Newsletter for the week ending 14th September 2018
17 September 2018

A busy first full week, so please read on to find out what has been happening in and around the school..

Westward Ho! Baptist Chruch Kidz Club is on a Thursday during term time at 4pm-5.30pm. All children aged 5-11 are welcome for games, craft, stories, sports and tuck.


This week in Turtles and Dolphins we have started our Superhero topic and the children have loved learning about Supertato. We designed and made our own Supertatoes and painted pictures of them. We had great fun in The Jungle hunting for the evil peas and making traps for them. Today we made vegetable stew using vegetables from the story – it was delicious! Does anyone have any old fabric or curtains lying around that they don’t need anymore? We are after some to cut up for an activity next week.

This week in year 1 we have been looking at the book Dear Zoo. On Monday a package was delivered to our classroom, inside was Bob the Dog. We wrote about Bob and our favourite animals. We have also used a story map to help us remember the story, and then acted the story out with finger puppets we made. In Maths we have been sorting objects and explaining how we sorted them. We have also thought of ways to help us count accurately and record the numbers we have counted. On Thursday we had our Art morning with Abby, we used different collage resources to make animal masks, these will be displayed in the Gallery.

This week Lundy Puffins have been learning the names of the seven continents of the world and have been locating them on a map. They then found out a little bit about animals from Africa and have started to create a pop-up book. In Maths, they have been focusing on Place Value by showing 2-digit numbers in different ways. In English, they have been reading the book Traction Man is Here and thinking about the main character. ln the Art Studio, lots of leaves were collected and used to make animal collages. A letter about a trip to Exmoor Zoo on the 25th September went out on Wednesday – please ask if you didn’t get a copy

Seahunter have worked really hard this week and got to grips with some new routines and Year 3 experiences. On Monday we enjoyed art in the jungle during the afternoon, making story sticks from things we could find, attached with felt, ribbons and wool. They looked amazing and each told a story, with each attachment representing an event in the story. Our sticks will help us to start thinking about how what people leave behind can tell a story to start our history work. In Maths we have been exploring place value and demonstrated some good understanding. We are reading ‘How to be a Pirate’ in English and had to spend some time working on our pirate terminology; gizzards, landlubbers and blunderbusses to name a few. Finally, the children did brilliantly on their firs attempt at the Key Stage 2 weekly maths assessment and were determined to do their best. All week we have seen some great attitudes to learning and sharing ideas, which was really clear during philosophy. We read Giraffes Can’t Dance and discussed ‘Why couldn’t Gerald dance in the first place?’ The children offered some great ideas about how the animals lack of reset for Gerald had lead to him feeling unwanted and lacking in confidence.

In Maths, HMS Echo have been learning how to write Roman numerals up to 100 and have been practising rounding 2, 3 and 4 digit numbers to the nearest 10 and 100. For English, we have been learning the text ‘Meerkat Mail’ and have been looking at the skills the author has used. In Science, the children have started to learn about the digestive system and how it works. We watched some video clips in computing teaching the class about e-safety. The children asked some sensible questions about staying safe online. For Philosophy, we read the book ‘The Rainbow Fish’ and discussed our big question ‘Why didn’t the little blue fish respect his own scales?’

Year five has been having a great time learning about Beowulf and the Grendle in topic/literacy. We read a cartoon and the real version and have found out about different sentence structures such as the power of three and different noun phrases. Please don’t forget about swimming on Monday for those of you who have children that can’t confidently swim 50m. In maths we have been playing a game to get the biggest number on a 0-9 dice to create numbers to a million on a place value grid.

This week in year 6 we have started to look at the work of Shakespeare and retell the story of Macbeth. Also this week, we have been focusing on rounding and positive and negative numbers in maths. In science we have been working on the circulatory system and in topic we have written about Henry the VIII. In open the book assembly, we received a bible from the team. We have been continuing with our one kilometre run and started a new ICT project called Kodu. Our P4C question this week was ‘Should you respect other peoples differences?’

Have a lovely weekend
From Jeremy Cooper and all the staff and children

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