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What a fun and exciting time we have this week. We have learned about Fairtrade by watching videos about this year’s theme ‘Climate, Fairtrade and You.’ The children have considered what they can do to make a difference to our climate and have completed activities around this theme.

 

On Thursday 4th March we celebrated World Book Day. All children were asked to make their favourite book character using a potato and we have been very impressed with the imagination and creativity that many of you have shown. There are some amazing creations including Mr Tickle, The Gruffalo, Fantastic Mr Fox, Peppa Pig, Paddington Bear to name a few. Have a look at our photos above and see which is your favourite!

 

The children have also enjoyed online story telling sessions including ‘Arabian Nights’ and a special Storytime session with their class teachers over zoom. We hope you have all enjoyed the day. Don’t forget if you haven’t received your World Book Day treat from school you will be able to get this on Monday.

 

In Nursery this week, the children celebrated World Book Day by coming dressed as a character from the story ‘Aliens Love Underpants’ and our photos this week will show you just how much they loved it!

 

In Reception this week, the children have been continuing with their number work and have been fishing for numbers in our outdoor area. They have also been making potato book characters including Elmer, the Gruffalo and the Mermaid Fish.

 

On World Book day in Year 1, the children had lots of fun looking at the text ‘Not a Stick’, by Antoinette Portis. Mrs Moorcroft read the text and shared some of her ideas for what the stick would be. It was a fencing sword, a hairbrush, a handbag and a moustache! The children then had a turn at role playing their own ideas with each other and they finished with a performance from each child acting out what their stick would be. The children had lots of ideas including a lead for a dog, a walking stick, a car, a kangaroo, a unicorn and an armchair. Their next job is to use their ideas and some smaller sticks to create pencil drawings of what their sticks are- just like in the book!

 

In Year 2 the children have enjoyed making their Fantastic Mr Fox potato characters from the story by Roald Dahl.

 

In Year 3 this week, the children have been learning about perimeter in Maths and have been finding the perimeter of different shapes, as well as solving problems involving perimeter in real life contexts. They have also been very active this week as part of their PE sessions and have completed the HIIT Fitness Bingo as well as playing tennis.

 

In Year 4 the children have been completing an analysis of the poem ‘The Listeners’ by Walter de la Mare. They answered questions about the poem, looked at language and structure and performed the poem with actions. In Numeracy this week, the children have focused on counting in fractions, addition of fractions and converting improper fractions to mixed numbers. As part of their Romans topic, the children used their Design & Technology skills to create their own mosaics. Wellbeing Wednesday afternoon was another huge success. The children have participated in Fairtrade Fortnight and have completed a range of activities and discussed the possibly of us purchasing Fairtrade uniforms for schools. For World Book Day, the children completed a range of activities and made some fantastic potato book characters at home. Well done mums, dads and grandparents for your help! The children received a fantastic book pack from school so we hope you have enjoyed that.

 

This week in Year 5, the children have enjoyed a spellbinding World Book Day! Their celebration of books began with a special delivery as they entered the classroom to find Hogwarts acceptance letters in their places as well as tickets to board the Hogwarts Express on Platform 9 ¾. The post was accompanied by servings of Owl Poo too (don’t worry, they were just chocolate raisins!). After reading an excerpt from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the children then each had the opportunity to don the Sorting Hat and discover which house they belong too! Once sorted, we teamed up with our new housemates to find out what makes Gryffindors so great, why Hufflepuffs are true heroes, what makes Ravenclaw the most intelligent house in Hogwarts and why Slytherins are so selfishly sly – just kidding, not all Slytherins are bad! The children then used all of their ideas to write some persuasive texts encouraging new students to join their houses, even Hermione Grainger would be impressed with the quality of our writing.

 

In Year 6 this week the children have had great fun in class making their potato book characters for World Book Day. Children at home also completed their potato characters – we had Nemo, Minions and the BFG to name a few – all of which were truly brilliant. The children have also been participating in Fairtrade Fortnight and have been considering the things most important to them and differentiating between ‘wants’ and ‘needs.’ They have also concentrated hard on their mental and physical health, culminating in a non-chronological report about the ways in which they can help themselves, tips and strategies to use and take forwards. In Maths, measurement has been the name of the game – lots of application of prior skills have been displayed this week. And in topic, our home learners have produced some amazing information sheets about Maya religion – rituals and Gods.

 

We are looking forward to having all children back in school next week. Have a lovely weekend!

Welcome back! I hope you have had a good rest over half term and been able to relax and enjoy the outdoors.

 

We were all thrilled to hear the announcement on Monday that all children will be returning to school on Monday 8th March and we look forward to welcoming you all back then.

 

In Nursery this week the children have been enjoying learning about Chinese New Year. They have been dressing in traditional Chinese clothes, watching videos of Chinese drumming and making their own Chinese drum.

 

In Reception, the children have been learning about the number 6 and have been using Numicon and counters to show 6. On Wellbeing Wednesday, the children enjoyed some mindfulness colouring.

 

In Year 1 the children have finished writing their stories about ‘Snail.’ The children thought carefully about sharing the moods within the story. Their stories then included thoughts and feelings, appearance, setting and actions.  The children really enjoyed sharing and reading their stories to each other.

 

In Year 2 the children have enjoyed another Wellbeing Wednesday afternoon where they have been learning origami skills and making chatterpixs.

 

In Year 3 this week, the children were pleased to welcome Mr Jepson back into school for their Music lesson and the children enjoyed playing a range of percussion instruments. Well done Mia for being our Music Star of the Week! The children have also enjoyed their Spanish lesson learning about how to write about their families. On Wellbeing Wednesday, the children enjoyed a range of creative activities including painting and collage.

 

This week in Year 4 the children have been using their Literacy time to sharpen their VIPERS reading skills, retrieving and inferring information about characters from David Walliams' "The Demon Dentist". In Maths, the children have been looking at equivalent fractions. In Science, everyone enjoyed learning about different states of matter and were able to act out how particles behave differently in solids, liquids and gases out on the playground. The children have also started their Romans History topic by researching where and when the Roman Empire spread, using maps to assist their learning.

 

In Year 5 this week, the children have been busy identifying the features of non-chronological reports and learning a vast array of ambitious vocabulary to spice up their writing. They then brushed up on their research skills to discover everything they could about tigers and a whole host of other Rainforest critters in preparation to pen our own non-chronological reports.

Wellbeing Wednesday was a hit once again in Year 5! Home learners switched off their screens and enjoyed taking some time for themselves, they read some of their favourite books, ate some delicious treats and paid compliments to members of their family. In school, we made some Potter-tastic origami howlers complete with hilarious hidden letters. The children thoroughly enjoyed performing their howlers much to the amusement of their friends and teachers!

 

Year 6 have settled excellently into their blended learning environment for this penultimate week of Zoom and Seesaw led activities. In Maths, the children have continued to tackle the topic of algebra and in English they have started a brand-new piece of writing where they are thinking about how to maintain both their physical and mental wellbeing, thoroughly researching our topic before commencing the writing process of producing a non-chronological report. Science learning has moved onto light; in History, the children are looking at the ancient civilisation of the Mayans and our RE topic this half term is studying the events leading up to the Crucifixion in the run up to Easter.

It’s been another busy week! Everybody has been working hard in school and at home.

 

This week in Nursery the children have been learning all about the Planets in our Solar System. Their favourite planet is Neptune because it is blue and icy and the furthest from the sun. The children have enjoyed making planet biscuits! They have also been learning about Valentine’s Day and talking about who is special to them and who they love.

 

This week in Reception, the children have been learning about Chinese New Year. They have been tasting traditional Chinese food and making Chinese lanterns. They have also been leaning about Valentine’s Day and making Valentines hats and cards. They thoroughly enjoyed making pancakes in preparation for Shrove Tuesday next week.

