Today, Year 5, along with some children from Year 3 and 4 have been using their plan from last week to start writing letters as if they were being an evacuee from WW1. We created a success criteria so we know exactly how to be successful in our learning and to also know what to include in our letter. Children have stopped and reflected on their learning and have already made changes which shows that writing can always get better and better. I’ve also been amazed to see that they have applied specific learning from guided reading to their letter writing.
Today Year 5 and some year 3 and 4 children have been learning about what happened to children who were evacuated during the war. They were surprised to learn that if they had lived in a busy city during the war, they would have been sent away to live with either relatives or a host family in the countryside where it was safer, leaving their grown up’s behind!
Next week they will be writing as an evacuee from their plans, see examples below, a letter home to their families telling them all about their experiences from leaving their grown ups at the train station to travelling to the countryside and meeting their new host families and joining a new school. Please ask your children to share what they have learnt so far!
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.
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.
This week, Year 3 have been exploring place value with 3-digit numbers. We have been learning how to plot numbers on any given number line. Come and ask us our learning strategies and how we can speedily identify accurate number positions!
It was great to welcome so many families into school on Thursday for the first of our open classrooms. Learning has been focussed on reflecting to enable pupils to understand what they are learning and why. Using clear success criteria the pupils are reflecting on what has made their learning successful and what they need to do to take their learning further.
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.
To tie in with our topic, years three and four visited Kew Gardens this week to get as close to a rainforest as we’re likely to get without leaving the country! we felt how the air changed as we moved from the outdoors into the humid environment of the Palm House. We compared air and soil temperature, and measured the humidity and light. Some of us even met a Water Dragon!
We also had time to do a tree-top walk (where we got an excellent view of some parakeets that have made Kew their home) and some of us experienced the hypnotic thrum of ‘The Hive’.
What a fantastic day of learning.
I stumbled upon these amazing photos on the BBC website, and had to share with you; they stopped me in my tracks and lots of questions popped into my head. What questions pop into your head when you look at these images?
This year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition attracted over 45,000 entries from professionals and amateurs across 95 countries. The exhibition goes on display on 19 October at the Natural History Museum in London.