What a fabulous and busy few weeks we have had! It was so lovely to see so many parents at our final Stay and Solve of the year. Thank you for your support during these interactive sessions.
Ocean Class were lucky enough to be part of a production called The Button Box last week at Dedworth Middle School. The children were all so fantastic and it was amazing to see so many parents in the audience. A huge thank you to Miss Artis for giving us this opportunity through the local schools Arts Partnership.
It’s sports day tomorrow and we can’t wait to see as many of you as possible. We are hoping for great weather, however showers are forecast later on in the morning. This shouldn’t impact on our events. We hope that you have fun and enjoy watching your child in the variety of activities on offer.
Please make sure that your child has had a good breakfast, is wearing sun cream and has their full PE kit in school.
On Friday, you received an end of year report for your child. We hope that you have had time to read through this and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.
We have got a busy end of term with lots of events happening. Please look out for any emails/texts with information about these.
Team Adventure 🙂
Welcome back! I can’t believe a week has gone by already. We hope you all had a fabulous Half Term and are ready for the final term of the year. Our Learning Update went out today, please take the time to read it as there are a few important messages within it. The children in Team A this week have been completing some maths quizzes to check their progress and celebrate what they have achieved this year. We are so proud of them all and thank you so much for all your continued support.
All the children have been enjoying their DT themed university degrees this week and have been creating things from cushions to puppets, clay pots to moving pictures and origami to t-shirt printing. The children shared with us today all of their lovely creations and they will be coming home to share with you shortly.
There is lots coming up this term, please keep your eyes peeled for information.
And finally….thank you so much to everyone that came to our Ice-Cream and Cake sale, we raised a whopping £173! All our proceeds will be going towards helping to fund some of the lovely things we have planned for our Year 4 leavers.
Team Adventure 🙂
This term has whizzed by, with just one week left until the final half term break of this academic year!
It will be lovely to spend time with our classes this week and for the children to catch up with each other having spent time being a Hilltop Star or at Osmington Bay last week.
This week the children will be completing their final reading quiz, so please spend time reading with them after school and asking questions about the text. They have worked so hard throughout the year and will be able to show off their comprehension skills.
On Thursday, we are having a cake, ice lolly, popcorn, second hand uniform and book sale under the canopy outside Island and Secret Garden class. Please come after school and help us to raise money for our team. We would really appreciate any donations of cakes!
Here are a few photos from last week…
A belated welcome back, I can’t believe we have reached the Summer Term already. Thank you so much for coming to share your children’s successes in the recent Parent Teacher Consultations as well as hearing their targets for the last big push this term. If you were unable to make it, please ensure you re-arrange with the class teacher ASAP so we can share all of this with you.
We have so much to look forward to this term including our residential trip. Final preparations are being made and the children are all so excited. The children will not be finding out their activity or bedroom groups until we get there, but please be assured that we have taken their views and our understanding of the children to best place them. For the children who will not be joining us they will become the ‘Hilltop Stars’ for the week. Ms Fadnis and Miss Kinghorn will be meeting them this week to find out what they would like to do and then plan some fun exciting activities for them.
We are pleased to confirm the following adults who will be going on the residential trip:
Mrs Johnson, Miss Gladwin, Miss Fancy, Mrs Kinsman and Mrs Crawford-Smith
That’s all for now…we are hoping the weather will continue to stay dry so the children can enjoy more being outside on the field…fingers crossed!
Mrs Johnson and Team Adventure
In our recent Reading Meeting, we talked about some recommended reads for the children to continue reading for enjoyment with books with appropriate themes and reading levels. I have found a link as a great starting point. They have very useful blurbs and have a range of year group lists to accommodate for different reading abilities.
Let us know how you find this, it would be great to look at over the Easter Holidays to get you started.
This week some of our Year 4 children have had the opportunity to complete a ‘Bikeability’ course where they have been learning important skills on how to control their bikes to stay safe when riding them. Some children did so well that they had the opportunity to extend and improve these skills out on the road. The children really enjoyed it and have learnt such an important life skill.
Although they got soaking wet on Monday, I managed to take some lovely pictures on the much sunnier day on Tuesday! Here they are in action.
We are continuing to work hard up until the end of term ready for the children to enter the Summer Term for a last push of the year. Please take the time to work through Learning Pack work when it comes out next Thursday and revise key spelling rules your child has learnt this term.
