Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for all your lovely cards, gifts and kind words. It has been an absolute pleasure to have taught my little podsters, I have enjoyed every second of it. I will miss you all greatly but I know that you are in safe hands with the brilliant Mr Moore and that you will continue to shine. I wish you all a safe and happy summer holiday, full of the fabulous fun that you all deserve after working so hard this year. Finally, to quote one of my little podsters, I have truly had the most glorious school year with you!
Take care my little podsters.
Monday 13th - Friday 17th July
On Monday, my podsters, alongside Willow, entered the Dragon's Den. They were so persuasive with their sales pitch that every group received 'investment'. Some even had their choice of dragons to choose from.
At the end of the week, the children spent two transition mornings with their new year 5 teacher. They had a great time with the fabulous Mr Moore and I know that they will continue to flourish with him as their teacher next year.
Monday 6th - Friday 10th July
This week in D.T, my little podsters have been busy putting the finishing touches on their playground designs. Next week, they will prepare their speeches to present to the 'Dragons' on Wednesday, to persuade them to invest in their product.
The children developed their skills of collaboration and resilience in Maths this week when carrying out a Maths investigation. Conor and Hannah were the first to crack the code and enjoyed explaining to the class how to solve it. Well done!
Monday 29th June - Friday 3rd July
In Maths this week, the children teamed up with Willow and learnt more about reading scales and capacity.
In D.T. the children have been continuing with their 'Dragon's Den' project and have begun to create their designs, exploring different ways of giving their structures strength.
Monday 22nd - Friday 26th June
In Maths this week, the children were learning more about area and perimeter. A special mention to Shannon and Rubie who used algebra when finding perimeters!
Below are some photographs of the podsters exploring drama to help them write their own Greek myth.
In Science this week, the children carried out investigations to enhance their understanding of friction. They measured the time taken for objects to travel down different surfaces. Also, they used Newton meters to investigate the force needed to pull a stationary object over different surfaces.
The podsters started their Dragon's Den project this week. Their brief was to design and build playground equipment before presenting it to the 'dragons' to convinve them that theirs should be the one invested in. This week their carried out their market research to discover what their target audience wanted. They then moved on to designing the ultimate playground.
Monday 14th - Friday 19th June
This week in Maths, the children learnt more about collecting and interpreting data combining with Willow on Monday.
My podsters,along with Willow, received a treat in English this week when they listened to a Greek myth delivered by none other than Atticus, the great Greek storyteller, himself, accompanied by Pandora! The children then went on to perform their own improvisation of 'Pandora's Box'. They developed their knowledge and understanding of this myth, and others, during the week before writing their own version of 'Pandora's Box' on Friday.
Monday 8th - Friday 12th June
In Maths this week, the children have been learning to convert between different metric lengths for measurement.
In Science, the children experimented with electrical conductors and insulators, making their predictions first before testing. They then explored static electricity.
In English this week, the children have been further developing their understanding of the 'show me, don't tell me' technique alongside their ability to use a variety of sentence openers.
See if you can guess what emotion is being described:
Quietly, Candy tiptoed into the room, covering her face with her hands and softly picked up the chair and put it down without a noise. Without noticing, Candy was biting her nails as she softly tucked her chair under the table. With a twisted tongue, she put her hand up to go to the toilet. (Xanthe)
Skipping joyfully, Rubie cheerfully bounced into the classroom on to the dark blue chair. On cloud nine, Rubie was smiling happily with the moon and the stars dancing in her light blue eyes. (Keira)
Without anyone noticing, Noah sneaked past Jake with quiet steps. Fearfully, his body shaking with horror, he realised he was in the wrong room. Confused, Noah sat down and thought what am I going to do? Shivering with fear, he stood up slowly and scanned the room. (Faith)
Slowly, Noah slouched into the hall, feeling blue all the time, with tears filling his eyes every second. Lumbering down the stairs, Noah felt like he was floating down a stream of despair and drowning in an ocean of sadness. Letting his despair get the better of him, Noah collapsed face down on to the floor. Filled to the rim with tears, Noah dashed out of the room. (Noah)
Well done to Daniel, Rubie, Kelsey and Xanthe who scored their highest scores on their Big Maths Beat That tests. Keira, Candy and Jake equalled their best scores.
Congratulations to Noah who went up a level this week on his Big Maths Beat That Learn Its test.
Congratulations to Daniel, Noah, Kelsey, Aza, Conor, Caitlin-Leigh and Hannah who all scored 100% on their random times tables test.
Friday 5th June
My little podsters have been working really hard this week completing their 'Dave', 'Jeff', 'Bob the Builder' and 'Pikachu' (assessments) and thoroughly deserve their weekend off. Enjoy and have lots of fun!
This week in Big Maths, Rubie, Kelsey, Conor, and Xanthe scored their best ever scores on their Big maths Beat That Learn Its Tests. Well done. Daniel and Shannon equalled their best scores on this test.
Congratulations to Finley, who scored 100% on his Big Maths Beat That Test. Aza, Caitlin-Leigh and Edward scored their best scores and Ciaran, Noah, Faith, Jake, Xanthe and Hannah equalled thier best scores. Well done to you all.
Thursday 4th June
Today's Super Spellers are: Finley, Shannon, Keegan, Xanthe and Kelsey. Well done to you all.
In Art this afternoon, the children were developing their sketching skills.
Wednesday 3rd June
This afternoon, I was treated to a musical treat of a beautiful rendition of Bill Withers' 'Lean On Me' complete with glockenspiel! It made the hairs on my arms stand up on end. Well done my little podsters, you were amazing!!
Tuesday 2nd June
Today the children were welcomed back to their final term in Fern Class. In English, they used drama to explore 'Show me not tell me'. After initially acting out an emotion, they then described what they saw and created a word bank. Can you guess the emotion that the children are describing?
Vigorously, Conor was chewing his nails, crunching his head in his arms and hiding his scrunched up face.
In Maths today, the children enhanced their knowledge and understanding of coordinates by translating shapes.
In Science this afternoon, the children experimented with equipment (card, split pins and paperclips)to create their very own working switch.
Friday 22nd May
Well done to Keira, Finley, Aza and Hannah who all scored their highest scores on their Big Maths Beat That Learn Its tests. Faith and Shannon equalled their best ever score.
Ciaran, Kelsey, Candy and Shannon scored their highest scores yet on their Big Maths Beat That tests. Rubie, Jake and Edward equalled their best scores. Well done to you all.
I wish you all a happy, safe half term holiday. Have lots of fun!
Thursday 21st May
This week the children have been learning how to read and plot coordinates.
Wednesday 20th May
Today the children created text maps to aid their internalisation of the explanation text.
Tuesday 19th May
Today in English we used one of our favourite techniques, 'Talk For Writing' to internalise an explanation text.
In Topic this afternoon we explored and discussed how inventions have aided our communication since the beginning of time. The children had great fun using semaphore to communicate messages. Can you work out what the messages are?
Monday 18th May
We have all returned from Kingswood, safe and sound. The children behaved impeccably and we all had an amazing experience! For most of my little podsters (and Willow) it was their first time away from home. The children set themselves targets within their activities which they all achieved. They displayed and developed all of our golden behaviours for learning. The list of achievements is endless, the fun we had unforgettable and the memories priceless. I am so very proud of each and every one of my podsters as I hope they are of themselves. Here's looking forward to the next time.....
This afternoon in Science we discussed and explored how to be safe around electricity.
