Sleepy Owls

We will have some sleepy Owls on Friday morning after another busy week culminating in last night’s Spirit of Christmas concert. As I’m sure everyone will agree, all of the children performed brilliantly and were a credit to the school. Elsewhere, we have been painting our Stone Age pots, writing up our latest stories in English and exploring Factors and prime numbers in Maths.

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Getting Creative

Owls’ afternoons have been full of creativity this week in undertaking our Art and DT week. We currently have two projects underway. Miss Plaskitt has been demonstrating to the children different techniques for creating clay pots and we have talked about making them functional and sturdy as well as looking good! We are also creating Stonehenge sunset artwork incorporating watercolour blends to create our skies, overlaid with silhouettes of the rocks. In PE, we welcomed back Mr Major who taught the children to play Boccia - a popular sport at the Paralympic Games.

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Stonehenge

Owls ducked, dived and most importantly dodged on Thursday in our first School Value’s Games of the year, where we started with dodgeball. The children showed a competitive spirit but with a real sense of fair play, demonstrating the School Games Values; passion, determination, respect, teamwork, honesty and self-belief, brilliantly. In other areas, Miss Plaskitt has been teaching the children the names of different foods in French through a very competitive and fun game (even though Mr Bridges lost!) and we also learnt how to say if we like or dislike different foods.  Lots of our children took part in the Year 3 / 4 football tournament this week too and it was pleasing to hear of all the enthusiasm (and success!).  In our topic lesson, we learnt about the building of Stonehenge and the children were amazed to learn that some of the rocks weighed more than 300 imes the weight of Mr Bridges! We even had a model Stonehenge built in the playground during our afternoon play with substantially lighter bricks!

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No Pens Wednesday

We were very proud of Owls’ efforts in their class assembly this week despite some mishaps with the microphone! In class, No Pens Wednesday proved to be hit and it was interesting to focus on the children’s language and communication skills. We played the game ‘Taboo’ where children had to explain an object without using certain key words which challenged our lateral thinking skills and we also learnt about the importance of listening carefully to others’ questions and the responses when playing 20 questions. For a Mathematical activity the children completed tarsias (domino style puzzles) related to converting units of time. It was good to hear lots of good mathematical talk and discussion. In the afternoons we have been working on Stone Age e-books, thinking about the structure, content and presentation. 

Fire building

Owls had their final Forest School session on Tuesday where we collected dry sticks of different sizes to create a fire and cooked on it, just as they would have done in pre-historic times. The only difference was that we cooked marshmallows, apples and chocolate filled bananas which, sadly, were not available to our predecessors! In our English work, building on our persuasive adverts, we are now writing letters to Mr Woolston to see if it is possible to have some more forest school sessions in the Summer. We discussed all of the merits of forest school, thought about the groups of people who might need convincing and tried to find solutions to any misgivings they might have. One suggestion was that they could clean their own kit which I’m sure parents would get on board with!  Elsewhere, in Maths work we have been working on column addition and in PSHE thought about the benefits of being different from one another. 

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