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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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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Pause, wonder, reflect, question…

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?

Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Amazing competition photos – CBBC Newsround

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.

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Learning . . . off and running . . .

Today it was a privilege to spend time in classes and join in the learning. The highlights included :

  • new learning resources in year 1
  • Power of 5 maths
  • describing aspirations and dreams for the future
  • exploring new topics through investigations and team work
  • unwrapping books to celebrate new topics

If you have any personal or professional skills that are linked to our topics please come and speak to us. We always welcome talks, workshops and sharing of artefacts. This term we are learning about World Wars, The Rainforest and Plants.

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2018.19 – Are you ready?

Welcome back to school. Today in assembly, I shared a beautiful book with the children of a collection of untranslatable words from around the world. What a wonderful word by Nicola Edwards and Luisa Uribe

Gokotta – Swedish – to wake up early in the morning so you can go outside to hear the first birds singing

Poronkusema – Finnish – the distance a reindeer can walk before needing the toilet

Nakama – Japanese – friends who are like family

I then explained to the children that there is a special word for us here at school this term. The problem was they were only given one of the letters in assembly. Over the course of the day different classes have been given a different extra letter. Can you work out the word?

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