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It has been another exciting week in school with children enjoying looking at and buying books at our Book Fair and raising money for Macmillan through our cake sale.

 

In Nursery the focus this week has been the ‘Three Little Pigs’ continuing to speaking about homes and families. The children have looked at what houses need to be made of so that they don’t fall down like the house of straw and sticks.  They had lots of fun testing which materials might not be good for building houses, using a straw to blow the houses down.

 

The children have been amazing at re-enacting the story with masks and using the large construction bricks to build houses. Mrs Brown has been very proud of how hard the children have worked in dough disco and practising using scissors.

 

This week in Reception the children enjoyed a walk around the local area to see what different types of houses they could spot; Miss Austin is proud of them for being super sensible and grown up during the walk. Harrison said, ‘there’s a semidetached house because the two houses are stuck together!’

The children have also impressed with their phonics work this week, learning the sounds ‘c’ ‘a’ ‘t’ and ‘s’. They have used super ‘phoneme fingers’ and have completed lots of activities based on their sound of the week- the ‘C’ sound.

 

On Monday, Year 1 were busy following instructions to make pig masks. They had a great time and later in the week, the children were busy writing instructions of their own. They have also been looking at the greater than, less than and equal to symbols in Maths.

 

This week in Year 2 the children have been learning about ordering numbers and counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s. They have enjoyed using number lines, base 10 and number squares to help with their counting.

 

In Computing, the children have been looking at what makes a good picture. They worked in pairs to take a variety of pictures and added them to the class Seesaw page. They loved taking selfies!

 

In Music, the class have been learning a new song all about friendship – before their singing session they warmed up their mouths and voices and this created some very funny faces!!!!

 

In Year 3 this week, the children have been working extremely hard in English and using all their owl knowledge to write a non-chronological report all about owls. They have found lots of facts about the appearance of an owl, types of owls, all about Barn owls and what owls like to eat.

 

In Maths, the children have been adding 1 and 10 to 3-digit numbers and using and applying their place value knowledge of 3-digit numbers.  

 

In RE, they have looked at the story ‘The Temptation & Fall’ (Genesis 3:1-24). They have discussed how the serpent tempted Adam and Eve and thought about what temptation is. They have created their own examples to show when they have been tempted.

 

In Geography, the children have been looking at the different countries in Europe and have created their own fact files. They have found lots of information about the different countries in Europe.

In Guided Reading, Year 3 have started their new text ‘The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark’. They have worked very hard in reading the first chapter and answering their VIPERS questions. We have used the dictionary to define some of the words in the text.

 

WOW look at their certificates. Year 3 have been working very hard!    

 

It has been another busy week in Year 4! The children have finished writing their Egyptian Cinderella stories and have begun looking at the features of newspapers, ready to write their own newspaper report.  They had some fun, pretending to be journalists and interviewing their friends, noting down quotes for their newspaper reports.

 

The children also carried out a very messy science experiment.  The experiment helped them understand the digestive process and what happens with the undigested food!

 

In Maths, they have been rounding numbers to 10, 100 and 1000 and have used number-lines to help them with this.

 

This week, Year 5 have been producing science work that’s simply out of this world! Our team of savvy scientists have been researching the features of the different planets that make up our Solar System and they’ve used a whole host of ICT skills to present their findings in the form of an interactive planet guide.

 

In RE this week, they’ve continued to consider why people may or may not believe in a God. In order to gather evidence for their investigation, the children formulated a range of thought-provoking questions to ask an atheist and a theist; they were then given the opportunity to interview Kevin, a Humanist and Brian, a Christian. Their answers were fascinating, and the children developed a brilliant understanding about why these two individuals have chosen to believe or not believe in a God.

 

The children have also been working hard to plan their very own narratives this week. They’ve been inspired by their class text, 'Weslandia', to create their own unique civilisations and they’re thoroughly enjoying innovating different elements of the story. They can’t wait to get writing next week!

 

It’s been a busy week in Year 6 this week. In Maths, the children have moved onto factors and multiples and looking at ways of dissecting numbers using multiplicative and divisive laws.

 

In English, we have seen excellent progress in the children’s abilities to write descriptively. ICT was one of our favourites this week as we did some group work, communicating only via the iPads – a fact file about a country is what they have been tasked to produce…we shall await the outcomes of this unfamiliar project.

 

In Geography, the children have been comparing the precipitation and temperatures of different climate zones and in Spanish, they are very much enjoying our Beat the Teacher sessions with Mrs Chapman from Mossley Hollins.

The children have had another busy week of learning despite it being a shorter week in school.

 

In Nursery the children have been talking about who lives in their house.  During circle time they talked about different family members that are special to them and how many people live at home.  The children counted all the people and then stuck them onto a picture, Mrs Brown wrote their names underneath.

 

Their self-portraits are brilliant, they thought about their eye and hair colour and talked about the shapes of their noses and mouths.  Can you guess who they are? Transient art also included making self-portraits, the children did make some funny faces in the mirror to copy and used lots of different objects for hair or eyes.

 

They have also created their class charter this week, they thought of the rules themselves and they are trying very hard to follow them.

 

This week, the children have had heaps of fun in Reception role playing as doctors and nurses after their visit from Nurse Ali. They have been mark making in the glitter sand. They have enjoyed looking at their baby photos and guessing who’s who and talking about the different stages of growing up.

 

Year 1 are very lucky to be the first class to enjoy Forest School with Mrs Distin Webster. During their first week of the sessions, the children had a great time exploring the Forest School area on the top field of our school grounds. They also came up with Forest school rules, set out the boundaries and enjoyed a juice and a biscuit. They are all looking forward to Week 2. Keep an eye open for future Forest School posts where the children can share other exciting activities that they have enjoyed.

 

This week in Year 2, the children have been learning all about the coast as part of our Geography work. They had a fabulous flash back to previous lessons where they discussed the human and physical features of the seaside. The children then moved on and worked with partners to research which animals they would find living in a seaside habitat. They really enjoyed working with different partners and they found some amazing facts and illustrations.

 

The children have had another great week in Year 3! In English, they have had a special treat and had a visit from a company called ‘Wise Owl’. They brought lots of owls for us to see. The children learned lots of facts and got to hold an owl. They then wrote a recount about their day. The children are going to use these facts to write a non-chronological report about owls.

 

In Maths, they children have been ordering and comparing 3 digit numbers and placing and estimating numbers to 1,000 on a number line. In Science, they have been looking at shadows and have investigated the question ‘does our shadow move throughout the day?’ They carried out an experiment to measure their shadows at different times during the day.

 

In Geography, the children have been conducting their own research to find out about Europe. They have used their iPads to research and find facts and have found out what is the largest country in Europe, the smallest country in Europe and the longest river in Europe.   

 

Year 4 have packed a lot in to their unusually short week! Not only have they successfully got to and from their weekly swimming lesson (no bus break downs this week!), they have also begun writing their stories based on the Egyptian Cinderella.  The children have done lots of shared and independent writing, focussing particularly on powerful vocabulary and fronted adverbials.  They have enjoyed their clarinet lesson and are really beginning to improve their technique when blowing into the reeds.  They’ve also been doing some really tricky Maths this week, plotting numbers to 10,000 on a number-line.  The children have coped fabulously, really persevering even when they have found it quite challenging. 

 

Year 5 have been journeying back in time this week in order to discover everything they can about the Vicious Vikings. Their focus has been on the Anglo-Saxon King, Alfred the Great, who bravely and heroically protected Wessex from the incoming Viking invaders. The children thought about what they’d have really liked to ask King Alfred and then used a range of secondary sources to try and discover what his answers would be…the children are now in the process of writing interviews with this famous English monarch. 

 

In Maths this week, they’ve been developing their place value knowledge by comparing numbers up to 100,000. The children enjoyed investigating using counters and place value charts as concrete representations to make and manipulate the different numbers.

 

Staff were very proud of our Year 5 poets this week too; during Collective Worship on Wednesday, they took centre stage in front of a very impressed audience to perform the poems that we’ve been writing in their RE lessons.  

 

This week in Year 6, the children have been writing letters to Jemmy Button – following their debates last week. Half of the class were writing to encourage Jemmy to leave for England; the other half, trying to persuade Jemmy to stay where he lives.

 

In Maths, their human number line has made another guest appearance, this time to represent negative numbers. The children have been using this to help them both add and subtract beyond zero. Giant number lines drawn out on the floor in the hall have also been utilised to cement our understanding in the context of temperature.

 

Science has also been super fun! Drawing on Darwin’s research on evolution and finches, the class have conducted an enquiry to find out what sort of beak worked best at picking up seeds. Laughter aplenty as Year 6 endeavoured to pick up chickpeas using tweezers, scissors and straws!

 

What a busy week it has been in school! The children have enjoyed a range of learning across school.

 

In Nursery this week, the children started reading ‘The Colour Monster’ story.  They loved finding out about all of the monster’s feelings and how mixed up he was.  They talked about their feelings using the colour monster book.

 

It was fun finding objects around the classroom that matched the colour monster’s feelings, the children then collaged paper jars in each of the feeling colours.  These look super displayed on our wall and they can use them to talk about their feelings when they need to.

 

The children have also been finding their names and printing them in paint for their special ‘We Are’ Nursery display. 

 

This week in Reception, the children have enjoyed making lots of mess hunting for sounds in the gellibaff. They have been talking about ‘special people’ and enjoyed Nurse Ali’s visit and then role playing doctors and nurses! They have painted beautiful self-portraits and have been showing photos of their families and drawing them too.

 

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

 

This week in Year 2, the children have been continuing their place value unit in Maths. They have enjoyed using the base 10 apparatus and the part whole model to partition two digit numbers. In Music this week, they were learning to move to a beat and use their voices to create high and low notes. As you can see from the pictures they really enjoyed making silly faces for the warm up activity.

In Computing the children have been exploring taking pictures – this has involved using the camera in both the portrait and landscape setting.

 

The children have had another great week in Year 3! In English, they have been creating some setting descriptions using prepositions using the story ‘Owl Babies’ and have enjoyed some drama to retell the story. They have looked at lots of books related to owls and enjoyed some reading for pleasure. They have also created some book reviews for these books.

 

In Maths, the children have been partitioning 3 digit numbers and representing 3 digit numbers in different ways. They have been continuing to develop their knowledge of the place value of 3-digit numbers.

