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From Mrs Manwaring, Mrs Adamson & Mrs Smith

24th October 2019


We made it! What a busy half term it has been! I have been so impressed with the work and attitudes of Birch class this term. They've approached their learning with enthusiasm and resilience, and have shown so much improvement already.


In English we have enjoyed using the story 'Mr Big' by Ed Vere, and have used this to write our own stories focusing on character change. We have also looked at persuasive writing, and have written some excellent adverts persuading people to come and listen to Mr Big's band. We've learnt writing tricks such as using bossy sentences and asking the reader questions, and I can see how hard Birch class are working on their handwriting too. Next half term, we will be working on a journey story, using a famous Greek myth to help us!


In Maths, we have improved and deepened our understanding of number. We have rehearsed how to tell the time to the nearest minute and have revised our knowledge and understanding of 3D shapes. We have started practising our times tables facts in class and using Times Tables Rockstars. I hope you are enjoying it as much as me! After half term we will be focusing on addition and subtraction; working towards addition and subtraction of 3 digit numbers.


We have also been very busy in our foundation subjects. We have improved our geographical knowledge and map skills by zooming in on the Mediterranean, taking a closer look at Italy and 3 of its 'capoluogos'. In Science, we have looked at plants, studying their features and learning about seed dispersal. We have enjoyed learning a variety of skills in Games, culminating in a session where we made up our own skill practice games. We have considered various ways that Christians express their religion, and have considered and debated whether taking bread and wine shows that someone is a Christian. Autumn has been our focus in Art. We have used leaves and autumnal vegetables to produce a wide range of art work. We ended the topic today with an exciting lesson where we made our own printing tiles and used autumn colours to print autumn leaf pictures. I can't wait to put them up on display; the children did a fantastic job!


Thank you Birch for all your hard work this half term. I wish you all a good rest over the holiday and look forward to seeing you in November!


Mrs Manwaring

Some useful information:

  • Spelling Homework - due in on Mondays
  • Maths Homework - due in on Wednesday
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Library Day is: Wednesday

PE Days are: Tuesday & Wednesday

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