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This week has been an exciting week at Micklehurst All Saints. We are pleased and proud to say that following our verification visit on Thursday, we have achieved the SENDIA award for our SEND practice in school. A huge thank you to Mrs Gorton, staff, parents/carers, pupils and Governors who supported us and took part in the process. We are looking forward to sharing our news with the Local Authority and our local community.

 

In Nursery this week, the children have begun to learn their nativity songs, the children are enjoying the new tunes and their favourite is "Flicker, Flicker". They have been discussing and learning about the birth of baby Jesus and how he is special for Christians.  The Christmas tree has gone up in the classroom and the children have loved making our Christmas cards for our families. The children have continued learning about patterns again this week to ensure that the knowledge is embedded and as you can see from their pictures they are doing very well.

 

In Reception, Christmas has arrived! The children have had fun in class this week as they have put up the Christmas tree, enjoyed Christmas crafts and wrote letters to Father Christmas. They have definitely got into the Christmas spirit and the children had lots of fun.

 

This week in Year 2, the children have been celebrating their success in their phonics screening check. All the children have worked so hard and all their hard work has paid off! We can’t believe some of the progress the children have made since they completed their mock screening check in October. Well done Year 2!

 

In Year 3 this week, the children have been  working in groups testing rocks to identify their different properties. They have tested the permeability, durability and density of each rock.

They have also been writing instructions for how to bake a cake in Literacy and in Maths they have been working hard learning their 4 times tables.

 

This week in Literacy, Year 4 have used their very best joined handwriting to present their ‘Green Ship’ stories in a book – just like published authors. We are so proud of them and have decided to display them around school. The children have also studied the features of poetry and have used talk for writing actions to perform Valerie Bloom’s poem, ‘The River’ linking to our Geography topic. In DT this week, their bridge challenge was to construct a bridge out of paper and paperclips that would hold 5 cubes. Once again, the teamwork was brilliant, and one group’s bridge even held over 100 cubes. The children are keen to know what next week’s challenge is and which group will be the winning team.

 

In their Maths sessions, they have moved on to multiplication and division and the children have used place value counters and place value charts to multiply and divide by 10 and 100. They have also been using their Math’s stem sentences to help them remember the methods for multiplying by 1 and 0.

 

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Year 6 – the classroom has been cheerfully decorated with twinkling lights and there’s a real festive cheer in the air! The children have been enjoying learning some songs and putting together our piece of performance poetry for this year’s Key Stage Two virtual performance – we’ve even been watching the great Michael Rosen perform to pick up some tips from the expert. In Maths this week, the children have been tackling some increasingly more challenging fractions problems. They’ve even been working on their teaching skills and putting together explanations for the rest of the class about how to add and subtract a range of mixed numbers and improper fractions.

 

In their ICT lesson on Monday, the children continued to develop their 3D modelling skills as they were tasked with designing and building a virtual house, complete with doors, windows and a few additional decorations, including the odd swimming pool and some pretty impressive garden designs – our Year 6s clearly have expensive taste! On Friday, Year 6 took part in a live workshop delivered by The How People and designed to share with the children ‘Five Steps to Wellbeing Wisdom’. The workshop was an interactive and engaging opportunity for us to identify things that can trigger anxiety and develop a toolkit of strategies to help us regulate our feelings and emotions.

 

This week the children have started to get a little ‘Christmassy’ as they have looked at the roles they will be playing in their Christmas productions. I think I have even heard some Christmas songs being played! On Wednesday we said a fond farewell to Father Ian and wished him all good wishes for the future. We would like to thank him for his love and support over the last 3 years.

 

In Nursery this week the children have enjoyed reading the story of ‘Elmer’ by David McKee. They have been making repeating patterns using 2 and 3 objects or colours, painting their own Elmer patterns and sorting different coloured items in the finger gym area. 

 

In Reception, the children have been reading the story of ‘Mrs Honeys Hat’ by Pam Adams. They have cut and created their own hat and used their knowledge of letter sounds to label what they had put onto it. The children have also been learning about 4 sided shapes and measuring 4 snakes to find out which one was the longest and which was the shortest. They have enjoyed playing Connect 4 and have been using sticks and various other materials to make 4 sided shapes. The children have enjoyed a range of activities within continuous provision indoors and outdoors this week which has helped them to develop their independent learning. The children have also been enjoying the change in weather and have spent lots of time exploring the ice outside.

