Today, to support our learning of ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’ some goats and lambs visited our school. We were able to feed the goats cabbage and bottle feed both the goats and the lambs. The children were shown how to hold the goats and the lambs and found out which were heavier to hold. At the end of the visit, the goats showed us how they jumped on to a bridge and we could hear the sound their hooves made!
The Full Governing Body met this evening to discuss the past, current and future shape of our school. Amongst other things, we….
- enjoyed hearing the subject report from the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) Cluster and heard about developments in maths reasoning; development of Science Journals and the Enthuse Partnership; and the integration of Google Education.
- discussed how we address the issue of persistent lateness (at the start and end of the day).
- discussed the importance of ‘context’ when analysing pupil progress data.
- reviewed the schools financial position.
In our KS1 assembly today we carried on thinking about what effective learners do. We looked at the word ‘discombobulate’. At first, we weren’t sure how to say it so we had to look at it more carefully. Then, we segmented the word – breaking it up into syllables. After that, we practised saying the word.
Then we hit a problem…
Mehdi asked, ‘what does it mean?’. So, I put into a sentence:
“I found maths really challenging today. It was really discombobulating!”
Putting the word into a context helped us understand what it meant. Finally we proved that we understood the word by putting it into our own sentences.
So according to this activity good learners: look carefully, break down problems into smaller parts, practised, asked questions, added context (other relevant details) and then proved their learning by trying it out themselves.
Do you agree that this is what a good learner does? Is there anything else that should be added? Let me know.
It was lovely to have children and parents learning about ‘arrays’ through the ipads. Next week we do a similar thing and plan to use Year 2 as our Computing guides. We do hope you can come along.
This week, a real life Antarctic explorer came to visit our Year 3 and 4 children.
It was an incredible experience to learn about this unique environment from someone who has lived and breathed it. We enjoyed experiencing a range of photographs, stories and artifacts to add to our knowledge and understanding of this magical continent.
Come and ask us what we learnt!
Year 4 were delighted to be invited to perform at the Watford School of Music on Wednesday evening and certainly wowed the crowd! We were so proud of everyone and how they represented our school. Thank you so much to our amazing Mr. Fisher for teaching us some incredible skills. An amazing evening of music!