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In Nursery this week the children have finished their work on the colour monster. Over the course of the year they will continue linking this book to their feelings and will be be having circle times and mindfulness sessions that are also linked. The children have also been working on their mark making skills using a variety of different mediums. The children’s favourite was definitely the shaving foam! As you can see from the pictures they made some great marks and movements. The children have also been working hard this week recognising Numicon pieces.

 

In Reception this week, the children have been learning about ‘Homes.’ They enjoyed a walk around school looking at the various different houses in our local community and talking about the shape of the windows and doors and counting how many windows they had. The children have had a week exploring shapes, making pictures, shape hunting and using shapes within their play. They have painted, glued and created their own homes which now look lovely displayed in the classroom.

 

This week in Year 1, the children have been working on the story of ‘The Three little Pigs.’ On Monday, they had fun visiting a construction site to find out how to build new brick houses for the little pigs. Following this they are going to write a recount of what they did whilst they were there.

 

In Year 2 this week, our focus has been all about incorporating the Ipads into our learning. The children have really enjoyed our computing unit which looks at how to take good pictures using different devices. This week the children have explored how to take pictures in both landscape and portrait mode. During our Literacy lesson, the children have tried to ‘beat the author’ by up-levelling his work using different adjectives and adverbs of time. They enjoyed completing this work on Seesaw. In Science, the children became investigators and they explored which materials they could change the shape of. It’s been yet another fab week in Year 2!

 

In Year 3 this week, we have been looking at shadows in science. The children have been investigating how their shadows move throughout the day. In Art they have been painting their own owls. The children have been writing their non-chronological reports on owls this week and we have been working very hard. 

 

In Year 4 in Literacy this week, the children began to write their own Egyptian Cinderella narrative. They made individual changes to the story and included some fantastic sentence types. Some of the children produced the work on their iPads. In Maths, Year 4 worked brilliantly with Base 10 and place value counters to develop and show their understanding of 1000s, 100s, 10s and 1s, and were particularly good at finding 1, 10 or 100 more than a given number. In our Art topic, the children studied the masterpiece “Waterlilies” by Claude Monet. They expressed their view and how it made them feel and have begun to experiment with the use of water colours. In preparation for our Macmillan Coffee morning, the children have also made festive bunting celebrating their favourite books.

 

In Year 5, the children have enjoyed their cricket session and have been developing skills in batting, bowling, throwing and catching.

 

This week in Year 6, the children have been brushing up on their poetic writing skills to produce some phenomenally thoughtful poems inspired by Jemmy Button’s voyage across the Atlantic Ocean. They combined some ambitious vocabulary with a whole host of figurative language techniques to paint a picture of Jemmy’s journey in the reader’s mind. They  also took part in their second Black History Month workshop this week, where they used the medium of drama to discover what the Atlantic Slave Trade was and the role that British companies played in the transporting of millions of Africans. The children voiced their opinions extremely eloquently and were particularly interested to hear about the abolitionists that fought for the freedom of slaves around the world. In their cricket session on Thursday, the children worked hard to develop their skills in different positions around the field, including batting, bowling and fielding and we’re looking forward to playing in some mini matches next week.

 

It has been another exciting week in school and the children have enjoyed a range of activities as part of their learning.

 

In Reception, the children have enjoyed settling into class this week. They have been fully engaged in their play, exploring all the activities available to them. They have also been to the computer suite and have started their ‘Squiggle to Wiggle’ sessions. They can’t wait for more fun next week.

 

In Year 1, the children have enjoyed exploring charcoal during Arts and Crafts club. In literacy, they have been describing the characters in ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and in Maths, the children have been counting forwards and backwards and solving problems.

 

In Year 2 this week the children have been very busy indeed! They have had lots of fun playing cricket, learning about place value using our Base 10 resources and completing a materials hunt around the school for Science. They have also learnt to retell the story of ‘The Secret of Black Rock’ and some of the children have even purchased this book to read at home as they have enjoyed it so much!  

 

This week in Year 3, the children have been locating the continents on a world map and locating Italy. They have enjoyed their first music lesson playing the djembe drums. 

In maths, the children have been understanding 3 digit numbers. In literacy they have had a special visit from a range of different owls and the children have written a recount about this exciting experience. 

 

In Year 4 this week, the children have been busy learning about Ancient Egypt. They were able to use pictures to learn about the past and could order the events on a timeline. In literacy, the children used role play to retell the story of the Egyptian Cinderella.  Some groups were even able to change the story’s ending. In Maths, the children have worked hard on place value. They have used number lines, rounded numbers to the nearest 10 and 100 and counted in 1000s.

 

In Year 5 the children have enjoyed their first Choral singing session which is organised through the Mossley Carbrook Schools Partnership. They were also very proud to receive their first achievement certificates since being in Year 5.

 

This week began with some impassioned debating in Year 6 – the children argued persuasively both for and against Jemmy Button’s voyage across the sea. They’ve been finding out lots more about Jemmy, the central character in our new text, who was a Tierra del Fuego native plucked from his tribal home by Charles Darwin’s contemporaries to become a ‘civilised’ young man on the busy streets of London. The children felt strongly that Jemmy should stay on his island and have written persuasive letters to encourage him to do just that and avoid the dangers of a perilous trip across the ocean – they’re looking forward to finding out next week what actually happened!

 

The children have also taken part in a Black History Month workshop this week. Through drama, discussion and even a bit of science, they delved in to Britain’s past to discover just how far back Black History in the UK really goes. They’ve also reached the end of their first unit in Maths – they’ve brushed up on all of their place value skills and even challenged themselves to tackle some pretty mind-boggling number problems. And their mathematical triumphs didn’t end there – they’ve had great success in their very first Year 6 arithmetic paper and set themselves ambitious targets that they’re looking forward to achieving.

The children have had an exciting week settling into their new classes and starting their new topics.

 

In Nursery this week, the children have been settling in and getting to know their new environment. They have read the story of ‘The Colour Monster’ and have been using the text to identify and recognise feelings. 

 

In Year 1 the children have been creating their own hot air balloons for their aspirations display 'Flying High' and have been focusing on their skills of sorting during Numeracy sessions. They have also enjoyed some mindfulness colouring and their first ever Golden Time!

 

In Year 2, the children have begun their unit of work on place value in Maths. They have been using tens and ones to represent numbers and recognising numbers greater and less than a given number. They have enjoyed their cricket session with our new coach Josh, from Lancashire County Cricket Club. They have also been finding out about ‘The Seaside’ and have been using atlases to locate seaside destinations.

 

The first full week in Year 6 has certainly been a busy one and the children have thoroughly enjoyed getting back into the swing of things. The week began with the arrival of some rather unusual items that had been left in their places: buttons (unfortunately not the chocolate kind!). The class have made lots of predictions about what the buttons are for or what they symbolise and they’re looking forward to finding out more in the coming weeks. They also received a postcard and a plight for help from an inhabitant of the Land of Fire - also known as Tierra del Fuego. Their job was to find out as much as they could about this mesmerising land – the southernmost point on the American continent - before producing a persuasive text to encourage tourists of all ages to visit. The buttons must surely link to the postcard but they’re not quite sure how…not yet anyway!

 

The children also enjoyed getting sporty in their first Cricket session this week. They practised a range of batting and bowling skills with their new Lancashire County Cricket Club coach, Josh. They’re hoping to further hone their skills over the next few weeks and then take part in some Year 6 matches.

Week Ending 23rd July

We have come to the end of another busy and challenging year, and I would just like to thank all staff, governors, parents/carers and children for their continued support and resilience. The children’s happy and smiling faces have got us through the more challenging times!

