On Tuesday 22nd January, we will be holding the KS2 coffee morning for parents/carers from 8:30 – 9am in the Great Hall. Please enter via the main school office.
This week in our topic lessons, we researched how people lived during the Stone Age and learned about Skarra Brae (a Stone Age settlement). Then, we used this information to plan and write our own non-chronological report about the Stone Age way of life.
In Maths this week, we were multiplying two digit numbers by a one digit number. We used dienes, place value counters and our times table knowledge to help us.
During the Autumn term, our Genius time focus was: Perseverance. We can define perseverance as: persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success. Finding new ways of learning something that you need to know to make sure you achieve your goal. We can show perseverance by: Never giving up, trying our best, setting some goals for ourselves or asking for help if we need it. The children enjoyed the challenges posed by their genius time activities, which prompted this half-term’s Health and Wellbeing focus.
Activity 1: Emotional Activity – Emmanuel’s Dream
We read Emmanuel’s Dream by Laurie Ann Thompson which is all about a little boy who has a physical disability. Unable to use his legs, Emmanuel shows perseverance throughout the story, culminating in a cycle ride across Ghana – demonstrating that everyone can strive to achieve their goals. We then discussed how Emmanuel showed perseverance in the story and what language he would have used to encourage himself during the difficult times. We completed speech bubbles to show what he might have been thinking.
Activity 2: Physical Activity – The Haka Challenge
We completed a perseverance quiz and were able to identify the strategies and phrases used when persevering, such as “Keep going!”, “I’m not going to give up!”, “The more I try, the better I’ll become!” and“I can do this!”. We discussed the fact that in order to succeed, we sometimes need to work together. We then persevered as a team to learn and perform a ceremonial Haka dance.