Welcome to Seafield Class
Welcome to Seafield Class! We are creative, friendly and are always keen to share our ideas. We are taught by Mr Genders and Mrs Allen
Writer of the Week
This week, Seafield Class have celebrated their first 'Writer of the Week' - an idea that was suggested by the class. The first winner was an hilariously funny narrative piece that complimented the tone of the text that it was based on. Congratulations!
The class have also planned and drafted out a letter to author, Anne Fine to accompany a class set of writing that they wanted to share with her. Mr Genders was then sent to post the package, see picture (the class wanted proof).
We Love Books
Check out some of the work that we created on, The Diary of a Killer Cat by Anne Fine. The book that we have reading as a class. We thought the book was hilarious with quite dark humour and some unexpected twists.
Creating Foodie Characters
We have really enjoyed reading "When Jelly had a Wobble "by Michelle Robinson. It inspired us to think about situations that may make us a little anxious and how we overcome this, and also inspired us to create some fantastic foodie characters and write our own stories based around them.
Mrs Allen was VERY impressed with our work.
Mayhem at the Vet's
Mr Genders has been truly WOW-ed by the quality of writing this week. The children have been expanding on some ideas in 'The Diary of a Killer Cat', and producing some wonderful narrative pieces of writing entitled, 'Mayhem at the Vet's'. The children were really keen to share their ideas with the rest of the class and it was a joy to listen to them read and perform their work with such pride. We will be posting copies of all the stories to Anne Fine, the author of the book.
Year 4 have been busy solving correspondence problems that involve multiplying and dividing groups. They have also been using branch diagrams to help find possible combinations.
As part of 'The Great Big Art Exhibition', we have created some cubist inspired, silly, self portraits. We looked at the work of Spanish artist, Pablo Picasso and used mainly geometric shapes to create these distorted images. We then held a private viewing of our exhibition before it was open to the public at the end of the school day. We loved how the portraits turned out but all agreed that they work brilliantly collectively.
Mr Genders has been really impressed with the maths work this week, as the children had a go at solving tricky multiplications including 777 x 7. They showed great resilience and we had several 'lightbulb' moments.
The Diary of a Killer Cat
The children have really enjoyed starting our new text, The Diary of a Killer Cat by Anne Fine. We have been busy creating character profiles, predicting what scenarios might occur and even creating some fun imaginary interviews with the author.
Happy to be back
We are all very happy to be back together in a busy classroom. It has been lovely to see our friends and teachers again and to hear everyone sharing such great ideas as well as a few laughs along the way.
We have been exploring our new class playtime equipment, and having great fun inventing new games to play together.
This week we enjoyed finding out about Ancient Greek architecture and researched facts about The Parthenon.
Our research continued with a Parthenon inspired STEM challenge and then we designed our own temples in a similar style.
Look out for our construction work here next week!
Writing Competition Winners
Mrs Allen and Mr Genders are really proud to announce that we won a recent writing competition against a Year 5 Class from a school in Derbyshire. All the children were challenged to create a description of Medusa.
Birmingham based head teacher, Mr Harrison who judged the competition said, "I am really impressed with the quality of all the writing that I have read. All of them used lovely figurative language and exciting adjectives, well done."
We've already discussed having a re-match in the new year.
Greek Theatre Masks
We have continued work on Ancient Greece, a topic that we are really enjoying. This week we learnt about the myth of, 'Theseus and the Minotaur'. This led to us looking at the origins of Greek theatre masks, which resulted in a messy art day, where we have begun to create our own papier-mâché designs. They are currently drying, so we'll be sure to share them with you once we've finished.
Feelings in Dance
In P.E., Mr Veness helped us to create dances based on feelings about events this year, he was extremely impressed with out motifs and transitions.
In science this week we have been very inquisitive in our investigations with mirrors and predicted how the number of reflections would change depending on the angle of the mirrors.
WE had some very interesting theories as to why this occured.
This week we have been using the online game, 'Daily 10' to help us recall number facts at pace. We also talked about how this game, along with Times Table Rock Stars could be adapted so that we aren't spending too long looking at computer screens.
