Stevenson

Year 6

Welcome to Year 6 Stevenson. Our teacher is Mr Perry and our TA is Mrs Walsh.

Class Updates

Day 8 Letters and Bananas

Monday 30th March

 

Morning all!

 

I hope you have had a wonderful weekend and looking for new games to invent, books to read and new ways to wind up your siblings! Seriously though I hope you are all well and adjusting to this new situation we find ourselves in.

Thank you for the mails from Jasmine and Teddy and Esme and Izzy for the wonderful poem you sent me about WW2 and I hope to hear from many more! I am very jealous now as Mr Gane has received nine emails!

 

Remember my email is aperry@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk

 

Let us start as we always though with a verse from scripture and a prayer.

 

Prayer for the Day

 

Numbers 23. Vs 22

“God brought them out of Egypt ; they have the strength of a wild ox”

 

Strange verse you may think but the Israelites were in slavery to the Pharaoh and Ancient Egyptians and if you know the story of Moses , you know he delivered them from that slavery and made them very strong and powerful… well this virus is our Pharaoh and and we WILL be stronger after.

 

Dear Lord,

 

Thank you that you saved your people again and again in the bible and from all sorts of disasters, evil people and situations. Please continue to give us the strength to get through our Pharaoh and make us stronger afterwards. Stronger in our family life, friendships, our resolve and our relationship with you. Make us as strong as an ox!

 

Amen

 

…and so to work.

 

EVERYDAY TASKS

 

READING

At least two 30 minute sessions please, each and every day (including the weekends).

 

PE

This seems to be pretty popular, so we’ll stick with PE with Joe or here’s one he did earlier for this week.

 

 

 

JOURNAL

As you start you second week off school, how are you feeling about it? Have your feelings changed since last week? It’s the Easter ‘holidays’ on Friday, what do you feel about that? Were you going away and have now had to cancel, or were you staying at home anyway? Have you been keeping a tally anything? Write it all down and here’s the Success Criteria again for you.

 

Success Criteria:

Well written English, with powerful vocabulary – use SMARPOPS to help

Vary your sentence starters and use complex sentences – relative clauses

Use ‘Punctuation Face’ to ensure you include high-level punctuation

 

WORLD WAR II PROJECT

Little by little; step by step; day by day; inch by inch; bit by bit – I think you’ve got the message by now. 😊 Just add to what you have done so far, don’t worry too much if one day is just ‘research’ and not any writing or drawing etc, we’ve got plenty of time.

 

TODAY’S TASKS

 

ENGLISH

I said that you would need the postal address for a friend – that’s a house/flat number, street name and the postcode too! I should imagine that you’ve guessed that the first English task of the week is to write a letter to a friend and post it to them if possible – no email, no text – old fashioned pen and paper, with an envelope and stamp. This was the only way for evacuee children to stay in touch with family and friends during the war, so the visit of the postman was a highlight of the day.

 

Your task is to write a letter to one of your friends, but make sure you have their address. Now, this is where your journal might come in useful, as you can go back and find something interesting to write from that, in your letter. It needs to be one whole A4 page (otherwise they will be disappointed) and try to include things that perhaps they don’t already know, in case you have already been chatting with them on the phone or FaceTime. Make it INTERESTING! Don’t write, “I’m bored,” tell them why you are bored – think about a letter that you would like to receive and keep under your pillow.

 

Success Criteria:

Write in the ‘First Person’; so I and We and informally too: so I’m, we’d, luv

Use paragraphs for structure, keeping different ideas, stories and times separate

Vary your sentence starters and use complex sentences – relative clauses

Remember to be kind, if you write something down then it could be there forever. Don’t be rude.

 

Once you get going, you might want to continue it, you never know.

 

MATHS

Same again this week, as you develop your Maths learning on Ratio by Calculating Scale Factors.

Play the lesson video at least once or twice, before then trying the tasks on Activity worksheet. Do all of the Maths during on rough paper (unless you have a spare book) and don’t worry about keeping any of it. When you have had a good go, then view/download the answers to check and then you can even make corrections in green pen.

 

 

On Mathletics, Mr Ganes Maths group are set two Activities on ratio to test your learning from last week – good luck!

I have set two on Statistics. Remember to check how to do the problem before you start the tasks.  These tasks are focussed on finding the average. Do you remember the ‘Mean’, Mode and Median?

These tasks are focussed on finding the ‘Mean’ which means adding up the numbers and dividing by the amount of numbers there are.

 

HUMANITIES

Natural Resources –

This task looks at the biggest countries around the world that export bananas and pineapples and how many. You need to locate the countries on the map and pin them. See how many countries you can pin in the right place.

 

That is all guys. I will be in school tomorrow and dreading being asked to perform in one of Mr Schumm and Alistair’s videos! I hope you have been enjoying them, showing once again what a community St Stephen’s is !

 

Kind Regards

 

Mr Perry

 

 

 

 

Its The Weekend!

Dear all,

 

No do not worry I am not here with more work, but I thought I would continue our daily prayer every day. One thing I would truly encourage you to do is to think about the positives in life. The glorious weather we have at the moment, the start of Spring, that favourite book or quality time with family. As our bible verse suggests, think about the strength God gives us to get through this virus and where that strength comes from and what (and who) God provides us to do so.

Bible verse

Philippians 4 vs 13

‘I can do all this through him who gives us strength’

Dear Lord,

Thank you that you give us strength. You give us strength to do what we do, you give us strength to carry on with life despite its challenges. You give us strength through the love of our families, and through the support and friendship of our family and friends of our church, St Stephens and our neighbours. Please continue to be with us to help us draw hope and strength for the simple things around us that bring us joy, such as the beautiful sunshine, the stirrings of Spring, our pets, and our favourite past times we can still engage in and the new hobbies and games we have invented in our time at home during this outbreak.

 

Amen.

 

Stay strong , stay safe and take strength from our God and our loved ones.

 

Kind Regards

Mr Perry

Day 5 Hip Hip Horay It's Friday!

Hello all.

Here is another little video of me to say hello!

https://youtu.be/V8Mj04hRdSQ

Sorry it is not like the videos Mr Schumm has been posting but it is good to stay in touch, even if I am not very photogenic!

It’s Friday, Friday, Friday, so no school tomorrow, or at least no Home Working from me.

I am still waiting for some responses to my challenge. What did you think? Do not make me eat my buttons all by myself or I will eat them all slowly in front of you when we come back. I hope you have been getting stuck into your work. What ideas do you have for your WW2 project? I am expecting to see tanks the size of Trojan horses or a model of a Spitfire plane! Keep at it guys and keep active!