All the children in Team Adventure are working so hard on their quizzes. We completed Maths last week and we are in the middle of collating all of these results to see how much progress the children have made. Today we are starting our Reading quizzes and we know how hard the children have been working both at school and at home.
Don’t forget we have changed the date of our Whole School Reading Workshop to next Tuesday 14th March at 7.00pm. We would love to see as many of you as we can there so we can share with you in more detail the information we gave out in the Home School Readers last week as well as our whole school vision for supporting Reading at Home.
Happy New Year to you all! It has been a crazy busy start to the term and the children have come back ready to dive into their new areas of Experienceology.
This week on Wednesday (take 2!) the children in Island Class became Apple employees for the day. They dressed in their best Office attire and wore name badges. They were so excited to receive a response from Apple after we had written them a letter asking for some data to analyse. The children worked in teams of different analysts (pie chart, line graph and bar chart) to work what the data was showing them.
It was a fantastic day where the children put their skills into a real life context. We have a lovely whole class photo of them that will be available in the next sharing folder. Below are some pictures of some of their work and what they managed to find out. Well done Island Class, an amazing and exciting lesson where you showcased so many of your skills!
We have very nearly reached the Christmas Holiday! It’s only 7 more sleeps to go until Christmas Day and the children have worked so hard right up until the end. A few highlights of the last few weeks have got to be our amazing Christmas play, where each and every child performed beautifully, our team Christmas party and our whole school Christmas lunch. It is always so wonderful to see all of the children eating together and sharing crackers in our school hall. All staff worked well together to make this occasion so successful 🙂
As for the next couple of days, tomorrow we are making Christingles in the morning ready for our service in the afternoon with Reverend Louise. On Tuesday the children will have their lunch and then be ready to be picked up at 1pm. Please make sure that they take their PE kit home for a good clean as we have been doing lots of PE lessons outside.
As you may have already seen, we are now using MyMaths for part of our learning pack. Last Thursday we sent home letters with your individual logins and information about how to access this. Please come and ask if you have questions about this.
We hope you all have a lovely Christmas holiday and we look forward to coming back in the new year refreshed and ready to hit the ground running…Miss Gladwin and Team Adventure 🙂
I can’t believe how quickly this term is going! We are in full swing of Christmas rehearsals. The children are learning lots of new songs and children with a speaking part have already started rehearsing as a group. We sent costume letters home on Friday. Please let us know if there are any problems with sourcing them. Please can we also request that children with scripts bring them to school EVERYDAY as we have planned lots of practice for them.
Mr Lomax has started running with Team Adventure on a Monday morning. This means that for the next few weeks, MIC will not be running in Team Adventure. We will be organising another time for parents to come and join us so watch this space. The children love the morning run with Mr Lomax and it is a great way to engage the children’s brains ready for learning.
The Year 4s have been practising all their songs ready for our concert this Thursday at The Parish Church in Windsor. Please feel free to come and join us from 1pm at the church. We hope to see lots of you there!
That’s all for now…come back and see what we get up to this week….Mrs Johnson and Team Adventure 🙂
Maths in Class (MIC) is something that parents can come to every Monday first thing and it is fantastic that so many of you are joining in with these activities with your child and their peers. It’s such a great way to start the week and we hope that you think so too! Here are some photos of MIC…
We are having a super week so far, with a trip to the church for the Harvest Festival, Christmas cards for sale and the book fair. Please remember to pop into class to have a look at your child’s Christmas card. If you choose to buy a pack, a small amount of the money comes back to the school for us to spend on learning resources for the children.
Learning packs are due in tomorrow and it would be amazing if we had 100% complete and handed in on time! On the following day, our learning update will be sent home so please spend the time reading it as we try to keep you in the loop as much as possible.
And finally, thank you to those of you who take the time to look at your child’s lovely sharing folder and give us feedback, we really enjoy reading the wonderful comments that you write.
Team A 🙂
Wow, what a fantastic parents workshop we had after school today! Thank you to all of those who attended, we were so happy to help and answers any questions. It was great to see so many of the children getting involved and how much they remembered about adverbial phrases!
With only a few days to go until we break up for half term, we have got lots planned. The Learning Packs will be going home on Thursday. Although the children will need plenty of rest during their week off, please make time to support your child with this.
Their lovely sharing folders will be in book-bags on Friday. Please remember to comment on the feedback form as we love to read these.
Below are a few photos from our brilliant University Degrees last week. The theme was ‘Around the World’ and each teacher led a different country. We all had so much fun…
The children are now very settled back into school life and working extremely hard!
