Week Commencing 04/10/21
We have had a busy week in Clumber this week – we have been putting the finishing touches to our English display on newspaper articles and are very proud of the work we have produced. We have been putting more work on our black death topic display, as we were looking at symptoms and effects of the plague this week.
In maths we were looking at regular and irregular polygons as part of our 2-D shape exploration and we used our maths working wall to show what we had remembered.
We had a very exciting adventure service session, where we started to make our necklace from lamb bone (which was pretty stinky!) I needed to be cleaned and shaped. We then used a variety of drills to create a hole for the string and will be adding the beads next week.
Week Commencing 20/09/21
We have been working hard in adventure service to create different soaps and a clay pot to put it in using different techniques. We had to be really careful with melting the ingredients for the soap and it was a really fun session!
We have been practising counting forwards and backwards in twos, fives and tens and a new maths topic of identifying, naming and recalling the properties of 2-D shapes.
Week Commencing 13/09/21
We have had a really exciting start to the term – we had a visit from the guinea pigs for a science lesson so we had to sneak a little cuddle in! We used different equipment including Numicon, for our maths lessons to help with addition and subtraction. We practised a drawing skills to create anime characters in our art lesson and we are very proud of the results!
We also looked at different examples of newspaper articles for our English lessons so that we can create our own later in the topic.
Finally we had a visit from Emily who brought a selection of fidget toys and equipment to help keep us focused in lessons – we had lots of fun trying all the different gadgets out!
Week commencing 01/09/21
Welcome back everyone! We were very excited to see the pupils return this week and how smart they looked in their uniforms.
We are looking forward to our new topic - Rat Pack - looking at the Black Death and medieval life.
PE is on Mondays and pupils will need to bring their PE kit to school as we are now using the changing rooms. There is a shorter fitness PE session on Thursdays but just bringing trainers is fine.
If your child would like a snack to eat at break time, you can send a healthy snack and please remind them to bring a water bottle.
You can contact the class team through Seesaw during normal school day but for anything urgent or out of school hours, please contact the reception/office team.
Thanks Clumber Team
Week Ending - 02/07/21
The final 2 weeks before we start transition have flown by!
Last week was amazing! It was Sports Week! We started off the week with a session bike riding! The children were all very brave as some had not ridden a bike before or for a long time! By the end of the session the children's confidence was sky high!
We were lucky enough to have 2 sessions of Adventure Service! During this we made some skin ointment from Elderflower and also a lovely chocolaty banana treat!
We took part in a Circus Skills activity and had a go at using the Diablo's, juggling balls and spinning plates! It was hard but very fun!
A class favourite during the week was definitely Forest Schools! We ventured to the Robin Hood Scout Centre and enjoyed a few hours exploring the forest and playing lots of games!
This week we have been celebrating our time together as a class before the Year 9's move onto their new Key Stage and classes! We held a graduation ceremony for our leavers and spent time thinking about the amazing fun we have had this year and also the challenges we have overcome. It has been amazing year despite the challenges Covid has presented! Some great friendships have been made and great memories too! We wish everyone good luck for their new classes and want to say thank you for being amazing!
Week Ending 18/06/21
A great first 2 weeks back after half term! Once again Clumber Class have been VERY busy!
In maths we have been refreshing our memories and consolidating our skills around fractions! The class have done fantastic and we are now confident with halves. quarters and some of us have been working on thirds!
In English we have been exploring the poem "The Hope-o-potamus" a great story about a hippo who is full of hope about finding water and although his journey is difficult and challenging, he never gives up! Following on from reading the poem the class completed some brilliant work describing the different settings using adjectives and also many different types of punctuations including commas, full stops and even speech marks! Fantastic!
We finally found time to paint our fossils this week and they look amazing! Our topic lessons have now moved on to exploring coal mining! We have been looking at the developments across time in the coal industry and how it has become a lot more safe than in previous centuries. We also explored the life of George Bissel, a former miner who later went on to become a painter. He created images of his time spent underground! The class had a go at recreating his artworks using charcoal and the result are brilliant!
In cooking we have been making pasta and pizza! The class have done fantastic and have all shown how sensible they can be when it comes to handling knives and cutting vegetables! The all did brilliant working together and helping each other and... the food was AMAZING!
Week Ending 28/05/21
Wow! Where has that half term gone! We've had a great time but we are all ready for a rest!
