Apple TV's are deployed across the school to allow teaching staff to mirror and AirPlay work from the iPads to the screens. If a child has written or completed work that the teacher would like to share with the class they can mirror, using the camera on the iPad, to project the work to be shared.
We have reduced the volume of photocopying (good for the environment) for lessons such as English comprehension. Some of our classes have access to First News which is an excellent subscription where children answer comprehension questions on current affairs. The pdf file can now be AirDropped to the iPad in front of the child to then work through, answering questions in their English books.
Apple Classroom is an application used by the teacher to control and manage the class set of iPads. On the teacher device, they can see what each child is looking at and currently working on. They can freeze screens at the touch of a button to ensure they have the attention they need and then can deploy other apps or files from the teacher iPad using Apple Classroom.
Once work has been completed by the children, their work is then stored and saved in a rather clever app called Showbie.
In addition to children being able to store their work in this folder, teachers can set homework, mark and make comments as well as allowing these files to be accessed in a secure way through the cloud and web browser from home. This last feature is being unveiled gradually over this term.
Following my coffee morning earlier this week, it was felt that in addition to providing workshops to parents, it would be beneficial to indicate the apps that we currently use to enable children to present information in a variety of ways.
News from the Classes
We would like to give Gisele a warm welcome to First Steps.
This week we have continued exploring colour. The children have created rainbow toast using milk & food colouring & painting it on bread.
We had fun combining colours with our sense of touch by painting with coloured ice cubes.
The children have been learning how we can use our bodies to make sounds, by clicking tongues, stamping feet, clapping hands, clicking fingers & humming all to rhythm & songs.
Hadi had increased the class' curiosity about snails, we have been having snail hunts in the gardens especially after the rain, we have used play dough, rolling & shaping it to make snails.
In Second Steps this week we have continued exploring and talking about our different senses and enjoyed a fun activity about our sense of touch. For this the children had to feel what was in the sock and guess the object. Waiting patiently for their turn Second Steps used descriptive vocabulary for each item, especially the fir-cone!
We have been practising name writing, using the board markers to trace over the letters of our name as well as making our names, using magnetic letters.
In Maths, we have been matching numerals and having a go at writing them too.
In cooking on Friday the children used their creativity to ‘paint’ Rainbow Toast and then eat the results!
Reception have been busy looking at different people in the community and how they can help us.
When we went on our little trip to Waitrose we thought about all the people that helped us get there and who helped us when in the shop.
“The bus driver helped to drive us there.”-Abigail.
“The shop keeper helped us to pay for our fruit.”- Krisha
We had lots of comments about how smart and well behaved our children were. Well done, Reception! We are so proud of you.
In Maths we have been looking at 3D shapes. We went on a brilliant shape hunt around the school playground to locate as many different 3D shapes in the environment as we could.
Reception have been working very hard in their Phonics sessions which is bearing fruit when doing our one on one daily reading. Well done, keep up the hard work.
Another busy and productive week in Year 1. The children have been learning about puppets around the world and began to make their glove puppets.
The puppets are based on animals (mammals and reptiles) and the children have worked hard to design, cut and assemble each piece.
On Thursday we has a wonderful outdoor learning session at Woodland School where we used natural objects and materials to create animal stick puppets. The children produced their own puppet shows; collaborating and developing dialogue. Their stories were creative, imaginative and wildly entertaining.
In Maths, our focus has been on addition, subtraction and word problems. The children have learnt how to decode a word problem by looking for key information and drawing pictures to help them solve it.
In Literacy, we were learning how to write information pages. This was tricky because the children had to learn the difference between fact and opinion. I am thrilled with the children’s writing this week - they have worked hard to produce interesting sentences. Well done.
This week, the children have been working on difference and using hundred squares to quickly answer large subtraction sums. Some were tricky, but the children persisted, and eventually solved them as well. In addition, we have look at patterns within a hundred square, when adding 3, 5, and 9.
During this week, the children have written their own poem inspired by Spike Milligan on any topic they chose. We have poems on paint, bears, a panda, and even a breadstick. These have then been added to book creator and are slowly being turned in a poetry book. In Science, the children created their own animal to fit in to a position on a food chain. They had to think about the features it would have, the size of it, whether it had any defences, and its diet. Amazing creatures were produced. Computing over the last few weeks is now reaching its climax, with he children learning all about safety online. Today, they created simple mock profiles for a online game, making sure they used nicknames, spoke to an adult first, and kept their password secret. Our cars are also taking shape, and are ready to be assembled now that they are painted.
Year 3 & Year 4
This week we have continued to enjoy developing our own superhero character based on ourselves and put that character into our very own story. Four of the class were then entitled to write their work in neat in pen as they had already earnt their Bronze handwriting certificate!
We worked really hard on including powerful vocabulary and making the story exciting to read.
In Art, we have continued our Ancient Egyptian topic looking at the cat god ‘Bastet’ and are making a Mud-Roc sculpture using the a water bottle, paper and masking tape for the model. The children really took a great deal of care over their sculptures and are looking forward to completing them next week.
In Science at Canbury, we completed our heart rate investigation and are beginning to draw conclusions from our findings. We are also learning the importance of a fair test and how important it is to evaluate our results and draw conclusions from our findings.
Year 3 & Year 4 Art
As part of their history topic, the children have been hard at work during their art lesson making their own versions of the Ancient Egyptian goddess Bastet.
Prep School Science
The Year 3 and Year 4 children are clearly benefitting from their time at the Canbury School Science Labs. Moving on from the heart and lungs exploration last week, the children made good use of the specialist equipment available to measure heart rate levels post-exercise. As you can see, they earned their lunch that day!
Please help us maintain the very best relationships with our neighbours by not blocking or parking in their drives when dropping off or collecting your children.
Please do not park on the yellow chevrons directly in front of the school or across driveways for the safety of all of our children.
Could I ask that you ensure that waterproof trousers and coats are brought into school on the relevant day (regardless of the forecast) so that we maximise our use of Richmond Park.
Holly Yap & Beth Walsh!
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Quiz Answers! (I do hope that you have read the full Deerstalker before checking your answers...)
Well done everyone for tackling the quiz with such determination -