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Author: Jess Abley

At Iron Acton, we try to consistently challenge ourselves and be purple learners. To learn more about the learning happening across the school, 10 children have been working with Mrs Pardoe to set up our Learning Detective team. These pupils will get the opportunity to observe around the school, and feedback to staff about what is working well, and how we can improve our learning skills. We look forward to seeing what the Learning Detectives find in their investigations!
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As part of our learning about the Great Fire of London, the Fire Service came to visit Falcons class. We did a jigsaw and learned about all of the ways the Fire Service can help us. We shared our knowledge about what to do when there is a fire, and had the chance to go and explore the fire engine itself!
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After competing in the classroom, two of our pupils headed down to Renishaw to compete against other schools in a design challenge. Although they were unlucky this time, we hope they keep up their engineering efforts for the future.
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To finish our topic and consolidate our learning, Eagles took a trip to the Steam Museum in Swindon. We had an educational session and then got the chance to explore the museum. We could even go underneath one of the trains (weighing quite a few tons!) to look at the intricate mechanics. A must see!
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At the end of Term 6, Eagles class took part in an essential First Aid course with a volunteer nurse from the community. We learnt about a variety of different situations where we’d need our First Aid skills, and even got to have a practice on some ‘patients’ who showed their terrific acting skills!  
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As part of the feedback given during our ‘Meet the Teacher’ sessions at the end of the last school year, here is a useful link that explains the vocabulary we use in our maths lessons. The website covers maths terminology across KS1 and KS2. If you have any further questions or queries about maths or any of the words and concepts listed, please get in touch. https://www.theschoolrun.com/primary-numeracy-glossary-for-parents Thanks, Miss Abley
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As part of the feedback given during our ‘Meet the Teacher’ sessions at the end of the last school year, here are some helpful posters (which are also on display in our classroom) that explain the vocabulary we use in our phonics lessons. We’ve also included the other vocabulary we use during lessons.   Common exception words / tricky words: words that are sight read and cannot be phonetically sounded (poster attached) Blend: saying all of the sounds of the word together Segment: separating out the different sounds in the word   If you’re having trouble using, saying or helping your child practise the sounds at home for both phonics and spellings, Geraldine the Giraffe (created by Mr Thorne) is a great YouTube series that may help: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7sW4j8p7k9D_qRRMUsGqyw     If you have any further questions or queries about phonics, please get in touch. Thanks, Miss Abley  
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Year 5 and 6 had a fantastic time at Morfa Bay during this year’s residential trip. We took part in activities such as rock climbing, abseiling, muddy assault course, bush craft, orienteering, sea activities and many more! A brilliant time was had by both pupils and staff alike.
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Another successful Spring Welly Walk! Thank you to all the parents helpers and the Friends for putting on an eggscellent Easter Egg Hunt.
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During our learning about the Ancient Egyptians, we discovered the mummification process. We were so fascinated (and a little disgusted) that we wanted to try out the process ourselves! After scooping out the ‘guts’ of the orange and drying it out with paper towels, we used a mixture of bicarbonate of soda and salt to make natron and added cinnamon and cloves. We then wrapped our oranges tightly in bandages and left them in a warm dry place. The photos show the the unwrapping and results!
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