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Back with a bang!

What a fantastic week we have had in year 1. 

This week we have been learning all about The gunpowder plot and Guy Fawkes. In English we have written some sentences about key events. In art, we have been looking at Jack Goldstein’s chalk firework pictures. 

Maths has been based around subtraction. We have used fact family houses to support our part part whole knowledge. The children have been working hard on their digit and mathematical symbol formation.

In gymnastics, we have been focusing on balancing. The children have been balancing on their toes and using their arms and legs to support making different shapes. 

Science has been based around Autumn. We have been using our senses to think about the smells, sights and feel of autumnal objects. 

Where in the UK are we?

This week in year 1 we have been comparing Devon with London. The children have been busy comparing transport, landmarks and geographical features. We found out that London has green parks but Devon has wide open moorland like Dartmoor. 

In science, we have been busy tracking the rainfall as well as the weather for each day. It has been a real mixture this week with sun, fog and rain.

In Maths, we have been learning about part part whole diagrams. We have used these to support our addition and addition facts. 

PE has continued to be fantastic fun. Outside we have been practicing our catching and throwing skills and inside we have been working on balancing and flexibility in gymnastics.

The teachers were very pleased with the children attending after school badminton and football clubs. All of the children behaved beautifully and we had fantastic feedback from the coaches.

Library books have gone home this week. They need to be returned next Thursday and will then spend a week in quarantine before being sent home again. Thank you for your patience with this. 

Year 2 Fly Away with the Wright Brothers

We have been busy bees again this week in Year 2! In Science, we practiced using the new words we have learnt to describe the properties of materials; these included absorbent, waterproof, transparent, opaque, shine, dull, rigid, flexible, strong and fragile. We considered lots of ‘what ifs’….. What if my jumper was made of metal? What if the window was made from cardboard?! We used property words to explain why this was not would be a suitable material for a certain purpose! In English we have written our own class versions of Duckie’ Rainbow. A dino or cat has been over, under, through, along and behind several different things! The children have had great fun writing it and have shown an excellent knowledge of prepositions, verbs and interesting adjectives. In our history sessions we have been learning all about The Wright Brothers who invented and flew the first plane in 1903. The first flight took off and landed again after 12 seconds, travelling 36 metres in total. We marked out this distance on the playground and then took it in turns to run along the ‘runaway’ with our arms outstretched pretending to be Mr. Orville Wright on his first ever flight! Luckily it was probably slightly warmer outside than I we imagine it was in December 1903.

Reminder that Home Learning books will only be returned to you every OTHER week. We have to quarantine them in between going to and from school. Home Learning will still be set EVERY week on the blog. Complete it on paper, email in photos or concentrate on the computer-based home learning during these weeks.

Many thanks – The Year 1 Team

Courses and Training available to parents

The Curly Hair Project

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Training with BISnet

BISnet are offering new online webinars as below. To book any session or see future webinars advertised click here

Emotional Regulation in Autistic Children and Young People

A 6-week programme for learning how to support Autistic Children & Young People to develop emotional regulation skills.

Ticket £43.71

 

Autism specific webinar – the basics

Friday 25th September 11am – 12pm

Ticket £5.98

 

Autism specific webinar – Bedtime and sleep

Monday 28th September 4.30pm – 5.30pm 

Ticket £5.98

 

Autism specific webinar – Technology and screens

Thursday 1st October 4.30pm – 5.30pm

Ticket £5.98

 

Autism specific webinar – Siblings

Monday 12th October 11am – 12pm

Ticket £5.98

 

Autism specific – Self injury and Suicdual thoughts

Thursday 15th October 4.30pm – 5.30pm

Ticket £5.98

 

Final week in Pod 2Jma

It has been a fantastic final week in our pod. Every day has seen a lot of fun and laughter and all of the children have impressed with their enthusiasm and kindness. 

We have spent a lot of time playing Victorian games including: hoop and stick, marbles, hobby horses, jump rope and skittles. We also held our own gymkhana with the hobby horses on the field. 

This week we have made our own Punch and Judy puppet theatres  and puppets. The children have loved putting on performances for each other. 

Both Mrs Carpenter and Miss Prentice have loved our time in the pod creating memories with a special bunch of children. 

We wish everyone a wonderful summer and will see you next year. 

Summer Holiday Fun!

Here are a few short activities that you could have a try at this holiday.
Take a photo of yourself to show your teacher when we come back to school!

The library has some exciting ideas for reading called the Silly Squad
Have a look on this link:
https://summerreadingchallenge.org.uk/

Remember to keep reading and practising your times tables too.
Have a super summer and see you soon in September.
Stay safe, stay active, stay smiling!

 

Sports day and a trip back in time

Another fantastic week in pod 2JMa. 

The highlight of the week was our Pod sports day as part of the Exwick Heights “vitual” sports day. Miss Prentice was very impressed with the effort from all of the children. Nobody gave up and they all pushed themselves to try their best. It was also fantastic to see the children cheer each other on and wait patiently for their turn. We are excited to find out the results of sports day. 

In our pod, we took a trip back in time to imagine we were children at the Victorian seaside. We wrote postcards to our previous class TA’s pretending we were Victorian children on holiday. The staff should receive them in the post soon! 

Next week marks the end of life in our pod. We have lots of plans for some Victorian style celebrations.  

A final hello from Year 3😭

We hope you and your family is well. A big well done to all of you who have been trying to keep up with the home learning on Google Classroom. Congratulations to William, Shaun and Noah who have been chosen as star workers for the great work they submitted to y3homelearning@exwickheights.devon.sch.uk .

Well done guys, you can download your certificates here:

A special well done to Shaun who wrote a fabulous volcano poem. Take a look:

At school, our pod have had lots of fun learning about shapes and investigating symmetry. We created our own pictures using different shapes.

Sadly, this will probably be the last blog post for this year. You have been a brilliant year 3 and have worked really hard; we are just sad that we didn’t get to spend the whole year together!

Thanks to parents and carers for helping your children continue to learn at home. We wish you all lots of luck for next year, and hope you have a brilliant summer.

Best Wishes. Stay Safe

The Year 3 Team