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Spring Term 2022

Welcome to our Spring Term 2022 Page.

Thank you for visiting our class webpage for the Spring Term. If you haven’t already please make sure you’ve had a look at our Autumn Term Page as it’s full of exciting activities and examples of learning. Make sure you keep regularly visiting us as we always try to add new content each week so you can be a part of our exciting curriculum and learning.

Rest Easy Training.

Today was a very special introduction to our Year 5 pupils for them to be trained in Well Being Management of themselves and also other pupils. Being able to support others is very important to us here at Criftins.

St James’ CE Primary.

Today we joined with class 3 to find out more about our partner project school in Blackburn. It was great to be able to find out more about this multi faith school located in a busy part of the town.

Ukraine

Today was a special day to show unity and support for the people of Ukraine. Each of us wore blue and yellow which represents the Ukrainian flag. In the afternoon we bought and sold ice creams to raise money.

Ellesmere Tennis Festival

Today we all had a wonderful experience as we joined with other schools at Ellesmere College for a wonderful indoor tennis extravaganza. Learning the skills of tennis is great fun whilst leading a healthy lifestyle.

Red Nose Day.

Today across school was all about supporting the Comic Relief Red Nose Day charity. It was great to see pupils dressed up but also knowing that money raised will go to good causes both here in the UK and beyond. 

Design Technology - Electronic Game.

This term we have continued to work on our designs for our own Electronic Game. It’s been great fun making our designs, changing our plans and even re doing signs and artwork to improve the overall appeal and effect of our games. Today we began to work out where our wires would go and seeing if our circuit diagrams would work as we have planned.

Lakelands Academy Science

It is always a pleasure to work with other schools. This week we gladly accepted a loan of electrical items for us to use as part of our work on circuits. Great fun and a great opportunity to develop new skills and understanding.

Reading Shelters - Design Technology.

As part of our final task we constructed our Reading Shelters using the skills and plans we had developed. We then presented our work to the whole school to ask them to help us choose a winning design.

Cricket Taster.

It was a pleasure today to have the opportunity to have a trial at cricket. The weather was glorious and it was great fun learning the skills necessary to throw, catch and bat a ball using a cricket bat.

Min Y Don

In March we had a wonderful experience and opportunity as we took part in a 5 day residential. This huge undertaking is part of outdoor learning and also a series of challenges for pupils including climbing, abseiling and canoeing.

Click this link for almost 300 images of our fun away !

https://www.criftins.shropshire.sch.uk/min-y-don-2022/

Pupil Reflection and well wishes of Min Y Don.

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Dress as a WORD.

What a great idea from Arts Council to arrive in school as a word ! Every year we always celebrate World Book Day, but today was also about bringing the whole school together to have some fun and share our Love of Reading. Take a look at our Class 4 pupils showcasing great ideas and great outfits.

Executive Summary.

A huge part of school life is about pupils and staff working together to make decisions. Today was about our Ambassadors feeding back and feeding forward ideas to our Executive Head Teacher. Wonderful opportunity for young people to be involved in grown up decisions.

Geography : Research an aspect of Modern Living.

Today was about Geographical Enquiry through gathering data via surveys. Each group of pupils thought about modern aspects of daily living that they could gather information from other pupils in school. It was fun going to interview other pupils in school and then use the information to present the results.

Tennis.

What a great way to end another hard working week with some professional Tennis coaching. We teamed up with all the year 5 and our year 6 and had great fun whilst learning new skills.

Goodbye Miss Chestnutt.

It has been an honour and a pleasure to have been able to work alongside our Trainee Associate Teacher, Miss Chestnutt. Over the past few months Miss Chestnutt has worked each day helping with teaching and learning, planning and preparing lessons, assessing and marking, meeting and greeting, in fact doing the job of a valued and trusted member of our team here at Criftins. You have been a superstar and will be sadly missed. Good luck, thank you for all your passion, commitment and dedication. 

Miss Chestnutt and one of the gifts for Class 4.

RSHE.

Legal and Illegal Drugs.

Today we used drama to act out a scenario of what could happen out on the streets or park. Children were misled, thinking they were helping mistakenly took some drugs to a friend. This then led us into a huge discussion about the concepts of both legal and illegal drugs.

Design Technology.

Today we continued to build the plans we had in place for our electronic game. There’s a lot of work involved in finishing and creating a really good look to our game but also thinking through the whole electronic process of getting it all to work. 

A new Chapter in our Lives.

Today we welcomed Darren Edwards who came to inspire us all by sharing his motivational talk of overcome adversity through challenge. Darren shared his story of how life changed for him when he was seriously injured whilst out climbing. Positive actions and resilience is something we all need to focus on. Darren shared with us all his epic fund raising charity event of open water kayaking from John o Groats to Lands End. 26 days and over 100km ! Who do you want to be and how will you achieve this ? A powerful insight for all our pupils to consider.

Pathways : The Selfish Giant.

As we move on with our English work, today we used some drama and hot seating to develop characterisation. This was great fun whilst at the same linking vocabulary, imagination and description to aid and support our writing.

Gigo Electricity Junior.

Today we started to develop our science electrical circuit skills. Using the GIGO electrical kit we were able to use pre assembled components to create our own circuits.

Knowledge Maps.

Computing : Excel Spreadsheet.

Using the computer for creating charts, tables and statistics is an important skill. This term we have begun to look at the business application of Microsoft Excel. This is a wonderful programme that teaches pupils about how information can be stored and retrieved and then used to create charts and graphs.

Enrichment Day.

Today was all about working creatively and imaginatively for a very special competition. To celebrate the work of Randolph Caldecott we worked together to create “The House that I Built”. All work is to be sent to the Whitchurch Arts Festival. A day to develop our creativity and have great fun research8ng and developing artistic skills.

Design Technology : Creating an electronic game.

In DT today we started the process of thinking about the ideas we have to create our own electric board game. It should be fun to link both science and DT to create our own model. After researching we soon realised the complexity of joining circuits in science with DT model making. 

First News and Whizz Pop Bang Science.

In class 4 we wanted to really demonstrate our Love of Reading. Each of us spent time reading and looking through First News articles and content in the Whizz Pop Bang science magazine. Each of us then carried out further research and then write about what we had found out. Together they look amazing as we displayed them around school for everyone to see.

Reading Corner in Class 4.

Taking time out to read and reflect truly develops us as people and also helps to develop our brains. In class 4 we place great importance on regular reading. Our class display area is full of books for us to read and is also swapped around each term. Have a look at our new Spring Term Reading Area.

Happy Birthday.

It’s always wonderful to celebrate a birthday especially if there is cake and singing !

Reading For Pleasure.

Reading is all about developing ourselves. Whether it is about finding out and researching or immersing ourselves into another world. In class 4 we wanted to share what we are each reading. Maybe you have read some of our books ?

History: The role of women.

This is a particularly exciting topic for pupils to research and investigate. It’s important we realise how history can help us bring about change by understanding the past. Today we travelled back in time to The Victorian times to look at what role women were considered to have in society.

Geography : Maps.

It was fascinating today to just take some time to look at a range of maps of our local area. Each map had a different scale and allowed pupils to see both similarities and differences across the maps. Undoubtedly, the most exciting and detailed map was the Ordnance Survey Map, a real paper map for pupils to gain a real insight.

Science / Design Technology : Electricity.

Our challenge this term is linking two areas of the curriculum through an understanding of electricity. In science we will be developing our knowledge on electrical circuits and components. In Design Technology we want to design, make and evaluate our own game that incorporates electric ! Sounds like fun, so make sure you come back and visit us to see how our work is progressing.

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