In our Whole School Assembly this week, we heard from lots of children about what they had learnt.
Callum from the ARMS unit told us that he had learnt how to add and take away numbers higher than 100,000 by using vertical methods. Also within Numeracy, Shannon has been learning how to simplify fractions to their lowest form. Peter from year two has also learnt about vertical addition and subtraction. Elicia from year 5, talked about how she had learnt how to use brackets and the BoDMAS method for carrying out operations in the correct order.
Year 3 are reading the story of the 'Iron Man.' Toni has learnt about how to find particular things about the story and also how to make a model of it within the Creative Curriculum.
Children in year 4 and 5 have been looking at playscripts at different stages. Year 4, including Charley, have learnt about the structure and tried some acting. Year 5 have looked at advanced layouts and also characterisation.
Within Science and the Creative Curriculum, Zak from year one was able to tell us about the parts of a skeleton and other children put their hands up to tell us that the skeleton protects the main parts of the body such as the heart.
Courtney from year 5 told everyone about how she has learnt to use an atlas to find different places and features. She also told us that some towns and cities were built next to rivers to be next to water.
Neptune were once again house point champions.
As part of our new theme 'Food Glorious Food' we are learning about health and growth. We will be exploring different food groups and learning about keeping healthy with balanced meals. We will research where food comes from and explore growing plants. We are going to have lots of fun designing and making 'scarecrow' plant pot decorations, and use food in our own artwork. We have already researched two artists that use food in their work. Read on to see how they have inspired our own work.
We have found out that Renaissance artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo was perhaps the first artist to use food to create a mosaic image, though his work was in paint, not made of food itself. Artist Carl Warner creates 'foodscapes' using items of food. His work is so impressive and we couldn’t believe it was all made of food. Both of these artists inspired us to create our own food artwork. We created pictures and photographed them to display in our class gallery.
What do you think of our work?
The children in Reception went out for another walk this week to look for signs of winter. We noticed that all the leaves have now fallen off the trees, leaving them all bare. The sky is a lot greyer in colour and it is much colder outside. Jack Frost had been out, the yard was coated with a thin layer of frost and all the grass and trees had a silver shine to them. The few leaves left on the ground were crunching under our feet. We noticed a lot of changes from our Autumn walk around school.
Then later in the week it snowed!! We were so excited to see that and could not wait to get out into our garden to play in it. We wrapped up and ventured out. It was great, we ran and played in the snow, we threw snowballs and made snow angels, Sadly there was not enough snow for a snowman, but we are hoping for lots more snow next week so we can make some then.
We were so pleased to see the sun shine today. It meant we could finally play outside in our garden but our garden was all wet and muddy, luckily we had our wellies at hand. We wrapped up in our hats and coats, and pulled on our wellies then ventured out into the mud and water. We had a look at what all the rain had done to our grass. It was all sloppy and muddy, with dirty puddles all over. It doesn't look very nice at all, but it was so much fun to play in! We just loved splashing in the muddy water and looking for worms and other creatures.
We went for a walk around our school grounds to look for signs of Autumn. It was so much fun playing in the leaves, and looking at all the different colours, sizes and shapes. Back in the classroom we are using the leaves we have collected to make pictures.
We are looking forward to going back out a little later in the year to look for signs of winter and looking at how things have changed.
As part of our science topic, the children in Mrs Phillips class have been naming the different bones in a skeleton. They followed instructions to put together their own skeleton.
The children in Mrs Phillips' class wanted to find out if all metals are magnetic. They carried out an experiment to find out the answer.
Not all metals are magnetic!
As part of our "Wonderful Life" topic, the children have been working in pairs to invent an animal. They have thought about a suitable habitat for their creatures, and have drawn the animal in its environment. They have added labels to illustrate how the animal is adapted to live in its habitat.
They word processed a short piece of text which gives the reader a brief overview of their animal, and also produced a picture of it using the computer. Some of the ideas were very creative. Why not pop into Year 6 and have a look at them?
The children in Mrs Phillips class have been experimenting with magnets. They have been using scientific words to explain the forces - Attract and repel.
