On the 26th June, four Devonshire pupils (Khawas, Emily, Fabian and Angela) represented the school at Nonsuch High School to compete against 13 other schools in a maths challenge.
We sat down on a table and began the competition. The first four rounds passed quickly.
Sharing out the questions, we: work out, answer and check each question.
The first six. That's what the man called out. Silence. After three other schools there was a colossal cheer for Devonshire as it was called out. After a quick break, the competition reached its climax.
The final round. The relay round. Separating into two pairs; two of us answered the question; went to the table at the front; took the next one and passed it to the other group.
The results. Three sets of medals lay on the table ready for first, second and third.
Third place: Devonshire Primary!!
During SATs week school started a little bit earlier for Year 6. Before the children began their SATs last week they were invited to have breakfast in the school hall, prepared and served by the staff and paid for by the PSA. From Monday - Thursday 40 of the 59 Year 6 children joined us for a breakfast of cereals, fruit, toast and juice.
At Devonshire we are lucky enough to have a variety of trees around the edge of the playground. Eco group collected leaves from these trees so that they could identify the trees. They were amazed at how many different trees they found leaves from. Today Eco group added another tree to the playground. Devonshire is one of ten schools in the borough celebrating National Tree Week by planting a fruit tree. Our Year 6 members of Eco group worked with Anna and Ben from the ecology centre to plant a plum tree at the bottom of the Junior playground. Once they had planted it they had to make a pledge to take care of the tree by watering it regularly. Look out for our new plum tree when you are next in the Junior playground.
No pens or pencils were seen in classrooms or used by children at Devonshire on Wednesday 24th October as we held our first ever 'No Pens Day'. It was a day that promoted the importance of speaking and listening. Every class did a full day's work, all without using a pen or pencil.
Activities that the children took part in included speaking and listening activities, practicing speaking clearly and using longer words, using senses to explore a variety of objects, playing maths games, making 3d shapes from nets using lots of shape vocabulary, drama, paired talking activities and many many more. The children were buzzing with excitement about not being able to use a pen or pencil all day.
Devonshire was a busy place on no pens day and children enjoyed the activities that they were involved in during the day. They could all say what they had learnt from activities and were amazed by how much work could be done without a pen or pencil!