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Lowton Junior & Infant School

Encouraging Growth

Welcome to Lowton Junior and Infant School, encouraging growth at every stage of your child’s development.

03/07/15

Well hello again!

Can you believe that we only have two more weeks left of the summer term, before we break up? It has flown by. We will soon be Year 6 pupils!

On Monday afternoon we had our music lesson, preparing for the performance on the last week of term. The children have been working hard, practising their recorders, and their music teachers are very pleased with their progress. We have some beautiful vocalists too! Who would have thought that Bon Jovi would gone down a storm for 9-10 year olds!

There has also been lots of practising for the KS2 school performance… We have some excellent actors and actresses at Lowton J&I and the children can’t wait to perform to a big audience next week. The children have been getting their costumes together, and we have been making lots of props… We even have a warm up act for you to enjoy, prior to the main event!

This morning we had another exciting time at Lowton High School, in our second part of our science lesson. We felt as though we were in a real life game of Cluedo, continuing to perform various experiments to find the killer! We used microscopes to identify pieces of fabric left at the crime scene and even tested blood splatters, measuring the size and shape! The children were successful and correctly identified the criminal at the end of the lesson... Our lips are sealed though, as the case is due in court next week!

To follow on from this, we thought it would be a good opportunity to write a recount about our visit. The children have applied the correct features of a recount into their writing and used a variety of super sentences including outside (inside) sentences, time conjunctions and noun, who/which/where sentences.

Heather wrote:-

As we arrived at the crime scene, there was tape across the entry that read ‘Caution, do not enter’ Outside I was feeling confident on finding the killer (Inside I was petrified).

In numeracy we had a further look at telling the time, using analogue and digital clocks. The children are really showing a good understanding of reading timetables and other useful information, for example, length of times waiting for appointments and how long they last. Miss Myers has noticed a rise in confidence this term, and is sure that this will continue into year 6, ready for SAT’s.

We hope you have a lovely weekend. Hopefully this lovely weather will continue to be sunny for us!

Until next week…

Lots of love, from all at Base 5 xxx

 

26/06/15

Welcome back to Base 5 Blog!

Thank you very much to those of you who came along to the Summer Fair. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t very kind, and we did get a little wet-but not as much as Mr Woodford, who seemed to be permanently drenched! We’re not certain he will volunteer for the stocks next year! It was lovely to see some of the older children giving their prizes to their younger siblings!

We have had a really busy week, starting with assessments on Monday and Tuesday. The children worked very hard, and we’re certain this will be shown in their results! Miss Myers is very pleased with their progress J

On Monday afternoon we had our last session with Brook, talking about self-esteem. Each child gave reasons why they liked something in particular about their friend. It was such a pleasure to hear. We could try this at home…tell your child one quality you admire about them, and take it in turns. Sometimes, we lead such busy lives, we forget how important it is to make time for ourselves, and make each other feel special.

Wednesday was a great day! Base 5 went to Lowton High School to have a science lesson. It was so exciting, using chemicals and Bunsen burners to find out who the mystery murderer. The Chemistry teacher was very impressed by the knowledge of the children as she asked questions. The children were very well behaved, listening carefully to the safety rules always required in a science laboratory. T.J and Sarah dressed up in protective clothing as CSI investigators, collecting D.N.A evidence from the ‘crime scene’. Finger prints were taken too!                                                                                             We haven’t finished the investigations yet, so we’ll be returning next week, and will keep you posted. For now, have a look at our pictures.

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We had Sports day on Wednesday afternoon, which the children thoroughly enjoyed! We felt it was a huge success, where everyone had a chance to compete. It was the Green team who took first place…. Check out the winning team photograph!

Have a great weekend,

Lots of love, from all at Base 5 xxx

19/06/15

Hello again!

Yet another fun filled week we have had in Base 5! It’s all systems go practising for our KS2 production… costumes, rehearsing and singing! We can’t wait to show you the finished product, we’re sure you will love it!

On Tuesday we were very excited to have Wigan Warriors come and join us. They hosted a Sports Day for the whole school… it was fantastic! KS2 participated in the afternoon. All bases were divided into two teams (red and white) and we had a variety of activities ranging from tug-of-war to javelin. The competition was fierce…it was a close call and everyone tried their very best. At the end there had to be one winner-and the white team were victorious-by 1 point!!

In Maths this week we started to look at percentages! Miss Myers is very impressed with how hard we have worked, converting percentages to decimals and finding percentages of a number. We finished off the week by recapping place value and number, to prepare for our assessments!

We have been learning more about plants in science, focusing this week on the different parts of a flower. Did you know there are parts called the filament and carpel? Ask us all about it! Following on from this, we thought it would be a good idea to use our topic on the life cycles of plants, to produce some writing. We have incorporated this in our Literacy lesson today by creating an explanation text, explaining why plants reproduce, how they reproduce (this includes bird poo!) and the different parts involved.

Just a gentle reminder, that it is sports day on Wednesday. We will have 4 teams competing against each other in 7 different activities. We do hope you can come along and support your children! It starts as soon after 1pm as possible… let’s keep our fingers crossed for good weather.

We are looking forward to the Summer Fair tomorrow, (12-3pm) and hope the weather stays fine! Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the stall and raffle items…we have been inundated, and are excited to see what tomorrow brings. We always have fun playing the variety of games (Mrs Owen’s favourite is the tombola!)

Whatever you are doing this weekend, we hope you have a happy one.

The children will be having their assessments next week, so lots of rest, good food and early nights will be needed (and that’s just Miss Myers and Mrs Owen!)

Lots of love, from all at Base 5 xxx

 

 

 

12/06/15

Welcome back to this week’s blog!

On Monday we resumed recorder practise with Wigan Music Service. Whilst Mrs Owen worked alongside the descant recorders, she was particularly impressed with the enthusiasm shown by Sophie; Louis; T.J.; Sarah and Asiah! Mrs Burns was impressed with her treble recorders-so all the children are getting really rather good, and look forward to their future performance! (Monday 13th July at 1.30pm).

Also, continued from last week, we had Brook advisory service working with us. Whilst working in groups, we had very interesting discussions about relationships. Miss Myers feels she is teaching the children well, as Liarna expressed she would like a partner who makes her tea and buys her flowers! We are looking forward to learning more next week.

Broccoli! In Literacy, we continued our non-chronological reports on vital veg! Have the children discussed the benefits? Many have said it is now their favourite vegetable!

Charlie wrote: Broccoli’s Big Facts: Did you know that broccoli comes from the Italian word ‘broccolo’? Broccoli has the most nutrients than any other vegetable and if you want to save all these important nutrients, then steam it. This helps to keep our bodies fit and healthy, to lead an active lifestyle.

Kian wrote: Broccoli has Vitamins A, D and C. It is packed with lots of iron, to help keep your body strong!

We have been solving a range of multiplication problems this week, using a new strategy….short multiplication! The children have really got the hang of this, and Miss Myers and Mrs Owen are very proud of how hard they have worked. Well done!

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the Charity day today. The School Council had a meeting, and decided the chosen charity is The Children’s hospital.

Star of The Week this week goes to Charlie for working so hard and having a very good attitude. Well done Charlie!

Have a great weekend…and we’ll see you all bright and refreshed on Monday!

Lots of love, from all at Base 5 xxx

05/06/15

Hello and welcome back! Lovely to see so many well rested, raring to go children, ready for our last term of this school academic year. Hard to believe we now have only 6 weeks left before the summer holidays, until the children join Base 6!

On Tuesday, Base 5, 4 and 3 participated in the Leigh Sports Games at the Sports Village. All the children enjoyed their day, accessing a range of sporting activities, from football to basketball, and cheerleading to swimming. We are so lucky to have these facilities on our doorstep! Lowton J&I joined many other schools within the Wigan Borough, and succeeded in winning in Cheerleading! We won many achievements for the spirit of the games in teamwork, passion and determination.

A special mention must go to Millie for her super defending skills in football. T.J had previously mentioned what a great player she is, before we left for the day-and she certainly lived up to this! A huge well done!

We have started a new genre in Literacy, exploring the outcome of stories. What vivid imaginations the children have! It is so interesting to hear their ideas about what may be happening in a given picture. We worked on non-chronological reports about vegetables which, believe it or not, was rather interesting!

Isabella wrote: Did you know carrots used to be purple until the 18th century?

Charlie wrote: Vegetables are extremely important to us, because they have a lot of vitamins, fibre as well as nutrients. They help you to grow, also it can prevent you from cancer, which is not a nice thing for us humans.

In Science we have started to look at life cycles. This week we have started with the life cycle of a plant- writing paragraphs about each step of a plant’s life. We can now tell you the six steps in the life cycle. If the weather stays fine, it is an ideal opportunity to go outside into the garden and ask us about pollination, fertilisation, seed dispersal, germination, flowering and dying. We have discussed how plants could survive and grow in the wild.

In Numeracy, we have been working on place value word problems-completing work in negative numbers and sequences. Today, we were superstars rounding to the nearest 10, 100 and whole number!

Our rehearsals for Cinderella Rockerfella-are coming along very well. All of the children have their own scripts and are busily learning their lines. How exciting! We can’t wait for you to see the performance.

This morning we were really happy to welcome ‘Music Alive!’ to the school, and loved their performance! This particular group of talented musicians all played various string instruments. Quite a few children have now shown a new interest in learning how to play a musical instrument!

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the School Summer Fair today, we really do value these, as all monies raised go directly to the children.

We hope you enjoy your weekend, and look forward to seeing you on Monday.

Lots of love, from all at Base 5 xxx

 

22/05/15

Welcome back and what a topsy turvy week we’ve had…again!!

We started off by having fun participating in the PTFA sponsored bounce-in the rain! Well, at least the bouncy castle was covered. Most of the school enjoyed this experience during the morning. In the afternoon, the dark clouds were replaced by blue skies and sunshine! Oh well… it’s rare that we can rely on the British weather playing fair! The children bounced their socks off, earning as much as they could in the process!

Then on Wednesday, we had another unforeseen school closure due to the water works once again! Mrs Davies and United Utilities had a hotline set up, we’re sure, and fortunately the issue was quickly resolved.

We have completed our auditions for the school play, and have started our rehearsals. How exciting to see so many children wanting to share their talents on stage! We can’t wait to see them perform next term.

