Today we investigated part-whole models and looked at different ways we could represent different number sentences. We worked in pairs to pick the objects to use before turning our part-whole models into number sentences using the terminology ‘addend’ and ‘total’. Why not have a go at making your own part-whole models? How many ways could you make 10? What about 20? What patterns do you notice?
This morning key stage two were lucky enough to have an assembly with the accomplished author of the Compton Valance series, Matt Brown. He spoke to us about the different books that he has written and gave us tips on naming characters and thinking of interesting ideas for stories, he even let us into a couple of his favourite jokes!
The children loved listening to him and found lots of his ideas engaging and funny. They particularly enjoyed hearing an extract from his new book 'Killer Vending Machines Wrecked My Lunch'. Afterwards, they had the chance to ask questions and understand how you go about getting a book published before some children were able to receive their signed copy of his book!
Today we were very lucky to have a visit from the Mayor of Milton Keynes. The children were excited and eager to ask questions. He spoke to the children about the importance of community and how the future of Milton Keynes was
‘in their hands’!
Many children enjoyed the opportunity to discuss the role of the Mayor and discuss how he became elected forty five years ago! After the assembly, the School Council went outside to ask him further questions about his role and take some pictures of our school building.
Hopefully he will visit us again soon!
This week, Year 3 entered the virtual world through VR headsets as part of our volcano topic. We were able to visit volcanoes around the world, and find these exciting places on maps. Everyone enjoyed the opportunity to explore volcanoes up close as well as seeing the insides of them to understand how they work. We even took a trip through space to visit a volcano on Mars!
As we mentioned to many of you during our home visits, the first 2-3 weeks of EYFS are us getting to know the children and completing an initial baseline assessment. This year we are lucky enough to be taking part in a Government pilot scheme, where they provide us with the resources and the assessment tools on line.
For further information here is the document provided by the National Foundation of Educational Research. There is also a video that has been produced for you to watch.
The children are not aware this is any kind of assessment, they have just been completing a 'fun job' with their class teacher! By the end of this week we hope to have completed the phonological blending and early comprehension parts of the assessment. Next week, we will then move onto counting and maths calculation.
We are so proud of how all your children have settled into school and are loving getting to know all of their individual personalities.
Year 5 have been getting stuck in with our space topic! We had a fantastic time in our science lesson last week using a range of fruits to learn about the relative size of each planet. We then took them onto the playground and measured out the relative distances too! We were amazed at the size of Jupiter, and the distance of Neptune from the sun.
Yesterday afternoon we were fortunate enough to take a Virtual Reality trip to space! We explored the solar system, milky way and even black holes with the help of some VR Headsets!
Last Wednesday year 2 took part in their Great fire of London workshop. The children took part in a wide range of activities in the hall which was transformed into a London shopping street complete with an apothecary, bakers and even a well! The work that the children made will be sent home later this half term. As you can see the day was great fun and will be used to help inspire the children in the classroom.