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Skylarks WB 24.01.22, by Miss Beattie

Date: 20th Jan 2022 @ 10:15pm

Hello everyone and welcome back to Skylarks weekly blog 😊

What a busy week we have had in Skylarks class! This week we have been super story tellers, magnificent mathematicians and amazing artists. My highlight of the week has most definitely been seeing the children’s superb art work inspired by Monet and Turner. Well done everyone!

 

Next Week (W.B. 24.01.22)

In English, we will further explore our new book ‘Arthur and the Golden Rope’. We will start by using our story maps created last week to help us write a recount of Arthur’s journey across the sea to Valhalla. We will also be looking at how we can use adverbials to introduce new ideas and connect sentences/paragraphs.

In Shared Reading, we will continue to read our book ‘Odd and the Frost Giants’ which the children are thoroughly enjoying. Our focus next week will be on making comparisons within the text. We will compare and contrast the viewpoints of different characters, as well as how characters change throughout the book.

In maths, we will be exploring how to calculate, compare and estimate the area of different shapes, included irregular shapes. We will look at the multiplication method as well as counting squares to help us. We will also consolidate our understanding of the four operations through daily 4-A-Day activities.

In RE we will continue with our humanism topic. Our focus will be on the humanist view on why humans are special. We will explore the theme of curiosity which is a key strand in humanism.

In science we will be thinking about our new science topic ‘Animals, including Humans’. We will start our topic by researching David Attenborough and the work that he has done.

During our topic day we will start by placing the Anglo Saxon and Viking era on a timeline so that we can compare this to other periods of time that we have studied, such as the Romans. We will also play a Saxon Settlement game to help us understand where they came from and to, before locating and labelling these places on a map.

In DT, we will use what we learnt during our tinkering day to design our own mechanical system that uses a level and a pulley. It must help us answer the question “How did people in the past move things?”

 

Our PE day for the Spring Term will be Friday so your child should come to school in their PE kit on this day. Please remember PE kits should either be school kits or plain black/blue.

 

Homework

In year 5 the children will be set a weekly maths homework that they should complete and mark at home using the answers in the back of the homework book.

If your child is finding the homework tricky, Mrs Hulse and I will ensure that supervision is provided on a Wednesday lunchtime for your child to ask any questions or receive some support to complete their homework.

The children should complete page 23 of their maths book to be returned by Friday 28th January. This homework is looking at mental multiplication and division.

 

Please also encourage your child to read for 20 minutes each evening and practice their spellings/times tables. The following websites are both great for times tables practice:

https://ttrockstars.com/

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

 

Our spellings for the quiz on Friday 28th January will be the next 10 words from the Y5/6 statutory word list:

existence, explanation, familiar, foreign, forty, frequently, government, guarantee, harass, hindrance

 

Please remember that if you have any questions or queries, do not hesitate to get in contact 😊

Miss Beattie x

 

Toucans week beg. 24th Jan, by Mrs Whittingham

Date: 20th Jan 2022 @ 4:38pm

Week beg 24th January 2022

We were delighted to see how keen the children were this week to complete their extra homework activities. Thank you for your support with this. We were especially pleased that the children wanted to do more!! We have said that they can complete more than one test in each of their books if they wish.

Just a reminder that our SATs information meeting will take place on Wednesday 26th January at 3:30pm.

We are still working with the children to ensure they all get the chance to have their pupil teacher meeting to tell us about how they are getting on and have a chance to share any targets that they or us want to work on together.

Our visit to the Imperial Museum Salford Quays has been postponed until after February half term due to Public Health advice. We are still waiting to hear back from the museum with a new date but we will let you know the new date when it is confirmed and the exact cost of the trip (approx. £10). You will receive an email about this with additional information as soon as possible.  

Homework

Spellings for next week will focus will focus on spellings words ending in –ible and - able

Spellings will be tested on Friday 28th January – reliable, terrible, comfortable, visible, possible, responsible, suitable, adorable, visible, sensible

Maths Homework in the CGP Maths book on Coordinates pages 76 and 77  and Times Tables Rockstars

Reading CGP book Test 2 page 5 – 7

Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling test 2 page 6 - 9

Curriculum

Maths – Next week we will be working on Decimals

History – children will be researching and presenting their findings on an aspect of World War 2.  – focus on air raid shelters

DT – we will be revising structures and electrical circuits

Art – developing drawing skills using different implements

Music - Singing

PE day will be on Friday (Mr Ault)

Kind regards,

Mrs Whittingham, Mrs Downing, Mr Beswick

Week Beginning 24th January 2022, by Mrs Shimmin

Date: 20th Jan 2022 @ 4:13pm

Hello and Welcome to the new Puffins blog!

The children are really starting to settle in to their new classroom environment, which is such an accomplishment for them. 

I know Puffins class will be an enjoyable and positive experience for the children with lots of fun and learning both indoors and outdoors.

In the mornings we do our phonics, writing and our maths and in the afternoon we do either Science, Geography, Art, DT, RE or PHSCE.

In science we have been looking at skeletons. We have looked at dinosaur skeletons and the palaeontologist Mary Anning. This week we looked at the function of a skeleton and the differences between animal and human skeletons plus vertebrates and invertebrates. Next week we will be looking at the function of muscles in the body.

In Geography we have been looking at countries of the UK and their capital cities. This week we will be looking at continents and which continent the UK is in.

In Art last week we were looking at Abstract art, in particular Andy Warhol and Piet Mondrian. In the coming weeks we will be looking at various other artists and creating our own versions of their work.

Our PE days are on Wednesday mornings with Mr Ault.

Fridays are our Forest school days where we do outdoor learning in the wooded area. Please remember wellies and warm clothes for your child. Wellies can be kept in school if need be.

Please encourage your child to read a few pages of their book each night and it would be helpful to practice their times tables with them too. At the moment, we are working on 10’s, 2’s and 5’s. The websites below are great fun for Times Tables practice.

https://ttrockstars.com/

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button/

 

Please remember to contact me via the school office if you have any questions.

 

Mrs Shimmin x

Goldfinches WB 24.1.22, by Mrs Evans

Date: 19th Jan 2022 @ 9:25pm

Welcome to Goldfinches’ Weekly Blog

Goldfinches have worked very hard this week.

Well done my lovely flock of superstars.

Friday Superstar: Tilly

Top Table: Gracie and Hannah

This week:

Worship: We have learned about Agents of Hope and the kindness people have shown- particularly during times of Lockdown and isolation. We have discussed how we can all be Agents of Hope. We have also shared ideas with Ethos group to help them write a new school prayer

Writing: We will learn about the present perfect tense and how to use it in our writing within the theme of Escape from Pompeii and recap the use of commas in a list of adjectives.

Reading: We will look at how different features of non-fiction texts help us to understand what we are reading: words in bold, labels, diagrams, captions, colour, headings and subheadings.

Reading homework- I have been so impressed with so many more Goldfinches recording their reading and sharing lovely little snippets of their reading with me. Keep up the great work.

Spelling homework:  This week’s spellings are from the Y3/4 statutory word list

This week’s words: experiment, extreme, famous, favourite, February, forwards, fruit, grammar, group

Maths: We will continue to apply our knowledge of addition and subtraction to word problems. Mrs Judge will continue our work on coordinates.

Times Tables Homework:

https://ttrockstars.com/

Have a go at using MATHSFRAME to begin to get used to the way the multiplication tables check will be carried out later in the year.

https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/477/Multiplication-Tables-Check

Try times tables memory to practise 9x and 7x times tables

https://www.timestables.co.uk/times-tables-memory.html

RE: we will learn about what happens in a mosque.

Science: We will learn about the importance of a healthy and balanced diet and what each type of food is important for within our bodies.

