Alpington & Bergh Apton C of E VA Primary School

Owls in action!

Summer Term 

Week beginning 112th July 

Year 4 had a fantastic time at Whitlingham on Tuesday. They enjoyed trying kayaking and especially enjoyed getting wet! All the children worked really hard and got it at the end. Well done to all of them – they were really well behaved and were great models for the school. (Apologies – technical problems loading the pictures!)

Sports Day!

We all had such a wonderful time at sports day and were so pleased to see many parents here to support the children. The children did a great job – trying their hardest and letting their lights shine. There were some super winners and lots of beautiful displays of sportsmanship. Well done everyone!

 

Week beginning 7th June

This week we have began practising for our KS2 production! This is always a lot of fun AND a lot of hard work. But we will be resilient and courageous learners who will keep going until we get it correct. So far, it is looking (and sounding) great…watch this space for more to come! 

In maths, the year 5s have been such resilient and courageous learners, as they are working hard and getting braver and more confident with their answers! This week we have been relating fractions to decimals.

Year 4s have been curious learners as they have been exploring coordinates. They took their skills outside to practise – well done Year 4!

Week beginning 24th May

This week, we have been IN ACTION! We have been thinking about bullying and ways to stop this happening. After the school council led collective worship, the children made posters and with whole school, we went on a protest around Alpington! Some of us had some sore voices from so much shouting but we were thrilled to make our voices heard. See alpington-action-day for more pictures.

For our IN ACTION day in Owls, we were thinking about litter as this has been something the children have been keen to discuss in class. We looked at the problems of litter and plastics and thought about how we can reduce our waste and the amount of litter in the local environment. To help this situation, we went on a litter pick around the school and village. We were surprised by what we found – part of a poster/sign, wrappers, glass bottles, cardboard and even a football boot!

In class topic work, we have been learning about pulleys. This has led us to be empathetic and aspirational designers and scientists! We were told about the real life problem of farmers in Nepal, who have to travel down the steep mountainside to sell their crops at market – this was very problematic for a number of reasons. So the UN invested in a pulley system to help take the crops down in bulk, safely and quickly. This is part of the UN’s global goals to end poverty. In class, the children were challenged to make this pulley system to lift or transport a basket of tomatoes! They were fantastic and such thoughtful learners – always thinking about how to improve their designs. 

Week beginning 11th May

We have been thoughtful designers and scientists this week. We have learnt about levers and how these mechanisms allows a small force to be increased to a larger force or lift a larger load. 

We began by exploring levers in our everyday lives. 

We then made a first class lever like a see-saw and investigated the effect of moving the fulcrum. 

In maths, we have been resilient learners! We have been learning efficient methods for division using mental methods and bus stop. This has been challenging, but we have persevered and got there in the end. Here we used numicon to remind us what division actually is – groups of a number.

 

 

Week beginning 4th May

In our ukulele lesson with Mr Cooper, we have been really thoughtful learners – we listened to advice and tried to improve our playing skills. 

During science, we have been looking at water resistance and how this effects objects in the water. After this, we were aspirational because we designed our own speed boats using the idea of streamlining. Why not be a curious learner and try to make one at home?

 We have also been courageous learners and showing everything we have learnt so far using our LEARNING LINKS! We have so much knowledge and have made lots of connections to our learning already. 

 

Week beginning 26th April

This week we have been thoughtful learners! We were given the problem: how can we drop a food parcel without the contents damaging the contents?

Our food parcel was an egg and some lentils. Using our knowledge of forces, we designed a carrier to solve the problem.

We then made our designs, but were really thoughtful and tried to test and improve them as we went along.

We then had the fun part!! We dropped them from a height and only 2 eggs broke! We had some great designs – well done Owls!!

Week beginning 19th April

We have been curious learners this week – finding possibilities, making discoveries and asking questions.

In maths, the Year 4’s have been finding all possibilities to questions, and have also been making discoveries with area and perimeter.

In science, have been curious learners – asking questions and making discoveries when we change the size and material of a parachute. 

We have also been curious learners to PE – making discoveries about ourselves and our bodies during a yoga session! We didn’t realise we were so bendy! 