 

The final week of term has been busy and the children have had lots of exciting activities to take part in this week which I know they have enjoyed.

 

Nursery and Reception enjoyed their party on Thursday where they played a range of party games and even had a go at the limbo!

 

In Year 1 this week, the children have had the opportunity to share the activities they have been doing relating to their topic all about ‘Carnival.’ They have designed and made their own headdresses and neck collars and learned a carnival dance. They have used a range of percussion instruments to create a musical composition and performed all of this in the playground for parents.

 

In Year 3 this week, the children have had a brilliant last week in school. In class, they had their own Victorian Day where they dressed up as Victorian children and experienced life as a Victorian child. They have also had a special treat and enjoyed an afternoon tea in class. This was extremely yummy!

 

The children have really enjoyed their last week of Year 4. We said a fond farewell to one of our class members, who moved to Slovakia this week. Dovidenia a veľa šťastia! We also said goodbye to Mrs Flint, who leaves us to have her baby. Good luck!

 

The children showed amazing teamwork when they built dens this week. The dens needed to withstand a rain storm. Some of Year 4 stayed dry; others were slightly damp by the end of the activity. The children got to meet their new teachers and are looking forward to becoming YEAR 5!!!

 

It’s hard to believe that the final week of term is here and it has certainly been a busy one in Year 5. The children enjoyed getting out into the sunshine on Tuesday to complete their orienteering challenge; they designed and created their own maps of the school grounds before working hard to read a range of symbols and follow the clues to find a secret answer.

 

On Wednesday, our competitive crew of Year 5 buccaneers found themselves battling to protect their fortunes during a swashbuckling whole class mathematical challenge a.k.a THE PIRATE GAME. The game required the children to use their understanding of both plotting and identifying coordinates as well as using the four calculations to keep a record of their winnings…it also required a great deal of strategy.

 

We bid a very fond farewell to Mrs Flint this week too; she thoroughly enjoyed our rendition of ‘Three Flints on a Shirt’, a song inspired by the Baddiel & Skinner classic and skillfully re-written by some budding year 5 songwriters. It was hard to say goodbye to Mrs Flint and we are going to miss her greatly, but we are looking forward to a visit from her and her new arrival next term.

 

The Year 6 classroom has been a mixture of smiles and tears today as we have bid a fond farewell to our Year 6 children. Well done to all of our you! The class have worked with enthusiasm and dedication during their time at Micklehurst All Saints and they leave behind a lasting impression as enthusiastic, independent learners who are caring and kind and who have shown a great sense of humour. It has been a privilege to have been part of your learning journey and we wish you all the best for the future. Continue to be resilient, make the right choices, persevere, think big and aim high!

 

Have a lovely summer and I look forward to seeing you all in September.

It has been another busy week in school and the weather has been fantastic! Our Nursery have enjoyed an exciting day out at Knowlsey Safari Park where they were able to see some of the animals they have been finding out about during their topic this half term. Year 6 enjoyed their end of year treat at Tameside’s new Wellbeing Centre at Denton where they enjoyed bowling with their friends.

 

In Reception this week, the children have been enjoying their outdoor area and continuous provision. The children have enjoyed developing their fine motor skills in the finger gym and have been using the tweezers. They have also been making an obstacle course outside.

 

In Year 1 this week the children have been completing their home learning and we are looking forward to welcoming them back on Monday for their last week of term.

 

This week in Y2, the children were thrilled to find out that they had a an extra dance session with Millie. They really enjoyed learning some new moves and routines and playing some competitive games. Some of the children also participated in their Top of the Tree day this week, this involved watching a film and eating some delicious ice cream sundaes in the glorious sunshine.

  

In Y3 this week, the children have been measuring and reading capacity in Maths and in Literacy, they have been re-writing their stories neatly for the books they have made. They look amazing! In Science, the children have been learning about how water is transported around a flower, and they have carried out an investigation to see how this happens. The white flowers turned yellow and blue!

 

In contrast with their recent narrative work based on “The Tear Catcher”, Year 4 have been inspired by the short film “Dreamgiver” in Literacy this week. They have been showing off the wide range of sentence types they have learned throughout the year to write character and setting descriptions on their iPads. It was truly a dream to read them all!

 

In Maths, the children have been learning about different types of angles and have also been identifying the similarities and differences between selections of polygons. The mathematical language the children are able to use so effortlessly in their lessons has been a real credit to their stick-to-itiveness this week. 

 

In Science, the children have been putting their growing knowledge of electrical circuits to good use. They were able to design and make a range of creative pictures which either lit up with a bulb or used a motor to spin part of the picture.

 

It’s been an utterly CHEERful week in Year 5! The children were thrilled to hear that our Year 5 team of dedicated dancers have won first place in the Tameside Cheerleading Festival and they’ve been awarded with an extremely impressive trophy to mark their fantastic achievement. We’re also very proud of Lexi, who won the Cheer Spirit Award after a particularly standout performance that wowed the judges.

 

The children have been inspired this week by The Diary of Anne Frank in their Guided Reading sessions and they were keen to find out more about the young diarist. They developed several lines of enquiry and used a range of primary and secondary sources to find out about Anne and how her story was similar to that of thousands of other Jews during the Holocaust. They also learnt about the brave individuals that risked their lives to run the ‘Kindertransport’ in an effort to protect hundreds of Jewish children from the relentless Nazi terror campaign. 

 

A huge well done and congratulations to our Year 3, 5 and 6 Cheerleading teams, who all worked brilliantly with their performances. We enjoyed watching the results and were very excited to learn that our Y6 had come in third place and our Y5 team in first place. Well done everyone!

 

This week our Key Stage 2 children have enjoyed taking part in their Mossley Olympic events which have included a speed bounce, long jump, a skipping race, sprinting and a throwing and catching activity. We are looking forward to hearing how each school has done, and which school is the overall winner. Watch this space!

 

In Nursery this week, the children have been busy with their animal topic. They are very excited about their trip to Knowsley Safari Park next week and have been making enclosures for the animals and caring for the animals in the role play area. They have also been honing their writing skills when writing their names.

 

In Reception this week, the children have been finding out about odd and even numbers in numeracy. They have used Numicon to sort odd and even numbers and have then moved on to combining two sets of objects to make totals. They have also been writing their cvc words using their phonics skills.

 

In Year 1 this week, the children have been preparing for their carnival day during their dance session. They have also been continuing their work on position in Maths and reinforcing their spelling and grammar objectives. On Monday, Nathaniel, Ava and Lily visited Tameside Hospital to receive their prizes for their competition entries to design a hospital for the future. They were proud to have their winning entries photographed. Well done!

 

In Year 2 this week, the children have been busy observing their sunflower seeds and using their measuring skills to measure the growth in centimetres. They have then used their computing skills to create a diary using the Seesaw app to show the growth of their seeds.

 

In Year 3 this week, the children have been looking at 2D and 3D shapes in Maths. In Literacy, the children have worked really hard to complete their stories and the outcomes are fantastic! In Science they have been learning about the life cycle of a flowering plant and in RE, they have been learning about the Muslim festival of Eid.

 

In Literacy, Year 4 worked hard to plan and write a set of instructions for how to trap a Tear Thief. These were fantastic, although we did feel sorry for some of the Tear Thieves who met with gruesome endings. In R.E. the children explored Jewish rites of passage such as Bar Mitzvahs and Bat Mitzvahs and were able to present their learning in a style of their choosing. In Art, the children have put a modern twist on the work of Warhol and Lichtenstein by producing Pop art pictures of the England football team. It’s coming home!

