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We have had a busy start to the new term already. The children have come back to school, refreshed and ready to do their best.

Thank you to all parents that attended parents evening this week. It was good to share progress with you all and thank you for the home support you are giving your children. Please remember that you can pop in and see me any time if you have any questions or worries.

This week in Literacy we have been looking at Diary writing. We studied different examples and pulled out the different features that made it a diary. When we came to the independent writing task the children produced some great diary entries pretending to be characters from fairy tales. Who knew that the Big Bad Wolf had only popped round to the three little pigs' house to ask to borrow a cup of sugar and happened to sneeze and blew the house down! We continued with our extra writing sessions with Mrs Cador and the children are really starting to think carefully about how they write and how they can improve and edit their writing.

In our maths lessons we have been looking at co-ordinated in all 4 quadrants. The children did a great job plotting points to make pictures and reading coordinates.

We had a lovely art lesson on Wednesday using pastels to create the image on the cover of our novel Gorilla Dawn. We have some fantastic pieces of art work on our wall now. Mrs Peek came in to help us. We didn't know at the time, but she is a very talented artist herself and showed us some of her amazing pastel works of art. We are hoping Mrs Peek can share some tips and ideas with us during our upcoming art lessons.

In Science we learnt all about the digestive system, and in history we looked at the different countries that make up Africa ,and started to learn about how the Kingdom of Benin came to be. We also started reading our class novel and did a whole class guided reading session around it, learning some new vocabulary that we could use in our own writing.

Swimming continued this week and I was pleased to hear about the great progress some children are making. There is one more session left next week for the Year 6.

Homework this week consists of 2 pages from their maths book based on coordinates to consolidate the learning done in class this week. The Literacy homework is a planning activity for writing. We will be having a free writing session on Thursday where the children will be able to write about whatever they want. They can choose the type of writing they want to do: letter, report, story, poem etc and choose what they write about. The children are to do a short plan so that they can set off writing straight away on Thursday.

Have a lovely weekend!

Mrs McGhie

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