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Autumn 1, Week 6

It was so lovely to see so many of you at open session last Monday. I hope you enjoyed looking at your child’s work and classroom environment. 

We are still studying 'Eye of the Wolf' in English - a book about a wolf who has been captured from Alaska and placed in a zoo in Paris. It is here he strikes up a friendship with a young boy who sympathises with him. We have been revising descriptive techniques such as similes, metaphors and personification and the children used these in a descriptive paragraph about the wolf's eye. 

We are currently on Stop 4 on our USA road trip where we will be visiting Alaska and writing a non-chronological report. The children used the iPads yesterday to research Alaska and collect fun facts that they wanted to include. They couldn’t believe that a 13-year-old boy designed the Alaskan flag or that Alaska is biggest yet most sparsely populated State in America.

In Maths, we have been looking at multiples, factors and Prime numbers. The children used the ‘Sieve of Eratosthenes’ which is an ancient algorithm for finding all prime numbers to any given limit. 

On Thursday, to mark World Mental Health Day, the children took part in a special  BBC live lesson. This included various activities and a group session of meditation using a hand breathing exercise. We later reflected on what we had learnt and recorded our reflections in the class PSHE Journal. 

I hope you all have a lovely week!

Miss Abbott 

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Homework Clarification for Year 6

Class 6 here is just a reminder about what we discussed when handing out the maths homework this week.

There were four different activites. One of the activites was a mental warm up in which you could do all grids, or 1/2 etc - your choice.

From the other tasks available you could select areas out of each so for example the 56 question one you could do a few from various sections that you felt you needed to work on as we have covered various topic areas this week. Weekly homework will be set like this as one piece may not fit all and also you are all getting more aware of where you need to work on. It will also be good preparation for secondary school and using your learning powers too.

I will always try to give a variety and have explained that 30 mins of homework is what is expected but I do know that some children wish to do more, which again is a decision you can make.  We also spoke about how we can organise how this 30 mins can be spread out to cater for other outside committments. All of these strategies are good ways to try here before venturing to secondary. 

I do hope this takes away any worries or concerns you may have. Please also remember I am available to talk things through each day or come along to homework club if you wish.

Mrs Stewart

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Thank You For The Cakes!

Trying to think of this week's title of the blog and in my head could hear the song 'Thank You For The Music' so went for 'Thank You For The Cakes'. Plus I did want to thank the parents/children for their generous and yummy donations that were handed in. It was very welcoming after a dark, windy day - good well-being for both pupils and staff.

A lot of tired faces today as school ended. Take a look at some of what we have been focusing on this week.

In English we have been focusing on more class reading of Shackleton's Journey. Discussing a wide range of some new vocabulary. I think we are starting to realise that if we ignore words that we do not understand it makes it tricky for us to understand the plot. We decided to look at a different style of writing which was to send a telegram to a loved one. At first we looked at a WAGOLL - What A Good One Looks Like. This is when we take a few examples and see what makes it the good example. By doing this we can be resourceful, that once we go to write our own writing we can refer back to it. As we read we were also looking at the skills of taking notes. Notes are of course not full sentences and some of the times we are not properly taking notes. From this we constructed some of our telegrams again from our chosen characters perspective.

I was delighted to read the English homework. So many powerful speeches being written or carefully analysed pieces. I shall be asking the children to try and deliver these next week. As the next stage is to be courageous and use or expressive voices, strong body language to read these to get our messages across. Once again the use of some great vocab and phrases.

In Maths we have had another go with long division and we are getting there.We also looked at factors and multiples this week, to see if by having a securer understanding of this concept it could take us a step closer, which it did.  We then moved on to BODMAS - the order in which calculations need to be carried out. This was a good session and were feeling fairly confident by the end. These are a few of the range of questions that appear in the Mental Arithmetic SATs as well as the reasoning papers.

Yes I mentioned SATs! However at school we shall all be meeting in the hall on Wednesday at 6pm. This is an evening where both children and adults can come along to see what the SATs are like, share in what they learn in school and have FUN! Looking forward to seeing you all after seeing quite a lot of you after school on Monday for the Open Session, which I hope you found useful.

