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September 13, 2019: A Magical Beginning
"There are some things you can't share without ending up liking each other" -J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone What an amazing start to the school year we have had. Two wonderful weeks of the whole school coming together and sharing our current value of unity as we invited the children into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. After receiving their letters of invitation through the post at the end of August, what would our new Year3 pupils discover on their first day at Porchester? Who would have guessed at an assortment of Professors to teach them in rooms that varied from Eeylops Owl Emporium, to Borgin and Burkes. A maroon Hogwarts Express sat at Platform 9 3/4 in the old hall, whilst floating candles decorated the new hall as the children put on the sorting hat and it sorted them into their 'house'. And yes, it actually spoke to them deciding whether to put them in Vickers, Griffin, Abell or Wright (the names of the first four Headteachers of Porchester). Lessons over the past fortnight have included wand making, learning about their own Patronus, potions and creating their own house shields, and, thanks to the generosity of parents and staff, some amazing objects have been on display in the school for the children to view. A truly magical start to the year, and who knows whether there is more to come...



July 10, 2019: Namaste
Last week, children in Year 3 and Year 4 had the opportunity to take part in a Hinduism experience. They learnt so much about Hinduism and created posters back in their classrooms to show what they had discovered. Here are just a few of their creations.



June 5, 2019: Plants all in a row
At the start of our topic about plants, the children in Year 3/4 have worked in groups and planted a plant, then placed their pots outside. Throughout this term we'll be caring for them and watching as they grow.



May 14, 2019: How do you make a cake without breaking eggs?
This was the question that Yr3/4 were asked as part of their topic based work around "How did World War II affect Porchester?" They already knew that rationing during the war meant people only had one egg per week, so how could they possibly bake cakes without eggs? Today, they all had a chance to find out as they prepared a wartime eggless sponge recipe, working together in teams, then placing their creations on baking trays and waiting for their hard work to cook. Once their cupcakes had cooked and cooled they tried them, and compared the taste and texture to a modern day, shop bought, cup cake. The result? Lots of them preferred the eggless cake so much they wanted the recipe to try out at home. So, here it is; 150g Self raising flour 50g margarine 50g sugar 1 tablespoon Golden Syrup 1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 1 dessert spoon of vinegar (white wine, not malt!) Milk to mix Sift the flour, rub in the margarine, add the sugar and golden syrup. Blend the bicarbonate of soda and vinegar and add to the other ingredients, with enough milk to make a sticky consistency. Place mixture into cupcake cases (allowing room to rise). Cook in a 180° oven for 15-20 minutes until the sponge springs back if pressed.



May 1, 2019: History Hunters
This morning lower school went hunting through history, learning about WWII. They investigated both primary and secondary sources, including artefacts, photos, letters, newspaper cuttings and information books. We were even lucky enough to inverview somebody who experienced WWII first-hand. Thank you to Mrs Slack for spending the morning with us, it truly brought our learning to life!



February 14, 2019: iPads or Spinning Tops?
Children in Lower School have truly demonstrated their creative flair this week, designing a range of games using the skills and knowledge that they have developed throughout our topic! From quiz style board games to games using electrical circuits to programming their own computer games! We even had the pleasure of sharing our learning with Upper School this afternoon...



January 8, 2019: A Victorian Adventure
What a wonderful day Year 3 and 4 had today when they visited Perlethorpe to learn about life in Victorian Times. From looking at artefacts, exploring the local church and discovering all about Victorian school lessons the children were immersed in this terms topic.



November 5, 2018: A Mystery at Porchester
Year 3 and 4 were shown a local newspaper headline today at the start of their new topic, and it seems not only did some of the staff see mysterious objects at the weekend, but so did many of the children. We have discovered that there are still strange nuts, bolts and other items around the school and the children are collecting them to help us try and solve the mystery of where these could have come from.



October 30, 2018: Class 3 visit Ancient Egypt
What a half term we have had exploring Ancient Egypt in Class 3! Our weekly questions have taken us on quite a learning journey... First of all, we used atlases and the internet to research where Egypt is located and why the River Nile was so important to ancient Egyptians. We then investigated how artefacts can tell stories about the past. We had the chance to handle artefacts during our visit from Partake and we used the Rosetta Stone to translate messages into hieroglyphics. We considered how every day life would have been different to our lives now and acted out a day in the life of an ancient scribe using the 'now press play' headphones. We also mummified tomatoes, designed pyramids with hidden chambers, made death masks and used clay to sculpt canopic jars! Our topic work has led to some exceptional pieces of writing, including recounts from Howard Carter's perspective when he discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun, Pharaoh job descriptions and Egyptian Cinderella stories. We were even lucky enough to receive top tips for editing our work from our author in focus, Emma Carroll!



October 1, 2018: Bringing the past to life
As the Year 3 and 4 children are currently learning about the Ancient Egyptians, we invited Partake into the school to let the children experience Egyptian artefacts, aromas and clothes, as well as taking part in a recreation of an Egyptian ceremony. They seemed to really enjoy it, as you can see from the images in this slideshow.


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