Thursday 21st July
What a fantastic family picnic: delicious food, delightful company and special guests!
Friday 15th July
What an amazing time we had in the Bluebell Woods today! First, the children read aloud their explanation texts about their fairy tale character, underneath the inspirational boughs of the fairy tale tree. Then, we went and explored all the new fantastic additions to the Bluebell Woods.
Tuesday 12th July
Some of our finished masterpieces, in the style of Henri Rousseau, alongside the original sketches. Enjoy!
Tuesday 5th July
This afternoon in Art, the children began composing their jungle pictures using the sketching skills that they learnt last term.
Monday 4th July
Today in English, the children were using explanation language. Below are a few examples:
The moon changes shape because the planets get in the way.
Therefore, the moon disappears.
As a result of this, the moon gets smaller and thinner. Sophie and Dana
Wojtek chews my stuff because he has undiscovered mental health problems.
As a result of this, he makes holes in my mum's pillows.
Therefore, he is very annoying. Stephanie
Dragons breathe fire because they don't want to be captured.
As a result of this, there are more dragons alive.
Therefore, you can ride more dragons. Brodie
Bananas are curly because monkey tails are also curly.
Therefore, monkeys love bananas.
As a result of this, monkeys only eat bananas. Theo
Crisps are amazing because they come in lots of different flavours.
As a result of this, they come in lots of little packets inside one big bag.
Therefore, I am addicted. Devon
Trolls are green because they don't take baths.
Therefore, they are very stinky.
As a result of this, no one likes them. Archie
Miss Pullum is amazing because she is the teacher in Poppy class.
Therefore, the class is full of great children.
As a result of this, Mrs Hall loves visiting Poppy class. Isabella
Wednesday 29th June
In Topic this afternoon, the children started planning a holiday, sticking to certain guidelines and a budget.
Tuesday 28th June
Our artwork based on the work of Henri Rousseau.
Monday 27th June
Collaborating in English whilst playing a game to create a new fairy tale.
Thursday 23rd June
This wek the children have been collaborating to proof read and improve their writing. Today they read their work aloud to the class, thinking about their expression and tone. The children were all amazing with their readings. Below are some photographs and a couple of video clips.
Tuesday 21st June
This afternoon in Art, we began to explore the work of the french artist Henri Rousseau. To experiment with different mark making with pastels, we let our pastels 'dance' to different genres of music, including: Mozart, Debussy, The Pink Panther, Dr Who and Countdown. The children all had a fantastic time! (Pictures to follow).
A special mention to Samira and Archie who both achieved great successes in the pool this afternoon!
Monday 20th June
Working collaboratively whilst exploring how to measure the temperature of different cylinders of water.
Friday 17th June
Well done to Samira who scored an impressive 100% on her Big Maths Beat That test for the second week running! She will be going up a level next week. Congratulations Samira, keep up the good work. James will also be going up a level next week. Well done James.
Please remember that the children have swimming on Tuesday. They greatly enjoyed it last week and I know that they are looking forward to it.
Wednesday 15th June
This afternoon in Topic, the children looked at maps to investigate the physical features of England.
Friday 10th June
Congratulations to Samira who scored 100% on her Big Maths Beat That test! Abbie, Archie, Ryan, Sophie and Oscar all went up a level this week, well done. Furthermore, Ryan scored an impressive 9 out of 10 on his new level! Keep up the good work.
Reece, Cody and Lily achieved their English targets this week. Well done to you all!
Remember that the children are swimming on Tuesday afternoon. They will need: swimming trunks/swimming costume, a swimming hat and a towel. They are all excited and really looking forward to it. Also, the class photograph will be taken on Tuesday morning so practise those lovely smiles!
Thursday 9th June
This afternoon in Computing, the children created and played their own games.
Wednesday 8th June
Working collaboratively to locate and identify the angles in shapes.
Tuesday 7th June
The children behaved impeccably at Banham Zoo and we all had a brilliant day! We learnt about penguins and got to stroke baby goats, which the children loved! We also held hissing cockroaches, African landsnails, snakes and rats! We had a ride on the train and saw snow leopards. Enjoy perusing the photos below of the fun that we had.
Tuesday 24th May
Working in groups of 4, the children had great fun performing their verse of the poem to the rest of the class. Unfortunately, the video files were too big to upload but here is the final verse of the poem. This is the first attempt. And I think you'll agree, considering they have not practised together as a group, they have done a good job!
Wednesday 18th May
In Maths today, the children had great fun learning how to measure, add and subtract different amounts of water. They had to determine the scales and then choose the most appropriate container for each problem.
Tuesday 17th May
The children putting on their axles and wheels in D.T. this afternoon.
Thursday 12th May
This week in English we have been exploring the video of 'The Lone Robot' to create some fantastic sentences.
Using Talk for Writing text maps to internalise the story of the Three Little Pigs in french. Tres bien!
Tuesday 10th May
All the children have now measured and cut their axles for their cars. Below are some more photographs. Remember for safety reasons, the children are not actually sawing in the pictures, they are just posing.
Wednesday 4th May (May the force be with you)
Today we made human sentences to experiment with the placement of adverbs.
We have been teaming up with Snowdrops to learn the story of 'The Three Little Pigs' in French. We have been using the Talk For Writing techniques that we have been learning in English and transferring these skills to our French lessons. We have used oral rehearsal and actions and this week we included drama to help us internalise the test. The children have been amazing and I am very proud of their effort so far.
Tuesday 3rd May
Below are some photographs from this afternoon's D.T. lesson. Remember for safety reasons, the children are not actually sawing in the photographs. They are holding the saws still and posing.
Tuesday 26th April
In D.T. this afternoon, the children started to cut their axles for their cars. First they had to measure the width of their car and work out just how long their axle needed to be before measuing the corrrect length on their dowel rod and cutting it carefully. Please note that the children were not sawing whilst the photographs were being taken. The saws were held still as they posed for a photograph.
Monday 25th April
This week's 'Brilliant Butler' is Reece. Here are some things his class mates have said about him:
Reece is brilliant because he is a good friend. - Brodie
Reece is awesome because he is kind and helpful. - Isabella
Reece is brilliant because he always has a bright smile on his face. - Ellie
Friday 22nd April
Congratulations to Reece, James, Emily and Ellie who all achieved their Maths target this week. Ellie also went up a level on her Big Maths Beat That test.
Samira and Ellie achieved their English targets this week. Well done to you both.
Monday 18th April
This week's 'Marvellous Maid' is Lily. Here are some things that her class mates have said about her:
I think Lily is marvellous because she is kind and helpful. Also, she is funny. Dana
I think Lily is marvellous because she takes pride in her work. Samira
I think Lily is marvellous because she helps people. Oscar
Friday 15th April
Samira had a great day today! Not only did she achieve her Maths target but, along with Stephanie, she achieved the highest score on the mixed times tables test, 14/15. Well done! Keep up the good work.
Reece got 100% on his Big Maths Beat That test and will now be going up a level. Well done Reece. Brodie increased his score by 4 on his 60 second Learn Its test. Well done Brodie.