Week beginning 12th April

It has been great to be back in school and to begin out new topic ‘IDEAS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD’. We have been really keen to know about inventions and have started the week by naming and ordering key inventions in history. We worked really well in groups, sharing ideas and listening carefully.

After understanding what an invention is, we had a go at inventing a product to help solve a problem – a curious and empathetic designer. We brainstormed in our news ‘small book for big ideas’ book, and draw annotated drawings of what we wanted to produce.

Next we used our thoughtful DT skills to make our inventions. We were super creative and showed great resilience – adapting our designs where necessary and supporting each one another.

 

Last term: Here and there

Next we had to navigate over the ‘Rocky Mountains’ and then set up camp. We had the opportunity to pan for gold and have jacket potatoes and beans around the camp fire! We had so much fun!! HUGE thank you to Mrs Godbold and Mrs Blazer who are our fantastic outdoor learning team – we couldn’t have done it without you.

A3 Owls Logo

Spring term: Here and There

Week 11

We have completed our topic, HERE AND THERE with a fantastic day as pioneers – real empathetic historians!  We began writing diary entries in our journals about how we were feeling and what we were hoping for on our arrival to the West. We then talked about the skills we could offer our group, and then decided on the person who would lead our group.

Next, we drew our wagon train on the playground and wrote our feelings about the trip. Our journey then hit a river! We had 3 ‘stepping stones’ and had to figure out how to get the whole team across without falling in! Some of us were really good at this and did it v quickly. Other groups got some wet feet! In the end, the successful teams helped the others by passing over their stepping stones  – great team work!

 

 

 

We have been curious historians this week as we have looked at a primary historical source and thought about why people moved to the West of America. We thought about the impact of this move and then being courageous, we have given our opinion on whether we thought this was good idea or not.

In maths, we have been exploring 3D shape – thinking about properties and comparing these to find the odd one out. We used our knowledge to make shapes out of scrap paper.

Week 10

We have been thoughtful and empathetic writers because we have been writing as if we are the Colonel in Twist of Gold. We had a little debate about what the characters should do next, we planned our writing and had a go at asking the character why he behaved the way he did. We wrote some great letters too!

We are curious and thoughtful musicians as we are learning to play the ukulele with Mr Cooper. We are doing really well.

Week 9

It’s Alpington’s World Book Day! Look how fabulous we all look in our costumes. Can you guess which book we are from?

The characters had a chance to meet one another and find a little more out about them…

Today we listened to ‘Over the Rainbow’ by Judy Garland (Wizard of Oz) and thought about how it made us feel. We looked at what a rainbow symbolises and what it means to us as individuals: hope, love, happiness, luck and excitement for things to come. We are busy making a collage of all the things we are looking forward to when lockdown is over and will put a picture up when we are finished, but we are hopeful for sleepovers, playdates, no masks, den building, holidays…to name a few. 

We then made a little rainbow hanging to take home, as a reminder that there is always hope: A sign of a new beginning; a calm after the storm; the hope of something better. 

 

We were all very excited to be back in the classroom and even more excited when we realised we were sitting next to our friends! We had so much fun chatting, catching up and rebuilding our friendships: 

We spent some time reflecting on the past few weeks and discussing the highs and lows. We remembered to listen carefully to one another and respond appropriately: 

A great day – well done Owls! 

Week 8

We did it Owls…8 weeks of lockdown home learning! Be proud of yourself, as we are so proud of all of you. To those who have worked at home – what a great job you and your families have done. You have shown such resilience and hard work each day and each week, and I have loved seeing what you have been up to. And to those in school – thank you. It has been a pleasure to have been with you these past weeks and you have always made me smile! We can’t wait to see you in school on Monday. I will keep checking my emails over the weekend, so any worries or concerns, please do contact me.

