Children in Key Stage Two have been taking part in daily sessions called 'Mini Maths', where they have been practising either their number bonds or times tables. They time how long it takes them to complete a grid correctly and simply try and beat it the next time. They have a maximum of 15 minutes and if they don't finish in that time they count how many they did and try to beat that. This is proven to improve children's recall of basic number facts and the more they do it the better. We found this great app which allows children to do the same at home. Click the link below to go to Google play to download this free app.
The children are really enjoying taking part in the Eggstreme Primary Maths Challenge on Mangahigh. It's been a wonderful competition so far, with 9528 students from 223 Primary Schools across the UK taking part! With two days still to go, there have already been 365 winners across the country! At Exminster, there have been 14 winners so far. We are currently sitting 7th on the National Leaderboard! Lets secure Exminster's top ten finish and win some more Easter eggs!
Happy Easter everybody. At breakfast club we made an Easter bunny following instructions.
"He saves Easter," said Theo, an excited child from Exminster.
With six days to go, the children are working hard ensuring that we remain in the top ten of schools across the country. Lots of children are close to their 100 point targets. Keep up the hard work!
We have really enjoyed exercising for Sports Relief this morning. We made up obstacle courses and went for a jog!
The children commented on some of their 'best bits.'
MacKenzie, "The jogging made me tired because we jogged too much!"
Ethan, " I liked the bit when we put the hoop over our bodies."
April, "Skipping back to the team was the best!"
Amber, " I liked jogging. It made me have a wonky leg but I liked it!"
We have enjoyed throwing and catching the balls in our games lesson today. We challenged ourselves to see how many times we could catch the ball. We moved away from our partners to make the task harder.
Children in Key Stage 2 are taking part in an eggstreme maths competition, on Mangahigh, over a 10 day period. Children have the 10 days to achieve 100 new points to win themselves an Easter egg supplied by Mangahigh. The school could also receive an Easter egg hamper if they finish 1st or a Creme Egg hamper if they finish between 2nd and 10th place on the 24th March. Currently, children are working very hard and have taken the school into the top ten across the country. We will try and keep you updated on their progress.
Click read more to see the current leaderboard. Come on Exminster!
This week is Active Travel Week and we're taking part in Sustrans Big Shift challenge. Please walk, cycle or scoot to school with your children. If you usually drive then you can park further away from school and walk the remaining distance. The more people that actively travel, the more chance we have of retaining our title and winning some great prizes!
On Monday 14th March, all Year 4 children participated in a handball festival as part of Sports Relief Week. It was great to see the children including each other in their teams and having to think about their decisions. The children displayed fantastic sportsmanship and had lots of fun!
Samuel said: "I found refereeing fun because you get to see how people improve and play fairly."
Ella: "I liked that everybody in my team weren't fussing over the scores and showed great sportsmanship."
Rio: "I thought I did really well in goal because I saved lots of shots."
Maddie: "I really enjoyed it because the referees were fair and I thought I improved my defending skills."
On Wednesday 9th March, 12 children from Exminster School took part in a gymnastics competition at South Dartmoor Community College.
There were 6 children in a Year 3/4 team and 6 children in a Year 5/6 team.
The children had to perform a floor routine and a vault exercise, which they had been practising and learning over the last few weeks.
They all performed extremely well and should be extremely proud of their performances.
Both teams won their categories and were absolutely delighted with the result.
They have cartwheeled themselves into the regional finals to be held on Wednesday 16th March at Newton Abbot Gymnastics Club.
Congratulations and good luck to all of the team!
This week for our art collaboration project we created a rainbow using over 2000 lolly sticks. Firstly we painted them using different tones and shades. We then glued them onto a canvas and built them up as layers to create a 3D effect. Every member of Year 6 contributed and we all had a lot of fun. We hope to display it around school.
The children in Reception really enjoyed sharing books with children from Year 5 today.