 

The children in Year 1 have been enjoying their Geography sessions. They have been recording the weather and have made a rain gauge to measure and record the rainfall. During this week’s Wellbeing Wednesday afternoon, the children had fun making some marshmallow hearts.

 

In Year 2 this week the children have been learning about Shape in Maths and have been making 3D shapes. On Wellbeing Wednesday afternoon, the children enjoyed making a den and watching a film.

 

In Year 3 this week, the children have enjoyed their Spanish lesson where they were learning how to talk and write about their families. They have also been designing their own Greek vase as part of their topic about Ancient Greece. They enjoyed their wellbeing Wednesday afternoon by doing some gymnastics with Lianne.

 

This week, Year 4 continued their Sound topic in Science and made string telephones to investigate how sound vibrations travel and deciphered secret messages. They also used tuning forks to show vibrations in water. To finish off their RE topic on Christianity, the children looked at special items common to a church and what they are used for. During Wellness Wednesday, the children completed timed Lego challenges and made stained-glass volcanoes out of cellophane. Home learners submitted some brilliant work including a persuasive letter, geography case studies of the Tohuku earthquake and showed amazing understanding of fractions in Maths.

 

In Year 5, the children have delighted us once again throughout another busy week with their commitment to learning both at home and in school. Our new English unit has seen us delving into the works of Benjamin Zepheniah and focusing on one of his most famous poems: "The British". The children have explored Zepheniah’s purpose for the poem, his use of language and the structure of his work, which was in the style of a recipe! They then used what they’d learnt to plan and write their own recipe poems based on our very own Micklehurst community – the results were simply delicious! The children have also been honing their division skills this week as they’ve learnt and practiced a range of new strategies for dividing increasingly larger integers – they’ve decided that the bus stop method is the most efficient and they’re ready to start applying this knowledge to some increasingly more complex problems and investigations.

On Wednesday, they switched off their screens and enjoyed another afternoon of wellbeing activities! In school, the children continued to work on their landscape art projects as well as taking part in a dance lesson with Lianne whilst the children at home spread kindness by complimenting family members, ate some delicious treats and went on some stunning wintry walks!

 

We have had so many fantastic examples of hard work sent through by Year 6 over the last 6 weeks, it’s impossible to show everything! We’ve had some beautiful literary descriptions, have written a narrative and this week, a newspaper report across the half term. In Maths, the children are now hitting the difficult ‘stuff’ in the form of algebra where the class have met complex mathematical terms such as expressions, equations and formulas. Science has been looking at how plants and animals change, Geography has focussed on water and climate and in our RE lessons, the children have been studying Humanism. All in all, an extremely busy and well received half term. Well done Year 6 – we are proud as punch!

 

Thank you to all our families for their hard work and support over the last half term, we know it hasn’t been easy. We hope you have a restful and relaxing half term and let’s hope we see some sunshine so we can all get out in the fresh air and have some fun!

 

We will look forward to seeing you on Monday 22nd February and hopefully during this week we will get some further information about the return to school for more children.

 

It has been another busy week! We hope you have enjoyed the first of our ‘Wellbeing Wednesday’ afternoons and enjoyed some non-screen time and instead some fun wellbeing activities independently, or with your family. These will continue next week too!

 

Some of you will also have received your telephone/zoom call with your teacher and we hope it has been nice to check in with them and talk to them about your home learning and how you are finding things. If you haven’t yet had your check in with your teacher, these will continue next week.

 

In Nursery this week, the children have been continuing their learning in response to their Literacy text ‘Whatever Next.’ They have been making sandwiches and biscuits, practising their writing whilst writing a letter to their mummies, and designing space boots. On Wellbeing Wednesday, the children enjoyed some mindfulness whilst listening to some Disney music and they played a Peter Rabbit game.

 

In Reception this week, the children have been getting ‘creative.’ They have been making binoculars so they can look for dinosaurs and making dinosaurs in the playdough. They have also been using Numicon as they learn all about number 5.

 

In Year 1 this week, we have all enjoyed our Wellbeing Wednesday afternoon. In school the children could choose from lots of different activities and do as many as they liked. These included making a mindfulness mask, playing with the Lego, enjoying a plyboard games or doing a jigsaw. Then at 2.30pm the children tidied up and sat down to a hot chocolate with marshmallow whilst we watched ‘The Gruffalo’.

 

In Year 2 this week, the children have enjoyed making mountains and trees for their Baba Yaga displays using a variety of materials and techniques.

 

In Year 3, the children have also enjoyed their Wellbeing Wednesday afternoon. In school the children enjoyed choosing a range of activities including building with Lego and drawing, before they enjoyed their Gymnastics session. At home Charlie and Riley enjoyed a delicious ice cream, read a book and even helped with the hoovering!

 

In Year 4 this week, the children have been learning about square numbers and area in Maths and have been crafting dragons in response to their Literacy text ‘How to Train Your Dragon.’ They have also enjoyed their Wellbeing Wednesday afternoon with some artwork in school, whilst at home children enjoyed a walk, played Uno, enjoyed relaxing with some mindfulness and some mindfulness colouring.

 

In Year 5 this week, we’ve once again been blown away by the efforts and achievements of both our in-school and home learners - they’ve certainly done Micklehurst proud! Following our research last week about the inspirational activist, Harriet Tubman, the children organised their thoughts and penned a biography detailing her life and legacy. The end results were simply stunning! They’ve now turned their attention to new subjects, each selecting a thought-provoking individual to research and write about, our subjects include the likes of Sir Captain Tom Moore, Albert Einstein, Emma Watson and Christiano Ronaldo!

 

Wellbeing Wednesday was a big hit in Year 5, amongst the children and grown-ups alike! We put away our screens and took part in different activities designed to enhance our wellbeing. In school, the children enjoyed getting arty and using different techniques to create colourful landscapes before an active gymnastics lesson with Lianne. The children at home also took part in a range of wellbeing activities from dog walking, eating delicious cheesy pasta, getting active and dancing to their favourite tunes!

 

Learning in Year 6 this week has continued with our daily ZOOM sessions including finishing off our Balanced Arguments and an introduction to algebra in maths.  A lovely interruption to this week was in the form of Wellbeing Wednesday – where all children at home or at school were asked to ‘down tools’ and walk away from their screens to do something mindful for the afternoon. We had a variety of activities chosen, from bike rides, to den making, reading a book, art and even a game of Monopoly!

 

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

It has been another busy week for us all and with the announcement that schools will not be opening to all children until the 8th March at the earliest will have disappointed many of you, as it has for staff in school. However, we will work together to continue to support all our pupils in school and those learning at home. We will get through this if we work together.

 

Next week we will be introducing some mental health and wellbeing activities in our Wednesday Wellbeing afternoon and the children will be able to enjoy some off-screen activities including art and crafty ideas or some physical activities which they will be able to enjoy independently or with their siblings. There are many to choose from so see what takes your fancy. Staff will be sharing these with you next week.

 

In Nursery this week our children have been looking at the text ‘Whatever Next’ and their Math's work has focused on identifying 2d shapes.

 

This week in Reception the children have been looking at dinosaurs. They have been painting pictures of dinosaurs, making dinosaur eggs using the marbling technique and releasing eggs from the ice.

 

In Year 1, as part of their History topic on ‘Travel and Transport’ the children have been looking at George Stephenson and the Stephenson’s Rocket. The children have shared facts about George Stephenson. Sophie has shared a picture of the Stephenson’s Rocket that her grandparents have and in class we also completed observational drawings of the rocket.

 

In Year 2 this week, the children have been reading the text ‘Baba Yaga’ in Literacy and have been planning the description of their setting in preparation for their story writing. They have also been making geese in response to the text to contribute to their class display.

 

In Year 3, the children have been enjoying their PE sessions this week with Hayley and Lianne. Well done to Alex, Dylan, Annabelle and Bailey who achieved their ‘Sports Star of the Week’ certificates.

