Thames Class thoroughly enjoyed a badminton taster session today with Jamie Cackett from Community Badminton Oxfordshire.
Dear parents and carers,
This week in our English lessons the children have really enjoyed exploring a wonderful book called Perfect, written by Nicola Davies and illustrated by Cathy Fisher. This is a spectacular picture book that explores some heartwarming themes around change and growth, linking the arrival of a new baby sister to the return of the migrating swifts. So far we have predicted what the book might be about, learnt about swifts and also written beautiful poetry about the swifts, using alliteration. We have also been watching the swifts at the Museum of Natural History, via a webcam which is set up to see their nest. We were amazed at how long the wing feathers of the swift are, as well as how short their beaks are. You can watch the swifts on their webcam here.
In maths this week we have been practising problem solving skills, which has also meant lots of being a bold badger, must do mole and bounce back bunny! The children have used their calculation skills and knowledge of fractions to solve some tricky problems, explaining their reasoning and justifying their answers.
Next week we are continuing with our secret agent training. We have been working in small groups for this, always with me, so that the children feel comfortable and calm. I've been very impressed with their wonderful work on this so far.
We have enjoyed lots of other lessons this week, including PE (where we did our inter-house table tennis competition), science (where we have started to look at habitats and living things) and Jigsaw PSHE (where we were talking about secret and worries, and how we should share them).
Three things to ask your child this week:
Well done Thames Class for a brilliant SATs week! You showed the Appleton Animal Attitudes all week! You were determined, resilient, took responsibility and worked together to ensure you could all achieve the best! Thames Class finished the week with some well deserved treats which included watching a film, ice creams, popcorn and a trip to the park!
We hope all your parents are as proud of you as we are! Well done and enjoy a earned break over the weekend!
This term in Thames Class have been learning about the role of the circulatory system in the human body. To help us understand how nutrients and water are transported around the body we carried out several different mini investigations.
The first investigation involved putting Skittles on a plates with some water and observing what happened, this helped us understand that nutrients are absorbed through the walls of our intestines into the blood.
We also placed cola bottles in petri dishes with water for 24 hours and after this period they had almost doubled in size. This helped us understand that water doesn’t need breaking down and moves between membranes in the body to arrive in the correct place.
We also created a piece of art that reflects the processes involved in the journey of our food and water into the blood stream and to the various parts of our body by taking ‘prints’ using circles of paper placed onto the surface at regular intervals of our gelatin and food colouring investigation.
Take a look at some of the photos from our after school football club led by Miss Jackson. This has been a very popular club and the children have had lots of fun.
Vale Finals Mini Red Tennis
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