Week beginning: 11th November 2019
The pupils held a two-minute silence on Monday as part of Remembrance Day. This gave them time to remember those who lost their lives in the conflict. The silence coincides with the time in 1918 when the First World War came to an end. It was lovely to see some of the pupils wearing their Cub, Brownie and Guide uniforms. The picture show Betsy and Sapphire who belong to 1st Manea Brownies, Cassie who belongs to 1st Manea Guides, Jakobi who belongs to 1st Doddington Cubs and Lewis who belongs to 1st Sutton Cubs. There is also a picture of Lewis at the Remembrance Parade. Well done to all the pupils for showing such respect during this time.
Week beginning: 4th November 2019
This week the children have practised their speaking and listening skills (oracy). In small groups they produced a short piece of drama that they then performed to the class. We have also started practising spellings again and the children have been delighted to receive extra times tables homework. In maths they have been learning about the properties of 3D shapes and using the grid method for multiplication. A good week so far.
Week beginning: 28th October 2019
The children have come back motivated and ready to learn. We have started new topics in science, geography and music and I have been impressed with their current level of knowledge. The children have also been swimming this week and they all seemed to enjoy it. On Monday, we were lucky enough to be given a large selection of fruit. This provided the children with a healthy snack on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The photo is taken just before break time. The children are all saying 'fruit'!
Residential Week - Pictures to follow.
This week, Fir Class have been working on addition and subtraction, including using their reasoning skills to find missing digits in a set of column additions.
In Literacy the class have continued to look at persuasive writing, which we have combined with some of our creative topic work. More on that later!
The children really impressed their rugby coach this week. It was the first week putting their skills into practise in a game situation and they all did very, showing great team work.
Our big debate this week has been whether or not plastic toys in happy meals and magazines should be banned. The class were very much split down the middle with their opinions and it provoked some interesting discussion.
Fir class have had another enjoyable week!
In Maths the class have worked on addition and subtraction within the context of money. They added together items from a shopping list, then subtracted the total from either £100 or £1000.
In Literacy the children have been learning the various ways to use persuasion within a text, such as using emotive language. We have looked at some examples of WW2 posters and considered how they make a request in a persuasive way. During Oracy, the class made great attempts to summarise popular children's stories to their class. It was quite a challenge to condense a ten minute story into just thirty seconds, whilst including the key points of the plot.
In our Tag Rugby session this week we saw a noticeable improvement in the passing technique. It was also great to see the children thinking strategically about when to pass to a team mate.
The children put some of their acting skills into good use during our lesson on e-safety. Each group had a scenario to perform and needed to think of the best way to respond to their 'dilemma'.
During Topic, the class explored the contents of a WW2 evacuee child's suitcase and have listed and drawn the essentials that they would pack inside their own suitcases. Many of the children have shared their wonderful Topic homework with the class this week including:
- WW2 recipes, including a very tasty bread and butter pudding!
- Home-grown plants
- Models of tanks and scenes from WW2
- Sketches and posters of war scenes, planes and famous WW2 figures
- Interviews and memorabilia from family members who were alive during WW2
Fir Class have been keeping very busy this week!
In Literacy we have completed our WW2 narrative writing. The children have all worked very hard on this and were keen to include some of their 'Mrs Wordsmith' vocabulary in their stories.
In Maths the class have been steadily growing in confidence with their work on decimal numbers. We ended the week with rounding decimal numbers to the nearest whole, tenth and hundredth.
This week we have been learning how to hold and pass a rugby ball during PE. We also had great fun speed stacking in the hall. Some of the more competitive among us even tried doing it with eyes closed!
We have also completed our Blitz skylines this week. Many pupils have brought some excellent sketches and models in, as part of their homework assignment, which they are very proud of.
It has been another fun and busy week for Fir Class!
In English this week, the children have been planning their short stories, based on a WW2 pilot during the Blitz. We have been working on place value in Maths, which has involved rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100, 1000 and 10,000.
For our PSHE lesson, the class paired up with a peer they do not know very well. Their aim was to find out five things that they did not know about their class mate.
The children also had a lot of fun completing a self-portrait.