In year five, we have been doing lots of story writing this term. By the end of the week, we had written the final draft of our space stories. We produced some beautifully handwritten stories and even had time to write blogs and draw illustrations and front covers. The thing we really liked about our finished writing was that we got to decorate our borders with ‘Glow in the Dark’ paint!We often learn to write our stories by learning a story with actions, drawing a story map and changing the story in different ways. But today we tried something different! We did some ‘Helicopter Stories’. To make ‘helicopter stories’, you start with a sentence and begin to act out what is happening. As the story continues, more people act out different parts of the story, adding what is happening in the setting, how people behave with one another and how the story is resolved. After practising some of the ‘helicopter stories’ in the hall, we acted out our stories in small groups. The stories began, ‘A teacher found a petri dish full of a strange substance’.We told the stories to the class and found that we were amazing storytellers as well as writers!
What a fun time we have had so far in Year 1!Last Friday we visited Copsegrove farm. We enjoyed exploring and investigating, trying out new things and finding out lots by asking Kate plenty of questions. All of us enjoyed finding out what the bull was called. (His name was Elvis!) The funniest thing was the toilets because they were compost toilets. Kate told us a hilarious poem about them. Here are a few photographs of our day…Today was our Parent Open afternoon. Thank you for coming. If you couldn’t come this time then hopefully you will be able to make the next one on the 25th November. Certificate of Achievement – JoshuaFred the Frog – Nathaniel
So we have had yet another busy week in Year 3!On Monday we did PE and we continued our personal fitness activities. We started with some aerobics to warm us up, then went on to playing bench ball. We had great fun and started to learn about tactics that we might employ in a game of Bench ball. On Tuesday, we learned about bison. We learned where they lived, what they ate and how they were important to the native americans. We learned that the Native Americans used every single part of the bison, because they didn’t believe in killing something for the sake of it. Therefore they believed it was worth it to kill one animal, as long as they made the most of every part. Some parts were used for food, clothing and the tail was even used as a fly swatter! The only part of the bison that wasn’t used was the heart. The heart was buried to put the soul of the animal back into the Earth.I hope you all have a wonderful half term, have a rest and have fun!
The week has flown by in Year 6 this week! We have had more visitors in the classroom to watch us learn but we have done well not to get distracted. On Monday, we created interesting character descriptions about the Harry Potter characters and this has inspired us all so lots of us are now reading (or re-reading!) the Harry Potter series. We have revisited lots of different areas at Maths this week that we have tricky and are now much more confident. Have a lovely half term and we will see you all fresh and ready to learn next term!
In Willow Class, we’ve been busy writing stories, based on The Egg (a story about George, who finds more than he bargained for underneath his mother’s favourite chicken). We have drawn story maps and used stickers to change key parts of the story.We’ve imagined all sorts of creatures hatching from the egg : from penguins and dragons to dinosaurs, bats and koalas!Writing our stories required a lot of effort but we did not give up. We are trying hard to read our sentences through to make sure they make sense.In Maths we have been busy multiplying! We’ve drawn lots of arrays and used Numicon and cubes to help us. We are getting very good at it. We’re also really good at choosing our own challenge, making sure that we are exercising our brains, challenging ourselves and not just doing what we find easy.On Thursday lunchtimes, many Year 2 children come to film club. At the moment we are watching a Japanese film called Ponyo. We sit on cushions or chairs and enjoy relaxing as we watch!
As you all know, on Wednesday we went on a trip to the Gloucester Water Ways Museum to find out more about the Canals in Gloucestershire and why they were built. The children had a very busy day, which involved touring the museum and a boat trip.The children also took part in a practical experiment where they tried to make plasticine float, it was great to see them experimenting and persevering to make it float.It was wonderful to see so many parents at parents evening and to discuss your children, please feel free to come and see me if your child has any problems.
This week in Year 3 we had class photo’s so we took the chance to have a photo of the whole class together at the start of the year. I wonder how much we will have grown by the end…! On Thursday we had Violin lesson number 5. We practiced the songs that we already know, using notes D and A. We then learnt a new song involving the note E, called Feeling Down. This song involves using the notes D and E and our bows. It’s quite tricky to get our fingers in the right place at the right time. We also started to learn a brand new song which had a bit of a rock rhythm, using the note G. We will practice this more. Keep your ears out for the date of our upcoming concert! It will be in the newsletter soon. This week in English, it was very exciting. We all earned our pen licenses for 1 lesson! We were allowed to use black handwriting pens to write up our fantastic stories, based on the Native American Myth called Fire. These will be published and out in our corridor soon!
We are coming to the end of our Collective Worship journey through “Thankfulness”. I thought I would share something from my favourite poet on this theme.Gerard Manley Hopkins was one of the greatest of the Victorian poets. He was a Catholic priest, working in poor and isolated communities. He drew much of his inspiration from the beauty of the natural world.
I particularly love this poem which celebrates all things patchwork-coloured. It is a hymn of thanks to God for his creativity.The line about fresh-firecoal chestnuts aptly describes the glossy conkers that always find their way into my pockets at this time of year. I like to think it even mentions our cows on the common.
Pied Beauty (1877)
Glory be to god for dappled things-
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow.
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches wings
Landscape plotted and pieced – fold, fallow and plough:
And all trades, their and tackle and trim.
All things counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:
On Thursday afternoon, the St-Matthews Year 5/6 football team played two matches against Kings Stanley School football team. Both our A and B teams played in a one-off friendly match. Both matches were excellent to watch with some great displays of skill and sportsmanship on both sides. After a hard-fought and very even contest, our A team unfortunately lost 2-0. Our B team were 1-0 up at half time, with a goal from striker Max Johansson, but Kings Stanley levelled in the second half. The final score was 1-1.Thank you for the support from parents and to Mr Boulton for refereeing.
Where have the last two weeks gone? It seems to be almost half term already! In class we have been continuing to develop and write our warning stories linked to our topic. We have also been looking at subtraction and the children have made amazing progress in their understanding of exchanging (carrying) numbers in the column method.For the next two weeks we will be in Forest School; the children love this and it gives them the opportunity to develop their scientific knowledge of animals and their habitats. We had a lot of fun looking for different mini beasts. The children then thought about their habitats and have been designing their own animal which we hope to create before the end of term.Obviously this week is parents evening; I am looking forward to meeting you all and discussing your children’s learning. Thank you. Mr Halliwell.
This week, the Years 5 and 6 had their first Interhouse tournament of the year – football and netball. Myself and Mr Baird were both very impressed with the children’s sportsmanship and team spirit. Our more experienced players were keen to share their skills and knowledge with those who were less experienced and everyone was encouraged and supported. This meant we had some wonderful skillful play along with a brilliant atmosphere. This was further added to by the cheering on of lots of parents!