We have had such an interesting week in Oak class! Now that the term is well under way, we are beginning to explore some very exciting concept around settlements and cultures. Did you know that the Stone Age began around 15,000 years ago? This week we explored the time periods of the Stone Age and will continue our Stone Age adventure next week where we learn about the different animals that existed 15,000 years ago. We will begin a new adventure in English next week, exploring Kassim and the Greedy Dragon! We will be exploring new vocabulary and sentence structures to keep our writing engaging!
Today we were very lucky to have a workshop run by the Regency String Quartet where we were able to listen to some famous pieces of music as well as some familiar themes to some of our favourite shows and films. They even played Happy Birthday for a member of our class!
Here are some links to some useful sites for our Prehistoric Britain unit as well as some vocabulary that we are beginning to explore.
Stone Age Facts For Kids - Learn All About Stone Age (kidzfeed.com)
Prehistoric - KS2 History - BBC Bitesize
School Learning Zone - Pre-historic Britain (school-learningzone.co.uk)
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
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