Autumn Term (First Half Term)
We have a fantastic first half term in Raúf Class. We have had a lot of fun learning about lots of different topics and we have learned lots about each other too.
In English, our class text has been “The Lost Thing” by Shaun Tan. We have followed the journey of the characters and have been inspired to write a variety of texts including newspaper reports, narrative poems and setting descriptions. We have also enjoyed being more active in our learning as we learn about prefixes and suffixes.
Highlights of the term (for me at least!) was our lesson on the human digestive system where we re-created the body’s amazing work using some paper cups and some old tights. This activity supported our understanding of what each part of our digestive system does even though we might have thought it a bit “gross”.
The whole class have embraced our new sport of Tchoukball. It has been a real pleasure watching them come together in their teams to support and encourage each other as we learn new skills. The final result of our in-class competition are still to be finalised but Mr Parker and I know that whatever the result, all the teams have worked hard, have tried their best and will be happy to congratulate the winners. Well done Raúf Class.
Summer Term (Second Half Term )
We finally got to perform in the Queen’s Jubilee music concert, after much practise. The children performed wonderfully, remembering all the lyrics to the ‘Save the Planet’ song.
Other highlights this term have included the P.E. lessons in which we designed our own obstacle courses, had a mini-sports day and played rounders.
In geography we debated which were more dangerous – volcanoes or earthquakes? (We decided earthquakes as they are spread over wider areas and can damage highly populous areas.) In Design and Technology, we got to design and construct our own bridges based on structural insights from real bridges. In history, we created time-lines of the key events in World War II.
Many children in the class came back from their residential trip looking suitable exhausted after a great time. I was really pleased to hear the children who remained in class enjoying their research projects. They could pick topics they were most interested in, and this really motivated them to produce some of the best work of the year.