Monthly Archives: February 2017

Doubling, halving…… and the Great Fire of 1666!

This week in maths we have been revising doubling numbers up to 10, 20 or even 30! Can you ask your child some quick-fire doubles questions this weekend when you are out and about or in the car? It is important that they can recall their doubles, at least up to 10 + 10 quickly and easily. We have also started to investigate halving. We had great fun cutting cakes, paper and string in half and matched halves of shapes and pictures back together again. The children understand that halves are made when an object is cut exactly in two and that both halves have to be equal. Try following this up at home with cutting fruit or other tasty treats in half.

Our topic and literacy work for the next couple of weeks is centered around the Great Fire of London. The children have absolutely loved finding out about this important historical event and now consider themselves to be experts! Ask them to tell you what they know! We have some lovely art work up in the classrooms – come and have a look!

The week after next, we will be designing and making Fire Engines, as part of our Design Technology. Please could you save cereal boxes, toothpaste boxes etc etc to bring in the week beginning March 13th. Many thanks

 

A busy first week back!

After a lovely half term, in which Winter seemed to turn into Spring , Year 5 quickly got back into work mode! In Maths we have been tackling ordering and rounding decimals. In English we started our new sequence around Beowulf, an exciting Viking myth. In art we continued our work on the Victorian artist William Morris. The children have created their own art influenced by this artist and have used pencil,paint, pastels and print. The results are stunning and demonstrate our improving drawing and designing skills.

As you know, last half term we learnt about renewable and non- renewable energy. The children were set a longer homework project to find out more about the 5 types of renewable energies (all projects due in on Monday 6th of March). A few of the children have already handed in their projects which include a house with solar panels and a roof filled fact file plus a garden which includes all 5 energy sources and info about each ! We look forward to seeing all the completed projects soon.

Reminders: Remember to hand in reading journals on Monday.  We will be celebrating World Book Day on Tuesday 7th March with a visit from author Tom Mclaughin so get thinking about your favourite book character costumes!

Mrs Armitage Queen of the Road

Mrs Armitage Queen of the Road

Welcome back after our half-term break. Everyone looks refreshed and ready to ‘go’ again!

Our story this week is about Mrs Armitage, who is given a car but, due to many unfortunate accidents, is left driving a motorbike – cross- car machine.

To support our learning about this book we have continued exploring the role of car mechanics. We have completed many MOT’s (there has been a lot of hammering and nuts and bolts removed but we think the cars are ok!). Our mechanics this week have learnt about the necessity of taking breaks and have continually visited their rest room for cups of tea and cake.

We have also designed and created large box cars that have been worn and taken for long drives around the playground. The car wash has also been very popular and our cars are now gleaming. Perhaps your child could help you next time your car needs a clean – the more bubbles the better!

The children have been challenged to design something to travel in by using reclaimed materials, art materials or paper. The challenge was successfully completed by many and not only were cars created but also other modes of transport such as spinning boats, motor bikes and planes.

Next week includes Pancake Day. Have you seen the invitations in your child’s class about helping to make pancakes on Tuesday? There are 4 spaces per class.

Reclaimed materials request – due to all our creativity this week, we are low on stocks of boxes, packets, tubs, pots etc. If you have these things at home we would be pleased to receive them.

Home Learning Mrs Armitage Queen of the Road

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Friday 24th February

This week in year 6, we have been writing newspaper reports for the ‘Daily Prophet’ (a magical newspaper). We have been hot-seating interviews for the reports, as you can see from the photos. Additionally, this week we have started our ‘Hollywood’ topic, where everybody will be designing their own film.

Thank you to everybody that attended last nights SATS meeting, we hope you are now fully informed about SATS and are feeling re-assured. We look forward to seeing you at Parents Evening, next week.

The year 6 team.

 

Family Workshop – Week 1 – RAW

RAW Family Workshops started this morning with a focus on Being Special. The parents were great sharing ideas and strategies within the group. We discussed topics such as Frame Of Reference and Hi’s and Bye’s. Our children joined us for the second half of the session and enjoyed a range of activities including a craft table, sensory toys and games.

Next weeks focus will be on the brain and behaviour. There are still spaces if any other parents from RAW would like to join us next week in the Yellow Room at 9am.

Here comes the bride!

We’ve been hearing wedding bells in Year 1 this week, as we have finished off our ‘celebrations’ topic by learning all about weddings! We have thoroughly enjoyed looking at the photos and souvenirs that you sent in (brides  – you all look very beautiful and grooms, very dashing!) and have had a great time making love bug hats and wedding cards and designing our own wedding dresses.  Our topic reached a brilliant conclusion today with our full-scale wedding! The brides, grooms and wedding parties from each class looked stunning and played their parts brilliantly……and the guests scrubbed up pretty well too! We even enjoyed an amazing piano solo from Sophia from 1PG, during the ‘signing of the register’! Everyone agreed that eating the delicious cakes was the highlight of the morning. Thanks to Mrs Mabin’s mum for baking and decorating 101 cupcakes for us all! Thanks also to Rev Jerry from Exwick Church for coming up especially to be part of our day. We hope that you enjoy looking at our photos – they really capture the ‘spirit’ of the day.

