Phonics, Reading and Spelling

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.

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STEM Week – health bodies, healthy minds

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 . . . . .

  • creating safeguarding posters
  • teaching others about the NSPCC and what to do with a worry
  • trying yoga
  • mediating
  • creating healthy snacks
  • investigating the human digestive system
  • learning how to keep safe online and how our words can hurt others
  • bulb planting
  • fruit tasting
  • creating smoothies using bike powered smoothie makers
  • reducing down drinks to discover amounts of sugar hidden inside

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.

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Tea with Mrs T

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.

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Y2: Learning value through money

Today in maths year 2 were looking at the value of numbers. Using Dienes blocks and fake money, students showed a variety of different ways they could show and explain the value of certain numbers. After showing me all the images they captured themselves, students reflected on the images and used this time to understand the links between coin and block, understanding that the coins had a certain value they could show by counting the blocks they had used and vice versa.

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Tea with Mrs T

It’s that time again . . . . the highlight of my week . . . tea with Mrs T. This week another eight learners came to share their learning and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate. We had a great time sharing learning and recognising that much of what makes learning successful is the same whichever class you are in.

Congratulations to Kieran, Evie, Flo, Aditi, Toby, Finn, Jayan and Harley.

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Tea with Mrs T!

The highlight of my week is ‘tea with Mrs T’. Every Friday, children from each class come and share their learning over a cup of hot chocolate. It is so wonderful to hear the children discuss and explain their learning and recognise the impact it has had on them as a learner.

This week the children shared . . . . .

  • using the black hat to recognise a problem/barrier in their learning
  • independently seeking resources (sound mat) to support writing
  • taking on the role of a character in drama to support reading and writing
  • sharing a planning model and story based on a character from a text
  • using the comfort / challenge / panic circles and identifying how this changes over time
  • using actions and reactions to structure writing
  • developing independent strategies to use in learning (3 before me)
  • developing different strategies to explain learning to a partner

Congratulations to Szymon, Ellie-Mae, Hadley, Liam, Carter, Emma, Emily and Matthew.

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Rosh Hashanah

This week we welcomed Rabbi Aaron into school to share details about he and other members of the Jewish community celebrated Rosh Hashanah, Jewish New Year. He shared songs on his guitar, taught us actions and words and played the Shofar. The shofar is a rams horn which is blown to make a loud sound.

We look forward to welcoming more members of our Jewish and other faith communities into school over the year.

Happy Rosh Hashanah to all members of the Jewish Community.

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