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Week 9 - W/E 8th November

After our half term break, we spent the first few days of this week finalising our dragon-sighting reports in English. We had to pull together all the work we had been doing to try and produce a finished newspaper-style report using all the correct language and structural features.

Next week, we are starting a new unit of work using the text 'Stone Age Boy'. We will use it as a model for writing our own adventure stories.

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In Maths, we have been finding out about addition and subtraction fact families. We found out that addition is commutative and that subtraction isn't. This means that in addition calculations, you can write the numbers you are adding in any order and the answer will be the same. However, this is not true with subtraction. 

Next week, we will be starting work on more formal written addition strategies.

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For many of us, the highlight of this week was our Outdoor Classroom Day on Thursday. We spent the majority of the day outside and were so lucky with the weather as the forecast rain did not materialise! We made Bird Cake, Nature Mobiles, went on a Welly Walk (or trainers if we didn't have wellies) and did Wild Art.

We used lard, porridge oats, bird seed, currants and grated cheese to make Bird Cake. They had to go in the fridge to harden overnight.

We investigated the wild area by the path up to school, out of bounds at all other times, where we collected the materials for our mobiles. Whilst we were outside, we talked about what we could see and made some interesting discoveries. On our walk around the field, we saw a pond some of us didn't know existed, Autumn leaves of many colours, all sorts of fungi, sticks covered in lichen and lots of birds. We walked, we ran, we twirled and we squelched!

In our Wild Art session we worked in groups, using natural materials, to create a picture, pattern or sculpture.

Throughout the day, some of us got wet and muddy! It was a wonderful day and we are already looking forward to the next official Outdoor Classroom Day, which is on Thursday 21st May 2020. Why not write it in your diary and come and join us for the day?

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