Happy Summer term!
We hope you all had a lovely Easter break!
We have started our first week back with lots of excitement and fun!
In English we have been learning about Greek myths and we have focussed on Theseus and the Minotaur. The children discovered a crime scene next to our Garden of Eden on Wednesday (14.4.21) The children had to use the clues to help infer what they think has happened.
We want to start by saying a lovely 'hello' to all our amazing Azraq parents and children!
We have be extremely impressed with the online work the children completed in the first part of Spring Term.
The children have enjoyed their first 3 weeks back at school. The children have been able to produce some incredible writing based on our class book of James and the Giant Peach. The children had the opportunity of writing their own newspaper report based on a report about the 'ginormous peach' which squashed the selfish, cruel and lazy aunts.
In Maths the children have been learning about dividing 2 digit numbers with remainders and we have now started to learn about the area.
In Science the children have enjoyed learning about teeth and digestion. They were able to recognise the different teeth of humans and animals.
In RE the children have been remembering 'Holy Week' and why this is an important celebration for Christians. They children all received a 'blessed' palm cross from Father James on Wednesday 24.3.21. The children have also been recognising the 3 different crosses of Christianity and their significance. We have also learnt about Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday and reflected on Mary, and how she would have felt during this time.
Our theme in for Eco Schools this term is Biodiversity. The children have enjoyed looking in our wildlife area for mini beasts and their habitats. The children also took part in a creative and fun 'junk modelling' session on Wednesday 24.3.21 in the afternoon. Where the children all created some incredible and thoughtful animals, houses, objects and people!
We wonder if you can guess some of these creations..?
Today, we had a lot of fun in class. We read our new books that have been dropped off by the library, we invented a game called 'Capplications' and one called 'Inverse Jeopardy' in mathematics and had a lovely book talk about the Dragon Slayer in English.
In the afternoon, we finished off our dragon collages, adding texture to our lovely dragons. We then used our skills of design and teamwork to create a background for our display board. As one big team, the children discussed, collaborated and created the giant masterpiece that our dragons will be displayed on.
We managed to incorporate a coastline from our Theme work, dragons from our English and a lovely lighthouse symbolising Incarnation and the Light of Jesus. We also included a breakwater, like the one from The Mousehole Cat, a book that we have read during our reading sessions.
I think you will all agree that we have been very creative!
We have missed you all at home and we can't wait to see how you used your creative day.
Mrs Richards, Mr Pulford and Mrs Patrick.
Azraq Class- Spring Term 1
I just wanted to say a big 'thank you' to all the adults at home that are supporting their children with their remote learning.
Both, Miss Osborne and I have been blown away by the work the children have been producing on Seesaw. I wanted to show off some of the fabulous home learning that is being completed.
In Maths we are still working hard with our Powermaths books and been completing work on our multiplication knowledge. We have been particularly focussing on our 7s, 9s, 11s and 12s times tables. We are also now going to start learning about 'perimeter'.
In reading we have been developing our inference skills and recognising new vocabulary. This will no doubt help the children with their English writing.
In English, we have been learning to write a diary entry (as a dragon). We are now learning the story of the 'Dragon Slayer'. The children have been able to use their story maps to help predict the problem, resolution and ending.
In our Theme lessons, the children are learning about 'Islands'. The children have had the opportunity to play with co-ordinates, learn about coastlines, the continents and the British Isles.
In Science the children are learning about 'teeth and digestion'. The children have learnt about the digestive system and food chains.
In PSHE we have wanted to really focus on the well being of the children. The children have been able to discuss their worries, what they are thankful for and how to be a good friend.
In our French learning, the children have been able to complete some amazing voice notes of them singing in French at home and talking in French. Our topics this half term have been family, colours and food.
Thank you for all your continued support this term!
Both Miss Osborne and I are very proud of all the children, they've excelled in Maths, Writing and their reading this term.
In English over the past 2 weeks we have enjoyed creating our own 'Winter Dreams' poem, the children were able to retell their poem and use actions. They have also made their parents a snowflake with their poems written on (we hope you love them as much as the children do !)
The children wrote their own set of instructions about mummification! They watched their own teacher get mummified by Mrs Richards.
In Maths the children have been using their addition and subtraction knowledge to complete 2 step word problems.
In RE we have also learnt about the first Gospel of John, the children were able to summarise the key parts and created some wonderful art work to represent the light and darkness of their own lives.
To end the term on a high, the children also performed a fantastic and festive Eucharist! The children performed the Gospel, sang 3 carols and read their own sorry and thanks prayers. We are extremely proud of them all!
We wish you all a Happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year.
Mrs Patrick and Miss Osborne
Welcome to Azraq Class!
We have been working extremely hard since returning to school in September.
English- In our English learning this term, we have already written an amazing adventure story about Tadeo Jones, a diary entry about Harry Potter and Howard Carter and we're also planning on creating some amazing non-chronological reports.
Maths- we have been focused on the place value of 4 digit numbers and using these skills to solve a range of reasoning problems. We have also been using Maths Stems in our learning, we try and explain our answers by using these stems ' I know this because...' ' I can check my answer by..' This is the same because...'
In our RE learning we have learnt about the story of 'Creation and the Fall' and 'The Prodigal Son'. We have focused on accepting and understanding forgiveness. We have also remembered the 'ripple effect', this is where the children think about their actions and the impact this could have on other people.
Theme- in our Theme lessons we have been learning about' Ancient Egypt!' We have mummified oranges, created our own Gods/Goddesses, drawn our own messages using hieroglyphics and created our own canopic jars.
Science- In our Science lessons we have looked at the topic 'Living things and their habitats'. We were able to go out on a mini beast hunt and identify the different mini beasts that we found in our local area. We also had a visitor from a Park Ranger named Mr. Moat. He came into our school and informed us about all the different habitats we can find in Castle Park and how to protect them.
Our new science topic is 'States of Matter' we will be identifying the differences between solids, liquids and gases.
Music- We were very excited when we attended a drumming workshop in October and we all played the 'Djembe drum'. We have also been listening to a range of music and identifying the pitch, tempo and musical instruments used.
If you have any questions or anything you wish to discuss with me please don't hesitate to email me Amber.Patrick@dcvst.org
Thank you for your continued support,
Mrs Patrick and Miss Osbourne