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Robins week beg 5th December, by Mrs Whittingham

Date: 4th Dec 2022 @ 9:16am

In Writing this week we have begun to prepare for our final piece of writing before Christmas. We have drawn pictures and written noun phrases and similes to describe our fantasy characters. Next week we will plan and write our fantasy stories based on th book Winter's Child by Angela McAllister. In our reading lessons based on the book Ice Palace by Robert Swindells, we have been focusing on describing the author's choice of vocabulary and developing our own understanding of new words.

Please remember to read with your child for 10 - 15mins daily and record in diary if possible. Also take a look at their reading target which is on a sticker in their diary, some children may have the same target for a few weeks to work on. 

On Monday we will have our final rehearsals for our KS2 play before we show it to the rest of the school on Tuesday. We are very excited to share our lines and songs with you. 

Our spellings next week will focus on adding -ation to verbs to form nouns. We will continue to focus on 8 spellings each week as scores have increased over the past 2 weeks so well done everyone. Also a big well done to everyone who used the new spelling format in diaries and wrote out each word once in their beautiful, joined up handwriting. 

Spelling Quiz on Friday 9th December - temptation, preparation, information, sensation, adoration, admiration, explanation, exclamation.

Remember to make learning spellings fun. Maybe write out words in coloured pen, underline the key sounds, draw around the word with images, draw around the shape of the word, write on pavement in chalk, trace words in sand etc. This week in class we have been doing spelling doodles. 

Here is an online spelling game that your child will enjoy to revise Year 2 spellings and they can also have a go at some of the Year 3 spellings!

https://ictgames.com/littleBirdSpelling/

The children will have times tables homework based on their individual targets. Please return by Wednesday 7th December. The children did really well with their times tables quiz last week. They will do x2 out of order again next week before we look at the related division facts. 

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

Continue to use this game to revise and learn times tables. 

In class the children have also been using this multiples game to help learn their time tables. 

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/times-tables/coconut-multiples

The children have really enjoyed using this train game to revise their addition and subtraction skills. It is lovely to see them challenge themselves as they move through the levels. Continue to just focus on the addition and subtraction carraiges.  

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/mental-maths-train

Next week in Maths, we will continue to focus on our arithmetic skills in the mornings. We start our first activity at 8.45 so if you could have your child in school for as close to this time as possible it allows them time to complete their morning arithmetic activity before we begin our Writing lesson at 9 sharp. Thanks for your support with this. We will also be working on adding and subtracting using more formal methods. 

Remember our PE days will remain as Monday and Wednesday for this term. 

In Computing we will continue to use the Keynote app to prepare presentations on the Stone Age and we will use Google to research facts on our chosen country for the World Cup. 

Our DT work for this term will focus on the Sustainability of Food. Next week we will continue to explore how it is best to use local ingredients that are in season when cooking. 

In RE we have begun our new Christianity topic on the Creation story and how Christians take care of the world. We will also begin to think about what we can do to look after the world for future generations. 

In ART we will complete our cave paintings and begin to do some Christmas crafts.  

The children will continue to have Ukulele lessons on a Thursday afternoon 

Please feel free to get in touch if there is anything we can help you with,

Mrs Whittingham, Mrs O'Marah & Mrs Taylor

Toucans W.B. 05.12.22, by Mr Corkill

Date: 2nd Dec 2022 @ 8:00am

Welcome Back to Toucans’ Weekly Blog 🙂

 

Toucans have impressed me with their excellent assessment scores this week, reflecting all their handwork and enthusiasm for learning. We all enjoyed making our Christingles at the start of the week and look forward to performing our production of Matilda next week. 

Praise: Finley 

Top Table: Lola and Willow

 

Next Week (W.B. 05.12.22)

 

Reminders:

  • The KS2 production of Matilda will be on Wednesday (7th December) at 1pm and 5pm, along with a performance on Thursday (8th December) at 5pm. Children should have been given their costumes by Donna North who has been leading this year’s Christmas production. 
  • On Monday (5th December) we will focus on practising the KS2 production so that we are ready for our performances later in the week. We will also have a dress rehearsal on Tuesday (6th December) to KS1 as our final practice.
  • PE will continue to take place on both a Monday and a Friday each week, so please send your child into school wearing their PE kit on these days. PE kits should either be school kits or plain black/navy.
  • Friday (9th December) will be our Christmas jumper and Christmas lunch day. 

 

Curriculum:

In English, we will look at reviewing our endangered animal leaflets and how we could edit and improve these to pieces of writing. 

In maths, we will continue with our 4-a-day arithmetic questions each morning to further practice our four operations. We will begin to look at our new unit on measures. We will firstly explore different types of metric measure before looking at converting and calculating with them. 

In science, the children will work in groups to solve a series of revision problems on our unit of electricity before applying their knowledge in some assessment questions. 

In history/geography, we will begin to look at WW2 focusing on how this conflict started and which countries were primarily involved. We will create a timeline of early events and use our atlas skills to identify the countries on a world map. 

We will also look to reflect on our assessments and identify key areas of individual focus for the next academic term. 

The children will continue to have a weekly German lesson with Mrs Judge on a Tuesday afternoon. 

 

Homework:

Children in Year 6 will be set a weekly maths homework that they should complete and mark at home using the answers provided in the back of their homework book. If your child is finding the homework challenging, I will ensure that supervision is provided one lunchtime each week where your child can ask any questions or receive the support they need to complete the homework.

 

Children should complete page 24 of their maths homework book this week and return it to school by Thursday 8th December. The homework this week recaps the idea of multiplying by 10, 100 and 1000. 

 

Please also encourage your child to read for 15-20 minutes each evening and practice their spellings and times tables. Children need to record their reading in their homework diaries/planners. This really will help them with their reading speed and stamina. 

 

The following website is great for times tables practice: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

 

Our spellings for the quiz on Friday 9th December will focus on plural nouns and will be: addresses, coaches, dictionaries, identities, opportunities, parties, sketches, suffixes, trousers, wishes. 

 

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

 

Mr Corkill 😊

Swallows Wk Beg 5.12.22, by Mrs Rice

Date: 1st Dec 2022 @ 7:05pm

Hi

A HUGE congratulations to our KS1 children, especially to Swallows class for their excellent performances of A Fireside Nativity this week. We are so proud of every single Swallow. From their singing, dancing, signing to the performing of their lines, they were amazing. Thank you for all of your support at home with learning their lines and the fabulous costumes. I know how special these occasions are for both the children and their families, we love them too!

 

Next week, we will be focusing on Reading, Writing and Maths. We will continue our work on addition and subtraction as well as learning our 5 times tables. In Wriitng we will read more of The Owl Who Is Afraid Of The Dark and use commas in a list as well as noun phrases to describe the owl, Plop. We will be using the text to provide evidence to our answers and focusing on inferring how a character is feeling.

 

Our spellings focus on how to add 'ly' to adjectives in order to create adverbs:

badly, softly, nearly, weakly, loudly, bravely, quietly, foolishly

 

We will be having our Christmas lunch and Christmas jumer day on Friday 9th December. 

PE will be as normal on Monday and Thursday.

Thank you for your continued support with home reading, spellings and times tables.

If you have any questions or queries please don't hesitate to talk to myself or Mrs Southern.

Many thanks

Mrs Rice and Mrs Southern

Goldfinches WB 5.12.22, by Mrs Evans

Date: 1st Dec 2022 @ 6:41pm

Welcome to Goldfinches’ Weekly Blog

Super focus and concentration during the assessments.

