Literacy: Stories of the sea by Michael Morpurgo


After reading ‘Dolphin Boy’, Ospreys have this week finished reading ‘The Sandman and the Turtles’, another story by Michael Morpurgo set near the sea, which tells the story of two children, Michael and Polly. Our writing task is to create an alternative ending for the story, with a focus on using dialogue, with speech correctly punctuated. In our SPAG activities we looked at a recipe for welshcakes, which are mentioned in the story, and noted how verbs usually begin an instruction sentence. We have also been revising speech punctuation, and looked at how to use adverbs to convey characters’ motives and emotions.


Science: Investigating Soil


What is soil made of? Why do plants need soil?

These are some of the questions that Ospreys will be dealing with in science this term, and today we took jam jars outside to collect samples of soil. Our investigation is to observe what we can see in different samples of soil, by mixing the soil with water, shaking it up, and then letting the contents settle over the course of a few weeks. We took soil samples from all around the school grounds to see if there will be any variation in what is in the soil. Pupils then labelled their jars and have placed them on the balcony outside our classroom, where we will observe layers of different materials forming over the next few weeks.

P.E.: Quick-Sticks Hockey


Ospreys today tried out a new ream game in PE, a four a side version of hockey called Quick Sticks. We warmed up with relay races, dribbling a ball around a cone, and practicing passing to get used to using the hockey stick. We divided into teams of four to play against each other. Ospreys soon adapted to the team tactics. We look forward to improving our hockey skills again next week.

Architecture Topic: Visit to Woodchester Mansion


As part of our studies of architecture this year, Ospreys went to visit Woodchester Mansion last Thursday, as a local example of building in the Victorian Gothic Revival style. We followed the play trail through the park, stopping to experience the climbing logs, zip wire, see saw and rope swings. There was also lots to see and talk about in the woods, including uprooted trees and layers of Cotswold limestone visible along the way. One lucky pupil found a fantastic fossil. We had a picnic lunch outside, before our guided tour of the mansion itself. We found out about the story of the Leigh family, that started the building of the house, and about the architectural features of the building. We got to watch the bats in the bat room, and finished the tour with a visit to the vaulted cellars beneath the building. Thankyou to all the parents who came along to support our trip. We all had a fantastically fun and interesting day!

Literacy: can you describe swimming with a dolphin?


Ospreys have been sharing the story, ‘Dolphin Boy’, by Michael Morpurgo, which tells the tale of Jim, a boy who befriends a dolphin. Pupils read a passage of the story independently, and thought of comprehension questions to ask each other. We used thesauruses to find adjectives, adverbs, verbs and descriptive phrases to go into a word bank of useful words to use for our writing. We then wrote an introduction for our descriptive passage together, pooling our ideas, before beginning the main task of describing what it would be like to ride with a dolphin in the sea.

Topic: Architecture


Ospreys Visit to Caerphilly Castle

On Tuesday this week we learned about how the Normans gradually replaced wooden Motte and Baileycastleswith heavily defended Stone Keep Castles, and today we went to visit one of the largest Norman castles in Britain. Caerphilly is a huge 12th century concentric Stone castle, surrounded by a double moat. We explored the towers, rooms and grounds of the castle, looking at the evidence of different defensive features that once kept attackers at bay. We saw a leaning tower, medieval toilets, portcullis, murder holes, lots of arrow slit windows, and a life size trebuchet and ballista.

Literacy: Animal Adventure Stories


In our new topic we have been reading ‘The Hodgeheg’, by Dick King Smith, which tells of the adventures of a young hedgehog called Max. In a SPAG activity, we found animal names made up of compound words, using books from the school library to find as many animals as possible. We then switched the vowels in the animal names around, to create new words. Pupils then began planning to write their own animal adventure story, choosing an animal and thinking of a challenge it would need to overcome. We then made a word bank to collect adjectives, adverbs, verbs, onomatopoeic words and other useful vocabulary, before setting the scene in the opening sentences to our stories.