Everyone has had a fabulous first week in Owls class and being in the Junior School! We have even started reading our class story together, 'The BFG'.
We have PE on a Tuesday and a Thursday. We all look really smart in our new PE kits, wearing our House Team coloured t-shirts!
Our library session is Friday. Please remember to bring your book to school every Friday so it can be changed for a new one.
Well done to the children who prepared and delivered a short speech during our class elections on Friday. We all listened to each candidate then placed our votes into a box. Below are the results:
We had our first Daily Mile session on Friday, trying to run or walk as many laps of the running track as we could in 15 minutes. The track seemed a lot further to run than some people thought! We will keep practising and hopefully will increase the number of laps we run each week.
Dare we enter the Pyramid of Reading in the Owls Class? We could try to find out as much as we can about the Ancient Egyptians. Beware of any mummies lurking around!
It's taken us nearly four weeks to share all of our summer scrapbooks! We have really enjoyed listening to everyone describing what they did in the holidays, where they went and who with. There have been lots of photographs, pictures and maps to look at too.
Well done everyone, you have put a incredible amount of time and effort into your books. They will be lovely keepsakes for the future.
Today Mrs Newland visited school to teach us some Yoga. We learned and practiced the following poses: Mountain, tree, sun, rag doll, water sprinkler and the butterfly. We then relaxed and meditated at the end. (Mrs McNerney even heard some of us snoring!)
Thank you to all the parents, grandparents and adults who came to our first 'Open time' this morning; it was certainly a bit of a squeeze in the Owls class! The children really enjoyed you helping them to design an outfit for Traction Man and then designing a comic strip explaining his adventures! I hope all treated yourself to a cake afterwards!
We all enjoyed a fabulous Ancient Egyptian workshop with Brian. We learned many new things, such as:
Look at our photographs to see who became a Priestess or Pharaoh for the day and the plays that we put together showing lots of important scenes in history.
Today we used all of the large apparatus in the hall during our PE lesson. We got to balance and travel along different balance beams, climb the ropes and rope ladders and use climb up the wall bars. It was great fun and hard work!
Today we had a taster Karate session with Mr Sanderson. Firstly we had to learn the 'set stance' so show our respect. Then we tried the 'lock it up' position which is used to listen. We showed our meanest warrior faces when in the position of 'guard'. Then we put all of our effort into kicking the pad and eventually breaking a board! All of this in 30 minutes!!
We have shared and celebrated fabulous pieces of homework today! Some people have designed some creative canopic jars; weighed and measured the length of different fruit and vegetables and found that there is a food that starts with every letter of the alphabet! Everyone has earned lots of Oatlands Points and received lovely comments written by their classmates and Mrs McNerney. Well done everyone!
Congratulations to Livvy and Oscar for being awarded the first 'Special Mentions' certificate this year. Two children are chosen from each class for their achievements, attitude and enthusiasm for learning.
This morning we watched an anti-bullying show called 'The Power of One'. Vicky and Jo presented the show and started by explaining what bullying is. They then showed us different types of bullying, such as: physical, verbal, cyber and emotional. Some children were chosen to act different roles, such being the bully, the target or a bystander. We learned that it's much better to be an upstander and help a target than stand by and watch it happening. The show had a very powerful message today which was to make sure we tell a trusted adult or friend if somebody is bullying is. Everyone will sign @The Power of One' oath and we have all agreed to stand by the rules. This will be displayed in our school entrance.
Thank you to all the parents, carers and grandparents who came to open time this afternoon. The children enjoyed sharing you sharing your poetic and artistic skills with them to create their own individual acrostic poems about Remembrance Day.
Thank you to Colonel Crossland, Barney's dad, who came to visit us and answer our questions after the Remembrance Assembly. Colonel Crossland explained to us what his medals represent, how and why he has been awarded them and which countries he has visited whilst serving in the army.
Thank you to everyone who wore 'odd socks' today! This week is anti-bullying week, starting with an assembly this morning with Mrs Fretwell. We have been asked to wear odd socks so that we can recognise that it's alright to look different and that we should always respect people's choices. We will be completing anti-bullying activities throughout the week.
We have designed our own 'odd socks' to show that it is good to feel and look different and that we are all unique!
Eleanor McKone visited our class this morning and read to us her first book that she has written called 'Piper's Passport First Stop: Australia.' After listening to the story and looking at the lovely pictures, the children then asked Eleanor lots of questions. It was a great opportunity to ask a 'real' author what it's like to write a book, how long it takes and where do ideas come from. Eleanor has asked the children where they think she should write her next book about. Who knows, one of the places could be the next story!