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Wonder Week

During the last week of our Spring ii half term, we had a very special week called 'Wonder Week.' This week saw us linking our work in subjects as Art, Design and Technology and Science to the book 'The Wonder.'

 

 

We decorated some beautiful stars like the ones in the book to make our hall look wonderful!
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We each brought in a cushion from home or borrowed a reading buddy from the book corner. We enjoyed getting cosy and cuddling up to these when we shared our book throughout the week. 
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On the Tuesday, we had a very special visit from Paul the magician from Magical Mayhem. We enjoyed his assembly as it was packed with magic tricks and was full of wonder! We particularly enjoyed the bit where he made hundreds of stars appear out of nowhere! It made us really excited about our learning for the rest of the week!
We also had a magical workshop led by Paul the magician. Here, we carried out activities such as plate spinning, balancing, riding unicycles and stilt walking. We had lots of fun experimenting with different equipment and practising our magic tricks!
Throughout the week we developed both our Art and Design and Technology skills, after discussing ways in which we might visit magical worlds. After coming up with the idea of travelling to these wonderful worlds by magical carpet, we then each designed and created a patch of our own magic carpet. We then stitched buttons onto fabric which we then used as part of our magic carpet design. 
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Here's what our magic carpet looked like when we had finished!
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Our Science topic is 'Forces and Magnets.' During Wonder Week, we enjoyed learning about the magic of magnets. We learnt that magnets have two poles: the north pole and the south pole. We also learnt that when the opposite poles are facing one another, magnets attract and that when the same poles are facing one another, magnets repel.  We explored which objects magnets are attracted to and why and tried to make our magical carpets move using only a whiteboard, paperclips and magnets (no hands!). 
In Maths, we have been learning all about fractions. We have also been looking at tenths and tenths as fractions and decimals. As part of our Wonder Week learning, we carried out some problem solving activities on magical carpets. We had to answer questions based on what fraction of the magic carpets had been completed and what fraction of the magic carpets was missing. We also completed some sequencing with fractions as tenths and decimals. We spent the rest of our lesson choosing  6, 8 or 10 patches of three different types of patterns to create our own magical carpets in pairs. We had to say what fraction of our magical carpets was made up of each pattern. We had lots of fun in this activity and worked well applying what we already knew about fractions to our problem solving!
In groups, we visited the 'Imagination Station' to help us come up with inspiration for our magic carpets designs. We looked for patterns and shapes we saw around us and included lots of detail and colour in our work! We would love to visit again!
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On a magic carpet ride!

 

As if by magic, we travelled to some mysterious, fantasy lands on our flying carpet! 

 

Naturally, our teachers carried out a risk assessment beforehand to make sure the lands were safe for us to visit; fortunately, they were! However, Miss Marchini and Mrs Dolman forgot to do a head count and nearly left Mrs Zimnoch behind! Luckily, Mrs Zimnoch was well prepared and followed behind them on her own magic carpet!

We had lots of adventures and managed to return back to school in one piece (although feeling a little bit dizzy!).

 Here are some of the lands we visited!

Thank you parents!

 

We really enjoyed sharing our learning throughout the week with our parents and the rest of the school, during the open session and parade. We enjoyed creating unusual pictures of the lands we discovered on our magic carpet rides and using pictures and lettering as a fun way of expressing what our lands were like. We hope you enjoyed seeing all our hard work showcased in the parade! What a fun-filled week we have had!  

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