It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas…
As usual, this has been a very busy week in the corridors and classes of LKS2, as we’ve been working as hard as ever but also starting to get into the Christmas spirit.
This year, rather than decorating the Guildhall, we chose to decorate a local shop and luckily for us, one of our favourite local shops, Saltash Cards, kindly allowed us to decorate their window. So, do pop past and take a look, we hope you like it!
Next Friday, we’re going to visit the Christmas Tree festival at St Nicholas and St Faith Church, where we’re really looking forward to seeing our Brunel tree which has been decorated by Portwrinkle class this year.
As you may recall, for several years now, Y3/4 have been delighted to take part, along with the residents and staff of St Anne’s Residential Home, in a joint venture called ‘The Archie Project’, to foster an awareness of dementia. We all feel that this has been an incredibly enriching experience not just for our children but also for the residents, leading to some wonderful cross-generational friendships. Sadly, with the restrictions over the past two years, our weekly visits have been curtailed but we still try to keep in close touch. Therefore, in the last week of term we shall be visiting to sing carols in the garden, whilst the residents sit in their windows. We’re really looking forward to this and know it will be an emotional reunion.
Lastly, on the subject of singing; Mrs Swabey and Mr Jane have had a very busy week recording a special Carol Concert featuring all the pupils in KS2, further details to follow, so watch this space…
Wishing you all a great weekend, see you at the Lantern Parade!
There was a real buzz of excitement in the corridors of KS2 this week as we were going on a school trip. As you can imagine, we haven't been out in such a long while, that to say we were looking forward to it, was a complete understatement.
Sonic the Hedgehog, Living my Best Life was just as good as we'd hoped and we had a great time.
Huge thanks to Mrs McKillop for organising it!
We have had another exciting week of learning in year 3 and 4. This week, we had another fun virtual author visit! This time, we were thrilled to watch and interact with Jeff Kinney…author of ‘The Diary of the Wimpy Kid’ books. We already had some major fans of the books and many more children are now excited to read some of his popular books…they may appear on some Christmas lists! Furthermore, many children were inspired to write their own diaries, whether that be for themselves or fictionally for a character. Jeff talked about how he writes and how fun it can be as well as where to take inspiration from! We are hoping that this passion will further inspire and motivate children in their writing at school and at home.
Maths Mania in Brunel…12.11.21
What a week it’s been in LKS2 as we’ve enjoyed celebrating Maths Week England!
Each day has brought a new challenge in the form of puzzles, stories, games and competitions; all centred around this most important of subjects. We’ve even taken part in online lessons led by famous maths professors and talked about all the times we use maths in our every day lives, as well as looking at the central role it plays in so many careers.
Here are some of our photos from this week and we’d like to say many thanks to Mrs Swabey for leading it and inspiring us with numbers!
Wishing you all a great weekend.
P.S. What do you notice about the date above? Please ask your child to tell you…
We have been as busy as ever, in RE, we’ve moved onto a new topic area and have been hearing the Old testament story of Noah and the Ark.
Also, in French, we’ve started a new half term with a different theme, in Y3 we’re learning all about Les animaux, whilst in Y4, the theme is En famille, so please ask the children to tell you all their new vocabulary en Français…s’il vous plait!
PE brings a complete change of direction as we move from football to gymnastics skills and we’re all looking forward to some sequence work based on symmetrical and asymmetrical shapes.
Electricity is the new topic in science for this half term and we’re hoping to find a few more bright sparks, as we know we’ve lots in the lower KS2 corridor!
Advanced notice for next week when we celebrate Maths Week, which will bring lots of exciting maths challenges for us all.
Have a great weekend everyone.
This week in year 3 and 4 we have been finalising our letters of persuasion in English. The children have worked hard to write a formal letter to Cornwall Council in the hope of helping to persuade them to save our Saltash Leisure Centre. In the letters, the children have enthusiastically written many facts and opinions to try to sway the Council members. We will be sending our letters once they are complete at the end of the week.
Thank you to those of you that were able to come and visit our Egyptian pop-up museum! The children really enjoyed being able to show it to you. Please see the photos on this post for those of you with work commitments and were not able to make it. Thank you again for the array of creatively wonderful homework…we have been delighted with them!
In Science, the children have rounded off their sound unit by creating a musical instrument with a focus on pitch and volume changing. We were thrilled by the creativity and thought. Can your child tell you where sound comes from and how we hear it?
Thank you for your ongoing support this half term. We hope that the children enjoy a well earned break.
When we set our homework task to produce an exhibit for an Ancient Egyptian pop-up museum in LKS2, little did we expect such an amazing response! From a life size sarcophagus, sets of canopic jars and a most mysterious cat to beautiful masks of all sorts of different materials, we’ve had them all.
All the staff in our corridor have been overwhelmed with the variety and care taken to produce such ‘treasures of the tomb’.
Therefore, we would like to invite you to share these ‘wonderful things’ for a walk through our exhibition area on Thursday 21st October at 2.30pm (meet in the Reception area, please wear a mask). We look forward to seeing you then.
The Royal Institution Science Show visits Brunel…
For the first time ever and having received a substantial grant to fund a visit, this week we welcomed the Royal Institution’s Science Show to Brunel. We chose the ‘Explosive Food’ show for our school as we thought it’d have something to interest our whole school community from the youngest to the oldest.
To say we’ve been looking forward to it, would be a huge understatement, so we started with a morning of shows for all the children from Reception class to Y6. Wow, it certainly was exciting, full of explosions and surprises! Please ask the children all about it as we’re hoping to inspire the scientists of the future.
These weeks are whizzing by…
So, we’ve reached the end of another very busy week in LKS2.
On Monday, it was wonderful to welcome our first guest speaker back to Brunel in what seems like a very long time. Chris Clark from the Wesley Church visited to talk about the wider role of the church and we were amazed to hear the number and variety of groups and clubs on offer. It was of course lovely to see him too, as pre-pandemic, he was a regular visitor to our assemblies.
In art, we’ve had some great results with close observational drawing of an eye, the difference between the initial sketches and the final pieces were really quite remarkable.
Our topic on sound in science has seen us experimenting with altering pitch this week, culminating in making our own panpipes. On the subject of science, we are really looking forward to the visit from the Royal institution next Thursday and we’re hoping that lots of parents and carers can come to join us.
A huge thank you to all those who’ve contributed to our Harvest collection for the Saltash Food Bank, it will be collected on Monday 18th October.
Wishing you all a great weekend!
Sunny days and lots of work…
Apart from enjoying the lovely sunny weather, we’ve managed to do lots of exciting activities in Y3/4.
This week’s highlight in music (for Abba fans anyway…) was some amazing singing along the corridors of Y3/4, as the children enjoyed working with Mr Jane.
In science, children co-operated well in groups to produce a factual TV show to tell younger children all about sound, how it travels and varying amplitude.
Art this week has been exciting, as we’ve finished our Egyptian Eyes of Horus and have moved on to some close observational drawing of our own eyes, with some fantastic results.
Thank you to all those at home who have been supporting with homework, especially reading, spelling and having a go at the new maths Mental workout books. Each half term in LKS2, we also like to set a piece of homework that allows for a little greater creativity and also for the children to showcase their interests. This half term, we are going to make our own pop-up museum to feature the children’s homework (see photo). We are looking forward to seeing the results.
Have a lovely weekend everyone!
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