As we are nearing the end of term we have been reflecting on our P.E. lessons at Witham Hall Preparatory school. The new sports hall provided a state of the art environment for Foxes to develop their physical skills. The children thoroughly enjoyed their lessons having developed key skills in coordination, teamwork and in some lessons their singing!
Each week would focus on a different key element of athletics and gymnastics. The children were coached by a variety of staff including a G.B. Participant at the Commonwealth games. Weekly activities included the climbing walls, basketball, musical movement, ropes and the pommel horse. Foxes have shown determination and great spirit in every lesson and should be proud of their efforts! Well done!
This week Foxes Class have been working in groups of three to create these wondering fact files. To begin with everyone in the class got given a name, these ranged from pharaohs to slaves. Once everyone had their title they researched into who they were and then joined all their facts together. After they had finished, each group presented them to the class in order to teach everyone about the Egyptian Hierarchy.
During Science Week Foxes class have been up to a variety of experiments. Firstly, our guided reading was based upon why we have Science Week and what this year’s theme is about.
Our first experiment was on ‘Why do we put ice on roads during winter?’, therefore, investigating how much salt was needed to prevent water freezing. This experiment provided interesting results and we manage to stop water freezing, even at -18 degrees!
We then had a plant-filled afternoon. We looked at what plants need to survive, and the role of photosynthesis. During this lesson, we dissected daffodils and looked at all the parts of these flowering plants. We have also been proving that flowers drink water by turning flowers red, blue and yellow. We are still observing these flowers and have been fascinated as they slowly change colour.
The ‘Beast from the East’ did not stop us opening today, and what an extraordinary day it was. Both Badgers and Foxes classes joined and had a snow-filled day. We enjoyed team-building activities outside in the snow, which of course included a few snowmen and snow angels, as well key team working skills. We then completed Snow themed lessons together in maths and English, incorporating the fantastic learning opportunity the snow provides.
The children looked fantastic all dressed up in their Egyptian outfits. We had gods, pharaohs, slaves, mummies and even a pyramid!
We started the day learning about mummification. After a live demonstration, which involved removing all the organs and drying out the body, all of the children had chance to embalm each other. Luckily they survived so we didn’t need to find them a sarcophagus, and bury them in a pyramid. We learnt why the Egyptians had Canopic jars, and how they stored the organs. Following this they made their own jars and organs to go inside them.
After break time they learnt about hieroglyphics and how this language uses more than 700 pictures to represent all the words, sounds and letters. They were then able to write their own messages and see if their friends were able to work out what they wrote. While this was happening groups of children went out and made flatbreads. This was a type of bread the Egyptians would have made as it didn’t have any yeast. They tasted so good and all the children took a recipe home so they could make them again.
During the afternoon we had yet more activities! The children got to make and design their own 3D pyramid, and design their own death mask using a variety of materials. Furthermore, they made salt dough cartouches. These are name plates which go on their sarcophagus so spirts can find their body again.
The children have produced some amazing shields, swords and helmets and taken part in a battle role play. We have made and tasted the food of Romans in the form of Linseed bread and Cato’s cheesecake. We will develop our Roman knowledge further this term as we start to create our play scripts and make paper mache vases.