The Speech and Language Base
Welcome to The Base!
We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas holiday and are fully refreshed for the year ahead. We will be looking at sound as part of our science learning. In history we will be discovering the world of Ancient Egypt whilst in geography we will explore the united kingdom and compare stevenage to southport.
Please continue to support your children at home with their reading, spellings and Mymaths home learning. Remember to sign the reading record when you have read with your child.
The Base Team
Mr Paice (Base leader)
Amanda Felstead (Teaching Assistant)
Jen English (Teaching Assistant - am)
Jack Wickens (Teaching Assistant - am)
Julia Faulkner (Teaching Assistant - pm)
Dates for your diary
Tuesday 6h January children return to school
Wednesday 29th January inclusive sports festival
Monday 10th and Wednesday 12th Parents evening
Beebot race tracks - 11.02.2020
This half term our computing learning has looked at programming. The children have practiced coding using the light bot programme on the hour of code. They used what they learnt about debugging to help them programme the Beebots. The first challenge was to make the Beebot travel the perimeter of their tables. Then the children worked in groups to create a race track. Once built, they had to work out the coding needed to navigate their Beebot from the start to the finish line, debugging any errors that occured.
This half term our science learning has focused on sound. We have discovered many interesting things about sound including how the length of the source effects the pitch, how our ear lets us hear sound and that a sound wave is a vibration. We even made our own pan pipes!
I would like the children to complete a sound diary over the weekend to see which sounds they hear throughout the day. Please help them with their spellings of key words.
A number of children from the Base took part in the inclusive festival, hosted by Sporting Futures this week. They were competing in two teams against a number of other schools. This year the sports focused on were golf and cricket. The children had a fantastic time. Some of the highlights were Jake's brilliant putting that took out three cones in one as well as Amreen's energy levels as she played a huge role for both teams. Team 2 came 3rd in the golf as were awarded the Bronze Medal. The children were a credit to the school.
In English this week we have been using familiar fairy stories to help us write a diary entry. We looked at a dairy entry from characters in Red Riding Hood. We then used Jack and The Beanstalk to help us plan a diary entry (either from Jacks viewpoint or Jack's Mother's viewpoint). It was a good challenge for the children to see things from another persons point of view. Following our trip next week, we will be writing reports to go on the website - so check back next week for those.
In science this term we have been exploring balanced diets. We have looked at the different food groups and the seven different nutrients needed in a balanced diet. Today we conducted an investigation into different fatty foods. We observed what the different foods looked liked. Then we predicted how much of a fatty stain each food item would leave on the paper. We left the foods there for 20 minutes. After that we observed the changes to the paper and made our conclusions. Which food do you think had the most fat in?
This afternoon we had our open afternoon. We started with a fabulous re-enactment of the story of the Trojan war. We then set our grown ups the task of constructing their own Trojan horse. Children could choose whether to make a 2D or a 3D model. They also had access to the mitre saws for cutting the lolly sticks to size. The children really enjoyed creating their models and it was lovely to see so many families able to join us. Below are some pictures from the afternoon:
In Science we have been inspired to bring our learning about fairy tales to life. We used magnets to create a live animation of part of a fairy story. Watch the videos below, can you work out what fairy story we are telling?
This afternoon the children in the Base have been getting creative in their DT learning. We designed Greek style pots around the theme of the ancient Olympics and made them from clay. Next week, we will paint the pots based on our designs.
This week in science the children designed their own investigation around friction. They discussed what they need to do to make it a fair test. They also measured and recorded their own results.
This week the children were given their mymaths log in. They were also shown how to log on and use the web-site. Home learning will be set once a week and will link to the learning they have been doing in class. You can access mymaths by visiting www.mymaths.co.uk
Children have also been sent home with a times table to learn. they will be tested on this each week and when they have met their target they will be moved to the next timestable to learn. You can help your children with these by playing times tables songs. you can find these on youtube.
It is important the children practice these at least 3 times a week. There are many ways you can do this.
Try some of the following;
Pyramid words (see example below)
Look, cover, write, check
Saying words in a sentence
Drawing pictures of the words and writing it underneath.
Try telling a story with all the words in.
Throw and catch a ball whilst recalling them
Listen to songs of the times tables on youtube
Practice on the way to and from school either as you walk or as you are in the car.
To launch our topic learning on the Ancient Greeks we created a mosaic of the school logo. The children had to cut the 'tiles' they wanted to use and use their observation skills to put the colours in the correct places. The logos will be used as part of our school displays.
Amreen was very proud to show her medal she got from completing the Race for Life last weekend. Amreen (mostly) ran the 5km Race with members of her family. Amreen says; "I was very happy when I finished the race. I really like my medal!"
Well done Amreen on a fantastic achievement.
Today in maths the children devised their own science enquiry into the capacity of different containers. They thought about their own questions to ask, how they would conduct the investigation and the resources they would need. Following that, they made a prediction, some even hypothesised based on their previous science knowledge. Then we went outside to conduct the investigation and record our results. We used our results to make our conclusions.
