Monday, 18 September 2017

Stunning Art!

D1 and D2 have been learning about an artist called Kandinsky. They have made some 'circles' art in the same style. We really love this quote that Mrs Thompson put up in the classroom...

The children's 'circles' art!
D1 have also finished their Hundertwasser 'lollipop tree' paintings with Mrs Sutherland. They are bright and colourful and you won't find any straight lines...because Hundertwasser doesn't like straight lines!

We love all these gorgeous colours up on the walls!
Here is a close up of one of the pictures by Eva:

Lovely colours and patterns, Eva!

Kingdom Kid Catch Up!

We have presented some amazing children with Kingdom Kid awards over the last little while! Here they are:

July awards:

Isaac, Jonny, Amber and Hannah

D1 - Isaac has been thinking about his learning and has been working hard to improve in many different ways. This is what Diligence is all about! Even smaller things like handwriting and how he follows instructions are getting his attention. The results are very pleasing to see! Way to go, Isaac!

D2 - Amber works diligently to complete all learning activities to the best of her ability. She listens carefully and is a willing helper in the classroom. Amber is a kind and gentle friend.

D3 - Hannah is a shining example of all our school values, particularly the value of kindness. She is a gentle, patient friend who shows a genuine care and concern for others. She is always looking for ways to help and encourage those around her. Hannah is a special friend to many and we are blessed to have her in our class.

F1 - Jonny has a natural curiosity that leads him to think deeply about all aspects of his school work but especially his walk with God. His contributions to our class discussions are wonderful and I always enjoy hearing what he has to say.

August awards:

Jada-Rose, Samuel, Harrison and Jemma

D1 - As we focus on the value of Kindness this term, Jada-Rose is a shining example of what it should look like! She shows care for others daily and always takes time to think about friends who might need a helping hand at work or play. She does this willingly and never needs to be asked – she just notices and acts. Thanks for being an awesome Kingdom Kid, Jada-Rose!

D2 - Harrison is a kind and caring class member who readily shares God’s love with others. He regularly encourages his classmates and is a willing helper in the classroom.

D3 - Jemma diligently completes all class tasks to a high standard. She loves to learn and always looks for ways to further her knowledge. Jemma is a kind, caring friend who takes the initiative to help others. She is a blessing to our class and deserving of this Kingdom Kid award.

F1 - Samuel works diligently both at school and after school. He perseveres when he encounters a problem and this shows the fantastic resilience that he has. Because of this, he inspires others to not give up when they come across a problem!

September awards:

Oliver, Olivia, Toby and Mattais
D1 - Mattias has a wonderfully kind heart! He is thoughtful of other people every day and always lets someone else go first when we need to take turns. He can cheer us up with a little joke if we are feeling sad and knows how to use gentle words to make peace between friends if it is needed. You are an amazing classmate, Mattias!

D2 - Toby is a kind and respectful class member. He listens carefully to instructions and works hard to complete his work to the best of his ability. Toby is always cheerful and ready to help.

D3 - Oliver is a fun, likeable classmate with a cool sense of humour. He is a loyal and caring friend who always looks for ways to show kindness to others. Oliver is polite and respectful and always tries to be in the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing.

F1 - Olivia is a diligent worker who completes her tasks to a high standard and looks for opportunities to do more difficult tasks. She is also a kind student who looks out for the needs of others.

Monday, 14 August 2017!

Many classes at school are learning about art and artists this term. In D1, we started by learning about cool and warm colours and we created a piece of art using our intitials to show what we knew.
Here is our display:

Isn't it colourful!
We had 2 pieces of paper at the beginning - one for warm colours (red, orange, yellow) and one for cool colours (blue and green). We used pastels to draw lines like spokes on a bike wheel on each of the pieces of paper then smudged the pastel with our fingers. Lastly, we chose one of the papers to be the background and one to cut our initials out of. We hope you like them!

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Incredible Science!

Mrs Thompson has been doing some incredible science in D1 and D2 this term. Each week the classes do an experiment that makes them predict what might happen, observe carefully to see any changes and think about the processes that are at work.

Here are some of the experiments they have done:

The children enjoyed shaking the bottle as hard as they could to make the water and oil mix...
but it never stayed that way for long!

So pretty! It almost looks like a piece of art...

The blue colour always seems to come through first! I wonder why...?

We like to call this experiment 'Walking Water' because the colours seem to 'walk' from one cup to the next.

Kingdom Kids

We have presented our team awards for June. Once again, it is a real pleasure to 'notice' children showing our school values and to encourage them to keep shining so that others can follow their example. Here are our bright stars this month:

Congratulations to Sam, Jason, William and Matthew!
Here is what the awards say:

D1 - Jason has been working hard to do the best he can in his learning and he has also made a great effort this year to be a good friend to others. He has been diligent in both these areas and can be proud of his success. Keep being an awesome Kingdom Kid, Jason!

D2 - Sam works diligently to complete his work to the best of his ability every time. He is friendly and cheerful and is always keen to share his learning with others.

D3 - William brings a positive, cheerful attitude to school each day. He is a diligent worker, kind friend, enthusiastic learner and true example of someone who perseveres to reach their full potential. William certainly is a great example of a Kingdom Kid.

F1 - Matthew works diligently every day to make right choices. He completes all of his work to a high standard and supports others when they are unsure of what to do. Matthew is also a very respectful student who shows this respect both inside and outside the classroom.

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Underwater Fireworks!

Science, science and more science! Last week we even made underwater fireworks! Here is what we did - and you can try this at home!

  • fill a glass bowl or jar with water
  • in a test tube (or little container) put 3 ml of oil, 2 drops of red food colouring and 2 drops of blue food colouring and use a stirrer to mix it together
  • gently drip the coloured oil into the water and watch the fireworks begin!

As the coloured drops exploded, they sunk to the bottom!
It looked really cool!

When we looked at the top of the water, you could see large oily blobs floating there.
What we learnt about oil and water with Mrs Thompson has come in really handy!

Making Lava...

We did an experiment in D1 called 'Groovy Lamp'! It was showing us a little bit about lava. This is an experiment you can try at home!

  • First you need a little test tube (or a jar might work)
  • We put water in the test tube up to the 1 ml mark
  • Then we added 2 drops of red food colouring
  • We filled the test tube up to the 4 ml mark with oil (we remembered that oil and water don't we could see the oil staying on top of the red water)
  • Finally we broke up an antacid tablet and dropped little pieces in. We could see some bubbles forming on top of the water but they didn't go up into the oil...

This was a little bit disappointing. We waited...and waited...and waited...then it was home time! Mrs Sutherland left the test tube sitting on the bench and a little while later...

Floating bits of 'lava'!
What is happening? The bubbles are carbon dioxide and they rise to the top, through the oil, carrying some blobs of red water with them. When the bubbles reach the top, they burst and the red water sinks down under the oil again!

Do you remember why the water sinks? Tell a friend what you think!