It had reached that point in the term when formal assessments needed to be completed. So a large part of last week’s sessions were spent carrying out tests in reading, grammar, spelling, arithmetic and mathematical reasoning. As always, the children gave their all and performed to their highest standards. Well done children, I was pleased with how you performed and it has shown where we need to go next.
One of the more exciting sessions was when Mr Grayson brought along his collection of books and some photographs that he had taken whilst climbing in Scotland, Europe and the Himalayas. He also brought along most of his climbing equipment. The children really enjoyed hearing about his exploits and having the chance to handle some of the different pieces of climbing gear. It has certainly whetted our appetites and got us ready for our attempt to ‘climb’ Mount Everest at the end of the term. (Don’t panic - we won’t be leaving the school grounds or charging the 50K that a trip to the top of the world usually costs.)
Also during the week, the children used chocolate to demonstrate how different rocks are formed. They successfully melted chocolate to create lava which, once poured and allowed to set, created igneous rocks. Then using a peeler and a fork showed the effects of wind and water on rocks and created a sedimentary structure. Finally, through pressure and heat, the children attempted to make metamorphic rock. Unfortunately, this didn’t quite end up as well the children expected but only because they left me in charge of doing the heating - I’m sorry I burnt the chocolate, children!
Friday was our World Book Day. The children looked amazing in their different outfits. It was great to see so many parents coming and enjoying sharing books with their children and their friends. The year fours had a lot of fun when they completed in DJ Banana’s Opening Lines quiz. Well done to the winning team - Daisey, Evie and Jack, who won with 21 out of 35 correctly identified children’s books.
Our attendance was only 94.7%.
Our composer of the week was Leon for his excellent dialogue writing.