All of you have produced some fantastic work – work on Twist of Gold, maps, features and landmarks of America and Ireland, food chains, art work and some lovely looking healthy food! Here is our final pieces…

Our last week of home learning before we are all back in. We can’t wait to see you all, and know you are feeling a range of emotions. We will have so much fun being together again, and it won’t take you long to get into the swing of it all again. We will ease you gently and have some nice activities for reflection planned for the first week back. Please remember to bring back all your belongings: pencil cases, exercise books, reading books, whiteboards etc, and please bring in a smooth pebble (not bigger than your fist!)

So what have we been doing on our last week…

Second half term

I am so pleased that you will all be back in school on the 8th March!! So only 2 weeks to go with home learning.

This is what we have been up to this week so far…

In school: 

After brainstorming words for the fire, we made concrete poems in the shape of a fire. We had a little campfire outside where we discussed our descriptions and also had time to reflect on the past year. (And had some marshmallows!)

 

 

We are enjoying Twist of Gold and been excited by the twists and turns the story takes. Here is our creative writing based on fire:

After reading the chapter where the bounty hunter takes Little Luke, many of you have been empathetic historians, learning about the slave trade and the incredibly courageous work of Harriet Tubman. I think we are all agree she was a very brave person!

Unfortunately racism and inequality is still present in today’s society. After learning about the ‘Black Lives Matter’ protests, some of us have already designed posters to teach others about treating people fairly. Stop racism Poster Molly (1)

 

Sean and Annie are travelling across America and so we have taken our topic ‘there’ (Here and There!) You have enjoyed being thoughtful and curious geographers, plotting places on maps and using google maps to find different locations:

In Maths, we have enjoyed the shape work, learning about triangles, quadrilaterals and tessellation:

In other work…

WE MADE IT!!

Great work Owls!! What a strange half term it has been, but what a resilient and hard working bunch you are. I have been so impressed with the quality and quantity of work you have produced at home, and been impressed with the happy and hard working faces in school. Be very proud of yourselves Owls – you have all let your light shine and been a credit to Alpington School. Have a restful half term and hopefully (everything crossed) we will see you very soon…Miss Betts

Week 6…our last week before a well deserved rest

More of our learning to end the last week…

Working hard on volume and capacity…

Making American foods and more snow fun…

Millie had made her own cookbook!! Use this link to take a look: Cookbook

SNOOOOOOOOOWWWWW!!!!! What fun we all had.

Maths: Despite the snow, many have been completing the volume work…

We have also been having fun and taking our learning in our own directions which is lovely to see…

Week 5

In school…

After thinking of all the words we could use instead of said, we acted out some of them to create this fun movie! It might help with some of your work on direct speech! Click here to link to Stream.

We were thoughtful users of ICT today. Using Word, we learnt how to change fonts, colours and change the direction of words, to make a ‘SAID IS DEAD’ poster.

In maths, we used a range of skills at the ‘post office’. We weighed accurately, rounded the mass of each parcel, added up the total cost and even converted the metric weights!! Pictures to come…

On Tuesday, Mrs Godbold and Mrs Blazer treated the children to a morning of outdoor learning. The children demonstrated great resilience in the pouring rain. They made the shelter water tight, then used lots of skills to make their own teepee! Great learning Owls and BIG thank you to Mrs Godbold and Mrs Blazer. (PS Izzy had a fall in the mud, hence why she is wearing the Where the Wild Things onesie!)

At home

We have been busy aspirational scientists and thoughtful designers this week! Jack has been an aspirational user of ICT as well, and used iMovie to show how to make his delicious overnight oats! Click HERE to watch.

Look at our healthy bakes…

We have been working hard in English…

 

We have been resilient mathematicians this week, solving some tricky problems.

We have been curious geographers as well…

 

We’ve also been having lots of fun doing some wellbeing activities:

Week 4

In school…

Here are the results from our egg test!! We were all surprised at the effect the juice had on the egg shell!!

Molly’s test at home also had similar results…

In school, the children have been working hard on their theme parks…

And have been using water colours to paint a ‘stormy sea’. We listened to Benjamin Britten’s music to inspire us…

At home…

I am so impressed with your hard work again! You have completed a variety of work across the curriculum which is good to see. Here are some examples of our learning…

We all enjoyed the learning on the Theme Parks! Check out Ellie’s advert for her theme park and Louie’s Space Land.

