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Super Scientists/Singing Superstars !

The week started off a little early - with the trip to the Albert Hall. I’m so proud of the choir. Thank you for some lovely feedback. Miss Walker and I loved having the chance to perform with the children. It does not seem like it will have been almost a week ago now. It was brilliant to see Michael Rosen and James Mayhew. I know speaking with Mrs Peddie, a number of children love Michael Rosen’s poems. My particular favourite – Chocolate Cake.

 

Class 6 have been working away all week. In English we have been putting our skills to the test by writing a final narrative piece. Having studied lots of different genres and some of the technical skills required, we have planned a full story. I have been enjoying reading them.

In Maths we have covered a few lessons only, as our Science days have taken place. However we found quite a fair amount of maths within our science investigations. We were due to be covering measure and volume, so what better way than to do this, in a cross curricular manner.

Wednesday and Thursday were packed full of fun science. We were delighted to see Jules Howard return to our school, sharing with us his enthusiastic finds over the last year, with his top 5 fossil finds. The following day, Laura from Science Wizards kept us excited with a range of cool science experiments. The whole school were circulating around classrooms, taking part in a wide variety of scientific investigations. I have to say I have never seen so many happy faces in Class 6 when asked to create the best bubble mixture. Even with the rain, they loved being outdoors and testing their bubble creations.

As we are fast approaching to Easter, Class 6 had quite a calm and relaxing, reflective Friday by looking in-depth at what is so important about the resurrection. We took time to study the Gospel of Luke and the meaning behind the text within the Bible. We then compared ideas with ways in which Christians interpret these texts. We then watched a few short videos giving evidence for the resurrection. It is important to understand that we were not trying to prove whether Jesus was or was not resurrected, we were trying to understand why Christians believe this; being respectful to each other’s views.

I do hope everyone has a lovely weekend and you should have received your parent appointment slips from your child tonight.  If you get the chance do take a look at all the wonderful photos in the gallery on the school website. Look out for the predicted snow, which no doubt will come and go.

Mrs Stewart

Reminders

Outdoor PE kits for hockey.

Home school contact books.

Parent Appointments on Tuesday 20th

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Spring 2, Week 4

What an exciting week we have had in Class One! We have completed a whole week of crazy science activities, starting qwith an experiment into materials. We investigated the school to find as many materials as we could and had great fun looking at where materials came from. The children were very knowledgable about where paper comes from and this led into a great discussion all about recycling and looking after the environment. Our recycling bo has never looked so full! Later in the week, we investigated how materials change when they are heated or frozen. We put kernals into the microwave to watch how they change and even got to try the end product which was very tasty! As well as looking at materials, we also conducted experiments into floating and sinking and had a competition to see who could build the best pirate ship. We had lots of fun making our ships using differen materials and even more fun testing them out to see which would keep our pirates the driest and safest. Other science actvitiies we have done this week include, minibeast hunting in our school nature area, looking at optical illusions, making raisins dance in glasses of lemonade, meeting Jules Howard, a real zoologist and learning all about fossils, meeting our visitor from ‘mad science’ who showed us how to make real rockets blast off and investigating the stretchiest underpants with Mrs Archer! All in all a great week with lots of brilliant learning going on. If you haven’t already, make sure you check the school gallery page above to have a look at our science week activities! Reminders. We are very low of badges once again for our showing assemblies each Friday. If you have any at home, please can these be returned to the school office ASAP please, to ensure they can be passed on to the next child each week. Please ensure that children bring their library books in each Monday, so that they can return it and choose another one to borrow for the week. Thank you and have a good weekend everyone!
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Spring 2, Week 3

This week in Class One, have been learning all about mini beasts and began the week by reading Julia Donaldson’s story, Superworm. Next, we welcomed some new additions to class…. 30 wriggly worms! The class have worked together to create a fantastic wormery complete with soil and layers of colourful sand and we have had great fun naming our new pets. Some of the names include Sparkle, Cutie, Mr Crazy Head, Squiggly and of course…. Dave! In other news this week, we have been doing lots of worm inspired learning such as measuring pieces of string, making ‘bookworm’ finger spaces, using spaghetti to make letters and words in phonics and even using non-fiction books to find out about minibeasts.

Reminders.

A big thank you to Mrs Smith (Arthur’s mummy), for our class visit last week. It was lovely to hear all about the needs of animals at the veterinary surgery and the children thoroughly enjoyed having the chance to bandage up the cuddly dog toys!

Next week, we will be having a week of mad science inspired lessons, in preparation for our school science days.

Enjoy your weekends and see you all on Monday!

Class One

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Spring 2, Week 2

I have asked Class 4 what they thought the highlight of our week was, most of the children said World Book Day! Some children said it was the Snow! What a week!

Class 4 have worked really hard on finishing their stories based on the book 'The Hodgeheg'. There have been lots of adventures of many different animals having accidents and getting their words muddled up! From Drigonflays to Dilphons, the writing produced has been fantastic! It is even more fantastic that Class 4 worked very hard writing these stories into an actual books, finished off with a colourful front cover and a descriptive blurb. I am very impressed with how they have turned out - who knew I had a class of budding authors!

In maths, we have continued to work hard on finding the fraction of an amount. It has lead to some interesting discussions about how fractions link with times tables. Please continue to support your child to practise their times tables, it really does help in all of maths!

We've also learnt more about The Rainforest and have been writing some hillarious play scripts for a weather report live from the Rainforest! I can't wait to see them being performed. 

Well done and thank you for all the hard work with costumes for World Book Day - they really did look brilliant! The photos are on the website.

Have a lovely weekend, don't forget swimming and homework on Monday!

P.S. It is assessment week next week. 

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Spring 2, Week 1

Welcome back everyone, we hope you have enjoyed your half term!

In class this week, we have been looking at jungle animals, we have been researching how animals disguise themselves in the wild and we used this, to create our own "camouflage" paintings! We had great fun mixing the colours to blend in with our chosen animals and the finished results look fantastic.

We have also explored the new jungle themed role play this week with jungle dress up, binoculars and animal props.  We are excited to do some of the many jungle activities in there, over the next few weeks.

In RE this week, we have had fun acting out the story of Noah's ark and have also been putting on puppet shows with the theme "I belong" what do we belong to? From clubs to families to religions, how does it feel to be left out? We were very impressed at how much the children amerced themselves into this activity.

In keeping with our jungle theme, maths this week has focused on ordering, measuring, bigger, smaller all with different sized elephants and measuring worms. Next week, we will be looking into the needs of pets and will also be learning our doubles to 10!

Reminders/Other

Next Friday is cake day, with Class 3 taking their turn to provide the cakes and set up the stall.  Please bring in either 25p for one cake or 50p for two cakes, making sure coins are in a wallet/ purse/ names envelope or container.

Don't forget that World Book Day is on Thursday (1st March). We can't wait to see which book characters you will come dressed as! Will you win the 'best outfit' competition?

Lastly, Class One seem to be a little short of spare underwear at the moment from our 'spare uniform' boxes, particularly girl underwear.  If your child has borrowed any knickers or underpants this term and they are in suitable condition to return, we would greatly appreciate them back in! Alternatively, if you have any which you could donate to the class supply, we would be very grateful!

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