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Website Update - Week Beginning 28th March 2022


Amazing Children Charge Over the Finishing Line!


Well it has certainly been a great half term, Burps, Bottoms & Bile really did suit the childrens' amazing thirst for knowledge. Even though much of this week has been focused on our Easter Service at St Andrew's Church and assessment the children still made the most of it and 'wowed' me at every opportunity. If you haven't done so already check out the pictures from the service that Mr Snelling uploaded to Dojo!


Our highlight of the incredibly busy week would have to be our swansong to Burps, Bottoms & Bile... We've spent week after week learning about how the amazing bodies that God gave us can digest food to give us energy, but seeing as we learned all there was to know we decided to do it for ourselves! Thats' right, we made poo! From mimicking the teeth with various tools to peristalsis with our hands (we did it all). I won't say anymore about it but I will leave you with a few pictures... ENJOY!



Have an amazing Easter and I will see you all on the other side! x

Website Update - Week Beginning 21st March 2022


Term coming to an end but children's spirits still high!


I'm sure you aren't surprised by now that yet again the children have been absolutely amazing this week, as the Spring Term does draw to a close I can honestly say they show no signs of slowing down.


Here are some of the digestive system tshirts we starting work on last week, the rest will be on a slideshow but someone try telling me these are incredible? I think maybe we could start a little side business in Class 5!



It was our turn to choose and present a 'word of the week' to the school and we decided upon TEMPESTUOUS. This could be to describe a particularly violent storm (tempest) or could also describe someone that is quick to anger in an explosion of rage. The children helped search through the internet and these were some of the pictures that we settled on. 



I think they pretty much nailed the meaning, wouldn't you agree?


A huge part of this week has been all out  SUSTAINABILITY. We took time thinking about how we could make the planet a better place and found the perfect opportunity to do so with out explanation texts about food chains. All of the children did a superb job talking about what could happen to food chains and habitats all over the world if we don't do something - in all honesty they made me feel guilty and I didn't do anything wrong!


That's all for now, see you next week!

Website Update - Week Beginning 14th March 2022


Tricky Week No Match For Learning Heroes


We have had so much on this week in Class 5 but the children have simply been amazing. Check out some of our top drawer learning below!


We became dentists this week as we continued learning all about the digestive system in Burps, Bottoms & Bile. The children are really getting on with this unit and they've learned so much! We looked at what a dentist does in real life by watching videos of one on the job, we carefully listened to what they said during and how to grade our own teeth.



We are preparing to write our own explanation texts for next week too! Now we have finished the journey of food through our own bodies using Gut Garden the children are feeling confident they know all the features and skills needed to write their own about... FOOD CHAINS! We made sure our knowledge was up to scratch by covering the key vocabulary we would be using.



Our showpiece of the week! As I said last week on Friday we were going to (and did) create wearable digestive systems on our very own tshirts. THEY LOOK SO GOOD. Sadly, many of them weren't ready to wear as they were wet so I haven't taken any pictures yet, until we do have a look at some half finished ones as the class were making them.



See you next week!

Class Update - Week Beginning 7th March 2022


Charlie's Champions are at it again!


What a week! The children have been firing on all cylinders yet again and my goodness have they stepped up to the plate - some amazing work has been produced!


English - We are still exploring the journey through the digestive system. The children are doing a superb job trying to creatively describe a non-fiction text - it nearly sounds like a narrative!

Maths - This week we completed our work on division for now. We learned how to use a variety of techniques to divide including part-whole models and sharing equipment.

PE - Attack and defend! The main objective was one on one charges, the children took it in turns to attack and defend areas. Agility was the main focus and the children really started to think about how and where they wanted to advance and retreat.

Music - The children continued their glockenspiel work mainly looking at timing and how to play easy e notes whilst counting beats.

French - Going Shopping! This week we learned where countries were in reference to the equator.

PSHE - Healthy Me - Smoking. This week we learned about the negative effects of smoking and how some people circum to peer pressure.


Time Travelling



On Friday this week we travelled back in time to Southwell Minster. The children became modern-day pilgrims as they learned about the 900 year-old Cathedral, investigated a living place of worship and made connections with the past. 

Why is it called Time Travelling?’ There are lots of reasons. Let’s think first about TIME. The Minster is MEDIEVAL: the oldest part is over 900 years old. To build it, a SAXON church was knocked down. Before that, we think ROMAN Gods were worshipped near here. That means that pilgrims have been coming here for A VERY LONG TIME! You will follow in their footsteps as today’s newest pilgrims. Your feet will tread the same path as those 1500 years ago…. We are all connected in TIME by the Minster’s long history. Next, TRAVELLING. Every pilgrimage is a JOURNEY to a place which means something to you.

The children were continuously complimented for their manners and behaviour throughout the entire day, they really did St Andrew's proud!


See you next week!

Class Update - Week Beginning 28th February 2022


Yet another amazing effort this week from Charlie's Champions! Let me tell you all about it!


In maths this week we have started division, this often causes some reservations but not with this cohort of incredible learners. We started learning how to carry 10s and 1s in order to share out base 10, we ended up being able to divide by 2, 3 & 4 using equipment.



World Book Week! 



We've had a change of pace this week focusing on World Book Week. We focused on the "All Are Welcome", this book helps us in celebrating diversity and inclusivity. No matter how you start your day, What you wear when you play, Or if you come from far away, All are welcome here. Follow a group of children through a day in their school, where everyone is welcome. A school where children in patkas, hijabs, baseball caps and yarmulkes play side by side. A school where students grow and learn from each other's traditions. A school where diversity is a strength. Warm and inspiring, All Are Welcome lets young children know that no matter what, they have a place, they have a space, and they are welcome in their school. We would like to this is is the very environment we create here at St Andrew's.


