I am very excited that we will be starting a new topic this term - Ancient Greece. There is lots to learn.
We will be reading a novel called, 'The GIrl of Ink and Stars' which has some links to mythology but is simply a wonderful adventure story that I am sure the children will enjoy.
In maths, we will be learning lots about shape, so if you have any Easter eggs left over keep the boxes as they may have interesting nets we can look at.
Terms 3 and 4
Well done to the class for a truly fantastic class assembly on the Tudors. With limited rehearsal time, this was a particularly excellent effort which reflected the children's personalities and talents. I am a very proud teacher!
We have been having lots of fun learning about the Terrible Tudors this term. We have made some wonderful Tudor houses using clay - please have a look at these if you visit the classroom. Pictures will be up here soon! The children have also created some vibrant portraits of Queen Elizabeth I - I wonder if any of them would have met her high standards!
The children have also loved learning the poem 'The Highwayman' by Alfred Noyes and have recorded their own versions in their computing lessons.
We have also been reading 'Outlaw' by Michael Morpurgo. The children have written some excellent persuasive letters, arguing that the Outlaws (Robin Hood and his friends) should be permitted to hunt the King's deer. They are soon to be writing biographies of Robin Hood himself and will be looking at different sources of information about him in reading.
In maths, we have been learning lots about fractions, decimals and percentages. We are having lots of fun playing about with numbers.
TRIP TO LEEDS CASTLE
Wow! What a brilliant time we had on our trip to Leeds Castle.
First of all, we enjoyed a self-guided tour of the castle itself and learnt about its use through the ages; of course we were most interested in how it was used by Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon although we enjoyed seeing how Lady Baillie modernised the castle to show off her wealth.
The second part of the trip was a very information - and fun - workshop about the event known as 'The Field of the Cloth of Gold'. This was a significant meeting between Henry VII and King Francis of France which was to act as a peaceful occasion. We looked at paintings of the festivities that took place, including lots of feasting, jousting, fireworks and even a wine fountain! The children had great fun dressing up as some of the 5000 members of Henry's court which accompanied him on his travels. Poor James was the 'Groom of the Stall' a role which was desirable and undesirable in equal measure. If you look at his expression in the picture below you may be able to guess why!
The final part of our day saw us navigate the maze. I must admit that I was one of the slowest to find the centre but I did it eventually!
Well done Puffins for a fun-filled day. Enjoy looking at the pictures below.
The children are continuing to enjoy collecting stars for their star cards. Stars can be collected for passing a quiz on Accelerated Reader and for being a general superstar!
In term 1 our winners were: Julia, Hayden, Naveen, Grace, Sophie and Josh who collected the stars with the highest total.
In term 2 our winners were: Grace, Emma, Lauren W., Lauren S., Sophie and Lana. A big well done, in particular, to Grace and Sophie who were winners in both terms 1 and 2! Come on boys - I want to see some boys winning again in term 3!
In term 3 our winners were: Amber, Sophie, Naveen, Lauren S., Emma and Jack. Well done to Jack for being the only boy to win this term and a very big well done to Sophie for being a winner every term so far this year.
In term 4 our winners were: James, Lauren S., Naveeen, Poppy, Sienna and Mia. As well as some previous winners, I am really pleased to see some new names winning this term - well done!
Keep reading and remembering to take a quiz on Accelerated Reader when you first come into school if you want to be a winner in term 5!
What have we been learning in Puffins in Term 2?
We have been learning all about Earth and Space - lots about the world around us, such as the geography of Europe and famous explorers; we even had a visit from George Meegan - a local explorer with 8 World Records.
Have a look at some of our amazing home learning projects about explorers:
As well as writing some fantastic pieces of writing including tension and suspense, we have been making sure our handwriting is up to standard and have created some beautiful examples of a poem named 'Leaves'.
We have also been learning about how to write dialogue correctly.
Today we have imagined a conversation between Lina and Doon and we will write it down as a conversation today. Here are some of our role plays of the conversation:
The children have been working very hard to improve their understanding of number in particular. This term we are working on multiples, factors, prime numbers, squared and cubed numbers - as a starting point!
Look how clever we are at proving our understanding using manipulatives: