Hour of Code

Today we have been learning about Coding.   We thought that a code is like a secret message.  Coding is simply special messages being entered into a computer program to make it perform different actions.       

We learned the meaning of this technical vocabulary:

Code – to write code, or to write instructions for a computer.

Debugging – Finding and fixing problems in your algorithm or program.

Program – An algorithm that has been coded into something that can be run by a machine.

We chose one of these different tasks to show how much we had learned. 

Have a look at the photos and videos of us working.

ARP 1 put their knowledge into action by using the Bee Bot app on the iPads. They coded the bee bot to move to the flower by using left, right, forward, backwards and counted how many spaces the Bee Bot needed to move around the course.

They also used other apps on the computer, using a mouse to navigate mazes and give directions to the characters.


Wet in the woods!

This afternoon, we braved the wet weather and had a great music session in the retreat! The wind and rain did not stop us enjoying ourselves!

Mr Owen was the drumming maestro – we used our good listening skills to do call and response (my turn, your turn). We copied the beat and sang along to the songs.

We kept a steady beat while singing to Baby Shark, There was an Old Lady who swallowed a fly and The Mighty Rushall Song.   Some of us had some excellent rhythm!

We returned to the warmth of the classroom to complete our art activity.  We threaded and weaved colourful fabric Christmas wreaths and carefully knocked nails into wood cookies to make Christmas nail art decorations. Look how safe we keep our fingers!

We can’t wait to hang them on the tree next week! 

Creating, climbing and computing!

In English our sound of the week was ‘sh’. Did you know that ‘sh’ is a digraph? Ask us what is special about a digraph….we can tell you!  

The characters in our book ‘Shh! We have a plan’ hatch a plan to catch a beautiful bird that they see. We had lots of fun using nets to catch the words from around the garden,  hatching plans of our own, describing how we would catch the bird and what we would do with it afterwards!

Some of us also became teachers for the session, sharing our knowledge of sounds, fairy and tricky words with our friends. We are brilliant!

In Maths we have been learning about position and direction. We’ve enjoyed dancing along with Hip Hop Granny, it is so much fun! https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/av/supermovers/42626760

We have used directional vocabulary, left, right, forward and backwards by programming bee bots.  We particularly liked it when we wrote our own programmes and watched how the bee bots travelled around the classroom!

We had some busy afternoons together making salt dough decorations ready to paint and sell at the Christmas Fayre. In the woods, we used The Three Little pigs as inspiration to design a stick house for Pig number 2. We used sticks, twigs and leaves for our creations and we’re very proud of them!  Let’s hope the Big Bad Wolf doesn’t come along!

Some us of continued carrying out our leadership duties by responsibly counting the money that was raised for Children in Need and judging the art competition entries. After counting in 1s, 2s, 5s, 10s, 20s and 50s, we calculated the total to be an impressive £335! We felt very grown up!

In PE, we enjoyed developing our stamina and strength while climbing up and swinging on the high ropes.  It’s become our favourite activity!

ARP 2 enjoyed another session of Lego Club where we work in teams to plan and build fabulous creations.  This week’s brief was to build a futuristic creation!  We created some exciting buildings and vehicles!

In ARP 2, we are excited to be learning all about teeth! We began our topic by looking our own teeth and discussing the function of each type of tooth and what we can do to look after them.  Next week, we will be carrying out an investigation to find out which drinks are healthiest for our teeth. 

We are all different; we are all special!

Star of the Week

28th September 2018

We are really proud of Viraj this week and he was awarded Star of the Week!  Viraj has settled into school really well, he always works hard and tries his best and is a fantastic friend!  Well done Viraj!

14th September 2018

George has wowed us this week with his amazing work and super talking! Well done George!

5th October 

Mikhail earned this week’s certificate for his excellent Maths and English work!

12th October 

Aiman has made us so very proud with her progress in reading!  She brought happy tears to our eyes!

Watch the video of Aiman reading by clicking the link.

16th November

Well done to William, our Star of the Week! We have been impressed by his confidence and growing independence. Keep it up William!

Bhangra Lions, Pudsey Bears and Sleepy Heads!

We have had another fun week in ARP, working hard in our usual lessons and enjoying some special events. 

We had a visit from The Lions of Bhangra who taught us a traditional Punjab dance called Bhangra.   Find out more about them here:  www.lionsbhangra.com/

We were excited by a surprise visit from Mrs Smith and her new baby!

Our main focus this week has been learning about Children in Need.   We talked about the different things we have; loving families, a nice home and lots of toys.  Sadly, we found out that some children are not as lucky as us.  The different activities that we took part in on Friday, helped us to raise lots of money to help less fortunate children.   Miss Maeer gave us the special job of being in charge organising and leading the activities. 

We got creative and designed posters and signs for the different activities and made Pudsey headbands and rosettes to sell for Children in Need.

We had fun in the woods making a huge Pudsey out of leaves!  After we had finished all of our jobs, we had a ride in the wheelbarrow!

