Sharing our Stories: 24/05/2024

Beautiful Work This Week

Chance to Dance – Royal Ballet at XP

We were delighted to be able to welcome the Royal Opera House and Royal Ballet programme ‘Chance to Dance‘ to XPE last weekend. Over two days the tech teams and over 100 pupils from five Primary Schools across Doncaster – including our own Norton Junior School –  rehearsed and then performed a specially choreographed piece based on a Midsummer Night’s Dream.

For months the children had been working in their schools, finally joining us at XPE last weekend to meet all the other participants and share their love of dance, working together to create a beautiful piece of ballet. Performing alongside them were Isabella and Valentino, remarkable solo artists from the Royal Ballet.

Over two performances several hundred friends and family filled the auditorium at XP enchanted by the stunning piece that was received with cheers and much applause. This is the second year running that XPE has hosted this event and it was a delight to welcome back the team from the ROH and Royal Ballet. 

Blue Planet – Product Curation at 23rd Owston Scout Hall

Beautiful work from KS1s most recent Expedition ‘Blue Planet’ is on display of the walls of the Owston Scout Hall! Their guiding question was ‘How will what I do today impact the world tomorrow?’.

The art focusses on three different countries they have been learning about: the UK, Africa and Antartica. The exhibition not only showcases all of the children’s artwork but also food and drink from the countries and facts that they had learnt about each country.

Visitors from Hong Kong at XP

XP Doncaster hosted 50 Visitors from Hong Kong last week. The visitors left feeling very inspired and praised our students for being so confident and articulate – we look forward to welcoming our visitors back to XP in the future!

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Find the Shape

Our next writing consisted of starting to unpick the model and look at examples of a non chronological report. We started off the lesson with a silent conversation where we had an opportunity to unpick the features of the model that had been completed for them. Children were good at identifying fronted adverbials, conjunctions, rhetorical questions and subject specific vocabulary.

Next they worked alongside their partner to unpick some double page spreads that are similar to what they will be producing at the end of this piece of writing. We saw some lovely collaboration between the pairs in crew. Once we were happy, we’d picked all the features out, we created a checklist that we’ll use when we write our own plot points.

Experience Lesson – Information Gathering

Today in writing, Crew Hamill gathered as much information as possible about Ancient Maya in order to have the facts we need for our double-page, non-chronological reports. We watched several videos that were full of interesting and detailed facts about the Maya civilisation and then used picture and word prompts to detail these notes, ready for our writing lessons. We found out lots that we were able to add to the knowledge we already had after our history case study. We’re going to come together to chot down as much as possible in our next lesson so that we have plenty to include in our reports.

Grammar – Non Chronological report

In our grammar lesson, we’ve really been honing in on the appropriate fronted adverbials and conjunctions you’d use within a non chronological report. We spent some time thinking about how we could link facts using fronted adverbials and which ones would best fit into the sentence. We also looked at models of a fiction and non fictions piece of writing so we could see the difference between the two. Finally we worked alongside our partner to start putting facts about the Mayans into sentences using appropriate fronted adverbials.

Drawing pictograms

Crew Hamill had so much fun in maths today when we worked as a crew to gather data about all of our favourite things. We then used this data to create pictograms that illustrated our findings. We talked about the key and which pictures and values would be best to represent our data. After we’d done a couple together, we then worked on gathering our own data and producing our own pictograms.

Book Talk – Poetry

This week, Crew Hamill have started something new in reading – poetry! We have looked at the famous poem by Michael Rosen: I love chocolate cake. We have started with an extract of this poem that details his love of chocolate cake as a result of having chocolate cake for tea as a little boy. He talks about a time he had chocolate cake for tea and then crept downstairs for leftovers without wanting to be caught by his mum and dad. We can’t wait to read the next extract to see if he gets away with it or not! We began by text marking the poem, highlighting key vocabulary, interesting parts and things we loved or thought were important. After this, we used our inference and retrieval skills to answer a number of questions about what had happened in the extract. We have also had several opportunities to read aloud, focusing on pausing and pace. Today, we also watched Michael Rosen himself re-telling his poem and made notices about his expression, both in his voice and in his face. We then used this to perform part of the poems ourself!