We will remember

Our School Captains led the whole school in a reflective Remembrance assembly. They read the story ‘Where the Poppies Now Grow’ and explained why many people observe a two-minute silence on 11th November each year. On Sunday, our Captains will represent our school by laying a poppy wreath at the war memorial in Little Hadham. In Art, we made clay poppies, inspired by Paul Cummins’ ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ art installation at the Tower of London. We made our clay poppies in the same way as Cummins by joining two pieces of clay using scoring techniques. Once they have thoroughly dried, we will paint and glaze our poppies of remembrance. As part of our learning about remembrance, we enjoyed reading the book ‘Where the poppies now grow’ by Hilary Robinson and Martin Impey. We wrote book reviews for this poignant text.

In Science, we investigated the law of reflection. We proved that the angle of incidence is equal to the angle of reflection and then had lots of fun with mirrors bending a beam of light. We discussed the use of this in periscopes and situations where these are used. We also explored different kinds of reflection – diffuse reflection and specular reflection.

This week in Maths, we’ve been learning to add and subtract mixed number and improper fractions. We have been applying our knowledge of the lowest common multiple to help us calculate common denominators and have been using our awesome oracy skills to explain our method of working.

On Thursday, we enjoyed a fun ‘Learning Together Morning’ in which we used our SPAG skills to write amusing stories! There was much laughter (and learning, of course!) as we considered which fronted adverbials, modal verbs and relative clauses to include. We love sharing our learning!

During our English lessons, we have been collecting contrasting vocabulary to describe the feelings and emotions at the start of World War One and the end of the war. We discussed shades of meaning when deciding on powerful vocabulary and used our vocabulary to draft war poems.

Preparations are well under way for this year’s Christmas Bazaar. We have been pinning templates and sewing reindeer tree decorations, using running stitches and backstitch. Rudolph now has many reindeer friends! What beautiful decorations! We also decorated paper bags ready to be filled with goodies for the paper bag stall at the bazaar – always a popular stall and one of the first to sell out each year!

What a busy week we’ve had! Enjoy the weekend everyone.