History and Geography: We will use atlas and mapping skills to identify the countries and capital cities the Romans would have travelled through in order to conquer Britain.

PE: Monday and Friday- Mr Ault Team-building and Dodgeball. Thursday- Swimming

PSHCE: We will discuss marriage through reading our No Outsiders book ‘King and King’.

Music: We will continue to learn Ukulele.

German: We will learn the days of the week.

As always, please don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like to discuss your child. Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Evans and Mrs Judge

Starlings WB 24.01.22, by Mrs Esling

Date: 18th Jan 2022 @ 6:04pm

Thank you so much for taking the time to enjoy sharing stories with your Starling at home.  If your child has received new books for Christmas that you think other children will enjoy please do let me know and I will try and order them in for the class

 

The children will continue to bring home a Read Write Inc book, a book bag book and a bedtime story each week. This provides them with a variety of familiar, new and challenging texts to read. Bedtime story books are to be enjoyed with an adult. Reading TO the children ensures that they experience the magic of a story coming to life and have a purpose and love of reading.

 

English

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This week we have looked at an image from the book and written about what we could see with a focus on using adjectives to make our writing more interesting.  We really enjoyed watching the opening scene from ‘The Lion King’ and seeing all the different animals. The children then chose their favourite animal from the clip and write sentences describing them and how they moved.

Maths

Starlings class looking at numbers up to 20.

 

In Religion, we are looking at the wonder of God’s creation.  We have already been out for a walk in the school grounds and explored the beauty of our outdoor world using our senses. In history, we are looking at some of the inventions in transport and looking at how vehicles have changed over the years and why. This past week we have explored how people travelled 100 years ago.  We decided that having to walk everywhere or ride a horse would mean our journey would take much longer than it would in a car today  In geography we will continue with our exploration of the United Kingdom and locate other places as we explore our topic. In Science, we have looked at classifying animals.  Initially, we classified them into our own groups – animals with legs, animals that can fly, animals that live in water etc.  We then watched a film clip about reptiles, amphibians, birds, fish, mammals and insects and the children worked in groups to classify pictures of animals using this information.

 

Reading

 Please spend 10 – 20 minutes reading each day. This can be a combination of Read Write Inc and bedtime story books. Please remember the importance of your child listening to YOU read during this time too. 

 

RWI

Please refer to your child’s diary for information regarding the sounds that your child has been taught and also the titles of the books they will have at home.

Spellings

During the Spring term our spellings will be focused on the Year One Common Exception words. These are words that the children will come across frequently in both their reading and writing. We will complete a spelling quiz in class every Friday. Please use your spelling whiteboard to help you to learn your spellings each week. We will write your child's score in their diary each week. This will be written next to the spellings they have been tested on that day. This will be on the page of the previous weeks. 

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PE

Our PE days will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday so your child should come to school in their PE kit on these days. Please remember PE kits should either be school kits or plain black/blue. Can we also ask that your child has a drink bottle that is clearly named and contains only water. We also request that if your child wears trainers with laces they are able to independently retie them if they become undone otherwise can they please wear trainers with a Velcro fastening.

 

 

Swallows WB 24.1.22, by Miss Thwaites

Date: 16th Jan 2022 @ 8:48pm

Welcome back to Swallows Class blog

Week beginning 24th January 2022

Top Table: Skyla and Joshua           Praise: Will

 

I am continuing to love getting to know Swallows class and developing strong relationships. The children have loved getting to know Miss Cooper this week as she has been working alongside me to 'team teach' the children. Swallows have been enthused by their learning this week and I know how much they have loved our topic themed sessions, in particular our role play looking at whether it is morally right or wrong to take items from the Titanic wreckage. The children created great arguments and were able to verbally justify their reasoning, building on other children's thoughts and feelings. 

 

Key change

I have taken the decision to change the day of the weekly spellings test, this is to try and reduce the amount of testing that is done in one morning as I feel it is too much for the children. Swallows will be tested on their spellings on a Thursday and their timestables on a Friday morning. 

Reminders:

Please note that our PE days this week are on Monday. Please come to school in your PE uniform as usual on this day. 

 

Next Week

Next week, we will be exploring the geographical location of where the Titanic departed from and where it sank. We are going to be able to do the following:

  • Describe the location of features and routes on a map.
  • Know the 7 continents and 5 oceans/seas of the world
  • Know the rivers in each capital city of the UK
  • Explain what lessons have been learned.

 

Homework

 

Read Write Inc

Please see your child's diary for their reading/sound focus. 

Reading

Please spend 10 – 20 minutes reading each day. This can be a combination of Read Write Inc and bedtime story books. Please remember the importance of your child listening to YOU read during this time too. 

Spellings

During the Spring term our spellings will be focused on the Year Two Common Exception words. We are recapping these from the Autumn term to ensure that the children are secure in how to spell them. These are words that the children will come across frequently in both their reading and writing. We will complete a spelling quiz in class every Friday. Please use your spelling whiteboard to help you to learn your spellings each week. We will write your child's score in their diary each week. This will be written next to the spellings they have been tested on that day. This will be on the page of the previous weeks. 

This week’s spellings to be quizzed on Thursday 27th January are listed in your blue reading diary.

 

Times Tables 

https://ttrockstars.com/

 

Please complete your times tables work sheet for this week. Some children have now moved onto their silver challenge! Well done!

 

Please also use Hit the Button and choose the 10 x table facts to help prepare for our silver 10 x tables test which lots of children are now working on.  https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

 

If you have any worries or queries, please do not hesistate to get into contact with me.

Have a lovely, safe weekend!

Miss Thwaites, Mrs Elson and Miss Cooper

Starlings WB 17.01.22, by Mrs Esling

Date: 15th Jan 2022 @ 5:22pm

Wow! What a busy week.  I think  the children (and adults) were shattered after the first week back in school. Starlings class have written a gorgeous recount all about Nibbles and his adventures and I have been blown away by their progress.

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Thank you so much for taking the time to enjoy sharing stories with your Starling at home.  If your child has received new books for Christmas that you think other children will enjoy please do let me know and I will try and order them in for the class

 

The children will continue to bring home a Read Write Inc book, a book bag book and a bedtime story each week. This provides them with a variety of familiar, new and challenging texts to read. Bedtime storybooks are to be enjoyed with an adult. Reading TO the children ensures that they experience the magic of a story coming to life and have a purpose and love of reading.

 

English

This week we have been introduced to our new class text ‘The Lion Inside’ by Rachel Bright and Jim Field.  We have made inferences on what we think the story is going to be about and created a story pathway to show our predictions.

Maths

Starlings class are moving on to look at numbers up to 20.

 

In Religion, we are looking at the wonder of God’s creation.  We have already been out for a walk in the school grounds and explored the beauty of our outdoor world using our senses. In history, we are looking at some of the inventions in transport and looking at how vehicles have changed over the years and why. This past week we have explored how people travelled 100 years ago.  We decided that having to walk everywhere or ride a horse would mean our journey would take much longer than it would in a car today  In geography we will continue with our exploration of the United Kingdom and locate other places as we explore our topic.

 

Reading

 Please spend 10 – 20 minutes reading each day. This can be a combination of Read Write Inc and bedtime storybooks. Please remember the importance of your child listening to YOU read during this time too. 

 

RWI

Please refer to your child’s diary for information regarding the sounds that your child has been taught and also the titles of the books they will have at home.

Spellings

During the Spring term, our spellings will be focused on the Year One Common Exception words. These are words that the children will come across frequently in both their reading and writing. We will complete a spelling quiz in class every Friday. Please use your spelling whiteboard to help you to learn your spellings each week. We will write your child's score in their diary each week. This will be written next to the spellings they have been tested on that day. This will be on the page of the previous weeks. 

