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An amazing Book Fair - THANK YOU!

An enormous thank you to everyone who supported the Book Fair this week. 

Thanks to your wonderful generosity we have an incredible £729 worth of new

books for our school library and classrooms - a record total! 

 

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A massive thank you to all those who supported the book fair this week! We broke the record for the amount raised!

 
You spent £729 and took your books home with you, but in doing so you actually gave £729 to the school to spend on books! That is because through Scholastic Ltd (who provide the book fair) we effectively get two books for the price of one, one for the buyer and one for the school. This is a great deal as many of the books are no more expensive than the amount you would pay in local bookstores. This book fair, the arrangement was 100% like for like.  So thank you so much everyone who came.
 
Thank you also for those people who helped myself (Jessica Skeggs) and Giselle Hayes at specific times, namely Eric Hughes and Carl Watson. Currently only two of us are running the fair as a whole, but there are so many more things we could do if we had a couple more people on the team, such as a book group and phone sales. If you think you may be able to help us in March, please let me know. If you can't help on the team, then please continue to support by buying books as that clearly works too! 
Thank you
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Stir Up Sunday 2017

Stir Up Sunday

 

In Collective Worship today we talked about ‘Stir Up Sunday’ and the tradition of making Christmas Puddings on the last Sunday before the start of Advent. Lots of children were able to help out as we made our very own Christmas Pudding and every child in school took a turn to stir it. It is now ‘resting’ and will be steamed by Mrs Harrington Smith so that all the children can have a taste next week if they would like to. This is the same recipe we have followed for several years now and it is always very popular! .(It is vegetarian and nut-free.)

 

3 oz plain flour

3oz vegetable suet

4oz dark brown sugar;

½ tsp baking powder with ½ tsp mixed spice

4oz raisins

4oz sultanas

6oz currants

2oz mixed peel

2 medium eggs

Juice from a fresh lemon and orange

Did you know these Christmas Pudding traditions?

Stir-up Sunday is the Sunday before Advent, the term comes from the opening words of the collect for the day in the Book of Common Prayer of 1549:

Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth

the fruit of good works, may of thee be plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

It is traditional for all the family to participate in stirring the pudding on Stir-up Sunday, whilst making a wish at the same time.

The pudding should only be stirred clockwise, from east to west, in honour of the Wise Men making the journey to see baby Jesus.

The Christmas Pudding is said to have 13 ingredients to represent Jesus and his 12 disciples

The old tradition of putting coins in the pudding is said to bring wealth, health, happiness to anyone who finds one on Christmas Day.

 

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Christmas is approaching fast.

Last week was as busy as ever in Class 6 and now that we are approaching the beginning of Advent- it will soon get a lot busier. We continued to work around our Spiderwick Chronicles but shift our focus and attention onto different styles of writing. We retrieved information whilst reading, referring to more than one place in the text and from this wrote a recount as a ‘boggart’. Some of us turning to other creatures. Next we looked at writing a radio broadcast. Within this particular piece, we focused our attention onto using adverbial phrases and prepositional phrases. I used examples of the children's writing to model marking and further explain the purpose of the purple polishing pen, when aiming to improve a piece. The vocabulary within this particular book is brilliant and putting our skills to the test of understanding words in context has really helped us. Next week, we shall be continuing to make precise vocabulary choices in writing a letter to Mrs Peddie about a ‘changeling’. As the week progresses we shall analyse, and explain the impact of, author’s techniques and use of language to develop a point of view and ‘authorial voice’ in our writing.

In maths we focused on 2d shape and found it quite challenging. Once we polished up on our specific maths vocabulary such as: adjacent, perpendicular, polygon, quadrilateral (to name only a few), and of course the various names and characteristics of each shape, we were on our way. This moved us nicely onto 3D shape, which we started on Friday afternoon. We definitely jumped into the deep end. As you may know, the hall gets decorated with hoops. One of our Yr 6 hoops involves 3D shapes. We discussed on how much learning we would gain from just making a shape from a photocopy and decided it would be much more rewarding to be able to say I built my shape from scratch- measured lengths and angles to create it. So that is our mission, as well as carrying out maths lessons on understanding circle measurements. Plus pie and not the one we eat.

