13th November 2017

Well what a busy week we’ve had!
Maths: This week our focus has been subtraction and to enable us all to achieve our potential and develop our skills to the max, we worked with children from different classes.  This has really helped us to gain confidence through the use of sweets to develop our exchanging skills to lots of talking to develop our reasoning skills.

English: We have started to look at persuasive writing with the intention that we will be writing a persuasive leaflet about Beaumanor Hall.  We have identified the features of persuasive writing using AFOREST and will be using these techniques in our writing over the next two weeks.

Topic: The highlight of this week though was our visit to Beaumanor Hall in Leicestershire.  We had a fabulous day discovering what it would have been like as an evacuee during WII.  We began the day (earlier than usual) sitting in a community room having the billeting situation explained to us, including about how old Mrs Jones was the villager to avoid going home with!

Some of us were a little bit worried and concerned at this point that we really were being billeted but then we realised none of us (including Mrs Hilton-Loom) had our National Identify Cards and the ladies were explaining that this would mean a fine of 6 weeks wages and a month in prison! Just as we thought we were going to be in serious trouble, we were whisked off to the listening station to listen to various messages which we had to send to Bletchley Park for decoding.

After lunch, we went into the air raid shelter and took part in a simulation of an air raid that lasted 4.5 minutes, but for some of us, this felt much longer.  After that our final session of the day was to do with rationing – we finally had the chance to create our ID cards as well as writing out our shopping lists and shopping (with old-fashioned currency) in the local shop with ration books and old pennies.

Our final task was to write a postcard home to tell our parents how we were settling in to our new families homes.  We will be telling you much more about this experience during our Beaumanor Experience – watch this space for more information.

Our Star of the Week this week is Rick for the fantastic interest that he showed during the visit – he asked lots of really sensible questions and was a super ambassador for the school.  Well done Rick and keep it up!

We received 5 handshakes this week – tiny compared to Y2 who earned 40!