It is great to see high attendance has continued this week as all classes are still focused on learning. I visited classes during English lessons and am amazed by the rich variety of learning taking place across Primary and the quality of our students’ work.
Highlights in English this week have included:
- Year 1 have been applying their knowledge of verbs and prepositions to create some very inventive treasure maps and directions. Many of these are presented on the new display board outside the classroom.
- On Monday, I was inundated with persuasive letters from Year 6 students. Their goal? To encourage me to include ‘golden time’ in next year’s Primary timetables. Through intriguing questions, emotive language and citing research they made a very good argument. In fact, such a good argument that I have agreed to implement ‘golden time’ next year!
- As part of their learning in IPC and English, Year 3 have been studying the text ‘Jumanji’. The students have absolutely loved this exciting adventure story and have been busying creating their own versions of the story. I look forward to reading these completed stories next week.
- The different features of poetry has been the focus in Year 2. The students have read a wide range of poems and learned about alliteration, onomatopoeia and rhyme. They were then set the challenge to write their own poems entitled ‘Street Sounds’. It was an absolute pleasure to read these and I was impressed with their ability to incorporate the features in their poem.
- After designing, creating and tasting their own chocolate bars, Year 4 were set the challenge to persuade people to buy these. This included creating persuasive scripts and using technology to create their own animated adverts. As with our Year 6 students, Year 4 effectively used persuasive devices to ensure people bought their chocolates!
- In Year 5, the students have been studying Michael Morpurgo’s “Wreck of the Zanzibar’. To better understand the settings, characters and key events, students used a range of dramatic activities. This included ‘freeze frames’ for key scenes, ‘hot-seating’ to question character choices and motives and ‘conscious alleys’ to study the character’s thoughts when faced with a dilemma. It has been great to see so many students flourish during these activities and it bodes well for next year’s primary production!
Finally, this morning we recognised the achievements of our Year 6 students and their graduation from Primary to Secondary. Although I have only known the students for one academic year, I am immensely proud of the focussed, mature individuals they have become. I look forward to seeing the vast majority return to Compass for Year 7 and look forward to see their continued progress in Secondary school.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Jimmy Frawley, Head of Primary