Our Y5 and Y6 school councilors were very excited today as they had the opportunity to look around the building site for the first time. The builders are up to first floor level now, with the timber frame flying up and about to be clothed in bricks. It was amazing to get a feel for the layout of how the new parts of school will be, and walking through what will become classrooms, toilets and corridors was a fascinating experience. The children had lots of questions about the equipment the builders were using (especially powertools!) and the different materials used in the construction process. Thanks to Ian, Jordan and Ken from Engie for taking us around.
In Year 2 we have working really hard. Our topic this term is Minibeasts so we have been immersing ourselves in the land of creepy crawlies! We’ve been on a minibeast hunt, designed our own super minibeast and written stories about them. Great work Year 2!
In Year 1 Potter and Murphy we have been learning about islands.
In our Islands topic, we have been looking at the weather. We have made our own weather forecast, a weather diary and have drawn pictures to show the changing seasons. We also went for a walk around Totley and found all the things that we do and don’t like. We used these ideas to write a letter to Councillor Ross telling him what we thought. We have also been looking at e-safety and how to keep ourselves safe online. In this, we made our own class acceptable use policies which you can see on our Year 1 blog. We have discussed how feelings online are the same as offline and the different ways we can connect with people.
In English, we have looked at the story ‘Grandad’s Island’. We each created a scrap book of Syd’s adventure and have written a prediction about what Grandad wrote in his letter to Syd. In Maths, we have been learning all about telling time to o’clock, half past and quarter to/past.
In Year 3 we have been looking at the different parts of plants and what special job each part has. Then we looked more closely at the flower. We worked in partners to carefully dissect a flower. We worked out the names of all the different parts and what important job each part of the flower does. We also talked about why bees are so important! It was a good job we had an expert in the class who could help us out with all our questions…thanks Sam T!
We have now started an experiment to find out what plants need to in order to grow well. When we find out, we will be having a competition to see who can grow the tallest sunflower!
For the past few weeks, Year 5 have been exploring ‘Why are we a United Kingdom?’ for their topic question.
Before we explore the attractions of our capital city, we have taken a journey through our country’s history to find out how we became a ‘United Kingdom’.
Starting with the Battle of Hastings, we acted out the events that lead to the victory of William I. After this, we discovered historical documents such as the the Bayeux Tapestry, the Domesday book and the Magna Carta. We took a closer look at our past monarchs, the crusades and even found out about the civil war and Oliver Cromwell!
Photos, writing and artwork can all be found on our own class blog, just follow the link http://tpsblackman.edublogs.org/tag/topic/
Children in Year 4 became slaves this afternoon! Yesterday, we held a slave auction, where children were sold into slavery. They were given roles according to their skills. Children became nannies, book-keepers, butlers (they served the teachers cups of tea and biscuits!), field slaves, house keepers and tea boys. Children realised some jobs as a slave were better than others!
The builders have been working flat out to make up for lost time due to the predominantly cold, wet conditions we have experienced in 2018. The ground work involved with preparing the footings and foundations for the two-storey block to the rear of the school has taken a long time, with awkward access and high levels of ground-water making things tricky. However, as the pictures show (taken 2 weeks ago), the walls are now starting to emerge and it won’t be too long before floor platforms can be installed. The children coped extremely well with having reduced play space on the junior yard but the now completed MUGA has given playtimes a much-needed boost!
Here are a few pictures from our weekend at Kingswood! More to follow in the coming days….
We were extremely excited to be able to open up the MUGA (Multi Use Games Area) for use for all of our children today. The children absolutely loved being out in the sunshine and running around on our new sports area. It was fantastic to have all of the children outside playing together and enjoying the next completed part of our school’s expansion.
We can’t wait to continue make full use of the MUGA and the viewing steps. We just hope that the sun keeps shining!
It was a beautiful day on Friday, so we took the opportunity to do some outdoor learning! First, we used our known facts to find missing angles of overlapping masking tape. Later, we had a grammar treasure hunt!