On Tuesday 22nd January a team of Year 4 and Year 5 children took part in the Thomas’ Day School, Fulham Maths Challenge. They were delighted to come 3rd in competition and we were all very proud of their achievement in their first maths competition. The challenges covered a wide range of the maths curriculum. They worked co-operatively as a team and the pre-challenge excitement (and a small amount nerves) were soon replaced by a great sense of pride and enjoyment.
Miss Bradley said “The children really impressed me. The competition really allowed them to demonstrate their higher level maths skills and stretch them too! They showed a really positive attitude as a team and how resilient they are in new and competitive situations.”
We have begun 2020 by announcing a range of reading challenges across the school. Reading is central to our curriculum and at the heart of our school culture.
Every class has had a set of new books to have read aloud at story time and KS1 and Year 5 have started their reading challenge for home reading. KS1 children are taking part in a reading treasure hunt to read as many different types of books and authors at home. Year 5 children are challenged to read for at least 20 minutes a day at home, keep record of their minutes and count them up at the end of term. The challenges were announced at the class Stay and Read session this month where parents come to class to read with their child.
Parents have also been to class this month at our Reception and KS1 Raising Readers- How to develop reading for pleasure and understanding
- Echo Reading
- Book Talk
- Blank Levels Questioning
In March, we will be celebrating World Book Day and KS2 parents will be invited to a workshop Raising Readers- The importance of vocabulary and how to help your child. The workshop will be delivered in partnership with the school’s Speech and Language Therapist and follows on from the EYFS and KS1 workshop early this year Communication and Language- developing vocabulary – why and how?