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Year 3 Brass Concert

On Tuesday 25th June, the children in Year 3 completed their final Brass music lesson by holding a concert for parents.

The concert was a great hit. The children introduced the tunes they’d been learning and talked to the excited audience about how they had learned to play the instruments over the past year.

After only 30 minutes tuition per week, from Mr Baxter at Tees Valley Music Service, the children learned how to play a range of notes and perform several pieces of music. We also presented the awards for the Longest Note competition.

Year 3 Visit – Danby

The children in Year 3 have recently visited the North York Moors Visitor Centre in Danby, North Yorkshire.

We had a fantastic time there and had the opportunity to do a range of outdoor activities. These activities included:

Shelter building – Using a range of natural materials to create a comfortable yet sturdy shelter. The children worked brilliantly in teams to ensure they completed their mission.

Natural art – Using clay and a variety of twigs, sticks, seeds, leaves and pebbles to create the image of a god or goddess, which was displayed on the trunk of a tree.

Science – The children reviewed their understanding of photosynthesis in plants and became skilled at identifying a range of woodland plants and trees. They also had the opportunity to hunt for mini beasts in their natural habitat.

Ornithology – We used a woodland hide to observe a variety of birds and name them.

We hope you enjoy the photos!

Y3 Racquet & Ball Festival

The children in Year 3 went to a brilliant sporting event this week! The aim was to build skills and confidence in using racquets, based on the sports of badminton, tennis and squash.

We had a fantastic time playing games which helped develop hand-eye coordination, balance, power and teamwork.

Y3 Maths – 3D Shape Modelling

The children in Year 3 have been deepening their understanding of shapes today. They have been identifying and describing the properties of some common 3D shapes, as well as using some new ideas about vertical, horizontal, parallel and perpendicular lines. It was great fun!

KS2 – Computing & French (Sum 2 Wk 1)

In Computing this week the children in Y3 have been learning more about storing and organising data in spreadsheets (Numbers).  We have been using them to keep track of our scores on the computer game Snake (Play it here).      Y4 have been gaining an understanding of the word processing app Pages.  We are beginning to plan and type a formal letter to Mrs Hewitt-Best to apply for a position in Y5 next year.  I’m sure they’ll all get the job!     In Year 5 the children are using the presentation software Keynote.  We are beginning to create a presentation all about a year in Y5.  They’re looking slick and professional already.  

In Y6 we have focussed on the General election and have been using Scratch to code our own virtual voting booths, which will keep track of any registered votes.  

In MFL this week we have started some new units of work.   In Y3 we are learning about birthdays and presents in ‘Joyeux Anniversaire!’ (Happy Birthday).

The children in Y4 are getting to grips with rooms and objects around the house through the story of ‘Boucle d’Or et les trois ours’ (Goldilocks and the three bears).   Learn more here

The children in Y5 are finding out more about art, famous painters and painting through ‘La monte magique’ (The magic watch).

 

KS1 – Computing & RE (Sum 2 Wk 1)

In Computing, the children in Year 1 and 2 were beginning to get a better understanding of the laptops we use in school.  They were practicing how to use them safely and carefully.

The children in Year 1 began to use their own usernames and passwords to access the apps and software on the computer.  We talked about the importance of keeping usernames and passwords private, and how we should behave when we’re using different technology.

In year two the children began to look at the range of different applications we can use on the laptops and how they might be used in different lessons.  We also learned some cheeky keyboard shortcuts and trackpad gestures to perform different simple tasks.

In RE this week the children have been finding out more about the Jewish celebration of Shabbat.  We shared and retold the story of a boy who had to celebrate Shabbat all alone in the desert.  Fortunately he had an animal to protect him…Find out more here

Digital Leaders – Technology Trip

The Digital Leaders went to visit the National Museum of Science and Media in Bradford.  Our aim was to discover more about technology used outside of school.  We had a brilliant time investigating, researching and enjoying the fantastic exhibitions and galleries at the museum.

Our day began with a look through the Kodak Gallery, finding out about the origins and developments in photography and cameras.  We’ve realised we’re very lucky that photos and images are so easy to take and share with others today, when compared to the efforts needed to take and develop images many years ago.

The Television exhibition gave us an insight into how TV can be used to share important and life-changing events across the world, but also how adverts can used to to influence and persuade us.  It was great to see some of the most iconic and most-viewed moments from British television.  We also found out lots about animations and how they were made.  We got to play with zoetropes and have a go at our very own stop motion animation.

We then went to watch an amazing 3D documentary about the International Space Station. It was made all the more realistic and exciting by being on the huge IMAX cinema screen.  We learned about the technology and science which helps to keep the remarkable craft in orbit around earth.  We were ducking and diving in our seats as some the 3D special effects seemed to be happening right in front of our faces.

The afternoon was a huge hit for all the children as we explored three huge interactive areas.  The first, Wonderlab, was full of amazing hands-on science experiments which sparked our imaginations and curiosity.  We found out lots about, sound waves, speed, heat and light, shadows and reflections. It was so much fun!

The magic factory also played with our minds, with some weird and wonderful tricks of the eye.  It made us think about how we see the world around us and how our viewpoint can be distorted and become very different from others.

The final room, The Games Lounge, allowed us to play on a huge variety of computer games; right through from Pong, to the very latest arcade games. We had a great time battling each other and working out who was the best Gamer in the group!  Overall, the day was an unforgettable experience to share together!

 

Welcome Back

Welcome back to all the children, especially those who are joining us for the first time at Newham Bridge.  We hope you all had a happy and restful summer holiday.

It has been great to see so many happy and smiling children come back to school this week.  They have settled in really well, especially our new Reception class.

Please keep checking the school Newsletters, Website, App and Twitter accounts for up to date information.  And please feel free to pop into school if you have any questions or would like help with anything.