The Kingfishers #FilmIt

The Kingfishers used their ‘Film it’ week to create videos retelling The Christmas Story. They took photos and videos of Nativity Rehearsals and then used iMovie to turn these images into a film. They also added their own text to create a narrative to the film. Here are some of the final movies.

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Me and My Shadow

Today’s science investigation focused on shadows. We used opaque, translucent and transparent objects in natural light (yes, the sun did put in an appearance on this winter’s day) and artificial light.

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Bake Off

The Woodpeckers enjoyed using their weighing measuring, estimating and sharing skills during their cook-it week. There’s enchanted ‘Narnia Cakes’ on the menu, complete with Turkish Delight.

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Make Over

Our reading corner has had a mini make over. These children enjoyed snuggling up with a book and new furry cushions at lunchtime.

 

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Christmas Has Come Early! 

What a lovely surprise when Mrs Allen came to our classroom with some beautiful books! We are delighted, and we are really looking forward to sharing them soon. 

Thank you for your kindness Mrs Allen.

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe- Update.

The Woodpeckers are loving C.S.Lewis’ classic story. We have been wondering what Turkish Delight tastes like since we read about Edmund’s favourite food. Everybody tried it and most of our class thought it was delicious-they even asked politely for another piece. This made us wonder if Marks and Spencer sell ‘enchanted’ Turkish Delight!

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Year 2 Robins – We are designers

The Year 2 Robins had an amazing day designing and making a new celebration cake. They chose different materials and colours to make these wonderful creations.

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Design It! 

Everyone in Year 3 thoroughly enjoyed their first ever lesson linked to design. After excellent support from the Design Museum in Kensington, we are encouraging the children to consider iconic designs, style, practical use, safety, ethical issues and marketing. Discussion and questioning was interesting, exciting and carefully considered. Here are a few clips which capture our pupils’ enthusiasm towards Open Futures’ new Design It strand.

 

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“….Always winter, never Christmas” – C.S.Lewis 

Our ‘Narnia characters’ display is coming on a treat. The good news is that Christmas WILL arrive (in all its glory – sparkle and shine) very shortly at Birkwood!

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Recorder Time

The Kingfishers love their recorder lessons with Mr. Ingman. They are getting much more confident at playing a range of notes and reading music. They sound great!

 

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Computer Programming with the Kingfishers

 The Kingfishers are really good at  creating their own programs and debugging existing ones! They love the challenges set on Purplemash. Fantastic programming skills!  

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Dream (Y3) Team

The Woodpeckers were joined by the Kingfishers from Year 3. Their mission… to investigate reflection. The children worked in small teams to compare their reflections in plane, concave and convex mirrors. We laughed when we were upside down!

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Perfect Progress

We are so proud of the progress these sisters have made. They joined our school eleven weeks ago and look at their handwriting now!

 

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Sharing Our Musical Talents

Who should drop by during our Year 3 class brass lesson today?… One of our Year 6 experienced euphonium players. Within seconds, Mr. Dodd had written a part for him to accompany our round. We are getting good with our Kodaly hand signs too.

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Science – We LOVED It! 

Who would have thought that a science experiment could make you giggle? We loved investigating how the pupils in our eyes let light in. We closed the blinds, turned off the lights, watched our partner’s pupils closely and turned the lights back on again – Wow!

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Stepping into Narnia

We loved dressing as Lucy, Susan and Peter from the Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe. What a shame that it wasn’t snowing!

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Super Seven

We completed our very first attempt at Birkwood’s Magic Mile; here are the quickest seven finishers so far. Let’s see who has the stamina and determination to improve on their personal best over this next half term.

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Production Teams

The Woodpeckers worked in small teams to shoot, produce and edit a short film, using iMovie. Their brief was to highlight the importance of Anti Bullying Week 2017.

 

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What Do I Know? 

Our newest display shows off all of the things we know about Christianity.

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Baptism at St. John’s Church

The Year 2 Robins had a cold, but exciting walk to church to meet Father David. We learnt all about christenings and even celebrated the baptism of ‘baby’ Tommy.

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C.S. Lewis 

This term, we will be making lots of links to literacy through our topic ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’. We have started reading the story and have spent some time researching the author, C.S. Lewis. We are very excited and intrigued at the same time.

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Shape Hunters 

Last week, the Kingfishers learnt all about 2D and 3D shapes. In one lesson, we used the iPads and the QR reader to identify properties of 2D shapes. It was fun and we learnt a lot.

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We Have Got Boogie Shoes! 

The Woodpeckers are making excellent progress in their weekly class brass lessons. The children thoroughly enjoy their lessons with Mr. Dodd. He is hoping to invite some of our Year 3s to join up with our Year 6 Birkwood Brass stars before long. Keep up the hard work (in your boogie shoes) Woodpeckers!

 

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Year 2/3 Kingfishers’ Class Assembly

What a fantastic performance! The Kingfishers amazed their audience by showing off wonderful singing, clear speaking and an excellent presentation of the work they have completed so far.

 

Thank you to our #incrediblecommunity for their continued support.

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A Wonderful Day IN!

Even though the Year 2 Robins didn’t go on their trip, they still had a wonderful time in school!

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Room on the Broom

The children had an amazing time making props, creating scenery and filming. The Robins retold the story of ‘Room on the Broom’ during their Filmit week.

 

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Topic Update

It’s time for a new topic in the Woodpeckers and we’re already inspired to read and write with enthusiasm, skill and enjoyment! C.S Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe has well and truly got us gripped!

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Book Worms

Thanks to Mrs Allen for the great book that she gifted to our class this week. Four days on and we’re more than half way through Adrian Edmundson’s brilliant children’s novel ‘Tilly and the Time Machine’.

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Dictionary Day 

Children worked in pairs to check the meaning of words. They also used the first two or three letters of a word to check its spelling.

 

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Our Mining Heritage 

 
The Woodpeckers presented their learning beautifully this afternoon. The children shared poetry, movement, drama and factual, historical information. We are really proud of each and every pupil for their first class performance – well done! Thank you to our #incrediblecommunity for their support.
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