Well, what do you know? It's the last week of the school year and the Summer Holidays are just ahead of us. I guess some of you may be lucky to have a holiday away but, whatever you do, I hope you are able to have a good time. I expect to meet up with some members of my family that I haven't been able to see recently - maybe you'll do the same. Let's hope the weather is good and we'll be able to spend some more time outdoors. If not, don't forget a book can take you anywhere in the world (or beyond!) at any time. Maybe a book will inspire you to write your own story or act it out for your family and friends. Maybe you could create some amazing artwork or play some music. Or maybe it's maths and practising your times tables or inventing science investigations that keep your brain alive....Who knows what you'll get up to?!
Just don't forget our most recent Keys to Achievement and be happy, healthy and safe!
Have a great summer
Happy Birthday to Dakarai (Tuesday) and Emilija (Saturday). Now we are all eight! (Well, you are. It's a long time since I was eight !
I'm in school this morning, sorting out all your finished exercise books. What a lot of work we did in the first two terms! Have a think and see what you can remember. What about The Firework Maker's Daughter and all the work we did about that? The shadow puppets, the fire dance, the maps we made. The brilliant painting you did based on the Second Shepherd's Play. Poo! What a smelly baby! Great research in our work about rainforests and writing about whales. So much progress. Everybody was doing so well! Let's make sure we don't forget it all over the summer so we can hit the ground running when we come back in September!
Here's the next instalment of E-man. I hope you are enjoying it!
Hey, Team Tokyo! How are you all today? Wasn't it hot last week? How are the footballers managing without all the fans to keep them cool? ..........
I was really pleased this week to find out that the poet Michael Rosen has now recovered from Coronavirus and is out of hospital where he has been for 13 weeks! I expect many of you know some of his poetry and stories already but if you don't you should find some and enjoy it!
Please take care as we come out of lockdown and make sure you keep doing all the things that you have been doing since the start as it is the efforts that we have all made so far that will enable our amazing NHS workers and scientists to defeat this horrible disease.
I have attached the first chapter of my superhero story for you. It is only a draft, so if you have any ideas or suggestions for improvements (I don't like the teacher's name, for example) then please send me your suggestions. We can make it a Tokyo shared effort!
Happy Birthday Greetings!
This week there are two birthdays in Tokyo Class. Happy Birthday to Aishat (today) and Kye (Friday).
We should also say Happy Birthday to the only other person with a lockdown birthday way back in April: Samuel!
Happy Healthy Safe!
That's what our Key is for this half term and that's what I want you to think about. We have been saying Stay Safe to one another for a while now but what does that mean? In terms of the Coronavirus rules we know it means wash your hands frequently, stay 2 metres apart from everyone who is not in your direct family and cover your face if you are on public transport. It's been hard but I know you have all been very good at keeping to these rules and I hope that means we will soon be able to be back together - safely! However, there are lots of other Safety factors to consider at this time: many people have spent longer on line and sadly, those people who are out to cheat or abuse others are spending longer on line too. Talk to your parents about what you understand about online safety - and make sure they know it too! Be safe at home too. Most accidents happen in the home so make sure you are taking care during lockdown.
It was great to chat with some of you last week - I really enjoyed hearing your voices - Samuel, you are SO positive, you really made me smile! I told some of you that I was writing a Superhero story too
and that I'd share it with you in little installments. Hope you enjoy it!
E-man and the Day of Disaster
The Science lesson was not going well. The little toy cars were supposed to go down the ramps at different speeds so the children could measure how far they travelled but they kept falling off the side – especially the purple one that Thomas Edison group had been given. Someone had obviously been handling it roughly in a previous lesson and a fair test was not going to be had. Mr Morrison was working with Tilly and Bethany’s group, crouching over their investigation, when he suddenly straightened up, pressed his finger to his ear and seemed to stare into the middle distance.
“Keep an eye on this group Mrs Tucker” he called to his TA. “I need something from the science cupboard.” And with that he slipped quickly through the classroom door and into the corridor. Mrs Tucker clapped her hands to gain the children’s attention. They copied her pattern and looked up from their work.
“We’ll have five minutes more practical work and then back to our tables to write up our experiments,” she said.
Friday: English and Science
Good morning! If last week was my Happy Week, then this week is my Healthy Week! I am going to make sure I look after my body and do all the things I need to to keep it fitter and maybe even make it fitter.
A report in one of the newspapers today says doctors are worried that some children are not getting enough exercise during lockdown so let's make sure we all do as much as we can - either outside or watching Joe Wicks online - running, dancing, jumping, cycling, skipping - to keep our muscles strong and our hearts and lungs healthy. I think I might even try to include some yoga in my regime to help keep my mind healthy and calm when things get difficult.
Before lockdown, Mrs Preston recommended a recipe book which had lots of healthy recipes in it, so I'm also going to try and eat more healthily, remember my 5 a day fruit and vegetables and cut down on the biscuits!
Keep happy, keep healthy, keep safe!
Hi everybody! Happy Spring Bank Holiday! This weekend our Muslim friends and colleagues have been celebrating Eid al-Fitr, which must have been strange under lockdown - I hope they were all able to celebrate this important event in a safe but enjoyable way.
Under normal circumstances this week would be half term so make sure you have some time to relax and have fun this week - hopefully the school activities are fun too!
Be safe and stay alert!!
Here is the jigsaw I did last week. It is a collection of sweet wrappers from the 1980s. Do you recognise any that are still made? Can you spot any that are not? You may find some that look familiar but have changed their names. Ask mum and dad if these bring back any memories.
