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A busy half term

 

We have reached the end of the first half term of the school year. What a busy time we have had. On Thursday evening, the governing body met for their Autumn term meeting. We were able to welcome our new parent governor, Mr Cooper, and we were able to discuss the start we have made to the school year and the priorities contained in our School Development Plan. If you would like to know more about our governors and their role then you can follow the link below:

 

Our Local Governing Body

Earlier in the week, we held our Parents’ Progress Meetings. Three of our governors attended the sessions to ask parents their views on the progress of their child and the information on progress provided by the school. Our staff governor, Mrs Channon, also asked our new YR parents their views on our transition processes as children enter our school, during the Welcome Assembly a few weeks ago. It is our intention to issue a report on what parents think and any actions arising from those views. We have also asked two of our senior leaders, Mrs Ali and Ms Sinclair to conduct a parent survey on homework as part of a review of our approach in this area. They will communicate views on this once all the responses have been analysed.

Our children have settled well into their new classes and are working hard. We continue to welcome many visitors into our school who attend the raining courses we run. When visiting teachers and school leaders visit our classrooms, they always comment on the engagement and independence of our children as learners and the outstanding behaviour they see. On a number of occasions this half term, I have had ‘learning conversations’ with individual pupils. This involves them showing me their books and talking to me about their learning challenges. I am always so impressed with the pride they show and their understanding of the learning process. This is also reflected in the comments we receive from our visitors.

The children have also had the opportunity to enjoy a range of activities beyond the classroom. We have welcomed our partners, QFirst Sports into school to increase the range of sports and PE activities on offer to our children in lessons and as extra-curricular clubs; our own teaching staff have also been involved in leading extra-curricular clubs and activities such as football, netball, tag rugby and table tennis. We also had a great day playing (and exercising!) on scooters.

A number of classes have also been out of school on trips and visits including our Y6 adventure holiday to Robinwood. School trips and visits to places in our locality enrich the children’s learning. First hand experiences are memorable and more meaningful to children. We are grateful to the PTA who work hard to raise funds to subsidise the costs of these trips by providing the transport, which can be costly. The parents of three of our classes have been invited to see their class assembly and we have all enjoyed seeing how all children do their best to participate in these.

Across this half term, we have worked with the children to think carefully about our new ‘core values’. Last year we held a vote to select five values which represented our community. All members of the school community were invited to take part in the ballot. When the votes were counted the values of friendship, respect, happiness, honesty and learning had been selected. In assemblies each Monday, I work with the children to unpick the meaning of these words. It can be a very special experience to talk to our children and hear their views on these issues-they are often very thoughtful, not to mention wise, in their thinking.

When we return to school in November we will be stating one of our whole-school enquiries. These take place each term and last for two weeks. Every class is involved in the enquiry. They are planned collaboratively by staff and involve a focus on particular aspects of learning and on particular skills. This next enquiry will focus on our five core values. The children will hear all about it during our whole school assembly when we return after the holiday. Look out for news of our enquiry via our website and Twitter feed.

Enjoy half term, everybody, and thank you for helping us to have such a positive start to the school year.

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Year 4 Blog

Scooter fun!

Another fantastic week in year 4 was concluded with a scooter session on Friday afternoon.

 

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“This is the best day ever!” claimed a child as the scooter session was followed by computing. The children are really enjoying working on scratch – designing characters, new backgrounds and programming objects to move and speak.

We are looking forward to the progress evenings this week, allowing you to look through the children’s books and the work that they have done this half term!

 

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Year 4 Blog

Welcome Squishy!

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Year 4 have a new member in their class!

Today, we welcomed a new member to our class. After a class vote, it was decided to name the teddy ‘Squishy’. A child will be selected each week and they will take the teddy home along with a book. I am looking forward to seeing the adventures that Squishy goes on. It is privileged to be a part of our wonderful Year 4 class!

Besides this, year 4 have been working incredibly hard again this week solving tricky addition and subtraction problems, researching the Romans, describing characters in their writing, and creating food chains in science, amongst other things.

Additionally, year 4 have voted for their school council representatives.  Each child voted for 1 boy and 1 girl after the candidates each gave an excellent speech demonstrating why they would be good at being a school councillor. The results are in but will be revealed next week…

 

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Another busy week in year 4

We have covered a range of topics this week in our learning.