In English this week and next, the children are learning how to use AFORREST technniques to persuade. (See how many of the techniques the children can tell you). They will also be learning how to structure a letter. Their end goal is to write a letter to a friend to persuade them to join Grove Primary School. Today the children continued with the internalisation of their persuasion text and they started to adapt it to make it about our school. Then they performed it to the class using actions. Stephanie and Ryan's performance was very creative. They performed it as a TV advert. Below are some photographs.
Tuesday 12th April
Collaborating with learning partners to explore quarter/ half/ three quarter turns clockwise and anti-clockwise.
Monday 11th April
It was lovely to welcome the children back today and I was greeted with such splendid Mexico homework!
This week's 'Brilliant Butler' is Ryan. Here are some of the things his classmates have said about him.
Ryan is brilliant because whenever I am lonely he comes to me and says, "Do you want to play?" - Ellie
Ryan is brilliant because he listens to people's decisions. - Archie
Ryan is brilliant because he never gives up and says, "I just can't do this yet" and he helps everyone. - Isabella
Thursday 24th March
Many of the children left their letters behind on Thursday (newsletter/homework letter/half price family ticket to the Sea Life Centre). The newsletter can be found on the homepage of the website. The homework for the Easter holiday is to find out something about Mexico, which is our new Topic next term. You might like to find out: where it is located on a map, what the flag looks like, what language is spoken there, what animals live there, is there a national dish, what the climate (weather) is like....the list is endless. Be as creative as you like with how you present your findings, ideas include: a drawing, a collage, make a building out of lego, bake biscuits with the flag on, create a powerpoint, or anything else you can think of.
Enjoy your Easter holiday!
Tuesday 22nd March
The children had a fabulous time in Maths today making 3D shapes out of marshmallows and cocktail sticks. They used the modelling materials to help develop their understanding of shape vocabulary such as vertices, faces and edges.
Monday 21st March
Making 'fossils' in Science this afternoon.
Thursday 17th March
A few photographs from our Easter service which the children thoroughly enjoyed.
Wednesday 16th March
The children had fantastic fun this afternoon making their D.T project. Their brief was to design a package to carry my eggs home safely so that I could have them for my tea. They then evaluated their designs, saying what was good and what could be improved. Much to the children's delight, not all of the eggs made it 'safely home', so I had something else for my tea.
Tuesday 15th March
Painting our Egyptian masks.
Friday 11th March
Well done to Devon, Isabella and Reece who all achieved their Maths targets this week. Also, a special mention to Joel, who went up a level on his CLIC test this week and scored an impressive 100% on the new level on his first attempt! Keep up the good work!
We had a brilliant time on our school trip today. The children behaved impeccably and were a credit to the school. I am very proud of each and every one of my little Poppies! We had a great time exploring the Egyptian artefacts and extending our Egyptian knowledge. It was good to see in real life some of the things we have been learning about in school. Ryan spotted a statue of Bes and Lily found an Egyptian mirror made of polished bronze. Archie found some shabtis and the children were mesmerized by the mummy.
Thursday 10th March
It was our best week ever for times tables results. Joel, Stephanie, Archie, James, Ellie, Sophie, Isabella, Oscar and Reece all scored 100% on their 5 times table test. Abbie, Brodie, Dana scored 14/15 and Theo and Cody scored 13. Well done to you all. Abbie was very proud of the fact that she had been practising her tables at home this week. Practise makes perfect!
Wednesday 9th March
We teamed up with Snowdrops this afternoon for a joint French lesson. We had a lot of fun learning how to say different animal names, complete with actions.
Do you know what the following animals are? chat, chien, lapin, serpent, cochon, chevaux
Tuesday 8th March
This week's 'Marvellous Maid' is Abbie. Here are some things her classmates have said about her:
Abbie is great because she never lets me down and she is my bestest friend ever! Grace
Abbie is a wonderful person. Ryan
Abbie is marvellous because she helps people. Cody
Monday 7th March
This week in Maths, the children are progressing on to using formal written methods to solve multiplication and division problems. They would really benefit from practising their times tables.
In English today, the children worked collaboratively to identify features of a newspaper. Take the challenge, can you name nine features of a newspaper? Answers below photographs. Please remember to send the children in with shirts/aprons tomorrow as we are creating with modroc again. Thank you.
Friday 4th March
The room was full of characters on World Book Day. Thank you for supporting it with such fantastic costumes. The children really enjoyed dressing up. Don't forget to spend your book tokens.
Wednesday 2nd March
Working collaboratively to create a piece of drama in preparation for writing an egyptian myth.
Tuesday 1st March
The children had a fantastic time following their egyptian designs and creating their masks using mod roc.
Monday 29th February
This week's 'Marvellous Maid' is Emily. Here are a few things that her classmates have said about her.
Emily is marvellous because she is always kind and helpful. - Samira.
Emily is marvellous because she is a kind friend. - Brodie
Emily is marvellous because she lets people play with her and she is sensible. - Abbie
It was great to talk to you all over our two parents evenings. Remember if you ever need to discuss anything, you know where I am.
The children are starting to create their modroc masks tomorrow. If you can send them in with an oversized t-shirt/shirt to protect their clothes, as discussed at parents evening, that would be fantastic. Thank you
Friday 26th February
Congratulations to Joel, Theo, Ryan and Stephanie who all achieved their Maths targets this week.
Dana, Devon, James, and Sophie all scored an impressive 100% on their Big Maths Beat That tests, well done.
Joel, Stephanie, Isabella, Grace and Abbie all significantly improved their scores on their Big Maths Learn Its tests.
Well done everybody, keep up the good work!
This afternoon, the children enjoyed playing skittleball. Please note, our Friday P.E. lesson will be outside. Please ensure the children have trainers/plimsolls and jogging bottoms/jumper if required.
Thursday 25th February
In Computing this afternoon, the children began exploring how to create spreadsheets.
Wednesday 24th February
The children participated in some 'hot seating' today, to bring their egyptian characters to life. They asked each other some fantastic 'open' questions to really help develop the characters.
We had a brilliant time this afternoon in our Topic lesson. First, we created our own mummies. Then, we found out about the mummification process that the ancient egyptians used. Finally, we used a similar process to mummify a pear. The children are looking forward to seeing the results of our experiment next week.
As part of a P.S.H.E. initiative, we are working in partnership with the other primary schools in our academy in order for the children to discuss bullying. Below are some of the videos we made to highlight some different aspects of bullying. These will be viewed by the children in the other schools who will discuss what can be done to help the situation.
Tuesday 23rd February
In English today, the children worked collaboratively to create egyptian characters.
This afternoon in Art, the children sketched their designs for their egyptian masks that they will be making next week out of modroc. Modroc does wash out of clothes but it can be messy so it would be great if the children can bring in an oversized shirt (maybe an old one belonging to mum or dad) to wear over their uniform next Tuesday. That way the children can relax and not worry about getting their clothes messy and really enjoy creating their work of art. Thank you for your support.
I look forward to seeing you at parents evening tomorrow to discuss all the great work that your children have been doing.
Monday 22nd February
It was lovely to welcome the children back after half term.
This week's 'Brilliant Butler' is Kyle.
Friday 12th February
Well done to Brodie who achieved his Maths target this week.
The children have worked really hard this half term. I wish them all a safe and happy half term holiday!
Wednesday 10th February
Using their skills of measuring mass and reading scales to measure out the ingredients for pancakes.
