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What's that rumble in the jungle?

Date: 18th Mar 2019 @ 9:45am

Y6 were transported to the rainforest last week and became television presenters.

The children’s task was to write a script for a nature documentary.

Ant and Dec need to watch their backs.

What's that rumble in the jungle?

Date: 18th Mar 2019 @ 9:36am

Painting our maps.

What's that rumble in the jungle?

Date: 14th Mar 2019 @ 4:55pm

We have used salt dough to create continent maps showing topography, rainforests, major rivers and countries. We are looking forward to painting them once they are dry.

The Animals Take Over Foundation Stage!

Date: 14th Mar 2019 @ 11:56am

Trying new foods in Reception

Date: 14th Mar 2019 @ 7:46am

In Reception we've been talking about Healthy Living and talking about trying some new foods. On Tuesday we decided to try some lemons! They were very "tangy, sour and delicious!".

Mark Making Workshop

Date: 13th Mar 2019 @ 1:45pm

We had lots of fun today at our Mark Making Workshop.  Thanks to all who came.



Our trip to the Lowry.

Date: 12th Mar 2019 @ 5:11pm

Wow! What a day we have had. We firstly took part in a special landscape workshop where we learned some new pencil drawing techniques from one of the Lowry's resident artists. We then tested out these techniques in the Lowry's main gallery, copying and creating our own Lowry inspired industrial landscapes in front of the real paintings. Children were amazed to find out that one of the pictures we looked at was worth over 5 million pounds. Y1 then began to make a 3d Lowry styled building back at the workshop, we will be finishing these in school. After dinner the children learned about portraits and partnered up to create their own portraits using a face template. These and our Lowry landscapes will be on display during our upcoming parents evening. We had lots of comments from Lowry staff and other schools about how well behaved the children were and how fantastic their sketchings were. Well done Y1, super proud!

Can buildings talk?

Date: 9th Mar 2019 @ 9:30pm

Y1 are getting excited about our upcoming trip to the Lowry Arts Centre in Salford. In preparation for this, Y1 were tasked with drawing a building. We then learned about how details in buildings can tell us things about them, how old they are, what it might be used for, who could live there. Children learned that Lowry also took inspiration from the details and patterns in the buildings around him. Y1 then explored the buildings around us, we looked deeper to find details that we could use in our second sketches.  Y1 all created much more detailed second pictures. Super sketching Y1.

Fraction fixing.

Date: 7th Mar 2019 @ 9:45pm

This week Y1 have been fraction problem solving. We have discussed, used and made, halves, quarters and wholes and even helped Mr. Thompson and Mr. Widowson to have their dinner. Fantastic fractions Y1.

Thinking like an artist.

Date: 7th Mar 2019 @ 9:33pm

Y1 are beginning to look deeper into the buildings and materials around us. Inspired by our new topic, why is L. S Lowry so awesome? Children used viewfinders to look for interesting patterns inside and outside. We learned how Lowry was inspired by the interesting buildings and views around him and Y1 will be using this knowledge and understanding to help us to create a Lowry inspired murial over the next few weeks. Great looking Y1.

Creating debates, listening to arguments and sharing opinions.

Date: 6th Mar 2019 @ 10:49pm

Today Y1 begun to understand the importance of debate. Following on from our class text ‘Meerkat Mail’ by Emily Gravett, children role played the parts of Sunny the Meerkat and his Meerkat cousins Ed and Scratch. Y1 were tasked to create a debate over which meerkat food was the best, crunchy scorpions or sloppy eggs. Children learned  to share opinions and arguments in a fun friendly way, not to be upset if someone thought something different and the importance of listening to other people's opinions in a respectful way. Y1 then wrote some fantastic sentences about their opinions on eggs and scorpions as a tasty treat. Amazing arguments Y1. 

Glitter Playdough Workshop

Date: 6th Mar 2019 @ 2:38pm

We had geat fun this morning making glitter dough and some of us even managed to stay clean!!


Chicks in Foundation Stage

Date: 5th Mar 2019 @ 2:06pm

Can you solve the mystery of the Maya?

Date: 4th Mar 2019 @ 4:33pm

To finish off our topic in Year 6 we have enjoyed playing a version of the Mayan game Pok-a-Tok.

Pok-a-Tok was played by the Ancient Maya and is the oldest known team sport with a ball- invented over 3500 years ago. The losing team was usually sacrificed. Luckily for Year 6 we did not try this part of the game.

Can you solve the mystery of the Maya?

Date: 28th Feb 2019 @ 3:09pm

Thank you to the children that completed a home learning project. They are fantastic.

Examining our eyes.

