Dear Parents,

In assembly this week, the theme was perseverance, and the children heard the story of the frog and the cream.  Reception were very happy to help with an experiment to turn cream (in this case milk) into butter by continuously shaking the container.  The message of perseverance demonstrated that we all need to try hard and at times dig deep. It has also been wonderful to see the children collect House Point tokens for the tubes, which has celebrated all of their excellent work since being back at school.

Reception

This week, the children have thoroughly enjoyed retelling the story of ‘The Enormous Turnip.’ After creating story maps and puppets the children decided to become authors and even wrote their very own books! The children are rightfully very proud of their achievements and so their super story books will be put on display for everyone to enjoy. Visiting the forest again was a particular highlight and creating a range of imaginative menus for the farmer and his wife to choose from, as an alternative to ‘turnip soup’ was great fun! In Maths, the children have persevered to find number bonds to ten using a range of different resources, and in P.E. everyone enjoyed sharing their super balancing skills! Well done Team Reception.


Year 1

Year 1 have continued to focus on The Very Hungry Caterpillar this week. They made changes to the story by choosing their own foods for the caterpillar to eat. They described the foods using alliterative phrases and then rewrote the story incorporating their changes. The children have thoroughly enjoyed watching their very own hungry caterpillars growing larger and longer by the day! In RE, the children have been learning about Holy Week. They enjoyed hearing the reasons as to why Easter Eggs and Hot Cross Buns are eaten at Easter time.

Year 2

Year 2 have continued our exploration of the Great Fire of London. We have learned about the events that preceded the fire, what started the fire and the time line of events between the 2nd and the 7th of September 1666. We have been comparing what life was like in the past with our lives today – discovering what the lack of indoor plumbing and running water would really mean! We have completed comparison charts and have created a timeline in our books, detailing each event as it happened.
In Literacy, we have been learning about the elements of a good diary entry and have even tried to write one from the point of view of Goldilocks or one of the Three Little Pigs. The children have done some amazing work!
Our new Maths topic ‘2D and 3D Shape’ started with an exciting practical lesson. We used Playdoh, wooden skewers and marshmallows to create all sorts of 2D and 3D shapes!
We have now concluded our science experiment and have successfully answered our big question, ‘Do seeds need soil to grow?’. We have learned that to grow the strongest and the tallest, soil helps, but all of our cress seeds did sprout!
In PSHE we have learned about the patron saint of Ireland, St Patrick. He had a very interesting life and was dedicated to spreading the word of God to the people of Ireland. We have also continued to explore what makes a good friend.

Year 3

This week in year 3 we recapped some of the lockdown learning about rocks and volcanoes. The children enjoyed choosing different types of rocks and minerals to test whether they are magnetic, float or sink and describing how they look and feel. It was lovely for the children to be able to discuss with their peers what they had observed.
We made a playdough Earth to help us visualise the different layers and talked about how volcanoes are formed and why they erupt. The children had the opportunity to create an eruption too!

Year 4

Year 4 have continued to work hard across the curriculum this week. I am very proud of their work ethic and motivation. In English, they worked effectively in small groups to create presentations on how to look after our planet. One group produced an original scenario based on the ’litter police’, another group provided several facts and demonstrated how to make a bird feeder from recycled materials, and the last group drew some excellent illustrations. Each presentation was different to the next, yet they were all engaging and informative. The children asked rhetorical questions to involve the audience, used visual aids and spoke with clear voices. The class then began identifying the features of persuasive writing in preparation for writing their own persuasive texts. In Art, they began the eagerly anticipated painting of their volcano sculptures. Super work, Year 4!

Year 5

In year 5 this week, we have been making up for lost time. What a packed week! In art, the children have been learning how to cut accurately as they are creating Sumer toys from wood and clay. These will move and the project is building on the clay skills they developed in the first term. They came back to class with their accurately cut wood having clearly had a great time.

Our new topic in science continues this week as we looked at air resistance. The children look at how the length of a blade on a spinner affects air resistance. This continued to develop their understanding of variables and their link to fair tests as well as allowing them to tackle a more complicated graph. They all worked well and safely allowing them to develop their understanding of air resistance.

Last week, we started our new book, Carrie’s War. This week, we have been looking at diary writing and I have been very impressed with what they have produced. The style they have written in has demonstrated the chatty style needed for a diary and they have filled their entries with personal feelings. I have been very impressed with them and, when compared to the diary entry they did in September, it shows great progress. It is good to see they have continued to learn and develop throughout lockdown.

Year 6

As ever, Year 6 have had a busy week. In maths, they have been calculating the percentage of amounts and constructing triangles with a pair of compasses, pencil and ruler. Some of the children applied their knowledge of angles to a 16-point compass and were introduced to the term ‘bearing’ and directions such as ‘East North East’…a bearing of 067.5 degrees to be precise! In English, they have been writing eyewitness accounts, realising the importance of paying attention to the smallest of details when describing a person, animal, object or setting. In Science, they recalled the fact that visible light is made of the seven colours of the rainbow – violet, indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange and red – which can be mixed to recreate ‘white light’ via Newton’s Wheel, sometimes called the ‘reverse rainbow disc’. They thought that Sir Isaac Newton – born in 1643 – would be very pleased to know that his experiment with physics is still being taught in schools in the 21st Century!

Class Music

Year 3
This week, in class music, we have been exploring time-signatures in simple duple, triple and quadruple time. Pupils have enjoyed using the African drums to perform the various time-signatures and they have developed their drumming skills.

Year 4
In class music, this week, our focus has been to arrange (orchestrate) a simple song or rhyme for a group of percussion instruments. Much fun was had with everyone working and composing in groups and finishing with a final performance.

Year 5
This week, in class music, we have composed and performed short improvised pieces using medieval modes and drones. Pupils have used a variety of tuned percussion instruments including glockenspiels, xylophones and metallophones to perform on.

Year 6
The French composer, Claude Debussy, was fascinated by the sea, and much of his music was inspired by it. This week we listened to one of his preludes “La Cathedrale Engloutie” (The Sunken Cathedral), an atmospheric piece for solo piano which depicts the rise of a cathedral from the water and subsequent return to the depths. The composer creates musical effects depicting the sounds of the bells chiming, priests chanting and organ playing. They worked in groups and composed and performed their version of The Sunken Cathedral.

Digital Awareness

Since remote learning began, the children have become very confident using digital devices.  However, please can you be aware of the age restrictions on apps; guidance can be found here.

Dance Festival

Next Thursday, children in Years 1-6 will take part in a virtual Dance Festival, which is run by Forest Heath Sports Partnership.  Details will follow and the children will very much enjoy taking part with over 800 other pupils!

Holiday Club

With the Easter Holidays approaching, we will be offering Holiday Club for two weeks.  If your child is eligible to attend under the most recent Government Guidance, please book them in by completing the Holiday Club form.

Parent Meetings

During the last week of term, you will be able to find out how well your child has enjoyed being back at school by booking a meeting with teachers.  Details will follow soon.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend, and we hope that the children are excited to relay their learning from the week.