Year 4 kicked off the start of the academic year with a week of inspirational maths! We discussed important aspects of having a ‘Growth Mindset’ such as the importance of struggle, how our brains can grow over time and how taking maths slowly can be beneficial. This was followed by fun activities that tested many of our problem solving skills!
Another busy day for us at Pioneer today! We started day with a hearty breakfast and we had an adrenaline-filled day completing activities such as rafting, high ropes, abseiling, archery and caving. This evening, we had great fun at a camp fire playing fun games. Even the teachers joined in with dancing and chants!
Wow! What a busy first day we have had on our residential! Each group has completed a couple of activities on their first day including caving, raft building, high ropes and climbing. The children are currently playing night time games before heading to bed to recharge their batteries for our action-packed second day.
Wow! What a fantastic day Year 4 have had! The day started with the children arriving dressed in Egyptian attire. They looked fantastic! We then looked at all the incredible crafty projects they had made during the Easter break- colossal pyramids, terrifying mummies and intricately decorated sarcophaguses, detailed fact files, artistic hieroglyphics and some delicious edible …
Throughout the spring term, we have been learning all about the Anglo-Saxons. Mythology tells us the Anglo-Saxons believed a white dragon represented their army and a red dragon represented the English. The dragons went to war and the white dragon prevailed, representing the Anglo-Saxons defeating the English.
As part of our art sessions, we have used a range of mediums to create dragons’ eyes. We are amazed by the children’s artwork!
On Friday 8th March, Year 4 travelled to Bishops Wood Centre to learn all about Anglo-Saxons.
We had a fantastic day and participated in many activities including: building Anglo-Saxon shelters, spinning wool, creating brooches and exploring an Anglo-Saxon hall.
On Thursday 17th January, Year 6 took part in animation workshops led by Animation Nation (http://www.animationnation.co.uk).
Children worked in teams to create short animations and were coached and supported by our lead animator. Although similar techniques were used, each animation is different and each demonstrates a large amount of creativity, patience and team work.
The children all enjoyed their animation experience and learned lots about animation design, creation and production.
We hope you enjoy watching our Year 6 animations!
Year 6 Animations 2019
On Wednesday 9th January, Year 4 learnt about a savage beast that was causing mayhem around Tewkesbury. CCTV images showed the beast running through the Welly Boot Area of our school. Unfortunately, the beast seized a victim and took it to his lair. The victim left some clues around the Welly Boot area (however, the clues were written in Runes!)
The children used rune mats to decode the Saxon runes and find out clues about the beast. We learnt it had green, lumpy skin; yellow beady eyes and a hunched back! The children were incredibly engaged by this activity and soon learnt the name of the Anglo-Saxon beast- Beowulf!
Why do we encourage our children to engage in their reading for a minimum of 20 minutes per day? There are many reasons, but here’s one of them!