In maths we have moved our focus onto time! We've been working on telling the time to O'clock and half-past and some of us moved onto quarter past and quarter to!
English has been brilliant! After focusing on Adventure Stories and learning lots about their features, we have written our own ending to the Ruin story that we watched! The children's stories were AMAZING! Lots of action, aliens and fight scenes! We finished off the topic by reading our stories to the rest of the class! Everyone did really well, even though it is scary to stand in front of the class! We also reviewed each others stories and gave some really good constructive feedback.
Science and Topic have been fun, we have carried out a few experiments. We had a go at making our own salt crystals, these amazed us all as after 2 weeks they had created precise pyramid shapes! In Science the children were challenged with discovering what substances had been placed in a suspicious looking drink! They were given a selection of equipment and they all carried out the tests themselves! It was great to see everyone working independently and scientifically.
A brilliant half term and we look forward to the next one! Have a great holiday and enjoy the sun (hopefully)!
Week Ending 14/05/21
Another great couple of weeks in Clumber Class!
In maths we have been continuing with our column addition work and the children have really developed a good understanding of the method! So much so that we have now moved onto subtraction! A little more tricky as there is borrowing involved! Still the class have given it really good go and are making some great progress!
In English we have been watching a short film and the class have created some amazing theories about how the character ended up in the situation he finds himself! We have been exploring adjectives to describe parts of the film and have been thinking about how the film might end! We will look to write our own endings over the next week or so!
Science and Topic have been great fun, we have learnt about some local geographical features such as Creswell Crags and the Nottingham Caves! We also carried out and experiment in Topic to grow our own salt crystal! We will see the results in a week or 2! In Science we carried our a Chromatography experiment! This helped us to find out who stole the sweets in school!
We also have had a go at creating our own board games to help us develop our use of positional language (left, right, fowards, backwards etc). Some of the games are AMAZING and even have their own rule book!
Week Ending 30/04/21
A great first couple of weeks back in Clumber Class, everyone has returned in good spirits and are really showing some great work and understanding of our new topic Sparkle and Shine!
In maths we have been focusing on consolidating our addition skills and have been using the column addition method including the tricky part of carrying over! The class have been superstars and are beginning to set out their own sums! Well done!
In English we have been exploring different story genres such as thriller, horror, fairy tales etc and we have now settled on the adventure genre! We have watched some short adventure films and have been thinking about the different techniques authors have used to keep us engaged and excited!
In topic we have been exploring rocks! We have looked at the 3 types of rocks; Igneous, Metamorphic and Sedimentary and have explored how they are formed. We discussed how we could sort different rocks and explored a selection of rocks and sorted them!
Some great work so far!
A fantastic start to the new term for Clumber - we have been super busy with our new topic of Sparkle and Shine and settling back with our friends.
There is Maths homework set for this week - remember to hand in by next Friday 😊
Don’t forget to keep checking on our class page to see what we’ve been doing (updated every 2 weeks).
W/C 19th April 2021
Welcome back everyone! We hope you've had a fantastic Easter break and are ready for an exciting Summer term!!
Week Ending 19/03/21
Another fantastic few weeks in Clumber Class! We have been very busy!
In English we completed our work based on Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, we had a go at creation some great sentences to describe the characters. We have also been looking at how we can make words plural by adding ‘s’ or ‘es’ to them.
In Maths we spent time looking at capacity and had a go at accurately filling containers to different levels. It’s was a little messy but great fun!
Following on from last weeks science when we made the horrible slime, we tested the slime to see how long we could stretch it. The children came up with some great methods on how to stretch the slime, including rolling, gently pulling and quickly pulling. In the end we discovered gently rolling the slime was the best method.
Friday 19th was comic relief! The children came in some fantastic costumes and we took part in lots of fun games and activities! A great end to the week!
Week Ending 05/03/2021
Another fun couple of weeks in Clumber Class!
In maths we have been focusing on weights and measure and practicing reading scales and comparing different capacities and weights! These skills have been very useful this week as we have had a go at making chocolate inspired stretchy slime and our own Willy Wonka inspired chocolate (which looked AMAZING!!!).
In English we have been reading Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory! We have been focusing on the characters and thinking about how we can describe them physically and personality wise! The children have loved the story so far and we have spent some time comparing parts of the old version of the film to the new version, both very different but both great!