 

In Year 4, the children have been writing instructions for ‘How to Train your Dragon’ and have made their own dragons in Art. In Math's, the children have been working on their division skills using practical equipment. For their topic work this week, Year 4 have been classifying, drawing and labelling volcano types and in ICT they have been formatting Excel to make their own Topic word searches.

 

In Year 5, the children have been continuing with their topic about Chile and have been comparing similarities and differences between Chile and the UK.

 

Loads of great learning has been taking place in Year 6 this week. In Math's, both home learners and those in class, have been focusing on percentages, decimals and fractions and are developing their reasoning skills with linking these 3 tricky topics. In class, we even had children teaching the teachers! Progress through our class reading text – Skellig – is fabulous. Almost halfway through the novel, the children have been recognising themes and analysing characters during discussion and mind mapping tasks. Engagement in our most recent literacy piece has been sky high! Would not expect anything less though considering the debate which we have had – Should McDonalds be banned? Another week which has shown just how proud we all are of our Year 6, whether they are at home or in class. Bravo!

It has been another busy week for all our children. Well done to all those who are getting in a routine and working hard. All the teachers are telling me that there is a really high percentage of children who are engaging in learning and submitting great work. This is fantastic, keep it up!

 

It is really important that over this period of school closure, children engage with their remote learning. Children will all have at least 3 lessons available online each day along with reading, spellings and times tables. Children who attend school will be completing the same work as that set for home so once school reopens, teaching will carry on from this point. We are providing as close to the school curriculum as possible.

 

In Year 1, the children have been looking at Bible stories as part of their RE unit of work. This week they have been sharing the story of ‘The Good Samaritan’. They have all listened to the story and retold the story using puppets.

 

In Year 3 this week, the children have been learning about the muscles in their bodies and how to create a healthy, balanced meal as part of their Science topic. They also enjoyed their Spanish lesson.

 

This week, in Year 4 the children have been dividing numbers in Maths. They have listed a range of adjectives to help them write descriptive sentences in Literacy and have been learning about frequency in Science.

 

Year 5 have enjoyed their learning this week both in school and at home. They have been excited to start their new text ‘The Boy at the Back of the Class.’ Alfie and Harley have been working hard at home.

 

Year 6 have continued to astound us here at Micklehurst this week with their excellent engagement levels over Zoom, showcasing their home-learning. Miss Harding is extremely proud of the independence being shown by her class and is thoroughly enjoying the interaction time with everyone.

 

Work wise, both in class and at home, Year 6 have been writing a descriptive narrative in literacy this week and have been using vocabulary and literary techniques to engage their reader. They are now up to Chapter 14 in their class text – Skellig and are beginning to discuss emerging themes of life and death. Science, Music, Geography and RE have been successfully completed using Oak Academy and in Numeracy, the class are looking now at the links between percentages, decimals and fractions.

 

Well Done an Amazing week!

This week has flown by! Teachers and children are getting more used to their new routines and learning at home. We have been really impressed with the learning that has been submitted to teachers and we would like to thank all parents and carers for supporting their children with this.

 

Children in school are continuing with their learning and enjoying sharing their work with those not in school and seeing what you have been doing at home.

 

In Nursery, the children have been focusing on their topic of ‘Winter’ and this week’s work has been based around the text ‘Little Penguin’ and the information text ‘Penguins.’ Take a look at the photos to see all the fantastic work our youngest children have enjoyed this week!

 

In Reception the children have been busy exploring the classroom and learning all about dinosaurs.

 

In Year 1 the children have been very busy with their Literacy work and have been designing magic hats. They have also ‘boxed up’ their instructions to help them when they start writing their instructions on how to make our magic clothing. Lucille has also had some fun learning how to play chess!

 

In Year 2, the children at school and home have been busy creating text maps based on ‘The Ice Witch’ and writing information texts. In Science they have been learning about how animals grow. The children have also enjoyed their yoga sessions at home and their walk as part of their PE lessons.  

 

In Year 3 this week, the children at home have been enjoying their Joe Wicks challenges as part of their PE sessions. Well done to Bailey, Eva, Mason and Amelia for achieving their certificates for sports stars of the week!

 

In Year 4, the children in school and at home have been learning multiplication strategies in Maths. They have also been busy making guitars as part of their Science unit of ‘Sound’ and have been taking part in Cosmic Yoga sessions.

 

In Year 5, the children at home and in school have been busy exercising this week and have been doing some online sessions whilst those in school have continued developing their skills in gymnastics.

 

This week, Year 6 have been spending a bit of time on ZOOM! Live streaming through to the classroom where all classmates have had the chance to say hello to each other and share some of the fantastic work they have been producing and sending through on Seesaw. It has worked fantastically well and we have had some great feedback.

 

Happy New Year!  We hope you have all had a good Christmas, albeit a different one, but we hope you have had time to relax and recharge.

 

It has been a very different start to the school year, and I would like to thank you for your understanding and support this week as we adjust to another period of lockdown.  Guidance from the Government came out yesterday afternoon and there doesn't appear to be any changes to what we already have in place, however we will keep you updated if anything changes.

 

In school children are continuing with their learning as if everything was "normal" and the home learning being set is replicating this learning.  We appreciate and understand the challenges that home learning can present for parents and carers and we are here to support you as much as we can.  If you are having any difficulties or just need to speak to someone please message your child's class teacher via Seesaw and they will get back to you as soon as they are able.  Please can you remember that teachers are having to balance teaching in class and managing home learning and so will not always be able to respond to messages immediately.  If there is anything urgent please contact the school office. 

 

Can I also ask for your support and understanding about messaging teachers out of working hours.  As you can appreciate teachers are under considerable pressure with heavy work loads and I must ensure that they have the down time that they need to support their own mental health and well being and their family commitments.  That is not to say that you can't message them at anytime as we appreciate that you are also now managing a very difficult situation and therefore you may only be able to do so out of school hours, but I have reassured teachers that I do not expect them to respond until they are back in work.

 

Please enjoy this weeks photographs that show both learning taking place in school and the fabulous work that is being completed at home.

 

Thank you for your continued support.  Stay safe and let us all look forward to a time when we can be together again.

This week has been a busy week filled with festive fun! On Monday, the children enjoyed playing Bingo via Zoom in KS 2 and at their own speed in their class bubbles in KS 1 and EYFS. The children have also enjoyed their class Christmas parties this week, where they were able to come to school in their party clothes and play the usual Christmas party games.

 

EYFS and KS 1 had a special visit via zoom from Father Christmas whose elves had already delivered presents for them all. Father Christmas took great pleasure in talking to the children about all the things they had done this term to make their teachers proud!

 

On Thursday, the whole school watched a virtual pantomime of ‘Cinderella’ and it was fantastic! It was great to hear the laughter and excitement in each class and see the fun the children were having. Today the children have made their Christingles and enjoyed our Christingle service. This afternoon we also came together for our Carol Service which was a lovely end to a difficult term and year. Thank you to everyone for your fantastic support, it is very much appreciated!

 

In Nursery this week, the children have enjoyed a range of Christmas activities and their Christmas party. They loved their virtual visit from Father Christmas. The highlight of the week, however, was their visit to Sandon House, where the children stood in the grounds and sang ‘Jingle Bells,’ ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,’ ‘Away in a Manger’ and ‘We Wish you a Merry Christmas’ to all the residents, who watched from the windows. It was a lovely event, and everyone enjoyed it. Well done Nursery!

 

In Reception this week, the children have been so excited with all the Christmas activities they have been doing. They especially enjoyed their Christmas party and their special visit from Father Christmas.

 

In Year 1, the children have had a fun week. On Wednesday, they enjoyed their class Christmas Party. The children had a lovely zoom meeting with Father Christmas, and he had left them some lovely Christmas presents too.