 

Our Year 5's have been demonstrating real resilience and determination this week as they’ve worked their way through some pretty tricky assessments and demonstrated that they’re more than ready to take on the challenge of the Year 6 curriculum!

In science, their unit of work on properties and changes of materials has come to an end in a rather dramatic fashion with an investigation into irreversible changes. After a treasure hunt to find hidden irreversible changes in the playground, our keen Year 5 scientists experimented by mixing together several reactants, including vinegar, bicarbonate of soda and milk – the results were enthralling and provoked a lot of scientific discussion! The children produced a new gas, carbon dioxide, which inflated a balloon and even formed a new plastic, called ‘casein’. The experiments were a really useful way to observe irreversible changes and we thoroughly enjoyed making the classroom messy in the name of science – although not everybody was impressed by the smell!

 

Our Year 5 cheerleading club did a fantastic job in their performance for the competition.

 

In Year 6 this week, the children have been working hard on their transition unit in Maths, in preparation for Year 7. They have also been creating an artistic word bank for literacy and some of the end products are fantastic.

This week has been really exciting as the children enjoyed Sports Day and a range of other sporting activities. The weather was perfect, and the children enjoyed competing in their races and winning certificates for their achievements.

 

In Nursery this week, the children have loved their Sports Day and all the other sporting activities they took part in. The children have also been learning about habitats and experimenting with water play. Yesterday the children made their own animal homes using a range of construction toys.

 

In Reception the children have really enjoyed taking part in their Sports Day and learning how to do Kurling.

 

In Year 1, as part of their RE work looking at ‘Being welcomed into a Faith’, the children enjoyed a visit to St George’s Church where they took part in a Baptism. Father David baptised baby ‘Buttercup.’ It was a lovely service and the children got to experience first-hand what happens during a Baptism.  The children were all dressed up ready for the service and learned about the key parts of the ceremony and the key symbols involved. They all enjoyed the celebration afterwards!

 

In Year 2, the children thoroughly enjoyed their Sports Day and the activity stations on the playground. Look at the photos to see how focused they were in each event. They have also been planting seeds and watching them grow under different conditions so that they can prove the best conditions for growth.

 

In Year 3 this week, the children have been understanding turns and angles in Maths and have been working very hard to develop their skills and knowledge. In Literacy, they have continued to write their fantastic stories and in Science, they have been learning about the pollination process in plants. In RE, the children have been looking at the Hindu festival of Diwali and sharing any blessings they had for their family and friends. On Tuesday, the class really enjoyed Sports day and loved taking part in a number of competitions and races. During Smile for a Mile the children ran as fast as they could, they also enjoyed the Kurling competition and took part in some mini sports competitions and relays.

 

This week, Year 4 had a jolly old time on sports day. They worked cooperatively in relay races, kurling, and javelin throwing. They had a fantastic time and showed real sporting behaviour during their sports day events on the school field. Another highLIGHT of their week was when making their very own switches to make and break the flow of electrical current in our circuits. This week’s pop artist study was on Andy Warhol. The children learned lots of facts about his life and works and recreated his famous portraits.

 

This week has been another fun-filled week in Year 5. It began with their second orienteering session, where they enjoyed finding the control stations hidden around the outdoor grounds of school. Once every station had been visited, the children enjoyed trying to solve the anagram from the letters they had collected. Next week, they can’t wait to use a map to find the control stations.

 

As well as this, they also thoroughly enjoyed Sports Day. Even though it was not quite as it would normally have been, it did not make it any less enjoyable. The children fully immersed themselves in all the activities on offer including: the javelin, smile for a mile, speed ladders, a relay race, and kurling. Kurling was by far the most tense activity of the day and had to be decided on a last round knockout! Nail biting stuff!

 

In the afternoon of Sports Day, the children loved participating in other competitive races on the top field. A particular highlight for them all was the egg and spoon race, which had it all, excitement, drama and close shaves.  Throughout the day, they all tried their very best with each and every activity. They showed determination, skill, resilience, talent, flair and team spirit. We definitely have some future sports stars in our midst!

 

In Year 6 this week, the children also loved participating in their Sports Day and other sporting activities. The children showed great team spirit and enjoyed competing in the races. Year 6 cheerleading club have also done a fantastic job in their performance for the ‘Cheer Fest’ competition.

 

This week is National Sports Week and some of the children have started some of their sports activities. On Tuesday, Leon and Erin, our school ambassadors took part in the Olympic Torch baton relay. They received the Olympic Torch from members of the Tameside Schools Partnership and then ran to Buckton Vale to hand it over to pupils there.

 

Year 2 and Year 3 have been involved with Active Tameside and Active Angels to learn more about how they can have an active body and an active mind. We are looking forward to further sporting activities next week when the children will be completing their Sports Day races in their class bubbles.

 

In Reception this week, the children have been creating a shell and deciding who to share it with. They have then written about who they would like to share their shell with. They have also been exploring shells, playing in blue shaving foam and continuing their exploration of under the sea activities. In Maths, the children have been focusing on doubling.

 

In Year 1 this week, the children have been retelling the story of Nat Fantastic using the talk for writing approach to help us to retell the story. We hope you enjoy our performance which you can watch on Year 1's class page.

 

In Year 2 this week the children have been getting to grips with some new art skills. They have been developing their painting skills, colour mixing and creating gradients in their artwork. They have then been learning to weave and make patterns by printing.

 

This week in Year 3 the children have been understanding durations of time in Maths. In Literacy, they have started writing their own version of Bob the Man on the Moon. The children have been working extremely hard when writing the beginning of their story which focuses on Bob and they have been using some fantastic adjectives to describe him. They have also designed their own character.  In RE, the children have been looking at Christian celebrations and in PE they have enjoyed their PE lessons and swimming lesson. They have taken part in the Active Body and Active Mind sessions where they played lots of games and did some yoga and mindfulness.  In Science, the class have been looking at parts of a flower. They were able to name the parts and understand their function.

 

In Year 4, the children have been continuing their narrative based on Carol-Ann Duffy’s “The Tear Thief”. They have been exploring a wide range of literary techniques and have been focusing on the use of similes within their writing. In Science, the children enjoyed testing various materials within a circuit to determine if they were conductors or insulators. In Art, the children have been experimenting with colour and form to create their own Pop Art in the style of Roy Leichstein.

 

Year 5 received an unusual message this week in the form of a video from Lord Sugar. The no-nonsense businessman set the children a task…to design, build and pitch a flying machine to his board of experts a.k.a Miss Jarman and Miss Dyson. The teams of budding entrepreneurs got straight to the task and absolutely blew everyone away with their budgeting skills, creativity and unique designs. They then wrote and presented persuasive pitches to market their flying machines and pit their designs against the competition. This rather interesting task turned out to be the perfect introduction to our new class text, FArTHER by Grahame Baker-Smith, which is all about a father who dreams of flight! In Maths, they’ve been brushing up on their geometry skills this week by identifying different types of angles and using protractors to accurately draw their own - they’ve also been calculating angles on a straight line and around a point. In preparation for the upcoming Mossley Olympics, Hayley put the children through their paces on Tuesday with an athletics session designed to practice some of the key skills they’ll need to compete in the event – we can’t wait to see how they get on!

 

In Year 6 this week, the children have learnt all about the scientist Libbie Hyman. Libbie studied invertebrates and typed, illustrated and published her own books that are still used by scientists today. The children also researched an invertebrate of their choice and illustrated it. 

It has been another busy week in school and the children have had lots of fun learning.

