Let It Snow!

IMG_0756[1]What an exciting end to a busy week! We had great fun in the snow this morning.  You worked really hard on your descriptive writing about the snow, I have really enjoyed reading them all, can you remember what the success criteria was? I hope you will be able to include them all when we describe Prospero’s Island on Monday.

I hope you have a great weekend. Remember to have a go at recalling your times tables!

Mrs Egan

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The Tempest

img_06871We have had an exciting start to 2017 at school.  Everyone enjoyed sharing their knowledge of William Shakespeare and I was impressed at what you already knew about him and the Key Skills work you produced was very impressive, well done!

You were very busy today, starting to get an understanding of the play The Tempest.  We unpacked a chest of objects and discussed what they could represent in the play.  Know you know a little more about some of the characters, who do you think the objects belonged to?  Can you name some of the characters and what their relationship is to the main character?

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You worked brilliantly in our drama sessions responding to some of Shakespeare’s language and becoming the characters. Can you remember who says “Thou liest malignant thing” or “My daughter, my dear”?

Have a great weekend, I look forward to seeing you all on Monday when we will be building on our knowledge of The Tempest and working towards writing a setting description for the play.

Mrs Egan

Christmas is coming!

Wow 7 more school days of the first term, time has flown by!

Last week Dahl class were a pleasure to take to the church for the keys stage 2 concert, all children sang brilliantly and worked hard to write a recount of their visit when back in class.  We also wrote some excellent poems using similes, adjective, adverbs and even personification, can you define any of these terms?  In maths we have been learning to use the columnar method for subtraction including when we need to do some exchanging.  I saw a lot of evidence of growth mindsets in these lessons and we will continue to work on it this week to make sure we all understand this method, we can do it!

As Christmas is nearly here we will be having a party on the afternoon of Tuesday 20th December.  Please sign up on the sheet outside the classroom to volunteer to provide a food item to share at the party.

I look forward to our busy few days left in school before our Christmas break begins.

Ho ho ho!

Mrs Egan 🙂

P.s. Please do comment so I know you have read this, each comment earns you a dojo!

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China

We have had another great week working on our topic of China.  We have practiced using chop sticks, made Chinese dragons, researched information about China and studied the Chinese Legend Meng Jiangnu Weeps.  Next week we will be working on creating our own information books about China as well as rewriting the legend in our own words, adding some interesting language.  You all came up with some fantastic vocabulary today to describe how Meng Jiangnu might be feeling in the legend, can you remember them?  We also thought about the language we could use describe the settings.

I look forward to working with you all next week as you once again become authors of both a Legend and a non fiction book.  I will share my photos of China with you next week which will give you some more information to write about.

Mrs Egan

 

Harvest Assembly

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Wow! It is school holiday time already!  I have really enjoyed my first weeks at Simon de Senlis, thank you for being such a great class to be with every day.  You were all amazing during our Harvest Assembly, you really did your absolute best and I am really proud of you.

I hope you have a lovely half term break and spend time with your family and friends.  How are you getting on with learning your times tables?  Remember there are activities on Mathletics that will help you. I look forward to seeing you after the holiday and hearing about all your adventures.  Have you spotted any signs of autumn in the parks and along the roads? The leaves on the trees are certainly changing now.

Have a happy holiday.

Mrs Egan

Autumn Walk

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We had a great walk to the local park today in the beautiful autumn sunshine. Can you remember the names of the trees we identified?

What features about them will help you to identify them next time you see them?

What else did you see on our walk? What did you hear? what did you feel? Try to use

interesting adjectives and similes to describe them.

Harvest Songs

This week we started to learn some harvest songs in preparation for our assembly on Thursday 20th October at 14.30.  Which is your favourite song? What is your reason for this? Can you remember the sign language for the colours? Remember there is a dojo for a comment to this post.

Here are inks to video clips with the words to the songs for you to listen to at home.

Paintbox  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PukdaXUzgOU

Autumn Days  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9mvrkQbzgc

Harvest Samba – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTdIrlTlXks

Happy singing!

Mrs Egan

6 x 6 =36!

In Dahl class we have started to think about which times tables we know. We have been practicing multiplications of 2s, 5s and 10s.  Can you answer them in a random order? Can you remember the trick we talked about to help you learn and remember the 11s and 9 times tables?

What is your favourite multiplication equation? (A dojo will be awarded to those who respond to this post!)  Mine is 6×6= 36 because it is one my grandparents taught me, every time I saw them they would ask “What is 6×6 ?” 🙂

Have a great weekend,

Mrs Egan

 

Autumn

The classroom was very busy this week as we worked to further our knowledge of place values (ones, tens, hundreds and thousands) in 2, 3 and 4 digit numbers.  We used objects to represent the numbers and recorded our work in pictuires and equations.  This work will continue next to secure our understanding.

Exciting stories have been started based on the book A Piece of Cake by Jill Murphy.  Many children have made interesting story plans suggesting different ways that an imaginary family of animals could lead a healthier lifestyle.  These stories will be continued next week. I am looking forward to finding out what happens as the families in the stories make lifestyle changes and seeing the descriptive language the authors will use.

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As autumn arrives we now move on from our Animals topic to complete some work based on Autumn and Harvest.  We have started working on our colour mixing skills which will help us in future work painting seasonal fruits, vegetables and objects in nature.  For this we are starting a collection in the classroom of signs of autumn such as conkers, pine cone and acrons.  If you spot any that have fallen as you take a walk please do bring them in to add to our collection.

I hope you are having a great weekend.

Mrs Egan

 

Roald Dahl Week


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We have had an exciting week celebrating the birth of Roald Dahl.  As a class we have looked at many of his texts, written descriptions of the BFG and read information about Roald Dahl’s life. The classroom was full of excitement and wonder as we mixed oil, water, food colouring and glitter to create our dream jars.  Then we challenged ourselves to think of a way to send a message up to the height of a giant.  At first we tried using paper aeroplanes, after a suggestion from a member if the class.  Although we did have some excellent attempts, none of the planes made reached as far as we hoped.  Finally we found some equipment and instructions about how to use chemistry to make a rocket that would reach the height of a giant.  Squeals of excitement at the results had could be heard in Giant Country! Can you remember what was happening in the rockets to make them take off?  What type of materials did we use? What happened when we added them together?

I hope you have a great weekend and look forward to next week when we will be busy with more exciting activities including: learning about the skeletons of different animals, writing our own versions of a fun text and looking at partitioning numbers.