hear, touch and smell which we could then use to create a setting description of a forest.

 

DT week – As our encompass topic has been about the ancient Egyptians we wanted to carry this theme throughout our DT week. We decided that we wanted to recreate some Egyptian bread as this was one of the most popular foods in the ancient Egyptian times. We started the week by looking at the different ingredients we would needs, we then moved on to looking at the method behind making the bread. Before we started to bake we also make sure we looked at the hygiene and health and safety aspect of cooking. Once all our prep has been completed we started to make our own Egyptian bread on Friday. I must say they smelt absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to hear all about how they tasted.

 

Keep up the good work Jellyfish – you are all amazing.

 

Keep shining

 

Mrs Twigg

Week commencing 27th January

 

Encompass – We have had lots of fun this week in encompass learning about what mummification was and why it was important to the Ancient Egyptians. We found put that mummification was the process of preserving a dead body so that it was ready for the afterlife. Looking at the mummification process we found out that there were lots of gruesome steps including pulling out the brain with a hook through the nostrils. After looking at the different stages it was their turn to be the embalmers and in groups had the chance to mummify different members of our class.

 

Science – Jellyfish have continued their science learning this week by looking at pollination. I acted like a bee and showed the children how a bee can transfer pollen from one flower to another therefore pollinating the flower enabling the flower to produce seeds. We experimented with Wotsits to show how easy it was to transfer the pollen to another flower. I asked the children to explain in their own words the pollination process and they were amazing. They had fantastic understanding. Here is Lily explaining what pollination is.

 

Keep up the good work Jellyfish – you are all amazing.

Keep shining

Mrs Twigg

Pollination experiment

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Week commencing 20th January

 

Encompass – Jellyfish have been really lucky week as they have had the opportunity to take part in an ancient Egyptian workshop. During the workshop we looked at what everyday life would have been like for the Ancient Egyptians. This included what jobs they had, what they ate, what clothes they wore and what life was like for the slaves. Jellyfish were fantastic and absolutely blew me and the workshop leader away. He was amazed at every single member of the class’ ability to act and to remember everything he had talked about.

 

Science – This week we looked at the life cycle of a plant. We used drama to help us to remember each part of the cycle.

Challenge – Ask your child if they can tell you each part of the life cycle and explain what happens during each part.

 

Keep up the good work Jellyfish – you are all amazing.

Keep shining

Mrs Twigg

The plants life cycle

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Week commencing 13th January

 

Encompass – We started to look at Pharaohs this week and discovered that Pharaohs were top of the Egyptians hierarchy and a very important part of Ancient Egypt. We looked at some of the most famous Egyptian pharaohs and write some fact files about each one stating why they were famous. One of our favourites was Cleopatra who was known as the last every Pharaoh of Egypt. We continued our learning by looking at the role of a Pharaoh and were even asked by some Ancient Egyptian officials to create a job description for a new Pharaoh.

 

Science – We have had a fantastic time this week in science. We have been looking at the different parts of a flower. We did this by dissecting a flower to look at the different oats in more detail. Once we had dissected the flower we research what the function of each part was.

 

Keep up the good work Jellyfish – you are all amazing.

Keep shining

Mrs Twigg

Dissecting a flower

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Week commencing 6th January

 

This week we welcomed Jellyfish back after a week off. They all came back refreshed and ready for the half term ahead.

 

Encompass - This half term our encompass topic is history based and we will be focusing on the Ancient Egyptians which Jellyfish are really excited about as am I. We got straight back into our learning with looking at how the ancient Egyptians were discovered. We started to look at a man called Howard Carter who was famous for discovering Tutankhamun’s tomb. We had a discussion about the artefacts found in his tombs and what we could learn about him from his belongings.

 

Science – we are continuing our learning of plants this half term and started the week off by looking at flowering and non-flowering plants. We discussed the meaning of the words and looked at how we could identify and sort different types of plants.

 

Keep up the good work Jellyfish – you are all amazing.

Keep shining

Mrs Twigg

Week commencing 16th December 2019

 

We have reached our last week of term and what a busy week it has been. We have been really busy this week practising for our winter production and on the last day of term we performed to lots of parents and visitors to the school.

 

This week during encompass we looked at our new topic ‘The Egyptians’ I was surprised at how much Jellyfish already knew about this topic and how enthusiastic they were about it. We discussed what we already knew and what we wanted to learn during the next half term. We also designed and created our own cartouches which included our names written in hieroglyphics.

 

 I have thoroughly enjoyed my first half term in Jellyfish and I am really looking forward to spending the rest of the year with them.

