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Our topic question for this week has been 'is the force strong in you?' We have been exploring forces and how friction affects movement. The children conducted an experiment where they tested the affect of friction on how far a toy car would travel on a variety of different surfaces. The results were fairly unanimous; the hall floor and table tops created the least friction when the car was travelling and the grass created the most! In English this week we have been learning about poetry and how figurative language such as simile and personification can enhance our creative writing. Today the children started writing their own version of The Coming of the Iron Man by Brenda Williams. This link is to a video all about similes and metaphors which the children might enjoy watching at home... We didn't have as many star reader raffle tickets going in the jar this week so if we could have more next week that would be awesome! Remember you just need to read 3 times a week or more and ask an adult to record this in your school planner. Class 6 are working their way up the Spelling Shed leader board so keep up the good work everyone! Have a lovely weekend with friends and family as we remember those who lost their lives in the line of duty and commemorate the end of World War I. Mrs Sawyer Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Porchester Junior - School Website
This half term has been jam packed full of exciting Egyptian related activities in lower school and this week was no exception! In class 6 this week we have made our own canopic jars, complete with clay head and exquisite metallic paints. We have completed our guided reading book; Marcy and the Riddle of the Sphinx and have written job adverts for a pharaoh. We were so pleased to see so many family members at the reflection this morning and we hope you enjoyed seeing how much the children have learned this half term and how enthusiastic they have been about the topic. Have a wonderful half term, enjoy some spooky fun if Halloween is your thing and stay safe around the fireworks! Mrs Sawyer Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2018 at Porchester Junior - School Website
This week in lower school the children have become authors and have completed their very own version of Cinderella...set in Ancient Egypt! It was wonderful to see the children let their imagination take over in class 6, whilst putting some of their developing literacy skills into use. Miss Mintey in class 3 even received a tweet from our author in focus, Emma Carroll, with some tips on how the children could edit their own work. Imaginations in class 6 were also allowed to run wild earlier in the week when we donned the pink headphones and were taken back to Ancient Egypt by Now Press Play. We went on a spooky journey complete with tombs and Egyptian gods! The children thought it was hilarious that their teacher was wearing pink headphones with them - there was no way I was missing out! We have also been putting our artistic skills into practise this week, designing and creating our very own versions of Tutankhamun's death mask. They look amazing and we can't wait to share them at the reflection next Friday. Remember to get on Spelling Shed over the weekend if you get chance - let's move up that leader board! Planners and spelling homework in Monday please. Enjoy the autumn sunshine this weekend. Mrs Sawyer Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2018 at Porchester Junior - School Website
We’ve had another lovely week in class 6. Meeting grandparents yesterday was a fantastic way for the children to show how proud they are of what they are achieving at school. Our focus in English this week has been writing a recount of when Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922. We had some examples read out in class yesterday and I think it is fair to say that I, our visitors and Mr Cullen were very impressed with what we heard. Great work everyone! Spelling homework went out a little later this week so is not due in until Thursday next week. Remember to bring school planners in on Monday so I can give out those reading raffle tokens. Enjoy the lovely the weather this weekend. Mrs Sawyer Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2018 at Porchester Junior - School Website
It was lovely to celebrate class 6's 100% attendance success last week with a non-uniform day today. Well done everyone. This week, class 6 and the rest of the lower school children, were whisked back in time to Ancient Egypt, thanks to the wonderful people of Partake who visited our school. The day involved exploring what life would have been like using our sense of touch, sight and even smell! We will soon be posting lots of pictures from the visit. Other topic work this week has included thinking about the river Nile and why it was so important to the Ancient Egyptians and also starting to look at how we can use symbols instead of words to communicate. Our English work has revolved around writing sentences using our BOYS conjunctions and putting these into a Partake poster. We are hoping to catch up on our class book, Secrets of a Sun King, next week find out what Lilian will be doing next on her adventures! Remember to bring spelling homework and reading planners in on Monday. Have a lovely, relaxing weekend. Mrs Sawyer Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2018 at Porchester Junior - School Website
