Year 6 Residential (part deux)
A fantastic trip once again to our sister school St Felix. Yomping, roundering, cricketing, trebuchet building and squelching (courtesy of monsoon rain fall) but not enough to dampen spirits.
such trips are wonderful but wholly dependent on the support and encouragement of colleagues.
I trust you will,join me in thanking messrs Patel, Kilb, Papps, Gardner, Bond, Stevenson, Finch and Sims as well as the home team who compensate for duties and cover to give our children such superb memories.
What a week it has been.
We started this week completing some poetry, using our articulated description from last week. Very interesting journeys were taken through the beach for these poems.
We also had the joy of opening and recreating our time capsule - with some very surprising results. The girls loved hearts at the beginning of the year and decorated everything with them. Now, geometric patterns are the decoration of choice.
A huge amount of growing has been done this year as, upon remeasuring, some had grown up 8cm in 9 months.
Then, on Wednesday, the residential trip began. Huge fun had with so many things taking place over such a short space of time: building Trebuchets on the beach (with an excellent reenactment of the opening scene of ‘Gladiator’), huge amounts of food consumed, a study of waves, photos under a microscope, party games, an introduction to badminton, and some cricket and rounders covers just the large items that took place.
The children were given more freedom and it was fascinating to see how they used it.
Morning one and everyone was up at 7:00 because they could. Morning two and only 3 made it up as most chose the lie in.
Well done all.
With the Year 6’s off their residential trip, we wasted no time in setting up their classroom as a recording studio. After much hard work, wonderful attention to detail and certainly lots of perseverance, Year 5 Podcasts have been recorded, edited and I promise you they are worth the wait.
The ongoing effort in our allotment project has started to bear fruit, well more like sprout potatoes this week. After digging up the first of the potato harvest, it was fascinating to see how excited the children got over finding a muddy potato!
A wonderful week to report in Year 4 ending in floods of work being produced. We began our week with writing stories inspired by Aesop’s Fable, ‘The Fox and the Crow.’ We took the theme of the story, using compliments to deceive a victim of their coveted possession, replacing characters and dialogue of our own choosing. We spent time in our other lessons cementing knowledge of the direct speech rules.
Leonardo’s ‘Vitruvian Man’, a theory on golden rules of ratio of the human form, inspired our Maths work as we measured our arm spans, hands, faces and our forearms to see if they would represent a portion of our height. We concluded that the dimensions of many of our body parts may not be in proportion with our height due to age and height. However, it was proven that the length of our outstretched arm span with be a good measure of our height.
In other areas we explored the effects of germs on bread as our experiments on microbes proved grimy. Well, perhaps that grimy hands will carry more bacteria as proven on slices of bread with a higher percentage of mould growth.
Well done, Year Four. We look forward to docking in next week. Mr Pappas
A busy week in Year 3, from finding treasure using co-ordinates in Maths to continuing our Spike Milligan inspired poetry for our Father’s Day card. Making music with everyday equipment in the playground, to mini games of cricket at Ditton Field. So much to do!
The children have been given their end of term script for the production. They are definitely ready to get on the stage again after listening to their impressive first read through. Look out for Robin Hood and his Merry Men…and women!
This week Year 2 have been very busy creating some beautiful Father’s Day cards and also creating a little surprise to go with the card. The children are very excited to give you these on Sunday.
In English we have started to create an all about me book for our new class teacher to get to know all about us including, our likes and dislikes, favourite subjects and even our worries.
In computing we created race tracks and the children drove their Sphero round. We had one child timing and another recording. At the end we saw who had the fastest time.
Have a wonderful weekend.
During PSHCE, as we approach the end of our time in Year 1, we have been thinking about the amazing possibilities that Year 2 will bring us. I am happy to report that Year 1 are full of excitement and positivity about the opportunities unfolding.
In literacy and art our focus was portraits and similes - combining each skill to create Fathers day poems and cards.
We developed our understanding of halves and quarters - looking at notation and how to share quarters using part whole models.
