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Remembrance at Totley Primary School

The whole school used art to think about World War One and learn about what Remembrance means.

Each class did a different style of art:

  • FS2 used their fine motor skills to create poppy wreaths. They baked and decorated Remembrance biscuits in our new cooking room
  • Year 1 used vegetables to make repeated printed patterns
  • Year 2 learnt about tone, shade and silhouettes
  • Year 3 made collagraph printing blocks
  • Year 4 created 3D forms and learnt about how World War One affected Totley and Sheffield
  • Year5 used sewing skills to create felt poppies and used a range of media and techniques to create abstract art to capture mood and atmosphere

 

Check out some pictures below of our work in progress. More to follow!


Autumn Days

Snapped this at playtime! Autumn days are upon us!

Flo, Safa, May and Olivia enjoying some down time between lessons at playtime.


Science Ambassador Training

Our ambassadors had the opportunity for a fun-filled, exciting science trip last week.

They did different experiments, as in self-inflating glove, non-newtonian slime, ecstatic butterflies and heavy words. There were loads more too!

They had to do presentations to the rest of the science ambassadors from other schools.

The ambassadors have lots of ideas for the coming year – such as science days and festivals.


Groovy Greek Soldiers!

This half term we have been learning all about the Ancient Greeks! We have learnt about when they were around, some famous ancient Greeks, how they lived their daily lives and some of the famous Greek myths! But we really enjoyed learning about the Ancient Greek armies and how under Alexander the Great, they created one of the world’s largest empires! We made our own shields, hoping to look as brave, powerful and great as Alexander himself!


Thornbridge adventure!

Last week, Year 6 went to Thornbridge! We spent three days camping in the Peak District and sampling a lot of different activities to push ourselves outside our comfort zone. We made memories that will last a lifetime!

Children took part in mountain biking, canoeing, high ropes, the Thornbridge Challenge, den building, camp fire and night line. The traditional egg roulette quiz had a sticky ending for many!

Thornbridge staff praised all our children for their positive attitude and their perfect manners. We are all really proud of how hard everyone tried to achieve their personal best!


Egyptian Shadufs

With the weather so amazing recently, Y5 took a stroll into the woods this morning to create our very own Egyptian shadufs.

Shadufs were a way of collecting water from the Nile up the banks to the farmland, and they had a variety of structures.  We went down to the local stream, and created our own shadufs by the bank using only natural resources (and some string from the classroom!). In teams, a structure was made, and counter balances were also added by using appropriate sized rocks. Check out the incredible finished shadufs!

For all the photos and shadufs, visit our class blog http://tpsblackman.edublogs.org/2018/06/28/egyptian-shadufs/


Science ambassadors’ day out!

We went to SHU as part of our science ambassador role.

We talked to other schools about what we have been doing in science this year. We showed them our swimming raisins experiment.

In the afternoon we extracted DNA from a strawberry in the STEM lab.

We had an amazing day.

Click here to watch our animoto.


Getting out of the ground…

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!


Online Safety Information

Thank you to all who came along to support our recent online safety event, organised by our online safety co-coordinator, Mr Cooper. Feedback on the evening was very positive – here are some of the key slides from the presentation, courtesy of the excellent Sheffield eLearning consultant, Sue Finnegan.

Online Safety Slides


Mega MUGA!

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!