Perseus and the Gorgon Medusa
This week we have begin studying the Greek myth, 'Perseus and the Gorgon Medusa'. The class have really enjoyed learning about the gods and beast in the story and have produced a wide range of wonderful writing.
We've also accepted a writing challenge from a Year 5 class based in a different county. Mr Genders' old colleague, who works at a primary school in Derbyshire, has also been studying 'Perseus and the Gorgon Medusa', and they've decided that they'd have a writing competition to see which class could write the best character description. Check out the website next week to find out which class won.
This week we took our science investigation outdoors to focus our skills on predicting and recording.
We enjoyed finding the lightest and darkest places in our school grounds and measuring the amount of light using data loggers.
We were surprised with some results as they were not always as we predicted.
Back in the classroom we enjoyed creating our own theories for some of our alternative results.
Remembrance and Rev. Irving
We were lucky enough to have a virtual class assembly with Rev. Irving. The theme was the importance of remembrance and he shared some thought provoking ideas with the class. We also enjoyed contributing to a whole school piece of artwork for Remembrance Day.
Georgia O'Keeffe Fact Files
As part of this week's art lesson, we've been finding out more information about Georgie O'Keeffe, and then creating out own fact files in our sketchbooks.
Did you know that 'White Flower No.1' (pictured below), painted in 1932 was sold for £33.6million in 2014 which made her the most expensive female artist ever. You can find out more information on Georgia O'Keeffe at the Tate Kids website.
Our Virtual Archery Competition
This week Mr Veness has been training us up for an virtual archery competition against Abbeywood. We'll be sure to share the results with you next week.
Georgia O'Keeffe inspired Poppies
After beginning to look at the work American artist, Georgia O'Keeffe we created our own artwork inspired by her incredible paintings. We sketched our designs then used watercolours and oil pastels to create some beautiful poppies, thinking carefully about the hue, shade, tint and tone within our designs.
This week we were inspired by reading the poem "Keep the Faith" by Moina Michael.
After reading and discussing the powerful vocabulary we composed our own class war poem.
Mrs Allen was very impressed with our powerful vocabulary and images.
We also tried some silhouette artwork to depict a soldier on the battlefield, and discussed the reasons why we feel it is important to remember.
Blood, dark and drippy oozing everywhere.
Enemies firing guns, and bullets gliding through the air.
People screaming in battle,
Engines beating a terrible tune.
Stinky, disgusting mud and misty smoke.
Bombs making ravines in the earth.
Helmets and boots spattered and soggy in the ravine.
Scared of never going home.
Sad and emotional amidst all the madness.
We remember the soldiers who died for us.
Remember to wear your poppy.
Lest we forget.
By Seafield Class
Some of the Year 4 children learnt how to play some card games that will help them with their adding and subtracting at speed. You can find a copy of the games in the useful information section of our page.
The class have been enjoying watching Unicorn Theatre's theatrical readimg of Rolad Dahl's much-loved 'The Twits'. Here is a link if you'd like to watch the performances at home:
We were thinking about the meaning of Harvest and how it has been recognised and celebrated over the years in the UK and overseas.
We decided to show our thanks for the food that we have by writing Harvest acrostic poems and then took turns to read our poems aloud in our class celebration.
We were very excited to observe our investigation this week and found out that despite most of us predicting that Coca Cola would cause the most decay on our "egg shell teeth", it was in fact vinegar which dissolved the shell completely leaving only a membrane.
We then continued to investigate the different types of teeth and their functions by creating them ourselves with our own individual bags of playdough.
Mrs Allen was very impressed at our different interpretations and how well we all knew the names and functions by the end of the lesson.
We were practising and perfecting our dribbling and shooting skills using hockey sticks this week.
Mrs Taylor said we were all really good and very competitive trying to score goals. The England team may need to watch out!
Back in the classroom we were thinking about our teeth and designed an investigation to find out which liquids cause the most tooth decay. Instead of our own teeth we used egg shells to test with different liquids. We will update you next week with the results.
