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Swallows Blog - WB 27.09.2021, by Miss Gillam

Date: 23rd Sep 2021 @ 9:53pm

Hello Swallows families and welcome to our weekly blog! We have had another super week of learning in Swallows Class 😊

 

Mrs Elson and I continue to be proud of all our Swallows learners as they continue to try their best and work hard in their lessons. We have been super scientists, musicians, writers, mathematicians, problem solvers and much more this week.

Thank you so much for taking the time to enjoy sharing stories with your Swallow at home this week. 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

In our English lessons next week, we will continue to explore our class text ‘Troll Swap’ by Leigh Hodgkinson. We will continue to explore character and write a diary in the role of Tabitha. We will focus on expanding our vocabulary, seeing if we can use exciting adjectives to add detail to our sentences.

 

Maths

Our Maths learning will focus on addition and subjection next week. We will be exploring number facts and fact families, comparing numbers and finding related facts.

 

Read Write Inc

Please see below for details of our new sounds and the texts we have been reading in our Read Write Inc groups this week. To support your child’s progress, it would help if they read and spelt words containing each sound at home.

 

Blue Group - Miss Gillam 24.9.2021 

Hairy Fairy 

A job for Hairy Fairy 

It’s so hairy 

New sounds: 

  • o-e Phone home
  • u-e Huge brute  
  • aw Yawn at dawn 
  • are care and share 

Reading focus: Using an exciting, expressive reading voice to bring the story to life while reading aloud and taking note of the punctuation when reading. What does the author want us to do when we get to a comma or a full stop?  

Please continue to use your new sounds book to read words containing each of our new sounds for this week. You will find the words on the back of the speed sound card. 

 

Grey Group – Miss Gillam 24.9.2021 

I dare you 

Men on the moon 

Nancy Roman’s space telescope  

New sounds: 

  • o-e Phone home
  • u-e Huge brute  
  • aw Yawn at dawn 
  • are care and share

Reading focus: Using an exciting, expressive reading voice to bring the story to life while reading aloud and taking note of the punctuation when reading. What does the author want us to do when we get to a comma or a full stop?  

Please continue to use your new sounds book to read words containing each of our new sounds for this week. You will find the words on the back of the speed sound card. 

 

Yellow Group – Mrs Elson 24.09.21 

Tom Thumb 

Stuck in fog 

Bugs 

New sounds: 

 I-e  nice smile 

  • o-e- phone home 
  • aw– yawn at dawn 
  • are-care and share 

 ur – nurse with a purse 

 

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

Reading focus: Using our knowledge of red words to become super speedy readers. Remember, you don’t Fred a red! We also focused on reading punctuation to help with our story telling voice.  

 

Orange Group – Mrs Southern 24.09.21 

Follow me 

Can you see me? 

New sounds: 

  • o-e phone home
  • u-e huge brute
  • aw yawn at dawn
  • are care and share

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

Reading focus: Attempting to ‘Fred in our head’ more when reading a story. 

 

 

 

Pink Group – Mrs Esling 24.09.2021 

In the sun 

Rags 

New sounds: 

  • o-e Phone home
  • u-eHuge brute  
  • aw Yawn at dawn
  • are care and share

 

Reading focus: Using an exciting, expressive reading voice to bring the story to life while reading aloud and taking note of the punctuation when reading. What does the author want us to do when we get to a comma or a full stop?  

 

Please continue to use your new sounds book to read words containing each of our new sounds for this week. You will find the words on the back of the speed sound card. 

 

Green Group – Mrs Judge / Mrs Hoskins 24.09.21 

The Spell 

A Witch’s Lunch 

New sounds: 

  • oo– poo at the zoo 
  • oo– look at a book 
  • ar– start the car 
  • or – shut the door

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

Reading focus: Using our red Fred words to become a speedier reader. To read and notice punctuation to help with our story telling voice. 

  

Homework

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 next each week. This will be written next to the spellings they have been tested on that day. This will be on the page from the previous week's page. 

 

busy     child    children   Christmas   class

 

Maths - In preparation for learning our times tables, please continue to learn how to count in sequences of 2, 5, 10 and 3. Here is a link to the ‘Super Mover’ times table videos that Swallows loved watching in school this week. Please use these videos to learn your tables this week.

 

Thank you for continuing to fill my day with smiles and laughter. I am so proud of the fantastic attitudes you have all shown towards your learning once again this week.  See you on Monday for another week of SUPER learning.

 

Miss Gillam

 

Goldfinches WB 27.09.21, by Mrs Evans

Date: 23rd Sep 2021 @ 9:03pm

Welcome to Goldfinches’ Weekly Blog

We have had a hardworking week with lots of great focus and concentration in lessons.

  Star of the week goes to: James

 Top Table award goes to: Esmae

Worship: This week in worship we have continue to focus on our Christian Value of Friendship and have enjoyed discussion, practical and reflective activities based around this theme. We loved reading the No Outsiders book ‘Red’ which linked beautifully with the theme of friendship. It was wonderful to be back in the hall for Mrs Powell’s Monday worship as well as Open the Book.

Tuesday 28th I look forward to our parent-teacher appointment phone calls. Thank you to all who have booked phone calls. If you haven’t yet done so, please book a slot via the school office.

Next Week:

Reading and Writing: We will take on the role of Hannah, the main character in our Gorilla story, and write a diary entry.

Reading homework- I’m so impressed by how many children are reading regularly at home. Please continue to support your child to read for 10-20 minutes daily and to sign their diary.

Spellings: This week’s words are taken from the Y3/4 Statutory spelling list (first column)

accident, accidental, accidentally, address, answer, appear, arrive, believe, bicycle, breath

Maths: Maths with Mrs Evans will focus on reading and placing numbers on a  number line to 10,000 and learning Roman Numerals. We will continue to work on arithmetic activities on some afternoons and will work on our times tables daily.

Times Tables Homework: We have made 6x table flick flack fortune tellers this week which you can use at home to help practise.

If you like a sing song try this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7rYbk9PNuM

The children have also all got their TTRockstars logins stuck in the front of their diaries. https://ttrockstars.com/

Computing: We will begin our new computing unit ‘My Very Own Game’ where we will be designing a prototype of a new game.

Science: This week we will be predicting which instrument makes the loudest sound and recording the results using a data-logger.

History: We will learn about the sources of evidence of story-telling and legend to find out about Ancient Greek and listen to the story of The Trojan Horse.

Geography: We will begin to work in groups to research the geographical features of modern Greece.

PE: We will enjoy cricket on Wednesdays (until half term) and Gymnastics and team building games with Mr Ault on Fridays.

PSHCE: Our focus to begin the year is ‘Get Heart Smart’ and we will also be reading and exploring a range of No Outsiders books.

Music: We loved our music lesson this week and had a great sing along to Abba. More to come next week.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us via the office if you would like to discuss anything about your child.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone

Mrs Evans, Mrs Judge and Mrs Shimmin. 

Toucans week beg. 27th September, by Mrs Whittingham

Date: 23rd Sep 2021 @ 12:27pm

Week beg 27th September 2021

Toucans have worked hard again this week. They have all amazed us with their positive attitude towards everything that they are doing in school, from learning to play cricket, playing their musical instruments, learning German and working so hard to improve their handwriting. We have spent a lot of time over the past couple of weeks to ensure everyone is joining their letters correctly. Please encourage your child to use their joined handwriting when learning their spellings at home.  

Again it has been a delight to see all Maths homework completed on time and to a high standard. We are also pleased to see the enthusiasm that the class are showing towards their reading at home. So many of them are recording their daily reading – 20mins – in their diaries independently. Thank you for your support with this.

For homework, we will set another 2 pages in their Maths books this week, please see below. We would also like them to log onto Times Tables Rockstars at least 3 times a week for 15 mins. They have got their log in details in the front of their homework diaries and they also all logged on in class today so that we know they will be able to this by themselves at home.