 

In Year 1 this week, to celebrate their work linked to the story of ‘Lost and Found,’ the children have had a penguin party. They had great fun making penguin hats, eating delicious food, going on a chocolate hunt and singing a snowman song. They will be writing a recount of our party to share next week.

 

In Year 2, to celebrate No Pens Day, the children have baked some gingerbread men and have been using coins to make different amounts in Numeracy. They really enjoyed getting the chance to record their work in different ways. It also allowed for lots of discussion. In History, the children used the Chatterkid’s app to bring Samuel Pepys to life. They recalled many facts about his life and read some of his important diary extracts. They then posted their work on Seesaw and many of the parents loved our work!  

 

This week for No Pens Day, Year 3 performed ‘The Owl and The Pussy Cat.’ They performed brilliantly using excellent expression and pace. The children also worked really hard on their times tables using MyMaths. The children also have been drawing the Leaning Tower of Pisa based on our Geography topic and in Literacy, they have been looking at the features of instructions.

 

In Year 4, the children have been building on their previous learning about measurement to find the perimeters of rectilinear shapes. They were able to apply their knowledge of rectangles and squares to find missing lengths in shapes and the perimeter of those shapes. In Science, the children continued to enjoy their topic of ‘Living things and their habitats’. They used a classification key in their table groups to identify and sort living things by their various characteristics. In ICT, the children have been experimenting with editing audio files. They were able to use the podcasts they recorded last week and make improvements to them by adding music and sound effects with our audio editing software. On No Pens Day, the children used their iPads effectively to complete their work and have also started to learn their Christmas songs in preparation for their Christmas performance.

 

It’s been another busy week in Year 6! During their PE lesson on Monday, the children worked together to create a series of hockey stations - each one designed to practise a different skill. The children worked in teams to hone their passing, dribbling and shooting techniques and they even took on the role of teacher to model to the next group how to succeed at each station.

On Wednesday, they celebrated No Pens Day with a range of practical activities, including some tricky maths challenges. The children entered the classroom to find a giant maths maze covering the floor and they were soon tasked with working together to conquer the maze. Their missions involved coming together as a team to find the highest totaling route, the lowest totaling route and a route that would total exactly 100 – it was a lot trickier than we first thought but with some systematic teamwork, our budding mathematicians rose to the challenge and escaped from the maze in one piece – mission accomplished Year 6! They then turned their attention to a bigger challenge and a hunt to find the maths problems hidden in the playground – the children had to solve each problem in order to collect a letter and once all of the letters were found, a secret message was revealed.

 

 

This week the children have taken part in Anti-Bullying Week. On Monday they wore odd socks to mark the start of the week and our assembly introduced this year’s theme ‘One Kind Word.’ The children have also focused on activities linked to this theme throughout their learning and in their PSHE lessons.

 

In Nursery this week, the children have been continuing their work on ‘The Gingerbread Man’ and have been re-enacting the story using props. They have also been on a gingerbread hunt around school and the children were so excited when they spotted a hidden gingerbread man! The children have also enjoyed celebrating Children in Need and dressing up in Pudsey attire.

 

In Reception, the children have used the computers and iPads to create their own firework pictures using the 2paint programme. In Numeracy they have been learning about the number 4 and how 4 can be represented. They have been learning how to make number 4 in different ways. As part of Anti-Bullying Week the children have been looking at positive friendships. They thought about their best friends and discussed what makes a good friend. They then made a friendship chain and a recipe for a good friendship.

 

In Year 1 this week, the children have had a fun but it was a rather damp afternoon walking along the local bridle path looking for signs of Autumn. They had a great afternoon and gathered lots of colourful leaves along the way.

 

In Year 2, the children have been retelling the story of ‘The Lost Sheep.’ They thought carefully about what Jesus wanted us to learn from this parable and they enjoyed acting out some of the key parts of the story. In Gymnastics the children have been learning how to complete a variety of rolls, some of them proved very tricky!