Wow, what a fantastic week we have had in class 6. I am so impressed with how well the children have settled in and adopted our class contract and school values. This week we have started looking at our Ancient Egypt topic work by thinking about chronology and how long ago the time of the pharaohs was. We have also been practising our spellings and sentences in preparation for some exciting writing activities we have planned for this term. The children have been taking responsibility for their class jobs brilliantly and this meant we won tidiest classroom of the week! Well done all! Remember to bring in your school planners and spelling homework on Monday for those reading raffle tokens and merits. In honour of Roald Dahl's birthday I am going to be enjoying this book over the weekend... In the words of the man himself, I hope you all have a gloriumptious, wondercrump weekend. Mrs Sawyer Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2018 at Porchester Junior - School Website
Upper school have had a fun-filled day at Sherwood Pines. The forest provided welcome shade from the sun and a stunning setting for some fantastic activities... Orienteering was awesome, the children worked brilliantly in teams navigating their way through the forest. The children also got to try their hand at den building and fire lighting! Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2018 at Porchester Junior - School Website
This week, the children in upper school have been learning all about natural disasters and the impact they have on people. After researching different types of natural disaster, the children worked in groups to create their own news report which they then recorded. Here is an extract from one of the reports... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2018 at Porchester Junior - School Website
Last week the children in upper school held a vote on who they thought was most to blame for the Titanic disaster in 1912. Jack Phillips, the radio operator on the Titanic, received the most votes because: He ignored ice warnings and wasted time sending out Easter messages. The wrong distress signal was sent by Jack Phillips - CQD instead of SOS! Disastrously, Jack sent out the wrong coordinates for the Titanic to another ship. Things changed after a debate on Thursday, during which the children had the difficult task of defending one of the people/groups of people, that could have been to blame for the disaster. The debate was very professional and managed effectively by the chairpeople. The children came up with very persuasive defences and convincing arguments as to why other people were more to blame than them! Class six then took another vote on who was most to blame and the person who received the most votes was Captain Edward J Smith because: The captain was in bed when the iceberg hit, after ignoring several iceberg warnings. He did not ensure binoculars were available for the lookouts. Carelessly, he advised Jack Phillips to ignore the ice warnings. Recklessly, the captain did not carry out lifeboat training with all of the crew. Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2018 at Porchester Junior - School Website
Class 6 had fun today investigating how the shape of a boat impacts its ability to float when weights are placed in it. We have been linking our topic work by learning about forces and the Titanic. This week so far, we have been discussing water resistance and the fact that for an object to float, its weight must equal the force of upthrust from the water... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2018 at Porchester Junior - School Website
Today, class 7 spent the afternoon investigating how light travels. We used a torch in a very dark room to think about how light waves travel in straight lines and reflect off objects back into our eyes. Class 7 now know the difference between opaque, translucent and transparent objects. Mirrors reflect light perfectly because they are so smooth, but it isn't easy to use reflected light in a mirror to trace a pattern, as we all now know! It is even more challenging to write your name when only looking in a mirror. Give it a go if you don't believe us! Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2017 at Porchester Junior - School Website
Well done to the children who found out today that their poems, which they created in Rhymecraft, are going to be published in a book next year! They should all be super proud of themselves. Writing for fun helps develop so many skills, including creativity, comprehension and fluency. Keep writing guys, who knows, maybe we'll have the next JK Rowling or Roald Dahl! Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2017 at Porchester Junior - School Website
Today, class 7 built models of Stonehenge using biscuits. Never mind sarsen stones, we had complicated custard creams, pesky pink wafers, baffling bourbons and strangely difficult shortbread biscuits to make our Stonehenge models with. We followed our class instructions, which we had written earlier in the week. Class 7 were amazing at working in teams and evaluating their designs. They were also brilliant at resisting the temptation to eat Stonehenge whilst it was being built! Well done everyone! Biscuit Stonehenge Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2017 at Porchester Junior - School Website
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