diumenge, 12 de novembre de 2017

Some poetry

This week in English, the children continued their learning about instructions. They learnt how to be 'bossy' in order to use 'bossy' (imperative) verbs such as go, put, say, cut etc. which tell people what to do. This culminated in a sandwich making lesson where children had to use these verbs to explain to me how to make a sandwich before carrying out their instructions and making their own sandwiches! After this, they wrote down their instructions in their writing books using their phonic knowledge learnt so far including tricky words. They really worked hard on this piece of work and it was a proud moment to see their completed written pieces.
In Maths, the year ones and twos continued learning about the value of numbers with regards to place value and used and drew dienes blocks to represent their numbers. The younger children focused on counting to 10 or 20 and recognising numbers.
The children have all planted a seed and are ready to watch it grow and write about the progress of their plant! We have been learning about what plants need to grow and also about the different parts of a flowering plant.
The older children began learning about Poetry in Literacy. We created our own cute/scary monsters and started to plan narrative poems about them, using poetic techniques such as alliteration and similes.
In Numeracy, we started our topic on length and perimeter, focusing on solving lengths of different sides of shapes using the given lengths of other sides in those shapes.
The class were super excited to learn about Antarctica! We watched some fascinating documentaries about life in extremely cold weather, made polar bear pictures using plastic bags to replicate ice bergs, and began planning PowerPoint presentations to depict various areas of interest regarding the Antarctic.
On another note, please could you encourage all the children to familiarise themselves with the songs for the upcoming Christmas performance in December. Your support with this will be hugely appreciated.
At the end of the week, we said farewell to Elena, whose support and care for the children will be sadly missed. We wish you all the best in the future and hope to see you again one day. Finally, let me personally thank all the staff, parents and students for all the well wishes and gifts for my Birthday. It was a truly special day.

dilluns, 6 de novembre de 2017


This week, we celebrated Halloween! Prior to the day, we made decorations and hung them in the classroom ready for our big celebration. On the day, we baked biscuits and decorated them including Halloween shapes and witches' fingers! We had so much fun making and then eating them and all the older children were really helpful supporting the younger children; big thank you to them all! Later that day, we headed to the swimming pool for our weekly lesson where we discovered that the changing room corridor had been transformed into a spooky Halloween scene! The afternoon involved lots of fun Halloween games including pin the bone on the skeleton and wink murder. 
We also welcomed a new addition to the school this week; welcome Emmy from England! She has been helping out with the younger children and they have already formed a good bond. 
In Maths, we have been looking at 2d and 3d shapes and we will continue this learning next week. With the older children, we used dienes blocks to talk about place value (e.g 16 is 10 and 6).
The older children in Key Stage 2 and 3 have been reviewing their long division strategies to solve problems.
Earlier in the week we were creating spider webs using paper and spiders made from pipe cleaners, as well as 3D pumpkins to decorate our classroom for Hallowe'en.
We also began our Geography topic and together we discussed what types of things we would like to learn about in the topic, such as how people live in countries with extreme weather conditions.

dilluns, 30 d’octubre de 2017

Presentation of Projects

It's been another lovely week with lots of exciting activities. In English, we continued rehearsing for our presentation using Talk for Writing techniques. In Phonics we have been learning a number of tricky words. A tricky word is a word that you can't sound out so unfortunately, you just have to remember it! We have practised reading and writing them, played tricky word bingo and completed word searches to help us. At home, please help us to learn the following words: 


In Maths, we have been learning how to add and subtract using a variety of methods including concrete resources, pictorial representations (e.g. Crossing out to subtract) and counting forwards and backwards. We still need to practise this to ensure our methods give us the correct answer in the quickest time. 
We performed brilliantly in the presentation on Friday and did our parents and teachers proud! We can't wait to share our learning with you again next month!

In our Key Stage 2/3 group we worked hard to complete our Greek Myths Newspaper Reports, using  laptops to type up our final drafts as well as adding a headline and pictures. 
In Maths we did some very challenging work, focusing on square numbers and cube numbers, as well as square root and cube root. Despite the difficulty and concentration required for this, the children definitely enjoyed the challenge of solving their various Maths problems. 
We rounded off our Science unit by creating Food Webs, which studies how different animals rely on other animals and organisms for survival. I was so impressed by the teamwork the students displayed in completing these! 
In PE we focused on Basketball, mainly passing, ball control and dribbling. The students had a lot of fun playing a game of tag while simultaneously trying to bounce their basketballs. 
We have recently been playing Kahoot! in class to revise previous learning. The children in the class have been loving it. Feel free to play along at home by visiting the website kahoot.com. 
Finally, let me also congratulate all the children on their fantastic performances at the end of month presentations to parents. The result of many weeks of hard work and enjoyable learning!