 

In Nursery this week the children have continued with their theme of animals based on the class text ‘Dear Zoo’ but this week they have been looking at a range of animals that could be pets. The children wrote to the farm to see if they could send them a pet and a range of pets have visited the class this week. The children have loved every minute of exploring these different animals and finding out more about them.

 

In Reception this week the children have been involved in lots of activities relating to their class text ‘Sharing a Shell’ by Julia Donaldson. They have created their own under the sea pictures, written to the crab in the story and have been completing tangram puzzles.

 

This week, Year 1 have been on a late Spring Walk. During this walk, the children have been looking at further signs of spring and making comparisons between spring and what they observed in autumn. They have also used this time to look at wild plants as part of their Plants topic. They had a great time! The children saw lots of flowers and plants, frogs, the geese with their goslings and the ducks on the canal.

 

In Year 2 this week, the children have had a very hands on and fun packed week! This has involved planting seeds and weeding the school garden, finding out about the Maasai Mara tribe and making beautiful tribal necklaces. The children have really enjoyed being creative and learning lots of new skills! They can’t wait to create their African sunset pictures next week.

 

This week in Year 3, the children have been reading the time to 1 minute intervals, understanding am and pm and reading the 24-hour clock in Maths. In Literacy, they have created some fantastic character descriptions about Bob, the character in their story, using some fantastic adjectives and then designed their own character. In RE, the class have been looking at celebrations and looking at religious and non-religious celebrations and have enjoyed their PE and swimming lessons too. 

 

This week, Year 4 have had great fun making circuits. They could identify when a circuit was complete or incomplete and could light a bulb and start a motor. The children continued their work on time and were brilliant at identifying am and pm. They can now use the 24 hour clock successfully. In Literacy, the children created new characters for their own version of the tear thief and could insert or draw pictures and add text boxes to describe their characters on seesaw. The children were great at using similes and adding dialogue.

 

In Year 5, the children have been reflecting on their experiences as evacuees during last week’s visit to Stockport Air Raid Shelters by planning and writing their very own war diaries. They have worked hard to write in an informal tone as well as capture the essence of 1940s Britain with our choice of language - they make for some quite emotional reads, let’s hope that tissues aren’t being rationed! The class have also been discussing the vital role of communication during WW2 using examples of government propaganda – they’ve found out why civilians were encouraged to Make Do and Mend and Keep Calm and Carry On and how designers used clever slogans, puns and colour themes to inform the public, sway their opinions and raise morale.

In Maths, the children have embarked on a new unit of work all about angles and their properties. They have recapped what they already knew and have identified and compared different types of angles whilst also brushing up on their problem-solving and reasoning skills. As Father’s Day is fast approaching, we combined a range of techniques, including collage, to create some vivid and impressive ‘serendipity square’ cards.

 

In Year 6 this week, the children have enjoyed their heritage art project working with artists from The Vale. They have discovered lots of amazing facts about Mossley and the cotton industry and been able to use techniques of printing and weaving to create a piece of art.

 

 

Welcome back!  I hope you have had a good half term and have enjoyed the break.  The children have returned to school happy and excited about the half term ahead.

 

In Nursery this week, the children have been focusing on their new book ‘Dear Zoo’ by Rod Campbell.  They have loved the repetition in this story and joining in with the repeating phrases.  The children have also been involved in lots of other zoo activities and have painted their favourite animal from the story and had lots of fun pretending to be the animals.  As we have a book focus, the children will be retelling the story by using the pictures so we can reinforce the order of stories, print direction and learning about the characters.  The children have also been learning about size, some of us can now order six or seven objects by size.

 

In Reception, the children have started their new topic all about the seaside and holidays.  They have read their new text ‘Sharing a Shell’ by Julia Donaldson and have been decorating their own shells.  They have also enjoyed investigating their new role play area and building sandcastles and serving ice creams!  In Numeracy they have been representing numbers to 10 by drawing the correct number of dots.

 

In Year 1 this week, the children have been looking at the text ‘Nat Fantastic’ as part of their literacy work. On Monday they read the story of 'Nat Fantastic' then used role play to create ideas for the next problem that Nat was going to solve.  The children had a great time and performed their ideas to each other!

 

It has been a very busy and fun packed first week back in Year 2!  This week as part of our Literacy unit, the children have had a visit from Biscuit Bear who kindly left us his book and a bear cutter to create our own biscuits with.  The children had great fun working in teams to create their own biscuits and they enjoyed using the weighing scales to measure out their ingredients.  This week the children have also started Athletics where they learnt how to take part in relay races. They really enjoyed working as part of a team and also having a bit of healthy competition! In Science, the children were using their observational skills to observe a variety of plants and trees.  They also applied their knowledge of how to use a tape measure to measure the length and width of leaves and trees.

  

In Year 3, in Maths this week, the children have been reading the time to 5 minutes intervals and knowing how many minutes are in a day.  In Literacy, they have been looking at their new book called 'The Man on the Moon' by Simon Bartram. The children have created their own space men and women and wrote a post card as a day in the life of Bob. They have also used the iPADS to do some research about space and created their own Space Posters.  In Science, the children have been looking at plants. They have matched flowers to their names, planted their own seeds and looked at the parts of a plant. In History, they have been ordering events from the Victorian time period on a timeline.

 

In Year 4, the children have worked really hard this week learning to tell the time to 5 minutes. In literacy, they have coloured jewels left around the classroom and discovered they were the tears collected by 'The Tear Thief' in our new text by Carol Ann Duffy. The children enjoyed creating a wanted poster for the Tear Thief and wrote some amazing simile poems about the tears. They also role played new characters so the Tear Thief could snatch their tears. In Geography the children labeled the countries and capital cities of the UK. They also located Manchester and Liverpool, ready for our UK study.

 

In Year 5, the children have enjoyed a busy but extremely exciting start to the half-term. On Tuesday morning, they travelled back to 1941 and rather than our usual crew of Year 5s, 30 evacuees arrived at school awaiting transport to the countryside – they were tagged and ready to go, complete with gas mask boxes, a ration lunch and even the odd teddy bear!  After a slight hiccup involving a broken down coach (must be because petrol is being rationed to help with the war effort), we arrived at Stockport Air Raid Shelters, where Nurse Campbell and Air Raid Warden Roger were the most welcoming of hosts. It was felt necessary that the children should be shown around the shelters and receive some training in how to be good evacuees before they were due at the town hall to be selected by a new family under the watchful eye of Mrs Hodkinson from the Women’s Voluntary Service.

 

In school, they’ve been using their experiences as evacuees to inspire some outstanding pieces of writing.  They have used a range of drama strategies to further explore the thoughts and feelings that evacuees must have experienced and wrote postcards home as well as their own pieces of poetry to convey the emotions of both the evacuees themselves and their parents waving goodbye at the train station.  We’re now planning our own war diaries to further document our experiences!

 

In Year 6 the children have enjoyed an action packed day at the Anderton Centre where they spent the morning having fun with archery and took on the challenge of the ‘crate stack.’  In the afternoon they then enjoyed some paddle boarding before returning to school for a much needed feast of pizza, burgers and hot dogs!  They have also been working hard calculating angles in Math's and writing descriptions using a range grammar techniques.

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

 

In Nursery, the children have been learning all about Bees. They have been finding out about pollination, what bees make and learning about different textures. They have made their own book all about bees, made toast with honey and have been reading ‘That’s not my Bee.’ They have finished off the week by having a minibeast party. They've had lots of fun!

