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Awaiting Advent

Another couple of busy weeks that seem to have just flown by. On the 21st we were astounded by the wonderful performance of 'Private Peaceful' at the 'Letchworth Broadway Theatre. At the time of seeing this, we were half way through the novel by Murpurgo. Even though we know how the story ends we have continued to work on various purposes for writing.I have to say, they are as moving as the story is. At the end of term we shall be writing a range of work out to go on a display, as we are in the process of purple polishing and editing our work. 

It was lovely seeing so many parents at both parent appointments and pleased to share how well your children have been working.

At the end of a long week I appreciated the lovely range of cakes from Class 5 at their cake sale.I was also blown away by the wonderful class assembly that they delivered today. Being next door I have been able to see, close up, some of their wand designs.

On Monday it was my favourite collective worship, and as you will have seen from the earlier blog by Mrs Peddie it was Stir Up! The children sat watching the creation unfold infront of them and the smell in the hall was delicious. I can't wait, along with Class 6, to have a little taste.

I was so proud of all the children in my class with their recent sporting acheivements both inside and outside of school. The footballers returned extremely happy after their win on Tuesday morning. By the afternoon they were back in and back to learning with comprehension and our history topic of The Mayans.

Carrying on with the preparation of festive events each class was busy creating their traditional christmas hoops. Helpful volunteers were at the ready and now they are up they look beautiful. The christmas treats continued this week after school on the Wednesday. A range of fantastic activities were on offer and such a lovely atmosphere in the hall.

So amongst all of this creative curriculum, we still have managed to squeeze in wonderful writing, great geometry, deeper thinking in RE (sharing this with Revd Ginni),history and PE this week. Apologises for the state of the PE kits that should have arrived home with you. I made sure that the children took them home, along with trainers, as some of them had not taken them as requested on the Wednesday. As I explained, it was important to take them or the kits may get home on their own if left to the end of term.  

I do hope you have a lovely weekend and no doubt some of you shall be helping your parents put up Christmas decorations and opening your advent calendars tomorrow.

On Monday we shall sort out the rota for Christmas post delivery slots as the postbox opens, along with planning this years task of Class 6 christmas stalls for the fair on the 14th.

Look forward to seeing you all next week.

Mrs Stewart

 

Reminders

Swimming on Monday

PE kit washed and returned for PE in the week.

Spelling Test Monday

Last week of clubs next week.

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We Will Remember Them

It has been a busy but wonderful time over the last two weeks. I'm sure the children will have lasting memories of how much we have learnt about WW1. We feel passionate at St Ippolyts about ensuring that the children do not forget the importance of the past. This blog will combine what has happened over the last two weeks so that parents can keep up to date with things.

I was extremely proud, even on the first day back after half term, the choir visited Princess Helena for a wonderful singing workshop with Rufus Frowde. It is such a fun packed day and we were delighted to be able to perform two songs at the concert at the end of the event. It was lovely to have the support from parents and thought the children were so smart and behaved beautifully and sounded amazing.

I know the first week back was quite a shock as we were straight into assessmemnt week. I have to say though Class 6 were brilliant and can see that already how much effort is going into to be ready for their SATs. Well done to those who are even going the extra mile by putting in the hours on SAM learning. I have news that the study guides, which I spoke about at the SATs evening, have arrived and I shall be handing these out on Monday.

The end of the first week finished with such a moving day of reflection. Such a calm day after a busy week. You will be able to see how much of an impact it had on the children with the fabulous display that Mrs Peddie has put up in the main exhibition foyer. Alongside this we have our prayer display, with the prayer chair.I'm sure I'll be heading up to there to try and take time to reflect.

So moving on to this week.

We have been reading more of 'Private Peaceful' and working on tasks linked to this. I also let the children listen to someone else read this. You will find all the chapters on the BBC website. We discussed how the story was brought to life with the atmospheric background music and sound effects. This will also be enhanced and we can compare versions when we get the chance to go and see the theatre performance on Wednesday 21st November. 