You will have seen on the news that plans are being made to bring us back to school again. At the moment, everyone is working hard to make sure that it will be safe for us to do so. When we do get back together we will have a lot of things to tell each other and experiences to share. This week's Foundation work has something to complete each day that will make up a record of what one week was like under lockdown. I will be completing it as well and maybe people in the future will be able to look back at it as an historical source report of what life was like in these difficult and unusual times.
Keep safe and keep smiling
Hello again. I hope you are all keeping well and being good. I wonder what we can find that makes this week special. I don't think it will be the weather!
I have uploaded some photos of the work we were doing before lockdown began at the bottom of this page. Have a look and remind yourselves of our whale dance and our measuring activities.
Please keep sending your photos and examples of work to us. It's really nice to find out what you have been up to. From this week, we will be sending out Home-Learning Certificates to recognise the hard work you are doing.
I've been doing lots of jigsaws recently. Do you have any at your home? The one I'm going to do next shows lots and lots of sweet wrappers from when I was younger. I wonder if you would recognise them. When I was in Year 3, there was a new ice lolly that was banana flavoured with toffee in the middle. It was called Wiz. Yummy!
Keep smiling through (as the song says!)
Another month and here we are still in lockdown! How are you all?
I hope you are all checking the gallery to see some of the work that you and your friends are completing at home. Mrs Wallace would also like me to draw your attention to the Mindfulness Pages where there are lots of activities like colouring and peaceful music to help keep us all calm when things get a bit tough and situations get fraught.
Today would have been a school holiday to celebrate May Day in any other year. May Day is a really old celebration where people welcomed the good weather and growing crops and food (which would mean they would have some tasty food to eat because this was in the days before fridges and freezers were invented to keep food fresh)! They would dress up and dance round a May Pole. See if you can find any pictures of this online. I remember doing it at my infant school and it was great fun.
The Bank Holiday has been moved to Friday this week to celebrate VE day. There will be lots of things going on that you can find out about through the media but we have included some activities for you as part of your learning. Have fun!
May Day is also celebrated as International Workers' Day. We are all much more aware of different jobs that people do at present and also how important it is that everybody plays their role as part of our community. I know you are all doing the best you can to keep up with your learning and help your families through these difficult times. The Government says we're past the worst so let's keep on being resilient and we'll all get back together soon.
A new year means new challenges! We welcome all of our new pupils to Key Stage Two and promise you an amazing year ahead. We will be reading some fantastic books, discovering some extraordinary facts in science and the humanities as well as developing some fascinating maths skills. We will be indulging our creativity in music, art and DT. We will work hard and play enthusiastically, co-operating confidently and being the very best versions of ourselves at all times.
Autumn Term Topic 'Let Us Shine'
Our exciting topic this term is LET US SHINE which we will be exploring across the Curriculum. This will include: light and shadows (Science), fireworks (English), inspirational people (PSHE) and so much more! We will be reading and studying the book, 'The Firework Maker's Daughter' by Philip Pullman in class and producing lovely, exciting work based on this.
We will be keeping this page updated with some of the amazing things you are doing throughout the year so keep an eye on it!
We have done some amazing things this half term. There were so many activities that led from The Firework Maker's Daughter. We role played the main characters, made maps of Lila's quest and made menu's for Rambashi's Jungle Grill.
As part of our Creative Curriculum, we made up our own music and dance to tell parts of the story. We used Edvard Grieg's "In The Hall of the Mountain King" as our inspiration and created our own music using glockenspiels and unturned percussion. We choreographed a wild dance to show the scene when the stones and rocks turn into fire imps and set the whole volcano ablaze in the Grotto of Razvani the Fire Fiend!!!
Our Science topic was Let Us Shine and it was all about light and shadow. We used Javanese style shadow puppets with jointed arms to tell the story of Lila. We had to design and make our own puppets, write our own scripts using the features of playwriting and then performed them with a special lighting box with reinforced diagonal corners. It was great fun even though we discovered it sometimes takes lots of effort and lots of false starts before you get the outcome you wanted!
Watch out Wimbledon!
We have enjoyed using digit cards to help us with our maths. They have particularly helped with our multiplication and doubling work.
The Second Shepherd's Play
These photos are from our Engagement Week Work on The Second Shepherd's Play. This is a very, very old play that used to be performed in England over 400 years ago! It tells of what might have happened just before the angels appeared to the Shepherds in the Christmas story. A thief called Mak steals a sheep from the flock and tries to hide it in his baby's cot. He is discovered when Coll, Gib and Daw (the shepherds) decide it is too ugly and smelly to be a real baby! We had great fun painting pictures, making music and acting out the characters in the play.
Here we are in our Computer Suite using a programme called Scratch to learn how to program and also de-bug computers.
Our topic this term is "Saving Planet Earth". We have been using our geography lessons to investigate different habitat and biomes (such as the oceans and rainforests), our science lessons to investigate some features of animals including humans and our English lessons to write persuasive texts. We will also be looking at some fiction texts like "The Great Kapok Tree" by Lynne Cherry, "Dear Greenpeace" by Simon James and "The Whales' Song" by Dyan Sheldon.
We will be studying the social effects of pollution and understanding our place in the world as we discuss the views of experts and campaigners such as David Attenborough and Grete Thunberg.
Spring Term 2
Measuring Whales In The Playground
We researched the lengths of various whales and went out into the playground to measure those distances with trundle-wheels, measuring tapes and metre sticks. The first pictures show us measuring the length of a blue whale - the largest creature that has EVER lived on Earth.
Do you know how to find out how heavy a whale is?
Take it to a whale-weigh station!