Be in contact too with family and friends, which I’m sure many of you are doing already anyway. That doesn’t mean face to face, but through email, FaceTime or perhaps even writing a letter… Make sure you have the postal address of a friend as you will need this next week!

A reminder below of my email address if you have any questions or just to let me know how you are getting on. Please write to me in case I get lonely . Three people have written to Mr Gane and I am very jealous! Tell me your ideas for your project and just how you are getting on in general.

aperry@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk

 

Prayer for the Day

Proverbs 3 vs 5

“ Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your understanding”

Dear Lord Jesus,

We cannot pretend to understand the events we are going through, but we can trust you. Please help us to keep our eyes on you throughout this time and to trust that you have us in the palm of your hand. Thank you for all your love for us, thank you for our families even if they drive us mad from time to time and thank you for the beautiful sunshine we have experienced these past few days.

Amen

Your Friday  ‘to do’ list…

EVERYDAY TASKS

PE

PE with Joe or the one he did earlier I know many people now tune in to this as a daily routine. I hope you are keeping active. This routine is a great way to start the day.

READING

Keep up that reading. I know for many of you that will not be a problem. Find yourself a quiet corner and get into that favourite book. Think about what the characters are like. Can you tell just by their actions what kind of person they are? What do you think will happen next? Write a few notes down on this as you read and then see if you are right. BTW saying Snow White will meet seven dwarfs or Poirot will have a cup of tea does not count – Poirot is always drinking tea!

 

JOURNAL

Are you following the governments’ instructions? How are you keeping distance to others? Have you been tempted to meet friends and how are you getting over not being able to have play dates? What are you eating at home and are you pitching in with the chores? Do you talk to your relatives you cannot see at the moment – especially grandparents?

Keep on top of your punctuation, grammar and sentence structure targets .

WORLD WAR II PROJECT

What have you done so far? What direction are you taking? Are you focussing on the make-up of the armies and key battles or on the life at home for civilians and children? What historical figures will you be including as well as the obvious ones like Winston Churchill and Hitler

TODAY’S TASKS

ENGLISH

Your task today is to write a WWII themed poem and to assist you here’s an example about life at home during a night of the Blitz along with a reminder of some of the poetic writing features that you might use. There are some now ones, so do try those to push your learning. Here’s some general information about the Blitz that might give you some ideas about what the people went through – particularly in the major cities of Britain. You can of course include your poem in your WWII project, killing two birds with one stone, and email to me too, if you want.

 

MATHS

The last session of the week, Lesson 5 in the Maths learning on Ratio, is on Using Scale Factors, so scroll down to the end and off you go. Give me some feedback on these mini-sessions what do you think of them?

 

Both myself and Mr Gane are checking the Mathletics and well done to those of you are staying up to date and keeping yourself active on it. I will apply some subjects for my class about statistics. The important thing to remember is to check the data in the charts and graphs correctly and answer the questions.

 

 

 

 

MORE COMPUTING

Activity 2: First to A Million – What Happened Next?

Re-open the BIG PowerPoint from yesterday and now watch the ‘Character Films’, which show what Meg, Lucas, Tariq and Aleeya did next.

While you watch, write down the name of all the support services for young people which get mentioned.

After watching, think hard, then write down full answers these questions. When you are done, check what you have written and correct:

 

  1. Which services can remove a nude image or video of an under 18 year old?
  2. Where could Tariq get emotional support?
  3. How did CEOP help Lucas?

 

Tell your parent/carer about what you have learned, either straight away or later on.

 

Optional extension task:

There is no ‘Character Film’ for Jamal. Write your own ending to Jamal’s story, or create a film script or storyboard.

 

ART

Yes its Friday so it is art time! Have a look at this link on optical illusions supplied by our very own Mr Cookson

https://youtu.be/KnZQYXPJnXU

Look at the example and follow the steps to create your own optical illusion using a piece of paper and a black pen.

Again please keep at it and please drop me an email to tell me how you are doing.

God Bless and be back on Monday .

Mr Perry

Oh and please write to me!

 

 

 

 

 

Day 4 Keeping Busy!

Hello all. Has it really only been four days?

How are you getting on with the activities?  Are you keeping yourself active? I hope you are keeping to government guidelines and staying in unless getting a little exercise with family. You will get used to it and I am sure it will get easier as time goes on. I am sitting here with my favourite snack (and coffee) while typing. Do you remember what my favourite snack is? Email me with your answer and if correct I will owe you a packet of chocolate buttons!

A reminder below of my email address if you have any questions or just to let me know how you are getting on.

aperry@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk

 

Prayer for the Day

Hebrews 6 vs 19

“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul , firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain,”

Dear Lord Jesus,

Like a ship in a storm needs an anchor to stop it drifting away so do we need you as an anchor to keep us from distress. Help us to trust that you will keep us safe and secure from the storm and help us to stay calm and peaceful.

Amen

 

Your Thursday ‘to do’ list…

EVERYDAY TASKS

PE

PE with Joe or the one he did earlier I know many people now tune in to this as a daily routine. If you have not done this already it is great fun, hard work (in a good way) and really good to keep you fresh and alert.

READING

How’s the reading going? Are you getting really in to it now and doing more than your minimum two periods of 30 minutes a day? Are you making the most of your free time at home?

As yesterday why not take a look at these FREE audiobooks, but don’t tell Mr Schumm! For those who are fans ( and I have seen many of you reading them) the Harry Potter books are now free on audio.  Stephen Fry almost as good as Mr Schumm.

 

 

 

 

JOURNAL

What are you doing for daily exercise? Have you invented games with your siblings? What do you when you pop out? Are you picking up on positive elements as well as all the doom and gloom? Such as the beautiful weather we have at the moment? More time with your parents ? Daily readings from Mr Schumm or blogs from Mr Perry!

Keep on top of your punctuation, grammar and sentence structure targets .

WORLD WAR II PROJECT

Keep this ticking over, working on one chapter at a time building on your notes and information. Use your family screen time to do a little research and then think about all those things you could do (art work wise) towards it after. Timelines, maps , propaganda posters are all options.

TODAY’S TASKS

ENGLISH

Today I have assigned a determiner sorting activity for you on My USO . This is seeing if you remember what makes a determiner and to sort them into the different types.

MATHS

Lesson 4 in the Maths learning on Ratio is all about calculating ration, so scroll down again and have a go. Play the lesson video at least once or twice, before then trying the tasks on Activity worksheet. Do all of your working on paper and don’t worry about keeping any of it. View/download the answers to check and make corrections in green pen. Keep working hard.

