Year 6 have started the next year with a bang, getting very quickly involved in book studies, large addition and subtraction problems, and Art and DT projects.
Over the first three days, Year 6 began their study of Oranges in No Man’s Land, analysing the language, and how the author generates an emotional connection with the reader so quickly. They have delved deeply into the setting of the book, exploring Beirut using VR and maps. After meeting the character of Samar, the children have been considering her life before we meet her and how she may have been effected by the conflict, ultimately writing short chapters to explain what happened to her.
We have begun our maths using random number generation and have been focused on large number addition and subtraction.
This has been done while completing our new ‘Year 6 Rules’, and creating funky bookmarks to mark our progress through any books we read this year.
I has been lovely to see the smiling faces of Year 6 again, and we had huge amounts of laughter and excitement during our first days.
It has been wonderful to welcome back the children to Year 5, it was great to see the familiar faces of the children who were with us in Year 4 but to allow welcome our newest member of the class.
We have wasted no time in getting stuck into our text for the autumn term and the children have been reading and discussing the opening chapter of the classic novel The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. Bilbo Baggins has not yet set off on his adventure but the throng of dwarves are gathering at Bilbo’s den and the excitement is certainly building.
In Humanities the children have been learning about WW2 and have so far had a gentle introduction to the key events that made up the war. We will be spending time looking through these key elements in more detail over the coming weeks.
A terrific start to the school year.
As Wednesday morning came in to light, we stumbled upon the den of the Badgers where Year Four will reside this year. After all the teacher introductions, we quickly got to re-familiarise ourselves with old and new class mates, or ‘cete’ to continue our Badger theme.
We were quick to settle down to work as we created our class etiquette guide, as well as looking at our hopes and aims for the year ahead.
Our artistic skills were challenged in the afternoon as we challenged ourselves with drawing our portraits in the reflection of a spoon. The results were impressive as convex and concave reflections created draughting dilemmas that many Year 4 pupils worked hard to resolve.
Over Thursday and Friday, Year 4 have worked hard on their curriculum, delving in to a range of different subjects. In their Religious Education, working independently, they discovered what the Five K’s of Sikhism where and why they are symbolic to a Khalsa. It was encouraging to see the debate that followed as we discussed with great enthusiasm, intelligence and maturity the items that are symbolic to Sikhs.
To support Mr Bond’s assembly on resilience, adaptability and perseverance, posters were produced to help support our ‘Growth Mindset’. The idea of giving up and other negative thoughts in relation to our learning and school life where addressed, and we were able to offer more positive and constructive approaches to dealing with negative mindsets.
Creative writing in English saw us respond to Henri Rousseau’s painting ‘Surprised’. It formed the basis of imaginative sentences and paragraphs to describe the setting. Next week we shall complete our writing on describing the story of the painting, before reading and responding to ‘Just So Stories’ by Rudyard Kipling.
Finally, in our Mathematics lesson, children have exercised and dusted off the cobwebs in using addition and subtractions skills as they played games that tested their place value knowledge up to four places.
A super first half week back and we look forward to a whole week of learning this Monday. Great work Year 4.
What a fantastic start the new Year 3 class have had. We welcomed our two new class members and have enjoyed getting to know them. Year 3 have discussed our current thoughts and feelings about everything that has gone on and how our lives have changed. Some of us felt a bit sad and worried about the pandemic and others are taking it in their stride. As a class we decided that it is so important to look out and support each other. This in turn led onto a fruitful discussion about class rules and why it is so important that we have them. Respect and kindness I am pleased to say, rated very highly, we built in patience this year too as some of us have felt unsettled and this may effect our mood.
One thing for sure is that Year 3 have enjoyed playing together in the playground and running around with friends again.
In art we have learnt about trigger fish using them as inspiration for target setting as they certainly are determined fish! We enjoyed using keynote to draw our own and are compiling our targets for the term as we speak.
We have been joining new Showbie folders to get our work into order and remembering to take great care with our iPads now we can take them home for the weekend.
In Mathematics we have been revisiting place value working both on an iPad and in our books.
Wow what a wonderful few days we have had in year 2. It has been great to see the children’s mailing and eager to learn. This week have done lots of work around ourself including some self portraits and then in English using adjectives to describe them. In Maths we have been learning all about place value and we will be continuing this next week.
Monday next week is sure to be an exciting day as the children are very excited about having their first Science and Adventure school lesson.
Week one of a new term and I am incredibly proud of Year 1. Every child came into school with a can do attitude and lots of positivity. Everyone has settled well into a new class and daily routine.
As a result we have had a wonderful few days exploring 2D shapes (some familiar and some new), positional language and demonstrating our independent writing.
We have enjoyed several in-depth discussions about books and pictures where Year 1 showed curiosity and creativity.
We are very much looking forward to next week for our first science, games and woodland school lesson.
Welcome to Reception! Everyone has had great fun getting to know each other. The week has been productive, full of creative tasks including, making mini me’s for our birthday display. The children used their talking partners to learn about numbers to 10.
The children used their talking partners to learn about numbers to 10. They played the missing number line game, identifying the numerals and putting them in the correct order. Next week we are looking forward to learning our new song about our body. Have a great weekend!
Second Steps have participated in lots of different activities during their first full week in school.
They have enjoyed working in groups and whole class activities to help build confidence and to get to know their peers. During one circle time the children loved looking in the mirrors together with a partner to describe each other’s features
We have been talking about forming new relationships and our feelings/emotions.
Miss Finch & Miss Vari
We have had a great week in First Steps.
We have welcomed lots of new friends.
The children have been using the connecting blocks in the garden. They have been making tall towers, long trains and space rockets then counting them to see how big they are. There have been a few variations of number order but its all good fun.
The children have been having lots of messy fun in the mud kitchen making mud by mixing soil and water together an sharing it out in pots and bowls and putting them in the oven to make mud pies.
Great work, First Steps.
Mrs Akoglu, Mrs Mousi, Miss Gurd & Mrs Leech