Thursday, 19 December 2013

Rocking around the Christmas Tree

Well what a fantastic afternoon we have had! To mark the end point of our IPC topic 'Let's celebrate' we invited parents, siblings, relatives and anyone else who wasted to attend, into our base for some Christmas carols.

It's always great to invite parent into our learning spaces, for them to see the work we have been producing this past half term and involve them in our topic work.

We sang a range of songs, from traditional Christmas Carols to some songs from our nativity show (If you missed today you can still hear out Christmas songs here).

We were pleased with such a great turn out and hope you all enjoyed the afternoon spend in West Base.

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Christmas Baking project

As part of our Design Technology IPC work this term we have tested, designed and produced some traditional Christmas treats.

After the tough job of taste testing yule log, Christmas cake and mince pies pupils selected their favourite and started to design their treats. The creativity of our students never disappoints and we had a range of designs from glittery holly leaves to snow angels and penguins.

We then set to work producing our final treats. We were able to put into practise the measuring work we had been learning about in an earlier maths lesson and weighed out all the ingredients and started mixing, making and shaping.

The final results looked fantastic (even if we do say so ourselves) and we loved working on this project.

If you have been baking (or just sampling) traditional christmas treats please do let us know.

Christmas Cooking

After tasting some Christmas treats we have planned and made our own.

Some of us have made mince pies.

Some of us have made a Yule log.

Whilst some of use have made Christmas cakes that we will be icing.

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Christmas Sing-a-long

Today at Osprey Campus we were joined by Southwell Campus Year 2 and Underhill Campus Year 4 for our Christmas sing-a-long, led by our Early Years music teacher Mrs Fryer. The children enjoyed singing with their friends from different campuses. We sat in our house groups.


                                  Southwell, Year 2 & Underhill, Year 4             

We sang a range of songs from our various different Christmas productions, as well as some old favourites. During each performance some children came and supported Mrs Fryer with bells, shakers, silly hats and a nativity scene. The penultimate song caused a stir as some of the staff attempted to sing and dance along too.

 Penn House

Wren House & Anning House

It's party time.

This afternoon we were joined by some of our Year 2 friends from East base for our Christmas party. The children all brought in party clothes (a mass of excitement as many a sequin outfit and christmas jumper were put on after lunch).

The children had a great time making lots of different arts and crafts, from Snowflakes, to Christmas wreaths, snow shakers and Christmas angels.

We finished the day with party games and then some party food, kindly donated by everyone at the party. A massive thank you for everyones kind donations it really did help to produce a fantastic day.

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

We have been busy decorating our christmas tree and thought we could use some of the great ICT facilities we are lucky to have at IPACA.

We had a visit from Mr Simmonds from IPACA Royal Manor Campus who came to help out with some DT work. We were creating our designs using Foldify, a great app on the iPads that let's you design nets to turn into 3D objects.

We all designed simple cubes but created christmassy designs. This was the easy bit, it was harder gluing the nets together to make the 3D cubes but we managed and were very pleased to see our finished work decorating one of the trees in our base.

We hope you like our decorations.

Show time!

We had our first performance of our Nativity show today and were very very proud of all the children who took part.

Here are some of the songs from our rehearsal practise, Sorry for the sound quality it's not the best but we hope you enjoy them.

And here we are ready for our first performance, everything from dancing sheep to shepherds and a full orchestra, what more can you ask for from a nativity performance!

Sunday, 8 December 2013

A sneak peak!

We have been very busy rehearsing for our Nativity show and thought you might like a sneak peak from our dress rehearsal.

We are really looking forward to performing to everyone this week and hope you all enjoy the show.

Friday, 6 December 2013


We have been learning about division this week in our Maths lessons and really enjoyed the practical lessons that came with this topic.

Here we are sorting people into groups of equal size. It required a bit of sorting, arranging and problems solving but we managed it!

Friday, 29 November 2013

Hard work pays off.

I'm sure everyone following our blog will agree that we have been working extremely hard so far this term. As a class we have been working together to earn jewels in our special jar and receive a treat.

We had a vote to decide what we should be working toward and the majority voted for Ice creams (and why not in late November).

Today was the day we saw the jar full of jewels!  As you can see we were a very happy bunch.

