Welcome back! Wow how are we already at the end of January? We’ve had a great start to the spring term. Pupils have returned from the Christmas break with positive attitudes to learning and have been pushing themselves to do their best.
School has been a hive of exciting opportunities throughout January and children have been embracing challenges.
After a rocky December with illnesses going round we have had a fantastic term for attendance with most days being above 96% which has bought whole school attendance up to 95.7%.
As always please do come in and speak to us and use our ideas and gratitude jars in reception to keep us informed. There is a parents valentines coffee morning on 13th February for you to pop in and enjoy a cuppa and cake and talk to some of the senior leadership team.
In F2 we have been learning about ‘Traditional Tales’. Through the story “The Three Little Pigs” we have been learning how to retell a story using story maps. We looked at the story from the Big Bad Wolfs point of view and how the wolf would have made the pigs feel when he was scaring them. We made collages of the three pigs houses and wrote how the pigs were feeling. After that we learnt about the story Jack and the Beanstalk. Jack wrote us a letter asking us what it was like down the beanstalk. He was feeling lonely at the top and he wanted some new friends. We wrote letters back to him telling him all the fun things we like to do. In maths we have been investigating numbers through the part-part whole model. Children have really enjoyed continuing their learning in provision. As always we follow the children’s interests, they have enjoyed planting, using the new tinkering stations, junk box modelling and playing garages in the deconstructed role play area.
We have started to visit Highstone Mews care home and have enjoyed a coffee morning meeting the residents. We really enjoyed it and have even asked for our own fish tank just like they have in reception.
In Nursery we have been learning about transport and movement. One of our favourite books has been the Naughty Bus. We thought of lots of ideas to catch the naughty bus and he even visited our school! He was a bit naughty while he was here so we made posters to warn the other teachers. We also really enjoyed reading the story The Magic Train Ride. We went on our own visit to the Antarctica on the magic train! It was so cold, we saw lots of animals like whales and penguins and we decided to go for a swim in the icy sea. We have been taking part in weekly busy feet sessions to develop our gross motor skills. We love to dance and move like different animals, particularly when we can roll like a hippo! We have welcomed our new starters into nursery who have settled in amazingly and have made lots of new friends. We have shown a big interest in rockets and space and so our final topic of the half term has followed this interest. Children have been to the moon, learnt lots of facts about space and have been making up their own space stories.
This term we have welcomed Rhubarb to school and she has certainly made herself at home! She is the school celebrity and has already had appearances in the chronicle as well as on BBC Radio SHEFFIELD!
The children absolutely love her and she has been helping them in lots of different ways. As well as welcoming families into school she has listened to readers, been taken for walks and helped children who are finding times difficult.
A super start to the New Year, with lots of learning in lower key stage 2!
Our scientists in year 3 have been exploring teeth and investigating the effect that sugar can have on them. Inspired by L.S. Lowry they are creating their own sketches and watercolour paintings. A gallery is currently being created on the year 3 corridor. Watch out for more Art – coming soon!
In maths they have been practicing adding and subtracting and finding the difference. They have used these skills to solve a range of problems. The children are currently developing their multiplication skills, including using a written method for multiplying larger numbers!
After reading ‘How to Live Forever’, they wrote an alternative ending to the story, exploring the possible consequences of living forever. They are currently reading Cautionary Tales by Hilaire Belloc and this has inspired them to try being journalists and write a newspaper report, look out for them next week on the blog and Twitter!
Year 4 have had an electrifying start: investigating how to create a circuit, how electricity flows and what affects the current. After learning about the famous sculptor, Henry Moore, our artists have been busy practicing manipulating clay and creating prototypes ready for their own sculpture.
In Maths they have been consolidating written methods for addition and subtraction and using these to solve multi step, real life problems. Our mathematicians are also working hard on their mental recall of all times tables up to 12 x 12.
Inspired by the book ‘Cinnamon’ by Neil Gaiman, they have written their own stories. They are currently looking at the poem Jabberwocky in literacy. We can’t wait to see what they will be writing next!
A few days into our new term some children from KS2 were lucky enough to be part of the Young Voices concert at SHEFFIELD Arena. The children were amazing and sang their hearts out alongside Tony Hadly.
So last weekend was our residential weekend and the children in years 5&6 certainly did us proud! They pushed themselves out of their comfort zones, coming away from the weekend with new accomplishments.
In Year 5 we are really enjoying our new Literacy text, “The Strange Case of Origami Yoda”. Come in and follow our instructions to make your own origami Yoda!
In science the children have explored evolution and inheritance. We used jelly babies to help us understand, Rhubarb also helped as she is part poodle and part cockaspaniel.
We have also been busy exploring different print methods, and we can’t wait to print our own P.E. t-shirts!
Our learners in Year 6 have been exploring famous buildings as part of their Art topic - some of the children’s work has been amazing!
In Science we are having great fun creating our own investigations.
We have been reading “The Boy in the Tower” in Literacy, and this has inspired us to write our own “concealed identity” short stories; come and read them when they are published and see if you can figure out who the assassin is!
Both year groups have also been busy preparing for our upcoming tennis competition, where we can put the skills we have learned into practice!
Created with images by Jamie Street - untitled image • John Schnobrich - "together now"