Autumn 1 Wk 7 – Class News 20.10.23

This week we were extremely lucky to welcome two visitors into school as part of our work on STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) and Science in everyday life. Dr Carey (from North Tees Hospital) and Major Flannery (member of the Parachute Regiment) came in to talk to the children about how an understanding of science helps them in their jobs. Dr Carey shared how she and the huge team of staff at the hospital work together to try and treat people, make the feel better as well as support them lead healthy lives. It was fascinating finding out more about intensive care and other areas of specialist medicine. Major Flannery told us all about the wide range of roles that can be done whilst working in the armed forces as well as how science and technology has massively improved the communication, weaponry and other resources used by the army. He also helped us to learn about Morse Code – can you work out what this message says? It’s in both sound and picture form.


In English this week, we have completed our War Diaries from the perspective of either a soldier, on the frontline, or a mother or wife left back at home thinking about their loved one. The children have written some wonderful diary entries which convey some of the strength of emotion that people must have felt at the time.

Our Maths this week, saw us complete our unit of work on the four main operations (add, subtract, divide and multiply). We have completed a range of arithmetic based questions and then solved some reasoning problems using either the mental or written methods we’ve learned over the last few weeks.

Our Science work this week saw us try to develop our understanding of medicines, drugs, alcohol and other substances which, when consumed, have an effect on our body. We are starting to understand how our lifestyle choices have a huge impact on our health and well being. You can find out more HERE.

In Music and PE we have continued to develop our understanding of dance and singing – in preparation for our Remembrance Service – using a range of wartime songs (We’ll meet again & It’s a long way to Tipperary) and popular dance moves from the time. We have been using dance to tell stories and show some of the emotions and feelings of people during wartime.

Following on from this, we learned more about the end of World War 2 – in History – and looked in more detail around the events of VE Day.

Happy Birthday to Riley – who celebrated his 11th Birthday this week. We hope you had a great day!

Well done to our two Pupils of the Week in Year 6:

2DJ – Madeline – Super effort in all her work and some great writing and contributions in English.

2KT – John – for his effective use of language in his diary entry written as a father during war

**Times Table Stars – Zak, Shia, Grace, Zarwa, Keira, Madeline, Archie, Faheem, Inaya, John, Layla.H, Ajeet, Simar, Layla.B, Eithan, Alex, Kitty, Elliott, Riley, Beth, Ollie

**Spelling Stars – Layla.H, Alex, Simar, Eithan

A huge thank you goes out to the parents who arrived for our Open Afternoon. We hope you had fun with your child and enjoyed seeing the resources available to them to further their learning at home. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to ask or write them in your child’s homework diary to be answered.

Future News and Help:

To celebrate World Book day in March 2024, we’ll be holding a week of activities around the theme ‘Reading is magic‘.  To help us to celebrate in school, we’d welcome any donations of Halloween decorations you may have from this year.  There will also be a dressing up day, so if you have witch/wizard/Harry Potter costumes, please keep them to use during this week.  If you have any decorations we could use, please send them into school after half term, from Tuesday 7th November.  More information about our reading week will be shared in the new year.  Thank you for your continued support.

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