Well done to all the children who took part in CASMA singing project. The performance at Open was wonderful and thoroughly enjoyed by everyone who attended. All our children behaved beautifully and were a real credit to the school.
Thank you so much for your support for the cake sale in aid of the Norwich Night shelter and very well done to Eva (and her mum!) for organising it. We will let you know the total raised after half term.
Have a lovely holiday.
If you would like your child to join the Norfolk Children’s University please see the flyer below and send in the reply slip by 22nd February. Norfolk Children’s University
Sports Equipment for schools
- we are now collecting tokens. Our collection box is adjacent to the upper school hall. Please see flyer for more details Sports for Schools
We have had a very exciting week learning all about Chinese New Year. The children have been working really hard to complete all of their Chinese New Year challenges in their booklet. Thank you very much to all of the parents that have come in to help us this week!
On Tuesday, we had a Music and Movement workshop which was lots of fun! The children will be bringing home their folder full of all the things they have made this week, we hope they will enjoy telling you all about Chinese New Year!
Date for the diary…Just a reminder that we will be having our Maths with Mummy Morning on Friday 9th March from 9-11:30am. We will be sending an invitation home with your child soon. We look forward to seeing you there.
Have a lovely half term!
This week we have been practising for our Year 1 assembly. We all worked collaboratively to design props and staging to make our assembly even more exciting! We have loved retelling the story ‘The Way Back Home’ by Oliver Jeffers using actions.
We hope you enjoyed our assembly and thank you for coming. Please look on our blogs for photos.
In maths this week we have been looking at lots of different ways to represent a number of our choice. We experimented with number sentences; doubling and halving; more than and less than; and even multiples.
Throughout the week we have been doing mini sound and reading checks with the children. We have been practising spotting sounds in words and reading ‘alien’ nonsense words.
Instead of sending home spellings this week, please could we encourage you to use the sound cards and sheets to practise reading and recognising these sounds with your child over half term.
After half term we will be starting another new and exciting topic, Superheroes! To introduce our topic, we will be hosting a ‘Wow Day’ on Wednesday 21thFebruary. (date incorrectly shown on the paper list sent home with your child today). We would like to invite the children to come to school dressed in their best superhero costumes or brightly coloured clothing. As part of the Wow Day, the children will be making their own fruit kebabs. Please could you bring in some fruit and vegetables that your children like.
Please could you help your child to think about who their ‘real life’ hero is, ready for Monday 26th February, the first day back after half term, for our Wonderful Writing session. Children are welcome to bring in a photograph to stick in their books as their inspiration for writing about their hero.
We started this week looking at fractions where we introduced what a fraction is and how we can represent fractions of shape. Children had shapes that they were able to fold and shade fractions on, some children even recognised that some fractions are the same (equivalent). E.g. 1/2= 2/4
As an extra challenge, some of the children were also asked if they were able to divide the triangle into quarters. After lots of investigation, they were able to do this with confidence.
Having investigated fractions of shape, we then began to look at fractions of number. Children found ½, ¼, 1/3, 2/4 and ¾ of amounts. The children learnt that the bottom number was how many groups the number was split into equally and the top number was how many groups they counted.
Children used ICT to research famous artists. They noted the ideas down before making their masterpiece. The children used a mixture of materials such as clay, Modroc and paint.
To celebrate the end of our topic we are hosting an art gallery where children will showcase the masterpieces they have made. This will be straight after school on Tuesday 20th February. On Thursday afternoon, the children wrote a persuasive letter inviting you to the gallery. They worked hard to include some persuasive language, which was the focus of the lesson. We talked to the children about how persuasive language really convinces someone to do something. The children were extremely good at being persuasive as you will see from some of the sentences they have used to convince you to come! Please do not worry though if, despite their best efforts at persuasion, you cannot make it this time. We have explained to the children that not all parents will be able to come but we needed all the children to complete this writing task which they did very well!
Have a lovely half term!