 

Friday Superstar: Evan

Top Table: Jacob H and George

 This week we have:

… worked so hard on all of our assessments showing great perseverance and concentration. Enjoyed the rehearsals for Matilda and sang beautifully in the Christingle service.

Next week we will:

Matilda: Performances on Wednesday afternoon and evening and Thursday evening. Costumes: School uniform on the bottom half (with tights or leggings under skirts for girls) and school shoes for all. Please send in a named white shirt if you have one. (School has some we can provide but any support in this will be appreciated) School will provide a tie for each child. Girls’ hair must be neatly plaited, tied back or in a bun please.

Writing: we will continue to write in the role of another character to develop our diary writing skills.

Reading: We will learn to answer questions with more depth and detail as we read and discuss ‘The Train to impossible places’.

Reading homework: We are so pleased with how our lovely Goldfinches are improving with getting their diary signed and reading with greater independence.

Please comment in your child’s diary when they have read aloud to you and sign when they have read independently to themselves. Please support your child to read for 10-20 minutes daily. In year 4 it is fine to have a mixture of your child reading aloud to you and them reading quietly to themselves.

Spelling: Our spelling focus this week will be from the y3/4 statutory spelling list and due to a busy week and lots of assessments this week- these will be the same spellings as last week.

Spellings to learn for our test on Friday 9th December: breathe, build, busy, business, calendar, caught, certain, accidentally, answer, bicycle.

Have a go at using the pyramid to practise at home.

Maths:  We will develop our addition and subtraction problem solving skills using a variety of methods to solve them.

 Maths Homework:  Have a go at the 8x table fortune teller and board game.

Have a go at the Maths Frame game which is modelled on the end of Year 4 Multiplication Check https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/477/Multiplication-Tables-Check

If you play the normal mode it will give any fact up to 12x12 with 6 seconds to answer. If you click ‘adjust difficulty’ you can choose the times table and change the time.

PE: Our PE day is Friday morning. Please come to school wearing appropriate PE kit- White t-shirt, black/blue plain hoodie and tracksuit bottoms or shorts, hair tied back and earrings removed or covered. As the grass might be wet first thing, please send your child with spare school shoes and socks to change in to after.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us via the office if you would like to discuss anything about your child.  admin@lostockgralam.cheshire.sch.uk     01606668270

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Evans, Mrs Judge and Miss Wilkinson.

Skylarks WB 5.12.22, by Miss Beattie

Date: 1st Dec 2022 @ 10:32am

Hello everyone and welcome back to Skylarks weekly blog! 😊

Another great week in Skylarks Class. We thoroughly enjoyed making our Christingles and visiting our lovely Church on Monday. The rehearsals for the Christmas production are also in full swing and we can’t wait for you to come and watch it next week.

 

Next week (W.B. 5.12.22)

Our Christmas Production ‘Matilda’ will take place on Wednesday 7th December at 1pm and 5pm and Thursday 8th December at 5pm. The children in Years 3, 4 and 5 will all be dressed as school children. Please send your child to school in full school uniform, including school shoes. The children will wear their school trousers or skirt for the performances and school will provide a shirt and tie for each child. If you have any spare white shirts at home (any size appropriate for Years 3-5) we would greatly appreciate any donations. Girls must have their hair tied back in a neat hairstyle and wear shorts/tights under their skirt.

 

In our English lessons next week, we will use our story maps from this week to help us innovate and plan our own traditional tales inspired by ‘The Lost Happy Endings’. We will then use these plans to begin to write our own story applying all of our learning from this half term.

In our shared reading lessons, we will continue to read ‘Hansel and Gretel’ by Neil Gaiman. We will be focusing on language and will evaluate the author’s language choice, including the use of figurative language.

In maths we will be moving on to learn about fractions; in particular equivalent fractions. We will also continue to consolidate our understanding of the four operations through daily 4 a day activities.

In our topic lesson, we will be reflecting on our trip to the Lion Salt Works and will be using research to answer any outstanding questions we have about the Salt Works and the impact the salt industry had on Northwich.

Our PE days for Autumn Term 2 will continue to be a Thursday (Cricket) and Friday with Mr Ault 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.

 

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, please do let Mr Beswick or myself know so that we can offer them support in school. 

The children should complete pages 19 and 20 of their maths book to be returned by Friday 9th December 2022. 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 9th December will focus on words containing silent letter ‘t’:

Fasten, listen, glisten, soften, castle, rustle, hustle, bustle

 

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

Miss Beattie x

 

Toucans W.B. 28.11.22, by Mr Corkill

Date: 25th Nov 2022 @ 2:05pm

Welcome Back to Toucans’ Weekly Blog 

 

Toucans have all worked so hard this week as we have continued to rehearse for our upcoming KS2 production and written a leaflet on an endangered animal that interests them. 

Praise: Ellie 

Top Table: Sophie and Francesca

 

Next Week (W.B. 28.11.22)

 

Reminders:

  • On Monday (28th November) we look forward to making our Christingles and celebrating together in church in the afternoon. 
  • Our RSE lesson will be on next week - further information was sent out to families at the start of this half term. 
  • PE will continue to take place on both a Monday and a Friday each week, so please send your child into school wearing their PE kit on these days. PE kits should either be school kits or plain black/navy.

 

Curriculum:

In English, we will look at either finishing off our endangered animal leaflets or editing and improving these to include further writing features. 

In maths, we will continue with our 4-a-day arithmetic questions each morning to further practice our four operations. We will complete two end of unit checks on our work to do with adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions. 

We will also begin to complete our end of autumn term assessments. 

We will continue with our rehearsals for the upcoming KS2 Christmas production.

The children will continue to have a weekly German lesson with Mrs Judge on a Tuesday afternoon. 

 

Homework:

Children in Year 6 will be set a weekly maths homework that they should complete and mark at home using the answers provided in the back of their homework book. If your child is finding the homework challenging, I will ensure that supervision is provided one lunchtime each week where your child can ask any questions or receive the support they need to complete the homework.

 

Children should complete pages 30, 31 and 32 (progress test 1) of their maths homework book this week and return it to school by Thursday 1st December. The homework this week assesses all the children have been learning about so far in Year 6.  

 

Please also encourage your child to read for 15-20 minutes each evening and practice their spellings and times tables. Children need to record their reading in their homework diaries/planners. This really will help them with their reading speed and stamina. 

 

The following website is great for times tables practice: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

 

Our spellings for the quiz on Friday 2nd December will focus on words ending in -ible and -able and will be: adorable, comfortable, dependable, possible, reliable, responsible, suitable, terrible, understandable, visible. 

 

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

Mr Corkill 😊

Robins WB 28.11.22, by Mrs Whittingham

Date: 24th Nov 2022 @ 5:02pm

In Writing this week we have been writing letters from Tom to his Dad in Winter's Child by Angela McAllister. We have also been learning about similes and using more conjunctions and adverbs of time in our writing. In our reading lessons based on the book Ice Palace by Robert Swindells, we have been focusing on using the text to find evidence to answer comprehension questions. Please remember to read with your child for 10 - 15mins daily and record in diary if possible. Also take a look at their reading target which is on a sticker in their diary. 

On Monday we are looking forward to making our Christingles and celebrating together in the church in the afternoon. 

Our spellings next week will focus on words ending in -ture. We will continue to focus on 8 spellings each week. Well done to everyone who used the new spelling format in diaries and wrote out each word once in their beautiful, joined up handwriting. 