Science has been great this week, we had a go at creating our own stretchy slime! It was chocolate inspired but not edible! The children created a poster about the steps we needed to follow and also thought about any potential risks associated with the experiment! As predicted the slime was sticky, gooey and horrible... But it was really fun!
Thursday 4th March was world book day! We had some fabulous costumes in Clumber, from Dracula to Terminator!
We are really looking forward to the rest of Clumber Class joining us next week! Everyone has missed the children that have been working from home and we can't wait to have them back!
See you all Monday!!!
Week Ending 12/02/21
Wow! Where has the half term gone! It's flown by! Everyone has done amazing, whether you've been working hard in school or working hard at home! We are very proud of you all!
We have finished off our topic based around Victorians and are moving onto Fair For All next half term! We have some great activities planned and will be learning lots of interesting this about fair trade and voting etc.
In maths this week we have been learning about time! Always a tricky subject but the children have done amazing! We are getting really confident with telling the time to O'Clock and half past and have made some good progress with quarter past and to the hour.
We spent some time this week having some great discussions about social media and things that may affect us positively and negatively in our normal days. We also talked about what we could do if we felt sad or had any problems!
We finished off the half term with a Clumber party and invited everyone to join! We played some great party games and enjoyed some party snacks!
We really hope everyone has a great half term break and earned rest! See you after the break!
Week Ending 29/01/21
Another busy week in Clumber class, both for our home learners and the children who are in class!
In maths we have been focusing on fractions! Always a tricky concept but the children have done fantastic, managing to find 1/2, 1/4 and 3/4 of shapes and numbers! Well done everyone!
In English we have been learning more about the Victorians and their school life! We ended the week by writing a report about Victorian school life! It was very different to ours!
We've also been exploring maps in topic, and looked at the different types of map and also had a go at drawing a bird eye view map of the classroom!
We spent some time this week talking about our emotions and how throughout a day we can experience both positive and negative feelings dependent upon what is happening. We talked about how we can help ourselves to stay positive, including eating and sleeping well and also taking part in activities we really enjoy!
We hope you all have a good weekend!
Week Ending 22/01/21
A very different start to this year than we were all expecting but it's still been fantastic!
We have some of Clumber Class learning from home and some in school but everyone has embraced the changes brilliantly! A massive well done to all the parents at home for accessing the online learning and the Teams platform! We all know how tricky it can be so give yourselves a big pat on the back!
We started off the year with a big online Clumber Class party which the children (and adults) loved! It was great to see everyone after the Christmas break!
In maths we are starting to look at fractions and although it is tricky we are starting to make some good progress!
Our topic this half term is Victorians and we are using this as the basis for our English work, learning all about Victorian schools! They definitely do not sound as fun as school today! We were also shocked to learn that poor Victorian children were sent to work in the factories and could be there from the ages of 5 or 6!!!
In PE we have trying our hand at hockey and the children have been amazing! Really great control and skill when moving and passing the ball!
Hope everyone is settling into the new routines and well done for accessing the online learning!
Clumber Class have had an amazing final week at school! We have had lots of festive fun!
We all really enjoyed our delicious Christmas dinner and made hats and placemats for the occasion (the hats were Among Us themed of course!)
As a Christmas treat we played a Festive Among Us game. This involved the children completing a range of different tasks! All whilst trying to work out who the imposter was!
Sticking with the Among Us theme, all the children received a brilliant gift from a very kind mum! A hand-made Among Us character! They all loved them and have been playing with them all week!
On Thursday we had a visit from an interactive Santa! It was brilliant and the children got to ask him lots of questions!
To finish the week we are going to watch a festive film and have a little bit of a Christmas Party!
Thank you to everyone for the gifts and cards! We hope you all have an amazing Christmas break and a Happy New Year!
Week beginning 30/11/20 and 7/12/20
Another busy few weeks in Clumber Class!
In Maths we have been focusing on shape, 2D and 3D. We have been looking at the properties of them including the number of sides and corners each shape has! We really enjoyed the practical shape game, racing between the different shapes and finding shapes based on given properties.
In English we have started to look at poetry and have been creating some shape poems based around winter and Christmas. We have been talking about and looking at using simillies and alliteration to make our poems more interesting.
Over the past few weeks in art we have been making a picture frame and have now completed them! We created a portrait using a green screen and added a Christmas background!
Our favourite activity was definitely playing Romans! We have been learning about Roman soldiers in topic and created some Roman shields! We then practiced marching with them and performing the Tortoise protective manoeuvre. It was great fun!
