Stingrays Class - Taught by Mr Matthews assisted by Miss O'Hara & Miss Blackaby

Friday 11th January 2019

Well the Christmas Holidays went quickly!! It’s great to see all the children back and hear about some of the great things they got up too!

The children have had a good first week back and have really taken to our new topic ‘Who is David Walliams?’. The children have so far planned a letter that we will finish and write up. We will send the letters David Walliams next week and fingers crossed that we get a reply! In other areas we have made a World War 2 Spitfire plane which is linked to Grandad’s Great Escape.

We have choosen to read Billionaire Boy as our first class reader of the term and the children have completed an activity where they had to design their own Bumfresh Towers and anotheractivity where they had to think of a friend and write down without naming what they liked about them.

Lastly, it must be said that the children had a great time at the pantomime on Tuesday (oh yes they did!) and were a delight to take.

Friday 21st September

This week saw Stingrays have their first Forest School trip up Leckhampton Hill. After having a de-brief of the rules we set off up to the top of the hill. Once at the top we had a great view over Cheltenham, the Malvern Hills and further a field into Wales. We then walked off the top of the hill and completed our team building activity of writing using stones. Can you guess what we wrote?

Friday 14th September 2018

We started off the week with some team building activities and Big Art work. The children did really well and produced some fab pieces of work together. This week also saw the return of English and Maths!!! It must be said that we were blown away with some of their ‘cold challenge’ writing about a child who breaks a world record.

Friday 7th September 2018

Well, where did those six weeks go!!

We have welcomed back all of the children into Stingrays’ class and this week we have immersed them into the world of Record Breakers which is our topic for the term.

The children have watched one or two clips of the weird, the strange and the impossible records that some people have made.

We all had fun competing in some of the world record that we watched to see if we could beat them!

The challenges that we undertook were:

- Toilet roll balance

- Unravelling a toilet roll with one hand

- Eating 3 crackers under 49 seconds

- Picking up as many MM’s using chop sticks and being blindfolded.

Friday 13th July

Some pictures of Kyle from his Horse Course. Great to see him achieving in his interventions! Well done Kyle

Tuesday 9th January 2018

Incredible India by Stingray Class!

Thursday 23rd November 2017

It has been a busy week in Stingray's! The children have worked hard in both their English and Maths sessions.

In English the children have learnt what a metaphor is and have completed their plans for their hot task of creating a piece of Science Fiction descriptive writing.

Here are some examples of the metaphors that they came up with:

Darth Vader was a black cloud.

The Death Star was a grey balloon.

The Storm Troopers were raging bulls.

The Lightsaber was a bright beam of light

In Maths the children have had to put their thinking caps on and complete a whole range of problem solving questions. It must be said it was a challenge but the Rays knuckled down, thought out of the box, clearly explained their answers and with some support they have done a fantastic job.

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Enjoy your weekend!

Team Stingray

Thursday 9th November 2017

Stingray and Sea Dragon's reward trip was to go to Laser Tag in Gloucester, at the end of last term.

The children played two games lasting 15 minutes each. The first game was a free for all where everyone could target anyone and the second game was all of the children versus Mr Matthews, Miss Tremlett and Miss O'Hara.

We have had lots of fun and it must be said the children fought valiantly but they were no match for the adults!!

Team Stingray

Monday 16th October 2017

Maths and English in Stingray

Another busy week in Stingray's class with new English and Maths topics being started.

In English we are looking at Letter writing from the view point of an evacuated child and in Maths we have started to Investigate Number where the children have been working on their Place Value and writing out numbers as numerals and words.

In Science the children have been looking at 'Fair Testing' and have investigated Friction and how it affects ​the distance a toy car will travel over different surfaces.

Parents please have a discussion with your child about the investigation and it's results!

Friday 6th October 2017

Eggcellent work by Stingrays!

In Science this week the Stingray children have been investigating Air Resistance.The children have learnt that air resistance is the frictional force air that pushes against a moving object. As an object moves, air resistance slows it down. The faster the object moves, the greater the air resistance pushes against it.

The children were given the task to build a parachute carrying an egg, that would create the greatest amount of air resistance so that it could safely transport the egg to the ground without it cracking.

The children did a great job and no eggs were harmed or cracked at any point during this investigate.

Well done Stingrays!

Tuesday 3rd October 2017

Science in Stingray

Another busy week in Stingray class with a fantastic trip to Slimbridge on Tuesday of which the all the children had a great time.

In PE this week the children have performed a variety of fantastic balances working in pairs. They had to perform matching, mirroring, counter and counter tension balances and as you can see they did a great job!

In Science, we are learning about forces and this week the children conducted an investigation to test the push force of Up-Thurst. They had to make a boat out of aluminium foil, checked that it floated and measure how many 1 penny coins it could hold before their boat sank. Have a look at some of the boats, the children made.

Thursday 28th September 2017

Stingray's Trip to Slimbridge Wetland Centre

On Tuesday Stingray class had a brilliant time hand feeding Mute swans, Greylag geese and Berwick swans just to name a few and saw lots of different breeds of ducks, Flamingos and Cranes. The children also went pond dipping where they found Snail eggs, Pond Snails, Lesser Water Boatmen and tiny fish.

Our instructor was amazed at how enthusiastic and engaged the children were, so well done Stingrays!

Wednesday 27th September 2017

Evacuee poems in Stingray

The children this week have been working hard on learning the many ways of writing a descriptive poem. We have looked at rhyming words, similes, using interesting adjectives, personification and the structure of a poem. The children have made their plans and are currently putting the finishing touches to their poems. Watch this space for their finished poems.

But as a class the children have come up with this poem:


As I approach the train,

Not knowing if I will see my family again,

I felt worried and sad,

Was I happy or was I mad!

The train was bright red,

Shiny like my uncles bald head,

It’s engine grumbled as the wheels started to turn,

We all waved goodbye as the coal began to burn!

The train rattled like a snake,

It made my hungry stomach ache.

As I went far away,

I started to see fields full of hay.

To be continued!

Wednesday 20th September 2017

WWII in Stingray Class

Stingray's have made an excellent start to this terms work and topic which is all about World War 2 over the past week and a half

We have done lots of research via the internet and found out about when the War started, who was involved and some of the devastating effects it had on children living through the war.

The children enjoyed watching the TV programme 'Good Night Mister Tom' which gave them an insight into what it was like for a child their sort of age to be evacuated.

And finally, the children have enjoyed building World War 2 models out of k'nex and Lego and making a paper Spitfire.

Thursday 22nd June 2017

Aztecs in Stingray Class

This week has been another busy week in Stingray Class.

The children have continued working on their Non-chronological reports linked to the Aztec's. They have identified the features and started to gain an understanding of how one should be set out. In maths we have started looking at multiplication and division sums.

In topic the children have created Aztec head dresses using a variety of materials and they have identified where cocoa beans grow in the world.

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