We know about the importance of keeping fit and healthy.
We love our PE lessons and are learning all about why it is important to exercise. We are also learning to dress and undress ourselves for these sessions. We are concentrating on jumpers socks and shoes at the moment but will soon move on to full uniform.
Please help us to practise at home!!!
This half term we have been thinking all about ourselves.
In Reception our theme this half term has been 'ourselves'. We have been settleing into school, learning new routines and following the rules. We have talked about our favourite things, including our favourite meal "yum yum". We've made a familiy tree and talked to each other about people special to us. Come into our classroom and have a look at our lovely displays.
Attached is the details of what is being taught in each class this term.
We have put it on to the website to inform parents and carers about the various topics.
This term, our Eco Council have been extremely busy! We have been planning to involve the whole school in a Climate Change Awareness Campaign which will be integrated in all parts of the curriculum in a creative way. In the weeks leading up to the Easter break, everyone will learn why our world is becoming warmer and how to look after it so future generations can enjoy it’s beauty. Our fab work will soon be published in the Climate Change Lead School Newsletters!
In an assembly, we reminded all the children about our adopted polar bear and how these animals are being affected by Climate Change. Each class collects spare change in their own ‘Polar Bottle’ and so far we have raised £300!
Our Year 2, 3 and 4 classes have thoroughly enjoyed working with ‘Groundworks’ to make fantastic bird boxes and feeders as well as constructing an outstanding Bug Hotel! The Eco Council are preparing our gardens ready for planting so we can sell our own vegetables. Over the next couple of weeks, everyone in the school is working with ‘Nick the Chef’ from ‘Cooking for Life’ and Alan Barlow, our Bike-it officer to learn about food miles. We are working very hard at present to win the virtual bike race…last year we came fourth in the country! We are also collecting plastic bottle tops and working with local artists to produce recycled landscape art! Northumbrian Water will be popping into school to talk about water saving ideas. Local MP Ian Mearns recently visited our school and met our Eco Council! He was certainly impressed with how ‘Green’ we are!
It’s nearly time for Green Day 2012! The Eco Council are preparing to sell recycled crafts made in school to the local community during our Green Breakfast. Everyone will dress in green and all the food will be green. Money raised from the crafts will go towards supporting our Indian Orphanage…we have already helped raise in excess of £5000! Awesome!
It’s nearly time for Eco Theme. This time we are taking time out of this half term to think, talk and learn about Eco Issues. This year’s theme is:
We are a Climate Change Lead School!
Your child will be learning all about Climate Change and how we can be kinder to the environment. We will be talking about all the categories of the Eco Award:
Waste & Recycling
Our intention this year is to teach our children how to look after their world. After all, they will inherit the earth whatever state it is in!
During Eco theme, the children will be involved in many activities and visitors will talk to the children about ‘Climate Change’.
Indian Day - Friday 23rd March-children to school dressed in colours of Indian flag (green/white/orange) or in Indian dress. We will remember our children in the Indian orphanage. Come to school at 8:15 am for Indian Breakfast in the Junior Hall. Yummy cakes to buy! Bring your 1p and 2p to see if we can cover a piece of Indian dress…
A DVD will be set up to show parents what happened when Living Waters Church took the £250 raised by Roman Road to our Indian orphanage.
Green Day Friday 30th March – children to school dressed in green. This is a country wide day to remember green issues.
There will be a ‘Green Breakfast’ in the Junior Hall at 8.15am for carers and children with green food to eat! Amazing Recycled Crafts made by Year 3 to buy! All welcome!
Indian Orphanage Update: The money raised during India and Green days last year was taken to India by 4 members of Living Waters Church along with money raised by members of the Church Community. It was used to buy uniforms for the orphans in Pastor Emmanuel’s school. Thank you for your amazing support! Church members took a DVD of children at the orphanage receiving a card and letters from Roman Road School.
Polar Bear Update: We are able to support the Svalbard Polar Bears for another year so please keep bringing in your coppers to put into our Polar Bottles which will be in every classroom during Eco Week.
Your challenge is:
Use as many recycled materials as you can and create an Eco Egg !