 

In Science, they have looked at the sun as a light source and have looked at the positive and negative effects the sun can have. The children have learned how to be safe in the sun and how to look after themselves and then they designed a sun safety poster.

 

In RE, the children have been looking at the very first book in the Old Testament in the Bible. They have studied the creation story and what happened on each day.  

 

In Geography, they have focused their attention on the continent of Europe and looked at all the countries in Europe, labelling some of these on a map.  

 

The children enjoyed their Spanish lesson again this week and have learned some more greetings and practised their conversational skills in Spanish. In PE, they have been honing their skills playing Tag Rugby and Hockey, learning how to control the ball in different ways.

 

In Art, Year 3 have been doing some observational drawings of leaves. They did an amazing job!

 

This week in Year 4, the children have had lots of fun, carrying out their own independent research into the different parts of the digestive system and their functions.

 

In English, they enjoyed completing some drama in groups.  The drama will help them write their own versions of ‘The Egyptian Cinderella’ next week.

 

In RE, the children have started to look at how Hindus show their faith.  They explored a Puja tray with their senses.

 

Year 5 have been receiving some rather unusual letters and clues recently from a boy called Wesley and this week, the mystery has finally resolved itself as their new class text has been revealed! They’ve immersed themselves in to the world of Weslandia, a brand new civilisation created in Wesley’s back yard. They’ve now turned their attention to creating their very own unique civilisations and planning their own versions of this captivating tale! They’ve had great fun discussing the kinds of plants, games, foods and creatures that might be found in their new worlds of wonder. 

 

In RE this week, the children were faced with another big question that has really got them thinking? They’ve been discussing why people believe in a God and have been given the task of investigating ‘is God real?’ They began by exploring what the Bible tells us about God and why it’s difficult to draw and describe God. They wrote their own pieces of poetry after being inspired by the work of Maimonides, a medieval thinker who decided to describe what God is not rather than what he is.

 

In Year 6 this week, the children have been honing their debating skills – their class text is based on the true story of a boy called Jemmy Button who was brought to England to be ‘civilised’. The class have been debating whether or not that was a good idea in preparation for some more persuasive writing.

 

In Science, they have talked inheritance and have been developing their own Mr & Mrs Potato-head babies based on inherited characteristics. In geography, the children have been looking at the different types of climate in the world and understanding how climate zones are determined by lines of latitude and the positioning of the Earth in relation to the sun.

 

Maths has been fun this week too as we turned some children into a human numberline – working with numbers up to 10,000,000!

 

Welcome back to a new school year! We hope you have had a lovely summer and enjoyed the break. It has been lovely to welcome everyone back to school and see how happy the children are in their new classes. Everyone looks very smart. 

 

It has been a busy week settling into new routines, but the children have enjoyed their first week and have done some fantastic work.

 

In Nursery this week, the children have been getting to know their new friends.  They have had lots of fun playing games, painting, drawing, reading and learning new routines.  What a lovely group of Nursery children we have!

 

The children have all settled well and are beginning to learn some of our routines and rules.  They have had fun painting their hands and having their first day pictures taken for their special learning journey’s.  They have also measured themselves with some very special ribbon, they are going to keep it safe until the end of the year when they will measure themselves again and see how they have grown. We can’t wait to see what fun we will have next week!

 

This week in Reception, the children have had a wonderful week beginning their Reception journey. They have been playing with their new friends and enjoying their outside area. They have been using their cutting skills to make their own buzzy bee’s after reading ‘Bumblebear’ and have been practising writing their name.

 

In Year 1 this week, the children have settled well into their new classroom and class routine. They have worked hard to complete English, Maths and PSHE tasks and have created their class charter. They have also enjoyed a range of new experiences like our weekly church assembly and playtime on the top pitch. 

 

It has been a very busy and exciting week in Year 2 this week and it is safe to say that the children have all settled in very well! In Maths they have begun their place value topic and have been using base 10, bead strings and tens frames to represent two digit numbers. In English, the children had a very exciting discovery when they returned from their lunch – they found a variety of shells, sea creatures and a new book on their chairs! They have loved reading different sections of the book and have based lots of their writing around the main character ‘Erin’. This week they have also made their own ‘aspiration rockets’ and Mrs Turner has created a fabulous display in our classroom.

 

The children have had a great first week in Year 3! They have discussed their class charters and created their classroom rules. They have discussed their goals and dreams for the year and the future.

 

In Maths, the children have been representing numbers to 100, partitionbing numbers to 100 and counting in 100s. 

 

In Science, they have looked at light and dark and have identified light sources and non- light sources.

In RE, the children have been looking at the Bible. They have discussed how the Bible is used by Christians and have looked at the new and old testament and studied different books in the Bible.

 

In Geography, they have been looking at the world. They have identified the world’s continents and oceans, have located Italy and Great Britain and found the Equator.

 

In Year 4 this week, the children began their topic on Ancient Egypt.  They looked at some photos of Egyptian artefacts and used their historical skills to decide whether they were authentic or replicas.

 

The class also started their science topic on living things. They began by thinking about what happens to their food when they eat it.  They all ate a cracker and thought hard about what parts of their body were used in the digestive process.

 

The children had a brilliant start to life in Year 5 but it has definitely been a busy first week back. On Monday, they began by delving in to a brand new book: The Boy, the mole, the fox and the horse. The children thoroughly enjoyed exploring the world of Charlie Mackesy and were inspired by the images and the quotes in the book to produce their very own examples. They also used the ideas from the text to help them write their Class Charters. Their favourite character was the mole, whose love of all things cake meant they just had to sample some sweet treats themselves whilst working on their skills of inference and deduction. 

 

On Wednesday, the children received quite an unusual letter from a boy called Wesley…in his letter, he asked them for some advice and they felt compelled to write back. The children thought long and hard about how to help Wesley with his dilemma and wrote some brilliantly thoughtful responses - they’re hoping to hear back from him soon!

 

They also had their very first Spanish lesson with Mrs Chapman this week - they practised their greetings and enjoyed role playing as well as tuning their singing voices to perfect their pronunciation.  

 

The children have had a fabulous week and start to Year 6. Routines are starting to feel embedded already and the class seem to be thinking seriously about the responsibilities which come alongside being in their final year of primary. This week, they hit the ground running with place value in maths – working with numbers up to 10,000,000 and really focussed on their use of mathematical explanations.

 

In English, the class received a postcard from a stranger from a little-known place in the world – they are now researching and producing a persuasive piece to rebuild its tourist industry!

 

The children have looked at lines of latitude in Geography and have been introduced to the terms Evolution and Inheritance in Science. We are absolutely certain that the children are going to sleep well this weekend!

 

It has been an exciting week in school. Year 6 have enjoyed their leavers celebration with a morning HyperBowling at Denton Wellness Centre, followed by a feast of pizza and cake and a party to finish the day! Year 5 have enjoyed a day in the life of an evacuee and have prepared themselves for their trip to Stockport Air Raid Shelters on Monday.

 

It has been a week of musical performances earlier in the week with Years 5 and 6 treating us to a concert on Monday morning to showcase the amazing skills they have developed whilst learning to play their brass instruments. Then on Tuesday children in Year 3 performed for us and showcased the range of skills they have developed using percussion instruments and ukuleles. What a talented bunch we have. We were very proud of them!

 

Two of our Year 6 children received the Commonwealth Games Baton in school and then took part in the relay by carrying it to Buckton Vale where they handed it to two of their pupils to continue the relay.

 

In Nursery this week, the children have enjoyed the hot weather and found lots of ways to cool themselves down. They have had fun in the Spa and the ice lollies helped to keep them cool. The children have also enjoyed lots of water play and bubble play.

 

This week in Reception, the children have been reflecting on what has been a fantastic year. They have talked about some of the things they have enjoyed and talked about some of their favourite moments from this year. The children have written sentences about their favourite memories.

 

In Maths, the children have been solving problems based around the stories ‘Mr Gumpy’s outing’ and ‘How Many Legs?’ The children have really impressed staff with how much mathematical knowledge they have and how they can use this to solve problems. They finished off their week with the annual Beach Party. What a fantastic way to celebrate a wonderful year!

 

Following on from their Carnival work in DT, Year 1 have been very busy using their designs and the folding skills that they have developed to create their own collar ready for our Carnival next week. The children are very excited!

 

In Year 2 this week, the children have been writing their ‘Toys in Space’ stories and staff are so impressed with the final outcomes of these stories. Well done Year 2! In Maths, the children have been counting in fractions. In History they have been learning about the British astronaut Tim Peake and have enjoyed creating a fact file and a timeline of his life.

 

In Year 3 this week, the children have been looking measuring weight and capacity in Maths and have read scales and compared weight and capacity.

 

In Science, they have been looking at the job of the flower and have labelled the parts of a flower and looked at their functions. The children have also looked at the pollination process and the life cycle of a flower.

 

In Design and Technology, they have been designing sandwiches. The children have researched different bread types and fillings and have tested some different fillings and rated them. They then designed their own sandwich before making them. The children then went to the park and had a picnic and enjoyed their sandwiches. On the way home, they designed their own map of the route from the park back to school.

 

This week in Year 4, the children have been enjoying practical science! They conducted an experiment to investigate changing states of matter when a force of temperature is applied. In literacy, the children have written letters to the Tear Thief to offer advice and persuade our cunning character not to steal children’s tears. In Maths, they have continued with geometry, and have met the idea of symmetry this week. In ICT, our programming topic has led them to animate the letters of their names and write increasingly complex algorithms using Scratch.

 

In Year 5 this week, the children have thoroughly enjoyed their World War 2 style school day. The children came dressed in costume from this period and enjoyed a range of activities including making a box for a gas mask, making paper models of war planes and learning dances from the 1940s.

 

Our Year 6's have thoroughly enjoyed a very busy final full week at primary school – we can’t quite believe that they only have two days left and we’re expecting a tear or two when they wave goodbye on Tuesday!

 

During their final week, the children were challenged to stretch their Maths skills by planning and budgeting for a family holiday. Our band of globetrotters set to work without hesitation in order to find the most cost-effective and exciting destinations, travel options and accommodation – they also planned some interesting activities for the holidaymakers to enjoy. Throughout the project, the children had to carefully price each element of the trip, take in to account time differences and explore the distance travelled - they then used their iPads to make short persuasive pitches to market their trip.

