Inter House General Knowledge
When planning the calendar for this academic year, we were keen to further promote our inter house competition and to provide a balance to sporting vs non-sporting events. We were also keen to coincide these events with the actual saints days during the year,
Yesterday, 30th November, was Saint Andrew’s Day and saw us enjoy our very first Inter House General Knowledge Quiz.
Competitive? Just a little...
Each section of the quiz was designed for the different age groups. First up to ‘hit the buzzer’ were the Reception and Second Steps children who were very quick with their answers and impressed us all with their knowledge. They were followed by the Year 1 and Year 2 children. Equally as impressive with their quizzing prowess, they answered the questions with great confidence.
The Year 3 and Year 4 children were challenged with some very difficult questions involving planets, Ancient Egyptians and deserts.
Finally, and most competitive of all, were the parents. The initial reluctance to step forward was clearly a masquerade as can be seen from the images below - as we saw at the sports day last year, we have a competitive group of parents!
The ultimate victors were Saint Patrick House. The questions are provided below should you wish to have a go yourself!
News from the Year Groups
First Steps would like to welcome Jackson Sawyer to the class. This week we have been exploring Christmas.
Our home corner is becoming a santas grotto wrapping presents with paper and ribbon building on our fine motor skills. Our classroom is becoming very festive with snowmen, reindeer, Christmas trees and, oops, Santa got stuck in our chimney.
The children have been making scented play dough, this week we made coffee play dough. The children have had lots of fun using it to make food for their friends to have a tea party.
We have been learning number 4, using our finger gym time to count on our fingers and sorting small objects into groups of four.
As winter is now firmly in its stride, could you please supply a pair of named plastic soled slippers to be kept at school. Thank you.
Second Steps started off a busy week by making pink play dough to go with our letter of the week, letter P. All of the children helped to measure and mix the dough and each child chose a different coloured glitter to add to their little piece. The children squeezed and rolled it into different shapes.
We made lots and lots of Christmas decorations to decorate our room in time for the Christmas Fayre. We hope you like them!
We also managed to fit in our number work with games and activities to practice number recognition and matching quantity to numerals.
On Friday we iced ‘snowball’ cookies complete with edible glitter, and enjoyed eating them for our snack.
The children particularly enjoyed the quiz in the church too!
Reception have been busy this week getting ready for the Christmas Fayre. The children have been working hard decorating both classrooms and making them look extra festive for our seasonal event on Saturday morning. The children have been fantastic little helpers organising the prizes for the Tombola stall, looking at even and odd numbers on the raffle tickets. Thank you.
Wednesday was a successful Woodland School session making ‘snow storms’ in a jar. The children were able to make predictions, observe and make a conclusion on the experiment. Well done.
A tremendous week for Fox class. We have been getting very excited about our Christmas production, learning our song, ‘where did Rudolph go’ and singing it all the time.
On Thursday we had a very chilly time at Woodland school on our expedition to the ‘lightning tree’. Although cold we were able to create lots of descriptive words to add to our adventure story writing.
Our multiplication skills continue to improve through daily practice. “I got them all right!” Rhea.
We have been developing our pottery skills, learning how to mould clay and how to add texture using our fingers. Next week will be painting our Foxy creations for display.
What a busy week, Year 2 have had. Mathematics has involved huge amounts of measuring, estimating, and rounding, with the children finding out, not only the length of objects in the classroom, but the length of the entire corridor outside our class - It was about 692cm long. The children have been working with circuits this week, learning the symbols that represent parts of a circuit and designing their own circuit. Coding in Year 2 is going very well, and the children are beginning to understand how to sequence their commands.
Year Three & Year Four
Alongside other lessons, Year 3 and 4 have thoroughly enjoyed developing their ideas for their character description of The Tear Thief using beautiful descriptive vocabulary. The story is about a character that visits houses looking for peoples tears to fill her sack, which also then stops the children crying, leaving them happy.
You will have to ask the children or read the book to see how the story ends! Here is a sample of some of their work:
She has spiky, short and glittery hair. Joshua
She is invisible, but only in the light of a shimmering puddle could reveal her. Sarah
Her hair is as spiky as a hedgehog. Yash
She slithers down the chimney like a drop of rain. Kerem
She has amber, orange silk slippers that make no sound as she pounces, hops and glides around...Rachel
She has wide, grey eyes, like a thundercloud and is as old as joy and sorrow. Alexa
Silently, she crept around town listening for crying. Kiran
She lives on the shimmering moon in the dark reflective sky. Gabriel
She silently crept around town searching for wet, white, silky tears... Zahraa
Her dress is as smooth as silk. James
The Tear thief has a silvery water proof sack. Luce
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