Pumpkin Class Blog

On this page you can see updates over the term of our activities and learning.

1-Minute Maths App

White Rose Maths new 1-Minute Maths app helps your pupils to build greater number confidence and fluency. It’s all about targeted practice in engaging, one-minute chunks!

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Date:
28 February
Posted by:
Miss Purshouse

Designing Healthy Sandwiches

Today in DT we have been designing healthy sandwiches. Last week we looked at the eatwell plate and the different aspects we needed to include in our sandwich. Today we tried different foods we might include for each aspect of the eatwell plate and decided what we are going to include in our sandwich we make next week.

"I tried tuna and I have eaten it for years"
"I tried a gherkin and I always thought I hated them, but I didn't"
"I did not like the gherkin it was too vinegary"
"My sandwich is going to have all aspects of the eatwell plate; brown bread, butter, soft cheese, ham, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise" 

Date:
28 February
Posted by:
Miss Purshouse

Timestables Collaboration

Today in Pumpkin and Willow class we have been collaborating. We collaborated on timetables. Different tables had different activities to do such as; rolling a dice and multiplying, using iPads for 1 minute maths games, challenge cards and year 4 teaching 3 year how to work out different multiplication questions.

"Collaboration is always really fun"
"I like it because I learn things"
"We can be like teachers showing year 3 skills they not have used yet!" 

Date:
23 February
Posted by:
Miss Purshouse

Symbol Detectives

In R.E this week we have been looking at what visual symbols and symbolic acts can be seen in a Christian church. We watched a short video where we were detectives and looked for signs of this. Once we had watched the video, we used team work to create mind maps noting down all the things we had seen that were symbols and symbolic acts within the church. 

"There are lots of crosses within a church all a symbol of what happened to Jesus on the cross"
"Holy communion where Christians have bread and wine is a symbolic act that happens in church"

Date:
20 February
Posted by:
Miss Purshouse

Compass Go!

Today Zowie delivered an ANTS workshop. We learnt what an ANT is and what we can do to stop an ANT. Zowie also told us about having a brain bestie, and that when we have an ANT we can use our brain bestie to stop the ANT. We wrote down our ideas so we can look back at them if we have an ANT. 

After this we came up with ideas of what makes us happy, which we can think about, if we are feeling negative. 

"I am a fantastic friend!"
"Making mistakes helps me."
"I am always trying my best."
"I love football, that makes me really happy."
"I enjoy going to the swimming pool."

Date:
11 February
Posted by:
Mrs Smith

Key Stage 2 Disco 🪩

Pupils in Key Stage 2 enjoyed the Friendship Disco- a great time had by all!

Date:
9 February
Posted by:
Miss Purshouse

Wednesday Readers

Pumpkin class have a reading group on a Wednesday lunch time. Here we have an opportunity to get one of our three reads, especially if we haven't had chance at home. We can also read to a grown up, and talk about the books we are reading. All children in the class are offered this opportunity weekly if they would like to join us.
"I like being able to read my story to Miss Purshouse"
"I don't always have chance to read at home because I go to lots of clubs"
"I think coming to the club is making me a better reader"

Date:
8 February
Posted by:
Miss Purshouse

Stonehenge

We love celebrating the fantastic home learning that is produced in Pumpkin class. This fantastic piece of home learning took inspiration from us looking at Stonehenge in our recent History lesson.

Date:
8 February
Posted by:
Miss Purshouse

Science Investigation- Soil Permeability

Today in Pumpkin class we have been scientists. We identifed how to make careful observations and observed how much water had filtered through different types of soil. We made sure we used the same equipment and length of time for each observation to make our investigation a fair one. We also found that we were using skills from other lessons, such as maths for reading the units of measurement and time. The conclusion to our investigation was that the soil from our tyre plants was the most permeable. 

Date:
1 February
Posted by:
Miss Purshouse

Soil Formation

Today in science we have been learning all about soil formation. We looked at questions such as; what is soil and what is soil made from? We then moved onto looking at compost, learning what compost is, and why people choose to compost. To look at compost in more depth we made our own compost bins.