Homework

Spellings for next week will focus on words ending in shul spelt –cial or -tial

Spellings will be tested on Friday 1st October – official, special, social, artificial, financial, essential, partial, confidential, initial, torrential

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

In school we have been applying our knowledge of Place Value this week so the homework is Mixed Practice page 8 and page 9 of the SATs book.

Remember you will be set 2 pages to do weekly which you can mark yourself using the answers at the back of the book.

(Maths homework will be set on a Thursday and if the children could bring their books back into school for the following Wednesday so we can check them that would be great. If they are struggling with anything, please don’t hesitate to send the book back sooner and we will do some extra work with them in school)

Curriculum

Maths – Next week we will continue our work on the Four Operations by focusing on Addition and Subtraction.

History – We will be finding out about the War of the Roses

RE – Our first unit is all about Diversity – appreciating the people all around us in the world today and celebrating their similarities and differences. This week we will be celebrating what makes us each unique.

Science – Light

Next week they will be looking at how light travels in straight lines and carry out lots of investigations

PE day will be on Wednesday (Cricket Coach) and on Friday (Mr Ault). Children can come to school wearing their PE uniform on these days.

 

Kind regards,

Mrs Whittingham, Mrs Downing, Mr Beswick and Mr Corkill

Skylarks WB 27.09.21, by Miss Beattie

Date: 23rd Sep 2021 @ 8:00am

Hello everyone and welcome back to Skylarks weekly blog 😊

We have had another fantastic week in Skylarks Class and the children have all blown me away with their knowledge of the Romans and keen interest to learn more! I can’t wait to continue to explore our topics further next week 😊

 

Parent phone calls

Hopefully you have managed to book your Parents’ Evening phone call through school spider for next week. Skylark’s phone calls will take place on Friday 1st October. This will be an opportunity to discuss how the children have settled into year 5 and will give you the chance to ask any questions you may have. If you are having any problems booking your slot, please contact the office who will be happy to help.

 

Next week (W.B. 27.09.21)

In our English lessons next week, we will continue to explore our book ‘Queen of the Falls’ by Chris Van Allsburg. We will continue to work on our Newspaper reports from last week, before moving on to look at first-person recount writing.

In our reading lessons we will read about more inspirational woman in our text ‘Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls’. We will continue to focus on drawing inferences, justifying our answers with evidence (E.g. inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives) and making comparisons within and across texts.

In maths we will continue to focus on place value and will extend our learning to include numbers to 1,000,000. We will place these numbers on number lines, compare and order numbers and round to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10,000 and 100,000. We will also continue to consolidate our knowledge of the four operations through daily 4-a-day activities.

In science we will continue our learning on thermal insulators and thermal conductors. We will become scientists and will plan our own investigation to answer the enquiry question ‘Which material is most effective for the inner lining of a lunch box to keep it cool?’

In RE we will continue to explore the book of Matthew. We will read a range of verses, considering the meaning of each and drawing out any advice given to Christians on how they should live.

During our topic day we will use our mapping skills to locate rivers in and around Northwich. We will then focus on developing our understanding of technical vocabulary needed to help us with our future learning on rivers. We will use our ICT skills to help us produce a river glossary. 

 

Our PE days for the Autumn will be Thursday (Swimming) and Friday (Games) 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. On Thursday your child will also need to have their swimming costume and towel in a plastic bag.

 

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 9 of their maths book to be returned by Friday 1st October. This homework is looking at counting in powers of 10 (e.g. counting in jumps of 10, 100, 1000, 10,000, 100,000).

 

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 1st October will be the first 10 words from the Year 5/6 statutory word list:

accommodate, accompany, according, achieve, aggressive, amateur, ancient, apparent, appreciate, attached

These words are understandably more difficult than our spellings which follow a specific spelling rule. However, please remember that these spellings are set for both Year 5 and Year 6 children and so we have lots of time to revisit and revise them over the next two years. If your child is finding them really tricky, 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 😊

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

Miss Beattie x

Starlings WB 27.09.21, by Mrs Esling

Date: 22nd Sep 2021 @ 8:36pm

 

Hello Starling families and welcome to our weekly blog! We have had another super week of learning in Starlings Class 😊

We continue to be proud of all our Starlings as they continue to try their best and work hard in their lessons. We have been super historians this week when we used our skills and knowledge to place a range of bikes in chronological order.

Thank you so much for taking the time to enjoy sharing stories with your Starling at home this week. 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

In our English lessons next week, we will continue to explore our text ‘Lost and Found’ by Oliver Jeffers and we will be discussing how the characters in the book are feeling at different points in the story.

Maths

Next week we will be exploring ordinal numbers before progressing to the composition of numbers 0 to 5.  We will be participating in lots of practical activities and using our maths resources to support our learning.

RWI

 

Blue Group - Miss Gillam 24.9.2021 

Hairy Fairy 

A job for Hairy Fairy 

It’s so hairy 

New sounds: 

  • o-e Phone home
  • u-e Huge brute  
  • aw Yawn at dawn 
  • are care and share 

Reading focus: Using an exciting, expressive reading voice to bring the story to life while reading aloud and taking note of the punctuation when reading. What does the author want us to do when we get to a comma or a full stop?  

Please continue to use your new sounds book to read words containing each of our new sounds for this week. You will find the words on the back of the speed sound card. 

 

Grey Group – Miss Gillam 24.9.2021 

I dare you 

Men on the moon 

Nancy Roman’s space telescope  

New sounds: 

  • o-e Phone home
  • u-e Huge brute  
  • aw Yawn at dawn 
  • are care and share

Reading focus: Using an exciting, expressive reading voice to bring the story to life while reading aloud and taking note of the punctuation when reading. What does the author want us to do when we get to a comma or a full stop?  

Please continue to use your new sounds book to read words containing each of our new sounds for this week. You will find the words on the back of the speed sound card. 

  

Yellow Group – Mrs Elson 24.09.21 

Tom Thumb 

Stuck in fog 

Bugs 

New sounds: 

 I-e  nice smile 

  • o-e- phone home 
  • aw– yawn at dawn 
  • are-care and share 

 ur – nurse with a purse 

 

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

Reading focus: Using our red Fred words to become a speedier reader. To read and notice punctuation to help with our story telling voice. 

  

Orange Group – Mrs Southern 24.09.21 

Follow me 

Can you see me? 

New sounds: 

  • o-e phone home
  • u-e huge brute
  • aw yawn at dawn
  • are care and share

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

Reading focus: Attempting to ‘Fred in our head’ more when reading a story. 

 

 

 

Pink Group – Mrs Esling 24.09.2021 

In the sun 

Rags 

New sounds: 

  • o-e Phone home
  • u-e huge brute  
  • aw Yawn at dawn
  • are care and share

 

Reading focus: Using an exciting, expressive reading voice to bring the story to life while reading aloud and taking note of the punctuation when reading. What does the author want us to do when we get to a comma or a full stop?  

 

Please continue to use your new sounds book to read words containing each of our new sounds for this week. You will find the words on the back of the speed sound card. 

 

Green Group – Mrs Judge / Mrs Hoskins 24.09.21 

The Spell 

A Witch’s Lunch 

New sounds: 

  • oo– poo at the zoo 
  • oo– look at a book 
  • ar– start the car 
  • or – shut the door

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

Reading focus: Using our red Fred words to become a speedier reader. To read and notice punctuation to help with our story telling voice. 

 

 

 

Red Group – Mrs Judge 

Cat in a Pot 

The Bug 

New sounds: 

  • qu– qu, qu, queen 
  • ng – a thing on a string
  • nk– I think I stink 

 

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

Reading focus: Using our red Fred words to become a speedier reader.  

