St Martins Academy Chester

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We continued our learning about health and self care by referring back to what we had learned about Florence Nightingale. We discussed how she had cleaned the hospitals and made sure people were germ free, and how food had to be fresh, which led us nicely into our story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Last week for Children in Need we were fortunate to be visited by not one but two Florence Nightingales, and the children were very excited to learn more about the famous nurse. We began learning about this historical real-life superhero by finding clues in our pass the parcel game. We described photos and paintings of the hospital in the Crimean War, a family portrait and the Order of Merit she was awarded. We also looked at the traditional nursing uniform, or lack of, and her doctor's kit. The historical knowledge of the children was very good once they had watched the BBC video of Florence Nightingale's life story. The children practically sorted and categorised hospitals and nurses in the past and in the present, focusing on equipment, cleanliness and uniform. They boys especially liked it when they learned about the rats in the hospital and the 'worms' (maggots) that Florence found when she arrived.


Newgate have had an absolutely brilliant week this week. They have helped Harry Potter by writing bossy words on superhero callouts for instructions on how to make liquid luck. The children's writing was fantastic and really demonstrated how much progress they have all made. We were also given a secret mission by Harry Potter to create our own magical green potion, comparing different sized containers.

What a fantastic week we have had saving the world. We began the week by helping Frozone to protect the Antarctic from evil Syndrome. Our superhero challenge was to become doubling detectives and create as many frozen snowballs as we could by doubling them in our special 'Frozone' snowball makers. Our superhero friend 'the doubling robot' came along to help us, and the children had great fun at choice time using our robot to double different objects. The children were fantastic at counting accurately: by the end of the challenge they were doubling numbers up to 6 and some even started to halve. The children at choice time painted ladybirds to double their spots, doubled the sized towers they were constructing and added two amounts in the bugs.

Welcome back Newgate class, we hope you had a fantastic half term and thank you so much for your wonderful art on your favourite season. A massive thank you to all of you for supporting our cause Go Orange For Orangutans, the children looked amazing in their orange outfits, with everything from pumpkins to witches and even our very own Orangutan. Well done Newgate.

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