We are learning more about shape, data and measures in Numeracy this week. On Monday, we described positions on the first quadrant of a co-ordinate grid, plotted specified points and completed shapes. Our map reading skills came in very useful for this activity! We have also worked on positions of shape in reflection and translation. Finally, today we have revised adding and subtracting using the column method with missing numbers.

In Literacy we have focussed on features of biographies – using the five W’s. Each day we paid particular attention to each section: introduction, early life/childhood and later life and achievements. We then put it all together to create ‘The life of David Attenborough’

Here are some examples of work:

Louis: Sir David Fredrick Attenborough is the nation’s favourite explorer and naturalist. Sir David was born on the 8th May 1926 in Isleworth, London. He is famous for getting up close and personal to a range of animals, from dangerous to endangered, and underwater to up in the sky.

Kaitlyn: At College David studied Zoology and Geology. He also gained a degree in Natural Science. Despite all his studying in his chosen subjects, David didn’t go on to do what he wanted. He joined the Navy in 1947 and then quit two years later.

We look forward to continuing our topic about the Amazon basin region next term.

We would like to wish Laila every happiness, and all the very best for her future, as she moves away from this school with her family. We will really miss her, and hope she can keep in touch with us using the class dojo!

We hope you have an amazing Whit week, and look forward to seeing you on our return on 1st June!

Just a reminder about two events on our return: The Leigh School Games Event at Leigh Sports Village on Tuesday 2nd, and non-uniform day on Friday 5th June, where we would like to ask for donations for the Summer Fair. Thank you for your continued support.

Lots of love, from all at Base 5 xxx

 

15/05/15

What a week! After our little hiccup on Tuesday, we resumed work as usual, and have had a busy time working hard and having fun in Base 5. We have tried hard to support Base 6 next door, by being as quiet as possible, whilst they worked on their SATS papers. Good luck to them-we are certain they will have done very well, as they worked so hard running up to this period!

Sorry-we forgot to mention our celebration last week- we won the school trophy for attendance of the week! Yay… well done Base 5!

In Numeracy, we began the week continuing with time. All the children completed their homework to a very good standard, showing that they have really grasped this! We soon moved on to 3D shapes, recognising the properties in given questions. Finding the net of given shapes proved a little tricky for some of us, but we helped develop our confidence in this by making 3D models in partners. We saw some lovely examples of working well together!

We have started a new genre in Literacy, looking at autobiographies and biographies -specifically that of Sir Richard Attenborough. He is such an interesting man-ask your children what they have learned-how long has he been working as a television presenter? Does he have any famous siblings? We have learned the key points required in this genre-including: Introduction, early life, later life and conclusion. Ask the children what the 5 ‘w’s are.

We are beginning to look at our school production-Cinderella Rockerfella-looking at the synopsis of the play, and discussing who may be interested in parts. The auditions for castings took place today. Watch this space…

Week 4 of Orienteering and Athletics: Heather and Sophie shared- In orienteering this week we went in groups of 4 and we got maps and had the challenge of finding all of the letters. The letters spelt out a song, which took us a while to find out what it was called. It was ‘Thinking out loud!’ by Ed Sheran. In athletics we took part in relay races, which consisted of jumping over hurdles and some ball work, which included balancing balls on tennis rackets, dribbling balls and many more exciting things. We had a really good time-and all outdoors this week!

Well done to Millie for achieving star of the week in Base 5. Her confidence has soared, and she is producing some lovely work independently. Well done Millie!

One more week until half term! We hope you have a lovely weekend.

Lots of love, from all at Base 5 xxx

 

08/05/15

Well, it’s been a short but busy week this week. We have shown great examples of being able to come in to school ready and able, to try our best in all our subjects!

It’s been interesting listening to the children tell us what they were doing whilst their parents were busily voting for the next Government. We also had a brief discussion this morning about the 70th Anniversary of V.E Day. Some children were a little confused with the two events, and were under the impression that VE day was something to do with the General Election!

In Numeracy, we have been focussing on time. The children have been learning how to read bus and train time tables, and completing questions using the analogue and digital clock. We all remember how tricky this is at the beginning-and how amazing we felt once we’d grasped it! Ask the children what time it is both at home, and when out and about, whenever you can. Maybe challenge them with questions as you look at your TV guides, about when the programme starts, ends and how long it is on for?

The third week of Orienteering and Athletics, turned into a rather damp affair with WLCT. Unfortunately, we had to come inside after half an hour, but were very happy to continue with the athletics indoors.

T.J. explained to Mrs Owen that he has learned how to run faster, using a similar style to that of Hussain Bolt. Kaitlyn explained he was using his streamlined method. Louis said that he uses his power, and could show everyone how to pose like the Olympian gold medal hero!

In Literacy, we have finished writing our letters to the logging industry in Brazil, persuading them to stop cutting down the trees in the Amazon rainforest. The children have presented these beautifully in their scribed books-some have written lots of persuasive text! Miss Myers was very impressed by the children who remembered so many facts about deforestation, which are incorporated into these letters. The children can be very persuasive!

Excerpt from Laila’s letter: I am writing to tell you that deforestation is dangerous. In the last 40 years, 20% of the forest has been destroyed, there is now only 80% left standing today. How would you like it if your son/daughter had a child in the future and they both came to harm because oxygen was thinning due to deforestation?

Excerpt from Heather’s letter: Secondly, I think it is also important that I mention one of the rainforest’s most fundamental things…the animals. It has been estimated that approximately fifty species are becoming extinct every day, as well as 30 plant species! An intelligent person like yourself would save these defenceless, precious animals from extinction.

Well done to Becky for achieving star of the week in Base 5. Her confidence has really grown since joining Lowton J&I, which is wonderful to see.

Only two weeks to go until half term!

Lots of love, from all at Base 5 xxx

1/05/15

Can you believe we are now in the month of May! Time is passing by so quickly and we are already half way through the Summer term!

Class Dojo is still going down a storm. Many parents have informed me that they are reminded to look at it every day, as soon as their children arrive home! As a teacher it certainly is a lovely way to keep you all informed of your child’s daily accomplishments and learning journey.

In our topic this week we have moved on from identifying where the Amazon rainforest is on a map and instead we have discovered the different ‘layers’ of the rainforest. It starts with the forest floor and there are four stages in total. Ask us about the other three and the animals you may find there!

Working with fractions has been our focus in Numeracy this week and after lots of struggle and some tears, we are a lot more confident. I explained to the children that sometimes we come across hard challenges but it is how we tackle them that is important. The children have made me very proud this week and can now add fractions with different denominators and in some cases, even multiply them!

This week has been the second week of Orienteering and Athletics, with WLCT. The children have continued to work as a team and use their map reading skills to locate numbers in the playground. In Athletics the children have been preparing for Sports Day, learning the best and most effective ways to throw.

In Literacy, we have started to put together our letter to the logging industry in Brazil, persuading them to stop cutting down the trees in the Amazon rainforest. It is a very good read and Miss Myers thinks that we will definitely change their minds on deforestation, with all of our wonderful facts from research!

We hope you have a lovely bank holiday weekend, and look forward to seeing you on Tuesday!

Lots of love, from all at Base 5 xxx

24/04/15

Wow! What a busy week we’ve had. It was great to see everyone return, bright and refreshed from their Easter break.

As you are aware, we have started using the class dojo, and the children are so excited when they gain their well-earned points by displaying a good work and behaviour ethic! We’re sure this new source of information given to you ‘live’ will support your answer to the frequently asked question “What have you been doing in school today?” It could lead to all kind of debates at home….which brings us nicely to our new genre in literacy… Formal debates. This week we have been learning about the purpose of this new genre, it’s different features and the range of topics that can lead to a debate. One particular topic we have been focusing on is deforestation, as this links with our new topic, the Amazon Rainforest. What do you think? Should trees be cut down or should they remain? We can help you to decide by giving you reasons for and against, why not ask us about it?

To start our topic we have been looking at the geography of the Amazon Basin, particularly focusing on the tropical rainforests. We now know that the Amazon rainforest is located in Brazil and we have created our own maps with a key.

In numeracy this week we have been learning more about identifying, representing and estimating numbers. We have been using this knowledge to support our work in rounding numbers and decimals. On Thursday we completed some word problems too and although it can be quite tricky, we persevered and did very well.

This week has been the start of our orienteering and Athletics lessons on Friday afternoons. We have had lots of fun with the WLCT in today’s lesson, as we have started to learn about the symbols that represent the various things in orienteering… it’s very hard as the symbols are from a bird’s eye view. Many of us didn’t get the right answer at first, but we are sure that when we repeat it next week we will recognise the symbols…. Or at least we hope!!

Rugby: Tom shared that we have been training in readiness for this evening’s ‘knock-out’ tournament between Lowton J&I and St. Joseph’s, and a home match next week. The team includes Base 6, 5 and 4. Thomas, Logan, Charlie, Jack and Paddy. Good luck boys, we can’t wait to hear the score!

Talking of tournaments…we had a wonderful evening at Lowton High School yesterday, where Heather, Kaitlyn; Isabella and Jeffery from Base 5 and Lily from Base 4, competed against 12 other teams of Primary School children in…’Lowton Loves Reading Competition’. We are so proud of these children, who recovered quickly from their initial nerves, to earn 4th place with an incredible 45.5 points out of a possible 66!!! Wow!! It was obvious that the children were thoroughly enjoying the competition…and the team work between them was a delight to see! Well done!! The photograph has taken pride of place on the school’s newsletter.

Just a reminder that all the after school clubs will recommence next week.

Star of the Day this week has been awarded to Thomas and Charlie. Well done!

We hope you have a lovely weekend, and look forward to seeing you again next week.

Lots of love, from all at Base 5 xxx

 

27/03/15

Hello and welcome back! We are happy to have our full quota of children back in Base 5 this week following many of them having an enjoyable experience at Hinning House. Did you read the daily hilarious blog? It’s a wonder any of the staff are still standing!!

We are counting down the days now to the Easter holiday, managing to fit in so many things to our busy week-not least the Numeracy and Literacy tests! The children worked very hard during these, and we look forward to sharing some good news at the Parents Evenings next week (Monday and Tuesday).

