in Design and Technology we used our knife, grating and egg-shelling skills to put together a delicious fish pie. We didn't know if we would like it, but most of us were pleasantly surprised!
Learning to make a brooch out of clay and decorate it with intricate patterns and texture.
We used a range of tools to help us carve intricate patterns into the clay. We also used our hands to smooth the clay to attach pieces onto the top of the clay.
We had to make sure that we firmly secured the additional pieces of clay that we added to our designs, as we remembered that during our Roman coil pot making, unless we secured it properly pieces fell off when it dried.
In Science, we have been learning about sea pollution. After doing some research, we made some informative posters about it. We used our Design and Technology knowledge of mechanisms to make some of the parts on our posters move.
Year 4 had a great day on Friday 5th May 2023 celebrating the Kings Coronation. We coronated our very own King of Pine and Queen of Redwood. The children loved learning about the Kings coronation and what would happen over the weekend. Our King and Queen for the day also loved their crowns.
What an amazing day Year 4 had at The Tower of London! We were dazzled by the breath-taking collection of jewels in the Jewel House and loved seeing the guards and Yeoman Warders (Beefeaters) outside. We visited Britain’s world famous castle, the White Tower, where there were many unique and extraordinary arms and armours on display. We even found a typical medieval toilet!
We saw the ravens and know about the legend that says the Kingdom and the Tower of London will fall if the ravens ever leave the fortress. Whilst there, we met a ‘pirate’ and he told us stories about two prisoners that were kept in the Tower of London and they learnt what it really meant to be a pirate.
On the journey into London, we also saw many famous landmarks - Wembley Stadium, Lord’s Cricket Ground, Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben), The London Eye, Tower Bridge, Sherlock Holmes’ birthplace and The Shard.
On Wednesday 15th February, Year 4 visited Carsington Water. We completed a river study to see if this part of the river would be a suitable habitat for a water vole. To do this, we observed the area around the river, measured the depth and width, and estimated the speed of the river by measuring how fast a floating object travelled two metres. We also had a go at some pond dipping to see which creatures could be found in this habitat and designed our own pond creatures using our knowledge of adaptations that the creatures would need to survive in the pond environment.
To start off our Anglo-Saxon learning, Year 4 were visited by the History Squad. We got the chance to learn about everyday life for the Anglo Saxons and look at some artefacts from the time. We got to hold weapons, helmets, shields and everyday items that were replicas of items believed to be used by the Anglo Saxons.
On Monday 17th October, Year 4 went to Roman Mancetter and Boudicca Heritage Centre. Whilst we were there, the children made their own mosaics and learnt how to be a Roman soldier, including performed some battle tactics. As well as that, they learnt how the Romans made their roads, like Watling Street, so straight and about different types of Roman pottery that have been found around Mancetter. We had a brilliant time and the staff there were very impressed with all of the children's knowledge about the Romans, well done!
In our outdoor PE lessons this half term we will be learning how to play hockey. The first thing we had to learn was how to hold a hockey stick properly. After that, we practised some dribbling and passing.
This half term, our Science topic is sound. In this lesson, we were playing different instruments to see which part was vibrating to make the sound. We also explored how each instrument could make a higher or lower sound and how we could change the volume of the sound.
Why was the Roman army so successful? How did the Romans shape Britain? Who was Boudica? We will explore the invasion of Britain by Julius Caesar and Emperor Claudius, the power and success of the Roman army and how the Romans changed Britain. Although they were well-trained and disciplined on the battlefield, they were not always fighting. We will learn that the Romans brought many things into the lives of Britons of the time including founding cities, building new roads and the idea of money and coins.
What a tasty topic this one is! All of Year Three have a golden ticket to take a journey with Mr Willy Wonka as he endeavours to turn his chocolate factory into an equally delicious yet healthier option. We must try, test and sell our healthy product ideas to ensure they are worthy enough to be sold and created by his trusty Oompa Loompas.
Visit this fascinating European country with us and find out about the weather, landscape, landmarks and culture. Travel back to Ancient Greece to discover how our lives today have been influenced by this exciting and important time in history. While you're there, take part in some exhilarating Olympic events and discover a fantastical world full of mythical creatures and legendary heroes. Poseidon, Apollo, Artemis and Zeus reign almighty from Mount Olympus, watching mere mortals on dusty Athenian streets. Meet Theseus, the hero, and Helen of Troy, the beautiful face that launched a thousand ships. Explore the terrains of Greece, where in pure blue skies, the Sun scorches waxen wings and melts the fortunes of Icarus and Daedalus. Then decide your own fate when a mysterious box is found and stirs your curious mind.
Come and join us on a magnificent adventure where we discover what is beneath our feet. We follow the adventures of the famous fossil hunter - Mary Anning. Also venturing inside the workings of the world’s most explosive and dangerous volcanos and even having a go at making our own volcanic explosions. Engage in limitless fun and explosive excitement!
