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Spring Term 1

Home Learning Week 6

If it weren't for lockdown, Emperors would have been at Calshot this week, but we have not been disheartened! We have all taken part in a range of fun activities including playing in the snow, scavenger hunts, den building, obstacle courses, and for those of us at school, eating s'mores over a fire pit! We could also choose from some additional challenges, with some of us creating amazing sock puppets, fashion outfits from recycled materials, parachutes for toys and exploring, where possible, our local environment.

 

Have a look at photos and videos below to see what we have been up to on our exciting non-residential week! We have definitely earned our half term break!

Daisy - puppet show

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Roxy - den building

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Oscar - cat obstacle course

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Home Learning Week 5

Exciting news from Emperors Class! We have been contacted by author and TV presenter Simon Reeve, who sent us a video asking us to help him plan his next visit to South America. We are taking this very seriously, and will spend the next couple of weeks researching and writing non-chronological reports to send to Simon. We continued to read The Explorer, and learned about types of food that could help survival in the Amazon Rainforest including catching and cooking tarantulas! Inspired by this, two of our Emperors at school created a "tarantula trap" on Butts Green, although thankfully we are unlikely to catch any in England!

 

We have looked at more local animals in Science, creating field guides for animals or plants from our area. We have also learned about fractions in Maths, and have created presentations about the wonders of the world in Geography, nominating our own suggestions for new modern wonders. We have also thought a lot about Children's Mental Health Week this week, and have completed daily calming activities together, and have spent time doing a choice of activities that make us happy! To finish the week, we took part in Dress to Express Friday, with some amazing outfits both in school and on screen! Emperors in school set up cricket skills activities for Swallowtails to complete. They could score points for challenges with harder tasks earning them more points.

Home Learning Week 4

Lots of us had an exciting and snowy start to this week, with some lovely photos shared! We started our new topic about The Explorer by Katherine Rundell this week, which has been our class text for several weeks. We thought about what the characters look like and how they might be feeling at different points of the story. We managed remote hot seating, with some brave children at home recording videos of themselves in character!  We wrote instructions for raft building, with some of us at home trying out our instructions to build rafts for our toys! The Explorer is set in the Amazon Rainforest, and links with our Geography topic of The Americas. In Geography this week we have researched a place in North America and compared it to Hampshire.

 

In Maths we have been solving one step and multi step word problems, which has tested our problem solving skills! These were also put the to the test for those of us in school as we had to fix our very dry gingerbread recipe - thankfully our hard work paid off and the biscuits were delicious! Those of us in school have also enjoyed a village walk, and making lava lamps! All of Emperors made posters in PSHE to show how we are amazing - a lovely "feel good" activity!

Home Learning Week 3

This week we finished our topic about Native American myths by writing our own myths to explain a natural event, such as stars, an eclipse, or the creation of the Moon. We have been reading The Explorer by Katherine Rundell as a class, and will use this as inspiration for our next writing unit. In Maths, we had a recap about fractions, decimals and percentages, and produced posters to share what we know. We've thought about how we can be kind to ourselves in PSHE, thought about different climates and biomes in The Americas in Geography, and we've classified types of animals based on characteristics in Science. We've certainly been busy!

 

We are really missing all being together, so had a "pet chat" on Google Meet - this was really successful, and those at home got to share their furry friends with children at school. Those of us learning in our Emperor Bubble did another village walk to contribute to our class mission to walk the Appalachian Trail, and baked some impressive (and delicious) 3D dinosaur cookies!

Home Learning Week 2

This week Emperors have continued to learn about Native American myths, and we have planned our own myths to explain a naturally occurring event. In Maths, we have looked at reading scales accurately, and those of use at home were able to use every day objects to help us with our understanding. In Geography we have learned more about The Americas by researching different locations, and we learned about tribes that live in the rainforest in Guided Reading.

 

Those of us learning at home have shared some photos of what home learning looks like for us. Those of us learning at school have enjoyed our afternoons including a walk around the village with Swallowtails, learning the 'Cup Song', and completing Science experiments with Skittles to truly 'taste the rainbow!'

Home Learning Week 1

We have returned to home learning, or learning at school as a small Bubble, and Mrs Clark, Miss Edwards and Mrs Rowland are so proud of how successfully we have managed this! Emperors are amazing! This week we have looked at Native American myths, including an animation called Hugh, about how stars were made. We have also learned about converting measures in Maths, and thought about New Year Resolutions in PSHE.

 

Those of us still learning at school have made the most of our afternoons by creating natural sculptures of our favourite scenes from books, and by updating the window art in Emperors classroom to spread joy during these tricky times. 

Geography

We may have only managed one day in school all together before lock down, but we had an exciting day! As our Hook for our new Geography topic, we had to taste food, guess what it was, and guess where it came from! After a lot of discussion, we identified that lots of the food came from USA, but not all of it. Our topic is The Americas, and we will spend the next few weeks learning about the different countries that make up the continents of North and South America.

 

Have a look at the photos below, and see if you can work out what these foods are and where in The Americas they would come from!

PSHE

To start the new term, we had a class debate about the definition of the word real, thinking about three apples...an edible one, a plastic one, and an invisible one! We thought about which was the most "real", and if any weren't real, and why not!

 

We then used the idea that for something to be real, we should be able to feel it, to debate if rainbows were real...it led to a very interesting discussion!

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