Weekly Newsletter W/B 5th October

Dear Parents,

Thank you to all families who came to parents evening this week, we had 98% attendance, which is brilliant.

This week the children have creatively continued to their topic learning.

Class 3

Class 3 were engaged by their guest speaker, Dr. Matt Thompson, Head Collections Curator at English Heritage. He led a session to develop their understanding of the Anglo-Saxons.

On Thursday afternoon I walked out of my office to be greeted by wafts of tasty treats! In Class 3’s design technology lesson with Mrs Banford, the children worked in teams to follow historical Anglo-Saxon recipes to bake Anglo-Saxon honey, oat and spice cakes and (my favourite biscuit) shortbread.

 

Last week, Mrs Banford led Class 3 in a rather disgusting science lesson! They took part in a demonstration of digestion using bread, a tin of beans, vinegar, a hand blender, a pair of tights. A lot of squeezing later, and the end product of digestion was pushed out of the hole in the bottom of the tights! I will let your imagine do the rest. There were a lot sound effects in that lesson! This practical demonstration along with measuring out the actual length of our small intestines (a whopping 7m on average) on the playground all led to amazing pieces of descriptive writing of the journey of a piece of food through our body.

Disgusting Digestion: an account of a piece of bread. Pippa, Year 4.

Rushing down the hallway Mum put me on the table, then it all happened… tearing and crunching, it felt like my life would end, but no, I thought to myself.  I am going to stay strong. the incisors were the real terror and then the pre-molars happened, what a sight! I just thought I would make it then, “Ow!” it happened again…Squeeze! I was then in the painful oesophagus another one. Squeeze, Drop. “Ahh. Oh, it’s the stomach” I thought. Bump, a pea floated past me.

Disgusting Digestion: an account of a piece of seeded bread.  Mhairi, Year 6

The seeded bread was grabbed and put in the mouth.

I was bitten furiously and broken into small pieces, in nine to thirteen seconds I would be in the stomach. the molars kept on grinding. I was shaken about by the tongue endlessly.

The next thing I knew I was sliding down the oesophagus with all my other pieces. I was getting covered in sloppy saliva, I carried on going until I dropped into the stomach.

I was surrounded by a circle of mucus. The muscles in the stomach squeezed me tightly. The mucus prevented the acids from touching the stomach. I closed my eyes in horror as the acids made me into chyme. I felt like a sloppy soup!

As I was leaving the stomach, the stomach bile was added from the gall bladder which broke down the fat in the chyme and turned me brown.

I started to slide down the 6 metre small intestines. I went over a serious amount of uncomfortable bumps.

Class 2 – Mrs Clinton

This week in our History project, Class Two learnt about why the Romans were so successful. We learnt about the different parts of protection the Roman soldier would wear, including the great, curved shield. The children went on to learn about the differences between the legionaries (soldiers from Rome) and the auxiliaries (soldiers from other countries who signed up to become a Roman soldier). The legionaries would have red shields, whilst the auxiliaries would have blue or black.

The soldiers would form solid, undefeatable formations to protect themselves from the barbarians, whilst also gaining land. Class Two headed to their groups to create their own shield, selecting whether they wanted to be an auxiliary or a legionary. This was then followed by a trip to the battle (play) ground where we re-enacted the Roman marching formations.

The children had a go at trying to keep in line without having anyone in front or behind them and found this difficult – gaps were forming and there was chances for the barbarians to shoot their arrows.

We then tested the tortoise formation and it was very successful!

Class 1

Discovery Maths – Karen Lampit

In Discovery Maths this week, the Year One children have been using part whole models to investigate number bonds. They were challenged to create different models to represent number bonds for 5.

Nursery – Mrs Adams

I read somewhere this week that one of the single best things you can do for your children’s mind and emotional development is to simply enjoy your relationship with them! I certainly enjoy working alongside your children in nursery with all the foundation children!

Another busy week! Owls from natural materials in forest school.

Leaf art- Observational drawings of the autumn leaves with pen, oil pastels and a wash of colour.

In maths! We have enjoyed singing and acting out 5 little birds in an autumn tree, using our bird props!

And conker fun! Counting, handling, weighing, exploring capacity and volume and rolling conkers down pipes and slopes! And for some simply lying and rolling on top of them!

Our new library books arrived this week too, so lots of story time!

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We have exciting events for the children arranged for the Autumn Term, to support in children’s spiritual, moral, social and social (SMSC) learning.

  • Next week and the week after each class is being visited by a member of Shrewsbury Museum, who will deliver a museum in a box workshop. Class 1: Magical Museum Box. Class 2: Meet the Romans. Class 3: Anglo-Saxons.
  • During the month of October each class will extend their learning about Black History.
  • During November Year 1 – 6 will take part in the NSPCC Speak Out Stay Safe programme (further information to parents will be sent out)
  • All classes will take part in a Diwali Dance Workshop exploring the story of The Ramayana on Friday 20th November..
  • At the end of November all classes will take part in Bikeability training, either using balance bikes, on the playground or out on the local roads around Clun.

All these events will have been risk assessed and meet COVID guidelines for schools.

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We have collated the results of the recent parent surveys (details to follow). Thank you to all those who returned their survey, if you had any areas which you would like to discuss individually please make contact with the school office to arrange a mutually convenient appointment.


We hope you are all having a lovely weekend,

Mrs Rebecca Manning.