Our RE learning this half term is focused around the enquiry question, ‘Why is the Torah so special to the Jewish community?’ To add some real-life experience to our learning, we visited Exeter Synagogue this week. We came away with countless facts about Judaism, the history of the Synagogue and the beliefs and traditions of Jews in Exeter and around the world. We’re sure the children had lots to share at home! Take a look at the pictures below:
To celebrate World Book Day, our children arrived dressed to impress and enjoyed sharing their favourite books and characters.
They kept teachers on their toes by making us guess the character they had chosen and completed some fun book related activities such as a quiz, guess the author, wordsearches and book reviews. Some classes also enjoyed travelling across to Reception and Year 1 to share their book preferences and read to them. The younger children were mesmerised by the older children reading to them with expression. Enjoy a few photographs ……..
This week’s home learning has been phenomenal in Year 5. As part of National Careers Week, all children were given a unique task that would help them reach their individual career goal in the future. We had a raft of excellent videos, presentations, displays, stories, fact-files, teaching episodes, stop-motion animations, sporting demonstrations and even more wonderful creations. The teachers have been extremely impressed with the effort and time that has been given to create these pieces of home learning – there is no doubt that this determination will see our children reach their dreams! We look forward to receiving even more terrific home learning (focused on Neurodiversity Celebration Week) next Thursday.
Next week, we have our trip to the synagogue, as part of our Judaism topic. On Tuesday, 5GT and half of 5MW will visit; on Wednesday, 5LS and the other half of 5MW will have their turn. Please check the MCAS app for further information and filling out permission forms. If you have any questions, please email the school office or the Y5 home learning email.
This week the children have visited the Mosque as part of their work on the Muslim faith in RE. The children were fantastic on the coach and listened well in the Prayer Hall. They learned about how many Muslims attend Friday prayer in the Mosque in Exeter, how Muslims wash before prayer and saw the Mihrab which shows the direction of Mecca. We also saw the dome and found out that before technology, that the dome helped the sound carry inside the Mosque. Many Mosques like Exeter, still have domes as they are traditional. The children also got the opportunity to sketch patterns and objects inside the Prayer Hall.
We have loved the excitement today of World Book Day. The outfits have been amazing and we will post pictures of this next week. We started the day with a parade of all the outfits in Year 2. The children have also done a selection of book activities. Your child will bring home a World Book Day voucher today which can be used to get a ‘free’ book (see https://www.worldbookday.com/books) or can be used to get a £1 off a full price book. Enjoy spending them!
What a busy week we’ve had in reception. One of the stories we enjoyed was a firm favourite called ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’. The story is about a family that waded through the grass, splashed through the river and squelched through the mud in search of a bear! The children loved joining in with the chant and making up their own actions!
In maths this week we have been investigating the numbers within 7. Through games and practical experiences, the children learnt that 7 is made up of smaller parts for example 7 can be made of 5 and 2.
For letters and sounds we continue to work on our phase 3 sounds. Please refer to the phonics guidance in our home learning where you can access helpful videos to help your child practise at home. We have been reading words with double letters such as ‘rubber’, ‘butter’, ‘dinner’ as well as chunking up longer words such as ‘rubb/ish’ and ‘tim/id’.
For our cooking activity this week both our reception classes made cupcakes. We weighed out the ingredients, mixed them together and scooped the mixture into cupcake cases ready for the oven. The children really enjoyed munching them all up at the end of the day eating every last crumb!
We are collecting recycled materials for our junk modelling station. Ideally, we would like small boxes, washed yoghurt pots, kitchen rolls (no toilet rolls please) and small containers. Please can we ask that any recycled material that previously had nut products inside do not come in due to allergies that we have in school. Please could the items be brought in a bag. Thank you
In the foundation stage this week we have been rather busy, as usual, and have had a fantastic week enjoying the cold but sunny weather.
In maths this week we have worked on comparison. Specifically, we have looked at subitising (saying the number without needing to count the quantity) for larger numbers such as 6. We have also been talking about the relationship between each of the numbers from 1-8, recalling which numbers are ‘1 more’ and ‘1 less’ than a given number. The children have articulated their thinking very well and are able to order numbers, they have also been brilliant at understanding 8 as ‘5 and 3 more’.
For letters and sounds we are working on our phase 3 sounds and reading word cards without ‘sound buttons’. The children have been fantastic and are beginning to flourish with both their reading and writing which is wonderful to see.
We’ve been looking at ‘healthy me’ for our carpet times this half term and have talked this week about the importance of exercise and the positive effect it has on our bodies. The children talked about a wide range of exercise they enjoy and how it makes them feel. We played lots of games and enjoyed completing different forms of exercise including riding our balance bikes n our outdoor area which is a firm favourite!
Finally, we celebrated World Book Day on Friday this week. The children had a wonderful time dressing up as their favourite book characters. Some of the older children paid us a visit in their costumes and spent some time reading picture books to our reception children which was a delight!
Have a great weekend – The Foundation Stage Team ?
WE all had a fantastic time at Escot Wild Woods last week. As usual, the children really made us proud with their super behaviour and manners. The Escot team were really impressed with the children’s knowledge and we all learn lots about the Anglo Saxons and wildlife.