Author Archives: Barbara Speer

Anglo-Saxon Day

I was so proud of Year 5 on Wednesday.  They participated fully in our Anglo-Saxon day, impressing all the grown ups with their questions, ideas and role playing!  Through the day, they found out about the Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Vikings and Normans.  They re-enacted a Mead Hall meeting, the Battle of Hastings and most entertainingly, crime and punishment.  They also took part in performing the poem ‘Beowulf’.  They were all beautifully behaved and our workshop leader said it had been an absolute pleasure to come and see us at Two Waters.  There are a couple of photos below and more in the Year 5 Gallery.

Next week is Creative Week.  On Monday, children will need to have a coat and trainers in school.  If your child is wearing a skirt or dress on Monday, please also ensure they have a pair of tracksuit bottoms they can change into for one of our activities (I know many of the children will already have this as part of their PE kit).

I hope to see many of you on Friday for Deco Day.  Please can you complete the slip at the bottom of this week’s school newsletter, if you would like to come and join us at one of the morning sessions.

Enjoy your weekend!
Mrs Hunter

 

Thank you Year 6

We’ve had another great week in Year 6 and the children have continued to work hard with fractions, share their knowledge about the Mayans and use emotive language in their narratives with flashbacks, based on ‘The Piano’ animation.  Below are some pictures of the children in action, embedding their ideas through role play.

On two separate occasions this week, staff on playground duty have commented positively on either the general behaviour of Year 6 or their excellent manners. It has been lovely to hear that they are being such good role models within the school; keep it up Year 6!

Have a happy weekend and I look forward to seeing the children on Monday, ready to grow their minds with a Rubik’s cube!

Mrs Chassebi

Stone Age Jewellery

It has been a busy few weeks in Year 3 and we are really getting into our Stone Age topic. We have already learnt about the type of homes Stone Age people would have lived in and how these homes changed over the Stone Age period. We also found out about the Stone Age settlement ‘Skara Brae’ which was discovered in Scotland in 1850. We created our own news reports about the discovery and these are now on our website for you to have a look at.

Today we began to make our Stone Age jewellery out of clay, considering the shape and design of either a bracelet or necklace. When these are dry we will then paint them to make them look even more realistic! More pictures can be found in our gallery.

Next week is Creative Week! More details will follow but it is sure to be an exciting week for all of us!

New spellings will be coming home tomorrow. The children will be tested on these on Thursday next week as Friday is Deco Day.

Have a lovely weekend 🙂

Year 6 Trip to Amaravati Monastery

On Thursday, the class enriched their RE learning with a visit to a local monastery.  We all gained a fascinating insight into the day to day rituals of Buddhist monks and nuns, along with further knowledge about the beliefs and practices of the Buddhist community.  The children showed excellent behaviour throughout the morning and were a credit to yourselves and the school.  They also had the opportunity of taking part in some simple meditation, which fits in well with our focus on Mindfulness and gave them some strategies for relaxing and clearing their minds.  Here are a few photos below and a larger selection has been added to the Year 6 Gallery.

Have a wonderful, relaxing and calming weekend !

Mrs Chassebi

 

Fireworks and Gravity

In preparation for next Friday’s art exhibition, Year 5 have been designing and painting their canvasses to great effect, showing resilience and determination as they move from drafts to final versions.  Alongside this, the Year 5 Tag Rugby Team made us all proud on Thursday when they played at Astley Cooper.  In maths, we have been exploring multiples and factors, prime numbers and square numbers.  The children have continued to investigate forces and used Newton Meters this week.  Next week, we will be looking at air resistance.

Wishing you a fun weekend!
Mrs Hunter

Year 6’s Week

Another week has flown by and Year 6 were delighted to receive the ‘neatest handwriting and presentation’ award from Mr Gately. They have really been taking pride in the presentation of their books and have also shown great attention to detail within their artwork.  If you are able to make it to the ‘Firework’ art gallery exhibition next Friday evening, then I am sure you will be very impressed with their Van Gogh-inspired acrylic canvases.

