9th July 2018

We’ve had another very busy week – most of which has been taken over by year end assessments.  The heat has not been a positive factor in assisting!  Even though they’re not quite complete, we’re hoping that lessons will be pretty much back to normal next week!

English
We’ve bravely tackled Grammar and Spelling assessments, as well as Reading. 

Maths  
We have continued to learn another aspect of “time.”  This week’s focus was looking at intervals between times and comparing them. 

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Jack deserves to be our Champion of the Week because he is trying so hard to learn his multiplication tables.  I’m sure he’ll succeed very soon due to his self-motivation! 

Attendance
A couple of days of sickness gave us 97.7%
We’ll soon be back at the top!

2nd July 2018

What a week! To say the least. In spite of having our “special visitors” popping into lessons, the children did not allow themselves to be distracted from their learning. They shone like the stars they are . . . working to their potential . . . with lots of talking and discussion to support their understanding and their progress to learn.

English
Lots of grammar this week. The children have learned the difference between specific verb tenses. Ask them about the simple present, simple past, simple progressive and past progressive. I’m sure they’ll amaze you!

Maths 
To consolidate and secure our current learning, we have been solving problems related to time but the focus for the new learning was being able to explain their solutions using “I know this is the answer because . . .” and reasoning “I know so  . . . “

Here are a couple of examples:-

Science Investigation
One of our lessons was an investigation where the challenge was to create a structure, which would protect a vital organ (being a chocolate teacake). We made the investigation “fair” by supplying the children in each group with the same resources. The investigation was to support their new learning being that one of the purposes of the skeleton/our bones is to protect vital organs.  Have a look at the attached photographs. You’ll be able to see if we succeeded!

Science Research
Our second lesson was to research bones. Firstly, to name bones in specific parts of our bodies and then to research their purpose.The children used a body outline to select the part of the body on which to focus their research. (See attached photos).

Champion of the Week
Here we all are! I simply cannot choose one child who is set apart from anybody else in any way.  We’ve had a challenging but amazing week – all of us!

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Attendance
Back on top! We had 100% attendance! We’re back on form. Well done, everybody.

25th June 2018

English
After two weeks of learning the key features of an instruction text, we have carefully planned and written our own.  We have based ours on “How to wash a woolly mammoth,” and have added our own little twist.  We’ve written instructions on how to wash a stone-age animal and have chosen between a hyena, a cave bear or a Sabre-toothed tiger.  The children have enjoyed writing these because we’ve tried to make them a little bit humorous and lots of us like using our imagination.

Litter pickers
Led and organised by Daisy, school now has a growing group of litter pickers, who spend time scanning the playground and field for rubbish that is lying around the playground or field and popping it into bin bags.  It all started because Daisy became concerned about the effect that litter could have on animals, if they tried to eat it or became entangled in it.  It’s lovely to see the children caring about their environment.

Maths  
We continue learning to tell the time and are practising using clocks that we made ourselves.  We are now trying to tell the time to the minute, recognising am and pm as well as converting between analogue and digital.  As always, when trying to learn how to tell the time, some of us find it tricky.  We’re determined to become confident.  We keep having random practices throughout the day and it would be really helpful for the children if they could have little tries at home.

R.E.
Our learning has been focused on Hinduism and this week we have thoroughly enjoyed making samosas, when the children had the opportunity to select from a variety of vegetables and spices to pack onto their filo pastry strips, which then had to be folded and sealed before baking.  The children then tasted their creations.  Many of them found that their samosas were rather too spicy!  We also had a tasting session, dipping poppadoms, pitta bread and naan bread into a variety of sauces: a garlic/yoghurt dip, mango chutney, chick peas and a curry sauce.  Many of the children had already tasted some of the dips at home but it was great that they were being adventurous, either trying some they hadn’t tasted before, or trying flavours for the first time.  (See photos). 

Science
A very active lesson, where the children were trying to appreciate how one purpose of the skeleton is to support our bodies.  In order to re-create this concept, they were given a tennis ball, 10 pieces of paper and 1 metre of sellotape and they had to try to create/build a structure, using the paper, which would support the weight of the tennis ball.  Results were varied, as you can see from the photos! 

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Champion of the week
Our Champion of the Week is Jasmine.  She should be proud that she is obviously trying very hard to contribute more to lessons by taking an active role and having the confidence to join in discussions and answer questions.  Keep working on your self-esteem, Jasmine! 

Attendance
Unusually, our attendance this week was 92.4% which was a very low percentage for us.  In fact, we were almost the lowest.  Hopefully, we’ll be back to full strength next week.

18th June 2018

Road Safety Week!
This has been a special week for Carr Hill and the focus has been Road Safety.  There have been a number of special events and activities all aimed to raise awareness for the safety of our children outside the school gates.

Monday visit from the fire and police services
We were excited to have the opportunity to look closely at police cars and a fire engine (even inside!).  The officers, who were very friendly, told us that their role was to serve the public and keep us safe (see attached photos).  The children were delighted to have their photos taken in the cab of the fire engine!

Road Safety Walk
On Wednesday, we decided to find out how long it would take us to walk 100 m, 150 m and 200 m (the recommended street parking distances in our leaflet).  So, we used a trundle wheel to measure out the distances on the playground and then timed the distances.  See our attached photos.

Road Safety Campaign Images
One of our English lessons was devoted to using stills from a past Road Safety Campaign video in order to use Active Reading Strategies (wondering and asking questions of a text) to try to deduce what was happening.  Next, we developed our ideas and adapted them into Road Safety Posters or a set of instructions on “How to cross a road safely.”  (see attached photos).

Friday Ambulance Visit
Unexpectedly, we had a visit from paramedic response vehicles and an ambulance.  The paramedics talked to us about the role of ambulances.  We even had a chance to have a peek inside!  (see photos).

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Our Champion of the Week is Daisy.  Recognition for showing care and concern about the school environment and how litter might adversely affect animals.  She is working with a friend to try to raise awareness around school.  Well done, Daisy!

A very exciting, different but poignant week.

Our attendance this week was 99.4%  Brilliant!