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Autumn 2, Week 3

Fractions, fractions and more fractions has been the topic in maths this week. The children have worked really hard converting improper fractions to mixed numbers, finding common denominators and completing word problems. They have a good understanding of the topic, which will help them when we look at decimals and percentages in the next few weeks.

Some brilliant writing has also been happening in Class 5 in the form of newspaper reports! We have been looking a war time newspapers to inspire our writing and see how the news was reported during those times. It was the first time some children had seen a newspaper! If you have any lying around at home maybe show your child so they can compare todays papers with those from 1939!

We made a start on our class assembly today! It is all very exciting with the children doing loads of bits and bobs (some things we haven’t decided yet there are so many!) We are looking forward to seeing you next Friday for it!

Finally, thank you to all those who came Thursday afternoon for our family session. It was great to so many of you working alongside your child and especially having a go at the maths table!

Hope you have a lovely weekend and I’ll see you Monday.

Miss Walker J

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A Busy Week!

I want to say a huge well done to everyone in Class 6. I have been so proud with the way the children have applied themselves to assessment week. The amount of different learning powers I have seen in action has been brilliant. It would have been extremely difficult to have chosen the person to receive the effort badge this week.

Alongside assessments we have also been enjoying other areas of the curriculum.

On Monday the children went swimming and later on in the week (Wednesday) we continued to choreograph our next new sports dance. We have been really thinking about the different ways in which to structure the dance. We are aiming to record the final performance nearer to the end of term.

On Tuesday with Mrs Archer the children have started to turn their attention to the next art project based on puffins. The children worked on detailed sketches, which look amazing. I can’t wait to see the clay sculptures.

We have been looking at some deep questions within RE and using our creative skills and learning powers to produce our learning. The first lesson was, ‘Will I make a difference to the world in my lifetime?’ The discussion in class was extremely interesting and some fantastic ideas. We have even been planning a way in which we can demonstrate the value of ‘generosity’ as a class, and look to giving to the local community. This led us nicely on to the Big Question: God of three parts – what does this mean? It is so lovely to see all the different and very individual interpretations of this. As this is a whole school big question I shall be putting up a display of children’s learning, across the school.

Young Worship led a beautiful remembrance assembly this morning to the whole school. Everyone displaying the value of respect and demonstrating that our school values are with us at all times even though we focus on different values each  half term.

Next week is of course Family Week. The children love sharing their learning with a member of their family. Class 6 is a morning session, which will consist of two parts; a range of typical activities that we cover in English and Maths but will also include activities throughout the curriculum.

I do hope you have a lovely weekend. Homework will be given out next week, starting with spellings on Tuesday. Thank you for the continued daily reading. I enjoy reading the comments that are made. I have even seen children being organised and recording their choices from the homework grid. This is valuable learning and great for transitioning to secondary school. Please remember to have these reading records signed by an adult.

Mrs Stewart

Reminders                          Home School Contact books

                                                Swimming kits

                                                PE kits (named items please)

                                               

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Autumn 2, Week 2

This week in Class One, we were very excited to have a visit from the Hitchin Fire Brigade!  We were lucky enough to meet five fire fighters and test out some of our knowledge from our ‘People Who Help Us’ topic from last half term.  The firefighters answered lots of questions in class and Miss Ingle even got to be dressed up in a fire-fighting outfit which was very funny!  We had a look at some real jaws of life and found out that they are strong enough to lift up 18 cars and even cut through metal.  Next, we went out to the playground where we saw a real fire engine/ ‘the appliance’.  We were shown the sirens and hoses and we all had a go at squirting them onto the playground; it was great fun!  Photos are inside each child’s learning journeys so you will be able to see your child in role as a real firefighter!

In other news this week, we have started a short mini-topic all about dinosaurs.  We have been using books and technology to find out information and were amazed to learn how to use SIRI.  We have all enjoyed asking it questions about dinosaurs and have been busy recording the answers on fact sheets.  We have also been thinking about what dinosaurs eat and learnt all about carnivores, omnivores and herbivores.  Test us at home to see if we can remember some of these tricky words!

Reminders.

. Don’t forget that next Monday is Class One’s turn at family week.  All parents are invited to spend the afternoon in Class One where we have a variety of activities for you to try out.  There will be paint out, an outside task and an afternoon play so you may wish to wear comfortable shoes and some layers for this!