On Tuesday we found out what musical instrument each class are going to be learning, which was very exciting indeed!
Yesterday, Miss Kinghorn held School Council Elections in the hall. Each child had the opportunity to vote for a girl and boy from their class. Their votes were based on hearing everyone’s election speech explaining why they would like to be a School Councillor and what would make them be effective. The elected children will be receiving their badges in our Well Done Assembly tomorrow, so please feel free to attend. We are very pleased for the children who received the highest number of votes!
Tomorrow is the deadline for H2H projects and we are looking forward to watching the children present these to their peers!
You will be receiving information about the end of year Residential Trip. Please take time to go through this with your child over the next few days and make sure that you return the slip by Friday 30th September 2016.
We hope you all have a fantastic weekend!
It has been another busy week in Team Adventure. Miss Fancy has been working with all 3 classes starting our ‘Talk for Maths’ project where the children are going to design, measure, make and cost their own Egyptian Clothing!
Ms Fadnis has continued enjoying getting to know the children in her class and has been really amazed by how much they have remembered from last year and have already started to progress with!
Miss Gladwin has been slotting right in to Team Adventure and is starting to look at an exciting trip for us all to go on linked to our Experienceology focus- we will let you know when we have finalised arrangements.
And me….well I have been really enjoying getting creative with my class this week in so many ways! We loved Roald Dahl Day and the children produced not only some creative writing that Eden shared with the rest of the school this morning in Celebration Assembly, but they also re-produced some amazing art work in the style of Quentin Blake.
This morning Heads and Deputies for this year were announced in assembly and we are so happy for the children that were selected for this role. We understand that there will be disappointment but to remember that lots more opportunities to take on a role of responsibility are going to be available to them. This will include School Council, Eco Agents and Sports Leaders which is an exclusive role for Year 4s.
Just a reminder that H2H Projects are due in next Friday. We can’t wait to see what the children have created.
Here is a photo of the happy 6 that were presented with their roles this morning in assembly. Congratulations to them all!
A big welcome back to you all, we really hope you enjoy reading our blog posts and we’ll continue to keep you updated on here as much as we can!
We have had a very busy start, with Rehearse and Recite on Wednesday and Stay and Solve on Thursday. It would be fantastic if you can come in on a Wednesday morning to join your child for Rehearse and Recite. We are learning lots of new poetry! Stay and Solve will be on the first Thursday of every month so you’re welcome to join your child and support them with their problem solving skills! We would love to see you!
Everyone has already done so much and we are all getting to know the children and having lots of fun with our new classes!
In Ocean we have written targets that we are going to try and achieve before half term. These will continue to be updated as soon have they have been met by the children. We have also learnt about batik and created our initials using Egyptian hieroglyphs.
In Secret Garden we have been teaching our new teachers about the Golden Rules and our STRETCH values by making games, posters, booklets and plays. Ayaan said “I made a booklet to teach other people about respect because it is one of our STRECH values and it is very important. I can show my new teachers and new children this so that they know about it too!”
Island class have had a fantastic start, we have also written our targets and tried our hand at using Egyptian hieroglyphs to write our names.
Here are some photos of our experiences so far!
Last week 2 children from Team Adventure took their learning outside of school and went to Barcelona to play tournaments with teams from other countries. Rohan Sharma and Keelan Veerasoo play for Windsor FC; they enjoyed the experience and said they can’t wait to go back again! We are very proud of them and wish them lots of success in their next match.
Wow what an amazing couple of weeks we have had! Last week we went to Croft farm and took part in so many activities and at school the Hilltop Stars had a fun filled week.
We started the week with the year 4s presenting to the school the songs that they have been learning this term. Mr Manners led the assembly and explained to the audience how hard the children have been working and what amazing opportunities they have experienced. Watch the video below to see their performance!
Welcome Back! We hope you have had a lovely restful half term. We can’t believe that we are in the final term of the year, it has gone by so quickly. The children are finishing off the writing aspect of their Summer Assessment and they have really enjoyed learning about different British Olympians and Paralympians. There is the last Learning Update coming home on Friday- have a look to see what we have planned for this term.
We are looking forward to the children presenting their newspaper articles they have researched as part of their learning pack work from next Thursday which is the final learning pack collection.
The weather is getting hotter, please ensure the children are bringing in hats and sun cream, when appropriate. We are ensuring that the children are drinking plenty of water.
