Ok, so in the pantheon of amazing things teacher’s get to, well, teach, ‘Spelling’ isn’t always up there with the ore and wonder of a physics experiment or Relentless Roman’s history lesson. However, not to be deterred, we have some weird and wonderful ways of teaching spelling at NJS, not least through playing tennis with letters. Here, children pick a word from our weekly spelling lists and bat each letter of the word back and forward calling the letter out as they do. Of course, we have some interesting ‘grunts’ and ‘groans’ as the children attempt a cross court backhand and I could have sworn that Maria Sharapova herself was amongst my flock this week. Anyway, marvel at the ‘joy’ of learning different spellings from the happy faces of 4GC on the pictures below!
Accelerated reader is now in full flow at NJS and 6SO are thoroughly enjoying reading for pleasure every day. This session is helping to improve the children’s reading fluency and improving their vocabulary. The pupils are performing well in their comprehension quizzes and are working hard to achieve at least 85% in each quiz.
This week 5EG have been practicing their artistic skills by sketching trains from different time periods. They have studied original pieces of artwork and committed to producing their own piece of artwork ready for our final product reveal. Next week we will introduce the watercolours!
After a busy unit of work spent practicing the four mathematical operations, budding pupils got their chance to strut their understanding in teacher-student pairs. Many completed the series of progressively challenging arithmetic style questions to discover the secret code…
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What a day we had on Thursday 11th November! 4GC caught the public bus into Doncaster interchange and proceeded to walk along the various Roman influenced areas of Doncaster culminating in a visit to the remains of the Roman fort by the Minster.
However, an extra special event was taking place outside Mansion House; the Remembrance Day Service. Here, we were lucky enough to meet Ben Parkinson, Mayor Ros Jones and even an officer in the Royal Air Force. The children were impeccably behaved and respectful during the service and indeed the day promopting members of the public to email the school to compliment our children.
Yeah 6 are developing our perspective drawing skills ready to tackle drawing trains for our final product – we are going to produce an information board about Doncaster’s rail heritage. This week, we have been creating one-point perspective artwork. We think our pictures are so successful that it looks like you could dive straight into them!
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