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  • Friday 13 November 2020 Remembrance In Literacy this week we explored the book Where The Poppies Now Grow by Hilary Robinson and Martin Impey. Thinking about Remembrance day and the meaning of Peace. Reception were able to explain the story in their own ways, referring to before and after the war as 'light' and the war as 'dark'. With peace our value this month, Reception were asked to think about what makes them feel peaceful. Every child explained what they feel peaceful doing, explanations varied from cuddling our mummies and daddies, coming to school and watching TV! Having printed poppies; we practised our mark making and writing skills on our peaceful poppy photos. We have been very busy this week reflecting on Remembrance day, peace and using our phonics to write!
  • Friday 13 November 2020 Designing earthquake-proof buildings Year 3 have been learning all about earthquakes - why they happen, where they can happen, the damage they can cause and what some countries have done to counter the effect of a serious earthquake.
  • Wednesday 4 November 2020 The Great Greek Debate! After a long and exhausting campaign follwowing Alexander the Great as he conquers the known world 'by the spear'- including a stop at the very bloody Battle of Issus - the children are now deciding where they stand on the question of:  Was Alexander truly Great?
  • Tuesday 3 November 2020 Mayan Mysteries During our history lessons we have been using artefacts to find out about Mayan life. We have each selected an artefact and synthesised what we thought it was used for. We had to give strong reasons for our views. 
  • Tuesday 3 November 2020 Back in Time to 1666! Before half term, year 2 had a very exciting trip back to 1666 to end our Great Fire of London learning. We came in dressed as people from the Stuart era and even got to try some jobs that people did. We started by making dried flower bags which were believed to keep people healthy by keeping away the bad air. We liked the smell of the rose petals and lavender but found the spices and cloves a bit strong! Next, we wrote with real quills dipped in ink and the grown-ups couldn't believe how neat our hand-writing was! After that, we made clay candle holders and some of us got to use a wax stamp to seal a letter. The whole class also did some drama, read some Great Fire of London stories and made some art. What a busy day!
  • Tuesday 27 October 2020 Year 6 War and Remembrance Poetry To finish our work on World War 2, we have been reading some inspiring War poetry from both the first and the second world war. We then wrote our own poems concentrating on selecting vocabulary to create powerful imagery and trying out figurative language such as metaphors and personification. We then edited our poems and used Windows photo story to set our poems to a background of images and music (credit to Bensound.com). 
  • Tuesday 27 October 2020 Culture Week! For the final week of our first term at school, we have been celebrating all things culture! We have learnt about the differences between families and what makes us unique. Throughout the week we created traditional decorations and learnt about the reason behind them.We travelled around the activities using our culture week passports, 'visiting' India, China, Ireland and Ghana!Celebration day! To finish our week, we came into school dressed in our families traditional dress with an artefact to talk about our families. We started the day dancing to celebration music from all around the world.In small groups we shared our artefacts and outfits! We even had some twinning outfits!
  • Friday 23 October 2020 October News October has been a busy month in Nursery.  We began by exploring the Seasons and learned about Autumn through investigation of our natural environment and sharing the story ‘Leaf Man’ by Lois Ehlert.  We used natural materials such as conkers, pinecones, acorns and leaves to help us develop our mathematical skills to count, sort and group.  We investigated colour mixing to make autumnal paintings and collages – we even had fun painting with conkers! 
  • Tuesday 6 October 2020 WORLD WAR II NEWS REPORTERS We have discovered that Year 6 are all budding news reporters! On finding out about the Evacuation from Dunkirk they held a press conference during which the posed challenging questions to a returning soldier, Winston Churchill, a brave fisherman and members of the public. They then worked incredibly hard on producing some outstanding news reports with a good depth of detail, dramatic language and a an appropriate style. This was a big project! Well done Year 6!
  • Friday 2 October 2020 Shooing the chickens
  • Friday 2 October 2020 Sukkot in Year One
  • Thursday 1 October 2020 Starting School September has been such a big month for the Reception! Starting full time school, making new friends and learning new routines.On our first day at school we found out how tall we are. I cannot wait to see how much the children grow throughout the year! We have displayed our own interests and are exploring our new environment.Using our life experiences to recreate role play.Enjoying 'barbeques' with our new friends.Creating our own 'camp fire'.Then experiencing our own camp fire in forest school - with added popcorn!
