Our day at RIAT

We had a fantastic day at the Air Tattoo: going inside huge transporter planes and helicopters; watching amazing air displays by the Red Arrows, the Swiss display team and several fighter jets which are so loud and much more.

We arrived just in time to see the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight from our coach and then straight to the nearest viewing area to watch the Red Arrows Display.

We then walked to the Techno Zone; on the way watching more brilliant flying displays, going on aircraft and eating lunch- ear plugs and defenders continually at the ready!

There was so much to see and do in the Techno Zone that we completely missed the downpour (the RAF100 fly past was cancelled) and before we knew it, it was time to make our way back to the coach, again via the vast array of aircraft. We went in a helicopter and also stopped for ice cream!

We collected stickers, posters and lots of fun but important facts on the way.

Thank you to Mrs Burley and Mr Reeve who helped look after Cherry Class with Mrs Barker and myself.

What an amazing Art Week!

And it’s Friday!

This morning we made our marbled sheets (which were beautiful) into orchids, so lots of cutting and sticking. Once again, thank you to Mrs Barker and, Mrs Reeve and Mrs Burley who helped us finish these off in time 👍😃. This was between rehearsals and other last minute finishing touches.

Our Art Week Assembly was  a fantastic way to end a wonderful week. Thank you to everyone who came along, the children loved sharing their work with you.

Finally Cherry Class would like to say a great big thank you to Mrs Barrett for organising such a fun week.

( I have put the work we displayed up in class and will hand out individual pieces of work at the end of term. Mrs C)


More from Art Week in Cherry Class

On Wednesday it was our turn to complete our parents project. We were turning the bottoms of plastic bottles into beautiful flowers. First we had to cut out sections to make petals . Then we had to paint them with acrylics or colour in using Sharpies.


We have made lots and lots and they look amazing…thank you to the mum’s that came in to help us and more importantly show us how!

A big THANK YOU to Mrs Reeve, Mrs Burley, Mrs Poole and Mrs Ackroyd 😊

We have also looked at the work of Georgia O’Keeffe an artist who paints big bold and beautiful pictures of flowers.

We then tried to copy her style.

Mrs Barker has continued to help use paint the wooden plaques

Today we looked at another ‘Explorify’ clip where we learnt about a very special plant called  ‘Mimosa pudica’. This plant closes tightly to protect itself – it’s a sensitive plant, the leaves respond to being touched, shaken, heated or rapidly cooled, a process called thigmonasty.

We then went on to look at plants that catch and ‘eat’ insects- Venus Flytraps etc.

Before this we completed our flower paintings and the last group painted a wooden flower.

This afternoon we  had a fun science time investing liquids and gases.

We used marbling inks to create fantastic effects on sheets of paper. The first attempt didn’t work because Mrs Chapman put washing up liquid in the water which ‘dispersed’ the oil and the ink and the colour/ pigment disappeared. But we did find out that the inks were oil based and that’s why they floated on the surface of the water…

After this we made a lava lamp with water, food colouring, oil and a tablet that dissolved in water making lots of bubbles. We tried to explain what was happening, Mollie used a fantastic ‘science’ word- reaction. We also thought about density and floating and sinking.

Finally we created erupting volcanoes using vinegar and bicarbonate of soda – the vinegar is an acid and the bicarbonate of soda is an alkaline which react to make a gas which creates bubbles.

Please come along to the Art Week Celebration Assembly tomorrow to see much more of the wonderful art we have created and find out more about the science investigations going on in school.

Art Week – Art and Science

Our week so far…

Morning Activity – look carefully at a dandelion clock and then try to draw it…


Mrs Barratt’s Assembly and Fun Science – Monday morning started with a great introduction to Art and Science to make us all very enthusiastic to see and do lots more.

Back in class we started a class project to paint new MDF cutouts of bugs and flowers o decorate the fence of Finlay’s Garden

We used Explorify to  look at a mushroom differently

We thought about describing colour, texture and shape


In the afternoon we became Botanical Artists


The Explori-Dome came to school and this morning  we had a fantastic time going inside to learn about our fantastic world and some of the environments found around the world…

Tropical rain forests –

Deserts and Polar regions –

This ‘game’ taught us all about survival and adaptation – ask Tabitha or Thomas to explain.

In the afternoon it was our turn to use the iPads to take photographs for the Wonder Wall. They are all very different and definitely wonderful…

Tomorrow we have our ‘parent project’ – ‘Re-thinking the plastic bottle’

Week 3, Term 6

This three day week has been very busy with rehearsing but we have also had a visit from a Road Safety officer who spent Thursday morning making sure we will all be safe on the road.

We also had to say goodbye to Miss Mundy…

As one of her goodbye treats we all made fruit kebabs, as part of our healthy eating topic

They were delicious!