To Our Friends in Cherry Class
After being recommended a book, by Cherry Class, for one of our class assemblies, one of the children suggested that we posted them a little 'thank you' letter through their class door.
Steve Backshall Letter
This week we received yet another reply from the letters that we wrote a few weeks ago. A lovely reply from nature presenter, Steve Backshall. The recipient of the letter was so excited look at how they opened the envelope.
The staff were really impressed with the wonderful monster descriptions that Seafield Class created this week. We were able to share and perform our writing to our friends and then discussed ways to perform them to an audience to bring the writing to life.
Telling the Time
We have been looking at telling the time with even more confidence, looking at a variety of skills including; converting from analogue to digital, past and to, comparing 12-hour and 24-hour clocks as well as solving tricky time problems.
Do Not Enter The Monster Zoo
We had lots of fun reading Amy Sparks and Sara Ogilive's wonderful picture book, 'Do Not Enter The Monster Zoo'. We then used the format of the book to plan and write our own stories. We even planned a whole class story, which very quickly had lots of similarities to Jurassic Park (except for the T-rex liked to play fetch with a beach ball).
Next week we are looking forward to re-visiting the original story and creating descriptions for our own devious monsters. We will share some of them on here.
PSHE - Acts of Kindness
As part of our weekly PSHE lesson, we gifted each of the other classes a picture book. Check out the three books that we gave below. Later in the week we then received a wonderful package from Cherry Class with lots of thank you letters and wonderful drawings.
Our Morning Beoley Bookworms Activities
Mr Genders couldn't resist making a little nod to Aston Villa during this week's Beoley Bookworm activities, following their impressive 7-2 victory over Liverpool last Sunday. He has promised to not to mention it again, which will no doubt please some of the Liverpool supporters in the class.
WOW! We only posted our 'celebrity letters' out last week, but we've already had some replies. Harry Potter star, Daniel Radcliffe, Rowan Atkinson and national treasure, Captain Sir Tom Moore a have all sent lovely replies. Mr Genders is still eagerly anticipating his reply from Andy Day (maybe he's on another adventure?)
Blind Contour Drawing
As part of our topic work, we've been looking at how to locate Beoley on a map. We've also been having a go a creating our own blind contour drawings (drawing without looking at the page) of the UK. Check out this wonderful effort:
We were amazed and slightly disgusted to recreate the digestive process in our science investigation this week .It was yucky but helped us learn about what happens to our food after we've eaten!
Celebrities such as Boris Johnson, Rowan Atkinson and Julia Donaldson can all expect a flurry of post this week, as we planned, drafted and re-wrote some letters to our chosen recipients. We then took a short class trip to our local post pox to post them all. We'll let you know if we get any replies.
We have had fun learning about using speech marks accurately within our writing, withe the help of Vicky and Captain Troy. Vicky didn't have a great day at work:
"I didn't mean for you to burn the planet down while I was getting lunch!" yelled Troy.
"Relax," muttered Vicky.
Some of the Year 4 children have been introduced to 'Crossnumbers' to help with their times table knowledge. They have been solving puzzles and creating their own, these will be used to challenge the rest of the class over the coming weeks.
Leah enjoyed it so much she requested that we put a blank template on this page so that you can download and create one at home. Enjoy!
Roman Numeral Puzzles
Some of Seafield Class have been working through some Roman Numeral jigsaws to test their ever growing understanding. We were amazed at how quickly some children were able to solve them.
We had great fun revising our understanding of nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs by taking part in team relays to collect and create one of each and then create a team silly sentence
We enjoyed creating fantasy settings inspired by one of our focuses texts "The Journey" by Aaron Becker.
We've been having lots of fun creating horrible descriptions of Grandma from Roald Dahl's, George's Marvellous Medicine. We used a rich range of vocabulary to describe how she looks, sounds and smells. We then shared our writing with the rest of the class. Ben's performance was really entertaining. We laughed lots.
Here's an extract from his writing:
'The wicked old hag sat cruelly sipping her tea, grinning at George. She created a horrid aroma which spread like putting a chunk of butter on a piece of toast.'
