We all came back to school on Wednesday – well nearly all! Reception and pre-school children will be back on Monday in their amazing, brand new building This term we are learning about Space! We have already found out how far planets are from the sun and what their diameters are. We are looking forward to several school trips and other exciting stuff. Next Wednesday, a Planetarium will be coming to HB and all classes will have the chance to star-gaze!
We are also looking forward to having our new football kit that we chose last term – there are new netball tops too! There will be lots of sports events where we will be able to wear them.
In maths, we will be getting really good at place value for much of this half term.
Our teachers have been telling us about how to be good learners and we will work hard to become independent learners.
Thank you to everyone who has worked hard in school over the summer – we now have freshly painted classrooms and a brand new library.
Here’s to a great term!
We are all getting very excited about Christmas, we have started practising our Christmas nativity. Venetia is going to be a very lovely camel and Edie is a wonderful narrator. It’s going to be spectacular! We have started to decorate the Christmas trees and the classrooms, it’s all looking very festive. On Monday years 5 and 6 went to South Molton Community College for an athletics tournament. We did really well and came 3rd out of 9 in the relay, missing out on 2nd by 0.1 second. We came 3rd overall! Well done everyone. On Tuesday the football team went to a match against Beaford and won by 7-1. Fantastic! Next week is Christmas craft week. Don’t forget your jars. We are all excited to find out what we are going to be making. We have been learning about the Anglo-Saxons. KS2 have a trip to Exeter museum to find out more about them. They will also be visiting the synagogue to learn more about the Jewish religion.
Today is Superhero and monster day. In art this week we made superhero and monster masks to wear today. Charlie’s mask is a Flash mask which is black and orange and Riley’s is Colour boy and it is multicoloured. In PE we got up to 15 minutes of running whilst Mr Norton was catching us out by throwing balls to us whilst we were running. We also practiced our dummy throws to each other. We have been learning a story about the Egyptians and the Jews. We practiced acting out the story which was about building the pyramids. We had an elicitation task in maths which was to work out the answers using partition and standard written method. Today we are all dressed as superheroes and monsters, everyone looks fantastic. Riley is Batman and Charlie is a zombie, very scary! Class 1 and 2 have been doing lots of challenges this morning in teams, helping figures to cross swamps and rescuing victims from tall towers. Happy birthday to James W, Max and Lucy for today.
2 weeks ago we had sports day, everyone had fun participating. Our favourite events were javelin, hurdles and running. Molly came 1st in the running race and Brandon came 2nd in javelin. The winning family group was Enterprise. Well done to everyone though. It was a great day. Last Friday we had the harvest festival. It went really well, all of the harvest gifts are being split between Encompass and The Freedom Centre. We think that they are really good causes. We have chosen our new school council. The new members are Fin A, Chloe V, Charlie B, Grace B, Isla A, Sam B, Archie M and Emily V. We are sure they will make a great school council and they have already had some meetings. Mr Rogo has started taking guitar and piano lessons this year. Brandon is having guitar lessons. He likes his lessons a lot and can tell that he is already getting better. He has been practising the G, B and E strings. A few weeks ago we had a football match at Beaford against Beaford. We won 7-2. Brandon scored his first goal. Congratuations! In art we have started making superhero or supervillain masks, they are really cool. Molly is making a supervillain mask which is red orange and yellow and Brandon is making a superhero mask which is blue, black, pink and orange. They are going to look awesome when they are finished.
Welcome back to school, we have all had a really amazing and fun summer. We are ready to be back at school and looking forward to this year. The first week back has been great. There are lots of new faces around the school, both children and adults. Our new topic for the term is superheroes and monsters. Today we started writing some biographies about paralympians. The athlete that Holly is writing about is called Hannah and she uses a wheelchair. She had a race against Prince Harry and she beat him. He told her how nice her hands were. Mr Norton is teaching again, we are really excited about this. We think maths might get a little harder soon. Science has been interesting. We are starting to learn about forces and magnets, we did a quiz to start with. In music we have been picking our new harvest songs, we chose 4 songs. In PE we have been learning new techniques for catching. For smaller balls you use your hands like a venus fly trap, cupping your hands together and bringing the ball towards your body when you catch it. We’ve started learning a little French. To start with we learnt a french song in music.