  • Thursday 1 October 2020 Sundials In year 5, we have been learning about how we get day and night. We made sundials to develop our learning. 
  • Wednesday 30 September 2020 Year One Writers This week, Year One are reading Toys in Space by Mini Grey. Today we found out that Hoctoprize has lost his beloved teddy. We have been trying to help Hoctoprize find his lost toy, Cuddles, by writing posters to put around the classroom. If you see a cuddly toy with one eye and four tentacles, please tell Year One - it might be Cuddles! We have been focusing on using spaces between our words when we write and Miss Cookson is so proud of this fabulous writing. Well done, Year One!
  • Wednesday 30 September 2020 Great Fire of London Historians As part of our project about The Great Fire of London, we have been learning about artefacts and the important role they play in piecing history together. We started off the learning by bringing in an object from home that we would save from a fire and using our presenting skills to talk about this to the class. We found out that most of our objects were special for similar reasons- they were sentimental, our favourite toy or made us feel safe. You can see pictures of some of our precious things below:
  • Tuesday 29 September 2020 Getting to know each other What a successful start to the year we have had in Nursery! All children are settling in well and learning our class routines and expectations.  It has been a real joy to get to know the children and their interests. We have been up to so many different and exciting activities including making our Christmas cards (!), playdough, painting, construction, small world and imaginative play, starting our PE lessons, Library day and music sessions with Mrs Johnson and much more – phew! It is also really lovely to see so many children coming in so enthusiastically and independently.  A big thank you to all parents for being patient with us as we learn all of your names and faces and also for ensuring that all personal items are clearly named. This has made things much easier for us all and is very much appreciated!  We look forward to a year of fun, laughter and learning.
  • Thursday 10 September 2020 Do you speak Maths? This week in our maths lessons, Year 4 have been looking at the importance of using the correct mathematical vocabulary and how to select the most specific word for that particular maths problem.
  • Thursday 16 July 2020 So lucky to have a pond... We are so lucky in our school to have the wild-life area with the pond in it. 
  • Wednesday 15 July 2020 Dragon Potions and Nest Building Today Year 1 brewed dragon potions using ingredients such as melted gold and liquid lava. We measured out the liquids and wrote our potions into recipes. After that, we were busy building wonderful nests in the forest school area for our dragon eggs. Very hard work year 1, well done!
  • Wednesday 15 July 2020 Bog Babies in Year One This week, we explored the pond to look for some bog babies! Sadly, we didn't find any bog babies although we did find lots of newts and pond creatures. But look at these wonderful bog babies from our classroom...  
  • Tuesday 14 July 2020 Story Stones -the Monkey and Papa God Today we explored one of the Haitian folk tales in our new CLPE text - The Monkey and Papa God.
  • Friday 10 July 2020 Pandora Discovered This week our wonderful Year 5 children have been exploring the new planet Pandora. Watch the clip about the planet here:
  • Thursday 9 July 2020 Obstacle challenges! Good afternoon everyone! How are you all?
  • Wednesday 8 July 2020 Wild things in Year One.... Beware! There are some very wild things in Year One...  We have been learning all about Where the Wild Things Are and have used different materials to create our own wild things. Look how creative we have been!
  • Tuesday 7 July 2020 Giant Dragon Collage Today we worked in teams to make large scale dragon collages as part of our learning about the text 'Tell Me a Dragon'. The children really showed their value of Koinonia through their communication and co-operation. I'm very excited to display these in the classroom, well done! 
  • Friday 3 July 2020 Our Beautiful Wildlife Area Today the Year 5A group went down to the pond area to see the outcome of our hard work earlier in the year. We were delighted with the results. There is a lovely range of plants growing in the area that are attracting all different types of species and the wild flowers look really stunning. We were quite surprised at the success of our seed sowing! Quite a few groups have already used the area for pond dipping and other habitat exploration. We are luck to have such a beautiful area to work in.
  • Wednesday 1 July 2020 Peter Rabbit's Vegetables
  • Tuesday 30 June 2020 Pop-Up Books
  • Tuesday 30 June 2020 Wildlife Explorers
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