Newsletter for the week ending 10th February
10 February 2017

Please read on to find out more about guinea pigs, Irish dancing, surfing, Bollywood, Gaudi inspired artwork, scuplture and much, much more…

Rabbit/Guinea Pig Hutch Needed
If you have one spare and would like to to donate it to the school, please email and we will come and collect it.

Cross Country Success
A huge well done to all our runners who ran in some or all of the six Gliddon and Squire Cross Country races. This is the second year we have participated and it’s great thta we have so many runners braving the elements to represent the school.

Surf Club is Back
It’s cold & miserable out there, but summer’s on it’s way……Surf Club starts again next term. Friday’s 3.45-5.45. Dates are 21st, 28th April, 5th , 12th, 19th May, 16th, 30th June and 14th July. Absolute bargain 8 sessions at £10 per lesson. Minimum booking is 6 lessons. Please contact Emma at the surf school to book your child’s place 01237 474663.’

New After School Club – Irish dancing Club
For more information, please click here.

New After School Club – Forest School Club
For more information, please click here.

Home School Agreement
I reminder that we have in place a home school agreement and this can be viewed by clicking here.

Around the Classes

In FSU We have continued further on our world trip and travelled to India this week. Iris’ Granny came to talk to us about the school that she set up in India called Elizabeth Primary School. We have created a Bollywood stage in Turtles and loved dressing up and dancing to Indian music. We have found out a little about the celebration Diwali and compared this to the celebration Chinese New Year. We loved making our korma curry and rice and enjoyed smelling the different spices.

We have had a very busy end to the half term in Year 1. We have been working really hard to finish the final write up of our non-fiction books, and they are now on display in the Writing Gallery. We also had a really fun morning with Mrs Harvey, making Gaudi inspired house mosaics. Thank you to all the parents and grandparents who came in and helped out with our mosaic work. We have continued our work with money, by solving problems such as finding five different ways of making 6p or nine different ways of making 45p. The children have all worked really hard this half term, and are looking forward to starting our topic about Robots after half term. As well as Robots, we will also be looking at the history of toys and would love to borrow any old toys that we could use to make a display in the classroom.

This week, Lundy Puffins have been publishers. They have made their ‘How to wash a…’ instructions into booklets, complete with illustrations. They have been really pleased with how much their writing has improved. In Maths, they have started to look at muliplication and have made arrays and written the matching multiplication number sentences. The houses and homes topic has continued and they have found out about Victorian houses. Next half term, we will be looking at houses in our locality, before moving on to look at castles . We hope you have a restful half term break!

This week, Seahunter have produced some fantastic artwork; tropical bird sculptures and Caribbean landscapes. They then used their landscapes to inspire some amazing poetry. In their poetry they were challenged to practise their grammar skills by identifying and using all of the following; verbs, adverbs, nouns, adjectives, similes, articles and prepositions. They did this brilliantly… we were very impressed with their knowledge!

MS Echo have published their Firebird stories and they should be on display in the corridor with the other classes’ book. We will be looking at recount writing after half term. In Maths, we have been focusing on fraction families and getting use to the idea that a ‘whole one’ can be any size! We had a quick quiz about the Celts, after we had watched a DVD and learnt about effective note taking. We really enjoyed this and got quite competitive!

Year 5 have been in a tangle completing scaled models of the size of the planets in our solar system this week. It has been a challenge but there has been fantastic team work. They have also published some of the literacy work on planets and are looking forward to completing the rest after half term. Topic work researching Planets in our solar system, is also being completed – the songs used for this have been fun and hopefully we can be inspired to write some of our own after the holiday. We have enjoyed some more creations that have come in for homework – I’m impressed by the creatve ideas and also the brilliant baking! Enjoy the holiday and keep your moon calendars going.

During this week we have done all of the usual tasks: English, maths, P.E, topic, reading, assembly and ICT. During English we have drafted, started and completed all our work on explanation texts. We have also learned a new form of writing, slow writing. This entails writing slowly, missing every other line and including the specific tasks. In maths, we have completed worksheets whilst learning about angles and Pi. During P.E we did two mile runs and gymnastics on Wednesday. In topic we have completed and learnt about tsunamis, one of the worst natural disasters in the world. In reading we have continued our daily half an hour read and daily grammar revision. Finally, during ICT we have, not only, done our power points (there’s only one group that isn’t done and that’s us) but watched some clips on internet safety because it was internet safety day.
By class reporters: William and Laurence.

Have a super half term and we look forward to welcoming you back on Monday 20th February.

Best wishes,
Jeremy Cooper and all of the staff and children.

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