The adults in school have been busy preparing their classrooms for a socially distanced return! Can you spot your classroom? What is the same and what is different?
We look forward to seeing you over the next few weeks.
Today, Year 5 have been making models of the Norfolk Broads using recycled materials. All the models were fantastic and it was difficult choosing the 4 models which will be showcased at Fairhaven in July.
Thank to those parents who attended out first Dyslexia Focus Learning Cafe. It was great to her from Belinda O’Brien, from the Dyslexia Outreach Service, our wonderful Library Gang who displayed our dyslexia friendly books, Mrs Forder for all of her hard work with resources and setting up and our Year 6 children for talking about their own experiences. It was a fantastic opportunity to work together.
The Owls had a lovely day exploring Strumpshaw Fen today. The children tried pond dipping, mini beast hunting and sketched drawings of the beautiful landscape.
This week, the children have been planning their own outdoor activities involving vocabulary. We hope to put these into practice when the weather improves. Watch this space …
This week we are thinking about root words. Root words are the basic parts of words, to which prefixes or suffixes can be added, which then changes the meaning. Understanding the meanings of root words can help us understand the meaning of the whole word and spell it too.
eg appear, disappear, disappearance.
Did you know that many of the words we use in the English language originally come from other languages? These include Latin, Greek, French and Germanic languages.
We talked about ‘tri’ in assembly this morning, which comes from Latin and Greek and means ‘three’. We thought of lots of words which include this: tricycle, trio, trigraph, triceratops, trident, triceps, triathlon. Can you think of any others?
Have a look at this table below. It shows root words and meanings but they have been muddled up. Can you sort them out? Teachers did this at staff training a few weeks ago and found it quite difficult. Can you beat the teacher?
As part of the Water, Mills and Marshes project, the Owls spent yesterday exploring the Broads. Our day began with a tour of Thurne Mill, where we learned about its history and importance in maintaining water levels. We then went to How Hill, where we did some river dipping and found out about species that live in various Broads’ habitats. In the afternoon, we continued to look for wildlife on a paddle steamer cruise. We had a fantastic day!
This week we are looking at test vocabulary. Tests have a language of their own, which can sometimes make questions difficult to answer. Words like describe, justify or explain all mean different things and they can make it difficult to know what to do. In carousel time, we have been looking at test questions to make this easier.