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12 January 2018

We hope that you all have had a wonderful break and a great start to the new year. It’s been our first full week back of the new term and the children have really settled in well already. They have delved straight into their topics with great enthusiasm and we are really proud of all the children. I’d like to warmly welcome Mrs Evans to Year 5 and  Knaphill Junior School. We know she’ll be fantastic and I’m sure you will join me in welcoming her.

Thank you to all the parents who attended the curriculum meetings. For those of you who weren’t able to make it, the information will be uploaded onto the website on year group pages.

Year 3 have had a great start to the term and the children have really enjoyed starting their new topic, the Roman Empire. In English, they have started to look at their class book ‘Escape from Pompeii’ which is about Mount Vesuvius and how it erupted during Roman Times. They have written a setting description about the city of Pompeii and what it was like before Mount Vesuvius erupted and destroyed the city, focusing on both fronted adverbials and prepositions. In Science, the children have started their new topic ‘Animals Including Humans’. They have explored the different types of skeletons and have classified animals depending on the type of skeleton that they have. In History and Geography this week, the children learnt how the Roman Empire expanded over time and which countries they invaded and eventually conquered. They also sequenced key events beginning with the building of Rome all the way to Roman rule in Britain ending.  

The Year 4 children have had a fantastic start to the term and are thoroughly enjoying their new topic. This week, children in Year 4 took part in their very own ‘Knaphill Coronation’ and experienced some of the traditions and symbols that are present in a coronation ceremony.  Using what they had learnt, they then wrote some fantastic emotive diary entries, imagining that they were the next King or Queen of England, writing the night before their coronation.  In History, children have explored the significance of the Magna Carta and considered what they would include if they were to draw up their own version of the charter.  During Computing, children have explored cyberbullying and the problems which are sometimes associated with social media.

Year 5 have made an excellent start to 2018, thoroughly enjoying writing poetry about Christmas trees. We were impressed by the children’s creativity and effort to use a range of figurative language within their poems. In English they have also started reading ‘The Iron Man’ by Ted Hughes, which has inspired some fantastic character descriptions. In Maths, the children have been working hard to improve their knowledge of and to practise short division. The children began by using counters proving their understanding then moved onto written methods including large numbers and remainders.  Our topic work for this term will be based around our ‘Active Planet’; the children have already been learning about plate tectonic movement and how volcanoes are formed and are looking forward to learning about other ways our natural world is far more powerful than mankind is.  

Year 6 have settled back in well after the Christmas holidays. They have enjoyed the opening and first few chapters of our book, ‘Street Child’. For our English lessons, the children absolutely loved getting the iPads out and using ‘Popplet’ to mind map their ideas for describing Jim’s room. Starting to learn the waltz in PE has been a particular highlight this week. The children have worked on perfecting the box step when in hold and will develop their techniques next week. Using the iPads to research Queen Victoria was an interesting lesson for the children and they compiled their learning into a working family tree.

Well done to all of the children this week and to 5A for winning the attendance cup.

Miss Daly