 

In Year 2 this week, the children have fully got into the Christmas spirit. This has included learning about the Christmas story and creating their own Nativity scene. They have also thoroughly enjoyed their Christmas party which even included a 'Zoom' visit from Father Christmas, many different party games, and lots of presents and prizes.

 

In Year 3, the children have enjoyed making their Christmas cards for their families. They are very proud of their finished products and can’t wait to take them home.

 

Year 4 have loved their festive activities this week! After trying their luck at Christmas Bingo, the children enjoyed playing games at their Christmas party. Amid the Christmas fun, the children still managed to practise their 7 times tables, using the practical equipment in Maths; paint their Hindu Diva lamps during RE; build sturdy bridges as part of their topic work, and perform their final dance piece as part of PE. Please see our video centre on the home page to watch our video. The children have made some amazing Christmas cards for their families and we joined the rest of the school in making extra Christmas cards to send to our Micklehurst neighbours. 

 

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Year 5! The week began with two rounds of festive Christmas Bingo hosted by our resident expert Bingo caller, Mrs Lynch. Throughout the week, the children have also been honing their art and design skills with a range of festive craft projects: they completed their Christmas Eve plates; they produced some stunning Christmas cards for their families as well as for members of the local community; they used a range of artistic techniques to design and make calendars and they crafted their very own Christingles.

The children were thrilled on Thursday to receive tickets to The Annual Royal Ball hosted by Prince Charming at the Palace! With a dash of virtual magic and a few rousing choruses of ‘it’s behind you’, we were fully engrossed in this year’s Pantomime: Cinderella! And after enjoying the royal ball, we attended our very own Christmas party and showed off our moves on the dance floor. 

 

Year 6 have really been getting into the festivities as they wind down for Christmas. The children loved their Christmas dinner celebrations at the end of last week, crackers and stickers galore! In between complex mathematical murder mysteries, a lot of Christmas fun has been had. There has been lots of singing and dancing this week, culminating yesterday in our class Christmas party. 

 

On behalf of all staff, Governors and children we would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! Please stay safe and let’s hope that next year is a better one! Have a lovely holiday everyone!  Miss Trelfa

It has been another exciting week in school. We are proud to announce that our Year 5 and Year 6 Dance Teams took part in the Urban Extreme Dance Competition. There were 18 schools who took part and our Y6 team came in fourth place and our Y5 team came in second place. Super achievements from both teams, well done!

 

We have also taken part in a community project with Councillor Frank Travis, to plant a number of trees in our grounds to commemorate servicemen who lost their lives in WW1 and WW2. We are making a commemorative booklet in conjunction with local historian Rita Vaughan and will let you know when this is finished.

 

The children have all enjoyed their Christmas dinner this week and it was lovely to see children and staff enjoying the festive fun! The children enjoyed our Christmas Jumper day and I would like to thank all families for their support in bringing in donations to Mossley Foodbank or donating £1 for Mossley Cancer Committee.

 

We have also been busy filming our own version of the Christmas Story to share the special message of Christmas. Look out for this on our website next week.

 

In Nursery this week, the children have been enjoying getting ‘Christmassy!’ They have been using their fine motor skills to wrap presents, colour pictures of Rudolph and make candy cane pictures. They also enjoyed Christmas Jumper day and their Christmas dinner!

 

In Reception the children have been enjoying Christmas activities within their Literacy and Numeracy lessons this week and they have been getting very festive with Christmas crafts. They have been learning ‘Little Donkey’ in readiness for our Christmas Nativity.

 

This week, Year 1 have been thinking about others and have supported the ‘Little Act of Kindness’ project. The children spent Thursday afternoon making additional Christmas cards to send to local residents, who may be feeling lonely over the festive period.

 

In Year 2 this week, the children have been busy making cinnamon salt dough gingerbread men which they then decorated beautifully. They have also started to write instructions on how to make them.

 

In Year 3 this week, the children have been working extremely hard learning their 3 and 4 times tables. What super stars! In Science, the children have taken on the role of scientists and have been developing their observation skills. They have looked at the permeability of different soils.

 

Year 4 began the week reading in pairs during guided reading. This helped with their fluency and expression and allowed them to formulate questions to ask their reading partner based on the 'VIPERS' question stems. In Maths, the children have been making use of the practical equipment to show their understanding of factors, multiplication, repeated addition and arrays. Our Christmas festivities have begun in Year 4 - we had an amazing Christmas dinner! It was delicious and we got to eat in the hall!! Woohoo!!! In class, we had a Christmas paper chain competition, showing outstanding competition and resilience. The children are looking forward to their final week of term next week!

 

It’s been a week filled with sporting success in Year 5! On Monday and Tuesday, the children battled the cold and pedalled their way to cycling success by completing the Bikeability course - the children were thrilled to receive their Level 1 certificates and badges and some even managed to earn themselves the Level 2 Award! The tutors were bowled away by the children’s cycling proficiency as well as their all-round manners and learning behaviours - well done Year 5, you’ve done Micklehurst proud!  We were also delighted to hear that our team of street dancers have earnt themselves the second-place trophy in Tameside’s Urban Extreme Street Dance Competition – what an achievement!

 

As well as our sporting successes, the children have been getting arty this week, using clay to create their very own Oracle Bones, just like the ones they’ve been learning about in their work on the Shang Dynasty. They enjoyed using different tools to inscribe Ancient Chinese pictograms on the bones that spelt out questions and secret messages. And finally, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Year 5, the children been making Christmas cards and designing their own Christmas Eve plates – we’ve certainly got some talented elves in Year 5, we’ll have to see if Santa’s recruiting!

 

It has been a mixed bag this week of both hard work and Christmas festivities seeping into the Year 6 classroom. On Wednesday, Senor Taylor delivered his Spanish lesson over Microsoft Teams for the first time ever. Year 6 enjoyed every second of the virtual interaction discussing sports played and focussing on their amazing Spanish pronunciations. In Maths, Christmas cheer was well and truly integrated with plotting co-ordinates in four quadrants. The class were given a huge list of numbers to plot and were not told of the resulting image – turns out it was Santa! Following on from the festive maths session, the children involved themselves with a community project – making Christmas cards to send to vulnerable and isolating people in the Mossley community. Nothing brings more joy than a handmade card and the thought that someone cares.

Its been another really busy week in school.  Christmas has arrived in Reception this week!  The children have been very excited to start their Christmas celebrations.  They have been reading the Christmas story and have enjoyed learning about the true meaning of Christmas.

 

Christmas has also arrived in Year 1.  The children have started their work on the story of ‘The First Christmas’.  They have also shared other traditions such as putting up the Christmas tree, opening advent calendars and they have even had a visit from a Christmas elf.

 

In Year 2 this week, the children have used the iPADS to create timelines of The Great Fire of London. They created videos using the shadow puppet app which they found very exciting!

 

This week in Year 3, the children have looked at an extract from ‘The Twits’ in Guided Reading. They have been sorting predictions, looking at summaries and truth of false statements about the text.  They have enjoyed our Music lesson again this week.  Well done Annabelle, our Music star of the week.  In ICT, the children have been practising their typing skills on word and looking at editing their writing.  They have really enjoyed this! In Geography, the children have looked at information from The Alps and Apennines Mountain Ranges in Italy and in Science, they have been looking at the fossilisation process and how fossils are formed. 

 

In Year 4, the children have been learning about poetry.  They have been exploring a wide range of literary techniques including: rhyme, rhythm, alliteration, personification and onomatopoeia, and were able to match definitions with examples of these techniques in a matching game this week.  The children have been reading "The River" by Valerie Bloom and were able to recite and perform the poem by the end of the week. Their ‘Talk for Writing’ actions were very entertaining. They thought hard about the skills they could use to make a good piece of performance poetry and added exciting actions to help with their recital.  Our own River personification poems are superb.

