This week saw the introduction of our new ‘VIP’ table! Four children, who have shown a fabulous attitude to all aspects of school life, will be chosen each week to experience the full VIP treatment which includes: sitting a special VIP table with gold cover, special pencils and equipment and a badge to show their VIP status. The children (and adults) are all very excited about it!
Also this week, we have been learning about Remembrance Sunday and why we wear poppies. The children in KS1 joined together to create our own Birk Hill poppy cascade, which is displayed on a tree in the playground. We hope it is a fitting tribute to our fallen.
Finally, Thursday saw us travelling to India for the day! In a fun-packed day we made Rangoli patterns; had a game of chor police; tasted Indian food; made Diwali diya pots; had an Indian dance session and created mehndi patterns on paper hands! Wow! What a lot of activities in one amazing day!
This week’s highlight was listening to The Giant Jam Sandwich story online. It was beautifully read by John Vernon Lord and it inspired us to think about making jam sandwiches ourselves. We read, and then wrote fabulous instructions to tell everyone how to make the best jam sandwiches. Here you can see us all making our own sandwiches. No need for Parents and Carers to do this job at home any more. Your children were all fantastic sandwich makers! (And hardly any mess!)
Chameleons Class at their quietest!
Another amazing week in Chameleons Class with some very confident, clear performances in our class assembly on Wednesday. The children really enjoyed sharing their learning with the school and with their adults. Thank you to all the parents for your support in providing colourful chameleon costumes for the children. They looked fabulous! Here are a few snapshots from the assembly for you to share with family and friends.
We have been continuing our learning about electricity this week in science!
Today, we used wires, a battery and a bulb to make a circuit and light the bulb - Chameleons are all bright sparks! We also discussed the importance of being careful around electricity and, that although it is useful, it can be very dangerous.
Our ‘100 Books to Read Before You leave Birk Hill’ reading challenge is proving very popular. Here are some of the class sharing a few books on the list. Thank you for your support at home with this and remember if you don’t have the books, you can always look on YouTube!
Continuing with the reading theme, here are a few children all cosied up and enjoying reading in our class library area - it’s always a popular area to spend some quiet time with a book.
Chameleon Class are ready to go with their great book reading challenge! Well done to all the children who have already ticked off the books they’ve read and brought their folders back into school. We will be reading lots of books in class together and ticking them off as we go.
Many of the books on the list can be viewed on Youtube, often read by great authors or actors, so do have a look at some of those too.
Thank you to all the children for singing so beautifully at our special fundraising coffee morning and thank you to all the parents and carers who gave up their time to come and enjoy the morning with us.
As part of our Harvest celebrations this week, we have had a visit to church for a Harvest service, talked about things we are thankful for in RE, written Harvest poems in English and created some art work from fruit and vegetables, using Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s work as inspiration. They were all amazing! Well done Chameleons!
Can you spot the difference between ours and Arcimboldo’s art work?
Also, the maths challenge responses this week were brilliant. We can see how hard you’ve been working and we are thrilled that so many children are reading at home. It makes a massive difference! As always, thank you for your support!
This week the children in Chameleons have been sharing a book called The Enormous Crocodile. We have read the story and written our own versions of it. The book was written by Roald Dahl and Thursday 13th September was Roald Dahl Day. We celebrated by making some fabulous bookmarks with pictures of The Enormous Crocodile on.
Please feel free to use the bookmark in your child’s school reading book once it has been laminated and sent home.
In maths we have been practising number pairs that make 10 or 20 and some of the children are now able to remember these very confidently. Keep practising at home so that you are fluent.
Remember to look out for the weekly Maths Challenge - this should come home with your child on a Thursday and be returned on Monday. It’s all about trying at Birk Hill so please encourage your child to ‘have a go’ even if they aren’t sure. Parents are most welcome to help their children and school staff are always happy to give out hints and help!
We started looking at electricity this week in science. We discussed how useful electricity can be but also how dangerous it is too.
We kicked our learning off with an investigation about static electricity involving our hair, a balloon and tissue paper!
First, we rubbed the balloon on our hair. This made long hair stand on end!
Next we put the balloon near some small pieces of tissue paper.
As if by magic (but really because of static electricity) the tissue paper stuck to the balloon!
We all had great fun and the children got a balloon to take home to try it out there!