As part of our Spring Term Science topic, Sparrowhawks are going to be growing a variety of different plants, and observing changes as the plants grow. On Friday pupils planted cress seeds. We planted most of the seeds in small pots and placed them on the classroom windowsill, where they will be warm and get plenty of sunlight. We also placed a pot of seeds in a dark cupboard, to see if they would grow without light. Another pot of seeds was deliberately given too much water, and placed on the balcony, where it is quite chilly overnight. To see what cress seeds would do without soil, we planted one pot of seeds in moistened tissue. Sparrowhawks will be closely monitoring the pots to see what happens over the next few days.
Sparrowhawks continued with their Spring Term science topic this week, thinking carefully about what they would like to learn about plants. Pupils all thought of a question about plants to write onto a post-it note, and then stuck them on the class whiteboard. In our lesson this week we learned about the function of different parts of a plant, and labelled a diagram of a flower.
Sparrowhawks have this week been reading poems by Robert Louis Stevenson, and finding out about his life and work. Pupils are preparing to write a poem about Spring, using rhyming couplets. We first put all our ideas together, to make a brainstorm of words to do with Spring. Next we found pairs of rhyming words to use in our rhyming couplets, before beginning draft versions of our Spring poems.
Today Sparrowhawks continued to develop their own Invasion Game. We are still taking ideas for a name for our game: suggestions so far are, D-Ball, D-D Ball, Throwball, and bodball. Players holding the ball are not allowed to move, and if the ball is dropped, it must not be picked up, but players can carry on by kicking the ball. This week’s new rule was that in order to score each team had to get the ball to their catcher, who stood in the opposite team’s end of the court. We especially focussed on thinking about tactics for moving the ball forward towards the scoring area.
Well done to the six pupils in Sparrowhawks who in the past week have moved up a continent on their Maths Passport mental recall targets. They have all worked really hard to remember different multiplication and division tables, factors and number bonds. They were able to correctly complete all questions within the time limit, and have their set of targets signed off.
Sparrowhawks today continued their learning from last weeks lesson about abstract, geometrical painting. We looked at paintings by the Russian artist Kandinsky, which use shapes, straight lines and blocks of colour. We used 2D shapes from Maths resources as stencils to create interesting patterns. Pupils explored using lighter and darker shades of the same colour, to create different contrasts in their painting. We will finish our paintings next week, and discuss what we like about each others’ paintings so far.