This week in topic we explored different house hold chores. The children had a go at folding clothes, dusting and washing up. We explored how to do the chore properly and why we need to do chores around the house. We also discussed the need to recycle at home to help look after our environment.
Let me know how the children get on doing their chores at home!
It has been lovely to see everyone return from their half term holidays. It has been quiet in the class this week with some of the Year 5's out on their residential trip - we hope they had a fantastic time. This week in English we have started looking at Flashback story writing. In Maths we have been building on our knowledge of adding and subtracting and applying these skills to some word problems.
Please remember to keep signing your child's reading record regularly and logging onto mymaths to complete their home learning.
Children will need PE kits on Tuesday AND Friday next week.
Today we went to the shops. We were very grateful to Mrs Bell who showed us around the shop including the big freezer and Fridge, the store room and Bakery. We then got to choose an item from the shelf and buy it from the shop. We were able to have a go at scanning the items before we cued up and bought them using our money. We had lots of fun and enjoyed ourselves a lot.
Here we are at the end of another busy term. The children have done fantastically well with their learning and it was great to see so many of them achieve their 100% attendance certificate in assembly today. The children also enjoyed their Easter Egg hunt. Thank you to all the team at FORDS for arranging the eggs for us. We hope you all have a brilliant east holiday and come back refreshed and ready for summer term!
Mr Paice and the Base team.
We were very excited to take part in a nationwide science lesson this week. The BBC's Blue planet team hosted a live web lesson all about the oceans and how we can protect them. We looked at food webs and discussed ways we could improve our environments for the better. It was amazing to see live underwater pictures from the Blue Planet team.
This week in maths we learnt how to read scale by making Play-dough. It was great fun weighing out the ingredients and watching it turn into different colours. We will use the Play-dough in school to help with our handwriting warm ups and fine motor control. If you would like to make it at home, have a look at the recipe below.
Today we have been constructing 3D shapes from their nets. Mr Paice guided the class through each step. We did cutting, scoring, gluing and folding. Have a look at our shapes below.
The children looked amazing in their world book day outfits today. We did lots of learning around their chosen characters and books including writing a book review and designing a book cover for their character. Check out the gallery below to the see the wonderful costumes.
Today we learned how to plant seeds. We began by discussing what plants needed in order to grow. We then watched a clip explaining how to plants seeds and what happens during the growing process.
Then we planted some reddish seeds together. Mr Paice told us they should only take 4 weeks to grow. We will need to take good care of the seeds and make sure they get enough water, light and heat to grow into yummy radishes.
We will continue to observe the seeds and note the changes that occur in them.
We have started a new unit of science for this term. The new unit is all about plants. The children created flap books that explain the different parts of a plant. If you notice a new plant growing in your garden or around you homes why not ask the children if they can remember the different names?
Next week, as part of our awe and wonder session, we will be planting our own Radish seeds. The children will be able to take these home at the end of the term.
This week we have based our English learning around the book Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs. We used to book to inspire our writing. This included character descriptions, and descriptions of some forgotten presents. This children linked their English to their DT learning by designing a new sleigh to help Father Christmas. We completed the week writing our own letters which explained what we wanted as well as why we should be on the good list! We look forward to our performances next week and we hope to see many of you there.
We were delighted to win the attendance cup this week with 100%! That means everyone was in school, on time all week. Mr Paice and the children were thrilled with the win (even if we do have to share with Mattise!)
Even in the run up to Christmas we still have lots of exciting learning planned so please ensure children are in school, on time, every day.
The children have been taking part in a range of cross-curricular activities around the digestive system. the cross-curricular days started off with a whole school assembly from Dr Jane who spoke guided us through the different parts of the digestive system. We used this assembly to write a recount in our English learning. In DT we made different types of poo (one for a herbivore, one for a carnivore and one for an omnivore). We conducted a taste test in our science lesson, the Base children preferred the salty taste, some even liked the raw broccoli! We finished our learning with some PSHE where we made a poster to help stop the spread of germs as these can get into our digestive system and make us ill.
The children came to School on Thursday to discover there had been a break in in the Base. Mr Paice's special clock had been stolen. The robber left behind some clues and a lot of mess! the children used the experience to write a newspaper report about the incident.
Just a reminder we have our open afternoon tomorrow at 2:30pm. We will be sharing some of the activities the children have enjoyed from the previous half term. Please remember it is non-uniform day as well!
We have been using BBC Dance Mat Touch typing to help us become more familiar with where the letters are on the keyboard. This will help us with our word processing and online research. Use the link below for your children to continue using this fun, interactive online teaching tool at home.
This week in maths fluency we have been looking at our number bonds and 2 times table. We used songs to help us with this. Take a look at them below and sing them at home with your children. We will use a variety of songs and game to help us remember our times tables.