Mrs Wyer, Miss Cobb and Mrs Brooks.
It’s been another busy and active week in Year 3. The children have had a lovely time in maths, collecting data and representing it in the form of bar charts. We have done lots of practical measuring activities including measuring our hands and feet; finding the tallest person in the class and weighing a variety of objects from around the classroom. The children have learned how to measure and record accurately. They collected their data and recorded it in a table before doing their bar chart.
In English, we have been reading and analysing limericks. First, the children read and memorised a limerick and performed this to the class. Then, using the limericks of Edward Lear, we studied the form of each poem and looked for patterns in the rhythm of the poems and in the rhyming structure. Our class reader this half term is Kenzuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo – and the children are really enjoying this book.
We have continued our geography work this week – looking at climate zones around the world and the children have written about the typical features of each climate.
Well, we’ve moved from one end of the body to the other this week! We have designed, made, consumed and evaluated delicious and nutritious fruit kebabs – trying to give our bodies lots of vitamins. We have continued the fruit theme with our Art this week. We looked at the work of Guiseppe Arcimoldi, an Italian painter who painted portraits made up of fruits and vegetables, and then the children did their own portraits in the same style.
In RE this week we have been investigating the miracles of Jesus using drama. We have then started looking at the chronology of the Easter story, including finding out about Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday. We will look at the rest of the story closer to Easter.
In Maths, we have started to look at fractions. We have used concrete resources to represent fractions in different ways and to find equivalent fractions for a half and a third. The children are really good at using the vocabulary. Thank you to everyone who came to our Maths café today; we hope you found it useful and informative.
A fantastic time was had by all in Penguin class this week. The Alchemy Island board games were finally finished in D&T and the children worked hard to put the final touches to their designs, game accessories and to also write some coherent rules. In relation to this, in English this week, the class have worked hard writing a script for a radio advert using persuasive writing. Recording them was fun and the children worked really hard to bring their characters to life.
It was clear to see the pride in the children in maths this week. Working with fractions began as a daunting task at the beginning of the unit. However, with determination and a huge amount of resilience, the class have become confident with converting, adding, multiplying and simplifying fractions. What with their fabulous behaviour and enthusiasm to learn, it was a real pleasure to teach the class this week.
Thank you to all those who came to our Maths Cafe, it was lovely to see so many families supporting the school. We hope you enjoyed it and had fun creating your fractional people.
We have been learning all about the Blitz, with children creating public information and safety posters. Year 6 children have put lots of effort into their topic homework, creating a range of interesting models, interview reports, posters and power-point presentations. We have enjoyed sharing them (photos of a selection of homework can be seen on the school blog). In maths we have been learning in a wide range of areas from ratio and proportion to rounding. We have worked collaboratively in music to create a series of sounds related to our WW2 topic.
I am extremely proud of the children in year 2 who took part in the Dance Showcase on Wednesday at The Open in Norwich. They have worked very hard rehearsing over the last few weeks and it was a long day, but the performances were amazing! Well done and thank you to all involved.
Congratulation to our newly appointed House Captains and Prefects.
It is Maths café next week. Monday is Year 3, Tuesday is Year 1, and Thursday is Year 6.
Two of our pupils are organising a bake sale on the 8th and 9th of February, to raise funds for the Norwich Night Shelter. Please see flyer for more information Bake Sale
Please see flyers below regarding Home start and SEND.
