Wildlife on our Doorstep

We enjoyed spending time in our community garden. It’s brimming with insects, birds and flowers, as well as organic fruits and vegetables. Here is an exciting short video of when ‘Everything stopped for the ants’.

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Film Day in Year 3/4 Bees

The Bees had a very exciting day. They explored costume and scenery; recorded their own films and they enjoyed watching a film in their classroom cinema.

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If I were Prime Minister

On GE17 Day, we encouraged each other to share priorities, concerns and worries linked to ourselves, our families, our country and our world. We worked in small production teams to create short films that captured our heartfelt opinions.

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One Love at Birkwood

It is so important to create opportunities for difficult discussion topics. Our focus today was positivity, bravery, kindness, determination and selflessness. The children asked questions, commented, shared and recorded notes as part of a variety of tasks. Everyone agreed that the concert in Manchester had a positive impact on a desperate situation. Remember – love not hate!

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Random Act of Kindness

 

This pupil showed HUGE respect towards someone less fortunate than herself. We are extremely proud of her selfless generosity.

 

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Perfect Poetry

 

Big write task: To write a nature poem in the style of Christina Rossetti.  These children received a headteacher award sticker and personalised feedback from Mrs Allen, acknowledging their skill and imagination. Really well done to each poet.

 

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Ding, ding- All aboard!

Year 4 took great pleasure in sharing their reading skills with our F1 morning children. New friendships, social skills and common interests inspired creative learning all round.

 

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Nature Poetry

 

We have been learning about Christina Rossetti & sharing some of her beautifully composed poems. Here’s ‘Hurt No Living Thing’:

 

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At One With Nature

Year 4 spent time taking photographs to represent nature in our school grounds. They were challenged to select just 10 of their favourite photos and use crop, zoom and effect features. The children worked independently to add text and music to create an iMovie. The quality of the final movies was very impressive!

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It’s non fiction-FACT!

We’re taking a close look at non fiction texts this half term.

 

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Using new & familiar skills…

Our task: Use prior knowledge, non fiction texts & appropriate research to complete reading comprehension questions about British wildlife in May time.

 

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Practically Parallel

 

We took our maths lesson to the outdoors. Missions involved parallel, perpendicular and intersecting lines.

 

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Mountains and Rivers

We are loving learning about the British Isles.  Our displays showcase our beautiful writing, artwork and research. We know all about major rivers, capital cities, compass points, wild flowers, wild creatures and major British mountains too.

 

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Egg-cellent  Easter  Activities in the Bees

We thoroughly enjoyed making, preparing, and sharing FOOD.

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The big, big, big, BIG, BIGGEST Write ever…

 

After an amazing trip of a lifetime to Harry Potter World near London, the Bees were inspired to share their best ‘bits’ of the day! Here are just a few of the top quality accounts of a day that we will never forget. Quality writing and writing targets were our focus.
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An Experience of a Lifetime

After sharing J.K. Rowling’ s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the Bees spent an amazing day at Harry Potter World in Watford. We left school at 7am and arrived back at 8pm. It was a magical, exciting, inspirational and a ‘once in a lifetime’ package of experiences. Many thanks to Mrs Allen for saying ‘Yes’ to our visit and for accompanying us on our adventure! 

 

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Ace Achievements

 

After discussing safety rules, we completed personal physical challenges on the large apparatus. Well done to everyone for successfully achieving their own goals!
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New Life

As Easter approaches, we will be looking at the Easter story and talking about why Christians celebrate new life.

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Romans on Display

Our topic display showcases shield designs, stories about life as a Roman legionary or centurion  (written in the first person) and interesting facts about Ancient Rome.

The Bees are extremely proud of their Roman learning so far!
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Winning Display

 
The Year 3/4 Bees Harry Potter display won first prize in a competition held by the teacher’s website Collaboroo. 
We are delighted with our prizes!
 
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Investigation Reports

 
Before the break, we worked in small groups to investigate how the water cycle works. Our experiments benefitted from a week on a sunny windowsill. 
Here are just a few of our findings, we thought carefully about using the correct scientific terms too. Over the next couple of days, we will be checking out the puddle on our playground. We’re hoping for some sunshine to help with the water cycle process!
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Roman Maths

Today, our maths lesson involved a variety of practical, written and mastery tasks based on Roman numerals.

We used our knowledge to: create clock faces, solve puzzles, ‘build’ calculations, challenge our maths partners, explain our successes and struggles, record answers (written and verbal) and to evaluate our learning. We also learned that the Romans did not have a letter to represent zero!

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Year 3/4 Bees’ Assembly

What a fantastic performance! The acting was excellent, the children followed their stage directions perfectly, the lines were read clearly and all children performed confidently.

Thank you to our #incrediblecommunity for their continued support.

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Look at our hyacinths!

In November last year, Year 3 / 4  Bees planted some special indoor hyacinth bulbs. These flower a lot earlier than most spring bulbs because they have been kept in a cool dark place for several weeks. KS 2 after school gardening club have been looking after them since we brought them into the light and warmth. Great work everybody!

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Harry Potter Bake Sale

 

Our class are very excited to be visiting Harry Potter World at the Warner Bros Studios near Watford. We have been learning about the author J. K. Rowling and sharing Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone as our class novel.
We have had a great time planning, preparing, advertising, baking and selling at our Bake sale. Our fundraising efforts will go towards the cost of our trip in March.
 
Many thanks to all of our families for baking and buying!

 

 

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Monday Morning Money Tasks KER-CHING!

 

Our new knowledge of decimals provided us with the skills and confidence to work with money today. Mrs. Sutton was delighted to observe teamwork, problem solving, innovative representations and explanations.
Well done!
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Promotion….. and Debut Appearance 

Introducing our newest member of Birkwood Brass……
Mr. Dodd is delighted with his attitude and commitment to class brass and has promoted him to the Premiere League, #teamdodd
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Mission Spring Comprehension 

 

The detectives will arrive at the scene shortly….
Their mission is to find clues in the text, share opinions and experiences, and report to Mrs Shaw.
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 Harry’s Letters

We thoroughly enjoyed creating this beautiful mobile – made with letters to Harry Potter. We used watercolours, pastels, ink pens and REAL wax seals. Our mobile is proudly displayed in our classroom.

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Imagine!

 
This afternoon’s music lesson offered us opportunities to share our imagination with the world!
We know Holst’s Mars from The Planets really well and we welcomed the opportunity to share pictures from our imagination. We’re delighted with the results!
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