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Fun Fridays letter attached to the blog.

Well the first week of the new term has flown by! We have had a week full of varied and interesting learning.

 

In maths this week we have been recapping our adding and subtracting fraction knowledge. All children have gained a huge amount of confidence in an area of learning they previously found challenging. I have been impressed with the children’s enthusiasm towards their maths learning this week and their growth mind-set attitude. Next week we will be dividing fraction by integers, integers by fractions and fractions by fractions. If you’re not sure what an integer is, please ask your child – they should know!

 

This week in English the class and have been incredible. Our new purpose is writing to inform – focusing on recounts. We are using our new class novel, Letters from the Lighthouse, as inspiration. We have learnt what life would have been like for an evacuate in England and a child refugee in WW2. It would be great if you could ask your children what they have learnt. Our secret word is Kristallnacht - you can exchange this for 5 team points.

In today’s lesson we went through and analysed the structure of a recount using our model text. The children then found evidence to justify their reasons. Finally, we mapped how the text made the reader feel as they travelled through it. The children made very thoughtful observations.

 

This week in art we have started to learn about the artist William Morris. We will use his artwork to inspire our screen printing at the end of the half term. Please find the art knowledge organiser attached at the end of the blog.

 

This week also saw the launch of our new reading bookmarks. All children have been given a reading bookmark. On the back of the bookmark is a chart where adults are given the space to sign when they have read with their child. It is the expectation that all children read at least 5 times a week. For each child that achieves 5 reads in a week they earn a link to attach to our class readers paper chain. The aim is that when all classes join their paper chains together at the end of the year, the whole school chain will be long enough to wrap around the entire school!

As we only launched the bookmarks on Monday children only needed to read 3 times this week to earn a link for the chain. Unfortunately, only FIVE children in year 6 were able to evidence that they have read at least 3 times this week with an adult. Sadly, not the best start. Hopefully we can quadruple that next week!

 

Attached at the end of the blog you will find a letter titled Fun Friday. In the letter it explains what we are planning to do with the children in place of a residential this year. We have worked very hard to keep the cost of the trips to a minimum. As always, a proportion of the cost can be paid for pupils who qualify for free school meals from the government’s Pupil Premium, and may be available in other extenuating circumstances. Please speak to Miss Battle or Mr. Young for more information regarding this.

Information regarding leavers hoodies will be released early next week.

Those children who went swimming last week please remember your swimming kit on Monday.

 

Lastly, I would like to say a massive congratulation to this week’s Golden Award winners: Sam and Aydon. Both boys have made a fantastic start to the new term: hands constantly up, brilliant attitude towards learning, and supporting classmates

Harry was this week Readiness Award winner for sharing his fantastic WW2 knowledge with the class.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Miss. Battle and Mrs. Thompson