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Robins Class

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

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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!





South West Coast path

posted 1 Oct 2018, 04:51 by Kelly Lovick   [ updated 1 Oct 2018, 05:05 ]

This week we were lucky enough to walk along the South West Coastal Path starting at Noss Mayo. We walked a 3 mile circular walk along the coast and through woods led by our guide Alex. Isla has written a lovely account of what we got up to:


I really enjoyed the Noss Mayo walk because there were great views and activities.


Yesterday, (Tuesday) we went for a 7km walk in Noss Mayo. Firstly, we started our walk and met Alex our guide. We had a safety brief where we went over all the instructions if we come face to face with something or had a problem. After the safety brief, we came to a wall where we measured our paces to see if the wall was 100 metres.




When I came to the wall I counted my footsteps. I was one of the first groups. Every time I took one step on my right foot, it counted as one.  When I got to the end of the wall I found out it was less than 100 metres because I did 88 at school and 56 at Noss Mayo.

Next, we were given some equipment.  I had my partner (Lizzie) and we both got given a map, binoculars and after we found out where we were, we got given a sticker to show where we were on the map.


After the equipment, we started walking again. When we were walking, we were next to a cow field. It was very funny because very unexpectedly we saw 5 cows in the path! The teachers told us to walk across the fence because we didn’t want the cows to do any harm to us. There was black cows, brown cows and white cows.

We did need a break after the cows! We decided to have a rest and do some activities. The first group did some sketching of views whilst the second group explored the lookout hut. When I was sketching I decided to draw a beautiful landscape of the sparkling sea. When I was exploring the hut I noticed that the stairs went into the building. When I was there we saw a big bunch of cotton wool on the floor. Then Poppy saw something on the ceiling… (“Ew! Magots!”) We saw maggots. We all screamed and ran up the hill.




It was time to have lunch. When I was having lunch, there were beautiful views. I saw trees, the harizan, flowers and some animals. It was quite fun having lunch because Finley.M told us some dinosaur jokes and facts! We listened to the jokes for a while and then we looked at the views (a lot of people thought they saw a sinking ship in the sea but it was just smoke!)

I was really excited to walk in the forest where we collected all sorts! I found so many leaves! For example: Oak, beech and sycamore. We also had a talk about tree ID. I learnt some new names as well.

After the forest, we had a blindfold game. I put one hand on Lizzie’s shoulders and one on her hand. We had to control each other along the path it was so fun! It also felt so weird and funny!


We started to walk a little bit more and then the bus came.

Overall, I had a great day. We all said bye and thank you and we went in the bus.


Howard Carter, South West Coastal Path and Egyptian biscuits!

posted 26 Sep 2018, 05:00 by Kelly Lovick

This week we have been lucky enough to have 2 visitors.
Our first was a visit from Howard Carter- the Archeologist who found Tutankhamun's tomb! We spent the morning finding out about how the tomb was discovered and the treasures that were found inside. We heard about the myth of the curse and how all the items were documented.
We put our decoding skills to the test to decipher a hieroglyphic message, wrote our name in hieroglyphics and answered a quiz about how the Egyptians lived. 



We also spent some time as archaeologists. We carefully dug up Egyptian artifacts and then documented them which made us 'experts' on the items. We then shared this new information with the rest of our class.



Our second visitor of the week was Alex from the Coast Path Project. We used maps to plan our route around Noss Mayo and then estimated how long it would take us to walk this distance. We think we will be walking about 3 miles next Tuesday which we are all looking forward to.




We made these lovely Egyptian biscuits during Forest School this week.


Welcome back!

posted 17 Sep 2018, 00:32 by Kelly Lovick   [ updated 17 Sep 2018, 00:36 ]

Hello and welcome back to our Robin’s class page! 

I hope you all had a lovely summer and are excited for the term ahead. It has been a really positive start for our class, with lots of smiles and happy faces in the morning which is lovely to see. A special mention to our new pupils who have settled in really well. We have started our new school year looking at our big question “How would we have lived in ancient Egypt?” The class have been thinking about the daily lives of ancient Egyptians, why they built pyramids and how they used hieroglyphics.

We started the term with a drumming workshop, a dance class with Mrs Kee and had our first Forest School session!


It has been a pleasure to speak to many of you in the mornings and afternoons and I hope that this will continue. I am looking forward to an exciting and informative year ahead and I hope you are too. 

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.





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