. Friday will be the next school cake day (this time run by Class Four).  We ask that children bring in 25p or 50p only wherever possible, to avoid lost change.  Also, please ensure your child brings their money in wrapped in paper or a small envelope/ purse/ wallet/ sandwich bag.  Unfortunately due to lots of lost money last time, we did have a few children who were unable to buy a cake.

Thank you and have a good weekend.

Class One.

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First Week Back!

I do hope everyone enjoyed the half term. We were straight back in on Monday morning and some of the Class were out at Princess Helena with the choir. The children really enjoyed themselves and today in choir rehearsal, could still remember the songs that we learnt. It was quite an exhausting day as the children were taught a range of different songs to memorise and perform in the concert in the afternoon. I would like to thank those parents who came along and supported us. I was very proud of the way in which we performed our piece. Do take a look at some of the pictures on the website. Well done!

For those non choir children they spent the morning getting on with the learning that had been left for them and it was lovely to see what you managed to do, later that evening when I returned to school.

In English we have been continuing with Berlie Doherty’s ‘Street Child’. This week we found and discussed about what it must be like at the workhouse. From the text, we gave our opinions but used the text as evidence. In Chapter 5, we looked closely at what it was like at the workhouse for Jim. Chapter 6 , saw the introduction of a new character – Tip. In this lesson we focused on finding things out about Tip-using the text. We did a lot of analysing, seeing how Doherty introduced the character. The plot is becoming quite tense, as Jim is planning to escape. We grabbed the opportunity to have a class discussion and debate on whether this was a good or bad idea for Jim. Next week, as part of assessment week, we shall be undertaking an independent write, having a go at writing the next part of the story. Some of us are keen to read the sequel ‘Far from Home’ – the sisters of Street Child.

In maths we have been looking at short and long multiplication. We have realised that the more effort we can put into our times tables this will help our accuracy in solving problems. We also looked at percentages. All of the work before half term on decimals and fractions really helped us in progressing with this area.

In science we are finishing off our last terms topic, with an investigation and next week with a little assessment. We did find a really useful simulation programme which let us create various circuits that we had already planned to carry out. We are using the computers to record our results. We spent this afternoon learning how to also print screen snapshots of our findings and label our diagrams.

As it is a new half term, we have also started to get to work on a new choreographed dance. It is linked with sport. This will involve all of us, and then breaking into groups, and returning to whole sections. In our first lesson this week we managed to create the chorus and so next week groups are starting on their sections.

In RE today we were discussing and exploring our views considering the difficulties for people of different religious beliefs, and how everyone can be understanding and respectful of different beliefs in our community. The children were very mature in their responses and showed their understanding of school and British values off. It was an ideal opportunity to get us into the frame of mind for our RE Big Question, during assessment week - God of three parts – What does this mean?

I would like to thank those children who were part of the Reading Evening videos. I’m sure it gave parents, who came along, some fresh ideas on how to read at home with you. It was a lovely evening led by Miss Ingle. I’m very happy to also see in Home School Contact books that a number of children read over the half term.

As you will have seen from the newsletter or website that it is assessment week, next week. Children please do not worry and my best advice would be to get plenty rest and try to get to bed at reasonable times and remember to have your breakfast. You need the fuel to keep you going.

Our next event coming up is Family Week and look forward to seeing some of you then. Also well done to those children who have started to organise their new selection of choices from the homework grid that came out on Tuesday.

Have a lovely weekend! Remember you still have time if you would like to donate either some individual items or a box of gifts to support our Shoebox Appeal. Boxes will be collected on Monday.

Mrs Stewart

Reminders:  Swimming kit required for Monday.

                        Spelling Test

                        Home school contact books signed.

                       

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Autumn 2, Week 1

A brilliant week back in Class 5!

In maths this week we have been working hard to develop and deepen our fraction knowledge – identifying equivalences using out multiplication knowledge. Everyone has work extremely hard in the lessons and I can defiantly see the progression in understanding.

The children have also finished their World War 2 non-chronological reports. This has been a lengthy learning journey, where the children planned, researched, drafted and edited and finally typed up their work. They always seem to enjoy these long writing projects and get a lot out of them. It has been great to see relative clauses being included as well as parenthesis!

We have also started our new science topic on ‘Earth and Space’ try and look at the moon each night and see if you can spot any differences!

Have a lovely, restful weekend. See you Monday.

Miss Walker J

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