 

In Year 3 this week, as part of their science unit, they have looked at some of the rocks that they collected on their walk last week. The children worked in teams to sort these rocks into different groups. The children have enjoyed their new Literacy topic based on their text ‘The Weather Monster.’ They have been making sunshines and baking cakes to cheer up the Weather Monster.  They have also been looking at the features of instructions. In PE the children have been taking part in Athletics and this week they were focusing on jumping.

 

This week, the children in Year 4 have been researching bridges and were set the challenge of using a sheet of A4 paper and multilink to construct a bridge which would hold the weight of a toy car. The children worked brilliantly in teams to discuss their ideas, try out ways of making paper stronger and then were able to build their own bridge. All groups successfully met the criteria for the challenge and the car was able to drive under and also cross over the bridge. Well done Year 4 - your problem solving skills and evaluations of your designs were amazing in this activity. In Science, the children learned all about invertebrates (mini beasts) and how to classify them. They were then let loose around school to locate different habitats and collect invertebrates. Amongst lots of screams and excitement the children collected many specimens and then used a classification key to name and describe their invertebrate.

 

The children have had a secret friend this week as part of our anti-bullying work. They have had to Use kind words and deeds towards their friend (without letting them know) and then the children have guessed who their secret friend is based on their kind actions. We discovered that so many of us are that kind to others that it was very difficult to find out who our secret friend actually was!

 

In Year 5 this week, the children have been completing their digital artwork linked to Remembrance Day. The children are very proud of their designs. They have also been making ‘dragon bones’ artefacts for their Shang Dynasty topic in History. The children enjoyed receiving their certificates.

 

The sight of our Year 6s walking to school in their odd socks brought a smile to our faces on Monday as we marked the beginning of Anti-Bullying Week. This year’s theme was ‘one kind word’ and the children have not only been thinking about how to be kind to others but about being kind to themselves too. They used the Pages App to produce their own posters based on inspirational quotes and designed to be eye-catching, positive and to hopefully make a difference to somebody’s day when they needed it.

 

On Wednesday, we welcomed members of Tameside’s Safe Squad to school to deliver several workshops to our Year 6s about staying safe and looking after each other. The workshops dealt with a range of topics including anti-social behaviour, digital safety, hate crime, bullying, fire safety and First Aid. The children thoroughly enjoyed participating in the interactive workshops and having the opportunity to ask questions of our expert visitors.

 

 

It has been another exciting week in school. The children have been thinking about Armistice Day and remembering the brave soldiers that fought in World War 1 and World War 2. The whole school remained still and thoughtful at 11am on Thursday 11th November for the two minute silence to show their respect for those soldiers that fought for our country. It was a special moment.

 

In Nursery this week, the children have been busy learning all about ‘The Gingerbread Man.’ They have been making and decorating gingerbread men, practising their threading skills, reading and retelling the story and have enjoyed a gingerbread hunt around school.

 

What a busy week in Reception! The children have been looking at patterns whilst learning about Diwali and Bonfire night. They have enjoyed exploring a range of activities, making patterns using a number of colours, textures and mediums.  They have made Diva lamps and Rangoli patterns and created their own Mendhi patterns. As part of their Bonfire night celebrations, they have been dancing to firework music, writing words to describe the noises that the fireworks make and making their very own edible fireworks. The children finished off this week with a treat - lighting and creating their own patterns with real sparklers. What a super week they have had!

 

In Year 1 this week the children have been looking at the story of ‘Lost and Found’ by Oliver Jeffers. They have been using adjectives to describe some of the characters and On Wednesday the children used the computers to draw and write about the boy in the story. They have used ‘and’ to join words together in their sentences.

 

Year 2 have had an amazing week! They have had a visit from some gingerbread men, learnt how to add and subtract two digit numbers using column addition and completed a Science investigation. There has been such a buzz in class this week as the children have had so much fun learning new things and conquering some difficult strategies in Maths.

 

This week, Year 3 have enjoyed a walk along the bridal path as part of their science unit on ‘Rocks.’ They have been finding and identifying different types of rocks.

 

In Year 4 this week, the children have been on a river study trip to Park Bridge to study the River Medlock. They had a great walk through the valley to watch the river meander and were able to identify man-made and natural features of the river. They used nets to collect and study the wildlife within the river and used a key to determine if the river was polluted. The children concluded that even though it looked dirty it was clean of pollution. They also had the opportunity to build a dam from stones on the riverbed.

