We don't like saying farewell, particularly to a family who have been with us for so long, so I think I will use the expression 'bon voyage' as it somehow seems less abrupt or final.
As I said last Friday, we will miss Natalie, Jason, Joshua and Zara a great deal, not just for the guaranteed bone crushing handshake that I received from Joshua each morning but also for the tremendous and guaranteed support from Natalie and Jason 'behind the scenes.' I am sure you join me in wishing them every success, health and happiness with their return and adventures in South Africa; I think we need a sporting/cultural/arts tour to Cape Town. Bon Voyage and a bientot!
It is an assembly that is perhaps the most moving of the academic year. It is a responsibility that we bestow on each generation to 'tell them of us and say, For your tomorrow we gave our today.'
I would hope that this responsibility is in good hands following our own remembrance assembly. It was an assembly that will linger long in my memory.
This week two fifths of the class have been twisted, four tenths have been vile and the remaining four twentieths have been evil and conniving. Learning about Richard the Third and equivalent fractions has kept us busy in lesson time. Pupils now show great strength with addition and subtracting of fractions, whilst also the ability to write scripts and understand the ruthlessness and dastardly ways of King Richard the Third.
Aside from the classroom, pupils have battled through cold conditions this week showing strength and determination on a cold run across Ditton Field. They demonstrated excellent learning skills on Tuesday too as they learnt about the effects of caffeine on Mr Stevenson and Miss Mayle who thankfully have come down after their initial high. On a similar lively note, pupils have been practicing their performances for the Christmas production where performances are being fine tuned for the big show.
For next week, we leave behind poor Richard the Third and seek adventures away from Bosworth to the sunny climate of Cape Town where we explore the city as part of travel writing for English. We will focus on: using colons; semi-colons; research techniques; and writing from particular perspectives.
In maths we transfer our skills in fractions to decimals. We have begun to look at tenths and hundredths, but further our knowledge with their use in the four maths operations.
In the Science lab pupils will continue to study drugs. This week, nicotine in cigarettes. A practical experiment will see them observe the effects of smoking and health issues related to tobacco smoke.
A final mention in this weeks Yr 4 5 deerstalker must go to the swim squad, who excelled themselves early...very early on Monday morning. Their behaviour and competitive spirit was exemplary as they competed in a 50m pool in Aldershot for the ISA Swimming Gala. They were very proud of themselves when they returned and spoke of their enjoyment on the challenge of swimming in an Olympic size swimming pool. Well done!
Year 3 have had a busy week. We have been learning about money, doubling and halving. In English we have been learning about instructions and testing out other peoples instructions, looking at how effective they are. We have dicussed what instructions are used for and are building up a success criteria. As we build up our knowledge and vocabulary we are aiming to write our own instructions.
In Humanities the children have been learning about the geography of Great Britain and how the Romans were ahead of there time building roads and making travelling around the county.
In DT we are building Roman chariots with a twist. Instead of horsepower, we are harnessing the power of a Sphero! After looking at various Roman chariots online we designed our own prototypes in LEGO to work out the way to support the Sphero.
This week, year 2 have enjoyed learning about letters and have written some lovely letters about Christmas to sent home. We very much hope they arrive. In maths, the children have been learning all about missing number sums. In the beginning, our cheeky owl hide numbers from us - now the children are creating their own and they tested each other, marking them and providing feedback.
Science has been all about the wonderful world of electricity. The children learnt how to create circuits and how to increase the brightness of bulbs. We created series circuits and made sure that they followed a circular path from and to our battery. In computing, the children have begun to explore internet connected devices around school and home, starting with voice assistants.
In Literacy, we have been re-reading the story of The owl who is afraid of the dark by Jill Tomlinson to gain a greater understanding of the story structure and characters.
In our big write we practiced story writing skills and worked hard to retell the story using speech and character description.
In Maths, we have been learning about fractions of a shape and number. “A whole has to be cut down the middle into two pieces of equal size.” Abbie.
We have discovered that only even numbers can be halved and learnt new strategies to sort whole numbers into groups such as drawing diagrams, using cubes and sharing using tens and ones.
In Art we have painted our clay owl paying close attention to the colours and patterns of the barn owl and mixing our paints to find the right shade and tone.
