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  • Classifying with Liquorice Allsorts l3

    The children in Aventurine have been exploring how to use a classification key to group and identify living things. They had lots of fun working with Liquorice Allsorts. They made some fantastic keys based on characteristics and features of the sweets.

  • Day 3 of Year 6 Residential

    Another fun-packed, busy day of activities including swimming and water slides. They are now playing indoor bowls. The sun has come out and they should be pedal-carting a little later.

  • Day 2 Year 6 Residential

    The children had a great night and were exhausted so slept well. Here is an idea of what we have been doing so far today. I will add more photographs of the children in other groups later today.

  • Day 2 Year 6 Residential image-copy

    The children had a great night and were exhausted so slept well. Here is an idea of what we have been doing so far today. I will add photos of other groups later today.

  • First Day of Y6 Residential res1

    What a busy day it has been, sorry about the blurry photos! I will post more later (hopefully less blurry). So far the children have played in the ‘fun house’ soft play centre, played pool/on games consoles, swam and been down the water slides and some have made candles, roller skated or been on the climbing wall. They had a super dinner and pudding and are now playing rounders and football while I type this. Enjoy the peace & quiet parents!

  • Clay animations img_1192

    Following the work on Robin Hood, the children worked in groups to produce a story board of the most important features of the story. They then made clay figures, backdrops and props, which they are currently using to make their own ‘i-movie’ animation. A lot of fun has been had and I can’t wait to see the finished movies.

  • Stroud College Animal Visit

    We were extremely lucky to receive a visit from Stroud College animal department, who brought in a host of creatures for us to observe. After learning and responding to questions about reptiles and small mammals, the children were able to handle and get up close to both. Thank you to Stroud College for this wonderful experience.

  • Learning about why the Anglo - Saxons settled in England history3

    The children used clues to work out the reasons that the Anglo-Saxons settled in England. They were able to explain these as the ‘push’ and ‘pull’ factors. After watching a video clip about the Anglo- Saxons, they then wrote to the film producer saying how the film could be improved. They really impressed me with the quality and content of their writing

  • Jubilee celebrations! 1

    Today, Aventurine class made scones towards the celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, which will take place on last Friday of this term. We used a recipe from one of Mary Berry’s cook books. The class really enjoyed baking the scones. We also used our skills: kneading, cutting and mixing. The children loved every second of it! After, we all started to plan our bunting that we were going to sew on. Some of the designs were brilliant! The designs included the colours, yellow, blue, red and white. We incorporated different types of stitches such as: cross stitch, chain stitch, running stitch, over stitch and back stitch. Yndygo was especially brilliant at stitching.
    By Georgie, Henry and Mehemet.

  • Fun Quizzes img_1994

    Today Aventurine went to the ICT suite to quiz the year 3’s. The year 3’s enjoyed being tested on their knowledge. The quizzes ranged from maths quizzes to geography quizzes. The year 5’s and 6’s, also really enjoyed teaching the younger children. We asked the year 3’s if they liked it: they all said yes!
    By Indiana, Henry and Georgie.

  • Space and Earth img_2011

    The year 5 children are having a science week, whilst the year 6’s are away on residential. They have amazed me with their knowledge and passion for this subject.
    On Day 1 the children created posters for each of the planets in the solar system and then design beautiful front covers for their space books. The pictures show the children using their research to size order the planets, with the extra addition of fruit and balls of course!

  • Orbiting the Sun

    The children in Aventurine took their learning outside and created their own solar system. They could explain that the Sun is at the centre of our Solar System and that each planet takes a different amount of time to orbit the Sun depending on how far away it is
    and how slowly it moves. They also could explain how the Sun’s gravitational pull keeps all the planets in orbit.
    Super Orbiting by ALL!

  • Sharing our knowledge about space. s1

    The children in year 5 from Aventurine and Emerald finished off their space topic by visiting Amethyst class and sharing their work. Sharing their knowledge through the beautiful books that they had created was a pleasure to watch. The buzz in the room and the engagement from both classes was also delightful. Well done to all!

  • Jubilee Celebrations j2

    A few photos from Aventurine’s day of celebrations. They learnt about how life has changed in Britain over the 70 years Elizabeth has been queen. This was followed by enjoying a wonderful whole school picnic on the green. The scones they made went down well too.


  • Class Blog:


    • Science

      In science the children have been exploring how living things can be classified into broad groups. They were able to give reasons why similarities and differences in observable characteristics can help them.


    • We have started a new book in literacy this week

      In literacy we are using the intriguing picture book ‘The Viewer’ by Gary Crew and illustrated by Shaun Tan. We spent an entire lesson pouring over the front and back cover and only managed to read a few pages as we had so many questions and observations!


    • Netball in the Spring Sunshine

      Today Aventurine enjoyed an hour in the Spring sunshine improving their netball skills of defending and attacking. Vinnie was impressed with progress the children have made in such a short time.


    • Christmas in Aventurine

      Lovely memories of our run up to Christmas.


    • Stroud College Animal Visits

      We were extremely lucky to receive a visit from Stroud College animal department, who brought in a host of creatures for us to observe. After learning and responding to questions about reptiles and small mammals, the children were able to handle and get up close to both. Thank you to Stroud College for this wonderful experience.


    • Our Finished Creatures

      Aventurine’s family of mini-beasts.


    • Shrinking with Mini-Beasts

      Arts Week ‘Shrinking with Mini– Beasts,’ was Aventurine’s chapter from the playscript ‘The Amulet’. The children had such fun and really enjoyed the week, where they created such fantastic milk bottle puppets based on the script. These included woodlice, ladybirds, grasshoppers, a giant wasp, slug and snail! The giant snail was a 3 manned puppet operated by Aimee, Rowan and Mehmet when filmed on Thursday.


    • Cracking Contraptions

      Aventurine have learnt how to create imaginative computer-generated animations using, various tools, backgrounds and sounds. Their creativity was absolutely amazing as they created their own “cracking contraption” animation based on Wallace and Gromit. Have a look on our class Purple Mash blackboard where the children are adding their contraptions.


    • Crime and Punishment

      Should Robin Hood steal from the rich and give to the poor? The children have thoroughly enjoyed the start of this topic. The mediaeval justice system and the reason for crime has been explored. This was followed by work that included a discussion of whether Robin Hood was a criminal himself or if indeed Robin Hood was right to act against the injustice of the mediaeval courts in Nottingham.


    • Camp Green Lake

      In English this term, Aventurine are reading ‘Holes’ by Louis Sacher. The children have used their skills of deduction and inference to create maps of ‘Camp Green Lake’. This has led to wonderful descriptive writing by all. A few quotes from the children’s writing: “In the clear sky, the sun beats down on the weak campers, who retreat to their tents.’’ “The only shade for miles were two oak trees. Stationed between them a hammock that mocked the boys, who inhabited the worst of camps.” “Down on the ground vicious creatures lurked from corner to corner of the holes, looking for shade.” Well done to all!


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