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Monthly Archives: March 2016
Guiding an expedition in Numeracy
Fact-finding in non-fiction texts/documentaries in Literacy
Constructing Our ‘Igloo’
Carol Service & Prize Giving
‘Glory to God in the highest. . . ‘ (Luke 2:14)
After the Carol Service and Prize Giving, a mini ensemble played ‘We’re Walking in the Air’ from the seasonal animation, ‘The Snowman’.
To everything there is a season. . . (Ecc.3:1)
On Tuesday 20th October, Years 1-7 travelled to Kilbroney Park for their annual Autumn Walk. They split into three designated groups – Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf and Green Leaf. Each group was given the challenge of jotting down sensory descriptions of their experience (KS2) and completing an Autumn Treasure Hunt (FS & KS1). Pupils enjoyed using their imaginations and actively exploring the forest – wandering from the ‘beaten path’ to traipse over the ‘troll’s bridge’, sploshing through streams and examining deserted campfires.
Afterwards, they had playtime in the park and then bought a snack to replenish their energy!
In their afternoon ‘Creative Writing’ class, KS2 were able to use their sensory notes to inspire a poem, ‘Hello, Goodbye’, contrasting the season of Autumn with Summer.
In October/November, we learnt lots about living things – farm animals, plants and minibeasts. This linked to our study of ‘Living Things and How Living Things Survive’ in World Around Us.
Dramatic Play: Vets & Pet Shop
Craft: Creating Fimo Creatures
A Class Pet!
Mrs Cunningham very kindly bought us class pets – Goldie and Silver, the goldfish. We learnt how to take care of goldfish and how to feed them.
This activity was linked to a Writing Assessment (for CCEA Levels 1-3): Writing Instructions – How to Pot a Plant.
In September/October, we studied the topic of ‘Castles’. In Literacy, we read fantasy fiction and fractured fairytales. In Numeracy, we also constructed a castle and played ‘Battlefields’ to practise our co-ordinates. This also linked to ‘Our Queen’ topic in World Around Us. We celebrated the Queen, who became the longest reigning monarch on 10th September 2015.
The grand finale was ‘Banquet Day’. All the pupils dressed in Medieval Costumes, ate Medieval-style and KS1 acted out their fractured fairytale play, ‘Cinderella Bigfoot’.
Rev Colin Mercer (Faith FPC, South Carolina) called in for a visit and told us a little about Greenville.
Rev Angel Alvarez and Carolina (Spain) popped in to say, ‘Hello!’
Mr Milos Solz (Czech Republic) kindly spoke at our afternoon ‘Bible Reading’ in January.
KEY STAGE 2
FOUNDATION & KEY STAGE 1
MYSTERY IN ‘LITERACY WORLD’: Who Stole the Gingerbread from the Gingerbread House?
Foundation and Key Stage 1 pupils were asked to investigate and help clear Carmen Sandiego of the crime. She left a ‘Top Secret Folder’ of other potential suspects. Pupils examined evidence, displayed skills of inference and deduction, and caught the culprit!
We would like to thank all who supported our ‘Afternoon Tea’ Fundraiser. We hope you enjoyed spoiling yourselves on Saturday afternoon. An amazing £1000 was raised for school funds.
We would also like to express our thanks to all of the organising committee – for decorating the complex with such beautiful detail, and baking or making the special treats that filled all of the cake stands. We know that the Lord will ‘not forget your work and labour of love’ (Hebrews 6:10).