Welcome to Bumblebee Class!
Miss Lannagan teaches Bumblebee class. She is supported by Mrs Ward.
Our PE days for the 2018 - 2019 academic year are Thursdays and Fridays.
Bumblebee Class' Library day has now switched to be on a Monday. If your child has a reading record, please ensure they bring it into school on this day.
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2018 - 2019
Bumblebee class had a fabulous time at the Natural History Museum! It is safe to say that the Dinosaur exhibit was our favourite to explore along with the Mary Anning exhibit as we had recently learnt all about her discoveries at Lyme Regis beach!
In Computing, this half term, we have been learning how to program Probots. Bumblebees have been debugging algorithms and programming the Probots to create shapes and patterns.
2017 - 2018
For our DT day, we were tasked with the job of besting the ancient Egyptian pyramid builders by designing more devious traps to prevent pesky grave robbers from empty the tombs of the Pharaohs’ belongings. We know from our work in history that many of the great pyramids were looted and little of the treasure which laid inside remained to modern day – they simply were not well enough protected! Using our designing skills we drew and annotated our ideas to improve pyramid security and then selecting appropriate materials, cut, joined, and glued to create our fantastic design miniatures. Our key design skill was to ensure our designs were strong and sturdy by making using of diagonal struts in the construction of our traps. After this, we evaluated our work to consider what we had done well and how we could improve upon our designs further.
For our school science day, we took the opportunity to delve into and explore the digestive system! We began by exploring the mouth and the different types of teeth we have and what their roles are in helping us eat. After this, we went on a VR tour of the human digestive system, following our foods’ journey from the oesophagus to the large intestine. Then, to fully understand and immerse ourselves in our learning, we recreated the digestive system using a combination of materials to see first-hand how it all worked. It was very messy but great fun!
As part of our topic, ‘African Adventure’, we visited Woburn Safari Park to get up close and see, first hand, the animals we have been studying. We got to take part in an exciting bus ride through the animals’ enclosures with some very interesting facts and information provided to us our very own tour guide. After this, we had the opportunity to explore the foot safari where we met more wonderful wildlife, including meerkats and penguins! Finally, to round off our day, especially as the weather hadn't been too kind, we were able to enjoy a fun-filled play session in the ‘Ark’.
As part of our World Book Day celebrations, we began to read and explore the story ‘The Tunnel’ by Anthony Browne. We started by making our own predictions as to what we though the story would be about from clues given to us through the blurb and front cover. Following this, we then read, discussed and re-enacted the story in small groups to familiarise ourselves with it and support our forthcoming work.
We also couldn’t have World Book Day without mention of the fabulous fancy dress Bumblebees put on show! Take a look at the pictures to see these superb book inspired outfits for yourself.
To celebrate our topic, ‘African Adventure’, we explored 3 distinct elements of African culture in our fun filled Africa day! The first was an African dance routine. We followed our tutorial and then had to put this together as a mini routine. It was very interesting and enjoyable. The second was creating an African dish called Jollof rice, which is popular in western Africa. To make this, we prepared and chopped the vegetables and then worked together to create the final product. We had a few children who would disagree, but many of us thought it was delicious! Thirdly, we explored African patterns in our sketchbooks and then, taking inspiration from this, produced some wonderful patterned images with oil pastels of African Animals.
Having completed our own fantastic retellings of the story ‘Lost and Found’, we celebrated our work by reading it aloud to the rest of the class. We spent time rehearsing and practising; working to improve our use of tone and volume to make our reading as exciting and interesting as possible for our audience.
In maths we have been exploring fractions using a combination of pictorial representations and manipulatives (practical equipment). Using these methods we were able to investigate and solve some tricky problems!
This week we developed our understanding of people native to the Arctic and surrounding regions; the Inuits! To better understand the Inuit way of life, we worked to immerse ourselves in some of their real cultural and day to day practices – or at least as close to real as we could make it without taking a very long journey. We learnt about and tried speaking the Inuit language, performing throat singing (which sounds very odd!), dog sledding to get about (as we didn’t have any dogs we made do with an alternative you can see in the pictures!) and igloo making, which we attempted to make with small blocks of polystyrene, save trying to find and handle big blocks of ice. It was a very fun experience, but many of the aspects of the Inuit way of life proved quite tricky to grasp for a first go!
Alongside starting our new topic, 'Frozen Planet' which explores Earth's polar regions, Bumblebees' learnt about how to use compasses! Compasses were integral to polar expeditions in the past. Because of this, we went on our own ‘polar’ expedition across the school field, working together to navigate our way to the 8 different points of a compass.
To round off our rainforest topic, LKS2 invited parents, family and friends to attend our rainforest café fabulous finish. We were able to eat some tasty snacks and drinks and shared our learning journeys, summarising what we had learnt this half-term. On top of that, we also performed using our djembes the music and songs we had learnt! Thank you to every one who was able to come along and share in our learning.
Recently, Bumblebees' worked with coding software called Scratch to create a series of algorithms that resulted in some lovely rainforest animations. Scratch is a fantastic means through which children can learn and apply a basic understanding of computer coding for use in a range of different applications, including creating simple games. Scratch is free educational software and is available for home use from https://scratch.mit.edu/. Happy Coding!
Bumblebees have also been using their design skills to produce miniature rainforest shelters. We needed to consider our design, what would make it successful and how it would meet the needs its intended user (A rainforest explorer!). Using a range of materials, primarily wood, and suitable tools, we set about constructing our shelters.
Bumblebee class 2017 - 2018
Archive: 2016 - 2017
Below you will find posts from the previous academic year.
Year 3 and 4 were able to experience what life in Roman times would have really been like with our visit from 'History off the page'.
Children were able to try their hand at a variety of roles, from soldier to household servant. It was a fantastic day which finished fabulously with children performing, demonstrating and even serving their parents in their roles as Romans.
See for yourself and take a look at the pictures above and the video below!
We are now software developers. This half term we are learning to code using a programme called 'Scratch.'
Click on the link below to have a go. Why not join the online Scratch community? (Make sure you get an adult's permission first.)
Parents and carers: Coding is now an important area of learning, this is a fun way to become involved in your child's understanding and development. Have fun!
Try these websites to help improve your knowledge and understanding!
Try singing along to Mr Demaio's time tables (these have been a real hit in school!). You can learn your times tables and have some fun along the way too. Groovy!
To support our learning on recording and plotting coordinates, try your hand at these fun games!