Children have been reminded to ensure they do not leave uniform on the playground or on the floor and to leave with the same items that they arrived at school that morning. A sweep of the site is completed before school, during the day as well as at night to check for ‘fox visits’ and to collect uniform that is clearly proving attractive to the neighbourhood foxes. I trust that they will soon leave us alone...
I (we) started something...
There may well be a slight musical theme running through this edition. I have consciously avoided commenting on what the fox said above (Dog goes "woof", Cat goes "meow") and now (house point for spotting The Smiths link in the above title) but I think we have started something judging by the technological adroitness on display this week. There was a hushed silence of appreciation amongst colleagues today in viewing the applications for potential digital leaders. A frankly breath taking standard and quality, utilising the full range of technology and presentation delivery. It will be a very challenging process to select the future leaders.
This week in Year Five and Year Six has been an enjoyable one, not only for the children but also for me as I have had the pleasure of getting to know the children in the class. With a big push on reinforcing the importance of a positive growth mindset and helping the children to understand the responsibility that comes with being the oldest in the school, so far they have thrived in stepping up to their positions as role models for the younger children. There are many natural leaders emerging within the group.
During maths lessons the children have been dissecting and creating their own word based mathematical problems, by breaking down 2 and 3 step maths problems into different stages, the children can approach them in a logical manner. A real highlight of this week has been seeing the children engage with the Warhorse novel by Michael Morpurgo. In particular the children have been rewriting the story from the perspective of a different character.
In their first whole week in Year Four, children have swept away the dust of the summer holidays and began to vacuum up important information. They’ve also started the process for designing their own dust jackets to maintain their pristine condition (and their future stories).
In our first tentative steps in to Humanities, English, Art and DT we are focussed on Rainforests and animals in ‘Just So Stories’ which is mostly set in Oriental forests, as Rudyard Kipling may have described. Our descriptive writing involves the use of expanded noun phrases, powerful verbs and the occasional metaphor or simile to inform, excite and entice the reader.
In other areas we have been exercising our inference skills, reversing a famous idiom by: ‘judging a book by it’s cover’. From looking at several covers to ‘Just So Stories’ children have deduced what they believe the stories may be about from looking at the information presented in the pictures and title of the books. We have read through ‘How the Whale Got His Throat’, and will investigate more stories next week, as we seek inspiration for our own animal themed stories.
Our Rainforest adventure in Humanities lessons will take them on many travels around the world, and they have already located the many vast locations across the world; concluding that Jungle is Massive. Further to this we have also started a focus on rainforest climates, that will precipitate more investigation and presentations on the weather.
Some may describe rainforests as the lungs of the earth where a similar theme has continued in Science. Through the bronchial branches, the alveoli sacs and breathing fresh learning in to minds of Year Four, lessons have started to explore the respiratory system with ‘exhale-ent’ results. Mr Stevenson will keep Year 4’s learning on Trach(ea) as they explore oxygen’s journey through the body.
Far away from any dense woodlands or tropical rainforests, Maths lessons have been spent exploring the times tables up to twelve. This will help pupils consolidate their learning of larger multiplication problems and division using inverse operations. Additionally we have been exploring place value and using our knowledge to dissect addition and subtraction problems that will aid their mental arithmetic. We expect to continue our progress next as we explore these themes sum more.
It has been a fantastic start to the year, excellent work, Year 4.
A busy and productive first week in Year 3. The children prepared and presented their speeches with confidence for various title roles in school, from digital leader to house captains. Results will be posted soon.
In Mathematics we started the year reinforcing the importance of place value and started our Olympic challenges, answering fifty questions in the shortest time possible which is no mean feat!
In English we have enjoyed expanding our sentences to include more adjectives for effect. Our visual literacy lesson created some superb descriptions for the setting in the forest. The children were using similises and even personification! Here are a few examples.
