How clean is clean?

In science this term we have been looking at our teeth. We have looked at different types of teeth, what happens to our teeth if we eat the wrong things and basic oral hygiene.

We then posed the question - how clean is clean?  The children were invited to take a disclosing tablet to see where they needed to focus their brushing. We had so much fun and the children got to see where the plaque and bacteria builds up in their mouths..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Potion Commotion

Thank you so much to those parents that were able to come to our potion tasting extravaganza!  I do hope that you didn't start growing tentacles!  If you were unable to make it, please let me know as we have some spare recipe books for you.

 

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Harry Potter Visitor

We have had a lovely week continuing with our topic of Witches and Wizards. As you may already be aware, this week we had a visit from a tremendous Harry Potter fan.  Emma brought in all of her memorabilia that she has collected over the years - including a life size Dobby! (photos below)

 

We also had great fun in science re-creating the Digestive System and replicating the actions of our internal organs! 

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Witches and Wizards

As you may have heard, this terms topic is based on  Witches and Wizards.  The children are already fully embracing this by attending some Hogwarts lessons. 

We are hoping to look at Harry Potter, The Witches and Macbeth throughout the term  so the children should be experts at witch spotting and making potions by the summer. Please see some pictures below.

 

Thank you to all of the parents that managed to attend our Reading Skills Open Teach.  We hope that you found it useful to see what approach we take in the classroom - as ever, if you have any questions, please ask.

The childrens David Attenborough Biographies from last term

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What a fabulous half term!

Wow, hasn't this half term gone quick?!  We have covered so much, it has been fantastic.  

If you haven't already heard we have been reading the CS Lewis novel; The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe as our class book - and the children have absolutely loved it!

We have also had Science Week - in which we have investigating the Plastic Ocean.  We have been designing equipment to scoop up plastics, we had a lady from Braintree Recycling Center visit us and we have even written letters to Mrs Smyth recommending environmental changes around the school.

In maths we have been focusing on fractions and decimals and no matter how hard I tried to fry their brains - the children loved it.

 

Thank you for a wonderful half term.

 

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Thank you for coming!

It was so lovely to see so many of you yesterday afternoon.  I was completely overwhelmed at how many of you came to see our presentations on The Land of Neverbelieve - thank you. Sorry we were all so rushed at the end - I promise to book a longer time slot next time, so you can have a good look through the children's work and ask any questions.

The children have thoroughly enjoyed this topic and we look forward to continuing along this theme, with Living Things, this coming half term.

 

Have a good break.

 

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Visit from Norman Messenger

Wow! Today we were visited by the Author of The Land of Neverbelieve - we had such a fantastic time. (We were even able to have a sneaky peak in the explorers suitcase.)  Mr Messenger came by to judge the 3D Islands that we have made from your fabulous re-cycling donations.  The winners were the creators of the Hamlet! Well done Hamlet Team.

 

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Welcome Back!

Welcome back!

Our topic for this term is based on a book called ‘The Land of Neverbelieve’. It is about an explorer called Norman Messenger who discovers a strange wolf-shaped island in the Pacific Ocean. The children have already started to explore the island through Messenger's fantastic book. They have started to write a newspaper report about the discovery and have looked closely at the route Messenger took around the world.

Next week, we will be creating a 3D map of the island. Please could you bring in any clean recycling for this project, e.g. empty toilet rolls, old newspaper, cereal boxes, pizza boxes and yoghurt pots.

We have tried to take on board your views towards homework from the questionnaires completed last term. As such, the format of homework will be changing this term. At the beginning of every half term, the children will be given a range of activities to choose from. It is not expected that you complete all of these, but it would be fantastic to see the English and maths completed as a minimum. We will be checking DB Primary at the end of the half term, and would also like the homework books to come back into school on the last Monday of half term so that we can celebrate the children’s efforts as a class and mark their work.  Please let me know if you need any further assistance with this.

We have started our new science topic, Living Things and Their Habitats and have had much fun observing and collecting evidence of living of dead things in our local habitat.

As ever, if you have any concerns or would like to know more about your children learning, please just pop in.

 

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West Stow

We are off on our school trip to West Stow on Monday - so any questions, please pop in and ask.  We are so excited!

The children have been investigating the Anglo Saxons over the last couple of weeks in preparation for our trip - we have looked at who they were, where they came from and what did they do.  Check their knowledge this weekend and see how much they have remembered!

Our new science topic is States of Matter and this week we have been investigating how gases move.  We have done some great experiments with sponges and rocks.

 

 

 

 

 

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Winter is coming!

What an exciting start to the term. The children have really embraced the Viking Topic and have been very busy creating diary entries, newspaper reports and stories - all based around our class book How to Train a Dragon and our historical research.

We have created our own dragons in art and even made Viking Long Ships!

In science we have been experimenting with sound and understanding that pitch and volume are all linked to vibrations.  This half term we will be looking at states of matter - a wonderful topic for the cold weather!

Now that the winter is coming, please can you ensure that your child brings a coat every day to school and has a jumper for the classroom as it is a bit chilly.

 

Have a good week.

 

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Welcome Back!