Bring your Eco Egg to school before the Easter holiday. Everyone who enters the competition will get a prize but there will be 3 main winners. Don’t forget to put your name and class on your egg. Leave it in the Junior Hall during the week beginning 26/3/12
Prizes given out on Friday 30th April.
Last year’s entries were BRILLIANT!!!
If you want to win…
be as inventive as you can and transform your egg into something fantastic!!!
Year Six have started a new science topic all about materials and their properties. We have been planning, organising and carrying out investigations.
We started by carefully observing what happens when we mix various materials with water. Mrs Pigott was really impressed with the detail and language used to describe any changes which took place.
As part of our England project, Year One took a trip back in time to see England in the past. Our visit to Beamish Museum was enthralling! The children were very excited but listened hard and learned so much. Many visitors and staff at the museum told us we were the best school they had ever had. Well done Year One and Year Two.
Check out our amazing adventure in the gallery. Click on the link below.
Year 5 had a fabulous morning on Thursday, working with Nick the Chef and fitness trainer Ross. We were looking at the importance of balancing diet, exercise and rest. Half of the class worked with Ross looking at the idea that "Practising correctly makes perfect."
The rest of the class...
… worked with Nick, looking at the need for a balanced diet, and cooking some delicious, healthy pizzas.
The work was followed up in the classroom with Mrs Pigott looking at the ways in which food and exercise affect our bodies, and why it is important for us to have rest times. Everybody had a great morning, and learnt a lot at the same time.
Just before we broke up for our Christmas holidays, we were lucky enough to get the chance to work with Nick from Cooking 4 Life. We had a fantastic time making some Christmas muffins, using chocolate and cranberries. You are probably wondering what they looked like? Unfortunately they were so amazing we ate them and then remembered we hadn't taken a photograph. Oops! We also took the recipes home to try out at home.
We had to measure lots of different ingredients, using different scales. Pouring the milk was really tricky.
We were wonderful whiskers!
A great time was had by all, we love our cooking time. Mrs Inkster was also pleased as we made some very special cakes for her that were gluten free. She was delighted!!!
Please let us know if you tried to make them at home.
We have been learning the difference between dissolving and melting in Year 2.
We worked in teams of 3 to try and dissolve various solids. Some dissolved and some did not. Coffee dyed the water brown as it dissolved. We discovered that scientific experiments need to be fair and that materials dissolve quicker if you use warm water. Dylan says "If you dissolve a thing, it is still there, it's just so small you can't see it!"
We dissolved solid jelly in boiling water. It dyed the water. We then cooled it down in the fridge and it turned back into a solid again.
We then had a jelly and ice cream party. The ice - cream melted. It was YUMMY!!!
We have been learning to compromise and make decisions with a partner in Year 2 whilst making lighthouses as part of our Water Theme. We will use electricity to light them so Marina the Mermaid can find her way to meet us!
That is the question! As part of our Water Theme (Mission H2O) in Year 2, we have been learning what kind of materials float and which sink.
We tested lots of materials...hard, soft, spongy, flexible, waterproof...
We discovered that light object often float and heavy objects often don't. We were surprised that some heavy objects do float due to their special shape.
We made a ball of blu tack (which sank) into a boat shape and it stayed afloat!!!
Every Friday afternoon this half term, Year 1 and Year 2 will have the chance to develop their gardening skills. In order that your children are not returned looking like mud monsters, could you please send them to school with a pair of wellies or an old pair of shoes, in a plastic bag.
As we strive towards our Green Flag as an ECO school we are sure these life skills will prove to be very useful. Who knows, you may even get the chance to taste some lovely home grown vegetables.
Can you believe we have had the chance to hold a snake!!!!!!!
Early Years and key Stage One had a fabulous time today and made lots of new friends - creepy crawly and slippery slimy friends.
Zoo Lab visited us all and brought a range of animals that could be found on the continent of Africa. We met toads, snakes, cockroaches, millipedes, snails, stick insects and finally a lovely cute bunny.
