Week Five…

One of our newest musicians received her fifth flute lesson this week. We are delighted with her progress, and proud that she is confident enough to share her learning with classmates.

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When Autumn Came Indoors.    

Our knowledge, experiences, research and ‘evidence’ all came together beautifully this morning. We wrote poetry independently, paying special attention to rhythm, pattern and ‘Things of Beauty’.

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Perfect Poetry        

In preparation for our poetry writing, we have been experiencing, collecting and researching signs, smells and changes in nature at Autumn time.

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Christmas During the Strike

These comprehension activities were based on differentiated non fiction texts, linked to the miners’ strike of 1984-85. The children worked particularly well to distinguish types of questions. Great detective skills too!

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Musical Genres

The children are taking the time to learn about music from a variety of musical genres. They are also learning to appreciate musicians from contrasting cultures, backgrounds and eras.

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Stars of the Future

The Woodpeckers have only had five lessons with Mr. Dodd and we are already spotting a few stars of the future. One of these stars is already playing duets with Mr. Dodd!

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Working in a Coal Mine! 

What a fantastic day we had at the National Coal Mining Museum.

We travelled deep under the ground to experience life as a real miner – exciting and chilly too!

We loved exploring the exhibits and we were delighted that it was a sunny (but breezy) day! This meant that we could spend time enjoying the amazing, new, mining-themed adventure play area.

The pit ponies were one of our star attractions. We also loved our trip to the pithead baths. T.C. (one of our tour guides) made us laugh when he was telling us about his Mum washing the dirty clothes in the  tin bath – T.C. and his brothers and sisters got in the same water, once the clothes were clean!

Today, we certainly were creative learners – a day to remember!

 

 

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Macmillan Café 2017

Our Macmillan Coffee Day was amazing. Year 2/3 Kingfishers and Year 3 Woodpeckers ran our Community Café throughout the day; donations of cakes, buns and biscuits were much appreciated. A very special day for a very special cause. All children in school were invited and visited the Café, parents and families then joined us and we raised an amazing £500! Thank you to our #IncredibleCommunity for the support – what a successful day!

 

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Magic Mining Memories

We were visited by one of our classes’ Granddads (and our caretaker Mr Jones). He shared his knowledge and experiences of mining in Barnsley during the 1980s. Thank you so much Mr. Jones!

 

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Here’s our Community Café advertisement.

On Thursday 28th September, the Woodpeckers and the Kingfishers will be working in the famous Birkwood Café. All of the money raised will go to the fantastic charity, Macmillan. The café is open throughout the day for pupils (don’t forget your 50p) and the whole school community after school.

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Maths Mastery Mission! 

This group used their knowledge of perimeter to design compounds for endangered species. We are pleased to report that their mission was successful!

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Poor Bob!

Bob the Artist was our story stimulus for philosophy. The children selected a question which stirred up discussion, disagreement and experiences of name calling.

 

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Stepping back in Time

We learned all about the Oakes Mining Disaster of 1866. On the 12th December, 361 men and boys lost their lives. This happened just 3 miles from our school, in Cudworth. Reports tell us that the many explosions could be heard for miles around and it ‘snowed’ black dust!

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Use Your Vote! 

Today was Hustings for potential School Councillors in the Year 3 Woodpeckers. We had many applicants, all with excellent ‘pitches’. The votes are in, verified and…..top secret until assembly!

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Our Science Lesson Was ‘Rock’ ing! 

We learned new scientific vocabulary to help us investigate the properties of rocks. Rocks can be permeable (we tested using water), chalky (we tested using vinegar), hard (we tested by scratching with coins) and they can sink (we tested by putting in deep water). We examined our findings closely, using magnifying glasses. We reported our findings on film today.

 

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Shining Brightly!

Our detailed artwork is proudly displayed in our classroom.

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Bringing the Past into the Present

Our first ‘new topic’ lesson was brought to life by real mining artefacts. We spent time sharing thoughts, ideas, opinions and knowledge about our very own mining heritage.

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Year 2 Woodpeckers’ Trip to Scarborough

The Woodpeckers had a fantastic day out at Scarborough. The sun was shining (thankfully) so the children got to complete all of the planned activities! The children loved the pirate ship ride and the ride on the donkeys and they had a delicious ice cream. The day was so action-packed that some of our children (and special helpers) had a little nap on the bus home.

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Come and See The Woodpeckers’ Trailers!

This video showcases the hard work of our Woodpeckers. They have used the iPads to capture still and moving images; then, they have used iMovie to create trailers. Their work was excellent!

 

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Investigating Fractions

The Year 2 Woodpeckers are loving their maths lessons at the moment. They have been investigating fractions ~ watch them divide amounts into fractions.

 

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Key Stage 1 Trip to Yorkshire Museum

The Year 2 Woodpeckers and Year 1/2 Kingfishers had an amazing time at the Yorkshire Museum. They loved learning lots of new things about dinosaurs and fossils.

 
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Year 2 Woodpeckers’ Class Assembly

The Year 2 Woodpeckers entertained a huge audience with their dinosaur assembly on Tuesday. They shared facts, read riddles and performed a very entertaining song. The highlight was a piece of drama to show how fossils were formed.

Thank you to our #incrediblecommunity for your continued support.

 

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Carnivore, herbivore or omnivore? 

The Woodpeckers have enjoyed sorting dinosaurs and other creatures under the headings ‘Carnivores’, ‘Herbivores’ and ‘Omnivores’. Remember – omnivores eat everything… om nom nom!

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3D Shapes 

The Woodpeckers have been investigating 3D shapes this week – Faces, edges and vertices were carefully being counted.
 
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Year 2 have been using some wonderful directional language this week.

They have a great knowledge of turning clockwise and anti-clockwise!

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The Woodpeckers Analyse Statistics

This week, the Woodpeckers have been learning all about statistics. They have collected data then recorded this data on tally charts, pictograms and block graphs. The children even created block graphs during their computer time. Well done!

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The Woodpeckers Go Back in Time

The Woodpeckers are really enjoying their new topic ‘Dinosaurs’. They have used iPads and non-fiction books to research their favourite ones. They found some fascinating facts.

Well done everyone, super teamwork!

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Party Time! 

 

The Woodpeckers had a wonderful time at their Christmas Party. We played games, had a dance and enjoyed an amazing buffet, thank you for your very generous donations. 

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Conker Planting

Here are the Year 2 Woodpeckers showing off their gardening skills  in the poly tunnel. 

 

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Key Stage 1 Nativity

What a fantastic retelling of ‘The First Christmas’! Excellent singing, clear narration and tremendous acting all made this into a wonderful performance by our Year 1 and Year 2 children.

Thank you to Miss Betts and our Key Stage 1 staff for putting the show together and to the members of our community who showed their tremendous support.

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