Year 5 got stuck into midget gem maths this week, making 3D shapes from sweets and washing up liquid. They were able to examine faces, edges and corners of a whole range of shapes, even a very large and sticky cuboid! Marvellous maths Year 5 – Well done!
We’ve had to cancel World Book Day today, but recognise that many of the children, and staff, were excited about wearing their costumes. Therefore we are planning to reschedule World Book Day to 8th March and we would like to invite you, once again, to join us in helping your child to make the most of this special occasion.
World Book Day celebrates the joy and value of books and reading, especially for children. To help get them started on their reading journey, every child receives a £1 World Book Day token that can either be exchanged for one of the 10 special £1 books or used to get £1 off any book. You can find out more about the books at worldbookday.com/books
School and libraries across the UK celebrate World Book Day with a huge range of events and activities. Here are a few things that we will be doing for World Book Day.
Dress Up! Children are invited to dress up as their favourite book character on Thursday 1st March.
Extreme reading! Bring in a photograph of yourself reading in the most extreme poses, conditions or places that you can think of. These will be displayed in the library.
Schools Library Visit! Carolyn Kennedy from the Schools Library Service will be visiting classes on Wednesday 28th February to talk about the author David Walliams and to share some of his stories. She will also have lots of quizzes and books with her for the children to enjoy.
‘Awful Auntie’ at the Northcott Theatre! Class 2 and 3 will be visiting the theatre to watch a production of David Walliams, ‘Awful Auntie’ on Thursday 15th March – further details to follow.
Various other book-based activities will be run by teachers throughout the day too.
You can join us in building your child’s enthusiasm for books well beyond World Book Day by reading together regularly and joining your local library if you are not yet members. For more information about World Book Day and ideas on sharing books at home, visit worldbookday.com
Children are never too young to start their journey with books and the benefits of reading are enormous – so we hope, like us, you will use World Book Day to celebrate it with your child.
The children in Class 2 have been creating information posters about life in a Victorian school. They have researched the lives of children during the Victorian era and then set up a Victorian classroom for the day in order to bring their learning alive. Thankfully no child needed the cane, but a few had to wear the dunce cap! Their Victorian work culminated in producing information posters on school life in Victorian Britain.
Well done to the children who received Star of the Week, Values in Action or completed their Commendation Cards! What a wonderful way to end the half term!
40acts is a generosity challenge which invites people to do Lent a bit differently. During the forty days of Lent, 40acts participants will be invited to take part in forty simple acts of generosity which will challenge them to ‘do Lent generously’ in 2018. Lent marks a pivotal point in the history of the church, when Jesus prepared to give himself up as a sacrifice.
Traditionally we mark Lent by giving something up, but what if it could be more than that? What if Lent was a preparation for a lifetime of big-heartedness? Small acts of generosity, performed by thousands of people across the UK and beyond, have the power to make a big change to our communities, to our churches and ultimately, to our world.
Lent begins on 14th February. Follow the link to the Challenge Card and take part in the generosity challenge. Each day, the children select a Challenge Card and see if they carry this out throughout the day.
Class 3 were keeping safe on Tuesday, thinking about how to look after ourselves on the internet. They created a Safety Jigsaw, showing how we can work together – to treat each other with respect, and keep each other safe. Well done Class 3 for your sensible and thoughtful ideas about the Internet.
Safer Internet Day will be celebrated globally on Tuesday 6th February 2018 with the slogan “Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you”. With mobile technology is expanding so quickly, keeping safe online is a key area for everyone. The main messages for the children are:
- Support others
- Be kind and respectful
- Check before you share
- Share positively
- Ask for help
It is also another useful opportunity review our Acceptable User Agreements which outline the strategies we use to keep safe online at school:
- I will ask a teacher or suitable adult if I want to use the computers/ipads
- I will only use activities that a teacher or suitable adult has told or allowed me to use
- I will take care of the computer and other equipment
- I will ask for help from a teacher or suitable adult if I am not sure what to do or if I think I have done something wrong
- I will tell a teacher or suitable adult if I see something that upsets me on the screen
- I know that if I break the rules I might not be allowed to use a computer
Looking for further information? Why not visit www.thinkuknow.co.uk to find a range of information about keeping yourself or a child you know safe from child sexual exploitation.
Last week Class 3 visited the Life Exhibition organised by the ICE team. Using tablets and visiting different zones the children experienced the ‘hands on’ interactive learning about the life of Jesus, his Jewish roots, his teaching and miracles and his death, burial and resurrection. The final part of the afternoon was the life café, where the children had refreshments and had an opportunity to discuss what they had seen and experienced. Here’s what some of the chidlren thought:
I enjoyed the voting game – Sam R
I liked that we got to listen to music and watch videos about the life of Jesus – JJ
I liked the songs we heard because they were really modern – Emily
I liked using the tablets to scan the codes to be able to watch the videos about the life of Jesus – Olivia