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February 13, 2015: Jonny Zucker
We have been extremely lucky to have the author Jonny Zucker in school on Wednesday. Some of the children in Year 3/4 have been reading his amazing books, in the reading groups, on SerialMash. Jonny is an inspirational author and has written over 100 children's books. He spoke to the children about his books and what encouraged him to be an author. All of the children loved listening to him and I know that they will want to read many more of his books now. It was an absolute pleasure to meet him and a morning that we will remember for a long time. Thank you Jonny for coming into Porchester and inspiring us to read and write more stories. Posted with Blogsy

February 11, 2015: Class four perform their capoeira dance
:: What is Capoeira? :: Capoeira is a Brazilian art form which combines fight, dance, rhythm and movement. Capoeira is a dialog between players - a conversation through movement which can take on many shades of meaning. The details of capoeira's origins and early history are still a matter of debate among historians, but it is clear that african slaves played a crucial role in the development of the artform. Some historians claim that slaves used capoeira's dance-like appearance as a way to hide their training of combat and self defense. Capoeira dancing has linked to our geography topic on Brazil, the children created the story of the slaves flight to freedom. Well done class four, you are superbly talented. Capiero from Porchester Junior on Vimeo. Posted with Blogsy

January 31, 2015: Clay Workshop at TCA with Mrs Kerr
Last Tuesday a group of mixed year group children got the chance to go with Mrs Kerr and Mrs Parr to Carlton Acadedmy for a Clay workshop. We were taught how to make tiles from the clay and used surrealist paintings to inspire us. We created a whole picture as a team by individually moulding sections of the picture, using a variety of tools to create different artistic effects on the clay. Well done to the children who attended the session and keep your eyes peeled for the final piece of artwork over the coming weeks. Posted with Blogsy

December 8, 2014: Cookery club make Christmas truffles
Wow! We have had an amazing time the last few weeks at cookery club. The children made christmas truffles tonight, the last cookery club. Well done guys! Posted with Blogsy

December 5, 2014: Digital Artwork
Upper school have been learning how to use iPads to create digital artwork. They looked at a Scandanavian painting by Marcus Larson titled "Rocky landscape with waterfall in Smaland" and then worked in pairs to recreate their own vision of the landscape using the 'Brushes' iPad app. Here is a small selection of their creations; (Charlie / IsaacA | JamesH / Thomas | Jessica / Connor | Harry / Rhys | Emma | Finn / Travante)

November 26, 2014: Class 5 Gymnastics
Balances and counter balances Posted with Blogsy

November 25, 2014: Class 6 cook
In Science we have been learning about states of matter. Today, we thought about how states of matter can change when we cook. We enjoyed making chocolate cornflake cakes and thinking about the changes that heating and cooling certain foods has throughout the process. We had a lovely afternoon with a very yummy result! Class 6 make chocolate cornflake cakes from Porchester Junior on Vimeo. Posted with Blogsy

November 12, 2014: Class four create their own learning lines
We have created our own learning lines. They help us show how we feel about our learning; how well we understand our learning and how well we are learning new things. Additionally, it helps the children assess their own learning a life long skill. The children have designed their own learning lines have a look at their great designs. My Movie from Porchester Junior on Vimeo. Posted with Blogsy

October 27, 2014: Crime Scene Investigation at Porchester Junior School!
Pupils have been taking part in a day of sleuthing using Crime Scene Investigation techniques. The crime, children quickly learned in assembly, was a distressing one for Mr Cullen. Someone had polished off his coffee and stolen the doughnuts! The children’s job was to find the culprit amongst the only group of people capable of carrying out such a crime, the teaching staff! Gracie, from Year 6, had her suspicions about who she thought had perpetrated the crime after examining fingerprints and handwriting samples. “I think Mrs Thomas has done it!” Renae said that descriptions from witnesses gave her the clues, “I think Mrs Ingle has done it, the witness said the culprit had shoulder length hair, a brown skirt and she always has a smile on her face. She looked guilty in assembly too!” Through fingerprint and handwriting analysis and following witness statements, the children finally discovered that the guilty party was Mrs Thomas. She said, “It was so hard keeping it a secret from the children, we had been secretly planning the event for a few weeks. It was brilliant to see everyone working together to solve the crime from the clues. I thoroughly enjoyed being the culprit!” Anne Ingle organised the day and said, "Forensic science day was a great success, the children didn’t know anything about the event and arrived at school to be greeted by staff wearing forensic science suits and the corridor taped off with crime scene tape. The buzz of excitement from the children was immense. The children used scientific enquiry skills to solve the crime, they worked collaboratively and there was a definite thirst to find out who had committed the crime. The speculation spilled out into the playground, children huddled together exchanging views on who the culprit was. It was a super day that was fun and engaging. All the children solved the crime and found that Mrs Thomas was the guilty party!”

October 21, 2014: Dairylea Triangle box collection
Please can all children collect Dairylea Triangle (or equivalent) boxes and shoe boxes. Please send to Mrs Kerr in Class 7. Thank you Posted with Blogsy

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