'I can't wait!' A wonderful expression to be proclaimed. Few of us can wait for 8th March, what a sight that will be welcoming you all back, but...
Don't forget to look forward to things a little chronologically closer.
We enjoyed the dialogue from Dead Poets Society (the actual scene can be viewed at the conclusion to this edition if you would like to remind yourselves of the scene, with some viewer discretion required).
The conclusion? As was so eloquently explained by various children, make the most from each and every day. Seize it and really enjoy it.
Perseverance, Resilience and Kipling Award
We were kindly joined by Isabel Cherry, who was one of our original pioneers, leading the school back up to Year and then moving on to Kingston Grammar School this year for her Year 7.
It was very kind of Isabel to present the awards, I am delighted to see just how well she is doing at KGS.
Congratulations to Athena, Lara, Sophia, John and mum and dad and also to Rachel for their considerable efforts.
The presenter for next week is rather exciting, be sure to join us next Thursday at 9am.
steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.
the ability of a person to adjust to or recover readily from illness, adversity, major life changes
Kipling Award -
Images of the week
This week, Year 6 have explored their new book ‘Holes’ and some of the key characters in it, particularly Stanley. Watching the beginning of the movie and looking at the various ways the books is covered, the children discussed how this book may progress and came up with their own hypotheses.
Maths involved fractions...lots of fractions. We explored how to multiply and divide them, how this process works through diagrams, and solve various problems to create beautiful coloured pictures.
Science began again with a new topic of Light. Our first lesson went though the 3 key things we should already know. How do we see? What are light sources? What are shadows and why are they created?
The excitement among the staff and children in Year 5 about the return to full attendance at school is there for all to see at the moment.
In English this week we have been exploring what makes a useful piece of information text. The children have been sharing their passion for ballet, electronics, drawing along with many other topics in the process of creating their own examples of information texts. Maths lessons have allowed us to move from our work on fractions and on to studying percentages.
The children have been continuing with the theme of ‘expressing themselves’ by taking on delivering a lesson to their friends in a topic that sparks their passion. This week we have had fantastic lessons on The Sea Shanty, Fitness and a fantastic lesson on how to speak Turkish.
The first week back for Year Four, who have been learning about embedded clauses, has been a busy week filled with great progress across all areas in the curriculum.
In English we have built on our grammar skills to embed relative clauses in our sentences to improve our descriptive writing skills. Year Four’s recent developments in using adverbials and direct speech were then all incorporated in to a short story write for Eleven Plus practise.
Multiplying and dividing numbers by 10 100 and 1000 is an essential skill to master in Year Four and we made great progress consolidating our skills whilst applying them to a range of problems.
Teaching Humanities was a disaster this week. Natural Disaster, of course. After researching the conditions and effects of the high speed winds, water displacement and other storm related conditions, we set about creating cartoons to depict experiencing a Hurricane with impressive results.
Pupils were wired in Science as they perfected the art creating circuits using online apps. A few sparks were flying as Mr Stevenson lesson was brightened by all the flashing bulbs.
Finally, our Art lessons brought bright bold colour and patterns to our school week with some beautiful pictures inspired by the art of Romero Britto and Yayoi Kusama.
A wonderful week back and I look forward to finishing our final week learning remotely before reuniting. Excellent perseverance Year Four. Keep it going!
Year 3 have been busy working with mass this week in maths, converting KG to g and reading and balancing scales. In English we finished off our week with a Lockdown list poem, thinking about all the things we didn’t realised we had missed, turns out even greeting teachers first thing in the morning at school was even missed, let alone all the fun we have on a daily basis in school. We have enjoyed a school wide art session on Romero Britto this week as a way to spread some sunshine and happiness with a particular focus on flowers and patterns looking at form and colour. Some very sunny masterpieces have certainly been produced!
STEAM this week had an engineering focus making a boat out of tin foil and working out the best designs to hold as many 1p coins as possible! These sessions are a real highlight of the week for the children and encourage great critical thinking skills and creativity, which will serve the children well in the future.