 

On Thursday, the children took a trip down memory lane as they dug deep in the school grounds to find their time capsule. They were thrilled to discover the notes they had written to their future selves back in Year 4 and it was great to reflect on the progress they’ve made and the experiences they’ve had over the past three years.

 

As a special treat for our school leavers, we visited Denton Wellness Centre on Friday for a HyperBowling treat – it was great to see so many smiles on faces as the children (and the teachers) competed to be bowling champions. After a pizza treat at lunch time, they showcased their dance skills in the hall as they celebrated with one final party at primary school!

 

The children have enjoyed another busy week in school. Some of our Key Stage 2 children have taken part in the Mossley Olympics at Mossley Hollins and many of them won medals for the events they took part in. It was very close in terms of points this year, but it was Buckton Vale who were crowned the winning Primary School.

 

In Nursery this week, the children have been very excited because they have had their first school lunch at Micklehurst instead of their packed lunch! They were very grown up as they chose their meal and collected their tray and cutlery. They have also been making bubbles and making the most of the sunshine and learning outdoors.

 

This week in Reception, the children have been learning about things that live under the sea. They have created their own little rock pools and have been writing about some of the creatures that live under the sea. In numeracy the children have been practising sharing in our challenge area and have been learning all about odd and even numbers. They enjoyed making an odd monster by putting odd amounts of features onto their bodies.

 

In Year 1 this week, the children have been designing collars for their Carnival Day. They have been working hard creating mood boards thinking about the colours, shapes and textures they would like to use to make their collars.

 

This week in Year 2, the children have been finding out about how germs spread. This has been part of their science work and the children have been finding out about Louis Pasteur and his work has influenced the importance of hygiene to humans.

 

In Year 3 this week, the children have been looking at properties of 2D and 3D shapes. They have also been looking at different types of angles including right angles, acute angles and obtuse angles. 

 

They had a great afternoon on Tuesday at the Mossley Olympics, where they competed in a range of events.

 

In Science, the children have been looking at how water is transported around a flower. They carried out an investigation to find out if different conditions affect how quickly water is transported around a flower.

 

In History, the children found out how Mossley would have looked during the Victorian era. They looked at the different mills and discussed how life would be for a poor Victorian child.

 

This week in Year 4, the children have started their unit of work based on ‘The Tear Thief’ by Carol Ann Duffy. The children have been looking at the figurative language within the text and have been writing character descriptions. 

 

In science, the children have been investigating how materials change state when they are heated or cooled and thoroughly enjoyed investigating the temperature at which chocolate melts. In Geography they have been identifying physical characteristics of the United Kingdom and finding out which are the highest mountains and the longest rivers.

 

In Year 5 this week, the children have been filling their journals with diary entries and newspaper reports. They have created a 3D pull up cuboid net to use as an evacuee suitcase. They even created tiny items of clothing and belongings to go inside! 

 

As the end of the term speeds towards us, Year 6 have been reflecting on their time at Micklehurst and working hard to prepare for their upcoming Leavers Assembly. The classroom has been filled with music as the children have come together to practise and rehearse a selection of songs that they’ll perform on their final day at primary school. We’ve also been using the green screen to produce a few additional segments for the assembly and we’re looking forward to the big reveal on the day…just where has technology taken Year 6 this time?

In our English lessons this week, the children have been writing in role as the protagonist from our shared text, The Matchbox Diary. Using an informal tone, they’ve planned and composed letters to the boy’s grandmother back in Italy detailing what life is like in his new home: New York City. The children considered what it would have been like to arrive in a new, unfamiliar country and settle in a city so different to the young boy’s rural Italian home - the letters were truly heartfelt and extremely thoughtful!

In their dance lesson this week, Year 6 have been bringing together everything they’ve learnt this term and showcasing their contemporary dance moves in some mini performances – they really are a groovy bunch. 

It’s been smiles all round this week as Year 6 have outdone themselves once again with some absolutely stellar SATs results! They’ve exceeded all our expectations and made everyone at Micklehurst extremely proud – all of the hard work and effort that the children have put in this year has definitely paid off and we’re thrilled by their achievements and by the fantastic progress made by all – well done Year 6!

 

The children have also enjoyed a visit from Freddy Fit this week and all classes have had the opportunity to move around stations and engage in a range of sporting activities.

 

The children in Year 6 who have taken part in the JASS (Junior Award Scheme for Schools) this year and the Year 5 children who have just started the scheme have really enjoyed their adventure day to fulfil the adventure section of the awards. They took part in climbing activities, archery and survival skills where they have been chopping wood and cooking smores on the fire.

 

In Nursery this week, the children have been learning about all about octopuses as they continue their topic ‘Under the Sea.’ They have been counting the legs of an octopus and looking at addition up to 8. They have also read ‘Octopants’ by Suzy Senior and Claire Powell and have been making collages of octopuses from the story.

 

This week in Reception, the children have been reading ‘Sharing a Shell’ by Julia Donaldson. They have created their own shell and written sentences to describe what their shell is like. They have also linked this work with PSHE and have been thinking about who they would like to share their shell with. In Maths, the children have been sharing amounts and objects into equal groups.

 

In Year 1 this week, the have continued their work about Islam and have been finding out all about the Muslim faith and their celebrations. The children have also really enjoyed their session with Freddy Fit.

 

This week in Year 2, the children have been developing their singing and instrument playing! At the beginning of the lesson none of the children had played a recorder before and by the end, all children could play two notes in time with the music. Miss Trelfa was very impressed with their performance and even played some tunes of her own! In History, the children have absolutely loved learning about the first moon landing. They imagined what it was like to be watching the landing in 1969 and wrote their own diary entries about this monumental moment in time. The children have also researched and watched numerous videos about what life is like on board the International Space Station.  

 

In Year 3 this week, the children had a brilliant Victorian day in class where they experienced life in a Victorian school. They were able to write with chalk on a chalk board, carry out drills, experience the daily routines of life as Victorian children and create a portrait of Queen Victoria. They had a brilliant day.

 

In Maths, the children have been looking at durations and how long things take and looking at start and end times.In RE, they have been looking at celebrations. This week the children have been looking at the Muslim festival of Eid and they looked at how the celebrations happen across the country.

 

In Science, they have been looking at parts of a plant and the job of each part. They have looked at different flowers and learned the name of some of them.

 

Some of our children took part in their Top of the Tree reward and had a great afternoon rock climbing, doing archery and learning some survival skills.

 

This week in Year 4, the children have been looking at a map of the UK and locating major cities, further building their mapping skills. In Maths, they have been looking at how line graphs tell us a story and of how trends and patterns can be analysed using the data represented. In RE, the children played a game with no rules to see how it would affect their relations with their peers and then discussed the benefits of living with a rule system. Coding continued in ICT, looking at infinite loops – they made lots of dinosaurs dance! A great week!

 

In Year 5 this week, the children have made WW2 inspired journals from scratch for their English and History topics. They started by creating the cover; they used brown paper bags, scrunched them up and added ink then glued them to card. Next, they tea stained lots of paper, cut to size and sewed them together. Then they glued everything all together and added finishing touches. The children have started their journals with a creative family crest and family tree. 

 

We had a very busy start to the week in Year 6 as the children made their way up to Mossley Hollins to take part in a Food Technology day. Throughout the day, they worked hard to showcase a whole host of newly acquired culinary skills by preparing a three course meal that would impress the likes of Jamie Oliver and it’s safe to say that their professionalism in the kitchen would even keep Gordon Ramsay at bay. The menu included homemade bread, a pasta dish and some deliciously jammy cookies and our Year 6's have promised that with their newfound skills, they’re going to be cooking tea more often at home now – you’re welcome parents and carers!

 

We also took to the streets on Monday to take part in a litter pick; the children worked incredibly hard to tidy their local environment, including the Sycamores and Mansfield Road, as they collected a grand total of six bin bags full of litter!

It has been an exciting week in school as we have been thinking about transition. Our Year 6 children have spent two days at Mossley Hollins this week and others will be visiting West Hill next week. Children from Reception up to Year 5 enjoyed their transition session in the classes they will be in from September and got to know their new teachers.

 

In Nursery this week, the children have been finding out all about sea turtles. They have watched a video that showed them how sea turtles lay their eggs and how the hatchlings hatch and make their way back to the sea. The children have learned a wealth of new vocabulary and enjoyed lots of creative activities.

 

This week in Reception, the children have started to learn all about holidays and going to the seaside. They have been talking about what you might find and see at the seaside and have been writing about the arrival of a beautiful shell in their classroom. This has stimulated their writing for this week.

 

In maths, the children have been learning about doubles and have been finding the doubles of numbers up to six. Mrs Harding has been so impressed with how the children have absorbed all the learning around their new topic.

 

In Year 1 this week, the children have been learning all about the Islamic faith. They have been looking at artefacts that are special and important to Muslims and how are they used.

 

This week in Year 2, the children have witnessed a very strange and mysterious event! On Monday they discovered a range of toys in their classroom and they each had different notes attached to them. On Tuesday they received a fantastic book called ‘Toys in Space’ and this explained how the toys arrived in the classroom. The children were so excited and couldn’t wait to read all about their adventures.

 

In History this week the children have used different sources of information to research about the first man and woman to travel to space. They have created some lovely fact files which are now proudly displayed on their new History timeline.

 

In Year 3 this week, the children have been on a trip to Quarry Bank Mill. They had a fantastic day and learned all about what it was like to live in the Victorian period. They looked around a Victorian school, the apprentice house and around the mill. 

 

In Maths, the children have studied the 24-hour clock and looked at duration. In RE, the children have found out about the Hindu festival of Diwali. They have looked at different blessings from their family and community.

 

In Year 4 this week, the children have been opening their golden eggs in literacy to reveal dreams, ready for a narrative piece based on the Literacy Shed video of ‘The Dreamgiver’. In Maths, they have been starting a brand-new topic – statistics and so far, have been interpreting a variety of charts and graphs.

 

In RE, the children have been looking at the different journeys made by Jesus and as a bonus, have also been learning how the Bible referencing system works. We have also been introduced to the wildlife artist – Gary Hodges and this week have been practising our pencil skills using various types of artist pencil.

 

This week in Year 5, the children have been learning how to play tennis with Hayley, they enjoyed learning new skills and the rules of the game. On Thursday our Year 4’s came to Year 5 for the morning, they had a great time getting to know their new teachers and classroom.