Tommy H, Samuel and Millie have been working hard using their maths skills, as well as these children…

We understand healthy foods and why we need a variety of foods to keep our bodies healthy. Here is Ellie’s work: My Healthy Diet

And we have also labelled the US states. Here are a few examples:

WEDNESDAY: Lots of work again this week so far and it is so lovely to see you all enjoying the range of tasks.

Theme parks – the maps are looking great!

Some of you have even been designing posters to advertise them and even making the rollercoasters…

We have all enjoyed learning about food this week. You have done a great job sorting out food into the different groups.

After reading Chapter 11, Owls have also written some fantastic descriptions of a ‘storm at sea’. Millie and Molly decided they would create poems from their ideas. Many of us have also been experimenting with relative clauses as well – great job!

Since Annie and Sean have landed in America, we are beginning to find out about that BIG country. Many of us have enjoyed watching the National Geographic clip and been labelling the states of America.

In other news…

Week 3

In school…

We set up a science experiment to see the effect different drinks have on our teeth. We used Cola, orange juice, water and milk. What do you think will happen to the teeth (eggs) after a few days? Write your predictions using the OneNote (click on the link).

At home…

Thursday: A super day of work!! Lots of fantastic writing. So proud of you Owls.

Wednesday:

Tuesday…

Monday

Week 2

Another great start to home learning. It’s great seeing the work you are doing, having little messages posted on Stream and also seeing you all on Teams for the guided reading sessions.

In school…

We have enjoyed listening to and reading Twist of Gold. We have made some predictions about what we think might happen. Listen to them on the Owls Stream page.

After drafting, editing and writing up our letters from Mother, we made envelopes out of brown paper and stuck them in our journals. They look great.

The children enjoyed working out the largest and smallest perimeter of a shape with 10cm(squared). They also worked out the area and perimeter of their first name.

 

At home…

Friday: A fab end to the week – well done everyone! I have set up a whole class meet on Monday at 9am – really hope you can all make it. Check out Ellie’s skeleton – she had a fab time making to gymnastics moves! Ellie Skeleton Work

 

Thursday…

Wednesday’s learning…

Another great day of learning at home – really well done to all of you! I love seeing what you’ve been up to so please keep them coming.

Susan has been hard at work again, completing maths, working on model verbs and researching the potato famine. She even found time for a bike ride!!

Tommy has been doing some great work at home. He has been reading lots of stories, helping cook the dinner by working out the timings for everything and conducting science experiments in the icy weather. He also completed the area work for maths: Tommy

At home…

A few updates…

Friday

What a super week of home learning. Owls, you have made me feel very proud at your determination to get on with the task. We are such resilient learners. I’m really looking forward to next week and seeing what you’ve been up to.

WOW home learning is off to a great start, and it was so wonderful to hear from you and know you are ok.

Susan has completed the work on perimeter using her iPad – well done. Susan perimeter

In school…

we have been continuing work on perimeter. We used 3 numicon shapes and had to find the largest and smallest perimeter – we did this by drawing on the tables, which was very fun and felt a bit naughty!!

After watching the New Year’s Eve fireworks display in London as part of our collective worship, we thought about the messages we would light up with sky with. What messages could we give to offer hope to our school and local community. These are the ideas from the children in school.

The children enjoyed making their worry dolls yesterday. They remembered how to tie knots which we learnt during our weaving, and then added lots of details too! Sometimes it is hard to talk to people about our worries, but hopefully it will be easier to talk to these dolls.

Week beginning 14th December

We really enjoyed the Christmas Fair – the Year 6’s did a fantastic job at designing the (covid safe) stalls, and we all loved having a go at winning the prizes!

On Tuesday, we enjoyed our lovely Christmas lunch! We tucked in, pulled crackers and sang our thanks to the lunchtime staff.

During science, we conducted an investigation into shadows. We all know these are formed when an opaque object blocks the light, but we wanted to know how the distance to the light source affected the size of the shadows. We planned in groups, thinking about keeping the test fair, what we would measure and what equipment we would need.

