Y6 Story Time Has Started….

One of the highlights of my week is story time with all the Y6 pupils. I think you are never too old to hear a good story. I try to read to the Y6s twice a week, and this quality time I spend with them is fundamental to the development of: inference, prediction and textual justification skills our children need to be ready for their next stage in education when they leave us. 

Our children get so involved with literature, so engrossed in the plot, and are always so eager to find out what happens next. 

We started the year with “The Ghosts of Golfhawk School” by Tessa Potter.

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The children made excellent predictions. The children could infer from the text by using evidence to back up their reasons. I was most impressed with their evaluations of the book. They had really thought about the way the author had “teased us throughout” and “left us small clues along the way”. 

Keep up the great work Y6 and I’ll return with another exciting story. 

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Learning at Prince Edward

Today, there is so much going on we just had to share it. Our children, across school are involved in so much today. 

Our resident French teacher, Monsieur Barthelemy teaches all our KS2 pupils weekly. They are making excellent progress and today our Y5s were explaining what the weather was like in France. 

Our pupils in our school learn to play the violin. The whole of Year 5  have just started to learn how to play and follow simple musical notation and some of our pupils have elected to study the violin for a second year and take part in a select group. Heather Cordwell is our resident music teacher.

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Andy Messer (professional story teller and writer) spends a day in our school each week. He’ll be part of our school for the full year! We are so lucky to have our literacy sessions enriched with his skills and enthusiasm. Today he was working with y4 and he led the whole school assembly at the end of the day captivating every single one of us. 

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Many of our year groups have been baking for Macmillan Cancer Support today. Y2s have made flapjack and the Y6s baked vegan brownies! The school has smelt wonderful today. Not only are the children involved in fundraising, but the staff have been baking all week to raise money for this worthy cause. 

Our Y3s have been learning about the Stone Age since they started this school year. They’ve been up to all sorts. Today, they went in to our Secret Garden working as archaeologists to discover hidden artefacts. 

What will everyone get up to tomorrow?

Macbeth

After finishing Wuthering Heights, the Y6 were keen to hear Macbeth! They enjoyed Romeo and Juliet so much, they couldn’t wait to return to Shakespeare. Today, the entire year group were engaged from the beginning, offering ideas, thoughts, predictions and opinions. 


“Maybe the prophesies Macbeth heard, will become true because he wants them to become true?”

“Don’t you think the King will reward Macbeth for his efforts in that battle?”


The children were thirsty for more but we simply ran out of time! They started a debate with hardly any input from me. Read their thoughts. We’d only just met Lady Macbeth. She’d read her letters and had just heard news of her husband’s and the king’s arrival.

“I think Macbeth will have made Lady Macbeth think about becoming Queen.”

“I think if Lady Macbeth knows King Duncan is visiting her castle tonight, she’ll probably plan to have him killed.”

“But will she do it herself?” 

“I don’t think Macbeth will do it to his own cousin!” 

“But will she want to actually do it herself?” 

“Hang on! If they do kill King Duncan, they’ll have to kill the sons! They’re named as heir to the throne. Macbeth can’t become king until they’re dead too.” 

“Maybe they’ll poison them, wait until they’re asleep, then kill all three.”

The Y6s go on residential next week to Kingswood. I’m not sure we can wait until their return. Maybe I should go out there and read it before bedtime? 

World Book Day 2017

It’s been very exciting today. As we celebrate World Book Day, children and staff have come dressed up as their favourite book character. Well done Team Prince for all your efforts! Our School Council have been busy voting too on the best classroom door, front cover! I don’t yet know the results, but I can share the amazing “showstoppers” with you. I would find it too hard to decide! I love them all! See for yourself…

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