We have had a lovely week in class. Firstly a huge thank you to Mrs Millar (Poppy's mum) who very, very kindly spent hours on her sewing machine sewing the backing fabric onto our dinosaur cushions. We are all so grateful, The masterpieces are now complete and look fantastic. We are so proud of the children as a lot of patience was required!
This week, we also transformed several boring cardboard boxes into Rexy the dinosaur! We then used Rexy as a character for story writing and the children were truly inspired. Their writing has really improved since the beginning of year 1. If any of you would like to support their phonics, reading and writing at home, there is an excellent App which is free to download. It's called Zat Phonics and really supports the Phonics Screening that Year 1 will complete after half term. The app itself is self explanatory and we will show it to the children next week, explaining that they really must blend their sounds together to say the word. If any of you have any questions about this, please do not hesitate to ask.
Have a lovely weekend
The Year 1 team
This week the class have completed their maths and SPaG end of KS1 assessments. The children all performed brilliantly and it was fantastic to see them all trying their best and able to display all the hard work that they have achieved during this key stage. The children will finish these assessments next week when they complete the reading paper on Monday and Tuesday. Thank you very much for ensuring that your child is in school for these periods and also that they are rested and relaxed.
The class have also followed instructions well to create their own pizza’s. They then created a great recipe page using imperative verbs and questioning to structure the piece of work.
Mrs Braid spent some time with Class 2 this week focussing on the story of the wise builders. The children retold the story and also explored the plot using a range of mixed media creations.
Thank you for your continued support with our Friday afternoon Forest School sessions. Please remember to send in your child with the correct clothing and supplies for the afternoon. The children should come into school wearing school uniform but with a change of clothes for the afternoon.
Please see attached for the children’s homework.
Year 3 have had a productive and busy week. We have been adding fractions using bars of chocolate spilt into fifths and sixths and distributing them between pairs. The children were surprisingly quick to grasp the fact that you only need to add the numerator but the denominator stays the same.
In literacy, we've been writing a piece from the point of view of an evacuee which has produced some lovely results, and allowed the children to think about the kind of emotions they'd be feeling as they left their homes behind.
We were very lucky to have Max Hopwood's grandparents in on Friday afternoon to talk about the Boxing Day Tsunami of 2004. They were caught up in the disaster when it hit Sri Lanka and the children were fascinated by their story. A huge thank you to them for coming in.
There are two documents attached for spellings this week. They are the statutory words for Years 3 & 4 and the common exception words for Year 2. I'd like the children to identify which ones they already know how to spell. There are lots of them, so I will give them a hard copy on Monday and they can look through them over half-term.
The week began in an ordinary fashion. We studied determiners and the meanings of common prefixes, familiarised ourselves with fractions of turns and directions and considered how birth and death rates affect population size. But on Wednesday we headed to Windmill Hill for some very different learning.
Here, over the course of three days, children tried their hands at rifle shooting, abseiling, archery, zip wire, giant swing, fencing, climbing and orienteering. Each evening they refuelled with generous portions of pasta and meatballs or curry and rice and then began a further session of competitive and laughter-filled games. During all the events, children were wonderfully supportive of each other, offering encouragement, consolation and congratulation as appropriate. They faced testing challenges, discovered new talents and revealed themselves to be courageous, kind and fun-loving young people of whom we can all be proud.
This weekend, we hope that you all have a good rest after the trip and recharge before Monday when we will begin the end of year assessments. Please do ensure that you have a working handwriting pen (blue ink only), sharp pencils and a rubber in your pencil case.
Class 5 are looking forward to seeing you all at their Gallery Evening next Wednesday, 24th May at 6pm in TopFoto, Edenbridge. The children have all now completed their masterpieces and everyone is feeling very proud of their efforts. They have also prepared a short presentation on all that they have learnt during our Gallery project, including our visits to The National Gallery, in London, the Picasso Museum and Gaudi's buildings - Park Guell and Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.
This week class 6 have continued their studies on Pentecost by writing a diary as if they were there. As usual class 6 have risen to the challenge and produced very individual and outstanding pieces of writing. In maths year 6 children have enjoyed extending their skills of creating a theme park - thus year's challenge is to be more enterprise aware.
However the big excitement is about Spanish, Spain and our rapidly looking trip to Seville. Many. Onversatilns have focused on this topic!
Next week (25th May) we are going on our school trip to the Briars Field Centre in Hartfield. Please find details on a seperate letter about the trip that has been sent out again with updated details about lunch arrangements and collection details in the weekly newsletter.
There is very limited parking at the Briars so we have two parent helpers driving their own car and one parent coming in the mini bus. We will return to the Wheatsheaf in Bough Beech by 2:30pm. Please be on time.