Thursday, 28 May 2015

WB: 18.5.15.

I cannot quite believe that another half-term has flown by!
We had a fabulous start to the week when Niamh’s mummy, Dr. Breay, visited our class and told us all about her exciting role at the British Library and the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta. The children enjoyed listening to facts and watching a video about King John and the Barons. They had the opportunity to think about why the ‘Great Charter’ had come about and I think it was true to say that most of us at one time or another have muttered the words, ‘It’s not fair!’
This week in English we focused on the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. The children began by working together to freeze-frame parts of the story. Afterwards, their task was to create and write about a different version of the ending to the story.

In Maths the children have been learning about multiplication and division. We introduced the ‘x’ sign and the concept of multiplication as repeated addition. They also found out that multiplication problems can be represented as an ‘array’ and can be calculated in any order.   They have used the language of ‘groups of’ and ‘lots of’ whilst solving their problems.

This week in RE we discussed how the disciples spread the ‘Good News’ of Jesus. The children visited the prayer garden to say the Hail Mary prayer and admired the beautiful mosaic that has been created on the cross. A special thanks to Jake’s mum, Mrs Miles and parents who have worked hard to create a wonderful spiritual environment for our children.

To conclude our ‘Keeping Healthy’ topic the children have been thinking about ways to exercise to keep themselves fit. You will have seen that your child has been given a sheet for homework to complete over the half-term.
During our PE lessons the children enjoyed taking part in timed challenge activities. Dominic was able to complete an amazing 110 mountain climbers in a minute and Jacob completed 110 star jumps – very impressive! This was the children’s last week of football skills with Mr Wells which they have thoroughly enjoyed over the past five weeks. 

In Science the children took part in a nature walk and explored the wild flowers in our environment. They have also planted some seeds and will be looking forward to watching these grow in our final term.

Next term we will begin our new topic and the children are excited about our trip to the Sea Life London Aquarium on Wednesday 3rd June. This will be a fantastic start to inspire the children’s curiosity about the creatures that live ‘Under the Sea’.
Enjoy the half-term holidays!

Friday, 15 May 2015

WB: 11.5.15.

On Monday the children really enjoyed making their fun sandwiches. I was very impressed at how many different designs the children had created. I am sure you can see from the pictures that they were pretty amazing and very tasty! 
Here are just a few of the children’s comments…
The hummus was lovely” – Alfie
“My sandwich tasted really yummy!”- Hope
“I have never had raisins in a sandwich before but they tasted just like grapes!”– Eoin
“I don’t normally eat lettuce but I liked that it tasted sweet and crunchy!” – Jake

In English we have been listening to ‘Little Red Riding Hood.’ The children had fun coming up with questions they would like to ask the wolf. Then some of the children had the opportunity to take on the role of the wolf and answer the questions. Towards the end of the week the children wrote their own version of the story focussing on the features of fairy tales.
In RE the children have been learning about the feast of Pentecost. Afterwards, inspired by the Holy Spirit they created beautiful stained glass window pictures. 

This week in Maths the children have been subtracting using bead strings and next week we will focus on multiplication using 2’s, 5’s and 10’s.
In English we will be retelling the story of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’.

Next week we also have a visitor on Monday (Niamh’s mummy) coming in to talk with the children about the Magna Carta.

I know that many of you have special celebrations and are busy over the weekend so I have said to the children that homework does not have to be in until Wednesday or Thursday. Enjoy the weekend!