 

In Year 5 this week, the children have been putting the finishing touches to their very own festive scary tales.  The children have used a whole host of linguistic features to build tension in their writing – there’s some serious nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat content!  The only question that remains is who will win our spooktastic competition and earn themselves the glory of being presented with the Dean Man’s Jabberers?  In Maths, the children have been developing our understanding of square and cube numbers by playing different board games – they have even tried to beat Miss Jarman!  As part of their new unit of work in PSHE, they have been exploring emotions through drama.  The children began with each group suggesting as many possible synonyms as they could think of for their particular emotion.  They then used freeze frames to demonstrate what each emotion looked like as we discussed the effect sadness, happiness, worry, fear and fright etc. can have on our bodies and our mindsets.

 

This week, Year 6 have been having a go at a formal SATs week.  Miss Harding is super, super proud of how far the children have come, especially as they have faced unprecedented challenges this year.  Amazing performance from all!  Aside from the papers, Year 6 got creative on Monday, making their Christmas cards and in the last week have even enjoyed being taught via Zoom by a group of Year 9 students from Mossley Hollins High School.  The children cannot wait for this week’s session particularly because Mossley Hollins have allowed us to pick our own music to dance to.

It has been another busy week in school and the children have enjoyed a range of learning activities.

 

Over the past two weeks Nursery have been reading the story ‘Owl Babies’ by Martin Waddell.  The children have thoroughly engaged with this story and have been so excited to take part in all the learning.  They have written a story map and the children used it to retell the story independently.  It has been a joy to see how enthusiastic the children have been and the amount of learning that has taken place. They decided to make an information book all about Owls and the facts that they knew amazed us all.  We hope you enjoyed the children reading the facts to you and showing you their actions.  They have worked hard using their mathematical language over these weeks, ordering objects by size, using positional language and looking at shapes.  They especially enjoyed making bird feeds for the owls to come and have a nibble on.

‘Nocturnal Animals’ has also been a focus with the children and they are now able to recognise animals that come out at night and those that don’t.  Have a look at the pictures to see all about what we have been up to.

 

In Reception this week, the children have been learning about ‘Mrs Honey’s Hat.’ They met a very sad Mrs Honey at the beginning of the week who was crying because she had such a horrible hat. The children enjoyed sharing the story and labelling the objects that were on her hat. They have also enjoyed their continuous provision activities linked to the story. The children have been practising writing their tricky words and have been ordering 4 ribbons for length which links to our number 4 week.  We are now ready to our Christmas theme next week. The children are very excited!

 

On Monday, Year 1 had a penguin party to celebrate all the work they have done this half term based on the story of ‘Lost and Found’. They had a great afternoon, making penguin hats, eating food, searching for chocolates and singing a snowman song. They are now going to write a recount of our party.

 

In Year 2 this week. the children have really enjoyed getting into the Christmas spirit! They had lots of fun on No Pens Day 'getting crafty' and creating a beautiful window display for the front of school. They also performed the song ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer’ for the Mossley light switch on. Please click on the link below to view the video or visit our Video Centre on our home page.  In Numeracy they have enjoyed getting ‘hands on’ with the coins and we challenged ourselves to make different amounts with the coins.

 

In Year 3 this week, the children have created some art work based on our Italy topic.  They have used watercolours to paint The Colosseum in contrasting colours.  For 'No Pens Day', the children worked on MyMaths and practised their times tables before carrying out a class performance of 'The Owl and the Pussy Cat'.  In Science, the children have been testing different types of rocks based on their properties.  They have examined them to see if they are permeable or impermeable and whether they have a high or low density.  Look at our fantastic certificates that the children have earned this week.  Well done Year 3!

 

In Y4, during “No Pens Day,” the children enjoyed making Diva lamps as part of their RE Hinduism topic. They thought about the importance of the Diva lamp during Puja (worship) and then in pairs identified true Hindu duties (dharma) and ones that were made up. In Maths, the children have been honing their ability to multiply and divide numbers by 10 and 100 by playing a “Who Wants to Be a Millionnaire” quiz and using place value mats in class. In Science, the children identified the characteristics of different living things and made a classification key as a group.

 

We’ve had a brilliantly creative week in Year 5! The children thoroughly enjoyed honing their artistic skills and using watercolours to re-create a famous image from 1969 called Earthrise – it depicts the Earth as seen from the Moon. During 'No Pens Day' on Wednesday, the children found out about the Christmas Truce in World War One and used a range of drama strategies to bring it to life. They worked hard to use facial expression, gesture and voice to convey the emotion of this inspiring historical event and bring it life in the classroom. We definitely have some budding actors amongst our Year 5 ranks.

 

Year 6 embraced No Pens Day 2020 by linking their RE lesson with Art. The children looked at famous artists who depicted scenes of Christianity and then proceeded to be inspired by a series of Bible quotes. Each child chose their favourite quote, thought about the symbolism behind the words and produced a painting to represent that quote. We certainly have some budding artists in our midst!

 

Also, this week, Year 6 grasped the opportunity to feature in Tameside Music Service’s Big Carol Concert. Recording verse 3 of 'O Little Town of Bethlehem,' which was sent across as a music file, Year 6 blew the Music Service out of the water with their talents. Some lovely quotes received as feedback: “Well, that was a lovely treat for a Thursday lunchtime!” and “That sounds brilliant…thank you so much.” We are very proud of their performance.

This week, we have celebrated Anti Bullying Week and the children have been focusing on how we can play our part in this year’s theme ‘United Against Bullying. The children looked very colourful when they came to school on Monday when they wore odd socks to celebrate how unique we all are. The children have also been focusing on a range of activities linked to bullying.
 

In Reception, the children wrote about their friends and they talked about what makes a good friend. They have also made happy/sad puppets and made a friendship chain.

 

In Year 1, the children have continued with the theme of what makes a good friend but have created their own friendship recipe.

 

In Year 2, the children have discussed what bullying behaviour is and how it makes them feel.

 

In Year 3, the children have looked at how they can play their part in the fight against bullying. They created a list of ways they can be united again bullying.

 

In Year 4, the children have created a jigsaw to show ways in which the class can ‘unite against bullying’ and looked at scenarios showing friendly and unfriendly behaviour.

 

In Year 5, after a discussion surrounding this year’s theme, each child picked a name out of a hat and became that person’s Secret Angel! The aim was to spread as much kindness as possible throughout the week - each child was tasked with being extra specially kind to their classmate without revealing that they were their Secret Angel. All was revealed today when the children tried to guess who their Secret Angel was! There were so many acts of kindness throughout the week that it was trickier than they thought to pinpoint who their angels were and it was a lovely opportunity to celebrate the kindness of their peers and discuss how it made them feel. They also shared a video from Literacy Shed this week, called ‘Wing’, about a winged creature who is harassed by a group of oppressive crows; they explored the themes of the video and then wrote their own anti-bullying slogans to inspire the crow community to change their ways.

 

In Year 6 the children looked at the introduction to Anti-Bullying Week 2020, the theme: ‘United Against Bullying’. The class took part in a discussion assembly where bullying was defined and roles within groups of people identified. As part of a follow up activities, Year 6 turned up to school wearing odd socks to mark the day!

 

For the rest of this week the children have been busy learning.

 

In Reception the children have been looking at what shapes we can make with three and four lollipop sticks. They have also been practising making cvc words.

 

In Year 1, the children have used 'Talk For Writing' to help them to write their own version of the ‘Lost and Found’ story.  Please view their video in the video centre button on the home page of this website, or click the link below.  On Wednesday, the children were scientists and explored the properties of different materials. They tested which material would be best to build a house. The children tested which materials were waterproof, which objects floated and which objects sank and finally which materials were magnetic and non-magnetic.

