Our next topic is called Tribal Tales and is based around life in the Stone Age. For this family project we would like to design and construct a settlement. A settlement is a place where a community lives.
Have a look at some of these web pages to get more of an idea about life in the Stone Age and Bronze Age.
The Bronze Age is a time period when bronze replaced stone as the preferred material for making tools and weapons. This led to improvements in agriculture and brought with it changes in the way people live.
See the letter that came home for further information and possible ideas.
What a busy final week Year 3 have had to this term with a visit to St Martin in the Bullring church. After a walk to the train station, a short train ride into the city centre and then another walk through the Bullring we arrived! Christina the Famillies’ Missioner met us and showed us round the church.
Year 3 were astounded to hear the church was built in 1873 and is an example of gothic Victorian architecture, designed by Alfred Chatwin, from Birmingham, who also worked on the Houses of Parliament. But St Martin’s is much older than that. There has been a church on this site since the year 1290!
Christina showed Year 3 the baptism font and told us more about how the ceremony is performed. Year 3 were able to share some of their RE learning with Christina. Although St Martin is a place or worship , it also holds a lot of history , from the original St Martin to events in the second world war. There are many stained glass windows sharing stories from the Bible, from both the past and modern day . As we are fast approaching the Christian festival of Christmas, Year 3 were able to locate an Advent Crown, a Christmas tree with a bright star on the top and also a nearly life size Nativity scene where the manger lay empty, waiting for the baby Jesus.
Two members of Year 3 were invited to tie a purple ribbon onto the Advent tree and to also light a candle in the prayer chapel.
Who Was St Martin?
St Martin was a soldier. He was born in Hungary in 316 and never wanted to join the army but was obliged to by law. At the age of 18, he was posted to Amiens in France. One bitterly cold winter’s night he was riding through the city when he saw a half-naked beggar huddled against a wall. Martin was so moved by the sight that he cut his cloak with his sword and gave one half to the beggar.
That night he had a dream in which Christ appeared to him as the beggar and thanked Martin for clothing him. In response, the young soldier got baptised. Later he was to leave the army to become a soldier of Christ, eventually becoming Bishop of Tours in France. St Martin is remembered today for his service to the poor.
A huge thanks to Christina for her time and patience in giving Year 3 a tour and also answering many questions.
Year 5 have created stop motion videos using apps in the iPads. We first made story boards to plan the movements of the subject (the astronaut and space probe) across the landscapes that we had created. We took pictures, moving the subject a little bit at a time. Have a look at the videos that we created! We’re feeling very proud of our learning about Space!
This week, Christmas cheer has been creeping into the Year 2 classroom as we begin our preparations for the important festival for Christians.
In our R.E lessons, we have been learning about the advent wreath and what each part represents. We know there is a candle for each Sunday in Advent that represent love, hope, joy and peace. As a class we have been reflecting on how each of these values feature in our lives and how we might be able to demonstrate them ourselves.
This week we have also made some festive hats to wear to our Christmas lunch! We had a great time eating turkey, pulling crackers and eating delicious mince pies! It was extra special for some of us whose parents came to celebrate with us.
This week in Year 2, we have been thinking about the importance of looking after our mental health. During circle time, we have discussed feelings and how we may deal with certain things that make us feel upset or uncomfortable. We decided that the best thing to do when we are experiencing feelings that we don’t understand or like, was to talk to someone we trust and think about ways to solve any problems we may have. In addition, we also practised lots of mindfulness techniques like controlled breathing and meditation.
Year 5 have had so much fun learning all about space and using everything we have learnt to create dioramas. We started by researching, then, in groups, we planned and designed a planet. We listed the equipment and materials that we would need. Then we put our plans into action and created a space scene. They look fabulous! Next week we are going to film stop motion videos of a shuttle landing so stay tuned!
What a busy week it has been! From the start of the week with our annual Christmas service at Aston Parish Church, rehearsals in enrichment for our show next week, Christmas dinners, party hats and place mat making. Year 3 managed to also make their own pop up card to celebrate this time of the year. A it thank you to Mrs Austin-Smith and Mrs Akhtar who started the pop up process.
MIss Groom was very impressed with the levels on concentration shown in making the cards and how well the children worked together to help each other achieve. Keep a look out next week when they will be coming home
This week has been a lovely week in Year 1. We started the week with our special Christmas lunch. We created hats and place mats and took them with us. On Tuesday afternoon, we walked to the church and enjoyed the church service. We also took part in Reception’s Christmas Nativity as the fabulous choir. We sang and joined in with the actions extremely well! Today was Christmas jumper day and the children wore some wonderful jumpers. Thank you for all your donations!
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