Celebrating the RAF 100 flypast
In Reception class we all watched the flypast to celebrate 100 years of the RAF. We learnt about what the RAF did and the different planes. We made our own planes and then had a competition to see which would fly the furthest. We had great fun.
Making mini pizzas
We made mini pizzas! We learnt that everyone had different taste, but all our pizzas were yummy!
The Air Ambulance made a landing on our school field to attend to a patient in a nearby street. The crew were very grateful to use our field and Doctor Ali and Paramedic Scott came to talk to the children about their jobs. We than gathered in the playground to watch the helicopter take off on its next mission!
Year 5 gave a performance of their ukulele skills to the rest of the school today. A great rendition of Smoke on the Water and Eye of the Tiger.
What a week!!
Year 5 have been working hard on their times table rockstars with Sean now in the lead with a speed of 0.47 seconds per question!! Six children achieved their Olympic Challenge certificate- which is 100 questions in 3 minutes or less! Carlo then only went and won the year 5 Masterchef competition for local schools by cooking pasta with anchovies and olives. Sounds delicious!
Year 2 - Take One Picture
As part of a whole school stimulus, based on the painting 'Olympic Track' by Leroy Neiman, Year 2 have been working on different pieces of work inspired by the painting.
Party Planning Maths Investigation
We read the book Spaghetti and Meatballs where Mr and Mrs Comfort try to organise tables to sit 32 guests. We then became party planners and investigated all the ways we could arrange 4 tables and how many guests could sit at each arrangement. We tried to work logically. As an extra challenge, we tried to spot patterns and work out how much money we would raise if each guest had to pay five pounds each. Great problem solving Year 2!
Year 5 Taster Day at St John Payne
Year 5 had a taste of secondary school on 27th June when we went to St. John Payne School in Chelmsford. We were there with 220 other year 5 children and got to experience: Science, Art, DT, English and PE. We then had a question and answer session. Great fun was had by all.
Year 4 enjoyed a wonderful Egyptian Day where they experienced a wide range of activities in the role of a slave. They made a range of objects and then in the afternoon, they had a feast and performed in front of the Pharoah. What a great day!
Boydell's Farm Trip
On Monday 11th June, Reception Class visited Boydell's Farm. We had a great day learning about all of the animals!
Southend Sealife Adventure
On Monday 11th June, we went to Southend Sealife Adventure as part of our 'Under The Sea' topic. When we first arrived, we enjoyed a rock pool talk, where we got to touch a starfish and find out a bit more about how these fascinating creatures eat by doing the starfish dance! We were then able to enjoy the various exhibits of the aquarium. Some of our favourite creatures were the axolotls, sting rays and upside down jellyfish. We were really lucky as the weather was beautiful all day which meant we could enjoy the outside exhibits as well, such as the penguins and otters. After lunch, we had a delicious ice cream on the beach before hunting for shells and building sandcastles.
Year 2 Design & Technology - Cooking!
In Summer Term 1, we made mini frittatas and fruit muffins. We tasted different ingredients before designing our final recipes. We practised lots of skills including measuring (linked to our maths this week), grating, chopping, whisking and mixing. We then evaluated our final products and deciding what we might change for next time. Yum yum! Watch out Gordon Ramsey!
Year 2 Art - Abstract Selfies!
In Summer Term 1, we have been looking at line and colour in art. We have been looking at using a colour wheel to choose complementary and contrasting colours. We used what we had learnt to create abstract selfies in the style of the contemporary artist, Sandra Silberzweig. What amazing artists Miss Clapp has!
The Queen's Knickers
In Year 1 our D.T. work in the Spring Term was designing and making our own knickers for the Queen. We selected some suitable material, cut out two pieces from templates, sewed them together using some wool as thread and decorated.
Bassistry Arts visited our school and we had a fantastic time learning all about rhythm! We were able to play a traditional Spanish beat as a group and learned to sing and dance in time to a song. We then performed our song for the whole school in the afternoon assembly!
ICT Scratch Junior
Year 1 have been working with the Scratch Junior programme in the Summer Term. We have been working on our directional language of right, left, forwards, backwards, turning right and turning left to create algorithms to enable a sprite to move within the programme.
Keep On Reading!
We have been really lucky this year and had 4 visits from Mr Kemp as part of his 'Keep On Reading' programme. We were given a book to take home which our parents could enjoy reading to us. We were also given a selection of questions to discuss with our parents once we had read the book. Mr Kemp then visited us and challenged us to quizzes to test our knowledge about the books we had read. We won every quiz!
We have been looking at the picture book 'Flotsam' by David Wiesner as part of our learning in English. 'Flotsam' is all about a young boy who finds a camera on a beach and the magical pictures it contains. Before we read the book, we explored our Flotsam Trays and discovered a variety of different objects that might wash up on a beach like the camera. We used our inference and deduction skills to decide who the objects in each tray may have belonged to. We had trays for a fisherman, a pirate, an explorer and more.