 

In Year 3 this week, the children have been working hard in Geography to identity the physical features of Italy on a map. They have looked at the mountains and rivers.  In Science, they have been looking at different rock types and their properties.  The children have looked at igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks.  Look at all their fantastic certificates they have earned this week. Well done Year 3!

 

This week, the Year 4 children used the Cojo equipment outside to make their Green Vehicles to inspire ideas for their writing. There was amazing teamwork shown!  The children thoroughly enjoyed this practical way of making changes to a narrative. In Science, they have continued their 'Living Things and Their Habitats' topic. They scoured the school grounds on a mini-beast hunt, collecting a variety of specimens which they then classified using a classification key back in class. In Literacy, the children made story maps in preparation for their 'Green Ship' narrative.

 

It’s been another busy week in Year 5…. The children went on a virtual field trip to Madrid with Senor Taylor; they ventured through the city and explored its attractions and hotels whilst honing their conversational Spanish. In English, the children have been developing their descriptive writing skills in order to describe terrifying beasts and atmospherically spooky settings….. they are getting ready to plan and write their own chilling tales next week in order to enter Year 5’s 'Christmas Dinner of Souls' scary tale competition.

 

This week in Year 6, the children have been studying how to build their own spreadsheets in ICT and are examining the ways in which data can be misinterpreted and analysed. With strong links to Maths they even started writing algebraic formulas in order to produce calculations including all four functions.  In RE, the children have been looking at art and architecture within religions. They have also been having a go at their own geometric patterns, focussing on symmetry and tessellations which will be proudly displayed outside of class when complete.

This week we marked Remembrance Day with a virtual service held by Father David at St John's church where we were joined by Milton St John's and St George's.  The service reminded children of the sacrifices that service men and women have made, and continue to make for our country.  The last post was played and the cannon marked the start and end of the two minute silence where we showed our respect.  At Mossley Hollins the last post was played for their service by Cara Dote, Mrs Dote's daughter and former pupil of Micklehurst All Saints.

 

Wednesday was also a special day as it was Father David's 40th birthday.  Staff and children enjoyed making him a birthday video which can be viewed on our video resource centre on our website.  

 

Today we have supported Children In Need and have raised £258 for this worth cause.  The children have enjoyed coming to school in non uniform and taking part in a range of fun activities including decorating biscuits and arts and crafts.

 

This week in Nursery the children have continued to learn about Diwali.  They have enjoyed a fantastic Diwali party where they made mango lassi to drink and had pakoras, onion bhaji's and vegetable samosas to eat.  Our Diva lamps are now decorated and looking beautiful, it has been a really fun week.  For the Remembrance service children made poppies, listened to stories and created a Remembrance display.

 

In Reception this week, the children have also been learning about Diwali.  They have been making and decorating Diva pots and making Rangoli patterns.  They have also made poppies to mark Remembrance Day.

 

In Year 1, the children have been following the discovery of a penguin in the classroom.  This week they have created a 'Found' poster to help to find the owner of the penguin.  

 

In Year 2, the children have had a very exciting week.  On Wednesday, the children found gingerbread men hidden in their classroom and received a letter from granny asking them to find out who had left them - if they could find out who had left them, then they could eat them!  In PE, the children have continued with their gymnastics and have been learning how to perform different kinds of rolls.  They have also made poppies to mark Remembrance Day.

 

This week in Year 3, the children received a letter asking them to think of ways to help cheer up the Weather Monster (the character in their current text).  They have been busy creating sunshine's and baking cakes to help cheer up the Weather Monster.  In Science the children have been sorting rocks into different groups based on their appearance, weight, size and texture.  They have also created some fantastic poems to mark Remembrance Day, made their own poppies and designed their own Remembrance pebbles.

 

This week, Year 4 began their new Literacy topic by reading 'The Green Ship', written by Quentin Blake.  One of their activities was to discuss the authors intentions and focus on his portrayal of the storm.  Using videos of storms at sea for inspiration, they created a word poem and did a performance of the storm using props and musical instruments.  It went down a storm!!  In Geography, the children used three types of atlas to locate the ten longest rivers in the World and mark them on a map.  The children created a word bank of significant words linked to Armistice Day and used word art to create their own poppies.

 

This week in Year 5, the children have delved deeper into the 'Spooktastic' World of scary tales.  Inspired by Laszlo, the central character in Lemony Snicket's 'The Dark', they used drama strategies to recreate a pivotal moment and discuss how they could build tension in their own writing.  There was excitement in the air this week too when a box arrived inviting the children to enter the 'MCSP Wondrous Book Club, each child had an adventure book to unwrap and enjoy - they will soon be feeding back their thoughts to other book club members in our partnership primary schools.  The children have also been marking Remembrance Day this week by producing some stunning pieces of art and writing some extremely thought-provoking pieces of poetry.  

 

In Year 6, as part of our Remembrance activities this week, the children have completed their poppies by a collage using recycled newspapers.  They commemorated the occasion by taking part in the two minute silence and headed out to the playground with the rest of school for a socially distanced whole school photograph.  Year 6 are really engaged with their PHSE this half term - weighing up risks and exploring the risks associated with different varieties of drugs both legal and illegal.  The activity in the pictures this week shows the children partnered up investigating scenarios involving drug use.  Children were enthusiastic to discuss risky situations and understand what would need to change to reduce the level of risk.  In addition, the class were congratulated for their performance in the MCSP Debating Society.  They were sent a lovely message via Teams and all participants received certificates for their presentation skills.  A big well done to the whole class as every individual contributed to this terms debate with their research and literary efforts!  A trophy is on its way ............ and you can watch out entry in the video centre on this website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome back to a new half term.  Our attendance has been fantastic this week and the children seem really pleased to be back in class learning with their friends.

 

In Nursery, the children have been looking at the Hindu festival of Diwali.  They have watched a video on the interactive white board all about the story of 'Rama and Sita'.  They have learned how light is important and how patterns are used in family traditions.

 

This week in Reception, the children have had a great week learning about Bonfire Night.  They have created firework pictures, rockets, and Catherine wheels.  They have also moved like fireworks using their firework streamers and listened to fireworks to write words in their literacy books to describe what the fireworks look and sound like.  In Numeracy, they have been learning about the number two and how this is represented.  The children have completed a number two obstacle course and played 'I Spy' looking for two objects around their environment.

 

On Wednesday, Year 1 had something very unusual happen in their class!  Firstly, they found black feathers scattered around their classroom.  Then they found a penguin looking sad and lost.  Their future plan is to make a 'Found Poster' to help them find the owner of the penguin.  The children have started to gather good adjectives to help them describe what the penguin looks like.  Watch this space for our completed 'Found Posters'.  

 

The Year 1 Arts and Crafts Club have been using their printing skills to complete firework pictures.

 

Year 2 have kicked off their first week back by learning some new skills in gymnastics.  The children had lots of fun learning how to travel towards the mat and how to complete a variety of jumps.  In their History and Literacy lessons this week, they have been learning all about Remembrance.  The children used our fantastic timeline display to locate when the two World Wars took place and then they made poppies, wrote poems and letters to the soldiers.

 

This week, Year 3 have been doing some work linked to Bonfire Night.  They have created bonfire safety posters and written some fantastic bonfire poems.  In Science, to start their new unit of work, the children have been on a rock hunt to find the different uses of rocks.  They had a great afternoon!  In Geography, the children have been looking at the climate in Italy.  They had a look at our new World map display and were able to locate Italy.

 

In RE, Year 4 have been exploring the Hindu faith.  They identified similarities and differences between the things that are important to them and the things that are important to Simran and Vraj.  In Science, the children started their new 'Living Things and their Habitats' topic.  They classified and sorted different animals using Clicker 8.  

