I had a wonderful week in Year 2/3 – so much nicer than Mrs. Lavender’s office, which is really getting quite chilly now! I’ve been learning to count on and back in 10s, not just starting on nice numbers like 20 or 30, but on things like 23 or 47. It was hard at first, but I soon got the hang of it. I’ve also been learning my 2 times tables.
I’ve also been practising my dance moves in PE, and we put on a great performance on Friday morning. I was very out of breath by the time we’d finished, though!
The children also had some choosing time, so I helped out in the junk modelling area. I made a great model spaceship with special weapons and extra rockets.
The last thing I did was Big Writing – we watched the short film ‘The Lost Thing’ and I helped the children to write about it.
Today, four super stars from year six—Archie, Rafe, Ewan and Jake—took part in the APHS Primary Maths Challenge. They competed against other schools in the cluster and answered questions on rounding numbers, decimals, fractions, word problems, prime numbers and the mean among others. They thought that some of the questions were really hard, but guess what? They only went and won!
Huge congratulations, boys; you have made the whole school very proud!
We have received notification from The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal with a low risk warning. The silicone rings that were sold as part of the British Legion promotional box may present a very low risk of being a choking hazard. The British Legion asked for our assistance in informing parents of this. In the interest of this Health and Safety issue the British Legion have recommended that you please destroy any rings in your possession or return them to The RBL Poppy Appeal (School Pack Trial), RBL Village, Aylesford, ME20 7NX.
We thank you for your support in this matter and can reassure you that although these rings pose a very low risk, your child’s wellbeing is always of the greatest importance to us.
This week I have been enjoying myself in the Year 6 class. Thanks to their 100% attendance I was able to join in on all their lessons and experienced lots of cuddles!
The children in Miss Blyth’s class work very hard and my head hurt from all the work it had to do. I helped children with their maths and science then at the end of the week we wrote some lovely firework poems using personification (that I have only just discovered for myself) but my favourite part was looking through the Learning Logs. What a clever bunch they are!
Since the Learning Logs have been introduced at Wells-next-the-Sea Primary and Nursery the teachers have been astounded by the care, effort and enthusiasm that the children have put in. Looking at the work across the school it is clear that the children have really taken to their new homework format.
Learning Logs are great on so many levels, they allow for individualism, they let us see inside the world of the child, they are fun, they are driven by the child not the teacher, they allow for creativity, they allow less academic children a chance to express their learning in their own way and they bring children and parents together in discussing their learning.
Learning Logs are used to encourage all of our children here at Wells Primary and Nursery School to be independent learners. Here are some examples of learning Logs produced by children in Year 6.
The children were very proud to have me come to stay in the class for a week. I joined the children in lots of their activities both in the indoor and outdoor classroom. I did however have to remind myself I was a bear and not a pig after spending time with the children building houses for the three little pigs, retelling the story through their role play and listening to lots of different versions of the story.
Today the Year One children braved the rain and cold to go for a walk around Wells. We were not sure whether or not we would be able to go, but we decided to put on our raincoats, our waterproof trousers and wellies and go out in the rain. As we walked we discussed what we were seeing and why it was there. In the afternoon we drew maps of our journey. We thought that it was great fun being out in the rain and investigating Wells. A big thank you to our parent helpers who braved the rain with us.
Although it is Children In Need day tomorrow, we are also making a collection of clothing and money to help with the Philippines hurricane disaster. Suitable clothing can be dropped off in the hall tomorrow morning to be collected by charity workers.
You can also donate on the Red Cross website or on iTunes.
Phil Bear shared a story with us from the BBC series ‘What Makes Me, Me?’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01qx80p. This story tells the tale of Dave and his ship Theseus. Over the course of time, the ship gets repaired several times by his friend George, until, eventually, the Theseus changes from being made of wood to being made of metal. When Dave returns home from his travels, his wife does not believe that he is sailing the Theseus and they have an argument. Then George turns up with another ship, also called the Theseus, this time made out of wood. Every time Dave’s Theseus got repaired, George kept the parts, until he had enough parts to build his own ship. Which ship is the Theseus? Can there be two Theseuses?
Phil Bear then got us to think about whether we are the same person now as we were when we were born as our bodies change and grow as we get older. We thought that we were the same person, only bigger and older. We then discussed ‘What makes me, me and you, you?’ We decided that this was down to us looking different and having different likes and dislikes. What do you think?
There is so much going on during this year’s ChristmasTide! Perhaps you wanted to take part in the Christmas Craft Workshops; perhaps you thought making a beautiful lantern sounded good; maybe you were interested in finding the elves and fairies hidden about the town’s shops. No matter which activity piqued your interest, make sure you visit
to keep up to date with what’s going on in our town for this year’s ChristmasTide.
From Monday 11th November I will be selling Children in Need items in the canteen before school. This year’s items are wristbands and badges for £1 and key rings for £2. Year 5 are also busy making some other items which they intend to sell, to raise money for this good cause.
Friday 15th November is mufti day where you can come dressed up as anything you like. Perhaps you would like to dress as a super hero. As always there is a 50p fine for any one who is wearing mufti and all the money will go to Children in Need.
Attendance Bear ended the half term in a very happy mood.
Miss Blyth’s class had 100% attendance for the final week of the half term so he is looking forward to spending next week with them. I am sure they will post some pictures on the website of him joining in with their activities! Where will he go next?
Mrs Norman’s class won medals for being the class with the best attendance for the half term. Well done to them.
We have lots of people who had 100% attendance for the half term and they will all go in to the July prize draw for the family ticket to Pleasurewood Hills:
Reception : Keira W, Kodie, Charlie, Rhys, Elissa, Joseph, Mallory, Kieran, Oscar C, Alexia, Henry, Oscar B-S, Shauna, Amelia.
Year 1: Ivy, Ruby R, Jorja, Sierra, Kenzer, Emma, Morgan, Lily C, Eva, Gabriella, Rhys.
Year 2/3: Oscar, Tyler, Chloe, Kyle, Amber, Francesca, Reece, Darwin, Charlie.
Year 3/4: Charlie George, Faith, Olivia, Ruby, Grace, Luke B, Bethany, Freddie, Jace, Hallie, Macey, Billy, Luke B-S, Lauren.
Year 5: Kim T, Ethan, Tegan, Jerry, John, Dylan, Jasper.
Year 6: Jacob, Sophie, Bailey, Chloe, Ellie May, Brishan, Toni, Bev, Anthony, Connor, Fran.
We started the week visiting the Greengrocers and Bakers in town, stopping to observe what was happening on the nearby building site on the way. When we returned to the classroom we turned the role play area into a shop, where the children have been enjoying exploring the role of shopkeeper, using the money and till and learning how to tidy the shop and keep it organised!
We have had lots of visitors; Isabella’s dad came to talk to us about being a fisherman, the children were very interested by the lobster who came to visit. Adelaide’s mum is a beautician and came to show us how to make a scrub with natural ingredients. Adelaide’s dad brought his fire engine and all the children enjoyed sitting in the cab and listening to the sirens. We also had a visit from Becky the community police office who let the children try on her coat and hat and brought along her police truck.
We talked about the different jobs people do and we asked the children what they would like to do when they grow up. They drew a picture and did some emergent writing about this.
We hope everyone had a ghoulishly good time at our Hallowe’en disco – there were some very interesting costumes and everybody seemed to be having a great time!
Thank you to everyone who came, and have a happy and safe hallowe’en next week!