 

Ditty Group – Mrs Southern 24.09.21 

Ditty sheets 1,2,3 and 4 

New sounds:  

  • i
  • n
  • p
  • g
  • o

Reading focus: Fred talking a little faster so that words can be blended easier. 

 

Homework

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. 

Spellings –

During the Autumn 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 from the previous week's page. 

This weeks spellings to be quizzed on Friday 1st October are

one two three four five

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.

 

Robins Wk Beg 20.09.21, by Mrs Rice

Date: 16th Sep 2021 @ 10:43pm

Welcome to Robins Weekly Blog

We have had a wonderful week in Robins class. I am really pleased with how the children have settled down to their learning routines in class. We are filling our recognition board regularly and have enjoyed playing 'hide and seek' and 'stuck in the mud' as our rewards together. This week, our Top Table award goes to Alexa and our Prasie Book award goes to Alexia. Well done girls :) 

You will be able to book a 'Parents Evening' phonecall on Monday 20th September. This will be a ten minute phonecall to touch base and discuss how the children have settled. Year Three phonecalls are on Tuesday 28th September. I am really looking forward to talking to you all and getting to know you :) 

Our spelling quizes will take place each Friday morning. This week, some children will have spellings that begin with the 'wr' sound such as 'wrong' and some children will have spellings that begin with the prefix dis and in such as 'disconnect and invisible'. The children wil have a list of their spellings in their reading diaries that they will tick/dot to let you know which words they spelt correctly during the quiz.

Reading - We have given the children a reading book from our class library. This may be a RWI book aimed at your child's reading level plus a story/non fiction book from our class library to share with you at home or a text from our class library. Please let me know if you feel the texts the children are selecting are too challenging or not challenging enough. I have now extended our class library with texts that the children are familiar with from Year Two for them to enjoy. We are continuing to read The Sea Book by Charlottle Milner in our whole class reading lessons. This week we will continue to discover new vocabulary, retrieve literal information and explore how the features of a non fiction text and it's structure all help the reader to understand the information. 

Writing - The children are really enjoying reading 'Seal Surfer' by Micheal Foreman. We have loved learning new facts about seals and watching video clips of them in their natural environments. We will be writing a non chronological report about seals using paragraphs to organise our information. We will also be using prepositions of place and noun phrases to enhance the detail in our sentences. 

 

Maths - We will continue to explore our place value knowledge and understanding of three digit numbers. The children will represent three digit numbers in a variety of ways, learning the value of each digit and positioning them on a numberline. Each morning, on entering the classroom, the children complete a '4 a day' arithmetic activity. This involves questions from all four operations ( addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) so that these skills are continuously developing. We have also introduced a times tables grid which allows the children to pratise and rehearse their mutliplication and divsion facts. This term, we will consolidate the 2, 5 and 10 times tables as well as introducing the three and four times tables. I have set weekly games on Times Tables Rock Stars for the children to enjoy. 

Geography - We will be consolidating Year Two knowledge of features of English forests verses a rain forest, looking at the human and physical features of both. The children will use atlases to locate rain forests around the world, exploring reasons as to why they are positioned near to the equator. 

RE - The children will explore a variety of Bible stories, considering the message for Christians that each one gives about God. 

PE - Mr Ault will teach the children how to play football, focusing on space, pace and invasion techniques. 

DTThe children are learning about the seasonality of food and will be making apple crumble as they have identified that apples are in season in the autumn in the uk. I will send a letter out with further information. 

Thank you for your continued support with reading, spellings and times tables at home. These three things are the basis of our weekly homework.

Please contact me if you have any questions, I am aways available for you.

Many thanks

Mrs Rice and Mrs Brennan

Goldfinches WB 20.09.21, by Mrs Evans

Date: 16th Sep 2021 @ 9:02pm

Welcome to Goldfinches’ Weekly Blog

Another busy week for our new Year 4s! The children are settling beautifully and have continued to make us so proud of their calmness, kindness and enthusiasm to get back into learning. We look forward to another week of learning next week.

 Star of the week goes to: Alexa

 Top Table award goes to: Kyan

This week in worship we have focused on our Christian Value of Friendship and have enjoyed discussion, practical and reflective activities based around this theme. There have been some lovely moments of kindness between the children throughout the week with children from the nest making flapjack for us to share and making friendship bracelets for each other.

Next Week:

Reading and Writing: We will continue to explore more of our writing text ‘Gorilla’ by Anthony Browne and find out about real Gorillas. Our reading text ‘A world full of animal stories’ will help us to explore asking questions in order to find out more and delve deeper.

Reading homework- I’m so impressed by how many children are reading regularly at home. Please continue to support your child to read for 10-20 minutes daily. Across the week this can be a mixture of your child reading to themselves and talking about the book with you, your child reading aloud to you and you reading aloud to your child. Please sign in your child’s diary when s/he has read. The children will be supported to choose from a range of books available in the classroom. Reading can include articles from Children’s First News Papers and science or animal magazines (like National Geographic, Chester Zoo magazines) as well as Fact and research books on linked science and history topics.

Spellings: our spelling focus this week is: words containing 'sure' measure, pleasure, treasure, leisure, enclosure, measuring, measurement, measured, treasured, leisurely 

Maths: Monday Maths will focus on angles and arithmetic.

Maths with Mrs Evans will focus on representing 4 digit numbers in different ways including on a number line. We will continue to work on arithmetic activities on some afternoons and will work on our times tables daily.

Times Tables Homework: Times tables are a big focus for Year 4 so each week I will be linking an online times table game or sending a paper game home with the children to support them to practise in a fun way.

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/times-tables/coconut-multiples - try coconut multiples for the 6x table or…

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

Use Hit the Button to recap the times tables for last year (3X, 4X, 8X) and have a go at the 6X. If you are a tables whizz, have a go at the mixed game.

The children have also all got their TTRockstars logins stuck in the front of their diaries. https://ttrockstars.com/

Science: Our science focus for this half term is Sound so we will enjoy exploring how sounds are heard this week.

History: Next week we will order the events we have learned about in history in chronological order and identify where the Ancient Greek civilisation fits in on the time line.

PE: We will enjoy cricket on Wednesdays (until half term) and Gymnastics and team building games with Mr Ault on Fridays

PSHCE: Our focus to begin the year is ‘Get Heart Smart’ and we will also be reading and exploring a range of No Outsiders books. This week we enjoyed getting Happy Snappy to reflect on the things we are grateful for.

Music: We loved our music lesson this week and being introduced to the song ‘Dancing Queen’ by ABBA. Lots of our Goldfinches recognised this famous song.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us via the office if you would like to discuss anything about your child.

Mrs Evans, Mrs Judge and Mrs Shimmin.

Swallows Blog WB 20.09.2021, by Miss Gillam

Date: 16th Sep 2021 @ 5:50pm

Friday 17th September 2021

 

Hello and welcome back to Swallows class blog!

 

Swallows have had yet another wonderful week of super learning, making Mrs Elson and Miss Gillam proud every single day. We loved designing and describing our own trolls in our Writing lessons, using playdough to explore materials in Science, playing a new song on the ukulele in our Music lesson and much much more! We are such busy, SUPER learners.

 

Thank you so much for taking the time to enjoy sharing stories with your Swallow at home this week. 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.

 

Read Write Inc

Please see below for details of our new sounds and the texts we have been reading in our Read Write Inc groups this week. To support your child’s progress, it would help if they read and spelt words containing each sound at home.

Blue Group - Miss Gillam 

The Poor Goose  

A horse on Dartmoor 

Running contests 

New sounds: 

  • ea- cup of tea
  • oi – spoil the boy
  • a-e- Make a cake
  • i-e nice smile

 

Reading focus: Using an exciting, expressive reading voice to bring the story to life while reading aloud.  

