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West Denton Primary School

β€˜A Stepping Stone into the Future’

Autumn Term B

Autumn 2 Week 1

As well as writing a sensory description of bonfire night, we also learned the Firework Safety rules so we could have fun and stay safe on Bonfire Night.

We had great fun finding out about hedgehogs and creating our own pictures of them. First we painted the pictures using watercolours then we collaged them with card and paper for the hedgehog’s spines. Don’t they look great?, πŸ¦”πŸΎβ€οΈ

Autumn 2 Week 2

This week we have been learning about the Great Fire of London in 1666. We had to think about the causes and consequences of events to explain why the fire lasted for 4 days and was so difficult to put out. We then ordered these causes by their importance.

On Remembrance Day, we had a whole school assembly to remember those involved in wars. We looked very smart in our red poppies. We wrote a description of a poppy field and also wrote about life in the trenches of WW1. After the 2 minute silence, we visited our Garden of Remembrance to lay some wreathes there.

Congratulations to our children who received an Achievers Award this week. Well done to Lucy, Mia, Sophie, Jay and Blake πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘πŸŒŸ 

Autumn 2 Week 3

We had lots of fun this week making chocolate crispy cakes! We then wrote instructions for how to make them, using time words and bossy words! We enjoyed sampling the finished crispy cakes! πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜‹πŸ«

In Bushcraft this week, Mrs McHatton taught us a new skill - how to use a bow saw. We had a tool talk so that we knew how to use it safely, then worked in pairs under close supervision. We all enjoyed our time exploring the Bushcraft area as the photographs show!

In Science, we have been learning how we change and grow. We then lined up in age order to see if the oldest would also be the tallest. We discovered that the line didn’t reduce in height from the oldest to the youngest, and that some younger children were taller than their friends who were older!

Thank you for all of your generous donations to Children In Need. We learned about Children In Need and how it helps children around the country. We all looked fabulous in our colourful outfits! We even drew Pudsey Bear step by step! πŸ§ΈπŸ’›

Congratulations to all of our Achievers this week! A big well done to Chloe, Elise, AJ, Ella and… the whole class who were complimented by other members of staff on their lovely manners! πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘πŸŒŸπŸ†

Autumn 2 Week 4

We practised the 10 times table in maths and had to order the numbers from smallest to largest. We know that all of the numbers in the 10 times table en in 0.

We had a wonderful time in the Bushcraft area this week. We reviewed what we had learned about Autumn and then discussed what signs of Winter we could see. We then had some more practice with the bow saw and had the opportunity to explore the different areas with our friends.

Autumn 2 Week 5

This week we have been learning about the Jewish festival of light, Hanukkah πŸ•Ž. We experienced what it was like to receive gifts and learned the story of the Maccabees in the temple who had enough oil in their lamps for 8 days. We learned about some Jewish traditions for celebrating this festival, such as playing games, giving gifts and preparing special food.

We have been learning a new Christmas song about a Christmas party ready for our virtual performance on Friday. We have also learned the British Sign Language signs to accompany the song so that hearing impaired people can enjoy the performance too.

In Science we have been learning about the importance of staying healthy by exercising. We found out that exercise increases our heart rate and we compared our heart rates after a calm body activity and a busy body activity. After we had been doing star jumps, our hearts were beating much faster, our faces were pink and we got a bit out of breath!

In Science we have also focused on hygiene, including the importance of hand washing. We have sequenced the steps of hand washing and we have also taken part in some experiments with β€˜germs’ to see how we can get rid of them! We found out that our secret weapon against germs, bacteria and viruses is... SOAP!

Congratulations to this week’s children who received an Achievers Award this week. A big well done to Ralphy, Freddie, Isla, Jonny and Millie B πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘πŸ†πŸŒŸ