As you may have seen in the newsletter we had some visitors in on Tuesday from the Diocese. It was lovely to show them our learning about Christingles as they looked around our class. We have been focusing our attentions onto Christian symbols of light and of course next week is the first Sunday of Advent.

Talking about preparations we were able to put our skills of democracy into action as we thought about the annual Christmas fair games. Now that we are in our groups, we are underway to creating some interesting games, which you will be able to have a go at next Friday. It is lovely to see all the powers being used in projects like this.

We are really pleased that we have finally choreographed our class dance to the track ‘Bounce’. With the remaining weeks our aim is to get it to performance stage. Along the way, we will video this in order to evaluate sections and see where we need to improve.

In Science we collaborated as we did a more practical task of sorting certain groups of animals by creating a group classification key. It made us use your questioning power for sure.

To finish off the week we all loved Class 5’s assembly and congratulations to class 4 for winning the tidy cup.

See you all soon and ready to go tomorrow morning.

Mrs Stewart

Reminders:  

  • Home school contact. Remember to think of interesting comments and the types of skills we cover and think about at school. Magpie vocabulary. You can write these as well as adults.

  • PE kits/ Swimming kits – please make sure these are in school and named. Also remember those warm clothes incase we head outside.

  • Remember to keep an eye on your homelearning grid work. Lots of beautiful pieces have been brought in. You can always check the working wall to see what you need to do.

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Busy with Mexico

Class 4 have been getting 'stuck in' with our topic of Mexico this week. We have been planning and starting to write newspaper articles about our Skype calls with the lovely Sara in Mexico. The children have been working really hard on understanding the style of a newspaper as well as writing sentences in the present perfect tense - it is very tricky to get our heads round but there are fantastic sentences being written. 

In Maths we have started looking at area and perimeter, I think the children are definitely becoming perimeter experts now! Lets see how we get on with area... the hardest thing is remembering to write 'cm' after a measurement!

In PE children are still developing their football skills and have had lots of opportunities to work as a team and play matches against each other.

in R.E we have looked at some of the miracles of Jesus, retelling them as if we were there when it happened! We also discussed what these miracles mean to christians and how their actions can represent the ones of Jesus in the miracles. 

Fantastic week Class 4

Lovely to meet some more the parents on Thursday night, don't forget the remaining appointments will be on Monday. 

 

Reminders:

Please write in your child's home school contact book when they have read, this doesn't have to just be their school reading book as long as they are reading every day at home. 

Lots of children still have homework to hand in from The Home Learning Grid, please bring these pieces in on a monday. 6 pieces to be completed by the end of term! Fantastic all round so far!

Please keep labelling water bottles/snack boxes/ uniforms. We have lots left over or unclaimed. 

 

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Autumn 2, Week 4

Class one have had another wonderfully busy week, Christmas nativity practice is in full swing and we can't wait for you to see the children in full costume acting and singing out our Christmas story. Thank you for helping the children at home with the songs I am sure you will all be familiar with them by show time.

The costumes for our nativity will be organised by us, however there may be a few extras we need and these items will be explained in a letter coming out next week. Thank you again for all of your support.

Please could we ask for an extra special push on lines over the weekend and to encourage your child to use their extra big and loud voices? 

Exciting times have occurred in class one this week, our egg has hatched overnight and we can't believe how lucky we are to have Moz the monster as our class pet. I'm sure many of you may recognise Moz from the John Lewis advert but our Moz really did come from a hatched egg that we have nurtured for a week!!! The children have enjoyed showing Moz around the class room, reading all about Mos's adventures in literacy and letting Moz watch whilst we learn.

In maths this week we have been looking at time. The children have had little clocks and are getting use to "0 clock" we even played "what's the time Mr Moz and the children have tried to find the correct time on the clocks before the grown-ups. 

Reminders:

A little reminder that the book fair is open after school today (Friday 24th November) and Monday morning before school (Monday 27th November) as well as after school on Monday. 

Class one were taken to browse through the books yesterday so the children may have already spied a book they like. 

We wish you a happy and restful weekend as we all gear up for Christmas.

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