 

In Literacy, the children were planning their own ‘Green Ship’ narrative and produced some wonderful planning booklets. In Science, the children were able to sort and classify vertebrates into mammals, fish, birds, reptiles, and amphibians and used Clicker to record their work. Maths this week, involved converting centimetres to metres and millimetres to centimetres.

 

This week in Year 5, the children have been enjoying improving their hockey skills in P.E. Well done to our star Numeracy and Literacy achievers this week.

 

Our Year 6’s have worked their socks off this week; they’ve demonstrated a real enthusiasm for learning and a dedication to making progress whilst working their way through several practise SATs papers. We’re thrilled with the scores they’ve achieved but more so with the way they’ve conducted themselves and the outstanding learning behaviours they’ve demonstrated throughout the week. They have also marked Remembrance Day in our literacy and art lessons this week. The children used figurative language to create a poem reflecting on what Remembrance means to them - they combined some strong and emotive vocabulary with the use of metaphor to paint a vivid picture in the reader’s mind. In art, they’ve been learning all about perspective and so they used this technique to produce a watercolour background for our moving pieces of poetry.  

 

Welcome back to school! We hope you have enjoyed the half term break. The children have returned to school happy and eager to learn and have enjoyed being back in school and learning with their friends.

 

In Nursery this week, the children have been learning about the Hindu festival of Diwali. They have been making Diva pots and creating Rangoli patterns and have finished their week with a Diwali party where they have been tasting Indian food and making Mango Lassi.

 

This week in Reception, the children have been learning about Autumn time. They went on an Autumn walk to collect lots of leaves and on their return, they have created paintings and crayon prints using these leaves. They are going to be writing about their walk and including details of what they saw. The children have also been making playdough leaves and finger painting their own Autumn trees. In Maths, they have been looking at number two and learning everything they need to know about this number. Mrs Harding said: “What a super week the children have had!”

 

In Year 1 this week, the children have had a visitor in their classroom. A penguin appeared and the children think he may be lost! Year 1 have been working hard to create a found poster to see if we can help the penguin to find his way home.

 

This week in Year 2, the children have started their new Gymnastics unit and they have been learning how to create a variety of strong balances. They then made a routine with their partner that included 3 balances. In Science, the children are continuing their materials unit and this week they have been working scientifically! They have investigated how to make a piece of fabric waterproof. The children had great fun doing this and many of them managed to complete the objective by adding a layer of wax to the fabric.  

 

In Literacy this week Year 3 have been creating a book review of their favourite author Julia Donaldson. They have written some fantastic firework poems and performed other famous firework poems. In Maths, they have been adding using the column method and the children have worked very hard with this. In RE, the children have been looking at different representations of God.

 

This week in Year 4, the children made a word bank, composed poems and performed in role groups as part of their new Literacy unit. In Maths they used practical equipment to complete subtraction calculations and used a range of checking strategies using inverse operations. In Science, the children have been finding ways to classify/group living things in variety of ways including using a Venn diagram and a Carol diagram. As part of their topic work the children have started to learn about the Water Cycle and have learnt a new song to help them. They have also listed examples and features of a river, used atlases to locate the longest rivers in the world.

 

In Year 5 the children have started their new literacy unit based on the text "The Gritter Man" by Orlando Weeks.  The children got cosy to start reading this new text by coming to school in their pyjamas!

 

This week in Year 6, the children were faced with an extremely unusual mystery that required the team of budding super sleuths to join forces, gather evidence and work together to solve. The children were provided with images of two crime scenes, which appeared to be linked. They hunted for visual clues in order to develop a credible hypotheses before interviewing three key witnesses - their questioning skills would definitely give Sherlock Holmes himself a run for his money. Once their investigations had come to a close, the children identified the features of formal police reports and planned one of their own to detail their findings and conclusion – they’ll now have to wait until next week to discover who the actual culprit was! In ICT this week, the children have been introduced to a new app on the iPads called ‘Tinkercad’ – the app is a 3D modelling tool that allows them to create 3D interactive images on the screen. They really enjoyed learning the basic tools that the app has on offer and they can’t wait to start designing, building and innovating their own designs over the course of the next few weeks.

