Welcome to the Barasingha Page!
Welcome to Barasingha Class with Mr Togher and Mrs Litten and our teaching assistant Mrs Bell. An exciting new school year awaits! The children have settled in brilliantly and are already impressing us with their enthusiasm, thirst for knowledge and impeccable behaviour. They are a credit to you!
We have an exciting term ahead and we know that the children are going to love our WW2 Evacuee topic, where they will learn what life was like for children in 1940s Britain. A trip to Stibbington Education Centre for an evacuee day will really bring the topic to life and help them to empathise with the thoughts and feelings of children living at the time (details of the trip will be available shortly). We are sure they will lose themselves in our class book ‘The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe’, in which evacuees Lucy, Susan, Edmund and Peter are taken from their home in London to live in the house of an old professor. However, all is not as it seems and an exciting adventure awaits! We want children to develop a life-long love of books and we ask you to help us in this endeavour! Please encourage your child to read daily and discuss their reading with them.
This term, the children will also be learning about artist and sculptor Henry Moore. Additionally, they will study Electricity and Sound in science as well as developing their investigative skills.
We really value our relationship with parents and we are always available to discuss any questions or concerns. Please catch us at the end of the day or call the school office and we will return your call within the day.
We look forward to working with you and thank you for your continued support.
Mr Togher, Mrs Litten and Mrs Bell
Music and Stories!
We have a wonderful time on Friday afternoons learning to play the violin followed by story time in the Wild Life Area!
2018 - 2019
The classroom was transformed into a French cafe at the end of term! The children had great fun practising their speaking skills as they ordered delicious bread, croissants and ice creams!
National Centre for Craft and Design
We had a wonderfully, creative day at Sleaford's National Centre of Craft and Design. As well as seeing an exhibition of work by artist, Quentin Blake, the children were able to learn a new skill - collagraphy.
Harriet and Sarah from the Centre, showed us how to create a design in the style of printmaker, Angie Lewin and then cut and stick it onto a collagraph plate, which was then varnished. When completely dry, the children had great fun painting the plate which was pressed onto paper to reveal a print. The end results were fantastic!
You can find more photos from our day in the Gallery.
On Thursday 6th June children in Years 3 and 4 were visited by a group of students from Walton Girls’ High School. The Walton students inspired and engaged the children with a series of workshops on the theme of space. They kicked the afternoon off with a space quiz in the hall and our children eagerly answered their questions. Following a presentation, the children split off into groups to write space poems and create their own solar system with polystyrene balls and paint (a bit messy, but great fun). The final session, run by the performing arts team at Walton, was a solar system dance. The Walton students had planned, resourced and prepared everything. It was fantastic to welcome such a hardworking and motivated group of young people into our school and a wonderful afternoon was enjoyed by all!
Term 5 News!
This term we have been working extremely hard and continue to make us proud every day. The children have been really inspired by our Italy topic and they have loved finding out more about this beautiful country. We have enjoyed some delicious pizzas, cooked by the children for their creative homework. Thank you to all the parents who took the time to help their child with the creative homework. We have had some phenomenal models of Italian landmarks, recipes and of course pizza tasting. As well as all this fantastic home learning, the children continue to be enthused by Times Table Rock Stars and it was great to see so many of the children choosing this option from the homework menu too. Well done on your high scores guys; you are all Rock Heroes to us!
In English, we have been learning to write explanations. The children have loved using Wallace and Gromit's 'Cracking Contraptions' as a starting point for some fabulous writing. We definitely have some ' Snoozatron' experts in the class, so if you are having trouble sleeping at night, you know who to call. We will be applying all our wonderful writing skills to explain 'What causes a volcano to erupt?' and ' How do plants make seeds?' We are looking forward to some more amazing writing from our experts.
In SMSC, the children have been working hard to improve their teamwork skills. They worked in teams of 4 to create a Leaning Tower of Pisa out of paper straws. However, this really was a challenge as the tower had to be able to hold a tennis ball successfully too! The children showed their ability to take turns, listen to others and compromise. We also worked on how to communicate effectively in a team. Thank you to Mrs Shales and Mrs Bell for running this activity and well done to the winning team.
The class have flourished as readers this term and they have been gripped by the class book 'I believe in unicorns' by Michael Morpurgo. There's not been a single book by this author left on the bookshelf since we finished the story. They have all been inspired to read other fantastic stories by this amazing author. We have now started to read ' This morning I met a whale'. The class have loved comparing two books by the same author. Keep up the amazing reading everyone!
The children have enjoyed their art lessons this term. Given a photograph of a crocus, the children focussed on the shapes they could see, how to hold their pencil to sketch and how to blend oil pastels. The results were stunning, as you can see. Such wonderful attention to detail.
The class showed great resilience and teamwork when building their 'Moving Monsters'. They carefully planned how they wanted their monsters to look and how they could make them move using a pneumatic system. The finished monsters are fantastic and we all had great fun making them.
We recently used the animation, 'Bad Egg' to develop our musical and artistic skills. The children were intrigued when we played the sound track to the animation, without knowing what the film was about or seeing the picture. We discussed what could be happening and how it made us feel. We then watched the film without sound and concentrated on what we could see. The class were able to link the sound to the visual to understand how the music developed the atmosphere of the film. We then went on to draw a character from the film using charcoal and chalk and created some super pieces of work!
We are really enjoying learning to play the violin this term!
We had a great day with Partake learning more about the Romans. In the morning, we investigated Roman artifacts, and looked at games that the Romans played. We also tasted some foods that the Romans enjoyed such as dates and their very own tomato ketchup! In the afternoon, two of our class got to dress in Roman clothing. They looked super. Finally, we re-enacted a battle between the Romans and Barbarians with big Roman shields, and the boys won! It was a great day.
More photos can be found in the Gallery.
We had great fun baking these cookies at the end of term!
Thank you for all the wonderful Volcano homework projects. We have had some fantastic models, writing and cakes, to name but a few. We really appreciate all the support you give the children at home and we know that all the reading and homework support is having a big impact on their enthusiasm for their learning and their progress.
The children worked thoughtfully and with empathy in RE week this term. They learnt about the story of the prodigal son and why it is important to Christians. Inspired by a sculpture by Charlie Mackesy, the children created their own foil sculptures. The children had to choose what belief or feeling they wanted their sculpture to represent. We had some very mature and reflective responses - love, respect, resilience and peace.
We had a wonderful time on our class trip to Flag Fen Archaeology Park near Peterborough which is home to a unique ancient wooden monument. A kilometre long wooden causeway and platform are perfectly preserved in the wetland. Three thousand three hundred years ago this was built and used by the Prehistoric fen people as a place of worship and ritual. Sixty thousand upright timbers and two hundred and fifty horizontal planks are buried under the ground along with many swords and personal items given as offerings to the watery fen. It was a fabulous opportunity for us to discover what life was like for our prehistoric ancestors. We were able to explore Bronze Age and Iron Age artefacts and made clay pots using natural materials to create patterns. The highlight of the day was listening to a story around the fire in the roundhouse. The children were captivated and we're sure this is something they will remember with fondness in later life. The whole day brought our topic to life and immersed the children in prehistoric life.
More photos can be found in the Gallery.
We were so proud of the class when they, along with the children in Impala Class , led our Harvest celebration. We all had great fun learning the songs and the children worked wonderfully together to perform in front of their friends and family. Well done everyone!
Rocks and Volcanoes
We have made a great start to our study of rocks and volcanoes.
Our Class Display
One of our first tasks this term has been to create a display to represent our class name, Barasingha. The children used sletching pencils and echo drawings with patterns to create a fabulous Barasingha!
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