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PE

Our PE days will be Wednesday and Friday so your child should come to school in their PE kit on these days. Please remember PE kits should either be school kits or plain black/blue. Can we also ask that your child has a drink bottle that is clearly named and contains only water. We also request that if your child wears trainers with laces they are able to independently retie them if they become undone otherwise can they please wear trainers with a Velcro fastening.

 

 

Goldfinches WB 17.1.22, by Mrs Evans

Date: 13th Jan 2022 @ 5:16pm

Welcome to Goldfinches’ Weekly Blog

Goldfinches have had another wonderful week.

Well done my lovely flock of superstars.

Friday Superstar: Willow

Top Table: Samuel and Harriet

This week: Don’t forget your swimming kit on Thursday.

Worship: In worship we enjoyed a visit from Imran who helped us learn all about the 5 Pillars of Islam. In class worship we have listened to the story of Zacchaeus and reflected on our new Christian Value: Forgiveness.

Writing: We will continue to explore our new English text ‘Escape from Pompeii’ which has captured so many of our interests. We will continue to use a rich and varied vocabulary in our writing and practice using a range of prepositions and adverbs to tell our readers when and where something happened in our diary entries from the point of view of Tranio.

Reading: We will find out all about what volcanoes are and how they erupt. We will continue to build our vocabulary and use dictionaries to help this.

Reading homework- I have been so impressed with so many more Goldfinches recording their reading and sharing lovely little snippets of their reading with me. Keep up the great work.

Spelling homework:  This week’s spellings all use the suffix ‘sion’

This week’s words: explosion, television, collision, division, invasion, decision, erosion, confusion, revision, illusion

Maths: We will apply our knowledge of addition and subtraction to word problems. Mrs Judge will continue our work on coordinates.

Times Tables Homework:

https://ttrockstars.com/

Have a go at using MATHSFRAME to begin to get used to the way the multiplication tables check will be carried out later in the year.

https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/477/Multiplication-Tables-Check

Try times tables memory to practise x4 and x8 times tables

https://www.timestables.co.uk/times-tables-memory.html

RE: Now we have learned about beautiful Islamic art (and how mathematical the patterns are) will begin our new topic learning all about Islam and build on the knowledge Imran shared with us in worship last week.

Science: We will learn about the importance of a healthy and balanced diet.

DT: We will taste test the ingredients for Greek Salad and design our own Greek inspired salad. We will learn to cut and slice ingredients safely and will assemble and taste our salads. Yummy!

History and Geography: We will learn where and when the Roman Empire began and the countries that were part of it.

PE: Swimming will begin on Thursday 20th for Y4. Please remove earrings at home (unless recently pierced) and come to school with long hair securely tied back.  PE with Mr Ault is on Mondays and Fridays until further notice. As the outside area can get quite wet, please send in a spare pair of shoes and socks for your child to change into should they need to. Please remember to tie long hair back and remove earrings on PE days.

PSHCE: Our Heart Smart lesson is about recognising our feelings. 

Music: We will continue to learn Ukulele on Thursdays.

German: We will learn to say how many brothers and sisters we have.

As always, please don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like to discuss your child. Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Evans

Toucans week beg. 17.1.22, by Mrs Whittingham

Date: 13th Jan 2022 @ 5:03pm

Week beg 17th January 2022

It was great to have the opportunity this week to speak to parents and to let you know how your child is doing. You should have also received an email about our SATs information meeting with the Zoom link. This will take place on Wednesday 26th January at 3:30pm.

Next week we will hopefully complete our pupil teacher meetings to allow your child to tell us about how they are getting on and a chance to share any targets that they or us want to work on together.

Our visit to the Imperial Museum Salford Quays has been postponed until after February half term due to Public Health advice. We will let you know the new date when it is confirmed and the exact cost of the trip (approx. £10). You will receive an email about this with additional information as soon as possible.  

Remember to encourage your child to read for 15 – 20 mins daily and to record their reading in their diaries. We have stapled a list of recommended books for Year 6 children in the front of their diaries and we would like them to read some of these throughout the year. We have a lot of these texts in our class library so the children can borrow them from school or they might find some at their local library. We have asked them to tick off the books that that they read on the list.

Homework

Spellings for next week will focus will focus on spellings ei and ie

Spellings will be tested on Friday 21st January – piece, perceive, relief, deceive, achieve, ceiling, believe, receive, niece, shriek

Maths Homework – Key Stage Two Maths SATs Question Book and Times Tables Rockstars

Homework is pages 36 and 37 Dividing Fractions of the SATs book.

Over the next week, we would like the children to catch up on any pages that they have missed in their Maths book. They should have completed Section One – apart from Roman Numerals and Decimals, Section 2 – apart from Multiplying and Dividing Decimals, Section 3 Fractions, Comparing Fractions, Multiplying Fractions and Dividing Fractions.

In preparation for our SATs the children will receive new CGP books for Reading and Spelling Punctuation and Grammar next week. They will be expected to complete a number of pages for homework each week. The children will record these homework pages in their homework diaries and I will also put them on the blog.

Curriculum

Maths – Next week we will be solving problems relating to fractions and Geometry – position and direction.

History – children will be researching and presenting their findings on an aspect of World War 2.

DT – we will be revising structures and electrical circuits

Art – developing drawing skills using different implements

Music - Singing

PE day will be on Wednesday and Friday (Mr Ault)

Kind regards,

Mrs Whittingham, Mrs Downing, Mr Beswick

Skylarks WB 17.01.22, by Miss Beattie

Date: 13th Jan 2022 @ 8:17am

Hello everyone and welcome back to Skylarks weekly blog 😊

We have had a super week of learning in Skylarks Class and I have been very impressed with how the children have settled back into our school routines. Well done Skylarks!

 

Next Week (W.B. 17.01.22)

In English, we will further explore our new book ‘Arthur and the Golden Rope’. As we read through the story, we will collect and innovate noun phrases to describe the characters, animals and setting. We will then use these noun phrases to help us write a poem about the Norse world. We will also do some work around summarising and create a story map to show what the character Arthur encountered on his journey to Valhalla.

In Shared Reading, we will continue to read our book ‘Odd and the Frost Giants’. Our focus will be on drawing inferences, such as characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives. We will also be focussing on developing our vocabulary and will use dictionaries to explore the meaning of new words in context.

In maths, we will be exploring how to measure and calculate the perimeter of both regular and irregular shapes. We will also consolidate our understanding of the four operations through daily 4-A-Day activities.

In science we will be thinking about our new science topic ‘Animals, including Humans’. We will start the topic by considering what we already know about the changes humans go through as they develop to old age. We will also ask some questions which we aim to answer over the coming weeks.

During our topic day we will focus on our Design and Technology project on leavers and pulley mechanisms. This will link with our learning on the local area and Anderton Boat Lift, which uses huge pulleys to make it work. We will have a tinkering session where we will explore these different mechanisms and how they work.

We will also have an art day next week where we will be exploring the colours and techniques used by Monet and Turner. We will then use these techniques to create a piece of inspired artwork.

 

Our PE day for the Spring Term will be Friday so your child should come to school in their PE kit on this day. Please remember PE kits should either be school kits or plain black/blue.

 

Homework

In year 5 the children will be set a weekly maths homework that they should complete and mark at home using the answers in the back of the homework book.

If your child is finding the homework tricky, Mrs Hulse and I will ensure that supervision is provided on a Wednesday lunchtime for your child to ask any questions or receive some support to complete their homework.

The children should complete pages 21 and 22 of their maths book to be returned by Friday 21st January. This homework is looking at multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000.  

