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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Year 6 – Exploring in our woods

To support our Literacy writing, Year 6 explored what it would be like to not have the sense of sight, like the main character in our text, The Silver Donkey. The children relied on their other senses to imagine what it would be like for the soldier who was in the woods and they are going to use there ideas to support their writing of the soldiers journey.

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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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Full Governing Body Meeting

This evening the Full Governing Body met and we welcomed Ms Laura Whyte as a new parent governor and Ms Scourfield as a new staff governor.  Ms Majithia and Mrs Bailey were welcomed as associate governors.  Ms Erasumus was elected as Chair and Ms Meykels was elected as Vice Chair for the coming academic year.

Mrs Trickett shared the School Improvement Plan priorities which are displayed in the school hall.

Governors discussed their roles and responsibilities and were linked to a class to  visit on a regular basis.

Polices underwent an annual review and were approved.

A governor day is planned for October where governors will come and experience learning in all areas of the school.

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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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Y3/4: Kew Gardens Visit

To tie in with our topic, years three and four visited Kew Gardens this week to get as close to a rainforest as we’re likely to get without leaving the country! we felt how the air changed as we moved from the outdoors into the humid environment of the Palm House. We compared air and soil temperature, and measured the humidity and light. Some of us even met a Water Dragon!

We also had time to do a tree-top walk (where we got an excellent view of some parakeets that have made Kew their home) and some of us experienced the hypnotic thrum of ‘The Hive’.

What a fantastic day of learning.

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