We would all like to say a great big Thank You to Miss Mundy, we will all miss you very much.

Next week is Art Week so don’t forget painting shirts or old clothes to put on while we are painting.

Term 6 – Geometry, Poetry, All Living Things and Tennis

This term our new topic is All Living Things. Miss Mundy has taught us what it means to be healthy. We have thought carefully about what is meant by a balanced diet and we made these plates to show our healthy meals.

We then went on to look at our bones and put together these amazing skeletons.

We have also been outside  investigating right angle and quarter turns.

We then made  a right angle finder and used this to help us find right angles, obtuse angles (greater than a right angle but less than a straight line) and acute angles (less than a right angle).

On Thursday Marlborough Tennis Club came to coach us…


In English we have been comparing two poems – The Owl and the Pussy Cat by Edward Lear and ‘Gran can you Rap?’ by Jack Ousby.

We have made text maps and can now recite them and we have also written our own verses.




More Braeside pictures

Wednesday-town trail, afternoon of activities- low ropes, climbing wall and life line rope…

Thursday- walk to Home Covert, stream dipping, Andy Goldsworthy inspired art and mini beast hunt…

Friday canoeing and canal dipping…

Sorry the photos may be sideways or even upside down the iPad shows them correctly but on the blog most are not!

I hope you have all had a great holiday. I will see you Monday.


Week 4-Stone Age Boy in English, Stone Age to Iron Age Artefacts in History, Ascension Day walk, Judo and a sad Goodbye to Miss Taylor

How did we manage to get so much into a four day week?

Tuesday gave us no clue as to what the rest of the week might be like, with English, maths, computing and Spanish just like every other Tuesday.

But then Wednesday morning saw our fifth multiplication award attempt. In the afternoon we had a visit from Mrs Bates who brought in all her precious finds, dating from 500,000,000 yrs ago to approximately 4,000 yrs ago. It was great to be able to have a really close look at how much hard work went into making these flint tools. We were able to touch too. One piece of pottery had a thumb print in it and a couple of us thought it was amazing that they could place their finger in the same place as a Stone Age person.

Alfie was intrigued to hear that several finds were made on his farm.

We had to be very careful whilst handling the Mesolithic flints as they were very delicate and very sharp- Mrs Bates kept a very close eye on these.

She also showed us a replica Bronze Age axe head that she had made and started to polish.

On Thursday, the whole school went up Woodborough Hill for an Ascension Day service and picnic and kite flying.

Cherry class had to leave before the rest as we had a judo lesson at 1:30 pm.

We just about made it in time and still had the energy to learn a new throw.

After this we had our last recorder lesson with Miss Taylor

and at the end of the lesson the whole school said a sad goodbye. Miss Taylor is retiring after … too many years of music lessons and recorders with year 2 or 3. She has promised to stay in touch and come to watch any concerts or performances we have. Enjoy your retirement!


The Stone Age and Fractions!

This week we have started our new history topic by investigating  the concept of the Stone Age via the medium of toilet roll! We looked at this timeline

and talked about why this early period in history is called the Stone Age. We noticed that the Stone Age is divided into three periods: the Paleolithic or Old Stone Age, the Mesolithic or Middle and Neolithic or New Stone Age. It is very hard to picture just how long ago all this happened so we tried to put this into some sort of scaled timeline using an everyday toilet roll…

If there are 200 sheets on the roll and the toilet roll represents 1,000,000 years, then each sheet represents 5,000 years (1,000,000 ÷ 200 = 5,000).
Let’s put that into perspective, one sheet contains everything from the present day to the Neolithic. 5,000 years ago, where that sheet starts, Neolithic farmers lived in Britain – tending their crops, making pottery, building houses. In fact, at that point, they’d already been doing it for 1,000 years (the Neolithic began 6,000 years ago, around 4,000 BC).
We then continued to roll the toilet roll down across our classroom and down the corridor until we reached the last sheet –  that’s where it all began, everything apart from the first 2(ish) squares, represents the middle or old Stone Age.

On Wednesday we looked at another toilet roll timeline from the Neolithic stone age to now and still the end of the toilet roll seemed a very long way away from the present day.

On Friday we had a go at cave paintings. I’m sure you will agree they are very effective.

Thank you for all the amazing topic homework we have had in. Everybody loved looking at the models as they came in and we will be sharing them, along with other facts and presentations you have prepared. Photos to follow. Well done Cherry Class.

We have also been looking at equivalent fractions and comparing fractions in maths. We have used Cuisenaire Rods,fraction strips and fraction walls to help us.

Honey made this fraction wall to help her find equivalent fractions  on a 0 to 1 numberline marked in twelfths

What other equivalent fractions could you find on this numberline?

(Sorry about the quality of the photo. I will try to replace it with a clearer one later.)