We're alert and adventurous, cool and keen. We explore, create, learn and succeed.
"Watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you, because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places."
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
- Roald Dahl
Our PE lessons will be on Mondays and Fridays. Children will come to school in their PE kits on the days of their lessons.
Please could I ask that children's diaries be signed when home reading books are completed; please also sign these diaries underneath the weekly timetable prior to Friday each week.
Our first Class Book is Matilda by Roald Dahl - all about a young girl settling into her new school!
In history we have been exploring the Stone Age, which began in Britain 3.4 million years ago! We have created timelines, which are a bit like a 'path through history', and learnt that Stone Age people were nomads who only sometimes lived in caves as we imagine. Over the last couple of weeks, we have been looking at cave paintings, which historians think might have been created to celebrate a successful hunt, to share a message or to generate luck for future expeditions. We learned that Stone Age people used their fingers, twigs or brushes made from animal hair to apply paint created from ground rocks, twigs, bones, water and animal fat to the walls of their caves - before having a go ourselves (fortunately using more modern materials!) I am incredibly impressed with the amazing artwork the Foxes produced!
This half term we have, in science, been learning all about forces and the effects they can have. This week, we began exploring a force that requires no contact between two objects - magnetism. We used iron filings (and a human magnet) to demonstrate a magnet's field and used our knowledge of like and unlike poles to move toy cars without touching them! We then discovered one of the important real-life applications of magnets when we made and used our very own compasses using bowls of water and floating bar magnets! Did you know that Father Christmas' home at the North Pole actually sits close to an area that acts like the south pole of a bar magnet and it is for this reason that a compass always points north?! We took our homemade compasses onto the yard and running track to see if we could 'beat' the Earth's magnetic field by causing the magnets to spin, but each one was insistent on pointing only one way!
Today I sent the Foxes home with an instruction opposed to that I usually give: do not have a nice evening! I am glad to say that, thanks to our hard work on synonyms in English, the children knew that I wasn't being unkind; I wanted them to have a super, fantastic or even stupendous end to Monday!
We are currently reading Ug, the tale of a Stone Age genius whose mum does not like the word 'nice' - and we decided that we agreed! This, along with 'big', 'bad', 'good' and 'little', is a describing word banned from our classroom for being too boring. Fortunately, the fabulous Foxes were able to come up with plenty of alternatives for each abominable adjective - so there is no excuse for any of them to have a 'nice' evening again!
This week in RE we have been learning all about the Harvest Festival, discovering how and why it is celebrated. The children impressed me greatly with their fantastic knowledge of harvest traditions, as well as the gratitude they expressed for the food we are lucky enough to have and the people who work tirelessly to produce this for us. The Foxes then used their learning to create some incredibly thoughtful and beautifully presented acrostic poems; I hope that they are each very proud of the fabulous results of their hard work!
Every morning, the Foxes arrive in school to find that Fish (our fox friend) has a maths- or English-based riddle that needs solving. Fortunately, the children have repeatedly proven themselves to be more than up to the challenge! This week, both Fish and I were particularly impressed with the accurate, imaginative and varied number sentences the Foxes found to make the 3-digit number 121. What marvellous mathematicians you are!
The Foxes have been adding another string to their bows - quite literally! - as they enjoyed their first violin lesson with Miss Jowett and Miss Barrett. The children began by learning how to hold the violins correctly and discovered the notes played by each string. The Foxes proved to be wonderful and enthusiastic musicians; thank you to Miss Jowett and Miss Barrett for a lovely and exciting end to our first week at the Juniors!
What a fantastic first week the Foxes have had at Oatlands Junior School! They have settled brilliantly into a new school and routines; it's hard to believe they have only been with us for 7 days, and especially when many of the children have been away from school for several months.
We have had a lovely start to the term, getting to know one another and our new surroundings - as well as our Jigsaw piece, Jino, who has been helping us settle back into school life. The children looked very smart on Friday in their new PE kits, which they wore for their first lacrosse lesson with Mrs King, and have impressed me every day with their positive attitudes and enthusiasm for school life!
Thank you and a big well done to all the Foxes for a great start to what is going to be an amazing year!