Welcome to Griffin Class
The final half term of the year! What a brilliant year we have had. Why not have a scroll through our page and have a look at everything we have done over the year?
Our final topic is all about Superheroes, but maybe some of the characters we will learn about may surprise you.
Off with Her Head!
What sort of man would order the beheading of his wife?
Was she really that bad? We are going to travel back in time to the 1500s and meet the terrifying Tudors, a domineering dynasty that changed our history. We will discover an opulent court where dancing, singing and feasting goes hand in hand with swift falls from favour – and even swifter falls of heads! We will even tread in Tudor footsteps when we visit Gainsborough Old Hall.
We enjoyed our Tudor day. We made pottage using lots of different vegetables, oats and herbs. Some of us liked it, others were not so sure. Tudor dancing was fun and we invited Y1 to come along and watch our performance. Making Tudor houses wasn't as easy as we thought but we gave it a good go.
Gainsborough Old Hall
We had a fantastic visit to the Old Hall in Gainsborough. We had a guided tour from Sean and Victoria who told us lots of interesting facts about the hall and its special visitors. We learned about the different roles of the members of the household and then we all got into character and held a mock Tudor banquet. Take a look at our photos and videos.
I hope you have all had a great break and that you are ready for another busy half term. Please check our newsletter to be sure of PE days and for a little insight into our learning for the next few weeks.
A Child's War
A siren sounds, a building crumbles, a Spitfire zooms overhead! Take cover, it’s 1939 and Britain is at war. We hear why nations are fighting and why children must be moved from the cities. We see the destruction of buildings during air raid attacks and wonder at the amazing spirit of people under siege.
Welcome back. Please read our curriculum newsletter for this half term as there are a couple of changes to spelling and tables test days. Explore the web links and see what you can find out about the Polar regions which we will be studying in more depth this half term.
Griffin Class had an amazing visitor today. Mr Frostbite! He came along to share his experiences of Frozen Kingdoms.
In 1999 Nigel Vardy suffered severe frostbite in temperatures of -60°C on Mount McKinley in Alaska. It cost him his fingers, his nose and all of his toes. An inspiring tale of resilience, recovery and adversity against the odds, Nigel’s injuries haven’t stopped him rising to life’s daily challenges and going on to climb some of the world’s toughest and most challenging mountains.
We have looked at traditional sculptures and drawings made by the Inuit people and have tried to combine the techniques and skills which we found to make our own walrus sculptures.
Journey through space - the Final Frontier.
Navigate beyond the sun; the magnificent, blazing star at the centre of our solar system.
Investigate the planets and consider the fact that aliens might well exist.
The challenges are infinite - just like space!
Our solar system
We have been learning the names of the planets, their position in our solar system, their relative sizes and their distances from the sun. We used fruit to show the relative sizes and we had to use scale to show distances as these are so huge. We rounded the distances to the nearest 10,000,000km from the sun and then used 1cm to represent 10,000,000km.
National Space Centre
On Thursday 3rd of November the whole school travelled to Leicester to visit the National Space Centre. Griffin Class watched an amazing film about being an astronaut, we explored the stunning exhibits in the museum and we learned how to programme a Mars rover. It was a fantastic day, full of fun and facts.
Space Week has been amazing. We have made aliens from junk with family and friends. Mrs Ellis had the hard task of choosing some winning models.
Mr Ashley-Norman, a real life artist, came in to school to work with us. He had already made the rocket body but he showed us how to make simple models from chicken wire. We learned how to use the tools safely and had a look at some of the models he had made. We then had to decorate a panel to hang on the rocket. We decided to use the ribbons to weave a pattern and then we added our panel to the rocket. We think it looks amazing.
We’re going on a magical journey to Alchemy Island! Can you find the gold hidden deep in the island’s mysterious landscape? The only way is to study the map, unravel the riddle and begin your adventure. On the way you must master the ancient art of alchemy. You’ve got your map, now all you need to do is earn the sets of co-ordinates and use your imagination.
Let the journey begin…
Griffin Class received the following letter from the Chief Alchemist on Alchemy Island. They checked out electrical conductivity, magnetism, hardness and transparency. They also had to try to work out which part of the island each sample was from.
Dear Apprentice Alchemists
I have sent samples from Alchemy Island that need examining for different properties. This well help you familiarise yourself with the terrain of the island. Can you report to me the ways you can group the different samples?
We have had another message from the Chief Alchemist...
Dear Apprentice Alchemists,
Can you investigate the contaminated water sample taken from the ‘Bottomless Well’ near the Ancient Citadel? The water is not fit for human consumption and needs cleaning.
Can you predict what might be contaminating the water?
Your challenge is to decontaminate the water as much as possible. Use your scientific skills!