Year 2 have been working incredibly hard this week especially with their English and Maths.
In English we have been writing newspaper reports on the great fire of London and we also created a news report using iMovie and some green screen effects.
In Maths the children have been working on their subtraction skills using the column method to help work out answers quickly.
Science has lead us to the human body this half term, and it was great to see the children already has some much knowledge on the bones of the body.
Our focus in literacy this week is an innovative tale written by Min Grey called ‘The last wolf’. We have been studying the first few pages in detail looking closely at the illustrations and the vocabulary used.
Next week proves to be very interesting when we finally discover what is behind the door in the woods.
In maths we revisited equal groups and learnt how to add equal groups, how to problem solve with repeated addition and explored arrays. I was very impressed with how well Year 1 have grasped what can be a difficult concept.
In humanities we began a new topic looking at significant people in history. Our first lesson focused on Ruby Bridges whose bravery changed the world.
In Reception this week we have been exploring vegetables and talking about how to keep plants healthy. We have used our skills in instruction writing to create a mini book to explain to Billy Bee how to grow a healthy plant.
We also used instruction writing to create our kindness potions in PSHCE, we spoke about how we be kind, smile, laugh and add hearts to be a good friend. We had great ideas and wrote some very inventive potion recipes.
In maths this week we learnt a brand new concept. The class have learnt to recognise the coins 1p, 2p, 5p and 10p. We used 1 penny coins to make the values of 10p and 5p. We then challenged ourselves to work out the total amount of a group of coins by adding up. We began to use them to buy pretend flowers in our flower shop role play which they all enjoyed doing.
In woodland school this week we have been exploring signs of Spring and we used our Ipads to take photos of the flowers and blossom. The children described the crocus: it is like a heart shape”. One child even described the lavender as smelling “like honey”.
In art we used vegetables to print with and create patterns and pictures, we made everything from a night sky with stars in to flowers. Great ideas everyone.
We have also practised writing simple sentences this week to recap our sentence structure and remembering what we want to write by writing one word at a time and going back and checking. E.g: She is in the box.
Well done this week Reception lots of hard work this week.
Second steps have had a busy week. The children have been discovering more fairy tales and have been asking for The Princess and the Pea, recreating the story by piling up the cushions, dressing up as princesses and pretending to go to bed.
In woodland school the children ran their own little Tough Mudder course in the bark area. They were very good at balancing along the logs, crawling under the bar and doing star jumps before running to the end.
The children have enjoyed playing with the magnets, discovering opposite poles and pushing the magnets round the table without touching. We then went round the class and garden to find other items that the magnets will stick to. In the class we found that the magnets stuck to our door handles, and table legs but in the garden magnets don’t stick to leaves.
We have also been doing a lot of puzzles from insert to slot together puzzles. The children have been working in pairs, talking to each other and sharing the pieces to successfully complete them.
We have set up a mud kitchen in the playground. The children have enjoyed finding, cutting and smelling the rosemary and lavender that we have been using. The children have been busy cooking paella, ice cream and spicy sauce for their friends.
Over the next few weeks we will be reading more fairy stories and looking for signs of Spring.
This week in First Steps we have been looking at the book ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’. From this the children got creative and made their own painting of their perception of the book for example they used blue for the river, brown for the mud and real long grass. As the children really enjoyed this story we created sensory bags to represent some aspects of the book. The sensory bags included a corn flour mixture to represent the snow, one bag with soil and mud and one bag had blue coloured water. During both of these activities we all spoke about the story and want happened and repeated familiar phrases.
As spring is approaching we have started opening up our mud kitchen where we have planted fresh sunflowers to make it look pretty again. We also did some mud painting and enjoyed getting messy with some soil, buckets and spades. We also did some leaf, sticks and flower picking which we used for a sticking activity where we put it along the line of the first letter of our name.
During circle time we have been reading books with many rhyming words and telling the story with objects to match. We have also started looking at phonics and the sounds of letters. During P.E this week we played a marshmallow game which helped to improve jumping, listening and exploring different ways of movement