Newsletter for the week ending 7th January 2022
7 January 2022

Welcome back everybody and happy New Year to you all!  We hope you all had a really enjoyable Christmas and it is wonderful to have the children back so full of energy and ready to go again. For the children (and fingers crossed I don’t jinx it by saying this now!) it appears to have been a healthy Christmas break because this week we have not had a single Covid case reported amongst the children. Thank you for everything you have done for this to happen.  We are suffering from staff absence though and thank you for your patience as we manage this challenge.

We welcome Miss Gray to Year 1 and the children in her class have been very keen to tell me what they have been up to with her this busy week.  It has been a busy week for all the classes, so please do click on the (more…) text below to find out what has been going on in each class.

Congratulations to Indian House (yellow) for winning the Coffee Cabin House Cup for last term.

We wish you all a lovely weekend

From Jeremy Cooper and all the children and staff

Happy new year everyone! This week in Turtles and Dolphins we have been talking about our Christmas holidays – the presents that Father Christmas gave us and the things we did with our families. We have introduced our new topic ‘Winter.’ We have talked about what we do in winter and what winter is like in other countries.

This week Year 1 (Sea Lions) have been getting to know their new teacher, Miss Gray. We have had lots of fun talking about what we all did over the Christmas holidays and did a piece of writing about our favourite activities that we did with our families. We have been talking about New Year’s Resolutions and things that we would like to get better at this year and the children really impressed me with their ideas. We have also written our own stories, the challenge was that they had to include an object that gets lost and their imaginative ideas were fantastic! In Maths we have been looking at one more and one less than a given number and had a go at some word problems. It has been a great first week back at school!

Happy New Year everyone! Lundy Puffins have settled back in well and are ready to start the new term. In Maths, they have been learning about the multiplication symbol and are beginning to use it in number sentences. In English, they have watched a video clip called ‘Baboon on the Moon’ and are getting ready to write stories next week. They have thought a little about what they would like their goals to be for this year and have made a book of these to keep in the classroom so they can keep checking how they are doing.

Year 3 have being looking at the work of Emily Gravett and have designed and written their own picture book based on her book “Wolves” They are publishing them in a zig- zag book and have enjoyed researching their chosen animal characters and coming up with a clever twist at the end. In maths, the children have been collecting data by rolling two dice and predicted which total would be rolled the most. The data was then pooled to increase the sample size and this discrete data was plotted on a bar chart. The children were able to explain the shape of the graph by talking about the different probabilities and spot patterns in the data. Fortunately, 7 was the mode!

HMS Echo have had a great return to school this week and we have welcomed Miss Wood, our new trainee teacher, who will be working with the class this term. This week, we have started to look at our new value; Being Healthy. The children were amazing in their ability to suggest ways that we keep our bodies and minds healthy. In P.E. they monitored their pulses to see how hard they were working. They have created posters to help them remember what they can do to take care of themselves.

Happy New Year. Year 5 have returned school rested and keen to get started on their topic. This half term will focus on the whole school theme of ‘health’. We will be look at how pandemics have changed history with a focus on The Great Plague (1664-66). In English we are reading a book about a boy who is trying to escape the plague in London. We are writing our own stories about a character from this time and what they are experiencing living through the plague. We are also listening to the story about the Pied Piper of Hamelin (a version of the story written by Michael Morpurgo). In maths we have started the unit on ‘fractions’; this week focusing on equivalent fractions and comparing fractions with different denominators. In science we have started thinking about what we already know about ‘forces’ and what we want to find out. Topic work has had a focus on plague doctors; their role during the plague and thinking were they of any real help to those suffering with the disease?
A letter will be sent home soon about our planned trip to We the Curious in Bristol.

Year 6 would like to wish you all a Happy New Year. They have been reflecting on 2021 and thinking about goals and aspirations for 2022 – some of the children have really decorated their ideas beautifully. In Maths, they have been revising co-ordinates in the four quadrants and will move onto reflections and translations from this. In Literacy, they have been beginning to think about the text ‘Pig Heart Boy’ by Malorie Blackman and will have some interesting pieces to write from this. Science has included looking into fossils as part of evolution and for P4C they looked at a book called ‘Feelings’ which they will discuss another time.

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