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Comet Class Weekly News 8th October 2021

Miss Mandelson - 07 Oct 2021

Flying High!
I have lost count how many times I have welled up with tears of pride this week as the children in Comet Class have excelled in so many different ways.  They have impressed me with their determination and support of each other to reach their class target (more on that later) and, each time I open their English books, I am blown away by their powerful word choices and thought for the reader in their writing.  They have shown themselves to be confident communicators giving their thoughts and opinions on sensitive issues in mature and moving ways.  I have really enjoyed my week with you, Comets, and hope you have enjoyed it too.

A big focus of our work this week has been to reflect on the refugee crisis and think about how we welcome and help those in need.  We have looked at a range of books and poetry on the subject to help us to understand how refugees and asylum seekers might feel when they have to leave their home and make a fresh start in an unfamiliar place.
 

 
In honour of National Poetry Day, the children focused particularly on a collection of poems about migration by Michael Rosen and worked together to perform the poem 'All are welcome here' in our Harvest Service.  I am sure that you will agree that the children rose to the challenge of projecting their voices clearly.  Even when faced with some distracting noises in church, they carried on like true professionals!  Each and every one of them absolutely earned their place on our Recognition Board for achieving this week's class target.
 

 
We heard from Michael Rosen that a poem is a "package of thoughts, ideas and reflections" , which we can put down on paper in any way we choose.  Well done to all those children who had a go at writing their own poem for the competition organised by Sharon and Mrs Umpleby - all entries were of a very high standard and had been beautifully presented.

In our English lessons, we read some of the original version of The Happy Prince written by Oscar Wilde.  This introduced the children to some new high-order and quite 'old-fashioned' language.  They used their knowledge of the story to discuss and clarify the meanings of unfamiliar words and then had a go at developing their use of vocabulary in their own writing.  This week, we focused on the part of the story where the Happy Prince asks his swallow friend to deliver a precious ruby to the home of a poverty stricken seamstress and her sick child.  The children continued to impress me with their use of 'precise verbs' and adjectives to convey emotion.  They all do such a super job that it can be very difficult for me to choose just one or two pieces to showcase below!

We have worked hard in Maths this week to make sure that we work systematically when solving problems and proving statements.  This has helped us to arrive at our answers more efficiently.  We have explored counting in different steps and looking for patterns and relationships.  For example the children noticed that our knowledge of counting in 5s can help us when counting in 50s.  A special mention to the Y2 children who have confidently joined in with discussions with their older peers, giving some excellent observations and reasoning.

All in all, it has been a great week with many achievements to celebrate.  Here are just some of the ways in which the children have shone like stars in the sky:
 
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Hopefully everyone has received information about parent consultation meetings which are now available to book through our school website.  Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you need any help with this.  I am looking forward to having the opportunity to share your child's progress with you.
 
Wishing everyone a lovely weekend - hopefully with a chance to soak up some last minute sunshine!
Miss Mandelson
 
PS Everyone is welcome to join us at this Sunday's all-age service at St Nicholas Church at 9.15am.  Although Reverend Sian has not needed to ask for as many readers this month, she has asked for the children's help with some of the activities.  Just come along if you would like to lend a hand.  The church community always enjoys the children's contributions.

 
 
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