Small worlds

Over the past half term Nursery have been fascinated by blocks, bricks and boards. Block play enables children to develop their problem solving skills and persist in finding solutions – for example balancing different shapes in a structure or finding the right block to place next.

There has been significant language development as the children consult with their peers about what to position and where. There has also been opportunities for pupils to create costumes and outfits for the small people and include items from the transient art to add details. By consultation and decision of the pupils we also added some mirrored blocks earlier this half term.

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Reception and Year 6 – Collaborative Cooking

Reception and Year 6 joined together to make gingerbread men, shortbread, cookies and oatmeal biscuits, for the school fair.  Year 6 were very articulate, kind and helpful and enabled Reception to learn how to make the biscuits with them.  The ingredient list was shared with Reception children and together Year 6 and Reception weighed out the ingredients and then made the  variety of biscuits.  Year 6 showed the younger children how to rub the butter into the flour and everyone had a turn.  The biscuits went down a treat at the Christmas Fair.

Year 6 – What skills were required when leading the reception children?

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Year 5&6 Roman Exhibition

Yesterday, Year 5 & 6 showcased their topic learning at a Roman Exhibition held after school, in the school hall. They had the opportunity to share their Roman clay models they had created, with one another and with their parents/carers and teachers.

Year 5 & 6 – Would you like to do something similar to this again? If so why? If not, why not?

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Shakespeare Evening

Year 5 and 6 blew us away with their stunning performances of Shakespeare. It was so incredible to see how hard the children worked, how many risks they took and how well they supported each other to put together such a brilliant evening for everybody. I was so proud of every child, the commitment they made to their learning and the enthusiasm they showed for Shakespeare and acting

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Year 5 & 6 – Shakespeare Performance

What a fantastic evening at Watersmeet Theatre yesterday, where Year 5 and 6 captured the audience with their performances of Julius Caesar and Macbeth. Throughout the weeks all the children have been working extremely hard in understanding their plays, learning their lines, taking risks, learning as a team and this was evident from their performances. Thank you to everyone involved in creating memories the children will treasure for a long time.

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Chatty Maths Workshop – Session 2

This afternoon, year 6 and the Chatty Maths leaders led another engaging Chatty Maths workshop. They shared their thoughts on the power of effective questioning and how open questions develop deeper thinking.

After modelling open questions, it was then the turn of our parent/carer learners.

Thank you to all the parents/careers for learning with us again this afternoon.

The afternoon ended with parents/careers sharing what they learnt from the session;

– ‘Open questions are difficult to ask but you get some great answers.’

– ‘Open questions meant that my son looked at the picture and identified other things in the picture I hadn’t asked about.’

– ‘Importance in using open questions to get children to elaborate on their thoughts. It gives parents the opportunity to think about learning in a different way.’

– ‘The need for more open questions when talking to my children, trying not to make questions leading.’

– ‘Will keep an open mind when it comes to homework; will ask more open questions as opposed to closed. Thank you, very good idea to have the parents interacting too!’

 

Great risk taking was shown by all our learners today, both adults and children! Looking forward to our outdoor session next Friday!

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Cast Workshop

Today, Year 5 and 6 visited the theatre where they will perform their Shakespeare plays. They thoroughly enjoyed the workshop, which was run by two actors. We spent time working on a small section of our play, trying out new ideas and seeing how they looked. I was so impressed by the ability of our children to take risks and explore ideas even while on a stage in a real theatre. Come and see our finished productions on 2nd November!

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