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

 

Grey Group – Miss Gillam 

The lion’s paw 

King Midas 

The Romans 

New sounds: 

  • ea- cup of tea
  • oi – spoil the boy
  • a-e- Make a cake
  • i-e nice smile

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

Reading focus: Using an exciting, expressive reading voice to bring the story to life while reading aloud.  

 

Yellow Group – Mrs Elson 

Off Sick 

Miss Smith is ill 

What happens to your sandwich 

New sounds: 

 u-e huge brute 

  • ea- cup of tea and ee – what can you see 
  • oi– spoil the boy 
  • a-e- Make a cake

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

Reading focus: Using our Fred talk when reading unfamiliar words and not just having a guess. Fred in our heads helps us to be more fluent readers.  

 

Orange Group – Mrs Southern 

I think I want to be a bee  

A vet’s week 

New sounds: 

  • ea- cup of tea
  • oi – spoil the boy
  • a-e- Make a cake
  • i-e nice smile

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

Reading focus: Using an exciting, expressive reading voice to bring the story to life while reading aloud. 

 

Pink Group – Mrs Esling  

Tab the cat  

Pip the parrot 

New sounds: 

  • ea- cup of tea
  • oi – spoil the boy
  • a-e- Make a cake
  • i-e nice smile

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

Reading focus: Using an exciting, expressive reading voice to bring the story to life while reading aloud. 

 

Green Group – Mrs Judge 

My Dog Ned 

Pat, the Vet 

New sounds: 

  • ay – may I play
  • ee– what can you see 
  • Igh– fly high 
  • ow – blow the snow

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

Reading focus: Using an exciting, expressive reading voice to bring the story to life while reading aloud. 

 

Next week

Maths – Our Maths work will continue to focus on place value next week.  We will compare and order numbers to 100 and count in multiples of 2, 5, 10 and 3. Having a little count at home will prepare you for this!

English – Our English work will continue to focus on the wonderful story ‘Troll Swap’ this week. We will explore character, write letters and write our own diary entries.

Read Write Inc – Swallows we continue with their Read Write Inc learning this week, focusing on a brand new story. They will bring home new books each Friday. We look forward to completing our first spelling quiz tomorrow too!

 

Homework

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 next each week. This will be written next to the spellings they have been tested on that day. This will be on the page from the previous week's page. 

 

because  behind  both  break   busy

 

Maths - In preparation for learning our times tables, please continue to learn how to count in sequences of 2, 5, 10 and 3. Here is a link to a lovely counting rap to help you.  Enjoy 😊

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2NYeVU-Me4

 

Thank you for continuing to fill my day with smiles and laughter. I am so proud of the fantastic attitudes you have all shown towards your learning this week.  See you on Monday for another week of SUPER learning.

 

Miss Gillam

 

 

Toucans week beg. 20.9.21, by Mrs Whittingham

Date: 16th Sep 2021 @ 5:29pm

Week beg 20th September 2021

We are so proud of how well Toucans have settled into Year 6. They have been a pleasure to teach and we are delighted with their positive attitude towards learning both in school and at home.

We have been delighted to see that the children have been completing their homework as expected. Lots of great reading taking place every night. Remember 15 – 20mins and please encourage your child to record what they read in their homework diaries.

Lots of great scores last week with their first weekly spelling test which has shown that they have been working on these at home so thank you.

For homework, we will set another 2 pages in their Maths books this week, please see below. We would also like them to log onto Times Tables Rockstars at least 3 times a week for 15 mins. They have got their log in details in the front of their homework diaries and they also all logged on in class today so that we know they will be able to this by themselves at home.

Homework

Spellings for next week will focus on words ending in shus spelt -tious

Spellings will be tested on Friday 24th September – cautious, infectious, ambitious, superstitious, nutritious, scrumptious, fictitious, infection, nutrition, ambition,

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

In school we have been exploring Place Value this week so the homework is Negative Numbers page 4 and Rounding page 7 of the SATs book.

Remember you will be set 2 pages to do weekly which you can mark yourself using the answers at the back of the book.

(Maths homework will be set on a Thursday and if the children could bring their books back into school for the following Wednesday so we can check them that would be great. If they are struggling with anything, please don’t hesitate to send the book back sooner and we will do some extra work with them in school)

Curriculum

Maths – Next week we will continue our work on the Four Operations by focusing on Addition and Subtraction.

History – We will continue to learn about the Battle of Hastings and think about why conflicts take place

RE – Our first unit is all about Diversity – appreciating the people all around us in the world today and celebrating their similarities and differences. We will be finding out more about the different religions in the UK     

Science – Light

The children have been revising what they know already about light before exploring our topic further. Next week they will be looking at how light travels in straight lines and carry out some investigations

On Friday the 24th September we will have an ART Day focusing on the War Artist Paul Nash. The children will be developing their sketching and painting skills before producing a picture in the style of Nash to reflect the hardship of conflicts. We have their old art t-shirts from last year in school but you are very welcome to send in a fresh one if you wish.

PE day will be on Wednesday (Cricket Coach) and on Friday (Mr Ault). Children can come to school wearing their PE uniform on these days.

 

Kind regards,

Mrs Whittingham, Mrs Downing, Mr Beswick and Mr Corkill

Skylarks WB 20.09.21, by Miss Beattie

Date: 16th Sep 2021 @ 7:42am

Hello everyone and welcome back to Skylarks weekly blog 😊

The children in Skylarks Class have had another super week of learning. I have particular enjoyed hearing about their swimming achievements. Mrs Evans has been so impressed with the children’s effort and attitudes during their lessons. Keep it up Skylarks!

 

Next week (W.B. 20.09.21)

In our English lessons next week, we will continue to explore our book ‘Queen of the Falls’ by Chris Van Allsburg. We will first be looking at letter writing, taking account of audience and purpose. We will also consider our first impressions of different characters, as well as the impressions the characters may have of each other. We will then use this to help us write a newspaper report prior to Annie’s daredevil feat. 

In our reading lessons we will read about more inspirational woman in our text ‘Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls’. We will focus on drawing inferences and justifying our answers with evidence (E.g. inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives). We will also make comparisons within and across texts.

In maths we will continue to focus on place value. Specifically, we will look at rounding numbers within 100,000 to the nearest 10, 100, 1000 and 10,000. We will also revise Roman numeral base numbers to help us write numbers to 10,000. We will also continue to consolidate our knowledge of the four operations through daily 4-a-day activities.

In science we will learn about thermal insulators and thermal conductors and will be developing our conclusion writing skills. We will look at a table of results showing the temperature of tea in different containers over a one-hour period, before concluding what we can learn from the table of results.

In RE we will be exploring the ‘Salt and Light’ verses from Matthew 5:13-15. We will read the verses together and draw annotated pictures to help us understand them better.

During our topic day we will use our mapping skills to gain a better understanding of where the Romans conquered when they first arrived in Britain. We will also look at how Britain changed once the Roman Empire arrived and the legacy the Roman Empire left behind.   

 

Our PE days for the Autumn will be Thursday (Swimming) and Friday (Games) 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. On Thursday your child will also need to have their swimming costume and towel in a plastic bag.

 

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 8 of their maths book to be returned by Friday 24th September. This homework is looking at place value (ordering and comparing big 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 24th September will continue to focus on words ending with the silent letter b:

climb, subtle, bomb, lamb, doubted, plumber, crumbling, numbing

 

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

Miss Beattie x

 

Starlings WB 20.09.21, by Mrs Esling

Date: 15th Sep 2021 @ 9:14pm

 

STARLINGS CLASS

Hello Starling families and welcome to our weekly blog! We have had another super week of learning in Skylarks Class 😊

We continue to be proud of all our Starlings as they continue to try their best and work hard in their lessons

English

In our English lessons next week, we will continue to explore our text ‘Lost and Found’ by Oliver Jeffers.  We have already used clues from the text to make predictions about what the story may be about. We have also helped out at the ‘Lost and Found'  office where we wrote labels for the missing animals!

