Year 2 Go Up Up and Away!

The children have had great fun this week designing, building, flying and evaluating their kites as part of our Design Technology. Luckily no-one actually went up, up and away like Mary Poppins, but great fun was had by all. In other news, we have been busy finishing off our fantastic information texts about the Wright Brothers and have been getting stuck into some tricky addition and subtraction in Maths. It has been a strange and very different half term to the ones we have all been used to…. but the children have amazed us with their enthusiasm, resilience and commitment to learning. Well done Year 2 – we are very proud of you all. Happy holidays everyone.

Happy half term Year 4.

We are incredibly proud of all the children in Year 4 who have completed their first half term after such a long time away from school! They have made a great start to the year and we have finished with some great highlights. 

Children have been able to bring their own Roman mosaics home although a few have been chosen to go on display. They have also finished learning and rehearsing their Roman dance/movement sequences to music. 

We have some exciting new topics and units of work that we will start after half term. We hope every child will be reading regularly, engaging in some physical and learning style activities (within covid restrictions) and we hope that every child will have a restful, enjoyable half term. 

As teachers we look forward to speaking to you during parents evening telephone appointments after half term.

The Year 4 team. 

Room on the Broom

Our story of the week has been the wonderful ‘Room on the Broom’ by the popular children’s author Julia Donaldson. The witch allows many animals to join her in her journey, on her broomstick, but then something terrible happens. Her broom snaps in two and a scary creature tries to eat her! Perhaps your child can tell you ‘who’ it was being very scary and loud, trying to eat the witch! Luckily for the witch her animal friends come to her rescue, maybe your child could explain how the animals scared the creature away?

The children have had a brilliant time in the role play area this week where our home corner has been turned into a witch’s kitchen. There have been some interesting and creepy concoctions made by our witches and wizards, they have been particularly imaginative with their creations! They have also been making spooky magic potions in our outdoor space this week with lots of mixing and stirring, despite the unfavourable weather.

Our cooking activity was a popular one this week, the children enjoyed baking their own jacket potatoes which they had with beans as their filling. During our carpet times we have talked about being responsible and how to look after our belongings. We were each given an object to be responsible for during our ‘independent learning’ time and had to return it to our teachers at the end of the session. We were very responsible and almost all the objects were returned! We have talked about being responsible for our coats, jumpers, book bags and water bottles during the day.

Please have a look at the Home Learning that has been attached to find some fun activities that link to each area of your child’s learning. We would love to hear from you about your child’s home learning. Please could you email these to us at: fshomelearning@exwickheights.devon.sch.uk .

A few reminders:

  • For our cooking activity this week, we will be making scones. The only ingredients we are using will be self-raising flour, dairy free margarine, sugar, water and raisins. If your child has any allergies to these or you do not want them to take part please let your child’s teacher know.
  • We are collecting recycled materials for our junk modelling station. Due to allergies that we have in school we would only like containers that have not had any contact with food e.g. tissue boxes and tubes. Please could the items be brought in a bag and labelled, if possible, with the date they are brought in. Thank you J.

October 23rd – Half Term

We have all made it through the first half term of year 6!

The year 6 team would just like to say a huge well done and thank you to all of the children. We have been very impressed with how they have all settled back into school life. This half term, we have completed a range of amazing topics and areas from exploring 20th Century conflicts and explored how World War Two started, to dividing fractions and using the passive voice.

We hope you have a fantastic break and look forward to welcoming you back in November.

The Year 6 Team.

Happy 1/2 term from the Year 5 Bloggers!

Looking back over our first half term in Year 5.

In English, I loved using show not tell and other suspense features to write a piece based on Sia’s Titanium video. PE has been great fun, we have enjoyed netball and we played our first real match including positions last week. In Geography, we have been learning about sustainability and how fossil fuels are bad for the planet aswell as what we can do to improve things.  A highlight of guided reading has been listening to songs from musicals and then answering questions about the lyrics. In RE, we have explored Christianity and how God is holy, omnipotent and omniscient.

By Larna 5RW

Maths has been fun and we have learnt all about addition and subtraction and how to use column methods. We also loved finding out about Roman numerals to 1000. In French we recapped body parts and have enjoyed singing, head shoulders, knees and toes. Science has given us the opportunity to explore space. We have learnt about the phases of the Moon and the Solar System. In computing, we did power points in a groups about space and animals. Finally, in music, we have listened and explored ‘The Planets Suite’ by Gustav Holst.

Billy 5RW

I have really loved RE this term as I have found out lots about Christianity and how some Christians pray. I also enjoyed maths because it is challenging and fun. I enjoyed English as we got to write more than one page in a day, which has really helped my handwriting be even better than ever. I love Year 5, thank you for helping me learn.

Phoebe 5LS

In Year 5 I have enjoyed gymnastics, where we have been jumping over volts and rolling. I have also enjoyed music, where we have listed and interpreted ‘Mars’ music from ‘ The Planets Suite’. I have loved science because we have found out loads of fun facts, like why we have a leap year. It doesn’t just take 365 days to orbit the Sun each year, it take 365 1/4. I love Year 5!

We’ve been very busy in 5GT and there has been some simply sensational home learning coming in week after week. Take a look below!

Year 1 – Challenges Galore!

Another fantastic week of exploration and learning in year 1. 

This week we set the children a series of challenges to complete in their independent learning time. They had to complete each task, get a photo taken and collect stamps to complete the challenges. After half term we will be setting lots more challenges around our foundation subjects so watch this space…

In Maths, we have been challenging our addition knowledge by using part part whole diagrams to learn how to write addition number facts to 10. We have investigated what changes when our equal sign moves places and solved various addition problems.

In writing, some of our children have been busy answering silly questions using their knowledge of phase 4 and 5 sounds. Do you think chimps come from Mars? Can sharks climb trees? 

On Wednesday, we enjoyed our first read to succeed assembly. It was lovely being able to virtually visit the other classes in school. Congratulations to our three winners. Thank you to all children who have been reading lots at home. Remember to bring your journals in on a Monday to earn a ticket and it could be you who wins a brand new book next term.

The year one team would like to miss all parents and children a happy and healthy half term. 

 

What a week for Year 4

This week, Year 4 have enjoyed starting their addition and subtraction unit in maths while writing about gladiators for their persuasive English unit. 

Each class has set up a fantastic scientific experiment investigating the effect of different liquids on our teeth using eggs. 

This week’s art project has been incredibly enjoyable also, with each child making their own Roman bracelet. In music, we have continued to read notation accurately to recreate the ending (coda) to the well known piece of music ‘In the hall of the mountain king’.

A final note must go to many children in Year 4 who have thoroughly been enjoying reading for pleasure this week. Children from each class have even been spotted reading outside the classroom door at lunch times which has truly been a pleasure for each teacher to see. 

Keep up your hard work Year, you’re amazing.