Welcome to Culm!

A caring classroom for being, doing and thinking as a team!

Throughout the term, our class has had fun exploring different ways of expressing our thoughts, feelings and emotions.  We have made our own positive and negative thought monsters – have a look below!

How many different monsters can you see?

Our school topic has focussed on the Vikings.  We have linked the learning to our Building Learning Powers curriculum and have made Viking mobiles to represent how we can improve our resilience and perseverance in our daily learning both at home and at school.

See how the jigsaw pieces fit together to create a team!

Our learning about the Vikings led us to exploring signs and symbols in the world around us and each of our displays has a special symbol linked to an aspect of being part of a community.  We made our own Viking runes out of wool or string and used potato printing to cut out our own creative symbols.  We displayed them on one of the classroom doors as a positive memory of how we can work together as a team.  Using leaves was a further way in which we explored colour through printing – it was messy and fun!

We have begun to think of ourselves as a mini community within the school community and have explored what it means to be part of something special, while understanding and listening to each other’s points of view.

Can you find the paper caterpillar?

The caterpillar represents how we link and learn together in Culm class in order to be part of a small community and team.

A rather happy Viking!
Wearing the shield to prove it fits!

Here is our very own happy Beserker from our Viking topic!  The challenge was to design a shield as part of the children’s home learning.  This Viking made a shield, axe and a sword out of cardboard and paper mache.  He then painted his creation and wore them into school!

   Welcome to Scott of the Antarctic!

Our second topic this year focuses on the brave explorer, Captain Scott and his expedition to the Antarctic.  So far we have researched key facts about the continent of the Antarctic and how it is different to England.  We have found out about the northern and southern hemispheres and have learnt that the Arctic has polar bears and the Antarctic has penguins!  We now know a little more about the Equator too and understand that the temperatures in the Antarctic make it very difficult to survive there.

We made the penguins from recycled paper bags and stuffed them with scrap paper.

This is a polar bear made from a handprint!  We added the friendly face and feet!

In Culm class we have also been discussing how we learn and that sometimes learning is really hard.  We made some hot air balloons to represent what helps us when we are stuck and we find ourselves at the bottom of the learning pit; our aim is that the hot air balloons will carry us back to safety and provide us with support so that we can carry on with learning more whilst at school.

Can you spot the parachute to help us too?

Our art has been very exciting this term.  We have been inspired by the work of Nerys Levy who has created her own artwork of the Antarctic.  We have also used Gaudi to inspire us to create our own unique penguins!

Look at the different shapes within the outline.
This is our own version of the Antarctic using Nerys Levy as our starting point.

During this topic we have learnt many facts about the Antarctic relating to the land size (it’s twice the size of Australia), temperature (the lowest recorded temperature is -89 C), the animals and plants that live and grow there, as well as the lives of the research scientists who are based there.  We have turned all our knowledge into fact files about Antarctica.  Have a look below or come in an visit us a see the posters hanging up in Culm class! To accompany our posters we have also made 3D representation of the Antarctic, complete with animals and the Aurora Australis (Southern lights). 

The different shapes represent the different aspects that we wrote about.
This one contains a ‘did you know’ section and a rather creative sientist!

We are now researching our own facts about Scott and how he came to lead the expedition to the South Pole.  Our next aim is to write a biography about him.