 

Both myself and Mr Gane are checking the Mathletics and well done to those of you are staying up to date and keeping yourself active on it. I have applied two more Mathletics tasks for you to complete, both on 3d shapes and nets and would also like you to draw your own net of a shape, cut it out and see if you can put it together. Now there is a challenge!

SCIENCE

Going back to our habitats subject I thought I would something interesting on USO. There is an activity on rainforests around the world and their locations – so a bit of geography as well. Once you have done that please write a short description about the rainforests and why they have …well so much rain! Have fun.

COMPUTING

Mr Faith has asked that we all look again at Online Safety at Home with the following activity for 11 to 13 year olds – I felt the 8-10s was a bit ‘young’ for our Y6.

 

Watch First to a Million

  • Download the Presentation containing First to a million film 11-13s It’s a big file so it may take five minutes or more.
  • Open the Powerpoint and watch the film only. First to a Million is an interactive drama where you choose what happens next.
  • In the final scene of First to a Million Jamal looks to camera and says “You were there, what do you think we should do?”. Think hard, then write down full answers these questions. When you are done, check what you have written and correct:

 

  1. How has each character been affected by what has happened? (Jamal, Meg, Tariq, Aleeya, Lucas)
  2. What do you think each character should do next?

 

We will do more on this tomorrow so keep the big Powerpoint – don’t look at any more today.

 

Again please keep at it and please drop me an email to tell me how you are doing.

 

God Bless

Mr Perry

Wednesday Day 3 Buenos Dias

Hello all

I hope you are all well. How are you coping cooped up with your family? I am imagining myself at your age in close proximity with my brother for weeks at a time…okay let us not go there. Anyway I have to say I am missing you already. Well I am missing you a little. I miss the odd sneaky biscuit (or choc buttons) with Mrs Walsh and Miss Tami, I also miss those begging eyes for just one button. Yes I am talking to you. Any way on with the day.

Please email me with your parents email address and let me know how you are getting on. Remember it is

aperry@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk

 

Prayer for the Day

John 16:33

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world there will be trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Dear Lord Jesus,

This verse from scripture gives us hope Lord that you are bigger and better than anything this world can throw us. Help us to believe this and trust in you. Help us to show love and patience with our family and to use this time to really get to know each other.

Amen

 

Your Wednesday ‘to do’ list…

EVERYDAY TASKS

PE

PE with Joe or the one he did earlier is really taking off! I hope you are onboard. What a wonderful activity to organise for everyone. It’s so important to keep an active mind and body too. If you go out for a walk or run with your family stay with each other and do not mix with others,

READING

How’s the reading going? Are you getting really in to it now and doing more than your minimum two periods of 30 minutes a day? Remember to talk about what you have read, perhaps recount the story to someone – a brother or sister if you have one who will listen (and only if the book is appropriate, of course). How did you get on with the Busy Things task on your favourite book yesterday – were you able to access MyUSO? Let me know.

Why not take a look at these FREE audiobooks, but don’t tell Mr Schumm! For those who are fans ( and I have seen many of you reading them ) amazon have now made all subscriptions for childrens books free so why not listen to the audios. Stephen Fry almost as good as Mr Schumm.

 

 

JOURNAL

Did you write about the Prime Minister’s announcement on TV that we must all stay at home? Who was watching it with you? Did you talk about it? How do you feel? Did you enjoy the sunshine yesterday and see the Spring blossoms? Remember to write well, use all of your senses as well as the ‘Success Criteria’ from Day 1.

WORLD WAR II PROJECT

Keep this ticking over, working on one chapter at a time building on your notes and information. Use your family screen time to do a little research and then think about all those things you could do (art work wise) towards it after. Timelines, maps , propaganda posters are all options.

TODAY’S TASKS

ENGLISH

Today I would like you to do a bit of comprehension, so click on this First News link to view/download the articles. Read the text through first at least once and if there are words you are unsure about, try to figure out what they might mean from the context – have a guess – just like we do in class. Then look at the questions and write down your answers in full on paper; PLEASE try your hardest and check your work at the end. Have you actually answered the question being asked? Have you ‘used evidence from the text’ if asked? Once you have had a really good go, check out the answers and mark your work – how did you do?

MATHS

 

Well done to all of you who completed 20 questions yesterday, here are some more Mathletics -some of my maths class definitely need to catch up! Remember to use the ‘i’ or ‘?’ buttons which will show you how to do it. I have not added questions today but I want all the children behind to catch up.

SPANISH

Duolingo is a great interactive way to learn a language or just to keep practising; I use it every now and then to keep up my Spanish. Ask mum or dad to help you create a FREE account and then chose Spanish and off you go – it’s really good.

Don’t forget, if there’s no tablet available or your ‘screen time’ is up, that you are also creating an ‘All About Me’ presentation in Spanish for Mrs Pereira, so try writing notes (in Spanish) ready for when you come back.

 

Keep at it and please drop me an email to tell me how you are doing.

 

God Bless

Mr Perry

Day 2 Of School At Home

Hi Year 6,

Here is a little message from me.

https://youtu.be/zkYEL9ptDtU

I hope you are keeping yourselves busy and not driving your parents mad. So stop swinging on your chairs, stop doodling on your paper, stop fiddling with your pencil case, put your book down when I am talking to you and take the skittles out of your mouth. You know who I am talking to J. Here is your daily update and task list.

I thought I would start our day 2 again with a prayer and a verse from scripture.

Philippians 4 vs 6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving , present your requests to God.

Dear Lord ,

In times like this it can be hard to believe you are in control, help us to have faith in you and have peace. We put our health and welfare in your loving hands. Thank you for all those people working daily to keep our supermarkets open, to deliver to those shops and especially to the nurses, doctors and NHS staff who are working tirelessly to save lives.

Amen

Now to our day ahead!

Firstly due to the very unusual circumstances the whole country is finding themselves in some of the on-line learning sites are experiencing problems due to the sheer volume of people logging on. Please make the most of your time and think about those other tasks that do not require screen time.

I hope you found our advice yesterday helpful. Remember again the importance of keeping your minds as well as your bodies active, so with that in mind we will always have the link to PE with Joe posted on the blog. It may not be Alistaire but it will be fun.

Yesterday Mr Gane and I posted the criteria and guidelines for the World War 2 project, which I hope you have read and are getting ideas. I am sure your creative brains are already working overdrive. After your Greek projects in the autumn you have big boots to fill!