 

In Reception this week, the children have been learning about addition and have been using the addition bus to add two numbers together. They have also been making minibeast rocks following on from their minibeast hunt and making minibeasts in the playdough. In Literacy, the children have been recalling their phonics sounds. They have also been completing a recount of their minibeast hunt and have writing sentences to describe what minibeasts are like.

 

In Year 1, the children have had a fun end to the week and this half term. They have been completing a series of Commando Joe missions, so teamwork has been the key! The children have had to work in teams and co-operate to solve a range of problems set out in their mission. They really enjoyed it!

 

In Year 2, the children have enjoyed their dance session with Millie. In Maths, they have been learning to tell the time. In Science the children have been learning about the different parts of a plant and Sophia was so excited that she brought her honeysuckle plant, that she has grown from a berry, in to class to share with her peers.

 

In Year 3 this week, the children have been learning about time in Maths. They have been reading the time on an analogue clock and have been recapping reading o'clock, half past, quarter past and quarter to.

In English, the children have been writing instructions for making the sandwiches that they have designed. Today in class, they are going to be making the sandwiches, but due to the rain we have had to cancel their picnic in the park.

In Geography and ICT, the children have been creating their own fact posters on Volcanoes and making their own volcanoes.

 

In Year 4, the children have continued their “Witches and Wizards” topic in Literacy by reading “The Wizard” by Jack Prelutsky. They have been using the text to inspire their own narrative writing this week, employing a wide range of sentence types to entertain the reader. In Maths, the children continued to develop their understanding of money, focusing on subtracting amounts and giving correct change. In Science, the children enjoyed an outdoor hunt for invertebrates, and were able to use a classification key to identify the plethora of creepy-crawlies they brought back with them into the classroom.

 

It’s been a magical week in Year 5 as the children have answered a request from renowned sorcerer Abdul Kazam to help update his range of spells. After brainstorming their ideas, the children planned and wrote sets of instructions for a whole host of extraordinary and enchanting spells that are sure to impress magic show audiences of all ages. By combining a range of literary techniques and using some spellbinding vocabulary, our talented Year 5 writers have ensured that their instructions are both purposeful and engaging. With a special dash of magic that produced a swirl of intrigue, we even made our own potion bottles to accompany our instructions - we can’t wait to find out which spell Abdul Kazam will choose to add to his collection.

 

In Maths this week, the children have worked hard on a new unit of work involving decimal numbers. They’ve looked at understanding place value in decimals and also adding and subtracting decimal numbers accurately.

 

As part of their topic work on WW2, they’ve been using a range of primary and secondary sources to make hypotheses about what life was like during the blitz. This week, the children have been finding out about air raids and how British civilians protected themselves against the German Luftwaffe. We even used the iMovie app and some footage from the time to produce our own Air Raid information video!

 

In Year 6 this week, the children have been writing persuasive brochures to encourage people to visit their own islands inspired by Norman Messenger’s Neverbelieve. In Maths, the children have been looking at angles and have been problem solving with angles around a point and finding as many angles as they can in geometrical shapes.

In RE, the children have been considering ideas about God and using the Old Testament story ‘Jonah and the Whale’ to consider what answers it gives them about God’s presence.

 

We hope you have a lovely half term and we will look forward to seeing you on Monday 7th June.

It has been another busy week in school and our children have been working hard as usual.

 

In Nursery this week the children have been reading another of Eric Carle’s stories, ‘The Very Quiet Cricket.’  The children have enjoyed making their own crickets in the craft area and cutting up, dissolving and setting jelly with crickets stuck inside.  Their music and movement session this week involved moving like mini-beasts, the children enjoyed crawling, sliding, jumping and flying to the ‘Ugly Bug Ball’ music. 

This week they have also had the opportunity to join in with a virtual storytelling performance written and presented by Cassandra Wye.  The story ‘Fly Me To The Moon’ was all about a skunk who wanted to go to the moon and how he could get there.  The children thoroughly enjoyed joining in and performing the actions alongside the story.

 

In Reception this week, the children have been continuing their work on symmetry in Math's and have decorated biscuits with a symmetrical pattern. They have also been learning about shapes and how they can change their orientation.

 

In Year 1 this week, the children have completed their Access Art topic for this half term based on the theme of creating birds. The children have had lots of fun, firstly completing observational drawings of feathers, then manipulating the wire to create feet and then cutting out their bird shaped body. Finally, the children used their observational drawings of their feathers to collage onto the birds. Look at their photos in the gallery section. Don’t they look amazing!

 

What a week we have had in Year 2! The children have been learning so many different things. In RE, they have been role-playing the parable of ‘The Good Samaritan’ and have discussed in detail why it is important as Christians that we care and love our neighbour's.  In Dance, the children got to flex some more of their street dance moves whilst also completing some team building games. In Geography, the children have used videos, pictures and the iPads to research facts about Kenya. They have created some very detailed fact files!  

 

In Year 3, in Math's this week, the children have been ordering and comparing fractions. In English, they have been doing some descriptive writing of Sarah and Louis the characters from the class text ‘The Day Louis Got Eaten.’ In Geography, the children have been labelling the parts of a volcano and in ICT, they have been looking at completing some work on our Century programme. In Science, the children have been looking at the North and South pole of a magnet and location magnetic and non-magnetic materials.

 

In Year 4, the children have used the detailed plans they made last week to structure their explanation text writing in Literacy. They have been focusing on writing in a formal, impersonal style while using a wide range of sentence types. In Math's, the children have been learning about money; using their previous decimal knowledge to work with pounds and pence while adding and ordering different amounts. The children enjoyed their RE work this week as they compared the Beatitudes to the Ten Commandments, and discussed which of these golden rules are still most relevant to us today. In Science, Year 4 classified vertebrates using a classification key.

 

In Year 5, in their English lessons this week, the children have been using their innovative plans to write their sequels to ‘Leon And The Place Between’. As they wrote their stories, they included a range of different grammatical skills such as: relative clauses, fronted adverbials, dialogue and parenthesis. They also included a range of figurative language techniques to create powerful imagery for the reader. They are all really proud of the stories they have created and they make riveting reads.

In Math's, they’ve been continuing to develop their understanding of decimals and they have specifically explored rounding, comparing and ordering them. Towards the end of the week, the children began to explore percentages and the link between percentages, decimals and fractions. They have shown a great understanding of this and loved completing the activities on their iPads.

In History, the children continued to develop their understanding of WW2. Looking at the places which were bombed during WW2, they considered why these places had been bombed. They used the iPads to label the places which were bombed and some children have created a heat map to show which places were bombed most frequently.

 

In Year 6 this week, the children have continued exploring 'The Land of Neverbelieve' and their journey began on Monday with a request for assistance from the renowned explorer, Norman Messenger. In response to Mr Messenger’s request, the children planned and wrote formal application letters to become guardians of the island. It was necessary to consider the attributes they would need to fulfil such a unique role and they had to think carefully about how they could persuade Mr Messenger that they have what it takes to maintain and protect the remarkable natural landscape of Neverbelieve.

In true intrepid explorer fashion, they’ve also been honing their geographical mapping skills this week by learning how to use six-digit grid references to locate key points on a map. The children will definitely be prepared for their  expedition to Neverbelieve when the time comes!

 

Have a lovely weekend!

We hope you enjoyed the Bank Holiday weekend. We have had another busy week in school.

 

In Nursery, the children have been reading ‘The Very Busy Spider’ by Eric Carle and have been developing their fine motor skills by designing their own spiders webs and investigating why a spider doesn’t stick to its web. The children thoroughly enjoyed this investigation and have talked so much about it this week. They have also written their own busy spider books and chose the animals they wanted in their story.

