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At the start of our topic about plants, the children in Year 3/4 have worked in groups and planted a plant, then placed their pots outside. Throughout this term we'll be caring for them and watching as they grow. Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2019 at Porchester Junior - School Website
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This was the question that Yr3/4 were asked as part of their topic based work around "How did World War II affect Porchester?" They already knew that rationing during the war meant people only had one egg per week, so how could they possibly bake cakes without eggs? Today, they all had a chance to find out as they prepared a wartime eggless sponge recipe, working together in teams, then placing their creations on baking trays and waiting for their hard work to cook. Once their cupcakes had cooked and cooled they tried them, and compared the taste and texture to a modern day, shop bought, cup cake. The result? Lots of them preferred the eggless cake so much they wanted the recipe to try out at home. So, here it is; 150g Self raising flour 50g margarine 50g sugar 1 tablespoon Golden Syrup 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 1 dessert spoon of vinegar (white wine, not malt!) Milk to mix Sift the flour, rub in the margarine, add the sugar and golden syrup. Blend the bicarbonate of soda and vinegar and add to the other ingredients, with enough milk to make a sticky consistency. Place mixture into cupcake cases (allowing room to rise). Cook in a 180° oven for 15-20 minutes until the sponge springs back if pressed. Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2019 at Porchester Junior - School Website
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This week Yr3/4 were learning about the Great Lakes in the United States, and as part of this learning, they created some artwork based around a lake and shoreline. They used a different medium to usual, producing their work in wax crayon. Here are some of the creations from Class7. Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2019 at Porchester Junior - School Website
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This week the children in class7 have been finding out about the people who created some of the great Victorian inventions. They studied Rowland Hill, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Thomas Edison, Thomas Twyford, Alexander Graham Bell, and James Starley. Here are two examples of the research discoveries made by the groups of children; Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2019 at Porchester Junior - School Website
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This afternoon, as part of our new topic, we were looking at a range of events from the reign of Queen Victoria. After sorting all the events into a correct timeline, the class held a debate about which they thought were the three most important events of the Victorian age. After lots of discussion they decided on four events*, and then reduced it to these three; The police force was chosen because it helped keep people safe from crime. Electric lighting was chosen because it made dark areas lighter and safer to visit. The Education Act because it meant that children did not have to work, and could instead go to school and learn important information to help them become knowledgeable. *The fourth event was the building of the Houses of Parliament. In the end the class decided that the building wasn't critical, as laws and rules could still be made in other buildings if necessary. Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2019 at Porchester Junior - School Website
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As we complete our lower school topic of 'Do opposites really attract?' where we have been looking at metals and magnets (and reading The Iron Man) we completed the last piece of work today by looking at the humanoid sculptures Giacometti created and then re-created them using pipe cleaners and tin foil. After learning how to twist three pipe cleaners together to form a human shape, the children had to wrap foil around the skeletons to complete their design and discovered it wasn't as easy as they thought it would be! The extra challenge that was set towards the end of the lesson was to try and get their sculptures to stand on their own. Well done to those children who managed to get a free standing model. Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2018 at Porchester Junior - School Website
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Well done to these three pupils who, over the past term, have learnt computational thinking, begun to create programs using an online editor, and then applied their learning to make robots change direction when they are close to an object, make robots follow a line, and finally learn how to program a drone to reach a specific target. They had a great time. Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2018 at Porchester Junior - School Website
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As part of this weeks topic based work, we've been thinking about what machines we would like to see in the future to make our lives easier. Here are three ideas from some of the children in class. Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2018 at Porchester Junior - School Website
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Here's an amazing piece of PurpleMash homework from Evie (class1) linked to her Greek topic work. Can you answer all the questions correctly? Click here to play it. Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2018 at Porchester Junior - School Website
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We had a really creative afternoon today as we created our own Egyptian Death Masks. By the end the afternoon the children had almost finished their very own masks in the same style as Tutankhamun’s. Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2018 at Porchester Junior - School Website
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Well done to all these great spellers this week. Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2018 at Porchester Junior - School Website
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Year 3 and 4 spent part of this afternoon learning how the Ancient Egyptians mummified their Pharaoh's. We mummified TutAnkhTomun (or Pharaoh 'Tom') in groups, learning about how the body had to be cleansed, then emptied into Canopic Jars, and then cleansed again before salt was packed around the body and it was left for forty days. Janiah, in class 7 said "It was a little bit gross", but Noah added "It was fun". Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2018 at Porchester Junior - School Website
As the Year 3 and 4 children are currently learning about the Ancient Egyptians, we invited Partake into the school to let the children experience Egyptian artefacts, aromas and clothes, as well as taking part in a recreation of an Egyptian ceremony. They seemed to really enjoy it, as you can see from the images in this slideshow. Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2018 at Porchester Junior - School Website
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After settling into the school and their new classes, year 3 and 4 pupils in classes 3, 6 and 7 are about to start their topic focus for this half term. What will they discover about Ancient Egypt? Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2018 at Porchester Junior - School Website
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It was such a lovely sunny afternoon today that we couldn't sit inside for DEAR, so we went outside and read in the open air. Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2018 at Porchester Junior - School Website
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What a messy afternoon in class 7. We wanted to see how the digestive system worked, and so we created our own version of it using a chocolate and banana sandwich, saliva (water), a stomach (plastic bag), stomach acid (vinegar) and intestines (tights). Harrison said it was "The best lesson ever", while Millie added "It was gross!" Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2018 at Porchester Junior - School Website
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Lower School have started their new topic this week and began with a fun activity hunting for bones in order to build a complete skeleton. We had a great time! Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2018 at Porchester Junior - School Website
Lower School are coming to the end of their current theme of 'Water' and have been presenting some of their work and learning to parents. Here is a slideshow of some of the learning that took place; Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2018 at Porchester Junior - School Website
Lower School have an important message for everyone. Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2018 at Porchester Junior - School Website
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During our water based topic, we have been learning how to write newspaper reports, based around the recent bad weather and the effects of "The Beast from the East". Here are a few examples of their completed work. Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2018 at Porchester Junior - School Website
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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