TTRS Stats are now over at the Hall of Fame page under Children
Lot's of companies are now offering free audio downloads for the next 30 days (at least) which are great and read by some great celebrities. Please try to read or enjoy a book together at least once a day to help improve your child's vocabulary and reading fluency.
Spelling,Punctuation and Grammar
Other Activities to do at home
Hawkstone Class Spring 2020
Class Teacher: Mrs S O’Hara and Miss Marshall
Teaching assistants: Miss Jones and Miss Edwards
Hi Hawkstone Gang,
We hope you are all o.k and staying safe. Miss Marshall and myself will update our class page as often as we can, with new ideas for learning at home. Below is the list of recommended website links and again, we will update it if anything new and exciting pops up!
Miss Edwards and Miss Jones have looked after Bob the Basil Plant this week and when we are in class next week, we will take a picture of his progress... #backfromthedead #photosynthesis
Try and watch CBBC newsround if you can, it's important you know what's going on in the world. Also, we've been really excited about the live links on Facebook to Chester Zoo and Edinburgh Zoo. Please ask an adult to log in for you, and enjoy learning about all the different animals.
Everything is a little strange at the moment, but the strangeness WILL pass. We miss you all dreadfully, but before you know it, we'll be back at school, dancing around the classroom and appreciating being outdoors just that little bit more.
Take care everyone
Mrs O'H and Miss Marshall
Welcome back to yet another super busy term!
Our whole school theme for Spring is ‘World Kitchen’ and we will be immersing ourselves in the sights, smells, traditions and history of India. There will be opportunities for the children to create traditional Indian dishes and they will study the importance of spices within Indian food. We will be raising funds for The Ark this term by selling a ‘Curry Box’ which will include a recipe (created by the children) and ingredients for you to cook at home!. The children will also investigate the use of spices in ancient Indian herbal medicines. The end of the term will see the children in Hawkstone class take part in their Lower Key Stage 2 performance. More information to follow!
World Book Day 2020
This year our school theme for World Book Day was 'Bedtime Stories'. We all had great fun coming to school in our pyjamas and slippers and enjoyed a hearty breakfast of sausage baps to start our day.
Hawkstone class shared stories at the start of the day and simply read a book for pleasure. Mrs O'Hara shared her favourite book as part of our English lesson, The boy, the mole, the fox and the horse written by Charlie Mackesy. A book to bring people together, Charlie Mackesy’s inspirational paintings and delicate text are a celebration of kindness, compassion and understanding, sharing an essential message for our time.
The focus for our lesson was considering what courage looked like. In the book, Mackesy suggests that asking for help is courageous. This led us to explore the story of civil rights activist, Rosa Parks who refused to surrender her seat to a white passenger on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Through reading sources of primary evidence and drama activities, the children developed an understanding that courage can come in many forms.
We were inspired by the book and we plan to use it more in the Summer term.
The children have worked incredibly hard and we were so proud of the quality of each of the entries for this years competition.
We submitted 29 stories and will find out in April if any of our entries were successful in getting through to the final. Your child was presented with an official certificate acknowledging their contribution and as part of our World Book Day celebrations, they shared their stories with staff and children from other classes. The feedback was fantastic and really boosted their confidence as writers.
A huge thank you to all our parents and carers who supported the children with their writing at home.
The children have really enjoyed reading the book 'Grandpa Chatterji' They have learnt so much about Indian culture already, which links beautifully with our theme work this term.
Their first challenge connected to this text is to create a piece of writing about yoga! They will have to blend 3 genres of writing; report, instruction and persuasive writing. Before the children could start planning their writing, they needed to experience yoga first hand. Below are some pictures of our fabulous candlelit yoga session we enjoyed in the hall. They were suprised at how difficult it was and how much concentration was required. They all agreed that they felt relaxed and peaceful as we ended our session with meditation.
This half term we have been using Kay Brophy's 'Finding Your Way' resources to understand
our core emotion of fear. The children have listened to the text The Frightened Fairie and used the book as starting points for discussion of emotions and sharing ideas.
The children have learnt that fear works like an instinct and we respond with fear when we sense danger or feel unsafe. Fear helps protect us and prepares us to deal with it.
In one of our earlier sessions, the children were encouraged to express their fears through painting. They agreed that getting those fears out of their heads and onto the page helped them talk about and understand them a little more. Here is an example of some of the fabulous pieces they produced.