We used this powerful message to write some poetry, we showed our own unique hobbies and traits in order to produce some fabulous poems - riddles, narratives and rhyming too! We had poems from Star Wars to Harry Potter, Horses to Heroes, it was so nice to see the children showing off what makes them "ME".


See you all next week!

Class Update - Week Beginning 21st February 2022


The weeks keep rolling by in Charlie's Champions but the children keep finding ways to get better and better. We got up to so much this week with the class excited by our new project "Burps, Bottoms & Biles".


RE - Why do Christians call the day Jesus died 'Good Friday'?



This week we have been learning about Jesus' final days, firstly we looked at the 'Last Supper' and the actions of Judas and Peter during their betrayals. Firstly we looked at the meaning behind passover and after reading the story ourselves, we created a conscience alley, so we could look at the inner conflict inside of Judas' mind.


D&T - Healthy Snacks



Thursday afternoon we to discussed our favourite snacks and whether they are healthy or not. What is considered healthy and unhealthy? We then taste tested a variety of different fruits (many of which the children has never tried before), then we assigned each a dominating adjective and recorded it in our books. The children ate EVERYTHING.


Science - Effective Brushing Technique & Tooth Health



On Friday we used plaque revealing tablets to assess our brushing technique. The children were amazing at finding areas they missed and by the end we had shining smiles!

It's been a very busy week and the children have been incredible but I only expect even better next week!

See you then!

Class Update - Week Beginning 31st January 2022


It's been yet another busy week in Class 5! I don't  think I have ever taught a class that never seem to run out of steam - they must run on Duracell! 


As a put on Dojo we have done lots more great gymnastics this week, but this week has been more about counter-balancing in larger groups. Check out some of the amazing stances that the class managed to hold!



We also recapped some of our paired gymnastics balances!



We also:


Started planning our own disaster stories in English.

Used arrays to multiply 3 numbers together in maths.

Learned how to use coordinates and timers in computing.

Practised how to say different vegetables in French.

Observed how tempterature changes as a material's state changes in science.


See you next week!

Class Update - Week Beginning 17th January 2022


Hello again! I'm so glad you could make it! Here's what we have been up to this week...

English - We are still working through our Write Stuff unit "Flood" (and will be for a few weeks yet). The storm has really started to take hold, Jack and Sophie have had to abandon their home! The children made this so dramatic using amazing skills such as conplex sentences, similes and personification!

Maths - This week we have worked on units of measure... Specifically length! We recapped how to convert between cm & m and then onto cm & mm. We've ordered different lengths, converted them into the same measure and even started measuring in our classroom!

Geography - We continued our work on rivers this week, we looked at famous rivers from around the world: From the Mississippi to the Volga! We went all over the world before looking at the main uses of rivers on God's green Earth. We mainly focused on farming, settlement, habitats, energy, leisure and transportation.

PE - More gymnastics! The main objective was dynamic balancing with a partner. The children uses multiple holds including singular stance variations.

Music - Our music this half term is all about the classic Mamma Mia! This week the children listened to the song, spoke about the different instruments used and the era of music. We also had a class singalong on Friday afternoon (I'm sure the other classes secretly joined in).

French - Going Shopping! This week we learned the different names of fruits in French!

PSHE - Dreams and Goals. Alongside our half term's PSHE focus of thankfulness we have looked at our futures this week. We shared our dreams and goals and the children spoke about why their current dream job is achieveable (because they are amazing of course).


See you next week!

Class Update - Week Beginning 10th January 2022


We have had a fantastic first full week back! Charlie's  Champions have settled back in to school routines and have all really enjoyed continuing with our new curriculum project 'Misty Mountain, Winding River'.

Maths - This week we have looked at multiplying and dividing by 1 & 0. The children were amazing as usual and I can tell they listened well because they found so many links between all of the different lessons!

English - We have started our new "Write Stuff" unit called Flood, the book is about when a flood threatens to destroy a family's home, they must leave. What will they return to once the waters recede? This intense, beautiful look at a flood's effect on a family carries a simple message of hope and recovery. The children are already hooked! They have managed to apply so many different skills already: Complex sentences, inner thought, dialogue and personification just to name a few!

RE - What kind of world did Jesus want? This is the question we will be exploring for the first part of the half term... So far we have looked at the parable "The Good Samaritan", a story Jesus shared with a law expert when he wants to know how he lives forever. The children disected that story superbly and asked some amazing questions of their own!

Computing - Coding! We have taken on the mammoth task of learning to code this half term. This week the children learned how to program basic commands to control a car! They were able to make it start and stop using a button they created and some even managed to get it to turn different directions and speed up on command!

PE - Our focus this half term is Gymastics. The children started by looking at different poses including front and back support, dish and arch!

Art - We completed our "Vista" art project this week, the children but everything they had into their own masterpieces! I could talk about them for paragraphs so how about you just have a look and be amazed yourself!

Are these amazing?

See you next week!

Class Update - Week Beginning 3rd January 2022


A new year and a new start for Charlie's Champions! We have an opportunity to be even better than we were last half term and I don't see a single one of the children disappointing us there!


With our first week back being shorter than usual we have purely focused on our new project, "Misty Mountain, Winding River" (you can correctly assume we are learning all about mountains and rivers). So far we have looked at how rivers are formed, the major terminology used in describing rivers as well as completing a case study (albeit virtually) on the river Trent!


We also spend some time looking at "atmospheric perspective" in art, which is when you draw things that are in the foreground darker and with more detail that objects in the middle or background. We looked at a range of different shading techniques including hatching, cross-hatching, stippling and inkwash,


Check these out!



See you next week!