This week Year 2 have been learning to use marbling inks. We have created beautiful marbled papers in warm and cool colours that we will use as the background for a castle and dragon themed picture. We have been inspired by the work of illustrator Jan Pienkowski. The children were very thoughtful and expressive in their responses to Jan's stunning artwork. We look forward to finishing our works of art later this week.
What a fantastic day we have had in year 5! We were lucky enough to have a visit by Bridget Arnold who is a DAISI artist (Daisi Arts in Schools Initiative) Bridget is a silk painter who creates banners and flags. She showed us how to use a material called Gutta to draw onto stretched silk and then use brightly coloured inks to colour in. Bridget also showed us how you can sprinkle salt onto the wet paint to create different effects. We use the theme of fish from our Diversity project as our inspiration. The finished banners will be on display at the KS2 Art Exhibition on Friday- so please come and have a look at our work.
We would also like to thank The Helen Foundation for supporting this event.
To see more of the work of The Helen Foundation visit http://www.thehelenfoundation.org.uk/
Welcome back to the second half of the Spring term where we start with a week of mathematical problem solving! Throughout this week the children will be taking part in maths problem solving within their classes. Some year groups will also be setting problem solving home learning this week.
Alongside this we are keen to share with you a range of maths games that you can play at home with your children. Each day we will be publishing a new game for KS1 and KS2 on the school website in the 'Marvellous Maths' section under 'Parents'. Maths games are a great opportunity for families to spend time together having fun while practising their basic number skills.
Lets problem solve!
In Y6 our Home Learning involved us choosing an activity based on Diversity. Some examples were in RE – How we make moral choices, in art – painting and drawing and the diversity we see in people’s faces and in geography – how the coastline around Dawlish Warren has changed over the years.
“I created a piece on Van Gogh, I looked carefully at his style and painted my own picture. We had the half term to complete it, which allowed me to produce a high quality piece,” said Keani.
“I enjoyed it because it gave me a chance to be creative,” said Imogin.
The projects were diverse and created to a high standard. It was lovely to see so many parents on Tuesday when the children presented their work to one another.
We really enjoyed singing traditional carols and also some show songs in the church today. The Year 2 children spoke of some really heart felt wishes. We all joined together and shared some thoughts about what Christamas really means to us and for other people who are not as fortunate as ourselves.
We would encourage all parents and carers to visit The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre at www.ceop.police.uk who are an organisation that work across the UK tackling child sex abuse and providing advice for parents, young people and professionals.
Their website is packed with advice, help or the facility to report activity for parents and children from 5 to 17 years old. Keeping our children safe on the internet is extremely important and through their work using cartoons, activities and providing advice together we can all make a difference.
Pan Fried Chicken in a Tomato Pesto Sauce Served with Steamed Pasta and Wilted Greens
Diced Chicken Fillet – 360g
Chunky Diced Fresh Tomatoes – 2
Fresh Basil – 10 leaves
Finely Chopped Fresh Garlic – 2 cloves
Fine Diced Spanish Onions – 1 large
Vegetable Oil – 50ml
Black Pepper – 2 pinches
Frozen Garden Peas – 80g
Pre Cooked Pasta Shells – 200g
Chopped Tomatoes Tinned – 400g
Fresh Spinach Leaves – 240g
Sliced Spring Onions – 60g
Sour Cream – 50 ml
1. Heat half the oil in a wok or saucepan, add the chicken and pan fry until golden brown and cooked thoroughly.
2. In a separate wok or small saucepan heat the remainder of the oil and lightly cook the garlic being careful not to brown it, add the onions until they go soft, add the fresh chopped tomatoes and cook for 2 minutes, add the chopped tinned tomatoes and bring to a simmer, add the fresh basil leaves and turn off the heat.
3. Place the spinach, peas and spring onion into a steamer for 5 minutes until the spinach turns dark green and wilted in appearance also place the cooked pasta into a separate tear of the steamer or cover in boiling water to heat.
