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The end of the week is already here.

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The end of the week is already here.
by Mandy Porrett - Friday, 18 March 2011, 6:32 PM
The Japanese community of BEPS is holding a cake sale on Thursday 24th March to raise money for the victims of the earthquake and Tsunami in Japan. The money raised will be sent to the Red Cross for the Japan Tsunami Appeal. Please support this event if you can. More information will follow.

After the holiday everybody has returned revitalised and full of energy. Lots of learning is happening once again. Last term’s Units of Work are being finished and new ones beginning.

In Bear’s Cave they are talking about Jungles. They have been learning about the different animals that live there and pretending to be them. On Tuesday they started to make a long snake using toilet roll tubes.

Lion’s Den were certainly very happy to see the sunshine this week as they were talking about gardens, and wanted to look for blossom. They went out into the woods, but even if they didn’t manage to see blossom it doesn’t matter, because they have made their own. Spring has arrived in their classroom.

Class 1 have started a Unit all about transport. They have made a graph to show how they come to school, and how they would really like to come to school. I am sure that there were some exciting ideas of good ways to travel to BEPS. In computers they were drawing pictures of hot air balloons, demonstrating a range of skills. Next Thursday they are going on a trip to Autoworld to see how vehicles have changed over time. The sound of the week was ‘r’.

In Class 2 they have been reviewing and experimenting with their five senses. There was a lovely smell of oranges and cloves coming from their classrooms, you must ask them why. On Monday they are off to the Scientastic Museum to learn lots more about their senses. In Numeracy they have started to investigate money, and in Literacy have been reviewing some initial blends.

The Class 3 Houses Exhibition took place yesterday, and they shared their house with Lower School in assembly this afternoon. Please come into the entrance hall to look at their houses and read all about them. They did a fantastic job and will be the architects and house builders of the future for sure. In Literacy they were reviewing the long ‘u’ sound and spelling pattern, and in Numeracy practicing quick recall of number facts and solving mental calculations using addition and subtraction.

Class 4 have been excavating in the sandpit but you are going to have to ask them what they found. Their new Unit of work about treasure has captured their imaginations, and after listening to an extract from Howard Carter’s diary they are writing their own. In Numeracy they are talking about the 4 points of the compass and right angle turns; both things that will be useful for treasure hunters.

Class 5 are entering the prehistoric world of dinosaurs. They have started by trying to identify if statements they read about dinosaurs are true or false. They are also in the early stages of writing a dinosaur-based story. In Numeracy they have been continuing their work on fractions and have been making fraction pizzas!

Classes 6 & 7 are continuing to gather information to help them with their inquiries into their chosen inventions. Both classes have also started to look at poetry and have been reading and talking about the meaning of poems.
Class 6J Numeracy lessons have been based on using doubling and halving as a strategy to help them when multiplying and looking at other multiplication and division strategies too.
In 7/6H are looking at the relationship between fractions, decimals and percentages. They have been learning about equivalent fractions, percentages and decimals.

Next Thursday (24th March) we are lucky to be having the Classic Fairytale Company coming to visit our school. They will be presenting three performances during the day, so all of the children in the school will see them. They visited us a couple of years ago and the children thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and we are really looking forward to seeing them again. I would like to thank the PTA for funding this event, I know that the children will both enjoy and benefit from this opportunity. I am sure that you will hear all about it from your child(ren).

Unfortunately the rain seems to have arrived, let’s hope it doesn’t last all weekend.

Best Wishes

Mandy Porrett