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Bushey Manor Junior School

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Proud to be part of the Bushey Primary Education Federation - Executive Head Mrs C Holliman

Week 3 - 1st May

First of all, I would like to say a huge thank you to all of the parents who attended our assembly on Friday. The children had worked very hard on their 'performance' and I hope that you enjoyed it!


This week in English, we continued to read and explore the story, 'Beowulf'. We started the week discussing how the villagers' reacted when Beowulf first arrived in the village. We were surprised to read that some villagers were actually opposed to this great warrior arriving on their shores. However, this was only a minority of the population. Using evidence from the text, we gave reasons for different character's thoughts and actions. Towards the end of the week, we mimicked an event in the story and held our own banquet in honour of Beowulf's arrival. We acted in role as some of the characters, including villagers, the king and queen, Beowulf, guards and serving maids, and brought the event to life. At various points during the feast, we produced freeze-frames, photographs of which were used in a follow-up lesson to further develop our understanding of the characters. Next week, we will planning and writing a letter from Beowulf to his father, reporting back on events in the village so far.


In Maths, we developed our understanding of multiplication written methods. We started the week, revisiting the grid method, which we were first introduced to in Years 3 and 4. Following this, we turned our attention to the column method, and noticed that the transition from each method was actually very simple. Quite a number of children had clearly been shown the column method before but struggled to explain how to use the method accurately. By the end of the week, most children were confident using at least one written method and demonstrated this by completing a variety of problem solving activities. Next week, we will be exploring division written methods.


We ended the week enjoying our weekly orienteering P.E. session. Over the last few weeks, we have been developing our team-building and map-reading skills through a variety of challenges. This week, the children were required to follow clues to navigate their way around the school grounds and eventually find a code word.