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Comet Class Weekly News 19th November 2021

Miss Mandelson - 18 Nov 2021

Fun and Games
What fun we have had this week!  Our work around the story The Happy Prince has led to lots of questions from the children about what life was like for children in the Victorian times.  This week we turned our attention to the games the children were playing in this scene:


 
On Thursday the children entered the classroom to find an enormous, heavy trunk which had arrived from Ripon Museum.  What could be inside?  Some even wondered if there was an actual child inside, the trunk was so big!
 

 

We were very keen to open it up and find out.  Many thanks to Mark who took charge of the iPad and took photos as we unpacked the contents:

  
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We had lots of fun trying to work out what each artefact was for and discussed which would have belonged to children of wealthy families and which to children from poor families.  Next some children tried out writing with a quill and ink (like the poor young man in his garret who we met previously in the story) whilst others wrote on slates with chalk.  When the bottle of ink was accidentally knocked over, the child responsible was very relieved that we no longer live in the Victorian times - the cane did not appear, only paper towels, but the child did opt to go and write some lines "I will not tip the ink over in class, I will not tip the ink over in class, etc"!  We got very busy making some of the traditional games and toys we had learned about and tried our hand at embroidery to make bookmarks...
 
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To round off our learning, we went outside like street children to play with some of the toys and games which Victorian children might have used:
 
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At the end of the morning, the children exclaimed "We haven't done any work yet!!"  But of course we had:  English (handwriting and reading instructions and information), Maths (measuring materials, scoring in games and counting the pieces away afterwards), Design and Technology (making toys and sewing), ICT (using technology to take photographs and research games), Art (drawing with pen and ink/decorating our games), Music (singing Pop Goes the Weasel along to the musical Jack-in-a-Box) and lots and lots of History, of course.  All this hands on experience has really helped to enhance the quality of the children's writing too, as we went on to draft the next section of the story.

In Maths, we continued with our work on addition and subtraction at the beginning of the week.  The children have begun to develop their written methods and we shall work on this further over the next couple of weeks.  Now that Miss Asker is back with us, she will be teaching some of the Maths in Comet Class.  Miss Asker has been focusing on multiplication and division and will be monitoring how they get on with TTRockstars.  Keep practising all your mental maths skills, Comet Class - it really does pay off if you can recall number facts quickly.

Take a look below at some of the ways the children have been shining like stars this week.  A particular mention to Daisy who entertained us with poems from the book she chose to recommend to the class - we loved Tasty Poems, Daisy!  It was a good job that we were able to go for lunch as soon as you had finished as our tummies were definitely rumbling by then!  I have also been very impressed with how some of you have persevered and shown resilience and patience when tasks have got tricky or fiddly.  Well done, everyone!
 
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Finally, just as we thought our week could not get any more exciting, Children in Need Day was upon us!  What talented children we have at St Nicholas School.  Do head over to the News and Events page to find out more...

Time for a rest over the weekend now, ready for another busy week next week!
Miss Mandelson

 

 
 


 
 
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