Tuesday 12th May
Today in English, the children were improving 'boring sentences'. Here are a selection of their fabulous ideas.
The troll jumped on the bridge. (boring)
Excitedly, the hairy troll stomped on the delicate, wobbly bridge whilst the dashing water rushed against the bridge. (Daniel and Edward)
Cheekily, the nasty, green troll vaulted on the black, rickety bridge. (Kelsey)
The rocket went up into space. (boring)
With an ear-splitting bang, the gigantic rocket blasted into the pitch-black colossal space. (Aza)
The unicorn flew in the sky. (boring)
Beautifully, the magical unicorn glided across the pink, sparkly sky. (Ciaran)
The goblins laughed at the clown. (boring)
Euphorically, the horrendous, hairy goblins laughed at the clown to their hearts content. (Noah)
Elsa danced in the garden. (boring)
Happily, Elsa danced around the frosty garden whilst making an ice palace. (Xanthe)
In Topic this afternoon, the children were given the brief of designing and making a paper aeroplane that would fly the length of the Pod the quickest. To help them, they studied and made a Boomerang Bomber, a Super Swooper, a F15 Fighter and a Groovy Glider to identify the properties of various design elements. They then 'cherry picked' design elements from each plane to feed into their own design. The children were allowed to try out their designs on a shorter flight path to enable them to evaluate and improve their designs.
Monday 11th May
Today the children brought home a letter with a few reminders about Kingswood.
2 more sleeps!!!....
Friday 8th May
Today my little podsters experienced democracy in action when they voted for their very own House Captain. After hearing the declarations, they deliberated over who was the best candidate for the job. They then took their polling cards (they registered for the right to vote last week) to the polling station where they were presented with a ballot paper. They put a cross next to the candidate of their choice before placing their vote in the ballot box. This real life process helped the children to develop their understanding of the importance of voting.
Well done to Ciaran, Noah, Rubie, Shannon, Jake, Caitlin-Leigh, Hannah and Edward who all beat their highest scores on their Big Maths Beat That Learn Its test. Keira equalled her best ever score.
Daniel, Rubie, Keira, Finley and Edward all improved their scores on their Big Maths Beat That tests, well done to you all. Ciaran, Kelsey, Aza and Caitlin-Leigh equalled their best scores on this test.
Jake, Aza, Finley and Edward demonstrated great Personal Responsibility in returning their homework the very next day after it was set!
Only 5 more sleeps!....
Thursday 7th May
Our Super Spellers today were: Noah, Faith, Rubie, Keira, Finley, Aza, Kelsey and Edward. Well done to you all.
On Wednesday, the Kingswood coach will be leaving the school at 12:30pm. You are very welcome to come and wave off your children.
6 more sleeps............
Wednesday 6th May
THE OFFICIAL KINGSWOOD COUNTDOWN HAS BEGUN.....
Only 7 more sleeps!...
Today the children worked collaboratively to sequence an explanation text. They looked for clues in the text and explained why they thought their order was correct.
Tuesday 5th May
The children collaborating to categorise different uses of apostrophes.
In English today, we had a lot of fun exploring the language of explanation. Here are some fabulous, creative examples that the children came up with.
The moon changes shape because the wolf eats it. As a result of this, he gets a tummy ache. Therefore, he howls. Aza
Dragons breathe fire because before humans were made, dragons ate lots of chillies and curry. Therefore, dragons have breathed fire ever since. Edward
Dogs bark because they see ghosts. As a result, they wake us up. Therefore, the ghosts run away. Ciaran
Fairies have wands because they need them to fly. As a result, of this they can fly and collect our teeth. Rubie and Keira
Dogs bark because they see a legendary pokemon called Zappy in the sky. As a result of this Zappy is cool because dogs bark. Faith
Friday 1st May
Today we welcomed a new member to our class, the lovely Edward. My little podsters enthusiastically looked after him and helped him to settle. We hope Edward enjoys his time in the Pod as one of the podsters.
Congratulations to Daniel, Ciaran, Faith, Rubie, Keira, Finley, Aza, Candy, Connor, Shannon and Conor who all improved their scores on their Big Maths Learn Its tests. Connor improved his score by a massive 8 points! Remember the children only have 60 seconds to complete this test.
Kelsey and Jake improved their scores on their Big Maths Beat That tests, well done to you both. Daniel, Ciaran, Noah, Faith, Rubie, Keira, Finley, Aza, Shannon and Caitlin-Leigh all equalled their best scores on this test. This week Conor went up a level on this test.
Thursday 30th April
Our super spellers this week are Noah, Keira, Aza, Keegan, Ciaran and Kelsey. Well done to you all!
Wednesday 29th April
Using the Bar Method as a visual representation to deepen understanding of subtraction.
Tuesday 28th April
Our newest member of the class, knocking on the door to be let in whilst I was doing my marking this evening.
Monday 27th April
Today the children had great fun exploring electrical circuits. First, they created human circuits to understand how a circuit needs to be complete and how it no longer works when broken. Then they experimented with electrical equipment to 'make something work', be it a buzzer, bulb or motor. After drawing pictures of their circuits, they were introduced to the standardised symbols used to draw circuits and discussed why this is important.
Friday 24th April
Today, in English, the children drew a picture of a clown and then wrote instructions for how to draw the clown. Then a friend followed the instructions and drew a clown. On Monday, the children will be comparing the two pictures to evaluate the effectiveness of the instructions.
This weeks Super Spellers are: Ciaran, Rubie, Finley, Shannon, Xanthe, Noah, Keira, Aza and Caitlin-Leigh. Well done to you all.
Congratulations to Daniel, Ciaran, Noah, Keira, Finley, Candy, Conor, Keegan, Jake, Caitlin-Leigh, Xanthe and Hannah who all improved their Big Maths Learn Its scores. Daniel improved his score by an impressive 7 points!
Keegan and Jake went up a level on their Big Maths Beat That tests, well done to you both. Conor scored 100% on his test. Ciaran, Noah, Candy, Connor, Shannon and Hannah improved their scores. Rubie, Keira, Kelsey and Xanthe equalled their best scores. Well done to you all.
My little podsters love their 9 times table. Half the class scored 100% on their test! Congratulations to Noah, Kelsey, Finley, Aza, Conor, Jake, Caitlin-Leigh, Xanthe and Hannah. Also, well done to Daniel who scored 14 out of 15.
Wishing you all a fun weekend.
Thursday 23rd April
Today we had the most amazing day at the Schools Country Fair. The children were very well behaved and had great fun experiencing new things. We saw the East Anglia Air Ambulance land directly in front of us as part of a display. We watched various displays including a falconry show and a dog show. The children saw lots of different animals and held chicks and ducklings which was definitely a highlight of the day! Furthermore, the children enjoyed learning about electricity through play and we discovered that Jake was a champion 'wheat miller'. The children also had the opportunity to taste a range of different food. Check out the slideshow below to see all of the fun that we had.
Wednesday 22nd April
REMINDER: Please remember that the children need to be at school at 8:40am tomorrow to be registered before the coach leaves at 8:45am. Many thanks.
Tuesday 21st April
The children collaborating in English today by playing card games to evaluate the effectiveness of instructions.
We launched our new topic today, 'Inventors and Inventions'. The children became inventors to solve the problem of 'how to get the book from the floor to the table, without picking it up with their hands'. They produced some imaginative and creative inventions and went through the process of evaluating and improving their inventions.
