Tiddler’s late?

We are nearly on the countdown to Christmas and the celebrations will soon begin! Remember to check out the important dates in our newsletter for all the fun that is coming soon. Meanwhile, in school, the learning has continued. In Year R, Tiddler has been late again, in Year 1/2 the children have been learning to multiply using arrays, check out Year 3/4’s moving toys and Year 5/6 have been investigating pulleys.

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Perfect pyramids

Year 5/6 have been delving into the history of pyramids and obelisks as part of the history topic. They then created a ‘tetrahedral kite’ as part of their learning on frame structures in design technology, which they have used to present their new found knowledge! Year R have been very active this week – thank you to Mr Alford for his help! Year 1/2 have been getting outside and Year 3/4 have been reading a story with two sides. I wonder that could mean?

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Vrroooommmm

Inclusion Day was a blast! The children (and adults!) had so much fun getting stuck into a variety of active and engaging activities. Everyone had a go at something, which included archery, New Age Kurling, water game, Nerf guns – and much more. It was a great day to show off our Learning Buttons – especially the Team Builder and Go-Getter buttons. The day made for the perfect opportunity to work together and get to know their new classes. Thank you to Personal Best Education, and the students from Mountbatten for leading the day and making it so successful. This week, in the blog, you can see all the photos from the day, plus more, including the science behind the story of Three Little Pigs(!), measuring the dark and perfect pop art!

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Budding Gardeners

Thank you to the incredible support of our PTA, and in particular, Karen Terzer, as we are making huge strides forward to improving our grounds and getting our children gardening and growing their own veg! Thanks to Karen’s inrpiration and drive we have transformed our once bare field into a a series of growing beds, garden storage and great spaces for exploring and enjoying the outdoors.

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Flower Show

This week, Year 3/4 have been on an exciting trip to Winchester Cathedral as an introduction to their new history topic on Anglo-Saxon Britain. Elsewhere in school, Year 5/6 have been designing their own mechanical toy using a CAM mechanism, Year 1/2 have been zooming in on flowers to create artwork in the style of Georgia O’Keeffe and Year R have drawn and labelled their own story maps.

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Giants are coming!

This term we have made some changes to how we plan and teach our foundation subjects. Through these changes we are hoping to better develop our children’s subject specific knowledge and, for example, their understanding of what it means to be an historian, artist or designer. You will be able to see examples of this in our blog this week: Year 3/4 have been learning about joining in their design technology lessons; and, Year 5/6 have been learning about ocean currents in their geography lessons. We believe this approach will promote many of our subjects, increase engagement and, maybe, even unlock hidden talents!

You can also read about how much our Year 1/2 children have grown and Year R’s attempt to grow a beanstalk – just like Jack from the famous traditional tale. I hope that we don’t have any giants come to visit us!

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World Book Day

The highlight of our first week back after half term has to be our World Book Day celebrations on Thursday. On the day, Year 1/2 enjoyed a book bonanza quiz and found out how to make a book fortune teller. Also during the week, Year R have been out and about looking for signs of Spring, Year 3/4 have created pieces of Ugandan Art and Year 5/6 have been exploring the idea of ‘What would Jesus do?’.

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