Forces, Magnets and Metals
Hogarth and The Iron Man from our key text ‘The Iron Man’ are our guides through our Forces, Magnets and Metals theme. We learn all about different metals and what they are used for, explore magnetism and how this works, along with focusing our scientific investigations on forces.
Throughout this half term, we go 2.6 million years back in time by reading ‘The Great Storm’ by Terry Deary. We learn about the exciting discoveries, particularly during the Neolithic period. We learn about changes in diet, tools, art and housing as we venture through to the Bronze Age and Iron Age, making comparisons to how we live nowadays.
Road Trip USA!
Maple class had a fantastic day at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Luckily the weather was kind to us and we had a rain free day. We had fun searching the woodland and pond habitats doing a bit of minibeast hunting and pond dipping, we even found some newts in the pond. Afterwards we had a session all about plants. We learnt about what plants need to grow well and about the life cycle of a plant, which involved one of us getting dressed up as a bee!
Year 3 have had a letter from Larry the dog and his owner Pete to invite them to go on a road trip around the USA. So we packed our suitcases, got on a plane and looked forward to the adventure. The problem was Larry kept getting lost so Pete needed our help to find him in the different states. We have already explored San Francisco in California, Washington DC and New York, we will soon be moving to Texas and then finally Los Angeles to take a walk along the iconic Hollywood walk of fame, it will be quite a journey! Along the way, we will research iconic American people, make traditional American dishes and identifying physical and human features of North America. We even had a go at designing and building our own bridges after finding out about the world famous Golden Gate Bridge.
Grab your bucket and spade and let’s head to the coast! On the beach we will learn about the physical and human features that can be found and explore how life in a coastal town compares to life here in the Midlands. As an island we are surrounded by the sea so we will take a closer look at which seas specifically surround the United Kingdom and the wildlife that inhabits them. We will also explore how to stay safe when we are near water.
On Wednesday Year 2 spent a swashbuckling day in the life of a pirate. We were joined by Richard from 'The History Squad' who taught us lots of information about pirates.
To start with he taught us special pirate vocabulary such as 'stern', 'bow', 'port' and 'starboard'. When given orders by the Captain, we had to run to the correct place on the ship. Richard then showed us some artefacts. We were able to hold pieces of eight, canon balls, a cutlass and even had a go a firing real pistol (don't worry it wasn't loaded!) Can you believe we played games that pirates would have played on their ships? It was a very fun day and we learnt lots.
Year 2 would like to say a big thank you to 'The History Squad'.
We celebrated the end of our theme by going to a Royal Tea Party with Paddington Bear. Paddington was able to travel in style on a red bus made during our DT moving vehicles project. We wore our finest outfits and enjoyed cake along with Paddington’s marmalade on toast. We were also honoured to welcome a special visitor, Sergeant Harrison, who explained what life was life as a soldier guarding the Queen at Buckingham Palace and the crown jewels at the Tower of London!
Silly old Paddington Bear…he packed his bags for his tea party invitation and spilt marmalade all over his invite…we had to help him using our inference skills by working out where he was going and who he was visiting.
In Year 2 we have been busy ‘visiting’ landmarks in London. We used a green screen app and chose our favourite landmarks to add our photographs.
1.1. We are committed to safeguarding the privacy of the users of our services. Our services include and will hereby be referred to as 'Our Services' (our websites used to promote eSchools services and tutorial resources, specifically
and https://academy.eschools.co.uk), 'School Websites' ( designed by eSchools and populated by individual schools themselves) and 'Platforms' (individual online services that provide teachers, learners, parents and governors with information, tools and resources) as well as our smartphone app. This policy sets out how we will treat your personal information across these services.
2. Collecting personal information on Our Services
2.1 We may process or temporarily store the following kinds of personal information:
information about your computer and about your visits to and use of Our Services (including but not limited to, your IP address, geographical location, browser type and version, operating system, referral source, length of visit, page views and website navigation paths)
information contained in or relating to any communications that you send to us or send through our website (including, the communication content) via online forms
any other personal information that you choose to send to us via online forms
manually inputted details of users added to the platform
details of users as integrated by our providers at Wonde via your MIS (if applicable to your package). For further information on integrated data please see our Data Sharing Agreement
2.2 Before you disclose to us the personal information of another person, you must obtain that person's consent to both the disclosure and the processing of that personal information in accordance with the terms of this policy.
2.5 Schools are also able to add analytics tools and can therefore gather information on visits to and use of their website (including but not limited to, IP address, geographical location, browser type and version, operating system, referral source, length of visit, page views and website navigation paths). Individual visitors can manage their preferences through cookie preferences, as mentioned in 2.4.
2.6 Session IP addresses are retained to monitor and safeguard against improper usage of our services.
2.7 Content on the platform (added by staff, governors and students) and website content is added directly by School Users. This information is only used for to display on the platform in the way the user intends and is not used for any other purposes by eSchools. At a time when a school ceases to use our services the content is removed within a 14 day period as detailed in our agreement with the school.
