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Pirate Ships

We couldn't come into school last Friday because it was too windy. We designed and made our own pirate ships at home - aren't they great?

We have also been playing with a lego Pirate Ship.

Traditional Tales of Pirates and Mermaids

We wrote our own traditional stories about pirates and mermaids.

You'll have to come into school to read the rest!

Finding out about pirates

We used the dk website to find out about pirates.

We worked in twos or threes and used the website to take notes.

We have added a mast and flag to our boat to make it into a pirate ship.


In Maths we drew our own treasure maps and then used compass directions and co-ordinates to write clues. We tested each others.

Our Submarine

We have been working on making our rocket into a submarine. So far it has a propeller and we have been painting it to look more like a submarine. We looked up how to make a periscope and we made our own.

Pirates Versus Mermaids!

In March we will be performing our pantomime of Pirates Versus Mermaids, so this term we will be learning about Stories from the Sea (including both Pirates and Mermaids).

So far we have been thinking about our role play areas. Some of us started to make a small world area with sea creatures.

We wanted a Pirate Ship, and we are really lucky as Ian found us a real boat that has been previously used in Shapinsay for a play.

Before the boat was tied up so we can use it as a role play area, Ian gave us all a ride in the hall!

We are going to try to make the rocket that we had last term into a submarine.


Our Open Afternoon about Space

Today we invited parents and people from the community to come in and hear our talks about what we have been learning about Space. It was great as lots of people came and all the children performed their talks really well. Everyone got a chance to show their models and their books that they have made about space. Well done everyone!

Problem Solving

Today we played these games.... Be warned, they are a bit addictive!

Santa adding game

Stacking presents onto Santa's sleigh

Getting sugar into cups

Shooting baubles

Making powerpoints

We worked in groups to make powerpoints. We had to learn how to insert text and photos.


Rockets powerpoint

Tim Peake powerpoint

Space powerpoint



One of the questions we had was "are aliens real?". We watched this to see if it could tell us:

BBC Newsround clip

We found out that scientists don't know, although they know that there must be water for aliens to survive.

We did some philosophy about aliens and came up with the following questions:

  • Is there a Santa alien?

Do aliens celebrate?

Do aliens have horns?

Is there a God alien?

Do aliens build UFOs?

Did aliens start life?

What are aliens made out of?

Are aliens spies?

Do aliens poo and wee?

Where do they live?

What do aliens do?

Do you hear aliens?

How long have scientists been searching for them?

What colour are aliens?

Do they have technology?

Do aliens exist?

We talked about some of these ideas, and we all gave good reasons for our thoughts. Then we all did some work about aliens in our space topic books.

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