20th November 2017

English
This week we have had to be very persuasive! Following on from our visit to Beaumanor Hall last week, we have looked at how we might persuade people to visit. We have written captions for photographs, explored AFOREST techniques and we have also discussed the impact of chosen words

Maths
We have been subtracting numbers where we have had to exchange a ten for ten ones or a hundred for ten tens. 

Anti bullying Week
Using the animation ‘Daisy Chain’ as a stimulus, we explored feelings, thoughts and actions linked to bullying behaviours. We also discussed what makes a good friend.

A good friend is someone who plays with you.
— Ancel
A good friend is trusting, helpful and caring.
— Bradley
A good friend loves you and cares about you.
— Marla

This week, our attendance was 96.7% and we earned 10 handshakes.
 

13th November 2017

We’ve had a busy week outside of school this week!
On Monday, we visited St. Swithun’s church for our day of time travel, where we imagined what life was like for the Pilgrim Fathers who travelled to America. The children enjoyed singing in the choir and playing the organ. As part of a baptism, they named a baby and they also decorated cards. When thinking about light, the children made clay lamps and to link with the journeys made by those who travelled to America, they made boats.

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Thank you to everyone who contributed to ‘Operation Christmas Child’. Pictured are Ancel, Tilly, Joseph, Kyla and Luke with their generous donations.

On Friday, we travelled back in time again, stopping when we reached 1939, as we became evacuees at Beaumanor Hall. We had a very exciting day and learned lots about what life was like for children at the time. We learned the importance of having an identity card and, using real pennies, we bought items from the shop (remembering to take our rationing book) to plan an authentic recipe of the time. Later in the day, we became code breakers: deciphering war-time messages. We were given an insight in to the job roles at Bletchley Park, although judging by some of the ‘interesting’ messages that we decoded, we probably wouldn’t have been offered a job there!

Our day finished when the air raid siren sounded and we were rushed to the Anderson shelter for safety. Listening to the bombs and planes outside was frightening, especially when we needed our gas masks during the attack, but it gave us a real sense of how children might have felt at the time. We all felt better when we sang together to cheer each other up. There were mixed feelings at the end of the day when the new families didn’t turn up to choose any of us to stay on in the countryside. I would have missed the children too much so I brought them all back to school instead!  
Thank you for helping make the day real by providing a wartime outfit and lunch. 

This week, our attendance was 96.3% and we earned 29 handshakes!

6th November 2017

As part of our work on The Blitz, we have now painted our silhouette skylines on to our colour wash backgrounds.        
       
In Maths, we have been thinking carefully to solve problems.   

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In English, we have created ‘Blackout’ poems. We read and discussed the poem, ‘Rescue, 1940’ and then circled the words that appealed to us so that we could create our own ideas in a new poem. 

Our attendance was 96.5%. We earned 13 handshakes.  

23rd October 2017

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We are extremely proud of the reading that we have been doing at home this half term and most of us are managing to read at least three times a week. As well as reading at home, we are achieving lots of success when we quiz on our books at school. Please try to keep reading during half term – Mrs Thompson is planning on putting her feet up and relaxing with a good book this holiday! 

As part of our work on The Blitz, we have started our colour wash backgrounds this week for our blitz scene artwork.  We used different shades of red, orange and yellow to create a fiery background. Next, we will use a black city skyline to show buildings.

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Thank you for all of the contributions to Harvest and thank you for watching our assembly this week. The children and I were very proud of their singing and fabulous reading this week. 

Handshakes have been carried over until after half term.