After our ‘How to improve your effort’ assembly last Thursday, based on one of our BGS Aims: Scholarship , Year 3 this week have continued on their journey and taken every opportunity to be the best learner they can be. Being organised, staying focussed, asking questions, reading instructions carefully and persevering are all regularly discussed and practised in the classroom. Through this focus on effort, they are earning many housepoints. Some of the highlights have been: re-enacting the history of the Berlin Wall, making our own 2-D and 3-D city skylines and developing our vocabulary in descriptive sentences.
We have had fun this week working in the style of the Swiss sculptor, Alberto Giacometti. Giacometti created extremely tall and slender figurines out of bronze. The girls used tin foil to create tall, slender versions of the Celtic Queen Boudicca poised for battle. Studying Boudicca as part of our Humanities topic, ‘I am Warrior,’ fits in very well with our English text, ‘Fantastically Great Women of the World’. This week the girls have been writing biographies of the women they have researched. They have been inspired by some truly amazing women.
This week Year 5 have been stretching their brain cells in Mathematics. In order to develop their mental strategies for multiplication, they have been considering multi-step function machines. It all began so easily: multiply by four – double and double again; multiply by 20 – double and multiply by ten… and then it became more tricky to work out. How can you make ‘x6’ sums easy? ‘x25’? ‘x9’? With much thought, much testing (and much frustration), the girls eventually reached thoughtful conclusions to create usable (not just mathematically correct) methods to make mental multiplication easier. They realised the importance of learning their multiplication tables, the benefit of practising them regularly and the need for resilience when the answer does not come to you immediately.
6 Ruby performed their class assembly this week. They talked about setting targets, perseverance and trying to reach goals. They acted out Zog by Julia Donaldson. It was a delightful start to the Class Assembly season with colourful costumes and entertaining storyline.
Emilie was awarded a ‘Headmistress's Award’ for bringing in a specially framed picture about the Titanic from home.
Year 6 homework was to independently research auroras. Amongst the array of creative presentations, a cake was brought into class to be marked! When it was cut, it had the colours of the aurora running through it! Delicious!
School Council News
This week Mrs Robinson, the chair of the Parents’ Association, came to visit the School Council. She explained that each year group would be receiving £250 to start to invest in a business idea, decided by the year group, which could make more money. Any profit made could be spent by the year groups, as they decide, or donated to charity of their choice.