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Robins Class

Robins is our Year 2 & 3 class taught by teacher Miss Kelly Lovick, with support from Miss Emily Martin and Mrs Viccy Florey.

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Our Day in the Woods!

posted 10 Jul 2018, 08:29 by Kelly Lovick   [ updated 10 Jul 2018, 08:45 ]

Spending the whole day in the woods was a fitting end to our inspiring topic 'How great is the Great Outdoors?' 
We planned the day, designed and made our own ration packs and enjoyed a range of different activities (and snacks!)



Caden and Mekhi did some fantastic writing to sum up our day:


"Yesterday, we had our Big Forest School Day- it was amazing! We did loads of activities for example: whittling, lashing, roman numerals, individual fires and maps/orientering. We also tried our ration packs mine was called 'Caden’s Ration Mash-up', it was very tasty!

When we were making our fires ours went out, but we persevered and we got it going again. For dessert we had chocolate mousse cake- thanks Nikki! After lunch I whittled a sphere, it was very sharp. In the afternoon we played tag with Mekhi’s Grandfather, I got tagged once. We also had doughnuts made from bread, jam and batter. They were awesome! At the end we did the talking stick to evaluate our day. My favorite activity was whittling. Best Day Ever!"






Public speaking at the National Marine Aquarium

posted 25 Jun 2018, 04:19 by Kelly Lovick

As part of Ocean’s week we sent a team of public speakers to the National Marine Aquarium. 
Maisie and Dexter represented our class and made us all very proud.

We interviewed them about their experience:

What did you do at the aquarium?
We went to the aquarium because we are the ocean ambassadors. We did a talk about reducing the amount of plastic in the ocean.

How did you do in the competition?
We won out of 12 schools so we got a silver trophy that is in a shape of a seahorse. We were chosen as our school has been very committed to reducing plastic and we did a great song!



What was your favourite part of the day?
Maisie- we were very surprised when we won the trophy as we didn’t think we would win. There was lots of other schools that were older than us and did great talks.
Dexter- I really enjoyed going on the tour. We saw a diver cleaning out the tank and we played a jellyfish that was really fun. I can show you how to do a turtle, stingray and shark in sign language if you ask me!


Did you learn any interesting facts?
Yes! We learnt that a jellyfish can sting you without even touching you! Don’t worry though it doesn’t hurt too much and they don’t live in the seas near us. 

Ration pack meals

posted 18 Jun 2018, 05:14 by Kelly Lovick   [ updated 25 Jun 2018, 03:44 ]

This week Dexter and Imogen wrote our blog:


In Robin’s class we tasted ration packs. We marked a form to see if we loved it, liked it or didn't like it at all. We found out that ration packs can last 24 hours and are very light to carry in your bag. There is enough food in one box to last you breakfast lunch and tea, there's even a few snacks! We liked most of the food and was happy that there was no washing up!



Over the next week we will continue to work on this project. We will use our evaluations to design our own ration packs based on our preferences and then make them ready to take to our whole day at Forest School.





Lighting up our classroom

posted 8 Jun 2018, 10:01 by Kelly Lovick

This week guest blog by Oliver, Adair and Mason.


We made torches with real circuits and bulbs which was really fun. We managed to make the bulbs light up using batteries, a lamp, a switch and wires.


You can make a torch with cardboard tubes and paper cups.


How to make a  torch

  1. Cut a paper cup

  2. Paint the the tube and the cup. Cover the inside with tin foil to reflect the light.

  3. Make a circuit by getting a battery pack. Connect a wire and a bulb then connect a switch.  Make sure the wires are connected and not touching the plastic or it won’t work.

  4. Then you have a simple circuit that you can put inside your torch.












What time is it?

posted 13 May 2018, 11:35 by Kelly Lovick   [ updated 13 May 2018, 11:35 ]

This week we have been learning about time. We have thought about our daily routines, what time things happen in our school day (including lunch!) and how we read both analogue and digital clocks.


In Forest School we made these fantastic clocks, each showing a different time.



