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Weekly Update 10.2.20

15 Feb 2020

In English with Mrs Hatch, we planned our autobiographical writing based on the character from The Promise by Nicola Davies.  Then we looked at different ways to start a story including: describing the character/setting; using dialogue; diving straight into the action; using adverbials and starting with a rhetorical question.  The children were excited to begin their autobiography using all the ideas and techniques we have worked on during this half-term.  We will complete our writing in the first week back and share it with parents who come to our Celebration Assembly.  We will also publish some of them on the website on our Class News page.  Keep a look out!

In Maths, we revisited addition and subtraction: the older children worked on securing the formal written methods with larger numbers while the younger children were introduced to exchanging and carrying ones, tens and hundreds using concrete material ( Base 10 and Place Value Counters ) to help their understanding.

In Science, we continued looking at how adaptation leads to evolution.  The Y5/6 children investigated how birds beaks have evolved to suit the food available in their habitat and the Y3/4 children used the 'fossil' they had made in Forest School to draw a the mythical creature that formed the fossil and labelled its body parts showing how it was able to survive in its environment.

On Thursday, the whole class went over to Kirkby Malzeard to for a PE session.  Y3/4 were taught by sports coach, Mr Irvine and had fun on the field doing team building games before going into the hall for some boxing skills.  Y5/6 had a friendly netball tournament with each other in preparation for us attending the cluster UKS2 netball competition on March 10th.  Further details about this will be sent out after half-term.

We would like to say a big congratulations and good luck to Enna who has been selected from her running club to represent North Yorkshire in the inter-county cross-country event which will be held in Leicestershire.  We couldn't be more proud of you Enna and look forward to hearing how you get on.

A quick note on the Star of the Week.  Last week Daisy should have recieved a certificate as stated on the website.  This week is is Harmony.  Well done to both girls.  Daisy will recieve her certificate in the next Celebration Assembly.

Miss Asker writes:

We hope that you are all looking forward to your half-term break and will come back all refreshed on Monday 23rd February.

In English this week the children used their editing skills to identify areas where they could improve their diary entries and used their writing targets to redraft their diaries. We looked at Daisy and Alice's diary entries as a class and thought about what they had done to make their diaries so successful.

In Maths we have been focusing on comparing and ordering fractions. We have thought carefully about the denominators and numerators and how these indicate the size of the fraction. The Year 5 anf 6 children had to convert some of their fractions so that they had a common denominator to be able to compare and order.

In computing the children were given a problem regarding pocket money. They were given three options and they had to use the skills we have been developing to use a spreadsheet to work out which was the best option. I have been blown away with how well the children have developed their spreadsheet skills. The children were quite surprised with the results.

In Geography the children improved their fact files that they started last week and completed their artwork. These will be on display in the lair after half term, feel free to come in and have a look.

As some of the children will have noticed, we have not awarded a reader of the week this half term; We have been rethinking the system we use and will be launching a new reward system after the half term break.

Have a lovely half-term break and we look forward to seeing you again when the days will be longer and the weather better - hopefully!
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