So here it is…
Friday 18th December | 2 comments
Merry Christmas! Everybody’s having fun (or at least, it certainly seemed that way this week)! Being the last week of the term has meant that it has been a little strange, but the children have still worked incredibly hard.
This week we have had a big focus on science. Our final session was all about the phases of the moon. We learned all about the technical names for each phase, as well as the four main shapes. Mr Harris even stopped by to give us some suggestions about how we might demonstrate the lunar cycle using a ball on a stick! Finally, we had a go at creating our own lunar models using Oreos (though unfortunately we weren’t able to eat them).
We then thought about how we could wrap up our topic in a way that would reflect all of the learning that has taken place. To demonstrate their knowledge, the children were tasked with creating a ‘double page spread’ that would cover all of the areas we have covered in our lessons: celestial bodies, orbits, changing theories, night and day, seasonal changes and the lunar cycle. We were very impressed with the results and we are sure you will be too!
We have also been working really hard on our inference skills in guided reading, using images and videos to help hone our detective instincts. We started by looking at a really lovely image called ‘Memories’ and thinking about why the character was there and what she might be thinking. We then moved on to a really lovely Christmas advert, where we thought really carefully about how the characters might be feeling at different points in the advert, how these emotions change and also what the overall message of the clip might be.
The children came up with some really fantastic ideas in both sessions and were able to support their answers using evidence from the text.
This week saw the reopening of our KS2 library with each class having the opportunity to visit and select a book of their choice to enjoy. We have invested in lots of new fiction and non-fiction books that cover a variety of topics and celebrate a range of authors. Thanks to the help of our fantastic librarians, our library area has been updated with new displays and we hope that it will become a place that inspires our children to love reading. We would like to celebrate the relaunch of the library with a competition! Please capture a moment enjoying your new library book by taking a photograph and sending it into school. Are you somebody who snuggles up in a cosy corner with your book? Do you like to be at one with nature and read in a tree? We will be displaying all your photographs in the library and the most inspiring entry from each class will win a small prize. Happy reading!
There is no official homework for the holiday period, though the children should still be using their Chromebooks to access Mathletics, TT Rockstars and Spelling Shed to keep their skills sharp.
We hope you all have a wonderful holiday and we can’t wait to see you all in 2021!
Miss Levett and Miss Wetherill