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Weekly News 10th January

Miss Mandelson and Mrs Clegg - 10 Jan 2020

Welcome Back!

It was lovely to welcome the children back into school this week and hear all their news.  We hope all our families had a wonderful break and we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all the goodies and treats which were sent in for the staffroom - they have kept us going in those last few weeks of term, over the holidays and in this first week back!

The children have noticed a few changes to the classroom on their return as we continue to develop and improve the provision in Tigers.  The 'working walls' which the children use to support their learning in English and Maths have been relocated to allow more space.  We have also moved the 'My Space' wall to the board above the Recpetion children's coat pegs hoping that this will be a more convenient place for their parents to view their learning journeys.  Don't forget that we welcome contributions from parents too - feel free to use our 'notes from home' or send in photos of what your child has been doing at home.

In English, we began the week with some recount work and the children have impressed Miss Mandelson with their recall of the features they should use in this type of writing.  We have now headed into the world of traditional tales as we begin to compare different versions of familiar stories.  Mrs Clegg introduced her 'modern take on a traditional tale' by asking the children to close their eyes and just listen to a book trailer.  The children then had to make predictions about the story setting and characters purely based on what they had heard.  Then the children watched the trailer and were very shocked by how different their predictions were once they had visual clues as well as sound!

Whilst in Maths, the older children have begun to relate their ability to count in twos, fives and tens to the multiplication tables.  Well done, Ted, as we can see that you have been practising this at home.  The Reception children impressed Mrs Millions so much when they explored doubling numbers that she put them all on WOW!

We are now coming to the end of our History work looking at changes within living memory.  The focus has been on toys and the children have been busy composing questions to ask family members to help them to find out more about what children played with in the past.  Please see the homework page for further information.  Many thanks and well done to Bibi who has already brought in a lovely photo of her mum's favourite childhood toy.

Our new Science topic is 'Everyday Materials' and we started our learning by doing an investigation into the absorbency of paper towels, kitchen roll and toilet roll.  The children enjoyed using syringes, water and timers to conduct their own experiments.

We also began our Computing work by learning about E-Safety.  We watched videos on www.thinkuknow.co.uk and www.childnet.com.  These websites are useful if you want to explore this further with your child at home.  After some great discussion, the children designed their own E-Safety posters to display around school to advise others on how to stay safe online.

You will have heard from Mrs Taylor that we have welcomed Mrs Cooper to our team.  In a slight change to our timetable, she will be teaching PE on Wednesdays, beginning with preparations for the annual inter-schools gymnastics competition on Monday 20th January.  Just a reminder that we ask that PE kits be kept in school throughout each half-term.  This is especially important at the moment as we may need to fit in some additional sessions to practise for the gymnastics competition.  We shall send all kits home to be washed during each holiday.  Another new face will be Mr Anson who has been training to be a teacher at Kirkby Malzeard School.  He will be assisting with the teaching of Phonics in Tiger Class over the coming weeks.
 
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