Time flies when you’re having fun! It’s that time already – the weekly blog!
Let’s start by congratulating Issac for achieving this week’s Ozzie’s Champion certificate. Isaac has made us super proud this week with his determination, effort and love for learning. He created a wonderful Fairtrade project to display in class, he spoke with confidence in front of all EYFS and KS1 in a special World Book Day assembly talking about his favourite book (he even read a page to everyone) and he put 100% effort into learning his lines, a poem and a song for our assembly. Isaac makes us all cry with laughter with his brilliant sense of humour and his infectious smile.
It has been a very busy week in Wagtails with completing our English unit, consolidating our multiplication learning, practising and performing our assembly, celebrating World Book Day and receiving our treat for coming second in the Copper Challenge. Where shall we start?
Firstly, The Owl and The Pussycat has been a lovely text which features four anthropomorphic animals – an owl, a cat, a pig, and a turkey – and tells the story of the love between the title characters who marry in the land "where the Bong-tree grows". The children have explored the poem looking at the stanzas, the use of rhyme and the amount of syllables in each line. This has allowed them to create their own version of the poem. Some of us have not quite finished our final pieces so this will be continued next week. We will all spend time editing our writing, checking for consistent tense and consistent syllables within each line. Children will go on to publishing their creations and will perform them to each other. The children have come home with a copy of the poem for their homework to answer comprehension questions. Why not ask your child to perform the poem to you.
We have been learning our 2, 5 and 10 times tables this week in Maths. We have an understanding that multiplication is repeated addition. Eg. 5 x 3 = 5 + 5 + 5 = 15 and know three different strategies to work out multiplication questions. We can write the repeated addition, draw equal groups, or count in either 2s, 5s or 10s on our fingers. We now need to work on having a quick recall of these times tables.
Confidence with times tables really is important for children in primary school. While it may seem tedious to practise times tables with your child and you might have bad memories of reciting times tables at school, by ensuring your child is confident with times tables you will be giving them some essential tools for success in maths. Please speak to Miss Silver if you would like some useful advice and great ideas to help you support your child in learning their times tables at home.
Thursday was such an exciting day and there was a real ‘book character buzz’ around school. We began the day with performing our class assembly based on World Book Day 2020. All children were fantastic and there were many smiling adults in the audience. Mr Ode took wonderful photos, which you can view, on the school Flickr site. We continued the day celebrating World Book Day supporting the registered charity on a mission to give every child and young person a book of their own. We had a fun and energetic day celebrating authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) reading. Thank you to all parents and carers for providing the children with such fantastic, imaginative costumes. Thank you to all the children who decorated a potato and entered the competition. Your designs were unreal! Each child who entered was awarded 5 dojo points by Mrs Colothan for their hard work and creativity in potato decorating. Again, there are hundreds of photographs of us celebrating this day on Flickr and Twitter. @saintoswalds
Did any parents/carers notice their child a little bit wild coming home on Friday? That may be due to our Friday treat! For coming second in the Copper Challenge, the PTA awarded us with two huge bags of Haribo sweets. But as well as munching on these, Harrison very kindly brought in a MEGA chocolate cake for everyone to celebrate his 7th birthday with. Therefore, we spent the end of Friday afternoon eating sweets, demolishing delicious chocolate cake and playing games with our friends as an extra treat from Miss Silver for doing so well in our class assembly.
Our Good Shepherd Lenten activities begin next week. On Monday 9th March, we ask EYFS and KS1 children to bring in cakes to sell. Cakes will be on sale for 20p each.
Friday 13th March is Sports Relief. Children can come to school dressed in sporty clothes for a donation.
Raffle tickets are being sold for the Easter raffle. They are 20p each. We still need plenty of prizes for the children to win in the raffle so please send in any prizes you can offer.
All you support it greatly appreciated.
Thanks for a fabulous week everyone – will next week top it? Enjoy your weekend and I await your stories on Monday morning.
Love Miss Silver, Mrs Costello and Miss Ethel
Posted by Martyn Ode on 7 March 2020
Category: Wagtails' Class Blog 2019/20