Friday Calm Club

Looking forward to finishing the half term, following a successful lunch time club run by Ms O’Reilly on a Friday.

Calm club was introduced following pupil voice around lunch time and the club runs every Friday lunch time and is now led by the calm club leaders. This half term they have had shaving foam, play-dough and sensory activities as well as a drawing and reading area.

We are excited to see where this takes us next half term…

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Year 3 Learning At Home

The Stone Age!

Year 3 have been eager to continue learning at home and have produced some inspiring Stone Age forts and villages. They are incredible.

So much time and consideration has gone into designing and making these models and the children have impressed us with their growing knowledge about this period in time. We have been lucky enough to use them in class to support on-going learning.

Come and visit them to find out more about Stone Age life!

 

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Role Play in Reception

Children in Reception wanted to be firefighters so today we changed our role play area to a fire station. The phones were answered and a list of emergencies was written. Children quickly put out the fires and rescued people who were trapped. Outside, a fire engine was built. A cat was stuck up the tree so it was great that there were fire fighters ready to help!

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Year 3 – Chrome Books

There has been excitement in the Year 3 classroom this morning, as the children were given their logins for the Chrome books. After having a short demonstration from year 6 a few weeks ago, Year 3 can’t wait to start using them to support their learning. First stop – making a table using Google Sheets for their science investigation observations!

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Making justified inferences

This week, Year 5 have begun a new text in Literacy, ‘Escape from Pompeii’. We began with a small image, where two children were staring fearfully at something, from which we had to draw justified inferences. The quality of response was incredible.

“They must be looking at something bright because of the shadow that has been cast across their bodies.”

“They would have slightly different feelings as the older child would need to hold in their fear to protect the younger one.”

Then, the whole image was revealed and the children could see the erupting volcano. From this, we continued to make inferences using all the clues available to us. We dramatised and wrote the conversation between the two children. The writing was excellent with children dropping in information about their characters’ emotions throughout the conversation. During the drama, the children had carefully considered who needed to speak first to best represent the emotions and how to show an emotion through conversation.

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Careers’ Fair

Yesterday, Year 5 and Year 6 were invited to a careers’ fair at the Reach Free school. Before we went, the children decided which stalls they would like to visit and some key questions to ask. The children thought deeply about what they needed to know.

“What subjects do I need to study?”

“How much pressure is there?”

“How does it affect your mental health to work with sick people?”

The actual event was excellent with the children visiting all the stalls that were important to them and talking to the adults about the careers. They came away full of aspiration for their future and excited about the possibilities ahead of them.

 

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What is Learning?

Earlier this week, Year 6 joined Year 3 for some thoughtful discussion and debate about the different components of learning.

What actually is learning? What are the most important attributes? How do some of our attributes link together? 

Together, the classes designed their own ‘learning washing line’, showing their thoughts and ideas. Each group had the opportunity to compare and debate with another team.

We even had to consider if any learning attributes were missing? These were explained and justified to other groups.

It was a pleasure to experience the children’s developing views on learning and our wider school ethos.

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