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Stick Man, Oh Stick Man beware of…..

…West Base!

We have received news of some strange visitors to our base today. Some appear to be taking part in some daredevil stunts! I hope they are careful!

A couple of Stick Men exploring our classroom.

Just checking out his appearance.

It's a risky business hanging out by the pencils if you are a stickman….
You might end up like this!

I Wonder what these stick folk are chatting about!

Don't jump Mr Stick Man!

Come back soon to find out what else our Stick Men have been up to.

Community Computer Fun.

We had a great time this evening at our computer event enjoying some stage not age learning as some of our Year 3 modelled to some foundation children how to use a make make kit.

The children were set a challenge to try and play different tunes on some carrots (we hope Rudolf doesn't get offended if there aren't enough left over on Christmas eve!)

Here is one of our students playing a tune, we hope you like it!

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Moon Base Preparation Centre

When you arrive at your classroom in the morning to find the windows covered with silver foil and the following signs on the window, you know you are going to be in for a few surprises!

We had a challenge, and a tricky one at that! We and been selected by the government to set up a new society (a quick Brainstorm so we knew what a society meant) led us to understand we had to set up a new moon base, where we could live, create animals and encourage people to visit!

We were working in our house bases today, Wren and Penn worked together in West base. It was a really great opportunity to work with some different friends from not only our Campus but also from IPACA's underhill campus - we were lucky enough to also have some year 4 helpers spend the day with us.

First things first we decided what role we would have in the day - a tricky choice but after some umming and ahhhing we managed to make some choices!


The architects had the tricky job of deciding what we needed to build on our moon base. Did we need to make schools or could we cope with just our iPads at home (luckily general thoughts were our new school is so nice we should take that with us - Phew!) We also thought hospitals, pizza delivery Shops and toy shops were all equally as important, and why not!

After some great brain storming and designs we set to work modelling our buildings, making maps and creating our amazing city!

I mean who wouldn't want fantastic buildings like these on their moon base!


 Now there's no point in designing a moon base if no one knows about it or wants to visit so the advertising team had a busy day ahead. We wanted to get a great selection of people to our MoonBase and thought we ought to help spread the word of this new amazing location.

We started off imagining (with the help of purple mash) we were in space, sending some messages to those not quite lucky enough to have such a fun new location to visit!

Next step, to produce that all important advert. We couldn't make it the the actual real life moon base today (shame really) so we had to do with using green screen for our advert. We had such fun thinking up sketches, dance moves and backgrounds - Keep your eyes posted for our advert, I'm sure it will be coming soon to a screen near you!

Finally we thought people might like some more information about our moon base. We had to go and find out from the other groups what animals, buildings and transport we were going to have on our base. We started - again with the help of Purple mash - to write information leaflets to attract people to our moon base! What a busy day!


Now as much as it might be nice to enjoy some peace and quiet on our moon base, we did also need to make sure we took some useful people with us. We decided there wasn't much point going to our new base without doctors, people who will look after us (I think the main thought here were tidying up after us!) and our friends and family!

After working through a tough selection process, we needed to have a serious think about how we were going to get all those people to the moon. Sadly we didn't think jet packs would get us all the way  so we really needed to think about a fleet of spaceships!

As you can see we had a great range of spaceships and it was a relief to be informed that there would in fact be room for everyone to come to the moon base - Phew!


Well we had to first work out what zoologists did. We decided they needed to be people who knew loads about animals and could be a bit creative! The zoologists were ready for some fun creating a slightly different type of animal to take wont us to our moon base!

We though we would create some amazing animal mash ups to take with us to our Moon Base. I mean why would we bother just bringing a normal cow with us - we do appreciate they are useful animals (milk, meat) but hey, wouldn't they be much more useful if they could also fly! So we set to work designing some animals we could take with us, and then creating some virtual animals!

We made the above pictures with a website called switch zoo It's worth a look and was great fun!

Next we thought we could model our animals - so we made some great mashups in salt dough and got painting.

Finally (phew we really were busy) we made some brilliant animal mash ups using morfo on the iPads. We love using this app and thought it was great fun (especially as we could then make out animals dance!)

We had a great day today, thanks to all our friends from IPACA OQ and Underhill for working with us and for helping to create such amazing work.