As you are aware, the children have an arithmetic paper as part of their homework pack; they won’t know everything within the paper but it will give me a good idea of the areas which children are feeling more or less confident about.  Similarly, we will carry out a few different tests in class next week to begin to see where the common gaps are and to give children strategies for answering questions presented in many different ways.

Our work on fractions has continued and there has been a super atmosphere in class with your children really wanting to challenge themselves and move forward with their learning: excellent!

To launch our Science topic of Electric Celebrations, we had three ‘Dragons’ visit our class (thanks to Mrs Bennett, Mrs Crisci and Hayley) to share this half-term’s challenge with them.  In small groups, the children will be designing, creating and presenting a working festive lights decoration!

Thank you for your continued support; it has been great to hear the amount and frequency of reading which the children have been doing at home.  Have a restful weekend.

Mrs Chassebi

Another week in year 4!

Well, what another busy week we’ve had in year 4! We have been multiplying in maths and challenging ourselves to use the grid method and finding missing numbers in already given grids.

We have been looking at non-chronological reports in literacy and one specifically about London which we will adapt to make about America to tie in with our topic.

In science we have been learning about teeth! All of the children know the names of the different teeth and on Monday we started to look at the internal structure of a tooth.

** Also, apologies for children not having their spelling sheets this afternoon, due to an unforeseen circumstance we ran out of time to hand them out but they have been uploaded to the website where you can jot them down onto a piece of paper. Hard copies will be handed out first thing on Monday.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Time for Tea in Year One

Year one have had a busy week!

This week the class has started our Talk for Writing unit with “The Tiger who Came for Tea”. They worked on a story map, a tea invitation and retelling the story through play. Next week we will work on changing different elements within the story.

In maths this week the class has been using a number line to subtract. I saw some amazing effort and growth mindset as we learned how to use this tool!

Next week we will be completing a fireworks art piece to go on display for the Art Gallery, I’m looking forward to seeing all the finished work!

Have a lovely weekend,

Miss Sperling

Bang! Whizz! Pop!

It has been an exciting week learning about Bonfire Night. We teamed up with Nursery and enjoyed a range of creative and fun learning activities, such as firework dancing with ribbons and building rockets. 

We even got the chance to hold a sparkler. The children listened carefully to the safety instructions, such as wearing gloves and holding it out straight. We had a bucket of water in the middle which we put the hot sparklers into.

 

We also created our firework canvases for the Papermill Art Gallery. The children are really looking forward to showing off their sparkly pictures.

Messy Mondays involved using a pump filled with paint which the children stamped on. The paint shot out and created amazing firework effects on the paper! They also had a go at blowing the paint – that was more of a challenge. And as always the children got very messy!       

Forest Schools was great fun on Thursday. A huge thank you to Joel’s Mummy and Amelia’s Mummy who came into school to help with our second session. The children built dens for their woodland friends and also threaded leaves to hang as tree decorations. We will make sure the Forest School plans are attached to the notice board so you can see what they get up to each week!

Next week, we are going to be learning the story ‘Tiger who came to tea.’

We hope you have a wonderful weekend.

The Reception Team

Welcome Back Year 6

Welcome back! It’s been a great week in Year 6 and the children have really taken to all the new units and topics.

In Maths, we have been working on fractions and will continue to do so for the next few weeks. Our Literacy unit is flashbacks with narratives and will revolve around the short, emotive animation: The Piano.  We have listened carefully to the music which accompanies this piece and linked it to the narrative’s sections.

We have also started to listen to the plethora of songs which we will be singing at the O2 for Young Voices and weekly practice will begin from now onwards. Children have their homework packs which are based around our new topic, The Ancient Mayans, and I was pleased that everyone returned their first piece to me on time this week – thank you for your support in encouraging them to be organised with deadlines.

Have a lovely weekend and enjoy the fireworks!

Mrs Chassebi