What We Learnt Last Half Term

Myths, Stories and Legends

Another fabulous and very busy half term for the Kestrels!  We started the term with the story of ‘Hansel & Gretel’ which we tried to retell and some of us have been writing sentences too.

To practice our Art skills we made a large Gingerbread house by painting it, making 3D sweets and painting them with repeating patterns and sprinkling real ginger powder to make it smell real! We entered our creation into a school based competition to win a performance from the German oompah band who visited school for Languages Day – we won! It was fantastic and we shared the session with our friends in the Ravens class – we danced and sang all the way through it.

Science has all been around exploring light and sound. We made shadows using our bodies and paper puppets and experimented how we could make shadows bigger and smaller as well as deciding if certain objects were opaque or transparent.  We made musical instruments from boxes and elastic bands which we played and sang with.

We continued to stretch ourselves physically and most of our class have taken part in the 1K challenge every day along with Yoga, obstacles courses, and a competition against children from New Bridge School when we also got to meet Fred and Red (Manchester United’s Mascot). It’s a wonder we have any energy left for all the other things we do!

In our RE lessons we have been learning about different celebrations that happen throughout the year such as bonfire night and the gunpowder plot – we made firework pictures by painting with straws and playing bonfire bingo. As we approached the Christmas period we learned about the Nativity story and where Jesus was born, we made a nativity scene by cutting out images and sticking them onto card and wrote sentences to retell what happened.

In PSHE we have learned about stranger danger through reading the story of Little Red Riding Hood. This helped us to recognise that the wolf was a stranger and to be careful around people we do not know very well.

To finish the half term we went to see the pantomime of ‘Hansel & Gretel’ at the Gallery Theatre, we went with 5 other classes and it was great fun, it got us all in the Christmas mood!