Tuesday 9th February
Different groups of children made some vegetable soup today. Comments included:
Cody - It's good.
Sophie - It's ok.
Lily - I love it!
Joel - Best soup in the world! Can I have some more?
James - I'm not going to waste this 'cos it's so healthy.
Ryan - Can I have another bowl? and after finishing his second bowl Ryan proudly announced - The King of vegetable soup has eaten his second bowl!
Monday 8th February
This week's 'Brilliant Butler' is Cody. Here are some of the things his classmates have said about him:
Cody is great because you can trust him, he tries his best and he's a great, awesome footballer too. - Isabella
Cody is brilliant because he always lets people play his games and he is kind. - Dana
Cody is amazing because he helps me when I am sad. - Oscar
Well done to Emily, Oscar, Archie and Isabella who all achieved their maths targets last week. Special congratulations to Emily, who also scored 100% on her Big Maths Beat That test!
This week in Maths, the children will be exploring mass, learning how to estimate, measure and compare mass and converting between g and kg.
Thursday 4th February
In D.T. this afternoon, a group of children from the class became Jamie Oliver and Deliah Smith and created and cooked a vegetable soup to share with their friends. Even those who thought that they wouldn't like it 'because it was made from vegetables' found it, to quote Oscar, 'delicious!' Other comments included:
Isabella: 'It's epic!'
Cody: 'It's scrumptious!'
Samira: 'Can I have some more?
Devon: 'It's devine! I want to make this at home, I love it!'
The ingredients were: carrots, potatoes, onions, celery and vegetable stock. I cannot give you the exact quantities as the children created their own recipe. Have fun!
Wednesday 4th February
This week's 'Brilliant Butler' is 'Astronaut' Theo. Here are some things the children have said about Theo:
Theo is brilliant because he plays 'It' with me - Oscar
Theo is great beacuse he never lets people down. - Grace
Theo is brilliant because he makes people laugh when they are sad. - Sophie
This week's 'Super Spellers' are: Ryan and Ellie. Well done to you both.
Please find below the information glued into your child's 'Fish Book' yesterday:
As mentioned in the school weekly bulletin 138, we are changing the way in which we are providing spellings for the children to learn. Instead of weekly spellings, your child will now be receiving a piece of spelling homework personalised to their needs as identified through assessment. They will be tested at school. If they pass, they will be moved on to a new sheet. If they need more practice, they may be given the same sheet again.
Tuesday 2nd February
The children enjoyed completing their watercolour paintings this afternooon.
Wednesday 27th January
Playing dominoes to help tell the time.
Tuesday 26th January
This week's 'Super Speller is Samira. Well done Samira! '
In Maths this week the children will be learning about time. Any opportunity that they could have at home at telling the time and talking about time would greatly help them. Thank you.
Monday 25th January
This week's 'Marvellous Maid' is Grace. Here are some of the things her class mates have said about her.
I think marvellous Grace is brilliant because she is friendly and kind to people. - Lily
Grace is marvellous because she always has a smile on her face. - Reece
Friday 22nd January
Congratulations to Ellie, Brodie and Reece who all achieved their Maths targets this week. Reece also scored an impressive 100% on his Big Maths Beat That test. Joel, Archie and Dana scored 100% on their 3 times table test. Stephanie, James and Reece scored 14 out of 15. Well done to you all.
Joel was an amazing 'Brilliant Butler' this week and was very proud to be taking home his souvenir poster. I am looking forward to our next 'Brilliant Butler' or Marvellous Maid'. The children are excited to find out who it is going to be. All will be revealed on Monday....
Hopefully, you were all able to log in to your 'Read For My School' accounts. Happy reading this weekend...
Thursday 21st January
This afternoon, the children were helped to register themselves on the Read For My School website. To use it, they just have to log in with their username, password and school code which can be found inside their fish books. The children had great fun searching through the numerous books on offer and selecting their first book to read. It is such a great opportunity to have free access to so many fantastic books. Happy reading!
Wednesday 20th January
Today the children enjoyed exploring fractions in Maths.
Tuesday 19th January
This week in Maths the children are finding fractions of amounts eg 1/4 of 12 or 2/5 of 25. Those who have learnt their times tables are finding that their times tables knowledge helps greatly.
In English today the children had great fun dramatizing the poem they composed yesterday. Below are snippets of their performances.
Monday 18th January
Theo and Ryan had so much fun inventing and being 'Butler For A Day' last term before Christmas, that we have decided to roll it out across the class. So this term we will have a 'Brilliant Butler' or a 'Marvellous Maid' for the week. Their responsibilities will include tasks chosen by the children such as: collecting and handing out books, line leader, collecting photocopying, caring for the bookshelf etc. The children will receive a 'souvenir poster' at the end of the week, detailing why they are brilliant or marvellous. Our 'Brilliant Butler' this week is Joel.
Friday 15th January
Congratulations to Oscar, Lily and Joel who all achieved their Maths targets this week. Also, well done to Dana who scored an impressive 100% on her Big Maths Beat That test.
Archie and Reece both scored 100% on their 2 times tables test. Well done boys. James and Stephanie scored 14 out of 15. Next week the children will be tested on the 4 times table. The focus this term is for the children to be able to instantly recall the answers rather than having to spend time working it out. Remember to practise the related division facts, eg, 2 x 4 = 8 8 divided by 4 = 2
This week in English, the children have been using the work of our significant author for this half term, Jeremy Strong, to help improve their writing. We have been looking at sentence structure, in particular fronted adverbials and conjunctions, and editing to improve our vocabulary. Below are a few examples of our excellent extended writing today. Make a cuppa, settle back and enjoy reading them.
Almost unbelievably, Scamper is a mixed-up kind of hamster. You can see from her fit body and wild legs that she's got a lot of whirling tornado in her, along with quite a bit of Lamborghini and a large chunk of flashing lighning. Scamper can run all the way round the Amazon Jungle in a clap of a hand because she has frantic legs. Rapidly, Scamper has a chunk of whirlwind in her, she dashed to the cliffs because she was apoplectic. Sussessfully, Scamper won the fastest animal competition. Sophie
Crazy is a mixed-up kind of bat. You can see from his skinny body and tough legs that he's got a lot of strong muscles within his body, along with quite a lot of sharp teeth like a vampire. Theo
Super Speedy is a mixed-up kind of amazing cockapoo because he can run 1000 miles in an hour and can also run as fast as the hollow wind. Speedy can also run as fast as a zooming Ferrari, even a spinning tornado and has a large chunk of bursting rocket boosters in him. Speedy can out run rapid fire as well. Speedy is the fastest thing in the world. Also, when he runs, smoke bursts out of the green. Ryan
Mr Zooming Rocker Ripper is a mixed-up kind of outrageous, blue scaled dragon. You can see from his mighty body and robust legs that he's got a lot of breakneckness in him, along with quite a lot of shadowy vampire dragon and a giant chunk of rocket. As soon as he could, he went BLASTING around the world in a click of a finger to defeat his enemy! He flew past powerful eagles with their colossal wings and sparkly clouds that looked like candy floss. Bravely, Mr Rocket Ripper flew up to the gloomy space where he met his worst enemy. His worst enemy pushed him off Mars and he fell, fell, fell, until he landed in the depths of the sea. It was murky. Lily
Bella is a mixed-up kind of fluffy rabbit. You can see from her cute body and super legs that Bella has got a lot of cuteness in her, along with quite a bit of kindness and a large chunk of bounce. In the distance, Bella the bunny was hopping like a zooming kangaroo because she likes bouncing like a kangaroo. Almost unbelievably, Bella the bunny has a face as cute as a baby because she was born with a baby sitting next to her. Happily, Bella the bunny was skipping because she had lots of fun while she was playing. Bravely, Bella the bunny goes out by herself if there is an emergency. Dana
Streaker is a mixed-up kind of small, red cat. You can see from his bony body and long powerful legs that he's as fast as a zooming rocket, along with a bit of Lamborghini and a large chunk of powerful, zooming rollercoaster. As quick as a flash, he went to see his hamster called Theo. Exhaustedly, he slowly walked around the home searching for his mum and dad. Mum and dad were asleep. He's a happy cat and he went to sleep. Kyle
Thursday 14th January
This afternoon in Computing, the children all created a background and a picture for the first page of their e-book. It was pleasing to see how they used skills learnt in English this week to improve their writing in their e-book by adding fronted adverbials, conjunctions and choosing powerful vocabulary.
