Today, ARP enjoyed singing and signing our songs during our Harvest Festival celebration. The children have been doing a lot of reading and learning about why Harvest takes place and what happens. Elliot was able to tell us the following facts:
A harvest festival is a celebration to thank God for our food.
Harvest festival is in October.
Farmers harvest the food with a combine harvester.
Strawberries are picked by hand.
Potatoes and corn are harvested by machines.
The children performed their song ‘Turnips for Breakfast’ and showed their jokes while the parents listened to their recording. They felt like pop stars!
This is what the children thought:
George said he felt very happy when he was singing! William said was very excited and he liked it when he said ‘Ta da’ at the end! Viraj enjoyed singing to his Dad who came to watch him.
We were so grateful to all the parents who kindly donated food for people less fortunate than us.
We celebrated in the Star of the Week assembly with a triple congratulations! All the children earned a special mention for their amazing dragon eye art work, George earned Star Reader and we won attendance Ted!
We enjoyed an afternoon in the sun protecting our school from the dreaded dragon! We have been learning about the legend St George and the Dragon and made rockets to fire from our castle to defend ourselves! We learned about air pressure, how it builds up in the bottle and releases quickly when we jump on it. We experimented with large and small rockets and bottles and how we could make our rocket go the furthest and most accurately to hit the target. Alfie was very knowledgeable and taught the other children lots. He was awarded Star of the Week for this!
While we were in the Retreat, we spotted a familiar creature. A young hedgehog was hiding in a pile of leaves in the corner! We were amazed to see one so closely and we remembered everything we had learned about them last year. We carefully put him in a tyre to be safe until we went inside.
In English, we developed our sentence structure by using Colourful Semantics. We confidently read the legend of St George and the Dragon and wrote sentences to describe what the dragon looked like and what it did. Some of us made sure our sentences had the correct punctuation; some of us extended our sentences with ‘and’.
We have had another action-packed week in ARP 2. On Wednesday, we waved goodbye to Mr Owen, Damon and Jayvon who went on their Year 6 residential trip to Condover Hall. They had a fabulous time with their friends doing zip lining, climbing, fencing, swimming and making dens in the woods.
Last week, we went to the woods in search of an elephant hawk moth caterpillar. We had been talking about these colourful moths and were curious to find one. Surprisingly, this week, Miss Maeer found one in her garden and brought it into school to show us.
We were amazed at the size – they can grow as long as 9cm! We learned about its life cycle and how it transforms (through metamorphosis) from a caterpillar (larvae) to a pupa (cocoon, chrysalis) into a moth.
We learned that it has many features for defence – a camouflaged body, a horn on its rear and markings to make it look like it has a huge head with eyes like a snake. We closely examined the caterpillar and William was able to spot its mandibles!
We were responsible and returned the caterpillar to the wild and placed it carefully on some willowherb. We are hoping to spot the moth when we are outside!
This week in English, we have been learning about the legend of St George and the Dragon. We enjoyed reading the story, becoming familiar with the structure and features of a legend. We added actions to help us remember the story. We used Colourful Semantics to help us generate vocabulary to describe the dragon. Some of us concentrated on remembering to include capital letters and full stops in our sentences while others extended sentences with ‘and’. We planned our sentences, making edits before writing them in our best handwriting.
Our Maths focus has been number and Place Value. We have learned about the order of numbers, adding ones and tens to make them bigger. We have been chanting our 2s and 3s times tables, using different ways to remember the multiples. We enjoyed using Seesaw to independently complete different tasks to show how much we have learned.
We even did some Maths in our PE lesson!
We said Congratulations to Elliot who was our Star of the Week for being confident when trying new things.
The children have enjoyed an exciting return to school exploring their new classroom, getting to know their new friends and becoming familiar with their new routines.
In Maths, we have been learning about the value of 2 digit numbers and counting in steps of 1s forwards and backwards. Viraj worked hard to put together his own 100 square while looking at the tens and ones, thinking about what number comes next and before.
Other children have been developing their understanding of number by counting in multiples of 2. They learned that they are all even numbers ending in a zero, 2, 4, 6 or 8. They learned songs to help them quickly recall their 2s times table.
In PE, the children have developed their gross motor skills by learning about control, direction and balance. They had fun showing different ways they can travel on their tummies, bottoms and knees.
After discussing the rules they must follow to keep them safe, the children enjoyed a session in the woods, showing how they can follow the rules.
We said Congratulations to Viraj who was our Star of the Week for showing independence.