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We've made it; we've got through the strangest term of school in history!! We've had a fantastic last week celebrating our success and getting excited for Christmas. Mrs Shorthose and I would just like to say a massive well done to each and every one of you. We are so proud of the progress you have made this term, and we can't wait to see what you do in 2021.


I'm aware that due to the current circumstances, we haven't been able to invite you into school to look at your children's fabulous work. Therefore, I asked the children to choose their favourite piece of writing to share with you on our class page. Each week (generally on a Friday), we complete a Big Write - which is essentially an extended piece of writing where we apply all of the skills we have learned that week. Your children may have chosen one of the following: 


  • A narrative - the children were tasked to rewrite the story Stone Age Boy (or Ug) from the perspective of another character
  • A letter - for our class book this term, we have been reading The Boy at the Back of the Class. This is a very touching story about refugees. We decided to write a letter to one of the characters in the book, who had a very controversial opinion on the matter.
  • A non-chronological report - the children spent time researching a Stone Age animal of their choice.
  • A biography - we spent Black History Month learning about several important people such as Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks. The children were given a choice of who they would like to write a biography on. 
  • A newspaper report - more recently, the children were tasked to write a newspaper report on the mysterious man with the red scarf. He had been witnessed committing the same crime, over and over again...


I'm sure you'll agree that they have all made immense progress since September and I am absolutely beaming with pride. You will find their chosen writing in 'Our Best Work'. 


Although Christmas might look a little different for us this year, let's not forget the true meaning of this holiday - celebrating with the people we love and creating magical memories. We hope you have a restful and a very merry Christmas with all of your loved ones.


Love, Miss Mee and Mrs Shorthose x




Who Can Build the Tallest Tower?


This afternoon, we had some GREAT fun doing a team-building exercise. The children worked in groups of 4 to build the tallest tower that they could but there were strict rules they had to follow - they were only allowed to use scrap paper, straws, and sellotape. 


I was absolutely amazed with how well the children worked in their groups. They were inclusive and they listened to each other's ideas incredibly well. When their time was up, we had 6 very different-looking towers but of course we had to pick a winner.


A huge well done to...


Their tower was the tallest and the most stable.



This Week in Class 5/6


Christmas is nearly here! We are all very excited in Class 5/6 and have loved Christmas Jumper Day in aid of Save the Children.



I'm sure by now you've all heard of our naughty elves Jinx and Jingle... so far they've been caught watching Christmas movies all night long, playing Jenga, and swinging from the tinsel. We even once came to school to find poor Jinx taped to the whiteboard!! Jinx soon took his revenge though - he trapped Jingle inside a Coca-Cola bottle! I wonder what shenanigans they'll get up to next week... 


Our Awards


...for consistently working so hard in Maths. It was no secret that FG loved Maths the moment we met. Her enthusiasm and passion really is admirable; you are an absolute superstar and I am so incredibly proud of you!




Our TOP Dojo Collectors this week are...

BS, EC and FP




This Week in Class 5/6


Even though our children are starting to feel tired with the end of term looming, they are all still working ever so hard. We've had a very busy week with lots of fun and exciting activities (one of which is a secret...). 


Our learning of the Stone Age has very sadly come to an end for now. To consolidate and show off what the children have learned, they worked in a pair to create a presentation. They were all so fantastic that it was an extremely difficult task to choose our winners, but here they are:


1st place 


2nd place


3rd place 

You can see the rest of the children's fabulous presentations in the tab 'Our Best Work'. 



Our Awards

...for being an excellent team player in your Stone Age presentation this week. Well done JS - you are a fantastic friend and your presentation was wonderful. You and your partner fully deserved 1st place. 




Our TOP Dojo collectors this week are...

EC, CJ, FG, CH, HS, JS, UO and JM




Our Awards this Week


... for working so hard in his last week at Ros. You absolutely smashed your work on fractions and we are so proud of you. We will all miss you and your lovely smile. Good luck!!





Our TOP Dojo collectors this week are...

EP and MH



This Week in Class 5/6


We've had a creative and thoughtful week in Class 5/6. For Friendship Week, we have discussed this year's theme and created our own socks to express our individuality and celebrate diversity. (Did you see them? We hung them around the front of the school. We think they looked fantastic!!) 



In Class 5/6, we really value the importance of kindness. So, we decided to create our own Kindness box, where children can write something special for somebody in the class. We then read these notes out on a Friday.