We are also on the countdown for our visit to Croft Farm and the week of the Hilltop Stars which will run from Monday 20th June-Friday 24th June. This week a sample menu has gone home so you can see what the children will be eating during the week. There is a Halal option for all the dinner options if your child requires this.
Many Thanks for your continued support
We had such a successful evening yesterday at the Year 4 cinema night, everyone enjoyed the film and we raised over £300 to go towards the Year 4 end of year leaving activities.
Thank you to all of the families that attended and a huge thank you to the Year 4 children that helped!
We hope you have a restful and enjoyable half term and we look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 7th June.
The year 4s are busy thinking of ideas to raise money for their end of year trip and t-shirts.
One event that we are holding is a cinema night at school to watch Inside Out.
This is going to be held on Thursday 26th May 6-8pm. The children are very excited to have the opportunity to turn the school hall into a cinema and serve refreshments to their customers.
Tickets go on sale Monday 16th at 8:30am for Year 4s and Tuesday 17th May at 8:30am for Years 1-3.
Please come and along and support the children with their fundraising and don’t forget to bring a cushion to sit on!
Thank you for your continued support.
We have had a very physical start to the week with Mr Lomax coming in to run with us in the morning and having Bikeability for Year 4s. The children have benefited from the physical activity as they were focused and ready to learn on a Monday morning.
The Year 4s that took part in Bikeability all passed Level 1 and were all able to go out on the road to finish off their experience. A huge Congratulations to all that took part and Well done! The adults that helped run the course commented on the children’s superb energy and enthusiasm. A big thank you to the parents who gave permission for their children to participate in the course.
Welcome back! We hope you have had a lovely half term break and are ready for the Summer term!
Thank you to all of the parents who returned and completed work in the learning packs, the work set helps children reinforce learning that we do in school.
Next week, Parent Teacher Consultations (PTCs) are taking place on Tuesday 19th, Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st April. Slips with times on have gone home in book bags, we are looking forward to talking to you about your child’s learning and progress in schools.
On Wednesday 20th April the year 4s are celebrating the Queen’s birthday and the opening of the Bandstand in Windsor by performing in Alexandra Gardens to the Queen! The children are very excited about this as are we. Below are the songs that the children will be singing, please take some time to practise the songs with your child.
The adults in Team Adventure would like to wish you all a very happy Easter, we hope you enjoy the 2 week break and get lots of rest.
Learning packs are to be completed in the holidays and are to be returned on Monday 11th April.
On Monday 21st March Ocean Class visited the Natural History Museum as part of their Experiencelogy topic of Dinosaurs. When we got to the museum we saw the HUGE Diplodocus first and were astonished with how big it was. The children got to see fossils that have been found from around the country and bones that have been collected. After lunch we all became scientists in a workshop about paleontology , we got to sort and compare rocks and fossils and even got to find real fossils. Ocean Class had a wonderful day and enjoyed visiting the museum. Thank you to Mrs Warburton and Mrs Bannon for helping on the day. Miss Bedi
All of Team Adventure have been working hard on our quizzes for Reading and Maths this week. We can’t wait to see how much progress the children have made!
Island and Secret Garden Class are off to the Science Museum tomorrow. We are very excited and we will be sharing our experience with you on the blog on Friday…
29.02.16- Today is a very special day that only comes around once every 4 years…do you know why it is special? Come and tell your class teacher if you think you know…
Welcome back! We have had a very busy first week back in Team Adventure. This is what the classes have been up to…
On Monday Ocean room was taken over by all of the amazing projects that came through the door. The chidren were so excited to share their projects and discuss what they had done. This week we have also begun our ‘Where the wild things are’ theme and have started to collect and record information from the story to represent into graphs. Please read the learning update coming home today to see what your child will be learning about this term.
It has been a busy week in Secret Garden and we have been having a fantastic time seeing all the wonderful H2H projects. It is clear that a lot of work has gone into them. Well done!
We have also begun to prepare for our Mission to Mars, the childen have been thinking about all the things that they would need to have and have begun designing their space rocket. In English we have begun to learn the story of ‘The Man on the Moon’ and have been retelling the story through freeze frames. Secret Garden are looking forward to another busy week.
Island Class have come back full of energy. The children are really excited to take our learning forward in our Experienceology and we are learning all about The Titanic. The children have been so excited to find out different facts about it and have been asking some amazing questions. We also have been flying our kites and in groups been recording how long they fly using stopwatches. We are going to decide how to present the data we have collected and evaluate our kite designs. Once again we are so impressed with the H2H projects and the children have been talking with such confidence about them.
