- Message from Mrs Jones
- Lending A Hand To Lincoln - The Adventures of Billy McPhee
- Reception Maths, Zog and golden star badges!
- Year 1 The Awongalema Tree
- Year 2 Maasai Collars and Scavenger Hunt
- Year 3 Tally charts, music and Stone Age recipes!
- Year 4 Popcorn Containers!
- Year 5 Ice Trap and Vilvaldi
- Year 5/6 Bubble hula hoops and apple tarts
- Year 6 Landscapes
- Mme Maurier's Salad Challenge
- Church Collective Worship
- PTA News
As we approach the final week of term 3 I have summarised some of the events we are participating in next week, within a separate letter sent via Szapp today. The class teachers will be talking to the children in the daily Google meets about the themes as the week progresses.
- Safer internet Day-Tuesday
- No screen Wednesday
- Fancy dress Friday for mental health awareness
Storytellling-This week there have been some wonderful stories shared via Szapp and the Google Classroom pages, do enjoy these over the weekend if you haven’t had chance to view them yet.
A wide range of learning activities have been completed please read on.
I wonder if we will have another snowy Sunday?
Thank you very much for the invaluable feedback parents/carers are providing via the Google form survey about our home learning provision. It will close at midday on Monday 8th February and we hope to share a summary in readiness for term 4.
Parent/carer telephone calls/meets
On Monday 8th February, please look out for a Google form inviting parents/carers to indicate if they would like a telephone conversation/Google meet with their child’s class teacher at the start of term 4. We are unable to hold our face to face term 4 parent/teacher evenings in the normal way. This will be a further opportunity for a discussion about how your child is engaging with the provision they are accessing either in school or home learning.
Please see below You tube link to this week's The Chronicle with Mr Campbell:
Watch the clip from Billy McPhee about his mission on the Iona II. https://youtu.be/wMaQTRDxLPY
The Iona II now lies at the bottom of the sea east of Lundy. After being built in Glasgow in the early 1860s, it was purchased by Charles Hopkins Boster, from Virginia, USA, to be used as a blockade runner. These boats were often built in Scotland and England and would transport weapons and other supplies to the Confederate states of America.
Billy McPhee, was a top-class spy, who worked for the British government. This mission helped Abraham Lincoln in his battle against the Confederates.
Stay tuned for more adventures.
It's been another busy week of learning in Reception. The children have had fun finding pairs and combining groups of two in maths! We've been practising our handwriting and learning the formation of the 'around letter family' using rainbow colours. Our focus book this week has been ‘Zog’ by Julia Donaldson.
The children at home and at school were given the challenge of making a ‘golden star badge’, like the one in the story, to award it to someone who had been particularly kind or amazing in general. Inti awarded her badge to her mum for the amazing home learning that she has been delivering and Ella awarded hers to her sister Penelope for all her continued hard work at home. Violet chose to make a star badge for her friend and Cayetana kindly decided that her whole family deserved a star!
In school this week year 1 have been learning the fable 'The Awongalema Tree'. We were inspired to create our own trees by painting the trunk and branches to represent the acacia tree at the beginning of the story. We then added scrunched up tissue paper for the fruits and cut out the leaves from green card. This shows how the tree would have looked when the animals remembered its name at the end of the story, and it came back to life. We also made our own Masaai necklaces after learning about what each colour represents to the African tribe. Black represents family. Red means bravery. White is for purity. Yellow symbolises new life and the sun. Orange represents hospitality. Blue is for energy and the sky and green represents the land and grass.
Continuing with our African topic, the Year 2 children have been busy creating their own Maasai collars both in school and at home. The bright collars with beautiful patterns are really spectacular!
Year 2 enjoyed a scavenger hunt on Monday. We used magnifying glasses to explore the woodland area and we found some fascinating insects, pollen, plants and rocks that had smooth, rocky and rough surfaces.
Year 2 had extra golden time this Friday as they’ve been working so hard. We chose to paint to jazz music and play bananagrams in teams.
Yet again Year 3 have blown us away with the engagement and enthusiasm across all their learning this week. In maths we have started looking at statistics using tally charts, pictograms and bar charts. We have even collected some of our own data and put it into a variety of charts. In English we have been writing Stone Age Recipes and these have been extremely weird and wonderful! We have rounded off the week thinking about the colder weather that seems to be approaching…through music. We discussed bars, rhythm and volume through a range of different instruments (and Mrs Duquemin!) to create our piece of music.
