The dominating feature of this week was of course our Assembly and encounter day. And what a day it was!
The assembly went exceedingly well- beyond our expectations! The children made us very proud as they all pulled it out of the bag! The costumes were fab, the singing and dancing was great and the children had learned their lines and cues beautifully. It was super to see so many parents coming in to watch and then after into class. The children really enjoyed having you! After play we set to enjoying the tasks on our Encounter day. Mrs C had small groups out using clay to make canopic jars. Using authentic clay is very hard and the children really had to persevere with their technique to get the results they wanted. Mrs S had a variety of colouring and craft activities happening in class. All the children made masks of the Gods using feathers, sequins and other crafty bits to decorate them. They look amazing! After lunch we had our banquet trying some of the types of foods the ancient Egyptians may have eaten. We had dates, honey, flatbread and some hummus-yum!
In other news, Maths this week has proven to be more challenging for some. We are working on mental methods and strategies for adding. We have added ones to 3 digit numbers not bridging and bridging through the ten. We have added tens to three digit numbers with and without bridging the hundreds. We have spent a lot of time talking about how children work out answers. Many of them say I just did it in my head-and we need to them to talk about the strategies they use. With this in mind we have set a Maths homework this week covering all we have done in class. The children need to do as much as they can- there is no compulsion to do it all. It starts off easy and gets harder. Please try and support your child with this and discuss methods with them.When using mental methods we have been discussing a variety of strategies. As long as they get correct answers the children can use whatever strategy works for them.
In English we have begun thinking about the power of advertising as the children prepare to write a persuasive advert linked to the Firework Maker's Daughter. We have looked at a few adverts and discussed techniques used to persuade us to buy products and services. We will be making a checklist of these to help when writing adverts in the coming week.
Top Dojos this week were: Elena and Liam - a very high scoring week with the top score over 40! King Tut has gone home with Liam and the Effort cup has gone to Anna. Layanshika, Layla and Amelie won the Egyptian mindfulness colouring competition.
Congratulations to them all.
Have a lovely weekend!