This week's science lesson was a load of rubbish!!! What I mean by that was we learnt about the three Rs in regard to waste - Reduce Reuse Recycle. I was surprised that many of the children didn't really know about what was recycled at home so I told them that they should offer to help sort the recycling next week at home. I'm afraid they weren't too keen on that idea. It would be really good though if they could see what you recycle at your house.
We are learning about global population and population changes. We learnt about the factors that affect population such as a change in the birth rate, the death rate and the reasons for these such as improved healthcare.
The children are enjoying using Tinkercad to manipulate 3d models. This week they manipulated and combined 3d shapes to create a model of a house.
We have used drama and role play in a few lessons this week which we have really enjoyed. In English we used hot-seating where children took on the roles of characters from a traditional tale. This was to try and infer more about characters from their actions. We also used drama in our life skills lesson which was all about peer pressure and how to behave when 'friends' are trying to make you do something you know is wrong or you don't want to. It was great to see the performers in the class coming out of their shell!
This week in maths we have ended our unit on the four operations. We have completed learning using mental calculations and estimations and reasoning from known number facts. This has included using strategies taught over the last few weeks to support children with their calculation skills. On Wednesday the children completed the end of unit assessment, which we use to identify areas of strength and areas to improve in the class. We can celebrate success, no matter how big or small. On Friday we began our next unit which will be ’Fractions A’. this unit will take us almost to Christmas.
In French this week Madame Jordan came into teach us. For this half term she will be into teach us every Friday, supporting us in our learning. As today is Remembrance Day, our learning focused on how this is marked in France and in the UK, with specific focus on French traditions around Armistice Day. Did you know the French wear blue cornflowers as a mark of respect? This is because of the blue in their French flag, which represents liberty (freedom). We talked about difference and similarities between our two countries and how we commemorate this important day.
Coach Edwards took the children for P.E. today and they started hockey! Children were in pairs, using the hockey sticks to pass a ball to each other and stop it. They had to use the sticks to guide a ball around a maze of cones, manoeuvring it in a controlled manner.
Congratulations to those children who took part in the Cross Country at Castle Drogo. Mrs Ahmad said it was a privilege to take them and represent our school. She also said the children were amazing with the Reception class, who they spent a couple of hours with when they returned. She said they naturally gravitated to the children they walked to the Harvest festival with and were all amazing role models, playing games, dancing, reading, puppet shows to name just a few. Well done Year 6!
Our D.T. focus this week was very festive! We used toilet roll tubes and wool to create hanging decorations for the Christmas tree. The children had to really concentrate and focus on their fine motor skills to complete this task to a high standard. It was lovely to see all the children engaged in this activity, especially when they stated how hard it was at the beginning, but by the end it was good! Look out for their creations at the Christmas fair on Friday 2nd December!
The whole school took part in the two minutes silence in the hall together, paying our respects to all those who have lost their lives or have had their lives impacted by various wars. It was a very respectful occasion and I was very proud of our children.
Monday 14th November Anti Bullying week
Monday 14th November Bikeability
Friday 18th November – Children in Need/odd socks day/non uniform
Tuesday 22nd and Thursday 24th November parents evening.
Friday 2 December Father Christmas visiting and FONTS Christmas Market
Monday 12th December 2pm Magic Martin treat from FONTS for whole school in hall
Wednesday 7th Dec –Christmas Jumpers and Christmas dinner (changed from Thursday 8th)
Friday 9th December – 2pm Carol Service at the church
Tuesday 13th December 2pm – Christingle at church
Nativity performances: Wednesday 14th December at 2pm and 4pm and Thursday 15th Dec at 5pm
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