On Wednesday the 17th January, Mrs Bidder and Mr Lawrence’s football teams played their final tournament at the UEA. Mr Lawrence’s team was up first against Bignold Primary. Alfie caught an early goal against a rattled Bignold. After the first goal, with assists from Colby, Finlay and Oscar, Alfie got another 4 goals to lead the team to victory with a 5-0 win. Mr Lawrence’s second game was against a strong Bluebell Road team. Alfie once again scored a cracking goal from an excellent cross from Alexander. Unfortunately, just before half time, Bluebell evened the score with a powerful shot, with Kayden getting his fingertips on the ball, but not saving the shot, an excellent effort. After half time, Mr Lawrence and his team were keen to get back in front. Alexander came up from defence into midfield, allowing him to get into a good space and hammer the ball into the back of the net! Soon after, with a mistake from the opposite teams defence, Alfie had a shot at goal, chipping it into the top right hand corner right over the keeper! An excellent finish!! Mr Lawrence’s team came 3rd out of 9 teams overall in the competition. Congratulations to all who took part, you all worked extremely hard and were an excellent football team.
This week we have been story scribing with the children, this involves the children creating a story with support from an adult and then over time, increasingly writing more and more of the words themselves. Within this, the children have been blending, segmenting and looking for tricky words, alike they would when reading. At the end of the day, the children get the opportunity to act their story out to the rest of the class and show their writing. Some weeks, we may decide to story scribe with the children instead of read so you may not always see a message in your child’s reading record every week. The latest stories that your child has written will be pinned up on their board on the displays around the classroom, please take a look to see the progress your child has made.
In phonics we have been learning the sounds qu and ch. These are known as digraphs – two letters that make one sound. We have also been learning to segment and write words with these digraphs, for example: qu-i-t or ch-i-p. When reading with your child please encourage them to read the letters as one sound.
We have also been learning about shapes this week, the children have been learning to find 2d shapes in the classroom, recognise 2d shapes and talk about their properties.
The topic we have been learning about this week is ‘African Animals’.
We will be sending a letter home to explain what happens during ‘Chinese New Year Week’ which is the week commencing 5th February. We have lots of Chinese challenges for the children to complete which need adult support, therefore we would welcome parent help. Please look out for the letter.
Please remember to bring in recycling material from home for our ‘Junk Modelling Area’. It is a popular place for the children to play therefore we quickly run out of junk!
We haven’t been able to take the children to use the school library due to lack of available adults, however it is something we would love to be able to do! Are there any parents/grandparents that are willing to commit to help on a regular basis so that the children can choose from a wonderful, varied selection of books? Please speak to a member of staff if you can help.
On Monday we had special visitor who gave us another memorable experience for our Moon Zoom topic. We had Dr Mandy Hartley in from The Little Story Telling Company who put on an interactive space themed story experience for year 1. Her friend Ruff also came to help. Once again we blasted off into space in search of a new planet. Ruff sent the drone out onto the planet to check that it was ok for us to leave the rocket. We all explored together, using binoculars, to see what we could spot on this very unusual planet. Coloured scarfs were shared out and children were chosen to dress as aliens. Unfortunately, the green haired aliens were glowing in the dark. A predator soon game along and killed them!
The white-haired aliens caught a cold, that was the end of them too! A new breed of aliens had been created that could withstand loud music, coughs and colds and predators. They were well adapted to their planet with long noses to reach the food, dark hair and a good immune system.
In maths we have carried on with time, looking at our daily routines and what time of day we do things. We also learnt about measuring time in minutes and seconds using stop watches. We timed activities for one minute to see how many we could do. For example, how many star jumps we could do in one minute.
We have also been learning about the history of space travel and astronauts. The children made their own space time timelines of the events they could remember. These included the first dog sent into space, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s first moon landing and they also enjoyed learning about a millionaire who paid 20 million pounds to fly into space!
The children should have brought home an invitation to our Maths Café on Tuesday 30th January at 9 am. We look forward to seeing those of you who can make it. We would also like to invite you to our year 1 assembly on Thursday 8th February at 2.30pm in the lower school hall.
Have a great weekend, From the Year 1 Team
This week we have been continuing our food-based theme for ‘Muck, Mess and Mixtures’ by writing poetry about different foods.
We began by reading and writing riddles. The children worked hard to make their riddles quite specific in order for it to be guessed, for example;
I am brown and creamy.
I am hard, bumpy and usually a rectangular shape.