 

In Reception this week, the children have been learning about symmetry. They have been making butterflies to demonstrate symmetrical patterns. They have also been writing about ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ and making their own hungry caterpillars.

 

In Year 1, the children have been completing their Healthy Schools week. This has included work on people who are special to us, feelings and how to deal with good and bad secrets.

 

In Year 2 this week, the children have really got into the swing of things with their class iPads. They have been completing their Numeracy and some of their Literacy work on the Seesaw app and the children have loved developing their computing skills at the same time. Parents have also enjoyed being able to see their child’s daily learning journey. 

The children have had lots of fun playing with the parachutes at dinner time as you can see by the huge smiles on our faces.  

 

In Year 3, the children have been finding fractions of numbers and finding equivalent fractions in Maths. In English, they have been writing their non-chronological reports based on our monsters and these are fantastic!

In Geography, the children have been locating the ring of fire and locating active volcanoes and in ICT they have been using Century, our new online learning platform. The children have also been proud to receive lots of certificates this week.

 

In Year 4 this week, the children watched a clip of ‘Room on the Broom’ to inspire their writing. They have begun planning an explanation text about how to ride broomsticks in preparation for their written task next week. In Maths, the children have been learning to order, round and learn the decimal equivalents of fractions. All the children enjoyed their topic work this week as they matched pairs of facts about Roman gods and goddesses; they even found time to begin making their Roman god ‘top trump’ cards too.

 

In our English lessons this week, Year 5 have added the final touches to their innovative story plans and written the opening section of their sequels to Leon and The Place Between. They are about to take their characters on a fantastical journey into the place where magic takes you…anyone can visit The Place Between, well…anyone who believes! The children have been working hard to hone their grammatical skills so that they can vary their sentence structures, use fronted adverbials and include dialogue to advance the action – all of which will make their stories a riveting read!

In Maths, they’ve been learning all about decimals and exploring how to convert them into fractions and vice versa – there’ve been some tricky questions but our Year 5s have risen to the challenge and used their reasoning skills to make links, spot patterns and explain their findings. The children have thoroughly enjoyed using the iPads to complete their Maths work too!

Both Operation Dynamo and the Battle of Britain were key events that took place in the first year of WW2 and the children have been using their historical skills of enquiry and a combination of primary and secondary sources to discover why they were such pivotal moments. They have also listened to Churchill’s rousing ‘We shall fight them on the beaches’ speech and discussed both its’ purpose and impact on the morale of the British public.  

 

This week in Year 6, the children have been revisiting their class text – The Land of Neverbelieve – only this time, they have been creatively inventing their own island full of wondrous and spellbinding animals and trees. All children have been excellently engaged in inventing and documenting their new species (do we hear science links?!) and considering how their fantastical islands function. In Maths, everything has been circular, did you know there are at least 7 parts to a circle? Well, hopefully Year 6 do know this now and are able to name and label. Aside from this, surveys and representing data in the form of pie charts means a multitude of skills are being revisited – from angles to percentages to fractions.

In RE, their recounts of Old Testament Biblical stories such as Abraham, are adding to their Idea About God.

As this is Miss Harding’s last week in Year 6 she wanted to say “I am so proud of each and every child in class – they have truly faced challenges never seen by other year groups and the response I have had from both children and parents has been nothing short of amazing! It has really kept me motivated. I will miss this class greatly; we have had laughs aplenty and I am confident of them all doing very well next year at secondary. Take care, Miss H 😊”.

 

We would all like to send Miss Harding and Chris our very best wishes for the birth of their baby boy.

This week the children have been taking part in Healthy Schools Week and children in Year 1 to Year 6 have been following the activities from the Tameside SRE curriculum. This has involved three areas of learning: Health & Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World. Please see our Gallery for further information about what the children have been learning.

 

In Nursery this week, the children have continued with their topic ‘In the Garden’ and have been sorting minibeasts into two groups. They have also read the story of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ and have been counting and matching the fruit that the caterpillar ate each day. They had lots of fun with our new printing wheels!

 

This week in Reception, the children have been continuing their work on ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ and have been making caterpillar masks, making a caterpillar by counting 10 beads on to their bead string and writing about the story. They have also used the puppet theatre to retell the story. In Numeracy the children have been looking at numbers beyond 10 and using Numicon to represent each number.

 

Our Year 1 children have been busy learning from home this week and they have been reinforcing their work on multiplication in Maths. In Literacy, they have looked at the story ‘How Butterflies Came to Be’ which focused on superlative adjectives. They have also been working on their Phase 5 phonics skills. In Geography, the children have been looking at locating countries in the UK. They have also been looking at different forms of transport in London and which of these are environmentally friendly.

 

In Year 2 this week, the children have been very busy completing assessments in Reading and Numeracy. The children have done so well, and it has really shown how hard they have worked during lockdown. We are thrilled with the results! During their handwriting sessions this week, the children have been completing a variety of gross motor balances, some of which they found very tricky! We have also been using the iPads to complete our discovery coding, there are some budding coders in the making.  

 

This week in Year 3, the children had another brilliant swimming lesson on Monday and enjoyed playing rounders in PE with Hayley. In Math's, they have been placing fractions on a number line and finding fractions of amounts. In Literacy, the children have been designing their own creature to write a non-chronological report next week. As part of Healthy Schools Week they have also been discussing how to stay safe online and recognising the early warning signs that their body might show when they feel unsafe. In Music, the children have really enjoyed playing the glockenspiel and xylophone.

 

In Year 4 this week, the children have planned and written an explanation for ‘How a wand works’ in Literacy. They included features such as: headings, subheadings, fronted adverbials and even experimented with using a thesaurus. They are looking forward to using their wands correctly after writing and re-reading these explanations.

 

As part of Healthy Schools Week, the children drew around themselves to create life size versions of male and females. They then drew and labelled the changes that happen during puberty. We had some interesting conversations about our siblings and the changes they had seen in them. The children also learned about the rights of a child, bullying and were able to write a recipe for a friendship pie.

 

In science, the children began their topic on ‘Animals and their habitats’. They were able to sort animals by observable features into Venn diagrams.

 

In Year 5, we’ve used Healthy Schools Week as an opportunity to discuss how our bodies will change as we experience puberty. The children have accessed a range of resources and asked lots of questions about what to expect.

 

Year 5 have also been delving further into the magical world of ‘Leon and The Place Between’ in their English lessons and have used a whole host of descriptive writing techniques to describe the one and only Abdul Kazam. This larger-than-life sorcerer provided the perfect opportunity for our Year 5's to showcase their phenomenal writing skills and dazzle their readers with ambitious vocabulary and sophisticated figurative language – we certainly have a few budding authors in our ranks! In our Guided Reading sessions, the children have been enjoying their new historical novel: "Letters from the Lighthouse". The children have been making predictions about potential plot twists and love the fact that it’s set during WW2 – what a great way to learn even more about our current topic!

 

Year 6 began this week with a set of assessments following the cancellation of National SATs, we felt it was still important for the children to experience the ‘set up’ of formal assessments. We are mega impressed at how hard all the children have worked this week – the discipline and how serious they have taken their learning shows just how ready these children are in thinking about their next educational steps. The class have produced some amazing outcomes and each and every one of them should be extremely proud.

 

Alongside the assessments, the children have also been visiting the SRE curriculum where they have been learning all about how their body’s change during puberty and some extremely valuable lessons about online safety, the meaning of love and their general health and well-being. Top quality discussions have taken place all week with laughs aplenty – bottom line, all children participated in a very pleasing manner and we are sure they have all learnt lots of new things to take forwards.