Spelling Quiz on Friday 2nd December - adventure, mixture, future, picture, creature, capture, furniture and nature.

Remember to make learning spellings fun. Maybe write out words in coloured pen, underline the key sounds, draw around the word with images, draw around the shape of the word, write on pavement in chalk, trace words in sand etc. This week in class we have been doing spelling doodles. 

Here is an online spelling game that your child will enjoy to revise Year 2 spellings and they can also have a go at some of the Year 3 spellings!

https://ictgames.com/littleBirdSpelling/

The children will have times tables homework based on their individual targets. Please return by Wednesday 30th November. The children did really well with their first times tables quiz. They will do x2 again tomorrow in order and then we will have 2 weeks where the x2 will be out of order before we look at the related division facts. 

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

Continue to use this game to revise and learn times tables. 

In class the children have also been using this multiples game to help learn their time tables. 

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/times-tables/coconut-multiples

The children have really enjoyed using this train game to revise their addition and subtraction skills. It is lovely to see them challenge themselves as they move through the levels. Continue to just focus on the addition and subtraction carraiges.  

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/mental-maths-train

Next week in Maths, we will continue to focus on our arithmetic skills in the mornings. We start our first activity at 8.45 so if you could have your child in school for as close to this time as possible it allows them time to complete their morning arithmetic activity before we begin our Writing lesson at 9 sharp. Thanks for your support with this. We will also be working on adding and subtracting using more formal methods. 

Remember our PE days will remain as Monday and Wednesday for this term. 

In Computing we will continue to use the Keynote app to prepare presentations on the Stone Age and we will use Google to research facts on our chosen country for the World Cup. 

Our DT work for this term will focus on the Sustainability of Food. Next week we will continue to explore how it is best to use local ingredients that are in season when cooking. 

In RE we have begun our new Christianity topic on the Creation story and how Christians take care of the world. We will look some more at the Fairtrade logo. Have you got this logo on any products at home? 

In ART we will be using a variety of skills to create some textured cave paintings using mixed media. We will be using paint and sponges to add prints to our cave paintings. 

The children will continue to have Ukulele lessons on a Thursday afternoon 

Please feel free to get in touch if there is anything we can help you with,

Mrs Whittingham, Mrs O'Marah & Mrs Taylor

Goldfinches WB 28.11.22, by Mrs Evans

Date: 24th Nov 2022 @ 4:25pm

Welcome to Goldfinches’ Weekly Blog

Marvellous maths this week everybody.

 

Friday Superstar: Alexia

Top Table: Amber and Naomi

 

This week we have:

… learned about the importance of staying safe online and using search engines sensibly and safely. Worked so well with our ability to use exchanging in the column method of subtraction.

Next week we will:

Monday: KS2 Christingle service in church.

Writing: we will write in the role of another character to develop our diary writing skills.

Reading: We will learn to answer questions with more depth and detail as we read and discuss ‘The Train to impossible places’.

Reading homework: Please comment in your child’s diary when they have read aloud to you and sign when they have read independently to themselves. Please support your child to read for 10-20 minutes daily. In year 4 it is fine to have a mixture of your child reading aloud to you and them reading quietly to themselves.

Spelling: Our spelling focus this week will be from the y3/4 statutory spelling list

Spellings to learn for our test on Friday 2nd December: breathe, build, busy, business, calendar, caught, certain, accidentally, answer, bicycle.

Have a go at using the pyramid to practise at home.

Maths:  We will work on our arithmetic skills and complete our Autumn term assessments

 Maths Homework:  There is a multiplication square in diaries. Support your child to complete it in this order: 1x, 10x, 5x, 2x, 4x, 8x, 3x, 6x, 12x, 9x, 11x, 7x. You will see that by the time they fill in the last few times tables, most boxes are already completed!

Have a go at the Maths Frame game which is modelled on the end of Year 4 Multiplication Check https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/477/Multiplication-Tables-Check

If you play the normal mode it will give any fact up to 12x12 with 6 seconds to answer. If you click ‘adjust difficulty’ you can choose the times table and change the time.

Dance: Our dance is going very well and it is lovely to see the enthusiasm of Goldfinches.

PE: Our PE day is Friday morning. Please come to school wearing appropriate PE kit- White t-shirt, black/blue plain hoodie and tracksuit bottoms or shorts, hair tied back and earrings removed or covered. As the grass might be wet first thing, please send your child with spare school shoes and socks to change in to after.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us via the office if you would like to discuss anything about your child.  admin@lostockgralam.cheshire.sch.uk     01606668270

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Evans, Mrs Judge and Miss Wilkinson.

Owls Blog 28.11.22, by Miss Dalby

Date: 24th Nov 2022 @ 3:59pm

Owls Blog Post: 28th November 2022

Friday Superstar: Finn

Top table: Annabelle and Kayden

 

This week we have…

This Week's Theme: This week we have been exploring space, we have been collecting moon dust, wishing on stars and have met a very shy but fun alien called Zip! The children have love learning about astronauts such as Neil Armstrong and Chris Hadfield who videoed himself singing in zero gravity!

Literacy: This week we have been reading ‘Star in the Jar’, a lovely story about a brother and sister who find a star in the park and help it to find its way home. The stars create a lovely thank you message in the sky and we thought we would write a message back!

Numeracy: We have been looking at the number 7 this week, finding the number around our class room and seeing how we can make 7 using different groups.  We have been making inverse operations, looking at how we can split a large group into 2 smaller groups and recombine them to make a large group again.

 

Next week we will…

Next week we will be reading ‘The Jolly Postman’ and we will be learning about the job of a Postman, what kind of things they might deliver to people all over the world with the home area becoming our very own post office! Next week is the start of December which can mean only one thing, Christmas has begun and our classroom will be transformed into a Christmas wonderland!

We will be writing letters to Father Christmas and sending them to the North Pole! In phonics we will be changing our groups so please keep on reading diaries for more updates.  

 

Next week’s Events

On Monday 28th we will be attending our whole school Christingle Service in St Johns Church. Please remember to purchase tickets for the School Play for Thursday 1st 10am and 1pm or Friday 2nd at 1pm.

 

We hope you have a fantastic weekend!

From,

Miss Dalby, Mrs Hoskins and Mrs Rathbone

 

Skylarks WB 28.11.22, by Miss Beattie

Date: 24th Nov 2022 @ 8:09am

Hello everyone and welcome back to Skylarks weekly blog! 😊

Another super week in Skylarks Class. The highlight of our week was definitely visiting the Lion Salt Works on Tuesday. The children represented our school so beautifully and engaged with all of the different activities with such enthusiasm.

 

Next week (W.B. 28.11.22)

In our English lessons next week, we will finish reading our book ‘The Lost Happy Endings’ by Carol Ann Duffy. We will continue to focus on the different characters we have come across in the story and how we can convey their character through action and speech. We will also create a journey map to summarise the main events in the story which will help us to plan and write our own traditional tale over the coming weeks.

In our shared reading lessons, we will continue to read ‘Hansel and Gretel’ by Neil Gaiman. We will be focusing on language and will evaluate the author’s language choice, including the use of figurative language.

In maths we will be recapping prime numbers, square numbers and cube numbers, before moving on to learn how to multiply and divide by 10, 100 and 1000. We will also continue to consolidate our understanding of the four operations through daily 4 a day activities.