 

Please also encourage your child to read for 20 minutes each evening and practice their spellings/times tables. The following websites are both great for times tables practice:

https://ttrockstars.com/

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

 

Our spellings for the quiz on Friday 21st January will focus on words containing the -ibly suffix:

incredibly, responsibly, possibly, horribly, terribly, visibly, sensibly, accessibly

 

Please remember that if you have any questions or queries, do not hesitate to get in contact 😊

Miss Beattie x

 

Swallows WB 17.01.2022, by Miss Thwaites

Date: 10th Jan 2022 @ 4:27pm

Welcome back to Swallows Class blog

Week beginning 17th January 2022

Top Table: Eleanor and Megan              Praise: Millie

 

We have had a fabulous week in Swallows! We have spent more time getting to know each other and the children have behaved impeccably and have been extremely helpful. Sadly, we have taken the decision to cancel the school Christmas performance which we know will be diappointing for the children. However, I am excitied to do a performance in the Summer together!

This week, the children have welcomed a student teacher (Miss Cooper), who will be with us until the Easter holidays. She will work with the children and myself to enhance the teaching and learning.

 

Reminders:

Please note that our PE days this week are on Monday. Please come to school in your PE uniform as usual on this day. 

 

Next Week

Next week, we will be exploring more surrounding 'Titanic'. The children will be discovering and identifying how ships have changed over times and investigating the reasons for this. 

 

Homework

 

Read Write Inc

Please see your child's diary for their reading/sound focus. 

Reading

Please spend 10 – 20 minutes reading each day. This can be a combination of Read Write Inc and bedtime story books. Please remember the importance of your child listening to YOU read during this time too. 

Spellings

During the Spring term our spellings will be focused on the Year Two Common Exception words. We are recapping these from the Autumn term to ensure that the children are secure in how to spell them. These are words that the children will come across frequently in both their reading and writing. We will complete a spelling quiz in class every Friday. Please use your spelling whiteboard to help you to learn your spellings each week. We will write your child's score in their diary each week. This will be written next to the spellings they have been tested on that day. This will be on the page of the previous weeks. 

This week’s spellings to be quizzed on 21st January are listed in your blue reading diary.

 

Times Tables 

https://ttrockstars.com/

 

Please complete your times tables work sheet for this week. Some children have now moved onto their silver challenge! Well done!

 

Please also use Hit the Button and choose the 10 x table facts to help prepare for our silver 10 x tables test which lots of children are now working on.  https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

 

If you have any worries or queries, please do not hesistate to get into contact with me.

Have a lovely, safe weekend!

Miss Thwaites and Mrs Elson

Goldfinches WB 10.1.22, by Mrs Evans

Date: 7th Jan 2022 @ 7:42am

Welcome to Goldfinches’ Weekly Blog

Happy New Year everyone. I hope you all had a happy and relaxed holiday.

Goldfinches have returned to school with such enthusiasm and have worked so well this week.

 

Please book a slot for parent teacher phone calls on Friday 14th January

Worship: This week in worship we have learned about the importance of Epiphany and have found out how it is celebrated in different countries.

Writing: We will continue to explore our new English text ‘Escape from Pompeii’ and focus on using a rich and varied vocabulary in our writing.

Reading: Our new Reading text is a non-fiction book on Volcanoes which we are enjoying and are learning some very technical new vocabulary from.

Reading homework- please keep up the great work with our mission to read for 15 minutes daily at home. This helps so much with our reading, imagination, punctuation and sentence structure… but, more importantly, is so much fun!

Spelling homework:  This week’s spellings all use sc in the sound s.

This week’s words: scissors, ascend, descend, science, scientist, scene, muscle, fascinate, crescent, scent

Maths: We are continuing to learn subtraction using the formal column method and applying this to word problems. Mrs Judge will focus on developing the coordinates work we began learning about before Christmas.

Times Tables Homework:

https://ttrockstars.com/

Try Tommy’s Trek to practise x6, x9 with division facts, or challenge yourself to mixed tables. https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/318/Tommys-Trek-Times-Tables

RE: We will begin our new topic learning all about Islam.

Science: We will learn about the function of each part of the digestive system and the importance of fibre to keep our digestive system healthy.

History: We will re-cap what life was like before the Romans arrived in Britain in the Iron Age.

Computing: We will learn to programme in our lesson this week.

PE: PE with Mr Ault will now be on Mondays and Fridays until further notice. As the outside area can get quite wet, please send in a spare pair of shoes and socks for your child to change into should they need to. Please remember to tie long hair back and remove earrings on PE days.

PSHCE: Our Heart Smart lesson focused on listening to our positive inner voice and choosing to ignore the negative to keep our hearts happy. 

Music: We had a wonderful first Ukulele lesson and look forward to our next lesson on Thursday.

As always, please don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like to discuss your child. Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Evans

Swallows WB 10.1.22, by Miss Thwaites

Date: 6th Jan 2022 @ 5:35pm

Week beg 10th January 2022

Happy New Year to everyone! It has been lovely meeting and getting to know Swallows class. I am very pleased to be Swallows new class teacher and can't wait for our journey together this year!

We have a very busy yet exciting term in store for us!

English

This week we have started our new story 'The Dragon Machine' written by Helen Ward. The children began the week noticing dragon footprints and that an egg had been laid. Throughout the week they have used adjectives to create noun phrases to describe what they have found. We will continue with developing this during next week.   

Maths

Swallows class are currently working with money by adding up different coins.

RE

In Religion, we are exploring the Jewish faith and discovering their love for God in their daily life. 

Reading

Please spend 10 – 20 minutes reading each day. This can be a combination of Read Write Inc and bedtime storybooks. Please take turns reading to each other. Listening is just as important as being able to read and will support your child in their understanding of stories.

RWI

Please refer to your child’s diary for information regarding the sounds that your child has been taught and also the titles of the books they will have at home.

Spellings

During the Spring term, our spellings will be focused on the Year Two Common Exception words. These are words that the children will come across frequently in both their reading and writing. We will complete a spelling quiz in class every Friday. We will write your child's score in their diary each week. This will be written next to the spellings they have been tested on that day. This will be on the page of the previous weeks. 

There is no spelling quiz on Friday 7th January.  Spellings will be put  in your child’s homework diary on the 7th January for the following week.

Times tables

There is no times tables quiz on Friday 7th January. Time tables will be given on Friday 7th January ready to complete the spelling quiz on the 14th January. 

PE day will be on Monday (Mr Ault)

 

Kind regards,

Miss Thwaites and Mrs Elson

Toucans week beg. 10.1.22, by Mrs Whittingham

Date: 6th Jan 2022 @ 5:12pm

Week beg 10th January 2022

Happy New Year to everyone! It was lovely to welcome everyone back this week and hopefully we will all stay safe and well over the next few weeks.

We have another busy term in store and will have pupil teacher meetings to look at targets together and also parent teacher phone calls where we can discuss progress and attainment for the Autumn term.

We are also planning to visit the Imperial Museum Salford Quays on Wednesday 2nd February to enhance our learning on our ‘Conflict’ topic. A letter will be sent out with more details asap.

Remember to encourage your child to read for 15 – 20 mins daily and to record their reading in their diaries. We have stapled a list of recommended books for Year 6 children in the front of their diaries and we would like them to read some of these throughout the year. We have a lot of these texts in our class library so the children can borrow them from school or they might find some at their local library. We have asked them to tick off the books that that they read on the list.

Homework

Spellings for next week will focus will focus on silent letters

Spellings will be tested on Friday 14th January – calm, autumn, climb, guest, solemn, whistle, gnome, lamb, half, talk.

