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Robins Class

Robins is our Year 3 & 4 class taught by teacher Miss Kelly Lovick, with support from TAs Emily Martin and Liam Hurst.

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World Book Day

posted 8 Mar 2019, 10:41 by Kelly Lovick

We celebrated World Book Day in style by taking part in a live lesson, shared books across the school and decorated potatoes as characters from our favourite stories.

"This week we had World Book Day. Instead of the usual dressing up, we decorated potatoes ranging from Secret garden spuds to hard potato Harry Potters. It was really fun making my potato and it is great to see how creative everyone has been!!" Ruby


Year 4/5 Debating

posted 4 Feb 2019, 04:52 by Kelly Lovick

On Tuesday, we met Alex from the English Speaking Union. Over the next term, we will be learning the skills of debating including how to start a debate, how to formulate our point and how to summarise what we have heard.

We kicked off by holding a Balloon debate. We worked in groups to decide on an inspirational person and then thought of reasons as to why our person should be kept on the sinking balloon. At the end of the discussions, the whole class voted and 3 people remained on the balloon.

Dexter - I found it fun because we played lots of fun games and got to share our ideas with each other.  


Maisie - I liked voting. I never knew that voting was part of debating. In the game we played, my wish that everyone in the world would recycle so that we save our planet.


Imogen - I liked the introduction game. It was about what I would do if I ruled the world


Ollie - It was really good because you got to decide what character you would be, and we were all in a hot air balloon. The hot air balloon was sinking and we had to argue our reasons about why we should be kept in! I was Jeremy Corbyn and I was kept in the balloon.


Isla - I loved playing the game where we decided who could stay in the hot air balloon. We had groups of 3 and decide who really like (famous or not) and my group chose Mrs McLoughin. One person was our spokesperson. We chose Mrs McLoughlin because she is kind, supportive and helps us with all of our learning and making our school amazing.


Ecobricks

posted 23 Jan 2019, 05:51 by Kelly Lovick   [ updated 23 Jan 2019, 06:11 ]


This term we are thinking about the waste in our homes that ends up in landfill. We would like to reduce the amount of nonrecyclable plastic that ends up getting thrown away so we are therefore going to make Ecobricks.


The important thing about Ecobricks is that we take responsibility for our own waste. We do not want to send our Ecobricks to other countries as this is no different to sending them actual waste.




We made our Ecobricks at school and we will now take them home to fill up!

Ecobricks are made with clean and dry plastic.  Start by segregating your ecobrickable plastic from all other materials.


Choose your bottle. We will be using 2L bottles (it is easier to build with Ecobricks if they are all the same size.)




Get all your equipment ready- you need to make sure you have a stick to push all the plastic down.



Add a vision to your Ecobrick



Build!

(We are hopefully going to make a bench for Forest School)









Arts week

posted 18 Jan 2019, 07:47 by Kelly Lovick   [ updated 18 Jan 2019, 07:49 ]

Arts week

This week we have been doing lots of art in a variety of forms. We started the week in our family groups creating collaborative art pieces in the style of different artists.

In Forest School, we created some natural art from the woods around us.


Jacob, Henry and Oz created this realistic Owl


Niamh and Jack decided to create a scene from Harry Potter


Finley created this ferocious T-Rex using buds as teeth



Dexter, Maisie and Isla created an image of our planet using laurel leaves for countries and a stick for the equator.



We were also lucky enough to have a visit from local artist. He showed our class Dartmoor landscapes and a variety of drawing techniques to create different styles of line. We then used these lines to create our own narrow landscapes which we then filled with ink.


I think Robins class should be really proud of their efforts this week and the fantastic pieces that they have created.




Spring Term!

posted 15 Jan 2019, 14:20 by Kelly Lovick

Welcome back! I hope you had a good break and are all looking forward to an exciting Spring term.
This term our big question is: Which of the Sustainable Development Goals is the most important? 

If you are not sure what a Sustainable Development Goal is (or how you can help us to meet some of our targets!) then you could watch this informative video:

There are 17 goals created by the UN, with 2030 as a target date for some change to be evident globally. Hopefully, they will act as a call to action to end poverty, protect the plant and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

Image result for sustainable development goals

Robins class has decided that we will look at some of the goals and decide what we can do to help change our planet for the better. We look forward to sharing our ideas with you over the next term.

Exeter museum

posted 7 Dec 2018, 08:23 by Kelly Lovick   [ updated 10 Dec 2018, 00:15 ]

This week we were lucky enough to go on two trips! On Tuesday we went to Exeter museum and had a fantastic day learning about ancient Egypt. We took part in 4 different activities related to our topic which Emelie and Poppy chose to write about.


