This week, Mr. Smith and Miss. Speed set the Junipers a challenge – using words or pictures, they had to create a memory card to commit to memory their writing and mathematics targets. The children used a variety of cartoons, words and simple pictures to represent their targets and were then challenged to recall them without the help of their memory card to an adult. Many children are now able to recall their targets clearly and promptly. More importantly, the children are responding to their targets regularly in their daily school work. Please ask your child what their writing targets and mathematics targets are at home and challenge them to explain what they mean. Feel free also to work on the targets at home with your child through their home learning activities and any additional projects you would like to set them (for example, see this edition’s Blooms Taxonomy challenge later in the post).
We are braving the wetter, windier and cooler weather in the woodland and exploring habitats. The children have used the woodland to write persuasively, trying to encourage others to visit the woodland and explore its charms. We also used the woodland to create rotation and translation pictures in mathematics using dead woodland litter. Half way through our session, the sun came out and a large quantity of leaves suddenly began to fall from the trees. We set ourselves the challenge of trying to catch as many of the falling leaves as possible.
Gary, our football coach
We are really enjoying our football training from our very own football association coach, Gary. Each Wednesday, Gary teaches football skills to the children and builds teamwork through a variety of passing, catching, chasing and ball kicking games. The children’s confidences are growing and motivation is really high. As the weather is turning wintery, please ensure your child has a warm outdoor PE kit for Wednesdays up until early December.
Anti Bullying Week
Bullying takes many forms and in the twenty first century; cyber bullying for example is now a new threat in our society. Anti Bullying Week is a national initiative which aims to bring awareness of the problem of bullying to a higher threshold and teach children ways to cope with, report and eradicate this terrible problem. We dedicated our lessons on Thursday to discussing, sharing ideas and communicating our understanding of bullying and how to stop it. The children wrote persuasively, encouraging victims to report bullying. They used their knowledge of three dimensional shapes to create paperweights with anti-bullying poems, messages and instructions on the faces and created information posters using ICT. We also took time to celebrate our friendships and created some superb pieces of art work using our own and a special friend’s handprints.
Purple Award Badges
Congratulations to the following Juniper children who have now accumulated enough reward points for the award of purple badge. The winners were celebrated in Thursday’s golden awards assembly. Thank you for working so hard since September and keep it up! There will be many more to follow!
Winners… Cameron Davidson, Hannah Crossley, Charlie Atkinson, Evie Edwards, Chloe Elliott, Rachel Waterworth, Morgan Popplestone and Jordan Bannister
In our IPC theme “Do you live around here?”, we have been exploring where we live. We have studied maps of Yorkshire and learnt that it comprises of four ceremonial counties including North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, the East Riding of Yorkshire and South Yorkshire. We have studied towns and cities in Yorkshire as well as its rivers, mountain ranges and national parks, and located Barnsley on a variety of maps. We have learnt that certain maps serve different purposes and developed our atlas skills accordingly. It is important that children understand their place in our ever changing world and many of them were keen to explore Yorkshire even further!
Best Table Winners
Congratulations to the children below who continue to show their readiness to learn, try their best, respond to adults and manage their learning through being independent
Winners of Week 10 ~ Kai, Kienan, Kyan, Evie, Rachel and Jasmine
Winners of Week 11 ~ Jay, Cameron, Evie, Cadey, Sam and (not pictured) Kai
Blooms Taxonomy 2 ~ Comprehension
During the previous post, we explored Knowledge questions. This post, we will explore comprehension questions. Your child may answer these questions and return them to the academy where they will be rewarded with bonus points towards their badges in school.
Optional Homework Task: Design a poster for Carlton Primary Academy, persuading children from other local primary schools to come here to learn. Remember to include persuasive features including rhetorical questions, opinions disguised as facts and emotive language.
When you have designed your poster, answer these questions about your poster either at the bottom of your work or on the reverse.
- Explain why a rhetorical question is important in persuasive writing.
- Give an example of an effective persuasive device in your completed poster.
- State who your poster would be of interest to and why.
- Summarise, in a slogan of no more than eight words, why Carlton Primary Academy is the place to learn!
Note to parents/carers
Blooms Taxonomy comprehension questions assess the ability to grasp the meaning of material presented to the children. Translating material from one form to another (words to numbers), interpreting material (explaining or summarizing), estimating future trends (predicting consequences or effects) are all features of this type of questioning. Comprehension questions go one step beyond the simple remembering of material. Try asking your child a comprehension question the next time you read with them. Some useful question verbs for formulating questions to ask your child are as follows…
Explain, predict, interpret, infer, summarize, convert, translate, give example, account for, and paraphrase.
Remember to check Post Seven in the next fortnight to learn of important upcoming Christmas events. Where did all the time go..?