Maths Homework – Key Stage Two Maths SATs Question Book and Times Tables Rockstars

Homework is pages 32 and 33 Multiplying Fractions of the SATs book.

Curriculum

Maths – Next week we will be working on multiplying and dividing Fractions

History – children will be researching and presenting their findings on an aspect of World War 2.

RE – we will be comparing and contrasting different Christian Communities

Art – developing drawing skills using different implements

Music - Singing

PE day will be on Wednesday and Friday (Mr Ault)

 

Kind regards,

Mrs Whittingham, Mrs Downing, Mr Beswick

Skylarks WB 10.01.22, by Miss Beattie

Date: 6th Jan 2022 @ 10:02am

Hello everyone and welcome back to Skylarks weekly blog 😊

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year. It has been so lovely to welcome the children back into school this week.

This week we have started our new book ‘Arthur and the Golden Rope’ by Joe Todd-Stanton in our English lessons. We started by asking questions about the book and building new vocabulary about the ancient Norse world and the Gods.

In maths we have been learning about square and cube numbers, as well as revisiting the four operations.

During our topic day, we consolidated our understanding of our local area before comparing and contrasting Northwich with Llandudno. We looked at the human and physical features of each town before making comparisons between the two using a Venn Diagram.

In Science, we finished our Materials topic with a study into the Scientist ‘Spencer Silver’. Ask your Skylark what he discovered and why he is important!

In RE, we began to think about our new theme ‘Humanism’. We started our topic by asking our own questions about Humanism which we aim to answer through our learning this half term.

The children also enjoyed completing their computing projects about how computers impact our lives. We added to our Key Note presentations after finding out more about the advancements of robots around the world and how social media is developing.

 

Important Reminders:

Parents Evening Phone Calls:

Parents evening phone calls for Skylarks Class will take place next week on Tuesday 11th January 2022. You will recieve more information soon about how to book your time slot through School Spider. 

Swimming:

Next Thursday (13th January) will be the final swimming session for Skylarks Class. Some children may continue to attend alongside Year 4, however you will be contacted separately if this includes your child.

 

Next Week (W.B. 10.01.22)

In English, we will further explore our new book ‘Arthur and the Golden Rope’. We will start the week by exploring the family tree of the Norse Gods before writing character profiles using relative clauses. We will also focus on developing our vocabulary next week, creating a glossary of new words and definitions.

In Shared Reading, we will start our new book ‘Odd and the Frost Giants’. Like our writing book, this story also focuses on the ancient Norse world ‘Asgard’. Our focus will be on drawing inferences, such as characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives. We will use our ‘visualising’ and ‘thinking out loud’ techniques to help us infer information stated and implied, justifying our answers with evidence from the text.

In Maths we will be revising inverse operations and how to multiply and divide by 10, 100 and 1000. We will also consolidate our understanding of the four operations through daily 4-A-Day activities.

In RE we will continue to explore our topic on ‘Humanism’. We will read the book ‘Here we are’ by Oliver Jeffers to help us understand what Humanism is and the 5 main themes/beliefs.

 

Our PE day for the Spring Term will be Friday so your child should come to school in their PE kit on this day. Please remember PE kits should either be school kits or plain black/blue.

We will also be having our final swimming session next week (Thursday 13th January 2022) so the children should come to school in their PE kit on this day as well.

 

Homework

In year 5 the children will be set a weekly maths homework that they should complete and mark at home using the answers in the back of the homework book.

If your child is finding the homework tricky, Mrs Hulse and I will ensure that supervision is provided on a Wednesday lunchtime for your child to ask any questions or receive some support to complete their homework.

The children should complete pages 16 and 17 of their maths book to be returned by Friday 14th January. This homework is looking at square and cube numbers.

 

Please also encourage your child to read for 20 minutes each evening and practice their spellings/times tables. The following websites are both great for times tables practice:

https://ttrockstars.com/

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

 

Our spellings for the quiz on Friday 14th January will focus on words containing the -ably suffix:

Understandably, suitably, miserably, comfortably, adorably, reasonably, considerably, predictably

 

Please remember that if you have any questions or queries, do not hesitate to get in contact 😊

Miss Beattie x

Starlings WB 03.01.22, by Mrs Esling

Date: 5th Jan 2022 @ 7:04pm

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Happy new year to all our Starling families.  We hope you have all enjoyed a wonderful Christmastime with your children. Hopefully, you will all have been able to have a good rest.  The children certainly seemed well-rested when they arrived bright and breezy on Tuesday morning.

 

By next week we will be starting our new class text.  ‘The Lion Inside’ by Rachel bright is an inspiring story that shows we all have a lion inside of us! It truly is a wonderful text and the children always really enjoy it

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😊.

Thank you so much for taking the time to enjoy sharing stories with your Starling at home.  If your child has received new books for Christmas that you think other children will enjoy please do let me know and I will try and order them for the class

 

The children will continue to bring home a Read Write Inc book, a book bag book and a bedtime story each week. This provides them with a variety of familiar, new and challenging texts to read. Bedtime storybooks are to be enjoyed with an adult. Reading TO the children ensures that they experience the magic of a story coming to life and have a purpose and love of reading.

 

English

This week we have written a diary entry based on our class text ‘Nibble the book monster’.  I will be sad to say goodbye to Nibbles as the children have really been excited to read about his exploits.  If this is not a book you have at home I would definitely recommend it.

Maths

Starlings class are currently looking at multiples of 10 up to 100.

 

In Religion, we are looking at the wonder of God’s creation.  We have already been out for a walk in the school grounds and explored the beauty of our outdoor world using our senses. In history, we are looking at some of the inventions in transport and looking at how vehicles have changed over the years and why.  In geography, we will continue with our exploration of the United Kingdom.

 

Reading

 Please spend 10 – 20 minutes reading each day. This can be a combination of Read Write Inc and bedtime storybooks. Please remember the importance of your child listening to YOU read during this time too. 

 

RWI

Please refer to your child’s diary for information regarding the sounds that your child has been taught and also the titles of the books they will have at home.

Spellings

During the Spring term, our spellings will be focused on the Year One Common Exception words. These are words that the children will come across frequently in both their reading and writing. We will complete a spelling quiz in class every Friday. Please use your spelling whiteboard to help you to learn your spellings each week. We will write your child's score in their diary each week. This will be written next to the spellings they have been tested on that day. This will be on the page of the previous weeks. 

There is no spelling quiz on Friday 7th January.  Spellings will be put  in your child’s homework diary on the 7th January for the following week

PE

Our PE days will be Wednesday and Friday so your child should come to school in their PE kit on these days. Please remember PE kits should either be school kits or plain black/blue. Can we also ask that your child has a drink bottle that is clearly named and contains only water. We also request that if your child wears trainers with laces they are able to independently retie them if they become undone otherwise can they please wear trainers with a Velcro fastening.

 

 

Goldfinches WB 3.1.22, by Mrs Evans

Date: 4th Jan 2022 @ 8:20pm

Welcome to Goldfinches’ Weekly Blog

Happy New Year everyone. I hope you all had a happy and relaxed holiday.

It was lovely to see all of your smiling faces today and hear some of your holiday news.

This week:

Worship: This week in worship we are learning about the importance of Epiphany and finding out how it is celebrated in different countries.

 Writing: We will make predictions about our new English book and recap noun phrases and expanded noun phrases.

Reading: Our new Reading text is a non-fiction book on Volcanoes.

Reading homework- please keep up the great work with our mission to read for 15 minutes daily at home. This helps so much with our reading, imagination, punctuation and sentence structure… but, more importantly, is so much fun!

Spelling homework:  The spellings are from the Y3/4 Statutory word list.

