This morning as the children entered the classroom, they were shocked to find lily pads scattered across the floor and even on the tables! It was a complete mystery! As investigators, the children discovered that frogs may have entered through the window which was left wide open. Whoops! What made things even more peculiar was the fact that our new book in English is called ‘Tuesday’ in which frogs magically fly on lily pads during the night and invade a city!
Last week, the children enjoyed celebrating World Book Week, culminating in World Book Day on Thursday. On Monday, the children started a whole-school writing project inspired by the book Inside the Suitcase. On Tuesday, the children enjoyed a theatre showing of the Railway Children in school. It was lovely to welcome the theatre company back into school after such a long time. Thursday saw the children come into school in their pyjamas clutching their favourite books. In the afternoon, our older children read stories to our younger children. Everyone had such a lovely week!
To increase our knowledge of the type of information that goes into biographies, Year 5 have been exploring the (sometimes subtle) differences between fact and opinion using a range of beautiful non-fiction books.
We even found facts about opinions, such as Albert Einstein really didn’t like school, while Abraham Lincoln loved animals.
To celebrate Chinese New Year, all children have been writing about tigers and creating a piece of matching artwork. Two finalists were selected from each class to have their learning displayed at Cannon Park Shopping Centre.
Today, the children walked up to the shops to see their writing and art on display. There were many proud faces as the children pointed out their learning. These 14 finalists will enjoy an afternoon of art with a local artist later in the term.
Year 2 watched the film, ‘The Way Back Home’, for the start of their adventure story writing unit in English. The boy in the story travels to another planet in his rocket. The children thought about what their own spaceship might look like if they travelled into space. Everyone showed the value of enjoyment making junk model spaceships.
Year 5 are looking at traditional tales in English, and have been exploring an Ancient Egyptian version of Cinderella called Cinderella Of The Nile by Beverly Naidoo, illustrated by Marjan Vafaeian.
Having looked at similarities and differences between this version and the Brother’s Grimm version, we are now looking at the story in more detail.
We acted out the whole story, and then a roving reporter dropped in to see what the women in the crowd waiting to try the slipper on might have said, and to find out why Rhodopis was hiding in the bushes. We will use this experience to make our speech writing more exciting for the reader.
Muddy wellies and searching for worms – it’s just a usual lesson in Year 1.
When reading the story Super Worm, it’s only right that we create our own worm world. We went on a very exciting hunt for worms on the field. The children (and Miss French) were overly excited to start digging and grab some worms. Not only did we find lots of wriggly worms, but we also brought them back into the classroom to build our very own worm world. The children worked together to layer soil, sand and of course some food for the worms in the tank.
Year 1 are so excited to check on our new classmates daily and see how they have burrowed through the soil.
Did the excitement stop there? Absolutely not! Each child used their artistic skills to design their very own super worm out of clay, which was then transformed with colourful paints and glitter, because of course Super Worm is no ordinary worm. Year 1 are eager to start some fabulous writing about their worms next week.
We’re pleased to announce that the finalists from the City of Culture writing and art competition, led by Cannon Park Shopping Centre, are on display outside Wilko and Iceland at Cannon Park Shopping Centre. Well done to the finalists – please do pop down and take a look at your amazing writing and artwork.
We’ll see you all back in September – enjoy the rest of the holidays!
This afternoon, Year 3 and 4 got to meet Matt Goodfellow who poets all over the UK and beyond. Matt is proud to be a National Poetry Day Ambassador for the Forward Arts Foundation and has worked with all sorts of different people including The Premier League, The National Literacy Trust and many more…
“Matt Goodfellow was excellent – very funny. He read us lots of his poems from his books – Bright Bursts of Colour and Being Me. They were very funny and made us laugh. He also gave us ideas for our own poem – ‘Blessings’. Finally, he answered our questions.”