1HP have been very busy this week investigating a new toy. We have tried to understand how the toy works and what it might be made of. The toy is called a thaumatrope and is a scientific toy from the 19th century. Can you figure out how it works? What clues can you see?
In maths, we are working hard to count correctly and represent numbers using the greater than and less than songs. To help us, we have learnt a song about a hungry crocodile who only eats bigger numbers. In our writing, we are ensuring we remember to use finger spaces and capital letters at the beginning of our sentences.
Every week each key stage hosts an assembly dedicated to our 'Stars of the Week'. Every other week, the award is dedicated to writing and those who have impressed and excelled at writing that week. As well as being able to share their work in assembly with both the adults and peers present, their writing is displayed on our dedicated writing display board - located in a corridor which links KS1 and KS2 (meaning everyone who passes through school can see it). It remains there for two weeks for all to see! As a school, we love to show solidarity by sharing and being proud of the work the children produce.
In Key Stage One we have really enjoyed learning about numbers and place value this week. In Year One we had to investigate a problem involving the mysterious disappearance of door numbers! Somebody had removed some of them and we had to use our maths knowledge and reasoning skills in order to work out which ones had been taken. In Year Two we have been looking at place value and number bonds. First we began by investigating how many different number bonds a certain number has and discovered it always has one more number bond than itself! We also had to partition numbers into tens, ones and sometimes even hundreds to better understand the number's value.
In Key Stage Two we have been practising our number skills, an essential start to every year. During the first 2 and a half weeks of this term KS2 will be covering:
Numbers to 1,000; find 1, 10 and 100 more or less than any number to 1,000; compare and order numbers to 1,000 and looking for patterns in and practising the 3, 4 and 8 times tables.
Numbers to 10,000; comparing and ordering numbers to 10,000; counting in multiples of 25; negative numbers; Roman numerals to 100 and practising the 7, 9, 11 and 12 times tables.
Numbers to 1,000,000; rounding within 100,000; comparing and ordering numbers to one million; negative numbers, Roman numerals to 1,000 and practising all of the times tables to 12x12.
Numbers to 10s of millions; compare and order any number; negative numbers and practising all of the times tables to 12x12.
From Reception through to Year 6, it is important that children are immersed in lots of different ways of thinking about a number, even the numbers that they seem quite comfortable and familiar with. They need to develop a secure understanding of how numbers are constructed, their place in the number line and what different quantities actually look and feel like.
There are lots of ways that you can help support your child at home, including making up fun, practical number games and songs. You can also use the online resources and support available for Key Stages One and Two, through Mathletics and MyMaths, using the individual logins that will be provided by school.
Reception have had a great start to school this week and have settled well into our lovely new building. We have focussed on getting to know each other, becoming comfortable in our new classrooms and settling into the new routine of our school day. The children have loved exploring the different areas of learning within our classrooms as well as our outside learning area. They are developing confidence and independence in using the continuous provision areas throughout Reception.
We have started to practise recognising our names and holding our pencils correctly to help form neat letters. In addition, we have been talking about the things that we enjoy in Reception. Adam said he likes playing in the house (home corner) because he likes having a cake tea party in there. Stanley enjoys the construction area because he can build Transformers using Lego. Lyra and Pippa like coming to school to see their friends and play with them. Isabelle said she looks forward to going out onto the playground because she loves playing on the slide. We are so happy that the children are having a fantastic time in school!
The lightbulb moment for the children happened when they realised how their typed messages would appear on their classmate’s screens instantaneously. Naturally, it didn’t take long for some children to work out how to post an emoji or two! Billy (2JP) explained that he likes how he can “text the other people in class”. Lacey (2JP) said that she is enjoying using Google Classroom because she can read the comments that other children post. This shows a lot of promise for cultivating peer work alongside computing and literacy skills.
The school’s co-operative value of solidarity has helped embed a collegial culture which has enabled this innovative plan to become a reality. It is great to see the children enthused as they learn and develop the key skills of creating, contributing and retrieving digital content. By virtue of the iPad Mystery’s novelty the children are exceedingly engaged and have high expectations for what they will achieve.
For more information, please speak to Mr Powell or your child’s Year 2 class teacher. As you are here, please enjoy the iPad Mystery videos that the children have seen in class so far.
Children in Year 4 and Year 5 will be performing in their Spring Production on Thursday 22nd, Friday 23rd and Monday 26th March. Check below to see the performance times.
The performance times are:
Thursday 22nd: 9.30am and 1.45pm
Friday 23rd: 9.30am and 1.45pm
Monday 26th: 9.30am
Complete the form below to book a seat on the production. Please read and follow the instructions carefully to ensure you book for the correct event.
Each family may have two seats for each of their child’s performance. When you register you will receive a confirmation email. If you register for more than two seats or the names of the persons registered are not known to us as parents/carers, the booking will be removed. If there are special circumstances that require more than two seats i.e. parents have new partners, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and a member of the office team will contact you to discuss your requirements. You must bring either a print out of the email you receive or show the email on your phone when you attend for the performance. There is a maximum number of one hundred and sixty seats per performance, once we reach this capacity it will not be possible for you to register for the performance.
The following procedures will be used should the school have to close because of severe weather or for an emergency. Please do not telephone the school as if the school is closed there will be no-one to take your call. If we are open we need to ensure lines are kept free to receive updates from staff if they experience difficulty with their journey.
In the event that the weather is severe and you suspect that school is closed, please look on the school website http://easttilburyprimary.thurrock.sch.uk as this will be continually updated.
Please check your mobile phone as we will use our texting service to send a text informing you that the school is closed once a decision has been made; we will endeavour to make this decision as early as possible.
If you have not received a text message, seen a message on the school or radio websites, or heard on the radio that school is closed then children should attend school as normal.
Please ensure that your contact details are up to date and that any changes to your telephone number are reported to the school office to ensure we are able to provide you with the school information.
Safer Internet Day Pt6
I am the generation who should know; I grew up around computers and assumed that I knew what is worth knowing. As a teen I saw PC’s give way to laptops and then the rise of tablets. I watched dial-up, enjoyed broadband and got hooked on mobile data. I cringe at the indelible family email for facebook is my scene. Online shopping and banking are a birth right. However, in the digital world that children inhabit, I am behind the times.
This week I joined an e-safety training session with teachers, parents and members of the police. Despite a successful Safer Internet Day at school, I came away realising that the digital world our children inhabit is far removed from what we imagine to be. The stranger danger of our time is not candies at a street corner. It is the digital creep with in app friendships chatting, flattering, infiltration and manipulation happening right in our living rooms.
Assuming immunity, or blaming children, is at best naïve. Yesterday’s survey of a key stage 1 class at our school revealed the majority are familiar with game that has been flagged for being high risk. As a school we have followed this up however there are multitudes of apps we could list with similar warnings. Nonetheless, all too soon there will be new apps with new new dangers. Perhaps, we can no longer pretend to have all the answers, only routes by which to search for them. Googling an app or game with the word “risks” is a useful place to begin.
Like the Uncle Ben's advert, your children will try to imitate the behaviours they see around them. They will pick up on how their friends and family members interact with apps, devices, digital content and others. This week has begun a conversation in school about how to do this in a positive and safe way. However, it is a conversation that is far from conclusion. Do make time to discuss e-safety at home this half term break. We will look for opportunities to do so next half term too.
For further advice on how to begin an e-safety conversation take a look at the NSPCC website:
Before you go, do enjoy, our final daily teacher podcast by Miss Caton and Mrs Stevens!