We are all looking forward to the run up to Christmas and have some great festive activities lined up including a festive Among Us game!
Hope everyone has a great Christmas break!
Week beginning 16/11/20 and 23/11/20
We have had a busy couple of weeks in Clumber Class! In maths we have been working on our money skills including recognising the different coins/notes and their value, adding amounts of money and calculating change when we buy things! We worked really hard and are getting a lot more confident with it!
In topic we have moved onto the ROMANS!! We explored how they spread across the world invading the different countries!
Science has been exciting! We looked at how scientists clone animals and although it was messy, we watched a demonstration of the process! Ergh!
In computing we have been looking at photo editing and came up with some fantastic pictures!
PE has seen us working on our dance skills! The class have been teaching the adults some Fortnite dances!
We are all looking forward to the run up to Christmas and have some exciting festive activities planned!
Week beginning 09/11/20
This week in Clumber class we have been making griddlecakes as part of our journey through Stone Age cooking, we had to weigh and measure the ingredients and follow the recipe and work as a team – and we smashed it!
On Wednesday, we showed our respect for all the brave soldiers that fought for our life today by having a two minute silence.
On Friday, we wore spots and non-uniform to raise money for Children in Need 2020.
Week beginning 02/11/20
Welcome back everyone! This week we have had excitement on the all-weather pitch – a friendly hedgehog needed our help so we freed him from the fence, gave him a comfy little nest for a while and safely let him back to join his friends (and did a little photo shoot to remember him).
This week was also our whole school Enterprise Week – in Clumber class we decided to make special Christmas decorations using wooden slices and creating filled baubles for our virtual Christmas fayre.
Please visit our school website and have a look at our decorations and all the other fantastic class products to make your Christmas sparkle!
Week beginning 12/10/20
Clumber class has been busy over the past two weeks. We took part in #HelloYellow, which was a whole day dedicated to promoting children’s mental health and finding ways to relax and talk about any worries. We dressed in our favourite clothes and took part in mindfulness activities (and a spot of dancing!). We also thought about things we were thankful for and wrote an acrostic poem.
One of our favourite activities was a teambuilding game based on a popular puzzle mobile game, suggested by avid fans Lee, Jack and Mr Simpson! We created maps and different activities and worked in teams to complete them whilst working out who was sabotaging each task – it was very tricky to spot the imposters! We had lots of fun working together, figuring out the puzzles and getting to know each other better - it was a great day in Clumber class!
Finally, we celebrated an amazing first half term in our new class – we acknowledged the hard work of each of the pupils and celebrated our Clumber superstars!
Week beginning 28/09/20
Clumber class has continued the journey through the Mesolithic, Neolithic and Ice ages and we have learned about different house types, role played being hunter-gatherers and using natural resources.
We have been flexing our multiplication muscles practising our twos, fives, and ten times tables (we like a competition too 😊).
In English we have followed the journey of Bee, in our class book How to skin a bear, and have met the characters in her tribe and use different adjectives to describe them.
In Computing, we have been compiling information about our families to put in a slideshow – we know all of your secrets ha ha ha!
Week beginning 14/09/20
This week Clumber class has been continuing our journey of investigation into the Paleolithic era and what life was like at that time. We have been looking at key events in that timeline, and ordering according to the year (which was tricky understanding BC and A.D.).
We have started a new class book called ‘How to skin a bear’, which is all about a character called Bee, her dog (called Dog) and her tribe family. We have been thinking about how different life was in the Stone Age and how we have more understanding of how things work rather than the traditions, rituals and superstitions of that time.
A massive thank you for the fantastic homework that was completed this week – the family trees looked brilliant and lots of effort had been put in to the different illustrations!
New homework has been set with an English focus this week – as we have been discussing traditions we would like to investigate the family traditions that Clumber class has 😊.
Week beginning 07/09/2020
After a long break it was fantastic to welcome the children back to school. It has been wonderful to see how easy the children have settled back into class and we have had an amazing week.
Our new topic is called ‘Walking with our Ancestors’ and we are starting with the Old Stone Age. We created some Cave Art from charcoal and berries which we collected from the field. In Science we have started to look into Genes and how they affect the way we look. In Computing, we have been using the Beebots to program sequences and problem solve.
Don’t forget our PE day is Monday and pupils should come to school in their kit.
