Last week, Year 4 enjoyed a trip to the Reach Free school. They learnt how to play handball out on the astro and how to perform a complicated mix of jumps, turns and landings on the trampoline. Year 4 were brilliant at having a go at these new skills even when they felt a little nervous.
Year 4 explored the various Stone Age cave paintings that have been discovered around the world. They used the styles of the different caves to create their own versions of the paintings. It was brilliant to see so many children taking risks in their learning by trying out new ideas, reflecting on what worked well and using this to create their final version.
Year 4 explored the power of their words this afternoon. They spoke kindly to one apple and used hurtful words to another. Although both apples looked the same, when we cut them open, one had been damaged and bruised by our words. How did it make you feel?
This week, Year 4 have been learning ten spellings that do not fit any rules that they have learnt so far. We have been discussing different ways to remember the tricky spellings. We practised the spellings by writing on each other’s backs and guessing the words. What tricks can you remember?
This afternoon, Year 4 hunted for clues about their topic by exploring artefacts and images. They raised some really interesting questions and were able to give good reasons for their opinions. Between them, they correctly guessed that our new topic is The Stone Age. What would you like to find out?
This morning, the whole school spent time continuing to Sharpen the Saw. The focus today was to ensure we exercise so that our bodies are ready for learning. The children made choices about whether they exercised through Fit for 15 or through Fitter Future. Lots of rosey cheeks and smiling faces showing their enjoyment.
For world Book Day Reception spent the day exploring activities around the book ‘Shark in the Dark’ by Nick Sharratt. The small world area had sharks and other sea creatures and non fiction books. In the creative area the class all had the opportunity to make their own telescope like Timothy Pope from the story. They also supported their class mates who performed the story to the rest of the school by joining in with the repeated refrain ‘Could it be a Great White Shark?’ This afternoon we also had the pleasure of being joined by Year 4 to share stories and read to each other.
We have enjoyed a wonderful day of reading! From reading detective activities to performance reading in assembly, active reading sessions to shared reading with parents. Thank you to all the children for being so motivated and eager to share their love of reading. It has been a pleasure to visit each class today and share in the excitement. Remember that reading opens many doors and the readers of today…are the leaders of tomorrow.
Pop into the hall tomorrow at 2.15 to hear a story read to you by one of our Maple Cross pupils.
Our children have been preparing special stories to share with you to celebrate World Book Day!
Welcome back to the new half term. We hope everyone had a great weeks break and squeezed in lots of reading ready for World Book Day.
This week we are hosting an art enrichment week which will give pupils opportunities to work with artists, visits galleries and unleash their creativity. Have a look at the art bellow. Which is your favourite and why? What techniques and styles are similar and different? What moods and atmospheres do they create? Why?