You can buy me in a shop.
I am eaten as a treat.
When cold I am hard but when hot I melt.
What am I?
We then moved on to writing acrostic poems later in the week. Some children challenged themselves to write a double acrostic and used synonyms.
In Maths we have carried on our capacity work and moved on to weighing. We looked at reading the scales on jugs in millilitres. The scales were in divisions of 2s, 5s and 10s. Some children read scales with missing numbers.
At the end of the week we estimated and weighed food items in grams and compared using the more than and less than symbols.
In Art we looked at the artist Carl Warner who creates foodscapes. We drew our own foodscape scenes, such as underwater, and made sure everything in the picture was made from a food.
We are very proud of all the children who took part in the Dance Showcase on Wednesday. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!
We have noticed over the last few weeks that some of the children have been forgetting to bring their spelling books for the Monday spelling test. Please could you as far as possible ensure your child brings their book in on a Monday so that we can make sure they can do their test in their books and set their new spellings.
As we are now halfway through the year in Year 2 please could you begin to drop your child off outside the cloakroom door and allow them to come in independently and do their jobs. If you need to speak to a member of staff, please do feel free to come in and talk to us.
Thanks for all your continued support and have a lovely weekend.
Mrs Wyer, Mrs Brooks and Miss Cobb.
We’ve had a busy week in year 3 this week. The children have had great fun planning and writing their own recipes. They have produced some excellent writing as a result of the work they have done. In maths, we have completed our final week of multiplication and division and the children have been practising various strategies to help them to divide and multiply. As part of our topic work, we have been doing some geography. This week, the children have been doing some map work and next week – to link in with our Design Technology work - they will be thinking about the ingredients that they found in the sandwiches that we looked at and where in the world this food comes from. Next week, we will have another visit from Tesco and the children will have the opportunity to make their own bread product.
If you need help with brushing your teeth, we are the people to ask! We have continued to work on Explanation texts in English, building up to writing our own one on how to brush your teeth properly. This has involved gathering together everything we know for each language feature – which it turns out, is a lot!
We have been doing some tricky Maths this week, looking at commutativity and starting to think about division. The children have enjoyed using concrete resources to support and explore these. At the start of the week, we loved drawing bugs to demonstrate our knowledge of factor pairs.
In Science, we have been continuing our work on the digestive system through creating diagrams and flow charts to demonstrate our understanding of the main parts and their functions.
In PE, we have been practising our dynamic balancing skills and continuing to develop and vary our balances and methods of travel using the apparatus.
Look out next week for an invitation to our Maths café which is happening on Friday 9th February at 9am.
This week, pupils in Puffins and Penguins have finished writing and editing their Chief Alchemist soliloquy. We hope that we will be able to share some of these with you next week at our Year 5 assembly.
We have continued to develop our understanding of fractions and have been doing a variety of activities to compare and order them. We have also been working on our reasoning and problem solving skills during our Marvellous Maths sessions.
During our English lessons, we have explored a variety of different board games. Each class has set up small design teams to create and develop their own fantasy board games with an Alchemy Island theme. We have had some fantastic and very creative board designs and character ideas and are going to compete for resources to build the games in a Dragons’ Den type activity. Next week we will construct our board games and write instructions detailing how to play them.
We have continued our RealPE lessons and have enjoyed mini sitting volleyball tournaments. We have also had great fun doing the Haka with Mrs Amis during our carousel morning.
In maths this week, year 6 have been working with co-ordinates and plotting them in all for quadrants. Who knew the other 3 quadrants had been there all along! We've been translating and reflecting shapes on a four quadrant grid.
We've also been writing letters home to family, as if we were WWII evacuees, showing how much we have learnt about what it would have been like. we've had some fun writing dialogue between a couple of cartoon wild west criminals. After brushing up on on writing skills, we are writing our final version of a newspaper report, independently.
In PE we have been working on team skills and how to work towards a common goal.