Interesting Fruit

Each week we have a different interesting fruit displayed on the Snack Table. Last week it was melon. All week we discuss what we thought it would taste like, how it would look inside etc. Finally on the Friday the children got the chance to taste it and most of them loved it! Matilda commented how juicy it was and Noah loved how sweet it tasted. I wonder what this week’s interesting fruit will be…

The Magic Porridge Pot

This week the children have worked really hard on their story maps for ‘The Magic Porridge Pot’ and they are now beginning to re-tell the story confidently. We will send these maps home with the children tomorrow (Monday 1st) so that they can share the story with you. It is important that the children have a good understanding of the structure of story before they begin to innovate and change the story in the coming weeks.

In Maths this week we will be ordering groups of objects and numbers. We will also be thinking about ordinal numbers (1st, 2nd, 3rd etc) and playing some maths games which will enable the children to practice a range of mathematical skills.

We had a great time last week being nature explorers in the school grounds and using what we had found to create natural art in the style of Andy Goldsworthy. We took lots of photographs of the children in action and will share these with you soon. We are still waiting for the last few permission slips for sharing photos on the website.

Just a reminder that our Maths curriculum workshop is on Tuesday 2nd October. This will provide us with the opportunity to share with you how we teach the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division), the resources we use in class and give you the chance to work through some examples with your children.

Hope you have all had a great weekend and we look forward to seeing you tomorrow ūüôā

Boggarts Everywhere!

Another week has flown by in Year 6 and your children have settled back into school beautifully after their brilliant residential trip to Norfolk – I hope you enjoyed all the Twitter updates – more photos will be posted onto the school website over the next few days.

We have started our new Literacy unit based on the mythical creatures of ‘The Spiderwick Chronicles’ and the children have already been producing some super writing around this.¬† They have also been very entertaining with their frieze frames of mischievous classroom ‘Boggarts’!¬† Lots of the children are choosing to read the ‘Spiderwick Chronicles’ books and are queuing up to be the next in line to read each one.¬† It’s great to see such enthusiasm for reading from a range of genres and thank you for all your support at home with encouraging 20-30 minutes of reading a day: it really does make such a difference.

In Maths, we have been focussing on multiplication, including formal methods and reasoning problems and I have been impressed with the children’s attitude to challenging themselves.¬† This has also been noticeable in improved times tables scores, which in turn should have a positive impact on the next two week’s work on division.¬† Please come along to the curriculum workshop on Tuesday 9th October where we will go through examples of how children are being taught the formal methods¬†of the four operations.

Have a restful weekend everyone and enjoy the sunshine.

Warmest wishes,

Mrs Chassebi

 

Week 4

Dear Parents,

It was lovely to see many of you at the class meeting earlier this week.  If you were unable to make it and would like notes from the session, please ask your child to request a copy from me.  The children are making great progress with writing explanation texts.  They have pretended to be recruitment officers for Rainforest Incorporated and written job adverts using generalisers.  They have also written super book reviews using conjunctions to show cause and effect.  In Maths they had great fun solving a puzzle where rounding numbers led to a secret code enabling them to escape from a spooky funfair!  In PE, Year 5 have began to build their own Haka dance putting words and actions together.  They have been very creative!

I hope you have restful weekends!
Mrs Hunter

 

Week 3 in Reception

Last week the children enjoyed their first session of Messy Mondays which involved powder paint and water. They mixed the paints to make different colours.

We all introduced ‘Wicked Wednesdays’ last week which involves exploring scientific experiments. They investigated what happened when you mix bicarbonate of soda and vinegar.

It has been a very exciting week!

Another great week in Year 1

It has been another busy week in Year 1 and the children have really settled in to their new classroom. We have seen some fantastic writing this week and have been impressed by how hard the children are trying with their handwriting and phonics. In Maths we have been counting forwards and backwards and finding one more and one less.

Next week we will begin our ‘Talk for Writing’ story – The Magic Porridge Pot. We will start by learning the story altogether and creating our own story maps which the children can then¬†share with you at home.

In Maths this week we will be comparing groups using language such as ‘equal, more/greater, less/fewer’ and ordering numbers.

Coming up on Tuesday at 2.45pm¬†is our class welcome meeting, This will give you the opportunity to find out a little bit more about life in Year 1 and ask any questions you may have. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible ūüôā

Have a great weekend,

Mrs Lemarie and Miss Jeal

Don’t stop believing!

We have had a lovely week in Year 5 and are working hard to learn all about Explanation texts. ¬†We have consolidated our knowledge of place value over the past 3 weeks and are now moving on to formal addition and subtraction. ¬†The children particularly impressed me with their artwork this week, producing some detailed sketches of flowers and grasses with their growth mindsets firmly in place! ¬†In music, we are focused on the song ‘Don’t stop believin” and it was fantastic to have 5 of the children bring in their own musical instruments (3 guitarists, a recorder player and a drummer) to accompany our singing.

Hope you all have a great weekend (despite the slightly pessimistic weather forecast!)
Mrs Hunter

Second week in Year 5

The children have thoroughly impressed me this week with their positive attitude towards learning and their enthusiasm to embrace a growth mindset. ¬†This has stood them in good stead whilst exploring numbers to a million (ordering, comparing, multiplying) and writing descriptive and narrative poetry. ¬†We also started our music unit this week, looking at the song “Don’t stop believin'” with the children demonstrating that everyone can sing and enjoy music!

I hope you have restful weekends,
Mrs Hunter

Well done Reception!

The children had a fantastic week in Reception and they managed their first full day so well today!

We have been busy learning about the areas in the classroom with a grown up. All the children listened to the instructions given. They can now set up the painting equipment, use the bikes safely outdoors and also do the washing up after they have eaten snack. We were so impressed!

During Phonics this week the children practised writing their letters in shaving foam, glue and paint! We had lots of very messy hands!

Just a reminder for our Welcome Meeting on Monday 17th September at 2:45pm in the classroom.

Also please check out the notice board daily as I will be updating it regularly with news, dates and events coming up.

Have a wonderful weekend and see you all on Monday!

Mrs Kent, Mrs Gelborova and Mrs Archibald

 

Welcome to Year 6

Happy Friday to you all, at the end of a busy week back at school.  The children have taken the transition to Year 6 in their stride and it has been a pleasure starting to get to know their various personalities!

We have had lots of conversations about expectations for the top end of school and I am sure that the children will rise to these and embrace the different positions of responsibility, showing themselves to be fantastic role models to the rest of the school.

Today, the children have come home with their homework packs and their¬†first week’s spellings, along with a request from me to ‘read, read, read’ as much as possible: 20-30 minutes a day would be ideal!¬† Some of the class are also keen to improve on their times tables knowledge (and also test scores) so hopefully they will be counting in their 7’s as they climb the stairs, or in their 6’s on a car journey!

Thank you in advance for all support at home and I look forward to seeing you all for the early drop off prior to our residential trip!

Have a restful weekend.

Mrs Chassebi