We have had a very busy week in school and the children have enjoyed a range of activities and learning opportunities.

 

In Nursery, the children have been reading the story ‘Owl Babies’ by Martin Waddell and learning about changes that happen during Autumn.  The children have enjoyed learning about Owls and how they fly, what they eat and the different habitats they live in.  Mrs Brown has introduced some difficult language that the children have taken in their stride and they now understand about nocturnal animals as well as those that hibernate.  They are getting very good at some new rhymes they have learnt and you can listen to these on our see-saw app. Mrs Brown, Mrs Larnder-Cox and Mrs Schofield are very proud of how well the children have worked this half term and look forward to introducing lots of new topics after the half term break.

 

This week in Reception, the children have been learning about the body and labelling various parts of the body. They have also been learning about Harvest in our RE sessions. In Numeracy, the children have started looking at comparing numbers 1-3 and deepening their understanding of what these numbers mean. They are looking forward to lots more learning next half term.

 

In Year 1 this week, the children have finished their DT project which involved designing and making a house for the three little pigs. They followed the TASC wheel process to complete these. The photos show some of the finished models and the children communicating what they have done and how they have made them to children from Year 6.

 

In Year 2, the children have really enjoyed their Art week. They have learnt lots of new skills including weaving, collage and batik. They can’t wait to see their creations on display after half term. Their new display is based all around the seaside and this has inspired the art that the children have created. 

 

This week in Maths, Year 3 have been adding and subtracting multiples of 1, 10 and 100 to and from 3-digit numbers. In Literacy, the children have been looking at the author Julia Donaldson. They have read the book ‘Zog’ and have been writing some sentences in the past tense to describe Zog and Princess Pearl. In Geography they have been learning about the Leaning Tower of Pisa and have enjoyed starting their drawings of this in art sessions. Year 3 also enjoyed their African drumming workshop provided by The Vale.

 

In Literacy in Year 4 this week, the children created their own talk for writing maps to help them write a set of instructions. Through modelled, shared and supported composition, they have been able to create some fantastic instructions for how to cross the River Nile and rescue Queen Rhodopis. In Maths, the children have been developing their understanding of the subtraction of four and three digit numbers. To support their learning, they have used place value charts and counters to help them understand how to make exchanges.

In Science, the children worked collaboratively to sort animals and plants into food chains. They worked cooperatively in their groups to find the producer, primary consumer, secondary consumer and tertiary consumer. They worked well to develop their understanding of prey, predators, carnivores, herbivores and omnivores. The children absolutely loved their drumming session on the djembe and snare drums. We think we’ve found the Ringos of the future! In our penultimate art lesson, the children used their prior learning to create a background wash and splattered paint. It was great fun! Sorry parents for the splattered faces!

 

In Year 5 in Maths, the children have been continuing their unit of work on addition and have been adding 4 digit numbers using exchanging. They have also been using the green screen app to record the stories they have written based on ‘The Firework Maker’s Daughter.’

 

The main focus in Year 6 this week has been finalising their preparations for the MCSP Debating Competition: "this house believes that all humans should become vegetarians". The children added the finishing touches to their arguments, rehearsed their speeches and then filmed them using the magic of the green screen to transport ourselves to the Houses of Parliament. The children looked exceptionally professional delivering their speeches; they used tone, pace and emphasis expertly to engage their listeners and backed up their points with evidence and statistics to give real weight to their arguments. The children then held their own whole class debate and the final verdict… all humans should definitely NOT become vegetarians, Year 6 were seriously unwilling to give up their bacon butties! They’ve also thoroughly enjoyed supporting Year 1 with their Design & Technology project this week. They all had the opportunity to visit the Year 1 classroom and help the children to evaluate their projects – they’d each designed a new house for the Three Little Pigs! There were some extremely creative house designs indeed and our Year 6s contributed some very thoughtful advice and feedback – we’re already looking forward to being invited back again!

 

We have had another busy week in school and the children have been very excited about their learning. Today they have enjoyed an African drumming day and have worked with our partners at The Vale to create some rhythmic patterns of music.

