Materials and their properties
As part of our What’s the matter? mini science topic, we been identifying and also describing the properties of materials. There’s been lots of new words to learn. Ask your child if they can name something that might be rigid, opaque, transparency or stretchy.
In this learning, we combined science with maths to sort objects according to their properties using a venn diagram.
Ask your child what might go in the centre of the venn diagram and what might go outside the venn diagram.
Computing: touch typing
This afternoon, we’ve been practising out touch typing skills using the free games on the BBC Bitesize website.
At first we found it tricky to rest our fingers in the correct place – pointing fingers on the bumps (F and J)!
Soon, we were getting the hang of it and typing with much more confidence!
Have a go at home if you can!
Catering Agency, our school meal provider, will be running a special themed menu on Friday 18 January. Please contact the office, by Friday 11 January, if your child would like a school meal on this day (no action needed if your child normally has a school meal on this day).
Learning at home
Despite there being no homework set for over the holiday, it’s been great to hear about the learning the children have chosen to do while they have been off.
Thank you for this support at home.
We hope you have all had a restful and enjoyable break. The children have come back ready for the new term of learning and we start with our class assembly tomorrow at 2:40pm.
We hope to see you there.
Living and Learning
- Drug, alcohol and tobacco education (DATE)
- Keeping safe and managing risk
Here are the weekly Living and Learning statements, for this half term, to support this learning.
- I don’t interrupt (with my mouth or my hand).
- I can make things better.
- I know what a drug is.
- I know how to seek help.
- I make safe choices, including online.
- I can assess my own risks.
As part of our commitment to being a happy and healthy school, we’re always looking at ways to increase our pupils’ physical activity both in and out of school.
The government’s childhood obesity plan has set out the ambition for all children to achieve 60 minutes, or more, of physical activity every day (30 minutes in school and 30 minutes outside of school).
In response to this aim, we’ve compiled a physical activity guide suggesting out-of-school physical activities available to families in our local area.
The information on the guide is correct as of November 2018. Keep an eye out on our news and class news pages where will promote any new activities throughout the year.
We’d love to hear feedback about any activities you or your child try based on this guide.
Living and Learning: manners
We always encourage and model good manners and each half term we have a different manners focus.
As we approach Christmas, and other celebrations, this is a time for giving and receiving presents so we thought about the importance of using these manners.
We also thought about other times to use please and thank you…
- In the dinner hall
- If someone opens the door for you
- If you are given something
- At mealtime
- If someone has helped you
- If you are given a compliment
Living and Learning: Identity
Over this half term, our Living and Learning theme has been Identity.
Firstly, we considered there were lots of things the same about each other but everyone is different too.
Nobody is exactly the same, everyone is unique.
Children were invited to bring in something to share with the class that made them special. We learnt lots about each other including the different religions the children follow (or in some cases don’t follow), speaking different languages, having different interests and achievements and hearing about their family including their origins (Eleanor is half Irish).
In our following lesson, we learnt about our roles and responsibilities at home and at school (also linking back to our 8 Rs for learning) and why it is important to take responsibility (including in the community around us).
We acted out some different roles and responsibilities and considered whether they are easy or difficult, which they do well or not so well and willingly or less willingly.
Our action plan was to think about one way to take responsibility.
‘I can take responsibility by practising my reading, maths and writing at home. ‘
‘I can take responsibility by tidying my bedroom.’
‘I can take responsibility by looking after my brother.’
‘I can take responsibility by taking care of my cat.’
‘I can take responsibility by helping with the cooking at home.’
Wake up Shake up leaders
Thank you to our KS2 WuSu leaders who have led our daily WuSu physical activity this term and taught us lots of new routines.
Thank you to Mrs Charlesworth who has helped to run our WuSu after-school club where they have created all of the routines.
Next term, we will be running a KS1 and KS2 dance /WuSu club which will lead into a dance festival after Easter.