Reception has been a hive of activity this week as we have been preparing something special for our Fathers and Grandads. They have been talking about why they love them. The children have continued to develop their vocabulary in PSED this week as we began to prepare for our next step into Year One in September. The children spoke about how they were feeling about this and they could explain their emotions in relation to our “zones of regulation”. We also had some special visitors this week from Second Steps who came up to see us. The Reception children were superstars at telling the nursery children all about what to expect in Reception and we then learnt a name game where we showed excellent turn-taking skills during the song. They were fantastic role models to the new cohort of Reception children.
In Maths this week we have been recapping our knowledge of 2D shapes and learning how to count the amount of sides and corners a shape has. The children used the Geoboards and elastic bands to create each shape as they listened to the description of a shape. Reception then went on a shape hunt outside and they took photos of different objects and used the “Markup” tool on their Ipads to draw the shapes they could see in the objects. They then used the text tool or a voice note to tell me about the characteristics of the shapes. In their free play the children have loved exploring our new water wall and they have been working together to fill up the jugs as one person poured water down the tube while the other person caught the water in their jug.
The children continued to work collaboratively to help them pick up and move paper cups using only an elastic band and pipe cleaners. They were amazing at this task and really worked together as a team in their small groups to create a pile of cups. They even challenged themselves to make a pyramid with the cups using the same method. The only rule was: you couldn’t use your hands to touch the cups.
In Woodland school we went on an edible plants hunt and tried to match the photos of plants to the real plant - the children learnt what strawberries, peas, beans, figs, mint and wheat looked like. They even tried some of the mint leaves and said that it tasted “minty”. Reception even found the school’s first red strawberries which appeared to have ripened overnight in all the hot weather and the heavy rain this week!!!!! The children loved trying these strawberries and we have left some others to ripen a bit more.
Finally, Reception were very excited to have another visitor on Wednesday when Mrs Gibbons came in to say hello to them. They were amazed to see baby Arthur and asked Mrs Gibbons some lovely questions about Arthur. It was so lovely that they got to see Mrs Gibbons again.
This week in Second Steps we have had so much, especially with the wonderful weather we have had, we made our very own beach. We used our tuff trays that had sand in and filled them up with water, the next day we found our paddling pool and continued on the fun.
With the term nearly coming to an end, we had our first settling in day, we went up to reception in the morning to spend time with our new teacher, see the new uniform that we would be wearing, see their morning routine and to spend sometime in our new room. It was a success, Second Steps had so much fun, we loved playing in our new room and we are excited to do it again next week.
In woodland school we went on an insect hunt, we found a lot of spiders and snails, we noticed one of our garden pots was empty, so we was able to plant some beetroot. We had to dig the soil up and we found a bulb hidden away, after a closer look we found out it was a daffodil bulb. We planted the beetroot, we watered it and are now waiting to see how it grows.
We had so much fun making our Father’s Day cards, we decorated our rockets and stuck our faces in side the rocket.
Miss Finch and Miss Wood
First Steps have had an exiting week starting of by practicing our skills in preparation for sports day! Doing running, jumping, developing our gross motor skills as well as catching and throwing to develop our hand eye coordination.
The children really enjoyed having the measuring blocks in the classroom! They were using them to count, build towers and progress in mathematics with their friends.
First Steps were thrilled to make their own ‘cool’ cards for dads, uncles and grandfathers and used paint and colouring pencils to decorate them to add their personal touch. They also told us, what they liked to do with their dads.
All the children loved the sensory walk where we had soil, flour, water, shaving foam, bubble wrap and foil on the floor and they got a chance to feel all the different textures with their bare feet! They used their descriptive language to express their feelings too.
One of First Steps member, shared with the class that for dinner her and her family do Mussel Mondays! From this she kindly brought in the mussel shells and said she wanted to paint them with her friends. This was such a lovely activity which all the children thoroughly enjoyed and as we have a new covering for our outdoor area, we used these shells to create natural wind chimes.
This week we had have a very special visitor in our phonics session; Mr Crocodile. He was looking for some of his toys but talking differently. We realised that he was segmenting the words! First Steps children worked really hard and helped Mr. Crocodile to find all his toys, such as p-i-g, b-u-S and c-a-t!
To end this week we did an exiting experiment where the children observed how sugar cubes dissolve in hot and cold water. We asked children their prediction about the experiment and 7 children said hot water would dissolve the sugar cubes faster than the cold water! Well done little scientists!
Mrs Guniz Mrs Mousi Ms Bambi