In Literacy this week we have continued to explore Magazine texts and the range of non-fiction genres you can find within them. Each child has started to create their own magazine page to promote Mr Branestawm’s wonderful time travel machine. We have had some excellent pieces of persuasive writing that are sure to encourage an audience to experience the quirky professor’s latest invention! TJ wrote:

‘Imagine if you could go back into the past, travel to the future, or become rich: you can with Professor Branstawm’s time travelling machine. The amazing, quirky Professor has won numerous awards due to his wacky, absurd inventions and now you have an amazing opportunity to experience his latest invention with him!’

In Numeracy we have been exploring different ways to multiply 2 and 3 digit numbers. We are already very familiar with the grid method, so it was onto long multiplication! Although we found it difficult at first, we all persisted and had the correct attitude to tackle the problems! We also learnt more about shape, the difference between regular and irregular polygons and how to find the interior and exterior angles…. How clever are we!

Different forces have been the topic of conversation in our topic this week, particularly friction. We have all learnt that friction is caused by two surfaces rubbing together. We decided to conduct an experiment to see which of the different surfaces cause less or more friction. This consisted of a P.E pump, force meter and 500g weight. First, like all good scientists, we made predictions using our knowledge from the lesson, then we went on to complete the experiment, and compared our predictions to our results… Do you think the grass caused more or less friction than the concrete surface in the playground? We can tell you! Ask us all about it.

The children played descant and treble recorders together to start to learn ‘Mamma Mia’…and we appreciate all listening ears at home during their practise sessions!! The children seem to have a brilliant talent for learning to read music…something Mrs Owen is in awe of! (She loves listening to all types of music, but is ashamed to say she could not read it-but is starting to learn)!

Awards:

Attainment Award: To Levi who has tried hard in Numeracy this week, learning how to find the mean, mode, median and range for a set of data. Although Levi struggled at first to remember the difference, he persevered. Well done Levi!

Achievement Award: To Shanaye for being a fantastic instructor last week, teaching origami to the other children in the class. You were patient and explained each instruction clearly so everyone could make the fortune teller. Thank you Shanaye, well done!

Attitude Award: To Sarah for having an excellent attitude to learning. Sarah is not easily distracted and has tried extremely hard this week with both her writing and maths. Well done Sarah!

Star of the week: Shanaye

Star of the day: Shanaye, Grace and Kaitlyn.

After trying very hard this term and in our assessments, next week will be a short week for us. We are looking forward to finishing the Spring term with a lovely Easter filled day on Wednesday, completing lots of exciting Easter activities.

Have a lovely weekend and remember…. Summer term is just around the corner!

Base 5 xxx

Year 5

20/03/15

Hello everyone…and welcome back!

It’s felt quite strange this week as we have had only 13 children in Base 5, since the others have been at Hinning House from Monday until the end of school today. Their adventures have all been recorded on the website, and we can’t wait to hear about it all in detail next week!

It was so exciting this morning, as we went outside to see the partial eclipse of the sun. We each had pinhole cameras in order to safely enjoy this wonderful spectacle of the decade! They produced an image of the eclipse onto card, therefore protecting our eyes. Did you know that the next big partial eclipse in the UK will not be until August 2026!!

On Wednesday, we had a great lesson in origami from Shanaye, who makes a fantastic teacher! All the class (including Miss Myers and Mrs Owen) earned base points due to their ability to listen attentively, whilst Shanaye showed us how to make a ‘fortune teller’ out of paper. We all successfully made our own as we followed the clear instructions, step by step. She had kindly made some at home for everyone to take home too, and we felt she definitely earned star of the day! Well done Shanaye!

Numeracy, we have learned how to use, read and write standard units of length and mass. Ask the children what they can tell you about mass! We have also learned about the concepts of mean, mode, median and range. All the children have picked this up quickly-well done! I’m sure they will do very well in their assessments next week.

In Literacy, we have started to learn about non-fiction texts, gaining clear understanding of the six different text types (recount, instructions, persuasion, discussion, explanation and non-chronological order.) We enjoyed playing the matching game, deciding which statement matched which text type. Why not ask the children to look through their magazines at home, to identify these? 

As we are coming closer to another important event in the Christian calendar, we have been learning about the celebration of Easter and the period leading up to it. What did you give up fro Lent? We talked about Jesus’ disciples, The Last Supper and the Crucifixion. We discussed the resurrection and the reason behind why we eat chocolate eggs hot cross buns during this time.

Awards:

Attitude Award: To Louis for having an excellent attitude to learning. Louis has tried extremely hard this week with both his writing and maths. He listens well and always tries his best. Keep it up Louis!

Achievement Award: To Grace for trying extremely hard in P.E this week. Grace encourages others, listens well in lessons and is always prepared to attempt challenges. Well done Grace!

Attainment Award: To Laila who has tried hard in Numeracy this week, learning how to find the area of compound shapes. Although she found it difficult at first, Laila persevered and can now find the area of compound shapes successfully! Well done Laila!

Star of the week: To Sophie, for her attitude towards her work both in the school and home. She is a mature, caring child who endeavours to support everyone who might need it. Well done Sophie!

Star of the day: To Amelia, Shanaye and Asiah

We hope you have a lovely, safe and peaceful weekend. For those children who have just returned from Hinning House…plenty of rest, in readiness for our maths and reading assessments next week!

Love from all at Base 5 xx

13.03.15

Hello again! This week has passed by so quickly…we never seem to have enough hours in the day to fit everything in but we manage it beautifully somehow!

We had a lovely mother’s day assembly this morning, which made many of us emotional. The children in Reception are fantastic at performing in front of an audience! We hope you all have a lovely day celebrating on Sunday…and your children enjoy showing you what they have made with all their love.

Following on from last week, on Wednesday we had a very special visit from members of Childline. We continued to learn about ways to keep ourselves safe and learnt about who we can turn to if we are feeling worried or sad about something, no matter how big or small. We all now know the number and website, which is extremely useful.

In Numeracy we have been learning more about shapes, specifically areas and perimeters. The children have picked this up very quickly, and understand the differences between liquid volume (capacity) and volume of 3D shapes. Why not ask them how to measure the volume of shapes around the home and outdoors? Remember everyone V = L X W X H

In Literacy we have come to the end of our ‘Novel as a theme’ genre, writing about Professor Branestawn and his adventures. We had lots of fun writing our own version of the professor’s latest creation…... The magnificent time travel machine. As well as writing the scene, we also drew the impressive machine adding three very peculiar items…. a marmalade spoon, tooth pick and pair of scissors!

Next week will be a little different for us in Base 5. Ten of our children are off to Hinning House with Base 6 and although we will miss them, we hope they have a fantastic time! Just a reminder, the Games Club, High 5’s and choir have been cancelled next week for this reason.

Achievement Award: To Kaitlyn for creating a fantastic piece of writing this week in Literacy. Kaitlyn has used an excellent range of sentence openers throughout her writing and took into consideration her personal targets. Well done Kaitlyn.

Attainment Award: To Sarah who has tried hard in Numeracy this week, learning about fractions. Although Sarah found it difficult at first, she persevered and can now add fractions with the same and different denominators! Well done Sarah!

Attitude Award: To Jacob for having an excellent attitude to learning. Jacob has tried extremely hard this week with his writing. He has been trying very hard to listen during input, and this shows in the writing he created this week. Keep it up Jacob!

Have a wonderful weekend,

Love Base 5 xxx

Star of the day: Jeffery; Isabella; Becky

06/03/13

Hello welcome back,

This week in our topic we learned about the Renaissance and the period of history before and after. Prior to the renaissance was the Romans, then the Anglo-Saxon period (known as The Dark Ages as historians didn’t know too much about what happened at this time). Then came The Middle Ages where around 250,000 people died of The Black Death. Shanaye said it was because the rats spread the disease and there wasn’t medicine which could cure it. Disease was easily spread because everyone lived close to each other and there was poor sanitation. The Renaissance started in Italy, one of the first inventions was the printing press. The Renaissance was Europe’s version of the Golden Age where new things were learned in science, medicine, discovery of new lands, religion (Reformation) and Art.

In literacy continued our genre novel as a theme. We have been reading a book called The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm, and we wrote the beginning part of the story in our own words. On our easel we wrote it in words and pictures and made up actions for it. We found this was a great way to remember the story, and were very good at it!

We had a very special day on Thursday, all the children in KS2 wrote a combined story…which was read out in all it’s entirety in the World Book Day Assembly. On this day we all wore brilliant costumes to look like our favourite characters. Each base had a favourite, and ours was Kaitlyn dressed as a giant blueberry (Violet Bueriguard in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory). Well done to all the children…and thanks to parents who are showing their continuous support!

In numeracy we have been working on fractions. We learnt how to add and subtract them, and how to find them in whole numbers. For example: 1\4 of 28= 7         3\5+4\10=1

We are delighted to announce our times tables challenges were accepted and won by: Louis and Sam (6s and 7s); Logan and Jeffery (6s, 7s 8s and 9s). Well done to these children! Miss Myers and Mrs Owen are very pleased with how well all the children are learning their times tables!

We are all practising Recorder for our Easter performance…details to follow. We are making beautiful harmony (with occasional squeaks!!) between the descants and the treble. Our singing is also coming along, and we are certain you (as an audience) will be very impressed and fully entertained!

Awards:

Attitude Award: To Millie for having an excellent attitude to learning. Millie has tried extremely hard this week, participated well in class discussions, and is taking pride in all her work. Well done Millie, Keep it up!

Attainment Award: To Kian who has tried hard in Numeracy this week, using the bus stop method to work out division questions. Keep this up Kian, well done!

Achievement Award: To Becky for showing a super understanding in lessons. Becky listens well and participates in group and class discussions. Super start to Lowton J&I Becky, well done!

Star of the week: Thomas

Star of the day: Kaitlyn, Isabella, Levi; Grace and Louis.

Well done to these children! Lots of love, from all at Base 5 xxx

27/02/15

Hello everyone, and welcome back!

We have had a really positive start to the new term, as everyone is focused and happy to learn new things. This is wonderful, as we have started a new genre in our literacy that links to our new topic, ‘inventions’. We are reading about ‘The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm’ by Norman Hunter, which the children are enjoying. The children say they have enjoyed their first week back at school, and those who are going to Hinning House in a few weeks’ time, can’t wait! We’re sure you are excited too!

In our topic work this week we have been looking at Baghdad and what is happening in Iraq and Iran. The children have enjoyed sharing the information they have gained from watching stories on the news. They have been making comparisons between Baghdad and The United Kingdom. The children have learnt a lot about the history of the round city. We learned that it was destroyed in 1258AD by the Mongols. Why not ask us some questions about it?