 

Our Year 6s have reached a real milestone this week as many of them have been visiting Mossley Hollins High School for their transition days. The children were really excited to discover what’s in store for them in September and they were bursting with questions to ask – they also couldn’t wait to find out which form they were going to be in! We can’t wait to hear all about their new adventure when they return to Micklehurst on Monday.

 

We’ve also been reflecting this week on our brilliant Mock Trial experience at Salford Magistrates Court last Friday - the children who participated have enjoyed sharing with the rest of the class how the events of the day unfolded. They were superbly professional ambassadors for Micklehurst as they each took on a role as part of the prosecution team and fought hard to persuade the magistrates that the defendant was guilty. We were also joined at the event by Greater Manchester Police, the Transport Police and the Fire Service and the children loved finding out about their roles. Our team members also included a court artist and a court reporter who have been working hard this week to produce pieces of work that we can enter in to two additional competitions!

 

The children have thoroughly enjoyed starting our new geography topic this week too: Marvellous Mapping. They’ve learnt how to use grid references in atlases to locate different places around the world and then use the information on the map to describe the physical features of each location. We’ve also had a very interesting discussion about the merits of digital maps versus paper maps and atlases.

 

 

What a busy and energetic week we have had in school. It has been Sports Week and the children have enjoyed a range of sporting activities throughout the week including Bollywood dancing, archery, curling, skipping, dance, activity stations and of course our favourite – Sports Day! It was lovely to see so many parents/carers at the event cheering their children on and we so pleased to see how much everyone enjoyed it.

 

On Thursday, Year 4 had the amazing experience of playing their clarinets with the Halle Orchestra at The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. They were completely in awe of the hall and its acoustics and thoroughly enjoyed the performance. Teachers were so proud of their impeccable behaviour.

Year 6 have taken part in a virtual transition session led by Kooth where they were shown an online platform where children could ask questions about any concerns they may have regarding transition and access resources to support them. There was also other articles and links to websites that the children can use.

 

Year 6 have also had members of their year group represent school at the MCSP Debating Society where our team argued against the topic This house believes that all fizzy drinks and junk food adverts should be banned before 9pm.” Our children presented their argument confidently following a lot of research to support their case and their hard work paid off as they won the competition!

 

In Nursery this week, the children have had lots of fun during sports week.  The Bollywood dancing was amazing and we learnt lots of new moves to use in our wake up shake routines too.

Sports day fun was had by all the nursery children, staff and parents.  The children joined in with all the races and loved seeing their mums and dads in the races at the end.

 

When Paris came to teach us how to skip properly, she was impressed with our skills and we showed her how much we had learnt.

 

Our favourite activity of the week was curling, it was funny watching Mrs Larnder-Cox forget to let go of her curling disk.

 

During this week we have also been learning about patience, our new fruit of the spirit word.  We watched ‘The Tortoise and the Hare’ and talked about how the tortoise took his time with all the things that he did and he eventually ran the race because of his patience.

 

This week in Reception, the children have enjoyed sports week. They have had the opportunity to try out lots of different sports from skipping to archery. It has been lots of fun! The children have showed fantastic teamwork, cooperation, and support for each other whilst they have been participating in the sporting activities. They have tried hard and persevered even when they have found it difficult.

 

The children have also written a recount in Literacy all about Sports Day and they have written about their favourite race. Lots of children liked the mummies and daddies race the best! In Numeracy this week, the children have been experimenting with shapes, learning how to move and rotate them to make new shapes. The class have made a quilt for grandpa using square tiles and have moved shapes to make new patterns. A fantastic week in reception this week and Mrs Harding is very proud of all the children.

 

In Year 1 this week, the children have had a great week taking part in a number of sporting activities including Bollywood dancing, Sports Day, curling, archery and skipping. They really enjoyed trying their hands at archery and curling but their favourite was skipping.

 

This week in Year 2, the children have thoroughly enjoyed learning a variety of new sports skills. They have amazed their teachers during sports week as they have shown real perseverance and good attitudes throughout. Not only have they completed a variety of sports, they also got the opportunity to watch a fantastic Science assembly – the children were all ‘buzzing’ about it! Finally, they said a fond farewell to Miss Meepe this week who has been completing her teaching practice with us. Everyone was sad to see her go but they really enjoyed reading the stories that she had bought the children.  

 

In Year 3 this week, the children have also enjoyed Sports Week and have had a great week taking parts in lots of sports. They have taken part in Bollywood Dance, Sports Day, archery, skipping and a Dodgeball competition.

 

This week in English, the children have been researching all about the Commonwealth Games and have used this research to create a non-chronological report.

In RE, they have been learning about celebrations. They have looked at the celebration of Easter and the main parts of Holy Week.

 

A bucket load of extra-curricular this week in Year 4! Sports Week officially kicked off with a game of curling. Followed by an excellent participation in Sports Day, everyone loved it. Year 4 did lots of other sports too, including archery and skipping. Alongside all these sports, Year 4 had the opportunity to play their instruments with the world-famous Halle Orchestra this week at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. The theme covered music from Central, North and South America and songs aplenty were either played or sang beautifully. Year 4 have represented Micklehurst amazingly this week and we are very proud of them.

 

In Year 5 this week, the children have all thoroughly enjoyed Sports Week and all the sporting activities they have experienced. Well done Year 5, you all did so well!

 

Year 6 have taken Sports Week by storm and have thoroughly enjoyed the athletic challenges that have come their way. On Monday, they found their dancing feet by participating in a Bollywood workshop and mastering several new moves, including the light bulb and the flower - they certainly found their rhythm and groove! On Tuesday, our Year 6 sports stars competed in their last ever Sports Day at Micklehurst and the sunshine even made an appearance for them too. They demonstrated great skill in a number of races including the traditional favourite the egg and spoon race and some other classics like the hurdles and of course the sprint. It was target practice for Year 6 on Wednesday as the children picked up a bow and worked on developing their archery skills - going for gold turned out to be quite the challenge but our budding archers definitely made good progress in the session! We also took part in a grand game of dodgeball on Wednesday and pitted our skills against Year 5. On Thursday, we took part in a skipping workshop and learnt a whole host of new tricks - the pretzel was definitely the hardest!

As well as partaking in a wide range of sporting activities this week, we have also been learning about the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. We began by considering what ‘commonwealth’ actually means and by using the world map to locate all 53 Commonwealth countries!

Welcome back! We hope you have had a good holiday and enjoyed the break. It has been another busy week in school. The children have enjoyed having their photographs taken with their class and Years 3, 4 and 5 have enjoyed celebrating their Top of the Tree reward day at Mossley Park.

 

In Nursery, the children have begun to research their new topic about oceans and animals that live under the sea.  They started off by thinking about what they already know, the children knew lots about different animals that live under the sea.  Then they talked about what mammals are and fish.  What is the difference and why?  The children have had lots of fun pretending to live under the sea and dance like different fish, their new songs will wow you when you hear them.

 

This week in Reception, the children have shared their holiday news and written a recount about what they have been getting up to. In numeracy they have been learning to subtract from 10 using a tens frame and have been solving subtraction problems. Their phonics challenge this week has been to write sentences to match pictures. This has allowed the children to apply their phonics skills. They have also enjoyed carrying on their learning all about minibeasts.

 

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

 

This week in Year 2 the children have been learning how to code using Discovery Coding on the iPads. They really enjoyed making their characters move and creating their own apps. In History, the children began their new ‘Space Race’ topic where they looked at the key events that have taken place from 1940 – 2022. They then created their own timelines and used their range of space books to do their own research. They also really enjoyed watching different space videos!  

 

In Year 3 this week, the children have been designing their own space man based on the new class text they are going to be looking at in English. They then looked at the front cover of the book and discussed the setting of the story. They decided the story was set in space, so they then carried out their own research about space. Following their research the children made their own space posters.

 

In RE, the children have been looking at celebrations. They have discussed why people celebrate and created a list of celebrations. They then sorted these into religious and non-religious celebrations.

 

In Math's, the children have been learning about time. They have been reading the time on an analogue clock for half past, o’clock, quarter past and quarter to and have been looking at the months in a year, days in a year and hours in a day.

 

This week in Year 4, the children have been forming healthy habits – beginning the final half term off by doing Smile for a Mile. An invigorating run of 15 minutes in the playground has set the class up for the day nicely. 'States of Matter' is our new topic in science and children enjoyed some active learning by becoming molecules themselves! In ICT, the children are developing their programming skills, drawing shapes using a set of coding instructions to include elements of repetition. In English, they are writing newspaper reports, and in Math's, their topic is now time – looking at both 12hr and 24hr formats.

 

This week in Year 5 the children started their new PE topic- Orienteering. This week was all about communication and teamwork. The class had to guide their teammate (with their eyes closed) through an obstacle course. On Thursday, some of the class celebrated Top of the Tree at the park. The children had a fantastic time in the sun! 

 

It’s been a busy first week back for Year 6 and we can’t quite believe it’s our final half term at Micklehurst! The week began with a rather explosive science lesson as we explored all there is to know about BLACK HOLES! The children thoroughly enjoyed discussing the findings of renowned scientist, Stephen Hawking, and using tin foil and balloons to form their very own black holes - Miss Harding then very much enjoyed popping the children’s balloons in order to demonstrate how an exploding star can create a black hole.

 

In English, we’ve launched our transition unit of work this week and the children are already hooked on our new text: 'The Matchbox Diary'. We’ve been finding out about The Statue of Liberty, which features in the text, and its role as a beacon of hope to thousands of immigrants that made their way to America.

 

We’ve also been crafty this week creating some extremely ‘cool’ Father’s Day cards – our ice lolly theme has certainly been a fitting one given the weather this week too! On Friday, we welcomed Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service in to school to share with us some news about their new summer safety campaign: safe4summer. The campaign aims to help tackle anti-social behaviour, grasslands fires and teach about the dangers of water safety, ensuring everyone has a safe and enjoyable time.

What an exciting week it has been in school with the children enjoying all the celebrations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Our Cheerleading team took part in Tameside’s Cheerfest and we were so proud of their performance. Unfortunately on this occasion we did not receive a place in the top three but we certainly have some fantastic talent in our team.

 

Nursery have had an amazing week celebrating the Platinum Jubilee.  The children have learnt all about the Queen and her life. They particularly enjoyed pretending to be the Queen in her carriage and waving to the crowd. 

