SPRING 1 LEARNING
Goldfinch spent some time looking at an artist called Peter Thorpe, whose own interest in Space and Space Rockets, led him to produce paintings with this concept in mind. The children liked the abstract look of his work and the colour combinations he used. Inspired, they produced a 'draft' piece of work in preparation for creating their own artwork in the style of Peter Thorpe.
Peter Thorpe - Space Artist
To create our own 'In Class' Solar System the children learnt how to make stars. Charlee and George led the way with their 'Origami' skills but it wasn't long before the entire class was folding paper and putting it together to make a beautiful 12 point star. Some children then began to experiment with different coloured paper and we soon had stars everywhere. The results can be seen hanging in class.
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star!
WELCOME BACK TO THE SPRING TERM!
This term our focus topic is Space. We will be exploring and discovering lots of fascinating facts and information. Most of our subjects will be linked to this topic and I hope the class will enjoy this term's learning journey.
Just a few reminders...
Please remember FRIDAY is our Spelling Check Day and Spelling homework is given to complete for the week. There is an activity to do on the back of the sheet. Please ensure your child does the work and then return it to class the following Friday. We are working hard to teach and revisit lots of spelling rules and it is important this knowledge and understanding is consolidated.
Also on a Friday is our 'Times Table Pledge'. Goldfinch Class have been working very hard and many of them are now an 'ULTIMATER'. This means they know all their table up to and including 12 x 12. Now they are working on their speed of recall and are striving to answer 144 times table facts in three and a half minutes.
Please make sure your child's PE kit is at school. With the weather turning colder, tracksuit bottoms, jumpers, hats and gloves are needed. The children wear their coats when we go outside too. Trainers must be worn too please. School shoes really aren't suitable for PE. All being well, TUESDAY & FRIDAY will be our PE sessions this term.
As always, we are in class at the beginning and end of the day. If you would like to pop in and see what is happening, please feel free. Also if you are worried or concerned about anything, please let me know.
Here's to an exciting Spring Term!
Christmas Cheer & Pom Poms!
Today Year 5 spent the day all together. The first task they were set was to prepare three wartime dishes using rations. One group made 'Fruity Buns', another 'Carrot Biscuits' and the third, 'Beetroot Pudding'. It was of course, organised chaos but the outcome was fantastic! There was super teamwork going on and it was great to see the Year 5's back together again. After all their hard work baking, there had to be a 'Taste Test!' The children were surprised that the most popular recipe was the 'Carrot biscuits!' Many asked for seconds and some even asked for the recipe to try at home! RESULT!
LOOKING GOOD GOLDFINCH!
Lest We Should Forget
Especially poignant because of the learning in our Quest, Goldfinch each made a poppy to contribute to our class wreath. We held two minutes silence in the Quad alongside the rest of the school to remember those who bravely fought for our country.
Monday 15th October
WE LOVE READING WEEK!
Today saw the launch of our Reading week. There are lots of challenges to take part in during the week to earn points.. Goldfinch class each have their own bookworm to record their points as they complete each task. Some of the tasks can be completed at home. Share your own favourite book from when you were young with your child... How about reading something new and different?... Perhaps take a trip to Bruton library together? Have fun and enjoy!
Our Book Corner is evolving and the class voted to be spiders on a web this year to record their adult signatures when reading. Once they reach the centre of the web, one of the spiders legs will be coloured and then they start again on the edge of the web. I wonder who will be 'Bookworm of the Year' this year?
This week it would be lovely if the children brought in their favourite books to display and share with the rest of the class. We have begun a class display and this will continue to grow as the week progresses.
Please remember to send your photos of reading in strange places to the office as soon as possible. Today we had a first DEAR session - DROP EVERYTHING AND READ! - even I got to read my own book for 10 minutes!! Complete bliss I can tell you!
Have a great week.
Our Reading Web!