In numeracy we have been learning more about the bus stop division method. We have also learned about the terms factor, multiple and prime, square and cube numbers. The children quickly grasped how to interpret remainders in different ways. We have also been learning about how to order and compare a range of fractions. Ask us about how to find fractions of a whole number! The children can show you examples of how they make calculations when out of the classroom, in the ‘real world’!

We are looking forward to next week as we have world book day on Thursday the 5th (don't forget your costumes!)

Star of the Day this week has been awarded to Shanaye and Louis. Well done!

We hope you have a lovely weekend, and look forward to seeing you again next week.

Lots of love, from all at Base 5 xxx

 

 

13/02/15

Weekly Blog

Well, we have made it to another half term! Looking back, it does seem to have flown by! To think we started with 18 children in our class in September is a distant memory, as now we have 25! Although the dynamics have changed quite a lot in class, the children are progressing and have made some lovely new friendships, which is lovely to see.

In Literacy this week we have been continuing with information texts. We have explored explanations and instructions further, and practised writing our own. We then applied all our knowledge to create our own Space themed information leaflet. Miss Myers and Mrs Owen are very proud of the work we have produced! We have applied the correct format of each genre and used lots of features in our texts, such as time conjunctions, adverbials for place and adverbs.

In Numeracy we have been learning about different types of transformation. We now know how to translate, rotate and reflect shapes! Even though it was quite hard at first, we all persevered and learnt something new! Not to forget the end of the week. We revisited angles, naming them, estimating, and towards the end of the week we even drew our own following instructions!

We finished off our topic this week by creating our own pieces of abstract space art. We were all very creative, using a range of shapes and colours to show what we imagine space to look like. We are all hoping that one day we will get to see it with our own eyes….. Wishful thinking?

As a reward for everyone achieving their Bronze Awards, we ended our week with a popcorn filled cinema extravaganza matinee! This means each of us have collected 100 smileys for numerous achievements! Go Base 5!

Attitude Award: To Thomas for having an excellent attitude to learning this week. Thomas has tried hard with his work and participated in class discussions. Well done Thomas, keep it up!

Achievement Award: To Sarah for showing a super understanding of space in the Science Dome this week. Sarah shared her knowledge in the dome and answered many questions that were asked. Well done Sarah!

Attainment Award: Charlie has tried hard in Numeracy this week, working with coordinates. He has persevered in lessons and even completed his homework early. Keep this up Charlie, it is wonderful to see!

As always Miss Myers and Mrs Owen wish you a lovely half term and look forward to seeing you all in a week’s time.

Lots of love, all at Base 5 xxx

 

6/02/15

Hello again!

This week we have been very busy and the children have worked very hard all week!

In our topic work this week we went to the Science Dome. We really enjoyed it and learnt a lot more about Space. At one point we actually felt like we were floating around, as the dome was huge! Steve (our instructor) told us that there was another solar eclipse coming soon, in March to be exact!

We have also been lucky enough to visit Lowton high school for a play this week. The Year 10 and 11 children showed off their G.C.S.E work. They performed clips from a range of productions such as Hairspray, Les Miserable and Smash. We really enjoyed the show and even got a cool pen to remind us of our visit!

In numeracy we have been learning about coordinates. We have all shown super enthusiasm and a good attitude to learning which enabled us to have a secure knowledge and understanding in this area. We even created a few pictures of different shapes following difficult coordinates.

Laila & Heather said:

‘In R.E this week we have been learning about Baptism. As it was introduced, a few of us followed a script of a Baptism service. Thomas was the child’s parent until he started crying laughing, so we changed the father to Sam. Laila was the child’s parent and then the god parents were Heather, Millie and Paddy. We loved this play and we put all the other children in pew like rows (a pew is a seat in a church). If you want to know more about the churches we will tell you all about it.’

In Literacy this week we have started to explore our new genre, information texts. We have discussed all the different types of writing you may find in a leaflet and even had a look at a range of leaflets to get some ideas! We all can’t wait to actually write our own next week!

See you again next week,

Lots of love, from all at Base 5 xxx

 

30/01/15

Hello again! It doesn’t seem two minutes since we wrote the last blog, but we have lots more news to share with you.

Let’s start with this week’s new additions! No, not any other new children from other schools joining us, but some of our Base 4’s! Finlay, Hannah, Syed, Callum, Shaun and Zachary were welcomed into Base 5 on Wednesday, as the rest of Base 4 travelled to Hinning House on their residential trip. They have had a lovely week, and we have enjoyed having them!

In our topic work this week we have been learning a lot about famous abstract artists. We have explored the work of Kandinsky, Pollock and Rothko. Did you know that abstract art is when the artist uses only their imagination, and shows their feelings and emotions through colour and shape? The children analysed some of Kandinsky and Rothko’s work, and did a very good job too! All Base 5 then went onto create their own pieces of abstract art. Miss Myers told the children that the colour yellow makes her feel happy whereas dark grey makes her feel quite sad. We discussed how one colour can make someone feel sad, but to others, it may make them feel excited or happy. Bringing this half term’s topic to a close, next week we have a special visit planned from the Science Dome. Miss Myers, Mrs Owen and Base 5 can’t wait for the outer space experience!

Measurements has been our main focus in Numeracy this week. We have learnt about length, weight and capacity, and how to convert these measurements… which was quite tricky! Ask the children, how many millimetres are in a centimetre, and how many grams in a kilogram? We have even learned that the average size giraffe (Mrs Owen’s favourite) weighs ¾ a tonne!

Reminder: We have been extremely lucky to be invited to Lowton High School on Tuesday morning to watch a production created by the students. We will leave school around 9.30 and be back in school before dinner time at 12. We are very excited!

Awards:

Attitude Award: To TJ for being a superb role model on our visit to Lowton St. Mary’s Church. T.J asked excellent questions and was well mannered. Well done T.J!

Attainment Award: To Shanaye who has tried extremely hard in Literacy this week. She has used time conjunctions and adverbials for place successfully. Well done Shanaye, keep it up!

Achievement Award: To Laila. In Literacy we have been working on writing a science fiction story. Laila has used her writing targets and produced a fantastic piece of work with excellent word choices and punctuation to keep the reader engaged! Excellent work Laila!

 

Star of the week: T.J.

Star of the day: Shaun, Saed and Finlay.

Well done to these children!

Stay safe and warm this weekend.

Lots of love, from all at Base 5 xxx

 

 

23.1.15

Weekly Blog:

Welcome back! The weeks are passing by so quickly, before we know it, it will be Easter!

Last week we started our blog with some exciting news and this week is the same…. we have another member to base 5. Her name is Grace, and she arrived on Monday. As with Becky last week, Grace has been made to feel very welcome by all. A special mention should be made to the chosen buddy this week, Heather. She has become firm friends with Grace and helped her to get to know our wonderful school and the way it works. Thank you for that Heather!

In numeracy this week it has been quite challenging. Whilst we have all exceeded expectation working with factors and multiples, the second part of the week was quite tricky! We have been learning how to use the grid method for multiplication. Although we found it difficult, Miss Myers is very proud with our attitudes to learning and perseverance. We have been practising hard and can now successfully apply this method to multiplications. We will show you in this week’s homework!

Yesterday afternoon, we were extremely lucky to be able to visit St Marys church, as we have been learning all about the inside of churches in our R.E lessons. David (from St Mary’s school) opened the church for us and we were able to explore inside… We saw lots of things like the altar, pulpit, the pews and the beautiful stained glass windows. Did you know that the stained glass windows tell us amazing stories from the bible? After asking a lot of questions, the visit ended with David telling Miss Myers what a credit we are to Lowton Junior and Infants, as our behaviour and knowledge is exceptional.

In literacy, we have produced some excellent pieces of science fiction writing using time conjunctions, prefixes and adverbials for place. We are looking forward to writing our own stories next week, with our own science fiction characters and setting!

Laila wrote:

“Lee walked down the stairs looking for any sign of the head teacher’s door, until he found a mysterious figure standing in front of the corridor doors. Hannah turned to find him rooted to the spot, pointing at something in the distance. She could hear him breathing deeply…..”

Awards:

Attitude Award: To Heather for trying really hard in all lessons this week and always presenting her work well. Keep it up Heather!

Attainment Award: To Asiah for trying extremely hard in Maths this week. We have been learning how to add and subtract larger numbers in a variety of ways.

Achievement Award: To Logan for applying his personal targets to his writing and using excellent word choices. Superb Logan, well done!

Star of the week: Sarah

Star of the day: Becky, Grace and Paddy. Well done to these children!

Lots of love, from all at Base 5 xxx

 

16.1.15

Weekly Blog:

Welcome back to our weekly blog! We have had a very busy week continuing our topic work on space.

Before we talk about our fun activities, we would like to tell you we have a new, very welcome member, to base 5. Her name is Becky, and she arrived yesterday. Once again, our newest member was made to feel very welcome by all. A special mention should be made to the wonderful way her buddies, Liarna and Sophie, have shown her the ropes. Becky says she really likes it here!

The children have been very keen to share their knowledge about the sun, the moon and the earth! Ask them about the Greek philosopher Aristotle, and what he discovered about the shape of the earth! They have also been learning more interesting facts about the solar system.

In numeracy we have been learning about column addition and Partitioning. Thomas is loving this method of adding 3 digit numbers. We have started to learn the subtraction method of partitioning too!

Yesterday afternoon, we were very lucky to have the Junior Chef’s Academy work with us for an hour. We learned about combining different food types to make treats, which are edible even without needing to cook them! The children wrapped and presented their healthy goodies well…we hope they shared them with you at home! The children looked very smart in their chef’s aprons and hats, and followed the lead of the head chef really well! Pictures to follow…

In literacy, we have had fun this week creating our own sci-fi/fantasy stories. We watched clips from a story and discussed our predictions. T.J and Kaitlyn enjoyed being in the ‘hot seat’ answering questions from their friends, as to how they felt being in the shoes of the two main characters in the stories. The children talked about how they felt, why they made the predictions they did, and gave their reasonings for their predictions. We certainly have an imaginative Base 5!! We also enjoyed describing the setting: when in space, afloat on the surface of a star (Heather added) as hot as a laser beam.

