We have had a much improved week in Crew Gerrard, which is great for our first week back after half term. It’s been a busy one and I’m pleased to see a desire to learn. Crew Gerrard know that there is not much time left until they are Year 6s and they are keen to be ready to hit the ground running in the new academic year.
In writing, we have been collaborating with each other. It’s been great fun to watch Crew Gerrard work together and think of interesting vocabulary, which will add to their writing. They have loved learning about our new and creepy video Road’s End and I am sure all of the hard work will pay off. I can’t wait to read them Crew Gerrard!
In Maths, we have been learning about perimeter. This has been a fun challenge for Crew Gerrard, as they started off the week by measuring and are now confident in finding the perimeter for rectilinear shapes. It’s been fantastic to see the children working hard to challenge their learning, in order to get smart!
Our art sessions have been fun and required patience, as Crew Gerrard worked on their independent pieces of art. I have been impressed by how resilient the children have been, as we have had to complete a couple of drafts. The effort has certainly been worth it and I am pleased with how our sketches are looking!
As I have said, this week has been much improved by our Crew. We have had a really solid week. We all need to ensure that we are working as part of our Crew, so that we are helping push each other on. Our HoWL average for the week was 2.6 and I want to see that rise next week. Enjoy your weekend! 😆
We may have had a week off of school, but our enthusiasm was still just as high as before for swimming. The children were excited to say the least. We recapped our safety, just to make sure that we hadn’t forgotten and then went straight into the deep end. It was amazing to see so many go in there for the first time and how bravely they took on this new challenge. Jumping in is probably the favourite part for most of us. Those who weren’t in the deep end have made some fantastic progress, too. They have been able to complete some more floating techniques, managed to perfect their push & glides, plus they have been able to swim without floats. This is fantastic! Another difficult decision for the swimming super stars, but they were:
Brayden for showing fantastic listening and brilliant technique. His glide was perfect and I think it could have gone on for even longer! (Crew G) 😀
Evie for being able to make great progression with her swimming. She is coming on really well! (Crew G) 😁
Roxanne for showing great bravery and getting back into the swing of things easily! (Crew Mc) 😃
Olly for being a superb swimmer. Your confidence keeps on growing! (Crew Mc) 😄
During the next two weeks, we will be going into the pool clothed, to further develop our skills. Can you make sure that the clothing is either pyjamas or shirt and shorts. The children don’t need to wear shoes, jeans or anything baggy. Any questions, then just ask! 😆
In Crew Gerrard, we have been working hard on multiplying decimals. We have enjoyed the challenge of transferring our knowledge of multiplying 4 digit numbers by 1 digit. We thought this was going to be really tricky, but we were really confident by the end of it!
In writing, we have continued to work together to write on Gravity after making a return to this piece. The children have now worked on planning their independent write. In order to feel confident and think of different endings, we worked collaboratively to think of ideas. This was such a lovely atmosphere, as the children supported each other and built on the different ideas. Then we planned our own individual pieces, ready to begin writing next week, which I am really excited to read!
We have also continued to work on our sketches during expedition. Next week, we will be moving on to using different mediums, which I know that Crew Gerrard are excited about. Here are some examples!
This week has been a week where I think that Crew Gerrard are quite tired and are ready for their break. We have one week to go guys and I wonder if we can ensure that our HoWL average for the week is secure (3 or above)? This week we have averaged 2.8 and I know that we can finish this half term on a really strong score! Have a great weekend 😆
Our favourite time of the week fast approached and we couldn’t believe how quickly swimming came back around. We started the session by discussing safety at the beach and the signs to look for if there is danger. We then continued to move up groups, which again shows the amazing progress we are making. More children are getting into deeper parts of the pool and are showing how confident they are. We have more children retrieving the rings and a number were able to swim 25 metres without touching the floor – on their front and backs! It was another difficult choice for Swimming Super Star, but they are:
Keegan for showing fantastic listening skills in order to improve (Crew G)! 😀
Lucas for continuing to improve and show great progress in his new group (Crew G)! 😁
Grace for showing fantastic bravery when jumping in the deep end and retrieving the rings – she never gave up (Crew Mc)! 😃
Olivia for having such a fantastic attitude to swimming and just being a really positive influence in your group (Crew Mc)! 😄
I continue to be amazed by how proud each child is of their achievements! 😆
This week has been an interesting week, in Crew Gerrard.
We have been working hard on our maths, continuing to work on our decimals. We especially loved our lesson on Thursday, after we had been practicing how to add and subtract decimals. During this lesson, we worked collaboratively as mini-Crews as part of challenge to solve the decimal problems. I am really proud of how hard Crew Gerrard worked and rose to the challenge!
In writing, we have continued to write up our scientific report. This is a nice challenge and one that we’re eager to meet. We have been able to complete our first draft and have began to write up our second.
In expedition, we have continued to work on our art skills. This week, we have been continuing to practice our drawing techniques, such as scumbling, sketching and using spirals. We have used these skills to also draw a space boot, from the book Where we once stood. The children have really challenged themselves. Here they are in action!
It has been a really strange week in Crew Gerrard and I know that we are keen to improve next week. I know that we will and we are looking forward to a fresh start after the weekend. I wonder if Crew Gerrard can think carefully about how they will work hard all week?
Our HoWL average was 2.8 and our Learning Legend was Brayden! 😆
We had what was probably our best session yet and I am incredibly proud of the progress we are making. Crew G and Crew Mc continue to blow us away! This week, we learned how to dive into the water and we had lots of children move up a group. This shows how far we have come since our first session! This was a really tricky day for choosing our Swimming Super Stars, but in the best possible way:
Kai was amazing, because he showed fantastic resilience to be able to swim on his back. He never gave up (Crew G)! 😀
Amelia for building her confidence up – you continue to go from strength to strength (Crew G)! 😁
Lila for being able to overcome her ‘fear’ of having water in her face. She even managed to jump into the deep end (Crew Mc)! 😃
Abigail M for being such an enthusiastic swimming pupil (Crew Mc)! 😄
My favourite moment of today was all of the children who managed to jump in from the deepest part of the pool. This was quite nerve wracking for some of our pupils, but the absolutely smashed it! Keep it up guys, we love seeing how happy it makes you all! 😆