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October 13, 2017

Friday 13th October 2017 – Year Group Updates

Filed under: Whole School @ 1:52 pm

YEAR 3
Y3 have been busy writing Non-Chronological Reports about unicorns. They gathered ideas from a unicorn expert to help with their writing and saw some live sightings of unicorns too!
We also had our first ‘Graffiti Maths’ session where the children had the opportunity to explore number using different resources. It was great fun!
Finally, we have been looking at leaves in Art and developing our sketching techniques.

(Miss Pearmain/Miss Mrozinski/Mrs Davey/Mrs Mars)

YEAR 4
In English & Topic, Y4 have been focusing on India. We used our research we completed for homework to write poems about Diwali and we are now moving on to writing about Holi. In Geography we have located lots of places in India using the Atlas and Google maps. We are comparing different places in India to Bishop’s Waltham.

By contrast, the ceremony of Baptism has been the central topic in RE. This unit prompted some very purposeful discussions between the pupils. This RE topic was further enriched as we welcomed Rev James Hunt and Lizzie Davidson (St Peter’s Church) into the classroom to support the learning.

In Maths, we have been adding and subtracting measures. We have used place value counters to help us understand exchanging when we are subtracting. We have been problem solving too. It is really pleasing to see the children persevering to solve these challenges.

(Mrs Mars/Mr McKenna/Mrs Barclay/Mrs Harris)

YEAR 5
Year 5 have continued to enjoy and make good progress with their learning about WW2. Classes have been focussing on the impact the war had on children and families – with evacuation being a major theme.

In art, the children have been sketching WW2 pictures and have been introduced to as famous artist, L.S. Lowry. In English, the pupils have been tasked with writing a range of pieces based on the Michael Morpurgo story ‘Friend or Foe’.

(Mrs. Peach/Mr. Geraghty/Miss Batchelor/Mrs. Amos/Mrs. Ekless)

YEAR 6
As part the Y6 geography topic, pupils visited the Living Rainforest (Newbury) yesterday to experience the sights, sounds and smells of a real rainforest environment.
The Living Rainforest contains a range of plants and animals that would be found in real tropical rainforest. The pupils enjoyed looking at the exotic plants, and searching for the armadillos, free-ranging birds and the water dragons. They also managed to catch a glimpse of the elusive sloth nestled high up near the glass ceiling.

After a chance to wander around the rainforest environment in groups, pupils came together after lunch for a formal tour led by centre staff. They showed us some of the hidden details we missed during our own exploration and explained some of the adaptations that plants and animals have made to cope with the rainforest environment.

We had a great day, and the pupils were a credit to the school – ‘One of the best groups they’d ever had’, according to our guides.

(Mr. Senior/Mrs. Arnold/Mrs. Zillwood/Mrs. Johnson/Mrs. Bradley



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