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Head of Seria Campus Message

It was wonderful to see so many parents on site this morning to witness the Roald Dahl Day parade. Thank you to all parents and pupils for making the effort. I am delighted that school has finally returned to ‘normal’ and I hope there will be many opportunities for parents to visit school again before the official ‘Parent Teacher Meetings’ on the 18th and 19th October.

A big thank you to all the staff for leading the excellent ECAs which started on Monday and a very special thank you to Mr. Davies for organising the Roald Dahl Day.

This week, the Pre-Kindy pupils have had a busy and interesting time learning about cutting fruit safely. The pupils also completed craft activities linked to Roald Dahl Day and learnt to identify emotions using Playdoh. Kindy pupils celebrated Roald Dahl Day by listening to the story The Enormous Crocodile and they learned many interesting new words from the story. They also made a 'growing crocodile' model and used it in their role-play activities. Reception pupils have been working hard on their phonics. They have learnt the phonemes of the graphemes i, n, m and d. They have been blending the sounds together to read CVC (Consonant Vowel Consonant) words. They are very excited about being able to read!

Year 1 had great fun celebrating Roald Dahl Day by designing their own sweets and creating the Enormous Crocodile. The pupils have learnt the elements of a good story by identifying characters, settings, problems and solutions. In Maths, they have practiced finding ‘one more and less’ using the number track. Year 2 have enjoyed reading and learning the story George’s Marvellous Medicine and dressing up for Roald Dahl Day. In English we have continued looking at report writing within the book Meerkat Mail. In Maths, we have used ‘greater than, less than, and equal to’ symbols and sentences to compare numbers. Year 2 topic lessons have involved habitats and looking at the rainforest and what animals, trees and plants live/grow there. Year 3 have been working hard this week to identify the features of a poem: finding rhymes, repetition and learning about rhythm. Year 3 have also compared and ordered numbers to 1000 and practiced skip counting in 50s. Great efforts this week Kingfishers!

Year 4 have been creating a story map and planning their writing for their own myth. They have read the next chapter of Beasts of Olympus and written a diary entry from the point of view of the main character. They have also made ancient civilisation clay pots and studied the ‘7 Life Processes’ in Science. In Maths, the students continued their place value topic by comparing and ordering numbers to 10,000. In Year 5 this week, they have rounded numbers to the nearest 10,000 or 100,000 and applied this to real life situations. In English, they have researched items that can be found at the rubbish dump and decided which would be useful to create an alien rap poem. The Year 5 intrepid space explorers have now created fact sheets about the planets in our solar system and are researching how their ancestors used evidence to help discover the Earth orbits the Sun. Year 6/7 discovered a dead man on the moor in the Hound of the Baskervilles and are closing in on their reading comprehension to apprehend the suspect! Wonderful creative writing to describe Sherlock's office is being displayed. The next unit of mathematics (up to 1 million for addition subtraction multiplication and division) has started with column method and number exchange using the Mastery approach to Maths. Model made in Science lessons to demonstrate the respiratory system will be presented to other classes next week.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Please do not forget that next Friday (23rd September) is Teachers’ Day. There will be no school on this day. Star of the Week certificates will be handed out on Thursday 22nd instead.

Mr. Smith

Head of Seria Campus

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