"I loved getting my hands dirty with the compost"
"I understand why people have their own compost bins as it is more environmental than buying it"
"It was so funny when Miss Purshouse got the jelly worms out! She pretended they were real!"

Date:
31 January
Posted by:
Miss Purshouse

Pumpkin class visit the library

Pumpkin class visited the library this week to help us with a research task in geography. Mrs Wink very kindly pointed us in the right direction to non-fiction books about coastlines and Cleethorpes. Once we got back to school, we found different pieces of information using our books. Thank you Mrs Wink for letting us visit and helping us to find interesting books on our topic.

"I would like to go to the library again!"

"I like that we got to borrow books"

"I liked working in groups to find information from the books we go"

Date:
26 January
Posted by:
Miss Purshouse

Conservation in Cleethorpes

In Geography Pumpkin class have presented presentations all about conservation of places in Cleethorpes. We learnt what conservation is and why places in Cleethorpes are protected and where abouts they are. We also looked at why Cleethorpes is called a Coastal town.

"I enjoyed presenting in front of the class?"
"I learnt that the pier is protected"

Date:
18 January
Posted by:
Miss Purshouse

Prehistoric palette

Today in Art Pumpkin Class explored how natural products produce pigments to make different colours, we used different spices as our pigments.

As well as this, another group used different materials to recreate the rough texture of a cave wall, ready to paint over the surface when it is dry using the pigmented paint. We will be continuing this activity next week so that both groups have had a good at doing both activities!

Date:
12 January
Posted by:
Miss Purshouse

Multiplication and division collaboration

Today Pumpkin and Willow classes have collaborated with multiplication and division. We paired up and each had a go at rolling the dice and adding up the sum to multiply this with the next roll of the dice. Once we had completed the multiplication sentence, we used this to write division facts.

"It was quite a fun game"
"I really like working with year 4!"
"I love helping the year 3, I feel a bit like a teacher"

Date:
12 January
Posted by:
Miss Purshouse

Road Safety Talk

Today in Pumpkin class we were very lucky to have a Mrs Griffith come in to talk to us about road safety as part of our PSHE lesson. We discussed how we could make the village safer, how we can be safe when crossing roads, and riding a bike. 

"I didn't know we don't have zebra crossings in the village."
"I'm going to tell my sister to start wearing her helmet when she is riding her bike!"
"I think the village needs more help with road safety"

Date:
8 January
Posted by:
Miss Purshouse

Pumpkin Hook Day!

We had a fantastic hook day in Year 3. We went in our nature area and role played for our English. We asked ourselves what would it have felt like to be in a cave? What senses would we have used? What would we have done? We then used what we role played to write a piece of descriptive writing using exciting vocabulary and expanded noun phrases. 

Date:
5 January
Posted by:
Miss Purshouse

Rocks

In Science we have started our new topic learning all about rocks. We looked at what different rocks there are; Igneous, Sedimentary, and Metamorphic Rocks. We compared the different types of rocks with the help of some sweets!

"Using sweets helped me understand the different types of rocks more"
"Making the sedimentary rock was my favourite because my hands got sticky"
"I know now that concrete is man made, I didn't know that" 

Date:
8 December
Posted by:
Miss Purshouse

Pumpkin class make Frottage pictures

In Art this week we took rubbings of different textures to make Frottage art work. We them ripped the paper of the rubbings to make a textured flower picture inspired by artist Maud Purdy.

Date:
8 December
Posted by:
Mr Middleton

Maths collaboration

Year 3 and 4 have been collaborating with their maths skills this half term. Year 4 have been learning all of the times tables and are helping to pass on some knowledge and skills to year 3. Today we looked at solving problems using the 4 and 8 times tables.

Date:
8 December
Posted by:
Mr Middleton

Year 3 and 4 Carol Service

Thank you so much to everyone who was able to attend the carol service on Tuesday evening. The children had worked really hard, practising their singing and Makaton movements. There was beautiful singing, great audience participation and even a magic trick from Reverend Mark. It was a great event to kick off the festivities of the month. Feliz Navidad!