In our topic lesson, we will be learning about the Anderton Boat Lift and how it impacted the salt industry in Northwich. We will also think about the negative impact that the salt industry had on the local people and infrastructure.

In RE we will be reflecting on our learning from this half term. We will be recapping the titles which are given to Jesus and Christmas Time and deciding why they are helpful in describing Jesus’ role on Earth.

Our PE days for Autumn Term 2 will continue to be a Thursday (Cricket) and Friday with Mr Ault 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.

 

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, please do let Mr Beswick or myself know so that we can offer them support in school. 

The children should complete pages 16 and 17 of their maths book to be returned by Friday 2nd December 2022. 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 2nd December will be the next 10 words in the Y5/6 statutory word list:

Competition, conscience, conscious, controversy, convenience, correspond, criticise, curiosity, definite, desperate

 

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

Miss Beattie x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Starlings WB 28th November, by Mrs Esling

Date: 23rd Nov 2022 @ 6:58pm

It is that time again! What another busy week we have had in Starlings class.

 

 

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Friday Superstar: Grayson

Top Table: Corey and Gracie Mae

 

Diary Dates

Monday 12th December - Non uniform day in exchange for items for the school fair.  Starlings class have been asked to donate pre-loved books for any age.

Tuesday 13th December is our whole school trip to watch the panto at the Grange School

 Tuesday 13th December from 2.30pm-5pm, Christmas Fair.

 

Please note that school closes on 16th December at 1pm

 

Writing

 

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Nibbles has eaten through Jack and the beanstalk and he has bit the giant on his bottom! 

Now we have found out that Nibbles is going on holiday but what should he take with him.  This will provide us with a fantastic opportinity to practie our -s and -es suffixes on nouns.

Maths

In maths we will be exploring subtraction and challenging ourselves with missing box equations.  

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. 

Read Write Inc 

Our RWI lessons start promptly at 9am.  If you are able to drop your child off as near to 8.45 as possible it would be very beneficial.

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.

 Please check your child’s diary to find out which group they are in, which sounds they have learnt that week and which books they have in their book bag.  Each time they move to a new group they will receive a RWI book mark.  On this book mark are the ‘red’ words that are practised in that group.  These words inform our spelling quizzes and regular practise supports fluency and confidence in writing. 

 

On the class page I have uploaded three new files named Set 1, Set 2 and Set 3.  These contain the QR codes for all the sounds.  Each video is about ten minutes long and can be viewed by your child independently.  Please check your child's bookbag on a Friday to see which new sounds they have learnt that week and use the videos to support their learning.

 

SPELLINGS

The quiz for the spellings will be on WEDNESDAY 30th November.  The spellings are:

baby he paint be what

 

PE

Our PE days are Wednesdays and Fridays. Please come to school wearing appropriate PE kit- White t-shirt, black/blue plain hoodie and tracksuit bottoms or shorts, hair tied back and earrings removed or covered. 

Snack

Children in KS1 receive free fruit.  Children do not have to bring a snack from home but if you wish to do so we ask that it is a healthy option and just one item, please. Please also rembember we are a NUT FREE SCHOOL. Please can you also make sure that your child only has water in their water bottle.  Juice, howver, is fine at lunchtimes if your child brings a packed lunch.

 

Birthdays

We love celebrating the children's birthdays and hearing about all the exciting things they are doing. We appreciate that it is not always possible to invite the whole class and we would ask therefore that in these instances that invites are given out before or after school.  Thank you.

 

Please don’t hesitate to contact us via a note in your child’s diary or through the office if you would like to discuss anything about your child.  admin@lostockgralam.cheshire.sch.uk     01606 668270 

Many thanks Mrs Esling and Mrs Westland

Swallows Wk Beg 21st November 2022, by Mrs Rice

Date: 21st Nov 2022 @ 4:52pm

Hi Everyone

What a fantastic trip we had to the Liverpool Maritime Museum on Wednesday. I hope that you have enjoyed looking at our photgraphs on Twitter. The children were fabulous, we were really proud of them. Seeing them working together on the Albert Docks to describe their location using the four points of the compass was great.They showed friendship and kindness to each other. The children all looked super in their own clothes for Children in Need day on Friday, thank you for your kind donations to this wonderful charity. 

Our spellings this week focus on adding the suffix 'y'.

spotty, runny, s;oppy, funny, muddy, nutty, boggy, yummy

 

In Writing, we will begin our new story The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson. The children will make predictions and gather information about the characters.
 
In Maths we will begin looking at number fact families for addition and subtraction ie 12+8 = 20, 8+12=20, 20-12=8 and 20-8=12. The children will explore the commutativity of addition and understand why this is not the case with subtraction. We will also introduce a times tables grid that will focus on the 2, 5 and 10 times tables.
 
In Science, we will combine our artistic and scientific skills and decide on the best material to provide texture to our art work and conduct an experiment to see the effect of salt and paint. The children are using the idea of texture to create an ocean, linking to our Titanic learning.
 
We are going to be exremely busy learning our lines for the Christmas play! Thank you for all of the costumes and for the time you are giving to the children to support them with their rehearsing at home. Please continue to practise the script with the children each night as the day is getting closer and closer... The children's singing is sounding beautiful, a little sneak preview is on Twitter! 
 
Thank you also for your continued support with home reading, spellings and times tables. As always, please come and see me, email or ring me if you have any questions or queries.
 
Many thanks
Mrs Rice and Mrs Southern.
 
 

Skylarks WB 21.11.22, by Miss Beattie

Date: 17th Nov 2022 @ 9:29pm

Hello everyone and welcome back to Skylarks weekly blog! 😊

What a great week we have had in Skylarks Class. We have been busy working on our dance and singing for our Christmas Production and we can’t wait for you to see it.

 

Next week (W.B. 21.11.22)

Reminders:

  • Tuesday 22nd November – Skylarks Class trip to Lion Salt Works. Children must wear full school uniform, including a waterproof coat. They will need to bring their lunch in a named plastic bag that we can dispose of after we have eaten (no lunch boxes please).
  • Wednesday 23rd November – Film night in school

In our English lessons next week, we will continue to delve deeper into our book ‘The Lost Happy Endings’ by Carol Ann Duffy. We will be focussing on the different characters we have come across in the story and how they fit into the traditional character roles often found in fairytale stories.  

In our shared reading lessons, we will continue to read ‘Hansel and Gretel’ by Neil Gaiman. We will be focusing on language and will evaluate the author’s language choice, including the use of figurative language.

In maths we will be learning about prime numbers, square numbers and cube numbers. We will also continue to consolidate our understanding of the four operations through daily 4 a day activities.

In science we will use our learning the Lion Salt Works to help us explain the process of separating salt from a water solution using the process of evaporation.

In our topic lesson, we will reflect on our learning from our trip to the Lion Salt Works. We will discuss what new knowledge we acquired, as well as what we would like to find out next.

Our PE days for Autumn Term 2 will continue to be a Thursday (Cricket) and Friday with Mr Ault 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.

 

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, please do let Mr Beswick or myself know so that we can offer them support in school. 

The children should complete page 18 of their maths book to be returned by Friday 25th November 2022. 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 25th November will continue to focus on words containing the -able suffix:

adaptable, predictable, knowledgeable, beatable, comfortable, reasonable, available, fashionable, miserable, believable

 

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

Miss Beattie x

Toucans W.B. 21.11.22, by Mr Corkill

Date: 17th Nov 2022 @ 6:50pm

Welcome Back to Toucans’ Weekly Blog 🙂

 

Toucans have been really enthusiastic about researching an endangered animal this week in our English lessons which demonstrates their passion for conservation and protection of these vulnerable animal species. 