Mr Gane was very keen yesterday for you to keep your talents flourishing so please keep up your art, story writing, D & T and any other talents you have. Drive your parents mad (within reason J)  with your trumpet or violin, sing to your heart’s content in your shower and do keepie uppies with a tennis ball in your garden. This virus will not beat us!

TUESDAY

READING

Each and every day (including the weekends) I would like you to read for at least two periods of 30 minutes – as you know it is THE most important thing you learn to do at primary school. This should be every day virus or no virus. Let me know what books you are reading. I have also posted a task in ‘Busy Things’ related to your favourite book.

 

 

PE

If you are reading this before 9am then why not try a bit of PE with Joe which you can do ‘live’ – or if you missed it and were still in bed, here’s one he did earlier.

ENGLISH

Day 2 of your journal.

Talk about your feelings. How are you getting on with your siblings? Are you going stir crazy at home and do you have new shows you enjoy? What do you think about the government orders around socialising and public venues etc. Get all those feelings down.

Success Criteria:

Well written English, with powerful vocabulary – use SMARPOPS to help

vary your sentence starters and use complex sentences – relative clauses

Use ‘Punctuation Face’ to ensure you include high-level punctuation

Do this work in your green Homework book if you have it, otherwise try finding something similar to keep your thoughts all in one place. If you do it on paper, make sure you number them each day.

MATHS

Here is a link to this week’s Maths learning on Ratio. Start with Lesson 1 only today (Lesson 2 tomorrow); play the lesson video at least once or twice, before then viewing (or downloading) and trying the tasks on Activity worksheet. Do all of the Maths during this time on rough paper (unless you have a spare book) and don’t worry about keeping any of it ☹. When you have had a good go, then view/download the answers to check and then you can even make corrections in green pen 😊 – if you have yours.

I have also set two activities on Mathletics again, so that’s just 20 questions for you to complete. Remember all of your previous learning and remember also to use the ‘i’ or ‘?’ buttons which will show you how to do it. Good luck.

RE

I have put an RE task for the week on ‘Busy Things’ available through your USO log ins. This is the RE task for the week so I have put a weekly time limit on it. I will put a new task for RE every Monday.

World War Two project

Now might be the time to start planning and jotting ideas down about where you want to go with the project and potential content.

That’s all for now, have a great day.

Mr Perry

Home Working - Day 1 - Monday 23rd March

Hi all,

Firstly if you have only just logged on . What has kept you 🙂 ?

Due to the very unusual circumstances the whole country is finding themselves in some of the on-line learning sites are experiencing problems due to the sheer volume of people logging on. Please make the most of your time and think about those other tasks that do not require screen time.

In these troubled times I thought I would start our days with a prayer and a verse from scripture.

1 Peter 5 vs 7

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Dear Lord ,

Thank you for all you do for us. Help us to know you have us in your palm and will protect us and care for us as you promised us in the bible.

Amen

Good morning,

…and welcome to your first day of Home Learning. It is going to be strange not coming in to school and seeing your friends and me, for a while, but you know that it is an important thing that we must all do.  Remember to follow the instructions by your parents and  the government, they are for our benefit and that of our loved ones. We will get through this and see each other soon.

I strongly recommend that you try to get up, have breakfast and get dressed (maybe not in your uniform) in the mornings as normal during the week so that you get your mindset ready for (some) work. With mum, dad or whoever looks after you, put together a rough timetable for yourself so you have an idea of how your day will go. Mr Gane and I will try to follow our school timetables, so there will be Humanities on Mondays, Computing on Thursdays etc. It is going to be a bit weird, but you will soon get into it.

Finally, as well as the school work we will be setting, why not try to really work hard on one of your talents – if you love drawing, do loads or try different styles; if you’re learning to play an instrument, practice lots so you blow away your teacher when you come back. If there is something that you don’t do right now, but have always secretly wished you could do, try it – now is the ideal time.

Good luck, work hard and “do the right thing!”

MONDAY

READING

Each and every day (including the weekends) I would like you to read for at least two periods of 30 minutes – as you know it is THE most important thing you learn to do at primary school. Then tell someone all about what you have read; get them to ask you questions about it.

PE

If you are reading this before 9am then why not try a bit of PE with Joe which you can do ‘live’ – or if you missed it and were still in bed, here’s one he did earlier.

ENGLISH

Pencils or pens at the ready to start your Journal of your experiences and feelings during this extra-ordinary time. How you do this is up to you; it might be in the form of a diary, a cartoon strip or some other creative manner. Start by recording the story so far… What has led us to the situation we’re in now? What have you been feeling? How does it feel on your first day ‘working from home’?

Success Criteria:

Well written English, with powerful vocabulary – use SMARPOPS to help

vary your sentence starters and use complex sentences – relative clauses

Use ‘Punctuation Face’ to ensure you include high-level punctuation

Do this work in your green Homework book if you have it, otherwise try finding something similar to keep your thoughts all in one place. If you do it on paper, make sure you number them each day.

MATHS

Here is a link to this week’s Maths learning on Ratio. Start with Lesson 1 only today (Lesson 2 tomorrow); play the lesson video at least once or twice, before then viewing (or downloading) and trying the tasks on Activity worksheet. Do all of the Maths during this time on rough paper (unless you have a spare book) and don’t worry about keeping any of it ☹. When you have had a good go, then view/download the answers to check and then you can even make corrections in green pen 😊 – if you have yours.

I will also set two activities each day on Mathletics, so that’s just 20 questions for you to complete. Remember all of your previous learning and remember also to use the ‘i’ or ‘?’ buttons which will show you how to do it. Good luck.

HUMANITIES

Click and download the details for the World War 2 Project – think ‘what went well’ for you on the Greek Project and what might have been ‘Even Better If’. Don’t overdo it – think and plan what you might do today, talk to someone about your ideas so you can start gathering your thoughts and make a plan. That’s your task today.

That’s all for now, have a great day.

