In Literacy this term, Ospreys have been reading stories set near the sea or rivers. We are currently writing a recount of the journey of a river, following its course from the source in the mountains, to the river mouth as it opens out to the sea. We have been reading a rhyming story, called ‘The Journey’, by Neil Griffiths and Scott Mann, to help us plan our recount writing. We used the illustrations from the book, drawn by Judith Blake, to give us ideas for our own illustrations of a scene from our river recounts. We thought about how to create perspective in our pictures, and looked at the use of tone and shade, before beginning careful sketches. We then finished our illustrations with watercolour paints. Please come and see all our finished paintings outside Ospreys classroom!
Friday 29th July
It may be approaching the end of the Summer Term for Ospreys but there is still time left for learning and progress. Well done to another pupil who, after months of practice and hard work, this Friday completed all targets in Australasia within the time limit of the Maths Passport test, and is now able to move on up to Antarctica. Fantastic work!
This week’s homework is a research project to find out about the author of our current books in our Literacy topic. Ospreys have two weeks to complete this non chronological report.
Tuesday 26th June
Ospreys set off from school on a very hot and sunny morning, to walk to Ebley Mill, where we met Steven from Stroud Museum in the Park. We learned about the history of Ebley Mill as a purpose built, water powered factory for processing Stroud Scarlett cloth to be sold all around the world. We found out how the Mill was developed by the Marling family, and how a fire damaged the chimney. After a picnic lunch and playtime at Victory Park, we walked to nearby Ebley House, previously the mill owner’s mansion. Ebley House is a great example of Victorian gothic revival architecture, with gruesome gargoyles and decorative features, similar to what we recently saw at Woodchester Mansion. We investigated the rooms at Ebley House and noted the highly decorative style, painted ceilings and stained glass windows. Thankyou to everyone at Novalis Trust for welcoming us to Ebley, and thanks also to Steven from the museum for a fascinating talk about the Mill.
Well done to our most recent Maths Passport Mover, who has worked very hard to complete all the targets in her continent and move up to the next level. She was also able to successfully answer a number of quick fire questions to check that she really knew her tables inside out before the continent was signed off.
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.