Today we have sent letters to Lyla. Molly sent her one first and she replied so we all decided to write her a letter. She says that she misses everyone but she is getting on well and making new friends. She said that she will send us a picture of her new school badge soon. Yesterday key stage 2 went on a school trip to Lyme Regis fossil hunting. It was a good day even though Thomas and Jack got a little present from a seagull. Fin found 3 ammonite fossils and Thomas found 2. Fin found his in a large piece of clay. Thomas cracked a stone to find his fossils. This afternoon there is a cricket match in Chulmleigh, we wish everyone in the team luck. Last week classes 3 and 4 went to a dance festival at Winkleigh, it was really good and we all enjoyed watching the other schools dancing and showing them ours.
Today we have started super hero maths, you get 3 minutes and 50 seconds for each side of the paper. Today’s was batman (2, 5 and 10 times tables), lots of us passed so now we have to train for Hawkgirl. It’s really fun. Hawkgirl is our 3 and 4 times tables. We have also been practising our fractions, we are getting lots better. Last week the football team went to Witheridge for a tournament, they did really well and got into the semi finals. In literacy we have been learning about Myths and legends. A myth is something that some people believe is true and it has been passed on over the years until now. Legends are something that happened a long time ago and now no one knows if they are real or not. Today we have been copying out our ‘invent’ for our stories. Freya’s story is about princess Freya and the dragon and Molly’s is about princess Sophie and the alien king. In RE we have been learning about the story of Rama and Sita. It’s a story that is happy and sad, there is a demon that had 10 heads and 20 arms and a king monkey that is in charge of all of the animals. The demon and the king monkey had a battle that lasted 9 days and 9 nights. The King monkey won the battle. This term we are learning about the Olympics. We have been learning about Brazil this week and we have been comparing Brazil to England. It is interesting learning about how the Olympics started and how they have changed to how they are now.
Last week key stage 2 had SATs, they all tried their best and made it through the week. On Friday to celebrate finishing the SATs (and because it was so sunny) we had a water fight. It was really fun and wet. This week the year 2s have been doing their SATs we are sure everyone has done brilliantly. Yesterday class 2 had a pretend wedding in the church. Charlie was the groom and Zarah was the bride, everyone dressed up really pretty and it went well. We have all made a school joke book and this week it has been on sale. We have raised around £70 so far and you can still buy a book for £1 over the next week. We are hoping to buy some new playground equipment. Yesterday was our last swimming session, it has been really great fun and everyone has improved so much. Lyla, Esme, Leah and Zarah are moving to different schools after half term as they are all moving away. We will miss them very much and wish them good luck at their new schools we know that they will make lots of fantastic new friends.
This week we have been for swimming lessons at South Molton swimming pool. Tiya did brilliantly and went all the way under. She retrieved objects from the bottom of the pool. Ollie was practising backstroke using the woggles. In science we have been learning about rocks and soils, we learnt the different types of rocks. The names of the different rock types are igneous, sedimentary, metamorphic and man made rocks. In music we have been learning about music from Ghana, they use drums and talking. We also listened to a piece of acapella music. We really liked this style of music. We have been looking at clocks and learning to tell the time in maths. We are all getting much better at it. We have been learning lots of new words in French. This week we have focused on different sports. Velo means riding a bike, escalade means climbing and la natation means swimming.
This week has been jam packed, yesterday we went to tag rugby at South Molton Community College, it was really good fun but a bit tiring. We came third in our group. In the afternoon we went back to South Molton for our first swimming lesson of the term. We were all assessed and put into our groups. It was a bit repetitive as it was the first session but it was still amazing. In literacy we have been doing poetry. We did our own versions of Mr Magoo’s amazing zoo and we made our own poems called teacher teacher. Here are our Teacher teacher poems…..
Teacher teacher If you can’t find Molly She’s in the trolley with her new dolly By Rhianna
Teacher teacher If you can’t find May She’s at home Getting ready to play By Caitlin
In Maths we have been learning about right angles, acute angles, obtuse angles and reflex angles, we are finding them quite challenging. I am sure we will get the hang of them soon though.