Greys Class – 31st January 2014

We have had a wonderfully busy week in Greys Class this week – with a plethora of fascinating visitors.

The week started with a fun and athletic trip out to Chiltern Edge for a mini Olympics.

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On Wednesday the class had two inspiring talks from Mr Toward (Bethan’s Dad) and Mr Whitfield (Nina’s Dad. They talked about their heroes which ranged from Spiderman to Edward Jenner and Jessica Enis to Audrey Hepburn.  Greys Class would like thank them for coming in and sharing their heroes with us – and also demonstrating how to present a talk in an interactive and stimulating fashion.

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We also had Mr Herriot, our school foundation governor, visit today to read a favourite Bible story – “Jonah and the Whale”.

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Also, as part of finding out about heroic people in the community, we had a visit from some fabulous firemen who told us about fire safety. They also brought their fire engine and allowed us to use their hose!

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Earlier on in the week Archie brought in a wonderful newspaper article that his Grandad had written. It was about when Archie dressed up as his Grandad for Hero day at the beginning of term. Do read it by clicking on this link.

 In Literacy this week we have been continuing to use netbooks and factual books to research the lives of Mary Seacole and Florence Nightingale. We will be starting to create our own factual books next week.

We have started a new incentive system for spellings. When children get full marks on their spelling test they get to stamp a booklet. After five stamps they receive a bronze certificate, after ten stamps they receive a silver certificate and after twenty stamps they receive a Gold certificate!

In Maths we have been exploring weighing – with Year 1 children using scales to find which object is the heaviest and which is the lightest. They have also been experimenting with adding smaller objects to one side of the scales to get them to balance.  The Year 2’s have been weighing objects in grams.  If you are doing any cooking this weekend please do encourage your child to do the weighing. 

This will be particlularly useful next week when the children are making cakes at home to bring in to our community cake sale on Friday in aid of Help for Heroes.  The details about the sale are on the newsletter – we hope that we will see lots of you there. If possible come to the time slot of your child’s team as you will see them serving the food and collecting the money!

Our stars of the week are:
Ashleane – for her detailed research into Florence Nightingale at school and home.
Brandon – for his love of facts and his ability to use them to help his research.

PE kit on Monday.
Spelling book on Tuesday.
Library Van on Thursday.
Cakes for Help for Heroes Cake stall on Friday.