This week in Berkshire Maestros, Team Adventure were practising for the Easter concert. The adults had a big ‘WOW’ moment when a group of children were able to learn a new song and read music in ONE SESSION! Watch the video below and let us know what you think!
29.01.16- PSHE- Careers
This term in PSHE, Team Adventure are learning about Careers. We have been really fortunate to have some parents who have volunteered to come in and talk to the children about their careers. We have particularly been focusing on:
- What their career is
- What they had to do to be successful in their career
- What studying they had to do
- How long it has taken them to qualify for their career
Thank you already to Samira Khan (Hibah’s Mum) who talked to us all about her job as a Recruitment Consultant for Pharmaceutical Companies and Harjinder Kaur (Keerit’s Mum) who talked about her career as an Optician. We have several more parents lined up to come in and talk to the team and we are really interested to find out more. We will also be hearing how Mrs Clark has worked hard to become the fantastic Headteacher she is today.
We asked some of the children in Team Adventure what their aspirations are for their future and what career they would like to peruse. Here is what some of them said:
Zubair ‘I want to be an archaeologist because it sounds like lots of fun! I will have to go to University and have lots of experience’.
Isla ‘I want to be a security guard for borders because I want to study different languages and you get to find out about the world’.
Learning with Numicon in Maths
Team Adventure have been spending the beginning part of the term using Numicon to support different areas of their maths learning. The children have really enjoyed the practical hands-on experience and it has really helped to visualise relative sizes of numbers through different calculations:
Ocean have got to investigate what Numicon is and how we could use it in our learning. The class were able to figure out that 2 sets of Numicon do not fit on the board because it 10 x 10 and the pieces total more than this. Children worked on their number bonds and practised times tables too.
Florian ‘I am doubling and halving with Numicon, I can tell that it’s half because I just take away half of the shape’.
Island Class have been using the Numicon to practise their times tables. We have been put in groups of the times tables we are learning and using the Numicon to make different answers with it. It has really helped us to remember our tables in different orders- Written by Island’s enthusiastic Numicon Learners!
Team Adventure have been working so hard in Berkshire Maestros lessons every Tuesdays and are having so much fun learning an instrument!
To show off their skills we are having a Concert on Tuesday 8th December at 2:20. Please come along and see how well the children are doing.
On Tuesday 24th November, Ocean Class took part in a Tag Rugby competition with 6 other schools at Trevelyan Middle School. Ocean have been practising very hard in their PE lessons with London Irish Rugby coaching and have developed lots of excellent Tag Rugby skills. The tournament was very exciting; the children got stuck in to all of the games and enjoyed their afternoon.
A huge thank you to Ms Bains and Mrs Burrows for coming with us and helping the children at the competition, we couldn’t have done it without you!
Ocean have been thinking about several ways to look after the environment around us and to keep the school looking tidy and presentable.
Mrs Warburton kindly came in and helped the children plant bulbs and flowers in the front garden. We talked about the life cycle of plants and what requirements are needed for them to grow and be healthy. The children loved the experience of planting and enjoyed getting stuck in and getting their hands dirty!
The children are very excited to have started their Berkshire Maestros sessions and have been learning about how to play different parts of the instrument for example plucking and how to play a note using the bow. At the moment Year 3 cello players are still learning how to care for the instrument before they are allowed to take them home, we will send a text to let you know when this will be.
We have been really impressed with the first round of learning pack work, please keep it up! Look out for workshops after half term to support your child’s learning.
We hope you had an enjoyable and rested Summer break. The children have been back to school for a few weeks now and have got stuck into their learning! They have enjoyed meeting their new classes and getting to know each other.
Team Adventure are excited to learn about The Stone Age this term and have been fascinated to find out amazing facts about this time in History.
‘It happened such a long time ago, before my parents were even born!‘ Rohan Sharma
‘It is really interesting to find out about all of the tools they made and how they lived‘ Zara Khan.
Learning packs are due back in tomorrow, 1st of October, and all of the teachers are eager to see the children’s work and how they have been practicing their skills at home.
At this time of the year the children are very busy preparing for lots of exciting events. Preparations for our Hillfest stall are well under way and many children are eager to help on the day. If we require your child’s support then a letter will come home in the next few days.
