Scoill Vallajeelt

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W/C 20th November

This week has been very full on and we have done lots of exciting activities. We have had a look at a variety of different percussive instruments in music, as well as making gifts for the Christmas Fayre next week. Then on Thursday we celebrated Thanksgiving, getting to play different American games and then celebrated with you all in the afternoon. It was lovely to see everyone and celebrate being thankful, something we don't always do. We also had a visit from a group who performed a Pantomime for us 'Sinbad the Sailor', we all really enjoyed it and it really got us ready for the Christmas season.








W/C 13th November

This week has been very busy and very exciting! On Monday it was 'World Kindness Day' and we got to design a poster to advertise it. We made them very colourful and used lots of different quotes about kindness to help us decorate.

On Wednesday it was Stay and Learn, we hope you enjoyed getting to be part of our class and talking to us about different emotions. We had lots of fun. Especially giggling at the very angry little girl.

In the afternoon on Wednesday we had Music and Mr Molyneux brought in some of his Woodwind musical instruments to let us hear and have a go on them. We learnt that woodwind instruments usually have reeds in them and that is what vibrates to make the sound. None of us managed to play anything on the Bagpipes as we just needed to much breath!

On Thursday we got to speak to Mr Molyneux's friend Rebekah in San Diego! She got up at 6:30 in the morning to talk to us! We asked her lots of questions about growing up in America and the differences between states. We are now asking Miss Lyon if we can have the same Summer Vacation (Holidays) as American schools! They finish at the start of June and stay off to September!!!!







W/C 6th November

This week we had a visit from Isle Listen who spoke to us about our feelings and how we should feel comfortable to share them with people. We then played a game where we spoke about when we have felt happy, scared, sad, nervous. We were all very honest and were very sensible when listening to others.

After that Mr Molyneux set us a challenge. As we are looking at America we were given a map and the state abbreviations and had to try and name all 50 states. He made it more challenging by putting us in a race against him to see who could finish first. Mr Molyneux struggled and WE ALMOST BEAT HIM! He only outdid us by a couple of seconds!




W/C 30th October

Welcome back to our second half term!

This term we will be looking at The USA as our topic, we have lots of fun activities and events planned over the coming weeks so we hope that you can join us for some of them.

This week in music we have been learning about different types of stringed instruments. We learnt that you can play them by plucking, bowing, strumming or even on some slapping! Mr Molyneux then showed us some of his own stringed instruments and he let us have a go on them to see if we could figure out how they were played.






W/C 16th October

As it was the end of term we went for a school trip to visit Rushen Abbey and learn how to make potions like in Harry Potter. We had great fun smelling all the different ingredients, collecting them and making our concoctions to cure toothache! We then got to make our own tiles and decorate them. It was a shame that it was raining and the weather was rubbish, but we still got to have a quick look around the grounds trying to notice similarities with Hogwarts.








W/C 9th October

This week we had a lot of fun activities including a skipping workshop, where we were taught how to do different tricks with skipping ropes and how we can play a variety of games. We then had a visit from Young Engineers where we worked in pairs to create a fairground ride using lego. We then had to innovate out rides, making certain they remained safe. We could make them bigger or faster! Some of us unfortunately lost our passengers by making them go TOO FAST!




W/C 2nd October

This week in History we have been looking at what the times were like when Harry Potter was first released back in 1997!

Mr Molyneux was more excited than we were about all the fun things he brought to show us. We saw some of the crazes that were popular at the time, such as Pogs, Proyo Yo Yo, Tamagotchis, Crazy Bones, Buzz Lightyear, Power Rangers. We even got to see a camera that didn't use a Memory Card AND it had a lens cap on it! The thing that made us laugh the most was that Mr Molyneux still had some of the stories he read in reception, they were so EASY!



W/C 25th September

This week in literacy we have been looking at synonyms and how we can improve our writing with more exciting words. We had to use different ways of finding synonyms by using a thesaurus and the internet.

We then wrote them down on A3 paper so we can use them again when we are writing our own stories.



W/C 18th September

This week were visited by a real-life, famous children's author and illustrator called Simon Murray. He visited the year 4 children to teach them how to illustrate the Icky Doo Dah character, the children loved it and were fully engaged, producing some amazing illustrations themselves! Some children also bought some of his books which he kindly signed for them.