Monday 20th April
This week in Maths, the children are learning about angles. Ask them to demonstrate the actions to you for acute, obtuse, reflex and right angles.
Take a look at all the hard work the children put into their Easter homework. They are proudly displaying it in the photographs below.
Friday 17th April
Our super spellers this week were Noah, Finley, Shannon, Conor, Xanthe and Hannah. It was an extra special achievement this week as they were tested on a random selection of all words learnt last term.
Congratulations to Kelsey, Aza, Conor and Keegan who scored an impressive 100% on their times tables test. Again, this was extra special due to the fact that the children were tested on a random selection of all tables learnt last term. Well done to Rubie, Finley and Jake who scored 14/15.
The children completed their 'new look' Big Maths tests this week. They approached them with enthusiasm and were proud of their achievements.
It has been a great first week back at school. Don't forget to attend the Kingswood meeting in Willow class after school on Monday. Next week we have our exciting trip to Trinity Park to attend the Farm and Country Fair. Please return your slips on Monday if you haven't already done so.
Congratulations to Jake for winning a scooter for 100% attendance.
Wishing everyone a fun weekend.
Yesterday, Mrs Clarke and two of our students represented the pod and the school at the Greenest Buildings Awards ceremony at Snape Maltings. The children were impeccably behaved and great ambassadors for the school. An enjoyable day was had by all and the children were lucky enough to meet the fabulous Chris Packham (Spring Watch) who was presenting the awards. We came runner up in our category and we are very proud of our achievements.
The children collaborating in English whilst exploring spelling patterns associated with comparatives and superlatives.
The children enjoying a game of rounders during P.E. Ciaran made a fabulous catch from Keegan's smashing shot up into the air and Candy 'walloped' the ball every time!
The final masterpiece created on Art Day. Each class made a selection of animals which was then arranged into this fabulous piece of art!
Wednesday 15th April
The children bringing the rainforest alive! My little podsters were feeling very proud of their achievements and quite right too.
Tuesday 14th April
Welcome back my little podsters and what a marvellous first day back we have had. With the help of Art Solutions, our creative juices have been flowing and the children have released their inner Michelangelos. We have been making humming birds, piranha fish, toucans and spider monkeys. Here is a sneeky peek at what they have been creating.
Tomorrow the creatures will be brought to life through the addition of colour and features. Watch this space...
Please can I remind you that the Suffolk School Farm and Country Fair trip is next Thursday (23rd April). If you haven't already done so, please can you return your slip as soon as possible. Many thanks.
ART DAYS - Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th April
Just a reminder that the children return to school on Tuesday 14th April. We are having special Art days on Tuesday and Wednesday so it is advisable that the children come to school wearing old clothes and not uniform or smart clothes as the children will get messy. If anyone is able to donate any of the following items for the Art Days, it would be greatly appreciated: newsaper, ice cream tubs (or similar size), margarine tubs, carpet tube (approx length 6ft), old paintbrushes, old rollers, black feather boa, white feather boa, fur fabric, velvet fabric, shiny fabric, brown packaging and chunky wool (black/brown/cream).
Any parental help over the two days would be welcome. You do not need to be 'arty'.
Friday 27th March
We had an incredible 14 super spellers this week! Wow! Congratulations to you all: Jake, Conor, Faith, Caitlin-Leigh, Noah, Aza, Keira, Hannah, Connor, Shannon, Rubie, Finley, Xanthe and Ciaran. The children do not have any new spellings to learn over Easter as they will be tested on a random selection of all spellings learnt this term.
Noah, Aza, Conor and Hannah all scored 100% on their 7 times tables test, well done. Xanthe scored 14/15. Noah is our current times table champion, with only one mark being dropped over the 5 tests so far. The children do not have a new times table to learn over Easter as they will be tested on a random selection of all tables learnt this half term.
Noah and Keegan both scored their highest scores on their Big Maths Learn Its tests, well done to you both. Congratulations to Aza, Caitlin-Leigh and Hannah who all went up a level on their Big Maths Beat That tests. Keegan and Shannon scored their highest scores on this test and Faith, Rubie, Conor and Jake equalled their highest scores on their tests. Well done to you all. All that effort is worth it!
My little podsters have worked really hard this half term and thoroughly deserve their holiday. I wish you all a happy and safe Easter (enjoy your chocolate!) and look forward to seeing you all again in a couple of weeks.
Thursday 26th March
Unfortunately, the rain prevented us from walking to church for our Easter service but happily the church came to us! The children sang songs, listened to prayers, watched the puppets and took part in a story (involving chocolate, well done Aza) to learn about Easter.
Wednesday 25th March
Today in English the children collaborated to produce a piece of drama in preparation for their lesson tomorrow. They acted out a problem and a resolution to an audience of 'critical friends'. Daniel and Aza, or should I say 'Jack' and 'John', were very brave to go first. Well done boys.
Tuesday 24th March
The children collaborating and exploring the prefixes mis- and dis-.
The children investigating different animal teeth and using their scientific knowledge to try and identify what type of teeth they are. From this, the children then hypothesized the diet of the animal.
Monday 23rd March
The children demonstrating our golden behaviour of collaboration during English today. They were furthering their understanding of paragraphs.
Friday 20th March
There were no Big Maths tests today due to a rather splendid Maths morning. The children were grouped across the key stage and explored Maths through traditional tales. They had a great deal of fun bringing Maths to life.
This weeks Super Spellers are: Ciaran, Noah, Keira, Finley, Connor, Shannon, Caitlin-Leigh, Xanthe and Hannah. Well done to you all.
Kelsey, Finley and Hannah all scored 100% on their 6 times table test, congratulations. Next week's test will be the 7 times table (Keegan's favourite!). The children also bought home today a piece of Maths homework.
Due to going to the church next Thursday afternoon, the children will be having their P.E. lesson on Monday next week as well as Friday. The children are aware of this.
Thursday 19th March
Today Reverend Capron came in and we made palm crosses.
Thank you to everyone who has attended parents evening over the last couple of days. I know you will be feeling as proud of your children as I am. The children have all been working really hard and should feel very proud of themselves too!
Thank you to everyone for all your kind birthday wishes. I'm still not quite sure how the children found out but they treated me to a lovely day, complete with singing, rapping, cards and chocolates and their 'very best behaviour'. I am a very lucky teacher. Thank you my little podsters.
Wednesday 18th March
Exploring equivalent fractions.
Tuesday 17th March
Working collaboratively on the rag rugs for the pod. And what a marvellous job they are doing too!
Monday 16th March
Having fun exploring fractions using play doh.
Today in English, the children were experimenting with different homophones. Here are a couple of examples. See if you can identify the homophones in each sentence.
I fell down a hole and saw the whole world. (Keira)
After Mrs Clarke made her way through the best TA on earth trial, she threw a victory egg at Mr Martins. (Noah)
Friday 13th March
The children concentrating on achieving their best scores on their Big Maths tests.
Congratulations to Conor who increased his score yet again to an impressive 35 out of 42 on his Big Maths Learn Its test. Remember the children only have 60 seconds to complete it. Keegan is catching up to Conor and also scored his best ever score on this test as did Jake. Noah and Caitlin-Leigh equalled their best scores on this test. Well done to you all.
Rubie, Shannon and Connor all moved up a level on their Big Maths Beat That tests, well done. Noah and Kelsey both scored their highest scores on their test and Aza, Candy, Conor, Keegan and Jake all equalled their best scores. Well done to you all.
