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Chatham Dockyards trip

We had a wonderful time at Chatham Dockyards! The weather was perfect for our short trip on a coach and were greeted by Chaz and Linda as we alighted ready for our day of learning!

Our first stop was HMS Ocelot, a WWII submarine that we were able to walk through and see up close the rooms and equipment they used to use. We then split into our two groups and visited HMS Gannet, a traditional sailing ship full of fancy furniture and well-kept weaponry!

After a much-needed lunch break, we ended our visit by touring HMS Cavelier and the model boat museum. Turtles completely enjoyed their day - view the photos in the gallery below to find out more!


Turtles update
Oceans term

Well, it has been a busy term here in Turtles class! We have been exploring the depths of the oceans and studying the history of the Vikings. There has been such excellent progress and enthusiasm shown by all.

In literacy, we have studied persuasive writing by looking into how Viking museums use carefully-selected facts, imperative verbs and technical vocabulary to encourage people to visit. We have then imitated that style of writing, producing our own leaflets using ICT.

In maths, we have focused on how Vikings raided and traded across the UK using all our operation skills - adding distances travelled; subtracting coins stolen from villages; multiplying Viking sailors by the number of ships; even dividing traded silver equally between families.

In science, we have been measuring the temperature of cold and hot water as they meet each other and understanding the effect of a change in temperature has on our hands and face.

Here are a few more highlights:

  • In Art/DT, we have created longboats, longhouses, Viking raiders, shields and stone crosses using mixed materials and various joining methods.
  • In music, our ukulele tutor Mr. Walker has been teaching us basic songs based on the string notes.
  • In RE, we have discovered how, when and why the Vikings converted to Christianity from their pagan religions.
Please gaze at the gallery of pictures below to see our learning in action!

Mr. Gardner, Mr. Platts and Mrs. Naden

We hope you have had a lovely Easter holiday break and that you are ready for a brand-new, exciting term learning about OCEANS!

Term 5 will be focused on Vikings and here are some highlights of what is coming up this term:

Literacy - We will start be studying persuasive texts by identifying the features of film and print adverts. We will then create our own adverts to try and sell Viking artefacts and merchandise.

Maths - Turtles will extend their knowledge of place value, operations, shape and measure, and different methods for handling data. We will use Viking currency and trade methods to help us understand our new skills.

Science - Term 5 is all about 'Hot and Cold', looking into how to measure temperature, how to insulate heat and how we can change the temperature of an object. We will research how Vikings dealt with the wet and cold and why the ocean has different temperatures.

Art/DT - The Vikings had a great variety of objects that they designed and made - shields, swords, helmets, jewellery and much more! We will attempt to create our own objects based on original designs.

Music - Songs and instruments were an important part of Viking life, so we will find out how they sung and played, why they did so and then try it for ourselves.

RE - Term 5 will focus on how Christianity crossed the oceans and caused so many people to convert, including the Vikings. We will find stories in the Bible involving water and seas and then apply the meaning to our lives.

These are only a few snippets of our term - there will be so much more! Please look at the gallery below for pictures of our new learning environment and keep an eye out for updates showing our learning in practice.

Mr. Gardner, Mr. Platts and Mrs. Naden


In term 4, our focus shifts from heat deserts to polar deserts, focusing on Antarctica!

In literacy, we will be learning how to write recounts by studying the diary of Captain Robert Falcon Scott, spotting common features of a recount and how we can use them in our own writing. We will be looking in detail at words with prefixes and suffixes and then deciding what these words mean.
In maths, we will be using the journey of Captain Scott to help us improve our column addition and subtraction skills, measure distance using standard and non-standard units and improve our time skills by calculating how far behind Amundsen he was in minutes, hours and days.

The theme of Antarctica will appear throughout our creative curriculum:
  • We will be creating an Antarctic landscape using collage skills and different tones in art
  • In music, we will control a glockenspiel and compose a soundtrack to match the Antarctic using standard notation
  • In geography, we will study maps showing the routes taken by Scott and Amundsen in their race to the pole
  • We will compare the diets of humans and animals of the Antarctic in science and then use this information to help us cook appropriate meals in DT



    We had an action-packed day, full of Ancient Egyptian artefacts, crafts, activities and fun!

    We started our day becoming archaeologists, finding artefacts buried in sand then deciding what they might have been and why. Then, we had a workshop explaining how mummification worked with the chance to explore original Ancient Egyptian artefacts that were 3000 years old!

    After break, we had a wonderful art session making our own canopic jars with clay. Turtles used excellent control and technique to carefully sculpt their jars and include detail.

    Finally, after lunch, we studied papyrus depicting the afterlife, then created our own using tea staining and tracing skills.

    Please check out the gallery below - the children clearly had a fantastic day of learning!


    TERM 3 & 4 - DESERTS

    Happy 2014 and welcome back to the Turtles' class page.

    Our new topic for terms 3 and 4 is DESERTS, and much of our learning in term 3 will be based around our History focus of Ancient Egypt.

    To help us write non-chronological reports in Literacy, we will look into how Ancient Egypt rose to be a powerful nation and how they built their amazing buildings including the pyramids. We will produce reports on the Egyptian gods and use ICT skills to create leaflets about important pharaohs.

    We will be covering all the key maths skills throughout the term - ordering amounts of Egyptian treasure, multiplying the amount of mummies by numbers of canopic jars, measuring the distance between Egyptian cities, weighing an Egyptian pyramid stone and possibly even making our own sand timers!

    Science in term 3 is all about rocks, so we will look into how sand is made into sandstone, what types of rock are suitable for building in ancient times, and investigating the effect of erosion on rock by studying how the pyramids look today.