In phonics we have been recapping phase 3 vowel digraphs and trigraphs to ensure that they are secure as well as working on phase 5. We looked at the alternative spelling of ie, (i-e and y).
Great progress made in all areas Year 1 well done!
Reception have been greatly surprised with some very different characters entering our classroom this week. It began with evidence of red and green jingle boots stuck inside Reception windows. I wonder who they belong to? Then, tiny red glittered footprints were scattered across the classroom floor. “Somebody had been trespassing in Reception,” Timothy exclaimed. The children were in complete ore and astounded me with their language and imagination. As a class they applied their phonic knowledge to read the letter from the elf. The little elf was sent from the North Pole to watch over the children. It’s been a fantastic stimulus for children to practice their independent writing - posting letters to Santa via our post office role play.
In Science the children created their own snow storm looking at liquid density and change. They described it as “fizzing, bubbling, volcanos.” “Layers of oil bubbles.” Everyone has worked super hard in phonics and Maths too. Practical subtraction activities have increased their learning of using a number line, forming and recognising numerals to 20. Superb work, well done Reception.
Gentle reminder to all parents: Please can you bring your child into school wearing their Sports kit and full waterproofs/wellies every Wednesday morning ready for Woodland School. Thank you.
This week we have had such a great surprise! Each day Father Christmas has been calling us on the television to talk about how close Christmas is and to talk about how busy the elves are preparing for Christmas. They got to see the elves workshop and even had a chance to hear them sing! On elf lost a very important devise which Father Christmas needed, so the elf had to look everywhere for it and we gave him ideas to where it could be! We have also been learning about the story of Christmas. Within our role-play area we created an elf workshop and the children have been elves! Helping to wrap up many presents. They have also enjoyed decorating the Christmas tree with many lovely decorations. We have also started our Christmas activities and we cannot wait until our classroom is decorated with all our lovely work!
We have been exploring our science area, looking at the magnets and seeing what objects stick to them. They have also explored the changes in textures and colours when manipulated or mixed. Using their senses, Second Steps have also been exploring the different sensory trays as well as using magnifying glasses to look up close at the different textures and items on the trays.
During this week Miss Georgina has been teaching the children the song “Noah’s Ark”, Mrs Burn asked the children what they had enjoyed about the lesson and they were keen to know more about Noah’s Ark, which later on this week Mrs Burn created an area about Noah’s Ark. the children had great fun listening to the story and placing the animals onto the Ark.
Second Steps have had many lovely stories read to them this week and they have asked questions, answered questions as well as think of how they story/stories might end. We have also acted out some stories for example “Goldilocks and The Three Bears” and ”The Three Little Pigs.”
During our French class we learnt how to say different transportation in French, the children were focused and enjoyed carrying the activities Mrs Hibbert had given them. We have also celebrated three Birthdays this week, Victoria, Elizabeth and Benjamin Happy Birthday!
What a busy and exciting week we have had and I am sure the highlight of the week is Father Christmas video calling us! Have a lovely weekend.
Christmas is on its way in First Steps...The Christmas tree has been decorated, Christmas music is on, even Rudolf came to First Steps! The children love riding the sleigh with the presents. Can we ask our parents to donate any empty small sizes boxes, kitchen roll tubes in First Steps please! (Our elf’s waiting to wrap their presents)
In Woodland School, children explored different leaves and talked about the textures, sizes and colours of the leaves. We created caterpillars in different ways such as: sticking circles, apple printing and they were still hungry! During phonics sessions, we had a very noisy neighbour and we tried to find it out what kind of noises she was making.
Zeus the Zebra
Whilst we all missed our normal visitor, Debra (I am told this is the accurate spelling) due to a 'hurt hoof' her replacement Zeus was more than an able substitute. Whilst his body popping and hip hop moves were splendid, there was a serious reason for his presence. As the nights start to close in a little, we like to remind our children of the need for road safety and care on the pavements around school and home.
As well as enjoying the video of Zeus, do please share the additional film made by a local school that supports our promotion of road safety.
You will all have now met Chef Lee, a more than able substitute for Chef Leon whilst he is sunning himself in Jamaica (jealous?). He was keen to meet with the School Council to gain feedback on his hardwork and to get some ideas of what the children would like more of.
You will also see that Foxy the Fox from Year 1 enjoyed a thorough medical examination recently. You will be pleased to know that he is in rude health!