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19 January 2018

This week in assemblies we have been focusing on the school value of Perseverance. We have learnt about historical and modern figures who have had to keep going when things get really hard. Mr Broad used his muscle power to shake a jar of cream during an assembly to turn it into butter and even though it was hard, he managed to because he persevered!
 
This week in Year 3, the children have been working hard in English to continue to write their setting descriptions of Pompeii before Mount Vesuvius erupted. The children have particularly focused on editing and improving their writing, focusing on punctuation marks and descriptive vocabulary. In Maths, the children have learnt the formal written method for multiplication as well as how they can use partitioning to help them divide. In Science, the children have learnt the common and scientific names of bones in the human body and what the purpose of these bones are. In History this week, the children learnt about what the life of a Soldier in the Roman Army would have been like. They focused on the armour they would have worn and what this would have been like for a Roman Soldier. Towards the end of the week, the children created their own job advert trying to persuade people to join the Roman Army, focusing on the skills and qualities they would have needed to have and what their lives would have been like oncethey joined the army. 
This week, Year 4 have enjoyed learning about the different claimants to the English throne, during the time of the Normans. As part of this, the children also had the opportunity to explore two different types of shield and then designed their own based on different Norman symbols, which they had researched.  In Science, they explored the processes of melting and freezing as well as learning about the melting and freezing points of different materials. During PSHE lessons, the children have learnt about both criminal and civil law and enjoyed coming up with their own suggestions about laws which would benefit their own country.  

Year 5 thoroughly enjoyed poetry workshops this week, from Explore Learning, in which they learnt about Japanese culture and wrote Haikus about a topic of their choice. Also in English this week, the children have been reading more from ‘The Iron Man’, by Ted Hughes and have been planning newspaper reports about the metal eating giant. In Maths, the children have begun the topic of fractions, looking at real life contexts of finding fractions of apples, pound coins and books. We have used bar modelling to compare fractions, which has sparked some excellent reasoning from the children. In topic work, the classes have enjoyed learning more about volcanoes and were moved when learning about the history of Pompeii. The descriptive poetry written in response to their understanding has really impressed their teachers.
Year 6 have had an enjoyable week. Learning about first aid and the recovery position was extremely interesting as part of their PSHE topic. The children took part in thoughtful discussions and had a go at putting a partner into the recovery position.  As part of their History learning, the children have enjoyed using the iPads to find out about the Victorian Era and the key events that occurred during this period. They then created beautiful timelines containing facts and dates that they thought were important.  In Science, the children looked at the eye and the different parts and their functions – they found it particularly interesting to find out about the pupil. They held thoughtful discussions about the eye and realised how we need to protect and look after them. 
 
Explore Learning workshop
 
Year Six have had an enjoyable week. Learning about first aid and the recovery position was extremely interesting as part of their PSHE topic. The children took part in thoughtful discussions and had a go at putting a partner into the recovery position.  As part of their History learning, the children have enjoyed using the iPads to find out about the Victorian Era and the key events that occurred during this period. They then created beautiful timelines containing facts and dates that they thought were important.  In Science, the children looked at the eye and the different parts and their functions – they found it particularly interesting to find out about the pupil. They held thoughtful discussions about the eye and realised how we need to protect and look after them. 
 
 
Congratulations to all the Stars of the week, children whose work is displayed on the Wonder wall and to 6LW for winning the attendance cup.
 
Miss Daly