The Super Spellers this week were: Joel, Stephanie, Samira, Dana, Ellie, Sophie, Kyle and Reece. Congratulations to you all.
Wednesday 13th January
This afternoon in Topic, the children extended their knowledge of tectonic plates.
Tuesday 12th January
The children are focusing on improving their presentation this term. Here are some examples of the neat work produced in Maths today. It is lovely to see them take so much pride in their work! Well done Lily and Abbie whose work is shared today.
Monday 11th January
Well done to Abbie who achieved her Maths target last week.
This week in Maths the children are using the column method to subtract.
In English today, the children used the technique of 'Copycat Grammar'. This involves using a piece of writing to learn from its structure before substituting in their own ideas.
Thursday 7th January
This afternoon in French, the children learnt to ask someone their age and how to reply to the question. In Computing this half term, the children will be creating an e-book. In today's lesson the children had fun playing and becoming familiar with the software.
Wednesday 6th January
In our Active Planet lesson this afternoon, the children started learning about earthquakes. They used their hands to simulate the different ways in which the tectonic plates move to cause earthquakes. They greatly enjoyed taking part in earthquake drills and they concluded the lesson by creating a structure that would (hopefully) withstand an earthquake.
Tuesday 5th January 2016
Welcome back to a new exciting term. The children will be bringing home a class newsletter tomorrow detailing their learning for this half term. This half term we are focusing on improving our presentation as the children have some great ideas and we are encouraging them to take pride in their work and present it neatly. Examples of great presentation will be praised and shared and the children will receive extra dojo points. Today, Isabella, Stephanie, Dana and Cody produced some great neat work in Maths and Lily's artwork was very neat.
This afternoon in Art, the children began exploring different types of shading including: hatching, cross hatching, blending and smudging. They greatly enjoyed experimenting with the sketching pencils. Below are some examples of their work.
In P.E. this afternoon, the children were working in pairs and exploring symmetry and mirroring. Please note that the children will be having P.E. on Tuesday and FRIDAY this half term instead of Tuesday and Thursday. The children will need their P.E kit for both sessions. Please refer to the class newsletter for appropriate P.E. kit.
Friday 18th December
The children behaved impeccably today as we walked to the church and enjoyed a lovely service. As well as singing Christmas carols, we sang one of our songs from the Christmas play and listened to other classes perform songs, in both english and french, play penny whistles and perform a Christmas rap. We watched an entertaining video made by children in New Zealand detailing the Nativity story. We were treated to a special performance by the puppets and pulled a giant cracker. It was lovely for the whole school to come together and enjoy celebrating Christmas. It was such a special experience for all the children and they greatly enjoyed it.
This afternoon we had a Christmas party. We sang songs, played games and danced the afternoon away. The children recieved a special video message from Father Christmas and were then delighted when he turned up in person! He spoke to them all individually, wishing them all a Merry Christmas and giving them a special gift.
Wow, what a lovely way to end a busy term. The children have been working really hard and deserve their Christmas break. With that in mind, homework has been set and explained to the children but it is optional.
Mrs Clarke, Mr Mingay and I would like to thank you all for the cards and gifts. You have been very kind and generous and it is much appreciated. We wish you all a safe and Happy Christmas full of fun!
Thursday 17th December
The children thoroughly enjoyed performing their play today and this evening. They were all little stars shining on the stage! I was very proud of them all. A big thank you to everyone who come back for the evening performance. There's always something a bit special and magical about the atmosphere in the evening. A special mention to Joel, James and Dana who took on extra lines in the evening performance. Well done and thank you for volunteering.
Wednesday 16th December
The class was full of little sheep and angels today as we held our dress rehearsal. The children will be performing three times tomorrow, once in the morning, the afternoon and early evening. The children have been working really hard and are looking forward to giving you all a treat tomorrow.
Tuesday 15th December
The children were really excited as they witnessed a piece of history today when they watched British astronaut Tim Peake blast off into space. They watched in amazement as the rocket launched into orbit and were fascinated by the fact that they could see the astronauts inside the capsule and listen to their conversation with NASA. Theo was truly inspired and announced he is going to become an astronaut! Maybe we'll be watching Theo blast off into space in twenty years time!
Monday 14th December
What an amazing afternoon we had when the panto came to Grove.....Oh no we didn't...........OH YES WE DID!!!!! Stephanie was very excited when Lord Voldemort put in an appearance and Theo thoroughly enjoyed Elsa's 'snow'! Reece had a brilliant time singing along to the songs and Samira'a smile just got bigger and bigger! We giggled, we laughed, we sang and we danced and I'm still not sure that the children were louder than the teachers!........'Leave the bells alone, the bells must not be moved'......Raggins!!!!
Friday 11th December
Congratulations to Joel and Reece who both went up a level on their Big Maths Beat That tests last week and who both scored an impressive 100% this week! Well done boys, keep up the good work. Below are some photographs of the children concentrating hard on their Big Maths tests.
Thursday 10th December
This afternoon, the children took part in the nationwide 'Hour of Code' week. We were lucky to be joined by three talented year 5/6 digital leaders who led the session and helped the children to develop their understanding of coding. The children programmed Minecraft characters to build houses, Star Wars characters to build galaxies and programmed Elsa to create stunning snowflakes, to name just a few of the coding challenges.
Wednesday 9th December
Today in English, the children displayed great collaboration skills whilst describing the character of Billy Bonkers and looking for evidence in the text to justify their opinions.
Tuesday 8th December
It was lovely to see you all at our French Learning Cafe this afternoon. I know that the children enjoyed themselves and I hope you did too. After speaking to a couple of parents today, I am not sure that you all received the letter last week regarding costumes. I will send it out again tomorrow.
Friday 4th December
This week the children have been learning to use 'show me, don't tell me' techniques in their writing. Here are some examples of their work from today. Enjoy reading them and see if you can you guess what emotion each child is describing?
