Autumn Term 2021-22
In English year 4 have worked on narrative text, explanation text and newspaper reports linked to their curriculum work. The big question for this term is Why did they build Dudley Castle during mediaeval times and would the build it today.
A report from the Nottingham News.
The children decided Dudley Castle would not be strong enough to defend us today because the weapons are much more destructive now than in Medieval times.
Art & Design
Year 5 have had a very productive term. The children have worked extremely hard in all of their lessons. The teachers have been particularly pleased with the work the children have produced in their topic lessons on Ancient Greece. Their big question 'What impact has the ancient Greek civilisation had on the modern-day world?'
Here are a sample of some charcoal and chalk drawings the children drew of Bucephalus, the horse of Alexander the Great. Well done Caitlin, Carla, Fatimah, and Hamza.
Well done to all pupils who have learned their first and second poem this term. Many children have been learning them off by heart and sharing them with their teachers and SLT. A big well done to Aryan in 4D, Muneeb in 6S and Hajra in 5M for learning all six of their school poems and receiving their ‘poetry challenge badge.’ An amazing achievement!
Our Rainbow Readers Challenge is an excellent way to ensure that your children are reading regularly and being rewarded for this. All they need to do is read either at home or in school and get their diary signed off by an adult five times each week. Every 25 reads, they achieve the next coloured badge in the rainbow. Pupils who reach gold, get their very own gold bookworm badge a very special party at the end of the year.
Reading for Pleasure
Don’t forget that as well as their school reading book, which is pitched at your child’s reading level, pupils are encouraged to spend time reading for pleasure. This can be a newspaper, comic, Kindle, picture book, fact file, encyclopaedia or anything that interests them. This book does not have to be at their reading level which means that they might need to discuss new words or vocabulary with you at home or need some adult support reading the book alongside them.
After reading our story ‘On the way Home’. The children in Reception were asked to design a new playground for Claire to play in. They were asked to think of how they could make the playground safe, they came up with ideas such as having soft floors so that Claire would not hurt her knee next time. In the EYFS their big question is 'What Ingredients do I need to make the best me?'
Children then had to make models to represent the ideas they came up with in their groups. During this activity the children developed their fine motor skills and by working in groups the children built relationships with peers.
This year we celebrated anti-bullying week covid-friendly style. We had an assembly with singing and dancing performances to understand the importance of using kind words. We wore odd socks to celebrate the fact that we are all unique. We also had a compliments day, in a different style to what we usually do. We wrote compliments to each other and put them on a poster to display in our classrooms.
The children in Years 1 and 2 have been learning how to use ‘paint’; a program on the laptops. They have had a wonderful time using different shapes and tools to make their pictures. We saved them and used the pictures to make their calendars. We are sure you will like them. Shown here is artwork created by Patricia and Leon and Isaac year 1 and Anais, Reem and Zain year 2. Well done.
After School Activities
We took part in an athletics competition at St-James Academy, our school finished 3rd out of 10 schools and very nearly won the whole competition.
We’re so proud of the pupils that competed. The bravery, attitude and desire to do well in this competition is something that they can be really happy with. It shows how far our school has come that we are able to take part in these events and demonstrate our qualities.
We hope for more of the same at the upcoming events!