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Winterbourne EarlsChurch of England Primary School

‘Happy, Confident and Successful Learners’

Spring Term 2019

14th January 2019


We've had a very busy week and have worked very hard! In maths we have been using the column method to subtract. I was so pleased to see everyone pick it up really quickly. We haven't looked at borrowing yet, that will come later on in the term, but everyone is secure in both addition and subtraction.  Over the next few weeks we will be looking at money.


We have been looking at comic strips in English. We read some and talked about the features on the first day, then planned our own on Tuesday and on Wednesday we wrote speech bubbles and placed them alongside pictures and superheroes. You can see some of them below. It was a fantastic lesson! The teacher challenge was to use question marks and exclamation marks.


Science got very sparkly this week. We learnt about how important it is to wash our hands as germs spread very easily. To show this we used glitter! When we shook hands with our talking partner, the glitter began to spread. The more people we touched, the more it spread. It was really surprising to many how quickly it can spread. 


Thursday morning we had visitors in from The Bridge to teach us about prayer. We looked at different types of prayers and completed some activities. Then we wrote some prayers and created a prayer book for the class.


Today (Friday) we had Art this morning. The artist we looked at today was Monet. We found out he was an impressionist painter and loved to paint his garden in France. Our lesson had two parts today. The first was to draw the outline and the second was to paint it. To create the small strokes we used our fingers. It was so much fun and the results were amazing! It was a very tricky concept for some children as they wanted to rub the paint and smooth it over. By using our finger, we were able to create layers and depth.


This week we have been doing whole class guided reading. This is to develop our comprehension skills and deepen understanding and reasoning. We have looked at three short texts this week and will be looking at some longer ones next week.


See you on Monday.



Monday 7th January 2019

Welcome to Superhero School!

On Monday,  we were at superhero school and had lots of activities to complete for our training. There was: super strength, super hq, super identity, super mind, super mask, super transport, super pose, super active and super citizen. Each child had to complete at least 6 to pass the training and recieve their official superhero certificate. We had great fun! I'm sure your child will tell you all about it!

If you hadn't already guessed, our new topic is superheroes - 6 weeks of fictional superheroes and then 6 weeks of heroes in the world.


In Maths we've been continuing to add using the column method. The children have really grasped this now which is super. They do need to remember to add the ones column first!  Some have even been bridging the 10 and carrying over to the next column.

   24                     38

+ 12                   +14

   36                     52


I'm so proud of the children's progress this week. Next week we will be moving on to subtraction.


In English we have been creating our own superheroes. We have also been learning to use commas in lists (ask us to show you) and have been describing our superheroes using these and writing a shopping list for our superhero. Next week we will be developing this further and eventually moving on to some creative writing. 


In PE on a Wednesday we will be doing dance. We started this week with the first of three lessons about Alice in Wonderland.

In Science we are continuing our hero theme and will be looking at heroes of the world. This week we began to learn about Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, the first woman in the UK to become a doctor.