Thanks Clumber Team 🌿
Week commencing 23.03.20
We hope that all of our class and their families stay safe and well during this partial closure due to the Covid19 virus. All pupils have a home learning pack and various logon details for online resources.
Mrs Jefferies will be in touch once a week to ensure you are all supported and you can make requests for more work if your package is completed.
Please keep an eye on Seesaw as Mrs Jefferies will be adding interactive activities on there for you to access.
Take care, from Clumber team 🌿
Week commencing 09.03.20
In Clumber class, we have been exploring different views of how to treat illness over the centuries as part of our Magic and Mystery Topic. We have been looking at the ideas of Hippocrates and the theory behind the four humours. We tried to recreate each humour using salt dough and slime - they looked gross and very realistic!
Bracken Hill school celebrated World Book Day on Friday 6th March. There was some fantastic costumes around school and all the children loved reading their favourite books.
Week commencing 24.02.20
In Clumber class, we have been exploring different natural remedies and cures for minor ailments as part of our Magic and Mystery Topic. We looked at mint, vinegar and licorice and tried to decide how they would be used and what they would cure. The licorice and mint we quite popular but not so much with the vinegar!
Week commencing 27.01.20
In Clumber class, we have been using Beebots to practice our programming skills in Computing. We have also been exploring rationing as part of our conflict topic. We looked through different recipes and held a vote on which sounded the nicest, obviously we found a chocolate cake! We made two recipes, bread-and-butter pudding and eggless chocolate cake and both were surprisingly delicious.
Week Commencing 13.01.20
In Clumber class we have been exploring ways to recreate different tempos with different instruments in our music lesson. In our mental health and well-being lesson, we have been looking at ways we can relax and feel calm when we are stressed. We have been listening to different relaxing music and trying different stretches on our mats. We have also looked at things around us that make us feel better such as snuggly blankets and pillows.
Week commencing 09.12.19
In Clumber class, we have been preparing for Christmas around the World by looking at Christmas traditions in Sweden. We have made traditional gingerbread to put on our stall and have been looking at the tale of the Swedish elf. We have been making soap in Adventure Service with different natural scents - the class smelt amazing afterwards!
Week commencing 04.11.19 & 18.11.19
In Clumber class, we have been very busy with our new topic of conflict. We have been writing remembrance poems in English to read out in our school assembly. We have been exploring the reasons why World War I started and producing mind maps to help us remember. We visited the local War Memorial to place a wreath and to remember our local heroes.
In food tech, we have been creating a Greek salad, focusing on our knife skills and remembering hygiene rules.
Bracken Hill are updating and revising our curriculum to a new theme-based approach, and trying to link as many subjects into that theme as we can. The theme this half term and next half term (until February) is Conflict.
The school is also moving to 3 pathways through the curriculum - Explorers, Adventurers and Pioneers. All pathways will follow the same theme but approach the theme in ways that match the needs of their students. Clumber is following the Pioneers pathway.
The aim is for the lessons to have more links between them to deepen understanding, and also the theme is to be more motivating and exciting for the pupils.
Week commencing 07.10.19 & 18.10.19
In Clumber class, we have been very excited to visit the holocaust museum to look around the exhibition and listen to stories and facts about the Holocaust as part of our conflict topic. We were all very interested in the speakers and made a PowerPoint about our visit.
Week commencing 16.09.19 & 30.09.19
In Clumber class, we have been learning about different continents, oceans and features of our Earth as part of our topic lesson. We have also been looking at ways to reduce landfill and encourage recycling as part of the Earth Strike day. We have also been creating a mascot out of cardboard newspapers and other household items.
We have been working with Adventure Service to build a chair and weave the seat and the back portion out of plastic bags – it was tricky but we did a really good job!
Week commencing 02/09/19 & 13/09/19
In Clumber class, we have been doing lots of great learning. We have started our new topic of ‘Where in the World’ and have been exploring natural and man-made landmarks such as the Northern Lights, the Great Wall of China, waterfalls and mountains. We have also been building the tallest structures possible and had great fun making a big mess too!
We have also started our Adventure Service experience and have been working with tools to build a wooden chair.
Week commencing 02.09.19
Welcome back everyone! We hope you’ve had a fantastic summer and a well earned rest. We are looking forward to all the new adventures and experiences in this academic year and would love for you to follow us. If you have any personal messages you can use our Seesaw app for parents or if you have a more urgent issue, please ring school.
Thanks Clumber team 🌿