Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Back to the Future

Class 3 are embracing the new curriculum with due diligence at Armley Mills today. 

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Plant Hunters

Class 3 experienced four seasons in one day during their trip to Harewood Gardens today. Hail, rain, wind and blazing sun - we braved it all to discover the world of plants. 

 The children took part in the 'Plant Hunter' workshop before setting out to sketch the plants and wildlife they found in the gardens. 

The visit links to our current environment topic and has given us lots of questions to investigate back in the classroom. 

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Flower Power

This afternoon Class 3 have been making the most of the gorgeous weather and using the garden as the setting for their art lesson. 

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Bienvenidos a la Cafe Espanol!

Welcome to Harewood's latest eaterie - watch out Muddy Boots, you've got competition! As part of our Language Week workshops the children staffed their very own Spanish Cafe. On the menu - a range of delicious treats as well as very useful lessons on Spanish vocabulary. 
The children first worked to translate their menu, before learning other useful phrases such as: asking for the bill; locating the toilet and commenting that the price was too high!
 The waiting staff were all highly professional and helped their customers navigate their Spanish menus.
 Luckily, there were no tricky customers and everyone seemed to enjoy their meal - even if they didn't leave a tip!
 The kitchen staff managed to steal a moment to grab a quick snack.
 Those that were new to Spanish got a helping hand from those who were a little more fluent.
Thank you to everyone that came and took part. We hope to see you all again soon - Bon Provecho!

Kapow! Capoeira!

Disclaimer: No children were harmed during the recording of this post.

It may look fierce, but Capoeira is a non-contact dance form! Sam, from Junior Jam, came to work with us on our moves. She told us how the dance originated in Brazil; slaves were not allowed to practise martial arts, so instead disguised their moves as a dance and Capoeira was born!

 The children used the moves Sam showed us, as well as their own ideas, to create fabulous sequences. Their recent work in gymnastics paid off as their flexibility and control meant they were able to pull off some very complex moves.

 At the end of the session each pair had a chance to perform in front of the rest of the group, just like the Brazilian slaves would have done around the camp fire.
 Well done to everyone that took part - it really was a fantastic workshop!

Dancing to the beat of the drum!

 As part of our Languages Week, everyone in school was treated to an African Drumming masterclass! Mr. Monroe from Junior Jam worked with us all to help perfect our rhythm and timing.
 He brought with him a collection of traditional African drums called Jimbay. Mr. Monroe showed us how we could get different tones from the drum by playing on different parts of the skin.
 Our visitor was very impressed with our rhythm and control, which is no doubt a result of all Mrs.Southby's hard work in our music lessons.
 We played a call and response game; different children had the chance to be the leader and the rest of the class had to follow them!
 Everyone agreed it was a fantastic session in what has been a very busy and exciting week! Look out for more posts on our other workshops ...

Friday, 20 March 2015

Eclipse Invasion

Blog Entry written by Eleanor Hammond, Class 3

This morning at 8.00 am at Harewood the children gathered to see a rare partial solar eclipse. The children witnessed a spectacular sight with the maximum coverage occurring at around 9.30am.

 The pupils of Harewood took part in a range of observations and investigations. We had the opportunity to monitor the light, measure the temperature and to watch solar toys dancing. During a solar eclipse flowers close up, nocturnal animals may appear and it gets very dark.

 When you look directly at the Sun you can damage your eyes, so we had these special glasses so we could make our observations safely. At the end of the day we were able to buy them and take them home as souvenirs.
 "It was an amazing experience," said one of the pupils from Class 3. "I have really enjoyed the day and taking part in all of the investigations!"

 We used objects with holes in to try and project images of the crescent.

 The Class 4 children made accurate measurements of the temperature and fading light. It was definitely a lot colder and darker during the eclipse.
Thank you to all the staff and parents who came in early to help. This reporter will be 83 by the time the next eclipse occurs in 2090 - but I will always remember this one!