Autumn Term 2
Friday 27th November 2020
A Geography clallenge this week! We had to make a map of the area around our shelter. We had to think about choosing objects carefully to represent features of the landscape. We had to include the other team's shelters on our map. It got cold, so, using our survival knowledge, we went for a brisk walk to warm up: across streams and muddy bogs and up and down slippery banks – it was hilarious when our wellies got stuck in the mud!
Friday 20th November 2020
Continuing our theme of survival, we were given a challenge. We had to work as a team to make a shelter that would protect us from the elements. We were advised to look for natural structures that would serve as a good starting point and to be mindful that wind and rain would be coming from the north. We had to take care to build our door on the south side of our den! We had a fantastic time and were so proud of what we had achieved together. Mr Goldsmith rewarded us with stars for shelter building skills and Mrs Robinson rewarded us with stars for showing great teamwork. For as we all know at ‘Team Nutley’ – teamwork makes the dream work!
Friday 13th November 2020
We began to think about how we might survive if we were in the wild. Where would we get our food from and fresh water to drink? Without touching any fungus, we all collected what we thought we might be able to eat and Mr Goldsmith very knowledgeably informed us which of the plants, seeds and fruits were edible. It was fascinating! Who would have thought that yellow brain fungus could be edible when cooked! We discovered that stinging nettles could make a nutritious snack too! We identified mushrooms using identification charts and Mr Goldsmith showed us how difficult it is to correctly identify a mushroom or toad stall and to be sure that a fungus is edible. We learned that is safest to never touch or taste any wild fungus. We went in search of water and found a stream. We learned where to best collect water from a stream and that it can be filtered through moss. To purify the water, we would need to boil it for at least 5 minutes. We also learned that water can be collected through evaporation and condensation using a tent made of a plastic sheet!
Friday 6th November 2020
Our first Forest School ignited our interest in materials and how they might change when they are burned. Firstly, we collected wood to make our fires and then we talked through the safety rules. Next, we built our fires and worked as teams to light our fires and keep them going. We all persevered really well! Finally, we burned different materials on the campfire and observed how the material changed. We carefully recorded our scientific observations in a table and discussed whether the changes were reversible or irreversible.
Autumn Term 1
All About Me
Badger Class enjoyed another day out on the forest working with Juliet Murray, a local oil pastel artist. Juliet showed us how to use a viewfinder to frame the landscape and how to make different lines with chalk pastels. The children were really proud of their beautiful pictures. We all appreciate how lucky we are to have an area of outstanding Natural Beauty on our doorstep to inspire our learning.
In science, we had fun doing an investigation to prove the earth is spherical and not flat as some people in the past once thought. The ball represented planet earth and we rotated it away from us so that the ship moved backwards. The lasst thing we saw as the ship disappeared was the top of the mast.
We watched the Big Anti-Bullying Assembly and everyone pledged to stop bullying by raising their hand. Afterwards, we all wrote down all the people we could talk to if we ever felt worried.
Our new school councillors have already had their first meeting – in our new pavilion! They are thinking about how we can furnish this special learning space on our field and how to raise money to pay for the new improvements.
We visited the Ashdown Forest again – this time with Lisa, an Education Officer from the Ashdown Forest Visitor Centre. We learned about the history of the landscape and also about the heathland habitat and its animals. We really enjoyed sharpening sticks using sandstone like stone age people did, and pretending to be nightjars hiding from predators.
Our geography lessons have been great fun! We compared maps of Nutley with Rachel from High Weald Heroes and then we went out to the field and created our own treasure maps. It was fun searching for the treasure! We also learned in our new pavilion for the first time. The next day, we went for a circular walk on the Ashdown Forest, using maps and compasses to find our way. Knowing how to use the key was really useful.
In science, we are learning about Earth and Space. We read instructions carefully and worked with our learning partner to make a model solar system.