We learned all about their habitats and how they have adapted to suit their environment. Take a look at some of the animals we held. How brave were we?
Meet Harry the Hissing Cockroach. He is from the African country of Madagascar.
This is Sammy the African land snail. It was gigantic!
Twiggy is a stick insect. She can be found in many of the jungles in Africa.
Year 3 and the MSB enjoyed their visit to Thornley Woods as part of their theme 'Animal Kingdom!'
Whilst there the children went in a bird hide, did some pond dipping to explore all the different kinds of animals that live in a pond, made some art sculptures using natural materials found in the woods and went on a camoflage hunt.
It was a fantastic day out and no one fell in the pond!
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We are an Eco School! We will shortly be asking pupils and staff to join our bid to win our Bronze, Silver and Green Flag Award. this will make us an Eco School. A Green Flag Award is an internationally recognised Award and we will win it!
Parents, let us know if you are interested in joining our Action Team!
You might be able to give us some tips on how to become more Eco Friendly. We already have a gardening club run by parents and staff. We have a rag bag bin so all your old clothes can go to be recycled. We are an amazing Bike-it! school and we can only get better!
Look out in the future for Eco Events and join with us in our journey to win the Green Flag!
As well as our stories about Jack and the Beanstalk, we have been growing broad beans. Miss Allen challenged us to 2 competitions. Whao could write the best instructions for 'How to grow a bean' and who could grow the tallest beanstalk.
Alisha and Liam grew the tallest beanstalks for the girls and boys.
Bethany and Haydn wrote the best instructions.
We measured our beanstalks using a tape measure. We can measure really well now using cm.
Try out some games from bbc schools.
Can you write your own non-fiction book? - We can!
Try out our quiz also.
A non- fiction book gives the reader lots of information and facts. We have written a booklet all about our senses?
Try our quiz and see what you know.
1. How do we see?
2. What happens if there is no light?
3. How can I hear?
4. How does sound travel?
5. What sense does our nose have?
6. Can you name the four kinds of food we taste with our tongue?
7. What part of our body gives us the sense of touch?
How did you do?
First person to submit the correct answers will receive a prize from Mrs Inkster.
Write your answers in the comment box below.
"What a strange thing to do" I hear you say! But yes...Year 2 have been eating leaves, roots, stems and flowers!!
As part of our science topic about plants, we have been eating them. We tried lettuce leaves, cauliflower, celery (stem) and carrot (root). Most of us loved them! We now have a garden centre in our classroom and we are taking part in a Jack and the Beanstalk challenge. Miss Allen has given us 2 magic beans and we are planting them for a competition. Whoever grows the highest beanshoot will win a prize. Whoever writes the best instructions about planting a bean will also win a prize. I winder who has the greenest fingers?
Our Autumn 2009 Materials Work has been super! We toured the school to find examples of solids, liquids and gases. One of our favourite experiments was about dissolving. We dissolved 4 solids in water...salt, sugar, sand and tea leaves.
We planned our experiment and predicted the outcome. We also made sure our test was fair then worked in groups of three to try and dissolve the solids. The sugar and salt dissolved but the sand and tea leaves did not!
This Term our theme has been Time Travel. We travelled back in time to meet Guy Fawkes. We learned all about the 'Real Hallowe'en' and we even visited a real castle. But we never expected this!
Our Magic Time Travelling dragon, Denzel sent an S.O.S. to Year 2. A dinosaur had been trapped in the ice and could not escape. He wanted the Year 2 children to rescue it!
We did an experiment in groups of 3 to see which ice cube melted first. We wrapped the ice cubes in 4 different materials...metal foil, plastic bag, bubble wrap and air. We predicted which material would win. The metal foil won!
We rescued the dinosaur and now it lives on our Science Table
Year One have been learning all about magnets.
We learnt about horseshoe and bar magnets and found out that they can attract and repel.
At first we tested lots of different materials to find out what was magnetic. We thought that all metal was magnetic, but then when we tried our magents on lots of different magents, and we found out that not all metals were magnetic.
In fact the object needs to be made from Iron or Steel in order to be magnetic.
We had great fun exploring our classroom and finding magnetic objects.