Speaking of the power of theatre we, were amazed by the wonderful and very moving drama ' Lest we Forget ' that visited our school on Tuesday. The children were totally engaged and from this were inspired to use their learning powers to create some great work on what they have learnt about WW1. As we had launched into a project of making our own model trenches with Mrs Archer, we found it only fitting to write letters from the trenches as well.

Alongside this children in class have been out representing the school at a number of sporting fixtures. I have heard such good things about their dedication and resilence, which just supports why we were awarded Primary School of the Year in sports.  A huge well done to you all and thanks to Mr Jefferies, Mr Smith and all the other adults who have helped.

In RE we have been trying to answer the Big Question - What is the most important value to you and why? Not as easy at first but I'm really pleased with the way in which Class 6 have responded.

You are all probably at home getting ready to watch Pudsey on TV. We ended the week supporting a great cause-supporting Children in Need. We were delighted with all the kind and generous contributions that the children brought in and hopefully the children were pleased with their purchases. Lots of shopping.  We shall let you know the total amount raised as soon as possible, and look out for the photos soon.  THANK YOU EVERYBODY!

 Please check with your child that they received their parent appointment times, any problems do get in touch. I hope you all have a fab weekend and see you next week.

Reminders:

Year 6 out on 21st PM - Private Peaceful

Book Fair competition entries in by Wednesday 21st

Swimming kits for Monday

Parent Consultations on Thursday - No cookery club

Class 5 Cake Day on Friday

Book Fair before and after school on Friday

 

 

 

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Family Fun

It has been such a lovely week in school, ending with some lovely weather. I would like to thank the parents once again for coming in for the morning. I do hope you found it useful and the children loved having you there. It was so lovely hearing everyone reading and seeing how reading can be enjoyable. As I mentioned yesterday, we shall hopefully see each other on Wednesday for the SATs evening. Year 6 children can come along too.

This week we have been looking at report writing in English. Initially, I gave the children the opportunity to select a theme which interests them. From this they have had time to research and gather notes in order to put together a final piece. We hope to have these finished by next week.

In maths we have kept with fractions but have moved to looking at the relationships between fractions, decimals and percentages. Today we discussed and worked on strategies of improving our skills in mental arithmetic.

In RE we spent some time looking at the beautiful building of St Albans Cathedral. I then asked the children to think about the following big question - What do cathedrals show about what Christians believe about God? I have to say that a lot of effort has gone into presenting this learning beautifully.

Talking about beautiful presentation I have also been impressed by some of the amazing DT designs and sketches for bird houses. It never surprises me about the amount of stunning home learning that has been coming in as well.

Next week Class 6 shall be going round selling poppies to children and as stated in the newsletter a minimum donation of 30p would be gratefully received. All the children will get the chance to go round.

Thank you for the clear plastic bottles that have been handed in so far. Please feel free to keep sending any empty bottles our way.

PE is going well and a number of children were awarded housepoints after the great sportsmanship displayed whilst playing football today.

Hope you all have a great weekend and the lovely weather lasts a little longer.

Mrs Stewart

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Grab every opportunity!

Another week that has flown by. I’m sure it gets quicker every week. Here is what class 6 have been up to this week.

In English we have continued with poetry. You may not have realised but on October 4th, the day before our class assembly, was National Poetry Day. Each year there is a particular theme, this year, the theme of the day was change. This National event involved 12 specially chosen poets from around the UK. They were invited to write a poem about a change that deserves to be celebrated in poetry. These changes could be big or small but had to be turning points for a community, or something that changes people’s thoughts and feelings. With all the changes that year 6 have to go through - we had to seize the opportunity.  Today we looked also at vocabulary related to change such as: regeneration, modification, migration, deviation, enhancement, deterioration. As we planned to write we took time to consider using some poetic techniques in our poems such as: simile, metaphor, personification, rhyme, alliteration, imagery and repetition.