We ended the week by celebrating Children in Need and led and took part in lots of different activities to raise money for the charity.   Our first job was to setup the sweet treats stall where we sold cakes, biscuits and sweets.  We felt very grown up and responsible doing this – Tayo said it was like being a shopkeeper!

Next, all the classed placed pennies on Pudsey. By the end of the morning, we had nearly filled it!

The highlight of our day was throwing a wet sponge at our teachers!  What great fun we had… we’re not so sure the teachers felt the same!

ARP enjoyed decorating cakes with spots! They tasted delicious!

We finished off the day of fun with a penalty shoot out and football marathon.  We had a great time with all our friends.

I Remember…

We have had an exciting and very busy first week back, preparing for our Marvellous Middle of our topic I Remember. 

We have been learning lots of facts about World War 1 such as when it started, which countries were involved, how it affected families and how food was rationed during the war. 

We have been creative in art by making poppies using lots of different media.  We learned that the purple poppy is to help us remember the service animals that died during the war.

In PE, we took part army drills and exercises that the soldiers in the army might have experienced as part of their training.  We enjoyed circuit training by running around the gym, using our upper body strength to help us climb up and swing on the high ropes, pulling ourselves under the cargo net and jumping over hurdles.

ARP 1 have enjoyed learning a song and even made up a dance to go with it!

Mr Owen taught us the traditional game of conkers and we enjoyed a game of it in the retreat. 

Our cooking activity this week was to use our new knowledge of food rationing to bake cakes for Rushall’s Great British Bake Off. 

We were really proud of our finished goodies!  We presented them in the gym ready for the judges to taste!

We enjoyed a special Remembrance assembly where we sang some songs, danced and remembered the people who had fought for our country.  After, we enjoyed a traditional tea dance!

Halloween Disco

We all had an amazing time at the school disco.  We enjoyed having our tea together before a quick play with the Lego.

We enjoyed dancing with our friends and having some sweet treats.  Alfie A even won the best costume award!


Another busy week in ARP 1!   We have been learning about the different seasons and how the weather changes.  We thought about the different clothes we would need to wear in each of the seasons.  Can you see us in our wooly hats?!

We learned the months of the year by watching these videos. 

We’ve been learning how to keep safe on Bonfire Night with the help from Fireman Sam!   You can watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTqb8JLgiew

We’ve discussed how to keep ourselves safe and created a poster with some facts such as:

* keep pets indoors
* stay well back from the bonfire
* always stay with your adult 
* when using a sparkler, always wear gloves
* put used sparklers in a bucket of cold water 
* stay well back from fireworks 
* only adults can light fireworks

We also had fun creating some arts and crafts around bonfire night, which enabled us to do lots of talking about what we could see, hear, smell and touch.

Have a happy and safe Bonfire Night!

We decorated witch’s hat biscuits, but they didn’t last long enough to take to the party -they looked so yummy, we ate them quicker than you can say “hocus, pocus!”

The Halloween party was so much fun! We danced the afternoon away to spooky tunes with our friends, dressed in our Halloween outfits.

We’ve really enjoyed learning the value of numbers this week. We began with the ‘one-ness of one” and are currently on the “six-ness of six”. Understanding the value of each number, seeing how many different ways we can represent it and how many different ways it is seen in the environment is a very important step in becoming brilliant mathematicians!

The story of each number has been a highlight of each Maths lesson, and many of us carry the books around afterwards, reading, counting and ordering after Maths has finished!

Pumpkin fun!

We have been learning how to carve a pumpkin into some spooky designs.  We watched some videos of expert carvers and began to design our own. 

Together with Mr Owen, we learned the sequence of how to carve a design into the pumpkin using the tools safely. 

Cole busily counted the tools and prepared our equipment ready for our afternoon. 

We enjoyed a fun afternoon in the woods using the tools safely and working as a team to carve our designs into our pumpkins. 

We were so pleased with our finished pumpkins!

After all our hard work, we enjoyed watching a fire and toasting marshmallows!  Mr Owen told us a really funny story!

It’s another Harvest Festival…

During our Harvest week, we have learned all about bread.  We watched a video of how bread starts as a seed, grows into wheat which is then turned into flour.  We found out how big factories make lots of bread which we buy in the shops.  

Bread video 

Next, we learned that people in different countries eat different bread.  We tried Greek flatbreads, French broiche, Scottish cheese scones, Dutch tiger bread, Mexican tortilla and Polish bagels.   We talked about how the bread smelled, felt and tasted.

During the afternoon, we looked at a map of the world to find where lots of different breads come from. Tayo worked very hard to use his geography knowledge to find the different countries.

We enjoyed a cooking session making lots of different breads such as:  cottage loaves, plaited bread, cheesy baps, gluten free bread, seeded cobs and wholemeal bread.

We were really proud of the bread that we made!

We celebrated at the Harvest Festival by singing our Harvest songs and by praying to give thank for the food we eat.  There was lots of food donated by the generous parents which will be given to people less fortunate than ourselves.