Maths

In maths, we will be continuing to compare quantities and measures up to 10.  This week we have used our maths resources to support our learning of greater than, less than and equal to.  Next week we will be exploring ‘parts’ and ‘wholes.

RWI

The children are enjoying being in their phonics groups.  They will continue to bring home new books each Friday which they can keep at home to be returned the following Friday.  The children each have a sounds booklet in their book bag.  Please practice the sounds that your child has been taught that week to consolidate learning and boost confidence.

Read Write Inc

Please see below for details of our new sounds and the texts we have been reading in our Read Write Inc groups this week. To support your child’s progress, it would help if they read and spell the words containing each sound at home.

Blue Group - Miss Gillam 

The Poor Goose  

A horse on Dartmoor 

Running contests 

New sounds: 

  • ea- cup of tea
  • oi – spoil the boy
  • a-e- Make a cake
  • i-e nice smile

 

Reading focus: Using an exciting, expressive reading voice to bring the story to life while reading aloud.  

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

 

Grey Group – Miss Gillam 

The lion’s paw 

King Midas 

The Romans 

New sounds: 

  • ea- cup of tea
  • oi – spoil the boy
  • a-e- Make a cake
  • i-e nice smile

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

Reading focus: Using an exciting, expressive reading voice to bring the story to life while reading aloud.  

 

Yellow Group – Mrs Elson 

Off Sick 

Miss Smith is ill 

What happens to your sandwich 

New sounds: 

 u-e huge brute 

  • ea- cup of tea and ee – what can you see 
  • oi– spoil the boy 
  • a-e- Make a cake

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

Reading focus: Using our Fred talk when reading unfamiliar words and not just having a guess. Fred in our heads helps us to be more fluent readers.  

 

Orange Group – Mrs Southern 

I think I want to be a bee  

A vet’s week 

New sounds: 

  • ea- cup of tea
  • oi – spoil the boy
  • a-e- Make a cake
  • i-e nice smile

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

Reading focus: Using an exciting, expressive reading voice to bring the story to life while reading aloud. 

 

Pink Group – Mrs Esling  

Tab the cat  

Pip the parrot 

New sounds: 

  • ea- cup of tea
  • oi – spoil the boy
  • a-e- Make a cake
  • i-e nice smile

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

Reading focus: Using an exciting, expressive reading voice to bring the story to life while reading aloud. 

 

Green Group – Mrs Judge 

My Dog Ned 

Pat, the Vet 

New sounds: 

  • ay – may I play
  • ee– what can you see 
  • igh– fly high 
  • ow – blow the snow

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

Reading focus: Using an exciting, expressive reading voice to bring the story to life while reading aloud. 

 

Spellings

The children will receive a list of spellings each week and we will quiz them on a Friday morning. The next quiz will be on 24th September and the spellings are:

be he she me we

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.

Robins wk beg 13.09.21, by Mrs Rice

Date: 12th Sep 2021 @ 9:15pm

Hi Everyone

A very warm welcome to Robins Class.

Mrs Brennan and I have loved getting to know everybody, we are going to have a wonderful year. 

Our PE day this term is on a Monday, the children will be taught on a Monday afternoon by Mr Ault. We will also be having a weekly German lesson on a Tuesday afternoon with Mrs Judge which is very exciting :) 

Each Tuesday afternoon, we will have a times tables quiz. We will let you know which times table your child is working on and will put a sticker into their reading diary to let you know their weekly score. Our weekly spelling quiz will take place on a Friday morning. They will be words containing the spelling rule/pattern that we have been exploring throughout the week or based upon the statutory words for Y3 from the National Curriculum. 

We are currently reading Seal Surfer by Michael Foreman in our Writing lessons. Our focuses are on using a rich and varied vocabulary, organising our writing into paragraphs and using prepositions of time, place and cause.  We are also enjoying learning new facts about life in the oceans using The Sea Book by Charlotte Milner in our whole class Reading lessons. 

It has been delightful to sing with your children and hear their voices after such a long time. Their singing has warmed our hearts.

Please feel free to come and talk to me at any time if you have a question or a concern. I am also available on the phone or via email. I am really looking forward to a fabulous year ahead.

Many thanks

Mrs Rice 

Swallows WB: 13.9.21, by Miss Gillam

Date: 9th Sep 2021 @ 11:28pm

Welcome to Swallows Class Blog

Miss Gillam and Mrs Elson have been so impressed with how kind, calm and hard-working Swallows have been this week. Swallows have been ready, respectful and safe and even managed to fill their class recognition board this week. We have enjoyed learning our new class routines and had lots of fun exploring our focus Christian Value for this half term, friendship. We have enjoyed starting our new writing and reading focus texts this week, begun our maths focus on place value and completed our Read Write Inc assessments. We are now in brand new groups, ready to get started with learning new sounds next week. We also enjoyed our first PE and Music lessons with Mr Ault and Dan this week.

 

Next week:

 

English – We will continue to explore our exciting new text ‘Troll Swap by Leigh Hodgkinson next week, making links to other familiar troll stories.  We will write character descriptions and write letters to Timothy and Tabitha’s grandparents.

Our Read Write Inc group work will begin next week. We will learn a new sound each day which will be shared in homework diaries each week.

Maths – In Maths we will be focusing on the place value of numbers to 100. We will represent, compare and order numbers.

Swallows will enjoy a weekly ukulele lesson with Dan each Thursday afternoon until October half term.

 

 

Homework

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 the spelling whiteboard in your child’s bag to help them to learn their spellings each week.

 

after  again  any  bath  beautiful

 

Maths -  Please spend some time learning how to count in sequences of 2, 5 and 10 this week.

0  2  4   6  8  10  12  14  16  18  20

5 10  15  20  25  30  35  40  45  50

10 20  30  40  50  60  70  80  90  100

 

We look forward to getting to know you over the coming weeks. Please don’t hesitate to contact us via the office if you would like to discuss anything about your child. Have a wonderful weekend and see you next week.

 

Miss Gillam and Mrs Elson

 

Goldfinches WB 13.9.21, by Mrs Evans

Date: 9th Sep 2021 @ 6:19pm

Welcome to Goldfinches’ Weekly Blog

The first blog for our wonderful new flock of Goldfinches

Well what a wonderful start back to term as grown up Year 4s! The children have made us so proud of their calmness, kindness and enthusiasm to get back into learning and it has been lovely to start getting to know each other.

 Star of the week goes to: Esmae and Yara

 Top Table award goes to: Amy

This week:

We have been so good at getting to know the routines within school and the classroom. Our new Goldfinches are already showing us how Ready, Respectful and Safe they are in school and how much they value our 3 school rules.

This week in worship we have introduced our focus Christian Value: Friendship and have enjoyed discussion, practical and reflective activities based around this theme. There have been some lovely moments of kindness between the children throughout the week.

We have enjoyed starting our new writing and reading focus texts, begun our maths focus on place value and have created some beautiful Goldfinch birds in art to sit in the tree in our classroom. Our Goldfinch birds represent the way we are all unique whilst being together in one ‘flock’.

Next Week:

Reading and Writing: We will explore more of our writing text ‘Gorilla’ by Anthony Browne and find out about real Gorillas. Our reading text ‘A world full of animal stories’ will help us to explore asking questions in order to find out more and delve deeper.

Reading homework: Please support your child to read for 10-20 minutes daily. Across the week this can be a mixture of your child reading to themselves and talking about the book with you, your child reading aloud to you and you reading aloud to your child. Please sign in your child’s diary when s/he has read. The children will be supported to choose from a range of books available in the classroom. Reading can include articles from Children’s First News Papers and science or animal magazines (like National Geographic, Chester Zoo magazines) as well as Fact and research books on linked science and history topics.