Charging like a rampaging rhino, he slammed the door as he came into the room. Furious fire and scorching steam coming out of his blistering ears as he perched on his chair. Roaring like a livid lion he clenched his fist. Arms crossed, about to explode, his heart was beating like a bomb about to explode. Oscar
Her tears are dropping slowly with hands clasped together and looking down. She slowly trudged into the room. She had soggy cheeks and her eyes were like a swimming pool of tears. Her quivering voice was as quiet as a gentle wind. Her breathing is really slow. Samira
As I creep into the classroom, I shake and my teeth are crumbling like an earthquake. I sobbed and I screamed as loud as a screeching monkey. And I walked as slow as a slug as I slipped into my chair. Ryan
He stomped into the room quickly with his eyes wide open, throwing stuff on the floor. He had his eyes wide open with his hand scrunched up into a ball. His eyebrows were right up to the top of his head. He shouted like a lion roaring loudly. His voice was that loud that it made some people fall over. His breathing was going fast, really fast. It was going as fast as a lion running. Dana
They are jumping in the room and jump in the chair like a monkey. Their mouth is smiling like a happy face. Their eyes are as blue as the sky. Their heart is like it is going to burst out of their body. Theo
Quickly, she comes right through the door, dancing in the room, round and round, step by step. Then hopping on one leg then the other. She had a very pretty and beautiful smile. Her eyes were sparkling like a diamond in the sky. Her mouth open and singing like a lovely angel, her voice is nice and calm. She is breathing very calmly. Her pulse is drifting like a nice boat off to sea. Her heart beating, lovely and sweet. Isabella
Stomping into the huge room, he marched with furious fire and scorching steam coming out of his blistering ears. Arms crossed, he bumped down on his blue chair. Roaring like a livid lion, he clenched his fist with his furious eyes wide open. He was breathing very slowly like a turtle walking. Reece
As he tiptoed into the classroom he put his hands over his face and crunched his teeth. When he got to his chair, he slowly dropped into it. While he was hugging his legs, he whined through his quivering bottom lip. Then he started breathing rapidly. James
Thursday 3rd December
Learning how to code in computing this afternoon.
Wednesday 2nd December
In Topic this afternoon the children learnt about Stone Age cave paintings. Here are a selction of our own:
Tuesday 1st December
Our Super Spellers this week are Dana, Kyle and Samira. Well done to you all!
Below are some photographs of our Maths learning today. The children had to match the correct time to each clock and were encouraged to coach each other and explain to each other, using the language of time, why they thought it was right.
Monday 30th November
In Maths this week the children are learning about time. It would really benefit the children if they could experience telling the time at home.
This week in English the children are learning how to use 'show me, don't tell me' techniques in their writing. Below are some photogrphs of the children. The children were invited to 'say what you see'. Can you guess what emotion they are displaying? Can you describe what you see using rich and varied vocabulary?
Thursday 26th November
Wow! What a morning! Today the children experienced a drumming masterclass from former Staus Quo drummer Jeff Rich! After learning about the history of drumming, the children were treated to a spontaneous performance by Jeff and then joined in as the whole school performed alongside him. The children had the most amazing time and were certainly rocking all over the world!
Wednesday 26th November
Wow, what a super Topic lesson we had this afternoon! Using the story 'Stone Age Boy', the children discussed the pictures to deepen their understanding of what life was like in the Stone Age. They thought about what Stone Age Girl would not recognise about Modern Age Boy and why. They looked closely at the pictures to determine what they couldn't see, for example: technology, knives and forks, beds and toilets. (The list was endless). They studied a picture to try and work out what the Stone Age people were doing. Each group then became an expert on one particular Stone Age task and produced a poster detailing it. Using a technique called 'Jigsaw Learning' each member of the group then went to listen to one of the other experts talk about their Stone Age task before reporting back to their original group with their newly obtained knowledge. The children all had a turn at being the 'teacher' within their group.
Tuesday 24th November
Wow! There were lots of Super Spellers this week! Congratulations to: Abbie, Joel, Theo, Dana, Ryan, Ellie, Sophie and Reece.
In Maths this week the children are exploring money. It would be really useful to the children if they could have real life experiences of spending money in shops. Maybe they could help you count out the money and check that they have the correct change.
Monday 23rd November
In English today we learned about the features of legends and looked at different sources to decide whether Robin Hood was a legend.
Friday 20th November
Today I was treated to some magnificent performances by the children as they delivered 'Please Mrs Butler' using all the skills and techniques they have mastered during the week. Some children overcame a few butterflies and were very brave and courageous. The children evaluated each performance giving two stars and a wish. Well done Poppies, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. You should all feel very proud of yourselves!
More videos to follow.
This week's Super Spellers are Emily and Theo. Congratulations to you both.
Congratulations to Sophie and Archie who both achieved their Maths target this week. Archie also scored 100% on his Big Maths Beat That test for a third consecutive week and has now gone up a level. Well done Archie! Joel, Stephanie, Isabella and Reece also scored 100% on this test. Well done to you all!
Our times tables champions this week are Sophie, Isabella and Reece. Well done! Joel, Stephanie, Dana, James and Ellie all scored 14/15.
A special mention to Oscar who has now earned over 100 dojo points! These are obtained through demonstrating our golden behaviours for learning. Well done Oscar, I am very proud of you!
Wishing you all a good weekend.
Thursday 19th November
Today the children practised performing 'Please Mrs Butler' using the skills that they watched and discussed yesterday. Working in pairs, they watched and evaluated each others performances before moving onto a new partner. The aim was to learn from each other, taking onboard advice and to magpie examples of brilliance, thus improving their own performances.
Wednesday 18th November
Today the children were captivated by a performance by Michael Rosen, children's novelist and poet and former Children's Laureate. They were spellbound as they watched him perform 'Chocolate Cake'. We then analysed his performance, discussing the techniques that he used to engage his audience and bring his poem to life. The children will use these skills on Friday when they perform 'Please Mrs Butler'.
Tuesday 17th November
It was great to see so many of you at parents evening tonight and to have such positive conversations with you all about your children's learning. Your support is truly appreciated and by working together we will achieve the very best for your child. I'm sure that you all went home feeling very proud and quite right too. Well done Poppies! I am looking forward to meeting the rest of you on Thursday.
The children had great fun creating their artwork in the style of Andy Goldsworthy. They demonstrated fantastic collaboration skills as they worked together to follow a design.
Monday 16th November
Today in English the children were practising their proof reading skills. They were correcting errors in punctuation and spelling, and demonstrated excellent collaboration.
Friday 13th November
This afternoon in French, the children played various games to learn how to count to ten.
Congratulations to Abbie, Cody and Kyle who all achieved their Maths targets this week! Keep up the good work.
Well done to Archie who scored an impressive 100% on his Big Maths Beat That test. Archie also scored his best ever score on his Learn Its test, as did Brodie, James and Grace. Theo, Lily and Reece equalled their best ever scores on this test. Well done to you all.
This week times tables champions are James, Kyle and Reece who scored an impressive 100%. Archie and Cody scored 14/15. Next week the children will be tested on the 9 times table. Ask them to show you the magic fingers trick that they learnt today.
Thank you all for supporting Children In Need Day. The children enjoyed dressing up and proudly donated their money to this good cause. Thank you for your generosity.
