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Orchard Primary

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Orchard Primary & Pre-School

"Small enough to care, Big enough to inspire"

This week we have learnt...

Summer 1 - Week 7 - 

We've made it to half term!

In art this term, we have been looking at a variety of different ways of applying paint for different effects. This week we have been looking at blot paintings and creating images using symmetry. 

The children painted on one side of the page, then pushed the two sides of the paper together (not too hard or paint would splatter everywhere). The children created some lovely patterns using the different techniques that we have learnt this half term to create lovely pieces of art. 


In topic this week we have finished our topic - snapshots of history by looking at the moon landing in 1969 and created a timeline of the space race from when people first left earth to mankind landing on the moon. 

Summer 1 - Week 6 

This week we have been learning all about relief art (when paint is lifted off the page in a variety of different ways). We did this by using glue and salt to create a lifted section which we then painted over. 

Also this week we have been learning about the coronation of Elizabeth II and comparing this to the coronation of Charles and Camilla. We learnt that the coronation of Elizabeth II was the first one in history to be broadcast on TV and we looked at how televisions have changed since 1953 (they have gotten much smaller !) 

Summer 1 - Week 5- 

This week in art we have been continuing to explore the different interesting ways that the children can use paint. This week we looked at a technique called sgraffito, when you can scratch the top layers(s) of paint off after it has been thickly painted to reveal a different colour in the pattern from the layers underneath. The children found this slightly tricky at first to make sure that they got the paint thick enough but thoroughly enjoyed it when they could see the contrasting colour underneath. 


In topic this week, we have been looking at Winston Churchill, the man who is famous for being British Prime Minister twice. We explored the houses of parliament (house of commons and the house of lords) and we even had a debate (like they would in parliament) to convince the opposite side that our idea should be put through and become a law. Our idea was children should have to do PE at school every day. The children came up with some great ideas and were very convincing with their opinions! 

Summer 1 - Week 4 - 

This week we have carried on with our learning about plants. We checked on if our flower seeds had grown at all yet, but unfortunately they were still under the soil so there was nothing to see/ measure this week. 

We then moved on in science to look at how water and food moves around in plants and we put some white roses in food dye to see what happened/ what colour the flower turned. 


In topic this week we looked at the famous photograph (lunch atop a skyscraper) which was taken to advertise the Rockefeller centre in New York. The children were fascinated by the photograph as they thought it was very dangerous to take a photo so high up in the air when the people are not even held on by straps! 

Summer 1 - Week 3 - 

This week we have been continuing our topic of Snapshots of history by looking at the suffragettes. The children all thought it was very unfair that women were not able to vote for rules which applied to all of them because they were women. We learnt about who the suffragettes were and some of the strategies that they used to try to get women the right to vote. 


This week in science we have continued with our plants topic. We have planned our own plant experiment during which we will see if the number of seeds in a pot when the plant is growing makes a difference to how tall the plant will grow in the end! The children came up with lots of their own predictions and we will have to wait and see if any of them are correct. 

Summer 1 - Week 2 

This week in art we have been looking at Jackson Pollock and creating our own Drip paintings. We looked at what they were, some examples of them and explored the use of tints (adding white to colours) and shades (adding black to colours). We then went outside to make our own paintings. 

Summer 1 - Week 1

We have started our new topic this week - Snapshots of History where we will be looking at different iconic photographs throughout history and learning about each of them. This week we started with learning about the Titanic - a boat that was deemed "unsinkable". We created a timeline from when Titanic left Southampton to when it hit the Iceberg and sank. 

In Art this week we are continuing with painting and exploring the work of Paul Klee and looking at different tints of colour (created by adding white to a starting colour to make it lighter). 



Spring 2 Week 4 

This week was particularly exciting as we have had a forensic science workshop on Monday afternoon. We became forensic scientists for the afternoon, looking for clues at a "crime scene" trying to work out who the person was that committed the "crime". 

This week in topic we have been comparing the similarities and differences between Italy and the UK (including language, money and weather) using Venn diagrams. 

We have also been further developing our computing skills by putting our branching databases onto iPads to sort dinosaurs down into individuals using the same skills we used last week when we did it on paper. 

In Science this week we have been looking at creating shadows and how the shapes of shadows change depending on what direction the light source is coming from. 

Spring 2 Week 3 

This week we have been looking more in detail about the human geographical features of Italy (the physical buildings) and created posters using research about different buildings including (Colosseum, Leaning Tower of Pisa and Milan Cathedral). 

We have also been learning more about branching databases in computing and creating our own using yes/ no questions we have been coming with in lesson to sort dinosaurs into individuals  

Spring 2 Week 2 

This week we have been learning more about Italy in Topic including some of the cities in the country including Rome, Milan, Turin and Venice 

We also have been looking at nature in art, using charcoal to draw natural shapes of animals from stimulus pictures. 

Spring 2 - Week 1 

The first week of another term is here! This week we started our learning about Italy and we were looking at where Italy is on a map and the children thought about what we already know about Italy. On Wednesday we went Number 8 for a dance festival, both Year 1 and 3 performed very well and did us proud. Then on Friday afternoon in art we were looking at making our own drawings of animals native to Britain using shapes we could see within the pictures to help make the drawing process easier. In computing we have been thinking about different types of questions we can ask (Yes/no or open-ended) which will help us to make our databases later in this unit.

Spring 1 Week 4 

This week we have been learning about Hieroglyphics (the writing system of the Ancient Egyptians). The children decoded messages written in Hieroglyphics, which we found very tricky, looked at the similarities and differences between Hieroglyphics and English and also wrote our names on Cartouches which were name labels commonly found on Sarcophaguses 

Spring 1 Week 3 -

This week we have been learning about the process of mummification (what Ancient Egyptians did after a person died). We even tried carefully wrapping our arms up in bandages to see how difficult it was when doing this as part of the mummification. 

These are just a few of the children's attempts at mummification and we all discussed that it was much harder than we thought it would be 

Spring 1 Week 1 -

This week we have had a historical experience day learning lots about Ancient Egypt. Year 3 completed lots of different activities to learn more about life in Ancient Egypt which will then help us in our future learning. 

Autumn 2 - Week 3 - 

This week we have been looking at the different ways that there are of crossing rivers and bridges in particular. We looked at the different shapes that bridges mainly had and began to build our own using these shapes (triangles and semi-circles). 

Autumn 2 - Week 1 

This week we started our learning about rivers. The children came into school on Monday morning to find the classroom was "flooded" to introduce our topic of rivers. We then thought about what we would save from our own homes if they were to get badly flooded. We also started looking at the features (source, mouth, meanders etc.) of a river by building our own river valleys out of sand and then even got water flowing down our river valleys 

Autumn 1 Week 3 

This week we were learning about archaeologists (people who dig up things from a long time ago) and what they did. 

We then became archaeologists for the afternoon to carefully dig bones and artefacts carefully like archaeologists did to find artefacts from Ancient Egypt 

Autumn 1 - 

This week we have been learning about Prehistoric Britain and putting the events of the Stone Age on a timeline (from oldest to newest)