Mr Perry

School Closure And Online Learning During The Covid 19 Pandemic

Dear Parents
I do not think I am just stating the obvious when I say these are unprecedented times. The events of the last few weeks and the situation we now find ourselves in brings to mind World War II. We find ourselves reminded of the incredible resilience and collective mentality that the people of our country demonstrated when dealing with the hardships and the stresses and strains that the war put on the nation. That I am sure is exactly how we will all behave now.
I will be posting a blog daily during term time and leaving instructions for tasks for the children to complete. If they have not been in school these past few days, the children will have their login details sent to you via Parentmail.
I have spoken to the children about these coming weeks: of the importance of keeping their minds active, especially if there is cause to self-isolate but also when the Government implements a lockdown. I am, of course, not trying to tell you how to manage your family in these times, but here are a few tips to help the children organise themselves for their learning.
1. Create a working timetable with their siblings if necessary regarding screen time.
2. Create their own time table of when they will work through the tasks we set them. I believe it is important to keep to a schedule similar to that of school.
The children will be set tasks daily that follow the format below.
• Writing a journal entry every day. As Mr Schumm said in assembly, these could be invaluable in years to come about this event in history.
• Regular reading time
• Mathletics (or other maths websites).
• A foundation subject set online (Science, History, Re or Geography).
• World War II project (see below).
World War II Project
This will be set in a similar way to the Greek project from the autumn term. We will be showing the film Goodnight Mr Tom today and World War II is one of our curriculum topics for the summer term. More details on this will be set on Monday. Just to reassure you, the expectations on this will not be the same as the Greek project, but we do think this will be a great opportunity. To be fair when I mentioned this in class early in the week I got a very positive response from the children (well most of them).
The school may have shut its gates, but we are still here for you. I will be available on the school email below and please feel free to email me anytime and I will get back as quickly as I can. Please tell me how you are getting on and I will keep you all in my prayers. No-one knows when these measures will end and it is possible that the next time your children go to school they will be at high school. That does make me sad and I pray that we are all back here at some point next term. However, Mr Schumm has already said that if this isn’t possible, the children will come back for a day in September to say a proper goodbye.
My email is a.perry@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.uk
I want to assure you that you are all in my thoughts and prayers and I look forward to when we see each other again. You and all our St Stephen’s family are truly special!
God Bless
Mr Perry

Update on home learning arrangements

Following the Government’s announcement yesterday, from Monday most children will not now be attending school. So, in order to ensure that their learning continues, I will be posting ‘directed work’ that I would like them to complete each day/week. This will begin on Monday 23rd March and continue until the end of the academic year (if needs be), with the usual breaks for holidays.

The work will be set online, and while some will require online access, other work should be completed in the traditional manner with pencil on paper. Obviously, if computing resources at home are limited and more than one child needs access, then putting a timetable in place would make a lot of sense and add structure to the long days ahead.

Pupils in today and tomorrow will be taking their Homework Book, and the various CGP Workbooks home later. If you are still in London, but your children are not attending school at present, their books will be at the office for you to collect if possible.

Do keep a constant check on the school’s website and the class blog page.

God bless.

Mr Perry

Update And Advice For Parents Self-Isolating

Dear Parents / Carers of children who are self-isolating,
If you and your family are self-isolating at this time, here are some links that you can follow to access some educational games and activities related to the work we do at St Stephen’s. We hope you find these useful:
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/levels/zbr9wmn
https://www.primarygames.com/math.php
https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/welcome-back/for-home
https://www.education.com/games/
https://uk.ixl.com/math/year-6
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zv48q6f
If you would like to do any independent work following up on things we have learnt in class (write a story, make a poster, do some research etc,) that is great and you can bring them in to share when you’re back again. These activities are not compulsory, and obviously you need not do them if you are feeling ill!
Hopefully things will be back to normal soon, but if we are forced to close the school, we will be posting a more comprehensive educational programme of study on this web page and providing all children with their USO logins so that they can access more specific activities set by us.
Thank you for your continued support,
Mr Perry and Mr Gane

Art, Art Everywhere...

Dear Parents

I hope you all managed to pop in to the arts café this afternoon. I am very proud of Year Six’s contribution and I’m sure that the other classes have created some equally fabulous work.

In English the children have written, edited and published a news story based on a clip from the film Madagascar. They have written excellent, professional articles that have included great quotes, technical vocabulary and a headline. I think we have a few budding journalists in the making.

In science we are looking at the human body and how it functions. This week we discussed why we need a healthy diet and how we achieve that by focusing on the five main food groups. I think it did cause the children to re-evaluate elements on their own dietary habits. The focus in Geography has been the use of natural resources and we have been be linking this topic it every day issues such as the rising cost of petrol. We discussed how natural resources take a long time to harvest and yet are consumed very quickly. No wonder our heating bills always seem to ris! That reminds me, I need to check my meter.

Parents’ evening is coming up. Please make sure you sign up as it is really important that I see you to discuss your child’s progress and the ways in which you can support their learning over the next few weeks. SATs are an unfortunate reality for every child in Year 6 and as a school we do want the children to do the best that they can.

As I write this, I know the boys’ football team is in Reading (at the Majeski Stadium no less) representing our school and QPR football club in a tournament organised by the English Football League. I am sure they will do us proud although I have informed the team that unless they score at least two goals (each) they will get lots of extra homework!  Seriously though what a fantastic effort from the boys ably managed by Alastair.

A final thought on the Coronavirus which is rightly (and upsettingly) dominating our news feeds. Mr Schumm will keep you updated regarding any changes to the school day. Similarly, we will let you know as soon as possible as and when trips are cancelled (such as the re-scheduled Grandparents day) but otherwise we will keep going as usual. I pray we all remain healthy and safe and would advise you all to follow the guidance issued by the school and the Department of Health regarding hygiene and procedures.

Kind Regards

Alex Perry

High Schools, Trees and Life

Dear Parents

Well what a week! Life seems to be slowing down as everyone waits to see what will happen with the next stage of the Coronavirus outbreak… everywhere that is except St Stephen’s!

I am of course referring to Arts Week – which has been jam-packed with events organised by our wonderful arts coordinator Mr Cookson and our assistant head Miss Bell. We have had additional History lessons, Art classes, a theatre production and of course World Book Day. This year’s painting is Gustav Klimpt’s ‘The Tree of life’. ’ We started the week by discussing the context of the painting and thinking about the imagery around Klimpt’s ‘Tree of Life’. Then the children sketched their own version of the painting. We researched myths and stories about a tree of life and I was stunned to learn just how many stories there are. Civilisations including the Ancient Greek, Chinese, Mayan, Scandinavia (Old Norse), Assyrian, Ancient Egyptian and South Pacific and religions including Hinduism, Judaism and Christianity all have stories pertaining to a tree of life. The children wrapped this session up by describing their own ideas for a story about such a tree.

