A Century Later…

 
Today marks one hundred years since some women were given the chance to vote. Our philosophy stimulus was ‘Votes for Women’. The children discussed, debated and shared facts, thoughts and ideas based on the suffragettes.
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Stylish Writers

Here are the first five Woodpeckers to earn the prestigious pen licence. Well done!
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Our Time To Shine

After preparing, sharing, planning, talking, listening, thinking, editing, suggesting and enjoying, we are ready to share our AMAZING Adventures of Snoopy stories.

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Rocket Science

 

We used balloons to see how the thrust comes from the energy of the balloon and forces the air out. 

 

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Big Write Plans

We’re getting to know the main character in ‘The Amazing Adventures of Snoopy’. We know some of his life story BUT our imaginations are brimming with further exciting chapters!

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Great Glocks!

 

The Woodpeckers are making excellent progress in their Charanga Music sessions. Here they are playing a 2 part accompaniment to Bob Marley’s ‘Three Little Birds’.

 

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Philosophically Speaking

Our philosophy lesson centred around the question, ‘Why don’t people listen to their parents?’ The question stemmed from Anthony Browne’s ‘Into the Forest’.

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We’re Taking Positive Steps!

As part of a recent philosophy session, we talked about resolutions which would impact our lives and the lives of our families, positively.

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Hinduism

Our focus for this bright display is that we can respect the faiths, beliefs, customs and cultures of others. We are all human beings.

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Fabulous French

 
This week’s French lesson encouraged our Year 3 children to use their cross curricular skills. Here they are in action…
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Ready, Steady… Charanga! 

 
Our Year 3s are loving the new music scheme, Charanga! Our song for this half term is Bob Marley’s ‘Don’t Worry About a Thing’.
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To Infinity and Beyond!

Our small groups of scientists enjoyed researching important information about the moon.
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One World, Many Faiths 

Our RE lesson about the Hindu faith inspired us to create intricate Mehndi designs.

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A Truly Magical Adventure

The Kingfishers and Woodpeckers thoroughly enjoyed an afternoon at the theatre. We were all mesmerised by an outstanding, exciting, thrilling, action-packed performance of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. What a treat!

 

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Sunshine and Showers

Today marked an exciting introduction to our new topic, the Amazon Rainforest. We located the 7 continents, the northern and southern hemispheres, South America, Brazil, the British Isles and the Equator. We experimented with colour – mixing shades of green and using them to create beautiful bright rainforest leaves. All we need now is some sunshine!

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French

Today, the children learned all about the celebrations and customs of Epiphany with Madame Brittain. They even made a crown, worn by the ‘winner’ of a trinket that is baked into a tasty French dessert – galette.

 

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Boys on a Bus 

Here are our Year 3 boys proving that reading is engaging. All you need is a good text and a relaxing environment (on wheels)!

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Year 2 and 3 Nativity

Our Year 2 and 3 children have produced a fabulous Christmas Nativity which they performed for all of the Key Stage 2 children and staff. The singing, costumes and acting were all wonderful and anybody who came to see the performance was royally entertained!

 

Well done to Miss Betts, Miss Spellman, Mrs. Sutton and all other Staff and the wonderful children involved with the production – we’re very proud of you all!

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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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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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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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