Can I please take this opportunity to remind you that the children should have water and not juice in their water bottles. We have had a couple of incidents recently where juice has been spilt onto work. Thank you for your help with this.
Finally, can I say a big thank you to Finley's mum for baking this spectacular red nose cake.
It was such a kind and generous thought and was greatly appreciated by the children and the staff, thank you. What a lovely way to help celebrate Red Nose Day. Just in case you were all wondering, yes, it did taste as delicious as it looks! Enjoy your weekend.
Thursday 12th March
We had an incredible 10 Super Spellers today! Congratulations to: Connor, Ciaran, Rubie, Finley, Noah, Hannah, Shannon, Conor, Caitlin-Leigh and Xanthe. Well done to you all for putting in the time and the effort.
Today the children were learning about reflection in a mirror line.
Wednesday 11th March
Today the children were experimenting with descriptive vocabulary generated by using their senses to describe a setting. Here are a couple of examples.
When Lenny looked out of the window, he saw a glorious farm with lots of animals. He could smell the amazing smell of nature. He could hear the trees swishing around making a clamorous noise. A charming taste entered his mouth. He could see the animals. (Xanthe)
When Lenny looked out of the window, he saw a beautiful blue sky and some glorious pigs. Lenny couldn't believe his eyes! There was a tranquil waterfall with calm sheep and peaceful cows near the waterfall. Lenny bolted through the wonderful garden that had an amazing fountain. Lenny was bursting with happiness. There were grand houses and deafening church bells. (Aza)
Tuesday 10th March
Today in English, the children were experimenting with a variety of sentence openers. Here are a selection:
Like an owl, Lenny lay awake for a long time. (Keira)
Nervously, Lenny entered the magical garden. (Jake)
Because there was a snow storm, Lenny got under the blankets. (Caitlin-Leigh)
Feeling scared, he was watching the shadows. (Connor)
Thanks to some vociferous birds, Lenny woke up early. (Noah)
Shaking, Lenny got down under the blankets. (Conor)
Cheekily, Lenny entered the magical garden. (Faith)
In Topic this afternoon, we learnt about some of the animal heroes from the second world war. Before this, we studied the Andrews Sister's song 'Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B'. Here are my 'Bugle Boys':
Monday 9th March
Exploring and discovering spelling patterns in English this morning.
Friday 6th March
Congratulations to Shannon who is going to represent year 4 in the Spelling Bee on March 16th!
Our super spellers this week are Noah, Aza, Shannon and Finley. Well done to you all.
In Big Maths this week, Ciaran and Shannon both scored 100% on their Beat That tests, well done to you both. Faith, Finley, Candy, Connor, Keegan, and Xanthe scored their highest scores on their tests. Aza, Conor and Jake equalled their best scores. Ciaran, Rubie, Aza, Jake and Caitlin-Leigh equalled their best scores on their Big Maths Learn Its tests. Keep up the good work!
Our 8 times tables champions this week are Kelsey, Aza and Noah who all scored 100%. Finley and Conor scored 14/15. Last weeks 4 times table champions were Keegan, Finley and Noah. Hannah scored 14/15. This week the children are learning their 3 times table.
Thank you to Shannon's mum who bought in some lovely rose bushes for the children to plant in Gardening Club this afternoon. It was a kind, thoughtful gesture.
I would just like to wish you all a brilliant weekend. As you are probably aware, the children have been sitting various tests this week. They have worked really hard and have been amazing and more than deserve their weekend break! Back to normal next week, my little podsters!
Thank you for all the time and effort you put into dressing up your children today. I think you'll all agree that they look fantastic and it made for a very interesting register! It was lovely to welcome so many of you to join us to share a book with your child (and some of you, a younger sibling too). The children enjoyed it very much.
This afternoon we held the quarter final and semi-final of the year 4 Spelling Bee. Tomorrow we will hold the final to find two year 4 champions to represent the school in an inter-school competition. We were so proud of all the children for taking part, particularly Faith, who was brave enough to volunteer to go first! Well done year 4s!
Wednesday 4th March
Remember that it is World Book Day tomorrow and the children are able to come to school dressed as a character from a book. To help celebrate the day and the joy that reading brings, please also remember that you are invited to stay at school until approximately 9:20am to 9.30am to share a book with your child. We are looking forward to seeing you all.
Tuesday 3rd March
Tales from the Pod.... Today was the day that the children have been looking forward to with such excitement and anticipation...the day 'the telly' came. To the delighted whispers of 'Are they here yet? and 'Here they come!', the film crew entered the Pod just after break time. All the children were amazing as the crew set up their cameras and took a panning shot of the lesson in action. Then every child who wanted to be interviewed had the opportunity to discuss what makes the Pod such a great learning environment with the producer. All the children gave fantastic answers to the questions posed to them. Then after the crew had taken some shots of the outside of the Pod, it was a wrap. Fingers crossed that our film helps us to achieve recognition in the final of the competition held next month at Snape Maltings. Well done my little podsters, I am very proud of you all and I'm sure we have little film stars in our midst.
The children demonstrating their collaboration skills in English. By working together, they created a fabulous word bank of powerful, interesting words to create a spooky atmosphere whilst describing a setting. Some of the words chosen were: haunting, isolated, sombre and towering.
Monday 2nd March
Today, in the Pod, we explored the properties of 3D shapes. We investigated vertices, faces and edges using cocktail sticks and marshmallows.
In Science this afternoon, the children furthered their understanding of the functions of the digestive system by matching dominoes, researching from books and a video clip and creating a poster explaining what each part of the digestive system does.
Friday 27th February
Well done to Daniel, Rubie, Finley, Connor, Keegan and Jake who all scored their highest ever score on their Big Maths Learn Its tests. Aza equalled his best score.
Congratulations to Hannah who scored 100% on her Big Maths Beat That test. Ciaran, Rubie, Aza, Candy, Connor and Xanthe scored their best score on this test and Jake equalled his best score.
If you haven't already done so, please remember to return your letters to school on Monday to say whether you would like your child to be involved in the filming on Tuesday, many thanks.
Thursday 26th February
Unfortunately, rain stopped play on the basketball courts this afternoon but we didn't let it dampen our spirits as our Zumba video shows.
(Sorry, the technological gremlins are preventing upload of video at present.)
We had an abundance of super spellers today. Stand up and take a bow Connor, Daniel, Noah, Finley, Connor, Shannon, Conor, Keegan, Caitlin-Leigh, Hannah, Xanthe and Kelsey!
We started the creation of our 'Make Do and Mend' rag rugs today. The children demonstrated brilliant collaboration skills as they started bringing their rugs to life.
Wednesday 25th February
Some more photographs from our amazing trip yesterday.
Tuesday 24th February
Wow! What an amazing day! The children were impeccably behaved and learnt so much on this fun educational trip to the Time and Tide museum. We learnt how to march, charge and ambush a tank. We increased our knowledge of rationing and were introduced to the 'black market'. We learnt how to prepare ourselves for an air raid and how to be resourceful and 'Make do and Mend'.
Lots of photographs were taken. These will be updated over the next few days so keep checking.
Thank you to Finley's mum who kindly brought in some material and crochet hooks for us to use. We will be making a class rag rug. The children had a taster of it today and I hope by now they have shared their brilliant creations with you. If they could please bring these back in to school on Thursday that would be great.
Finally, thank you all so much for the effort you put into the children's costumes. It was much appreciated. They all looked fantastic and it helped to bring history to life for the children. Enjoy looking at the photographs. Remember more will be updated over the next few days.