Charlie has made an amazing light up robot at home.
Attached are pictures of Eloisa and Saskia’s recipes from school and Eloisa and Saami’s recipes from home. You have smashed it Year 3
https://youtu.be/Jt1pYUiC34A Youtube link toAnnabel Cox’s Stone Age Stew video!
Year 4’s final DT project of the term brought together all our learning of building shell structures with a Power of Reading circus theme from our book Leon and the Place Between. The children at home and in school carefully followed instructions to use a net and build and design their very own Popcorn containers! The children wowed us and took things to the next level even putting them to good use! Look at the amazing pictures of these incredible results! Yummy!
This week Year five children have had a wonderful time immersing themselves in story writing. They have used the setting and structure of this Term’s focus text, Ice Trap, to create their own adventure stories. This is a two week project and so far we are blown away! Monday, was dedicated to creating a plan, through the process of ‘boxing up’ the children’s ideas into six sections. They then used this as a basis to create their opening paragraphs on Tuesday and their build up on Wednesday. The exquisite use of descriptive vocabulary and well selected punctuation, throughout the writing so far, is a real credit to the breadth of reading and learning that the children have been completing over the term; in school and remotely.
The music focus this week was to explore how Antonio Vivaldi’s concerto ‘Winter’ used instruments to convey the feeling and imagery of the season. The children selected from a range of mediums to express what the music might look like through art. As they listened and painted they appraised the music, saying they felt cold, they could feel the intensity of the rain when the tempo increased and the light snow fall when the solo viola played. One child pictured the long nights when it gets dark early when they heard the cello and the double bass.
5HT Virtual Values Certificate: Arman received a virtual certificate this week for his continued responsibility and dedication to his education. He completes work with conscientious attitude and is always ready to ask a question or share support for his peers when they ask for support. Well done Arman.
Last Friday, Year 5 were set the challenge of honing their culinary skills. As part of our DT curriculum, we learn to chop, grate, mix, poach and bake to name but a few skills. Year 5 did some amazing cooking and here you will see them busy at work in their kitchens. Watch out Junior Bake Off, there is stiff competition in the field! Thanks to Mila, Carmen, Freddie and Joshua for sharing their photos.
This week, Year 6 Key Worker children enjoyed challenging themselves and learning new skills with the hula hoops. Here’s the video of them practising a new skill! How many hula hoops can they keep up?
We are all super proud of Chiara, who got a score of 10/10 multiple times in a part of her maths work this week. Well done Chiara - you are a superstar!
With an abundance of spare apples in and around school at the moment, Year 5 and 6 thought it would be a good idea to use them in a cooking lesson. We decided to make apple tarts which turned out absolutely fantastic. The children practised their knife skills to create the perfect thinly sliced apples which made the topping. Delicious!
For art this week year 6 were looking at the composition of landscapes within a variety of mediums. (Juila - water colour, Bennet coloured pencil)
For Science our focus has been living things and their habitats. As an extension task we created mythical creatures (Max)
In writing we have created newspapers in the style of Petie Burkiss - a character in our focus book The Midnight Fox. (Mollie)
For Wednesday no screen challenges, you may want to spend more time in the kitchen preparing a delicious and nutritious salad for you and your family. Follow my step-by-step guide, try the French dressing, take a picture of your beautiful salad and enjoy! What about starting this weekend? Please ask your adults to buy the ingredients you need in advance ready for Wednesday. We’re looking forward to seeing your creation.
PTA Virtual Magic Show
As the PTA continue to support with raising much needed funds for the development of the outdoor areas at school we are excited to share with you that they have organised a virtual magic show.
Magic Gareth will be performing his magic tricks via zoom for the children across the school. We know that the children won’t be able to have the usual events so we wanted to ensure they could have some much needed fun and laughter during this lockdown.
On Monday a Google form will be sent out so you can book your zoom space.
The shows will be tailored for each age group and will be after 4pm:
Reception & KS1 - Mon 1st Mar, Tues 2nd Mar
Year 3/4 - Mon 1st Mar
Year 5/6 - Tues 2nd Mar
Details of times and sessions will be given in the Google form on Monday.
Magic Gareth comes highly recommended so we hope that you will sign up so your child/ren can enjoy the fun.
Coming next term - Around the World Trail - details to follow next week