Slapton Residential

posted 7 May 2018, 23:40 by Kelly Lovick

Our year 3 Robins and year 4 Owls joined together for a fantastic trip to Slapton. We spent time on the beach searching for interesting and exciting items and built some very tall rock towers.



Before long it was time for dinner, everyone enjoyed their bbq chicken and wedges with most going up for seconds!


In the evening we went on a night walk. We spent time learning some different bird sounds and then tried to identify them as we walked through the woods. We also sampled some hedgerow foods such as navelwort and nettles (we made sure we only ate things that our guide recommended.)

In the morning we took part in some fantastic team building activities and did a daring low ropes course. 

We all had a great time in Slapton with the only complaint being that it should’ve been 2 nights instead of one!



Plants

posted 30 Apr 2018, 12:42 by Kelly Lovick   [ updated 30 Apr 2018, 12:59 ]

This week we have been looking at plants and flowers.
We used our observational skills in Forest School (and our new camera lenses) to look really closely at parts of a plant. We took these fantastic images of the leaves, flowers and berries that we saw on the way to Base Camp.
  

When we returned to the classroom we drew and labelled the parts of the plant and made a mini leaflet to explain their functions.
We also had a go at cutting up a range of flowers to investigate the parts of a flower.
  

STEM Week

posted 27 Mar 2018, 02:53 by Kelly Lovick   [ updated 27 Mar 2018, 02:59 ]

STEM week! 

We had a fantastic week involving lots of activities, experiments, talks and visits. We attended a Harry Potter workshop, listened to a talk from Wolf Mine and managed to extract DNA from frozen peas!



On Monday we learnt to make a range of potions from a Veritaserum to an invisibility elixir using some very strange ingredients(Miss Lovick wasn’t too keen on the eels eyeballs!). It was no surprise however to find that our favourite potion was the one that made slime!


We really enjoyed making robotic hands as part of our science learning on how our bodies work. We were able to pull the strings and make them wave! Our class is getting much better at coding due to ‘The hour of code.’ Some people in our class even managed to code part of a Star Wars game. 

The Wolf Mine talk was very interesting- we learnt a lot about the minerals that are extracted and the processes used to do this. 

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We ended the week by tweeting about what we had been up to!




The Crazy Chef Challenge!

posted 1 Mar 2018, 13:08 by Kelly Lovick   [ updated 1 Mar 2018, 13:10 ]

On Monday we were lucky enough to visit the Eden project and take part in the Crazy Chef Challenge.

The Eden chef set a challenge for our class to bake a global cake using ingredients from all over the world. He gave us clear instructions, but unfortunately the ingredients were written in Latin!


We split into teams and set off on a mission to solve the clues, find the plants on the map and then collect all the ingredients needed to bake the cake. We had to be quick as if we didn't get back in time the Crazy Chef would still make the cake but he would eat it all himself!

We all enjoyed reading the clues, using a map and coordinates and finding the ingredients in the biomes.

Luckily we got back in time and delivered all the ingredients to the Crazy Chef. While our cake was cooking we investigated where in the world our ingredients have come from and how this connects us to people and places across the planet. Finally, the cake arrived! 

(unfortunately Miss Sparkes and I were unable to try the cake due to it still being sugar-free February however all the children assured us it was delicious!)

If I gave you a round the world ticket, where would you go?

posted 5 Feb 2018, 14:37 by Kelly Lovick   [ updated 5 Feb 2018, 14:38 ]


We have been focusing on our big question “If I gave you a round the world ticket where would you go?”

This question has prompted lots of discussions about countries we have visit, places we have heard or read about and inevitably places we would like to visit!

We kicked off our new topic with the question, “Are all countries equal?” We spent an afternoon role playing the situations of different countries across the world prompting discussions around food, health and fairness.

Each group was allocated a different amount of food and water to reflect the wealth of their country. Some children were alarmed to find that they only had a few crisps and some dirty water whilst others had a lot more.

After lots of thoughtful discussion the groups represented the poorer countries expressed how they had felt sad, jealous and very helpless. The richer countries, whilst satisfied and happy with what they had did say that they felt sorry for the countries that had less and expressed a desire to help them by sharing their excess food.

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