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Miss Mandelson - 21 Jan 2022

A Diet of Books
Comet Class have continued on their journey to become 'lifelong readers' this week by beginning to explore some of the books on David Walliam's Britain's Favourite Children's Book List.  We began by trying to predict which books might have made it onto the list and I was very impressed with how knowledgeable and well-read our children are.  They made some very sensible guesses including naming some books/authors which, although not on the list, maybe should be like JM Barrie's Peter Pan for instance.  With the help of some clues when needed, the children came up with pretty much all the books between them:
 

 Click on the image above to take you to the full list.

We are dipping into some of these books, reading the first chapter to see which one we would like to hear for our class novel.  The children will vote for the one that hooked them in the most.  Watch this space!

In our English lessons, we began to retell the story of The Incredible Book-Eating Boy by introducing the main character, Henry.  The children used some very precise verbs and repetition to get across just how much Henry likes to devour, demolish and digest books.  In fact he gobbles, guzzles, gulps and gorges on them.  If you let him, he would chomp and chew on them all day!  We also had a go at imagining what the books would taste like to Henry:  the sticky, orangey taste of Paddington, the bitter taste of The Gruffalo, the fruity taste of the Very Hungry Caterpillar, the salty taste of Journey to the River Sea and the sweet, sugary taste of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  By the time we had finished, the children remarked that it was a good thing that it was nearly lunchtime as everyone's mouths were watering!

In Maths this week the younger children have been busy counting in twos and relating this to the two times table.  The children soon noticed the link between multiplying by 2 and doubling and the older children used this to multiply and divide by two using some large numbers.  The older children have also used their knowledge of the two times table to revise the four times table.  Although the children can work out the answers to multiplication expressions, their instant recall needs a little bit of work so we have been using a lot of games to help us with that.  I have set the usual My Maths homework this week, but I shall also put some links to some online games onto the Homework tab to help them to practise.  Later this year, the Y4 children will be required to complete the national multiplication check.  More information on that to follow.

This week I have been super proud of many of the children for their love of learning.  Quite a few children have made it on to the Recognition Board for showing diligence and dedication to their work.  Some have opted to improve and complete work in their own time and others have been keen to catch up with work missed due to absence.  It has been great to see how mature many of the children are when it comes to taking responsibility for their own learning and recognising that practice and additional effort can lead to rewarding results.  It was lovely to see that Evie has already worked hard to achieve her personal goal of sewing a very big blanket (she had set this goal for herself in our PSHE lesson the week before last).  Take a look below to see some of the children's achievements from this week:
 
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I have let the children know that Mrs Hatch will be teaching them on Monday morning whilst I am at a meeting.  They are looking forward to seeing her and I know that she is looking forward to catching up with all their news.

Have a lovely weekend,
Miss Mandelson
 
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