Today we marvelled at the subject of science. Some pupils brought light boxes they had made with them, others brought their stop-motion animations all about the human body, its bones and muscles.
We learnt that children have more bones than adults because some bones fuse together as you grow. We also learnt about the life cycle of a frog and a butterfly.
We enjoyed caramel cake bars this week too!
This week, the theme was computing. The two areas the children had been learning about were effective research methods and coding.
The pupils in year 3 and 4 explained how search engines, such as Google, generate and prioritise the results it returns. They were able to use technical language to describe this, including explaining automated crawlers, or spiders.
Year 5 and 6 pupils had been using Swift Playgrounds to code. Swift is a coding ‘language’ that the children have been learning. They had been learning to issue commands, functions and loops to write increasingly complex codes. I think we may have some future developers!
This week, the children were delighted to be the first McNamara’s Marvel’s of the new decade!
The children brought their English learning and I was impressed with their vocabulary. We played a game where we guessed what some of the new words children had learnt meant, which they were all very good at. If you’d like to play too I have listed the words below!
Lacklustre Monotonous Dilapidated Exceptional Vantage
This week, we also heard an amazing story opening of Dracula, written from Dracula’s perspective. The tension build was comparable to current BBC adaptation!
This week’s Marvels were sharing their French learning from across the half term. We had 2 songs; one for the colours in French and one song about Halloween – both of the performances were entertaining and each child received an applause. Before sharing their learning, some children made disclaimers regarding the accuracy of their pronunciation(!), but they still impressed. In Year 5, children had been learning about the dates of important events in France and which special days we share. If I were to holiday in France, I’d certainly be inviting these children along to help me out.
Well done, what a fun end to the week!
We had a double-whammy this week and what fantastic work there was!
The roll over from last week was very interesting as all the children brought their wonderful history and geography learning. I was very impressed with the vocabulary the children used and how they helped each other remember some of the interesting facts.
This week, the children brought their RE learning; I really enjoyed hearing the children making links between different religions and non-religions.
Today’s meeting made us all think it was bedtime! Our juice, treat and pyjamas made us feel like we were at a sleepover however, all the exciting work there was to share soon woke us up!
The children were articulate in explaining their activity and what they had learnt; topics ranged from the Vikings to Philippe Petit.
Well done to all the children who came to this week’s celebration.
I had a wonderful meeting with the children who were chosen to come to the very first McNamara’s Marvels! I have been impressed by their work on the iPads, their
knowledge of the Victorians and the way they have demonstrated the school values through their work in class.
Well done to all!