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Spring Week 3, Class 3

Happy Friday Everyone!

I hope everyone had a good end of the week. 

We definitely had a busy one! In Maths, we're cracking the challenges of column addition with 2 and 3 digit numbers. In English, we're continuing to get stuck into our Africa Topic. We are currently reading a story about Lila and the Secret of Rain, which is also teaching us about way of life in Africa and a bit aout Masai tribes - feel free to do some more research about this! 

In Topic, we learnt about the climate of Africa compared to the UK and in Science we learnt about safari animals and how they are adapted to their habitats. 

In RE, we have started our next topic about The Gospels and thought about our special possessions and how Jesus asked his discriples to give up theirs. 

We've also made some great steps towards developing our beautiful handwritng - keep up the hard work Class 3!

And... would you believe it?! We've even started our song for our Class Assembly on 7th Feb! 

What a week! 

Enjoy a restful weekend and I will see you on Monday 

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Sculpting Superstars

You may think what a strange title to this week's blog but let me share a little bit of background knowledge and it is also a way forward to next week's arts days. At the beginning of the week, we looked at what sculpture was? We also had a go at naming famous sculptures. At first members of the class seemed to say only a few but to be honest they didn't take long to start to name quite a few. My contribution was ' The Kelpies'. Two giant, breath-taking constructions of horses heads that are lit at certain times of the year.We then observed the different materials that can be used to make the sculptures - which leads us on to the use of tin foil. I apologise now if it disappears over the weekend as we looked at human figures and took one piece of foil and moulded a free standing figure from it. 

Quite a few pupils have said that they wanted to try making some different things, hence the warning of finding your tin foil goes missing. 

It is lovely to also get in maths learning whilst tackling another lesson such as art. Being able to measure lines and look at the area whilst learning other skills. In maths we have also been focusing on reasoning and mental arithmetic.More and more it is having the range of questioning and seeing the different ways for example an algbera question could be asked. Next week we shall be looking at multiplication skills, with increasing numbers when not carrying out our Japanese Arts Days. I may even try a little Japanese maths if possible. 

In English we have concentrated in small groups with our reading comprehension in particular vocabulary and inference skills in a range of genres. Alongside reading a bit more of Kensuke's Kingdom, we have also been improving our skills of writing balanced arguments, which when moving to subjects such as Geography and RE, we have found that this technique can be applied in written tasks. 

By looking at balanced arguments I was particularly impressed listening to Year 6 putting their points across to Mrs Springall about Rules and Laws around the world, in PSHE. Recognising and being able to articulate their opinions in a mature and respectful way. A few prospective politicians in the making I feel. 

In RE we started to get into the next big enquiry of 'What difference does the resurrection make for Christians?Last week we of course looked at the 'Big Story' within the Bible, explaining the place within it of the ideas of Incarnation and Salvation. This week saw us become detectives exploring the evidence and suggesting meanings for the resurrection-comparing ideas and interpreting texts(in particular the Gospel of Luke).

Congratulations to those who represented the school in indoor athletics and well done to everyone else in Class 6 for their ever improving teamwork and passion to sports.

Thank you for your attempts at completing the Sam Learning tasks that were set last week. Taking the time to get feedback from the children and also as part of the transition process into secondary school I have decided to set homework in this way this term. Apologises as I have been out on a few courses I have been unable to set tasks but have done just prior to writing the blog. I have set three tasks and due to a later start date I have extended the deadline to Wednesday 22nd. Once again please let me know of any problems and I shall monitor these. Also if you are unable to access any computers etc you are more than welcome to take time in class to complete. I will then go over some of the learning in SAM Learning in my workshops on Wednesday along with revisiting the past paper that you completed in Maths. 

I hope you are all looking forward to Arts Days next week, I know I am. 

Have a lovely weekend and see you all on Monday.

Mrs Stewart

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Spring 1, Week 2

This week in class one, we began our mini topic of fairy tales.  We all had a bit of a shock when on Monday, a beanstalk mysteriously grew in the middle of our classroom. After some investigation work, we learnt the story of Jack and the beanstalk and decided that Jack must have visited our classroom over the weekend.  We used the story to generate lots of amazing child initiated activities such as making our own paper stick figures to re-enact the story, creating our own Jack and the Beanstalk puppet show and acting out the story. 

As well as Jack and the beanstalk, we have also looked at many other fairy tales this week including Snow White, The Gingerbread Man, Rumpelstiltskin and The Three Bears.  We learnt that most traditional tales have a lesson/moral in them to teach us and we thought hard about what these might be.  We also listened carefully for things which happen 3 times as we learnt this is another common feature of traditional tales.  Next week, we will learn some more fairy tales and of course we have our amazing school arts days to look forward to!

Enjoy your weekend everybody!

Miss Ingle, Mrs Holmes and Mrs Sabri

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Year 2 SATs Evening

Hi all! 

We had our Year 2 SATS evening tonight 

We have some CGP books that we are selling for general practise at home. If you couldn't attend and would like to order some please approach us by the end of the week! 

Thank you 

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Spring 1, Week 1

Hi everyone!  A slightly later blog than usual due to a technical issue but here is a run down of last week...

 

Welcome back everyone! We hope you have all had a lovely Christmas and New Year, happy 2020 to you all!

This week in class, we have been learning all about rhyming words, using the books ‘OI Frog!’, ‘OI dog!’ and ‘OI Cat!’ all by the Author Kes Gray. We have had great fun thinking of things that rhyme with animal names; poodles and noodles, larks and sharks and leopards and shepherds! Ask us at home if we can remember any!

We have also been beginning to think lots about fairy tales this week in class. Our role play area has transformed into a sweetie house straight out of Hansel and Gretel, we found some magic beans in class which we think might belong to Jack, from Jack in the beanstalk and we have also started to design our own fairy tale puppets, which we will be making throughout this half term.

In number work, we learnt about subtracting this week and we had lots of fun taking numbers away from Miss Ingle to see how the number gets smaller. We used lots of practical objects to take away and were very good at this skill…. You may even want to ask us some take-away questions at home to test us!

Other

School arts days are coming up soon and we are in desperate need of some junk modelling bits! If anyone can donate any of the following to Class One, we would be so appreciative! We are in need of…

  • Empty tin cans
  • Bottle caps and plastic lids from things (coffee jars etc)
  • Egg Cartons
  • Small square tins (sweet and mint tins etc)
  • Small boxes (smaller than a cereal box)
  • Any old circuit boards, wire, metal nuts, and flexi-tube.

The more, the better! Thank you so much in advance!

Enjoy your weekend everyone and see you all on Monday!

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