As you can see from the content of our newsletters our learning is in full swing both in the classroom and outdoors whatever the Spring weather brings. Next week, we will be undertaking a whole school project using the book, ‘What we will build,’ by Oliver Jeffers. Each year group will take a different idea from the book and we will bring all of the outcomes together into a display and presentation to share with you. It’s just one way we are keeping our school community ‘learning together,’ whilst we cannot physically join together. Likewise, we will be sharing the Easter songs we have been learning in order that we can all enjoy a celebration of Easter, whilst we cannot journey to the Church.
We have updated our policy for Personal Health and Social Education in line with the DFE guidance for sex and relationships education. This has been shared via Szapp and Parentpay and is available on our school website. We invite parents/carers to review the resources and the content that will be delivered in terms 5 and 6. Our Google form inviting comments and questions has now closed but as we teach the content during the coming terms please do ask questions as they arise. The class teachers will add an overview of the content in the normal way in our curriculum newsletters.
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Please read the information that has been shared via Szapp and Parentpay.
There will be a virtual map to help you spot the posters hidden across Clifton, and little challenges for the kids to complete. It's the perfect Easter socially-distanced activity!
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Reception have enjoyed the first week of Spring sunshine in our outdoor area! The children became scientists and experimented to find the most suitable material to replace a mermaid's missing scale, being waterproof was a must! In maths, we've been consolidating our knowledge of numbers to 10. We've also had lots of fun continuing our 'Under the Sea' topic with the story of 'Hooray for Fish' by Lucy Cousins. We thought about the main character, Little Fish, and wrote descriptions of him. We loved finding more sea creature facts about kelp dragons, tuna, sea turtles and octopus then got creative and made jellyfish too!
This week in Literacy, Year 1 have been immersing ourselves in Poetry! We heard a variety of wonderful poems from the book ‘I Am the Seed That Grew the Tree - A Nature Poem for Every Day of the Year’ and then learnt the poem ‘Seasons’ in the outdoor classroom. We took inspiration from the seasonal poems we heard and wrote our own poems about Spring.
This week Year 2 became journalists and wrote fantastic interviews. Our task was to find out as much information about the famous Bristish astronaut, Major Tim Peakes. On Monday, we used I pads to research his life. We learned how he trained to become an astronaut by starting his career in the military as a pilot. We discovered that he spent six months living in the International Space Station. Then, we wrote an interview by writing interesting questions and answers. We enjoyed learning about life in space. There are many children in 2KH and 2RD who aspire to become astronauts.
Keep reaching for the stars Year 2!
In Maths, we continued our 'fractions' topic and this week we focused on unit fractions. We were busy finding quarters and thirds of amounts by using cubes and counters to share the total number into equal groups. We worked in pairs to complete these activities and helped each other to learn. What a wonderful week of Maths we've had in Year 2!
Year 3 had a fantastic time in our outdoor classroom with Jane and Tim this week. We loved learning all about our feathery friends living in our local area!
This week in Maths, Year 4 have been exploring equivalent fractions and fractions greater than one using cuisenaire rods. It was great fun being investigative mathematicians and using manipulatives to represent lots of different mixed numbers.
This week Year 5 have found out about the features of comic strips and have enjoyed writing their own. In art they have been practising their observational drawing skills as they worked with a partner to draw each other in a frozen movement pose.
We have also been really fortunate this week to have Ruthy and Emelye with us for the 'Easter in a Box' workshop. The children got to explore different boxes. Each one represented a different stage in the Easter story and each box was full of props and speech bubbles to help the children picture the scene. For example: a rock was there to represent the boulder in front of Jesus' tomb. Once all the props had been explored and discussed, Ruthy and Emelye helped the children to act out the scene as if they were in a movie. The children also had little activities to do to help them reflect. A very informative, thoughtful and fun time was had by all!
Both Year 5 classes have also now had their forest school sessions with Jane and Tim. They learnt about a variety of birds: how they live and how we can look after them. The children finished the session by building nests.
Year 6 have been glazing foxes this week and are excited to see how they turn out when glazed. There were such a variety of expressions and poses – look out for them in the entrance to school!
The children also attended ‘Easter in a Box’ run by the church. This included following the Easter Story with props, objects and activities from Ruthy’s box.
The children enjoyed re-acquainting themselves with the story and asked some mature and searching questions.
We had a Fantastic Day last Friday celebrating Comic Relief with our in school Obstacle course! The children were so excited and engaged, and really put the effort in to completing this course while competing for their differernt houses! While all the fun was being had, we raised £200 for Comic Relief!
Please see below some great photos of Year 5 competing:
And some lovely photos of Reception enjoying the physical challenge!:
This week, Year 3 had fun practising the question (do you have an animal? –As-tu un animal?) and responding to each other (Oui, j’ai un chien, un chat, un cheval, un ours, un canard, un mouton, un oiseau, un poisson, une grenouille.)
This week, Year 5 started their art work about Matisse, following and giving each other instructions (Découpez un triangle bleu, un carré rouge, un cercle vert, un point jaune… – Cut a blue triangle, a red square, a green circle, a yellow point…) We also discussed the position of the adjectives in French. Their usual place is after the noun.