Enjoy your weekend.
Wednesday 11th November
I was very proud of my little poppies today when they observed the two minute silence with the utmost respect. Well done. We have been learning about Remembrance Day in guided reading this week so hopefully the children have been sharing their knowledge with you.
During English today the children played games to increase their range of sentence structures and to learn new powerful vocabulary. They had great fun. Photos and video clips to follow.
Remember that the children can have a non uniform day on Friday with proceeds going towards Children In Need.
Tuesday 10th November
Super spellers this week are: Stephanie, Ellie, Isabella and Reece. Well done to you all.
This afternoon in P.E, we explored different ways of jumping, travelling and turning. The children peer assessed stating what they liked and suggested improvements. It was great to see so many of them joining in this process and taking on board suggestions and improving their own work. Well done Poppies! Video clips to follow.
Thursday 5th November
The children enjoying creating their text maps in English.
This afternoon the children had their first gymnastics lesson. After a safety talk on how to behave on and around the apparatus, the children explored different ways of balancing and travelling on the equipment.
Wednesday 4th November
We started learning about the Stone Age this afternoon leading to a lively debate and a mammoth hunt! The children displayed great collaboration during the capturing of the mammoth! (Unfortunately, the battery on the camera ran out after the first picture).
Tuesday 3rd November
Well done to Stephanie and Ellie, our Super Spellers this week! An extra special achievement because this week the test was a selection of random spellings from all spellings learnt last half term. Well done girls!
Monday 2nd November
Wow! What an exciting first day back! A dragon was spotted over the school field so we invited a special guest, Dr Drake the dragonologist, to come and give us advice. Dr Drake identified the dragon as the rare Lowestoft Ridgeback and left us with an information sheet to learn all about it. (He also identified Brodie as being a possible dragon whisperer!) Using 'Talk for Writing' techniques, we have started to internalise the non-chronological report. Today we used actions and oral rehearsal to begin to internalise the text.
An amazing adventure story.
This week for their extended writing, the children wrote an adventure story, organising their ideas into paragraphs. Below is Devon's story. Devon achieved his target of using expanded noun phrases.
As I approached the haunted house I was clueless as to what might be inside. I knew that there was a shark guarding the house, I knew the house was haunted because of the amount of bats flying around outside.
I could see an underwater door. I decided to swim over quickly. There was a ladder leading down to the door of the haunted house.
I managed to get inside the house. Suddenly, I was being chased by a terrifying Frankenstein-looking man, who was closely followed by vampires. I ran and jumped out of an open window and I landed on a ginormous, prickly bush. I had broken a bone, lucky for me I had some lovely doctors to look after me.
Friday 23rd October
Wow, what an amazing morning we had with the brilliant explorer Adrian Hall! He shared with us some of his tales from exploring over one hundred mountains. We learnt all about the equipment needed and how most of it doubles up and has more than one use. Did you know that water is the heaviest thing that you can carry? The children were surprised when they saw the powdered packet food that mountain explorers have to eat. They thought they could take apples, bananas, eggs and tins of sweetcorn with them up the mountain. We had a demonstration of how 'Mr Knot' needs to stay save by putting his nuts and hexes ( a metal wedge on the end of a piece of wire) into cracks in the rock so that if he slipped, he wouldn't fall very far. The children thoroughly enjoyed the fascinating talk and demonstration and it was the perfect way to end our explorer topic. The children were so enamoured by the explorer, that one even asked for his autograph!
Congratulations to Abbie, Samira, Lily, Kyle and Isabella who all scored their highest ever score on their Big Maths Learn Its tests. Well done to Theo, Cody and Grace who equalled their best scores.
Congratulations to James who scored an impressive 100% on his Big Maths Beat That test! Well done to Grace who scored her best ever score on this test and to Kyle who equalled his best score.
Our times tables champions this week are: Stephanie, James, Ryan, and Sophie who all scored 100% on their 3 times table test. Well done to Joel, Abigail, Lily and Reece who scored 14/15. There is no set table for the children to learn over the holiday. Instead, they will be tested on the first Friday back on a random selection of questions covering the 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 times table.
Well done to Dana, Archie, Lily and Devon who all achieved their Maths targets this week. Also, well done to Devon, Samira, Sophie, Isabella, Archie and Joel who all achieved their English targets. Keep up the good work!
Wishing you all a happy half term holiday! I know the children are all excited about halloween. Stay safe and have lots of fun!
Thursday 22nd October
What a lovely afternoon the children had learning how to bake shortbread with 'Cooks on the Move'. They discovered where all the ingredients came from before getting stuck in and creating a biscuity treat! Delicious!
Wednesday 21st October
Wow, what a fabulous day we had today in The Pod, due to the year 5s and 6s having a special Greek Day in the main school building. In French this afternoon, the children created storyboards.
Tuesday 20th October
In Maths this week, the children are furthering their knowledge of statistics. They have constructed their own tally chart and collected data which they have presented as a bar chart. They have learned about the x and y axis and are learning how to interpret their charts. They are working hard to improve their ruler skills.
In D.T. this afternoon, the children evaluated their moving pictures, stating what worked well and suggesting improvements.
This week's Super Spellers are: Stephanie, Theo, Dana and James. Well done to you all. A special mention to the fabulous Theo who has scored 100% on all his tests this term! What a super achievement! Keep up the good work Theo! The children have not been set new spellings to learn over the half term holiday. Instead, they will be tested on the first Tuesday back on a random selection of all spellings learnt this half term.
Monday 19th October
Today in English the children worked collaboratively to learn about paragraphs. Ask them when you need to start a new paragraph and see how many reasons they can remember.
Friday 16th October
This week's Super Spellers are: Stephanie, Theo, Brodie, Dana, James, Ellie, Isabella and Reece. Well done to you all!
Congratulations to: Abbie, Stephanie, Brodie, Dana, Ryan, Emily and Reece who have all scored their best ever score on their Big Maths Learn Its tests! Well done to: Joel, Sophie, Kyle, Oscar and Grace who equalled their best ever scores on this test.
Congratulations to Theo and Lily, who scored 100% on their Big Maths Beat That test! Keep up the brilliant work! Well done to Emily and Grace who equalled their best ever scores on this test.
This week's times table champions are: Ryan, Joel, James and Isabella who all scored 100% on their 6 times table test. Well done to you all! Next week we will be revisiting the 3 times table. The children will have less time to record their answers as the long term aim is for the children to learn their tables so they can instantly recall the answer without having to use a strategy to work it out. Remember that the children brought home a 3 times table game to help them a few weeks ago so have plenty of fun playing this.
This afternoon the children had a fabulous time at the Marina Theatre taking part in the OAEDUCATION Watercycle concert. Alongside 11 other primary schools, we joined in by playing our violins and singing the songs we have been practising, accompanied by a professional orchestra. A big thank you for your generous donations to the Water Aid charity. The children proudly handed these over after having fun using their bottles as a percussion instrument.
Wednesday 14th October
We had our French lesson this afternoon due to our visit to the Marina Theatre on Friday. The children have been having short conversations with each other as demonstrated in the video below. Can you translate what the children are saying?
Tuesday 13th October
This weeks Super Spellers are: Stephanie, Theo, Brodie, Dana, James, Ellie, Isabella and Reece. Well done to you all.