Swimming is going well and hearing good things about how children are really trying their best. Our weekly PE sessions are always great fun and a time to exercise. Also a big well done to those children who represented the school in the cross country event on Thursday.

In RE we looked at what catherdrals show about what Christians believe about God. Did you know that cathedrals are built in the shape of a cross? They children went off to research and enquire about the various different cathedrals. It even brought in some current affairs about cathedrals in other countries as well.

This week we have looked at some art as it links to our English book on Shackleton. We have been inspired by some of the beautiful illustrations in this book and have been in touch with the author himself. William Grill uses coloured pencils but we chose to incorporate charcoal and chalk, alongside pencil to create some pieces, which we shall share with you next Friday in our class assembly.

In music we have been using the keyboards and working on our ability to play various instruments as well as learning how to read music notation. This normally comes after a library session where we discuss books that we are reading, learn how to find books and return them correctly. This week we started to make up small comprehension tasks for particular books so that other children in school could use them. It's so nice hearing them recommend certain books to each other.

As I type this looking at the weather outside, the children may be able to share some of their French knowledge as they learnt about the weather today.

I hope we can have some nice weather for the weekend. Do look below for some reminders and hope you all have a nice weekend.

Mrs Stewart

Reminders : Spellings tested on Monday - Hyphenated words/statutory word list selection.

                  Home school contact books to be checked - please try some of the activites we have discussed this week.

                  SATs Evening Wednesday 6pm

                   Non -uniform Day to support a local organisation Thursday

                  Class Assembly Friday.

                  PE kits if taken home to be washed and swimming kits for Monday.

                  

 

 

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Autumn 1 Week 6

Hello

We have had a fun and busy week in class 4, thank you for coming to open session on Monday. We hope you enjoyed looking at the classroom and the children’s learning.

In English we have been giving verbal instructions to each other, understanding how clear, concise instructions get the best outcome.

During Science we did an investigation into the digestive system. Children were given a tray, tights, paper cup with a hole in the bottom, cream crackers, a banana, water, orange juice and a sealable bag. Each object represented a different part of the digestive system. Ask your child if they can explain what we did. It was great fun and very messy!

Have a restful weekend

Mrs Hoar

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Autumn 1, Week 6

This week in Class One, our topic of ‘all about me’ led us to think about keeping safe and managing risks. As part of this, we learnt all about road safety and about the role of lollipop lady, learning about road signs and even conducting our own traffic survey outside of the school! The children were extremely knowledgeable about how to cross a road safely and were able to demonstrate how to Stop, Look, Listen and Think during our demonstration which was really lovely to see. We used our traffic surveys within our maths to tally amounts on a grid and in Year One, the children tried to write their numbers as words e.g. (‘one’, ‘two’ etc).

We also learnt about how the fire-service keep us safe too this week including what to do if the fire-alarm goes off in school and what it is like to be a fire-fighter. The Year Ones created some fantastic instructions about what to do in the event of a fire alarm using bossy verbs and all the children were all very sensible as we practised a fire alarm drill. We also thought about what would happen if there were a real fire-alarm at home and so we set the children the task of asking their adults at home, what their family fire plan is! On Wednesday morning, we had a visit from some real fire fighters who conducted a whole school assembly about fire safety. The class one children had the opportunity to ask them some questions and had some fantastic queries including, ‘how many fires have you put out?’, ‘do you have a rescue boat for floods?’, ‘what are the jaws of life used for’ and even ‘do fire fighters ever have to save people from shark attacks?’ They thoroughly enjoyed their visit!

Thank you for all of the WOW forms that we have had this week and all the lovely home-learning! We have some very talented children in class and have been very impressed with the quality of what they are doing at home so thank you for your time and effort

Enjoy your weekend everyone and see you all on Monday,

Miss Ingle, Mrs Holmes and Mrs Sabri.

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