Date: 28th Feb 2019 @ 9:04am

Today children in year 1 begun to identify, name, draw and label the basic parts of the human body and learn about the sense associated with each part of the body. Today we explored our eyes and the sense of sight. Children learned about the iris, pupil, eye lid and eye lashes.  We tested how our pupil gets bigger in the dark and smaller in the light, how an adult eye is the size of a ping pong ball and we examined each other’s iris colour and drew and labelled very accurate pictures of our own eyes using mirrors. Some children also wanted to tell the class about the time they went to see an optician and talk about the tools used  to examine their eyes.  Super science Y1!

Stone Age Assembly

Date: 18th Feb 2019 @ 9:23am

To complete our topic on the Stone Age, year 3 performed an assembly in front of the school and their parents and carers. The performance was a great success. Well done to everyone.

Lots of learning in Foundation Stage!

Date: 15th Feb 2019 @ 11:45am

We've been taking advantage of the nicer weather (since the snow!) in Foundation Stage. We've been practising our reading and writing inside and out! We've been challenging each other with tricky obstacle courses (making sure they are safe of course!) And in Reception we've been learning some new board games, which we've really enjoyed. We hope we can play more board games at home with you!

Mama Panya's Pancakes.

Date: 14th Feb 2019 @ 11:18am

This week Y1 have been reading the text 'Mama Panya's pancakes, a village tale from Africa'. Children have collected information from the book to help us write our own instructions for making African spicy pancakes. Today children tested out their instructions and made some real African pancakes. Whilst the pancakes were cooking children collected a bank of words based on what they could smell, hear, see and taste. Our pancakes were fantastic and enjoyed by the whole class. Children will be using their words latter this week to write a thankyou letter to Mama Panya. Good cooking Y1. 

How do polar bears stay warm in icy Arctic warter.

Date: 14th Feb 2019 @ 11:08am

This week Y1 have been learning about conditions within the Arctic circle. We have looked at the clothes needed for cold climates and hot climates and we have begun to discuss some adaptions animals have to make to survive in these conditions. Today children predicted how a mass of blubber on their hand would feel in ice water compared to a hand without blubber. Children tested out their predictions dipping both hands into icy water, one hand covered in thick blubber and the other hand without blubber. Children then compared their predictions with their findings and then recorded this into their science books. Y1 were amazed to feel how one hand became very cold yet their blubber hand remained warm. We collected some fantastic conclusion questions from the afterwards, these ranged from, do all Arctic animals have to be fat?, Does a polar bear ever get too hot? Would a polar bear survive in Africa?. Super science Y1.

African water jugs and bowls.

Date: 11th Feb 2019 @ 8:58pm

Today in Y1 children compared the ability to get a glass of water in our class to getting a glass of water in a Kenyan school. Children were shown a variety of hand made African water jugs and bowls made in villages across Africa in aid of storing, carrying and holding water and food. Children discussed how most people in Kenya made these items as supermarkets and shops are not as common in Africa as they are in England. Y1 were then tasked with following a simple set of instructions to make salt dough and then shape and make a bowl or jug that can carry water. It was messy work but children loved learning to follow instructions and create their own African inspired bowl, plate or jug, great making Y1. 

Which African animal has the widest feet?

Date: 11th Feb 2019 @ 8:27pm

Y1 was invaded this morning by a variety of African animal footprints. Children looked at and discussed a variety of different tools used for measurement, from scales and thermometers to clocks and tape measures. Children were then tasked to estimate which African animal they thought had the widest footprint. We then discussed and decided on the best tool to use to help us find the answer. Children used rulers and recorded their findings on sheets of paper. Y1 found out that meerkats do not have wide feet, elephants have the widest feet and giraffes feet are wider then zebras feet. Fantastic work Y1.

Inspiration from Africa.

Date: 7th Feb 2019 @ 3:26pm

Children were shown pictures of sunsets from around the world and asked if they knew what these were or if they had seen something similar before. Year 1 then discussed why the landscape in Africa makes their sunsets so special. Children were then tasked with a range of shading activities using the hot colours of Africa. We were all amazed at the beautiful artwork we had created and it is now on display in our school hall. Inspirational work Y1. 

Thinking about weight and capacity.

Date: 4th Feb 2019 @ 6:22pm

Today Yr1 begun to explore weight and capacity. Children worked hard to fix, discuss and experiment with problems related to weight and capacity. Thanks to our special dinosaur toys, we solved lots of problems and children have added some fantastic new words to their vocabulary, such as, heaviest, lightest, balanced, scales, and volume. Well done team Y1.

Fun in the snow!

Date: 30th Jan 2019 @ 7:29pm

We had a great day in the snow in Foundation Stage, playing and learning to do lots of things! We found out the best shape of snowball to make (a sphere!), we used positional language to talk about where our target for the snowball was (usually Mr Widdowson!), we practised our fine and gross motor skills, we talked about how to stay healthy with exercise and why it was important to keep warm, and a lot more!

Lyme Community Primary, Lyme St, Newton-le-Willows WA12 9HD