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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Y5 – Writing a letter as if being an evacuee from WW1

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.

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Y5: Have been thinking about what it was like to be an evacuee in the war.

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!

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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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Y4: Using trees as a stimulus for writing rainforest descriptions

Year 4 are about to embark on writing descriptive sentences about the rainforest. That’s pretty hard, if you’ve never been to one! So, in addition to our experience at Kew Gardens and our class learning so far, we went outside and used our school trees for inspiration. We talked about how they towered, stretched and reached above us. Can anyone remember what you call it when you attach persoon-like verbs to an inanimate object?

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