Discovery

Out and about in the community!

This term so far, Discovery have been very busy out and about in the community. As part of our topic Dot Com, we have been visiting different supermarkets for the boys to have some shopping experience. So far we have planned our shopping using internet shopping sites to locate the cheapest deals and do price comparison between the leading supermarkets and the boys have been tasked with finding the items that are the best value for money. In English, we have been writing reviews of our trips out to supermarkets and also the restaurant we visited to allow the boys to order their own items. In History we have been studying the history of communication and have looked at time lines of computers and also from Morse Code to email. Last week we visited Portsmouth History Museum to experience lots of different computers through the ages. We all had a great time! In Design and Technology the class have been experiencing skills around hacksaws, hammers, screwdrivers and drills in order to make and construct their own bird boxes which they took home last week. They are very proud of their achievements.

 

Next half term we will be swimming at Mountbatten Centre on Monday afternoons as we say goodbye to Judo John for a little while. We will also be concentrating on shopping for dinner and party items so will be visiting more supermarkets.

Great first week back!

Discovery Class have had a really great first week back. It has been a very busy start to the term with our new class and getting to know the new boys (yes all boys) who have made the leap from Cliffdale.

The boys have settled quickly and are enjoying their new surroundings and forging new relationships with the staff and their friends in Discovery. The class have been brilliant helping the new pupils to find their feet. On Thursday, we introduced the new topic ‘Space’ and we began by experimenting with moon dough and salt dough to make moon surface textures. We also practised our own countdown sequences and began making our very own space helmets. On Mondays this half term, Discovery will be going swimming at the Mountbatten centre and on Tuesdays we will be engaging in PE lessons at school so we’re all going to be really fit.

We have lots of exciting things planned for the term and will keep you updated throughout!

Half Term Round Up

This half term Discovery have been extremely busy. Back in November we visited Fleming Park in Eastleigh for a football tournament and the boys had a great day out. They showed excellent team work and enjoyed racking up numerous goals in penalty shoot-out. They’ve been hard at work in the classroom, learning about War of the Worlds and A Christmas Carol in English, designing their own aliens and making inferences about good and bad aliens. In Anti-bullying week, the class studied a book called ‘The Colour Monster’ in which they identified different colours associated with different types of feelings. They all talked about what it was to be a good friend and what to do if someone was mean to you. At the end of last half term Discovery class won the school’s talent competition in which they danced their hearts out to ‘Jump Up’, a space themed dance. They dressed as modern space men and wowed the audience with their amazing moves. The class are still busy towards the Christmas holiday: making Christmas decorations, creating Christmas recipes and designing our own recycled tree for the annual competition. We hope we do well! We hope you have a lovely Christmas and a happy new year!