The Gorseland Times Issue 6 Mar 13

 

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The Gorseland Times March 2013 Written by the children for the whole school community GORSELAND TIMES the best newspaper in the world!! ISSUE 6 March 2013 We have had another short (24 days) but busy half term with a wide variety of learning experiences. This issue contains details of some of the highlights from farm visits to sporting success from video diaries to dressing up as funny characters in our Comic Relief meets World Book Day. Inside this ISSUE: Page 2 Having fun in nursery 4 A trip to Jimmy’s Farm (R2) 6 Mrs Jarvis’ Class 7 Adventures with African Wildlife 8 Baylham Farm 9 World Book Day 10 In the World of Katie Morag 12 Mrs Adleson’s Class in Action 16 Mr Guite’s Class 20 Mrs Cracknell’s Class 22 Mr Woodward’s Class Page 23 Mr Sampson’s Class 24 ECO Project 25 Library 26 500 words 27 Leavers’ Yearbook 28 Leavers’ Song 29 Basketball 30 Quicksticks Hits a High 31 Netball 32 Year 6 Football 33 News Splash: We Win Again

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The Gorseland Times March 2013 Having Fun in Nursery Introduction Nursery is a fun environment for younger children to learn and play. They have been up to all sorts this term, such as making robots, Easter cards and chocolate nests. They have a lovely time playing too! Robots The children had fun making robots as high as Mr Raindle (who is quite tall). Jake said, “It was challenging making it higher than Mr Raindle but also fun too.” Reading Books in Nursery The children have been reading lots of books over this half term: No-Bot (they read this as part of their robots topic), Newton and the Big Mess, Dora’s Chicks and Zoom. They have all enjoyed reading these books especially No-Bot!

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The Gorseland Times March 2013 Learning Numbers The children really enjoy learning numbers with games and communicating with other children. It’s a fun and easy way to learn numbers. Craft Making in Nursery For Easter, they each made a bunny box for some chocolate Easter nests. They have also made Easter cards and bunnies. Nursery made many other things but we could not fit them all in this article! Conclusion We really enjoyed visiting Nursery and writing this article. We hope they can continue the great work!

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The Gorseland Times March 2013 Last half term R2 did lots of amazing projects that including; healthy and unhealthy eating, a trip to Jimmy’s Farm, preparing for Easter and they have read a lot of books that they loved. Jimmy’s Farm On the Thursday 7th of March, all of Reception went to Jimmy’s Farm for a school trip. While they were there they cooked hot dogs and built dens, but their most favourite thing of all was seeing all the different animals. The most magnificent animals that they saw were cockerels and baby piglets. Also they really enjoyed building dens out of old cut down trunks of tree. As well, they loved cooking and eating hot dogs. They said it was one of the best school trips. Letters They have learnt how to write lower case and capital letters. They are doing very well considering they are only four or five. Mrs Fitzgerald would like them to remember how to do it!

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The Gorseland Times March 2013 Books In the past few days class Reception 2 have been reading many different books that are in the school or have been brought in. These are the books they have read: Oxford Reading Little Red Riding The Golden Egg Tree Hood The Three Little Pigs Easter Because Easter is fast approaching they decided to make lots of little bit and pieces to decorate their houses with e.g. chocolate nest, napkin holders, bunnies, cards and chicks. They accomplished the chocolate nest, by mixing Rice Crispies and melted chocolate together over a warm heat. The napkin holders and the cards were hard to make but they all finished it in the end. Lucy: I liked making the cards Owen: I liked making bunnies. Favourite lessons Their best lessons were racing in P.E., making things for Easter and dressing up. By Ellie and Laura, 6A

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The Gorseland Times March 2013 Adventures With African Wildlife and Animals In Mrs Doorly’s Class This half term Mrs Doorly’s class have been learning about farm animals, African wild animals, Antarctica and the North Pole, so as you can see they have been very busy. Read on to find out more details about their learning. Some of the children found things challenging such as completing puzzles, elephant paintings and writing about the elephants and zebras. However, we are sure they had a good time doing them as well. Year 1 have read many books: The Lazy Lion, The Cuddly Duck, The Greedy Zebra, Avocado Baby, Duck In The Truck, I Love Pigs and Enormous Elephant. The class have really enjoyed these books and are looking forward to reading lots more. This half term they have also had a class assembly which they enjoyed doing, it was all about Mother’s Day. They also sang the Farmer Pete song to their parents and the school. They all really enjoyed it. Because their assembly was about Mother’s Day, they decided to sing a song about it. Lots of the year 1’s favourite lesson was acting out The Lazy Lion book that they had read. Others enjoyed doing throwing balls to each other in P.E. and others enjoyed learning number bonds to ten and lots more. Mrs Doorly likes them to listen, hold their pencils properly, don’t chat in lessons and Mrs Doorly was very pleased about this next one, Violet said to smile . Recently they went to Baylham Farm. They all had a good time and liked looking at the farm animals. Here are a few pictures. Mrs Doorly also wanted this to be at the end of the article; she said she thinks they have grown up a lot, worked very hard and she said she will miss them all. By Holly and Yasmin (6A)