You may also have noticed that we have started our own 'Star of the Week', where a child is chosen at random, and we then write something special about that person. This creates a poster of compliments for that individual, which they can then take home as a keepsake. In order for every child to be chosen before Mrs Daniels returns, there will be two 'Star of the Week's, one on a Monday, and the other on the Friday. 



Our Awards

...for consistently working hard and displaying exemplary behaviour every single day. CH, you are a fantastic role model for your peers and you are a kind, caring and wonderful friend. This week, you have amazed me with your writing. You have included all kinds of greater depth punctuation, and lots of ambitious vocabulary. Really well done - keep it up! 





Our TOP Dojo collectors this week are...

NB and OB





Pen licenses have been awarded to...





This Week in Class 5/6


It's been another fantastic and busy week in Class 5/6. On Wednesday, we participated in a socially distanced whole school worship to commemorate Remembrance Day, with two of our very own children sharing very special prayers. We then visited the churchyard where we lay down the poppy wreath, that we had created collectively, at the war memorial. 


We remember those who gave their tomorrow for our today. 


In our topic learning this week, we have learned all about the Stone Age diet. We travelled back in time and took on the role of hunter-gatherers. Some of us had the responsibility of hunting animals - we hadn't heard of any of the animals' names before! Some of the animals included glyptodons, mastodons, and a sabre-toothed cat. The rest of us had the responsibility of gathering berries, nuts and seeds. We had to be careful though - some of these were poisonous!!



Our Awards

...for working so hard this week. You have amazed me with your new success in using the semi-colon, and your confidence when reading a prayer in front of the whole school! Not to mention you've also been awarded your pen license this week!!



Our TOP Dojo collectors this week are...

JMa and CW



Pen licenses have been awarded to...

AW, EP, DD, NB, MG and EC



Our New Eco-Warrior Representatives


Last week, some of our children campaigned to become an Eco-Warrior by presenting to the entire class. I must say, I am incredibly proud of each and every child who prepared for this. You were all so brave and confident as you spoke in front of the class. A huge well don

e to you all! 


After a fantastic week, the class have voted and we are proud to say that Frankie and Eleanor will be our new Eco-warriors. 





Making our own Fossils!


This term, we are learning all about evolution and inheritance in our Science lessons. We absolutely loved making our own fossils last week, and I am so proud of how they turned out. These were the instructions we followed (in case anyone wants to have another go!):


1. Make a boat like shape using plasticine.

  We actually used modelling clay, but we realised that this probably wasn't the best choice!!


2. Make an imprint into the plasticine using toy dinosaurs.


3. Pour in a mixture of Plaster of Paris into the plasticine and imprint.


4. Leave the fossil to dry for a couple of days before peeling away the plasticine. 



Look at how fantastic our replica fossils turned out!!



Painting Cave Art


We are all so excited to be learning lots about the Stone Age this term. In English, we have been reading a lovely story called Stone Age Boy. This is a fantastic book that is not only super enjoyable, but it is really educational too! We have learned that Neanderthals may have created cave paintings to communicate, tell stories, or even as part of rituals. 


On our first Friday back at school, we had a go at creating our own cave paintings. We wanted to do this as realistic as we could, so we used sandpaper as our canvas, and only colours that resembled the natural materials the Neanderthals would have used. I was very mean and would only let them use the wrong end of the paintbrushes, as they only used sticks or their fingers in the Stone Age! 


The children were absolutely amazing and their artwork has really livened up our topic display. I thought you all might like to see! 



Welcome back Class 5/6!


I have had the most wonderful first week of school getting to know each and every one of you. You would never have guessed that you have had almost six months away from school! I am so incredibly proud of you all for how well you have readjusted back to school life.


Our PE days will be every Monday and Thursday. Please ensure that your child arrives to school wearing their

PE kit on those days. Earrings should be removed before coming to school if the children cannot remove them themselves.


Reading diaries and reading books have now been distributed, and they should be brought into school daily. In due course, homework and spellings will also start up again. In addition to children bringing home their own copy of these, they will also be updated onto our class page (just in case we have any dogs that like to eat homework!). New spelling words will be given to the children every Thursday, and they will be tested the following Friday. This gives the children 8 days to practise!


Homework will be given to children on Thursday afternoon and should be returned to school on the Monday morning. This means that the children can ask for support should they need any on the Friday, but also that the homework can be quarantined for the appropriate number of days to allow for marking and redistribution. 


I feel so lucky to be your children's teacher this year, and I know that we are going to have so much fun together. Please do not hesitate to send the school office an email if you have any questions or concerns at all. We are more than happy to ease your worries and support you in any way we can.


Miss Mee