Wednesday 15 December 2010

Musical Instrument Designs

Children in Oak class have researched, designed and made their own musical instruments. They were designed to create suitable sound effects for our school production 'Scrooged'. Their design specification stated they had to be made almost entirely from reused materials such as plastic bottles, biscuit tins and cardboard boxes. They had to think about how they would make their instrument vibrate to create suitable noises. Some children even thought about how to create quiet/loud and high/low pitched noises.

Tom explains how his musical instrument creates spooky noises.

Tim created a design which allowed the musician to change the tension of the elastic bands to create higher and lower pitched sounds.

Charly included portability in her design specification, therefore she included a useful neck strap in her design.

Leearna explains her design and reflects upon how she would change her design if she had the opportunity to make it again.

Thursday 9 December 2010

New maths topic!

The girls giving each other intructions with Santa`s sleigh using the new positional words they have learned!

Born in a Barn programmes!

A, L and J designing their "Born in a Barn" programme covers.

Born in a Barn!

J shows his design for the programme cover of our Christmas production "Born in a Barn!"

Monday 29 November 2010

Fire station Learning Logs

 This is a selection of some of our models displayed in the classrooom.

Elm Class made their own fire stations for their learning logs. I hope you will agree that they are all amazing and we were incredibly proud with all the effort that everybody put in. All the children thought really hard about what they wanted to include and there was some lovely attention to detail. Well done!

A big thank you also to those parents and adults who helped contribute, you could tell the children really loved you getting involved.

Helping the birds when it snows

It is important to keep the bird feeder clear of snow and ice and topped up with high energy food.  Eli went out this morning to check everything was topped up.

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!!!

The Maple and Acorn children have been having a whale of a time this morning, playing in the snow. They have made snowmen, had snowball fights (where Miss Bavin ended up looking like frosty the snowman) and had a walk through the snow-covered grounds.
Building a snowman.
"Look at my giant snowball". I'm rather glad that one didn't get thrown at me!!
"Watch out!!"

Making snow angles.
These amazing action shots were taken by Niamh- watch out David Bailey!!

Thinking of interesting ways to transport the snow.

Acorns digging in the snow-wonder if they found anything?

Creating our own snowstorms.

Exploring the winter environment.

Tuesday 23 November 2010

Pattern Work

This week in Early Years we have been doing lots of work about pattern. The children have been on a pattern hunt around the school, here are some of their pictures...

Monday 22 November 2010

Apple Feeder

The birds are in for an early Christmas treat because we gave them an apple which is hanging from the bird table. The Orchard Centre children thought about the birds earlier this month when they put out the other food.

Friday 19 November 2010

Bun Sale for Children in Need

A very thoughtful year 6 child, decided that he would like to do 'his bit' for Children in Need and hold a bun sale on Friday 19th November.  He did a fabulous job and managed to make £10 that will then be added to the Ashfield total.  Well done!!!

Tuesday 16 November 2010

Oliver Twist freeze frames

Last half term in Elm class we were looking at Oliver Twist. In groups the children created some freeze frames based on their own interpretations of different scenes from the story. Can you guess which parts of the story each group were re-enacting?