Being an illustrator

It’s been a busy week for Owls with the Literature Festival, harvest festival and forest school in amongst all of our other activities. In the Literature Festival we saw Steven Butler and Steven Lenton, the author and illustrator of the ‘Nothing to see Here Hotel’ series. They talked to the children about developing interesting characters and we had a go at illustrating one of the characters. Parents may have noticed some of Owls coming home heavily armed but beautifully decorated on Wednesday after our forest school session, where they made Stone Age jewellery out of natural resources and bows and arrows to defend our settlements (children were given clear instructions on keeping themselves and others safe with the bows and arrows!)
Elsewhere, the children did a great job in performing their poem ‘Conkers’ in the Harvest Festival assembly and discussed strategies to persuade in English (watch out parents - Owls are honing their powers of persuasion before Christmas!)

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Round Houses Part 2!

Our round houses are progressing well despite the damp weather we endured for a second week at Forest School. This week we dug for clay and used it to pack round our wattle frames to finish our walls. Once this was completed, we used five or six sticks tied together with twine to create a tipi style structure for the roof, which we further strengthened by weaving in strips of willow. We finished the rooves by weaving small bundles of hay into the structure. Back in the classroom, we have been practising our poem ‘Conkers’ for the Harvest Festival service where it is discovered that nothing but a tree can create such a wonderous thing. We then did our best to prove the poem wrong by recreating a conker on our pages in watercolours. Although are efforts are very impressive...perhaps nothing is more impressive than the conker itself!




Round Houses

Owls braved the wet conditions and were transported back to the Stone Age this week in our Forest School. The children were tasked with making their own mini round houses. Before they got started, they needed to construct their own mallet which they used to hammer in their upright pieces into the ground. They then took strips of willow and weaved them in and out to create the walls. The rooves will be added next week but great progress has been made and lots of creativity shown. Elsewhere we have practised writing extended noun phrases in English to describe some monstrous creatures and in Art work have been creating some Stone Age artwork through a variety of different mediums including charcoals and chalks. 

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Walk to Belas Knap

Owls donned their hiking boots on Tuesday and headed out for an adventure on Tuesday as we made our way up to the Bronze Age burial site of Belas Knap. On the way we looked at the landscape and thought about what may or may not have changed since the Stone Age. We also tried our hand at some Stone Age art using sticks and twigs foraged from the forest. The children were fascinated by Belas Knap itself and amazed to learn that it is about was about 714 times as old as Oscar H! A big thank you to Mrs Wycherley and to all of the other parents, younger siblings and friendly dogs who joined us!

On Wednesday, we created a timeline on the playground which represented the 200,000 years of mankind. The children were amazed to learn that Belas Knap is relatively new in comparison to the length of the Stone Age and most of our history that we have ever studied fits into about 1cm of our 20m timeline!


Roman Numerals

Owls have had another great week. This week has been our computing week and our focus has been online safety. We have covered lots of different elements including cyberbullying, how to conduct effective searches using search engines and plagiarism. The children were amazed to discover that Google can find billions of pages and sort them in under 1 second – a search for ‘Stone’ from Stone Age gave us 3,510,000,000 pages in 0.61 seconds! We discovered that by adding more words and focussing on particularly important words we could cut down the number of pages and get more appropriate results for what we were looking for. Elsewhere, Mr Bridges and Mrs Fowler have been impressed with how well the children have picked up Roman Numerals and have used them to make some big numbers of their own!

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