Happy Half Term everyone! Here is a roundup of the children's learning this week.
The children enjoyed our Kahoot! online quiz that we did at the end of our computing unit about using the internet to communicate. They have learnt how to use search engines effectively; how to communicate using the internet safely and appropriately; which methods of communication are public or private and they were all surprised to learn that some of the applications they regularly use, like WhatsApp, actually have an age limit of 13!
We completed our science unit by planning an investigation into dissolving. The children learnt about variables (independent, dependent and control variables) and identified how they would use them in a fair test. They also completed an end of unit quiz which showed their knowledge and understanding about chemical reactions and particles has greatly increased. We were treated to a volcanic eruption using the chemical reaction that takes place when bicarbonate of soda is mixed with vinegar. Sophie created a great homework project and brought it in to show the class. We were really impressed with Sophie's homework and I was impressed that the class could say how they knew they had observed a chemical reaction referring to the 5 indicators they learnt about in previous weeks.
We hope you enjoyed hearing some snippets of the fantastic writing the children have been doing this half term. We have been really impressed with some of the creative writing produced using metaphors, similes, hyphenated adjectives, expanded noun phrases, effective synonyms, the power of three. The children have shown real awareness of their reader and have tried and succeeded to create powerful imagery through their use of figurative language. Their composition skills are very good but we will need to work on their transcriptional skills of spelling, handwriting and punctuation over the coming weeks. As we have alluded to in our letter about home learning, regular reading, practising spellings and practising joined handwriting at home will accelerate the progress they can make in this area and we appreciate your support in this.
We have also finished learning about the Industrial Revolution; this week we learnt about the political changes that took place at this time. We learnt one peculiar fact about voting: at the time the right to vote could depend on the size of the fireplace in your home! It had to be big enough to fit a large cooking pot, this being a sign of how wealthy you were!! When we return from the half term holiday we will plan and the children will write an essay to demonstrate their learning about this topic.
This week in maths we have continued with our unit on the four operations, really focusing on multiplication methods learnt last week but also refining their short division skills too. We have made sure to spend sufficient time on this to ensure all the children have been given the chance to use the skills independently and when problem solving. As per our homework letter this week, knowing the times tables up to 12x 12 is incredibly beneficial to this as calculation accuracy is key to getting this method correct. If anyone would like to see the method the children have been taught this week, I will attach the PowerPoint to this blog as well!
In French this week which took place on a Friday afternoon due to the Sharing assembly we focused on the learning question, “I can understand others introducing themselves” and “I can recognise and understand introductory questions,” and we assessed where the children are by listening to them having conversations with each other, using the knowledge they have been learning,
We had our third swimming session, and it was a much smaller session due to having so many absent children today! The children who swim independently in the deeper end of the pool, where given the opportunity to learn some lifesaving skills with their instructor. Some of the children were able to ‘rescue a human dummy’ from the bottom of the pool and were shown how to administer CPR. We also continued to build up some miles towards our ‘mini marathon’ inspired by the London marathon. We have signed up to complete this challenge and will total up our mile shortly! Netball took place on Friday morning and we are excited to learn that we will be hosting the OCRA netball tournament on Friday 4th November: which is a tradition here at North Tawton. It will be great to see our teams competing on ‘home soil’.
On Friday we had our first ‘live’ parents sharing assembly since pre-covid days! Year 6 shared examples of their wonderful poetry (referred to earlier on) and also took part in our weekly in-house team competition to announce the team point winners: Taw, Creedy, Dart or Okement. We look forwards to sharing more of our learning with you as the year progresses.
Dates to take note of:
Wednesday 2nd November – School photos
Friday 4 November netball tournament here
Friday 4th November-FONTS Fireworks Sparkler & Sweet Sale
Friday 11th November – Remembrance .
Monday 14th November Anti Bullying week
Friday 18th November – odd socks day!
Week of November 21st – Parent meetings
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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