In music, we have are continuing to learn more about the recorder, and reading music. Well done to all those children who have been practising, and very well done to those children who remember to bring their recorders in to school each Monday morning.

Our after school clubs have started again this week. The children are enjoying the variety of activities offered to them. As ever, the games club is very popular, but we also have also started a choir. There are some very talented soloists who sound wonderful together!

Awards:

Attitude Award: To Liarna for trying extremely hard in all lessons and interventions. This week Liarna has been listening we’ll in class, and has followed instructions carefully. Well done Liarna, keep it up!

Attainment Award: To Shanaye who has produced some excellent writing this week, and is taking a lot of pride in her work. She is trying very hard with her handwriting to ensure it is neat, tidy and presented well. Keep it up Shanaye!

Achievement Award: To Thomas for showing a particular interest, and sharing useful facts in our Science lesson this week. Well done, keep it up!

Star of the week: Liarna

Star of the day: Kaitlyn and Logan. Well done to these children!

Have a lovely weekend. We hope you manage to stay warm, and see you on Monday!

Lots of love, from all at Base 5 xxx

 

9/1/15

Weekly Blog:

Welcome back! We hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas, and happy New Year. The children have certainly come back to school very refreshed and ready to learn, which is wonderful.

This week we have started our new Spring topic….. Earthlings! We have learnt so much already and Miss Myers has arranged for the science dome to come and visit us in February with more amazing facts, we are very excited! Did you know that the Earth travels around the sun, and the moon travels around the earth? We can tell you all about it, just ask us!

As part of our class discussions we discovered what an eclipse is… Miss Myers told us about the one in August in 1999, she saw it herself when she was a young girl. England went very dark around 11 o’clock in the morning, how strange is that!

We travelled to space on Wednesday…. Don’t worry, we made sure we were back in time for the end of the school day! We strapped ourselves in and prepared for lift off. 4, 3, 2, 1 and we were off. It was quite a bumpy ride, and Levi was shaking in his seat. It was rather scary and some of us were worried we may not be able to make it back to earth again, but thankfully after seeing some amazing views, we returned.

To link with our Earthlings topic we have started learning a new genre in Literacy… Science Fiction. We have had fun this week creating our own science fiction characters and discussing the setting that you would expect to see in a science fiction story. We have watched many clips of sci-fi films and explored what science fiction means, ready to start our own science fiction story.

In Numeracy we have been learning about positive and negative numbers using a thermometer, and finding the difference (which is quite tricky!). We have all tried our very best, and even learnt some useful facts along the way….like the fact that mercury, which is found in the thermometer, is quite dangerous. We then went on to order numbers and find the rule in a range of sequences.

We look forward to finding out more about Space next week. Thank you to everyone who has brought in books and facts for us all to share.

See you next week!

Lots of love, all at Base 5 xxx

19.12.14

…And we made it!!

We have had an extremely busy week leading up to the Christmas holidays, much of it doing Christmas activities.

We would like to welcome Louis to our school, who has settled in to our base very quickly. A particular mention should go to Thomas, who has once again shown how amazing he is at being a buddy, making Louis feel very welcome, and showing him the ropes. Another example of metaphor!

We are very proud of the children in Base 5 who have achieved their assertive mentoring awards.

Gold: To Jeffery

Silver: To Kaitlyn; Isabella; Heather; Millie and Liarna

Bronze: To Sophie; Sarah; Kian; Levi; Thomas; Jac and Charlie.

Well done to all, especially Jeffery as Gold award is an amazing achievement for the first term of school!

A special mention should also go to Sophie, who has been presented ‘Pupil of the base’ award. Miss Myers, Mr Body and Mrs Owen were unanimous in this decision as Sophie has shown outstanding progress in all areas, and is always willing to learn more and help others.

Also, we would like to congratulate Charlie, Louis and Sam for earning their 3 and 4 times tables wrist bands. Well done!

Star of the week: To Liarna for improved behaviour and overcoming some challenges at home. Well done Liarna, keep it up!

In Literacy we have written some amazing poetry, which you can see on the children’s calendars they will be bringing home today. We think they are amazing!

In Numeracy we have been making Christmas pictures using co-ordinates. It is so exciting to see the coordinates transform in to a picture! Isabella made a fantastic 3D elf, well done!

We all really enjoyed the Christmas party…it was so loud! Lots of children won prizes…but of course, the main event was meeting a very special person. Yes…Father Christmas came, and gave every child in school a present! How lucky are we!!

On Thursday, Kaitlyn brought in a picture from home of the elf, who is getting up to mischief. The children loved hearing about all the tales he has been getting up to…even doing ‘elfies’! Miss Myers talked about her friend who also has an elf in her house. He makes doughnuts, and… puts all the teddies on the kitchen cupboards with sticky tape!!

The children were so excited as Miss Myers explained that the monitor we have in the classroom flashes red when Santa sees us. We loved waving and shouting ‘Hi!’ every time he was watching us.

All Base 5 wish you a wonderful time over the festive period, and we look forward to seeing you all happy and refreshed in 2015!

Lots of love, all at Base 5 xxx

12/12/14

Friday Blog:

Welcome back to our weekly blog.

We have had an eventful week, starting with the Base 5 Recorder Performance to parents. We are so proud of how well the children played their recorders, and sang songs. Well done!

We really enjoyed our Christmas dinner in the school hall yesterday. The tables were decorated with all things Christmassy...it was very loud when the crackers were pulled! The staff enjoyed sharing the experience, joining the children to eat in the dining hall.

In Literacy we have been learning about play scripts. The children have enjoyed highlighting the different areas shown in plays, i.e: setting, direction, dialogue and punctuation. They particularly enjoyed performing in groups, following instructions and dialogue, on a play script for the ‘Wizard of Oz’. The children have great expression!

We have also been learning more about similes and how they compare some things to another. We linked ideas to make similes make sense. For example: Grandmother’s false teeth gleamed like pearls. In our topic ‘Wizard of Oz’ we spotted ‘Where trouble melt like lemon drops’ from the famous song ‘Somewhere over the rainbow’.

Metaphors is an unusual way of describing something. For example ‘Wayne Rooney is a goal machine.’

T.J. wrote: The lights flash as he presses a button. The doors flip open like birds wings.

Laila wrote: It lives in a place way up high, waiting for its owner. Clusters of fluff float down. It sleeps making no sound. Then its owner arrives, daylight fills the room. It tempts its owner to bring it down. It cuddles up to its owners clothes. She dusts it down. It gets covered in rain. But it doesn’t care .It only cares that its owner doesn’t get wet. Can you guess what it is?.................A coat!

In Numeracy we are learning about the time, using both analogue and digital clocks. We understand that digital clocks can sometimes be 24hr as well as 12 hour. Why don’t you ask us some questions? We know that 1’oclock on a 24hr digital clock would read 13.00 (impressive!) After a few lessons on time we applied our knowledge to attempt to work out some word problems. They were quite tricky but we all tried our best.

We are looking forward to continuing our Christmas celebrations in our last week together before we finish for the Christmas holiday!

Have a lovely weekend. Keep warm!

Lots of love

Base 5 xxx

Base 5

05.12.14

Friday Blog:

Hello everyone, and welcome to our first week of advent!

Thank you to everyone who came to the school Christmas Fair. It was a huge success, and we really appreciate your support. All monies raised will go towards a new KS2 library, to enable the children to have an even greater chance of reaching their full potential! Thank you so much for your kind generosity, especially during this period where we are trying hard to budget due to the harsh economic climate!

The annual ‘Decorate the Christmas Tree Assembly’ on Monday, was also very well attended. The children sang their carols beautifully as each child, parent and member of staff placed a bauble on the trees. They look beautiful!

Yesterday, the ‘Grandparents Assembly’ was enjoyed by everyone. Base 5 sang ‘Calypso Carol’ with real gusto! Well done!

Well done to Base 5 for being awarded Base of the week for achieving the most ‘base points’ in the school! They have worked hard to earn this, and we are very proud!

In Literacy we have been continuing the story of The Wizard of Oz. The children have been writing letters as the character Dorothy, sharing their feelings as she arrives in the Land of Oz.

In Numeracy we are learning about being systematic in our methods to find answers. For example, working in partners, we used problem solving exercises involving blocks. Sophie and Sarah explained: we had coloured blocks representing 3 colours and we had to use them and make a ‘football kit’; our aim was to make as many combinations of shirts, shorts and socks as possible? Why don’t you have a try yourself? Remember to be systematic and find a method that works!

In Geography this week we continued to look at different types of food and which countries they originate from. We have learned more about food miles, and discussing the environmental and financial concerns.

In Science we continued with our experiments ‘changes in materials’ (solids into liquids, for example). We talked about reversible and irreversible changes. Before dissolving ingredients, the children predicted what may happen to chocolate, coffee, flour and effervescent tablets in the warm water. After 15 minutes the flour sunk to the bottom of the container and settled in the water, after initially appearing to dissolve!

The after school clubs have finished until next term. They have all been hugely successful…enjoyed by children and staff alike!

Achievement Award: To Asiah for showing a particular interest, and asking important questions in our Science lesson this week. Well done Asiah, keep it up!

Attainment Award: To Sam for producing some excellent writing this week, and showing evidence of starting to take pride in his work. He is trying very hard with his handwriting to ensure it is neat, tidy and well presented. Keep it up Sam!

Attitude Award: To Paddy for trying extremely hard in all lessons and interventions. Paddy always rises to the challenge, and never gives up. He sets a super example to the class.

Star of the week: To Millie for her general attitude towards and the quality of her work. She tries hard, both in the classroom and at home. She even asked for, and completed extra homework! Well done Millie!

Star of the Day: To Jacob; Jeffery; Isabella and Paddy.

Have a lovely weekend. Keep warm and healthy!

Lots of love

Base 5 xxx

 

 

28.11.14

Hello everyone, welcome back!

We would like to start by saying we wish Mrs Silcock a wonderful future, full of exciting things! We were very pleased to see so many parents at her leaving assembly on Tuesday afternoon and extremely proud of our children playing their recorders beautifully to the audience. Well done! Mrs Burns was delighted, and awarded 10 Base points!!

Also, we would like to say a very well done to all of Base 5 for being awarded Attendance Base of the week! Generally, we have always been very close to gaining this award, and are delighted with this achievement! Ask the children about the size of the trophy!