Week commencing 13th July, 2020
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YEAR 6 WATER FIGHT
Our lovely Year 6 group, enjoyed another end of term treat: a watergun fight on the school field. What a fantastic time they all had! Mrs Shearer even joined in and got a good soaking!
YEAR 6 BADGER OLYMPICS
Having fun in science doing investigations with catapults and trebuchets.
Learning about cams in our DT lesson.
Using Newton meters and creating their own investigations.
The history makers! First week back in school after lockdown, doing a fun science investigation with parachutes.
Click the links for three more Scratch games to play – well done Edward!
A very informative presentation on exercising by Agatha.
LOCKDOWN FEELINGS ARTWORK
Have a look at some of the work we have been doing while we are at home.
Great Easter Powerpoint from Oscar!
Edward has produced a Viking themed game on Scratch he thought you might like to try! Click on the link below.
What a brilliant Viking longboat!
Hector has drawn some amazing animals.
Another fabulous piece of Viking artwork by Archie.
More science work!
To help keep you busy at home, here are a few links to websites which you might find useful!
links to 2017 SATs practice papers
Spelling and statutory spelling lists (suggest learning 7-10 a week).
Other useful websites:
During this time of school closure, daily homework for Badgers will be placed on the website every week to ensure the children keep up with their learning. Children should aim to complete all of the daily challenges, as if they were at school.
Best wishes, Mrs Robinson
PGL photos coming soon!
In R.E., we learned about the Holy Trinity and baptism. If you don't get baptised as a baby, you could get baptised when you are older. Baptism is when you wash away all your sins and have a fresh start, and you promise to follow God's laws and be a Christian. The Holy Trinity is The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit.
In Science, we measured trees to find out how much carbon was stored inside them. We measured the circumference and the height of each tree. We also identified the type of tree using a classification chart. We learned that when trees decompose or get burned carbon dioxide is released which causes global warming and climate change. We need lots of trees as they produce oxygen and take carbon dioxide from the air, which helps the planet. Trees are also a habitat for lots of animals.
We sat around a pretend campfire and told stories from Benin. One was about how the Earth was made. Traditionally, elderly people told stories about Benin and its history. They had to remember the stories because the younger children passed the stories down to the next generation. They told riddles before the stories and the children joined in. We learned about proverbs that the peiople in the Kingdom of Benin told and tried to work out what they meant.
In Food Technology, we made green stew and beancakes from a traditional Edo recipe. We enjoyed tasting the food. Some people liked the taste of the beancakes, but most didn't. Some of the ingredients were: sliced onions, okra (ladies' fingers), spinach and black-eyed beans. These are traditional dishes from modern day Nigeria.
In the first week of term, we drew portraits in the style of African art. We noticed that a lot of the traditional art used bold colours, prominent shapes and distorted features. More recent European artists, such as Matisse and Picasso, saw lots of African art in museums and were inspired to use their style.
In history we learned about The Battle of Britain and World War 2. We made medals that were awarded to the fighter pilots. "Never was so much owed by so many to so few", Winston Churchill. We also re-enacted The Battle of Britain in the hall; it was extremely exciting and history repeated itself – Britain won again! We finished our learning journey with a fun trip to Newhaven Fort where we handled lots of interesting objects from that time, including a baby's gas mask.
In science, the children planned a scientific enquiry to prove that light travels in straight lines.
In the computing suite, the children had fun learning how to program using Python. The children explored how to input code using the correct syntax, create and use variables, calculate using operators and write comments.
In science, the children have been learning about evolution and inheritance. They have researched an animal and thought about how, over time, it has adapted to its environment. They looked at fossils too!
The children often use equipment in maths to deepen their understanding of concepts and strategies and to solve problems. They used place value counters to talk through how the column strategy works to ensure a deeper level of understanding.
The Badgers enjoyed a fantastic afternoon with Ms Hanham from Uckfield College and some Year 8 students who helped them to improve their dribbling and passing skills.
KS2 Art Club
The children worked incredibly hard to improve their watercolour painting and ink drawing techniques and created the most amazing watercolour cities.