20th November 2017

English
We’ve collected more key features so that we’re starting to understand what a persuasive text needs to contain so that it’s really effective!  Photos with appropriate captions are eye-catching and positive quotes are a must!
Maths
We are coming to an end of our addition and subtraction unit and are ready to learn something new next week.  Multiplication and division will be our new focus.
Topic
R.E.
The children have been thinking about the difference between a wish and a prayer.  They enjoyed an interesting debate and tried to think of examples to explain their understanding.  Then, we looked at looked at lots of pictures of churches and mosques to see how much they varied.  It was interesting to make comparisons.

Children In Need
Friday was a special day when the children wore dotty creations.  The classroom looked very different!  Although it was fun to see what everybody was wearing, the children also realised that the importance of the day is to appreciate that some children are poorly, have problems and that our £1 contributions would hopefully help make their lives a little better.

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Champion of the week
Daisy Housego is a super role model because she never gives up and keeps trying hard!

Handshakes
Only 8 this week!
Attendance
However, our attendance was 100% - again!  We’re thrilled and proud. 

13th November 2017

English
We have started a new unit!  Over the next few weeks, we are going to learn how to write a persuasive text and what techniques to include.  Last week, we started to recognise some of the key features used in a persuasive leaflet and will be continuing to gather more features over the next couple of days.

Maths
Addition and subtraction is still our focus.  We are learning how to solve problems and therefore, need to apply our learning now.  We continue to practise the formal written method for these calculations and many of us will be progressing to “carrying” and “exchanging.”  

Topic
Beaumanor
We had such an exciting day on Friday.  At last, we visited Beaumanor and I’m sure many of the children had lots to tell you on their return.  A glance at the photos will give you a chance to see exactly what they were telling you about.

Time Travelling
The children thoroughly enjoyed the activities in which they participated on Monday, when we visited St. Swithun’s church.  The trip gave the children the opportunity to view the splendour of the interior of the church and learn more about aspects of the Christian faith.  They enjoyed diverse activities, including learning about the meaning of christenings, how the pilgrims travelled by ship to America (making card replicas of the “Mayflower”), and also made candle holders using clay.

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Champion of the week

 

Amelia Glod is a super role model because she always listens carefully and is keen to learn. Well done, Amelia.

Amelia Glod is a super role model because she always listens carefully and is keen to learn. Well done, Amelia.


Handshakes
We had a high handshake score, yet again!
Attendance
We’re back on track with a high percentage and won another certificate.  We got 100% 

6th November 2017

English
We’ve been experimenting with something very different this week!  A form of poetry called “black-out poetry.”  We used ready printed texts and tried to create connections and phrases which make sense based on selected random words.  We blacked out the rest of the words in the text, leaving the words behind that we tried to connect to each other in order to create a sensible phrase.  It has been a challenging activity but one which has encouraged the children to think carefully about their choices and constantly try to improve their creations.  We think we’ve done quite well, all in all.

Maths
We continue to build and develop our learning on how to add and subtract using dienes and counters as well as using more abstract methods (written methods where some of us are starting to use the column method).  We have been adding multiple hundreds to HTU.

Topic
An artistic week!  We’ve created blitz pictures by using a fiery wash for our background and then used black sugar paper to cut out silhouettes to represent burning buildings.  They really are very effective and we’re pleased with our efforts.
Champion of the week
Alfie Hewitt is our Champion of the Week!  He is always alert, listens and “work ready.”  Fabulous attitude, Alfie!
Parents’ Evening
It was a pleasure to meet all the parents who made appointments to meet me on Wednesday and Thursday evening.  

Handshakes
We won!  We gained 29 handshakes over the past 2 weeks and were justifiably proud to take ownership of the cup for a week.  Well done us!
Attendance
We’re back on track with a high percentage and won another certificate.  We got 99.4% 

23rd October 2017

English
We have spent this week planning the outline for our descriptive writing.  The stimulus for our writing was two contrasting scenes from Rose Blanche.  The culmination of all our planning resulted in a day’s writing on Thursday.  A lot of hard work has gone into writing sentences that are sensory and full of exciting vocabulary to keep the reader interested.  Our self-motivation and striving for a piece writing of which to be proud has been very high!

Maths
We continue to build on and develop our learning on how to add and subtract using dienes and counters as well as using more abstract methods (written methods where some of us are starting to use the column method).

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Own Barr is our Champion of the Week! He is hard working and takes enormous pride in the presentation of his work and therefore, he is a super role model!

Topic
Our focus for WW2 is still concentrating on The Blitz but with an emphasis on the Why? Where? What? When? And Who? facts.   It is hard for the children to imagine the enormity and danger of this period in time but they can empathise with the people who were involved.  
Champion of the week

Harvest
We hope you enjoyed the harvest festival, which took place last Tuesday.  Our class loved to be part of the celebration and those of us who had speaking roles worked hard on their performance.

Handshakes
We are carrying forward our handshakes until the first week back after half term.
Attendance
Unfortunately, we have struggled to get back on our feet and achieve a high percentage for our attendance as one of our classmates was poorly all week.