In Maths we have turned now to increasing our confidence in working with fractions. Of course, we started at the beginning and did a very quick whistle stop tour of all the different elements that fractions can bring. This way we can iron out any misconceptions or gaps in our knowledge. As you will have seen this week’s homework has focused on this mathematical strand as well. We have also had the chance to carry out a few low key assessments across a number of strands of maths. I will be taking the time to chat with each child about them and I’m sure they will let you know how they did.

I have been so pleased to see a number of you returning slips to the upcoming SATs evening on the 24th October. I reminded the children that they should take the time to come along as well. I shall be showing, explaining and giving the children their SAM Learning accounts that night. Please do not worry if you cannot attend, I shall make sure you have the details.

Our weekly dictation practise has been improving and this week we realised how important it is to read, taking punctuation into consideration. I modelled reading the particular passage as quite a few children, from the previous week, had missed the two exclamation marks. Already I have seen children purple polishing once they have the sentences down.

Another National event which we participated in this week was, World Mental Health Day on the 10th October. Our learning powers worked hand in hand with the theme of resilience. We had a wonderful discussion as a class about how we can look after our wellbeing. From this we have started to make posters, flyers, leaflets about what we can do in school and at home.

In Science we had great fun looking at generating an experiment to muffle sound. Using our collaborative learning powers we have organised experiments and will have great fun in testing them out in our next session.

Also this week we have carried out lessons in geography, music, DT and PE. Your child I’m sure will tell you more.

I look forward to seeing most of you next week at Family Week and then the following week at the SATs evening.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Reminders

  • Home school contact books. A few have been left behind this evening but do feel free to read over the weekend.

  • Swimming kits

  • Spellings tested Monday, out on Tuesday.

  • Homework out on Tuesday

  • Any plastic bottle donations are very welcome (as seen on the newsletter)

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A braw day tae dae an assembly!

Thank you Class 6 for all your effort in learning Scots songs, poetry and facts for your assembly. As I asked you just the other day, do you feel you know more about Scotland than you did in week one?... and everyone said yes. I also hope that you managed to try some homemade tablet. Remember not too much or a trip to the dentist may be the next dae oot!

With it being our class assembly, harvest service and some of the children being out at St Albans Cathedral with the choir I have not given homework out this week. Please see it as an opportunity to try and get some additional grid learning completed, or get yourself absorbed in a book.  I have loved seeing the range of learning coming in off the grid. Well done!You should have all had spellings and your test will be on Monday morning.

With trying to get everything ready for the end of the week we have not covered as many subjects, but here is what we have been up to. On Monday the children had a good swimming session and on return completed their weekly spellings and dictation. Already I can see a difference with their achievements, especially with regards to dictation.

I'm so pleased and proud of the way the children rose to the challenge of reading in Scots. We have been making a start to having a go at writing in Scots. Vocabulary is something that we are always discussing within class. We have been looking at writing poems in English about the Highlands and then with the use of a Scottish guide we will turn them into Scots verse.

In Maths we have looked at multiples, factors, primes, square roots and how some can be common to more than one number. These are all important skills to cover, so that when this mathematical vocabulary appears, they can tackle any kind of question.

We had a really enjoyable PE lesson on the field on Wednesday morning. I felt I had run about as much as the kids once playing football. I can definately see that everyones shooting skills, dribbling and teamwork are really coming along nicely.

In Science we have looked at how we hear sounds, paying particular attention to the parts of the ear and their functions.

I do hope cookery club have not over indulged with the tablet and treacle scones. Please do not worry Class 6 I still have tablet left for you all to have a try on Monday.

Hope you have a lovely weekend!

Mrs Stewart

 

Reminders

Home School Contact Books

Swimming Kits

Spelling test Monday/ Tuesday spellings out.

Homework out Tuesday

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