This term has flown by for the children in Reception with the sounds of Christmas all around. Each week in the role play area a magic box appeared with a different theme inside from fireworks and Diwali to pirates and the ocean. The children waited with anticipation to see what would be revealed each week sparking the children’s imaginations and learning. A trip to Corsham library helped to ignite the children’s love of reading.
The children have learnt a variety of nativity songs wriggling their way through a ‘Wriggly Nativity’, impressing us all with their confident performances and energetic singing. Their dazzling costumes completed the show as they performed to teary-eyed parents. The children have worked incredibly hard this term and we cannot wait to see them grow and flourish in the Spring Term.
YEAR 1 AND 2
Year 1 have continued with their journey from Page to Knight. The finale to the topic was a medieval afternoon where the children invited parents and grandparents to an afternoon of fun. Each child skilfully created a shield, had fun seeing how far they could shoot a small ball from their catapults, and there was even a competition for families to enter their homemade catapults. Each child then graduated from Knight School as a Dame or Sir. Much fun was had by all!
Year 2 have had a very busy half term. They have continued with their 'Fire' topic, with a trip to the Scrapstore in Lacock and a trip back in time with Samuel Pepys. The children had fun creating amazing dragons using a range of scrap modelling resources, and each model looked stunning; they also learnt about real-life Komodo Dragons.
The grand finale to our Fire topic involved Samuel Pepys taking us back in time to explore life in 1666. The children learnt about the job of a night watchman, and how he would have alerted everyone to the fire. The afternoon came to a fantastic end with a real fire at Pudding Lane with our model Tudor houses. The fire enthralled the children and we watched as it began at the bakery in Pudding Lane and quickly spread to the houses along the road with the help of the wind! In addition to this, they have been busy in their classrooms writing stories about dragons based on the myth, George and the Dragon.
YEAR 3 AND 4
After half term both 3E and 3C presented their class assemblies. 3E’s assembly was linked to the previous half term’s work in Humanities and told the story of the building of Stonehenge. 3C’s assembly introduced this half term’s Humanities topic on settlements and focused on Corsham and other local communities.
In English the children really enjoyed creating their own potions when looking at instructional writing and wrote how to care for some rather interesting pets they created. They also looked at information texts and were eager to use the computers to produce their own pieces on different animals.
The classes have been investigating light in Science. They were intrigued with their lesson on ultraviolet light when they used highlighters to draw pictures on dark paper and then looked at them using a UV torch.
In Maths the children increased their understanding of fractions by making ‘fraction pizzas’. They practised measuring in their topic on perimeter and have also extended their use of written methods in arithmetic.
Year 4 worked hard on producing sci-fi robot stories in English, with many focused on themes of teamwork and friendship to surmount challenges. They then looked at free verse poetry, using chance to generate sentences which they then recrafted into typography posters. In maths they have looked further at coordinates and the four methods, applying their skills with problem solving. In Science, they got stuck in to a seasonal science special making bath bombs from kitchen cupboard ingredients. In RE, both classes narrowed the nativity story down into a 6 panel comic strip - choosing 6 key points to portray the entire story was challenging!
YEAR 5 AND 6
Year 5 and 6 have had a busy lead up to Christmas. The choir have been very active; Years 5 and 6 have led Carols by Candlelight and their performances of 'Love Shone Down' and 'We’re Walking in the Air' were of a very high standard. Year 6, through their performance of The Christmas Gift, have reminded us all about the true meaning of giving at Christmas.
It’s been another active half term on the sports pitch. The children have played hockey, rugby, football and netball against a number of local schools and have impressed with the sporting manner in which they conduct themselves and have achieved some good results.
The children have not just competed against other schools but this term have taken part in an increased number of house matches. They have played basketball, rugby and run cross country races. Mrs Mitchell also held the traditional end of term inter-house quiz. All houses managed a win in at least one of the competitions.
In French, Year 6 have been introduced to some basic grammatical concepts which will stand them in good stead for senior school. Mrs Shoukry is looking forward to introducing them to Spanish in the New Year. Year 5 have been practising hard and learning silent night in both French and German in collaboration with the Music Department.
SCHOOL COUNCIL AND PUPIL VOICE
Our Carols by Candlelight service brought the term to a close in a most magical way. By the light of a single candle, William J opened the service with his ethereal solo of ‘Once in Royal David’s City’. By the end of the carol, light had flooded the church with all parents passing the flame from candle to candle. Year 6 led the service beautifully with their lively acting of ‘The Christmas Gift’, which reminded us all of the true meaning of Christmas. This mini play was interspersed by rousing congregational carols which were beautifully accompanied by Shreya on the violin, William G on the flute and Charlotte on the clarinet. The Flute Choir’s rendition of ‘Silent Night’ was fabulous and Years 5 and 6 gave a wonderful performance of ‘Love Shone Down’, with lovely solos by Emily M and Darcey. With a beautiful solo by Roxy, Advanced Singers demonstrated their commitment to singing with their spine-tingling performance of ‘Walking in the Air’. Everyone left St Bartholomew’s feeling thoroughly festive and ready to celebrate Christmas.