Spelling Homework:

Our focus spelling pattern is adding the prefixes un, in, im, mis, dis, to a word to give it the opposite meaning.

Spellings will be stuck into diaries on Fridays and the children will be tested the following Friday. Please support your child to learn the following spellings:

disagree, diasble, mistreat, misunderstood, unfair, unlikely, inhuman, inactive, misspell, mistrust

Maths: Monday Maths with Mrs Judge will focus on angles and arithmetic.

Maths with Mrs Evans will focus on representing 4 digit numbers in different ways including on a number line. We will continue to work on arithmetic activities on some afternoons and will work on our times tables daily.

Times Tables Homework: Times tables are a big focus for Year 4 so each week I will be linking an online times table game or sending a paper game home with the children to support them to practise in a fun way.

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

Use Hit the Button to recap the times tables for last year (3X, 4X, 8X) and have a go at the 6X. If you are a tables whizz, have a go at the mixed game.

The children have also all got their TTRockstars logins stuck in the front of their diaries. https://ttrockstars.com/

Science: Our science focus for this half term is Sound so we will enjoy exploring how sounds are made and heard and learning some of the key vocabulary.

RE: On Mondays Goldfinches will be learning about the Holy Spirit with Mrs Judge.

German: The children loved their first ‘live lesson’ with Mrs Judge this week and showed superb listening and participation skills.

History: The theme in Year 4 for our topic focus is LEGACY. Fridays will be our Topic themed days. Next week we will explore the legacy left behind by the Ancient Shang dynasty.

PE: We will enjoy cricket on Wednesdays (until half term) and Gymnastics and team building games with Mr Ault on Fridays

PSHCE: Our focus to begin the year is ‘Get Heart Smart’ and we will also be reading and exploring a range of No Outsiders books. We loved reading ‘The Fogettery this week’ which was about treasured memories.

Music: While Mrs Evans is teaching the Year 5 class swimming, Miss Beattie will be enjoying a music lesson with Goldfinches each week following our Charanga programme and Abba theme this term.

We look forward to getting to know you over the coming weeks. Please don’t hesitate to contact us via the office if you would like to discuss anything about your child. Have a lovely weekend and see you next week.

Mrs Evans, Mrs Judge and Mrs Shimmin.

Skylarks WB 13.09.21, by Miss Beattie

Date: 9th Sep 2021 @ 8:18am

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Hello everyone and welcome to Skylarks first weekly blog! I will post on our blog each Thursday keeping you up to date with our learning for the week ahead. I will also post information about homework, weekly spellings and any other important information 😊

The children in Skylarks Class have had a FANTASTIC first week back in school and I am so proud of how quickly they have settled back into school routines and how hard they are working.

 

Next week (W.B. 13.09.21)

In our English lessons next week, we will be delving deeper into our new book ‘Queen of the Falls’ by Chris Van Allsburg. We will find out more about the daredevil feat carried out by Annie Edson Taylor and will use this to help us write a first person recount from the viewpoint of one of the anxious bystanders. We will be focusing on using commas after fronted adverbials and organising paragraphs around a theme.

In our reading lessons we will read about more inspirational woman in our text ‘Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls’. We will focus on drawing inferences and justifying our answers with evidence (E.g. inferring characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives).

In maths we will be focusing on the place value of numbers to 100,000. We will place these numbers on a number line and will compare them using more than and less than symbols. We will also continue to consolidate our knowledge of the four operations through daily 4-a-day activities.

In science we will begin to explore our new topic all about materials. The children will plan their own investigations to help them explore the properties of a variety of everyday materials.

In RE we will be thinking about what we already know about Jesus’ teachings. We will consider what the bible says about how Christians should live, which will lead us into our new topic about the sermon on the mount.

During our topic day we will explore the question ‘Why did the Roman Empire conquer Britain?’ The children will use their enquiry skills to find out more about the importance of trade, land, slaves, food and growing an army for the Romans.

 

Our PE days for the Autumn will be Thursday (Swimming) and Friday (Games) 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. On Thursday your child will also need to have their swimming costume and towel in a plastic bag.

 

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 7 of their maths book to be returned by Friday 17th September. This homework is looking at place value.

 

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 September will focus on words ending with the silent letter b:

thumb, numb, crumb, debt, doubt, limb, combed, tomb

 

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

Miss Beattie x

Toucans Week beg. 13.9.21, by Mrs Whittingham

Date: 9th Sep 2021 @ 8:13am

Week beg 13th September 2021

We warmly welcome all our pupils to Toucans Class. They have all settled in well and are working hard already! Thank you for reading with your child at home as this will benefit them enormously. The children are expected to read every night for 15 -20 mins. They will also have weekly spellings and a Maths task which will reflect what we are doing in class for that week.

Homework

Spellings for next week will focus on words ending in shus spelt -cious

Spellings will be tested on Friday 17th September – spacious, vicious, precious, suspicious, conscious, delicious, malicious, gracious, atrocious, ferocious

Maths – The children have all been given their own Maths book – Key Stage Two Maths SATs Question Book. They will be set 2 pages to do weekly which they can mark themselves using the answers at the back of the book. Maths homework will be set on a Thursday and if the children could bring their books back into school for the following Wednesday so we can check them. If they are struggling with anything, please don’t hesitate to send the book back sooner and we will do some extra work with them in school.

In school we have been exploring Place Value this week so the homework is Ordering Numbers pages 2 and 3 of the SATs book.

Curriculum

Maths – Next week we will continue working on Place Value – Rounding Numbers, Negative Numbers before moving onto the Four Operations the following week.

History – We will begin our Conflict Topic by finding out about the Battle of Hastings.

RE – Our first unit is all about Diversity – appreciating the people all around us in the world today and celebrating their similarities and differences     

Science – Light

The children have been revising what they know already about light before exploring our topic further. Next week they will be looking at how light travels in straight lines.

On Friday the 24th September we will have an ART Day focusing on the War Artist Paul Nash. The children will be developing their sketching and painting skills before producing a picture in the style of Nash to reflect the hardship of conflicts.

PE day will be on Wednesday (Cricket Coach) and on Friday (Mr Ault). Children can come to school wearing their PE uniform on these days.

 

We are delighted to have the support of Mr Corkill (associate teacher) with us this year in Toucans.

 

Kind regards,

Mrs Whittingham, Mrs Downing, Mr Beswick and Mr Corkill

Starlings WB 13.09.21, by Mrs Esling

Date: 6th Sep 2021 @ 5:00pm

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Hello Starling families and welcome to our weekly blog! We have had another super week of learning in Skylarks Class 😊

Mrs Southern and I are so proud of how well the children have settled in and how well they are working, they really are all superstars.

English

In our English lessons next week, we will continue to explore our text ‘Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers.  We have already used clues from the text to make predictions about what the story may be about.

Maths

In maths, we will be continuing to compare quantities and measures up to 10.  Already we have been exploring our maths resources and using them to explain our thinking.

RWI

The children have been assessed to ascertain their groups for Read Write Inc.  They will be bringing a book home each Friday to have for the week before returning it the following Friday to exchange for their new book.

Spellings

The children will receive a list of spellings each week and we will quiz them on a Friday morning. The next quiz will be on 17th September and the spellings are:

the     my     no      of       me

 

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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. Please can you also make sure that if your child is wearing laced up trainers they are able to tie them independently.

Thank you

 

Starlings Final Blog, by Mrs O'Marah

Date: 19th Jul 2021 @ 9:36pm

Weekly Blog

Our final day!

 

Hello Starlings and welcome last weekly blog page of Year One!

We wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all so much for everything. It has been a challenging year with remote learning and lock downs and we have finally made it to the end which feels bitter sweet. The children (and us) are so ready for a rest but to say goodbye to this lovely class of children will be difficult for us all.

