St Michael's Woolmer GreenVA C of E School
'Shine as Lights in the World'
Welcome to Elm Class!
For a termly or yearly overview of what we will be learning this academic year, please see 'what we learn/curriculum'.
Pupils in Elm class excel in the spot the excited teachers competition!
(see photo above)
It has been a really busy week and we were so happy to welcome many of you back and to spend some time with you before the holidays. We hope you enjoyed chatting with your friends, learning new geography skills and creating your tree charms (we'll hang them up in September). We also had a brief introduction to golf which was the source of more fun.....and a little frustration at times! Thank you for working hard, sharing your smiles and making the most of our brief reunion. Thank you also to all of our families for your kind words and continuous support over the term.
Best wishes for a restful summer.
Miss Prentice and Mrs Cox
SETPOINT Herts - Maths Mastermind Workshop
Charlie, Benjamin, Ellena and Freddie really enjoyed the challenges and working as a team to solve some really tricky questions when they attended Tuesday’s Maths Mastermind session.
ELM CLASS EMBARK UPON SOME INTERESTING JOURNEYS IN BOOK DAY COSTUMES!
SCIENCE WEEK CHALLENGE 2020
• ‘Create’ a tree using a maximum of 4 sheets of plain or coloured A4 paper
• Work in pairs or on your own
• Use only scissors and engineering skills to create your trees
• No glue, sticky tape, staples or paper clips to be used
• Take no longer than one hour
Is yours going to be….
We have enjoyed learning about Andy Warhol and his ability to focus on simple objects and to turn them into wonderful pictures. Our gallery of pictures includes watercolour, mark-making and line drawing techniques and we are really pleased with how professional they look! This is one of his to compare ours with....
ELM CLASS SHINE
Our class assembly was an opportunity to show some of the wonderful work we have done already this term. First we shared our understanding of plate tectonics and volcanoes and performed a very catchy song about types of volcano! We then talked about Andy Warhol and everyone admired our colourful 4 part self portraits. Our Performance Poetry was a big hit with the younger members of the audience - visual and funny - just how Michael Rosen taught us it should be! Finally we turned to technology and innovations through our shirt machine designs, vehicle explanations and ICT cartoon strips. So much achieved in only a few weeks! Our parents and teachers were really proud of us!
Elm class had a wonderful Greek Day to celebrate the end of their history topic. In the morning the children created crafts at the agora and, in the afternoon, they were entertained by a comedy, tragedy and dancing before feasting upon feta, bread, dates, olives and grapes. The children looked magnificent in their costumes and regularly gave their thanks to Athena for blessing them in their endeavours.
Thank you to the parents who joined in and helped us.
Elm class had a fantastic gsk science session today, delivered by Mrs Knowles (thank you!)
Rather than listening to a lesson; the children became parts of the human body! We had lungs, red blood cells, muscles, bacteria and many other elements within our bodies. The journey of oxygen and carbon dioxide was recreated using balloons (so much fun!) and some children were even responsible for building a protective scab over an injury to our giant’s leg!! (Using sponges as platelets).
National ‘Into Film’ Cinema Visit
Elm class were fortunate to receive free tickets to the cinema as part of the nationwide promotion which encourages schools to use film as part of their curriculum delivery. The children viewed ‘The Kid Who Would Be King’.
Old school magic meets the modern world in this epic adventure. Alex thinks he's just another nobody, until he stumbles upon the mythical sword in the stone, Excalibur. Now, he must unite his friends and enemies into a band of knights and, together with the legendary wizard Merlin, take on the wicked enchantress Morgana. With the future at stake, Alex must become the great leader he never dreamed he could be.
The film was most enjoyable and covered many themes the children are discussing in school at the moment: Courage, Perseverance, Self-belief and the hero certainly overcame conflict during Anti-bullying Week. Elm pupils are currently writing myths and there were also plenty of scenes with special effects and storyline twists the children can ‘borrow’ to improve their descriptive writing!