Performance reads, bookmarks and ‘Los tres cerditos’

It was wonderful to welcome many parents, grandparents and other family members to end our world book day celebrations. Each class nominated a representative who performed a reading. The focus was on volume, intonation, expression and fluency.

It was incredible to see the confidence and passion from all of our readers in front of a packed hall. We also announced the winners of the book mark competition; welcome done to Lois (Yr6), Amelia (Yr1) and Aaron (Rec). The assembly ended with a fantastic performance of  ‘Los tres cerditos’ (The Three Little Pigs in Spanish) from Year 4, 5 & 6. 

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Keep up the passion for reading everyone.

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Making justified inferences

This week, Year 5 have begun a new text in Literacy, ‘Escape from Pompeii’. We began with a small image, where two children were staring fearfully at something, from which we had to draw justified inferences. The quality of response was incredible.

“They must be looking at something bright because of the shadow that has been cast across their bodies.”

“They would have slightly different feelings as the older child would need to hold in their fear to protect the younger one.”

Then, the whole image was revealed and the children could see the erupting volcano. From this, we continued to make inferences using all the clues available to us. We dramatised and wrote the conversation between the two children. The writing was excellent with children dropping in information about their characters’ emotions throughout the conversation. During the drama, the children had carefully considered who needed to speak first to best represent the emotions and how to show an emotion through conversation.

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The Tempest

Wow! What an incredible performance Year 5 produced of The Tempest! Each member of the cast worked so hard to learn their lines, develop their character and improve their voice. I was blown away with how confidently they performed. The class worked beautifully together supporting each other to develop a brilliant overall performance. Well done Year 5.

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Chicks in EYFS

What a fascinating couple of weeks Reception and Nursery have had seeing 13 chicks hatch and grow…

The children have loved observing the chicks and how they have been changing in appearance and developing new skills such as jumping.  They also had the opportunity to hold a chick and describe how that felt.  Sadly today we had to say good bye to the chicks today.   If you would like to talk more to your child about how they will look when they are fully grown please look up the breed Cream Legbar Chicken.

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YEAR 5 – Spanish learning

This week, Year 5 have started learning the numbers in Spanish. We talked about Spain as a country and shared few things we all know.

We’ve also made a bunting banner that shows how brilliant year 5 are with numbers.

We are looking forward to the next week’s learning where we will start introducing ourselves.

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Reception Trip to Rickmansworth Library

Yesterday morning Reception had a lovely trip to Rickmansworth Library.  We had an adventurous journey on the bus and the children were very excited to see a Fire Engine, Ambulance, Police car, Post Van and a Dustcart which all linked in beautifully with this half terms topic of ‘People Who Help Us’.  At the Library we were very privileged to have it all to ourselves.  There the children had the opportunity to: learn more about what a Librarian does, go on a tour of the Library, read books independently and experience a session with singing and were read a wonderful story. (Which they then all received a copy of to take home.)

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Traditional Tales

Year 5 started a new Literacy topic this morning: they are going to write their own funny version of a well known traditional tale. We started by using clues to discuss what we knew about traditional tales. We were looking for similarities and found that many traditional tales had things in common. This meant that it took a while to work out exactly which story the clues were about. We are also going to learn one story by heart. Can you work out what story it is using the story map?

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