This afternoon, the children shared their moving pictures with the Reception children. They taught them all about Neil Armstrong and answered their questions.
Wednesday 7th October
This week in Maths, the children have been learning a variety of methods for division, including using arrays, concrete apparatus, pictorial representations and progressing onto using the bus stop method. The children set themselves high aspirations and I am very proud of them all!
Tuesday 6th October
This afternoon in D.T, the children started making their Neil Armstrong moving pictures. They had to think about how to make their chosen mechanism and how to strengthen it if necessary.
Friday 2nd October
This weeks Super Spellers are: Joel, Abigail, Brodie, Samira, Dana, James, Ryan, Ellie, Sophie, Reece and Grace. Well done to you all.
This weeks times tables champions are: Stephanie, Ryan, Sophie and Reece. Congratulations! Well done to Joel, James, Ellie and Oscar who scored 14/15.
Joel, Dana, Ryan, Lily and Oscar all scored their best ever score on their Big Maths Learn Its tests. Congratulations to you all. Abigail, Brodie, Ellie, Sophie, Emily and Grace equalled their best ever score.
Congratulations to Devon, Brodie and Reece who all scored an impressive 100% on their Big Maths Beat That tests! Joel, Isabella and Stephanie got their best ever scores on this test and Dana and Grace equalled their best ever scores. Well done to you all.
Here are a selection of poems composed by the children today. See if you can guess what emotion is being portrayed in each.
I feel happy when it is night time.
Cuddly and snuggly under the cover.
Bedtime stories and teddy bears.
Tick tock goes the clock.
Bunny dreams and princess dreams.
Castles in the sky. (Ellie)
Anger is as red as a burning volcano.
Anger is never in a kind or happy world.
Anger feels like a flaming hot anvil.
An unhappy red face.
Anger kicking like a big bully.
Anger tastes like flaming hot peppers.
Anger smells like a giant bonfire. (Archie)
My teeth are nervous and my heart is beating.
My face is ice.
My tummy is rumbling.
My eyes are watering.
Sweat is coming down my face. (Emily)
My whole body is shaking like I am in the Arctic.
My eyes are running with water.
My face is getting as white as a ghost.
My teeth are trembling like an earthquake.
My heart is beating as fast as a cheetah. (Ryan)
When I watch Arsenal it makes me happy.
They take kick off and shoot at the goal.
Walcott! with the winner!
Walcott is brilliant like the bright lights in the night sky.
Walcott is the best in the world.
Better than the rest.
He is just the best!
Walcott! Walcott! Walcott!
Amazing Arsenal! (Kyle)
Thursday 1st October
Below is the class poem that we composed through shared writing.
Sadness is as blue as the dark, cloudy sky.
Your body doesn't feel happy inside.
It feels yuck like cranky, crunchy cabbage.
A tiny, wet tear falls down the cheek like a raindrop on the window,
weeping like it's raining.
Sadness tastes like blue cheese.
It smells like rancid, rotten carrots.
In Computing this afternoon, the children learnt about e-safety and how to stay safe online. We discussed how people online are strangers and are not always who they claim to be. The children learned the importance of not disclosing any personal information online. The children then made up a rap / song to highlight the importance of staying safe online. Stephanie composed the following rap before performing it with the rest of her group:
People don't always say who they are.
Don't tell them your secrets about who you are.
Like where you live, or your school.
Or your telephone number because they could be cruel.
Don't tell them your age, don't show them your face.
Remember be safe in Cyber space.
Wednesday 30th September
In English this morning, the children experimented with similes. Here are some examples:
Happiness feels as warm as a car engine. (Kyle)
Happiness tastes like ice cream melting on the grass. (Kyle)
Disgust is as green as cabbage. (Sophie)
Disgust feels hairy like a spider. (Sophie)
Anger is as red and ferocious as boiling lava. (Oscar)
Anger smells like smoke as white as a ghost. (Reece)
Disgust tastes like sour milk. (Stephanie)
Anger is like a rocket that is about to blow. (Isabella)
In Topic this afternoon, the children looked at historical evidence to try and determine who reached the South Pole first and why. We also used this as an opportunity to develop our debating skills.
Tuesday 29th September
What a treat we had today! The fabulous, amazing 'Mr Spellbinder Man' came to entertain us with his spectacular stories and jubilant songs! The children were hanging off his every word and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Some even had the opportunity to dress up and go up on stage. The theme this year was 'Myths and Legends' and were heard the story of 'Perseus and Andromeda' amongst others. The children were left with the message that any one of them could grow up to be a legend.
Monday 28th September
This week the children are learning a variety of strategies to help deepen their understanding of multiplication. The methods we will explore include: mental methods, partitioning, known number facts, concrete apparatus, pictorial representation and arrays.
Friday 25th September
Congratulations to Reece, James, Ellie and Lily who have all achieved their english target. To achieve their target, they have to meet it through a piece of weekly extended writing on three separate occasions. To have achieved their first target only three weeks into term is a fabulous achievement. This week, the children wrote instructions on how to get to the moon. Below are Lily's instructions.
1) First, put your space suit on.
2) Secondly, go out and sit in your rocket seat.
3) Thirdly, strap your seat and strap up.
4) Then, press all of your buttons and count down 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, blast off.
5) After that, dodge the meteorite or you'll get HIT!!
6) Next, land carefully on the moon.
7) Then, jump on to the moon and place your flag.
The children feeling the beat of the Big Maths music and 'getting ready to beat their best ever score!'
Congratulations to Joel, Stephanie, Archie, Abigail, Destiny, Ryan, Lily, Ellie, Sophie and Grace who all beat their best ever score on their Big Maths Learn Its tests. Well done to Theo, Brodie, Samira, Emily, Kyle, Oscar and Reece who equalled their best score.
Congratulations to Archie, Destiny and Brodie who scored 100% on their Big Maths Beat That tests! Theo, Dana, Isabella and Grace all scored their highest ever score on this test, well done. Abbie and Sophie equalled their best ever score.
The first people to achieve their maths targets this term are Isabella, Archie, Lily and Samira. To achieve their target they have to meet it on three separate occasions through their weekly Big Maths Beat That test. To achieve their first target only three weeks into term is a fantastic achievement! Well done to you all. Keep up the good work!
Our 4 times tables champions this week are: Sophie, Reece, Cody and Kyle. Well done!
This week's homework involves measuring lines to consolidate the work we have been doing in class. The children will be tested on the 3 times table next Friday. The children have bought home a colourful times table sheet and a game. These are to help the children learn their tables and can stay at home. They do not need to be returned to school. Please can you encourage your children to hand their homework in on time (before or on the following Thursday). When the children hand their books in on Friday afternoon, just before the new homework is set, you can appreciate that unfortunately, there is no time to mark it. Thank you for your support in this. Well done to Abbie, Joel, Theo, Brodie, Samira, Dana, Ellie, Sophie, Emily, Isabella, Oscar and Reece who have completed all homework this term and have handed it in on time.
Thursday 24th September
In Computing this afternoon, the children were learning about how to use the internet respectfully and what to do if they felt somebody was being unkind to them. They produced some very vibrant posters to illustrate the importance of treating people with respect.