4. Add the cooked chicken to the sauce and stir until thoroughly combined.
5. Place the hot pasta onto a warm plate, place the chicken and sauce onto the pasta and serve the wilted greens on the side. Spoon lightly the sour cream over your dish
Serves 4 portions
Cheese and Chive Salmon Cakes with Steamed Citrus Scented Rice Served with Oriental Stir Fry Vegetables
Fresh Salmon Diced – 400g
Parmesan Cheese – 2tbls
Fresh Ginger Finely grated – 15g
Whole Egg – 1
Spring Onions sliced thinly – 125g
Fresh White Breadcrumbs – 100g
Vegetable Oil – 50ml
Long Grain Rice cooked – 200g
Fresh Lemon cut in half – 1
Light Soy Sauce – 75 ml
Red Pepper thinly sliced – 1
Green Beans or Broccoli – 100g
1. Place the salmon into a steamer or oven at 180c for 8 minutes or until thoroughly cooked
2. Place the cooked rice and squeeze the lemon onto the rice and steam for 10 minutes until piping hot
3. When the salmon is cooked place carefully into a food processor with the egg, breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese and the green part of the spring onion, blend until thoroughly mixed, divide into 4 and pan fry each side in a frying pan with half the oil until golden brown
4. In a wok or saucepan pour the remainder of the oil and heat, add the ginger stir gently being careful not to burn, add the red pepper remainder of the spring onion and green beans or broccoli and stir fry for 2 minutes add the light soy sauce and stir.
5. Place the hot rice into a small teacup or ramekin and turn out onto a plate just on the side, place the fish cake on the plate with the stirfry.
Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Herring
on the safe arrival of Verity Alice,
born on Friday 20 November
weighing 8lb 6oz. We look forward to
meeting her very soon.
Many thanks to our Parent Forum who have spent time reviewing our Anti-bullying policy. This week we have had a focus on Anti-bullying especially on Rainbow day. All children in school have named a school adult that they feel comfortable talking to if there is anything bothering them. At the end of Rainbow Day, all children went home with a leaflet about our Anti-bullying policy in school. Have a look below at what has been going on during Rainbow day:
ReceptionChildren have been listening to stories about friendships and superheroes (Supertato) and talking about the issues that characters experienced. They have made their own superhero potato whose mission is to help others. They are learning a song about friendship and doing activities, encouraging new friendships. In the afternoon session, children are mixed with Years 1 and 2 to make a new friendship and learn some new names.
Year 1/2Children were involved in an e-safety session, talking about when to use computers, where they use computers and what they do on them. The emphasis is on being supervised and adults checking what they are doing if they are online. They were also looking at friendships, what makes a good friend and writing notes to their friends, sharing and how to solve problems if sharing is not happening. Diversity was also an activity – celebrating how we are all diverse and how we embrace this.
Year 3/4Children were involved with an e-safety session, safe use of usernames and passwords. They were reading through sample blogs and talking about what is safe or unsafe about those and practising writing their own blogs. They were also role playing and creating freeze frames of bullying scenarios and changing these scenarios using problem solving. They were writing poetry and creating a dance based on these situations, talking about friendships and making friendship bracelets.
Year 5/6One session was a focus on Childline and bullying, how to seek help and an art activity around this. Another session focused on e-safety where children were learning about staying safe online and created a presentation for Years 3 and 4 about how to stay safe online. One session was being led by a group of Year 6 children with a focus on trust, confidence and team work. The children planned the session themselves and were leading games around these themes.
During Rainbow Day the children in KS2 have been discussing how to keep safe online. They used 'Google Classroom' to answer some of the questions below. The children in Year 5/6 had to create a presentation in either 'Google Docs' or 'Google Slides' outlining how younger children could keep safe on the Internet. In Years 3/4 they had to write their own blog by looking at examples of what would be safe to publish on the Internet.