Friday, 25 November 2016
This week all of the Reception classes have been busy cooking a whole manner of different space themed goodies, from moon rocks to star biscuits. We thought about the importance of washing our hands beforehand and keeping safe around cooking utensils before mixing all of the ingredients together and cooking. It smelt delicious! Afterwards, we wrapped them all up and sold them to the parents... they were gone in minutes! All in all, everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
Cedar Tree Class have been learning how a search engine works. We created a re-enactment of how a search engine works in the World Wide Web using "Web Spiders" to travel and collect the information and order our results. We then researched King Charles II using our knowledge of search engines to make our search specific.
Last week children in Year 1 were lucky enough to have a visit from some of our School Governors, including the chair of governors, Mr Robert Young. They came to see what we do during our Big Write sessions. The governors were brilliant at getting stuck in and asking us what we were doing and helping us to spell some of the adventurous vocabulary that was tricky to spell.
We had a brilliant day out at the Science Museum!
We visited the Wonderlab- it was really 'hands-on'! There was even an experiment where you had to slide down 3 different slides to investigate friction. The slides were made out of wood, plastic and artificial grass- which do you think was the fastest?
Today we used our verbal persuasion skills to try to persuade our audience to agree with us. The topics we discussed included the statements 'Children should be allowed to vote', 'Everyone should earn exactly the same no matter what their job is', 'Anyone should be allowed to drive, even without a license' and 'Children should be allowed to do whatever they want'.
The language we used included:
It is indisputable that….
Even though…., ….
No one could deny that…
Only a fool would think that….
Anyone can see that…
Everyone agrees that….
Cedar Tree class learnt how to make vegetable lasagne. We learned the importance of washing our food before preparing it, different ways to safely chop the vegetables and prepare the ingredients. We had lots of fun mixing all the ingredients together and preparing a yummy lasagne to sell!
In Ash Tree, we have been finding out what makes a good echo poem. One of the important features is a question and answer, with the answer being a rhyme to the last word in the sentence.Here is work completed by Kaci-Lee, Jgor, Suvir and Beatris recognising rhyming words.
This week a group of 28 children from Key Stage 2 Bannockburn visited The Barbican Centre in London as part of a the IntoFilm Festival 2016. They watched a film called 'Gus, petit oiseau, grand voyage' and it was spoken entirely in French - although there were some subtitles to help! After having watched the film, the children furthered their learning by completing a French treasure hunt on their journey home.
After the children commented on how similar some French words can be to English like 'cinéma' 'famille' and 'policier' - these are examples of cognates, words in foreign languages that resemble their English translations, so we can often guess the meaning. However, the children also met some "false friends" over the course of the day. These are words that we can try and guess but they actually mean something different, like 'magasin' which, as the children discovered, in fact means 'shop' and not 'magazine!'
We continue to explore the story 'Can't You Sleep Little Bear?' We have described the feelings of Little Bear throughout the story. Little Bear is scared of the dark and Big Bear gives him different sized lanterns for light. We made our own lanterns for Little Bear. The adults taught us how to use scissors safely.
As part of our Great Fire of London topic the London Fire Brigade came in this week to talk to Year 2 Sycamore Class about fire safety!
We learnt how to make emergency calls and how to exit a building safely in case of an emergency. We even got to play some games and asked our fire officer lots of questions!
There's definitely some future fire officers in the making in Sycamore!
This week we have learnt about persuasive writing.
Miss Bethell is very impressed because our writing has been amazing! We have persuaded all the Year 3 teachers to visit Egypt next Summer.
Take a read of Nihaal's persuasive writing below...
What features of persuasion can you see in her writing?
Have you been persuaded to go to Egypt?
Friday, 18 November 2016
Today's invitees at the Bannockburn Bistro, Manor Way. Children at Manor Way are chosen by the lunchtime staff based upon them exhibiting good dining room manners, such as saying 'please' and 'thank you', talking quietly, using a knife and fork etc. It is a real pleasure to be their waiter at lunchtime in the dining room and serve their lunch.
This week in Religious Education, Walnut Tree class have been looking at the different features of a Church. We have been working collaboratively in order to research the different areas and to find out the name and purpose of them. We decided to take a closer look at the stained glass windows you see in many Churches in England. We spoke about their purpose and we were able to use them to remind us of some of the stories from the Bible. Walnut Tree then had a go at creating their own stained glass windows using tissue paper and black card.
We really enjoyed coming up with different designs!
Elder started their day in an enthusiastic mood due to the Daily Mile Challenge. Fifteen minutes of exercise really got the blood pumping! A great effort by all!
Thursday, 17 November 2016
Year 6 Reward Trip to The Science Museum
On Monday 14th November, some Year 6 pupils and a handful of very lucky Year 5 pupils went to a brand new gallery at the Science Museum.
Wonderlab is an interactive gallery where we could explore, play and learn independently and lead our own learning. There were amazing resources and interesting ideas- even including an experiment using three slides!
"There were things I have never seen before- it's been an amazing day!"
"I've learnt so much and had a really fun day too; I really liked the chemistry experiments with dry ice!"
"I would definitely recommend this gallery to others- it is the best museum I have ever been to!"
Google Expeditions visited us in Key Stage 2 today! We explored the Egyptian Pyramids, trekked through the Amazon, dived underwater to investigate shipwrecks and hiked the trails of the Mayan Ruins! We used virtual reality to explore all these places without leaving our school!
"This is so cool! It's like we're actually there"- Year 3
"It makes the learning fun and we haven't even left the room!" - Year 6
"I had so much fun! When can we do it again?"- Year 4
"Look! I can see a Turtle! It's above me!"- Year 5And finally a quote from our visitor from Google,