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The Gorseland Times March 2013 YEAR 1 GO TO BAYLHAM FARM! Mrs Baillie’s and Mrs Florey’s class This half term Mrs Baillie’s and Mrs Florey’s class have been very busy learning various lessons and going on an exciting trip. When we asked Year 1 if they had been anywhere, they all jumped up with excitement and simultaneously shouted Baylham Farm!! We asked them if they enjoyed themselves, but we wished we hadn’t, because everyone shouted, “YES!” really loud!!! They looked at the animals, how they were looked after and treated. Once they calmed down, we asked them what books they had read. They were Farmer Duck, Lazy Lion, Enormous Elephant and Message in a Bottle. On Thursday the 28th of March, the class performed an assembly on farm animals and lots of other interesting things they have been learning about. Also this half term, the children have been learning about different climates in different places around the world. They found out that some places are colder than others depending on where you are. They also looked at the climate in the rainforests. They said it was hot in most of the rainforests but they get a lot of rain. When we asked what habits of mind they have been using, one pupil said they hadn’t used any, but looking at the displays all over their classroom we thought that they must have used lots of different skills to finish their work and make it look really good. Finally, they told us about their number work and non-fiction writing using books to guide them. If you get a chance to see them, you will be in for a treat. All of Mrs Baillie’s and Mrs Florey’s class have been very busy, working really hard on all of their lessons and work that they produced. Reported by Dan and Henry 

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The Gorseland Times March 2013 Recently we have had a series of fun events like Mission to Mars and Comic Relief. The main thing we found very enjoyable was World Book Day. We all wore either non uniform or a costume of a book character. Everyone found each other as a funny, creative or a casual character. We decided to combine Comic Relief with World Book Day to make it more amusing. Most or all of us bought one or more red noses. What Fun! We also had fun eating cakes since they were delicious (because there was a cake sale). Thoughts about World Book Day Maddy, 6A said: “My favourite part was when we got to dress up and received free books.” Louis, 6A said “My favourite part of World Book Day was dressing up as an oompa-loompa” Laurie, 6A thought that everyone put a lot of effort in making their costumes! And the last quote is from Luke: He said that he liked World Book Day because it encourages people to read. Book clubs (clubs or teachers choice) Some of us have been reading in clubs or books the teacher chose like: Holes, Krindlekrax, Clockwork, The Last Dragon Chronicles, A Series of Unfortunate Events and H.I.V.E. (Higher Institute of Villainous Education). We could read as a group or an individual. The biggest club has been A Series of Unfortunate Events with seven members in total. They are: Rohan, Rahul, Luke, Jake, Jack, Tom and Liam. We do recommend these books and hope you get more interested in reading imaginative books as well as non-fiction books.

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The Gorseland Times March 2013 Introduction Mrs Waller and Mrs Slattery’s class have been very busy this half term. They have been learning about a variety of subjects, but mainly about Katie Morag. Mrs Waller would like most of the children to remember this highlight of the half term. Katie Morag The class’s biggest topic was ‘The Story of Katie Morag and the 2 Grandmothers’. The children all made a model of the big island using a variety of materials, to help them know what an island would look like from a birds-eye view. Poppy said, “I enjoyed using material for the Katie Morag Island.”

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The Gorseland Times March 2013 Learning Shapes in Maths As well as starting their ‘Big Maths’ challenges, they enjoyed learning about all the different shapes. Although they found memorising the shapes tricky, they persisted. Now they are better and understanding them more. “I like learning about the shapes – it is really fun!” Jack told us. Favourite Lesson We asked the children what their favourite lesson was and they replied, “Making puppets and watching the Tinderbox”. First, they watched an outside theatre company perform a puppet show of The Tinderbox. Next, the company stayed to help the children to make puppets based on what they had seen. In conclusion Mrs Waller and Mrs Slattery’s class had a brilliant half term. They have been very busy and also have used a lot of habits of mind. By Grace and Daisy, 6A

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The Gorseland Times March 2013 Introduction This half term has been very short but Mrs Adelson’s class has found out a way of cramming lots in. They have been cooking, reading Katy Morag books and they even presented a puppet show. They have all shown persistence in their work, even if it is hard they have pushed themselves. Books The books they have been reading are: Katy Morag and the Wedding, Katy Morag Goes Dancing, Katy Morag and the Big Boy’s Cousins. They seem to have taken a liking to Katy Morag (I think)? I wonder which book was the best? Why don’t you have a look at them?

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The Gorseland Times March 2013 The Puppet Show Mrs Adelson’s class have been enthusiastically making puppets using habits of mind such as persistence and they also had fun in showing them to each other. All the shows were super and equally amusing. Cooking The children have been making delightful, mouthwatering shortbread. Most of them said that this was fun and very, very enjoyable. When we asked the question, they all cheered in enjoyment. What have they particularly enjoyed? Most of the children have enjoyed play time, cooking, country dancing, Katy Morag and they have actually had fun in doing their hand writing, which took us by surprise, only joking. The class are very lucky in tasting their shortbread. By Safie and Zoe, 6A 

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