 

In Year 5, this week began with their very own 'Spooktacular Scary Tales Fest'.  The children thoroughly enjoyed coming to school in their pyjamas and getting cosy to listen to some scary tales - they were even inspired to tell some of their own.  The children then worked in groups to hone their performance poetry techniques and put together a dramatic recital of 'The Visitor' by Ian Serraillier.  Since then, they have shared their new class text, 'The Dark' by Lemony Snicket and the children wrote some terrifyingly spooky passages of their own.  They have also launched their new topic unit this week and have begun to explore Ancient China and Shang Dynasty - they are looking forward to becoming historians and finding out lots more about this fascinating era in China's history.

 

This week, Year 6 have been perfecting their presentation skills and have sent over to Mossley Hollins a well rehearsed argument for the debate competition, they are now sitting and excitedly awaiting the results.  Also, it seems Year 6 have been embracing a trickier aspect to their mathematics this week.  As they hit the topic of 'Fractions' children have been required to really knuckle down and apply many of the taught strategies they have seen across the whole of Key Stage 2.  Aside from fantastic presentation in their books, progress is clear, and their reasoning abilities are really developing.  I am really proud of the response from the class this week.  Check out some of their work!

 

 

What a busy last week of term we have had.  The children have enjoyed their "Top of the Tree" treats and are looking forward to a well deserved break.

 

In Nursery, the children have been learning about Autumn, in particular Harvest, Scarecrows and what happens to leaves during this season.  The children have enjoyed making pumpkin lights to bring the joy of Autumn home.  It has been lovely exploring our outdoor area, seeing the leaves fall, making leaf walls, seeing what Autumn objects float or sink, singing and dancing new Autumn songs and being "Percy the Park Keeper" looking after our garden.

 

In Reception, the children have also been learning about Autumn.  They have been on an Autumn walk and have written about what they saw.  They have created clay hedgehogs and have had lots of fun exploring Autumn coloured paint and sand.  The children have also been learning about the number one using the "White Rose Maths Hub" resources.  

 

On Monday, Year 1 had a lovely afternoon looking for signs of Autumn on a walk down the bridle path.  They collected leaves and had fun playing and making leaf showers. 

 

In Year 2 this week, the children have celebrated their achievements on our "Numbots" and "Lexia" programmes and many of the children received certificates.  In Science, the children have continued to explore how they can use wax crayons to produce waterproof barriers.  The children created wax pictures and watched as the paint was absorbed around the wax by the paper.  It was almost like magic!

 

This week, Year 3 have been looking at the story of "Zog" in their Literacy sessions.  They have created some fantastic descriptions of both Zog and Princess Pearl.  In Science, the children have created symmetrical patterns and in Maths, they have been adding and subtracting using the column method.  They have also carried out the Tameside School Sports Running Competition and enjoyed a mindful yoga session.  This half term the children have also been working very hard learning their times tables.  Look at all the children who achieved their two and five times tables certificates.

 

This week, Year 4 finished the half term with a flourish!  In Literacy, the children have prepared for their instruction writing by practising giving precise directions to each other to navigate their way through the CoJo equipment in the hall.  They have also drawn their maps of Ancient Egypt and used 'Talk for Writing' techniques to verbally plan their upcoming journey.  To finish their Ancient Egyptians topic, the children have been learning and singing about Ancient Egyptian Gods.  You too can sing the song by visiting the link below.  In RE, the children have been thinking about their personal images of God and drawing their own representations.

 

It's been a busy but fun-filled final week of the term in Year 5!  The week began with an energising sprint around the top pitch as the children took part in the 'Smile For A Mile' project.  The children have then been thoroughly enjoying using watercolours to create front covers for their own versions of "Weslandia" as they prepare to send their expertly written tales to Wesley himself - let's hope he approves of their innovations!  The children have also had a particularly lively Spanish lessons learning all about 'El Dia de los Muertos' - 'The Day of the Dead' - they mangaged to get their heads around some tricky vocabulary in order to learn about the traditions that surround this time of year and how they are celebrated.  

 

This week, Year 6 have been finishing their Charles Darwin biographies and writing them up for display.  The children should be very proud of the writing they have produced this half term!  In addition to the writing completed, the class also had a go at using a 'transfer' technique using pencil and charcoal to draw portraits of Charles Darwin himself.  Grasping their art, you could hear a pin drop with the silence in the room as concentration took over and we have had lots of amazing results.  This week also saw Year 6 given time to research the next Mossley and Carrbrook Schools Partnership debate topic; Should space exploration be the Government's number one priority?  The debate will be recorded and uploaded as part of a competition with other partnership primary schools next half term.  Fingers crossed on what is already a fantastic, whole class, team effort.

 

We hope you all have a lovely half term!

This week in Nursery the children have continued their work on "The Gingerbread Man" and have been looking at shapes and patterns.  They have made gingerbread houses using junk materials and have used shape collage pieces to make the windows and doors.  The children have thoroughly enjoyed making things with junk materials - don't our foxes and gingerbread men look great!

 

In Reception this week the children have been learning about keeping healthy.  They have enjoyed doing their daily exercise and have created a healthy lunch box.  The children have also been printing using fruit and vegetables and have made yummy fruit kebabs.  In numeracy they have been making pattern hats and exploring capacity and weighing objects.

 

This week in Year 1 the children have been using the "Talk For Writing" approach to re-tell their own version of the story of "The Three Little Pigs" in preparation for writing their stories next week.

 

This week has been filled with awe and wonder in Year 2!  They investigated which materials they could use to create a waterproof roof for Syd the Sloth.  The children loved making predictions, writing methods and carrying out the investigation.  The children had lots of fun although they did get a little bit wet!!

 

In Year 3 this week the children have been looking at the books by Julia Donaldson.  They have enjoyed comparing the books and looking at how they include lots of rhyme and alliteration.  They have created their own book reports.  In Science they have looked at reflective materials, the children worked in groups to test which was the least and most reflective materials.  In Maths children have been working hard adding multiples of 1, 10 and 100 to three digit numbers.

 

This week, Year 4 have been recreating Monet's "Water Lillies" paintings by blending and applying different shades of blue and green.  In topic, their Ancient Egyptian work continued as they wrote secret messages to each other in hieroglyphs on a cartouche.  

 

Year 5 thoroughly enjoyed their music lesson with Mr Parkes.  They demonstrated some outstanding skills while composing their own pieces of music and using iPads to produce it on the "Garage Band" app.  In Spanish the children impressed Senor Taylor with their ability to not only speak Spanish but to write their own sentences in the language too.  The children have also been expanding their knowledge of all things Earth and Space by exploring the movement of the Moon.  They researched how the Moon orbits Earth and what makes it a[[ear to change shape in the night sky - they are sure that you will agree that their models are simply out of this world!

 

Year 6 are have been in the thick of some cross curricular work this week - they have been writing biographies about Charles Darwin.  This ties in very nicely with our Science topic of "Evolution".  This week, the class have explored the idea of natural selection via a practical investigation which allowed them to become Finches for the afternoon!  Charles Darwin discovered a number of birds with differing beaks which correlated with their immediate environments - Year 6 have imitated this idea and recorded their results which will then be discussed in our next Science Lesson.  

 

Some of our Year 6 children continued working on the Adventure Section of their JASS Award by undertaking an adventure walk all the way to Greenfield and back!  They walked along the bridle path and had their lunch at the park before returning back to school.

 

It's been another exciting week in school.  Today all of school celebrated a virtual harvest festival led by Miss Trelfa.  We were joined remotely by Father David and together we looked at "Gods Wonderful World" and what we can do to look after it.  Thank you for everyone's kind donations of food which we will be donating to Mossley Foodbank next week so that it can be distributed to those in our community that need assistance.

 

In Nursery the children have been learning about "The Gingerbread Man".  They have had great fun painting, making gingerbread men, designing gingerbread men and helping gingerbread men swim!

 

This week in Reception the children have been learning about their five senses and have explored jelly, tasted a variety of flavours of crisps and enjoyed using their sense of smell to identify items in "smelly pots".  They have enjoyed a range of listening activities too.  In Numeracy the children have created a pictogram to show which flavour of crisps were their favourite.