Praise: Mason J

Top Table: Brooke and Amelia

 

Next Week (W.B. 21.11.22)

 

Reminders:

  • PE will continue to take place on both a Monday and a Friday each week, so please send your child into school wearing their PE kit on these days. PE kits should either be school kits or plain black/navy.
  • On Monday (21st November), school photos will be taken. 
  • On Wednesday (23rd November), we have our fundraising film night after school until 5pm. 

 

Curriculum:

In English, we will continue planning and writing our endangered animal leaflets containing elements of information, explanation, and persuasion. We will bring together all our learning so far to incorporate a range of writing features, such as modal verbs, adverbs, and use of parenthesis to incorporate extra information. In our shared reading lesson, we will explore the poem El Alamein by John Jarmain and focus on drawing inferences and making comparisons. 

In maths, we will continue with our 4-a-day arithmetic questions each morning to further practice our four operations. We will look at dividing a fraction by an integer, look at fractions of amounts, and finding the whole when given a fractional amount. 

In science, we will conduct a series of circuit investigations to explore what the effect is when adding extra batteries, components, and extending the length of wires. 

In our history/geography lesson, we will begin to learn about WW2. We shall explore a timeline of key events in early WW2 and use our atlas and map skills to understand which countries were involved in this conflict. 

In RE, the children will discuss the world that a range of Christian communities are trying to build from the research we have conducted over the last few lessons.  

The children will continue to be rehearsing for the upcoming Christmas production of Matilda each Thursday and Friday afternoon. 

The children will continue to have a weekly German lesson with Mrs Judge on a Tuesday afternoon. 

 

Homework:

Children in Year 6 will be set a weekly maths homework that they should complete and mark at home using the answers provided in the back of their homework book. If your child is finding the homework challenging, I will ensure that supervision is provided one lunchtime each week where your child can ask any questions or receive the support they need to complete the homework.

 

Children should complete pages 22 and 23 of their maths homework book this week and return it to school by Thursday 24th November. The homework this week focuses on multiplying and dividing fractions to consolidate the classwork we have completed this week. 

 

Please also encourage your child to read for 15-20 minutes each evening and practice their spellings and times tables. Children need to record their reading in their homework diaries/planners. This really will help them with their reading speed and stamina. 

 

The following website is great for times tables practice:https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

 

Our spellings for the quiz on Friday 25th November will focus on words containing ei and ie and will be: achieve, deceived, mischievous, niece, perceive, pieces, protein, received, relieved, shriek. 

 

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

 

Mr Corkill 😊

Robins WB 21.11.22, by Mrs Whittingham

Date: 17th Nov 2022 @ 5:38pm

In Writing this week we have looked at improving our sentences using conjunctions and we have been writing dialogue between the characters in Winter's Child by Angela McAllister. In our reading lessons based on the book Ice Palace by Robert Swindells, we have been focusing on making predictions, using a dictionary to find the meaning of new words and what the text tells us about the main character. You will also notice that this is our reading target for the next few weeks and you will see the sticker label in your child's diary. As you read with them at home ask them Who is the main character? What sort of a person are they? How do we know this? etc. Please remember to read with your child for 10 - 15mins daily and record in diary if possible. 

Next Wednesday we have our Film Night and we are also busy making preparations for our KS2 Production in December. 

Our spellings next week will focus on the suffix -ly. We will focus on 8 spellings as this has worked well this week. I have also told the children that they can just focus on learning the first the first 5 if they need to. Well done to everyone who used the new spelling format in diaries and wrote out each word once in their beautiful, joined up handwriting. 

Spelling Quiz on Friday 25th November - suddenly, carefully, finally, gently, simply, merrily, humbly, horribly

Remember to make learning spellings fun. Maybe write out words in coloured pen, underline the key sounds, draw around the word with images, draw around the shape of the word, write on pavement in chalk, trace words in sand etc.

Here is an online spelling game that your child will enjoy to revise Year 2 spellings and they can also have a go at some of the Year 3 spellings!

https://ictgames.com/littleBirdSpelling/

The children will have times tables homework based on x5 or on x4 based on their needs this week. Please return by Wednesday 23rd November. The children are also beginning to do times tables quizes on a Friday and we will start with x2. 

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

Continue to use this game to revise and learn times tables. 

In class the children have also been using this multiples game to help learn their time tables. 

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/times-tables/coconut-multiples

The children have really enjoyed using this train game to revise their addition and subtraction skills. It is lovely to see them challenge themselves as they move through the levels. Continue to just focus on the addition and subtraction carraiges.  

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/mental-maths-train

Next week in Maths, we will continue to focus on our arithmetic skills in the mornings. We start our first activity at 8.45 so if you could have your child in school for as close to this time as possible it allows them time to complete their morning arithmetic activity before we begin our Writing lesson at 9 sharp. Thanks for your support with this. We will also be working on adding and subtracting using a numberline and exploring patterns and connections. 

Remember our PE days will remain as Monday and Wednesday for this term. 

In Computing we will continue to use the Keynote app to prepare presentations on the Stone Age.

Our DT work for this term will focus on the Sustainability of Food. Next week we will be exploring how it is best to use local ingredients that are in season when cooking. 

In RE we have begun our new Christianity topic on the Creation story and how Christians take care of the world. 

In ART we will be using a variety of skills to create some textured cave paintings using mixed media. 

The children will continue to have Ukulele lessons on a Thursday afternoon 

Please feel free to get in touch if there is anything we can help you with,

Mrs Whittingham, Mrs O'Marah & Mrs Taylor

Goldfinches WB 21.11.22, by Mrs Evans

Date: 17th Nov 2022 @ 4:17pm

Welcome to Goldfinches’ Weekly Blog

A very active week this week with super enthusiasm from all.

 Friday Superstar: Charley

Top Table: Archie and Elliot

 This week we have:

… travelled back in time to learn all about the Ancient Greeks with Penelope and Andros. The day was packed full with hands on learning experiences from handling artefacts to find clues about life, weapons to find out about battles and the army, making our own clay coins, learning a dance and using drama to explore myths and facts. Wonderful listening, enthusiasm and contributions from everybody. Enjoyed dance with Donna which was successful in learning our part of the dance for Matilda.

Next week we will:

Monday: School photographs

Wednesday: Film night

Friday: Christmas light switch on 4.30pm (Choir)

Writing: look at plural and singular nouns and the rules for spelling them. We will meet a new character from Leon and the Place Between and develop our diary writing skills using a rich vocabulary.

Reading: We will continue to follow Suzy on her strange and unusual journey and pick up interesting vocabulary and make inferences about the characters and settings.

Reading homework: Please comment in your child’s diary when they have read aloud to you and sign when they have read independently to themselves. Please support your child to read for 10-20 minutes daily. In year 4 it is fine to have a mixture of your child reading aloud to you and them reading quietly to themselves.

Spelling: Our spelling focus this week will continue with words with the prefix ‘ey’ ‘ei’ eigh’

Spellings to learn for our test on Friday 25th November: drey, whey, survey, convey, eighth, eighteen, weight, neigh, neighbour, sleigh

We have used rainbow writing to help us practice this week. Have a go at home!

Maths:  We will continue to practise using the formal column method to subtract and exchange and then apply our addition and subtraction methods to solving problems.