 

Their cutting skills have improved as they cut out and assembled the Queen’s guard.  The castle was good fun and the children loved building the tower of London.  Mrs Brown and Mrs Larnder-Cox enjoyed copious amounts of tea at the royal garden party. Have a look at some of the amazing pictures of the Queen that the children have made.

 

In Reception this week, the children have enjoyed learning all about the Queen’s Jubilee. They have created fact files about the Queen, designed menus for the Queen’s lunch and painted portraits of the Queen.

In Maths the children have been combining groups to find totals.

 

This week in Year 1, the children have been revisiting their learning all about 2D shapes.  They have been revising the names and the properties of each shape. They have had a great time exploring shape through fun activities.

 

In Year 2 this week, the children have been celebrating their Top of the Tree reward day with a visit to Mossley Park. They have also been using clay to make African inspired masks and creating Jubilee bunting using oil pastels. On Wednesday, the children had a special visitor, Sofia's Dad - Liam, who came to talk to the children about his time in the Royal Navy and to share with the class the special Jubilee awards he has been presented with by prince William. 

 

This week in Year 3, the children have been writing a diary entry in their English lessons. They have written in role as the characters of either Sarah or Louis from the book. They have been working really hard to include a variety of sentence openers and using conjunctions.

In RE, the children have been looking at inspirational Christians. They have looked at Rosa Parks and her life story. We discussed how she would have felt and discussed why her actions were important.  

In Geography, they have been looking at what happens during a volcanic eruption and the effects of a volcano. The children looked at volcanic ash, lava flow, volcanic bombs, pyroclastic flow and mud flow.     

In Science, the children have been testing magnet strength. They used five different magnets and tests to see which was the strongest by seeing which magnet could hold the most paper clips. They then made a bar graph to show their results. 

To celebrate the Queen’s jubilee, the children have made their own bunting with Union Jacks and used a variety of materials. They have also been looking at life in the 1980s, which is one of the decades during the Queen’s reign. They looked at a timeline of the Queen over the last 70 years and ordered a timeline of events during her reign.

 

In Year 4 in Science this week, the children have been creating a moving picture using a motor, a circuit and pictures that light up using a bulb. They have finished their Roman shields which are now proudly on display outside of the classroom. The children have made bunting to celebrate the Jubilee day and have worked hard to add and subtract money all week – using the real life context of spending and saving.

 

This week in Year 5, the children have been comparing and ordering angles in Maths. In Science, they have been testing the friction of different surfaces and looking at which material creates the most friction.

On Monday, we kicked off our week with an absolutely cracking assembly, presented by the Year 6 members of the Ethos council. Based on the theme ‘kindness,’ the children discussed how we can show different acts of kindness, and the positive effects that showing kindness can have both on themselves and others.  Throughout the week, we’ve been working together as a school to show random acts of kindness, adding these onto our whole-school kindness paper chain as we go.

In Tuesday’s P.E session, Year 6 worked on building their rounders skills. Working together in small teams, they had the opportunity to practise fielding, batting and bowling techniques (even Mrs Radley had a go at batting the ball – when are the next Olympics?).

We were also treated to a special workshop from two Justices of the Peace this week; they discussed with us how Magistrates courts function and their role in upholding the law. There was even a gripping game of Who Wants to be a Millionaire to compete in as the children brushed up on their legal skills and discovered why it’s so important to be law abiding citizens.

It’s been quite a regal week in Year 6 too – the children loved creating red, white and blue bunting to help decorate the school for our jubilee celebrations and they’ve been using a range of secondary sources to discover what life was like for the Queen in the 1950s. They studied how she came to be on the throne and the grandeur of her Coronation. The children then used the magic of technology (aka the green screen) to transport themselves to 1950s Westminster and deliver live reports from the event.

 

Well to done to the children in Year 6 who have been leading after school clubs this half term as part of their Junior Award Scheme for Schools (JASS). The children have led fun & games club, language club and a reading club. Some children will also be leading an arts & crafts club next half term. 

The children have enjoyed another busy week in school. Year 2 have been busy completing their SATS tests and they have worked their way through some rather tricky papers and demonstrated a real willingness to succeed - we are so proud of them all.

 

This week in Nursery the children have been reading a new Eric Carle book entitled ‘The Very Busy Spider.’

 

The children have worked hard to write their own Busy Spider story.  The noises the animals made have made them laugh lots.  The finger gym activity this week was to make spiders webs on the fences, it was very hard work!  No wonder the spider was tired at the end of the story.

The children have enjoyed finding out why a spider’s web is sticky and had fun investigating how they could stop the flies getting stuck in the spiders webs.

 

Well done to all the children for their counting skills this week, some of them have been working on numbers to twenty and counting objects to match that amount.

 

This week in Reception the children have started to sequence the story of the Very Hungry Caterpillar in readiness for them starting their ‘Talk For Writing.’ The children have also enjoyed writing adjectives to describe caterpillars.  In Math's the children have been learning about symmetry. They have enjoyed making symmetrical butterfly biscuits and have been exploring symmetry using a variety of activities.

 

In Year 1 this week, the children have made the most of the sunshine by playing whole class games to develop their social skills. They spent some of their ‘Golden Time’ going outside and playing games such as ‘Duck, Duck, Goose’ and ‘Isn’t it Funny, how a Bear likes Honey’.

 

This week in Year 2, the children have completed their African lions art work, I’m sure you agree they look fantastic! They have also been exploring making African, clay masks which was a little tricky but they are looking great and we can’t wait to paint them next week.

 

In Science, the children have been learning about different habitats. This week they explored our garden and mindfulness area to locate a variety of mini beasts – we had a great time in the sunshine.  

 

This week in Literacy, Year 3 have been writing character descriptions for the characters from their class text and as part of this, the children have been discussing the characters personality and appearance.  In RE, they have looked at what happens during Holy Communion at church and the significance of the bread and the wine and what each represent.

 

In Geography, the children have been locating active volcanoes around the world. They have used google earth to locate these and then located them on a map.   

In Science, they have been looking at magnetic and non-magnetic materials. Each child had a magnet and went around the classroom and playground to identify magnetic and non-magnetic materials.

 

It’s been a fun week in Year 4. In Science, the children have been building complete circuits to drive motors. In their History work, the class have been researching, designing and making their own Roman shields based on designs sought from this ancient civilisation.

 

Money is the name of the game in Math's, Year 4 have been covering lots of money objectives. From ordering monetary amounts to understanding the decimalisation system of pounds and pence. In English, their diary entries are now finished and being preened in order to write them up for display – we cannot wait to see their amazing work up on display!

 

In Year 5 this week, the children have been using direct and reported speech in their writing and in Maths place value has been their focus. They have been multiplying decimals by 10, 100 and 1000. They have also enjoyed learning some new songs as part of the MCSP choral tuition.

 

It’s safe to say that the bard himself, William Shakespeare, would be impressed by Year 6’s writing skills this week! They were set quite the challenge when Puck, one of their favourite characters from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, requested their help to write persuasive adverts for his ground breaking, revolutionary new love potion. Despite Puck being somewhat of a mischievous troublemaker, they decided to offer their support and immediately started planning persuasive adverts to market his new product. The results were both hilariously funny and incredibly persuasive…watch out Athens, there’ll be lots of love in the air soon!

 

In Geography, they’ve been focusing on climate zones this week. The children recalled everything they’d learnt about our orbiting planet in Science last year in order to discover how climate zones differ from each other. They then located several different countries and described the typical climate and weather patterns of each location.

 

The children have also enjoyed the first chapters of their brand new class novel: 'When the Sky Falls!' They’re already gripped and really looking forward to finding out what happens to Joseph, a troubled youngster struggling to get to grips with his new home in London during the Blitz.

What a busy time we have had in school this week! We are very proud of all our Year 6 children who have completed their SATs and have shown perseverance, resilience and determination to do their best. Well done all of you!

 

In Nursery this week, the children have thoroughly enjoyed fruit smoothies. They have used some of the hungry caterpillars favourite fruit and fourteen of us enjoyed the smoothie and ten of us weren’t very keen! 

 

The children have also been very excited at how much the class caterpillars have grown, in five days they have become much bigger.  They are now waiting to see how long it will take for them to spin their cocoon.

 

This week in Reception, the children have been excited by the arrival of their tiny little caterpillars which they are looking forward to looking after. They have been watching them grow and drawing what they can see, using the magnifying glasses to observe their growth more closely. The children have enjoyed making caterpillars in the play dough area and have been getting creative making hairy caterpillars. They have been writing a list of the food that the hungry caterpillar ate and have been using the finger gym to thread the foods onto the caterpillar in the correct order.

 

In numeracy the children have been matching shapes, looking at different shape pictures and arranging and rotating shapes to make them fit the picture. They have also enjoyed using the multilink cubes to copy and make models.

 

In Year 1 this week, the children have been reading the story of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’. This week they have been creating their story maps and using talk for writing to retell the story. The children will then use these to help them retell and write the story.

 

This week in Year 2, the children have had so much fun developing their art skills. They have learnt how to mix tones of colour by adding white – they then used their paintbrush to practice blending techniques to create African sunsets. After developing these skills, the children then created their own 3D African lions. They used different printing techniques to decorate the lion’s mane and they looked fantastic! They can’t wait to show everyone their finished pictures next week.  

 

In Year 3 this week, the children have been writing non-chronological reports on the monsters they have designed. In RE, they have looked at how Christians make a difference in their community through different  activities such as charity events and helping people in need. 

 

In Geography, the children have been looking at the structure of a volcano and its different parts and have labelled a diagram of a  volcano. In Science, they have been looking at the different poles of a magnet and investigating which ends repel and which ends attract.  

 

What a great week Year 4 have had! In History, children used the format of board games in order to recall important historical information about Roman Gods and Goddesses which they very much enjoyed, asking loads of questions to support their learning. In Science, children investigated the construction of circuits, including the use of switches which they made themselves from everyday conductor materials. What was amazing in this session was that children were teaching other children. A joy to watch! Then, in ICT, dinosaurs and meteors were the subject of one of the coding games made by one class member. A very entertaining (and historically accurate) concept which involved one dinosaur warning another about an imminent meteorite!

 

In Year 5 this week, their computing focus has been learning about online safety. The children have been finding out about the age limits on certain apps and why age limits are assigned to apps in order to keep children safe. They created their own posters using Canva to get the message across to the rest of the school. 

 

The children were also pleased to receive their achievement certificates this week!

