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Ryton Infant and Junior School Federation

Positive, Respectful and Safe

Mrs Cradock - 2KC

World Book Day! We all dressed up as characters from our favourite books, shared our favourite stories and had an afternoon of book-themed arts and crafts.

We had a fantastic afternoon down in the forest last week. We used the swing, climbed trees, made bird feeders and had a scavenger hunt. We also had a great game of team tag. We finished off with a cup of hot chocolate and a biscuit. It was fantastic being outside all afternoon.

We had a fabulous morning of multi-skills at Thorp Academy this week. The Young Leaders in Year 7 and 8 had organised a carousel of games and activities for us to enjoy.

To finish off our project on castles, we made some out of card. Then we designed and made shields too.

In computing we have been learning about algorithms and how to use them to program digital devices like Blue-Bots. We had great fun sending the Blue-Bots off on the programs that we had inputted.

In science, we have been learning about different materials and their properties. We decided to link an investigation to what we've been learning about in history - attacking castles. We chose balls made from 5 different materials and tested them to see which was the most effective at knocking down our 'castle wall'.

On Tuesday morning we had a visit from Warburtons. We learned all about the different food groups and how important it is to eat and drink healthily. Then we were all able to choose from a selections of fillings to make our own sandwiches. They were very tasty!

Our visit to Newcastle Keep was a great success. In the morning we took part in a workshop where we learned how to bow properly, how to serve wine to a lord and how to use a sword and shield It was such a lovely day that we were able to have our lunch outside in the sunshine. Then, in the afternoon we had a tour around the Keep, visiting various rooms and even getting up onto the roof.

We have been learning about castles and their features. We had great fun making castles out of biscuits. We had towers, battlements, drawbridges, keeps and moats. Then, once they were finished, we ate them! They were delicious!

Once we had written our stories, we shared them and edited them together.

We made lollipop stick puppets to help us tell the story of Jack and the Beanstalk in our own words.

Our first maths task this year was an investigation. A child decorated 20 biscuits by putting icing on every 2nd one, a cherry on every 3rd one and a chocolate button on every 4th one. We had to work out how many biscuits weren't decorated at all and if any of them had all three decorations. It was quite a challenge so we rewarded ourselves by decorating some real biscuits - and then eating them, of course!

We had a fabulous time at Bamburgh today. We visited the Grace Darling Museum, her memorial at St Aidan's Church across the road and had a short walk around the village to see the house where Grace was born. After lunch we spent the afternoon on the beach. We paddled in the sea, made sandcastles and played games. It was a fantastic day from start to finish!!

What a fantastic afternoon we had at Forest Adventurers last week. We used flint and steel to start fires, climbed trees, swung in hammocks and tyres, rolled in tubes and toasted marshmallows around the campfire. Many thanks to Mrs Goodwin!

Having fun playing in the sand at Saltwell Park

In Maths, we have been working on 3D shapes. We used playdough, cocktail sticks and straws to make cubes, cuboids, prisms and pyramids. We knew that the balls of playdough represented the vertices of each shape and the cocktail sticks represented the edges. This activity helped us to describe the properties of the 3D shapes we made.

To celebrate Chinese New Year, we made Chinese lanterns and decorated the classroom.

Our Fire and Dragons Topic fitted in perfectly with Chinese New Year celebrations so we thought we'd make Chinese Dragon puppets. Once we had made them, we wrote instructional texts on how to make them.

We have been learning about The Great Fire of London and the fact that it all started in a baker's on Pudding Lane. We decided to make our own bread - it was delicious!

The Fire Brigade came to show us their fire engine and all the various tools they use.

We kicked off our Fire and Dragons topic with a day spent making sock puppet dragons, dragon masks and a huge dragon to display in our classroom.

Christmas Jumper Day

We've been learning about another local hero - Joseph Swan. We learned that he invented not only the light bulb, but also fairy lights. We built our own circuits and lit up bulbs.

Our challenge was to build the strongest bridge possible using only 20 sheets of paper and some sellotape. We came up with some fabulous designs and the winning team's bridge managed to support 3.75kg!

As part of our Local Heroes theme this half term, we've been learning about William Armstrong, the man behind Newcastle's famous Swing Bridge. We decided to do some investigating into bridges ourselves to see how the design structure of a bridge affects how much weight it can carry.

We have been looking at the work of Antony Gormley in our art lessons and have sculpted our own Angels of the North.