Welcome back, I hope that you have all had a wonderful summer. 

The children are settling into their new class and new routines beautifully. As adults we often forget how unsettling a new environment is for children, so if you do have any concerns or worries, please pop in and see me.

This term our topic is The Vikings.  The children are already learning about the invasion and this week we hope to learn all about how they managed to travel so far.

In maths we are learning about Place Value and re-capping our 3,4 and 6 times table.

Enjoy the rest of your week.

Mrs Beesley

 

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Let Battle Commence!

I genuinely cannot believe how quickly this term has passed.  We are thoroughly enjoying our Roman topic and this week the children have been applying for jobs in the Roman Army.

 

Next week we will be designing and making traditional Roman shields for battle training with the Hippos. In maths we will be investigating division through inverse.

 

In the hot weather, please make sure that your child has a water bottle.

 

Have a good week.

 

 

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Multiplication and Speeches

Thank you to all the parents that managed to stop by for our Maths open morning, I hope you enjoyed yourselves.  We have continued learning multiplication using the expanded method and the children have really embraced the opportunity to show their place value skills - well done Iguanas!

This week we have been focusing on writing our speeches to rally Roman soldiers to invade Britain!  They have been fantastic!  The children have really taken on the role of a Roman General and whilst they maybe somewhat gory, they have been very persuasive and engaging.  Some really impressive work. 

Next week we will be moving on to division in Maths and will be getting to grips with the 8x table. 

Have a good week.

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Negative and Positive Numbers

We have had great fun this week creating weather reports and bar charts to consolidate our learning of negative and positive numbers.  We are hoping to record some of these and use the green screen so they look very professional!

Next week  we will start writing our inspiring battle speeches - calling all Roman Soldiers to war, ready to invade Britain.  The children are really enjoying drama in the class room and this topic provides us with a perfect platform.

In maths next week, we will be focussing on Factors.

Enjoy the Bank Holiday Weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Welcome back to the Summer Term!

I hope that you have had a lovely Easter.

This term our topic focus will be the Romans.  We will be learning about who the Romans were, about their empire, how they lived and why their armies were so successful.  We will be using the Romans as inspiration for our writing and  investigating how they used numbers in maths. In science, we will be learning about electricity by building circuits and experimenting with insulators and conductors.

Next week, we will be building a time line showing when in history the Roman era was (I think Mrs Murphy is getting a little bit upset with being asked if she was alive when the Romans invaded!) . We will be working with negative numbers and understanding how to read temperatures.

 

I hope that you all have a good week.

 

 

 

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Window

It was lovely to see so many parents at our open afternoon on Wednesday - we hope that you enjoyed it!

This week the Iguanas will be looking at Estimating and Inverse in maths.  These two skills enable children to get a rough idea of what the answer is to a calculation and ultimately assist the children in checking their answers.

Sticking with our Rainforest theme, in Literacy we are looking at the book Window by Jeannie Baker.  It is a beautiful wordless story, that the children will have the opportunity to narrate using inferences in the pictures.

Have a good week and good luck to all the children taking part in the school production of We Will Rock You!  We cannot wait to see it!  Break a leg (not literally!)

Mrs Beesley

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Iguanas Open Afternoon - Wednesday

I hope that you have all had a great weekend. 

Last week we were busy practising for our Open Afternoon on Wednesday. It will be lovely to see you all there, we are really looking forward to it!

On Friday, we have our class trip to Rickstones Academy to meet the wonderful Julian Clary. Please make that all children have a packed lunch as we will be leaving early.

Have a good week and we look forward to seeing you on Wednesday.

Mrs Beesley.

 

 

 

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Mardi Gras...

Well done to all Iguanas for really trying to get to grips with time last week! It takes a long time to get it right so we will be having another look throughout the year.

This week we will be focusing on symmetry. We have already had a brief look at this and we loved it!

For literacy this week we will be painting pictures with words, using Rousseau as our inspiration.

As you are aware, the children will be giving a short assembly next week - I want to leave much of it as a surprise ...but we are practising like crazy!!

 

Have a good week.

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Time

Good afternoon - I hope you all had a fantastic half term.

This week we will be learning how to tell the time. As an adult, we take time telling for granted and it really is a tricky thing to learn.  At any opportunity, please do ask your child to tell you the time - either in digital or analogue.

Thursday is World Book Day and we will be using The Mysteries of Harris Burdick to inspire our writing.

Have a great week

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Parallel and perpendicular

This week has been filled with lots of fun for the Iguanas - see the pictures below!

Sadly, Digital Dance was cancelled so we tried some Harry Potter Yoga moves which we absolutely loved!

We have been looking at shape this week and research and investigating their properties.  All the children were invited to Mrs Beesley's Karate King workshop, where they had to demonstrate their knowledge of parallel and perpendicular lines with their bodies.

Our French topic this term has been weather. Yesterday the children had a great time dressing up in lots of different clothes showing their understanding of what weather was being discussed.

Next week we will be finishing our comparative writing on South America, using comparative conjunctions and our best presentation skills.  In maths we will continue our discoveries of shape and focus on symmetry, area and perimeter.

Have a good week.

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