Monday 23rd February
Today in English, the children were refining their thesaurus skills and finding powerful alternatives for 'boring' verbs. The children chose some really interesting synonyms, here are a selection.
Walk: shuffle (Keira), hobble (Rubie) and stumble (Shannon).
Like: relish (Jake) and enjoy (Daniel).
Love: cherish (Ciaran) and treasure (Noah).
Jump: spring (Connor) and recoil (Candy).
In Science today, we were learning about the digestive system. We used bread, coke and a sealed plastic bag to represent how stomach acid breaks down food in the stomach.
A guide on how to make a Spitfire aeroplane
1. Research the markings of a Spitfire and colour accordingly.
Friday 13th February
Congratulations to Keegan who achieved his highest score, an impressive 21, on the Big Maths Learn Its test. Also, well done to Rubie and Finley who equalled their best score on this test.
Well done to Xanthe and Noah who both went up a level on their Big Maths Beat That test. Congratulations to Daniel, Ciaran, Keira, Finley, Candy, Conor, Keegan and Jake who all achieved their highest scores on this test. Also, well done to Aza, Connor and Hannah who equalled their best scores.
Homework The children have been given a times table sheet to help them learn their tables. They have been asked to please keep it safe as they will need it all next term. The first test will be the 4 times table. Their topic homework is to make a Spitfire paper aeroplane. They will need to research the correct colours and markings. The children have been told to look carefully at the instructions as there are two different types of fold. In case you need help, keep checking in with the website during the week for photographic instructions.
The children have also bought home a list of spellings. It would be helpful to learn these spellings as preparation for an inter-school Spelling Bee next term.
DT Project Next term we will be embarking on a 'Make Do and Mend' project. If anyone has any of the following items that they no longer need and that we could use, it would be much appreciated:
hessian (sacks) old curtains/sheets/pillow cases/duvet covers crochet/rug hook
By now I hope you have all seen the school newsletter and read about how amazing and fabulous your children are! Fern Class made the most profit at the Christmas Fayre and as a reward for all their hard work, they were given a free bowling trip. Instead of accepting this, they instead generously chose to give a gift of a goat and a beehive to a family in Africa. These gifts have now been delivered and we recieved a thank you video message from the family in Africa. I cannot express how very proud I am of my little podsters, they are a credit to you all!
Wishing you all a very happy and safe half term!
Thursday 12th February
The children demonstrating fabulous collaboration in the construction of their plans for tomorrow's Bob.
Wednesday 10th February
The answer is 32, what is the question? The children flexing their mental maths abilities...
Tuesday 10th February
The children working hard to improve their work.
The children learnt more about The Blitz and created their own Blitz acrostic poems. Here are a selection.
Traumatising bombs dropping from the dull sky
Hurry to your Anderson shelter
Zzzzzz from the aeroplanes. (Hannah)
The Germans are coming
Zzzzz droning planes. (Jake)
Traumatising air raid
Bombs are dropping down
Let's find shelter
It's so scary
The sirens are continuous
Zzz the German aeroplane is bombing. (Rubie)
The Blitz has begun
Hurry, Jerrys are no fun
Everyone to the underground
Bombs are making a whistling sound
It's so terribly sad
Towers are falling
Zones of violence are appalling. (Noah)
On 13th January traumatisng day
2 world wars (Shannon)
Monday 9th February
In Maths this week the children will be learning to divide by one and two digit numbers using the 'Bus Stop' method. Aza demonstrated high aspirations in using this method today.
In Science this afternoon the children carried out their experiment that they planned last week. The focus was on how to make it a fair test. The children had lots of ideas and participated in a very good discussion.
Friday 6th February
Well done to Ciaran and Xanthe who scored their best ever scores on their Big Maths Learn Its test. Aza and Keegan equalled their best scores on this test. Congratulations to Noah, Keira, Kelsey, Aza and Conor who all scored their highest scores on their Big Maths Beat That test. Ciaran, Finley, Xanthe and Hannah equalled their best scores on this test.
Thursday 5th February
Today's super spellers are: Noah, Keira, Finley, Candy, Conor, Jake, Xanthe, Caitlin-Leigh and Hannah. Well done to you all.
This afternoon in P.E. the children enjoyed a basketball lesson alongside Willow class. After this, we returned to the pod for a friendship themed PSHE lesson.
Wednesday 4th February
The children participated in some 'hot-seating' today in preparation for their 'Bobs' on Friday. They created quotes to include in their newspaper reports.
Tuesday 3rd February
High aspirations were demonstrated by all the children in Maths again today and it was wonderful to witness Keegan's excitement and delight when he got his Maths correct!
In English, the children collaborated well and explored the different types of headline and why they are important, before creating some of their own.
I would like to extend a big thank you to Finley's grandparents who kindly allowed Finley to bring in their ration book, identity card and some photographs. All the children greatly enjoyed looking at them and it really brought history to life! Thank you.
Monday 2nd February
I was delighted today to watch my little podsters discover and devour the new books on the bookcase. It was such a lovely thing to witness. I hope you will all greatly enjoy reading the books.
High aspirations were demonstrated by all children today in Maths, with all of them challenging themselves. Some were multiplying decimals by 100 or 1000, some were multiplying numbers by 0.1. This afternoon, some were even converting fractions into percentages. I am very proud of every single one of you.
We had a really good discussion during Science today. Then the children planned their own experiment to test which material is the best at keeping an ice cube frozen. The materials are bubble wrap, tissue paper, foil and fabric. The children will be testing their predictions next week. Thank you to my 'Lab Assistant', you were a great help today!
Friday 30th January
The children concentrating hard trying to improve their Big Maths scores.
Well done to Faith and Candy who went up a level on their Big Maths Beat That tests. Well done to Noah, Keira, Kelsey, Aza and Conor who achieved their best ever score on their tests and to Ciaran, Finley, Xanthe and Hannah who equalled their best scores.
Faith, Candy, Shannon, Caitlin-Leigh and Conor all improved their Big Maths Learn Its scores with Conor answering a massive 33 questions correctly in just 60 seconds! Rubie and Connor equalled their best scores on this test.
The children created text maps today in English as part of the internalisation stage of Talk For Writing. They are very well prepared for their Bobs tomorrow. Podsters, why not demonstrate your actions to your parents?
We went BIG in art this afternoon. The children experimented with willow charcoal on a grand scale. As you can see from the photographs, they are certainly mastering their various shading techniques.
Wednesday 28th January
I am so proud of all my little podsters! They behaved impeccably for Mrs Gallagher this afternoon. She thoroughly enjoyed teaching you. Well done for being fabulous.
The children want to share with you how well they are getting on with internalising their text.
Tuesday 27th January
What a brilliant day of learning today! In Maths the children displayed resilience and worked collaboratively to decipher Roman Numerals and 'crack the codes'. Our resident expert was Daniel who had an impressive knowledge of Roman Numerals. Remember there are bonus table points to everyone who finds those Roman Numerals on the television tonight.
Then in English, we used our favourite effective learning technique - 'Talk For Writing'. The children have started the process of internalising a piece of text in preparation for their Bob on Friday. They will then move through the stages of imitation and innovation before producing their very own newspaper report. Those of you who attended the last Learning Cafe have already seen part of this effective technique in action. The children really enjoy the technique, it boosts confidence and enables them to produce super pieces of writing.
Jake: "It's amazing because it helps me remember the words."
Xanthe: "It gets me to work hard."