Date:
7 December
Posted by:
Miss Purshouse

Sausage Making

Pumpkin Class got the chance to work with Gavin making sausages. Gavin told us all about what goes into shop bought sausages, and how we can make healthier ones ourselves. The sausages that Gavin made he knew all the ingredients that went into making them, however sometimes you don't always know what is in shop bought sausages. We then got to try the sausages ourselves and they got a thumbs up!

"That's the best sausage I've ever tasted!"
"I love sausages with beans and mash!"
"I really liked the sausage Gavin made"

Date:
1 December
Posted by:
Miss Purshouse

Mummification

In History this week we have looked at mummification and the process it entails. We learnt that when people were mummified to reduce the water in the body and to act as a preservative, they used Natron. We investigated using different kinds of salt on different fruits and vegetables to see which one would be a modern-day substitute for Natron. We scooped the insides of the fruit and veg out, weighed it and covered in different salts. Next week we will weigh the fruit and veg out again to see which salt has absorbed the most amount of water.

Date:
24 November
Posted by:
Miss Purshouse

Road Safety

After an insightful assembly on road safety yesterday today we recapped on all that we had learnt. We came up with posters to display in the classroom reminding us that we need to think, stop, look and listen.

Date:
21 November
Posted by:
Miss Purshouse

Our Metal Flowers

Today we put our metal flowers up in our reception area. I think you'll agree that the children have done amazing with these. Each of the flowers have incorporated an artist's design that we look at in each of these year groups. Be sure to look out for them as you come into school via the reception!

Another big thank you to Sam from Vanel for supporting us with this project.

Date:
13 November
Posted by:
Miss Purshouse

Anti-Bullying week

To start off our focus of Anti-Bullying week Pumpkin Class researched team building games that we could collaborate with year 6 to play. We also participated in a live Anti-Bullying lesson led by the BBC. We were all very excited to get a shout out on the BBC Teach website.

Date:
10 November
Posted by:
Miss Purshouse

Spoof websites

Pumpkin class has been focusing on E-Safety in ICT this week. We looked at examples of 'spoof' web pages and how we can tell if the information on these sites are accurate or not. We then had ago at creating our own 'spoof' web pages.

"I did mine about a player going to a football club when they aren't"

"I created a 'spoof' web page about spotting unicorns at Stanford"

"I wrote about elves helping at Christmas"

Date:
1 November
Posted by:
Miss Purshouse

Pumpkins bake for tuck shop for well-being Wednesday!

Pumpkin class have made some delicious oat-meal and raisin cookies for tuck shop this week for our well-being Wednesday. Children weighed out the ingredients and then added all the ingredients together to bake. Although Miss Purshouse nearly forgot the cinnamon, oops! We can't wait to sample these in our tuck shop on Friday selling for 50p.

Date:
31 October
Posted by:
Miss Purshouse

Metal Flowers Project

Today Pumpkin class were the first class to start the metal flowers project with VANEL. Year 3 created designs linking to their class artist Maud Purdy. They then painted these designs onto the metal flowers using key terms such as strokes, light, dark, pattern, layering. We were then joined by year 2 who came to have a look at how we were getting on and looking at the different designs we had created!

"I had lots of fun painting"

"I think they looked really pretty once they were finished"

"I liked mixing different colours to get the colour I wanted"

"I can't wait to see all the flowers when they are up!"

Date:
30 October
Posted by:
Miss Purshouse

Bollywood Dancing

Pumpkin class worked with Sunita this afternoon to do some Bollywood dancing as part of our Hindu experience work. Children wore suitable attire to dance in and Sunita showed us lots of different dance moves to try.

"It was so fun!"

"I really liked trying all the different dance moves"

"I got 2 team points for my dancing"

"It was funny that Miss Purshouse was the Queen"

"I hope we get to go that again"

Date:
20 October
Posted by:
Miss Purshouse

Presentations

This week in English pumpkin class have been discussing what they would like to change about the school environment. Linking to our class text 'Belonging.' Children used technology to research their ideas and then created a presentation. Today pumpkin class presented their presentations to Willow class. Pumpkin class did amazing to deliver their presentations to others. A big well done to everyone!

