Whale class

Class information 

Whale class is the lower key stage 2 class at Cambois Primary School. We are taught by Miss Jackson and Mrs Blamire.

In a morning we have a phonic/spelling lesson followed by a maths and literacy lesson each day. We follow a creative curriculum in the afternoon, including Commando Joe's which we complete on a Friday. 


Alnwick Castle
We visited Alnwick castle and had a great time! We loved making our own wand and riding on broomsticks. After the visit we wrote a non-chronological report.
Fit as a falcon:
As part of our in-school work with the greggs foundation and the Newcastle Falcons rugby team, we went to Kingston Park Stadium. Whilst we were there, we learnt about healthy eating, the human body and we played rugby on the pitch. One lucky student even got to do some cooking with trained chefs. 
During science week we conducted science investigations into dissolving. We used different amounts and temperatures of water to dissolve different substances. We recorded, discussed and presented our findings. 
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Roman racing chariots
We designed and built Roman racing chariots. 
In literacy we have been looking at the Iron Man by Ted Hughes. We are using this as an example of effective story openings to describe settings and characters.
The coming of the Iron Man
We went to the beach to look for the remains of the Iron Man. We discussed questions and predictions we had about the Iron Man. We thought that this could be the Iron Man's child or brother because the parts were smaller than the description. We also discussed which parts could be the Iron Man's different body parts and we tried to put him back together.
Persuasive writing:
In literacy we have been looking at persuasive writing. We read and learnt a model text about joining the Roman army. We are using the model text as an example to help us write our own text. 
Today (13/2/17) we made chocolate crispy cakes for the Valentine's disco. 
Beach School
Despite the weather, we had a fantastic day at Cambois beach. Working in groups we had to think of a way to get 6 branches, a bucket of rope and some tarpaulin down the stairs without carrying them down or dropping them. After that we used our equipment to make a shelter. 


As part of our talk 4 writing unit on the papaya that spoke, we were all wondering what exactly a papaya was. So Mr. Greenwood brought in a papaya for us all to try. 

Roman shields
In our D&T lessons we designed and made Roman shields. We took inspiration from our class trip to Arbeia. 
Arbeia Roman Fort
As part of our topic this term we went to Arbeia Roman Fort. We learnt about how roman soldiers lived and also we got to dress up. We had a fantastic day learning about life in Roman times.

Topic art

As part of our topic on climates, we studied the work of Andy Goldsworthy to create our own art using nature. We used natural materials that are typical of autumn such as conkers and acorns. 



Non-chronological reports

In literacy we have been learning about non-chronological reports. We have used talk 4 writing to help us rehearse and act out our work before we write it. We were alarmed to hear about the scary Cambois flat-back dragon that was on the loose in the area. However, after doing some research we found that it was harmless. This gave us the idea to invent our own rare species of animal which we have collected in our own information book.