Faith: "It's fun!"
Rubie: I think it's good because it helps you to remember and write."
Keegan: "It gives me a lot of ideas. If I didn't do it I wouldn't have ideas in my head."
Caitlin-Leigh: "It gets me up and running."
Daniel: "It's pretty amazing!"
Noah: " Overall it's great. Thumbs up!"
This afternoon in Topic, the children explored why food was rationed during and after the second world war and the impact that this had on people. The children were surprised at how little food the weekly rations were.
Monday 26th January
High aspirations were demonstrated in Maths today by Hannah, Shannon, Xanthe, Daniel and Keegan who successfully sequenced negative numbers.
In English we studied the features of a newspaper in preparation for our 'Bobs' on Friday.
I am so excited about our learning tomorrow! Only one more sleep to go....
Friday 23rd January
Well done to Keegan and Keira who went up a level on their Big Maths Beat That tests today. Congratulations to Faith who scored 100% and Shannon who achieved her best ever score! Also, well done to Kelsey and Hannah who equalled their best score on this test.
The Big Maths Learn Its test involves the children answering as many addition and multiplication calculations as they can in 60 seconds. Shannon scored her best ever score on this test today. Keegan equalled his best score as did Conor, who accurately answered a massive 31 questions in just 60 seconds! Well done to you all.
I am really looking forward to English next week. We will be using an exciting learning technique that all the children really enjoyed using before and found extremely effective. Any ideas as to what it might be my little podsters?...
Thursday 22nd January
Please remember the children need their P.E kits Thursday and Friday, thank you.
Today's super spellers are: Noah, Keira, Aza, Shannon, Caitlin-Leigh, Xanthe and Hannah. Well done to you all!
All my little podsters demonstrated high aspirations today in Maths and really challenged themselves, particularly Hannah, Aza, Conor, Kelsey and Noah. Well done my little podsters. I am proud of you all. Let's keep up the good work!
Here are some of the wonderful pictures produced during Art this afternoon. The children are really starting to master the art of shading. Can you identify the different techniques?
Wednesday 21st January
Today the children became evacuees in order to try and understand what it must have felt like. They waved off their mums at the platform, boarded the train and travelled to the countryside. Clutching their ration book, they waited to be chosen by a host family. The podsters now have an abundance of ideas for their 'Bob' on Friday. Faith, Daniel, Noah and Finley really got into character!
Tuesday 20th January
The children have brought home their 'Read For My School' log in details today and a letter explaining how to use the website. The children are not restricted to reading e-books, they can still read normal paper books and upload that they have read them to their account.
We had a great discussion about evacuation during topic this afternoon. The children really enjoyed studying various photographs to see what inferences that they could make. We also listened to interviews given by evacuees during the war. The children then applied their maths knowledge and used their measuring skills to make an identity tag in preparation for drama tomorrow.
Monday 19th January
Today in English, the children were experimenting with different sentence openers. Here are a selection:
Purple penguins waddled along the ice. (Hannah)
Scrawny spiders scrambled along the uneven floor. (Hannah)
Toxic clouds flew across the world. (Conor)
Enthusiastically, I watched the Power Rangers. (Daniel)
Elegantly, Candy danced. (Keira)
Deadly meteors plummeted into the deserted planet. (Noah)
Anxiously, I sat in the cramped Anderson shelter. (Keegan)
Inquisitively, I opened the door and looked outside. (Keegan)
First, I brushed my teeth rapidly. (Faith)
Can you work out what the different openers are?
This afternoon in Science, the podsters were hard at work carrying out an enquiry to determine which material would make the best blanket/coat to keep Teddy warm in the cold Anderson shelter. They discussed what constitutes a fair test and recorded accurate measurements using a thermometer. Faith, Keegan and Daniel contributed some excellent scientific ideas during the discussion.
Friday 16th January
Our super spellers yesterday were Caitlin-Leigh, Aza, Finley, Keira, Ciaran, Conor, Hannah and Xanthe. Well done to you all. Also congratulations to Kelsey, Finley and Noah for scoring 100% on the times tables test and to Jake who scored 14 out of 15.
Congratulations to Keira who scored her best ever score on her Big Maths Learn Its test. Also well done to Ciaran, Faith, Connor, Shannon and Caitlin-Leigh who equalled their best ever scores.
Well done to Keira, Keegan and Caitlin-Leigh who scored 100% on their Big Maths Beat That tests.
My little podsters have all been working hard this week. I am very proud of you all. Keep up the good work!
Thursday 15th January
Wow! Thank you so much Kelsey's Nanny for sharing with us your experiences of the second world war. The children greatly enjoyed watching the video and reflecting on what you said. Thank you to Kelsey's mum for arranging this, what a lovely thoughtful idea.
Wednesday 14th January
The children had great fun today participating in freeze frame drama in preparation for their extended writing on Friday. They will be writing in role as a child in a world war 2 scenario.
Here are some of their thoughts.
I'm so petrified because a bomb dropped in my house so we ran to the Anderson shelter as quickly as we could. - Keegan
I'm feeling petrified because I feel like a bomb's going to hit us while we're running. - Connor
I feel frightened because there are dreadful bombs everywhere! - Aza
I'm petrified because an incendiary bomb dropped into my house. - Noah
I'm feeling scared and sick and frightened and I tried to put sand on the fire. - Shannon
I'm feeling petrified, anxious and frightened because I'm afraid of a bomb hitting us while we're running to our Anderson shelter. - Hannah
Tuesday 13th January
My little podsters learning all about the reasoning behind and the main events of the second world war.
Monday 12th January
In English today, the children were exploring single clause and multi-clause sentences and the impact of each.
Friday 9th January
Daniel, Ciaran, Noah, Finley, Aza, Conor and Caitlin-Leigh all moved up a level on their Big Maths Beat That tests today. Well done! Congratulations also to Faith, Kelsey, Connor, and Keegan who equalled their best scores on their tests.
The homework this week is to learn the 6 times table, both multiplication and the corresponding division facts. Podsters, it's time to use your 'Fact Family' knowledge!
Thursday 8th January
Well done Hannah for achieving gold today for taking personal responsibility and following instructions.
Also, congratulations to Aza for being a 'super speller' and getting 10 out of 10 on his spelling test. An excellent achievement especially as the test was a random selection of all spellings learnt last term. He is now looking forward to challenging his spelling knowledge further.
In Art today, the children demonstrated their artistic talent by taking their pencil 'for a walk' to Vera Lynn's 'White Cliffs of Dover'. They then explored and experimented with various shading techniques with different grades of pencils.
Please remember that the children now have P.E on Thursday as well as on Friday. We will endeavour to go outside as much as possible so the children will need warm clothes. Full details of P.E kit are included in the class newsletter that the children will be receiving tomorrow.
Wednesday 7th January
Today the children joined forces with Willow. After listening to Neville Chamberlin's declaration of war speech, the air raid siren went off and the children were evacuated to the communal Anderson Shelter (the Pod). There we explored and discussed what it would have felt like to have been a child growing up in the second world war.
Tuesday 6th January 2015
We wish you all a Happy New Year and look forward to welcoming the children back tomorrow. We hope you have all had a relaxing, fun filled holiday and that the children are ready for some exciting new challenges!
Just a reminder that the children no longer have swimming on Wednesdays. Instead, they will be having a P.E. lesson on Thursday in addition to the one they already have on Friday.
