20th November 2017

Another week has flown by and once again the children have been working very hard.
English has seen the children begin to look at a text designed to persuade people to visit the Yorkshire Wildlife Park. Using our amazing drawing and action skills the children created story maps and have learnt the text. Below is a video of them performing the first paragraph.

Mathematics certainly measured up to the other subjects as the children completed their hot task assessment for the addition and subtraction work, before moving onto our new unit of measurement. They have impressed with how quickly they have been able to convert between kilometres and metres. Some even taking the next step on and convert from kilometres to metres and then to centimetres and vice versa.

On Friday it was Children In Need so the children came covered in spots and made contributions to the school fabulous total. This week has also been anti-bullying week. SO in addition to themed assemblies the children took time to watch a short video called Daisy Chain. After making various predictions they soon spotted the theme of the story and were able to talk about how bullying effects people. They then completed from daisy heads with different people who you could turn to if you felt that you were being bullied.

We collected 8 handshakes.
Our attendance was 94.9%
Our composer of the week was Oliver for his positive attitude towards his work.

13th November 2017

4JW escaped from the classroom and ventured all the way to Beaumanor Hall near Loughborough. Beaumanor was one of the Y stations during the Second World War and fed its messages to the code breakers at Bletchley Park.

The children really got into the spirit of the day as they came dressed as evacuees and brought war-time packed lunches. They had a fantastic day and learnt a lot. In fact we got so engrossed in the day that we signed Mrs Alford up for housing an evacuee. Whilst there, the children got to make their own identity cards, produced shopping lists for rationing-based meals, then visited a shop to see what their ration books and small amount of money could purchase.

They also visited the manor’s cellars that were used as air raid shelters. They experienced the sounds of a four minute air raid and were able to reflect on how this would have felt for somebody spending night after night listening to those sounds. The main activity allowed the children the chance to be listening operators who received the encoded messages and also have a go at using coding wheels to decipher the messages that were gathered. 

The trip will feed into the English work looking at persuasion. The children used several posters and leaflets to investigate the different techniques that are used. They looked at the acronym AFOREST to try and help them remember some of the devices that they will be able to use when they create their own persuasive leaflets which will advertise Beaumanor Hall.

Mathematics saw the final week working on addition and subtraction. The children extended their understanding of formal written methods and carried out several investigations which involved identifying missing numbers from calculations. The children also had to use their reasoning and explanation skills to identify where mistakes had been made.

Our attendance was a disappointing 93.1%.
We collected 16 handshakes.
Our composer of the week was Leon for his amazing improvement with his handwriting.

6th November 2017

After the half term holiday, the children have returned refreshed, revitalised and ready to work. 
Last week’s English looked at black out poems. The art of using a page of text taken from a book and then carefully selecting words before blacking out the rest of the text to reveal a poem has proved to be a very interesting and fun activity. The children initially found the idea difficult but soon got into the process and produced some interesting sentences and poems. They will be using scanned copies of the original pages and the graphics tool on the computer to produce their finished pieces of work. The theme of poetry was extended during guided reading where the children have studied the language used in Jack Prelutsky’s poem ’The Bogeyman.’

Mathematics has focused on subtraction. The children have work hard to develop their skills and solve some more complex calculations which have involved multiple stages of exchanging. They have also developed their reasoning and explanation skills as they have been required to identify which calculations would cause the most difficulty and then explain why. A couple of examples of the children’s explanations can be heard below.

At the beginning of the week the children used chalk to add a smoke effect to their blitz scene pictures. Some of their fantastic results have been added to the classroom display and can be seen below.

Our attendance was 92.6%
We collected another 7 handshakes this week.
Our composer of the week was Rose for her being the first person to bring in her Anderson Shelter project.

23rd October 2017

Whilst it was only a short week, the children managed to work their socks off and produced another superb set of work.

They were able to take all of the ideas, suggestions and skills that have been practised over the last couple of weeks and wrote some excellent story sections. I've attached a couple of photographs of the children's work. When we return after the holiday i shall be asking some of the children to record their work for you to listen to.

Mathematics continued with some more addition work which involved carrying. The children also completed another speed square which they used to identify which times tables they needed to spend the holidays working on. I am looking forward to seeing how their recall speed has improved.

The children used the computers to find London skylines. After printing them they used them as templates to add silhouettes to their colour wash skies. Once we have added the chalk and pastel smoke we will unveil their masterpieces.

We collected 4 handshakes.
Our composer of the week was Oliver for his moving piece of writing.