Dear Parents,

The week started with a very informative assembly about Road Safety Week, and Miss Drayton provided very useful advice about crossing a road safely.  She also reiterated that children should only cross a road with an adult.  Also this week there has been much excitement about the Burwell House trip for Years 3 and 4 on Monday!  Could parents please make sure they refer to the recent update for information and last minute reminders.  We look forward to hearing about all the activities next week.

Costumes

Please could all costumes for the Narnia performance be in School by 6th December at the latest.

Half Term Readathon

Thank you to the children who read books over half term and also raised money.  I am thrilled to announce a total collection of £963.06.  Well done to all those who read and thank you to the Parents’ Association for organising the event.

Collection

A reminder that children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 should be collected at 3.30pm, unless they have an older sibling finishing at 4.00pm.

Reception

As ‘World Nursery Rhyme Week’ draws to a close, the children in Reception can feel very proud of all their super learning linked to different traditional rhymes. There were some very confident performances on the outdoor stage too! The theme was continued throughout all lessons, including creative dance in PE, and learning two traditional rhymes in Spanish! In the forest, the children learned a wonderful rhyme about autumn leaves and had great fun printing with them to make their own special forest school t-shirts! Being super ‘Exploradactyls’, alongside discovering the work of famous artists, has been great fun too! In maths, the children enjoyed using circles and triangles to create their own abstract art, inspired by Wassily Kandinsky. Linking ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star’ to Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’ painting also produced some super work. Well done, everyone!

Year 1

We travelled to the second largest continent on earth this week – Africa! In English, we have been reading Handa’s Surprise by Eileen Browne. After studying the front cover, we made predictions as to what we thought the surprise would be. There were lots of accurate predictions! We then tasted some of the fruits Handa took to her friend, Akeyo. As we tasted the fruits, we came up with a list of adjectives to describe them. We were surprised by how many of us liked the runny passion fruit. This was a new fruit to many but proved very popular.

In art and DT, we made African Papier Mache bowls to replicate Handa’s basket. It was hard work ensuring we had enough layers to make our bowls strong enough to hold the clay fruits we had made. We decorated our bowls with traditional African patterns and colours. They look wonderful and the fruits look good enough to eat!

Year 2

Year 2 have continued our look at Traditional Tales this week. We have read and compared 5 different ‘Gingerbread Man’ stories! Ask your child which their favourite one was and why. We also read a Traditional Tale from Russia – the Baba Yaga. She is a fearsome witch that lives in a very special house. It has chicken legs! The house walks around the forest looking for children to put in the cooking pot! Luckily Natasha had some magical help from the dog, the cat and the gate; she manages to escape just in time. We used the house to practise writing expanded noun phrases and 4 different types of sentences (statements, commands, questions and exclamations). In maths we have been looking at adding and subtracting one and ten to any given number on a 100 square. This has been tricky, but we are using equipment and place value charts to support our learning. In science we discovered the effects exercise has on our body and conducted some experiments to provide evidence. In art we have begun to learn about a Japanese artist named Yayoi Kasama. Her spots are out of this world!

Year 3

It has been a busy week in Year 3, jam-packed with learning. Year 3 worked particularly hard on their home learning to create a 3D model of The Twits’ Upside-down House! It was fantastic to see the creativity and originality shine through in their designs. Some made furniture from scratch, others up-cycled and some even had light-up lamps and fixtures. The children thoroughly enjoyed explaining how they designed their creations and the whole making process. Well done, Year 3! In maths this week, Year 3 have been using formal methods of subtraction to cross boundaries and exchange. They worked practically, pictorially and solved abstract representations and questions. In English, the focus was on adverbials fronted adverbials of time, place and manner. The children identified and wrote their own to enhance their writing. In art, it was time to make the lids for their canopic jars linked to the Ancient Egyptian topic. The children thoroughly enjoyed working with the clay and thinking about shape, size and design. In geography, Year 3 explored the River Nile and worked hard to use research to answer true and false questions about this very important river. It was also the second week of swimming and the children showed great promise! What a fantastic week, Year 3! Now for a weekend with lots of rest, ready for our residential next week…

Year 4

In science this week, Year 4 continued with their topic on electricity and explored complete and incomplete circuits. They made predictions about which circuits they thought would light the bulb, tested their predictions and explained the difference between an incomplete and complete circuit. They were then set the challenge of creating their own circuits and testing these out.
In art, Year 4 modelled the lids for their canopic jars on a variety of Ancient Egyptian gods. I am particularly pleased with how their clay skills are developing and these will be impressive works of art when complete. Well done!

Year 5

This week, we have introduced the ‘Fantastics’ to the class. They can show you them as I have set them a homework based on them. We have been using them to extend our descriptive writing so that it includes all of our senses, not just focusing on what we see. They have already shown some great ideas and have even started to incorporate figurative language into their descriptions. As always, this is based on our class book Malamander. Next week, we will be writing about one of the scenes using all of the vocabulary and ideas we have compiled.

We have continued to look at our theme of ‘What Christmas means to Christians’. This week, we looked at the idea that it is important to Christians to show love, the way the Jesus and God showed love to us. We have compared the way Christians and non-Christians do this, showing our ideas in a sketch that they wrote and performed in groups. I was impressed with the work, especially when you think about how long they had to complete the task. On top of all of this, they are still keeping up with all the peripatetic teaching as seen in the pictures.

Year 6

In maths lessons, Year 6 have been drawing and interpreting pie charts. They collected data and created a pie chart on a topic of their choice: Football Teams (Prince), Cats (Gabi), Ancient Civilisations (Julian), The Solar System (Bella), Sports (Ella), Birds (Ashera) and Colours (Michaela). The trickiest part was calculating the number of angles per vote but we got there in the end! Year 6 also revised the topics of ‘reflection’ and ‘translation’ of 2D shapes on a co-ordinates grid and had some fun putting their knowledge into practice by drawing a huge x and y axis on the playground. Then, working in pairs, they gave instructions to translate their partner from one quadrant to the next, without bumping into each other! This week’s English focus was on formal letters. Year 6 had to write to the Information Service of the Natural History Museum to ask them for help to identify an unusual creature that appeared in their back garden. The children thought about the features and structure of their formal letter, as well as its purpose, and enjoyed practising their signatures! There were some very peculiar animals indeed – including a rabbit-like creature with antlers (Giselle)!

Fixtures

U11 Girls Hockey v King’s College School

On Wednesday 17th November, the U11 girls and boys played hockey against King’s College School

We started with the ball and quickly got passing. In the first 5 minutes we managed to score a fantastic goal, scored by Prince. In defence Bella did some amazing tackles. Ashera got into space a lot and passed to Giselle who would quickly push it in the D. Julian did some exceedingly good tackles along with Lottie doing some great defending. By the end of the first half it was 3-0 to us. In goal Elsie did some good saves reaching for every ball. Lottie then managed to score an excellent goal making it 4-0!

Well done team, keep up the good work!

The final score was 4-0 to us.

Ella W., Girls’ Sports Captain.

U9 Fixtures

On Friday, the Year 3 and 4 pupils played South Lee school. The boys played football and, once again, demonstrated their skills as they won 6 – 1. This was made possible by the team showing great cohesion and supporting each other. There were many memorable moments and, as seen in the photos, they continue to display their skill.

While the boys played football, the girls played netball. There were two games of high fives played. It was good to see the power and accuracy of the passing as well as the controlled positioning. After four quarters, the scores ended up with one drawn match and one loss. All the girls played well and should be pleased with their performance.

Have a lovely weekend, and I look forward to seeing many of you tomorrow evening at the FHPA’s Autumn Glow Festival!

Michael Radford