In Literacy we have been continuing the story of The Wizard of Oz. The children are including similes in their complex sentences with embedded clauses, and ‘ing’ openers; alliterations and adjectives. For example, Charlie wrote ’Shaking like a leaf, they entered the dark, creepy forest.’ Millie wrote ‘The tin man, who was still as still as a statue, then walked slowly.’

Laila wrote:

‘Toto, who was barking frantically, spotted two pink and blue blobs crawl across the floor. They both made their way over to the cowardly lion…

As they reached him they climbed up his leg. The lion suddenly started shaking. The bugs bit him, making him drop to the floor. As her got up he started dancing. He did the waltz with Dorothy, and hip hop with the scarecrow. Dorothy and the rest looked at the lion, wondering what caused this sudden outbreak. Dorothy looked at Toto who was barking, and then she realised that if he was a coward, he wouldn’t just dance suddenly. Then she spotted something strange on him. There were two blobs in his mane, one blue and one pink. Then she realised what Toto was barking at.’

In Geography this week we talked about the earth, and night and day. We talked about how the earth moves around the sun. Sophie said the equator is all across the middle of the earth. We know the south of England is usually warmer than northern Scotland because it is closer to the equator. We have learned about longitude and latitude.

We have been looking at different types of food and which countries they originate from. Do you know where your meat comes from? We can tell you one place! It’s quite far away... 11,000 miles to be exact…… New Zealand!

In Science we have started to explore reversible and irreversible changes. We took part in an experiment to explore the melting process in our lesson. Do you think margarine melted in cold or hot water? We made predictions and found out the answer.

The school council has started this week. Congratulations go to both Millie and Levi for being nominated by the rest of their class to represent them. They know this is a responsibility, and are looking forward to rising to the challenge!

Achievement Award: To Millie for becoming a lot more confident in class and trying her best. Millie is trying extremely hard to stop giving up easily and is starting to have a positive attitude in all lessons. Well done Millie!

Attainment Award: To Jeffery for trying extremely hard in maths lessons and interventions. Jeffery is a maths whizz, but he always challenges himself further to try and complete harder tasks. He never gives up and is a fantastic example to the class.

Attitude Award: To Jacob for having a better attitude to learning this week, especially in his writing. Jacob wrote a fantastic new scene for the traditional story Oliver Twist, applying adjectives and using the correct punctuation. Well done Jacob, keep it up!

Star of the week: To Sophie, who always listens to, and follows instructions both in the classroom and the playground. Well done Sophie!

Star of the Day: To Logan; Jacob; Kaitlyn

We are looking forward to seeing you all at the school Christmas Fair on Saturday. The fun starts at 12, and runs until 3pm! Lots of fun and games to be had, and as a bonus, maybe you can find that perfect Christmas present you’ve been looking for?

For those of you who are unable to come, we look forward to seeing you on Monday at our special assembly …decorate the Christmas Tree! We really enjoy this annual event, particularly hearing the children sing carols.

Have a lovely weekend.

Lots of love

Base 5 xxx

21.11.14

Hello everyone! Hard to believe this week has passed so quickly, but we have been so busy!

Mario, who we met last week in Tesco, came to visit us on Tuesday. He brought us a certificate each as well as a doughnut and some stickers and recipes. We told him all about Fairtrade and asked him whether he had seen Fairtrade produce at his work. We have all decided it is worth spending that extra little bit of money for our chocolate, tea and fruit so that workers in poorer countries get paid the wage they deserve.

Literacy: We have continued with our genre ‘Stories with a historical setting’ this week and moved on from Oliver Twist to the story ‘Wizard of Oz’. We have had lots of fun watching short clips from this classical film, then discussed the story in detail to enable us to write our stories, using the story mountain.                                                                                                                                                               Our favourite scene was when the wicked witch of the west melts. Logan sounded just like the like her as he said “I’m melting” it was so scary!

Numeracy: We have been using our knowledge of factors and multiples to help us to understand equivalent fractions. We are now all familiar with terms like- half, quarter, third and fifth and know that we can make equivalent fractions such as: ½ = 2/4 and 3/6 and 4/8.                                                                                    We have also learnt some really big words called numerator and denominator and can explain which is at the top and bottom of the fraction.

R.E: We have been discussing The Nativity and talking about Christmas being a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. We thoroughly enjoyed drawing our own nativity scenes that will form part of an Advent display.

P.S.H.E.: We have had discussions about bullying as this week is national ‘Anti-Bullying week!’ The children know that they need to speak to an adult if they are worried by any aspect of bullying and know about the things they can do to help others.

Attainment Award: To Sarah for showing persistence in Numeracy this week. Sarah found the bus stop method for short division quite difficult at the beginning of the week, however after practising in class and at home, she can now complete division questions confidently, using this method. Well done Sarah!

Attitude Award: To Heather for being a super role model in and out of the classroom. Heather always gives 100% and never gives up. She tries her best in every; lesson. Well done Heather, keep it up!

Achievement Award: To Charlie for trying particularly hard in our dance lesson this week exploring different dances throughout the years. Charlie learnt how to do the twist confidently, and had a very mature attitude. Super Charlie!

Star of the week: To Sarah for having an overall excellent attitude in school both in class and outside. She tries her best even when she finds things difficult.

Some children in Base 5 have been enjoying themselves in The Games club on Tuesdays after school, where they join in activities with children from Bases 1-6. They also enjoyed eating the delicious home-made cakes provided by a very talented, kind volunteer! However, just a reminder that Games club will be cancelled next week.

Others have enjoyed the Christmas Crafts after school group on Thursdays…and have been making and decorating their individual Christmas trees and crackers. There are some very artistic children in Base 5 and throughout the school! We enjoy playing Christmas music in the background, which helps with the creativity!

We hope you have a lovely weekend, and look forward to seeing you on Monday.

Lots of love

Base 5

xxx

14.11.14

What a busy week we have had!

We have been talking more about food this week. We really enjoyed our trip to Tesco in Leigh, were we learned more about where the different produce comes from. There is a huge variety of fruit and vegetables, and the children were very good at tasting the different types of cheese. A big “Thank you” must go in particular to Mario, our guide, the workers in the bakery and the fishmonger.

We talked about unfair trade, which is very similar to the poor working conditions which Oliver Twist was subjected to! We discussed how the trade is distributed amongst the people involved in getting the food to the shopper! Most in the class believed the Banana worker should get most of the money as they work 12-14 hours a day! They can also become ill from any chemicals which may be used! Logan said the plantation owner should get some money because if he runs out of money then he can’t employ people!

Fairtrade is a group that makes sure conditions and the rights of workers are fair. The people and the environment are looked after. Have you ever seen the fair trade symbol? Ask us, we can show you!

We have been creating a chocolate cycle. Did you know chocolate is made from the seeds of the cacao tree? The seeds are called cocoa beans and they grow in large, yellow cocoa pods. Whoever thought that we could make chocolate from trees? It takes 4-5 years before it produces cocoa beans good enough to make chocolate with!

Talking about chocolate, thank you to you all for your very kind, generous donations of chocolate for our ever popular chocolate stall at the Christmas Fair on 29th November.

We had a very special whole school Remembrance Assembly on Monday afternoon, streaming live from The Tower Bridge, London. Thank you Mrs Higson, for arranging this event, and ensuring it ran very smoothly indeed. It was so quiet in the hall, you could hear a pin drop! The children were very respectful both on this occasion, and for the 2 minute silence on Armistice Day.

For P.E we have been learning about a dance from the 1960s, called the Twist. We have been watching a dance party from 1960s and copying the moves….. the dress sense is quite different from that of today but we really like it! Everyone had a go and really enjoyed themselves in the lesson, we can’t wait for our next one on Tuesday.

Numeracy has been a little tough this week. We have been learning about doubling and halving. It’s quite hard to halve an odd number, but we can show you a way to make it easier! We have all learnt that doubling is x2 and halving is ÷2. We have also explored a method to use when dividing, the bus stop method. Using this strategy we can divide 3 digit numbers easily…. Look at our homework!

Congratulations must go to the following children on the presentation of their 3 and 4 times tables times tables wrist bands by Mrs Davies: Logan; Millie; Isabella; Heather, Kaitlyn; Sophie and Sarah.

Also, a very well done to Isabella, Kaitlyn and Heather for earning their ‘pen licences’ from Miss Myers!

Achievement Award: To Logan for showing a rise in confidence in class. Logan is starting to try exciting new things and believe in himself a lot more. Well done Logan!

Attainment Award: To Paddy for showing persistence in Raiding and Writing. Paddy gives 100% when working in small groups and independently. He always tries hard in all areas of the curriculum. Keep it up Paddy!

Attitude Award: To Laila for having a positive attitude in all lessons, sharing ideas and being one of the first to have her hand up to answer questions. Well done Laila!

Star of the week: To Thomas for being extremely conscientious in lessons…which is continued at home, by doing extra work!

Star of the Day: to Thomas; T.J; Asiah; Laila

Lots of love

Base 5

xxx

7.11.14

Welcome back everyone! We have heard many stories of how you have enjoyed the half term break…enjoying our surprisingly hot weather!

A very warm welcome to our latest member to Base 5, Asiah! She has settled in very quickly, being supported by our friendly children, particularly Heather.

Following our school performance of Oliver Twist, our Autumn 2 topic is ‘Food Glorious Food’ incorporating this theme in every subject ranging from Geography to Art! The children are really enjoying the start of this and have started to explore where our food comes from, beginning with chocolate (always a good start!).

To support this, in Literacy we have started to write complex sentences about stories from a historical setting. We chose the setting of the workhouse from Oliver Twist and watched a clip when Oliver asked Mr Bumble for more (a scary moment!)

Charlie: As Oliver walked up the hallway to Mr Bumble, the children looked on in amazement.

Jac: Although the hall was extremely smelly, the children ate their gruel.

Logan wrote an embeded clause:

Mr Bumble, who was a very angry, stared at Oliver sternly. 

We have been extremely lucky again this week as we had the opportunity to watch a performance from the Pop Project.

Kaitlyn and Asiah said: “On Thursday morning the Pop Project came in to teach us about the books and music over the years, from the 1950’s to the present day. They taught us about old rock and roll music and dancers like Elvis Presley and other people. They taught us about old story writers like Roald Dahl, Julia Donaldson, James Bond, and J.K Rowling.