On Tuesday, a touring theatre company gave us a very entertaining and colourful production of ‘Treasure Island’. Then today we had an art class with Elsie’s mum Miss Louisa, a history lesson on the painting taught by Mr Schumm and a creative writing class taught by Mrs Pereira! The highlight of week for me though was the creation of a 3d model of Klimp’s ‘Tree of Life’ made with different coloured wire, clay and coloured paper. The final effects are most impressive!

Thursday was World Book Day and once again I was blown away by the effort that the children had gone to in making some of the costumes. This year we had among others: Cruella De Vil, Little Women, SpongeBob SquarePants, A Viking, a very dapper Hercule Poirot and what seemed like thousands of St Trinian’s girls! The worthy winners of our class however were a very impressive ‘Balrog’ from Lord of the Rings and ‘Magnus Crome’ from Mortal Engines.  What an effort!

I know this has been a big week for everyone in Year 6 across the borough as parents and children have found out which high school they will be going to next year. I know this can cause all sorts of stresses – for some in terms of which school to accept and for others accepting they have been   allocated a school that isn’t their first choice. For those of you in the latter category, I hope you find peace this weekend knowing that there will be other options in terms of waiting lists and appeals. Congratulations to those that got the schools that they wanted and I pray that all the children have a wonderful high school experience.

On a medical note, I would recommend that you try not to get stressed or anxious about the outbreak of the Coronavirus but that instead you take all the necessary measures to stay healthy and follow the guidelines set out by the government and the school.

What a fun filled week. I think I need to go home, make a cup of tea and plan some Maths and English just so we can all relax a bit!

Please see the website for the homework I have set this week which must be done for Monday in preparation for a lesson by a visiting author.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Kind Regards

Alex Perry

Close Second for Girl's Football Team

Dear Parents

Welcome back! I hope you had an excellent half term.

In English we are looking at recounts and newspaper reports. We started by looking at a fun clip from the film Madagascar and a newspaper article I had written on the events in the clip. The children have been using the article to discuss the feature of a newspaper report and they will write their own after Arts Week. There is a big push this half-term on editing and upskilling our work. This involves developing and improving our range of vocabulary, re-evaluating our sentence starters to keep them varied, and checking our spelling and punctuation.

We have begun new subjects in both humanities and science looking at very apt and important topics such as ‘Natural Resources’ and a ‘Healthy Body’. In RE we have been continuing to look at the Christian Church – particularly the wider Anglican Church and are beginning – in groups – to plan our own collective worship to share with the school. As RE leader I just love the idea of the children leading each other in sharing their faith and I look forward to seeing what they will come up with.

Next week is Arts Week and we have a packed timetable once again. On Thursday we will celebrate World Book Day and the children will all dress up as a character from one of their favourite books. I look forward to seeing what they come up with and we all wait with baited breath to see who Mr Schumm will appear as this year. His reputation precedes him!

Massive congratulations to the Girl’s Football Team, which on Wednesday came a close second in the annual borough football tournament – just missing out on a place in the Youth Games. I know the school swimming squad are training hard for the borough swimming gala as well so I am looking forward to hearing about their accomplishments too.

Lastly, thank you to everyone involved in the amazing ‘Eastern European Night’ last night which was a hugely enjoyable evening and raised yet more money for the school. It is wonderful we have these nights that share our respective cultures with each other and they are always great fun.

A few important notices to finish.

I know we always seem to be asking for money, but please can you make sure you have paid for the Year 6 trip to France in June – and Mr Schumm has requested that, if possible, you donate a little toward our May trip to Whitby (via Parent Mail). Our ethos is to give the children the best education through having as many experiences as we can and our residential trips are always a great success and greatly enjoyed by all.

Have a lovely weekend and see you next week.

Kind Regards

Alex Perry

We All Love DT Day

Dear Parents

Half-term is here! Bring on the coffee and the walks …and the cleaning!

Today my room was awash in masking tape, cardboard, string and glue guns! No it was not an annual clean out but our half termly D & T day. The children designed and worked in groups to build a suspension bridge measuring approximately 150cms. They are certainly a lot more talented than me! Most of the bridges withstood the test and there were some wonderful examples of engineering.

I heard the Cabaret last night was a storming success. To be fair with all the hard work the parents put into this school I expected nothing less. As I understand it Mr Schumm was his normal unassuming self and tried to stay out of the limelight as much as possible… Yeah right!

The children have worked really hard on a writing piece in English. As I mentioned last Friday – the children have written a story set in either the past, future or present and most chose the past. I am proud of them. It was wonderful watching them plan, draft, edit and publish a piece from start to finish showing great writing skills. I look forward to marking them.

I have set some homework for the holidays – some maths revision (on Mathletics), a comprehension and a practice grammar paper. It will take longer than the usual weekend homework so I would suggest that they don’t leave it until next Sunday!

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a safe and restful half-term and I look forward to seeing you in a week.

Kind Regards

Alex Perry

Budding BBC Script Writers

Dear Parents

This week has been a relatively quiet one by St Stephen’s standards. I am sure that will change next week though when we can look forward to the all-singing, all-dancing cabaret show. I am sure that it will come as no surprise to learn that Mr Schumm is once again teaming up with our musical theatre specialist Miss Whiting. I am also sure that the night will be a rip-roaring success and I hope to see lots of you there on Thursday evening.

In English, the children have been planning a story which can be inspired by history, informed by the present or set in the future. I was a little smug – I have to say – when most of them chose the past! My own speciality. The children are all entering a 500 word creative writing competition run by the BBC which is providing a fantastic opportunity for them to hone their writing skills. The children have been asked to focus on how to connect with their readers as well as planning their ending carefully. I wish all of them good luck!

In Science we have continued to look at light and to investigate how it changes direction by observing how it is effected when it hits different surfaces. We discovered that those surfaces which reflect light the most can be used to direct light to reach a target. Aside from the odd shining of a torch in my eye, the work went down very well.

Our lessons in RE have been thought provoking as we have looked at Christian traditions of worship and how these traditions are similar not only across different denominations but also across different faiths. The children have been very upfront about their personal feelings and beliefs.

Today was coding day and the children have been creating their own algorithms. Their partners then had to translate these algorithms to produce a shape. There was some very interesting results, but ultimately the children learnt the importance of giving accurate instructions as well as practicing their problem solving skills. Great fun was had by all.

Finally, I would like to give a gentle reminder regarding the fees that are due now for the trip to France in June.

Have a lovely weekend.

Kind Regards

Alex Perry

 

Fantastic Football Feats

Dear Parents

Half-term is on the snow-capped horizon; my coffee intake is rising; and my resolve to eat healthily has fallen dramatically. It must be almost February!