We also took part in some hot-seating. Children had the opportunity to pretend they were Grandma, answering question from the rest of the class.
We have begun to read and record Roman Numerals in class. Can you solve some of these tricky questions?
a. II + V =
b. XII - IX =
c. XX - V =
d. XXXIV =
e. MMXX =
What a fantastic day we had ,running ,jumping,throwing,and using our football and hockey skills to compete in our teams for the positivity games.
We surprised ourselves with our stamina and sports skills and we enjoyed commending and supporting our team mates for their hard work.
Back in the classroom we created positivity self talk flowers and collaborated to make a poster of helpful ideas for when things don't always go as well.
Welcome to Seafield Class
It's been great being back in school and seeing all the wonderful smiling faces in the classroom. We have been working really hard already. In maths we have been working through independent tasks, playing games and using craft to help us with our place value.
In English we have begun our class text of 'George's Marvellous Medicine', we used the outdoor space to help us share some exciting vocabulary about George's nasty Grandma.
We've also been looking at alliteration and having a go at performing some tongue-twisters (Mr Genders wasn't very good at them!) Why don't you have a go? To get the full effect of tongue twisters you should repeat them several times, as quickly as possible, without stumbling or mispronouncing. Good luck!
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.
A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked.
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,
Where's the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?
Happy Mother's Day
We revisited a project that we started in September, when we had a go at redesigning famous album covers for David Litchfield's 'The Bear and the Piano'. We used this idea to help us create some album cover inspired Mother's Day cards. An idea which was originally created by an online charity art group, that Mr Genders has previously worked with.
To say thanks for letting us 'borrow' the idea, we have made a donation to the Redditch Foodbank on behalf of Seafield Class. Happy Mother's Day. https://www.justgiving.com/actsofkindness
Mrs Taylor visited our class this week, and the children were able to WOW her with their impressive adding of fractions. They are now able to confidently add fractions with the same denominator as well as beginning to add fractions with different denominators.
We were historical detectives this week looking at a variety of unusual artefacts to find evidence of the past. We correctly worked out that the link was Egypt and so we kick started our new exciting topic!
We worked on maps of Ancient Egypt, chronologically ordered a timeline and created reference grids detailing the facts we had found out from different artefacts.
Finally our problem solving skills were inspired by the Pyramids of Giza when we had a STEM challenge to find the best way of making a strong pyramid. We tested paper, sticks and dough, Lego and sugar cubes. Check out our photos to see how we did.
We are really proud to reveal that Reverend Irving has notified us that Grace was the overall winner of the recent 'Snowdrop Weekend Story' that was run by at St.Leonard’s Church.
We have enjoyed lots of very busy lunchtime chess club's this term. Mr Genders has particularly enjoyed games against Ashton, Ryley, Daniel and Thomas.
Inspired by the whole school draw-a-long session at the end of last week, Freya and Ryley led two drawing masterclasses within Seafiled. Ryley taught the class to draw Jim Field's 'Oi Goat' whil Freya taught us to draw this incredible parrot. Check it out:
Forge Mill Textile Group
Year 4 children have begun their long term project with Forge Mill Textile Group this week. The children began by getting to know the members of the group and then were taught some ways to create custom made textiles which they will stitch in next time. The children can't wait to meet up again at the end of February.
TT Rock Stars
Seafield have launched 'Times Table Rock Stars' this week, a fantastic online way to develop knowledge of times tables and division facts. Times tables are recognised as essential to access many mathematical concepts and knowledge.
When it comes to times tables, speed AND accuracy are important – the more facts your child remembers, the easier it is for them to do harder calculations. Times Table Rock Stars is a fun and challenging programme designed to help children master the times tables.
The children have really enjoyed creating their own avatars and now fully equipped with their login details for weekly sessions in school and regular practise at home.
We have been showing off our wonderful understanding of fractions this week, this started with some 'Fraction Fighting' in the hall (don't worry it's a game). Keep an eye out on the playground in the coming weeks as we'll be filling them with equivalent fractions.
