Our class has been named after the Major Timothy Peake, the first British astronaut in space for over twenty years. He blasted off for the International Space Station on 15th December 2015 and spend six months in space carrying out experiments. He even ran a marathon on the Space Station! Peake Class have created a class book about him in our book corner.
Peake Class Love Reading!
Our reading challenge got off to a flying start last term. Well done to all the children for bringing in their books and filling in their bingo cards.
Congratulations to our platinum award readers: Daniel and Evie, who have already achieved over 100 points. Hot on his heels are Catherine with 86 points, making her a gold award winner, and Xanthe and Jacob, who have achieved their silver awards.
I wonder who our star readers will be this term? Perhaps this would be a good New Year's Resolution!
Don't forget that you can get more points for a book review or a class book presentation.
On the Home Front
Our topic last term was On the Home Front, studying the events of World War II and what life was like for people in that time period.
On Monday 16th October we went on a World War 2 evacuee day to Horton Kirby. The children found out what it was like to be an evacuee during the war. First we walked around the village and heard some stories about an evacuee called Peter who still lives in Horton Kirby. He and his friends used to collect unexploded incendiary bombs and throw them on the fire to explode. He also had a ride on a barrage balloon, which was a large balloon filled with flammable gas the size of a double decker bus!
After our walk, the children were taught about lessons during the war. These included: mathematics (adding pounds, shillings and pence), English (writing a postcard home to mum), nature (identifying animals), plane spotting (so the children could distinguish between German and British planes) and finally, first aid. The teachers were very strict as they had so many children to teach.
We then explored the bomb shelters. If an air raid siren went off during school time, the children had to continue their lessons in a cold, damp shelter, which was very cramped. Often, sixty children would have to shelter in a very small space! We also went into an Anderson Shelter, which had 4 bunk beds in it.
Some of the games the children played are still played today: cricket, skipping and jacks.
We all had a fantastic day and learnt a lot about life for an evacuee during the war.
Here we all are outside the old school house in Horton Kirby.
During the war, local and evacuee children had to share the building, so many had lessons either in the morning, or the afternoon. Mr Tanner was the headmaster during the war and he was also the Captain of the Home Guard.
The teachers during the war were very strict and, although some lessons were the same as we learn today, some were very different, for example, plane spotting. This was an essential skill during the was, as children needed to know the difference between German and British planes. The planes could be recognised by using WEFT:
W = wings
E = engine
F = fuselage (the main body of an aircraft)
T = tail
Children were also taught first aid.
We went inside an Anderson shelter, which was fun for us, but it wouldn't have been nice if you had to sleep in the shelter every night. It was very cold and damp and the beds were very hard.
During the Blitz, many families slept in Anderson shelters they had dug in their gardens. It would have been frightening to experience the real thing!
Animals including humans
In Science last term we learnt about the human circulatory and digestive system, as well as how to keep healthy. We looked at the Human Circulatory system and used drama and dance to follow the path of blood around the body.
We wore red bibs to show oxygenated blood and blue bibs to show deoxygenated blood. The right side of the heart pumps the deoxygenated blood to the lungs where oxygen is collected. The oxygenated blood then travels to the left side of the heart, where it is pumped around the rest of the body.
We then used red and blue skipping ropes to show the path of the blood. It took a while to get it right, but the class worked as a team and completed their challenge!
Well done Peake Class!
Outdoor PE will be on Wednesday afternoons and indoor PE will be on Friday afternoons. Please make sure the children have the correct PE kit for these days, including a warm navy tracksuit now that the weather is colder. Earrings will need to be removed or covered and hair must be tied back for PE.
For term 3 we will be playing netball for our outdoor PE, and gymnastics for our indoor PE.