November 26th, 2021
⚠️ PUBLIC HEALTH WARNING ⚠️
Chagford primary school has piles--
Of leaves that is!
Autumn is well and truly here, I have been wishing and urging it to arrive for the past few weeks- cursing every time the temperature has been above 15 degrees and walking around castle drogo every weekend, hoping to see a patchwork quilt of autumnal hues down the valley.
With russet crisps, spiked balls and auburn jewels littering the playground floor, playtime games have involved lots of collecting, hiding, and my personal favourite: swirly spiralling showers of orange. This year, if you haven’t already, I highly recommend kicking a big pile of leaves as high as you can- I promise, you feel like autumn itself, but instead of leaves it’s your aged years that drop off with every kick.
We have switched our focus in English this week to a beautifully illustrated picture book: A River by Marc Martin. It is a simple book that tells the story of an imaginary trip along a river. Throughout the excursion, we are immersed in a number of settings as we travel from the acrid city, through patchwork farmlands and dense vibrant jungle before we end at the expansive ocean. Check the book out on Google classroom. We looked at how Marc Martin used prepositions and strong verbs to take us on this journey, before replicating it in our own writing.
A River is also a really fantastic example of different sentence constructions. The class have done some excellent work this week identifying conjunctions to determine which type of sentence structure Martin has used. It is brain scrambling grammar at times, and we have been so impressed with the perseverance and determination of everybody to get their heads around FANBOYS and ISAWABUB! (Ask your kid for a an explanation). Next week we look forward to seeing the class use and apply these different structures, and be able to articulate which sentences they are using.
During maths, we have been continuing our module on measurement. This week we have been looking at perimeter. The main focus has been working out efficient strategies and tricks to calculate the perimeters of rectilinear shapes.
Everyone has got on really well with it and we have been impressed by the understanding everyone has shown.
We are very proud of the title- easiest class to clean- given to us by the hardworking Shirley (cleaner, chef and staff confidant). I’m afraid we lost that title this week when in science, we investigated the properties of non Newtonian fluids! If you were wondering what those white powdery stains were on your child’s clothes, it was cornflour, which we used to make Oobleck. The kids had a great time slapping a liquid to see it behave like a solid. They did manage to write these observations down which will eventually get marked once I’ve picked the oobleck from the page!
Woah busy week- enjoy your weekends- go jump in a pile of leaves!
November 19th, 2021
November 13th, 2021
Wow! I have been blown away by Hawthorn this week. Both in the classroom and outside!
Within the classroom, we have challenged the children to write their own chapter of 'How to train a dragon'. My word they have worked hard and risen to the challenge. I have been left on the edge of my seat with many cliff hangers. I have been so immersed in the description I truly believed I was a part of the story. A huge well done Hawthorn.
In maths, we have been looking at methods to check our addition and subtraction sums by looking at the inverse. We used the Bar Model to support us in our understanding, some very challenging work completed.
With the French teacher, the children have been using the phrases j’adore/j’aime/je n’aime pas / je déteste.
We have started exploring the topic of 'Rivers'. Can the children tell you What the start of a river is and the end of a river? (source and mouth!)
Out of the classroom, the children in Hawthorn have made use huge proud. We've had a group of children being inspired to make our school grounds a better place by litter picking and a huge bag they collected.
We've had a couple of sporting events this week, cross- country and football tournaments, The children did themselves proud and were amazing ambassadors for Chagford Primary.
My proudest moment, which brought a tear to my eye, Molly sharing her amazing piano playing with the whole school in our celebration assembly. The courage it must have taken her to play for us all was absolutely amazing. A very talented young lady! Well done Molly.
The end of another week for Hawthorn.
Crisp, cold and clear mornings have been a welcome start to our day’s this week. With the exception of Monday morning, where our first day of the half term started with the most glorious rainbow arching over the school field. I did look in the tree house but some pesky wood imp must have scurried away with the pot of gold before I got there- a shame really as we could have used the bounty to restock our ever growing class library. Especially as we are now coming to the end of our current class novel: How to Train your dragon.
We are still immensely enjoying the the events on the isle of Berk as Hiccup begins to realise his potential and become the hero we all predicted he could be. This week the children re-wrote a chapter of the story where two seadragonous giganticus maximus clash in a bloody battle to the death - or not! We discovered that Cressida Cowell is a master of tension and intrigue as she used a cliffhanger and descriptive Tit bits to hold our interest.
Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the chance to write about this bloody and gory death-match as we explored the use of fronted adverbials to help build tension.
We were genuinely blown away by the efforts and resulting quality of everyone’s work. We invite you in to have a read of your child’s literary creation.
All the children really enjoy reading these high quality texts and we encourage you to share the joy with them by listening to or reading with them everyday. I’m sure you will see what clever little critics your bright sparks are these days.
We have ramped up the difficulty in maths this half term and have kicked it off with subtracting 3 and 4 digit numbers.
We have explored the use of a vertical column method to arrive at an answer using the mind twisting exchange method. You may remember it as borrowing from a column on the left to complete a subtraction but as I always tell the children: “it’s more like a theft because that column ain’t getting it back!!”
This concept is always very tricky for this age group and we have been using lots of hands-on resources to help them fully grasp the concept. We are confident their understanding is there and we are now at the stage where repetition of the skill is needed to help cement the procedure.
Feel free to show them how you learnt it at school and ask them if there are any differences to how they arrive at an answer.
Enjoy your weekends and see you all next week.
Mr. Frewin and Miss Barton