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.
Welcome back, we hope everyone has had a good Easter, I certainly did. Unfortunately during the holidays some people came and vandalised the playground. I have written a newspaper article about it so I hope you all get chance to read it. It is attached to the bottom of this blog. On a brighter note our new topic is called Reach for the sky, it sounds quite fun. In maths we have been solving geometry problems, some of them are really hard but they are all really fun and we’ve been making our way through them. In PE we have been playing tennis and learning how to get better. I like tennis. In literacy we been using descriptive language to lengthen our sentences and paragraphs. We have been writing persuasive letters, posters and newspaper reports. Next week key stage 2 start going swimming, I’m quite looking forward to it. Reception and Pre-school are also going to start forest school. We have new learning characters at school, they are ‘Perseverance platypus’, ‘Seeking salamander’, ‘Thinking thrasher’, and ‘Friendly firefly’ we hope you hear lots about them over this term.
Vandals in High Bickington
Welcome back from half term, we all hope you had a fun week. We have just been reading a book called Seekers, the last chapter we read was really sad, we hope that there is a happy ending. It is about polar bears and they have been separated by killer wales, we aren’t sure if the mum has died, we hope she hasn’t and that they all find each other. Yesterday in maths we were learning about 1 whole and halves. We got to draw fractions on the tables. In literacy we have been story mapping for braille. Braille is tiny little dots that are bumpy. Blind people use braille to read. Louis Braille was blinded in an accident when he was 3 years old, he invented the Braille system. In science we have been making food group mobiles.
Today the year 3s have been doing archery. They have been doing archery for a few weeks now, today was the last day. We have all improved since we started. It’s been really fun and today we all received badges and certificates. We got some great tips from the instructor. Yesterday key stage 2 went on a trip to Exeter to see the Cathedral and the Mosque. The Cathedral was massive and shaped like a cross. There were some candle stands which people light in remembrance of those they have lost. People at the Cathedral are building a replica Cathedral out of lego, we watched them as they built. The Mosque was red and we had to take our shoes off to enter. We went into the praying rooms of the men and the ladies, they are kept separate inside. We had some biscuits and orange juice and listened to the Islam prayer. It was very long. To finish of our lunch we went to a lovely garden with statues. We got the train to and from Exeter and we all had an amazing day. Today is Amy and Lily Shirley’s last day at High Bickington. They have moved house so will be moving schools also. We would like to wish them the best of luck and hope they have fun at their new schools. We will all miss them very much. We hope they make some really really nice friends.
Yesterday some of key stage 2 went to a football tournament in South Molton, they played really well and had lots of fun. After school some children went to play cricket with Witheridge at Chulmleigh. They played Chulmleigh, Okehampton, Umberleigh and some other schools. The joint school team did really well and won. Well done! In science the year 5 and 6s have been learning about circulation and whats inside the body. The year 3 and 4s have been learning the different food groups. We have been learning simple sentences, compound sentences and complex sentences in literacy. We have also been learning the crayon stories and making up our own. We have been creating a salsa dance in PE, They are quite funny. In music we have been writing all about the recorder, such as when it was invented, what it is made of (it use to be made out of bones or elephant tusks) and famous people who played the recorder and collected them.
Next Thursday some of Challenging Cheetahs are going to play cricket at Chulmleigh and football at South Molton. Good Luck to everyone taking part. On Monday years 5 and 6 went up to the woodlands to help get it prepared for Spring. We checked the bird boxes and cleaned them out. It was a lot of fun. We have been playing a verb board game which we made, it had lots of forfeits which were fun, but also a little difficult. Learning Lions have almost finished their milk bottle igloo, we will get a photo up when it’s complete. In PE we have been playing invasion games, mostly based on basketball.
This term our topic is Icy Worlds. We are learning all about explorers, mountain climbers and polar bears. Learning lions have done lots of work and investigations on polar bears. In science we have been learning about the human body. We have been learning different bones and the 3 functions of the skeleton. They are to support, protect and move. This week we learnt about the different teeth and what teeth are made of. In literacy we have been writing letters to people in High Bickington, to try and persuade them to stop polluting and help us save the penguins and polar bears. We have been learning the recorder in music. We have been learning the different notes on the recorder and how to play nursery songs like ‘Mary had a little lamb’ and ‘Hot cross buns’. In PE we have been doing basket ball and dancing. Today we are saying good bye to Dante and Mia and we wish them good luck in their new school.
This week has been very Christmassy. On Monday we did a dress rehearsal for the Christmas performance, it went very well. On Tuesday we all went on theatre trips. Key stage 2 went to see ‘A Christmas carol’ and key stage 1 went to see Cinderella (panto). Everyone enjoyed the shows. We had a lot of fun. When we got back we made Christmas hats for Christmas lunch. Christmas lunch was on Wednesday, we all wore our hats and we ate lots and lots of sprouts. Dinner was very yummy, thank you Angie and Mrs Tanton. Yesterday we did our Christmas nativity. It was brilliant. It was very different to the traditional story, ours had very bouncy aliens :-). Today is Christmas jumper day and there are lots of fantastic t-shirts and jumpers. We are all looking forward to the Christmas party this afternoon. We hope you have a lovely Christmas and New Year. 5,4,3,2,1……..HAPPY CHRISTMAS!
This week has been a legendary week. We split into family groups and did lots of different Christmas activities. We made Christmas cards, calendars, Chocolate truffles and peppermint creams, Christmas boxes to put the sweets in and we also did some sewing. In maths we have been learning roman numerals, we made Christmas advent calendars using the numerals. Everyone is getting excited for the Christmas play next week. We also made some gingerbread houses this week and we are raffling them off today. On Tuesday the choir went to Rosebank house to do some singing which they really enjoyed.
Lets start with the football.. We (the football team) went to Witheridge on Wednesday to play 2 matches. We lost both matches, 1 match by 2-1 and the other match by 5-0. They were good teams and we all had fun. Charlie E is entering a competition to get the school a drawing workshop that will be delivered by a professional illustrator. He had to make up a story about how Snoopy had to get back home from Paris. It was in a cartoon form and the more imagination used the more chance of winning. Charlie’s cartoon was super and we hope he does well. Good Luck! In literacy we have been doing story planning. Its a disaster story about a house that gets flooded. We used a story mountain to make note of good words to use. The year 6s choose what their stories would be about on the computers. Charlie KH’s story is about Volcanoes, Charlie E’s is about Tornado Charley, Tommy’s is about a forest fire and Harvey’s is about a hurricane. They are on their way to making great stories. Class 3 have been making Ginger bread houses. Yesterday they rolled out their ginger dough and baked it. Today they constructed their houses, they smell so nice and yummy. Class 1 and 2 have been working together for most of the week. They have been learning lots about the Jolly Postman. In our family groups we have been making Christmas poems. Some groups are performing them, some are singing them and others are writing and reading them out. Its a competition between family groups, we hope the best group wins.