All week in English, the children have been learning about the features of instructions. Ask your children to tell them to you. Tomorrow they will be writing instructions on how to get to the moon.
In Maths this week, the children have been learning to: read scales, estimate lengths before measuring them accurately, comparing and ordering lengths and choosing appropriate units of measurement to measure different objects.
The children had great fun in French yesterday. We teamed up with Snowdrop class and shared our learning. We taught Snowdrop the gestures for saying 'hello' in different cultures and they taught us the accompanying words to go with the gestures. We then all learnt various greetings in french. Ask your children to share them with you.
Tuesday 22nd September
Just a little update on the class peg trolley. The peg trolley and the drawers were ordered back in July and sadly they are taking a while to arrive. The children do currently have a trolley but it has shelves rather than pegs. The children are being really grown up about it and are coping marvellously! Fingers crossed that our peg trolley and our vibrant, colourful drawers arrive soon!
Monday 21st September
This week we are learning how to write instructions. Today the children began identifying the features of instructions.
Friday 18th September
Congratulations to Abbie, Joel, Archie, Brodie, Samira, Ellie, Sophie, Kyle, Isabella and Reece who all scored their highest ever scores on their Big Maths Learn Its tests. Well done to Abigail, Theo, Lily and Oscar who equalled their best scores.
Congratulations to Samira, Ryan, Emily, Reece and Grace who all scored their highest ever scores on their Big Maths Beat That tests. Well done to Abbie, Joel, Destiny, Sophie and Oscar who equalled their best scores.
Congratulations to our times tables champions this week: Joel, Ellie and Sophie who all scored 100%. Well done to Reece and Cody who scored 14/15. It really boosts the childrens' confidence towards maths and helps develop their mathematical skills, if they know their times tables.
Thursday 17th September
Our Super Spellers this week are: Abbie, Joel, Theo, Brodie, Ellie, Lily and Reece. Well done to you all.
Below are some photographs of the children using actions to help them remember the features of a play script. The children have had great fun using these all week. Ask your son or daughter to show you.
In Computing this afternoon, the children used a search engine to find out information about Francesca Simon, whilst thinking about the relevance and validity of the information that they found. They looked carefully at the domain name to help them decide whether the information was accurate.
Wednesday 16th September
To further their understanding of stage directions the children added some to a play script before performing it. The children acted out Horrid Henry and Perfect Peter entering a gloomy forest. They added two of their own characters before creating their own ending to the story. The children enjoy drama greatly and their talents shine through.
This afternoon in Topic, the children became astronauts! We travelled back in time to 1969 and the children pretended that they were Neil Armstrong about to step foot on the moon. They discussed how they were feeling and what they would say to the 600 million people back at home watching live on the television. We then watched the actual moon landing footage (which delighted the children greatly!) and discussed what Neil Armstrong meant in his famous line: 'One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind'. We then had an interesting discussion about how exploration has changed through time.
Tuesday 15th September
Some photographs of the children during their P.E. lesson. They were learning about the importance of stretching muscles and warming up properly before participating in sport. This half term they are learning the skills needed to play Mat Ball.
This afternoon we were very lucky to have a session with some fabulous musicians from London. The children all had great fun learning through games, songs and actions. They learnt a sea shanty and a song especially composed for them about the water cycle. The children will perform this song, alongside children from other schools, next month.
Friday 11th September
The children had great fun completing their two Big Maths tests this week. The Learn Its test require the children to complete as many questions as they can in 60 seconds. They can have as long as they like to complete the 10 questions on the Beat That test.
Well done to: Stephanie, Abigail, Brodie, Dana, Lily, Kyle, Isabella and Cody who all increased their scores on their Big Maths Learn Its tests. Kyle increased his score by a massive 9 points getting 17 questions correct in 60 seconds! Oscar and Reece equalled their best scores on this test.
Congratulations to: Archie, Abigail, Brodie, Devon and Lily who scored an impressive 100% on their Big Maths Beat That tests. Well done to Stephanie, Samira, Dana, James, Ryan, Ellie, Oscar and Reece who increased their scores on this test and to: Joel, Theo, Isabella and Grace who equalled their best scores.
The children are settling in well to their new class. At the beginning of a new school year, there are a lot of things for the children to remember, so I thought it would be helpful to put a few reminders on the website to refer to.
* P.E. is on Tuesday and Thursday. Many people find it convenient to bring P.E. kits in to school on a Monday and leave them there for the week.
* To promote independence, the children are encouraged to change their own reading books when they have finished them. This also nurtures a love of reading as the children can choose stories that interest them. They just need to tell an adult at the start of the day that they have finished their book and at the first suitable opportunity they can choose a new one. The children are encouraged to read their own books from home. This widens their range of reading material and again inspires a love of reading. Reading can be recorded daily in the Home School (fish) book. These need to be in school every day.
* Spellings are set on Tuesdays and tested the following Tuesday. The children are encouraged to practise their spellings in their Spelling (pirate) book. The test will be in the Home School (fish) book so that you can see how well they are doing. The children will need their Spelling (pirate) book to be in school every Tuesday so that new spellings can be stuck in. 'Super Spellers' will be celebrated weekly on the website.
* Homework is set on Friday to be handed in by the following Thursday. Well done to everyone who handed their homework in early on Monday this week! Nearly everyone handed their homework in this week, thank you for your support with this. If the children need help with their homework, they are encouraged to see me before Thursday.
* The children will be tested on a times table every Friday. This week they are learning the 2 times table. They are encouraged to learn all related multiplication facts including division facts. The children may refer to these as 'fact families'.
For example: 2x3=6
6 divided by 2=3
6 divided by 3=2
As the children become more confident, we will introduce additional mathematical vocabulary.
For example: find the product of 2 and 3
what is 2 multiplied by 3?
2 lots of 3
2 times 3
6 shared between 2
6 divided by 2 etc
If you need further clarification on anything, please come and ask. Working together, we will ensure a brilliant, successful year for the children.
Enjoy your weekend.
Tuesday 8th September
The children had great fun today using the features of a play script to help them act. They all performed marvellously and I was very proud of them all. Archie and Ryan were great little goats and Kyle and Oscar were terrific trolls. Destiny really paid attention to the stage directions, bringing a tear to my eye as she truly brought the troll to life!
Week beginning Monday 7th September
This week in Maths, the children will be learning how to use the column method to solve subtraction problems. In English, the children will be exploring play scripts before writing their own play script of 'The Billy Goats Gruff'.
Wednesday 2nd September
What a fabulous first day back! In Maths, the children dazzled me with their great mathematical skills. They were furthering their skills of using the column method to add numbers. In English we started learning about our significant author for this half term: Francesca Simon. The children wrote down questions that they would like to discover the answers to and then we watched Francesca Simon give a talk and read her new book.
We got our Topic off to a great start this afternoon by exploring in the woods. The children thought about and discussed why people explore and what makes a good explorer.
I hope you all had a fabulous summer holiday full of fun and are looking forward to continuing that fun through some exciting learning! I would like to take this opportunity to remind you all that you can dress up on Wednesday as 'jungle explorers'. For example, you could wear green/brown/khaki coloured trousers/shorts and shirts. Please refer to end of term letter for more details.
I look forward to seeing you all on Wednesday!