In maths we have focused on subtraction. They children have developed their knowledge of what exactly the equals sign means and the term ‘exchanging’. Questions have included 5427- 1672 etc. A question that initially got the children thinking was 20 + 10 = ____ – 10.  A lot of the children make the common misconception of putting the answer of 30, when it should’ve been 40.

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In literacy, the children have created excellent explanation texts in their writing journals. The children have clearly listened and have produced very good pieces of work. Next, we will be focussing on writing stories with a historical context. These stories should be full of description and dialogue.

Other subjects we have covered this week were: producing texture in art, finding out who the Celts were in history, working on dribbling, passing and shooting skills in P.E, programming using scratch in computing, deciding which animals are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores based on their teeth and plenty of guided reading and spelling. The children work hard in every lesson.

Please check the Twitter posts for daily updates in our  learning.

 

 

 

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Fabulous First week in Reception

The Reception children have had a fabulous week settling into school life meeting their year six buddies and making lots of new friends. They are off to a flying start writing their names and reciting their favourite rhymes as well as  learning some new ones. Everyone has really enjoyed having school lunch with most children settling into the routines well.

This week the children have been challenged to learn 4 nursery rhymes – word perfect! Certificates will be given to children who complete the challenge. We will be doing lots of practice in school , and this will be a fantastic opportunity to develop their speaking and listening skills at home.

Thank you so much for all your empty boxes and packaging, the children have really enjoyed using them to make models. Have a fabulous weekend see you on Monday.

 

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Welcome back Y5!

The children in Year 5 have made a great start to the new academic year. It’s been such a busy time with so many new things going on. I’ve enjoyed the first few weeks getting to know the children and likewise, the children have enjoyed finding out about me with their inquisitive questions!

The children have been getting to grips with the new routines and becoming familiar with the way we do things in Year 5. The children are trying incredibly hard to present their work neatly, joining their handwriting and taking on board the tips they are given to improve their work further. It is really heartwarming when I see children eager to do their best and put in that extra effort.

In maths the children have been focusing on place value and extending their understanding of 4, 5, and 6 digit numbers. We played various dice and number line games which the children enjoyed. The children have moved to using pens to record their maths work which was a bit scary for some. The children asked “what happens if we get it wrong? We can’t rub it out!” to which I replied “the best maths learning happens when you get things wrong.”

We’ve made a great start to our history and science enquiries too.  The children have enjoyed getting involved in a number of practical group activities this week, including ‘mapping from memory’ and using the iPADs to gather information about different materials and their properties.

We discussed what ‘good’ group work looks like and how each group member is equally important and needs to do their share of work. This is something we will focus on regularly during our PATHs lesson, in particular we will look at the different roles we can have when working in collaborative groups.

The children have been given a range of homework tasks, including spellings, homework books and reading. The children have brought home a letter which outlines when different homework needs to be completed by. Why not check out our school website and use the Year 5 enquiry based pages to support homework activities. It is important that children spend sufficient time working on these pieces of homework across the week. If there are any issues regarding homework please don’t hesitate to come and speak to me.

You can always follow us on Twitter and catch up on what we’ve been up to too!

 

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Year 4 Blog

A great start to the year for Year 4!

Year 4 have had a brilliant start to the year. They have settled into the routines of the class and are producing work to a high standard. We have a great set of children in this class who listen, work hard, are good friends and enjoy learning. They have been a pleasure to teach.

Some of our lessons this half term consist of:

Roman Britain in History

Learning about the teeth and digestive system in Science.

Explanation texts in Literacy

Although we have been focussing on place value (ordering numbers, rounding numbers etc.), this question below was a challenge on the homework. It was designed to make the children think about what exactly the graph shows and to make up a story. A great example for an answer was:

“A boy dug a hole for 20 minutes to a depth of 40cm because he wanted to put a small plant in it. After that, he had a rest for 10 minutes whilst he ate some lunch. Between 30-35 minutes his dog came along and filled in 10 cm of the hole. The boy realised this and dug the hole back to 40cm. For the next 10 minutes, the plant was put in the hole and the soil was placed back in. The depth of the hole returned to 0cm.”

Create a story for this graph