 Maths Homework:  

Have a go at the online game Tommy’s Trek. You can select the times table you want to practice and easy, medium or hard levels. We are recapping our 8x table at the moment so make sure you challenge yourself with the 8s as well as any others you want to get faster at. https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/resource/318/Tommys-Trek-Times-Tables

Dance: We will be working on our Matilda dance with Donna again this week.

PE: Our PE day is Friday morning. Please come to school wearing appropriate PE kit- White t-shirt, black/blue plain hoodie and tracksuit bottoms or shorts, hair tied back and earrings removed or covered. As the grass might be wet first thing, please send your child with spare school shoes and socks to change in to after.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us via the office if you would like to discuss anything about your child.  admin@lostockgralam.cheshire.sch.uk     01606668270

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Evans, Mrs Judge and Miss Wilkinson.

Starlings WB 14.11.22, by Mrs Esling

Date: 10th Nov 2022 @ 9:17pm

It is that time again! What another busy week we have had in Starlings class.

 

 

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Friday Superstar: Katie

Top Table: Heidi and Jayden H

 

Diary Dates

18th November Children in need – non uniform day and Whole school flu immunization
21st November School photographs
23rd November Film night for children - fundraising event £3 per child

 Tuesday 13th December from 2.30pm-5pm, Christmas Fair

 

Writing

 

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Nibbles has eathen through Goldilocks and the three bears!  Goldilocks was shocked and upset that she had been blamed.  I wonder which fairy story Nibbels will eat through next? 

This week the children have enjoyed retelling the story of Goldilocks and the three bears.  Next week we will be discussing how Little Red is going to feel when she is also the victim of Nibbles and his antics!! we will also be exploring the plural noun  suffixes of -s and -es.

Maths

In maths we will be continuing our theme of addition but will explore it further using missing number equations which will support our understanding of inverse operations.

 

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. 

Read Write Inc 

Our RWI lessons start promptly at 9am.  If you are able to drop your child off as near to 8.45 as possible it would be very beneficial.

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.

 Please check your child’s diary to find out which group they are in, which sounds they have learnt that week and which books they have in their book bag.  Each time they move to a new group they will receive a RWI book mark.  On this book mark are the ‘red’ words that are practised in that group.  These words inform our spelling quizzes and regular practise supports fluency and confidence in writing. 

 

On the class page I have uploaded three new files named Set 1, Set 2 and Set 3.  These contain the QR codes for all the sounds.  Each video is about ten minutes long and can be viewed by your child independently.  Please check your child's bookbag on a Friday to see which new sounds they have learnt that week and use the videos to support their learning.

 

SPELLINGS

The quiz for the spellings will be on WEDNESDAY 16th November.  The spellings are:

  is she was they were 

 

PE

Our PE days are Wednesdays and Fridays. Please come to school wearing appropriate PE kit- White t-shirt, black/blue plain hoodie and tracksuit bottoms or shorts, hair tied back and earrings removed or covered. 

Snack

Children in KS1 receive free fruit.  Children do not have to bring a snack from home but if you wish to do so we ask that it is a healthy option and just one item, please. Please also rembember we are a NUT FREE SCHOOL. Please can you also make sure that your child only has water in their water bottle.  Juice, howver, is fine at lunchtimes if your child brings a packed lunch.

 

Birthdays

We love celebrating the children's birthdays and hearing about all the exciting things they are doing. We appreciate that it is not always possible to invite the whole class and we would ask therefore that in these instances that invites are given out before or after school.  Thank you.

 

Please don’t hesitate to contact us via a note in your child’s diary or through the office if you would like to discuss anything about your child.  admin@lostockgralam.cheshire.sch.uk     01606 668270 

Many thanks Mrs Esling and Mrs Westland

Robins WB 14.11.22, by Mrs Whittingham

Date: 10th Nov 2022 @ 5:17pm

Super diary writing in Robins this week as we have explored the winter outdoor activities that Tom did in Winter's Child by Angela McAllister. In our reading lessons based on the book Ice Palace by Robert Swindells, we have been focusing on what the text tells us about the main character. You will also notice that this is our reading target for the next few weeks and you will see the sticker label in your child's diary. As you read with them at home ask them Who is the main character? What sort of a person are they? How do we know this? etc. 

Lots to look forward to this term with Non-uniform day for Children in Need on the 18th November, Film Night on the 23rd November and of course our KS2 Production in December. 

Our spellings next week will focus on the suffix -ous. I have decided to set just 8 spellings as the children have been finding the spellings difficult. I have also told them to work on just the first 5 if they need to. I have changed the design of the spelling sheet in the diary too so the children just need to write out each word once in their beautiful, joined up handwriting. 

Spelling Quiz on Friday 18th November - dangerous, mountainous, famous, jealous, enormous, tremendous, hazardous, fabulous.

Remember to make learning spellings fun. Maybe write out words in coloured pen, underline the key sounds, draw around the word with images, draw around the shape of the word, write on pavement in chalk, trace words in sand etc.

Here is an online spelling game that your child will enjoy to revise Year 2 spellings and they can also have a go at some of the Year 3 spellings!

https://ictgames.com/littleBirdSpelling/

The children will have times tables homework based on x5 or on x4 based on their needs this week. Please return by Wednesday 16th November. 

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

Continue to use this game to revise and learn times tables. 

In class the children have also been using this multiples game to help learn their time tables. 

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/times-tables/coconut-multiples

The children have really enjoyed using this train game to revise their addition and subtraction skills. It is lovely to see them challenge themselves as they move through the levels. Continue to just focus on the addition and subtraction carraiges.  

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/mental-maths-train

Next week in Maths, we will be focusing on our arithmetic skills in the mornings. We start our first activity at 8.45 so if you could have your child in school for as close to this time as possible it allows them time to complete their morning arithmetic activity before we begin our Writing lesson at 9 sharp.Thanks for your support with this.

Remember our PE days will remain as Monday and Wednesday for this term. 

In Computing we will continue to use the Keynote app to prepare presentations on the Stone Age.

We have also begun our DT work for this term which will focus on the Sustainability of Food. 

In RE we will continue to work on our new Christianity topic on Discipleship and will be thinking about the birth of Jesus.

In ART we will be using a variety of skills to create some textured cave paintings. 

The children have begun their Ukulele lessons on a Thursday afternoon 

Please feel free to get in touch if there is anything we can help you with,

Mrs Whittingham, Mrs O'Marah & Mrs Taylor

Goldfinches WB 14.11.22, by Mrs Evans

Date: 10th Nov 2022 @ 4:50pm

Welcome to Goldfinches’ Weekly Blog

Well done for working hard to settle back in to routine everyone!

Friday Superstar: Bella

Top Table: Hattie and Molly

This week we have:

…been superstar problem solvers in maths, enjoyed finding out about our teeth and also what it was like to live in Greece 2500 years ago! We have loved beginning to learn the songs for Matilda and have impressed Mrs Evans with our use of ambitious vocabulary in our writing.

Thurs 17th November- Greek workshop in school.

Matilda: Tickets are available to book for our KS2 Christmas performance. Goldfinches class will be dancing as Children from the play. Shirts and ties are kindly being provided by Donna North and they will just need their school skirt/trousers and shoes for the performances.

Next week we will:

Writing: Explore further into our book ‘Leon and the Place Between’ and develop our use of ambitious verbs, adverbs and adjectives in our descriptive writing.

