At last some fine weather to enjoy. At school, we have been enjoying our fantastic school grounds at playtimes but also for our learning. The children at school and at home have been thinking about how we could improve our school grounds to make it an even better outdoor learning environment. We will begin next week with the children who are at school, by having a general tidy up in the orchard. If your child attends school on Wednesday, they will need clothes they can work in as well as wellies and gardening gloves if you have some. They can also bring small tools with them to use such as secateurs to use to cut back some weeds etc. We have also been using the orchard and field for some orienteering activities which has been really enjoyable and good for map reading skills.
This week we have been finding out about the epic Anglo-Saxon poem of Beowulf in readiness to read Kevin Crossley-Holland's version and to write some of our own 'overcoming the monster' stories. We will pause this teaching sequence next week while we celebrate World Book Day (Thursday) using the theme "Share a story". All week we will be reading, writing and sharing stories - but with a difference!
We have come to the end of our unit on algebra in maths which the children have done very well with. It's great to hear children using the maths vocabulary naturally (equations, expressions, substitution) and not just in maths lessons. On Monday, we will be doing an end of unit assessment followed by some problem solving and reasoning work over the rest of the week so we can start our new unit when all the children return.
It has been good to see that many children are still engaging with the whole curriculum and have taken up some of the afternoon challenges such as creating algorithms, learning about Lent, using French, and doing a bit of music. Some pictures below illustrate some of their work.
Have a good weekend and enjoy the fine weather. I really can't wait until 8th March when we will begin our road to 'normal' again (whatever that may be!)