Every single one of our lovely Starlings has put a huge effort into their learning this year and they have made huge amounts of progress. They have also grown so much and have made us so incredibly proud!

Phonics round-up

This week our groups have reviewed our set 2 and set 3 sounds and we have played games to help us to learn and review sounds.

Can we please ask that any RWI books you have at home be returned as soon as you can?

 

Fun-Day

The children had an absolute blast on the bouncy castle during our Friday fun-day and it was lovely to see the wide smiles on their faces and to hear the giggles and laughter after such a challenging year. Thank you for your contributions.

 

Have the very best summer, stay safe and we will see you in September!

Mrs. O’Marah, Mrs. Judge, Mrs. Esling and Mrs. Southern.

Goldfinches 2020-2021 final blog. WB 19th July, by Mrs Evans

Date: 16th Jul 2021 @ 5:46pm

Welcome to Goldfinches’ Weekly Blog

My final blog for my wonderful class of 20-21

Goldfinches you have made me so proud. You have persevered, worked hard, shown endless enthusiasm and had fun throughout yet another strange and testing year and I couldn’t be any prouder of you all than I am now. I just hope you keep your promise to keep chatting to me next year even though you will be big, grown-up Skylarks!

Parents thank you for all of your kindness, support, patience and understanding during the year. I have enjoyed our phone calls and it has been lovely getting to know you all. I just hope that soon, we will be able to have an actual person to person conversation in the playground!

 Star of the week goes to: William and Isabelle

 Top Table award goes to: Georgia and Grace I

What another busy and productive week we have had!

This week in worship we thought about the Christian Value of courage and planned our own class worship around this theme. It took courage to perform and we were all very proud of our performance when we watched the video back.

DT- we showed enormous patience and perseverance during our torch making day and learned a lot from our successes, mistakes and failures. Mrs Evans was extremely proud of our teamwork and cooperation as we worked together and supported each other.

We then became super chefs on our Greek salad making day. We taste tested a range of ingredients and lots of us even tried olives, tzatziki and taramasalata! We learned to cut and slice safely using the bridge method and then finished the day enjoying our delicious and healthy salads. We should be able to help make them with an adult during the summer holidays now!

Geography- We wowed Mrs Evans with our ability to use a range of mapping skills using atlases and google maps to locate some of the countries in Europe the Romans would have travelled through, some capital cities and the rivers running through them and even some of the mountain ranges.

Geography /Science-We had fun learning about the water cycle with Mrs Evans’ propagator and created some beautiful water coloured pencil diagrams to explain it.

Maths- We have continued our work on Fractions and learned how to add and subtract fractions with the same denominator. We were able to use improper fractions and mixed numbers to help us do this along a number line.

Spellings- your child will be bringing home a summary sheet of the words they have been working on this year. The highlighted/crossed out words are words they have spelt accurately this week and the un-highlighted/not crossed out words are words they still need more practice on so you may wish to work on with your child over the summer holidays. This information has been passed up to Miss Beattie for next year.

Friday Funday- What a fantastic day! We had fun games in PE with Mr Ault, followed by extra-long playtime and then bouncy castle time with our friends. After cooling off with an ice pop we had a picnic lunch outside under the shade of the trees, more playtime outside then a fun game of heads down thumbs up before our movie afternoon. Moana with cake and popcorn! Fabulous fun making memories together.

Next week please remember we finish at 1pm on Tuesday and I’m sure we will have time to squeeze in a few more fun activities before then.

Finally, I would like to wish you all a happy and fun-filled (hopefully sunny) summer holiday. Time to relax now and looking forward to seeing you all back in September. You have been amazing!

Best wishes

Mrs Evans  xxx

Goldfinches week beginning 12th July, by Mrs Evans

Date: 12th Jul 2021 @ 8:38am

Welcome to Goldfinches’ Weekly Blog

Well here we are in our penultimate week...

 Star of the week goes to: Gia and Grace D

 Top Table award goes to: Abi and Toby

This week in worship we will look at the Christian Value of courage and plan a worship around this theme.

Friday fun day is coming up! We are looking forward to a day of fun on the 16th.

Friday 16th is also Mrs Shimmin’s last day with us so we will be wishing her well as she moves into her teaching career.

DT- Please send any final plastic bottles, tubs, pots into school by Tuesday when we will be making our torches during DT. We will also be making our own versions of Greek salads as a delicious way to finish our Greek learning.

Spellings- there is no list of spellings to learn, I have asked the children to look back through the spelling lists in their diaries to practise any words they got wrong or found tricky. This week we will go over the Y3/4 words in class.

Maths and Science- we will be creating our own charts and graphs to represent the data we collected in our ice melting experiment.

Geography and Science -We will learn all about the water cycle and consider the question ‘How old is the water in our taps?’

RE-  we will complete our topic learning about Judaism.

History – we worked together to research and find out what life was like in Britain when the Romans had invaded. We will go on to compare this with the life of the Celts before the Roman invasion and the changes and inventions they brought to ‘Britannia’

Geography – we will track the route the Romans took across Europe on their way to Britain, labelling the countries and some capital cities and locating some of the key landscapes (mountains and rivers) on the way.

German- We will learn different body parts this week.

 PE- More great teamwork in our PE lessons this week, with inter team competitions. Goldfinches have also been playing some wonderful team games during their break times.

I am always happy to talk to you if you have any questions about your child at school.

Have a lovely week,

Mrs Evans.

Starlings Blog w/c 12/7/21, by Mrs O'Marah

Date: 8th Jul 2021 @ 8:54pm

Weekly Blog

Week commencing Monday 12th July

 

Hello Starlings and welcome back to our weekly class blog.

Well we are heading into our final full week of Year One! Summer is fast approaching and we are so excited that FOOTBALL IS COMING HOME! Whatever happens in Sunday's final, there will be a lot for our Starlings to talk about and learn about. We are so excited. 

 

English

In writing we have finished reading the ‘Toys in Space’ story by Mini Grey and we have planned our own adventure stories inspired by the events in the book.

Next week, we will be using our plans to write our stories.

 

Maths

In Maths we have been learning all about numbers to 100. We have explored number patterns and used our knowledge of tens and ones to partition numbers.

Next week we will be continuing our work on numbers to 100 by comparing and ordering numbers using < > and = to help us.

 

Design and Technology   

This week we have enjoyed designing and making our own vehicles. We learnt about wheels and axels and tried to make sure all of our own vehicles had their own wheels and axels. Keeping to our plan was tricky but we did a really good job!

 

 

 

 

 

Phonics

This week our groups have been learning:

Pink Group

Sounds focus: i_e, o_e, u_e

Book: In the Sun

Orange Group

Sounds focus: e, ie

Book: Follow Me

Yellow Group – Mrs. Southern’s Group

Sounds focus: i_e, o_e, u_e

Book: The Gingerbread Man

Yellow Group – Mrs. Esling’s Group

Sounds focus: i_e, o_e, u_e

Book: Tom Thumb

Blue Group

Sounds focus: tious/cious, e, ie

Book: The Poor Goose

Grey Group

Sounds focus: tious/cious, e, ie

Book: Toad

 

Wishing you all a lovely week ahead.

Mrs. O’Marah, Mrs. Judge, Mrs. Esling and Mrs. Southern.

Skylarks WB 12.7.21, by Miss Beattie

Date: 8th Jul 2021 @ 8:05am

Hello everyone and welcome back to our weekly blog 😊 I can’t believe that we are looking ahead to the final full week of the year!

Next week in our writing lessons we will be using research to find out more about Chris Hadfield. We will then group this information into themes before writing about him in the style of a biography.

In maths we will be focussing on writing decimals as fractions. We will also continue to consolidate our knowledge of the four operations through daily 4-a-day activities.

