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Thank you to everyone who came into school today to see our reflections for The Romans. We were really pleased to see so many of you, and hope you enjoyed hearing about what the children have been learning. Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2018 at Porchester Junior - School Website
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Class 7 had a great time on Friday when we had a whole day learning about what it would be like to be Roman. The children learnt how to march like Roman soldiers, how to carry shields in the famous "testudo" formation, tried Roman foods (the fish sauce was an acquired taste), played Roman games, learnt about some Roman objects and finally dressed like a Roman. Thank you to Partake. It was a brilliant day. Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2018 at Porchester Junior - School Website
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Did you know that the Romans brought apples and pears to Britain, as well as many other foods that we still eat? Class 7 have been creating menus using foods available in Roman times. How about a piece of Bay leafed stuffed salmon? Maybe they could tempt you with some beef stuffed with coriander seeds, fennel seeds, pine kernels and herbs? Or perhaps you're feeling brave enough to try 'fish custard'? Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2018 at Porchester Junior - School Website
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We've been looking at aspects of Roman Life that still influence us today, and realised that the numerals we see on some clocks are Roman Numerals, so we decided to make our own Roman Numeral clock faces. Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2018 at Porchester Junior - School Website
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Class 7 have been researching Boudicca this week, and produced some fantastic newspaper reports all about her rebellion against The Roman army. The language used throughout their writing has been exceptional. Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2018 at Porchester Junior - School Website
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Freddie has been busy creating a wonderful piece of homework all about The Romans. Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2018 at Porchester Junior - School Website
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After preparing their shields earlier in the week, the Roman soldiers in classes 1, 3 and 7 met in the hall on Thursday for their final instructions before they then marched off towards the Barbarian Celtic tribes in classes 4, 5 and 6. When attack horns were blown, the children stormed into the tribal areas, removed the local Chieftan, and forced the Celts to become Roman. Once the locals had agreed to a new way of life, the soldiers withdrew and began to write diaries recording their magnificent victory. Here are just two of the diaries from some of the Roman soldiers. Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2018 at Porchester Junior - School Website
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It's AD43 in Class 7, and they are preparing for something important. We're not allowed to tell you what - but we spotted them doing this in their classroom. Just what is going on? Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2018 at Porchester Junior - School Website
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Here's a little extra challenge for Class7. We now know that the colours of the Italian flag are Green, White and Red, but what other countries have those three colours in their flag as well? Leave a comment below when you find a country that also has a green stripe, a white stripe and a red stripe in their flag. Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2018 at Porchester Junior - School Website
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Class7 were acting out scenes from "The Quest" as part of their English work. We froze them at certain parts and asked them what emotion they were showing. Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2017 at Porchester Junior - School Website
Here's a quick science challenge for Lower School; If you put your hand up in front of your mouth, about 10cm way from your face, and then whisper the word "push", what can you feel and why? Click on 'comment' below and leave a message explaining what is happening. Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2017 at Porchester Junior - School Website
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Scarlet, in Cl7, has been busy creating her own little story book at home that she is really proud of. Class 7 listened to it and they loved it too. Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2017 at Porchester Junior - School Website
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Superb scientific research, from a collection of crazy scientists in class7. Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2017 at Porchester Junior - School Website
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We've been creating our own versions of famous art using concentric circles for lights in the sky, and cross hatch patterns drawn to represent the buildings of a city. Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2017 at Porchester Junior - School Website
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Well our first half term topic has come to an end. We started by asking the question "Did the Flintstones get it right?", and now we can answer that question. There was lots of fun, creativity and of course writing over the last 6 weeks. Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2017 at Porchester Junior - School Website
