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Northgate, we will share the fantastic learning and achievements of each of you this week but this blog is more than that, it is a thank you letter to each and everyone of you. The Northgate team and the whole SMA family could not be prouder of you. Faced with a new challenge of learning remotely you have shown just how far you have come and how much you have grown since September, you have blown us away. The novelty of chat, creating silly names and creating interesting backdrops has all added to the fun of it and has really made us smile. You have really embraced Northgate’s motto of always being the best version of yourself and you have really shown that this week, both individually and as a class. One of my favourite parts of the day is listening to snippets of conversation between you showing that friendship has no barriers. I want you to be kind to yourselves, make sure you have a well-deserved rest this weekend and get out and about and exercise as safely as you can. We are unbelievably proud of each and everyone of you and we want you to know that we are here for you any time, whether you need a five minute chat in a break out room or want to send a private message in the chat to tell us how you’re feeling. We’re all in this together!

Northgate kicked off their unit of inquiry with a bang this week, enjoying an African drumming workshop, learning about rhythms and patterns and how they can express different emotions depending on their tempo and dynamic. They have also explored ‘synthesia’ when two creative arts are combined and learned how the artist Kandinsky was inspired by music and how this influenced his artwork. We listened to a range of music and took part in listen and draw where they literally drew how the music made them feel, creating some fantastic abstract art in the process. They then researched Kandinsky as part of their artist study and created information posters to showcase this learning.

In maths we have learned two new methods, the grid and expand short multiplication method to multiply a 2-digit number by a 1-digit number. This was challenging but the children have persevered and we will continue with this until they are confident with it before moving on to division.

In literacy we have studied the vehicle text Rhythm of the Rain, they began by reflecting on their homework on why water is wonderful and creating some truly beautiful kenning poems on water, well done Northgate. We explored vocabulary from the text, defining the words and writing them in sentences to apply their knowledge. They also delved into the setting and learned more about the important of description in creating a scene, creating their own view finders to identify clues from description in the text before writing their own descriptive sentences.

The Scientists in Northgate have started to explore their unit on sound and learned the importance of vibrations by creating a practical investigation at home.

Thank you Northgate, we are so proud of you and want to thank you for throwing yourselves into live learning 100%! Looking forward to seeing what next week brings.

Take care and stay safe.

The Northgate Team