Reading: We have loved reading our new book ‘The Train to Impossible Places’ and are keen find out more about Suzy and the strange world she is about to enter.

Reading homework: Please comment in your child’s diary when they have read aloud to you and sign when they have read independently to themselves. Please support your child to read for 10-20 minutes daily. In year 4 it is fine to have a mixture of your child reading aloud to you and them reading quietly to themselves.

Spelling: Our spelling focus this week is words with the spelling patterns eigh, ey, ei

Spellings to learn for our test on Friday 18th November: grey, prey, obey, they, eight, eighty, freight, rein, vein, veil

We have used the strategy of colouring the vowel patterns in different colours.

Maths:  We will continue our unit on addition using the formal column method with exchanging. We will work on recalling the 8x table facts.

 Maths Homework:  

There is an 8x table game in book bags- match the card to the answer as quickly as you can. Turn over the cards and play matching pairs. 1 person hold the answer card and say the matching fact e.g. hold 32 and say- “I am 4 times 8 or 8 times 4”

Have a go at the online game ‘Maths Chase’ to practise the division facts for the 4x table https://www.mathschase.com/games/division-4/

For the  8x table, use these online challenges to practise https://www.timestables.co.uk/8-times-table.html

Music: This half term is Goldfinches’ turn to have weekly Ukulele lessons on Thursday afternoons.

PE: Our PE day is Friday morning. Please come to school wearing appropriate PE kit- White t-shirt, black/blue plain hoodie and tracksuit bottoms or shorts, hair tied back and earrings removed or covered. As the grass might be wet first thing, please send your child with spare school shoes and socks to change in to after.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us via the office if you would like to discuss anything about your child.  admin@lostockgralam.cheshire.sch.uk     01606668270

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Evans, Mrs Judge and Miss Wilkinson.

Toucans W.B. 14.11.22, by Mr Corkill

Date: 10th Nov 2022 @ 3:41pm

Welcome Back to Toucans’ Weekly Blog 🙂

 

Toucans have really impressed me this week with their magnificent mathematics skills whilst they have been solving problems involving adding and subtracting fractions. Well done, everyone!

Praise: Amelia

Top Table: Finley and Abi

 

Next Week (W.B. 14.11.22)

 

Reminders:

  • PE will continue to take place on both a Monday and a Friday each week, so please send your child into school wearing their PE kit on these days. PE kits should either be school kits or plain black/navy.
  • Next Friday (18th November) the children can come to school wearing their own clothes for a donation to Children in Need. As this is one of our PE days, please ensure that clothing is suitable for exercising in with Mr Ault. 

 

Curriculum:

In English, we will be investigating a model report on an endangered animal to understand the writing features and sections of text involved. We will also be looking at researching our own endangered animal to gather facts and information that will later be used for our final writing pieces. 

In maths, we will continue with our 4-a-day arithmetic questions each morning to further practice our four operations. We will look at multi-step problems involving fractions before moving onto multiplying fractions by an integer or another fraction.

In our history/geography lesson, we will investigate how WW1 came to an end and create a newspaper front page outlining the reasons why and how this conflict ended. We will also discuss the significance of WW1 and its lasting impact.

In RE, the children will continue to research a local, national, and global Christian community and examine the similarities and differences between these communities. 

In PSHE / RSE, the children will be discussing the factors of a healthy relationship and marriage. 

The children will continue to be rehearsing for the upcoming Christmas production of Matilda each Thursday and Friday afternoon. 

The children will continue to have a weekly German lesson with Mrs Judge on a Tuesday afternoon. 

 

Homework:

Children in Year 6 will be set a weekly maths homework that they should complete and mark at home using the answers provided in the back of their homework book. If your child is finding the homework challenging, I will ensure that supervision is provided one lunchtime each week where your child can ask any questions or receive the support they need to complete the homework.

 

Children should complete pages 20 and 21 of their maths homework book this week and return it to school by Thursday 17th November. The homework this week focuses on adding and subtracting fractions to consolidate the classwork we have completed this week. 

 

Please also encourage your child to read for 15-20 minutes each evening and practice their spellings and times tables. Children need to record their reading in their homework diaries/planners. This really will help them with their reading speed and stamina. 

 

The following website is great for times tables practice: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

 

Our spellings for the quiz on Friday 18th November will focus on words containing silent letters and will be: autumn, climbed, column, doubting, guessed, guidance, knight, knowledgeable, rustled, whistle. 

 

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

 

Mr Corkill 😊

Skylarks WB 14.11.22, by Miss Beattie

Date: 10th Nov 2022 @ 10:22am

Hello everyone and welcome back to Skylarks weekly blog! 😊

We have had another super week in Skylarks Class. The children have particularly enjoyed our topic work on the Lion Salt Works ahead of our trip next week.

 

Next week (W.B. 14.11.22)

Reminders:

  • Tuesday 22nd November – Skylarks Class trip to Lion Salt Works. Children must wear full school uniform, including a waterproof coat. They will need to bring their lunch in a named plastic bag that we can dispose of after we have eaten (no lunch boxes please). The total balance is due by tomorrow (Friday 11th November 2022).

In our English lessons next week, we continue to delve deeper into our new book ‘The Lost Happy Endings’ by Carol Ann Duffy. We will continue to focus on selecting appropriate vocabulary and using dialogue to convey characters and atmosphere,

In our shared reading lessons, we will continue to read ‘Hansel and Gretel’ by Neil Gaiman. We will be focusing on language and will evaluate the author’s language choice, including the use of figurative language. We will also be identifying the common themes in traditional tales.

In maths we will be learning about multiples and factors. We will also continue to consolidate our understanding of the four operations through daily 4 a day activities.

In science we will learn that some changes are reversible and some are irreversible, resulting in the formation of a new material. The children will watch demonstrations to show these two different types of changes.  

In RE we will continue our topic on ‘Incarnation’. We will explore a passage from the book of John, identifying and explaining the names given to Jesus in it.

In our topic lessons, we will continue to learn more about our local area, including the Lion Salt Works and the Anderton Boat Lift.

Our PE days for Autumn Term 2 will continue to be a Thursday (Cricket) and Friday with Mr Ault 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.

 

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, please do let Mr Beswick or myself know so that we can offer them support in school. 

The children should complete page 13 of their maths book to be returned by Friday 18th November 2022. This homework is looking at written methods of addition and subtraction.  

 

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 18th November will be words containing the -able suffix:

Understandable, breakable, suitable, enjoyable, noticeable, changeable, adorable, reliable, enviable, bearable

 

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

Miss Beattie x

Swallows Wk beg 11th November 2022, by Mrs Rice

Date: 3rd Nov 2022 @ 10:25pm

Hi Everyone

We have had a great first week back together in Swallows class :) The children have enjoyed getting to know the songs for our Christmas play and are sounding great. Please let me know if you have any questions about the children's costumes. 

A little message from School Councl:

Hello everybody,
 
School council would like to remind you all that our book swap is tomorrow (4th November) straight after school. 
Please send your child to school with a book they are happy to give away and swap for another preloved book. There will be a section for adults too. 
 
Thank you, 
School Council

Next week we will be starting a beautiful new book in our Writing lessons, The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark by Jill Tomlinson. This book will be the stimulus for our non chronological report writing. 

In Maths, we will be comparing 2 digit numbers using the < > and = symbols. We will be ordering numbers and counting in 2's, 5's, 10's and 3's. 