Christmas acrostic poems
Christmas carols being sung and candy canes being hung
Heard the King heard the news
Reindeers rushing in wonder and joy
Icy mornings where the frosty ground is covered with sparkling frost
Sleigh bells ringing with laughter.
Terrible stormy nights in the spitting rain
Mrs Pullum excitedly opening her presents
Angels singing to us
Sweets sticking to my teeth. (Jake)
Carol singing in the frosty air,
Holly wreaths are everywhere.
Reindeer galloping across the sky,
Icy cold snowflakes twirling by.
Stockings hang on the end of beds,
Tree full with tinsel with gold and reds.
Mince pies hot for Santa
Angels singing all day long.
Stars shining bright all night long. (Daniel)
Christmas crackers pulled at the dinner table.
Having Christmas dinner
Red and gold tinsel around the Christmas tree
It's Christmas time.
Stockings hung on the end of each bed
Tinsel shining brightly on the christmas tree like Rudolph's bright red nose
Mince pies so yummy in my tummy
Angels soaring across the sky
Stars shining above the manger. (Hannah)
Christmas dinners as lush as pudding,
Holly stuck on fabulous white Christmasy door,
Rudolph with bright warm nose melting the snow out of his way,
Icicles on your frozen nose,
Stocking on the end of your sleepy bed,
Tinsel to put up in your bright white house,
Mince pies melting in your graceful mouth,
Angels going over the manger guarding from all danger,
Stars at night guarding the baby for God. (Keegan)
Christmas dinners blasting with gravy,
Handsome decorations hung up in houses,
Rudolph sparkling in the sky with fat Santa,
Icy snowflakes dancing elegantly in the sky,
Smooth stockings decorated on delightful beds,
Towering trees all put up as wonderful presents are underneath,
Mince pies all hot and tasty,
Angels dancing around cute baby Jesus,
Stars leading wise kings to baby Jesus. (Aza)
Carols singing in the frosty air.
Holly is everywhere in the world.
Reindeers galloping on Christmas.
Ice cold snowflakes dancing by.
Stocking hung up near the fire.
Tinsel wrapped around the frolicking angels.
Mince pies on Christmas Day.
Angels dancing through the air.
Stars glistening in the air. (Shannon)
C is for the crackling crackers hanging on the tree.
H is for the happiness that the family brings.
R is for the rushing reindeers prancing through the sky.
I is for the icicles hanging onto the roof.
S is for the soft stockings hanging on the bed.
T is for the sparkling tinsel around the christmas tree.
M is for the sweet mince pie ready to be eaten.
A is for the angels singing wonderfully up in the sky.
S is for the star that led the way to the new born king. (Xanthe)
Holly wreaths say it's time to rhyme
Red tinsel swirling round the tree
It's almost time for Christmas tea
Santa's drinking some milk
Times ticking, we're wearing clothes of silk
Mums cooking tea, I smell it already
Also, I got a wonderful teddy
So mums made tea, we're all sitting down
So lets tuck in, before we go to town. (Noah)
Crazy crackers crackling
Holly wreaths wonderful
Rudolph's dazzling red nose so beautifully bright
Ivy is really annoying on my door
Stars so merrily bright
Trees covered in gold and silver tinsel
Mince pies cooking, so delicious
Angels spreading the glorious news
Stockings hung on beds. (Conor)
Candy canes on every tree.
Happy, sleeping honey bees.
Rudolph galloping across the sky.
Icy sparkling snowflakes twirling by.
Stars sparkling bright.
Tinsel on every tree what a pretty sight.
Mince pies for the carol singing.
Angels flying in the sky with bells ringing.
Santa has come hip hip hooray it must be Christmas Day! (Kelsey)
Christmas dinner yummy in my tummy.
Holly on doors.
Rudolph flying in the sky.
Ivy is as green as grass.
Stockings full with sweets.
Tree as green as leaves.
Mince pies hot.
Angels dancing in the icy sky.
Santa makes everyone happy. (Candy)
Friday 19th December
Well done to Jack who scored his best ever score on his Big Maths Learn Its test. Congratulations to Daniel, Ciaran, Finley and Aza who scored 100% on the Big Maths Beat That test. Also well done to Xanthe who achieved her best score on this test and to Jack who equalled his best score on this test.
We celebrated a term of hard work and fabulous learning with a little Christmas party this afternoon. Great fun was had by all!
Mrs Clarke, Mr Martins and I would like to thank you all for your support this term. We would also like to extend our thanks to everyone who gave us Christmas cards and gifts. It was very kind and generous of you all and much appreciated. We are looking forward to another fabulous term next year in the pod of possibilities. I wish all my little podsters and their families a safe and happy Christmas!
I will leave the final words of 2014 to the children....
Thursday 18th December
Our super spellers today are Noah, Kelsey, Aza, Conor and Hannah. Well done to you all. There will be no new spellings to learn over the Christmas holiday. Instead, on the first Thursday back, the children will be tested on a random selection of all the words learnt last term.
We enjoyed a delicious Christmas dinner today before walking down to the church this afternoon. The children were very well behaved and I was very proud of them all! We participated in a lovely service celebrating the true meaning of Christmas. The whole school used sign language whilst singing Away in a Manger. All the classes made a presentation celebrating Christmas, we performed a song with Willow class.
Wednesday 17th December
In English today we were reciting and performing poetry. The children had great fun and all wanted more than one go! A special well done goes to Ciaran who bravely volunteered to go first.
Tuesday 16th December
I am so proud of my little podsters, you really were pod stars today, every one of you. A big thank you to everyone who brought their children back for the evening performance, giving your child the opportunity to shine again! Here are a few photographs of the children before their afternoon performance.
Monday 15th December
This week in Maths, the children are learning all about time so that they can go to bed at the correct time on Christmas Eve and not get up too early on Christmas Day.
Just a reminder that in order to receive a termly prize from Mrs Hall for being a 100% reader, the expectation is that your child reads every night. We understand that on occasion you may forget to sign your child's book. When this happens, we ask the child whether they have read or not. Your child needs to put their fish book in the basket first thing in the morning in order to receive their mark. As you can appreciate, we don't have the time to chase up 20 books every day. We are trying to encourage the children to take personal responsibility for their books.
In addition to the termly prizes awarded from Mrs Hall, we have weekly incentives in Fern to encourage your child to read. If your child is a 100% reader for one week they receive a book mark. After two weeks they receive a sticker for their book mark. After the third week they receive letter stickers so they can stick their name on their book mark. We have found this to be very effective in encouraging the children to read every night. After this, there is a variety of certificates for your child to choose from. When your child has been a 100% reader for ten weeks they receive a special pencil unique to the pod. After this they can choose from a variety of writing packs to encourage the link between reading and writing.
It is hoped that by this stage, your child has fully discovered the joy of reading and is reading for the pleasure of it and not just to receive prizes. Indeed, a previously reluctant reader said in class this week, "Miss Pullum, I don't know why we need rewards to read. I read because I just love reading!"
Thank you for your continued support in hearing your child read and hopefully together we can create for your child a lifelong love of reading.
Friday 12th December
Below are some photographs of my little podsters hard at work during their 'Bob'. They are working independently, demonstrating high aspirations and pride in their work. Check the website over the weekend to see examples of their work from today.