The brown, mossy tree looked like a ghostly stooped figure swaying in the dark.- Mario
There were thick, tall trees near by the lake and the owls hooted.- Kyal
The glistening lake reflected in the moonlight. - Rosie
The light of the moon was shining down on the eerie lake.- Adrius
After welcoming a new member to our classroom (welcome Ralph), we got started straight away with our learning. Adjectives, Nouns, and expanded nouns phrases are where Year 2 began. Through the medium of Rap, we created expanded noun phrases and added them to our radical beat. Taking it further, we broke apart our phrases into nouns and adjectives, and then reformed them to create longer sentences to describe our class pet, Snowy. He definitely approved of some of the descriptions that the Year 2 came up with.
Mathematics has been all about place and value. Splitting apart numbers, adding them together, solving word problems, we’ve had it all this week and the children have worked very hard on every element of place value. One pupil even had the pleasure of listening to my voice for 20 minutes through their headphones as I asked them ever increasingly difficult questions, which they solved. We also had our mystery box science lesson this week and the children used their observational skills to try to figure out what was contained within these boxes. Some very good explanations were given for their ideas. Throughout this whole week, the children have been getting used to the increased use of Showbie, uploading all their work, and using their iPad devices to assist them. Therefore, we have started our first topic in computing of E-safety, learning about personal information and why it should remain just that on the internet - personal.
Year 1 have had a fabulous first week reading, writing and learning new routines.
Shockingly, this week a naughty animal came into our classroom and made a big mess. We looked for clues and discovered that it was a tiger! So we wrote rules for anyone who visits our classroom to follow and letters to the tiger to tell him how to behave in future.
In Maths, we focus on counting reliably and looking at number facts - such great investigative work from Year 1.
Welcome to Reception! Everyone has had great fun getting to know each other. The week has been productive, full of creative tasks including, making mini me’s for our birthday display. In PSCHE, the children listened to the story ‘Rainbow Fish’ and discussed the value of kindness. The children used collage materials to make glittery, shiny fish which you can come and see on our Fundamental British Value display. The children used their talking partners to learn about numbers to 10. They played the missing number line game, identifying the numerals and putting them in the correct order. Next week we are looking forward to learning our new song about our body. Have a great weekend!
Second Steps have participated in lots of different activities during their first full week in school.
They have enjoyed working in groups and whole class activities to help build confidence and to get to know their peers. During one circle time the children loved looking in the mirrors together with a partner to describe each other’s features.
We read a story about the lonely scarecrow and children decided to make friends for the scarecrow using different art materials.
We have been talking about forming new relationships and our feelings/emotions.
Children also loved printing and painting faces using vegetables from our kitchen.
We have had a great week in First Steps.
We have welcomed lots of new friends. Hanan, Thomas, Olivia, Jess, May & Artin. They have really got involved and been having lots of fun.
We had our first music lesson with Miss Menon, using the musical instruments we were learning loud and quiet and fast and slow while singing our favourite songs, we had lots of fun.
The children helped to make purple play dough, learning the name of the different ingredients, measuring them and mixing them together, we mixed in the lavender flowers we cut to make the dough smell nice. Then we use the stalks to make flower arrangements.
The children have been using the connecting blocks in the garden. They have been making tall towers, long trains and space rockets then counting them to see how big they are. There have been a few variations of number order but its all good fun.
In woodland school we discovered the different herbs we have round the school. We found rosemary, lavender and mint. We took some cuttings, rubbed them in our hands so we could smell them. We didn’t like the smell of the rosemary very much but we liked the mint. We planted them in First Steps garden so we can have our own herb garden. We also planted our own pots of cress seeds so we can see plants growing from seeds.
The children have been having lots of messy fun in the mud kitchen making mud by mixing soil and water together an sharing it out in pots and bowls and putting them in the oven to make mud pies.
Great work, First Steps.
I was very impressed with just how smart our children looked this morning, in addition to their broad smiles as they entered school. I would like to remind you that girls in Prep School should now be wearing the pink and white striped blouse and that the white blouse is no longer part of our uniform.
Games lessons for children in Reception to Year 6 will start next week at KGS Ditton Field, although the forecast looks to be good, will need maroon football socks and football boots for the term. The full uniform list can be found here.
We do also recognise that the black games shorts can be a little large for children in Reception who are joining us for our regular games lessons at the impressive Kingston Grammar School playing fields. Should you find this to be the case, they are very welcome to wear a plain black pair of shorts until such time they are able to fit the school shorts.