This time of year many children are becoming tired and anxious about upcoming changes; whether they are year 3 children considering their year 4 classes or year 4 children thinking about Middle school. We are giving the children time to talk about their concerns through bubble time and circle time, please encourage conversations at home so that they feel secure and able to express their feelings.
Many thanks for your continued support. 🙂
On Monday some children from Ocean class were extremely lucky to be interviewed by Channel 5 News. They had to read a book which was originally written by Queen Victoria when she was a child which has now been published. Channel 5 wanted to see the reactions of everyday children. Below is the link and video of the news report on YouTube. Please watch and don’t forget to hit the like button!
We hope you had an enjoyable and rested half term! We are excited to welcome Lisa Moore and Rosie Mir in Island Class, the children have been helping them to get settled in.
This term we have got stuck in straight away with our Summer assessments and children have been concentrating and persevering during these quizzes. Please make sure you are practising at home using the activities in the learning packs and are also making sure you are having having plenty of rest.
One last reminder learning packs are due in for the final time on Wednesday 10th June, please ensure they are returned on time and with all of the resources that were provided.
We all had such a fantastic time at Whipsnade Zoo yesterday. The children were enthusiastic and engaged throughout our visit and showed the Hilltop values. This visit has really enhanced children’s understanding of animal habitats and how they adapt to suit their environment. Here are just a few photos to show you what we saw and did.
Good morning. First of all, we would like to say thank you for all of your support with the Learning Packs. We have also really enjoyed the children’s enthusiasm for the extra mental maths work we have been providing. Please continue to encourage and celebrate your children’s achievements in Maths.
Thank you to those parents who have already returned their child’s permission slip and money for our trip to Whipsnade Zoo. Just to remind you, the deadline for these is next Wednesday the 6th May. Please help our admin team by returning these slips on time. A slip is also coming home today to ask you to provide your child with a small rucksack. They will need this to put their school provided packed lunch in, as we will be on the move all day. Any problems, please come and speak to your child’s class teacher.
Happy St. George’s Day! We hope you have had a restful Easter holidays. We are grateful for the support given with Learning Packs and any additional Maths learning you received. The next few weeks are so crucial for the children, leading up to the summer assessment period so the more you can do with them the more confident they will feel.
Miss Bedi has been busy planning an exciting trip for the whole team so on Friday please look out for a letter in your child’s book bag about this.
You may have noticed extra learning coming home for maths, particularly mental maths. We are only giving this to children who require further consolidation of that day’s learning. It is therefore very important that the work is done that evening and returned the next day to the Maths’ teacher. We appreciate your support with this and if you have any questions or concerns please speak to one of us.
As you are aware, since Christmas, we have been doing guided reading in class, which means that an adult works with a small group of children to move their reading learning on, whilst the other children complete independent reading activities. We feel this is working successfully and it will continue after Easter across the school.
In order to continue the momentum behind children’s learning, Easter home learning has come home today via your child’s book bag. This includes comprehension activities, reading the guided reading book and revision of recent maths learning. This learning should be returned on Monday 20th April.
Happy Easter! We hope that all families in Team Adventure have a fun but restful holiday.
The last few weeks have been busy for Team Adventure – and we’re not done yet! The children worked very well in their teams at the Tag Rugby competition. We came 10th and 14th (out of 15) but this was not for lack of hard work. The star player has to be Thomas Mallet because one of his plimsolls fell off but he still managed to score a try!
The children (and adults!) of Secret Garden and Ocean are very tired today, following the fun of the Dance Show yesterday. The children worked so independently in both the rehearsals and in the performance and were a credit to the school. We know many parents were able to attend and really enjoyed the performances. For those parents unable to attend please keep your eye out for the Sharing Folders coming home next week as Miss Bedi and Miss Lee are working hard burning a video of the performances onto DVD for each child.
Last week you would hopefully have received a copy of our Team Maths targets – which is fractions at the moment. Learning Pack work will also focus on this target so please help your child at home. We know fractions is something that both children and adults feel a little nervous about so please remember that if you have a question about fractions or need some help with helping your child please come and speak to your child’s maths teacher.
Welcome back after the half term holiday. We hope you had a restful but enjoyable time and had the chance to make pancakes on Shrove Tuesday or eat Chinese food in celebration of Chinese New Year.