    Other highlights in the term are as follows:
  • In Art, we will study heiroglyphics and use printing techniques to print our own messages on rock;
  • In Music, we will learn about singing games used by Ancient Egyptians and other desert tribes;
  • In PE, we will create our own dances to represent the moving sands of the Sahara desert;
  • In RE, our first focus will be on Christianity and how the desert was a key place for people in the Bible.
I hope this gets you excited for the term! Please look at the curriculum map below for more details, and check out this page for updated pictures and news as the term progresses.

Mr. Gardner & Mr. Platts


What's coming up in Term 2

Well, we have made it through the first term in one piece, and now we are into our second term as Turtles class and in full swing!

Our literacy learning is focused on instruction texts. We will look at examples and identify features. This will help us be able to write our own and we will put together a survival manual for being lost in the rainforest!

Our maths learning always coverings a broad range of skills, but especially important this term is improving our multiplication and division skills. We will use our good times table knowledge to infer division facts, and this will lend itself to finding fractions of a group of animals, the height of an emergent layer tree, or even the area of a mud hut!

Our science topic is electricity. We will use circuits to improve our investigative skills, deciding on how to fix broken circuits and explaining how we can change circuits to make a component brighter, faster or louder.

Other highlights will include:
  • Continuing our use of ukuleles to create sounds of a rainforest in Music
  • Discovering how pneumatics work to move objects between trees in DT
  • Understanding themes and morals Jesus taught and how they apply to our lives in both RE and Philosophy


26.09.2013 European Languages Day

We had a very exciting European Languages Day learning all about Portuguese and the culture of countries that speak Portuguese! Linking in with our rainforests topic, we studied Brazil and researched the annual carnival in Rio De Janiero. We learnt the words for different samba instruments, created colourful masks based on Brazilian patterns, and then performed our own carnival in the sunshine to samba rhythms on our percussion instruments. Browse through the gallery below to see all of this in action!


We hope you've had a wonderful summer holidays, and are excited to come back to school and start life as a turtle in Turtle class!

We've changed around the classroom somewhat - have a look at the photos below to see what it looks like!

As our topic for terms 1 and 2 is RAINFORESTS, we will be learning lots of facts and figures about rainforests in Maths, writing creative stories set in rainforests in Literacy, finding out about the habitats creatures live in during our Science lessons, and much, much more in all our other subjects!

Mrs. Moyce and Madame Donati will be back to teach you all PE and French, and I am sure you remember Mr. Platts, who is joining our class as a student teacher. He is looking forward to getting to know you all, and to begin teaching some of your lessons in the near future!

See you all on Tuesday!

Mr. Gardner
Picture 1 Using clay tools to add detail.
Picture 2 Comparing the final product to the original.
Picture 3 Tea staining to create the look of papyrus.
Picture 4 Kent countryside - it's so beautiful!
Picture 5 Our tennis coaching has been great fun.
Picture 6 Naming which 3D shape the bench is.
Picture 7 The view of Chatham dockyards upon arrival.
Picture 8 Outside the submarine HMS Ocelot.
Picture 9 About to board HMS Cavelier.
Picture 10 Taking in the WWII memorial.
Picture 11 We help each other with holding chords correctly.
Picture 12 Pancake day
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Picture 14 Not sure this recipe is right
Picture 15 Posing for World Book Day
Picture 16 Who was he? What happened to him?
Picture 17 Antarctic landscapes.
Picture 18 Grammatical terms.
Picture 19 Who will use Viking vocabulary in their writing?
Picture 20 Our reading corner is full of facts and artefacts!
Picture 21 Who is travelling in our Viking longboat
Picture 22 Who would wear something like this and why?
Picture 23 What was special about a Viking longboat
Picture 24 Studying persuasive leaflets.
Picture 25 Insulating cups with different materials.
Picture 26 Solving a tricky maths problem as a group.
Picture 27 Learning a traditional poem off by heart.
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Picture 29 Multiplying using the grid method
Picture 30 Thinking of more grids to multiply!
Picture 31 Sharing our Viking big writes with one another.
Picture 32 Our 'Oceans in a bottle' on display.
Picture 33 Solutions to many a maths problem!
Picture 34 Our Viking big writes were exciting to read.
Picture 35 Life inside a Viking longhouse using DT.
Picture 36 Our multiplication methods on our working wall.
Picture 37 Deciding what types of sentences we can use.
Picture 38 Selecting facts from non-chronological reports.
Picture 39 Matching music to Ancient Egypt settings.
Picture 40 Homework on Ancient Egypt on display.
Picture 41 Classifying rocks we may find in a desert.
Picture 42 What we want to find out about Deserts
Picture 43 Brushing sand off artefacts.
Picture 44 Describing local artefacts.
Picture 45 Creating a timeline of mummification.
Picture 46 Grouping Ancient Egypt artefacts and replicas.
Picture 47 Enjoying Ancient Egyptian replicas!
Picture 48 Moulding canopic jars out of clay.
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Picture 55 In P4C, we discuss deep issues and questions.
Picture 56 Asking questions about Christian artefacts.
Picture 57 Designing our own Greek temples.
Picture 58 Using TASC wheels helps our maths problem solving.
Picture 59 Our Rio Carnival display in the hall.
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Picture 61 Practicing holding and strumming the ukulele.
Picture 62 Improving balancing in PE.
Picture 63 Performing drama to the class.
Picture 64 Storytelling cards help us with our Big Writes.
Picture 65 We learnt about Oral Tradition and copied a story.
Picture 66 Working as a group to name habitats.
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Picture 68 Boomwhackers help us compose tuned music.
Picture 69 Exploring the woodland floor.
Picture 70 What can you spot in the woodland canopy?
Picture 71 Designing carnival masks using patterns.
Picture 72 Learning the Portuguese for instruments.
Picture 73 Dancing to the Samba rhythms!