Our Carol Service on Thursday evening was a wonderful way of making everyone feel Christmassy. Everyone’s reading, singing and prayers were beautiful, well done Cherry Class. There were lots of lovely comments from parents (comment slips are on the back page of the order of service if you want to add yours) and I was extremely proud of you all.
To end the week, on Friday we all wore our Christmas jumpers to school and brought in a gift for the Christmas Hampers, make sure you have your raffle tickets for the draw on the last day of term.
In the afternoon we all enjoyed Cinderella.
Thank you to the PTA .
Have a lovely weekend and prepare for the final two and a half days of term – Christmas parties, Oak and Willow will lead the Nativity Service in Church and the final end of year school meeting with Hamper draw. ⛄️🎉 🎄
This week we have been to church to practise out Christmas Carol Service.
Please join us tonight at 6pm.
Today we had our Christmas dinner which we all enjoyed very much.
We have also completed our Canopic Jars
Congratulations to everyone who received a certificate in this weeks School Meeting. There was a slight mix up with Reading Awards, thank you to Harry who was very honest and handed back his silver award and apologies to Ned who should have received his Bronze and Silver awards.
we have been busy making our very special snowmen wrapping paper for the PTA Christmas Fair
and also on Thursday we made Christingles for our Christingle Service Friday morning.
We have shared our topic homework on Tutankhamen. We have all worked very hard on our presentations and artwork. Thank you all very much, I enjoyed hearing about all your interesting facts and looking at the wonderful things you all made.
We have been making a text map for the diary entry of Howard Carter’s discovery of the treasures inside the tomb of Tutankhamen. This is going to help us write our own diary entries next week.
On Wednesday afternoon we started to paint our Canopic Jars. We plan to add the gold next week…
And that’s not all…
we have been looking at multiplication and division in maths. We impressed some important visitors with our mathematical skills on Tuesday morning.
Well done Cherry class 👍😀
We have also been practising our handwriting. Look how good we are getting
What do you know, even Mrs Chapman managed to get an ‘excellent ‘ this week!
Finally, we have been practising for the Key Stage 2 Carol Service. We all have a line to learn for our Reading. This service is on Thursday 14th December, in the evening, in Woodborough Church.
Quick note – Thank you to everyone who bought our wrapping paper, I understand it sold out very quickly. If you didn’t manage to get a sheet and you are in Cherry please do not worry we will make sure that everyone who wants one gets one ( for the same fee which will go to the PTA).
We shared some of our work on Egyptian hieroglyphs and mummification in KS2 school meeting. Here are some more examples
There are many different symbols used in hieroglyphics but we used the ones that represented the letters in our names to make these
We also found out that hieroglyphics can be read in different directions and that when the pharaohs names we recorded many other hieroglyphs were used to show their importance. These were then put into a Cartouche ( an oval frame), only the gods, pharaohs and their families could do this.
This week we started planning our models of the Canopic Jars, used in the mummification process.
Thank you for all your bottles, we are ready to start our clay modelling of the heads.
The theme for Anti- Bullying Week this year is ‘ALL DIFFERENT, ALL EQUAL ‘
Our week started with a great assembly which left us with a very clear understanding of what bullying can do to a person and how we can all do something about that.
We talked about what bullying is – physically or mentally hurting somebody repeatedly.
So we have to remember that it is very easy to say or do something unkind but , like the toothpaste, once it is done (or out of tube) it is impossible to take it back. And, like our pieces of paper, once we have been bullied it is impossible to take away that hurt completely. We are all like our flat new piece of paper until something happens to cause creases and crumple us. Once this has happened those creases may get flattened out but they will not disappear.
We are all going to remember our golden rules and be kind and helpful. We know how to look after ourselves and each other. We are going to try and keep our toothpaste in our tube and keep everyone’s piece of paper as good as new as we possibly can.
Later in the week we made this class puzzle
This helped us understand that although we are all individuals and look, feel and like different things when we are together we make an amazing class. It would be a very boring puzzle if every piece was the same but as it is, it is a beautiful, colourful, cheerful puzzle made up of wonderful individual pieces. Every piece is different but every piece is equally important. Our class would not be Cherry Class without every individual in it.
We are going to respect our differences and treat everyone equally. We are going to remember the assembly and our golden rules and keep our class and school a bully free place.
For our Remembrance Service in school today every pupil made a poppy. Each class made different style poppies. The Key Stage Two children also wrote up poems in their best handwriting. Cherry class made tissue paper poppies and copied one of two poems that are often read on Remembrance Day. We watched a short video clip, on the BBC Schools website, of a reading of ‘For the Fallen’ by Laurence Binyon accompanied by a slideshow of archived images; and then read ‘In Flanders Fields’ by John McCrae.
Mrs Brewis then used these to make this beautiful display.
Everyone has also glued a button onto this magnificent poppy that Mrs Needham has made…
Back in class we have started to write up our Autumn poems. Here are the first ones to be finished.
We have also been sharing facts about the Ancient Egyptians. Edward brought in a fantastic painting on papyrus and Emily showed us a statue of Anubis. Our Egyptian display is also taking shape with many thanks to Mrs Moore Bethel for the fantastic paintings.
It was wonderful to see everyone in their fantastic costumes…
All Key Stage 2 spent the morning in the hall, listening to the tales of Africana Smith and taking part in games and ceremonies that were important to the Ancient Egyptians.
We were able to look at several artefacts that Mr Smith had brought in.
We found out about Egyptian gods, clothes and jewellery, their beliefs and practices around death and the after life.
We then went on to play a couple of games that were part of the very complex rituals after the death of a Pharaoh, priest or another important, wealthy person. The first game was very strange and involved everyone running with their hands on their knees. Mr Smith then told us that the reason for this was because this made the children look like ostriches. Do you agree?
The second game was all about crocodiles hiding in the grass and catching unsuspecting animals or Egyptians!
Before break, we also decorated scarab beetles and wrote good luck messages that would have been wrapped in the linen bandages of a mummy.
After break we placed these messages and good luck charms in our own mummies
A lot of toilet roll was used but eventually our 4 volunteers looked quite effective.
In the afternoon we worked in class. We started with tasting dates, figs, yoghurt and honey as the Egyptians ate fish, vegetables, fruits and honey. The majority of us enjoyed this sweet treat.
We then had a go at hieroglyphics- a pictorial based writing system the Egyptians used. We found that they are not like letters and can be written and read in many ways- top to bottom, bottom to top, right to left or left to right. Once we had found the hieroglyphs that matched the letters in our name we arranged them in our own cartouche. We also included other symbols from the Pharaohs’ cartouches, found in the books we have been reading. Some of these will be put on display and we will post photos soon.