The Great Beoley Bake Off
We were hugely impressed with Cherry Class this week, as they taught us how to create some delicious Christmas biscuits. The Year 1 children took the full lead during this process and the results were scrumptious.
12th December - Election Day
To coincide with the General Election, and as part of our ongoing work in promoting ’British Values’, we organised a timely vote for a range of children’s picture books. Advocates from Seafield Class delivered speeches to promote several books and a secret ballot was held to promote some key aspects of democracy. Congratulations to Emma Yarlett (author and illustrator) whose book ‘Dragon Post’ was a clear favourite amongst our pupils. Emma Yarlett will be written to by Seafield to share this news.
Seafield Class have been working hard researching the Victorians, they then created informative presentations that covered different areas and aspects. Mrs Allen and Mr Genders were really proud with how they then presented their presentations to other classes
Redditch Library Visit
Our trip to Redditch Library with our buddy readers from Cherry Class was a great success. We had a tour of the library, which included an inquisitive trip down into the basement to look at the archive of treasured books and old copies of the Redditch Indicator newspaper; some from two hundred years ago! Hannah read us 'Where The Poppies Now Grow' as part of our Remembrance topic and we had the chance to be creative and discover new books to share with our peers. Make sure you let us know which books you've been borrowing with your library cards!
We have been working hard on mastering telling the time over the last couple of weeks. Mr Veness and six Year 4 children led an extremely active lesson where the children became hands on a clock face, to help solve lots of tricky time puzzles.
This week, we have been working together to create a whole class book that teaches you how to play chess. One copy was gifted to Mrs Marshall, who is keen to become a chess 'Grandmaster'.
First News - Newspaper Exchange
To encourage us to read an even wider range of texts, each child in Holt and Seafield Class have been gifted a First News newspaper to keep. These can be read and explored alongside their reading books at home. Children are then able to freely exchange their copy for other issues within class.
Be More Bernard
After sharing the wonderful picture book, 'Be More Bernard', with Cherry Class. We used the story as stimulus to help us celebrate what makes us unique from everybody else, and recognising why it is good to be different.
We have been using iPads, planning sheets and laptops to create our own active maths games, we then presented all our ideas to Mr Veness.
He was really impressed with the original ideas, as well as the great use of adverbs, imperative verbs and time conjunctions in our writing.
He was asked to choose his favourite, and after much deliberation he finally chose 'Super Hooper' by Tilly and Lucia. You can check out the game by clicking on this link.
We have been learning to play chess in Seafield Class. We have found that it's really good at improving our problem solving skills and our decision making. Although, if you look closely, it doesn't look like it's going very well for Noah B.
Writing to David Litchfield
We were amazed to discover that David Litchfield, the author and illustrator of 'The Bear and the Piano', had been tweeting about our gigantic class letter and song reviews.
Banksy Inspired Artwork
After Noah T. found a newspaper article about artist, Banksy. We decided to create some graffiti inspired art based on street names in our village.
Inspired by Roald Dahl's, 'Dirty Beasts', we've begun to plan and create our own poems. We used a range of picture books to help generate ideas and to help us recognise rhyming couplets. We are really looking forward to sharing these with everyone.
Performing 'Dirty Beasts'
We have really enjoyed rehearsing and then performing some of Roald Dahl's 'Dirty Beasts' poems to Cherry Class. We worked hard to think about we would really entertain and engage our audience.
We used our computer skills in mathematics this week to create symmetrical portraits of the whole class. Some of the results were hilarious.
Dance Mat Typing
We have begun to practise or touch typing as part of one of our morning activities. We've discovered that touch typing is the fastest way to write and that many people quickly learn to touch type faster than they can write with a pen.
We have begun by thinking about the home row keys, thinking carefully about the positioning of our fingers. As well has remembering not to rush and rest our wrists on the desk.
Here is the link, for you to practise at home.
The Bear and the Piano
WOW! What a busy first week in Seafield Class. We have really enjoyed sharing books and newspaper articles with each other. After studying David Litchfield's 'The Bear and the Piano' we created imaginary song reviews and a wrote whole class letter which we have sent to him. Look how gigantic it is, we hope we get a reply.