Well what a week that was. Firstly, we have all got a bit confused with what day it is due to the bank holiday at the beginning of the week. Secondlty the weather continued to surprise us with up to four seaons in each day and thirdly the children amazed us with their excellent attitude to their learning. Particularly brilliant as this week the children have been doing some tests. This is an excellent opportunity just for us to see where the children currently are and what further support they will need as the academic year draws to a close.
In shared reading this week we have been looking at the Explorer's Atlas for the Incurably Curious which has a fantastic double-page spread about Antarctica. The children looked at the page to help them answer questions about the Antarctic as well as using it to help further broaden their knowledge of the area in preparation for next weeks English. We finally discussed why Antarctica has such a draw for explorers despite its treacherous terrain. As briefly mentioned during the morning the children have been doing tests in writing, maths, GPS and reading. I have been delighted with the attitudes being shown and the children understand that the tests are to help them in the final stage of this year. In history we looked at the Mayan writing and numerical systems with the children writing their own sentences using Mayan hieroglyphics. There was some beautiful work on display showing impressive art skills. In RE the children continued their study of the gospel In PE we managed to dodge the rain and hail to continue developing our their track and field skills. In art we took part in a national competition looking to design a stamp to celebrate the key workers that have played such a vital role during the global pandemic.
Also, this week the children thought their world had ended when we began an exciting new initiative called R-Time. This will take place during two THRIVE sessions a week and involves random pairing of the children so they get to work with different children outside of their usual friendship groups. On Thursday we began reluctantly but ended the session on a lovely high. On Friday the children were excited to see what task they would be given and the room was filled with laughter. Even nicer-at playtime Mrs Wellicome had the joy of seeing the WHOLE class join together for a game of TIG. We suspect they may come to enjoy these sessions. look out for some photographic evidence of the fun they had!
Have a lovely weekend.