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Weekly News 14th May 2021

Miss Mandelson and Mrs Clegg - 13 May 2021

Home and Away
We have had another super week in Tigers and it has been lovely to see the children's enthusiasm and curiosity shining through.  On Monday afternoon something very strange happened!  Just after we had finished looking at our guided reading book 'Summer Storm', the lovely blue sky suddenly became very dark and we heard a boom of thunder.  Then came torrential rain and even a flash of lightening!  On Tuesday, Mrs Ferneley popped in with a book called 'Winter' which she was returning from Kirkby Malzeard School, but we didn't dare open it for fear that it would suddenly start snowing!!  In Geography this week, we have been thinking about seasonal weather patterns in the UK.  Co-incidentally our next postcard from Paddington arrived during our lesson, all the way from Venezuela.  Paddington told us that there are only two seasons in Venezuela:  the wet season and the dry season.  We wondered why that was and, using Mark's globe, we discovered that Venezuela is very close to the Equator:


 
The children remembered that the Equator also runs right through Kenya - could it be that there are only two seasons there too?  Maybe that is why there was a drought in our story 'Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain'.

Talking of rain, we carried out our weekly check on our rain gauges on Tuesday and discovered that two of them had collected 3cm whilst the other one contained 2cm of rainwater.  We wondered why this was...
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The children noticed that the third rain gauge was sheltered by a tree.  Could this have prevented as much rain entering the rain gauge, we wondered?  Let's see what happens next time we check the rain gauges.

In Maths this week, the older children have been very busy consolidating their work on fractions.  As well as completing some problem-solving activities involving halves and quarters, they began to explore further fractions such as thirds and fifths.  The younger children have been enjoying exploring the composition of the number 10 through the rhyme 'Ten green bottles' and have earned some shining stars along the way:
 
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In fact, there have been quite a few stars awarded this week for all sorts of things including maths work, reading, taking time to complete tasks carefully and some super contributions to discussion work too:
 
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A big thank you to Mrs Peacock who called in to read with the children this week.  It was lovely to see her.  The children really shone like stars and impressed her with their confidence and lovely manners.

There was much excitment at lunchtime on Friday when a JCB arrived....
 
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Dave and Kev from Berkeley DeVeer have kindly donated some materials for us to use in our outdoor area.  I think the children were as excited to watch the pallet being manoeuvered over the fence as they were to unwrap the objects!  We had to cut PE short as the children just couldn't wait any longer to go and explore outside!  I think we have some budding engineers amongst us....
 
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 Thank you to all the parents that have donated items for our outdoor area so far.  Your donations of crockery and dressing up clothes are very much appreciated.  If anybody has an old go-kart, I am looking for a steering wheel for an idea I've got, which I think the children will love....watch this space!
 
 
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