Our spellings this week focus on the 'or' sound spelt 'a' when beofre 'l' and 'll':

tall, wall, small, also, almost, always, altogether, already 

On Friday 11th November, we will be visiting the cenotaph in our church grounds to commemorate Remembrance Day. The children will explore the significance of the poppy and reflect upon the sacrifices the soldiers gave for us. 

Thank you for your continued support with reading, spellings at times tables at home. Please come and see me or Mrs Southern if you have any questions or queries.

Many thanks

Mrs Rice and Mrs Southern

Owls WC 7.11.22, by Miss Dalby

Date: 3rd Nov 2022 @ 8:16pm

Welcome back Owls!

Friday Superstar: Damon

Top table: Skyler and Fern 

This week we have…

This Week's Theme: We have been looking at special events at this time in the year and created beautiful art work for Bonfire Night and creating Diwali lamps.

Literacy: We have been looking at the story of 'Pumpkin Soup', we have discussed what will happen next in the story and the clues that help us. We have been investigating inside of a pumpkin, what it looks, feels and smells like! We started the week by making pumpkin soup, the children had fun cutting, mixing and of course eating the soup! 

 

Numeracy: We have been looking at the number 4 this week, finding 4 around our class room and seeing how we can make 4 using different groups. We have been finding the total amount by thinking about how we can count accurately an object at a time. We have been measuring water in big and small containers during our busy time, finding that we can hold more water in a  big jug!

Next week we will…

Next week we will be continuing to look at special events of this time of year, with remembrance day we will be creating our own poppies to add to our own planter in the outside area. We will be choosing our literacy for this week, the children will be exploring sentence structure; who, what, where. In Phonics, we will be working in our groups and exploring our intial sounds - please look in the children's reading diary for more information on your child's progress. In Numeracy, we will be looking at the number 5! We will be starting to explore number bonds to 5, which 2 smaller groups can be used to make 5 altogether. 

We will be using the forest school on Thursday 10th Nov so please make sure your child has waterproof coats/clothing and wellies. 

PE will resume as normal on Monday and Wednesday for Owls Class. 

We hope you have a fantastic weekend!

From,

Miss Dalby, Mrs Hoskins and Mrs Rathbone

Robins week beginning 7th November, by Mrs Whittingham

Date: 3rd Nov 2022 @ 5:47pm

Robins have had a very busy week back in school this week after the half-term break. We have begun our new writing unit  based on the beautiful book Winter's Child by Angela McAllister and our reading unit based on the book Ice Palace by Robert Swindells.

Lots to look forward to this term with Worship for Year 3/4 in Church on Monday 7th November, Non-uniform day for Children in Need on the 18th November, Film Night on the 23rd November and of course our KS2 Production in December. 

You will have noticed in the homework diary we have a sticker which will provide your child with a weekly reading target for when they read both in school and at home. Please look out for these targets and discuss with your child. Remember reading at home is a daily homework activity. Aim for 10 - 15 mins every night. You might find your child likes to read by themselves which is fine but also ask them to read a page or 2 to you to ensure they can read their chosen book with fluency and expression and ask them about their reading target. 

Our spellings next week will coninue to work on prefixes. 

Spelling Quiz on Friday 11th November - impatient, impossible, impolite, immortal, immature, imperfect, incapable, incomplete, invisisble, incorrect

Remember to make learning spellings fun. Maybe write out words in coloured pen, underline the key sounds, draw around the word with images, draw around the shape of the word, write on pavement in chalk, trace words in sand etc.

Here is an online spelling game that your child will enjoy to revise Year 2 spellings and they can also have a go at some of the Year 3 spellings!

https://ictgames.com/littleBirdSpelling/

The children will have times tables homework based on x2/x5/x10 or on x4 based on their needs this week. Please return by Wednesday 9th November. 

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

Continue to use this game to revise and learn times tables. 

In class the children have also been using this multiples game to help learn their time tables. 

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/times-tables/coconut-multiples

The children have really enjoyed using this train game to revise their addition and subtraction skills. It is lovely to see them challenge themselves as they move through the levels. Continue to just focus on the addition and subtraction carraiges.  

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/mental-maths-train

Our focus this week in Maths has been adding and subtracting 1s, 10, and 100s. Next week we will be exploring Addition and Subtraction patterns. adding and subtracting across 10 and 100.

Remember our PE days will remain as Monday and Wednesday for this term. 

In Computing we will continue to use the Keynote app to prepare presentations on the Stone Age.

We have also begun our DT work for this term which will focus on the Sustainability of Food. 

In RE we will satrt our new Christianity topic on Discipleship and will be thinking about the birth of Jesus.

In ART we will be finding out more about Georges Seurat and will be exploring colour mixing. 

The children have begun their Ukulele lessons on a Thursday afternoon 

Please feel free to get in touch if there is anything we can help you with,

Mrs Whittingham, Mrs O'Marah & Mrs Taylor

Goldfinches WB 7.11.22, by Mrs Evans

Date: 3rd Nov 2022 @ 4:26pm

Welcome to Goldfinches’ Weekly Blog

Welcome back everybody- we hope you had a wonderful half term!

 

Friday Superstar: Nathan

Top Table: Alex and Jacob C

This week we have:

…entered the circus and used our senses to predict and write setting descriptions about our new book ‘Leon and the Place Between’. We have sorted foods into their food groups and designed a balanced meal in science to launch our new topic of teeth, digestion and healthy food choices. It was lovely to see how engaged Goldfinches were in their first Ukulele lesson- they really impressed the teacher!

Book Trade – Message from our new School Councillors 

We will be holding a book trade on the first Friday back after half-term (Friday 4thNovember) straight after school. Please bring your book in on book trade day to swap your unwanted books for a new one to enjoy. Recommended for adults too. Thank you from, school council. 

 

Next week we will:

Writing: Develop our descriptive writing skills as we ‘Step into the magic’

Reading: We have begun our new book ‘The Train to Impossible Places’ and will find out more about Suzy and the strange world she lives in.

Reading homework: Please comment in your child’s diary when they have read aloud to you and sign when they have read independently to themselves. Please support your child to read for 10-20 minutes daily. In year 4 it is fine to have a mixture of your child reading aloud to you and them reading quietly to themselves.

Spelling: Our spelling focus this week is words with the prefix ‘inter’

Spellings to learn for our test on Friday 11th November: international, intercity, interact, interrelated, internet, interlock, intermediate, intergalactic

We have used spelling doodles to help us practice and there is a blank doodle in your child’s bag to use at home.

Maths:  We will begin our unit on addition using the formal column method. We will rehearse our division by 4 facts out of order and build up our recall of the 8x table facts.

 Maths Homework:  

Have a go at the online game ‘Maths Chase’ to practise you’re the division facts for the 4x table https://www.mathschase.com/games/division-4/

For those of you who have moved onto your 8x table, use coconut multiples to practise. https://www.topmarks.co.uk/times-tables/coconut-multiples

Music: This half term is Goldfinches’ turn to have weekly Ukulele lessons on Thursday afternoons.

PE: Our PE day is Friday morning. Please come to school wearing appropriate PE kit- White t-shirt, black/blue plain hoodie and tracksuit bottoms or shorts, hair tied back and earrings removed or covered. As the grass might be wet first thing, please send your child with spare school shoes and socks to change in to after.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us via the office if you would like to discuss anything about your child.  admin@lostockgralam.cheshire.sch.uk     01606668270

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Evans, Mrs Judge and Miss Wilkinson.

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