We continue to grow from strength-to-strength as we work towards the half-way point in the year (eeekkk! ...scary!) We would like to share a couple of reminders with parents and carers in this newsletter:
As a Unit, we continue to be plagued with this horrible sickness bug. It seems to have been lingering for many, many weeks now. If your child vomits or has a bout of diarrhoea we request that your child stays away from school for 48 hours after the last episode. We appreciate that this can be difficult but it is in the best interests of the other children and Unit staff.
We have been to the woods three times now and the children are developing confidence when it comes to exploring this new environment. As the weather continues to bite, could you please ensure that your child is suitably equipped for a morning in the open air. Warm jackets, layers of clothing, hats and suitable footwear are essential. In your change of clothes bag could you please provide shoes that have Velcro, not laces.
F2 parents will be invited to a 'meet-the-teacher' session during the last week of term. As always, this will be an opportunity to discuss your child's progress, to date, in all areas of school life. Please keep an eye out for your child's teacher's list from Monday of next week.
In Bones' Big Idea the Elves and Sprites have been enjoying thinking about what a memory is and what special memories we can think of that have happened in our lives. This has been a really good way for children to start to think about the past and what history is! Many thanks for all the wonderful memories that were discussed for your child to share with the class. They inspired some special memory door printing, painting and drawing!
In storytelling, we have just written a 'class knock! knock!' story about some animals who come to the door. The children have been practising using 'and' and starting to use describing words (adjectives) to tell the reader about these visitors. They have just begun to create their own visitors behind the knock knock door for them to write about!
In maths, we have been looking at counting to and back from 20 in 1s and 2s, as well as understanding what the digits mean in a number such as 14 (1 group of ten and four ones is equal to 14!).Pupils have also started working on spellings in the morning when they come in and the focus up until half term will now be adding '-ed' '-ing' and '-er' on to root verbs. e.g. jump, jumped, jumping, jumper.
Last but not least! We have also started guided reading groups with all children through the course of the week. Please continue to support your child's reading progress with reading each night at home.
Would you know what to do if you went to Wales and met a dragon? Year 2 do! So, Just in case you are planning to visit Wales in the near future, you might want to consult our handy guide books before you set off! In them you will find out just what each part of a dragon’s body is capable of doing. As dragons can be quite tricky creatures we have decided that over the next few weeks we will be helping Harmony Heritage to get those dragons under control once and for all!
Our BBI sessions this week have helped us to become experts on Cardiff. Did you know that it is where the famous author Roald Dahl came from? Do ask your child to tell you some more fascinating facts.
In Maths we are learning all about multiplication. So far we have found out that it is another way of writing a repeated addition equation and that it is commutative. We have been looking at how many groups of things we have and the number of things in that group so that we can write a multiplication equation.
Could we ask a favour? Do you have any old junk modelling bits and bobs that we could use? If you do, please could your child bring a carrier bag full before next Wednesday? Thank you
What an exciting couple of weeks we have had in year 3! A dragon has been spotted flying over Honiton and we have been asked by BBC Spotlight to write a report about it! Miss Rousseau gave us the news last week and we have been working hard ever since to make sure our reports are of the highest quality! Keep your eyes peeled for signs of the Honiton Hornback - it has elegant peacock wings of beauty and mystical horns of wonder that face backwards!
We have been working really hard in maths learning how to use written methods for both multiplication and division. Our times tables have been so important - keep practising at home in your new times table book!
In our BBI we have been continuing our Victorian research. Ask us to tell you all about what life was like for children back then. We can also tell you some very interesting facts about Queen Victoria.
Keep reading at home and always make sure your reading book is in school!
We had amazing news last week - Miss Rousseau called us in for an emergency assembly to tell us about the Honiton Hornback Dragon which was seen over night. BBC spotlight set us the challenge of writing the report to inform the rest of the area about the sighting. It has powerful wings of beauty and an elegant tail of mystery... You can't miss it! Year 4 were also lucky enough to attend a gymnastics festival at Honiton Community College. We had a go at lots of different gymnastic equipment and learnt new skills and techniques. We were very impressed with how high some of you could jump!! In maths we have been learning about the relationship between fractions and decimals, and we are really getting to grips with it.
"One small step for man, one giant leap for Year 5!". It's all things space at the moment in Year 5. From learning about which planets are in our solar system, to how long it takes for us to orbit the sun, we are becoming 'out of this world' experts. In literacy, we have continued the sci-fi theme, learning all about report writing and creating our own reports on mighty machines and robots! In maths this half term we are focusing heavily on understanding fractions. From comparing and ordering, to adding and subtracting fractions, we are tackling them all.
Year 6 have been learning all about the Anglo-Saxons, finding out who they were, what their jobs were and where they lived. We have made model Anglo-Saxon villages, complete with huts, rivers, churches and a high wall for protection!
In Science we have been looking at our solar system and finding out how the different planets orbit the sun and what gives us day and night.
In Storytelling we have focused on information texts, layout and paragraphing. We made our own junk model robots and wrote about their different parts. Our innovate writing is based on 'Ripley's Believe or Not' books, where we have got lots of great ideas about crazy transport! Over the last few weeks, in Maths, we have been learning about fractions, decimals and percentages and the links between them.