Today our Y1 students have been busy writing letters to Father Christmas. They used magazines to help decide what they would like for Christmas and then carefully wrote letters. As they have been learning to use commas in their writing this week they made sure to include them to the letters.
When they had finished writing, we carefully placed our letters were carefully placed into envelopes and then walked down to the post box. The students are hoping that Father Christmas will read the letters and reply. They had to make sure that writing was clear so that Father Christmas can read it and also made sure a stamp was on each envelope!
All our Y7 students participate in Accelerated Reader which helps them to choose enjoyable books at a level that is just right for them. They do quizzes regularly and get awarded house points for each successfully taken quiz. Because the system is automated, it also records the number of words each student has read.
Congratulations to these students in Y7, who through reading and quizzing regularly, have read most words in their form.
Now we are approaching Christmas the ‘book nook’ in the Larch Centre has been sprinkled with Christmas magic.
It has been transformed into a cosy front room with snow falling outside. Children can choose a book and snuggle on a comfy cushion beside the fireplace. They also have an area to write their letters to Santa and post them in the post box. The children are enjoying this peaceful space where they can enjoy reading independently or with a friend.
The area has been created by the Displays Team and they are currently working on a mini theatre for the students to perform their own shows to one another whilst developing their speaking and listening skills.
Currently our Y7 students are learning about forces. To consolidate this knowledge we have launched our annual inter-house competition ‘The Great Egg Race’. The students make a vehicle which will carry a hard boiled egg across a classroom without breaking the egg. We are looking for style, speed, distance safety and science in the designs.
Below is a taster of designs from 7R. More to come in the New Year!
We thought we’d give you a break from the maths challenge over the 4 day weekend – but here is the next answer and question posed to our sixth form mathematicians each week. The answer to Maths Challenge 2016.23 is on the left with the new conundrum on the right…..happy mathsing!
During book week our Library organised a Book Fair through Scholastic which took place in the Larch Hall. Over the course of the day over 500 students visited and spent £1205 in total! It was lovely to see many of our primary students browsing and buying with their parents/carers; there was an attractive display of current fiction and information books.
Thank you to all who came – we have £663 to spend now on books as commission. All our students will benefit from the new stock we are choosing. Well done everyone!
‘Find Your Own Calm’ is a space that has been created by Mrs Klippel in the sixth form area for students to use when they need a break.
We are aware that studying for A Levels can be stressful at times – particularly in the lead up to exams. In this space she has tried to create an area where students can sit quietly and take a moment to gather their thoughts. Colouring-in books and pens have been provided as a relaxing activity and a variety of planners to try and help them manage their time. The room has subtle lighting and flowers and there are QR codes displayed to enable students to select calming music to listen to. There are also tips for managing anxiety and meditation exercises available also.
We hope the students find this a helpful addition to the sixth form area – just another way in which we look at the ‘whole student’ here at Simon Balle. There have already been many positive comments about the atmosphere this space creates and the work Mrs Klippel has put into creating it.