Today our competition winners visited the Children’s Bookshop in Lindley to choose and take home their own reading books. There were lots of books to choose from so all the children took their time to make sure they selected the perfect book for home. After they chose their books, they enjoyed reading them in the café with juice and a HUGE cookie. We all had a lovely afternoon and wish we could do it every day!
We are trialling a new parent/school app. The app is initially being used by year 2 and 3 teachers. The app will allow parents or other family members or friends to access information about school, letters, newsletters, school diary and updates about what is going in within the classroom. The app can also be used to reply to letters electronically (trip reply slips for example). The app can also be used to send notifications to parents when there are changes to the day (e.g. clubs being cancelled or a change to the dinner menu).
Once the app is installed click yes to allow notifications – this will allow you to receive updates from school. Within the app you can also go into the settings page and choose which categories (year groups) you would like to get notifications.
You can download the app for free on either the Apple or Android store.
This is a trial and we will rely on feedback from parents to decide about how an app could be used in the future.
Please contact year 2 or 3 teachers or myself with any questions.
Here are the winners of our Extreme Reading Challenge. It was a very difficult decision to make as all the entries were fantastic but a big well done to the following children:
Year 1: Crystal
Year 2: Grace
Year 3: Zac
Year 4: Alfie
Year 5: Charlie
Year 6: Ashton
As their prize, children will either be receiving a book voucher or they will be joining Miss Shaw and Mrs Lawley on a special trip to the Children’s Bookshop next Tuesday.
We are testing a smart phone app for parents/family members to use to receive communication from school (letters, news updates etc). In the first instance this is open to year 2 and 3 parents whilst we explore the app and how it could be used.
Please complete the form below to take part in the trial.
Last Tuesday, Year 5 went on a trip to the Lowry Gallery. We were all given looking logs, which are sketch books, to practise our sketches and new skills.
To start with we learnt how to do perspective drawings – we couldn’t believe how simple it was. We learnt how to add shadows to our drawings using cross hatching and how to draw animals with 4 legs. Once we had practised in our look books, we walked around the gallery and looked at some of Lowry’s landscape art. They were amazing and worth lots of money – one piece was worth £7,000,000!
We chose our favourite pieces and drew them in the gallery applying the new skills we had just learnt. We then went back to the studio and added detail to our sketches with a black pen and water to make certain features stand out.
After lunch, we looked at portraits Lowry drew of his family and himself. We looked in detail at one of his most famous self-portraits, Head of a Man, which scared a few of us because of the detail and the piercing red eyes. Our artist gave us 30 seconds to sketch what we could see to practise our skills – this was very difficult because we weren’t allowed to look down at our work as we were sketching. The end results were very funny! Like with the landscapes, we then went and chose our favourite portrait and sketched it thinking about facial proportions.
Our teachers were all very impressed with the work we produced and we all surprised ourselves by our skills! We had a brilliant day out and learnt lots of new techniques which we will apply to our artwork in school.
By Libby and Nikki