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Week Beginning 1st July 2019

 

It's been an absolute scorcher this week! I think it's fair to say the children have been absolute heroes, not complaining about  the heat and just getting on with it (as usual).

 

The children have been fantastic with the NFER tests, so many of the children have scored their best ever scores, considering the tests get harder as the year goes by it shows just how far they've come!

Reading? Done!

Spelling? Done!

Punctuation and Grammar? Done!

 

BUMP UP DAY! The children were nothing short of brilliant! Even though Miss Cooper sadly couldn't join us... Each and every single one of the class came back with a smile on their face, and a superb report from Mr Snelling and Mrs Dickinson! Ahead of next year there are already some Mayan experts, I learned a thing or two myself!

 

See you next week!

Week Beginning 25th June 2019

 

Yet another fantastic week for a fantastic class! The weather has finally turned for the better but the children are still firing on all cylinders!

 

The children have completed their SRE this week, all the staff have been so impressed with the maturity and attitude in every single session! It's been different as the year groups have been split up and in different rooms, but you'd never know anything was different. INCREDIBLE.

 

We've started our geography unit in topic and the children have done a superb job looking at the locations of the world's rainforests, their climates and the different layers that make it up!

 

Below you can see how our herb gardens are coming, it looks like we've got some real "green thumbs".

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Week Beginning 17th June 2019

 

It's been yet another great week for Charlie's Champions, the weather has been very hit and miss but the same can't be said the children - they've worked their socks off!

 

In English we have started putting together our arguments for the big rainforest debate! The children have role-played as different people involved with deforestation such as inhabitants, loggers and scientists! Hopefully next week we will be ready to start debating!

 

 

We've also done some design and technology this week, after tasting and assessing a variety of different herbs on Monday we designed and built our very own herb gardens. Check out some of the pictures below!

 

 

As it's been such a creative been the children have also started some history-based World War 2 art, drawing, using watercolours and outlining different military planes that were used in the 'Battle of Britain'. (They aren't quite finished so I'll have some examples next week!)

 

Just because we have been so lucky this week, we were lucky enough to get a rather special show an tell that included lots of WW2 memorabilia and replica documents such as ration books, identity documents and newspapers.

 

 

See you next week!

Week Beginning 10th June 2019

 

It's been another productive week in Charlie's Champions, the children have started our new unit on 'Deforestation' and they have taken it by storm! Our first objective was to truly understand what deforestation is... Is it simply cutting down trees? According to our findings... OF COURSE IT ISN'T! (Stay tuned for an update soon).

 

Due to our success with fractions we have actually started to look at decimals and their fraction equivalents, we were a little unsure how we felt at first but it's coming along superbly now! We're aiming to ensure we can use our knowledge of tenths and 0.1 to figure out different equivalents!

We have even created some fraction posters to show off our entire understanding and how it links to what we are still learning!  Check it out!

 

 

We have started some fantastic WW2 Spitfire artwork, but it isn't quite ready to show off just yet... (We've created some superb water-coloured skies and are just working on the finer details of the planes.) I aim to have some examples up in the classroom and on here ASAP!

 

See you next week!

 

Week Beginning 3rd June 2019

 

The last half term is upon us! I wonder what  the next seven and a half weeks have in store for Charlie's Champions... All I know is this first week has set  the benchmark!

 

We've hit  the ground running in maths, fractions are still on the agenda and we have started the half term looking at fractions of amounts. We were a little uneasy at first (starting with the numerator as 1) but we grew into it and soon we were solving fractions such as 2/5 and 5/7 no problem.

 

Our English work has fallen in line with out next topic unit "Rainforests". We're gearing up for debates next week but this week we are looking at what rainforests are, and how they differ from our initial ideas.

 

World War II is really proving to be a hit with the class, so far we have looked at how the war began, the homefront and the military. The Battle of Britain is next, the children are already excited about looking at the Spitfires!

 

See you next week!

Week Beginning 13th May 2019

 

This week has been a scorcher... Not only outside but in the classroom too! With no sign of fatigue from our residential to Hagg Farm last week the children have really pushed on.

 

In maths we have continued our relentless assault on fractions, so far we have successfully conquered equivalent fractions and simplifying fractions. Our next mission is to defeat adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominators!

 

In English we have continued to look at flashbacks using the piano as our inspiration, we've move onto using our own memories to design believable flashbacks so we can put our newly mastered tense skills to the test! Once we completed this we moved onto studying effective informal letters, assessing the features of these letters is next! Then the real fun begins!

 

See you next week!

 

 

Week Beginning 29th April 2019

 

The children have been absolutely fabulous this week! Our English lessons have been focused on "The Piano", a Literacy Shed video in which an old pianist flashbacks to different memories of his life. We have studied the video all week looking at  different  tenses as well as using out comprehension skills to figure out key clues to events and identities!

 

 

 

We have begun our journey in fractions! The children are starting to realise they aren't something to be feared! In fact we have already identified shaded fractions, shaded in given amounts in different shapes and ended the week finding missing values in equivalent fractions!

 

 

The children are super excited about next week... Hagg Farm beckons! See you next week!

 

Week Beginning 22nd April 2019

 

You'd never have guessed it was the first week back after Easter... The children have been fantastic (as usual) and morale is at an all time high!

 

Our main focus for the week has been Easter poetry, the children have chosen their own focus (Easter themed) and prepared a poem that some of them even read out in the Key Stage 1 Easter Service.

 

We also explored the timeline and meaning of the Easter Story (from Palm Sunday to Easter Monday), looking at the implications and consequences of the participants' actions. The children made some fabulous comic strips of the event.

 

We continued our fantastic maths work during last  term's NFER tests by reviewing some of the questions, looking at some mistakes that we made as a class and how to better attempt questions in the future. Next  time we will do even better!

 

See you next week!

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