Looking back and Looking forwards!
We have really enjoyed teaching you all and will miss you very much but know you are ready to take the next step and will have lots of fun at Junior School. We hope you all have a lovely summer break.
Remember to keep reading as it is the most important thing you will ever learn to do!
Thank you so much to all of our amazing grandparents and great grandparents who were able to come and enjoy our open afternoon. We had a lovely afternoon together and I know how much it meant to all of the children to be supported by so many wonderful grandparents.
We had fantastic learning opportunities on offer. The first was our colouring challenge to re-design the white horse. Westbury infant school definitely has some amazing artists not only in our students but in their grandparents too. Take a look for yourselves!
Next we had the opportunity to show off our map reading skills by looking for 10 key features of Westbury, such as the swimming pool, library, fire station, to name but a few, that had been hidden around the classroom. They then needed to be marked correctly on a map.
We also had another mapping activity outside on the trim trail, where 9 different White horses that can be visited in Wiltshire, had been hidden. Once again the children needed to use their navigational skills and powers of detection to place them on the map of the trim trail.
Our final activity was using our orienteering skills where grandparents and the children needed to follow instructions to navigate themselves around our small scale Westbury, in the classroom. They used directions such as 1/2 and 1/4 turns, clockwise and anti clockwise and where knowing your left from your right was also very useful!
We had great fun learning in a relaxed and enjoyable way.
How pleased we all were that the rain held off and our sports day could go ahead as planned!
We had a very exciting sports day jam packed with a fantastic range of races, from sprints, sack races, relays, obstacles, and dribbling to the javelin and the marathon. All of the children showed great sportsmanship and determination not only in competing but also in supporting others. Everybody did their very best and came away feeling proud of their achievements. We were very grateful to all of the parent who were able to come and support their children at sports day as without them the day would not have been a success.
Over the last couple of weeks we have enjoyed finding out about all of the interesting places of interest in our local area, discovering different places to eat in Westbury and talking about the variety of accommodation Westbury has to offer. We then used all of this information to start creating our own information leaflets. In our writing we tried to use exclamation sentences, commas, statements, a range of suffixes, conjunctions, contractions as well as remembering to capital letters, full stops and neatly joined handwriting. What a lot of things to remember!
We have been reminding ourselves this week about doubles and halves of numbers; using our Part, Part, Whole model to help us solve number problems about measure and embedding our knowledge of time. Ask your children to show you how to use the Part, Part, Whole model as well as practicing telling the time to the nearest 15 minutes or 5 minutes.
We have also enjoyed a variety of opportunities to spend time getting to know some of the Junior school teachers and had a really enjoyable afternoon going on a treasure hunt with the year 3 children. We split off into groups of 6 and made our way around the school looking for hidden story book or film characters. For bonus points we needed to try and name the film or book that all of the characters featured in. I think the children were a bit more knowledgeable than some of us teachers! It was a really enjoyable way to find our way around the Junior school and get to know a few of the other children in the school. As well as a treasure hunt afternoon, the Junior teachers have also spent time with us in our classrooms where we could ask them lots of questions about Junior school routines and they taught us a maths lesson too.
Welcome back to our final term of the year when we will enjoy finding out about our local area, Wonderful Westbury.
We began our topic with a fantastic trip planned to the Westbury White Horse. The day was due to be filled with fun games, exciting kite flying, enjoying the fantastic view across the landscape, observational drawings, poetry writing, bug hunting, picnics and lots more.
However unfortunately we couldn't predict our wonderful British weather and on the day of our trip it rained and rained and rained and then rained some more!!
The trip definitely helped the children to develop resilience, determination, perseverance, improvisation and how to make the best of a challenging situation.
They did attempt to fly the kites they had made although they got soggy and wet and unfortunately did not fly. They went for a rain walk and saw wonderful Westbury through rain filled eyes and soaking clothes. The highlight was enjoying being followed by a baby lamb searching for, and eventually finding its mum.
Needless to say the trip was cut short and the rest of the day was enjoyed by having an indoor picnic, disco and lots of creative model making of white horses, hot air balloons and lots more. It may not have been the trip that was planned but it did turn out to be an enjoyable and memorable day, full of wonderful learning opportunities.
This week we have been using the Mr Men and Little Miss characters that we created to help us write character descriptions about them. We tried to describe not only their appearance but also their personalities. We tried really hard to use lots of interesting adjectives as well as using different conjunctions to improve our writing. Sometimes it is tricky thinking creatively when you need to remember to use capital letters, different punctuation marks, finger spaces and neat handwriting all at the same time!
In maths this week we have been consolidating our learning of measuring in g and kg and telling the time to the nearest 5 minutes.
When measuring we were reading scales counting in 100s as there are 1000g in 1kg or 10 lots of 100g's.
Our teachers were very impressed with how much we have improved at telling the time!
Can you use your knowledge of number and time to solve the problems below?
Finally we ended our week with a big celebration as we are a GOOD school! We all have been working hard to improve our learning and as a reward we had an afternoon of fun. We enjoyed having a lovely picnic lunch out on the trim trail followed by playing games and dancing to music. The highlight of the afternoon was having a turn on the big red bus- a mobile soft play area!
Hello everyone. We are very excited to share with you our new topic.
It is THE MR MEN and LITTLE MISS!
We have really enjoyed creating our own original MR MEN and LITTLE MISS characters and designing the type of land they will live in.
To bring our topic to life we have had an exciting trip today to The Victoria Art Gallery in Bath and the museum of Bath at work. As well as finding out about different materials we also really enjoyed learning about drawing still life and creating different things out of plasticine from our imagination. A very big thank you to all of the wonderful parent helpers who joined us on our trip today as without you we would not have been able to go. We hope you had as much fun as we did!
This week in Jaguars we have been looking at China in more depth. We have been using the computers to answer questions about China. Did you know that the Great Wall of China is 13170 miles long! The whole of it has only been walked along once in recent history and the man took 2 years to complete it! In China they have Red Pandas. They are very cute! We found lots of pictures to go with our facts and saved the best ones for you to see.
We have also started thinking about how to make a Dragon for our Chinese Dragon dance. We have no material big enough so we thought about if we could build one using a very large cardboard box. Mr Humphries made some holes so we could see out then we practised our dance. It was hard work but we made wonderful dances.
We have had a great start to the year. We have had a dance workshop this week all about China. We got to dance some traditional dances and then we learnt how to dance underneath a Chinese Dragon. Mr Humphries said that we might be able to make some dragons of our own to invent our own dance. We are very excited.
We have also started a new display. We have looked at our new topic and thought about all the things we would like to know. We each got to write one question to put on our board and we are going to try to answer them all by the end of the topic.
We also have made a mindmap using a program in Computing. We started with the title 'China' and we wrote all the things that we know. We will add to it each week when we learn something new.
We hope that you have had a nice holiday and are now ready for the new year!
We have a new Topic in Jaguars. We are going on an around the world tour and we will be stopping in China! Mr Humphries is very excitied. We are going to be making lots of wonderful Chinese things including Artwork, food and even puppets! Mr Humphries and Mrs Smith cant wait for the food!
We hope that you will all be able to pop along at the end of the term to see all the wonderful things we have been up to. There might even be some treats for you to try(If we haven't eaten them all!).
Gong Xi Fa Cai
Happy New Year