 

Some of our Year 6 children took our Harvest collection of food over to Mossley Food Bank this week and they enjoyed their time helping staff to date the food and fill the shelves with our donations.

 

In Nursery this week the children have been continuing their topic of Nursery Rhymes and have been focusing their learning on the rhyme Humpty Dumpty. They have enjoyed sequencing pictures of this rhyme and re-building the wall for Humpty Dumpty in the construction area. 

 

In Reception, the children have been learning all about keeping healthy. They have talked about what foods are healthy and unhealthy and what their bodies need to stay healthy. The children have been reading and writing cvc words in phonics and within their continuous provision. In numeracy, they have been learning about patterns.

 

In Year 1 this week, the children have been writing the story of ‘The Three Little Pigs.’ On Monday, they completed ‘Talk for Writing’ to rehearse the story that they are going to write. Year 1 hope you enjoy their performance which can be found ???

 

In Year 2, the children have finished their fabulous 'Black Rock' stories and have written them up neatly for their brand new display.  The children then began their new Literacy topic which involved following a variety of oral instructions. They really enjoyed pretending to be different animals! In Science, they have continued learning about materials and this week they focused on different ways to recycle. The children found it really interesting to learn that a plastic bottle can be made into a plastic carrier bag and they also enjoyed watching the recycling process.  

 

In Year 3 this week, the children have been adding and subtracting multiples of 10 to 3-digit numbers in Maths. In Literacy, they have been writing their own versions of ‘The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark.’ Keep an eye out for these fantastic stories! 

 

In science, the children have been using their senses to move around and not using their sight. They have also written their names in Braille. In art, they have finished  their leaf art and their owls.  Look how brilliant they look!

 

This week in Year 4, the children received a letter from Shirley Climo (The author of The Egyptian Cinderella) asking them to write some instructions for her next book. In preparation for their writing, they have been giving and following instructions; they have researched the landmarks in ancient Egypt in order to help them write instructions including directions. In Maths the children have used manipulatives to add 3 and 4 digit numbers including making exchanges. The children thoroughly enjoyed History this week as they wrote to each other in secret code – including emojis – in preparation for using hieroglyphs. They even used papyrus paper to make their name cartouches in hieroglyphs.

 

In Year 5 this week, the children have been demonstrating how planets orbit and rotate as part of their topic ‘Earth and Space.’ They have also been creating their own digital selfies using keynote.

 

Following their Year 6 adventure at Robinwood last week, the children have had a great time reminiscing and deciding which were their favourite activities as well as generally being quite relieved that the Piranhas didn’t have a nibble at any of us! They’ve turned their attention to a new topic in literacy this week, the children are eagerly preparing to take part in the MCSP Debating Society’s autumn competition and the topic has got us all talking: this house believes that all humans should be vegetarian.

In maths this week, they’ve been investigating prime, square and cube numbers and using different manipulatives to explore their properties. They’ve also been calculating the answers to some increasingly more complex questions using the rule of BIDMAS.

In their RE lessons this term, the children have been considering the role of art and architecture in worship for those with different faiths. This week, they created an art gallery in the classroom by displaying numerous different examples of Christian creativity. The children perused the artwork on display whilst discussing the bible stories represented and the ways in which the artists had used their craft to convey different religious themes.

Year 6 also welcomed members of the GW Theatre Company in to class this week to deliver their Mr Shapeshifter workshop, which involved the company sharing with us a modern fairy tale about the way some adults abuse the trust of children and how children can work together and with trusted adults to protect themselves. The children were then given the opportunity to interview the characters and contribute their own ideas and opinions about the topic.

 

It has been a very busy and exciting week!

 

In Reception, the children have been learning about their senses. They have made jelly to taste, touch and smell but have also enjoyed exploring it in their water tray. They have been making textured collage pictures and exploring in their investigation tray. The children have been on a listening walk and have enjoyed completing a pictogram to show what eye colours there were in the class. The class have also been completing lots of phonics activities and have been exploring patterns and comparing different amounts.

 

Following their mask making task last week, the children in Year 1 have been busy writing instructions this week, to tell other people how to make a pig mask.