This week’s words: century, circle, certain, complete, consider, continue, decide, describe, different, difficult

Maths: We are learning to subtract using the formal column method.

Times Tables Homework:

https://ttrockstars.com/

Try Tommy’s Trek to practise x6, x9 with division facts, or challenge yourself to mixed tables. https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/318/Tommys-Trek-Times-Tables

Science: We will learn about the function of each part of the digestive system.

History: We will learn about the legacies left by the Ancient Greeks- Olympics, Alphabet, Architecture, Democracy, and Famous Greek people.

PE: PE will be on Wednesday and Friday this week. Please remember to tie long hair back and remove earrings on PE days. As the outside area can get quite wet, please send in a spare pair of shoes and socks for your child to change into should they need to.

PSHCE: Our Heart Smart lesson focused on listening to our positive inner voice and choosing to ignore the negative to keep our hearts happy.  

Music: We will begin our Ukulele lessons this week.

As always, please don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like to discuss your child.

Mrs Evans

Toucans week beg. 13th December, by Mrs Whittingham

Date: 10th Dec 2021 @ 3:37pm

Week beg 13th December 2021

Year 6 have been busy this week getting in the Christmas Spirit and preparing games for our Christmas Fair which will take place on Wednesday.

Please continue with reading at home next week and have a look on Twitter where we have posted some recommended reads for Year 6 which would also make some excellent gifts for Christmas.

Homework

We will not have a spelling test next Friday. The children have a copy of the Year 5/6 Statutory Words in their diaries and can begin to learn these in their own time. I have asked them to do this in a fun way by choosing a few at a time that maybe they think they’ll use in their writing. They could create a graffiti wall, rainbow words, paint the words with images, draw around the shape of the words etc.

Maths Homework – Key Stage Two Maths SATs Question Book and Times Tables Rockstars

Homework is page 25 Prime Numbers and page 26 Square and Cube numbers of the SATs book.

Curriculum

Maths – Next week we will continue to work on multiplying and dividing Fractions

History – children will be researching and presenting their findings on an aspect of World War 2.

RE – we will be researching different Christian communities and looking at how Christmas is celebrated around the world.

Art – Christmas crafts

PE day will be on Friday (Mr Ault)

 

Kind regards,

Mrs Whittingham, Mrs Downing and Mr Beswick 

Goldfinches WB 13.12.21, by Mrs Evans

Date: 9th Dec 2021 @ 7:57pm

 

Welcome to Goldfinches’ Weekly Blog

What a fantastic week- with everybody back together again!

You have all made me so proud with the way you have put so much focus and effort into the assessments and our final piece of Leon writing.

 

Friday Super star: Erica

Top Table: Destinee

If your child would like to send a Christmas card- this is absolutely fine, but please just send to the children in Goldfinches as we will not be delivering cards to different classrooms.

Worship: This week in worship we have listened to the Christmas story and discussed the Good News it shares.

Next Week:

Monday: Every child will make a Christingle and we will enjoy an online Christingle service.

Tuesday: We will watch the Pantomime virtually from our classroom.

Wednesday: Christmas jumper day, Christmas lunch and Christmas fair.

Thursday: Christmas Carol service.

Friday: Christmas party day – wear own clothes and have a party lunch. (The children will have a shorter PE lesson with Mr Ault so please send in trainers and a warm hoodie) School closes at 1pm.

 

Next Week:

Writing: We will edit our diary entries.

Reading: We will continue to read ‘The Train to Impossible Places’ and find out where Suzy ends up next!

Reading homework- please keep up the great work with our mission to read for 15 minutes daily at home. This helps so much with our reading, imagination, punctuation and sentence structure… but, more importantly, is so much fun!

Spelling homework: As we did our assessments last week, we have rolled over the spellings from last week and will test them in this final week.  The spellings are from the Y3/4 Statutory word list.

This week’s words: century, circle, certain, complete, consider, continue, decide, describe, different, difficult

Maths: We have learned to add using the formal column method and next week we will learn about coordinates with a christmas theme .

Times Tables Homework:

https://ttrockstars.com/

Try Tommy’s Trek to practise x6, x9 with division facts, or challenge yourself to mixed tables. https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/318/Tommys-Trek-Times-Tables

RE: This week RE will focus on Christingle.

Science: We will continue to learn about the function of each part of the digestive system.

History: We will present our learning about Alexander the Great and answer the question: ‘How Great was Alexander the Great?’

PE: PE will be on Wednesday and Friday this week. Please remember to tie long hair back and remove earrings on PE days. As the outside area can get quite wet, please send in a spare pair of shoes and socks for your child to change into should they need to.

PSHCE: Our Heart Smart lesson focused on finding visible and invisible similarities and differences between us. We listened to and discussed the story of The Invisible Boy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cNHc2XCultQ

Music: We enjoyed playing the Glockenspiels to recap the notes DEF and added the note C. We learned what ‘improvisation’ was and had a go!!!!

As always, please don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like to discuss your child. Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Evans

Skylarks WB 13.12.21, by Miss Beattie

Date: 9th Dec 2021 @ 6:24pm

Hello everyone and welcome back to Skylarks weekly blog 😊

What a fantastic week we have had in Skylarks Class. The children have worked so hard on both their final pieces of writing and end of term assessments this week and we are so proud of them!!

Looking ahead to our final week of the term, we have lots of festive fun planned to say thank you for working so hard.

 

Next Week (W.B. 13.12.21)

In maths we will be applying our knowledge of written methods of addition and subtraction by solving tricky multi-step problems. We will use our reasoning skills to explain our methods and answers.

In our shared reading lessons, we will be finishing our book ‘Hansel and Gretel’. We will be looking specifically at the language the author uses to create a tense atmosphere.

In our RE lesson we will be reflecting on our ‘Incarnation’ topic. We will consider all of the titles given to Jesus in the bible, before answering the big question, ‘Why are these titles given to Jesus and are they helpful for Christians?’

In Art we will continue our work on colour. In our lesson we will explore the colour wheel and create our own tints, tones and shades of each hue on the wheel.

In RSE we will be exploring relationships. We will be learning about marriage in the UK and the laws surrounding this. We will also use drama techniques to help us understand what marriage vows are.

Unfortunately, swimming is cancelled this week (W.B. 13.12.21).

 

Please see below for details on all of the Christmas events we will be holding next week:

 

Monday 13th December 

Christingle – every child will make a Christingle and then take part in a service recorded by Vicar Andrew.  

Tuesday 14th December  

All children to enjoy a pantomime online with treats! 

Wednesday 15th December 

Christmas lunch and Christmas Jumper Day – we kindly ask a donation for St Luke’s hospice, children to come into school wearing a Christmas jumper or outfit (their own Christmas clothes).   

KS2 children will need to pay of a school lunch in the normal way. 

We will also hold the Christmas Fair for the children on this day. 

Thursday 16th December 

Whole School Church Service – led by Mr Cliff via zoom for all the children in the school. 

Friday 17th December 

School closes at 1pm, no Fun Foxes after school. Non uniform day just for fun! Party lunch for all the children and every class will have a Christmas party!   

 

 

Homework

In year 5 the children will be set a weekly maths homework that they should complete and mark at home using the answers in the back of the homework book.

If your child is finding the homework tricky, Mrs Hulse and I will ensure that supervision is provided on a Wednesday lunchtime for your child to ask any questions or receive some support to complete their homework.

The children should complete pages 19 and 20 of their maths book to be returned by Friday 17th December. This homework is looking at factors and prime numbers.