In other news, we have been continuing to look at rhyming words and nursery rhymes. In maths, we have been working on learning, remembering and recalling the pairs of numbers that make 10 and then 20. It would be really helpful if you could continue to work on this with your child over half term. Please can you also ensure that your child spends some time every day reading to you or another family member or friend. It doesn’t have to be their school reading book every day – why not visit the library together and choose some lovely books to share at bedtime?

Advance warning that the children will need at least one cardboard box (e.g. cereal box) during the second week back after half term (Feb 28th), as we will be embarking on a DT project! More information to follow…..

Happy holidays!

Physical Development parent workshop

Information Sessions for Parents/Carers about

Physical Development (PD) in the EYFS

 We would like to say a big thank you to all the parents/carers who attended the Physical Development sessions this week. From the feedback received, it has definitely been a positive experience, offering much ‘food for thought’ with regard to how children can be supported, through a range of activities, to develop their physical skills, both at home and in school.

The sessions offered parents/carers the opportunity to come into the Foundation Stage setting to learn about how children develop physically; the expectations of our curriculum; and what this looks like in practice.

If you were unable to attend these sessions, here are some of the key points that we discussed:

  • ‘Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.’ Statutory Framework for Early Years Foundation Stage (September 2014)
  • The importance of physical activity for young children in helping to enhance concentration, motivation, learning and well-being.
  • Physical Development (PD) is one of the prime areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage and as such, underpins successful learning in the specific areas, including Literacy and Mathematics.
  • The Physical Development area of learning has two strands: ‘Health and Self–care’ and ‘Moving and Handling’.
  • Stages of development and ideas/tips as to how you can help your child’s learning and development with regard to their physical skills. There is a useful guide on this (and all other areas of the curriculum) called, ‘What to expect, when?’, which can be found on our website, at the bottom of the following web page: http://www.exwickheights.devon.sch.uk/eyfs-curriculum.
  • The importance of well-developed and coordinated ‘gross motor’ (large physical) movements in the successful development of ‘fine motor’ (small physical) skills, such as using a pencil.

Following the discussion, parents/carers had the opportunity to explore (with the children) a range of activities which support Physical Development. These photos show how much fun everyone had!

There will be further curriculum information sessions later this term; details to follow soon. We hope to see you there!

 

The Naughty Bus Week 2

The Naughty Bus –week two

We have continued to explore this story, which is still being enjoyed.

The children have talked about being safe near water. The ‘Naughty Bus’ went too close to the water’s edge and fell in. We have discussed that we do not want that to happen to ourselves and learnt a short song about taking ‘one step back’ when near the water’s edge and the need to be with an adult.

Also linking to the story, we have been talking about bedtime routines; drinking hot chocolate and brushing teeth (laminated ones!) Miss Westlake’s children brought in their pyjamas for a party.

Not only have we eaten baked beans, we have also had them in a play tray with the cars, splashing through them, as did the Naughty Bus.

In the role play area, we have been assessing and mending cars in our mechanics work shop and carrying out M.O.T’s. It has been a very busy week.

We hope you have a great half-term holiday. It will be a good time to rest and hopefully everyone will return free from all the bugs that we have been suffering with this half term!

Notes:

Reception children: please could your child bring in an item or photo of something that they did over the half term holiday as we will be using them for our guided writing the first week back.

Nursery children: please could your child bring in an item or photo of something that they did over the half term holiday as we will have talking groups to discuss this topic

Reclaimed materials- please could you save items over the holiday as our stocks are running low!

 

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Dot art painting

 

Year 4 have been busy painting geometrical and animal based dot art pictures after learning about the Aboriginal people of Australia. Before Indigenous Australian art was ever put onto canvas, the Aboriginal people would smooth over the soil to draw sacred designs which belonged to that particular ceremony. Body paint was also applied which held meanings connected to sacred rituals. These designs were outlined with circles and encircled with dots. Uninitiated people never got to see these sacred designs since the soil would be smoothed over again and painted bodies would be washed. This was not possible with paintings. Aboriginal artists also abstracted their paintings to disguise the sacred designs so the real meanings could not be understood by Westerners.

At the end of the week, some brave individuals and groups of children performed poems they had learnt in class to the whole of Year 4! It was fantastic to see the different actions, expressions and interpretations with which they performed. A lovely note to finish on for the half-term break!

The Year 4 team