 

In Year 1 this week, the children have retold the parable of the "Good Samaritan" through role play.  The children have enjoyed re-enacting the different roles and reflecting on the key messages of the parable.

 

In Year 2, the children have been very busy in Geography learning about the British Isles.  They have used various maps to locate the islands surrounding us and then used iPads to research them.  In Science, they have been investigating how to make materials waterproof.  They really enjoyed creating predictions and then seeing if they were correct.

 

In Year 3 this week, the children have been looking at the Jewish festival of Sukkot in RE and have been making their own Sukkahs in class.  In Geography and ICT, they have been researching about Italy to make their own posters.

 

Year 4 have been cracking on with their science experiment this week, examining the on-going effects of sugary drinks on teeth.  In Art, the children have been investigating the mixing of colours to create different shades and hues for their water colour paintings.  They have also been highlighting the key features of newspaper reports in literacy and even managed to play their clarinets for the first time in Music!

 

Its been another busy week in Year 5!  The children travelled with Dr Who to 1950's Alabama to find out about Rosa Parks and her brave stand against injustice.  It marks the start of our new unit of work celebrating Black History Month.  The children were so inspired by Rosa's act of defiance in the face of hatred and oppression that they wrote some phenomenal pieces of poetry.  Miss Jarman and Miss Dyson were blown away by the emotive and powerful vocabulary used in this work.  The children also enjoyed another lively Spanish lesson with Senor Taylor - they have been learning lots of new vocabulary linked to transport and have been able to have full conversations in Spanish.

 

What a week Year 6 have had!  Year 6 have had plenty to celebrate.  On Wednesday the whole class took part in the first virtual Mossley Carrbrook School Partnership Maths Challenge competing against the other local primary schools.  The challenge was set across three rounds with some problem solving in between ....... and WE WON!!!!!  Massive congratulations to the class who have made everyone in school very proud.

 

In class, Year 6 have also finished their explanation text on how to use a Meteor Busting Rocket Launcher and are embracing some new methods of ICT as a means of presenting their work.  Using the Adobe Spark Video App, the class are now recording their work using their voices and editing in images to correspond with their content.  Yesterday saw the first drafts completed and today they hope to edit and improve in the hope that they can publish some of their work on the website.  Stay tuned!

We've had another great week in school as children have enthusiastically thrown themselves into their learning.

 

In Nursery the children have been continuing their learning about homes.  They have looked at a variety of different types of homes, especially those of "The Three Little Pigs".  The class have thoroughly enjoyed this story and re-enacting it.  They have made lots of pig and wolf masks and enjoyed "huffing and puffing and blowing each others houses down!"  The children have enjoyed making their own "Three Little Pigs" story by changing the characters and what the houses were made from.  Staff have been very impressed at how hard Nursery children have worked this week.

 

In Reception the children have continued to explore their learning environment.  They have been learning about growing up this week and have been looking at what babies need.  The class had a baby visit from baby Alby which they loved! They talked about how babies are cared for and what babies need. The children also looked at the various stages of growing up. 

 

This week in Year 1, the children have continued their work around the story of "The Three Little Pigs" building on prior learning.  The children have been busy following instructions to make a pig mask and writing recounts of their visit to the "building yard".

 

In Year 2 this week, the children have been using tens frames and counters to create fact families.  They have also been using bar models and the whole part model to support their understanding.  In Science they have been learning how they can change the shapes of materials by bending, stretching, squashing and twisting.

 

Year 3 have enjoyed some super learning this week.  They started off with the MCSP Spanish day where there learnt vocabulary for colours and numbers and learnt about Spanish festivals and how to express their opinions.  They had an amazing Spanish feast where the children tried lots of Spanish foods including olives, paella, tortilla, chorizo and serrano ham.  In PE children have been practicing their throwing and catching skills.

 

This week, Year 4 have been learning water colour painting techniques to help them produce a painting in the style of Monet.  They have also been planning a fair test in Science to investigate the effects of sugary drinks on our teeth.  The children used egg shells to represent their teeth and really enjoyed their EGG-cellent experiment!!!!!  

 

This week in Year 5, the children have been honing their mathematical problem solving skills to complete some tricky Roman Numeral puzzles.  The children confidently applied their knowledge of place value and Roman Numerals, as well as working effectively with their partner, to crack the puzzles in as short a time as possible - tricky but fun too!  In Science, the children have been furthering their understanding of the Solar System by using fruits to demonstrate the relative sizes of the different planets and then ordering our fruity planets according to their relative distances from the Sun.  They then recreated the Solar System in the classroom with each planet orbiting the Sun and rotating on its own axis, it was especially interesting to discover how day and night occurs on planet Earth.  Teachers were incredibly impressed with the children's knowledge and understanding of the tricky scientific concepts that were being demonstrated - we may see some future NASA application forms from this bunch of space enthusiasts.

 

Its been a jam-packed week of learning in Year 6 this week.  From reading their whole class text which the children are loving, to finding out about and researching the scientist Mary Anning.  Building on prior learning, Year 6 have written an expose about one of the worlds most famous fossil hunters.  Their active learning reached new heights on Thursday afternoon - the class were tasked with designing an earthquake proof building!  The children enjoyed every moment of making them and came up with some great designs.  A bunch of budding architects in our Micklehurst midst!

It's been another busy and exciting week in school with lots of fun learning taking place.

 

In Nursery, the children have been learning about homes and the different types of buildings we can live in.  The children have loved investigating the large bricks, making castles, caravans, farms and houses.  They have been concentrating on improving their fine motor and scissor skills by cutting out shape houses and have been working hard at learning the names of the different shapes.  

 

In Reception, the children have also been learning about homes and houses.  They have enjoyed walking around the local area and looking at the various types of houses in our community.  They have then created their own house using junk modelling and the children have also been shape detectives and have been using shapes to make the windows and doors on their houses.

 

In Year 1, the children have been completing their Numeracy work and have focused on counting forwards, backwards and counting one more and one less.  They have also been looking at the story of "The Three Little Pigs", and on Tuesday the children had fun visiting a "building site".  Look out next week for our completed recounts of their visit.

 

This week in Year 2, the children have enjoyed role playing the parable of "The Lost Sheep".  The children worked in small groups to act out the different parts of the parable.

 

Year 3 this week have been looking at maps of Great Britain and Italy and locating the airports.  The children used a key to help them read the map.  In Literacy, the children have been using all their knowledge from their owl visit to write a non-chronological report.  Look out for these super reports next week.  In Spanish the children have been learning the months of the year with Senor Taylor.

 

Year 4 have continued their topic work on the Ancient Egyptians by learning about mummies,   they even found time to have a go at their own mummification in class!!  This will help them to write up their diary entries next week.  They have also been composing their own rhythms in Music and performing them using body percussion.  

 

The children have had a busy week in Year 5!  In English, they have been designing their very own civilisations, inspired by their new favourite book -"Westlandia".  They have proven that that they can be extremely innovative by deciding what features their new civilisations will have, such as the laws that govern their societies and the types of food that are eaten.  They have presented their work in the form of a non-chronological report and are looking forwards to writing stories about our new lands next week.  In Science, they have continued to find out about the planets in the Solar System - the children created factual posters about each planet and produced mini animations to share what they have learnt - you can find them on Seesaw!

 

In RE, Year 6 have been looking at the idea of "Life" as a journey.  They have explored one of the most significant journeys made in the Bible by Moses to Mount Sinai to receive the Ten Commandments.  The children are currently recounting the story in the form of a comic book strip.  Spanish continues to be very exciting with Senor Taylor.  This week children assumed the roles of doctors and patients and used their new vocabulary to converse and communicate how they were feeling.  Senor Taylor was very impressed.

Week Ending 18th September