Chanukah Madness Week
To celebrate Chanukah – and the last week of a difficult term – BWJPS hosted a fancy dress week. The children LOVED it and I really enjoyed seeing the creativity that went into each outfit. It was lovely to see the children come into school so enthusiastically and compliment one another on their ideas/ outfits so thank you for helping. I would also like to thank you for helping our school’s PTA with its fundraising activities. As you can see, Year 5 went all out for their different items. Unfortunately, we were so busy on Tuesday that we forgot to take a picture in our pyjamas but they were equally awesome.
We really enjoyed our mental health and wellbeing day on the last day of term. This included lots of different activities; including a house quiz with year 6, mindfulness art activities and a circle time discussion. This circle time activity was a brilliant way to end the term as it allowed each child to reflect on their achievements throughout the term; sharing what they are proud of and grateful for. We also focused on people’s strengths and how we can work as a team.
Y5/6 Writing Session
Following on from our author zoom with Sufiya Ahmed, we decided to try writing our own war/ spy stories. To do this, years 5 and 6 paired up and worked together to write our stories before reading them aloud to one another. This was a great activity and a wonderful opportunity for children to learn from one another. We had a great time!
Years 5 and 6 were very lucky to have a zoom meeting with Sufiya Ahmed on Wednesday. Sufiya, author of Noor-Un-Nissa Inayat Khan, worked in the Houses of Parliament as a researcher and writer before becoming a full-time author. She now has 3 books published, two of which focus on human rights. Sufiya spoke to us about her previous career and how she became an author; she also shared some tips with the classes on how to become authors themselves. The children really enjoyed the session; being able to ask her questions and listening to a chapter from her recently published book about Noor Khan. She has also kindly agreed to sell SIGNED copies of the book to school for a discounted price of £6.50 so let Miss Pereira or Mrs Kobak know if you would like one.
We are very pleased to share that Harry has passed his Grade 1 in piano with distinction! He has done extremely well and we are all very proud. I, personally, cannot wait to watch him in concert one day. Keep up the great work! 🙂
Reading for Pleasure
Not only have Year 5 impressed Miss Pereira with their wonderful work ethic during assessment week; they have also become the first class to complete their reading for pleasure tower. This is a competition for Years 3 to 6 where the spines of books, read by the children during our ‘reading for pleasure’ slot, are photocopied and towered in order to win a class prize. Miss Pereira is over the moon and would like to thank all those parents who donated books from our Amazon wishlist as this has really helped our class’ reading journey.
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Black History Month Cont…
Here are the finished products of our inspirational Black Britons posters. I’m sure you agree that they make a striking display!
Autumn Sheds Competition
Exciting news…we won our own shed! Two of our class (Harry and Sadie) are the proud winners of the Autumn sheds competition where their designs were used to paint a shed. They took a trip into Bury Centre to see their shed, amongst other winners’ sheds from a variety of schools, which will soon be on our school playground and utilised as a reading nook for playtimes. Congratulations guys and well done! 🙂
Black History Month
This week, we had great discussions about Black History month, its origin and its importance today. Our main focus was looking at the Windrush generation and the impact they had on our culture. We also researched black Britons who we found inspirational and created artistic posters for each person. Here we are getting our art on…
Writing Competition Winners
Last half term, our head and deputy heads set up a new writing competition for Years 3 to 5. The theme for our first writing competition was creative writing and children were given a visual prompt to work with. Channa (Y3), Calum (Y4) and Jessica (Y5) were the first lucky winners and each received 15 Dojo points! Years 3 to 5 look forward to next half term’s writing theme.
This week, FOUR of us earned a praise postcard home for excellent efforts in different subjects:
Dana and Harry received theirs for brilliant results in our end of unit maths assessment.
Jessica for brilliant computing work.
Marissa for sharing her first novel with the class.
Reading is Magic Festival
This week, we participated in two separate events from the ‘Reading is Magic’ festival: an illustration session with Chris Riddell and a reading session with Pamela Butchart. We really enjoyed both sessions but Miss Pereira was very impressed with some of our own illustrations as we joined in alongside Chris Riddell. Excitingly, Pamela Butchart replied to our class tweet and wished us hello!
Inferring Character’s Thoughts
In our English lesson, we carried out some drama techniques to infer the thoughts and emotions of different characters. The children used freeze frame and voice overs very well.
Thank you to everyone who sent a flag to capture all your feelings about school. They are absolutely brilliant!!
The flags have now been put together (as you can see below) and we have also made them the banner for our Facebook page.
When we get back to school, we will print them out and display them around school. Thank you again, we LOVED seeing them!