 

Please also encourage your child to read for 20 minutes each evening and practice their spellings/times tables. The following websites are both great for times tables practice:

https://ttrockstars.com/

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

 

Our spellings for the quiz on Friday 17th December will be the next 10 words from the Y5/6 statutory word list:

determined, develop, dictionary, disastrous, embarrass, environment, equipment, especially, exaggerate, excellent

Please remember that the words from the Y5/6 list are trickier than our spellings which follow a specific spelling rule. If your child is finding them really difficult, encourage them to focus on just 5 words to learn rather than all 10 😊

 

Please remember that if you have any questions or queries, do not hesitate to get in contact 😊

Miss Beattie x

 

 

 

Robins 2nd December 2021, by Mrs Rice

Date: 3rd Dec 2021 @ 8:38am

Hi Everyone

We are sending lots of love to everyone who is at home, we miss you and can't wait to welcome you back into Robins class.

We have had an unusual week but have made the most of it and enjoyed lots of fantastic outdoor PE lessons.

Next week we will be concentrating on the use of conjunctions in English to join two simple sentences together. We will use this skill to write a character description of Tom and to write a conversation between Tom and his Mum from our beautiful story Winter's Child.

In Maths we are continuing with our column addition of 3 digit numbers adding tens, we will explore how to exchange when the tens digit totals more than 9. We will also use a number line to help our understanding of what happens as we cross the hundreds boundary. The website mathsframe has some great times tables practice games on for the children to play on at home to increase their rapid recall of multiplication facts. https://mathsframe.co.uk/

 

In RE, we will explore why Christians support charity work of children around the world and the impact of their actions of others. We will link this to our mission statement "Christ is the Light that guides us."

In Science we will explore how we see things by light travelling in straight lines and reflecting off surfaces into our eyes as well as investigating how shadows are made.

We will hopefully continue with our ukuele lessons as well as enjoying Cricket and PE with Mr Ault. Spare socks are also useful in book bags as sometimes trainers can get wet. 

Our spelling focus for everyone this week is homophones. A homophone is a word that sounds the same as another word however is spelt differently and has a different meaning.  

week, weak, no, know, write, right, hear, here, there, their, they're. 

We will encourage the children to use expression when reading out loud, especially when reading a conversation between characters, paying particular attention to the adverbs used by the author to explain how the character is talking. We will continue to use our inference skills to explore characters actions and motives. Thank you for your continued support with home reading.

Please ensure your child has a healthy snack at playtime as we do not receive free fruit in KS2. 

Please come and ask me if you have any questions or queries. Look after each other.

Many thanks

Mrs Rice and Mrs Brennan. 

Goldfinches WB 6.12.21, by Mrs Evans

Date: 2nd Dec 2021 @ 10:00pm

Welcome to Goldfinches’ Weekly Blog

Well done to EVERYBODY this week- whether you have been at home or at school or a bit of both, you have all been amazing. We can't wait to all be back together as a full class again.

 If your child would like to send a Christmas card- this is absolutely fine, but please just send to the children in Goldfinches as we will not be delivering cards to different classrooms. Thank you.

Worship: This week in worship we have explored the idea that God’s love cannot be measured and that a little bit of love goes a long way. We also had a an Awe and Wonder moment when we played in the snow on Monday. What beautiful grounds we have!

Next Week:

Mrs Judge will be teaching in Year 1 so Mrs Evans will be in class again on Monday.

Reading and Writing: This week we have been writing from a different point of view after sharing pros and cons in a conscience alley about whether our character Leon should enter the magic box. Next week we will use noun phrases to help make rich and varied language choices in our writing.

Reading homework- please keep up the great work with our mission to read for 15 minutes daily at home. This helps so much with our reading, imagination, punctuation and sentence structure… but, more importantly, is so much fun!

Spelling homework: This week our spellings are from the Y3/4 Statutory word list

This week’s words: century, circle, certain, complete, consider, continue, decide, describe, different, difficult

Maths: This week we have investigated the symmetry of quadrilaterals. We have learned to reason about addition and subtraction problems, add 1, 10, 100 and 1000 to 4-digit numbers and looked at the formal method of addition for numbers that don’t cross the 10, 100 or 1000 boundary. Next week we will continue with column addition and subtraction.

Times Tables Homework:

https://ttrockstars.com/

Try Hit the Button and choose the division 6x table facts to help prepare for our Gold x6 tables test which lots of children are now working on.  The next times tables will be 9x tables.

Have a go at Coconut multiples this week to help you practise https://www.topmarks.co.uk/times-tables/coconut-multiples

Science: We saw the rather shocking results of our own investigation into the effects of different drinks on our teeth. We chose to leave boiled eggs in coke, Lucozade, fresh orange juice, dilute cordial and sugar free lemonade. We made some important decisions about the health of our teeth based on our results. We began exploring the different parts of the digestive system and will continue this next week.

History: We learned about Alexander the Great by researching the question: ‘How Great was Alexander the Great?’

Art: We have continued to practise sketching a human figure in proportion and extended this to figures who are moving.  We created our own Greek pots to tell our own Legacy. We explored adding tint and shade to colour and applied this to help us make beautiful Christmas cards.

PE: PE will be on Wednesday and Friday this week. Please remember to tie long hair back and remove earrings on PE days.

PSHCE: Our No Outsiders lesson was based on Marmaduke the very different dragon which is a beautiful book that encourages us to celebrate our differences. We designed a pair of our very own special and unique wings. .

Music: We enjoyed our first lesson in Y4 using the Glockenspiels and learning the notes DEF.

As always, please don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like to discuss your child. Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Evans and Mr Beswick.

Skylarks WB 6.12.21, by Miss Beattie

Date: 2nd Dec 2021 @ 4:00pm

Hello everyone and welcome back to Skylarks weekly blog 😊

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Can you believe it is December already and the Autumn term is nearly over?

What a brilliant week we have had again in Skylarks Class. Thank you for always showing such enthusiasm and engagement in our lessons. Mrs Judge and I have been so proud of your wonderful writing and super maths work this week.

Thank you to all of our wonderful Skylarks who are working so hard at home as well. We are very proud of you and can’t wait to have you back in school soon!

 

Next Week (W.B. 6.12.21)

In our English lessons next week, we will be planning and writing our very own versions of ‘The Lost Happy Endings’. We will focus on giving detailed descriptions of both the setting and characters using figurative language, as well as how we can use speech to move the story along. I am already very excited to read our wonderful stories!

In maths we will continue to explore multiples, factors and prime numbers. We will also use our problem-solving skills to help us solve tricky questions around mental addition and subtraction. As always, we will continue to consolidate our knowledge of the four operations through daily 4-a-day activities.

In our reading lessons, we will read more of ‘Hansel and Gretel’ and will continue to focus on the author’s language choice. We will analyse the vocabulary used, including figurative language, thinking about the effect it has on the reader.

In science we will be learning about reversible and irreversible changes. We will explore what happens to different materials when they melt, freeze, dissolve, evaporate, burn and rust.

In art we will explore the work of Monet Turner who will inspire our next piece of artwork. We will develop our knowledge of colour using hue, tint, tone and shade to create mood and atmosphere.

 

Our PE day this week will be Friday so your child should come to school in their PE kit on this days. Please remember PE kits should either be school kits or plain black/blue.

Unfortunately, swimming is cancelled this week (W.B. 6.12.21).

 

Homework

In year 5 the children will be set a weekly maths homework that they should complete and mark at home using the answers in the back of the homework book.

If your child is finding the homework tricky, Mrs Hulse and I will ensure that supervision is provided on a Wednesday lunchtime for your child to ask any questions or receive some support to complete their homework.

The children should complete page 18 of their maths book to be returned by Friday 10th December. This homework is looking at multiples.

