Saturday, 24 November 2018

Week in Review: Nov 19th - 23rd by Rosie & Alisha!

In Maths we were looking at adding and subtracting.

Today we began looking at our new class book, Tutankhuman. Tutankhuman was an Egyptian boy-king that was buried in a tomb.  Howard Carter has spent 5 years searching for it!

In English we were writing ancient Egyptian facts and had to create their family tree!

In Maths, Year 3 were working on 4 & 8 times tables, while Year 4 were tackling the 6, 7 and 9 times tables.  We also had a little mental maths quiz about lots of maths topics.  Some of us found the questions about the calendar a bit tricky.  So we will be looking at this a bit more closely.  
We also began making some Christmas decorations for the corridor ahead of the Christmas Fair next Friday!  We are working in small groups to make Santa's team of reindeer!

This morning we were taught by Miss Wones!  Mrs. Pell and lots of other teachers were away learning cool new ways to teach us Maths!  Miss Wones had to give us our first Headstart Spelling Test!
Mrs. Pell was back after lunch, so in Spanish we did some more Spanish ER Verb work and we began learning a new Spanish song called A Pasear.  Finally, we had News & Sunshine time with Mr. Hall. 

Thursday, 22 November 2018

Our Canadian Pen Pal Letters Arrived!

It was a magical moment in Cheetahs class this morning as the children received their Pen Pal letters from their friends in West Kelowna, BC, Canada!  There were smiles and squeals of excitement as they poured over the impeccably written letters and share the art work and photos of their new friend with classmates.  

Our lovely TAs Ms Ryan and Mrs Barker worked very hard to get all of the letters photocopied so that 1) the Cheetahs could take their prized letters home, and 2) we have a copy at school so that the children can answer the many, many questions the Canadians have asked them about their lives and what it's like at our school as well as living in England!

I am very happy to have the Cheetahs include any local post cards, drawings, small tokens (eg. stickers or friendship bracelets) should they wish to send their new friend a little something along with their next letter.  Anytime an idea strikes them, please feel free to have them bring it in and I'll keep it safe.

We will begin writing our replies next week with a view to mailing them as we break up for Christmas!  

I'm quite sure I will hear from my niece when they have received our letters, so I'll keep you... posted! Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!

-Mrs. Pell


Sunday, 11 November 2018

Hard-working Homework!

Lucas- Math homework!

Princess- Egyptian Top Trumps!

Rosie- Math homework!

Sam- Crossword extraordinaire!

Well done to these Cheetahs, and the many others that produce such excellent work at home!

Friday, 9 November 2018

Week in Review Nov 5th-9th by Boyd & Isaac!

-We went to How Hill for our Federation Day!  Our favourite activity was dyke dipping in the pond!  We did so many activities.

-We did some real Egyptian work on papyrus paper!  We did our rough copies in our books first.

-We imagine that we were WWI soldiers and wrote letters home to our loved ones.  We did this in honour of Remembrance Day coming up and how this year marks 100 years since the end of WWI!
-In assembly we have been learning a song about why we wear poppies at this time of year.  It is a catchy tune! We hope you enjoyed hearing us sing it at the parent's assembly on Friday!

-Mrs. Pell's joke of the day was:  "What do you call a number that can't sit still?  A roamin' numeral!"
-In Maths we were very good at estimating calculations by using our rounding skills!
-Our new Headstart Spelling program is really fun!  We had a spelling race today where we raced against ourselves to get personal-best scores!

-This morning we mixed with Panthers Class (Year 3&6 worked together and Year 4&5 worked together) on some activities for Remembrance day.  We made 3D poppies using recycled plastic bottles & acrylic paint in one session, and we worked together on a 2D poppy collage in the other session. 
-We also listened to a story together called A Poppy is to Remember, by H. Patterson & R. Lightburn. We learned that John McCrae, the poet that wrote In Flanders Fields, happens to have been Canadian, but back then, Canadians served in War for Britain.  His poem was so inspiring at the time that it was published in England, used to promote war effort fund-raising in Canada and in the USA, a woman was so inspired by the poem, that she began the campaign of having injured veterans make poppies for sale to raise money for other injured veterans & their families.  A campaign that has been adopted by many countries and still carries on 100 years later!  

