Summer 2021 - What to do with an idea.

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Let Your Light Shine ~ Matthew 5:16

What Do You Do With An Idea?
Written by Kobi Yamada 

What do ideas become? Big things, brave things, smart things, good things. Things like stories, artwork. Journeys, inventions, communities, products, and cures. Everything you see around you was once an idea. So what will become of your idea? Now that’s up to you! Next term our study themes all stem from the book ‘What Do You Do with an Idea?’ It is a story about one brilliant idea and the child who helps to bring it into the world. As the child's confidence grows, so does the idea itself. And then, one day, something amazing happens.

Otters (Reception Class)
This half term Otters have had a terrific time exploring and discovering everything dinosaur. They have learnt the names of some very unusual dinosaurs that even Mrs Allen had trouble pronouncing. They discovered that although the dinosaurs lived many, many years ago and that no humans have ever seen a real life one, there is a lot we do know about them. They explored what a skeleton is and what a fossil is and how the fossils are formed. They have also learnt about herbivores and carnivores and we classified some of our favourite dinosaurs. Next term we will begin our new topic ‘What Do You Do with an Idea?’ Otters will initially start with the key text ‘Not a box’ by Antoinette Portis. They will get our designing heads on as we explore what we can do with a cardboard box! Mrs Allen is looking forward to seeing everyone’s creativity flow as we transform a simple box into something wonderful.

Hedgehogs (Year 1 and 2)
Although it’s been a short one in school, Hedgehogs have really let their lights shine brightly. They have loved our topic ‘We are all superheroes’ and they have learnt about how to keep healthy. They’ve enjoyed sharing lots of superhero stories and learnt about real life superheroes such as Rosa Parks and Malala Yousafzai. Hedgehogs gave such thoughtful and compassionate responses to their stories, showing great empathy and understanding of our justice value.

Hedgehogs enjoyed using the story ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’ as their English text. They loved writing colour poems and explanation texts about how rainbows and colours are made. They favourite lessons of all this term have been art where they learnt to mix and create different colours and we’ve produced so much amazing art work. Their classroom is now such a bright, colourful place to learn in. Next term their new focus texts will be ‘What Do You Do with an Idea? and ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. Their study theme will be based around designing and creating a way for Jack to safety carry his golden egg around and designing a better way to climb up to the giant’s castle. Alongside this we will be growing our own beans and other plants or vegetables. It promises to be a really exciting summer term for them.

Squirrels (Year 3 and 4)
Squirrels have loved learning about Amelia Earhart and her solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. They looked at the countries Amelia Earhart could see on her journey across the Atlantic Ocean. Using maps, globes and digital mapping they located countries and identify their geographical features. They also looked at the similarities and differences between some of the countries and the United Kingdom.

Next term’s study theme will take Squirrels into a world of imagination where we will be exploring ways to build and design concepts using different techniques and materials. They will be using supporting texts to allow children to thrive in all areas of the curriculum and we will be making the most of the summer weather and take our learning outside to help us where we can. Mrs Craven and Miss Turrell are looking forward to seeing the children be creative, imaginative, and innovative.

Badgers (Year 5 and 6)
Badgers enjoyed learning about Rosa Park, and answering the question "When is it okay to break the rules?" They have been learning about the Victorians and Badgers have loved learning about life as a schoolchild. We have laughed at some strange Victorian customs and recipes, and our final project is a Victorian Survival Kit. Next half term, we will be looking at life changing inventions and the process of making our ideas into things that improve the world.

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