The Bythams School

The Bythams Primary School

Creeton Road, Little Bytham, Grantham, Lincolnshire NG33 4PX

Telephone: 01780 410275 Email: office@bythams.lincs.sch.uk

Squirrels Class

Welcome back to term 2. This term we are very lucky to have a wonderful student teacher Mr Joe Trickey with us. We are starting the topic Heroes and Villains, where we will be creating our own comic strip stories, looking at real life heroes and how Magneto’s power works through the science of magnets.

Heroes and Villains WOW day

To introduce our new topic, Squirrels class had a Heroes and Villains WOW day.  The children came in dressed up as their favourite hero or villain (real or in a story).  We then had the task of designing and making an evil robot.  We used loads of boxes and junk modelling stuff then cover it with silver foil and added details with painted plastics.  The children then all posed for a photograph fighting the evil robot.  Finally they decorated a fame for the photograph so they could have a great reminder of our fun day!

Science

One of the most enjoyable experiments we did this term was the ‘Bubble Experiment’. There were 2 parts to it. Firstly we had three separate bubble mixtures, fairy liquid and water, fairy liquid, glycerine and water and a shop bought mixture. We had to determine which was the best, determining what factors we would take into account. The children chose how long a bubble could last. The second part of the experiment was which material produced the best bubble foam when blown through.

As you can see, great fun was had by all!

More Forest School

Over the weeks of forest school we had done some extremely interesting things. We have made story sticks, the children told their stories to each other using the stick as prop and guide to the progression of the story. We have had a competition to see who could built the tallest tower that could balance a cup of water on. We have also designed and made their own monsters and even had a fashion show, modelling their masks that they had made! All in all a great few weeks.

Pancake Making

In literacy we all made some delicious pancakes so that we could write our own amazing instructions. Mrs Lovell kindly brought in her own pancake maker so the children we better able to see how they cooked. We also followed instructions on making paper aeroplanes and even origami boats!

Forest School

Our first forest school session with our experts went extremely well. The children were told the sad story of a race of little people whose homes were destroyed by a large storm. They were then given the job of creating new homes for the people using anything they could find in the mini spinney. They worked in teams and came up with some amazing creations, as you can see in the photos. They finished the session with a game of hunter, mammoth, mouse – a version of rock, paper, scissors that involved a lot of running!

Bounce WOW Day

We are beginning the year with topic Bounce, which is all about sports. It includes lessons on how we move and how different animals move, science investigations involving forces and artistic techniques such as pointillism, made famous by the artist Seurat.

We are extremely lucky to be able to work with two experts this term too. We have a PE expert helping the children to master the skills of hockey, and two forest school experts delivering exciting weekly forest school sessions.

To introduce our topic we had an afternoon of PE fun! We split into four teams which we each allocate a large box of PE equipment. They then came up with a game/obstacle course, using as much of the equipment as they could. Once they had perfected their courses, by trying them our themselves, we swapped around so that each team could try the other team’s course, They children we able to supervise their own activities and give rules and instructions to the other teams. There were some wonderfully imaginative courses!