Assessment week has gone well and the children have all worked incredibly hard. In Maths they completed an arithmetic paper and two reasoning papers. I haven’t finished marking them yet but it looks like most of the children have improved on their previous score, which is hugely encouraging.

In English, they sat an English comprehension paper, a grammar paper and took a spelling test and again the results are very positive. Please do remind the children that there are still three months to go before the SATs tests which is plenty of time to revise topics and pick up speed! If there are any areas in English or Maths that they would like help with, they should bring this up in the booster classes. Generally though, everyone is working hard and I am pleased with their efforts.

In Science we have been looking at how ‘we see’. No this is not some deep psychological theory on life but quite literally …how we see! We have studied the eye and its components and the children have identified the different parts and drawn and described an eye in their books – perhaps we have some doctors in the making! We have also looked at the role of light in how we see and learnt that it travels in a straight-line. The children then conducted their own experiment working out how they could get rays of light to bend using a mirror.

In Geography we have been using atlases to locate counties, cities and towns. We have been learning what differentiates a city from a town and individually the children have done a case study on a town of their choice studies highlighting its history and its landmarks.

Extra-curricular activities have been plentiful. Last week the boy’s football team won the EFL Utilita Cup and will now go on the represent QPR in the Southern Regional finals in Bristol. If they win that then Wembley beckons!  What an achievement.  Following on from their success, the girl’s football team then won a borough tournament which brought them one step closer to representing Hammersmith & Fulham at the London Youth Games. The day ended with a nail biting penalty shootout which we won thanks to the heroics of our goalie Elsie and the scoring prowess of the rest of the girls: Isabelle, Izzy, and Jasmine from our class. Thank you once again to the wonderful coaching provided by Alastair and Clare.

Finally, some of Year 6’s singing talent was on show this afternoon with a number of our students   singing in a service at St Paul’s Cathedral. Mr Schumm and I accompanied the rest of the school choir to watch them and to enjoy a wonderful service celebrating the C of E schools in London.

Have a lovely weekend.

Kind Regards

Alex Perry

Boosters are Back

Dear Parents

The boosters have started well with some excellent learning shown already. As we have stated these are to help the children achieve their learning objectives and are not just about excelling in SATs.

We have another assessment week starting on Monday when we will be looking to see how the children are progressing. I am sure that all their hard work will be reflected in their scores.

There have been couple of issues with homework. Learning weekly spelling and keeping up to date with our Matheletics programme will make a big difference to the children’s progress. These elements of homework are compulsory and it is incredibly important they both are completed on a weekly basis.  Your help with ensuring this happens would be very much appreciated.

In Maths my group have been looking at measure and conversion. Like percentages this is a skill which will be incredibly useful in real life and so we have been focusing on solving word problems in topics that they might encounter at home such as cooking. Mathletics homework this week is based on this.

I’m delighted to tell you that we have a date for our trip to the Imperial War Museum and you will be getting a parent mail about it soon.

A massive thank you to the Rev Denis, Rev Phil and Pastor Rueben who came to talk to us about how and why they were called to their roles in church and how they practice the liturgy in their own tradition. It was very interesting and the children all learnt a great deal.

Members of the choir have been practising very hard for the service next week at St Paul’s Cathedral and are looking forward to attending with Mr Schumm, Miss Rachel and myself next Friday.

Have a brilliant weekend.

Kind Regards

Alex Perry

English with Mr Schumm

Dear Parents

As interviews start to come in for those children sitting the 11 plus, we continue to wish them the best of luck. Those that have interviews should just be their wonderful chatty selves and I’m sure that they will excel.

In Maths we have continued to look at percentages and fractions and word problems associated with themse topics. Towards the end of the week we moved on to the conversion of measure. This will continue into next week.

At St Stephen’s only do we have the support of specialist teachers such as Miss Rachel for music, Mrs Peraira for Spanish and Alastair for sport, but this year we also have the privilege of Miss Billington teaching the class computing. Guess which class I teach RE to in the meantime?

We are also incredibly lucky to have the joy of Mr Schumm teaching the class creative writing. Together they are reading and analysing the classic novel Animal Farm by George Orwell. I remember doing that one in high school! Quite apt in our politically challenging times. The children thoroughly enjoyed their first session yesterday and at the end of the lesson, after Mr Schumm left, it was lovely to hear them enthusiastically debating what they thought would happen next.

Science workshops have been running all week during which our Scientist-in-Residence Mrs McGregor has been tecahing  Year 5 and 6 about space. The children have been conducting their own experiments and have created a space research station which hopefully some of you came to see after school today.

Finally, a quick word on Boosters.  These kick off next week and we very much hope to have your support – these extra classes will be incredibly useful for SATs but are also designed to encourage your children to be the best they can be.  We have another assessment  week coming up soon which will provide a opportunity for the children to show me how much they have learnt!

Have a wonderful weekend.

Kind Regards

Alex Perry

Happy New Year

 

Dear Parents

Happy New Year and welcome back – I hope you have all had a lovely and restful break. It’s hard to believe but we are creeping towards the half-way mark. Time does go by quickly as we get older!

In Maths we have been looking at percentages and fractions. We have been discussing how important this knowledge is in life and how we use percentages every day, for example when we go shopping in the sales. Next week I will be giving them some word problems so that they can work out how much I can save on a shirt from Debenhams when there’s a 30% reduction!

In RE we have been looking at how Christian worship uses liturgy and how it can differ in different churches. We discussed who uses liturgy, which hymns are sung, and how we feel when we walk into church. As we move forward we will be looking at the ways in which Communion is celebrated and how icons and symbols are used in church. We will also look at the way we worship as a school through assemblies and church services.

In English we have started looking at poetry and we have been studying ‘The Kraken’ by Alfred Lord Tennyson. The children have started by breaking down the tough language within the poem to get to the meaning behind the prose.  They have come up with descriptive words and phrases to describe the Kraken and have used these to portray their own interpretation of this mythical creature. Next week they will be writing their own poem based on the Kraken.

I would like to take this opportunity to say good luck to all the children who have been taking 11 plus exams this week. I understand that this can be a stressful time for everyone and I sincerely hope that all their hard work pays off. The children have been very calm in class and have worked hard to catch up with work they have missed. I am proud of them all!

I very much enjoyed marking the Greek projects. I have been particularly impressed with the layout and the unique content. It has been wonderful reading about Greek myths such as ‘Theseus and the Minotaur’ and ‘Daedalus and Icarus’, battles and battle formations, Greek fashion and Greek theatre. It is a great feeling to learn from one’s students!