 

If there’s one thing we can be sure of this week, it’s that Year 6 have absolutely blown us away with their winning attitudes towards SATs. They’ve shown resilience and determination whilst working their way through some rather tricky papers and demonstrating a real willingness to succeed - we couldn’t be prouder of them if we tried! The children have also thoroughly enjoyed coming in to school early for a breakfast feast of toast and cereals this week – who’d have thought that an even earlier start than usual could be such a treat!

They’ve also been using last week’s visit to watch ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, performed by the Young Shakespeare Company, as inspiration for another project: Shakespeare inspired documentary making. The children used a range of online secondary sources to research everything there is to know about the playwright himself, William Shakespeare. They discussed the most important lines of enquiry before working together to create a collaborative padlet of findings that included details of his early life, his most notable works and some of the many words and quotes that he has become so famous for. In small groups, the children then used Apple Clips to produce documentaries about Shakespeare’s life – they combined moving images and voiceovers to produce some extremely professional productions.

We hope you enjoyed the Bank Holiday weekend and those families celebrating Eid had a good time. It has been another busy week in school and the children have enjoyed a range of learning activities. Year 6 have been to Mossley Hollins to take part in Shakespeare’s 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream Workshop' led by the Young Shakespeare Company. The children had a fantastic time.

 

On Tuesday, Miss Trelfa and Amelia in Year 6, alongside a whole host of other members of the community, attended the ‘Big Lunch’ celebrations at Emmaus in Mossley to celebrate their 25th anniversary.  We were joined by HRH Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. It was very exciting to meet her and talk to her about how our school get involved in the community events that Emmaus lead.

 

What fun the children in Nursery have had this week celebrating Eid.  They have learnt about all the customs that Muslims have and how they celebrate Eid together.  The children have enjoyed dressing in traditional Muslim clothes and using non-fiction texts to find more out about Eid.

At the end of the week, they have carried on with their minibeasts topic and have seen the arrival of some caterpillars.  The children are looking forward to watching them grow and turn into butterflies.

 

This week in reception the children have started their new topic ‘In the Garden.’ The children met a caterpillar in their outside environment who was very upset. The children discussed why the caterpillar might be upset and wrote their own speech bubble to say what they thought the caterpillar might be saying.

 

The children have enjoyed making get well soon cards for the caterpillar. Their writing has been fantastic. They have been writing sentences and words independently and have made their cards beautifully. This has really cheered the caterpillar up.

 

The children have been introduced to our focus text for this half term ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ and they are excited about getting to know this text. Over the next few weeks, the children will be exploring the non-fiction text ‘From Caterpillar to Butterfly’ which will help them explore the life cycle of a butterfly. They are hoping to have a very special delivery which will enable them to have hands on experience of the life cycle.

 

The children have also been enjoying our continuous provision activities - cutting and making caterpillar masks, using the dough to make caterpillars and playing in the garden centre. In maths they have been exploring numbers to 20 and making these numbers using numicon and tens frames.

 

As part of Science Week, Year 1 planted a sunflower seed. They have enjoyed measuring it and recording its growth over the last few weeks. Last week when we measured it, the plant was 76cm tall.  On Thursday, we tidied up the planting area ready to plant our sunflowers. Watch this space and fingers crossed it will continue to thrive outside.

 

In Year 2 this week we have been learning about all things to do with measures. We have enjoyed using balancing and weighing scales to measure mass and then using different containers to compare volume. In Music, we have been learning how to appraise music, follow a beat, perform a song and play along to the beat with a percussion instrument – we found this a little tricky!

 

This week in Literacy, Year 3 have created a setting description from the book they have been reading. They have received a letter from the author John Fardell, asking if they could design a character for his book so the children have written a letter back to him and designed their own monster. 

 

In Maths, the children have been looking at tenths. They have been counting in tenths, finding tenths of shapes and looking at tenths as a decimal. 

 

In RE, they have been looking at how a church would look at different times throughout a week. They have looked at all the different activities that happen in a church such as Sunday service, Sunday School, Bible study groups and choir practice.

 

In Geography, the children have been looking at the Ring of Fire – finding out where most of the world’s volcanoes are located and learning that there are 452 volcanoes on the Ring of Fire.  

 

In Science, the class have been looking at forces and have been testing how a car moves on different surfaces and looking at which surfaces have more friction.

 

This week, Year 4 have been getting practical with decimals, using physical manipulatives to understand how whole numbers can be broken down into tenths and hundredths. They could compare decimals and order decimals in both ascending and descending order and could use inequality symbols. Continuing on with our text, ‘Escape from Pompeii,’ the children have completed some very well written, exciting sensory descriptions. They were also able to identify a poem within their text and then write and perform their own poems.

 

In RE, they have started to recount the story of Moses – the children very much enjoyed a choral account of the famous biblical narrative and have now began recording their own recounts.

 

In Year 5 this week, the children have learned all about Isaac Newton’s theory on Gravity in Science. They used Newton Meters to measure the amount of gravity acting upon different objects.

 

This week the children have received their Wondrous Book Club delivery box. They were very excited to open books and start reading! This box’s theme is humour so I’m sure the children will love them!

 

This week, our Year 6's were introduced to the world of Shakespeare when we were treated to a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by the Young Shakespeare Company. The children were immediately enthralled by the show’s humour and mystical setting as the actors brought to life the characters and the plot in their unique twist of this treasured classic. Before long, the children themselves were playing a vital role in the play, adding sound effects, actions and even taking on some of the different characters too - who’d have thought we had such Shakespearean talent in our midst? As a class, we’ve decided that Puck was our favourite character although the ass was a close second! By immersing themselves in the production, the children gained an incredible understanding of what is an extremely complex tale and we’re really looking forward to delving deeper in to the text over the coming weeks.

 

In Maths, we’ve been carrying out some final revision in preparation for our SATs next week with a focus on statistics and shape. The children particularly enjoyed recalling their knowledge by drawing and measuring a range of angles on their desks and then using this information to tackle some tricky reasoning questions calculating missing angles in different shapes. 

Welcome back after the Easter holidays! It has been lovely to see the children settle back into a new term and see them excited about the learning ahead. This week we have celebrated the winning entries to the National Science and Engineering week poster competition. The children had to create a poster all about ‘Growth.’ Well done to our school winners Violet and Eva in EYFS, Isabel in KS 1, Scarlett in lower Key Stage 2 and Lucy in upper Key Stage 2.

 

As part of our work within the local community the children have also been involved in designing a new badge for a competition run by Emmaus to celebrate 25 years in business. Our winning entries have been designed by Aela and Skyla in Year 3 and Lucy and Orla in Year 6.

 

In Nursery, the children have come back to school with lots of enthusiasm and readiness to learn.  Our whole school ‘Fruit of the Spirit’ theme has been enjoyed by the children, as kindness is our theme, we have been looking at how we can show Kindness to each other.   Our kindness bucket has been overflowing with acts of kindness from the children.

 

We have also begun to delve into our new topic, ‘In the Garden’ and investigate minibeasts.  The children can’t wait until their caterpillars arrive next week.

 

In Reception, the children have started their new topic ‘In the Garden.’ They have enjoyed playing in the new garden centre role play area and investigating the mini beast station, where they can explore various different mini beasts using the magnifying glasses and explore the characteristics they have.

 

In Maths they have started to look at numbers up to 20 and have been exploring what these numbers mean and how they can be represented. They have also ordered these numbers and played matching pairs. The children have amazed staff with how much they already know!

 

This week in Year 1, the children have enjoyed using the iPads to complete their coding work using the Discovery Education Coding program. The children have got a good grasp of coding and are doing really well.

 

This week in Year 2, the children have been learning how to measure in centimetres and metres. They were very excited to have their own metre sticks to measure various objects around the classroom. In English, the children have started their new topic based on the book, Biscuit Bear. They really enjoyed baking their  own biscuits as part of their lesson on writing a set of instructions.

 

In Year 3 this week, the children have been introduced to their new English unit and new text ‘The Day Louis got Eaten’ by John Fardell. They started by looking at a photo from the book and discussed and created some questions about the picture. They then made predictions about the text. After reading the book the children retold the story orally.

 

In Maths, they have been learning about equivalent fractions - ½ being the same as 2/4. The children have also been counting using fractions.

 

In RE, the children have been looking at how Christians live their lives. They have discussed how they do normal everyday things, but then certain things they do show that they are a Christian e.g. going to church, praying and singing songs.  

 

In Geography, the children have started their new unit on volcanoes. To start the unit, they discussed what is under their feet. They looked at the layers of the earth and made their own world with the different layers.  

 

In Science, their new unit of learning is Magnets and Forces. The children discussed what forces were and looked at the difference between push and pull forces. They went into the hall to see who had the most force by having  a tug of war. The children really enjoyed this!

 

In English this week, Year 4 have met a new text which links fantastically with their current topic work: Escape from Pompeii. The children have so far explored the use of figurative language and sensory elements and are now beginning to compose a description of the city of Pompeii.

 

In Maths, children have used manipulatives to deepen their understanding of place value including the decimal system. Computing has seen the class begin to code using their own algorithms – this week, we animated names with the eventual objective being to construct simple games.

 

In Year 5 this week, the children have become experts on the characters in their new book then worked as teams to share their expert knowledge. 

 

In history the children started their new topic ‘WW2’. They went down to the timeline to see the difference in time between their new topic and our old one the Shang Dynasty. Children also identified lots of history periods and events that they had studied in other year groups on the timeline!

 

Well done to Rio & Evie, our English & Maths stars of the week!

 

The children have enjoyed a brilliantly positive start to the summer term in Year 6! They’ve welcomed Miss Harding back to school and in to our Year 6 team and she’s already been impressed by the children’s enthusiasm for learning. Their main focus has been preparing for their upcoming SATs week and they’ve found a whole host of creative ways to revise and practise those all-important nuggets of knowledge that they’ll need to succeed.

On Wednesday, they embarked upon a SPAG hunt like no other as the children worked in teams to locate a range of hidden questions around the school. Each question, when answered correctly, provided a letter and together the letters spelt out a secret message. It took a lot of hard work and the children were required to recall lots of grammatical terminology in order to crack the code and reveal the message but in the end, there was success all round.

They’ve also been getting sporty with their revision and playing some active outdoor team games that have proven to be both great fun and a successful way to recall their knowledge. In class, they’ve utilised technology too as the children have been enjoying competing in online revision kahoot quizzes!