Opening of Peace Garden
On 11th May we had the new School peace Garden officially opened and blessed by Fr. David. This is now something for the whole school community to use for prayer and reflection.
We made windsocks to carry out to the Peace Garden. We have been learning about how the Holy Spirit is all around us. The wind blowing through the ribbons reminds us of this.
Design and Technology - Egg Cups
We researched current egg cups on the market and then designed our own. We thought about who would use our egg cups and designed a poster to persuade them to buy it. We then made and painted our egg cups using clay. We used our learning from science to remember how to shape the clay in different ways! After we had made them, we evaluated our designs and thought about what went well and what we might do differently next time. They were fabulous!
Thank you to all the parents for their amazingly generous donations of materials for our Easter Gardens! As you can see, we used them to make the most beautiful and thoughtful representations of the Easter story. We chose different signs and symbols from the stories of Easter to represent in our gardens.
Year 2 are Authors!
Year 2 worked really hard to design a new character for their own versions of Traction Man! Look at our wonderful books that we wrote. Year 2 are certainly authors!
Computing / Geography / Maths
We combined geography, computing and maths to program the Beebots to move around mats. We created algorithms, tested them and debugged them if they didn't quite work. We used lots of maths talk including, quarter turn, half turn, clockwise and anticlockwise. Great work Year 2!
We are proud of our school uniform and visitors often comment on how smart St. Francis children look.
Coding with Rapid Router
We have been learning to code this year. We used Rapid Router to learn the basic concepts of coding.
We went on a trip to Braintree Museum to learn all about the local history and geography of our town. While at the museum, we went for a Braintree Town Tour and saw many interesting historical sites. We also became archaeologists and discovered what different artifacts can tell us about life int he past. We were also able to enjoy a look at all the exhibits of the museum before finally learning about John Ray and his work.
500 Words Presentation Assembly
There were some fantastic entries this year and Year 6 were justly rewarded by the school governors. Here are a few pictures of our prestigious awards ceremony. The next category is......
Our Values Felt Banners
These banners were made by the children over 3 days in May 2017 - they are now proudly displayed in the school hall.
The Mighty Oak
Here are some images of the remarkable talks made by Year 6 when undertaking their public speaking course. Strong tall stances, clear hand gestures, expressive faces... They have the lot!
Fire Safety Talk
Year 1 had a Fire Safety Talk about the history of fire fighters, how to be safe around fire and precautions to take.
Our Easter production rehearsals were in full swing when the photographer passed through the hall to take a few snapshots!
We looked at paintings created by artists of Malawi, which we were finding out about in our Fairtrade topic, and recreated them using paint and also chalk. Most of the class thought that the chalks were the most effective.
Year 4 Ukulele
In the Spring term our music lessons were taught by George who showed us how to play the ukulele. We even tried to play versions of Smoke on the Water and Mamma Mia.
Our Trip to the Victorian Museum
Year 1 went to the Braintree District Museum in the Summer Term to see what life was like for children in the Victorian times. We were taught some English, Maths and Geography by a strict teacher who gave us slates to write on and wooden desks to sit at. We handled some artefacts over 100 years old and found out what they were used for, before exploring different galleries around the Museum. I was very exciting and very different to how we are taught today!
In the Spring Term, Year 1 were learning about Baptism with the key symbols and items used. As a class we acted out a Baptism to show all we had learnt.
Today we received strawberries and bananas for our snack. Mrs Grimwood and the children all thought it would be really fun to make some smoothies. We have been learning about healthy eating recently and our smoothies were certainly healthy! All of the children joined in with the making, which included peeling bananas and selecting strawberries, then carefully putting them in the blender. Most of the children (and adults) loved tasting them. The children shared their smoothies sitting together at the tables. Some even blew bubbles in their drink! Our ingredients were: strawberry, banana, milk.
Some children in reception class wanted to go on a dinosaur hunt around the school. We switched our best detective brains on and went out to search! The children saw footprints, half eaten food and even a dinosaur toilet! Super imaginations and writing from Reception class.
Year 2 went on the Polar Express!
In December, Year 2 were excited when the Polar Express arrived in class! We had wondered if anything would come along the mysterious tracks that had appeared in the classroom. We saw wolves howling, winding mountains, we made foot prints in crunchy snow and ate hot chocolate fudge. Come and read our recounts of our trip!
Year 2 RE / Art
We used natural materials to create some artwork to celebrate the beauty of God's creations. What fabulous pieces they were!
Year 2 Science - sorting seeds
We observed a variety of seeds very carefully with a magnifying glass and then thought of different ways we could sort them. We then chose our favourite two seeds to draw and compare. Great work, Year 2!
All of this, and more, was purchased for the children to use in playtimes by Fundraising events.