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Autumn has arrived…

Hello to all,


I’d like to begin with another ‘thank you’ to parents and carers. Home learning has been completed promptly and returned which is great to see. Thank you for your support in this matter as it really helps to support the work we do in class. Another thank you is for the regular PE kits which the children have in school. This week we had a little change, but it will return to Thursday next week.

Since I last wrote, we have been incredibly busy. The last fortnight began with our Roald Dahl day – the imagination and hard work which went into the costumes was amazing. Here are class Riordan in all our finery.

In science, we have been learning about both the classification and life cycles of animals. Last week the groups worked incredibly hard to research and then present the different life cycles of vertebrates. We also created ‘baggy gardens’ in preparation for learning about plant life cycles. Here is one group taken just before presenting their work to the class:

We are continuing to practice reading aloud to an audience, so if you have any opportunities at home for this to happen, please encourage it!

This week was particularly exciting as we were visited by local author Antony Wootton. He talked about his books, and worked with the class on improving their creative writing. It’s always great to have a visitor, and Antony had some inspiring ideas for the future generation of authors. Please ask your child to tell you all about it.

In literacy, we have continued our focus on autobiographies. The children have created radio shows about their lives and I hope to record all the children on an iPad to compile an audio book. We have talked in length about what is interesting to the reader, so if they have been quizzing you about life events that’s the reason why!

If you have note done so already, I heartily recommend following us on Twitter as there are regular updates and pictures which will help to keep you posted.

Mr. Hardcastle



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Saturday, 19 October 2019