Have a fantastic winter holiday and a well-deserved rest Jellyfish

 

Keep up the good work Jellyfish – you are all amazing.

Keep shining

Mrs Twigg

Week commencing 9th December

We have had a really positive week in Jellyfish. We have started to learn our class song for the winter production and I have to say the children have all blown me away with their enthusiasm and talent. The song we will be performing is called “When I grow up” from the musical Matilda. It is all about wanting to grow up quicker – we cannot wait for you to see it at the winter production.

 

This week we have had our last lessons on our encompass topic ‘somewhere to settle’. We concluded our topic by looking at how land is used in different areas. We found out that land can we used for housing, agricultural use, industrial use, business, leisure and finally entertainment. We had a look at various maps to see if we could see how the land was used. Next week we will be looking at our new topic which I am really looking forward to.

 

This week in Science we started to look at how plants absorb water. To do this we took part in an experiment which involved celery and food colouring. We wanted to see if the water travelled through the tubes within the celery. The next day, we looked at the celery and found that the food colouring had travelled up through the tube as we could see the colour at the top of the celery. In our second science lesson we looked at life processes and what all living things need in order to be alive. We found that MRS GREN helped us to remember the 7 life processes.

 

Keep up the good work Jellyfish – you are all amazing.

Keep shining

Mrs Twigg

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Week commencing 2nd December

 

This week has been design and technology week and we have thoroughly enjoyed spending our afternoon learning focusing on all aspects of DT. As a class we decided to design and create our own settlements using various different materials. We discussed that we needed to follow a process in order to create the models therefore we started by researching into the different settlements to find out more about them. We then chose which settlement we would like to create and designed it using a detailed diagram. We also had to choose which materials we needed in order to be successful with our modals. Once we had finished our planning and designing we started to make our models using various different skills such as paper mache, painting, gluing, cutting and building.  We will continue with our models next week and we cannot wait to show you all the finished product.

 

Keep up the good work Jellyfish – you are all amazing.

 

Keep shining

 

Mrs Twigg

 

 

 

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Week commencing 18th November

We have had a really busy but exciting week in Jellyfish because quite a few members of Jellyfish class have taken part in the Stoke on Trent Christmas choir competition. They have been amazing and put lots of hard work into their rehearsals their performance even giving up their lunch times to practice. I have posted the video below.

 

Encompass – This week in our encompass lessons we have been looking at what makes a successful settlement and what are the most important things to consider when choosing a settlement. We did this by comparing a number for different settlements and as a class discussed the positives and negatives from each settlement. We decided that water, food and shelter were the most important things whereas transport links and entertainment were not as important.

 

Science – We have been looking at the different functions of a plant. We looked at a real life plant and look at each part closely. This helped us to remember the functions of the different parts. We used drama as our anchor is order to explain to the class the how each part plays an important role to the growth of the plant. 

 

Keep up the good work Jellyfish – you are all amazing.

 

Keep shining

 

Mrs Twigg

 

 

Christmas Choir Competition entry

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Week commencing 11th November

This week Jellyfish have been lucky enough to take part in a anti bullying workshop. They were fantastic and blew me away with their mature attitudes, questions and answers. They learnt that there are many forms of bullying and looked at how they could stop bullying. This was all done through the medium of drama and every single student contributed to the session.

 

Encompass – This week in encompass we have started our new topic for this term. The topic is called ‘Somewhere to settle’ and is all about settlements and what is needed in order to make a settlement. We discussed what a settlement is and what settlers are.

 

Science – We had had lots of fun this week in science as we have been investigating real life plants and what are the parts of a plant. By the end of the lesson we were able to identify the key parts of a plant and able to successfully label them on a diagram. 

 

Keep up the good work Jellyfish – you are all amazing.

 

Keep shining

 

Mrs Twigg

Bullying Workshop

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Week commencing 4th November

 

What a fantastic week we have had. I have thoroughly enjoyed spending my first week with Jellyfish. They have all blown me away.

Encompass – This week in encompass we have consolidated our learning all about ‘The Stone Age’ We discussed the question – ‘Are belongings important after death?’ and looked at how the stone age advanced into ‘The Bronze Age’ We looked at various artefacts and discussed how we would be able to recognise who they belonged to. Mrs Twigg has been amazed by the knowledge of the class and she cannot wait to start the new topic next week.

 

Science – This week in science we started our new topic of plants. We started this week off by completing a KWL which included what we know already and what we want to know by the end of the topic. This term we will be looking at plants and their functions, what a plants needs to grow, a plants life cycle and how seeds are dispersed

 

Keep up the good work Jellyfish – you are all amazing.

Keep shining

 

Mrs Twigg

The Bronze Age

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