Monday 8th October
The start of another new week! It was lovely to see so many of you at Parent's Evening last week and share with you the work Goldfinch Class has done already. I think there were plenty of proud parents and the positive vibe has put a smile on many of our faces!
This afternoon we were fortunate enough to welcome James Elkin, badminton teacher from Sexeys. Goldfinch took part in a 30 minute workshop where he put the children through their paces, enabling them to show off as he put it, " some impressive badminton skills!" I have to say, I too was pleasantly surprised! The children thoroughly enjoyed the session and many took a flyer home to see if they could attend the badminton sessions at Sexeys Sports Hall on Mondays from 4pm. Sessions will continue from Monday 5th November. If your child didn't get a flyer, I have some spare ones!
Check out some of the pics below!
27th September 2018
Another week of hard work and fun! Goldfinch are really starting to find their mo-jo and are already proving they are a force to be reckoned with.
English has had Goldfinch absolutely hooked this week. Based on our Quest lesson on Monday, our English work has been on a journey that not even I could have predicted. The children created their own character and returned to 1940 to experience the Blitz. Using World War II clips - pictures and sounds - as their inspiration, Goldfinch abandoned their Learning Journals and set to work on sugar paper, writing in felt tips. As their character, they recalled their memories and experiences of the Blitz. Listening to the children read out their own work to each other this morning, the sense of pride and achievement each pupil showed was truly unbelievable. Currently I am a very proud teacher - their writing was amazing! I have SERIOUS SUPERSTARS on my hands!
Continuing with our Place Value focus in Maths, this week the children have been counting in Powers of 10 and calculating using negative numbers. Not as easy as it might sound! Maths mastery is now at the front of everyone's minds, with the children using their skills and knowledge to answer reasoning and problem solving sorts of questions. Whilst we're still in the early stages, all the children are embracing this way of learning and giving 100%. This is all I can ask.
The first piece of artwork has gone up in our classroom this week. Despite taking two weeks to produce - we'll work on the speed aspect - the results are worth it. They were asked to design a poster in the style of World War II propaganda to try and encourage people to behave in a way they believed would help win the war. The children enjoyed thinking of a slogan and illustrating it. You're welcome to pop in and have a look if you'd like.
So with the weekend around the corner, it's been a busy but hugely successful fourth week. Remember, Spellings and our X table pledge take place on a Friday. We're on a mission to get our heads around the strange spelling rules our English language has, and be able to recall all x table and division facts quickly and accurately.
With kind regards
World War II Propaganda
20th September 2018
As the second full week back draws to a close, Goldfinch Class are well and truly back into the swing! New class routines have been established, PE and Swimming kits are arriving on the correct days and the learning is fresh and exciting.
In Maths, the children have improved their knowledge and understanding of Place Value with many now eager to challenge themselves with some of the Reasoning & Problem Solving questions available to them. Carrie's War, linked to our World War II Quest has begun to capture their imagination and today they became either Carrie or her brother Nick, and wrote postcards home to 'Mum'. They have begun to watch the film and not a peep was heard as they took in the characters and surroundings of Wales in the 1940's!
Our Quest is proving popular with many of the class already going home and quizzing parents and grandparents. Some of them have brought objects and photographs in to share and present to the class. A few children have been creative at home and no doubt there'll be more to come. Geography was at the forefront of this week's Quest lesson with them being challenged to find the countries who were our Allies and those who were our Axis. Powerful stuff I can tell you with plenty of questions being asked and answered!
Fortunately Goldfinch have managed to dodge many of the showers and have successfully completed PE sessions outside on the field and have been swimming in the pool a couple of times. A little chilly in the water I've been told but I have a class of tough cookies! The chill is not enough to put them off. Happy Days!
So, all in all, a great start. As the weeks go by we'll keep you posted on what's been happening and all being well, the photographs will build. If you have any questions or you simply want to come in at the end of the day to have a look at our learning in class, please pop in!
With kind regards