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What a cold and snowy week! A message from a Class 1 parent.

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What a cold and snowy week! A message from a Class 1 parent.
by Mandy Porrett - Friday, 18 January 2013, 7:35 PM
It is the end of another week and plenty has been happening across the school. If you have been in you will have noticed that we are in the middle of changing all of the displays in the shared areas of the school. They will be finished next week, so please try and find the time to come and take a look at them.

Bear’s Cave have been very happy to see the wintry weather as they have been talking all about winter and the clothes they need to wear. They made boots, hats and mittens. They also ordered hats and mittens from the smallest to the biggest and the biggest to the smallest.

This week part of Lion’s Den classroom was turned into a castle and suddenly the class was filled with Kings, Queens, Princesses and Knights. They also read adventure stories and learnt the song “A Princess Lived in a Big High Tower”. They have been very busy making things this week; castles, finger puppets, crowns and princess hats and snowmen.This week they started looking at letters. Their letter this week was the letter s. We learnt the Jolly Phonics “s” song and practiced drawing wiggly snake ‘s’ shapes with our fingers in the sand and with pencils on paper.

Class 1’s Unit of Work is all about letters and numbers this half term. They have been busy recognising and working with ‘i’ this week and working in their ‘El Nombre books’. Alongside all this learning they have been enjoying the snow and making snowmen inside too! Luckily this didn’t involve real snow, but fluffy cotton wool instead.

Class 2 are now talking about their senses and are developing an understanding of how their senses give them an awareness of the world around them. This week they are recognising that their noses let them smell. They have been identify things using their sense of smell by looking at pictures, smelling these things blindfolded, guessing what they are and matching the smell with the picture. In Literacy they have been developing and increasing an awareness of rhyme so that they can hear and identify rhyme in words and generate rhyming words following a pattern. In Numeracy they have been checking that they know addition facts for pairs that total up to 6 and making bonds of 4, 5 and 6.

Class 3 have started one of my favourite Units of Work. They are learning all about buildings. Although the snowy weather prevented them form going out to sketch buildings from the local area, they have looked at pictures and photographs instead. They have also been writing about their own homes and I know that this will be displayed in the entrance hall next week. In Numeracy they are talking about symmetry and investigating lines of symmetry in different shapes by folding them. They also managed to find time to fit in a bit of verb recognition!

Class 4’s Unit on water came to an end this week. They concluded this with an experiment to see what happened to different substances when they were added to water. They can tell you all about things that dissolve, sink and float and the effect they have on our water supplies. In Literacy they were looking for commas and learning what their purpose is. They have started trying to use them in their writing, but it is something that needs lots of practice. In Numeracy they were investigating the link between multiplication and division. They have all worked hard to ensure they know the three times table.

It is the time of year when Class 5 will be making sure that we are all fit and healthy. They have been researching the different organs in our bodies and you can see what they have found out on their display. They have also learnt how to measure and record their temperature and pulse. I am sure that they will be very happy to share this knowledge with you. In Literacy they have been seeing how the long ‘u’ sound is spelt differently in words such as juice, approve and chew. In Numeracy they have been adding and subtracting near multiples of ten from two and three digit numbers. They have also been adding and subtracting numbers both in columns and horizontally.

Class 6 have been starting to grasp the fundamental nature of gravity through experiments and recording their results. They carried out an experiment with a marble in a plastic tube to understand gravity, kinetic energy and friction. We have many budding scientists now. They have also started to build the fairground rides that they have designed. I know that they have even managed to havel Luc’s help with this, as some drilling has been required. I am really looking forward to seeing the finished results. In Literacy they have started to look at the elements of poetry and writing poems that rhyme (which is never as easy as it seems). In Numeracy they were rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000.

Class 7’s new Unit of Work is all about leaders and governors. They have been asking questions such as:

What makes a good leader?

What makes a bad leader?

What makes a good government?

Which political systems make citizens happy?

In Literacy they have been reading Jules Vernes’ Journey To The Centre Of The World. Although they have found this a challenging text they have managed to use it as a guide to help them create their own science fiction story. They have also been introduced to persuasive writing, which is a skill they will use to try and encourage their peers to vote them into the position of House Captain. In Numeracy they have been continuing their work with fractions.

You can see that the holidays must have revitalised the children and that they are now all working hard again and enjoying the new term.

I have been asked by one of our Class 1 parents to share the information below with you.

"Dear fellow parents, dear friends,

I am Reginald Neirynck, the father of Winston in Class 1.

I am member of the Committee of the Round Table Nr. 1 of Brussels (“Table Ronde de Bruxelles 1”) and we are organizing a fundraising event on Sunday February 3rd centered around a fun family activity.

We would like to invite you and your children, your families and friends to a matinee private screening of the last movie/cartoon “Les Mondes de Ralph” at the movie theatre of KINEPOLIS IMAGIBRAINE (in Braine-L’Alleud – 20 min. South of Brussels) on Sunday February 3rd at 11:00AM.

You are expected starting at 9:30 AM for a fun family breakfast. During breakfast, all sorts of animations/activities will take place for the enjoyment of the children. The screening of the movie will however only start at 11:00 AM.

The tickets to attend this activity are for sale for EUR 20 per person and include breakfast, animations and projection of the movie.

The movie will however be screened in FRENCH, but this could of course be an excellent exercise for many of you!

The profits for this event will be entirely gifted to two organizations that we support:

(1) A specialized school in Lessines (“L’établissement d’Enseignement Spécialisé Fondamental de Lessines”) for children with specific movement, functional or cerebral disabilities where they emphasize the development of communication, socialization and autonomy. We will offer “tablets” (iPads etc.) to the school, as the children react very positively by handling such devices.

(2) The ASBL SPINNAKER which organizes specific activities for children/youths between 13 – 18 years old placed in institutions or having families with difficulties. About 10 activities a year are being organized (fun, sports or adventure; e.g. a WE at the seaside or in the Ardennes).

Please also invite your friends or other family members!

We hope to see you in big numbers and thank you for your attendance!

If you are interested in attending, please contact me at or on 0476/48 17 99.

Thank you very much.

Warm regards,


Reginald Neirynck"

There will also be information regarding this on the notice board outside Jenny-Ruth’s office.

Finally I am happy to tell you that on Monday (21st January) children from Class 1-7 will have the opportunity to see a theatre performance. The PTA has funded this and I would like to thank them on behalf of the children, but I am sure they will also thank them after the event. The Class 6 & 7 children will also have the opportunity to be involved in a workshop following the performances. Unfortunately it is not suitable for the Pre-school children, but we will ensure that they have a similar experience later this year. I will tell you more about the performances next week.

I am looking forward to seeing the finished displays next week and to seeing how each class is progressing with their new Units of Work.

Have a great weekend, and keep warm and safe.

Best Wishes

Mandy Porrett