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Headmaster's News, Friday 12th June, 2020

Jun 12, 2020

Friday 12th June, 2020

Dear Parents.

Welcome back to the Summer Term! I hope you have all enjoyed your half-term break. I have enjoyed hearing about your activities and I would like to say a big congratulations to Ariana and Mohamad who raised £466.29 for the NHS by running a lemonade stand during their holiday. I would also like to welcome two new starters, Georgia and Olivia, who have joined 5H this half term. I know you will all make them feel very welcome when you see them. I have been in touch with all your teachers this week to find out what you have been getting up to during your first week back.

Our Reception Class had a super Teams chat on Monday morning to share what they have been doing during half-term. The children have thrown themselves back into their work on Kidblog and have enjoyed activities based on the story ‘Stick Man’ by Julia Donaldson. The children have even made their own stick men by finding sticks in their gardens or out on walks and creating a person with them.

Year 1
This week, Year 1 has started to learn about seaside holidays, past and present, and they have written a description of the seaside in their creative writing lesson. They have started to learn how to do column addition and subtraction and they have learnt how to set it out correctly in squared books ready for Year 2. They have also learnt how to use conjunctions to extend their sentences.

Year 2
In Year 2, the children have been looking at the explorer Christopher Columbus. The children have made fact files and posters about him and written letters home as if they were Columbus to let people know that he is safe after being on a shipwrecked boat at the age of 14. Year 2 has also looked at the different continents and the geographical features of each one. The children have learnt about, and researched, the tallest mountains, longest rivers, largest lakes and the smallest and largest countries. In Maths, the children have been practising setting their sums out beautifully, ready for Year 3!

Year 3
3M has worked hard again this week. They have researched the British Paralympic athlete Tanni Grey-Thompson and produced posters and presentations about her. They have also enjoyed reading their most recent piece of creative writing in groups on Teams. It has been wonderful for the children to read to each other and Mrs Morrice was impressed with their imagination as well as their intonation and expression.

Year 4
This week, Y4 has been exploring poetry using a Kenning which is a way of describing an object without saying what it is. The children have been describing a Viking longship and they have created some brilliant examples. These include: Wave Slicer, Body Mover, Oar Pounder, Fear Bringer and River Crosser. Fantastic, Year 4!

Year 5
The children in Year 5, are busy preparing for their Grammar School exams and making sure they are ready for their final year at Highfield. They also enjoyed PE this week, where they prepared for Sports Day which will take place next week via Kidblog, and they loved their creative writing task where they wrote about shrinking in their classrooms! Year 5 also welcomed Georgia and Olivia to 5H and they have enjoyed getting to know each other on Teams. Great work from Year 5 – keep it up!

Year 6
6P has made a great start to their final half-term at Highfield. They have all been busy honing their skills ready for Year 7. In English, we have enjoyed reading The Silver Sword and the children have produced some wonderful writing this week based on the book. Crime and Punishment has been the focus of our afternoons! The children have been very enthusiastic in their learning about how this has changed through history from the Rotten Romans, to the Awful Anglo-Saxons, to the Terrible Tudors.

Congratulations to This Week’s Merit Winners!

RB Mohini
1D Brodie
1W Aryana
2E Raj
2J Scarlett
3M Reuben
4S Taylor
4D Hugo
5H Neelesh
5M Ariana
6P Martha

Yours sincerely

J M Duke

Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.


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