Highmoor week commencing 28th September

Date: 2nd Oct 2020 @ 3:42pm

We have had another busy week in Highmoor with a few events for the Henley Literary Festival to watch. On Monday we listened to Cressida Cowell tell us all about her new book 'Never and Forever,' the last book in her Wizards of Once series. It sounded like a great read and she made it very interesting for us to listen to and watch. We even got a sneak preview of some of her ideas for her next book that she's working on. On Wednesday we listened to Leila Rasheed tell us about her new book 'Empires End: A Roman Story' which is about a young girl that travels from Africa to Britain in 207AD. On Friday we watched Omar Mohamed and Victoria Jamieson tell us about their beautifully illustrated book 'When Stars Are Scattered.' Everyone seemed very keen to read this so we might have it as our class book once Street Child is finished. All of these books are available at The Bell bookshop in Henley if you are interested in purchasing any. 

Maths this week saw year 3 move on to addition, we started by adding 1, 10 and 100 to 3 digit numbers and ended the week crossing boundaries of 10 and 100. Year 4 were looking at negative numbers and Roman numerals.  

We wrote our newspaper report about Queen Victoria's death. We were all quite excited to do this as we have been discussing newspaper reports, fact finding and planning our reports for a while. The reports are very well written and informative. 

We continued looking at the story The Snail and The Whale and had great fun acting out scenes from the book. Some of us stayed indoors to do this and some moved outdoors. We also sequenced the events from the story and illustrated them.

In PE this half term we have been taking part in lots of different team games like Capture the Flag. We have been thinking about how to work as part of a team and taking our time before we start laying to discuss strategy with each other.     

We are reading Street Child as our class read and were quite frustrated to leave the book on a cliff-hanger just as Jim is about to escape from the Workhouse! We are looking forward to finding out what will happen next on Monday. 

We had our first Zoom assemblies this week. It was lovely to be together with everyone and we were able to have a virtual Starbook! 

Spellings went on the school website on Wednesday as usual and will be tested next Wednesday. We can't send spelling tests home unfortunately due to covid restrictions. Children have been told to ask Mrs Hall for their results on Thursdays if they want to know.  

Times tables homework is on the website too. This week children need to go www.timestables.co.uk. Details of what to do are on the website under the homework item. Please make sure children complete all homework. We are limiting the amount we set to reading, times tables and spellings to ensure that children can focus on the key things.   

I am aware some children haven't completed their times tables challenges set on Sumdog. Please do get in touch if you are having issues with accessing homework and we will do our best to help. 

Have a great weekend!

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