Welcome to Bumblebee Class
Class Teacher - Sarah Addicott
Teaching Assistants - Jenny Jacobs
We are very pleased to be teaching the children of Bumblebee Class!
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The Great Fire of London
We started our learning by looking at pictures of London before the Fire started and thinking about why the fire was able to spread so quickly. To help us understand, we made our own houses and set fire fire to them. Ask us to tell you about it.
Our letters have arrived from Prague!
It was very exciting to receive a letter from our new friends.
We went for a walk around our local area. We looked at the facilities in Southdown and then climbed up Roundhill. If you look one way, you can see the countryside. If you look the other,you can see the city. We talked about the similarities and the differences.
Please look at the Latest News section of the Parent Zone for photos of some of us planting trees.
We looked at different puppets before designing our own. We are making glove, stick, finger and pop-up puppets. We could choose a character from our class focus book, 'Augustus and his Smile'. Our results are displayed in class. Please come and have a look as we are very proud of them!
We enjoyed our session with the tennis coach from Bath University this morning. Please look in our book bags for a leaflet with details of a free taster session at the university.
Today we took part in the RSPB's School Birdwatch. We had to be very quiet and stay still. It was very hard!!
As part of Community Week, we have been thinking about how we are part of a global community. We have written letters to children in Prague, in the Czech Republic, telling them about the things we like to do and asking them about themselves. We are looking forward to their replies!
Born in a Barn
Please look at the Latest News section in the Parent Zone for pictures of our Christmas performance.
We have spent a lot of time this week talking about how great it is that we are all different and the things that make us special. Come and look at the fish display outside our classroom. We know that no-one has the right to be unkind to us and talked about what we can do if they are.
The 'Toothpaste Activity' helped us to understand that when we say mean things, it can be difficult to take them back. We couldn't put the toothpaste back in the tube!!
The drama workshop was great fun. We pretended we were fishes under the sea and then became deep sea divers trying to rescue the stolen pearl. Once we had it back, we were all able to make a wish!
We used our senses to investigate a pumpkin. He talked about what we could see, taste and feel. Then we counted the seeds. Did you know even a small pumpkin can have over 400 seeds!!
Later we roasted the seeds and made pumpkin soup. It was delicious.
Creative Creature Homework
We had great fun making our creatures. Can you work out what they are?
We had a lovely walk to Sirus Woods on Tuesday. We discovered what an orchard was and how it was different from the woods. We had to look very carefully at the trees to identify a variety of leaves. Many thanks to the mums and dad who gave up their time to help us.
We have been looking at the paintings of Guiseppe Arcimboldo. He was an Italian artist who made pictures of people using fruit and vegetables, and then painted them. We used fruit and vegetables to make our own pictures.
In Bumblebees we like eating apples. We wondered if larger apple have more pips. We each made our own prediction. Then we ordered the apples by size. We cut the apples open and carefully counted the pips. Then we recorded our results. Why don't you ask us what we found out?
No Pens Wednesday
We had great fun pretending to be the characters in the story Oliver's Vegetables. You have to try to imagine you are that person and answer questions as if you were them.
This week we have been using the apples growing in the garden to make Apple Dappies. We hope you liked them. We also had a lady come in to give us a Badminton Taster Session. We used extra large shuttle cocks and balloons! It was great fun.
We had our first football session with Tyler, the Football coach, this week. Fist of all we played a game to help us running and dodging. Then we played a 'dribbling game.'
It has been lovely getting to know the children this week and we have been very impressed with how well they have all settled. They have started to make covers for their books and are learning a space poem to perform in assembly next week. They have enjoyed exploring the different space and are very good at tidying up!
Diversity Week '17
We have had a super week learning about the different cultures of the children in our class this week.
A big 'thank you' to the parents who came and read to us. We listened to The Little Red Hen in Chinese, Romanian and Polish. We listened hard to pick out the repeated phrases.
Apple's parents told us about their home town in China and brought us some pancakes and dumplings to taste. They were delicious.
Get Active Week
It has been great fun learning about the things we can do to keep fit. On Monday we 'Moved a mile' on the school field. Many of us kept going and did even more! We registered on the 'Go Noodle' website and have been doing some moves to music. We can register at home too - its free! On Wednesday we had some rugby coaching, it was great fun and some of us have joined Rugby Club. Some of our parents and grandparents came in on Thursday to teach us some playground games. There are some photos on the Latest News page. Friday we had a go at twirling. Its much harder than it looks and we persevered to complete some of the moves. We finished the day with an Active Talent Show. Afterwards Chris let us stand on his Special White Water Board. You need to have good balancing skills.
Tree Planting 11th March
Some of us came back to school on Saturday to help plant saplings on the School field. We are looking forward to watching them grow. Look for more photos on the Latest News page in the Parent Zone.
Book Week 27th Feb - 3rd Mar
This week we have been discussing and writing about a lovely book called the The Library Lion by Michelle Knutsden. You can see the story being read on youtube!
Please come and look at our drawings and paintings on the display board outside our classroom.
We visited the Library in the junior school and some of the Year 6 assistants explained how they helped the librarian and how to borrow books. The library is open after school on Friday so, please mums and dads, can we visit and borrow a book?
On World Book Day we were very lucky to have another visit from the Storybox Theatre. This time, Rod told us the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. We loved joining in with the 'Fee Fi Fo Fum!'
