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Autumn term 1

Old toys

 

Thank you to Mr Harvey who came in to school this week to share some of the toys that he played with when he was younger. The children asked some really good questions and really enjoyed playing with the toys.

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Forest school

Bloodhound

 

We had a really FANTASTIC day learning about Bloodhound - the fastest car in the world. All the children were really interested and we learnt a lot.

The children worked really well with class II to design and make their own car using k'nex. We then had a race to see which group was the fastest....

The winning team

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Toys

This week we started our new topic 'toys'. The children all brought in their favourite toys from home and shared these with the rest of the class. We all enjoyed looking at and playing with the selection of toys. Thank you parents for sending these in.

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Forest school

Another great week in forest school.

This week some of the children made their own stick men using the square lashing knot to bind two sticks together - can you spot them hiding in the trees?

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Time

In maths this week we started to learn about time. The children enjoyed using their own clocks to make different O'Clock times. The children then had the challenge of matching digital clocks to analogue clocks that were showing the same time! Next week we will have more practice at this and move on to half past times (and quarter past if we get really good at it!!)

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Harvest

A big thank you to all parents that came and supported us in our Harvest service at the church on Monday. All of your kind donations will be gratefully received by the Gravesham Food Bank and elderly members of our local community.

 

In class this week we have had a focus on Harvest which started on Monday by making our own portraits of scarecrows. We then read the story of 'The Little Red Hen' and have started to retell the story using our typing skills in ICT (we will finish these off next week).

 

Our DT project this term is titled 'Eating more fruits and vegetables'. We have looked at where some of our different fruit and vegetables come from and how they are harvested. We spoke about the importance of eating fruit and vegetables and how it keeps our bodies healthy. On Thursday the children got to taste some different fruits (some were definitely more popular then others). The children then made a fruit kebab to take home for their mums and dads - I hope you enjoyed them.

 

Next week we are going to keep track of some the fruits and vegetables that we eat, making sure that we eat a rainbow of colours.

Meeting Crusty and tiny ...

This week the children had a visit from two tortoises - Crusty and Tiny.

This was the focus of our lower school assembly where we spoke about how the tortoises were getting ready to hibernate for the winter. We then had a class visit so all children got to feed the tortoises and feel their shell.

Forest school

This week in Forest School was all about leaves.

Some of the children chose to do leaf rubbings looking at the texture and shape of the different leaves. Some children chose to make leaf crowns, using a chart to identify the leafs before sticking them on.

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Maths overview

 

From the feedback I recieved on Parents evening, a few of you would like to know the maths topics that we are covering so that you can support this at home. I have made this chart with a rough overview of what we will be learning in the different weeks. I hope that you find this helpful. smiley

 

(I will also add links to games that children can play at home in the maths section)

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Forest school

 

This week we had our first Forest School session. The children were so well behaved and enjoyed exploring our new Forest School site. We played a quick game of hide and seek and then the children had free time to explore. The children were really using there imaginations ... we had groups that made a see saw, some children were making a bird table and some enjoyed looking at the spiders. Lots of fun was had by all.

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Welcome to Upper I

 

We have had a brilliant couple of weeks back.

I can tell that the children have had a good rest over the summer and they are all ready and raring to go.

 

This week the children have been introduced to our Science topic 'Ourselves'. We have spoke about the different parts of our body and their functions. The children have been crafty and made a skeleton of themselves; and we have started to make self portraits really looking at the shape of our face and features. We have had lots of interesting discussions about variation in humans and how we have lots of similarities and differences.

 

In maths, we have been looking at place value. The children have been ordering numbers and finding one more and one less. Next week we are going to look at tens and units and start to partition numbers - I am sure that Upper I will be great at this.

 

In English, we have been looking at rhyming words. We have been looking at spelling patterns and using this to help us find words that rhyme. Some children really impressed me by writing their own rhyming sentences - Well done Upper I :)

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