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Nacton C of E Primary School

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Leopards Class

Welcome to Leopards Class. Your teachers are Mrs Henderson and Mrs Beasley, with Mrs Fathers and Miss Dawson as Teaching Assistant support. 

Mrs Henderson teaches on a Monday and Tuesday. Mrs Beasley teaches on a Thursday and Friday. They alternate Wednesday mornings. Wednesday afternoons are taught by Madame Keep and Mr Griffin. *Please note currently Mrs Henderson is unwell. Mrs Beasley is teaching Monday to Thursday with Mrs Pipe teaching on a Friday during this time. 

This term our DT project is The Edible Garden.

We looked at different herbs and are growing some of our own.  Next we made pesto and pasta using fresh ingredients.  Everyone at school loved the aroma of basil and garlic while we were grinding the fresh ingredients together.  The end result was tasty and healthy.

Pesto and pasta recipe

This week in our Edible Garden project, we have been learning about, tasting and cooking with strawberries.  We made a delicious and healthy Strawberry Smoothie.  We used new cooking skills such as whisking, cutting and mashing during the preparation of the smoothie.  The end result was very popular! Although, we did have some ideas to improve it.

Strawberry Smoothie recipe

In Science we are finding out about states of matter. 

We made oobleck to explore the properties of solids and liquids (oobleck is a non Newtonian liquid).  To make oobleck, mix together cornflour and a little water until the mixture has the consistency of honey.  Next play with it to explore its unusual properties.  Making oobleck is easy and fun, but very messy!

 

Art- Painting Skills

In our art lessons, we have been enjoying learning how to mix up different colours, how to make tints by adding white and how to fade colours using water.  We looked at the work of Georgia O'Keefe and used all our new skills to create our own flower artworks in her style.

D.T. Battery Operated Lights

We designed and made our own battery operated light to our design specification.  We also used our scientific skills and knowledge to create a circuit in order to light the bulb in our lamps.  We are really proud of our finished products!

3D Masks

 

In the Autumn term, Leopards’ had great fun designing and creating their 3D Venetian masks in Art. Don’t they look amazing!

Time Travelling in History

To help us understand chronology, we became time travellers for the afternoon!  After designing and making our time travelling head and wrist bands, we imagined travelling back in time to different eras and periods of history.  We travelled back to Victorian times, the age of the dinosaurs, WW1 and the start of the universe.  After this we put these time periods in chronological order and decided whether they were events from BC or AD. 

Science - Electrical Circuits

The challenge for today was make a bulb light up.  The children chose the components they thought they would need and worked together to construct a working circuit.  See how they got on!

Virtual Graphic Novel Workshop with the writer and illustrator of Agent Moose

To celebrate National Story Telling Week, the children all took part in a virtual workshop with the creators of graphic novel Agent Moose.  The children were sworn in as assistant investigators and investigated a mystery in the book.  After this, they had great fun learning how to draw some of the characters- they did brilliantly!

Our drawings from the workshop- Great work Leopards!

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