Shot at, nearly crushed in a car macerator, climbing out of 15th floor windows - Alex Rider leads a very eventful life! The children gave him some good advice in their Conscience Alley, leading to 'Alex' (played by George and Isabel) deciding to take Alan Blunt up on his seemingly not-dangerous offer? Was it good advice? We'll need to read on to find out! In Maths we've been looking at negative numbers - they're a bit like fractions in that the larger the number behind the negative sign, the smaller (or colder in the context of temperature) it actually is. Some Year 6s have been looking at algebra and using formulae to help them to solve calculations. Forest School saw the Eagles hunting for the eggs of 21 British birds - from jays to rooks to pheasants. Back at school, Mr Major convinced Mrs Holt that he had found an eagle egg! It was, however, a role play for a lead in to our PSHE where we thought about the impact of lying. Eagles were very good at coming up with some of the consequences: we agreed to not lie to our friends, which would harm our friendships; to our teachers, which would damage the trust they have in us; or to our parents, which would cause worry and problems for others. (Please note Eagles, the use of the colon and semi-colons in that last sentence! 😉)

Hattie and Jasmine with their drawing of the Iceni leader, Boudicca.


English Buffet

We've had a mixed buffet of English this week: we made a book from all of our Zephaniah-inspired poems about our school community, completed a Reading test, learned about hyphens and started our new writing focus on Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz! Art saw the children painting their clay weaving looms - some are a bit delicate so the actual weaving process is going to be interesting! In Forest School Mrs Wycherley took the children for a walk to the top of Langley Hill. There was also much excitement about a toad who has taken up residence in one of the dens, complete with a supply of worms. We learned some Latin root words in History - they came in very handy for one of our lessons the next day. We're now looking forward to our Big Red Exercise Class on Friday morning and our boccia tournament on Friday afternoon - a double PE day!

Isabel and Hattie painting their clay looms



Eagles had a whale of a time at Forest School making mixtures as part of their Science curriculum. They made potions to make people fly, go invisible, protection spells, spells to read minds and much more! In French we've researched the French names of European countries - lots of children noticed that many French names were similar to the English where a particular suffix was involved: Albania = Albanie, Bulgaria = Bulgarie, Croatia = Croatie etc). Mr Major led some clay weaving loom making on Wednesday afternoon - we just need them to dry before we can weave! In English we've been looking at the poem The British by Benjamin Zephaniah. It's a recipe poem which mentions all kinds of people who have settled in Britain - from Silures to Somalians, Normans to Nigerians and Angles to Afghans. We'll be writing our own Gretton poem based on Zephaniah's work, thinking about all the people who shape our school community. Our first week of Maths was a Week of Inspirational Maths, designed by Jo Boaler. We learned how the brain is an amazing organ which can help you learn if you give it a good workout! The tasks this week were all open-ended, investigative problems which saw the children spotting patterns, reasoning and using some excellent mathematical vocabulary.

Potion making at Forest School:


World Book Day

We've heard from lots of different authors this week via the World Book Day website: Derek Landy, Katherine Rundell, Jeff Kinney and Chris Riddell. Unfortunately, the link for the Struan Murray Zoom call arrived too late to be of any use, but the Eagles made up for it by choosing one of the alternative activities. Lots chose to draw maps of fictional lands, which I really enjoyed looking at. At the time of writing we have yet to watch Jeff Kinney, but I suspect he will be a firm favourite of some children, or Chris Riddell, who the Year 6s saw at the last Literature Festival we were able to attend. In school previous Maths lessons from the fabled Mr Kelsall helped George to answer a 15:1 question! It's been interesting for me to see the children's approaches to more open-ended Maths tasks which benefit from perseverance - we'll be having a Week of Inspirational Maths on our return. 

Matilda's French work

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