Sport Relief

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On Friday 18th March, we celebrated Sport Relief throughout school. Everyone had to run a mile around the playground and the MUGA pitch. We ran with some of our Y5 children and some of our parents came along too to join in.

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We helped to raise money for Sport Relief by coming to school in our sports kits and buying a Sport Relief band for £1.

Thank you to all of our parents and children who donated money to a worthy cause!

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Easter

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We have been learning about Easter over the last half term at school in RE.

We know that the important dates leading up to Easter are:

  • Palm Sunday – when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey and the people placed palm leaves on the floor to line the way.
  • Maundy Thursday – Jesus had the Last Supper with his disciples and was later arrested by soldiers.
  • Good Friday – Jesus was placed on a cross to die.
  • Easter Sunday – Jesus was placed in a tomb and when Mary Magdelene went to check on Jesus, his body wasn’t there. Jesus had risen.

We tried hot cross buns for snack time.

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We even had an Easter workshop that our grown ups could come and join in with us. There was lots of different things to do and make and everyone had lots of fun.

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We wish everyone a happy and safe Easter! See you back at school on Mon 4th April!

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Water

Across school this week, we have been learning about Global Citizenship and in KS1 we have been focusing on water.

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We know that water is useful in lots of different ways. We can use water for:

  • washing ourselves
  • washing our clothes
  • drinking
  • painting
  • flushing the toilet
  • growing plants
  • cooking

We started the week by trying some watermelon as part of snack time. We all thought that it was delicious. We can’t wait to have watermelon again!

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In Literacy, we watched a short film from Literacy Shed called Zahra. Click here to watch the film.

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A little girl called Zahra spends all day collecting water in order to help her tree grow so she can get some shade.  She travels back and forth to the water pump but it is no good, the tree won’t grow.  It is not until a bead of sweat falls from Zahra’s forehead on the roots that the tree springs forth and grows protectively in order to protect her from the sun.

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We looked carefully at the setting of the film and we wrote descriptively to describe the setting. We used dictionaries to try and add new vocabulary to our writing.

‘The blazing sun shone brightly over the small African village.’

‘The sandy ground was arid and burning hot.’

‘Everywhere was golden, nothing grew , there was not a cloud in the sky.’

We learnt that not everyone in the world has access to clean, safe water and this made us sad. We thought about ways that we could try and make a difference. Some children decided to write a letter to the Prime Minister and local MPs to ask for more money to be sent abroad to those that need it so that everyone can have clean, safe water.

We used school’s Twitter account as well to tweet the Prime Minister and our local MPs. We are looking forward to hearing from them soon.

On one of the days, we got the chance to move around each classroom in KS1 to learn more about what we can use water for.

We had a go at doing some messy art with water; completed an obstacle course whilst carrying a cup of water- trying very carefully not to spill a single drop; filtering water to see what some children have to do every day and we learnt about the water cycle and where water comes from.

Our final activity was to have a go at tasting some different water. Miss Varley gave us 4 different types of water to try and we completed a tasting result sheet to see what we thought about each type of water. We didn’t know which one was which until the very end. We all thought that D was the best – it was just plain water!

What you can do with your child at home:

  1. Try to save water and not waste it on purpose.
  2. Click here to visit the Wateraid website to learn more about water conservation.
  3. Talk to your child about the things that they have learnt this week at school.

World Book Day 2016

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This week, Pearl class have been celebrating World Book Day.

We have been doing lots of great book activities across school to help us to celebrate it.

We have a brand new library and it had its grand opening today. Everyone in the whole school went to visit the library to choose a book that they wanted to take home and share with a grown up at home.

‘I like the picture books the best!’ – Ebony

‘It was so comfy to read a book with my friend, sitting on the cushions.’ – Fatima

‘We can use the library to help us find books to help us with our topic work.’ Moustafa

‘It is ace that we get to take books home from school now’ – Lily May

Pearl class have a favourite book. It is called Sir Scallywag and the Battle of Stinky Bottom by Giles Andreae and illustrated by Korky Paul. We were lucky enough to go and watch a performance of Sir Scallywag in the Autumn term at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield from a company called Music in the Round and Ensemble 360.

‘Sir Scallywag is mighty, Sir Scallywag is bold. It doesn’t seem to matter, he is only 6 years old!’ This is our favourite song and we can still remember it after all this time.

We loved listening to the music and singing along with the songs.

We decided that because Sir Scallywag was our favourite book, that we were going to decorate our classroom door. We all helped to make the door – do you think it looks like the real thing? Someone in our class even came dressed as Sir Scallywag with his Golden Underpants!

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The best bit of World Book Day was that we came to school in our favourite book character costumes. Everyone had lots of brilliant ideas and lots of effort when into making our costumes – there was a prize for the best costume at the end of the day – which one was your favourite?

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As an extra special treat, we had a story teller called Andy Messer come into school and spend some time with us, telling us stories. He was amazing at telling us stories and we loved listening to how he told them.

‘The Monster story was really nice and we really enjoyed it!’ – Harrison

‘We told a story using picture cards and these helped us to know which characters we were’ – Faith G

We think World Book Day is fab! We can’t wait for next year!

What you could do to continue the learning at home:

  1. Share books with your child at home.
  2. Look at a particular author to see what other books that they write. E.g. Julia Donaldson, Giles Andreae, Roald Dahl.
  3. Talk to your child about why they like or dislike a story. Can they give specific reasons for their likes and dislikes?
  4. Take a well-known story and try and change different parts of it to make it different. Can they change the ending of the story? Can they change the characters in the story?