After a long and well-deserved summer break, the children have returned to school and settled back in tremendously.
As the oldest children in Key Stage 1, we are already trying very hard to set a good example to the younger children. We are a busy year group where lots of creative and fun learning takes place. We are always encouraged to be happy, work hard and treat each other with kindness.
We have a bright, vibrant classroom with lots of displays, which motivate us to work hard.
Our prayer table is an important focus in our classroom and we change it throughout the year to celebrate special times in the Church's year. It reminds us that ‘Jesus is at the heart of all that we do’ and we have explored how we can live this mission statement throughout the school day to be more like Jesus.
Here at St. Edward's, we are working to ensure that the curriculum supports learning, progress and success for all pupils. We support the principle that a broad and balanced curriculum promotes the spiritual, moral and physical development of pupils and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
It has been wonderful to welcome the children back after what appears to have been an exciting (but hopefully restful) Christmas break. They have been very enthusiastic to share their news and all of the wonderful things they did over the holiday.
The children have settled back into school routines really well and are geared up and ready to work.
This term we begin our ‘Africa topic’ which the children are very eager to begin. This will start with a launch day as an introduction to the continent and some fun activities, so the children can begin to explore the cultures and traditions of this beautiful place. We will be looking at where Africa is in the world and naming the oceans and seas, as well as comparing it to where we live.
This term we will also be looking at the author ‘Anthony Browne’ as he likes to include Gorillas in many of his stories and Gorillas can be found in many parts of …. Africa! We will be writing our own narratives, reports, persuasive letters and much more, including lots of the grammar aspects we have learned up till now.
In Maths, we will be revising the work we did last term with addition and subtraction strategies and consolidating and developing further the children’s knowledge of multiplication and division. We will also be moving onto problem solving using money.
If you would like to help your child at home, counting in steps of 2, 3, 5 and ten from any given number wold really help speed up their calculations.
Just as an extra note, spellings will now be given out on a Friday to be learned for the following Friday. This is a change from last term where this happened on a Monday, many parents felt that a Friday worked better.
This term we cannot wait to embark upon our topic of ‘Fire’ where the children will have the opportunity to explore a number of activities linked to this topic e.g. learning about the great fire of London and creating fire pictures using different media. It will be very exciting!
In Maths we will be concentrating on number and place value; Problem solving and reasoning. Developing mental strategies and reasoning about numbers. The children will start to tackle multiplication and division through practical activities. In geometry: we will be exploring properties of shapes and statistics.
We will also be heading outdoors in search things that are living and non-living, and what helps to keep things alive; in order to extend our knowledge of the world in our Science lessons.
Our new book for the festive period is the poem ‘Twas the night before Christmas. We have been detectives and looking for features of the poem such as rhyming words and similes. There is lots of new vocabulary in the book that we are trying to use in our work.
Look at our new door and even our class library has transformed!
It is important that everyone gets to smile at Christmas, so after our Christmas play 2M went to Neville Williams house to bring some Christmas cheer with our carols to the residents there.
KS1 were extremely lucky to have a visit from the Hobgoblin theatre company on the 8th December. We watched a fantastic production of ‘The Princess and the Frog.’ We were all very impressed with how the setting and costumes were prepared and how some of our favourite fairy tale characters were portrayed.
The fun didn’t end at the production! After, the actors came out from behind the setting and did a workshop with us where we got to show them freeze frames of our favourite settings and characters and they had to try to guess from our acting skills.
On Friday 15th December, we were lucky to have the ‘Animal Man’ visit our school. He brought lots of animals with him that he had rescued or had been left by people where he lives.
We were all very excited and had lots of questions to ask about each animal.
Lots of us were very brave and stroked and even held the animals!
When Mo asked us questions we were very knowledgeable as we had already learned about animals and their habitats.
Written by 2M
Before the half term holiday we learned all about Diwali. We shared the story of Rama and Sita and how this story influences the traditions of this wonderful celebration. Some of us read a text and answered questions to show what we learned, we made a Rangoli pattern to place on the floor as a sign of welcome, we made Diva lamps to put in the windows to show the way and we made special gift boxes.
2M at Blakesley Hall
2M had a wonderful morning at Blakesley Hall on the 9TH November. Tina’s mum, Imogen’s mum and Maisie’s mum came to help us too. As soon as we got there, we recognised that the house was very similar to the models we made for the Great Fire of London! Our leader was Philip and he transformed us into Curators!
When we went inside the house, there were lots of mannequins of the characters we had been finding out about from the Gunpowder Plot, they were a little bit scary looking according to Hae Joon.
We all got into role, as the royal subjects of King James and wore a special hat to help us - even Mrs. Connaughton joined in!
We were able to hold lots of artefacts from that time period whilst role playing the story of the Gunpowder Plot. Evan was a fantastic King James and Gabriel was a super Guy Fawkes.