If I had wings... by Fern Class
If I had wings
I would taste the candyfloss clouds
in the sparkling sky. (Keira)
If I had wings
I would dream of flying in space
with the earth. (Connor)
If I had wings
I would listen to the
deep sparkling sea lapping against the rocks. (Kelsey)
If I had wings
I would gaze at
the rubix cube land. (Conor)
If I had wings
I would eat candy clouds while
the powerful raindrops are exploding in my mouth. (Finley)
If I had wings
I would eavesdrop on
angels singing sweet songs. (Faith)
If I had wings
I would see the
glorious green leaves floating around. (Xanthe)
If I had wings
I would touch the glistening birds
as I glide through the air. (Daniel)
If I had wings
I would fly to the sparkling stars
and eat moon rock. (Keegan)
If I had wings
I would hear a dragon's wing beating
like a drum. (Hannah)
If I had wings
I would gaze at the moon and fluffy clouds
playing hide and seek with each other. (Aza)
If I had wings
I would taste
the raindrops dripping onto my tongue. (Shannon)
If I had wings
I would listen to
the icy wind as it howls. (Caitlin-Leigh)
If I had wings
I would drink the milk
out of the milkyway. (Noah)
Congratulations to Daniel, Ciaran, Aza, Conor and Caitlin-Leigh for scoring 100% on their Big Maths Beat That test today! Well done to Jake for getting his best ever score and to Faith, Kelsey, Jack, Shannon and Xanthe for equalling their best score on the tests.
Congratulations to Kelsey, Jack, Conor, Caitlin-Leigh and Hannah for scoring their best ever scores on the Big Maths Learn Its test. Well done to Shannon for equalling her best ever score on the test.
Thursday 11th December - R.E Day
The children had a thoroughly enjoyable day learning about the true meaning of Christmas.
The children collaborated well, demonstrated resilience and high aspirations and took pride in the creation of their own stain glass windows. Each image represented an aspect of the true meaning of Christmas. The windows are on display at the church.
Wednesday 10th December
Mrs Hall and I spent an enjoyable time with Aza and his mum this afternoon to celebrate Aza being 'pupil of the month'. Well done Aza, we are all very proud of your achievements!
In Maths today, Hannah demonstrated high aspirations in calculating the area of rectangles. Well done Hannah.
Mrs Hall joined us for our English lesson today where we spent time exploring different descriptive techniques in preparation for our 'Bob' (extended writing) on Friday. Below are some photographs of ideas generated through great collaboration.
Monday 8th December
Well done to Xanthe and Hannah who came first in our handwriting competition today. Everybody took personal responsibility for their work and demonstrated pride in their writing. I am very pleased and proud of you all! Now we need to keep it up and demonstrate pride in our presentation all of the time. Well done my little podsters!
Resilience was displayed in maths today when we furthered our understanding of reflective symmetry.
Friday 5th December
The Christmas Fayre was a big success for Fern class as we completely sold out of angels! This was due to the super effort put in by the children in making their amazing angels. Thank you to everyone who supported us and bought one. I hope it makes a lovely addition to your tree.
Well done to Faith, Jack and Finley who all scored their highest ever score on the Big Maths Learn Its test today. Also, well done to Keegan and Keira who equalled their highest ever score.
Well done to Aza who scored his highest score on the Big Maths Beat That test and also to Keegan who equalled his highest ever score on this test too.
Congratulations also goes to Ciaran who displayed excellent understanding of reflection this week in Maths.
The children put their personification skills to good use today during extended writing. Here is a collection of some of their best work:
A poem to be spoken silently
It was so calm that I heard
the crackling fire
dancing elegantly in the misty air. (Caitlin-Leigh)
It was so relaxing that I heard
space playing hide and seek
with the planets, stars, sun and earth. (Connor)
It was so still that I heard
bees singing merrily
as they dance on the beautiful flowers. (Faith)
It was so peaceful that I heard
hugging rocks. (Finley)
It was so quiet that I heard
It was so still that I heard
dancing with the sun. (Keegan)
It was so calm that I heard
shivering loudly. (Shannon)
It was so soundless that I heard
dancing on the golden sun. (Conor)
It was so silent that I heard
the sound of the sea dancing
to the glorious sounds of the waves crashing into the rocks. (Xanthe)
Congratulations to Caitlin-Leigh, Ciaran and Keegan who join Xanthe on the 'neatest handwriting' board.
Thursday 4th December
Well done to Faith, Finley, Hannah and Noah for being super spellers.
This afternoon was Christmas play rehearsal. The children are putting in a lot of effort and their acting abilities are shining through! Well done to all the children that have learnt their lines and thank you to the parents for your support with this. It is much appreciated. Don't forget to get your tickets for the big show, we think you are in for a real treat!
Wednesday 3rd December
The children were very excited to share their achievements with me when they returned from swimming this afternoon. Well done my little podsters, I am very proud of you all!
Tuesday 2nd December
In Maths today, the children participated in a gymnastics themed maths challenge set by Olympian Daniel Purvis. They thoroughly enjoyed making various shapes with their bodies and discussing and learning about lines of symmetry.
Can you name all the shapes and identify the lines of symmetry? Are there shapes within or around the main shape?
We were exploring personification in English today. Here are some examples of our work.
The teapot shivered on the shelf during the earthquake. - Jack
The earth's belly rumbled and more cars sank beneath. - Noah
The sun played hide and seek with the clouds. - Kelsey
Monday 1st December
In English today, we were learning about the imagery produced by words and phrases in poetry. Here are some examples of work produced including photographs showing some great collaboration.
The children have been hard at work designing and making Christmas angels and fairies to sell at the Christmas Fayre next Friday. They have had great fun and we hope that you will support their efforts and treat yourself to a gorgeous decoration for your tree. You will be able to buy the angel exclusively designed and made by your child which maybe one day will become a treasured family heirloom. Also for sale will be kits with everything you will need to make your very own angel, a lovely activity to share with your child on a winters afternoon.
Friday 28th November
Well done Daniel, Noah and Keira for getting 10 out of 10 on Big Maths Beat That!
Wednesday 26th November
In English this week, the children have been learning to organise paragraphs around a theme and to start sentences with connectives and generalisers.
Here is an example of work produced.
The majority of thunderback sharks like to hunt mermaids because they like to eat the glitter off them. Furthermore, they hide behind a rock and wait for the mermaids to go past them and then they eat them.
Learning Cafe Tuesday 25th November
Thank you to all the parents who gave up their time and joined us for our Learning Cafe this week. The children enjoyed sharing their learning with you and had a great time. The children showcased their work from the term, highlighting the different techniques of learning that we have been using in class. After a recital of an Aboriginal story created by a pupil, the children taught the adults how to create their own Aboriginal art work based on the Dream Time stories. Parental comments including, 'Do we have to go? We're having so much fun' were testament to a good time being had by all. We look forward to seeing more of you at the next Learning Cafe.
Transcript of the above letter sent home from a sailor onboard a transportation ship to Australia.
Dear Wife and new born daughter,
So it has actually happened. I have experienced this awful day. I was a pickpocket because I was poor and now I have got caught. Being sent to a new island that Captain Cook discovered.
The first day on the boat was horrible and the cell was that tiny I can barely move! Not just that, rats were everywhere and the maggots are revolting! Convicts are yelling as the ship was creaking. I had to climb the rigging and unfurl the sails and it was a height! I was scared to climb back down but the Captain ordered me to and I climbed back down. Then I got back into my tiny cell.
Tonight I couldn't get to sleep because the ship was creaking and the guards were watching me. Bunches of disgusting rats and maggots were surrounding me.
The next day I had to cook breakfast for the guards. They never, ever,ever gave me anything. So I had to starve.