Planning

Conducting the experiment – we thought about what problems we faced and how to improve them.

We sang beautifully at our outdoor Christmas service as we learnt more about the Christmas story. It was wonderful to be back as one whole school again!

In the afternoon, we had so much fun playing games, dancing and then watching the rest of the Christmas film! It was the perfect end to a fabulous term! Great job Owls!!

 

Week beginning 7th December

We have had a fantastic start to the week! We performed our dance to Thurton Primary School, and watched theirs as well. It was great! We performed confidently and with no mistakes! Check it out on our stream page

We begun our topic on LIGHT. We knew that darkness is the absence of light and could name opaque, transparent and translucent materials and objects. We then had a go at making blackout dens!

We were then given a challenge – Rudolf had lost his glow and needed a light to shine the way for Santa. The children had to light up Santa, but the torch had to stay still. The solution: use mirrors to reflect the light! Great job Owls.

Jesus is the light of the world! We celebrated this at the Christingle service. We sang beautifully and listened attentively.

Week beginning 30th November

What a week!! We have been so busy preparing for our Royal visitor – baking sausage rolls & biscuits, making marzipan treats, creating flags with the Norwich coat of arms on, singing our song to Greensleeves and practising our Tudor dancing!

On Wednesday, we all arrived in our Tudor outfits – we looked great. In our topic lesson, we became EMPATHETIC historians, as thought about what life would have been like for people in Norwich during the Tudor times. We used candles to light the classroom, then wrote diary entries about our feelings of the Queen coming.

We then welcomed the Queen to our fine city of Norwich (Alpington!) We had a fabulous day and impressed her with dancing, a fanfare on recorders, poetry, singing, a tour of Norwich and even had some jesters to make her chuckle! It was such fun and ALL the children performed with such confidence. Watch this video (on stream) to get an idea of what the day held!

We are practising our weaving skills to be like the Strangers of Norwich in Tudor times, but first we had to learn to tie knots!

Week beginning 23rd November

Our learning has progressed this week to learning how to read grid references on an OS map. We could all do 4 figures and some of us were even able to do 6 figure grid references! We looked at maps on Norwich and used the key to find certain places and buildings. We really enjoyed this activity!

We then related this to Tudor Norwich and looked at the Cunningham map which is one of the first maps produced of a city. We looked at what was similar and different to Norwich today. It was much smaller, despite being second in population to London during Tudor period. It also had a city wall and may animals living in the city. We were fascinated to see that Chapelfield was actually a field by the chapel with animals in!

We practised our Tudor dancing ready for our very special visitor on Wednesday – don’t forget your costumes.

In maths, the Year 4s have been working on factor pairs – we used cubes to help us find all the possibilities. In Owls, we are all still practising our times table facts to make this job easier and more efficient.

Owls lead collective worship this week on SELF-CONTROL. We all spoke beautifully with confidence and clarity – fab jobs guys!

Week beginning 16th November

We took part in the active challenge to help raise money for the school. We had so much fun and did some super bouncing for 3 hours and 45 minutes!! We did over 25,000 bounces!! Take a look by clicking here.

We have been looking at Norwich. We have found Norwich/Norfolk on the world map and then focused in using maps of Norwich. We have looked at the well known buildings of Norwich and tried to order these in chronology of when they were built. We were surprised that Norwich had a chocolate factory and a mustard factory.

After looking at the location of these buildings, we talked about what we might find in the Centre and why new places like the hospital and Longwater have been built outside the city.

We looked at a tourist information map and used the key to locate places. We then used coordinates (to link with maths) to be more specific with our locations.

Week beginning 9th November

When Queen Elizabeth visits our ‘fine city’ in a few weeks time, we want to read her some poetry. Therefore we have been writing ideas down for a poem based on ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ by William Shakespeare. We watched an animated version on the BBC and then brainstormed noun phrases about it ready for creating our poems tomorrow.

In RE, we will be looking at the diversity of the Christian faith. To begin this topic, we looked at our class and our ‘beliefs’. We thought about what makes us the same (we are all at Alpington School and we are all Owls), but how we all believe or how we are different. We talked about it being ok to have differing ideas and opinions on something, and how the language that we use can either cause conflict or promote peace.