 

Please also encourage your child to read for 20 minutes each evening and practice their spellings/times tables. The following websites are both great for times tables practice:

https://ttrockstars.com/

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

 

Our spellings for the quiz on Friday 10th December will continue to focus on words containing silent letter T:

nestle, wrestle, thistle, jostle, whistle, Christmas, listener, glistening

 

Please remember that if you have any questions or queries, do not hesitate to get in contact 😊

Miss Beattie x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robins Wk Beg 29.11.21, by Mrs Rice

Date: 28th Nov 2021 @ 11:29pm

Hello Everyone

Well, the show must go on! We will pick up our singing and dancing practice again in January. Thank you for the costumes that you have given so far. These can come into school the first week back in January now that we have a little extra time. We can't wait to perform Hoodwinked to you all. The children are still listening to the songs and enjoying learning them without singing them, who knew this was possible?!

We will be busy making Christmas crafts this week as the excitement builds towards the big day!

In our Maths lessons, we are continuing to add using a variety of methods. This week, we will be adding tens onto a three digit number by exploring what happens when the tens digits total more than 9.

In Writing, we are using our knowledge of simple and compound sentences to aid description of beautiful settings in our story Winter's Child. Now we have met Winter's Child, we will be reminding ourselves about how to write a dialogue between two characters using inverted commas correctly. 

In Art, the children will continue learning how to make new colours using primary, secondary and tertiary colours as they create a sunset. 

In RE we will be learning about the Christmas Story and the season of Advent.

In History, the children are thoroughly enjoying learning about life in the Stone Age. They wowed me with their understanding about how homes changed during the Stone Age last week and I can't wait to develop their enquiry and chronology skills further as we move our learning into the Bronze Age and look at key developments as well as inventions that have impacted life today. 

Cricket this week is on THURSDAY NOT WEDNESDAY. Please send your children into school wearing warm PE kits on Monday for their lesson with Mr Ault and on Thursday for their Cricket lesson. We will also enjoy our Ukuele lesson on Thursday afternoon.

Thank you for your continued support with reading and times tables. We now have the Top 100 Reads for Y3 laminated in class and the children are taking pride in popping their name next to each title as they have read one. Please continue to listen to your child reading out loud each evening. Reading is the most wonderful way of getting lost in a story with exciting characters, is great for learning new vocabulary and can increase the quality of your child's writing. I have also updated Times Table Rockstars so that the children can practise their rapid recall of multiplication and division facts. Please look out for their sticker each week in their reading diaries as this informs you of where the children are upto weekly. Here is another website full of fun games to practise times tables facts on.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/times-tables

Spellings are also in the diaries weekly.

As always, please feel free to come and talk to me about any questions or queries that you may have.

Many thanks

Mrs Rice and Mrs Brennan. 

Swallows Blog 29.11.21, by Miss Gillam

Date: 28th Nov 2021 @ 10:56pm

Welcome back to Swallows Class blog

 

Top Table: Layla              Praise: Lukas

 

We have had yet another wonderful week of super learning in Swallows class this week. Christmas play rehearsals are well underway. Please continue to learn your words at home as there will be no scripts on stage during our live performances.  You will have seen already that our performance dates have changed. Thank you to those who have brought costumes in to school already. Please could we have any remaining costumes in school ASAP.  

 

Reminders:

Please note that our PE days this week are Monday and Thursday. Our usual Wednesday cricket session has moved to Thursday for this week only. Please come to school in your PE uniform as usual on this day. 

 

Next Week

We will be completing our termly assessments in school this week. We will complete a selection of ‘Show me what you know’ quizzes. These are used to inform planning and assess progress in Reading and Maths.

Our English work will continue to focus on ‘The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark’ this week. We will plan and write our own non-chronological reports about cats, using what we have learnt about owls to help us.

We will be completing an exciting science investigation this week where we explore which materials are best for mopping up a spill. We will also link our Science learning to our history topic of ‘flight’ by creating our very own parachutes.

 

Homework

 

Read Write Inc

 

Orange Group- Miss Gillam 26.11.2021

Follow Me

Can you see me?

 

New sounds:

  • ire- fire
  • ear- hear with your ear
  • ure- sure it’s pure
  • tion- pay attention it’s a celebration

 

Reading focus: We have been focusing on reading at an appropriate pace this week. Not too fast, not too slow!

 

Please continue to use your little sounds book to read words containing each of our new sounds for this week. Remember, we are now focusing on being super speedy readers and need to be able to spot the special friends, Fred talk and read the word using Fred in our head as quickly as possible. You will find lots of words to read on the back of each speed sound card.

 

 

Yellow Group – Miss Gillam 26.11.2021

  • Fun at the fair
  • A mouse in the house

 

New sounds: New sounds:

  • ire- fire fire
  • ear- hear with your ear
  • ure- sure it’s pure
  • tion- pay attention it’s a celebration

 

 

Reading focus: We have been focusing on reading at an appropriate pace this week. Not too fast, not too slow!

 

Please continue to use your little sounds book to read words containing each of our new sounds for this week. Remember, we are now focusing on being super speedy readers and need to be able to spot the special friends, Fred talk and read the word using Fred in our head as quickly as possible. You will find lots of words to read on the back of each speed sound card.

Blue Group– Mrs Elson 26.11.21

At the seaside

A hole in my tooth

New sounds:

  • Ire- fire fire
  • ear- hear with your ear
  • ure- sure it’s pure
  • tion- pay attention it’s a celebration

Reading focus:  We are continuing to revisit our sounds and we have been looking at our non-fiction books and the features of those books.

Please use your new sounds book to read new words containing each sound on the back of the speed sound cards. There are also speed words in the back of the books too.

 

Pink Group – Mrs Esling 26.11.21

The dressing up box

Sam’s Bag

 

New sounds

  • ai – snail in the rain
  • oa – goat in a boat
  • ew – chew the stew

 

Reading focus This week we have been focusing on the punctuation in our book and changing the intonation In our voice to reflect this.

 

Please continue to use your little sounds book to read words containing each of our new sounds for this week. Remember, we are now focusing on being super speedy readers and need to be able to spot the special friends, Fred talk and read the word using Fred in our head as quickly as possible. You will find lots of words to read on the back of each speed sound card.

 

Grey Group – Mrs Judge / Mrs Hoskins 26.11.21

 

Dear Vampire

The Train of Fear

Mythical Monsters

 

This week, we have been learning about using ‘y’ as a suffix and learning the rules about doubling the last consonant before adding ‘y’.

 

Practise reading and writing these words using our new rule:

mud = muddy, sag = saggy, bog = boggy, fun = funny, run = runny

 

Reading focus: We have been looking at clues in the text to tell us what might happen next in the story.

 

Please use your sounds book to practise words containing each sound on the back of the speed sound card.  

 

 

Reading

 Please spend 10 – 20 minutes reading each day. This can be a combination of Read Write Inc and bedtime story books. Please remember the importance of your child listening to YOU read during this time too. 

Spellings

During the Autumn term our spellings will be focused on the Year Two Common Exception words. These are words that the children will come across frequently in both their reading and writing. We will complete a spelling quiz in class every Friday. Please use your spelling whiteboard to help you to learn your spellings each week. We will write your child's score in their diary each week. This will be written next to the spellings they have been tested on that day. This will be on the page of the previous weeks. 

This week’s spellings to be quizzed on 3rd December are listed in your blue reading diary.

 

Times Tables 

https://ttrockstars.com/

 

Please complete your times tables work sheet for this week. Some children have now moved onto their silver challenge! Well done!

 

Please also use Hit the Button and choose the 10 x table facts to help prepare for our silver 10 x tables test which lots of children are now working on.  https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

 

Please remember that if you have any questions or queries, do not hesitate to get in contact 😊 Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Miss Gillam

 

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