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'Classic Primary morning.'

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Well, another busy week in Snow Leopard class! The children have managed very well with different teachers taking the class while Mrs Penton has been away. Mrs Weyer and I are very proud of them.
Today the children finished making their fabulous clay masks. We will now wait for them to dry before they are fired and put on display. Lots of people have been admiring our work already!
We also turned our classroom into a writer's studio. The children could decide where they would like to work. We also lit a log fire to keep warm in our studio!
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We started this week in Snow Leopards in our usual manner with English, maths and topic work. On Tuesday, however, the children were treated to an exciting morning of activities, all based on the theme of Mexico. Mrs Woolworth came into the class to share with them her wide knowledge and experience of Mexican culture. First, she talked to the class about the history of Mexico and its people and then she gave them sugar skulls to decorate. The children loved this activity - and you can see the results of their labours here:

We had lots of fun making and eating various Mexican dishes including guacamole, which the children made themselves. Mrs Woolworth provided each of the children with a kit for making burritos and quesadillas and each of them was given the ingredients to make their own guacamole. 



You can see from the pictures below that the children had a thoroughly good time and our sincere thanks go to Mrs Woolworth who invested so much time and effort to provide the children with …
In maths this week, the children have continued their work describing positions on the full coordinate grid as part of the unit on Geometry. On Tuesday, we moved on to learning about position and direction and this has involved children working with translating shapes from one position to another and describing the translation. 

In English, we have started reading Holes by Louis Sachar and the children are particularly enjoying this author's style of writing. This books ties in with our new topic - Hola Mexico. 

We have begun working on our new topic this week (Hola Mexico) by looking at the geographical location of Mexico and by listening to some of the music which is typical of the region. 

The children have also had lots of opportunities this week to practise their song for the carol concert and for their performance at the Christmas Fayre on Friday. We hope that we will see you all there.
It's been another lovely week in Snow Leopards and the children have finished writing their stories. In ICT, we practised our keyboard and presentation skills by typing these stories up. The children have used the features of Spell Check to edit their work and the thesaurus to help them to find alternative words. Next week, we will be starting our new topic, Hola Mexico, and our class reader - Holes by Louis Sachar. 

In maths, we have finished our unit on adding and subtracting fractions and are having a 'fraction break' for a week before returning to multiplying and dividing fractions. In this intervening week, we are learning about Geometry - specifically, position and direction. 

Once again, we have exciting plans for our new topic and are currently planning a 'Wow' event which will take place early on in the Spring term. 

Mrs Penton and Miss Savory




Thank you to everyone who was able to come to the reading cafe last Friday. This was a real success and the children enjoyed creating works of art, which will soon be on show in the upper school library.
In maths this week, we have continued with our work with fractions and the children have been doing number line work as well as adding and subtracting fractions.
In English, the children have planned a story based in the Antarctic, with an animal as the main character. During this piece of writing, we are focussing on speech punctuation and using a variety of clauses in our writing.
In science, the children are creating food chains and food webs, based on animals which live in one of the polar regions.
Finally, please keep an eye out for a letter which will be coming home in the next couple of weeks, inviting you to our end of term carol service on Tuesday 18th December at 9:45am.

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