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Comet Class Weekly News 22nd October 2021

Miss Mandelson - 21 Oct 2021

Coming in to land...
Well we have made it, Comet Class!  We have reached half-term and what a lot we have achieved in such a short space of time.  Although I can see that everyone is more than ready for a well-deserved break, you have continued to impress me with all your hard work and I really enjoyed sharing your successes with your parents yesterday during our parent consultation meetings.

In English, the children have been investigating spelling rules for adverbs with the -ly suffix.  They have then gone on to use some of them in the next section of their versions of  The Happy Prince.  We were pretty astounded to count the number of letters in one of the adverbs we thought of:  unenthusiastically - 18 letters in all!  We are wondering if this is the longest word in the English Language?  The children also had fun creating some alliterative phrases to use in their writing this week as they considered the little swallow's dreams of spending the winter in the dusty dry deserts of Egypt with sensational sunsets, sizzling sand, pointed pyramids, lazy lounging lizards and scuttling scorpions.

Talking of writing, it was the turn of Hermione to review a favourite book this week and she chose to share one that she had written herself called 'Feast'.  The children really enjoyed listening to the story and we were all very impressed with the quality of both the text and the illustrations.  Well done, Hermione - you should be very proud of yourself.
 Next time it will be Daisy's turn to present her favourite book to the class.

As we come to the end of our work on place value in Mathematics, the children have been applying their knowledge to help them to calculate 10, 100 and even 1000 more or less than a given number.  We have practised doing this at speed through a series of games and challenges.  The older children have also been exploring negative numbers and are getting pretty good at counting back beyond zero.

Yesterday we welcomed two special visitors into school for a special sharing assembly:  Nicola from Ripon City of Sanctuary, who had come to receive our harvest donations, and Mrs Bourne-Arton who came with further donations from the church community.  I was very proud of how well the children remembered and performed 'All Welcome Here' once more.  Nicola was so moved that she had tears in her eyes!  Mrs Taylor was also very impressed with how confidently and clearly the children performed the poem, communicating how they would welcome refugee children into the class.  I have put up a display about our Harvest Appeal inside St Nicholas Church.  If anyone missed the service and would like to learn more about the children's work on this, why not pop in to take a closer look when you are next out for a stroll in West Tanfield.


 


Whilst we were altogether, we also took the opportunity to celebrate some of the other ways in which the children have shone like stars both in and out of school recently:
 
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Well done, everyone!

Just to let you know that I have retained the children's reading diaries to look through over half-term, just in case you wonder where they are.  Do keep reading though  - remember that the library is a great place to visit on a rainy day!  Look out also for the JAM activities which have been kindly put together my Jane from the messy church team and emailed out to you.  You can also find them on the events and news part of the school website.

Wishing everyone a relaxing break and I look forward to hearing about what you have been up to when we return to school on Monday 1st November. 
Miss Mandelson



 
 
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