We have been making crispy cakes.
We melted the chocolate in a bowl over hot water. We then added rice krispies and mixed it all together. We spooned the mixture into cake cases and put mini eggs on top. They looked like birds nests. They tasted delicious.
In Science this half term Year 3 have been looking at Teeth.
We looked at the different types of teeth we have and even held a pair of false teeth! Miss Stubbs asked us to investigate which drinks are more harmful to our teeth than others. First we voted for our favourite drinks. Then we got six eggshells to represent the enamel on our teeth. We then put an eggshell into each of our favourite drinks and left them for a week. After the week we examined what had happened to the eggshells and as you can see from the photos it wasn’t pleasant at all.
We have been gardening. The nursery garden needed weeding in preparation for new planting in the spring. We used hoes, rakes and spades to dig and pull out the weeds which were put in the compost bin. We saw a variety of small creatures while we were busy, including woodlice, worms, centipedes and even a hibernating ladybird. We enjoyed working outdoors and all had rosy cheeks when we had finished. We all want to work in the garden again.
We have been making noodles. We noticed how the noodles changed as they were cooking in the pan. The best part was tasting them when they were cooked.
Year 2 have been looking at elecricity in Science. Follow the link below to go onto the BBC's interactive site about electricity.
Year 4 are currently looking at the Human Body and the importance of the skeleton. Click on the link to find a video about the skeleton.
After some said that they didn't like porridge, I think making it and tasting it may have helped the children to develop a taste for it. The children weighed the oats and measured the milk and mixed them together. Safety was a discussion point as the mixture was heated in a pan and changes in the mixture were noticed as it came to boiling point. The children sat together as a group to eat their bowl of porridge and afterwards they washed the dishes and left the kitchen clean and tidy.
The children in the MSB have been making scrambled egg on toast.
The children had to notice the irreversible changes that occurred to the bread and the eggs during the cooking process. Skills were developed when whisking the eggs and buttering the toast. This gave the children a chance to experience a real life activity which they could try out at home.
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Come and have a look around our classroom and see what we have on display.
This is our toy shop and museum. We love playing in here, but what do we learn? We have made silhouettes of our favourite toys, used chalk to paint the other half of an old toy. We have set up our own toy museum and are learning how to use money in the shop. In ICt we took photographs of different toys close up. We have made a guessing game of what they toys are by lifting the flap. Finally, not forgetting science we are discovering how things move.
This is a photograph of our cloakroom. We turned it into a Winter Wonderland. Some of the work displayed includes adjectives that describe the cold, instructions how to make a snowman, glitter icicle spirals, and some great photos of us in the snow.
When we were learning all about time, we used the story What Time Is It Mr. Wolf and this was the focus of our display. We each made a clock by putting the numbers in the correct place and then adding an hour hand and minute hand. We also included some examples of the clocks we had completed in the lesson.
Our Winnie the Witch display shows us some examples of our writing. We had to write a sentence about Winnie the Witch. We were very proud of our work but can't believe how much we have improved since then.
This is our art area. It shows the work we did on colour mixing. We mixed the primary colours on a wheel and then added white to one colour to see what happened. We also thought of words that described colour.
We hope you have enjoyed having a little look around our classroom. We love it!
Year One have been communicating via Mickey Mail with Mickey mouse in Florida. Unfortunately on one of the days the weather over there was heavy rain and Mickey did not have a suitable umbrella. How did we help him?
Mrs Inkster had provided each group with a range of different materials. We then stretched each of the materials over a clear jar. After that we used a syringe to drop water onto the materials. If the water went through the material into the jar we knew it wasn't waterproof and therefore no good for an umbrella.
Finally we discovered the cellophane and bubble wrap were waterproof and quickly emailed Mickey our results. He was extremely pleased at our quick response and him and his friends quickly made a waterproof umbrella for the weather.
Year 2 have been growing beanstalks as part of our Science topic this half term.
Just before half term, Miss Allen set us a challenge...
