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Gharaffa Buzz | Monday 22 January

22 January 2018

  • Gharaffa STEAM Week 2018
  • Gharaffa STEAM Week 2018
  • Gharaffa STEAM Week 2018

Dear Parents,

We would like to first of all thank you for all your support with our STEAM week which was a tremendous success. All our classes took part in STEAM themed learning, with Early Years and Milepost 1 focusing on self-driving cars, programming beebots and designing cars of the future.  Our youngest students also came up with some important rules regarding road safety which we should all follow. Mileposts 2 and 3 had a focus on clean, green air travel.  Throughout the week we saw children design and test parachutes (a few unfortunate eggs did not make it), rockets were launched and paper airplanes flew across the playground in a bid to find the best design. In the older classes, children ensured that fair tests were carried out and all measurements were accurate. The classrooms were buzzing and all of the children were excited to share their ideas about creating more sustainable transport.

The grand finale of the week was our paper airplane challenge. All the finalists lined up on the field on a very still Thursday, the perfect weather conditions for flying. Everyone had two turns to fly but ultimately, it was Amr Hamed’s design that took first place. His aeroplane managed to fly an impressive 16.21m.  The crowds were impressed with his design and he happily demonstrated how to make it to the eager Year 3s. 

Each class got to showcase their learning at the end of the day to our parents. It was wonderful to see so many of you there and joining in some of the STEAM challenges. We are confident you enjoyed the mini challenges you were set and were impressed with the learning that had taken place. Of course, the challenge is still on and we wait with baited breath to see who will the Curiosity Cube Challenge. All entries from Years 3 to 6 should be returned by this Thursday and MP1 will have the half term break to finish theirs.

We would like to say a well done to our Netball team who travelled with Miss Brown on Wednesday the 17th to Al Khor to play in a netball festival. Our girls did so well and enjoyed playing against five other schools. 

This week, we will host a series of English and mathematics workshops for parents based on the themes of writing and problem solving. This week’s workshops kicked off with the Early Years workshop focused particularly on mark making and emergent writing this morning, after requests from parents about how to support their child with the first steps of their ‘writing journey’.

Following feedback from parents last term, Miss Brown, our Mathematics leader, and Mr James, our English leader, will host the workshops together for Milepost 1 on Tuesday and Mileposts 2 and 3 on Wednesday in the Morgan Sports Hall. The workshops are very informal and aimed at helping parents understand the approaches we use at Compass. Please do come along and join us.

Finally, we would like to remind you that next week, school will be closed for the mid-term break. We will re-open on Sunday 4th February.

Enjoy the rest of the week and the mid-term break.

Kind regards

Collette Bowness and Hannah Sanders

Assistant Heads of Compass, Gharaffa


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