 

We hope that you enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend and we look forward to seeing you on Tuesday.

It has been lovely to welcome everybody back to school this week and we hope you have all had a good Easter and enjoyed the sunshine.

 

In Nursery this week, the children have been excited about their new topic ‘In the Garden.’ They have been looking at the minibeasts they might find in the garden and counting the correct number of minibeasts to place on the numbered leaves. They have also enjoyed exploring the different areas of learning in their classroom that are all linked to their new topic.

 

In Reception, the children have also been very excited to start their new topic ‘In the Garden’ and have been reading ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar.’ They have been learning about 3d shapes in Maths.

 

On Thursday, Year 1 started their new Access Art project linked to this half term’s theme where the children will be looking at birds and creating 3D birds. The children began their unit of work by completing observational drawings of feathers. They used different drawing materials to complete their drawings and there were some fabulous outcomes.

 

Wow Y2! What a week! This week the children have been very busy learning how to measure using a ruler, locating countries and continents with atlases, exploring the school grounds to look for wild flowers and using the iPads to complete our coding unit.  

 

Y3 have had a great first week back at school. On Monday they had their first swimming session at Copley, which they all loved! In Maths, the children have been working on fractions and in Literacy, they have been looking at the story 'The Day Louis got Eaten’ by John Fardell. The children have been describing the setting, asking the characters questions and retelling the story. They have also created an author review of other books by John Fardell. In Geography, they have been looking at the different layers of the earth and in PE with Lianne, our Sports Coach, the children have enjoyed their first Cheerleading session.

 

This week, Year 4 began their literacy topic on ‘Wizardology’. They made their own wands out of sticks so that they could cast spells. After receiving a letter from Professor Hogweed, the children had to make a potion to help him turn invisible. They really did make the potion! They had great fun handling black widow spider webs, bat tongues, toe of frog, eye of newt and other wizardly ingredients. They even made the potion bubble and froth. The children then wrote instructions for the Professor to follow. Year 4 have shared all of their work on seesaw this week because our iPads are now up and running. Whoopee! In Maths, the children have looked at decimals and completed their task sheets on the iPads. The children have been amazing with the new technology and Apps and have even taught the teachers a thing or two. In Science, the children have made their own water cycle wheel and had great fun singing the Go Noodle water cycle song. To finish off the week, Year 4 have researched Hadrian’s wall; they have recalled and written their favourite facts on bricks and made their very own Hadrian’s wall to keep out those pesky Picts.

 

There’s been magic in the air this week in Year 5 and it’s safe to say they’ve had a thoroughly enjoyable start to the Summer term. The week began with a mysteriously cryptic task when the children were asked to write a persuasive text encouraging people to attend a magic show. Our Year 5's rose to the challenge, using every persuasive skill at their disposal to produce some outstanding texts and earn themselves a ticket to a spellbinding showcase the very next day. With tickets at the ready, the children entered the classroom on Tuesday to find that it had been transformed into a dark stage lit by a single spotlight and complete with a whole host of treats to stimulate the senses, including candy floss and popcorn, atmospheric music and an array of magic tricks. Following the show, our new class text was revealed, a magical tale filled with fantasy and intrigue: Leon and The Place Between!

 

We’ve also been busy launching our new topic this week: World War Two. The children thoroughly enjoyed learning about Air Raid Shelters in the holidays and we’ve been blown away by some of their models - the attention to detail is simply exquisite and we’re very proud of their efforts. This week has also seen the return of the Wondrous Book Club and the children were thrilled to receive another brand-new text to explore!

 

Year 6 have settled back into the swing of things tremendously well this week and even had a visit from our resident author David Mason who, on Monday, spent an entire day bringing out the class’s creative flair. This has led to some fantastically strong pieces of literacy. I can categorically confirm that we have experienced some of the strongest writing ever seen from this class! So proud! We have also started a number of new topics – Electricity in science, Ideas about God in RE, and some practical mapping skills in Geography. Make sure you have a read of the new overview, published on the Year 6 class page to keep up to date with what we are up to.

What a busy week! The children have all been learning about Easter and we have celebrated the Easter story through our special Easter Service held socially distanced in the playground. It was so lovely to be altogether to celebrate this special service. Father David and Father Ian joined us and our Year 6 led the service with their fantastic readings of the key events of this special story.

 

The children have also enjoyed our Easter raffle and Easter Bingo and many children won Easter treats and eggs. The children have also had a visit from the Easter bunny!

 

In Nursery this week, the children have been continuing their Easter and Spring themes and the highlight this week has been their Easter Bonnet parade. There have been some fantastic Easter bonnets as you will be able to see from our photo gallery this week.

 

This week in Reception, the children have been creating their own Easter gardens and enjoying an Easter egg race and Easter egg hunt. They have also been developing their Numeracy skills and adding two numbers to 10 using Numicon. 

 

In Year 1 this week, the children have followed on from last week’s work and have been busy writing instructions for ‘How to make an Easter card’. They have also designed an Easter Garden using symbols of Easter.

 

This week in Year 2, the children were really excited to receive and open their new iPads and are looking forward to using these for their learning after the holidays.

 

In Year 3 this week, the children have enjoyed their Stone Age day. They came dressed as children from this period in History and enjoyed a range of activities including making Stone Age necklaces. They have also had a visit from Miss Hamlett’s dogs, Treacle and Oscar who have been promising to visit since September!

 

In Year 4, the children started off this week by unboxing and using their new iPads and pens. We took great delight in viewing the children’s work on google classroom. Who knew the teacher could lock your ipad! I think some parents would appreciate this feature. Our Maths focus has been decimals and the children were superb at dividing 1 digit and 2 digit numbers by ten. The children have finished their Escape from Pompeii diary entries and turned these into scrolls. They have also made Easter cards, played Easter Bingo and won Easter gifts in the raffle this week.

 

It’s been an eggciting final few days of the Spring term in Year 5. Our week began with a staggering surprise as the children entered the classroom to find brand new iPads, cases and stylus’ waiting for them in their places. They were each tasked with unpacking their own iPad and setting them up before exploring some of the features that will help us with our learning. We’ve already been using the Notes App to record our thoughts and instantly share them with our peers as well as embarking on a new Rainforest-inspired Apple Clips project.

 

Wellbeing Wednesday was a hit once again in Year 5; the children thoroughly enjoyed getting crafty during our screen-free afternoon session. They used the time to produce some 3D Easter cards and there were some brilliantly creative results. On Thursday morning, the children were delighted to find that the Easter bunny had visited and left us some eggstra special chocolatey treats and then the term was rounded off nicely with two rounds of Zoom Easter Bingo in the afternoon…Happy Easter everyone!

 

This week, Year 6 have been recounting the wondrous Land of Neverbelieve – an island discovered on their latest travel. Acting as naturalists, they have used their research skills to entertain and display their amazing writing capabilities. Through the use of carefully considered punctuation and vocabulary, the class are in the midst of writing some of their best work yet! In ICT, a culmination of this term’s coding unit has seen the likes of our computer programmers, I mean, students, create ‘Pong’ games – one and two player. Next half term, they are going to be looking at ways of advertising, marketing and selling their games as part of an enterprising/entrepreneurial task. This should be interesting…

 

It has been another busy and fun half term. Happy Easter! Have a lovely holiday and we will look forward to seeing everybody on Monday 19th April.

 

This week we have certainly started to see the first signs of spring and lots of classes have started to think about the events of the Easter story.