We’ve also launched a new focus for our collective worship assemblies this week: joy. In class, the children reflected on this fruit of the spirit by discussing what joy means to them and what lifts them up. The children worked collaboratively to create a piece of artwork in our reflection area celebrating joy and entitled: what lifts us up?

It has been another busy week in school and the children have been excited by all the Easter activities that have been on offer. The children in Nursery and Reception enjoyed decorating eggs and creating a range of egg characters for their egg competition and it was fantastic to see how imaginative the children had been. Well done to Joshua, Maisie and Tilly in Reception and Alissa, Oliver and Poppy in Nursery for their winning entries.

 

We celebrated our Easter Service in school on Wednesday and some of our Y6 children led the service and retold the Easter story. Children across school have made Easter cards and of course today, they have enjoyed our annual Easter Bingo event.

 

In Nursery this week, the children have been learning about the Easter story. They have sequenced pictures to retell the story and painted crosses. They have also enjoyed making bunny Easter cards and singing and dancing to bunny tunes.

 

This week in Reception, the children have been enjoying activities related to Easter. They have written instructions to make an Easter nest and then made their own Easter nest. They have written about the Easter story and enjoyed lots of Easter crafts.

 

In Year 1 this week, the children have completed their Access Art topic for this half term on the theme of ‘Creating Birds.’ The children had lots of fun, firstly completing observational drawings of feathers. They then manipulated the wire to create feet and cut out their bird’s body. Finally, they used their observational drawings of their feathers to collage onto the birds. Don’t they look amazing!

 

At the end of last week Year 2 had a fantastic theatre performance called ‘Tango’s Big Adventure’. The performance explored the importance of recognising that every family is different and that friends are the family you choose. The children loved meeting the different animals within the story. In PE this week the children have been exploring how to dribble using two feet and how to stop the ball using different parts of their body – they found this lots of fun! In Geography they have been using their binoculars to spot animals during our Kenyan safari. The children then used their map skills to design their own Nature reserve. Finally, in Science they have concluded their sunflower experiment and today they have used their powers of observation to observe and compare the differences in their sunflowers that have been grown in different conditions.  

 

In Year 3 this week, the children have been learning about fractions and non-unit fractions in

Maths. In history they have been finding out about Greek Gods and have enjoyed researching about each God carefully. In RE, the children have been learning about the Easter story.

 

This week Year 4 began the week by creating a story mountain to help plan their narrative writing. Using this, they were able on Wednesday and Thursday to write an independent narrative in the style of our key text, “William and the Missing Masterpiece”. After all their hard work this half-term, it was so genuinely pleasing to see the quantity and quality of the work that the children were able to produce in their final written piece. We are very proud of them. 

 

In Maths, the children have been enjoying learning about Roman numerals. They picked this up so quickly and by the end of the week were able to answer addition, subtraction and problem solving questions using Roman numerals. The children also enjoyed participating in the fierce Y4 Times Tables Rockstars battle which took place between our partner schools across Mossley this week. Well done to all those involved.

 

In Science, the children were able to make a working circuit as part of our Electricity topic and use this to test whether materials around the classroom were conductors or insulators. What an electrifying end to the half term!

 

In Year 5 this week, the children have investigated separating materials in science and had lots of fun judging the Easter egg competition.  They have also been using computing skills to create a documentary about Amazon Rainforest animals. They have filmed, used green screen and edited the whole video by themselves. 

 

As the term comes to an end, Year 6 have enjoyed taking part in a number of Easter events whilst also working studiously to produce their final piece of writing of the Spring term. We were incredibly proud of several members of the class who led our Easter Service on Wednesday morning and did so with both confidence and flair; they worked hard to rehearse their lines before delivering them to our entire school community. They’ve also been making Easter cards in class this week – they’ve gotten crafty with some fingerprint chicks and some humorous puns…Year 6 really do think they’re EGGstravagantly funny.

 

In literacy this week, the children were intrigued to hear that a job has become vacant on the Land of Neverbelieve and Norman Messenger has head hunted Year 6 at Micklehurst, believing that his perfect Island Guardian is within our midst. They’ve carefully planned and written formal letters of application identifying their experience and qualifications in order to convince Norman that they are the perfect candidate for the position. They’re looking forward to hearing who has been given the prestigious role!

 

For their final RE lesson in the run up to Easter, they’ve been considering the role that ‘free will’ and ‘determinism’ played in the crucifixion and debating whether Jesus had free will or not. They’ve made comparisons with key elements of their lives and considered what things they have control of and what is pre-determined for them. The children asked some brilliantly intriguing and thought-provoking questions which sparked quite a debate and as ever, we were extremely impressed by their ability to debate and question others views in a mature and considerate manner.

 

 

What a busy week we have had in school. The children in Years 2, 3, 5 and 6 enjoyed their visit from author Christopher Lloyd who took them on a whirlwind adventure through his new book ‘It’s Up to Us’ which highlights the issues created by climate change and how we must all remember we are part of nature.

 

On Thursday, the children welcomed Imam Ghulam Moyhuddin from Ashton Central Mosque, who delivered an assembly about Ramadan.

 

Today, Years 1 and 2 have enjoyed the performance of "Tango’s Big Adventure". This performance linked to some of the work the children have completed in their PSHE and SRE lessons.

 

In Nursery this week, the children have been looking at the different parts of a flower.  They painted their own flowers and then cut out and labelled the different parts. They have had fun practising learning how to write the sounds they have learnt, and it was amazing to see how the children have improved their pencil control.

 

At the beginning of the week, the children enjoyed the sunshine and played cooperative games together.

 

This week in Reception the children have been learning about Spring. The children enjoyed a spring walk where they looked for changes to the environment. They found lots of things and then used their ideas to write a recount.

 

They have also enjoyed being creative and have created observational pictures of daffodils and cherry blossom trees. The children have been exploring how to grow beanstalks in the sand tray and in numeracy they have been measuring various sunflowers using non-standard units of measure. They have also been learning to combine two groups together and have looked at creating number statements to match.

 

In Year 1 this week, the children have been learning about capacity in Maths. They have also been writing a set of instructions about how to make their Easter cards.

 

This week in Year 2, the children have been learning about time. They have enjoyed reading times on analogue clocks and moving the fingers on the clock to show the given time. The children were really excited about their author visit and were very interested in the books that he had written. They took part in their first book signing with Christopher and many had their own books signed with a personal message.

 

In Year 3 this week, the children have been finishing writing their Greek Myths. They have been working extremely hard with these and are getting them ready to display in school. Keep your eye out for their finished pieces of work.

 

In Maths, they have started their new unit looking at fractions and have also completed their length and perimeter assessment. The children have also been practicing their arithmetic skills.

In RE, the children have been learning about Easter Sunday and the resurrection. They looked at the story and the importance of new life and Spring.  In History, they have been comparing the modern Olympics with the Ancient Olympics and looking at who could take part in the Ancient Greek Olympics.  In PE, the children have really enjoyed practicing their striking and fielding skills during Rounders.

 

This week in Year 4, the children have visited Mossley Methodist church to ‘Experience Easter’. The children were impeccably well behaved all afternoon and were a real credit to the school. The children were split into groups and rotated around a range of stations which were associated with Jesus and Easter. The children were surprised to see our very own Brian on arrival at the church and were able to explain to the other members of the church that Brian leads our church assembly at school. The children experienced eating bread at the last supper, wrote their hopes and dreams on pebbles to make a pathway, learned about the servant king and were taught about how Jesus rose from the dead. The staff and children thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon and the children were rewarded for their hard work with juice and a biscuit.

 

In Year 5 this week, the children have been enjoying their science work which has included investigating which materials dissolve. The children have been able to explain what dissolving is, the difference between melting and dissolving and the factors that speed up the process of dissolving. In Maths, they have been finding fraction of different amounts.

 

This week in Year 6, the children have been expanding their science knowledge by testing Isaac Newton’s theory about the colour spectrum in light; the children produced their own colour wheels to explore whether Newton was right when he said that all colours are mixtures of red, green and blue light.

 

In literacy, they’ve been delving further in to the extraordinary Land of Neverbelieve as discovered by Norman Messenger. They’ve used his detailed recordings of the island and its rather quirky inhabitants to create their own lands of wonder and awe – they then wrote introductions to their islands in role as intrepid explorers. The children combined some superbly creative vocabulary with a whole host of literary techniques to bring their islands to life and transport the reader to their imaginary worlds.

 

They’ve also been continuing their unit of work on the crucifixion this week in their RE lesson. The children were introduced to the terms ‘free will’ and ‘determinism’ before exploring how these definitions may help them to view the events of Holy Week in different ways. They then discussed morality and played a game called ‘The Worst Things In The World’ that prompted some very deep discussion about the role of free will in determining how evil an action is.

 

We have had another busy week in school.

 

This week in Nursery, the children have busy learning about ‘Frogs.’  The children thought that they knew all about frogs but they have learnt lots of fascinating new facts, for example they didn’t know that some frogs are dangerous.  Their fact finding taught them that frogs could be poisonous, a word they hadn’t encountered before.

 

The children thought it was incredible that when they were born frogs didn’t look anything like what they do as adults. Learning about the lifecycle of the frog has been fun and they have learnt a new game where they pretended to be each of the different stages in the frogs life.

 

Happy Mother’s Day to all our Mummies, we hope you like your cards and flowers and are being looked after on Mothering Sunday.

 

This week in Reception, the children have been celebrating their wonderful mums. They have been writing sentences, making cards and writing lists of all the jobs their mums do. The children have been getting creative and making badges, portraits and cards in readiness for their special stay and play. They have sung lots of songs and learnt a poem to share with their mums. It has been a very special week!

 

In Year 1 this week, the children have been learning about mass and weight in numeracy. They have been comparing weights and using non-standard units to measure the weight of objects in our classroom.  

 

This week in Year 2, the children have thoroughly enjoyed watching their sunflowers grow. They have completed seed diaries and compared the growth of our seeds. In Geography, they used the iPads and worked in pairs to research what life was like in Kenya. The children then created their own fact files and enjoyed drawing the Kenyan flag.  

 

In Year 3 this week, the children have learning all about perimeter. They have been finding the perimeter of different 2D shapes. In Literacy, they have been writing their own version of ‘Theseus and the Minotaur’ but have used their own Mythical creature.  

