New books in memory of Mrs Howe

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If you were lucky enough to have been in Mrs Howe’s class when you were in the infants, then you will remember just how much she loved her books!  She loved reading to her class; she shared good books with her colleagues; she even dressed up as the occasional ‘bad-tempered ladybird’ just to give her students the same passion for stories as she had! And of course, we will never forget her popular bedtime stories, when we would all troop back to school with our pyjamas on and our teddies under our arm!

So it is with great gratitude that we are receiving a very generous gift from her husband, Mr Howe, who has raised and donated money to buy new books for our school in her memory.

With this in mind, Mrs Edgley and I visited Harry’s bookshop clutching a list of book requests from the children (plus a few of our own favourites and some new titles). The children were very excited to receive our bundle this morning.

Thank you, Mr Howe – we know Mrs Howe would have loved seeing the children enjoying their new books! Here are the ones we chose for our class:

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We have also had donations of good quality, pre-loved books given to us by some of the children in our class.  Thank you to those who have donated, and helped us to re-vamp our bookshelves.  Its not too late to bring some in if you still have some at home.

Happy reading, everyone!

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Making a Greek salad

The children really enjoyed making a Greek salad, despite some declaring their dislike for some of the ingredients! They peeled and deseeded, chopped and sliced, using cucumber, tomatoes, onions, black olives, feta cheese and olive oil. They all tried it, and the feedback was very positive!

Why don’t you try it at home?

Portraits and funny faces…

In Art, we have been looking at faces: our own, our peers and imaginary ones! We began with our ‘funny faces’ which we made out of clay:

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Then we used a photo of ourselves to draw a pop-art self-portrait using laminate sheets and sharpies:

Our third art activity around the theme of faces was to create a portrait study of our partner in our sketch pads:

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Can you spot anyone you recognise?

History detectives

Today we discussed how we find out about life in the past. We talked about how archaeologists can spend weeks and weeks on a site in an attempt to carefully uncover treasures from the past that will help us to know how they lived.

We had a go at our own little archaeological dig, noting down our ‘finds’ and trying to guess what they were and how old they might be! We also had a bit of a gruesome discussion about what things we thought would remain in the ground for hundreds of years, and what things wouldn’t!

Have a look at us in action:

Objects found included bones, teeth, fossils, rocks, shells, precious stones and old coins.

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Welcome back!

New year, new books, new routines, new staff and new friends!

We are all settling in really well here in Osprey class, getting to know new faces and becoming reacquainted with old ones. We have had a great first week and the children have come back to school bursting with positivity!

We have our ‘meet the teacher’ session on Wednesday 12th (this week) at 2:45pm in Osprey class room, where Mrs Edgley and I will share some useful information regarding your child as they start their new year.

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday.

Five minutes of fame…

Over the last couple of week’s, the children in Osprey have all had their five minutes of fame: a presentation to the class on a topic of their choice.  They could choose to teach us something new, or share an interest of theirs.  These skills and interests ranged from origami to musical instruments.  Some even shared their Reading Journeys, just like the teachers did.  Most produced a PowerPoint to accompany their presentation.

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Reading tip #5

Today, in our Guided Reading session, we looked at a short film-clip and then discussed it. You can learn a lot about how an author draws in their audience by looking at film, because a screenwriter will use some of the same strategies. Seeing them visually helps the children to spot them more easily when reading them in a book.