Kind Regards

Alex Perry

Friday 20th December

Dear Parents

Well it is quite unbelievable that we are already a third of the way through the academic year!

Thank you to all of you who came to our ‘Carols by Candlelight’ concert last night; I am sure you’ll agree the children sang and performed beautifully. It brought a tear to my eye! Well done to Year 6   for singing ‘The Holly and the Ivy’ so tunefully and to those that learnt lines and read in church so clearly and confidently. The solos were wonderful and the grand finale was full of passion and humour (thank you Miss Bell).

I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching your children this term. They are a fantastic and lively class and I’m loving getting to know them. We have worked hard this term but we have also had a lot of fun.  A few highlights which stand out for me are PGL, our brilliant class assembly on spreading hope, the D & T days and of course the wonderful Greek projects.  We’ve also been lucky enough to enjoy trips to the Lyric Theatre and the British Museum.

I have said it before and I will say it again. Your children are blessed to have a school like St Stephen’s but more importantly St Stephen’s is blessed to have them!

Thank you so much for all the Christmas gifts, you have all been so generous and it is hugely appreciated. Mrs Walsh and Miss Tami has also asked me to thank you on their behalf.

May I take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy Christmas and fruitful New Year. I hope you all have a lovely and restful break and look forward to seeing you in January.

God Bless you all.

Kind Regards

Alex Perry

As well as the homework we have set (see the website) there is also the optional choice to enter into a writing competition. Please see below.

The Daunt Books Children’s Short Story Competition.

All your child’s own work and must be between 1500 words.

You should email your story as an attachment to l.pereira@ststephensce.lbhf.sch.ukth February. Please put your child’s name, age and class as the email title and on the story attached.

E.g Mr Gane – class Y6 Ayres (Age 34) Please also make sure that the stories are typed, double-spaced and single sided. A copy of the children’s stories will be kept in a special folder in the Library for all to read and results will be announced in April 2020 and the winning stories will be published in during summer term.

Step back to Ancient Greece

Dear Parents

Well the term is now winding down… what I mean by ‘winding down’ is that it is getting even busier! The children are in and out of class so frequently that it is hard to know who is where! On Thursday lunchtime the choir took part in a Christmas carol singing competition in Westfield – Miss Rachel said they were amazing and as a result were runners up, winning £200 for the school. Apparently the soloists were wonderful.  

Speaking of singing … it was wonderful to see the dress rehearsal of the nativity. The class was wonderfully enthusiastic seeing their buddies perform – particularly when the cows got up to sing! On a similar note the children have been asked to learn the words for the carol they will be singing at the Carols by Candlelight service at the end of term and a few children have been asked to do readings as well.   

In my Maths class we have been continuing our work on fractions. We have been looking at calculating fractions for all four operations and then learning how to simplify answers and how to convert improper fractions in to mixed numbers. It has been a challenging topic for a number of children in the class and they have all worked really hard to get to grips with all the different methods they need to remember.   

As I am sure you are all aware, this class is very adept at arguing – and for once this skill came in very handy! In English this week, the children put pen to paper and wrote a letter to the Mayor of London asking him to either legalise graffiti or to come down stronger on those that currently ignore the law. The children were asked to include (and negate) counter points to show that they have understood the reasoning behind both sides of the debate. They then used this knowledge to independently plan, write and edit a letter to the Education Secretary asking for Miss Trunchball (From Roald Dahl’s Matilda) to be removed from her post as headmistress of Cruncham Hall. I have nearly finished marking their efforts and they have done an amazing job.

Speaking of research…’The Greek Projects’! I have been overwhelmed by the obvious effort that everyone has put into them – and by the authenticity and individuality of each and every one. It has been a long journey and one that I appreciate not everyone will have enjoyed. However I hope that you have all gained something from the experience. There is so much to appreciate and as I look around the room I can see a Pandora’s Box, a selection of Greek armour and weapons, a Parthenon an Acropolis, a Greek Trireme, Icarus wings, a labyrinth complete with Minotaur helmet,  lots of authentic looking pottery, a Trojan horse and some beautiful Greek clothing! And this was just my own class! There were equally amazing examples in Mr Gane’s class and prizes will be awarded over the next week or so – although I know that the judges are finding it very difficult to pick the winners. I can honestly say this will be the hardest set of projects that I have ever had to judge and I hope you managed to see them today. Congratulations to all the children and probably to some of the parents!

Kind Regards

Alex Perry  

Look out he's behind you!

Dear Parents.

It has been another busy week with lots happening in Year 6 at St Stephen’s. The children have been working incredibly hard in my Maths group to master the method for long division before moving on to fractions. It’s not easy and some of the class has struggled with the concept. For those individuals, I have suggested that they write the times table for the number they are dividing by in a column in their workings. For example if the sum is 8765 ÷ 45 then the children should spend a few moments writing out their 45 times table. This method has really helped children in the past and I thoroughly recommend it to all the children who find mental maths difficult.   

As I am sure you are all aware, this class is very adept at arguing – and for once this skill came in very handy! In English this week, the children put pen to paper and wrote a letter to the Mayor of London asking him to either legalise graffiti or to come down stronger on those that currently ignore the law. The children were asked to include (and negate) counter points to show that they have understood the reasoning behind both sides of the debate. I have yet to mark the letters, but looking over shoulders and based on input in lessons this week, I am expecting some persuasive and eloquent arguments.  Well done!

Sport matches have been coming thick and fast over the last couple of weeks, with many of the children out at events including football, tag rugby, netball and dodgeball (coming up next week). It is wonderful that there are so many opportunities for children at St Stephen’s and I know Clare and Alastair work tirelessly to find events to include as many children as possible. Thank you again to our marvellous sports teachers.    

On Thursday, we went to The Lyric Theatre to see this year’s pantomime Cinderella. It is usually excellent fun…I say usually because three years ago I was asked to come on stage at the end and dance with the Dame. I can’t help but worry that I might get picked on again, so my enjoyment of pantomimes has been ruined and unfortunately I was a nervous wreck for the duration of the performance!  However, it was a great show and the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves.  

As a little act of pre-Christmas cheer, I have decided not to give the children homework this week. I suggest that they use this now free-time to work on their Greek Projects which are due in two weeks. Please remind the children that they do have Matheletics which must be completed by Monday.

Have a brilliant weekend.

Kind Regards

Alex Perry   

Homework

Homework:

No weekend homework is set.

See the blog (left) for details on the directed work for Home Learning while the school is closed.