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Comet Class Weekly News 3rd December 2021

02 Dec 2021

Being Creative
The  week seems to have flown by so quickly!  It doesn't seem two minutes since I was sitting here typing last week's update.  I guess it is true what they say: Time flies when you are having fun!  It is that time of the year when lots of additional events and activities pop up and the routine goes a little to pot, but we have still achieved a lot this week.

This half-term our 'golden thread' has been to be creative.  The children at Breakfast Club were certainly very creative this week when Sharon helped them to make these super snowmen:
 

 
 
I wonder if you can guess what they are made from?  Also Mark arrived at school on Monday morning armed with an amazing paper star which he had made following some instructions he found on YouTube.  Our classroom is beginning to look very festive!  The creativity did not stop there as, later that afternoon, excitement was mounting as many of the children looked forward to our after-school JAM messy church session.  Head over to the School News and Events pages to take a look at some of the children's creations.

Our English lessons this week have had a sombre tone as we have focused on the sad departure of the little swallow in our story of The Happy Prince.  The children came up with some powerful and emotive language to use in their writing to get across the pain and despair felt by the prince at the death of his faithful friend.  It made us think about how important it is to look after the birds and creatures in winter time.  Olivia showed us a super video of some birds using the bird box that she made earlier this year.  Next week we shall be moving on to explore the moral of the story as we complete our draft stories in time for a Christmas book launch.  Watch this space!

We have continued to look at using written methods for addition in Maths this week, discovering how important it is to set our work out neatly to avoid errors.  The children have taken a lot of care to organise their digits into the right columns, using the squared paper in their maths books to help them.  The children are also becoming increasingly aware of how important it is to practise rapid recall of number facts so that they can tackle more complex calculations quickly without losing the flow of what they are doing.  Miss Asker has continued to work on multiplication and division.  Having investigated the issues that some were experiencing with My Maths last week, I wonder if some had already completed the homework task I had set when in Panther or Tiger Class.  That may be the reason why it did not show on some children's accounts.  Apologies for that.  This week I am sending home some class work which we ran out of time to finish due to other events going on in school.  I shall put a link to a helpful video onto My Maths/Seesaw to support with this.

On Thursday we were treated to a marvellous performance of Christmas music from some of the peripatetic teachers from North Yorkshire Music Service.  The children really impressed me with their obvious love of music as well as their knowledge about the various instruments which were demonstrated.  There was a real buzz when we returned to the classroom as many of the children had been really inspired by what they had seen and heard and wanted to tell me which instrument they would like to learn to play.  Look out for the information on how to book lessons which should have come home with your child.
 
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As usual I have awarded quite a few shining stars this week.  I have been particularly pleased with how the younger children have begun to read through what they have written and make amendments and improvements.  Next week we shall be working on our proofreading skills further as we prepare our draft stories for publication.
 
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Just a reminder that school will be closed for children this coming Monday 6th December as it is a teacher training day for staff.  It will be strange not to be altogether to celebrate our patronal festival this year but I hope that everyone has a very happy St Nicholas' Day whatever you get up to.  I'll look forward to seeing everyone again on Tuesday as the countdown to Christmas truly begins in earnest!

Have a lovely weekend everyone!
Miss Mandelson
 
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