 

In Nursery this week, the children have been looking at frogspawn and the life cycle of a frog. They have been sequencing pictures to describe this life cycle. The children have also been finding out about Easter and have used printing techniques to make an Easter egg picture and created their own Easter bunny. 

 

This week in Reception, the children have been looking for signs of spring. They have seen the bulbs and flowers starting to grow and the blossom on the trees. The children have enjoyed creating observational paintings of the signs of spring and have been looking at our frog spawn to see what changes they could see.

 

In Year 1 this week, the children have been focusing on Easter and on Thursday they enjoyed making their Easter cards. Next week the children are going to use their Literacy sessions to write instructions on how to make an Easter card so they can follow them and make one of their own at home.

 

In Year 2 this week, the children have been honing their dribbling skills using a basketball. They have found this slightly more difficult than they imagined but by the end of the lesson their skills had improved significantly.

 

In Year 3, the children have enjoyed practising their throwing and catching skills during their PE lesson. They have also completed their daily mile in sunshine this week, which was great fun! They have continued their work on fractions and have been finding equivalent fractions to 1/2. During Spanish the children have been creating a learning wheel of everything we have been studying since September. They have been working very hard with their handwriting this week during our handwriting sessions and in RE we have looked at the events of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.

 

 

In Literacy, Year 4 have completed story maps to retell the narrative 'Escape to Pompeii.' They then posted their work on Seesaw and recorded their talk for writing. They then used the story maps to help write a diary entry from AD 79 and retold the story in first person. Their recounts of the eruption were really quite gruesome. In Science this week, they looked at evaporation, melting and condensation and the 3 states of matter : solid, liquid and gas. The children completed their own fair investigation on how to make ice melt fastest. In Maths, everyone has excelled with decimals and used manipulatives to represent tenths and hundredths and can show these as fractions and decimals.

 

It’s been another busy week in Year 5 and the children have thoroughly enjoyed delving deeper into the world of Twisted Fairytales. An anonymous letter arrived early on Monday along with a brand-new tale for us to explore: The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig. The children have loved working their way through this re-imagined classic and have been reflecting on the story by writing informal diary entries for some of the characters. The children then used Apple Clips and some rather hilarious memoji faces to record their diary entries in role as one of the helpless wolves or the brutal and menacing Big bad Pig.

 

In order to mark the National Day of Reflection this week, the children took some time out of their routine to reflect on the events of the past year. They created colourful lotus flowers with each petal symbolising a reflection and the centre detailing their hopes for the days to come. After coating their flowers with wax crayon, folding them up and letting them float on water, the children marvelled as they spontaneously opened before their eyes and revealed their reflections and hopes for the future to their friends.

 

When Year 6 first set foot on the island, they were immediately spellbound. There could be nowhere else on earth quite like this…

Year 6 have started to read a new text – The Land of Neverbelieve has been a topic of many a conversation this week. The children have been introduced to the island and have been working in mixed ability groups all week to research the many wondrous species and places and to educate and inform one another of their research findings. Lots of work has been done on their oracy and confidence skills with presenting and there have had been some fantastic outcomes of children learning from children. Next week, their recount writing will feature a fictional visitation and exploration of the island.

In Maths, curriculum coverage has moved onto Ratio and Year 6 will be looking at how ratio links with all other areas studied at KS2. In Science, we are continuing our light topic – looking at refraction and the colour spectrum and in topic, (typical Miss Harding) more maths has been on the cards – this time the Mayan Number System. We are also really looking forward to lots of Easter themed activities in the remaining days of Spring Term.

 

Please remember next week we will be drawing our Easter raffle and the children will be taking part in our annual Easter Bingo. Please see our Newsletter for further details. Have a lovely weekend!

 

Following our successful Science Week last week, the children have been busy learning and enjoying their time with their friends as they settle back into school routines.

 

In Nursery this week, the children have been reading the story of ‘Jasper’s Beanstalk.’ They have enjoyed a range of activities based on the story, including planting beans, sequencing the story using pictures, playing in the role play area pretending to be florists and creating their own beanstalks.

 

In Reception this week, the children have been ordering numbers to 10 using numicon. They have also been making a rain cloud in a jar as part of their Science Week learning.

 

In Year 1, the children have been looking at spirals as part of our Art club. They started with a drawing exercise using their whole bodies introducing the idea that drawing can be physical and develops co-ordination and introducing scale. This was followed up by drawing spiral snails and exploring colour and colour mixing.

 

In Year 2, the children have had an exciting week! On Monday when they came into school, the children found dinosaurs on their chairs in class and a book entitled ‘Captain Flynn and the Pirate Dinosaurs.’ They also found a pirate ship. They have read the story and then used iPads and the Seesaw app to take a photograph of the first page of the story and then used their inference skills to highlight key parts of the text that describe the character. They have also enjoyed making their own dinosaurs out of plasticine.

 

In Year 3, the children have enjoyed their Spanish lesson this week where they have been learning the vocabulary for pets. They have also been using dictionaries to find the meanings of some of the Year 3 and 4 common exception words. In Science, the children have enjoyed making lava lamps to investigate the density of gases.

 

This week, Year 4 have started the historical text “Escape from Pompeii”. They have identified sensory descriptions, collected and used powerful verbs and successfully described what happened during the earthquake. They wrote, rehearsed and performed their own poem, demonstrating the "Rumbling, tumbling" onomatopoeic language of the song-poem in the text. In Maths, the children have continued to practically apply their knowledge of fractions to find unit fractions and non-unit fractions of quantities. In topic, the children have been designing the Roman shields they will make and evaluate next week.

 

This week in Year 5, the children have continued their investigation into the case of the Three Little Pigs and worked their way towards a verdict: guilty or not guilty? By writing detailed and well-researched balanced arguments, they decided whether they thought the defendants should be imprisoned for boiling the Big Bad Wolf alive in their cooking pot or whether their defence was strong enough to reach an innocent verdict. They then made their own placards and took part in a protest complete with some hearty chanting and some cracking slogans, including: ‘wake up and smell the bacon’ and even ‘justice for the free little pigs’. Their discussions surrounding the trial came to a final conclusion with a spirited debate adhering to the rules that govern the Houses of Parliament. The children delivered persuasive speeches and argued their stance confidently and passionately – it’s safe to say, we may have a future Prime minister amongst our ranks!

 

The children have also been working hard to develop their understanding of fractions this week and it has been lovely to see the children growing in confidence as they’ve mastered some tricky vocabulary and applied their knowledge to increasingly more complex problems. In topic, they launched their new unit of work on the Amazon Rainforest by using the website ‘Mentimeter’ along with the iPads to share their knowledge and establish lines of enquiry in a collaborative and innovative way – they can’t wait to find answers to all of their thought-provoking questions!

 

Investigators, innovators, scientists, inquiry seekers, mathematically minded are just a few of the adjectives that could be used to describe Year 6 this week. Submitting their science week homework has been a massive eye-opener into the creativity and spirit of our class – the ‘Medidrone’, the ‘Shampooch’, and not least the turbo powered toothbrush was just a few of the wonderfully ingenious inventions they came up with (James Dyson would be proud!). Continuing with our inquisitive learning this week – the children have had the chance to investigate mathematical formulas of 2D shapes using their prior knowledge on both shape, measure, and algebra; it seems we are developing a bunch of very analytical and deep thinkers here in Year 6. Aside from their cross curricular literacy biographies on Thomas Edison, being completed, the children are settling back well into the frame of mind required for those final few months of primary!

 

We have some exciting Easter activities coming up before the end of term so please see our Newsletter for further details.

 

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