Message from Miss Emson
So here we are after another busy, yet rewarding week. I am going to keep my message brief this week as I am sending an additional letter regarding Class Dojo and reading on Monday, so thought I’d keep this space for ‘news’. And, we have great news to share. Our choir visited Charteris House on Remembrance Day and sang a mixture of old and new songs and the residents loved it. The children were exceptional. We will share on the website and Twitter too. Please do remember our Christmas theme of Elves and Angels dress up and the panto is also looming. There’s a couple more weeks to book and pay for that. Thank you.
Dates for your diary
|Year 4 Swimming Begins (More details to follow)||29.11.21|
|Flu vaccines (Information has been emailed)||02.12.21|
|Christmas Jumper Day||10.12.21|
|Christmas Dinner and Christmas Party Day||15.12.21|
|End of Autumn Term||17.12.21|
|Beginning of Spring Term||05.01.22|
96% and above is classed as good attendance. Well done to those classes who achieved 96% and above
|Nursery||Mrs Wood||Mrs Watson||Miss Winn||Mrs Brown||Mrs Cox||Miss Baxter||Mrs Bradley||Miss O’Neill||Mr Baxter||Mrs Martin|
Please hear your child read 3 times a week at home. This is the expectation in all schools across the country to ensure that pupils make the progress in reading that is necessary. If your child is not reading 3 times a week at home they are at risk of falling behind.
|Mrs Wood||Mrs Watson||Miss Winn||Mrs Brown||Mrs Cox||Miss Baxter||Mrs Bradley||Miss O’Neill||Mr Baxter||Mrs Martin|
Stars of the week
Key Stage 1
Mrs Woods – Evelyn C
Miss Winn – Daisy B
Miss Watson – Maya M
Mrs Brown – Rosie C
Key Stage 2
Mrs Cox – Taylor W, Oscar C
Miss Baxter – Jonny Jack T
Mrs Bradley – Cody D
Miss O’Neill – Daisy Belle C
Mrs Martin – Cody D
Mr Baxter – Deon O
Times Tables Rock Stars
This is the leaderboard for Times Tables Rock Stars. Well done these children for working hard on your times tables.
|1. Deon O||Y6|
|2. Phenix M||Y3|
|3. Cody D||Y6|
|5. Vienna HF||Y5|
|6. Jack C||Y5|
|7. Olly C||Y6|
|8. Isobelle H||Y6|
|9. Ashleigh G||Y6|
|10. Alicia J||Y6|
To get on the leaderboard you need to play on ‘Studio’ on times tables rock stars and you need to play at least 10 times.
The school is now 24th out of 30 in the league table of local schools. Let’s see if we can move us up.
Below are our expectations on uniform which will also serve as a reference throughout the year.
SWEATSHIRT: Logo sweatshirt or a plain red sweatshirt or cardigan.
SKIRT/TROUSERS: Black or dark grey skirts/pinafore or trousers/shorts/ red check summer dress
SHIRT White polo shirts underneath sweatshirts
SHOES: Black flat school shoes – no trainers.
Plain white t shirt / black shorts/ Plimsolls or trainers for inside P.E.
Trainers for outdoor games.
Jogging bottoms or dark coloured track suits may be worn in cold weather.
What have we been learning this week?
Choir Trip to Chatteris House
On Remembrance Day, the school choir visited Chatteris House, the local sheltered housing complex. They had been practicing for weeks and were excited and nervous to be performing to an audience outside of the school. We were warmly welcomed by the residents and staff at the home, with a gazebo and drinks during the interval. The audience were treated to a range of songs from the first half of the twentieth century with traditional Rememberance Day songs of ‘We’ll Meet Again’ and ‘Pack Up Your Troubles’ and other well known favourites like ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ and ‘Swinging on a Star’. We were thrilled at the end of the performance when we were given book marks and chocolates for our efforts. The feedback from the staff at the home is that the residents loved the singing and we are really looking forward to visiting again at Christmas to sing carols.
This term, Reception have been learning about the book Pumpkin Soup. The story is about the animals working together to make the most delicious pumpkin soup. The children have been exploring a variety of different pumpkins in the classroom and outdoor environment. In the mud kitchen, the children have enjoyed making their own pumpkin soup, breaking and carving the pumpkins using a range of items such as spoons, hammers and screwdrivers. The children noticed that the big pumpkins had big seeds and the small pumpkins had small seeds. We have planted the pumpkin seeds in our garden to grown our own class pumpkins. We have also been developing our observational drawing skills. Using wax crayons, the children have been drawing pumpkins, focusing on the size, shape and colour of the pumpkins.
This week has also been a very exciting week because the children have learnt their very first digraph ‘ck’. The children have also been practicing their blending and writing CVC words. Here are some fantastic pictures of the children’s writing. We are very proud of how hard the children have been working on their phonics and writing so far this term.
In Year 5 we have been very busy this week. In Literacy we have continued to read our book ‘Journey to the River Sea’ and have used our skills of deduction to infer a character’s thoughts and feelings. As we read more of the book we realised that lots of prepositional language is used, so we looked at word classes and used our own prepositional phrases to describe a picture, before moving on to finding out how to use commas correctly for different purposes. In Science we are learning about ‘Light’ and so we did an experiment this week to see how light is reflected off a mirror. We shone a light through a cut in a piece of card at a mirror and we observed the rays of incidence and reflection. You can see a picture of our experiment and also a diagram of what we saw. Our new topic in Geography is ‘what if there wasn’t enough for everyone?’ and so this week we have been finding out about where our power comes from. We began the week by finding out about the different types of power stations, and then we used iPads to locate different power stations on a map of the UK. Here are some pictures of us carrying out our research.
Year two have been learning all about Remembrance Day this week. We have created our pictures using silhouettes, colour mixing and finger painting. We wrote acrostic poems and put our thoughts onto a poppy.