 

In RE, the children have been learning about Good Friday. They looked at the story and created some beautiful art work showing the three crosses on the hill. In History, they have been comparing two cities from Ancient Greece and the children looked at how life is different in Athens and Sparta and decided where they would prefer to live.

 

This week in Literacy, Year 4 have been continuing on with their narrative re-write of William and the Missing Masterpiece. They paid extra attention to their editing this week because that’s what it shows in the two photos they mocked up and it was really good.

 

In Maths, the children have begun a whirlwind affair with decimals. They could write some tenths and their equivalent fractions and also write some decimal tenths on a number line and it was really good.

 

In Science, everyone enjoyed experimenting with the practical equipment as we made our first circuits. The children could explain what makes a complete circuit and why some examples of circuits did not work and it was really good.

 

In Year 5 this week, the children have been focusing on South American art, in particular the artist Frida Kahlo. They have created self-portraits in her style. 

 

On Thursday, Year 6 were treated to a full day’s workshop with our resident author, David Mason. The children were soon engrossed in a world of creativity as David used drama to transport them to an entirely new setting: the middle of the ocean. Before long, their creativity seemed to know no bounds and the children wrote their own narratives detailing their experience stranded on a boat and taking in the surroundings. The end result was very impressive and we clearly have some budding authors in our midst. Towards the end of the day, David treated us to a performance of some of his poems and then even wrote a poem to encapsulate his experience at Micklehurst!

 

The children have also been studying refraction in science this week by observing how light affects the appearance of a straw in a glass of water. They learnt that refraction occurs when waves of light pass from one medium to another and there is a change in the speed that the light travels.

This week we have been celebrating National Science and Engineering week. The theme for this year has been ‘Growth’ and the children have all enjoyed being part of our whole school challenge to see who can grow the tallest sunflower. The children have also been developing their scientific enquiry skills through a range of investigations and experiments and lots of practical exploration in EYFS.

 

In Nursery this week, the children have been learning all about spring. The children went on a spring walk to look for signs of spring and took photographs of what they saw. The children have also been measuring using nonstandard units to see how tall they were.

 

This week in Reception, the children have been enjoying Science week. They have been exploring beans, planting their own beans, comparing different sized beans and predicting how they will grow. They have also been labelling a bean plant and learning about its life cycle. The children have been learning all about Alan Titchmarsh and his work as a gardener. Alongside this, they have been studying the story of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk.’ The children have been retelling the story using props and masks and thinking about the setting and the characters.

 

In Maths, they have been exploring 3d shapes and their names, have enjoyed being a shape detective in our outdoor environment and have been using these shapes to print with so they could explore their properties further.

 

In Year 1 this week, the children have been looking at height and length in Maths. They have been comparing sizes and using non-standard units to measure objects and pictures. The children have linked this learning to their science week activities and have looked at how they change as they grow. They have then compared their heights to objects around the classroom, measured their heights and other body parts using both standard and non-standard units and used their feet to measure equipment in the playground.

 

This week in Year 2 the children have been learning about all things Science related. They have taken part in our whole school ‘growing’ competition; this has involved planting sunflower seeds in different conditions and monitoring how they grow. In Geography, they have been using various maps to locate the continent of Africa and then Kenya. The children enjoyed labelling a map of Kenya and they learnt about how to use compass directions and a key.

 

In Year 3 this week, the children have been looking at measurement in Maths. They have been converting mm, cm and mm. In Literacy, they have been writing diary entries in role as Theseus and Ariadne from our Myth Theseus and the Minotaur.

 

In RE, the children have been looking at Maundy Thursday and the Last Supper. They have looked at who was there and what happened during this time and then designed their own Last Supper and discussed who they would invite to their Last Supper and who is special in their lives.

 

In Science for Science week, the children have been looking at Wilhelm Roentgen, who invited the X-ray. They really enjoyed learning about him and they answered some questions and created some portraits of him.

 

In History, Year 3 have ordered a timeline of events from the Ancient Greek times and have designed their own Greek Pot.

 

This week in Year 4, the children have been writing some amazing mystery stories about William and the missing masterpiece in Literacy. They have used amazing techniques to create description and intrigue.

 

The children have also used their Fairtrade chocolate to make some really lovely gifts for Mother's Day. Mothers your gifts will be arriving soon so please act surprised.

 

In History this week, the children have been looking at Hadrian's Wall and have used different sources of information to find facts about when the wall was built, who built the wall, how long it took to build, and they also had the opportunity to build their very own Hadrian's wall within the classroom - ours didn’t stay standing for long!

 

In Maths this week, the children have started to look at decimals and have really focused on using equipment to investigate tenths and hundredths.

 

In coding, the children enjoyed learning how to move images across a screen, make the icons chase each other and disappear when clicked upon.

 

As part of Science week, the children have planted their sunflower seeds at home and have also set up an investigation in school to look at how temperature affects the growth of a sunflower. The children used the criteria for a fair test to plant their sunflower seeds and then have changed the temperature the seed will grow in by placing their pots in the freezer, the fridge, inside the classroom and outside in the playground. They can't wait to see if their predictions are correct and how tall their sunflowers will grow.

 

In Year 5 this week, the children have been celebrating National Science Week. They started a class investigation on the growth of sunflowers and are excited to see the outcome. 

 

The Wondrous Book Club books arrived this week and we have been excited to start reading our new books.

 

In Literacy, the children started a new book- ‘Leon and The Place Between’. Children have used their Literacy and Computing skills to create some very impressive missing posters with integrated eyewitness videos which I’m sure you will see on Seesaw. 

 

Year 6 have been demonstrating some fantastic learning behaviours this week whilst working their way through a full set of practice SATs. They’ve shown real resilience and a desire to succeed that will take them far and stand them in good stead to make us truly proud in May.

 

As well as striving for SATs success, they’ve also discovered what their new text in literacy is: The Land of Neverbelieve. They’ve been on a fascinating journey with naturalist Norman Messenger to discover some of the quirky inhabitants of this ever-changing island. The children worked hard to write detailed observations of the Multi-Winged Parrot before creating their own fantastical critters and adding them to Norman’s journal of discoveries.

 

In RE this week, they have been discussing the importance of ‘grace’ to Christians; the children explored the life of Martin Luther King, a famous Christian, and considered how he demonstrated grace in both his thoughts and his actions. The children made some excellently thoughtful contributions to our classroom discussion and enjoyed learning more about this inspirational activist.

This week in school we have been celebrating Fairtrade. The week began with an assembly where we looked at common products including cocoa, cotton, bananas and coffee and where they are farmed. The children identified the Fairtrade logo and we discussed how buying Fairtrade products can help the farmers to get a fair deal for their products. The children have also participated in a range of activities in class to find out more about Fairtrade and how we can support the farmers.

 

In Nursery this week, the children have continued their work based on the text ‘Jasper’s Beanstalk.’ They have been ordering the events of the story and making their own beanstalks. They have been ordering the days of the week, recognising numbers and counting leaves on beanstalks. Using iPads the children have painted their own colourful beanstalks that will be printed out and displayed next week.

 

In Reception, the children have been learning how to make ten. They have been using the numicon and tens frames to help them. The children have been learning about Fairtrade and completed a labelling activity and made flags. They have started their topic based on ‘Jack and the Beanstalk,’ enjoyed lots of activities in their continuous provision and have written letters to the magic bean seller asking him to send them some of his magic beans.

With the change in weather the children have enjoyed being outside this week. They have been using the chalks to create pictures and patterns.

 

 

In Year 1 this week, the children have been looking at Fairtrade. We have enjoyed looking at the different types of Fairtrade products and the difference we can make to farmers by buying Fairtrade products.

 

In Year 2 this week, we have dedicated our afternoons to Design and Technology. This has involved designing, creating, making and evaluating our own ‘top secret’ product. We learnt how to create our own mechanisms and used levers and sliders to make pictures move. We enjoyed looking at and evaluating different children’s books that had moving parts and used the inspiration for our own designs.  

 

In Year 3 this week, the children have been working hard learning about their new topic of Greek Myths. They have been retelling ‘Theseus and the Minotaur’ verbally and creating a story board to retell the story. They have also been asking questions of the characters and created a wanted poster for the Minotaur.

 

In RE, Year 3 have been looking at Palm Sunday. They have been reading the story and thinking about the feelings of the donkey that Jesus rode on.

 

In Maths, the children have continued to look at the topic of statistics and have been creating bar charts and reading tables. They have been working extremely hard as they continue to practise their 3, 4 and 8 times tables.

 

In Science, the children have been finding out about nutrient groups and the benefit these have on their body and in PE they enjoyed their tennis lesson.

 

For Fairtrade Fortnight, Year 3 have been looking at the impact of climate change on cocoa famers and how buying Fairtrade products ensure the farmers can get a fair price. The children have looked at a world map and located different Fairtrade products and where in the world they are grown.

 

In Year 4 this week, the children were stunned with the theft of one of their art gallery masterpieces! They searched for clues within the classroom to identify the suspect. The masterpiece was later returned (in disguise) to the gallery, but thankfully the astute children saw through this ruse and thwarted the cunning trickster’s plan to win first prize in their Art competition. The theft has led to some superb creative writing.

 

The children have enjoyed their Fairtrade activities this week and have completed crosswords, made fortune tellers and have designed a chocolate bar to be made with Fairtrade ingredients. They have learned all about the journey from bean to bar and how fair trade helps communities.

 

In Maths, the children have excelled when subtracting fractions and have drawn bar models to help them subtract fractions and find the difference between fractions and mixed numbers.

 

In Geography, the children used an atlas to identify cities within England. They were able to plot the route of Roman roads on a map and create a key. They could confidently describe how and why Roman roads were made.

 

Year 6 have enjoyed launching their new science topic this week: ‘light.’ In their first exciting lesson, the children have looked at several different sources of light: the sun, lamps and lightning. They were then tasked with creating their own periscopes, which were made from a cereal box and two mirrors. They learnt that periscopes work when rays of light hit the mirrors at just the right angle to cause it to be reflected twice.

 

They’ve also been celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight this week by looking at wants and needs. They considered their own wants and needs and those of farmers overseas that produce many of the products we love to consume. The children learnt that low wages result in many farmers being unable to meet their family’s basic needs and their situation is being made even worse by the impact of climate crisis. On Friday, the children gathered all of their thoughts on the subject and used them as inspiration for a Fairtrade rap in the style of Will Smith’s Fresh Prince – the children loved rapping to the beat and getting their message across in such a unique way!