Today Cedar and Maple class joined together to launch our new novel study. First we met in the hall and listened an extract from the book. We considered how it made us feel, what we imagined in our mind and any particularly poignant words. Then with a partner we wrote those words down.
We then spread the words around the room. One child in the partnership closed their eyes whilst their partner talk them on a word walk. They read the words they passed on the ground to create an image in their partners mind. Then they swapped over.
In the hall before school an exploration area had been created. The pairs had to crawl in and imagine how the character in the extract felt and what they saw.
Once all these experiences had finished the children created a sketch of whatever ideas they had developed.
The pairs then went to class and completed their sketches with colour.
Here are Maple class
Here are Cedar class
In Maple and Cedar classes, we were given the task of creating aboriginal art work with the theme of the ocean and Australia. Part way through the lesson, some children were suddenly taken away and we were all very confused as to why they had to go and where they were going! It all became clear when we found out about our new Novel Study ‘Alone on a wide, wide sea’ where children were taken away from England to Australia!
As part of our whole school World Book Day celebrations, Years 5 and 6 had a class competition. Each child had to try and persuade the rest of the class to read their book. We spent time thinking about how we might persuade other people to vote for our book; through writing speeches, researching the author and making posters advertising our books. We then presented this to the rest of the class. The range of books inn Years 5 and 6 was brilliant!
As part of our world book day celebrations, all the pupils took part in Achievement For All’s 100 million minute reading challenge. Lots of schools across the country took part to see if children could read for 100 million minutes. In just one week, children at Gotham Primary School, managed to read for 18,897 minutes at home! This is an amazing achievement! The winning house team, with the highest number of minutes, was Jupiter with 5136 minutes. Well done team Jupiter!
Some children in Years 4,5 and 6 went to represent Gotham Primary at a multisports festival. They participated in a number of activities and worked brilliantly together as a team. The festival was aimed at engaging young people in sports and giving them a chance to SHINE! Well done everyone who took part!