In the museum, we did four different activities: mummification, senet, scribe school and a tour.


Mummification

Mummification is an amazing process I find it so interesting. It is a bit gross for example pulling the brain out of the head with a crochet hook but it is important for us to learn about the process. We learnt that they washed the body first and took a lot of care with it.

Senet

Senet is a game that ancient Egyptians played, it is quite competitive when you have players that are good at it cause it is very tricky

First, you have a board like this with figures like this:

Or you can use rocks and cups



Scribe school

Scribe school is all about maths, writing and reading all the things you would do at school. At the museum we uncracked codes and we even had to write our names in hieroglyphics. It was quite hard but we persevered to get them right.

Tour

We had a tour all around the museum. We saw lots of different Egyptian artifacts and saw the tomb of Shep en-Mut. It was amazing as her actual mummy was still inside! It was decorated with hieroglyphics and images of Egyptian gods. I really liked seeing the amulets and learning about the sort of clothes and makeup that the Egyptians would have worn. Did you know they made eyeliner out of coal?



There's an artist inside us all

posted 12 Nov 2018, 05:50 by Kelly Lovick

This week we thought about art.

Miss Ryder Green asked us 'what is art?' We came up with lots of ideas including that art is open to our own interpretation. We realised that we think is good might be different to what someone else likes or even sees.

We thought about the qualities that an artist might need. We decided that an artist needs to be patient, persevere, be confident to try new things and be good at collaborating.


We had a tricky challenge outside. We had to draw the landscape in pen without looking at our paper!




Then we had to draw the landscape without taking our pen off of the paper.



When we came back into the classroom we created some collaborative pieces of art looking at different types of landscapes. We observed that all of our final pieces were very different which we decided was a good thing as it shows how we are all unique.


Welcome Miss Ryder-Green ( and a little bit about Physical Education at Sparkwell)

posted 6 Nov 2018, 06:57 by Kelly Lovick

Welcome to our B.Ed student Miss Ryder-Green!


"Hi, I’m Meaghan Ryder-Green a second-year Bed student from Plymouth University. I will be in Robbins class until the 23rd November then will return in May for another four weeks. 

 

I’ve had a brilliant first week getting to know all the pupils in Robins class who have made me feel very welcome. I’ve seen some great learning and it’s been lovely to get to know the children and hear about their half term adventures."






This week we have been trying out our new PE programme- REAL PE. This approach will be used across the whole school and will focus on the development of agility, balance and coordination, healthy competition and cooperative learning through challenges, games, personal bests and stories.



We challenged ourselves this week to do a static balance. We have included the activity card here if you would like to try this at home! (Try not to wobble!)



Healthy Schools Week

posted 12 Oct 2018, 00:29 by Kelly Lovick   [ updated 12 Oct 2018, 02:37 ]

This week we have been designing and making healthy snacks that we could have at breaktime. We spent some time thinking about what makes a healthy meal and what we could have as a healthy snack.

Our class thought about trying fruit, vegetables, plain popcorn, nuts, dried fruit and protein balls. In class we made a fruit salad using banana, melon, kiwi, apples and pears.



We also prepared vegetables sticks with hummus and tried these tasty protein balls. 

We have included the recipe below:


We hope you have a great half term!

Mummifying tomatoes!

posted 10 Oct 2018, 00:47 by Kelly Lovick   [ updated 10 Oct 2018, 04:15 ]

This week we have been learning about how the ancient Egyptians made mummies. We did some research and thought about the steps that were taken. We have shared our instructions below in case you would like to mummify your own tomato.

How to mummify a tomato.

Equipment
Tomatoes, Antibacterial hand wash, Natron (Table salt and bicarbonate of soda), Kitchen towel, Containers, Knives, Spoons, Weighing scales.

Method
1. Look at your tomato
  • What does it look like?

  • What does it smell like?

  • How does it feel?


2. Make a small incision in the tomato using a knife and scoop out the seeds inside using a spoon.
    You can throw these bits away (but the ancient Egyptians would store the lungs, liver, stomach and guts in canopic jars.)



3. Rub your tomato inside and out with the antibacterial wash using kitchen towel. This will kill any nasty germs that may be lurking         inside the body.

4. Weigh your mummy. This is its pre-mummification weight.

5. Next, pack the tomato with a special salt called Natron (an equal mix of table salt and bicarbonate of soda). Place your stuffed tomato             inside a container also filled with Natron.

6. Ancient Egyptians would have to wait 70 days to be able to complete their mummification process, but we are going to wait for two weeks.
  • What do you think will happen to the body (tomato)?




We will let you know next week how they look!





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