 

In Year 2 the children have really enjoyed learning about the British Isles in Geography. They have used atlases and labelled maps to locate lots of the small islands surrounding the United Kingdom. The children have also continued to develop their cricket skills with our specialist coach from Lancashire Cricket Club.

 

In Year 3, the children have been focusing on place value and adding 3 digit and 1 digit numbers using place value grids and counters as well as the Base 10 resources. In Art, the children have been collaging a picture of an owl and in Geography the children have been researching information about Italy.

 

In Year 4, in art, the children have worked with wet water colour paper to develop their skills of transparency, stippling and colour mixing. In science, the children continued to record their observations on the effect of fizzy drinks on their teeth. The children’s responses to the changes to the eggs were a picture.  In Maths, Year 4 used place value grids and counters to develop their understanding of addition and subtraction. The children were able to produce some fantastic literacy newspaper reports on the computer this week and successfully retold the events of the Egyptian Cinderella.

 

In Year 5, the children have enjoyed looking at the books that were available to buy at our Scholastic Book Fair. They were very excited to spot some of their favourite authors! They have also enjoyed finding out who was Top of the Rocks in their Rockstars times table competition.

 

Year 6 have thoroughly enjoyed diving headfirst in to the action this week at Robinwood Activity centre in Wrexham. They’ve conquered the Piranha Pool without a single bite, flown like dancing superheroes on the zip wire and paddled their way to canoeing success. The children have had an absolute blast and have demonstrated incredible team working skills along the way; they’ve encouraged each other to face their fears, been resilient when a challenge has seemed too tough and solved problems by communicating effectively with their teammates.

 

In Nursery this week, we have been learning all about nursery rhymes with a focus on Hickory Dickory Dock.  The children have enjoyed making grandfather clocks, cutting out their mice, making clock faces and painting cork mice. They have worked hard sequencing the rhyme and have made up extra verses that rhyme with numbers 2, 3, 4 and 5.

 

This week in Reception, the children have been learning about growing up and the changes that take place when we grow. They have been talking about what they need when they are babies. They have also been writing the initial sounds for some baby things. In Numeracy the children have been looking at how we can sort for different attributes.

 

This week Year 1 have been following instructions to make a little pig mask in response to our text ‘The Three Little Pigs.’ They have then written their own instructions to show others how to make a little mask.

 

In Year 2 this week, the children have been learning about how the seaside has changed over time. They really enjoyed looking at a variety of images from the Victorian era so they thought they would check out our huge school timeline to help them with their understanding of chronology. The children also thoroughly enjoyed eating their cake for the Macmillan Coffee morning and we were really proud of all the money we raised.  

 

In Year 3, the children have had another brilliant week at school. They started their week, by going to Mossley Hollins and taking part in the MCSP Spanish morning. They were able to learn about Spanish foods, Spanish festivals, give their opinion about Spanish culture and sing nursery rhymes in Spanish. At the end of the morning, they even got to try some Spanish foods.

In Math's, the children have been counting in 50s and adding and subtracting multiples of 100s. In Literacy, they received a letter from Polly, who is Plop’s Mum from the book the ‘Owl Babies’ and who is afraid of the dark. The children gave ideas why they like the dark and they have also been retelling the story. In art, they have been creating leaf art and making their own owls. The children really enjoyed their cakes during the MacMillan coffee morning.

 

In Year 4 this week, the children have identified and labelled features of a newspaper report in literacy. This week in Math's, they have used practical equipment and number lines to help round to nearest 1,000. In Science, Year 4 began an eggciting eggsperiment to find the effect of sugary drinks on teeth. Stay posted for our results next week! We know you’ll be on the eggs of your seat. Continuing with our History topic of Ancient Egyptians, the children have mummified their friends and then researched to explain the process of Ancient Egyptian mummification.

 

In Year 5 this week, the children have been learning about Roman Numerals in Math's. In literacy they have been considering the use of powerful adjectives to improve their writing. They have also enjoyed their Music and Cricket sessions.

 

Year 6 have thoroughly enjoyed their final Black History Month drama workshop this week; they’ve learnt so much over the course of the three sessions about Black history in the UK and the opportunity to express their thoughts, feelings and opinions about this rich and often controversial history through the medium of drama has led to some brilliantly impressive performances. 

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.

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