This week has been an exciting one indeed! We've had a lot of our regular lessons, and activities such as swimming, but we used most of our energy this week on our whole school production of 'A Midsummer Night's dream'.... and wow, you were all AMAZING! From the costumes, to the singings, to the super 'cheeky-pixie' acting, Oak class have been true thespians for the last few days. Myself and Betsy were so impressed by not only their acting and singing, but also by their patience while waiting 'backstage' before and after we had performed. We performed in the sun, the wind, and even in a little rain, and Oak class managed to concentrate and remain quiet for the majority of the performance which was superb. Everyone loved the performance too, and we were laughing and clapping along with the audience. Well done Oak class, you should all be very proud of yourselves!
One extra surprise this week was the arrival of some class pets... on Tuesday, this mysterious note arrives, and by Wednesday morning we had 10 little caterpillars join us! We'll be keeping a close eye on them, and are looking forward to them transforming into Painted Lady butterflies.
I hope you all get some rest after your busy days performing, Oak class!
This week we've been spending lots of time practising for our school production of 'Midsummer Night's Dream'. We've been working on our singing, acting, and characterisation of our fantastic puppets. Today we had out first run-through with the whole school - it's coming along really well, and I can't wait to see it next week!
As well as the play, we've started to focus on Time in Maths. We've thought about telling the time to quarter hours, as well as learning about the months in the year, and leap years. The children were very curious about leap years - "Who decided that a leap year is every 4 years?" asked one child! This led to an impromptu Science lesson about the earth's rotation around the sun, and how long it really takes for the earth to move once around the sun! (Why not ask a member of Oak class why leap years happen every 4 years?!)
In English, we've been thinking about how to persuade. We've been looking at an example of a letter from the RSPB which persuades people to donate to the charity. Next week, the children are going to become ambassadors for the Rainforest Alliance, and try to persuade myself (along with the other teachers) to support the charity. If I can be persuaded in the letters from the children, I might even donate some money on behalf of the class - but they have to persuade me first!
It was also a great week in French this week. Madame Jordan has been teaching the children about pets and animals, and this week they created their very own petshop. The children first practice a conversation in French to buy some pets, then they visited Madame Jordan's petshop to put their French to the test!
Finally, I have a few things to ask:
- As the weather is improving, please ensure that your child has a hat with them in school. Also, if you are able to, please provide your child with a bottle of suncream which they could keep in their bag. Suncream would be particularly useful for the play next week if the weather is sunny, as there isn't much shelter in the amphitheatre.
- If you haven't already, please bring in your costume for the play on Monday next week (20th June). We are due to have a costume check on Monday where the children will try them on, so they need their costume in school. If you have any questions about the play or costumes, please do let me know.
Have a good weekend everyone - keep practising our songs and dance!
At school, we're busy learning some songs for our school production of A Midsummer Night's Dream in June.
We've got some new ones and we're reviving some old favourites to celebrate the summer.
Here you can find links to the rehearsal videos, with lyrics so that your children can practice at home.
You never know, you might like to join in too!
THE CHAGFORD SHOW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XieBjCf8eMI
HERE COMES THE SUN: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mc1ta1UMGeo
It's been a bit of a busy week in school - the Year 6 have completed their SATs, and all the children across the school worked hard to minimise any disturbance for the Year 6's, Oak class included! So thank you!
We've been getting stuck into fractions in Maths, and have started to learn how to find fractions of amounts. Everyone has been so enthusiastic about this Maths topic, and I'm seeing lots of progress being made! In History, we continued to look at Ancient Greece, and learnt about some of the Gods and Goddesses. Why not ask one of Oak class to tell you about Zeus, Poseidon, Athena, or Ares?! In English, we created some of our own words using different prefixes or suffixes, and gave them a dictionary definition. All the words will go together to create Oak class' very own 'Dictionary of Made-up Words!'
This week, we've also started practicing some songs for our school production of 'A Midsummer Nights Dream'. Our wonderful director, Lydia, taught the class some of the first song in the performance, and we'll continue to practice each week with Lydia. I can't wait to see the children performing!
Have a lovely weekend, and see you all on Monday!
PS. Oak class, there may be some changes in the classroom on Monday morning!
Hello everyone, welcome back!
It was great to see everyone after the Easter holidays, and hear what Oak class got up to - it sounds like everyone made the most of the weather and had a fantastic break!
This week we've been lucky enough to have a few special visitors. On Wednesday, we had a visit from authors and illustrators Sarah McIntyre and Philip Reeve - you may recognise them from books such as Grumpycorn, The Legend of Kevin, Pugs of the Frozen North, and Utterly Dark. Sarah and Philip gave a fantastic assembly to all of KS2 in the morning. We listened to some of their new book, had a go at drawing our own mystical steeds, and even created our own board game for Kevin the flying pony! In class, we kept our author hats on and created our own 'Legend of Kevin' stories. As Kevin LOVES custard creams, we may have had a few ourselves to help inspire us to write his next adventure! Sarah and Philip also signed copies of the children's books - it was lovely to see how passionate they are about reading, and these authors.
We also met Lydia this week, who will be directing a production of 'A Midsummer night's dream', which the whole school will be starring in, in one way or another. Lydia talked us through how our movements can help build a character, and show an audience who we are playing. We're really looking forward to working with her more, and getting ready to perform!
Don't forget - no school on Monday as it's a bank holiday! Enjoy the long weekend everyone, and see you on Tuesday!
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