Date:
20 October
Posted by:
Miss Purshouse

Interactive Scenes

Today in computing Pumpkin class have been designing and creating their own interactive scenes. Children planned their scenes using different algorithms and made several things happen in the scenes.

Date:
18 October
Posted by:
Miss Purshouse

Pumpkin Class are artists

Today in art we have been using our designs to make Egyptian scrolls on papyrus paper we have previously made. We worked out what information we wanted to convey onto our scrolls using imagery, colours and patterns.

Date:
13 October
Posted by:
Miss Purshouse

Magnets

In Pumpkin Class we have been learning all about magnets. This week we made our own games using paperclips and magnets. We used keywords such as: attract and repel.

"That was so much fun!"

"I'm taking mine home to show my little brother"

Date:
13 October
Posted by:
Miss Purshouse

Behaviour Ambassadors

We love celebrating fantastic behaviour in Pumpkin Class. Today our behaviour ambassadors have seen lots of amazing behaviour.

"I saw people listening to what they had been asked"

"Someone held the door for me! I thanked them"

Date:
10 October
Posted by:
Mrs Smith

We love to read!! 📚

Barley and Pumpkin class came together to share their love of reading! Pumpkin class shared their favourite book with year 6 pupils whilst enjoying the sunshine!

"I loved reading with a year 6"

"The year 6 explained to me about speech marks in my story"

"I read my favourite story outside and it was very calming"

"I had a lovely time reading"

"Me and my partner took it in turns to read"

"I liked my partners book more than my own"

"I liked the author of my partners book and have looked for another book by that author"

Date:
8 October
Posted by:
Miss Purshouse

Basketball

Today Pumpkin Class have been practicing their basketball skills. We have practiced shooting, dribbling, and defending. We have been working really hard at remembering to bounce the ball whilst moving.

Date:
4 October
Posted by:
Miss Purshouse

Willow and Pumpkin Well-being Collaboration

As part of our well-being Wednesday Willow and Pumpkin class worked together to create some new recycling posters to put up around school. Willow class helped Pumpkin class with their spellings, and Pumpkin class helped Willow class with ideas they could have for their posters.

"I really enjoyed working with a year 4"

"Having the doors open was so cool!"

"It was nice working with a different teacher"

Date:
29 September
Posted by:
Miss Purshouse

Pumpkins are design technologists

In DT we having be learning all about mechanical systems and we have made our own moving animals using linkages and levers. We will back these onto a calendar ready to take home at Christmas.

"My fixed part is the head of my lion"

"My loose pivot was too tight so I had to loosen the split pin"

Date:
26 September
Posted by:
Miss Perrin

Harvest Festival

The Harvest Festival was an amazing event. Each of the classes prepared something to share - pieces of art, letters, poems and songs. It was lovely seeing the Foundation children join us to share their song. Rev Chris came to talk to us about harvest and spoke about how it is important to share and care for each other, qualities which we treasure within our school.

Date:
20 September
Posted by:
Miss Purshouse

Magnetic Forces

In Science Pumpkin Class have been looking at forces and magnets. We noticed how magnetic forces can act at a distance and attract some materials and not others. We sorted these materials into magnetic and non-magnetic materials.

Date:
15 September
Posted by:
Miss Purshouse

Class debate!

Today in English we thought about what happens to Rhodopis the main character of our book. We argued whether different things that happen to her are a positive or a negative. For example, she becomes a Queen. Which some children said would be a positive, but others said a negative. We then made a list and split them positives and negatives whilst debating which side they should go on.

Date:
8 September
Posted by:
Miss Purshouse

Egyptian Hook Day!

Today in Pumpkin class we have had our hook day. We have learnt lots about Egyptians and how they used to live, we even had a virtual tour of the British Museum around the Egyptian exhibition. Then we learnt all about papyrus paper and how it was used, then we had a go at making our own!