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Where has the sunshine gone?

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Where has the sunshine gone?
by Mandy Porrett - Friday, 26 April 2013, 6:17 PM
Well, if that was our taste of spring we didn’t have to worry about getting too used to it! Just as I had started reminding the children to take their water bottles out into the playground and about bringing in caps the temperature dropped and the drizzle returned. However, lots has been happening during the week that I can tell you about, which will hopefully brighten things up again.

The children in Bear’s Cave have been talking about spring and have been looking at flowers. They can tell you about the stem, the leaves and the petals and have made their own flowers with these three parts. After listening to the story ‘A Seed In Need’ they planted some cress seeds, and have been patiently waiting for them to grow. They even pretended to be a flower growing in a pot.

Following their exciting trip to the farm just before the Easter holidays Lion’s Den are continuing to talk about farm animals. They are now able to recognise lots of the characteristics of farm animals. This week they painted pictures of pigs and made goat masks. I bet that the Three Billy Goats Gruff went trip, trip trapping into their week somewhere! They were also looking at the letters ‘c’ and ‘k’, which they were surprised to find made the same sound.

In Class 1 this week the children have been busy practicing all the rhymes that they have learned so far in their unit Let’s Pretend. They listened to ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker” and drew a picture related to the story in their journals, as well as making some elves shoes during art and craft. In Literacy the children were identifying the sound of the letters ‘f’ and ‘b’. In Numeracy, they were counting, reading and writing the number 8 and also partitioning numbers.

Class 2 have been travelling back in time to find out about holidays in the past. They also added their finishing touches to their holiday timelines and discovered the seven wonders of the modern world ‘travelling’ from the Colosseum in Italy, to the Great Wall in China, on to The Taj Mahal in India and beyond. They have enjoyed learning, reading and writing about their amazing facts as well as creating beautiful watercolour paintings. In Literacy the children have been practicing reading and spelling words ending in -lt, -lk, -lp, and –lf and in Numeracy have been adding by counting on.

Class 3 have continued exploring stories this week and in particular myths, fables, legends and fairytales. They have been comparing and identifying the differences between these types of stories, which has helped them to imagine and create a map for their own story. In Literacy the children have been investigating patterns in words that have a double consonant sound. They have also been reading stories to their friends as well as writing simple stories using adjectives. They have been revising addition and subtraction with simple numbers in numeracy, alongside recalling numbers bonds to 10 and even adding three numbers.

Class 4 are learning about a wide range of significant people for their Unit of Work, and this week they have been creating passports for them. They have also started to create a fact file about them. I am really looking forward to hearing all about these people and why they have chosen to learn more about them. During Literacy they read a text all about Mahatma Ghandi and then used it to answer some comprehension questions. They were also looking at how apostrophes are used for contractions. In Numeracy they have been revising how division is the inverse of multiplication as well as making sure they have fast recall of their 9x table.

The Class 5 children have been very busy using and developing their research skills to enable them to create a Dinosaur Magazine. They are working hard to ensure that it has sections, which include a contents page, a creative story, a fact file, a quiz or game and an ‘About the Author’ section. I am sure that they are going to be very interesting to read when they are completed. In Literacy they have been editing their dinosaur stories and redrafting them, making sure that they have a clear beginning, middle and end. In Numeracy they have been looking at 2D shapes and recognising regular polygons and symmetrical pentagons.

This week the Class 6 children found out what it was like to be a news reporter. After working on writing a news report telling people about an oil spill, they recorded their results using the video camera. They hope to put their reports onto the website to share with you. They have also been looking at rocks to find out more about their characteristics. In Literacy they have been reading a text about the explorer John Cabot and answering comprehension questions linked to this, and in Numeracy they have been working with addition.

Class 7 have been continuing to work on their Exhibition. They have made excellent progress with their PowerPoint presentations and have been supporting each other by looking to see if their text and pictures match, and if their questions are being answered. They have also been getting creative and stories, comic strips, poems and diaries are starting to flow. Some of them have been really moving out of their comfort zones and have been interviewing a wide range of people to support their learning. They are showing how well organised they can be and how they can guide their own learning too.

Ms. Ford led the Upper School Assembly this afternoon and Classes 4,5 and 6 shared some of the songs they had been working on, the choir sang and Maddie and Victoria impressed us all with a duet. It was all very exciting and meant that we finished the week on a high note! Well done to everybody that was involved, and a big thank you to Ms. Ford.

Unfortunately next week will be Jenny-Ruth’s last week at BEPS. Dominique our new secretary will join us on Monday and she and Jenny-Ruth will work together for the week. Please look out for a letter that will be in your child’s Blue Bag on Monday regarding a surprise for Jenny-Ruth, but remember it’s a surprise!!

I would like to take this opportunity to ask you to make sure that you send your child(ren) with an additional snack and drink if they are going to Garderie at the end of the school day. It is very helpful if you put in a different container from their morning snack and lunch so that they know it is to be eaten in Garderie. Thank you for your understanding and support.

Finally, please remember that next week is a four-day week. As Wednesday 1st May is a Bank Holiday there isn’t any school on that day. The following week will also be a short week as we there isn’t any school on Thursday 9th and Friday 10th May.

Best Wishes

Mandy Porrett