This term Satellite Class has been learning about the Ancient World, focusing on Dinosaurs and the Stone Age. As part of this learning we have been exploring different types of dinosaurs, their body parts and how they moved. We designed our own dinosaurs in Art and in Drama we used our imaginations to move and act like the various dinosaurs. We also practiced being archeologists, excavating dinosaur eggs to reveal baby dinosaurs.
After half term our classroom underwent a transformation as the 'Satellite Cave' appeared. We all had a go at using berries, charcoal and mud to make our own cave paintings to decorate our cave. We also had a great time exploring the natural environment to hunt for stinging nettles to make a soup, and sticks and stones which we transformed into Stone Age weapons.
This term we have also had a great time accessing the local swimming pool at Camberly to practice our swimming skills and water safety. The students enjoyed using their swimming abilities to play team games such as stuck in the mud.
Back at School we celebrated the Queen's Platinum Jubilee with a school party full of music, fun, dancing and food.
At the end of the term we experienced a heatwave and were all very excited to get to go on an end of year trip to Wellington Country park where we cooled off in the splashpad.
Spring Term 2022
This term Satellite class has explored different countries and their cultures, focusing specifically on India and Japan. The students particularly enjoyed the opportunity to learn about these cultures through practical and sensory experiences, exploring spices and national foods in a sensory tray, interacting in a pretend Indian market, trying on traditional clothing, writing Kanji symbols and cooking national dishes from both countries. At the end of the term the students used all the knowledge they had learned to prepare and eat a traditional Indian feast and host a Japanese tea ceremony.
We were also fortunate enough to be able to visit Marwell Zoo to observe a few animals that originate from India and Japan.
Autumn Term 2021
Satellite class have enjoyed their return to a more 'normal' school year without bubbles or restrictions this term. Our topic has been 'space' and we have been learning about everything from planets, moon landings, the phases of the moon and aliens themselves! Our favourite part of the topic was our work on constellations, and the opportunity to watch constellations on our light projector and make constellations ourselves.
We have also been working hard on our independence throughout the curriculum, especially in art and cooking. We have all made great progress with this and are starting to become very independent when following both modelled and written/symbolised instructions as you can see in the images below.
The best part of this term, however, has been being able to build very strong peer and adult relationships, both in our class and with peers from other classes (like Blue and Sun) and getting back out in the community. We have been so lucky to have been able to enjoy walks to the park, Church, McDonalds and to our Early Years site; as well as trips on the bus to the shops, garden centre, Pizza Express and the Winchester Science Museum.
We can't wait to visit some different places next half term as we learn about our topic - Life in India and Japan.
Satellite class have enjoyed this term's 'Under the Sea' topic, learning about sea creatures, their habitats and about the Ocean itself.
Our favourite lessons have been our practical lessons where we have made an ocean zone jelly, melted icebergs, experimented with Tsunami's and currents and cleaned up a polluted ocean. We have also worked hard with 6th Form Blue's City and Guild's group to learn about recycling and how we can re-purpose items to avoid unnecessary waste.
Our favourite part of this term has been music, where we have all made up and learned a dance to the song 'Wellerman' ready to perform in our end of term assembly.
We have had a great year in Satellite despite the difficulties that COVID has presented, and it has been great to see the relationships between children flourish.
I wish all the children good luck in their new class, or as is the case for some, their new school.
This term there has been a real focus on recovery and togetherness in the wake of COVID-19 and the impact it has had on us all. We have spent lots of time working as a team to rebuild our peer relationships, focusing on our ability to communicate with one another and make compromises. One of the ways we have done this is through peer massage (one of our daily wellbeing activities) and planning and then making an end of term feast.
Our feast was a particularly important day as it was an opportunity to celebrate Easter, the class being together and all of our hard work throughout the term.... plus we got to eat loads!!
Autumn Term 2020
This term in Satellite Class we have been focusing on our developing our communication and interaction skills as we all get to know each other. We have had lots of opportunities to practise these skills during Lego Therapy, Den building activities and working in the 'Satellite Cafe'. As a result of this we have made some great friendships, learned how to work as a team and our communication skills have continued to improve.
There has been lots of changes to get used to in light of COVID 19 but the students in Satellite have demonstrated great resilience, positivity and flexibility during this first term back and have continued to work hard and lean new skills.
Summer Term 2020
It has been a bit of an unusual term for Satellite Class due to COVID 19, but we have still managed to have fun, stay safe and learn lots both at home and school!
Spring Term 2020
This term Satellite class have focused on their spring topic 'Life on the farm' learning everything there is to know about farm life, from the animals and plantlife to the different jobs on the farm and what farming looks like in different countries!
We have planted flowers in the garden ready for spring and various vegetable seeds, growing our own cress heads and carrots. In cooking we have looked at local farm produce and practiced key skills, learning to independently make meals such as scrambled eggs, omelettes, fruit muffins and even cooking tomato soup from scratch. Satellite have loved the opportunity to sit down and eat our freshly cooked food as a group with a cup of tea and a chat.
To finish off our topic we had a visit from Millers Ark Mobile Farm and got to see and stroke lots of different animals including pigs, goat, sheep, bunnies and chickens!
Autumn Term 2019
Satellite class have had a brilliant start to the year, getting to know each other and working hard on lots of exciting topics! We have been focusing on our theme of patterns throughout our learning this term. In cooking we have designed, made and evaluated lots of different patterned biscuits and cakes. We have looked at crystals and their patterns in Science and all had a go at making our own! We loved watching the crystals form and finding new ways to make them throughout the term. We even had the chance to go on a brilliant trip to Marwell Zoo to spot all the different animal patterns!
Our favourite topic was definitely our design technology mini project where we used all of the different patterns we had looked at through the term to design and make our own Joseph's Coat based on "Joseph and the technicolour dreamcoat"! We had to work hard as a team to choose our favourite parts of each others design to make the final, colourful coat... and we think it looks great!
In Numeracy we have been working hard on our addition and multiplication. We have enjoyed finding new ways to practice these skills, from making array cities to playing multiplication bingo! In the second half of the term we have been working on our weighing skills, finding lots of different objects to weigh on both digital and balance scales.
In Literacy we have been exploring traditional tales and their alternative versions, thinking about what may happen in the alternative versions and looking at the differences and similarities. We all had the chance to role play as some of our favourite characters and act the story out with our friends! We also had the chance to write letters to our Headteacher asking for more time on the astroturf at playtime. As a result we had a letter back and all met with our Deputy Head to discuss our playtimes and managed to negotiate an extra day on the astroturf - Well done Satellite!