Some of us came back for book at bedtime. Mrs Jacobs made us cocoa.
Local Area Walk 22.2.17
Today we enjoyed a walk around our local area. We spotted bus stops and post boxes: we realised we have a variety of local shops, churches, a Doctors surgery as well as a playpark. we walked up to the top of Roundhill and talked about the features we could see. We compared the view over the city with the view of the countryside. Some of us could see our own houses! When we came back to school, we marked our journey on a map.
8.2.17 Birds of Prey Visit
Please see the News page for pictures of this visit.
16.1.17 Visit from Space Ambassador
Paul Hill came to talk to us about space and being an astronaut. He let us try on space suits which had been worn by astronauts on the European Space station. He told us about how the space station was built and what the astronauts did on board. We were able to hold a piece of a meteorite, a dinosaur tooth, a fossilised dinosaur bone and other rocks from space.
We always like going to the ICT suite.
Today we looked at the BBC Science clips 'Sorting and Using Materials' to support the work we have been doing in class. We had fun playing the games and taking the quiz. There are more we can do at home if you help us.
Happy New Year
The children were happy to return to school and keen to tell us about Christmas.
In PSHE we have been learning about germs. We rubbed in glittery hand cream to represent germs. Then we tried to get it off using tissues, water and then soap and water. Can you see the glitter on our hands? We know it is important to wash our hands properly with soap!
As part of the R.E. curriculum, some of the children went to visit St. Barnabas Church.
We looked at the different things in the church and discussed what they were used for. We were very interested in the stain glass windows and made some careful drawings. We are going to use these as a prompt when we make our own stain glass windows.
Paper People Project
This week we have been drawing round our friends as part of the Hung Out To Dry 2 exhibition that is taking place in London. The exhibition is about refugees around the world.
It is also Anti-Bullying Week
The E-team have developed an anti-bullying charter which we have all signed up to by making a hand print. We have talked about what bulling is and who you can talk to if we have a problem.
We have looked at some of the qualities of a good friend and put them in order of importance. Do you agree with us? Which do you think is most important?
Today we took our learning outside.
We walked through the leaves, listening to the sound they made. Then we looked closely at their properties and ordered them by size and colour. It was fun to make a huge a huge pile of leaves and jump in them!
Finally, we learnt how to tie a simple overhand knot. We found it very tricky at first but we persevered and we all managed it in the end.
We had a great time on our Autumn walk. We identified the leaves of common trees, made journey sticks and thought about what we could see, hear, touch and small. We used the words we collected to write Autumn Poems.
Term 1 Weeks 1 and 2
The children are settling well back into the new school year. We have started the term with a mark-making focus where the children are decorating covers for their exercise books and experimenting with the marks they can make. We have been learning a poem about team work to perform in assembly and copying it out in our neatest handwriting. Please come and look at the display outside our classroom.
Book Week at Roundhill
World Book Day
The children had a fantastic time watching the Storybox Theatre today. Rod Burnett makes all his own puppets and had the children transfixed as he told the story of The Snow Queen.
On Friday we came in dressed as Fairy Tale characters and well known story characters. We had a big parade in the hall. Don't we all look brilliant.
Christmas in Bumblebee Class
Circus Skills workshop
We have been very lucky this week to take part in a circus skills workshop. We had a great time learning how to juggle with scarves, spin plates, use flower sticks, move on peddle go's and even had a go at tightrope walking!!
Our learning has benefited from our experiences as we have used them to help us write instructions.
Do you think you could juggle following our instructions?
How to Juggle with a Scarf
You will need:
What you need to do:
How to Hula hoop by Sameena
What you need:
What you do;
1. First you put the hula hoop around your waist.
2. Next you stand up.
3. Then you wiggle your waist.
4. Then it will go round and round.
5. Finally you can do tricks, like spinning the hoop on your arm.
How to use a peddle-go by Ryan
What you need:
What you need to do:
1. First you get on the peddle-go.
2. Next you push one foot down.
3. Then put the other foot down.
4. After that just keep on doing it until you get to the bench. Always remember, arms out.
5. Finally, do it all the way back.
Dance with Lucy
We are very fortunate to have dance sessions with a specialist teacher on a Monday morning. This term she has taken our Circus topic as a theme for her lessons. In these pictures you can see us being jugglers, pretending to walk the tightrope and striking a final pose. This is helping us with our Science topic where we are learning about the things we need to do to stay fit and healthy.
Learning Outdoors Morning 13.11.15
The children had a great time outside this morning using paper streamers to carry out a practical investigation. Firstly they discovered from which direction the wind was coming and then they explored which areas of the field were the windiest. Afterwards we looked carefully at the seeds of Ash trees, threw them into the air and talked about seed dispersal by wind.
The Little Red Hen
This week we have been learning to retell the the story of the Little Red Hen using story making actions. We drew a story map to help with the retelling and made stick puppets. We practised telling the story as a class, in groups and to each other. We made the characters out of lego. We did some hot-seating which is where we pretend to be a character from the story and answer questions. This will help us next week when we come to write the story ourselves.
Parents, why don't you ask your Bumblebee if they can tell you the story? Here is the map to help.
We loved our first morning learning outside and are looking forward to many more.
First we found a quiet place to sit and listen.Can you see some of us hiding? Then we went on a tree hunt where we tried to match the tree to our leaves. Finally we enjoyed balancing and jumping on the Log Trail.
Roundhill Celebration Week