Puffins, Spring 2022
Puffins have had a really lovely half term exploring our two main topics of ‘Vikings’ and ‘Different types of Settlements’. During history and art lessons we have loved learning all about the Vikings. We made our own Viking shields, Viking long boats and we also thought about whether we would want to live in a Viking houses or a modern house!
In geography and our off-site learning, we have learning all about Villages, Towns and Cities. We especially loved our visit to Hoddesdon Town Centre, during which we explored the bank, supermarkets, and clothes shops, we saw a market, the library, the clock town and most excitingly we had toast at a cafe!
In Puffins, this half term we have really enjoyed learning all about winter. We have explored the different weather that occurs in winter, compared to other seasons such as summer, and how that affects what clothing we wear. We had to decide whether different pieces of clothing were suitable to wear in winter or not, to keep us healthy, warm and safe.
We have also enjoyed finding out all about what hibernation is; including which animals hibernate, which season animals hibernate in and why they hibernate. We enjoyed listening to and completing activities based upon the stories ‘Bear Snores On’ and ‘Don’t Hog the Hedge’, which were all about hibernation. During this we also made our very our Bear.
We have also enjoyed learning about ice and snow. In our winter science lesson, we all had some ice (some of us had ice lollies!) and we spent the lesson exploring what it felt and looked like and then we made predictions and explored what might happen over time when the ice got warmer. We also learnt all about how ice is formed and what causes it to melt.
We also found out what snow is and how each snowflake is unique. Some of the Puffins who have been in school, used paint, glue and salt to make their very own snowflakes. At home, we have enjoyed using scissors to make our own unique snowflakes.
The children in Middle School are learning about the Vikings. Here are some links to video clips which will support learning.
Who were the Vikings?
Where did the Vikings come from?
The children in Middle School love to be active, here are some great Action Songs. Why not have a go together?
Next term the children in Middle School are due to be learning about rivers in their local area. Here are some ideas if you would like to have a look at the topic with your children in advance:
- Take your child to a local river and have a nice walk along it. Which direction is it flowing? How do you know? A game of ‘Pooh sticks’ is always fun!
- Observe the wildlife that lives near or on the river.
- Pop on a pair of wellie boots and have a paddle if it’s safe to do so.
- Consider the different uses of the river e.g. transport, leisure, flood control.
- Think about the journey of a river and introduce the terms ‘mouth’, ‘source’, ‘tributary’. Check out the ‘Pooh Bear’ smartboard which tracks the River Lee.
- This video clip follows the River Forth from source to sea https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/clips/z8jtfg8.
World Book Day
The children in Middle School have enjoyed celebrating World Book Day. The children shared their favourite stories and wrote about them. The staff also dressed up and shared their favourite books. The children came to school dressed as different book characters and looked amazing! They all proudly modelled their outfits on a catwalk!!
In History we have been learning about Remembrance Day. We had a one minute silence, created lanterns and have used different Media to paint poppies. In RE we have been learning about Diwali the ‘Festival of Light’. We created Rangoli patterns from coloured rice, created divas from clay and made colourful tea light holders.