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Welcome back for another fantastic year at Hopton!

 

Your class teacher is Mrs Farrell, your teaching assistant is Mrs Allen and our key worker is Mrs Loud.

 

If you have any concerns, or questions, about your child or their learning I am always available for a quick chat on the door in the morning, or a longer meeting after school. Just come and see me, or message me on class dojos.

 

It is wonderful getting to know you and your children, and I hope they are excited for the rest of the year.

Welcome back!

 

A huge welcome back to all children for another fantastic term at Hopton Primary Academy! The children have been so excited to start their new topics. 

In science the children have the big question of 'What would happen if every material was flexible?' They had to help Mrs Farrell sort out the jumbled up material labels around the school.

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In topic, the children were given the challenge to create their own castle! This is a work in progress, but the children have enjoyed explaining the features they are adding and they are very proud of their design so far.
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Dojo Reward

 

This half term the children voted to have a slime party for their reward for getting to 1,000 dojos! Sadly I could not find all the slime ingredients in time, so we had an oobleck party instead! The children had so much fun mixing the flour and water, and experimenting with what happened when they changed the ratio of water and flour. 

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Diwali

 

The children have been learning 'How do festivals bring communities together?' in Religious Education. They have explored the story of Rama and Sita, and they have discussed how Diwali is a festival of light. The children had great fun getting their hands mucky by using clay to make a candle holder for a Diwali celebration.

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Armistice Day

 

In topic, the children have been discussing events from the past and how those events have impacted on our lives. The children have had a wonderful discussion about Armistice Day: why we remember the events and how we commemorate the events. The children gave reasons why we use poppies as an icon and made reference to the poem 'The Inquisitive Mind of a Child'.

The children were then given sponges and cotton buds and they have created some beautiful scenes of poppy fields.

Why not try to recreated the pictures at home?

 

 

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What would you need to survive on Mars?

 

This half term the children have kicked off their new science topic by looking at healthy eating. They were provided with tooth picks, fruit and vegetables and they had to create a sculpture. All the children had a fantastic time, and we even had some brave ones try some celery! 

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The children have started to have discussions about what they would take to Mars. We have really started to question what is a 'need' and what is a 'want'. The children have been able to sort picture cards out into what they would need to live and what would make life easier. The children have worked out for themselves that they will need: air, water, healthy food, shelter and sleep.
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Coastguard

 

With the upcoming beach school, the coastguard has visited the children at school to talk about how to stay safe at the beach. The children shared some of their experiences when they had something scary happen to them and they had some really thoughtful comments about what they could do differently next time. The children are very excited for the start of beach school!

 

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Den Building

 

A huge thank you to all parents who helped to donate boxes for the children to use today, they have had a blast! It has been such a wonderful activity for them to really problem solve, work together and see how their knowledge can be applied to real life situations. The children have now started to ask for a class hedgehog!

 

 

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Poetry

 

The children have started their new topic of poetry this week. They are continuing to look at expanded noun phrases, and they will explore acrostic poems. They had great fun on Thursday using their senses to explore different objects and develop their adjectives. I don't think any of them liked the smell of coffee!

Partitioning

 

This week the children have been looking at how to partition a number into its tens and ones using resources, and how to partition a number in different ways by moving the tens rods. 

Maths - Fluency to 20

 

The children have been securing their knowledge of numbers up to 20. They have used a blank number line, where only the initial and end interval were given, to order numbers.

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The children have used the < > and = signs and the vocabulary less than, greater than and equal to, to compare numbers and we have looked closely at what equivalence actually means.
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The children have finished this unit by exploring regrouping to ten as a way of solving number problems.
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English - Narrative

 

In English, the children have been learning the story of Vlad and the Great Fire of London. They have been very interested in finding out about what started the fire, how the people dealt with the fire and how Vlad gave people the plague!

The children have sequenced the events into a story mountain and narrated what happened in the story and they have created a story map of a condensed version of Vlad and the Great Fire of London. The picture is just below, why don't you see if your child can act it out for you?

 

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JONK - The Joy of Not Knowing!

 

This week the children have been introduced to philosophical learning. They have explored our Hopton Powers for Learning, celebrated making mistakes and discussing the fact that they have to go into a learning pit to learn, and they have thought about what learning looks like to them. Some children thought it was a mountain you had to climb, others suggested a swimming pool, where you can just dip your toe in if you're not sure! The children have all worked hard on their listening skills and collaborative work! They competed the challenge to make a table and chairs using cubes, where the chair had to fit under the table.

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