2.8 Some of our services require the school to provide access to information they require for use with those services. For example a school using our communication tool, Letters Home, which enables schools to contact parents by email regarding important school information. In this situation a school will provide eSchools with access to the email address(es) they wish to send their communication to. Schools have granular access to ensure only the required data is shared and accessed by eSchools. The data is frequently updated to ensure that eSchools only retains up-to-date data.
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3.1. We may use your personal information to:
administer our services
enable your use of our services
troubleshoot and problem solve
send you email notifications that you have specifically requested. You can manage your preferences at anytime through your eSchools dashboard.
keep our services secure, safeguard against improper use of our services and prevent fraud.
3.1.1. For the purposes of providing you access to your eSchools platform and app (ie. forgotten password/login)
3.1.2. By registering for updates, School Staff/Governors are able to subscribe to our regular communications.
3.1.3. We will use any contact details supplied in an online form for the purposes explicitly detailed in said form. For example troubleshooting and problem solving or the provision of live online training as explicitly requested by you, the user.
3.2. We will not, without your express consent, supply your personal information to any third party for the purpose of their or any other third party's direct marketing.
3.3. eSchools understands our obligation to be mindful about the data we process and only process data that is required to fulfil our obligations in providing our services; to a school who enters into an agreement to use our services and you, the user.
3.4. We will not pass your information to third parties; except for the purpose of fulfilling our services to a school who enters into an agreement to use our services and you, the user or where we are required to do so by law.
4. Disclosing personal information
4.1 We may disclose your personal information to any of our employees, officers, insurers, professional advisers, agents, suppliers or subcontractors insofar as reasonably necessary for the purposes set out in this policy.
4.2 We may disclose your personal information:
to the extent that we are required to do so by law;
in connection with any ongoing or prospective legal proceedings;
in order to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights (including providing information to others for the purposes of fraud prevention and reducing credit risk);
to any person who we reasonably believe may apply to a court or other competent authority for disclosure of that personal information where, in our reasonable opinion, such court or authority would be reasonably likely to order disclosure of that personal information;
to the school in the case of improper use on the platform by individuals
4.3 Except as provided in this policy, we will not provide your personal information to third parties.
5. International data transfers
5.1. Data directly collected by eSchools may be stored and processed in and transferred between any of the countries in which we operate in order to enable us to use the information in accordance with this policy. Any third party we use is within the EEA or they hold an existing EU SCC, as in line with requirements under the GDPR. No other third party are permitted to access the school’s data.
5.2. Personal information that an individual adds to our websites may be available, via the internet, around the world. We cannot prevent the use or misuse of such information by others.
6. Retaining personal information
6.1. This section sets out our data retention policies and procedures, which are designed to help ensure that we comply with our legal obligations in relation to the retention and deletion of personal information.
6.2. Personal information that we process for any purpose or purposes shall not be kept for longer than is necessary for that purpose or those purposes.
6.3. Data collected through analytic cookies will be retained for 26 months. Individual visitors can adapt the data collected through cookie preferences, as mentioned in 2.4.
6.4. Notwithstanding the other provisions of this Section 6, we will retain documents (including electronic documents) containing personal data:
To the extent that we are required to do so by law;
If we believe that the documents may be relevant to any ongoing or prospective legal proceedings; and
In order to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights (including providing information to others for the purposes of fraud prevention and reducing credit risk). Data will no longer be kept after the termination of the contract with the school.
7. Security of your personal information
7.1. We will take reasonable technical and organisational precautions to prevent the loss, misuse or alteration of your personal information.
7.2. We will store all the personal information you provide on our secure (password- and firewall-protected) servers. The web service we employ has a broad range of accreditations and certifications and the data centres used ensure the data stays within the EEA.
7.3. eSchools use a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) which creates a secure connection and uses two keys to encrypt data in transit. Despite this, you acknowledge that the transmission of information over the internet is inherently insecure, and we cannot guarantee the security of data.
8.1. We may update this policy from time to time by publishing a new version on our website.
8.2. You should check this page regularly to ensure you are aware of any changes to this policy.
9. Your rights
9.1. You may instruct us to provide you with any personal information we hold about you.
9.2. We may withhold personal information that you request to the extent permitted by law.
9.3. You may change your cookie preferences at any time as referenced in 2.4.
9.4. School Staff/Governors who subscribe to our Newsletter may manage their preferences at any time through their eSchools dashboard.
10. Third party websites
10.1 Our websites may include hyperlinks to, and details of, third party websites. We have no control over, and are not responsible for, the privacy policies and practices of third parties.
11. Updating information
We will only provide communication about the eSchools platform to school staff/governors who can manage their preferences at any time through their eSchools dashboard.
Last Edited: 22nd April 2021
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