We all enjoyed dancing and singing along, even the teachers joined in with old jazz songs like ‘Sugar, Sugar’. Pop Project picked people to dress up as characters from famous books like Where’s Wally, Noddy, Harry Potter and Horrible Histories. The pop project was very good we hope Mrs. Davies will invite them again next year!”

We would like to congratulate the following children for receiving their 100% Attendance Award for the autumn term from 1st September to 24th October inclusive. What an amazing achievement! Well done to: Laila; Jacob; Charlie; Shanaye; Jac; T.J; Sam; Jeffery; Isabella; Millie; Logan; Heather; Kaitlyn and Sarah!

We have been amazed at how quickly this first week back has gone…

Lots of love

Base 5

xxx

 

 

24.10.14

Friday Blog:

Wow! We got there! It’s half term!!

Thank you to all of you who attended the parent/ teacher meetings. We hope you find them as useful as we do as they help in our team effort to support the children to be happy, and achieve their best!

In Literacy we have been preparing to write a recount of an Anglo Saxon battle. We are going to apply adverbs, adverbial phrases, embedded clauses, adjectives and conjunctions (which we have been learning about this week). We enjoyed watching the clip about The Anglo Saxons, which helped us to write exciting sentences in our scroll books, as if we were the famous farmer warriors! Our ancestors were very brutal! Skilled in iron, bronze, silver and gold, they valued their treasures!

In Numeracy we have been learning how to multiply 2 digit numbers using the grid method, and have recapped over multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000, rounding and ordering numbers. We have tried very hard and have applied all the skills we have learnt this half term. Miss Myers is so pleased. We also recapped on angles with Mr Body…. We all can now use a protractor accurately!

We have some more very exciting numeracy news in Base 5 this week…Millie and Sophie have earned their 3 and 4 times tables wrist band. Kaitlyn, Isabella and Heather have achieved their 8 and 9’s….. Well done girls!

We have continued to explore the story of the Anglo Saxons in History this week. In groups we have created mind maps all about what we have learnt….. We know so much! We explored Sutton Hoo in our sessions this week, finding out about the treasure that was found and the evidence that archaeologists discovered. Why not ask us all about it?

In music the two groups (descant and treble) played recorders together, Mrs Burns was very impressed with the result! Even Mrs Owen had a go/squeak!!

We had a wonderful time today watching the performance of Oliver Twist for the whole school! We are very grateful to Mrs Davies for arranging this for us.

 

Awards:

Attitude Award: To Thomas who has shown a great attitude to learning this week, especially in our History lessons. He has completed extra work at home and shared his own personal Anglo Saxon book with the rest of the class. Keep it up Thomas, well done!    

Attainment Award: To Sarah who has tried very hard in Numeracy this week. She has shown perseverance when attempting to interpret data from a line graph. Well done Sarah, Keep it up!

Achievement Award: To Kian who has shown a growth in confidence this week, particularly when speaking in front of others, during our class debate. You should be very proud of yourself Kian, well done!

Levi and Paddy received a note from Mrs Reading to say ‘Well Done!’ for helping a child in reception class at dinner time. They enjoy their responsible job, and wish to continue!

Star of the week: Kaitlyn for always listening in class and paying attention.

Star of the day: Sophie; Isabella and Thomas.

Miss Myers would like to thank parents for their support this first half term and hope you have a lovely half term break. We look forward to seeing you all bright and refreshed on our return!

P.S. Don’t forget the clocks go back an hour at 2am on Sunday 26th! An extra hour in bed… YAY!

Lots of love

Base 5

xxx

17.10.14

 

Friday Blog:

Welcome back to our weekly blog! We have had another eventful week!

In Literacy we have continued our theme on persuasive writing, writing letters incorporating rhetorical questions, persuasive phrases and facts! On Wednesday we wrote a letter to Judge Jenny to persuade her to prosecute Goldilocks, however some of us thought she was innocent. Should a young girl be sent to prison for breaking and entering? What do you think? Guilty or not guilty?

In Numeracy we have been learning about how to interpret data. On Thursday we answered difficult questions using data from a line graph, and on Friday we created our own, which are proudly displayed in our classroom.                                                                                                                                                          We have had some very exciting numeracy news in Base 5 this week… Isabella, Kaitlyn, Heather and Jeffery have all achieved their 3 & 4 times tables challenge band and the girls have also achieved their 6 & 7’s…. WOW!

In Dance we have continued to learn how to Waltz, and are delighted to show you some examples on the blog. Look at how much the children concentrate whilst remembering their steps ‘in hold’! Impressive!! Some of the boys danced with the girls… we have very mature Base 5’s. Miss Myers was extremely proud.

We have continued to explore the story of the Anglo Saxons in History this week and have been putting our information together on PowerPoints. Did you know the Anglo Saxons were warrior farmers and developed their name as a result of the Angles, Saxons and Jutes joining together? Why not ask us about it. We are able to explain how the Saxons travelled over to England and how they created their villages…. We found out that even the children had jobs to do!

Awards:

Attitude Award: To Levi, who has tried extremely hard in our Literacy sessions this week. He has had a fantastic attitude to learning and is eager to learn. Well done Levi!

Attainment Award: To Jacob who has tried very hard in numeracy this week. He has shown perseverance when attempting to draw shapes with parallel sides. Well done Jacob, this is lovely to see. Please keep it up!

Achievement Award: To Sophie, who, in our dance session this week, showed a real talent for picking up the ‘box step’ in the Waltz, and was able to confidently model to the class. Well done Sophie!

Star of the week: To Heather for setting a very good example to everyone with her responsible and mature attitude towards her work.

Star of the day: Shanaye; Kaitlyn; Sophie; Charlie and Thomas

We wish you a happy, peaceful and healthy weekend! See you on Monday!

Lots of love,

Base 5

xxx

10/10/14

Friday Blog:

Welcome back to our weekly blog!

This week we are very happy to welcome another new child to our class…Paddy! He has settled in very quickly, and said he is enjoying being at this school. Thank you especially to Thomas, who has been a brilliant buddy!

In Literacy we have been having exciting debates about the real story of the Three Little Pigs…and whether or not the wolf or the pigs are guilty of a crime. This has led to interesting discussions and the children shared some of their views. Thomas said “The wolf was asthmatic, so he would not be able to blow the house down!” Jacob explained “The wolf only wanted a cup of sugar for his Grandma’s birthday cake!” Heather continued “The wolf didn’t kill the pigs intentionally, it was an awful accident.”

In numeracy we have been learning about the different shapes…polygons, parallelograms, properties of 2-D shapes and exterior angles/ interior angles. On Wednesday, we tried to divide 2-D shapes into triangles. We have also been learning the 3s and 4 times table, and division facts…everyone has been trying really hard!

In dance we have moved on from exploring traditional dances from around the world to learning the historical story of dance. On Tuesday we started to learn how to waltz and do the box step. We found out that the waltz is a smooth, progressive ballroom and folk dance.TJ guessed correctly that this dance is from the Victorian era…. a big clue was the music!                                                                                                 Miss Myers and Mrs Owen were very impressed by the standard shown by all. In particularly the boys who showed their impressive footstep ability. They are equally impressive on the football field and amazingly agile when dancing ‘in hold’! Strictly Come Dancing beckons….

We have been exploring the story of the Anglo Saxons in History this week, researching how they came to settle in Britain. We have found out that the Anglo Saxons came from Denmark, the Netherlands and Germany. They crossed the North Sea to Britain in search of fresh land to grow crops, as their own had been flooded. We made individual passports for our journey overseas!

Some of the children in Base 5 are trying extremely hard with their handwriting. If this continues Miss Myers feels there will soon be a few pen licenses awarded. How exciting!

Awards:

Attitude Award: To Charlie for having a positive attitude in P.E lessons and helping others. Well done Charlie!

Attainment Award: To Jac for listening well every week in our P.E lessons. He has practised his throwing and catching skills which he put to very good use in our cricket match last Friday. Excellent work Jac! Well done!

Achievement Award: To Shanaye who has been trying hard in Numeracy lessons this week. We have been learning about angles and Shanaye can now measure a range of angles with a protractor and attempt to name them! Well done Shanaye, keep it up!

Star of the week: Millie for trying hard this week at numeracy and literacy. She has been showing great listening skills. Well done Millie!

Star of the day: Heather; Paddy; Liarna; Jeffery. Well done to these children!

We hope you all have a wonderful, dry (we can only hope) weekend!

Lots of love,

Base 5

xxx

10/10/14

Weekly Blog:

Welcome back to our weekly blog!

This week we are very happy to welcome another new child to our class…Paddy! He has settled in very quickly, and said he is enjoying being at this school. Thank you especially to Thomas, who has been a brilliant buddy!

In Literacy we have been having exciting debates about the real story of the Three Little Pigs…and whether or not the wolf or the pigs are guilty of a crime. This has led to interesting discussions and the children shared some of their views. Thomas said “The wolf was asthmatic, so he would not be able to blow the house down!” Jacob explained “The wolf only wanted a cup of sugar for his Grandma’s birthday cake!” Heather continued “The wolf didn’t kill the pigs intentionally, it was an awful accident.”

In numeracy we have been learning about the different shapes…polygons, parallelograms, properties of 2-D shapes and exterior angles/ interior angles. On Wednesday, we tried to divide 2-D shapes into triangles. We have also been learning the 3s and 4 times table, and division facts…everyone has been trying really hard!

In dance we have moved on from exploring traditional dances from around the world to learning the historical story of dance. On Tuesday we started to learn how to waltz and do the box step. We found out that the waltz is a smooth, progressive ballroom and folk dance.TJ guessed correctly that this dance is from the Victorian era…. a big clue was the music!                                                                                                                                                           Miss Myers and Mrs Owen were very impressed by the standard shown by all. In particularly the boys who showed their impressive footstep ability. They are equally impressive on the football field and amazingly agile when dancing ‘in hold’! Strictly Come Dancing beckons….

We have been exploring the story of the Anglo Saxons in History this week, researching how they came to settle in Britain. We have found out that the Anglo Saxons came from Denmark, the Netherlands and Germany. They crossed the North Sea to Britain in search of fresh land to grow crops, as their own had been flooded. We made individual passports for our journey overseas!

Some of the children in Base 5 are trying extremely hard with their handwriting. If this continues Miss Myers feels there will soon be a few pen licenses awarded. How exciting!

Awards:

Attitude Award: To Charlie for having a positive attitude in P.E lessons and helping others. Well done Charlie!

