Recommended Reading List
Here is a useful video with how to pronounce the sounds in words if your child is struggling with sounding out words when they are reading and you are wanting to help them with sounding out the words: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYx1CyDMZSc
Half Term Information Sheet
This half term's Special Mentions
Week 1: Everyone had such a great week last week it was so hard to pick just one special mention so I chose 3! Levi got a special mention for settling in so well, and everyone worked so hard to make him feel welcome. Miki and Fletcher also got a special mention for trying so hard to listen carefully and make the right choices, they have made me very proud.
Week 2: Well done to Peyton who got a special mention this week for trying SO hard in her work in all lessons and really believing in herself and not giving up when she found things difficult
Week 3: A massive well done to Samuel who got a special mention on Friday for his absolutely out of this world homework showing the different layers of the earth
Week 4: Zoe got a special mention for her outstanding Maths work over the past couple of weeks, she has really blown me away!
Week 5: Isabelle got a special mention on Friday for her fantastic Mission work creating such accurate outlines of the map of the world then adding in the tectonic plates and earthquake hot spots to show where in the world earthquakes are most likely to happen
This half term's CHAS
Week 1: Lucy got to take home CHAS for being so kind and caring and helping another child whilst they have been on crutches this week. She has been so helpful and such a good friend.
Week 2: Thea gets to take home CHAS for the weekend for always being caring, helping and sharing and being a wonderful role model to other children, always!
Week 3: Well done to Issy who got CHAS for always being caring helping and sharing!
Week 4: Henry got to take home CHAS for being so caring and thoughtful whilst his sister has been unwell
Week 5: Well done to Levi who got to take home CHAS on Friday for being so caring towards others, helping other children with their work, tie their shoe laces and being all round caring, helping and sharing
What we've been doing
We have finished and submitted our short stories for the BBC radio 2 short story competition. I was very proud of their children for their efforts and will be giving out a certificate for them being a part of it this week.
We have now moved on to looking at non-chronological reports. We have been looking at the features of them and why the features are effective and will next week be writing our own non-chronological report about the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Pompeii, which ties in with our Mission of 'Extreme Earth'.
In Maths, we have been finishing off looking at money and using our knowledge to solve practical every day money problems.
We are now moving on to looking at statistics and starting with interpreting data from bar charts.
We have moved on to measurement and have been sorting items depending on what piece of equipment we think would be best suited to measure them with and have been using lots of different equipment to measure things in our classroom and outside on the playground.
In Mission we have we have been looking at the structure of the earth. We have created some models showing the different layers of the earth.
In week 3 we did an experiment looking at the reaction of bicarbonate of soda and vinegar and added some red food colouring to make our very own erupting volcanoes tying in with our Mission and English work looking at the famous mount Vesuvius eruption and earths natural disasters.
We have also begun making mini models of Mount Vesuvius using paper mache. We will later paint them and add labels showing what we know about the different parts of a volcano and how the volcano works
We have been looking at earthquakes; why they happen, the different types of earthquakes and where they are likely to happen. We have created world maps showing where the tectonic plates are and have highlighted the earthquake hot spots around the world.
In PSHE we are looking at 'Healthy Me'. We have been discussing exercise and exploring why we need to do exercise, what effects it has on the body if we do/do not exercise and have even set ourselves an exercise challenge to help improve our fitness to keep us fit and healthy.
The children had a fantastic world book day, they created some amazing work based on the book ‘The lost words’ which we can’t wait to share with you once it’s finished. The children all looked great in their costumes too!
The children decorated pancakes on pancake day and designed their own pancakes. The winner of the most creative pancake got a prize!
The children loved discussing and seeing pictures from my recent trip to Chernobyl which ties in to our Mission looking at natural disasters and those disasters that are caused from something man made. They had some excellent questions!
Last Thursday it was international women's day. We discussed the reason why we have an internationally recognised day dedicated to women and discussed how women's rights have changed through time
In Week 3 we won the Eco award for having the most eco friendly classroom! We're hoping for the attendance award in week 4!