We had a Jack and the beanstalk competition. We took home 2 broad bean seeds, soil and a plantpot and over half term we planted our seeds, watered them and watched them grow! We brought them in last week. The boy and girl who had the tallest plant won gardening prizes. Rachel won for the girls and Michael won for the boys. Well done Rachel and Michael - you must have green fingers! Mrs Lacey grew the tallest plant out of the teachers...Unlucky Miss Allen... your plant was tiny!! Better luck next time.
We have been sorting, organising and recycling materials in year one.
The whole school have focussed on the environment this term and we have been particularly looking at recycling materials.
We named and sorted materials. We have discussed whether they are natural or man-made. Are they dull or shiny? Magnetic or non-magnetic?
We have also looked at the importance of recyling materials.
Did you know it takes at least 300 years for a plastic bottle to degrade? This means lots of our rubbish in landfill sites will be there for hundreds of years.
To remind us all about the importance of recycling, year one made a robot out of recycled rubbish. We have displayed it in the key Stage One hall along with our own individual robots. We looked very carefully at the materials and decided which were most suitable.
Please help year one and RECYCLE YOUR RUBBISH!
Don Sweeney visited our school to help year 6 learn all about healthy living. It was not just a normal talk, it was gameshows!!! The children took part in Strike it Lucky, Bush Tucker Trials and much more. The atmosphere was excellent and it is clear the children at Roman Road are fit and healthy!
Don Sweeney visited our school to help year 6 learn all about healthy living. It was not just a normal talk, it was gameshows!!! The children took part in Strike it Lucky, Bush Tucker Trials and much more. The atmosphere was excellent and it is clear the children at Roman Road are fit and healthy!
In Year One we have been learning all about plants.
We have been looking at the parts of the plant and learning their names and the jobs they do. Mrs Inkster is so impressed with our knowledge and she thinks we have green fingers.
We have also planted broad bean and sunflower seeds. They are growing fantastic and it is now like a jungle in our classroom. We are hoping to take our broad bean plants home soon. The sunflowers are going to be planted around the school and we are then going to measure them in maths and see who has grown the largest sunflower.
Keep an eye out and see if you can spot them.
Photos to follow soon.
Year 4 are currently looking at how the human and animal bodies are formed.
We also found out that our muscles work in pairs. We carried out stretching exercises to find out which ones contract and which relax during exercise.
All human and most animal bodies have a skeleton. The class have found out that that a human skeleton has three jobs:
i) to support the body;
ii) to protect vital organs such as the heart, lungs and the brain;
iii) allows the body to move.
The children's BBC site on the skeleton can be found by clicking on the link below:
Muscle stretch work:
Year four are starting their topic on Electricity. We have learnt that electricity from the sockets and lights IS VERY DANGEROUS AND WILL KILL YOU IF TOUCHED.
Most batteries are low voltage and can be used. We connected wires, batteries and bulbs together.
We learnt that if you keep adding bulbs but don't increase the amount of batteries (also known as cells), the bulbs will get dimmer because the electricity is shared between them.
Some children extended their learning by using a bell and a switch.
Look out for more work from year 4 about electricity and our special project we are going to do.
These are websites where you can find out more about electrical circuits:
In Year One we have been learning all about ourselves. We have an exciting hospital role play area to link in with the topic.
Mrs Inkster asked a very important scientific question.
Is the oldest child, the tallest child in the class?
In pairs we make predictions and recorded our answers on the class whiteboard.
Then we went outside and Mrs Cairns and Mrs Inkster lined us up in height order. They even wrote our names on the wall behind us. Then we organised ourselves into age order.
We found that Owen was the oldest, Annalise was the youngest, Jake was the tallest and Shannon was the smallest.
An exciting experiment that let us know the oldest person is not always the tallest. We grow at different speeds and different heights. A fascinating fact!
More exciting work on ourselves to follow soon.
Well done year 5 for raising money on your enterprise project, the money you have raised will go towards a visit to the Centre for Life. You will be able to explore the museum and take part in worshops which links with the earth and beyond topic.
More information to follow...
We had a visitor to school today. Liam brought his rabbit called Muffin in. Muffin is one of ten rabbits in the family.