We have again been impressed by all the hard work children have put into their Learning Packs. Thank you for your support with this. Not only are children revising key skills but they are preparing themselves for upcoming areas of learning. Learning Packs will come home again on the 4th March 2015
3rd March: Tag rugby competition at Home Park. This event has been rescheduled from Term 3. The event is a combined heats and finals event so if successful, the children will have the opportunity to compete in the Tag rugby final on the same day. Parents are welcome to come and cheer the children on.
11th March: Gym and Dance show. Children in Ocean and Secret Garden have been preparing dances based on a book which we will be performing at this event. A letter giving you more information about the event and costuming will follow shortly. It is possible for parents to spectate this event but you will need to purchase tickets. Information about how to do this will be sent out in a text, once we know the arrangements.
19th March: Yr 4 Choir Concert. The children have been practising singing songs all about The Magna Carta in term 3 and 4 with Mr Manners. The Year 4 Choir are participating in a larger concert as part of a programme of events for the Windsor Spring Festival. Parents will need to book tickets online in order to attend but these tickets are free for Advantage card holders. More details will follow in a letter.
As you may be aware the children in Year 4 are taking part in the Windsor Spring Festival, at St. George’s Chapel on the 19th March 2015. They begun preparing for this after Christmas and Mr Manners has just emailed all of the song words to us. Whilst the children are not expected to learn each song off by heart many children feel more confident in their performance with some extra time to practise at home. Please download these words if your child would find it beneficial.
Term 3 has been such a busy time for the children, and us too! We have been so pleased with the progress that children have made in their assessments and look forward to see them continue to progress. This week we have found it so useful to talk with parents at the PTCs and hear how you feel your children are getting on too.
On Friday at 9:00am we would be delighted to invite you to our H2H exhibition. The children in Team Adventure will be showcasing projects about electricity, volcanoes and space. We have been impressed by the effort put into projects and the variety of ways children found to express what they have learnt. We thank you for your support.
We hope you have a restful and fun filled half term. We look forward to seeing the children refreshed and ready to learn on Monday 23rd February!
Welcome back! We hope you have had a rested and enjoyable break. We have hit the ground running with our assessments and all children are working very hard. During this time it is important that the children are well rested so that they can show us everything that they can do.
Last night, Miss Lee, Mrs Inam and Miss Bedi visited Mr Manners to discuss our part in the upcoming Windsor Spring festival. The year 4 choir will have the opportunity to perform in St George’s Chapel as part of a Magna Carta themed event with other Windsor schools. Details to follow.
Just a quick reminder that learning packs are due back on the 28th January, we hope that the children have been working hard on them with your help. We would LOVE every child to have completed an English and Maths piece in their learning packs and class teachers have been discussing with their classes a suitable WOW treat if this is successful.
All of our hard work during rehearsals paid off as all 3 Christmas performances were amazing! The children worked really hard to project their voices, remember their cues and be entertaining. We are very proud of all of Team Adventure and what we achieved.
Secret Garden were responsible and supportive when helping all of the school make their Christingles. They had an effective production line running in the hall and got through the school in an organised way as possible.
We were then fortunate to visit All Saints Church for the Christingle service. Reverend Louise and her team entertained and informed us about the true meaning of Christmas.
Pictures to follow…
Christmas is now in full swing and the children are continuing their run of performances. Following on from last week’s Year 4s choir concert, all children have now taken part in a Berkshire Maestros Concert. For the Year 3s this was the first time they were able to showcase their musical skills on either the violin, viola or the cello. They showed how far they have come since September. The Year 4s demonstrated a variety of skills in their performance as they are confidently reading music. We are extremely proud of all of Team Adventure!
This week we had our first whole school Christmas performance rehearsal, in which Mrs Clark joined us. The children enjoyed watching the other performances and many staff commented on how much they enjoyed our play. Performances are next week and we know tickets are selling fast, we look forward to seeing you there!
Today the Year 4 children represented the school beautifully at Windsor Parish Church. They took part in a choir concert which they have been rehearsing for since September with Mr Manners. They sang a range of songs about Harvest, Halloween and Christmas. We received many compliments from both the audience members and Mr Manners and we were very proud of them. Thank you to the parents who supported by coming to watch the performance. Pictures of the event to follow…
We were extremely thrilled with the amount of parents/ carers that attended our recent parent workshop on writing varied sentences. It was lovely to see how many parents were able to come and support their child’s learning. Thank you for your feedback on the workshop, it was overwhelmingly positive! Please click on the links below to find some resources that will help your child to extend their sentences at home. These resources were given out in the workshop.
