Miss Lockyear

Term 2

During our topic on European countries we learned about Norway, where you can see the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights. These magical looking swirls of light are visible in the polar regions of Earth. This linked well with our Literacy topic of the Polar Express, where they go to the North Pole and see the Northern Lights! As an introduction to this topic, we created our own artistic versions of the lights using pastels on black paper. We used lots of lovely blues, pinks and greens and think they are really effective at capturing the mystical nature of the lights.

Here is our Ukulele performance. Do you recognise any of the songs we performed?


Here are some photos of the children taking part in our ‘Aspirational Art’ workshop with Luke Acceron. We worked in collaboration to develop our final pieces.

In Science our topic is Light and Shadows. We have been learning about lights sources, how shadows are formed and how light reflects off some surfaces better than others. To test reflection from a surface, we made reflection testers, using a torch and piece of paper. Then you hold the material up to the torch and see how much light is reflected back onto the paper

We had an enjoyable, and rather wet, walk to the Whitchurch Library to find out how libraries work and all the activities they provide. After hearing a short story, we had a chance to look through the books ourselves, which we really enjoyed.

Term 1

To learn the continents and oceans as part of Geography, we looked at where they all were on Google Earth and then tested our memories with a game! In groups of 3 or 4, we had to collect a label for a continent or ocean and then place it in the correct place on a world map, before getting another one.    

As part of our Science topic on Forces and Magnets, we did an experiment to find out which surface causes the most friction. To find out we rolled a car down a ramp onto the different surfaces and measured how far it went. The further it went, the less friction the surface causes.  

In Art we have been learning about landscape painting, including perspective and famous French artists such as Monet. As part of our work on creating a landscape painting of the French countryside, we have been experimenting with different ways of applying the paint and the effects that it can produce, for example using scrunched up paper towel, glue spreaders and cotton buds. It was a lot of fun, and a little bit messy!

We have been enjoying exploring and getting to know the books in our book corner and getting comfy reading and sharing them in the classroom. We have lots of classic authors such as Roald Dahl, Enid Blyton and Francesca Simon, as well as hundreds of other fiction and non-fiction books.