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As we come to the end of our half term project, we have created some wonderful artwork of a Stonehenge silhouette in front of a stunning sunset. Here are just a few examples of their creations. Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2017 at Porchester Junior - School Website
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This week in Class7 we have looked at Stone Age cave art. When we looked at this picture we noticed that the animal drawn seemed to have extra legs. We wondered why it seemed to be drawn with seven legs, and wondered if a recent scientific idea that the flickering flames in a cave would have made shadows covering some legs, creating an animated running animal. Using a MoverKit (that can be programmed to look like flickering firelight) we tried it out. We added some "eyebrows" to the MoverKit to create some shadows on the painting and then looked at the result. Did Stone Age people create animated cave art? We investigated... pic.twitter.com/xkT1bGSwAI — Porchester Junior (@porchester) September 30, 2017 The class were split. Some of them thought they saw movement, some said they couldn't see any movement. What do you see? Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2017 at Porchester Junior - School Website
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Class7 have been learning about how archaeologists study the past, and today they became archaeologists themselves. They carefully searched through the ground and found a range of objects from the past that they had to try and identify and also work out what they could be used for. Archaeological Dig Images Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2017 at Porchester Junior - School Website
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"The animals are ready, are you?" Come and join class 7 on a Stone Age Safari. Grab one of their amazing Safari guides full of information about where you might see a Woolly Mammoth, a wolf or a Sabre toothed cat along with information about those animals. And if you get hungry, they've even thought about guiding you to a Stone Age café for refreshing herbs, berries and nuts. Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2017 at Porchester Junior - School Website
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I have just finished marking class 7's books after their first full week, and I am amazed by the brilliant work ALL the children have done. Class 7 you really do rock and, if you can keep this standard up all year, you are going to be awesome 👍 Here is just a small sample of what has been produced; Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2017 at Porchester Junior - School Website
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What a wonderful start we have had to the new school year in class7. We've all been thinking about the jobs we would like to have when we are older, and there have been some amazing suggestions that we have put up on the wall in our classroom. Here are just a few of the children's aspirations. Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2017 at Porchester Junior - School Website
At the start of 2017, Class7 were introduced to a new board game - Beasts of Balance - that combine a traditional game (stacking of objects) with an interactive iPad app. At the same time, a small group of children were asked to start to develop a story based around the mysterious and wonderful world that the Beasts of the game inhabit. Jacob (Yr4), Ada (Yr4), Nathaniel (Yr3) and Isabelle (Yr3) have worked really hard to complete their nine chapter story that is called "Beasts: A Tale". Below we've printed a small extract from their work, along with a link to the whole tale as a .pdf file Ada stopped, looked up and shouted "Stop. Look up to the sky". The others stopped and looked above them. "So. Many. Stars." she gasped. They looked and looked. All of a sudden Jacob said "Look, those stars look like an octopus". "And those look like a bear" added Isabelle. "There's a warthog" gasped Nathaniel, pointing upwards "An eagle" shouted Ada, tapping Jacob on the shoulder, who was busy looking at more stars that looked like a shark. "Toucan" yelled Nathaniel and Isabelle together. "These constellations are strange" muttered Ada, "I don't know any of these". Unexpectedly, the three stars in the warthog constellation slowly began to fall towards the ground. The children backed away whilst staring at the falling stars until they hit the ground. Instantly, a warthog appeared in front of them, snorting and eating the juicy grass. "Wow", the children whispered, "That's magic". Download Beasts: A Tale Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2017 at Porchester Junior - School Website
It's almost the end of term. We've completed our topics. We thought we'd have a little bit of fun making a video, and we'd thought we challenge you too... Can you watch this without laughing (and without having a tune in your head for the rest of the day)? Wondering what we've made? It's based on an old fashioned arcade machine that played the tune whilst a puppet police figure moved around looking like it was laughing. We think that E has done a great job of being the laughing puppet. Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2017 at Porchester Junior - School Website
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We've been making photo stories using Comic Life on the iPads. The children had to plan a story, take photos for it, and then make a comic to tell the story. They chose a template that made their photos look like hand drawn images, and here are two of the creations completed so far; Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at Porchester Junior - School Website