This half term pupils have engaged with a range of learning across the Computing curriculum. In recent visits to Key Stage 2 classes, pupils were keen to explain how they have been creating a range of media including stop frame animation, audio, video and websites.
As holidays approach, playground aspirations often turn to hopes of apps, games and devices for Christmas. As ever, we remind pupils and parents to have open conversations about age appropriate content, what to do if things make you uncomfortable and other key themes of online safety.
It is great to enjoy the creative freedom that devices, apps and online platforms provide us with. In the spirit of encouraging creativity, below are details of competition being run by an organisation where there are two graphics tablets on offer for both KS1 and KS2. Pupils need to create a FIFA World Cup 2026 logo using the software that they would be familiar with if following the Teach Computing resources. These are free and available from home.
During our RE lessons in year 4 we have been learning about a range of religions. We started by looking at Hinduism. These are some of the things I learnt. Hindu's have specific rituals. Rituals are a set of actions that people follow. They are actions that can be done at home, outdoors or at a holy shrine. Diwali is celebrated by Hindus. Diwali is the festival of light. Rangoli patterns are used as decorations in many homes.
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This week, we have been allowed to inspire the school with our nation’s sporting successes, predominately the Men’s World Cup, but also - closely associated with this - the Women’s Euro 2022 success. Incorporated with this we delved into a range of arithmetic questions to play a game of Mathematics Top Trumps - which was very much enjoyed across the year group! We then looked into the lyrics of ’It’s Coming Home’ and the inspiration to Frank Skinner and David Biddiel to creating the song … though some were shocked to find out 56 years was the duration since our last win. Finally, in English, we explored grammatical challenges to solve the problem of who stole the World Cup; this time Pickles had not stolen the trophy, but a hypothetical character instead.
Below is just some of the work from across the week. Year Five have been a pleasure to teach and continue to impress.
This term during outdoor learning time the children have been reading books with a moral to start their session. Mrs Smith has been reading the story and then as a group the children have been discussing the moral of the story. The pupils have been considering how we talk to people and also how important it is to communicate our feelings.
The pupils have then been exploring the outdoor area. They have been bug hunting, bird watching, using the mud kitchen and playing team games. We have been on a tree hunt and looked at all the trees around our school.
On Armistice Day we remembered the brave solders and we worked together to gather red leaves and made a poppy using them.
During this half term during PE children are completing the following sports. Please ensure your child has appropriate clothing to wear outside and a change of footwear (trainers/ plimsolls).
Year 1- Tag rugby and Dance
Year 2- Gymnastics and Tag Rugby
Year 3- Dance and Tag rugby
Year 4- Gymnastics and Tag rugby
Year 5- Dance and Tag rugby/ dodgeball
Year 6- Swimming and Tag rugby/ dodgeball
Last half term we competed in many Thurrock SSP competitions including cross country where we now have 4 finalists going on to represent us in the Essex finals. We also competed in tag rugby, football for years 3/4 and years 5/6. Coming up this term we have dodgeball, basketball and badminton to look forward to.