At the top of the school, the children have been shining in languages this week. In Latin the children learnt about how life in Britain changed following the Roman invasion and occupation. They studied how wealthy Roman people covered their floors with mosaics “tesserae”, which were made up of tiny coloured stones. During this lesson, the Year 5 and 6 children made a Roman style mosaic. When studying Latin grammar this week, the children focused on feminine nouns. During French lessons, the children focused on discussions based on different forms of transport. This included role playing different situations while asking questions and replying only in French. Some of the children are reaching the end of their written versions of their stories in English and have all had a practice at recording their stories using the audiobook creation software. For so many of the children, their stories provide a little insight to their own worries and concerns regarding the emotive subject. Having had the privilege of reading these stories and watching the plot lines and characters evolve on a daily basis, it has become abundantly clear the level of not only the talent in the class for story telling but also that the children have the ability to work with purpose and focus for sustained periods of time. Computing lessons are a highlight of the week for both the children and the Teachers. Having now split the lesson in to two sections, the first part is teacher led where we discuss a new element of coding, the second part now provides the children the opportunity to adapt the different principals of coding to match the needs of their own projects.
Taking stock of the week, it makes me think it has not been a walk in the park. Indeed, it has been a very brisk walk in the park, especially at the beginning of the week in our Adventure School walk through the park. Mr Bond marched us quickly up to the Thatched House Lodge which was the high point of the expedition. We rested up on the bank facing west as the sun began it’s descent over Kingston. This made for inspirational views and for our drawings as pupils used their creativity to capture the features and events from the vista across the South West of London.
In our academic adventures we have been writing our ‘Hole’ story where pupils used their planned drawings to write out their stories which employed imaginative sentence openers and descriptive language. As we began to complete this activity we began our new topic recounting information. With the help of Leo, we read Wolves by Emily Gravett, identifying how the book presents important information about an animal, told by another animal within the narrative. This is a feature Gravett uses regularly in her other books such as her book, Dogs. After reading Wolves we researched facts on cats; recounting the information through the voice of a mouse within the narrative. We shall continue this format next week as we explore things that we are scared of.
The problems we have encountered in Maths have concerned ourself with the periphery of a subject. This being perimeter of quadrilateral shapes that we can measure and consolidate our use of measuring and addition skills. On the playground children calculated perimeters, using trundle wheels to measure the bark area and other locations. We also learnt that the perimeter of a rectangle can be found by adding the width and the length together, then multiplying that answer by two. Next week we aim to consolidate our learning of perimeter to inform our calculations for solving area problems.
In other areas of our learning, we have enjoyed designing chairs and making maquette models to allow us to calculate just how we will create chairs using balsa wood and fabric.
Other fun sessions this week have been taught by members of Year Four. Leo produced a fantastic lesson on using our creative skills to sequence a short narrative from key facts on a cat. Jess meanwhile, used her lesson to develop fine motor skills for ‘Fit Fingers’ with a range of activities that exercised the hand and fingers. Manipulating play dough, catching balls and transferring water from one tub to another using a small sponge were just some of the tasks set to challenge her peers. Pupils enjoyed and gave high praise for these lessons, as did members of staff and visitors to the school. They praised the pupil’s communication skills and inventive lesson planning.
To conclude our week we enjoyed our sports session on Friday afternoon at King’s College Playing Field, where we took on Westbury House in playing Hockey and Tag Rugby. In some competitive games it proved how their coaching (both new and old fashion methods) have vastly improved skills in trapping, passing, dribbling and positional play. Although we couldn’t win every game, Year Four, along with Year 5 and 6, demonstrated a desire to persevere, compete and most importantly enjoy their sport.
A tiring week for all, but great progress and fun. Great effort, Year Four.
Year 3 have have ended with a poetic week building on their similes and metaphors from earlier on and working out rhyming couplets that relate to The Tear Thief character to build into their poem. We have included some of their similes for you to enjoy.
In Maths we have continued to enjoy word problems using a number of operations putting in our addition and subtraction into practice.
They thoroughly enjoyed a victory in their first hockey match against Westbury earlier on in the week.
Playing Sphero football by using their coding skills in computing was a real hit this week and helpful for the children to understand how their algorithms work in real life game situation!
