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Owls Class

The Owls are a class of Year 5 & Year 6 with their teacher Mrs Palmer and TA Mrs Jones. This term they are exploring how it was like for a family to live during WW2.



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Working towards platinum Forest School badge

posted 9 Nov 2018, 07:04 by Alannah Palmer

We are developing our bird identification skills and learning some important knots so that we meet the criteria for the award. 
Some of the class were able to whittle their butter knifes - it’s a new tricky skill as we don’t want to rotate it like we have done before. 
I was really impressed with the progress everyone made using a compass to correctly describe the direction of paths and landmarks. Well done to everyone in Owls.
Mrs Jones was pleased all the Owls ‘tried’ the acorn flour pancakes we made. Not everyone enjoyed the flavour or texture but at least they tried!

Learning about the Blitz

posted 5 Nov 2018, 05:42 by Alannah Palmer

We have researching more about how people kept themselves and their families safe during WW2 when the bombing moved from RAF bases to our towns and cities. After reading an article from someone recounting their experience of living through the blitz, we designed posters like those that may have been seen to help people keen safe.
Below is a selection of examples.

We are currently building our own Anderson shelter in class. If you have anything that may help it appear more realistic, do let me know.


Busy forest school

posted 5 Oct 2018, 05:15 by Alannah Palmer

This week we had our first Friday forest school - well done to everyone for remembering!
We made made pre-rationing date sweets, peeled the dehydrated acorns ready to make flour and attempted to send secret messages with paper aeroplanes. We are also looking to improve our square lashing technique which is more complex than it appears.
Some children were able to whittle a butter knife. It was tricky but the results were rewarding.

Ration cooking

posted 28 Sep 2018, 10:15 by Alannah Palmer

This week we researched how the people of Britain and Germany were given restrictions with the amount of food and other supplies they had access to during WWII. We made some recipes that would have been used during the war. Lord Woolton pie was a nuticious veggie pie topped with a mashed potato pastry using much less butter than normal and a ‘chocolate’ cake using breadcrumbs from dried up bread. We also made a lentil and cheese sandwich spread which we all agreed was pretty tasty.

A visit from Winston Churchill

posted 18 Sep 2018, 10:45 by Alannah Palmer   [ updated 19 Sep 2018, 07:43 ]


In Owls we had an immersive WWII experience with a historian.
We listened to famous Churchill speeches then went on to write and perform our own.
We also looked at propaganda posters from the time. This was a fantastic afternoon to help us to get an overview of many aspects of life during WWII before we study parts in more detail.

Drumming workshop

posted 16 Sep 2018, 01:51 by Alannah Palmer   [ updated 19 Sep 2018, 13:14 ]

This week we had a drumming workshop using the African drums. Although many of the children were tired after forest school, we were able to create a short composition that was shared with the rest of the school in the afternoon. We will continue to learn about rhythms, beats and tempo using the drums this term.
More pictures and videos are available on tapestry.

First Week of the Year

posted 9 Sep 2018, 07:18 by Alannah Palmer   [ updated 9 Sep 2018, 08:22 by Francesca McLoughlin ]

Welcome back to Owls and welcome our new two class members: Greta and Oska. I have really enjoyed my first week at Sparkwell. The children have been polite, helpful and friendly to me and each other - what a great start to the year!
We have spent the week exploring what it means to be a good learner through solving mathematical problems, establishing our reading routines and creating our designs for our bags in art. So far we have recognised the importance of listening well; persevering (even if the learning is a challenge or not quick to do); trying out ideas and then evaluating before continuing; taking our time to ensure we have been successful; and praising ourselves for what we have accomplished even if the work is not 'finished'. I hope the class will apply these effective learning skills over the course of the year.

Marine day

posted 21 Jun 2018, 00:38 by mkearn@sparkwell.devon.sch.uk


Cam toys

posted 19 Jun 2018, 00:27 by mkearn@sparkwell.devon.sch.uk

This week we have been focusing on making cam toys.

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