Sunday, 4 November 2018

First week down!

Our first week back has flown by!  We hit the ground running this week, but ended it with a tasty, yet spooky cake raffle (made by yours truly) & donated to the class by Alisha's family!  Speaking of Alisha, she is currently in the lead with Reading Miles in our class with a whopping 37 miles!  Keep up the great work!  Remember to record what you've read in your homework diaries.  We tally them up every 2 weeks (roughly) and we look forward to awarding prizes!

We have begun our new Spelling program called Headstart Spellings.  This program is a 4 week system of patterns & rules, practice, activities and games.  The children will then be tested on some of the words on the 4th week.  This learning will take place at school and will no longer be a part of their weekly homework!  This program us now being used throughout the school and all students will be working at a level that challenges their abilities.    If you have any questions, do come and speak with us.

We hope you've all had a wonderful week!

Friday, 12 October 2018

Week in Review- Oct 8th-12th by Freddie & Leo G-B

We really enjoyed working in partners for PE!  We had fantastic weather for a bit of exercise on our playground.

We both love Maths!  This week with Mrs. Sales we worked on doubling numbers.  With Mrs. Pell we rounded numbers of any size to the nearest 10, 100 or 1 000!

Today we learned the hard lesson that if teams don't play fairly, a game can be cancelled.  Luckily, there are so many other fun ways to play together in our huge outdoor learning environment!  (PS. we learned from this and improved our conduct.)

In PE we were learning about playing handball!  This was my favourite lesson today!  I love playing outdoors!

Today we carried on with our exciting new writing project...  We have a Pen Pal class in Canada to write back and forth to!  Mrs. Pell's niece is about the same age as us, and she and her teacher came up with this great plan and are equally as excited about writing to us!  

Their school is in British Columbia, on the West Coast of Canada.  That is along the Pacific Ocean.  Mrs. Pell told us that there are lots of mountains there and that the times zones makes them 8 hours behind our time!  So when we leave school at 3:15pm, it is 7:15am in BC and their school day hasn't even begun yet! 

Friday, 5 October 2018

Hello October!

Cheetahs Blog: Week in Review
Oct 1st – 5th, 2018 by Lucas & Cody
Today in Maths we did our Daily 10.  We really enjoy this game!  It challenges us and Mrs. Sales can change the amount of time we have to solve problems to help us with trickier questions that involve more than one step.
In English we worked on our story maps.  First we drew the trail (but only one side because we were following instructions brilliantly!).  We needed to make sure we had enough space to write about each part of the story, then we drew the other side of the trail.  That Mrs. Sales is so clever- it worked!

In Maths we used number cards to make our own questions for rounding!  We rounded numbers to 10, 100 or 1 000!  Sometimes, we had to round a 4 digit number to the nearest hundred, and other times to the nearest ten or thousand!  We had to read the questions carefully. 
Mrs. Pell showed us how to find our school website, then our class blog.  We enjoyed looking at the pictures from Forest Schools and seeing our work online!
We had our first Spanish lesson about grammar today.  We learned the pronouns for:
I (yo), you-singular (), he/she (él/ella), we (nosotros), they (vosotros), you-plural (ellos/ellas).  We also learned the pattern for how the pronoun affects the spelling of the verb!  Next week we will apply this rule to some real verbs!
Most importantly, we had a fantastic time at WHEELS EVENING!  What a turn out!

And now a few words from Mrs. Pell & Mrs. Sales:
What a fantastic week we have had Cheetahs!  From start to finish you were on the ball this week!  We both saw some fantastic work in your books, cooperation happening in the classroom and it was so lovely to see how proud you are of your work.  Very well done to you all!