Look out for our poems next week.
This week, the children have focused on data and how to present it. We have created tally charts, block diagrams, and bar charts and have been using our green screen to explain why we use bar charts. This data was gathered from every class in the school and we have discovered that the schools favourite colour is blue, with pink and green as close second and third.
Our fantasy stories are now finished and ready to present on our new display boards. We now move on to our next poetry topic. In Science, we have been looking at woodworking in preparation for designing and building houses. The children took time to think about what materials would be best for each part of their house.
Our work on the Great fire of London continues and we have asked everyone to bring in cereal boxes to recreate the city back in 1666.
Did you know that January the 20th is penguin awareness day? Year 1 do! We have learnt many interesting facts about penguins. ‘There are 17 species of penguin’ Timothy
‘Penguins only live in the south of our planet’ Chloe
‘Penguins can slide on the ice on their tummies’ George
Astonishingly, a group of penguins came to visit our class, appearing overnight, we were surprised by their actual sizes. To learn more we measured the penguins and their eggs using cubes and rulers.
In humanities this week Year 1 were tasked to be architects. First we learnt about the materials traditionally used to build houses and then investigating to discover if the story of the three little pigs was true. Are bricks the best material to create houses and if so why?
Our investigation was fascinating and challenged our ideas about buildings. We learnt that we need to think about scale, size, as well as how to keep the structure steady, stable and strong. We discovered when the big bad wolf arrived that even simple materials like paper can be successful houses with the right design.
Reception have loved celebrating Chinese New Year. We began with finding out about the celebration and listening to the traditional story which lead them to many learning links. They enjoyed creating a dragon and dancing like a lion. In maths we looked at positional language and used the animals in the race to describe which position they came in, e.g. first, second, third etc. The children used their knowledge about the zodiac animals and found out that they were born in the year of the horse and goat! The children painted Chinese numbers and performed this on stage brilliantly. We used the iPads to create magic move pictures of the ‘race’. They certainty impressed us with their directional language and their skills to insert, manipulate and change the colour of animals. Thank you parents for planning a wonderful Chinese assembly and bringing in the lucky red envelopes and snacks 🧧. Happy Chinese New Year! 🎉🎏🏮
This week in Second Steps we have been celebrating Chinese New Year. First Steps, Second Steps and Reception children joined together on Thursday to learn about Chinese New Year. Children played Chinese music using different musical instruments and enjoyed taking part in circle games. We made paper dragons using red, yellow and gold coloured papers and lolly sticks. This activity gave us the opportunity to practice our cutting skills and to learn to use the thumb, index and middle fingers together.
We all enjoyed listening to traditional Chinese stories and then had fun retelling each story. We sang a song about dragons and practised dragon dance using colourful ribbons and pom-poms. Happy Chinese New Year!
This week in FS we decorated our classroom with lots of Red to celebrate Chinese New Year. We had red decorations, envelopes, dragons, and Chinese clothes.
The children have learnt that red is the traditional and favourite colour for Chinese New Year. We celebrated the Chinese New Year with two assemblies this week, which the children really enjoyed. We had one in St. Paul’s Church where FS were able to show the fans they had decorated to celebrate and the second for a special Early Years Assembly in their classroom. We thank Olivia’s, Sophie’s, Muyao’s and William’s mums that volunteered to come and visit us, to help and tell the story of Chinese New Year and get us in the Chinese spirit.
Many art and craft activities took place this week in FS.
The children enjoyed painting Chinese numbers and making fans to decorate their classroom with.
They practised using chopsticks to eat noodles with and made lots of noise shaking the bells the keep the dragon away.
They improved their fine motor skills by using black paint to create Chinese numbers and red paint to create a blossom tree painting with cotton buds.
They learnt about the animals in the zodiac circle, played with them in the tuff tray and they especially loved the cute knitted rat!
They were asked to search for red objects around the classroom and fill the magic box.
In the outside area the children had fun filling and emptying the kitchen’s containers with red rice, building red Lego constructions and cooking noodles in the mud kitchen.
On Tuesday and Thursday the FS visited our school library, where they enjoyed a lovely action story book read by Miss Whelan.
Happy Chinese Year.