Attainment Award: To Jac for listening well every week in our P.E lessons. He has practised his throwing and catching skills which he put to very good use in our cricket match last Friday. Excellent work Jac! Well done!

Achievement Award: To Shanaye who has been trying hard in Numeracy lessons this week. We have been learning about angles and Shanaye can now measure a range of angles with a protractor and attempt to name them! Well done Shanaye, keep it up!

Star of the week: Millie for trying hard this week at numeracy and literacy. She has been showing great listening skills. Well done Millie!

Star of the day: Heather; Paddy; Liarna; Jeffery. Well done to these children!

We hope you all have a wonderful, dry (we can only hope) weekend!

Lots of love,

Base 5

xxx

03/10/14

Weekly Blog:

Welcome back to our weekly catch-up!

In our ‘A Kingdom United’ topic this week we have been exploring Ordinance survey maps and using grid referencing. We know how to use a key on a map to explain a symbol. Before we even began to research the different symbols, Charlie was correct in his suggestion of the symbol for a bus stop! Jac, Laila and Sam guessed correctly for a picnic area and Logan recognised the country park sign as he remembered seeing it at Pennington Flash!                                                                                                                         We have started to create our own maps for the school playground, using a key and symbols. Miss Myers is very pleased with our work.

In Literacy this week we have started to learn about persuasive writing. We know some of the features used to try and persuade an audience and understand all the different ways there are to persuade, for example advertisements and letters. Miss Myers told us to see how many advertisements are on the television, trying to persuade you to buy something… there are lots! Let’s hope they’re not too persuasive with Christmas coming up! In lesson we watched a clip of Disneyland in Florida, it’s safe to say it didn’t take much persuasion! We are hoping we can try to persuade Mrs Davies to let us go there for our school trip!

We are starting to become experts on angles this week. We have been learning how to measure them using a protractor and we are in progress of drawing our own! We can recognise the different types of angles, acute, obtuse, reflex, not forgetting the right angle (which we have been using to help us throw correctly in our P.E lessons)!

Our French is coming along well… we have been practising our French numbers, colours, and this week we have been learning about days of the week and months of the year! Thomas tried very hard in our lesson this week…. tres bien Thomas!

Attitude Award: To Sam for having a sensible, mature attitude during the discussion in the Life Caravan this week. Sam participated well, sharing his ideas and listening to others. Well done Sam!

Achievement Award: To Heather as she has earned the role of becoming a ‘sixer’ at Brownies. This proves heather is a hard worker, responsible and a super role model to others both in and out of the classroom! Well done Heather!

Attainment Award: To Amelia who has tried extremely hard this week in Numeracy lessons. She has been practising her multiplication skills and is now a whizz at her 2 times tables! Excellent work Amelia!

We have brilliant news about our smiley award scheme. Two of our class achieved their Bronze Award…the first in the whole school! A very well done to Jeffery and Isabella!!

Star of the week: To Laila for excellent writing in her writing assessment! Well done Laila!

Star of the day: To Sarah; Jacob; Logan; Charlie and Heather.

Well done to these children!

Love from all at base 5 xx

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Base 5 blog 26.09.2014

We would like to offer a very warm welcome to our latest newcomer, Sophie. She has settled in to our friendly school very quickly, we are delighted to say!

On Tuesday we were very lucky to visit the Life Caravan:-

“Kerry taught us all about the digestive, respiratory, and nervous system. We even got to see Tam, who showed us how these systems operate in our bodies.”                                                                                                                                                        We were very mature in class discussions about medicines and drugs, and listened to others. Miss Myers said we represented the school remarkably well and we extremely enjoyed our session.

Literacy: One of our tasks this week was to write a letter of complaint. The amount of us who had toys bought and pieces were either missing or broken, was incredible! Miss Myers wrote her own letter of complaint too!

Numeracy: Base 5 have been practising our times tables in Numeracy this week as we have started to recognise how important they are in many areas of maths. We are working towards booking an appointment with Mrs Davies to be tested on our 3 and 4 times tables. Our aim is to achieve a special times tables challenge band that we can wear in school!

In music, we continue to learn more about the recorder, aiming to make the notes tuneful, (not necessarily in the right order at this stage)! We have learned to blow gently to prevent squeaks J

Please could we just send a gentle reminder to those children who did not bring theirs into school this week, to put it in their bags on Sunday evening after practise ready for the lesson each Monday! Thank you.

Religion: With Mr Body we have been learning more about the Jewish faith, in particular about the clean (Kosher) food and unclean food. Why don’t you ask us about how food is prepared in the Jewish household?

Attitude Award: To T.J. for having a positive attitude in all lessons this week, sharing ideas and being one of the first to have his hand up to answer questions in our topic sessions. Well done T.J!

Attainment Award: To Millie for showing persistence in Numeracy this week when learning how to use column addition and subtraction. Well done Millie!

Achievement Award: To Laila for learning the traditional Sikh Bhangra dancing in our dance sessions and modelling to the class. Well done Laila!

Star of the week: To Logan for showing a wonderful attitude and commitment in all he does. He is a wonderful role model!

Star of the day: Sophie; Laila; Millie; Sophie and Isabella

We hope you have a great weekend, and look forward to seeing you all on Monday morning!

Base 5 x

Base 5: 19.09.14

 

Welcome back to our weekly blog!

We are having a lot of fun in literacy, combining our ideas as a group to make interesting stories, using an exciting beginning, a build-up/climax, resolution and end.

We are learning French too! Miss Myers, Mr Body and Mrs Owen were very impressed how quickly the children learned the different names for colours in French. The children were able to answer each question correctly on the first attempt. We have many budding linguistics!!

In numeracy, the children are showing how to use common addition and common subtraction. They have shown great enthusiasm and have learnt how to ‘borrow’ and ‘carry over’ numbers in difficult questions. We have also explored the use of estimation in order to check our calculations are correct.

In art, the children have been very busy designing the covers of their sketch books. They worked very well, supporting and encouraging each other. Their designs and interiors were unique, as they were encouraged to choose different types of coloured paper. The spiral mark making was done in a controlled manner…the children being very careful and taking pride in their work. All the children said how much they enjoyed the lesson!

In R.E we have been recapping about Christianity, Judaism and Islam. We discussed the fact that a lot of religions carry the same message, that is, to be a good citizen. Mr Body was very impressed by the knowledge the children had of Judaism, from last year.

Our dancing lessons are coming along very well-even Mrs Owen has improved! Once again, Laila was wonderful, showing everyone how the dance steps were put together.

In P.E. a mention must go to Jac and Thomas for showing their great skills in cricket; they had the fielders working hard running across the field!

We are really pleased to see how keen everyone is to earn smileys and base points. The race is on…and in the lead (so far) is Jeffery, closely followed by Isabella and Kian. Everyone has earned at least 20 smilies, so well done to all!

Attainment Award: To Isabella for showing persistence in Literacy this week learning about complex sentences…Isabella can now create a complex sentence with an–ed opener, well done!

Achievement Award: To Thomas who has tried very hard in numeracy this week and has successfully learnt how to round decimals to the nearest 10 and 100. Superb work Thomas!

Attitude Award: To Logan for always giving 100% in every lesson and encouraging others in the class to do the same! Well done Logan!

Star of the week: To Kian for showing all of the above. He has superb attitude both in and out of the classroom and is always there to show a helping hand. No challenge is too big and he is always willing to try. Excellent work Kian, keep it up!

Star of the day have been awarded to: Sarah, Laila, Charlie, Heather and Millie. Well done to all!

We hope you have a lovely weekend, and look forward to seeing you all on Monday morning!

Love from all at Base 5

 

Base 5 weekly blog: 12.09.14

Hi everyone! Welcome back!

We would like to welcome Sarah to our class, who has settled in very quickly since joining us on the first day of term. We have been very busy and are delighted that the children have obviously come back from the school holidays refreshed and ready to learn! We have a lovely bright new classroom, with lots of space, and even a quiet reading area for us to use!

In literacy we have been writing super sentences about legends, focusing on Robin Hood. We love the class discussions about Robin and his men and their adventures! After watching a short video clip, we made predictions about what may happen next in the story. T.J. predicted that ‘Robin Hood would recruit Little John and take him on his team so they could work together’.

The children enjoyed sharing their thoughts and feelings after they’d watched the clips. The ‘hot seat’ with Miss Myers was great fun, with lots of children asking ‘Robin’ why he was doing things, and how he was feeling. Levi was very impressive in his role as Little John, answering lots of questions from the children, including T.J who asked if Robin had taught Little John how to make a bow and arrow. Sam asked Levi “Were you intimidated by meeting him (Robin) when you met on the bridge?”

Also, in super sentences, the children gave great examples of similes:

             Heather: The hot sun shone down on the lady like a laser beam!

               Logan: It was as hot as a falling meteor!

             Sarah: It was as hot as a volcano!

In numeracy we have been learning about place value and decimal points. We now understand that wherever we place a digit in a number, gives it its value!

Our topic in Geography is ‘A Kingdom United’. What is the difference between The United Kingdom and Great Britain? We have also been discussing the differences between human and physical features. We are very interested in the subject of Mountains, learning about the different types. Thomas shared with the class his enthusiasm for his favourite hobby… rock climbing!

On Monday we started music lessons, learning more about the wind instrument. Many of the children expressed their desire to learn the recorder. Some said they wanted to practise every day for an hour!

We have been learning different styles of dance. Laila was particularly quick to learn, and showed the class her skills! (Mrs Owen, however, needed a bit more practise!).

Mrs Fitzroy, is teaching us art and we are beginning to make our own art books, using various types of paper. We are mark making with a variety of graphite strengths/thickness. It was great fun learning to make marks freely with hand our hand and wrist movements!

Awards:

Our ‘star of the week’ this week is: Jeffery. Well done Jeffery!

Attainment Award to Amelia for her persistence in numeracy work. Well done Amelia!

Achievement Award to Kian for learning so much in numeracy, particularly how to round numbers to 10, 100 and 1000. Well done Kian!

Attitude Award to Heather for her attitude in lessons and outside of the classroom, which is exceptional. She always gives 100% and sets an example to others. Well done Heather!

 

The play leaders have been taking their roles responsibly and are supporting the other children, particularly those who have started at our school this term.

We hope you have a very good weekend, and look forward to seeing you on Monday.

 

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