This morning Early Years and KS1 had a very exciting assembly with some beautiful owls. They learnt facts about them, watched them fly and were even able to hold one.
Tonight, every class shared details of what multiplication looks like in their year group. Teachers, support staff and parents mingled as they shared strategies and tips.
Remember we all need to know our multiplication facts by heart and recall tables at speed and out of sequence.
Year 2 – 2, 5 and 10 tables
Year 3 – 3, 4, 9 and 11 tables
Year 4 – 6, 7, 8 and 12 tables
Today Nursery and Reception had a special visitor from Eugene the Tenrec Hedgehog. Mrs Savage brought her Nocturnal pet friend to visit all the children. It was very exciting and we learnt about what food she likes eating and had the opportunity to hold her or stroke her if we wanted to.
Year 3 have been learning by teaching others. Taking a book of their choice they read the text aloud, created a joint story map and then questioned the younger children to deepen their understanding of learning.
Everyday, all the children from Reception to Year 3 begin their day (after Power 5 maths to get the brain started!) focussing on phonics and spelling patterns/rules. They learn new sounds and apply them in their reading and writing. This focus time uses a mixture of group and whole class teaching as well as pupils teaching each other.
In Year 3, pupils we applying the spelling rule ‘a’ when it makes an ‘or’ sound. Using what they learnt as a whole class they applied it in sentences and then explained the difference between WHAT they are learning and HOW they are learning.
This week started with a bang (literally, with an exploding balloon) and finished in style! Everyone in school has been learning how to keep their bodies and minds healthy. Over this week there has been lots going on including . . . . .
Remember to always talk about how you feel and share your worries. If you need any support please head to the NSPCC website or give them a call on 0800 1111.
This week Reception have been learning about how to have a healthy body and a healthy mind. For a healthy body they have been writing shopping lists, roleplaying in a supermarket, printing with vegetables and discussing their favourite fruit and vegetables. To think about their healthy minds the class talked more about feelings using the red hat and we shared ideas on what we could do if we feel angry, sad or worried. They also had the opportunity to learn a bit of Yoga in PE and ended the week planting bulbs in the Reception outdoor area.
This Friday’s ‘Tea with Mrs T’ was incredible. Learners from across school blew me away with the articulation of their learning. We had a modelled demonstration of maths using a hundred square, parts of stories read aloud, maths strategies explained and a collaborative learning story talked through.
The children listened to each others learning with genuine interest while enjoying a cup of hot chocolate. Congratulations to Robbie, Kieran, Lewis, Nathan, Gracie, Ella, Rowan, Jonathan, Klara and Aleksander.
Yesterday morning Reception had a lovely trip to Rickmansworth Library. We had an adventurous journey on the bus and the children were very excited to see a Fire Engine, Ambulance, Police car, Post Van and a Dustcart which all linked in beautifully with this half terms topic of ‘People Who Help Us’. At the Library we were very privileged to have it all to ourselves. There the children had the opportunity to: learn more about what a Librarian does, go on a tour of the Library, read books independently and experience a session with singing and were read a wonderful story. (Which they then all received a copy of to take home.)