This term all classes have been learning and retelling mythical stories. We have created detailed story maps to help understand the stories better. Each child will now be rewriting the stories with a twist of their own.
In Maths we have been pursuing our geometry whole school target, to recognise shapes. At the moment we have focused more on 2D shapes, using vocabulary such as horizontal, vertical, parallel and perpendicular to describe their properties. In addition to this we have been looking at angles in shapes and starting to recognise different types of triangles and quadrilaterals. We will now move on to 3D shapes.
Next Tuesday, the 2nd of December at 2:15, all children in Team Adventure will take part in a concert with Berkshire Maestros. All parents are warmly invited to attend and see what the children have been learning in Viola, Violin and Cello lessons this term.
Team Adventure have made a great start to the year!
The children in Year 3 and 4 have settled in well to their new classes and already learning so much. We are thoroughly stuck in to our Roman Experienceology and this has been reflected in the quality of H2H projects that came in last week. Thank you to all the parents who have supported their children in successfully completing their H2H projects.
This term we have been successfully writing a variety of poems. In Ocean, children have written haikus, acrostic poems and are now looking at rhyming couplets. In Secret Garden we started by looking at rhyming and rhythm and are now enjoying writing free verse poetry containing alliteration, similes, metaphors and personification. In Island class children first looked at narrative poems and are now focusing on the same poetic techniques as Secret Garden.
A haiku poem by Zane Crossley in Ocean:
The Start of Autumn
Rock hard crusty bark
Bright emerald leaves on the trees
Birds’ nests on branches
In Maths, all groups have largely focused on number topics so far. Miss Bedi’s group has understood the place value of a variety of numbers, including decimals, and done addition and subtraction using the column method. Mrs Inam’s group have focused on the place value of 3 and 4 digit numbers and used rounding to deepen this understanding. They are also beginning to look at written calculations, including partitioning. Children in Miss Lee’s group had lots of fun doing hands on activities to gain a greater understanding of the place value of 2, 3 and 4 digit numbers. We have used and investigated 100 squares and most children can now partition 2 digit numbers to add them.
Year 3 children are absolutely loving learning how to play the violin, viola or cello. Details about hiring an instrument will come out very soon. This is highly recommended as practising at home really helps to consolidate children’s musical skills. Year 4 children are continuing to learn an instrument and are enjoying becoming professionals. In addition to this they are taking full advantage of the opportunity to perform as part of a Choir. Mr Manners comes in every Tuesday and has been very impressed by the enthusiasm and engagement of all children. Details of a concert in November will follow soon.
Year 4 Choir
The children have been working hard to learn songs from the musical Captain Noah for the upcoming Windsor Spring Festival at St. George’s Chapel, WindsorCastle. The performance will be at 1:10 on Friday 21st March 2014. Please visit http://www.windsorfestival.com to get your tickets for this exciting event.
Ocean Gym and Dance show
Ocean class will be taking part in the Gym and Dance show at Windsor Boys’ School on Wednesday 19th March 2014. This will be an opportunity for them to showcase all the fabulous dance skills they have acquired in their lessons since Christmas. Miss Romanay has been impressed with the originality they have demonstrated in creating their own moves.
What’s been going on in Team Adventure during Term 4?
Children have shown enthusiasm for their new Experienceology focus: phone technology. Mrs Ireland has been thrilled by their commitment to building and improving their teamwork skills. Have a look at how they have been getting on.
Children have been learning how to say hello in many different languages, as part of our Experienceology learning on Around the World. They have learnt a song and every child has been responsible for teaching the class how to say hello in a particular language. Look out for the DVD release of this hit song in the upcoming Sharing Folders!
Island Library Visit
On Monday 4th February Island class walked to the new Dedworth Library to meet the children’s author Siobhan Rowen. The children were fascinated by her story of how she became a writer. They got the chance to experience many pickled objects, as these are a main feature in her book. Island class’s favourite pickled item was pickled spiders. If you want to keep the excitement this visit generated going, you may wish to loan one of her books from the library. One very popular title with the children was ‘The Curse of the Bogle’s Beard’.
Secret Garden Attitude Academy
Mr Tim and his team visited Secret Garden on the January 30th. The children were training to be level 16 experienceologists. This involved many trials and challenges which the children enjoyed enormously. Mr Roland took pictures of all the children enjoying their training to achieve level 16. These have all been placed into a book which you can access through the following link. http://issuu.com/timgodwin/docs/hilltop_wundersch_le/13