Amazing Writers!

At the end of last week I was thrilled to read so much quality writing. The Y6s showed me several great starts to their versions of the story of: how the Chinese New Year was named after animals. All four have beautiful presentation and each story was individual. I could detect a personal style in their writing.

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Cayleigh and Tamzin in Y5  have produced wonderful pieces of writing. Their language is very descriptive and they both paint vivid pictures in my mind through their choice of words.

And finally, I saw some great examples of ‘Before’ and ‘After’ writing in Y4. Just look at the progress both children have made.

Art at Prince Edward

It’s not just about academic success at Prince Edward. We love the arts! There’s always so much going on at our school and all the pupils are involved in the arts. We currently employ two professional artists to work with our pupils every Monday. They are timetabled to work with all our pupils from nursery to Y6. The artists create huge installations and, over time, we will have them all displayed in and around school. Our pupils work with sewing machines, willow, clay and produce enormous art showstoppers. The first “showstopper” was installed this week. It has been made by every Y6 pupil and it ties in nicely with the work our school are doing based on the Chinese New Year right now. 

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Watch this space for the next art project…

Gingerbread Rescue!

Check out the Gingerweb Man blog from Nursery. Loads of exciting investigation and problem solving.

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We loved reading the story of The Gingerbread Man, our favourite part was when the fox tricked him at the end! We thought about ways to help The Gingerbread Man cross the river so he didn’t get eaten. We used our spare gingerbread men that we didn’t eat and made boats, bridges and even spider webs!

Have a look at our learning stories to see what we did…

img_8472039img_8471006img_8476img_8475img_8474img_8473087We were learning to…

  • solve problems
  • work together
  • listen to each others ideas
  • test our ideas and change them if they did not work
  • keep trying when things don’t work the first time
  • explain our ideas and why things happen

How can you continue learning at home? 

  • share the learning stories and talk about what happened and why they think it happened
  • encourage children to solve simple problems at home such as what to do if they spill sand on the floor…

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Two Very Special Awards

Friday is a day we celebrate the week’s achievements. We celebrate all those children showcasing the school’s values: from Charming Citizens, Perfect Pride and Presentation, to Leaders in Learning. We present trophies for the best attendance, the best punctuality and tidiest classrooms. Parents join us to congratulate the children and are always so proud.

I have a very special job, and that is to present the school’s most prized awards and trophies too. Today we have a new Pride of Prince Edward and a boy who has received a much rarer school trophy: The Prince Edward Sports Trophy.

The Pride of Prince Edward this week…

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This special young lady has been ready to be the Pride of Prince Edward for years! She is such a fantastic ambassador for our school both in class and when she is out and about. She is sensible, hard working and a fabulous friend to others. It is great to see her doing her best. We can’t wait to see what she achieves next!

The Prince Edward Sports Award

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This award goes to a Y6 pupil. He is a talented footballer and represents our school in the football team. He is a great sportsman with a great attitude. Last night, during a match, he was ‘talent scouted’ for Sheffield Boys! One person even said, “He’s the best I’ve seen in a very long time.”

Congratulations both. The school is very proud!

Why I love my job…

Today, I read a lot of e-mails; completed some very important forms on our school data and end of year predictions; and had to look at the hours my teaching assistants are working so I can get prepared for the next, financial new year. In amongst all this, I had some very special visits from the special pupils in our school. And this is why I love my job…

Take a look…

Year 4 are writing myths. Beowulf stories are looking great in both classes. Ashton and Chloe were very proud to share their myths. You can read them below. Why not look out for the similes, fronted adverbials, figurative language and any tricky words accurately spelled?

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I am so proud of Kaleb in Y4! I always like to look at the first and last pieces of writing. I am astonished! When I pointed it out, Kaleb was too! Take a look for yourself. He has made so much progress. This lunchtime I bumped in to his big sister. I told her the good news. She wanted to look at his work too. She told me that she was so pleased about this because she has been working with him on his handwriting at home. 

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I had a special visit from the nursery children. Some have only been here a few weeks, since they turned three. Nevertheless, they still get asked to do home work and here are their masterpieces! I love how versatile cotton wool is. 

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Investigations at Prince Edward

More surprises at my door!

A year 4 pupil was excited about showing me her writing in her topic book about the digestive system. It was very informative, well-written and very well presented. The teacher’s marking really helps to point out the positives in her writing and an area to improve on. I had no idea the small intestines were that long!

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FS2 have been thinking about volcanoes. In their Floor Book they discussed all sorts. They investigated lots of things. I love the writing example and the massive model they all made. I can’t wait to see the video clip of the eruption. I then went in to class to tell them about the time I climbed a real life volcano and looked over the edge in to the crater. It was Mount Vesuvius and the class were shocked to hear that a tree was growing inside!

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