Last week, we talked PANTS! This is an NSPCC video to help children stay safe. It teaches children that their body belongs to them, and they should tell someone they trust if anything makes them feel upset or worried. If you’d like to watch the clip and discuss this further with your child, please click on these PANTS!

Week beginning 2nd November 

On Tuesday, we had a special royal visitor! A messenger rode all the way from London to deliver us a special letter informing us that Queen Elizabeth I will be visiting us in a few weeks for a guided tour of Norwich! We were so excited, and have been planning the most extravagant welcome for our Tudor Sovereign.

Planning for the arrival of our Queen…cakes, hog roasts, songs, poems, dancing, acrobats….!!

 

Week beginning 19th October

This week we have been learning and exploring sound.

We have learnt how sounds are made…

We investigated how to change pitch…

We found patterns between the volume of sound and the vibrations produced.

How does the distance affect the volume?

 

Week beginning 12th October

We have had a really busy and fun week again!

In maths, we have been learning about negative numbers. We have ordered them from smallest to largest, using them to read thermometers and then working out differences.

We have been movie makers this week! We have been writing our own chronological report on Henry VIII and his 6 wives. We have been saving photos from the internet, recording ourselves reading our work and piecing it all together to make our own movies. We really enjoyed this activity. They will be on STREAM next week so please watch and enjoy!

Our collective worship team was from Owls this week! They did a brilliant job talking about William Wilberforce, Dr Barnado and Malala Yousafzai.

Week beginning 5th October

We have been learning to round numbers to 10, 100, 1000 and even beyond! Some of us went out to draw number lines on the playground to help us.

We have been using BBC Supermovers to help learn key facts like our multiplication tables.

We have enjoyed some harvest activities this week. We watched a video about harvest and talked about the people who help provide our food. We thought about what we needed to be thankful and wrote these on autumnal leaves. In art, we used watercolours to paint fruit and vegaetables.

Instead of our usual harvest festival, each bubble enjoyed their own worship at the church. Rev. Chris gave us a warm welcome and led us for a short service and we also met our new Rev. Kate. Owls donated many food items which, along with the items at school, will be given to Norwich Food Bank – thank you for your kind donations. We then presented the church with our wonderful watercolour paintings.

Week beginning 28th September

We have been learning and revising how to use Roman Numerals. We have been making them using resources in class, going on a Roman Numeral hunt and using them to solve sums.

In our topic work, we have been researching Henry VIII and his 6 wives. We have thought about reliable sources of information and whether these sources are primary (from the time) or secondary.

Week beginning 21st September

Say HELLO! to our new school councillors, Millie and Eden! We think they will be great and we look forward to seeing them shine their lights and working wonders in our school.

We have been working on accurate punctuation to help with our reading and writing. We punctuated the alphabet, read it to our partner who had to work out what punctuation we had used!

After looking closely at teacher’s photographs and trying to work out their personalities, we repeated the activity with Henry VIII. We looked closely and tried to infer what he was like. We then found out whether this was a true representation or not.

14th September

We had a great lesson learning about chronology! The children worked fabulously in small groups to order pictures from most ancient to the most recent. We used key vocabulary such as modern/ancient/BC and AD. They used great reasoning skills e.g. It’s a photograph and not a painting so it must be modern. Super work Owls!

We have been working on place value this week. We are able to read BIG numbers, write them and work them out in different representations.

We have been looking at expanded noun phrases in English lessons. We have found them in our reading books and used them to improve our writing. We went outside to write expanded noun phrases. We were very descriptive!

 

We’re back!! 

We have had a great couple of days settling into Owls class. We have gone through the ‘new normal’ routines and are getting used to this new way of working…we are all smiling!!

We have been thinking about ourselves and learning how we are similar, different and how we are unique. We did lots of work on how to let our lights shine in class, and what behaviours we need to demonstrate to let other people’s lights shine as well. This helped form our class rules. We wrote them in BIG writing on the playground so everyone would have a little reminder when moving about the school.