A group of year of 5 and 6 children have been taking part in weekly dance sessions with Premier Sport to prepare a dance sequence that they will perform along with several other schools at St. Luke’s secondary school on the evening of the 5th December. The children have really enjoyed choreographing the dance to one of songs from The Greatest Showman.
Here are a few snapshots of their rehearsals…
Class 1 have had a week thinking all about Pumpkins. We heard the story about Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper and have had lots of fun playing and learning all about pumpkins.
Magnus on the science table – ‘I could see the seeds inside the little pumpkin to help them grow.”
Florence in the mud kitchen – ‘ I am making pumpkin soup. You need 4 pine cones, 2 leaves and 2 tins of baked beans.’ She mixed up a lovely soup using her recipe.
Sidney put his people in a pumpkin boat – ‘I put too many in and the boat sank.’
Charlie used the pumpkin to make a geo-board. ‘ I put lots of pins in and made squares’.
Shelby on the art table – ‘I painted a pumpkin with yellow and green paint.’
Olivia with the small world – ‘ We’ve got a pumpkin house like in the story – here’s the squirrel and the cat and the duck. They live in the house and eat soup.’
Mrs Newton was served Pumpkin soup in our Pumpkin Cafe role play area where Dylan was a great chef.
The nursery children made paper pumpkins to hang on our wall with the reception children’s beautiful art work.
The children ended the week using their pumpkins to make delicious pumpkin soup!!
With the first half term behind us, we have a very clear view on how well your child is reading and what needs to happen next in order for them to make even more progress. All children are asked to take a book home regularly. This MUST be returned. (Failing to return a book may result in parents being asked to pay for the lost book.)
Initially in the early years, books may have pictures only. All children will have a Reading Record Book in which the school will record the titles of books. We ask that parents also complete the Reading Record Book when they hear their child read. At times parents and carers aren’t always sure what to write. We are asking that you note a ‘new’ word discovered or one that the child did not know the meaning of. This will help us at school support development of vocabulary. Please aim to read at least 3 times a week.
In school, we will hear your child read individually or within a group. This will provide the teacher with an opportunity to monitor the child’s independent reading skills, the suitability of the book they are reading and their readiness to progress to the next one. Alongside reading books, where appropriate children may also be given words to learn, appropriate to their reading development. These words are what we call “tricky words” and cannot be sounded out such as ‘come’ and ‘who’ but have to be learned by sight. Some children may be given specific letter sounds (phonemes) to practice at home as well.
Please take the time to look at the accompanying leaflet from the BookTrust for a range of ways to enjoy reading at home.
Remember, part of learning to read is developing a love of books because it creates the motivation to learn. It is very important to read to your child as well as listen to them reading. This applies to all age children up to Year 6. The child can be the listener and will learn a great deal from hearing an experienced reader read aloud, such as seeing how the pages are turned, how expression is used and different voices used for different characters, how the plot develops and so on.
For fluent readers, rather than hearing them read page after page, please focus on hearing them read one or two pages and then focus on asking them questions such as, ‘What do you think the character is feeling?’, ‘What do you think that word means?’, ‘Why do you think that word is written in italics/bold/capitals?’ and ‘Why do you think that character acted that way?’
Above all, always use plenty of praise and encouragement during reading and enjoy sharing books with your child. Do not hesitate to discuss with the staff if you have any questions or concerns.
On Tuesday afternoon Class 3 went to St Thomas Baptist Church in Exeter to see the ICE team’s Narnia Experience. The children were asked to imagine that they were evacuees and were then transported to the land of Narnia, where they met CS Lewis and found out about his life and why he wrote his Narnia books. The children were able to find out about how he used the Bible as an inspiration for his stories. It was a truly magical, thought provoking and inspirational afternoon.
Is your child starting Reception in September 2019 or do you know anyone who has a child that is?
We are holding school tours on Thursday 1st November at 9.30am and 1.30pm. To request a place on a school tour, please contact our school on 01395 232649 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We also take 2, 3 and 4 year olds within our Nursery. 30 hours offer available and golden ticket admissions. For more information and to request on a school tour, please contact our school on 01395 232649 or email: email@example.com
This half term we will be focusing on the value of Compassion. In week one we will explore how sometimes we can easily be so busy with the things we want to do, the game we want to play and the people we want to speak to that we fail to notice when someone else needs our help. We will consider the many stories in the Bible about Jesus noticing the needs of others and showing compassion. Jesus put other’s needs before His.
Later during the term, we will also consider the parable of the Good Samaritan and how can we show that we are good neighbours today, and focus on parable of the Lost Sheep: how does it feel when you see someone who is upset or lost or fed up? These feelings of compassion move us to do things that help others in need.
As ever, our Home Values sheet provides a range of activities to support this value at home, including the Home-School Challenge. Please see the website for a copy of this.
And finally, we will also be focusing Remembrance, Anti-bullying Week, Advent and of course Christmas itself, so an exciting half term!
Clothe yourself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience – Colossians 3.12
Class 3 are currently on a round-the-world voyage with Charles Darwin, aboard the HMS Beagle. Here are some of the amazing animals we have met on the way! We are learning how each is adapted to its own environment and how Darwin shocked the world with his revolutionary ideas!