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17th September

Many thanks to the children and parents who sponsored us for the 'Pretty Muddy' run for Cancer Research.  We are aching slightly and have finally managed to get rid of the mud.  It was a great team effort and, despite strain on our bodies, was a fun morning.  Thanks to my class helpers for rattling the money jar and raising extra money from the parents at home-time.

We are well into our topic now and are gaining some fascinating information about life in Ancient Egypt.  The children's mummification explanations are all completed and they are now learning about the river Nile and its importance in the development of the rich civilization.  One of the important mechanisms used by the ancient Egyptians, and which is still used in modern Egypt, was the shaduf.  The children have been designing and making their own working shaduf in DT.  Take a look at the photographs of the work in progress. 

Our swimming lessons start properly this week - the first week was assessing the children's skills so that they could be grouped for the rest of the term.  In the Thursday P.E. session, everyone began their running skills to develop stamina and have begun to learn some football skills.   In maths the children have been learning to read and write, and order and compare, 5 and 6 digit numbers and understand the place value of each digit.  They have worked hard on their learning and have shown a good understanding and are ready to move on to calculating.  We are delighted to be finally connected to the internet - this should make life a little easier for us.

 

 

Designing and making shadufs

9th September 2017

It has been an busy and exciting start to the new school year.  Our new 'temporary' classrooms are beginning to take shape and feel lived in and buzzing with learning. Three days into the new term and lots of ideas and questions have bounced around the walls.  We have have been learning to be a 'Questioning Class' and finding out that by asking questions and discussing existing knowledge and ideas we can begin to develop thinking at a much deeper and more profound level. It was impressive to watch as the children developed their own ideas as I merely acted as a conductor to direct their thinking. We have used our topic of mummification to start our questioning.   On Thursday the children were treated to a masterclass on mummification. They saw the body being prepared and then the removal of the organs and wrapping of the body.  See the photographs on Falcons' Class pages.  They will be uploaded onto ours later. On Monday, the children will be using their learning to write an explanation of the mummification process.   Our first few days have also been a time of learning to work collaboratively and co-operatively so the children have been working on some maths challenges using their logic and sharing ideas to find a solution.  

 

Temples, Tombs and Treasure

 

Uncover and discover mysteries, myths and mummies as we travel back to the time of the Ancient Egyptians. Journey down The Nile, past dusty pyramids and ancient sites. Dig deep below ground and explore the tombs of kings and pharaohs and discover how ordinary people lived their extraordinary lives.

 

Mrs Hamblin and Mrs Taylor welcome all new Red Kites - reunited again.  We are looking forward to getting to know you all and sharing your exciting learning adventures in the year ahead.  

 

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