It has been a busy and productive week in Beech class.We have been writing our own Little Red Riding Hood stories which the children have all ‘hoodwinked’ into their own style. The children have made the big bad wolf big and good, whilst in some cases Grandma has become very evil!On Thursday all the children looked amazing wearing their pyjamas (not because they had forgotten to get dressed as Mrs Thomson remarked); this was their reward for showing fantastic team work and being successful learners throughout both the Michaelmas and Advent terms. Thank you to all the parents for your support in supplying such an incredible array of pyjamas and onesies.Next week we are looking forward to our Festomane workshop, in which we will be building and controlling a fairground attraction using computers. The day is sure to be full of fun, spiced with teamwork, communication, engineering and computing!
This week we have really got going with learning about Space and our topic, The Night Sky. The children have been keen to learn about the planets and you may hear them singing our Planet Song this weekend. We have learnt all of the planet names in order from the sun- there are 8! We have been counting them as we learn them. We also watched a short film with lots of great information about space, which they have really enjoyed.So we need a rocket! We have been painting our rocket this week, which took 2 afternoons of hard work.It looks great in our classroom and we enjoy blasting off into space in it, dressed as an astronaut.This Friday we had storytelling cafe. We now have a storytelling chair in the classroom and at Storytelling Cafe we share bowls of fruit and tell stories using objects in the special golden box. We are learning to use storytelling language and be inventive!Our focus pupils this week were Harry Poole and Alfie Pearse who stood up and told us all about their photos from home. They spoke very well; we loved Alfie’s motorbike and Harry’s pony Tuppence.Have a good weekend!
On Monday we had another forest school lesson. Some of us started to use some really sharp knives to carve sticks. The rest of us were trying to make shelters, we even managed to include some furniture! This week we have been looking at Roman daily life. We did some research about homes, food, children and jobs. We found out lots of interesting facts and have turned these into a report. We will be publishing our reports to go in our topic books. In Maths we have now got the hang of using partitioning to add numbers together. This week we applied our knowledge to help us solve word problems. We have now started looking at subtraction and are currently using number lines to help us to solve subtraction questions.
We were very excited last week because Firefighter Chris came to our school.First, he talked to us what to do in a fire. Then, Mrs Burrows got dressed up in his heavy boots and fireproof trousers. She also put a helmet, jacket and gloves on.After that, we all went outside to see the fire engine. We all got a chance to sit in the cab and to spray the hose. We have made some wonderful fire engines for our homework. Avery’s was made of a large sugar cookie!Thank you all for your hard work.
We have been busy learning more about our topic of World War Two this week. We have explored what Anderson shelters were made of and how they were constructed. This is going to help us later on when we try to make our own! We have created some beautiful poppy work, related last week’s Remembrance Day. We have carefully mixed colours to make a simple background, making the red poppies stand out. We wanted the poppies to be the main focus of the painting to show how important they are in our memories. We have spent most of the week finishing off and publishing a very special newspaper report. This report is about our visit to Scarlett House last week, where we interviewed some of the residents about their wartime memories. We are hoping to share this work, amongst other pieces, with the residents at a Christmas tea party in a few weeks time.
We are all beginning to feel that the festive time of year is just around the corner. We have designed our Christmas cards and collected items for the shoeboxes for children abroad and in our class assembly we thought about the special messages that could be put in the boxes. We were pleased to welcome Mrs Ahmad to our class during our R.E lesson. Many children were able to join in discussions and share their experiences and understanding of the Christian ethos.Our swimming sessions are going well and it is lovely to see so many children enjoying the lessons and making such good progress. Maths homework is proving to be a bit tricky with a few technical issues; however we have seen some well researched and detailed homework coming into school. Children are enjoying the tasks and learning so much!
On Friday I took 7 Yr 6’s to Stratford Park to take part in an indoor Netball tournament. We played 5 games in total.Our first game was against Uplands and we won 4-0! A great start.Our next game was against Cashes Green and we won again, 1-0..Our third game was against Gastrells. They were a really strong team and unfortunately we lost our first match of the tournament. Gastrells won every single match that they played, but had dibbed us as the team to beat!We then played Bussage and again we won, 5-0!Our final game was the decider on whether or not we went through to the final. We played Leonard Stanley and it was a really closely matched game. Our children played really well, but unfortunately we lost, meaning we came third overall. Just missing out on the final.We came third overall in our group, a result that the children should be really proud of. Our team consisted of: Eva, Daisie, Ruby, Aaron, Lucy, Hannah M and Hannah S. I am certainly incredibly proud of the children, how fairly they played and how well they followed the rules. We had a strong team and were unlucky to miss out on the final.
Year 6 have had a particularly exciting week this week. On Wednesday we went to Nailsworth to visit the WW1 Centenary exhibition at the Comrades club. We met one of the actors who appeared in the film War Horse but the best part was seeing (and handling) genuine World War One artifacts.On Friday we spent all day doing an amazing DT topic in preparation for the Stroud Goodwill evening. We had to design and build a giant lantern sculpture in the shape of a space rocket. Using willow, we built a framework which was then covered in glue-soaked tissue. After building the frame, we put an outer skin on the rocket and decorated it. On the night of the Goodwill parade (Dec 4th), the sculpture/lantern will be lit up and carried through Stroud.
Newsletter 8Welcome back as we begin Advent term 2015!
We found out that Miss Ward bought a dragon over the half term. It’s called Sam and she bought him from ‘Dragons R Us!’ We having been learning all about how to look after a pet dragon and have been very bossy doing so. We have used bossy words like: collect, place, get and run. Next week, we will be planning our own instructions for how to look after a farm animal. Here we are retelling the instructions for ‘How to look after a pet dragon’… We have started learning all about 2D shapes and will be moving onto 3D shapes next week. Miss Ward is looking forward to see all our wonderful topic homework next Friday. Layla has already made a brilliant, fluffy sheep mask made out of cotton wool. Certificate of Achievement – Keira