Throughout next week, we will be focussing our learning heavily on our topic and DT themes and will embark on two projects. First, we will think about how the Vikings would load and unload their boats and will then design and make a machine that uses a pulley mechanism that is fit for this purpose. We will then think about seasonality and the problems faced by the Vikings when their land was infertile. We will then taste, design and make our own healthy soup, focusing on developing skills such as measuring, peeling, chopping, blending and simmering.

On Friday 16th July, all children will enjoy a fun takeover day where they can come to school in their own clothes, have a PE slot with Mr Ault, enjoy time on a bouncy castle and have a special picnic lunch. Children should pay £2 on the school gate and all money raised will go towards new play equipment chosen by the children.

 

Head Student and Team Captains

Thank you so much to all the children who applied for one of the above roles, we are so exceptionally proud of them all and want to thank the children for putting so much time and effort into their presentations. Well done to our new head students (Bella, Robyn, Jack, Lauren) and tree team captains (Gabriel, Leyla, Scarlett, Cody) 😊

 

Fishing

We have one more week of fishing left where the remaining children in Year 5 will have the opportunity to attend (weather dependent). Parents will be emailed the Monday before your child is due to go. Children should wear warm, comfortable clothes and appropriate footwear.

 

Our PE days are Thursday 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.

 

Homework

The children should complete pages 38 and 39 of their maths book to be returned by Friday 16th July. This homework is looking at ordering and comparing decimals.   

Remember, if your child is unable to complete their homework at home, Mrs Hulse and I will ensure that supervision is provided on a Wednesday lunchtime so that they can complete it in school. During this lunchtime, any children who may be struggling on a particular question at home can also come to ask an adult for help.

Please encourage your child to read and practice their spellings/times tables in addition to their maths homework.

 

Our spellings for the quiz on Friday 16th July will be the next 10 words from the year 5/6 statutory word list:

prejudice, privilege, profession, programme, pronunciation, queue, recognise, recommend, relevant, rhyme

 

If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to get in contact 😊

Miss Beattie x

 

 

Swallows 5/7/21, by Miss Gillam

Date: 5th Jul 2021 @ 6:48am

Good morning and welcome back to Swallows class blog,

 

Swallows have been working so hard once again this week and Miss Gillam is so proud of them all. We wrote exciting recounts of our school trip to Delamere, finished our Multiplication unit in Maths, found out about how the human body changes as it gets older in Science and learnt about the life of Florence Nightingale. Swallows desperately wanted to watch the video of her life story again. Please see the link below.

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/class-clips-video/true-stories-florence-nightingale/z68fcqt

Homework

  • Times Tables Rockstars
  • Reading – Can we beat our raffle tickle record this week?
    You will find a sticker in your diary explaining which reading books you will be taking home for the last few weeks of term. Please aim for at least 3 reads each week.  
  • Spellings – please continue to learn the Year Two Common Exception words for this week. You will find our ‘Look Cover Write Check’ activity in your child’s diary for this week. Our next quiz will be on Friday 9th July.

 

Swallows are looking forward to their transition morning with Mrs Rice and Mrs Brennan next week. We will be completing lots of lovely activities and spending time getting to know our new teachers for next year. 

 

PE will be on Friday this week with both Mr Russell and Mr Ault.

 

I hope that you enjoyed reading your child’s report this week. Please remember to book a telephone appointment if you have any questions or anything you would like to discuss further.

 

Miss Gillam

 

 

Starlings Class Blog w/c 5th July, by Mrs O'Marah

Date: 4th Jul 2021 @ 8:30pm

Weekly Blog

Week commencing Monday 5th July

 

Hello Starlings and welcome back to our weekly class blog.

We cannot believe there are only 3 weeks left in Starlings class. The children are continuing to amaze us every day and make us proud. Here’s a little snapshot of what we have achieved in this past week and will be learning in the week ahead.  

 

English

In writing we have continued to use the text ‘Toys in Space’ by Mini Grey to inspire our writing. We have been learning to add suffixes to words when writing in the past tense and we have written some letters for different purposes, including to say sorry to a friend and to invite friends to a party.

Next week, we will be completing our unit of work on ‘Toys in Space’. We will reading the end of the story and using the past tense to write diary recounts of important events in the book. We will also be sequencing the events from the story before planning and writing our own adventure stories inspired by ‘Toys in Space’.  

 

Maths

In Maths we have been solving addition and subtraction word problems using numbers to 50. We also reviewed our home learning focus and completed lots of practical activities to support our knowledge and learning of measurements for weight and capacity.

Next week we will be preparing for Year 2 by learning all about numbers to 100. We will be learning to count to 100, and to explore number patterns and partition numbers to 100 using what we already know to help us.   

 

 

 

 

Phonics

This week our groups have been learning:

Pink Group

Sounds focus: ea, oi, a_e

Book: Tab the Cat  

Orange Group

Sounds focus: ure, tion, tious/cious

Book: Playday

Yellow Group – Mrs. Southern’s Group

Sounds focus: ea, oi, a_e

Book: The Duckchick

Yellow Group – Mrs. Esling’s Group

Sounds focus: ea, oi, a_e

Book: Off Sick

Blue Group

Sounds focus: ear, ure, tion

Book: Barker

Grey Group

Sounds focus: ear, ure, tion

Book: Wailing Winny’s Car Boot Sale

 

Wishing you all a lovely week ahead.

Mrs. O’Marah, Mrs. Judge, Mrs. Esling and Mrs. Southern.

Skylarks WB 5.7.21, by Miss Beattie

Date: 2nd Jul 2021 @ 11:18am

Hello everyone and welcome back to our weekly blog! We have had another super week of learning in Skylarks Class😊

Next week in our English lessons, we will be focusing on summarising the story ‘The Darkest Dark’. We will create our own timelines of Chris Hadfield’s childhood, considering how he felt and acted at each point in his life. We will then work in pairs to choose and write about one key event in his life, applying all of our learning from this half term. We will focus on using effective vocabulary and varied sentences, including adverbial phrases, relative clauses and brackets to indicate parenthesis.

In our reading lessons will continue to read about the International Space Station and Astronaut Chris Hadfield. Our main focus will remain on how language, structure and presentation contribute to meaning.  

In maths we will continue our work on fractions. We will consolidate our knowledge of multiplying fractions, before moving on to finding fractions of amounts (e.g. 4/6 of 72). We will also continue to consolidate our knowledge of the four operations through daily 4-a-day activities.

In RE we will be writing a diary entry from a Christian point of view. In it we will explain the connection/differences between forgiveness and justice.

During our topic day, we will work collaboratively to research and compare the human and physical geography of a North American region with a European region that we have studied so far.

 

Transition Morning

Next week, the children will also spend time with Mrs Downing, Mrs Whittingham and Mr Beswick during our transition morning, which is a great opportunity for the children to ask questions and get to know their teachers ready for September 😊

 

Head Student and Team Captains

On Monday 5th July, Skylarks will have the opportunity to apply for the above roles. They will be asked to present their application to the rest of the class, which will be recorded and shared with staff members too. Skylarks children and staff members will then vote in a secret ballot, before the results will be announced.

 

Fishing

We have two more weeks of fishing left where the remaining children in Year 5 will have the opportunity to attend (weather dependent). Parents will be emailed the Monday before your child is due to go. Children should wear warm, comfortable clothes and appropriate footwear.

 

Our PE days are Thursday 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.

 

Homework

The children should complete pages 32 and 33 of their maths book to be returned by Friday 9th July. This homework is looking at multiplying fractions.   

Remember, if your child is unable to complete their homework at home, Mrs Hulse and I will ensure that supervision is provided on a Wednesday lunchtime so that they can complete it in school. During this lunchtime, any children who may be struggling on a particular question at home can also come to ask an adult for help.

Please encourage your child to read and practice their spellings/times tables in addition to their maths homework.

 

Our spellings for the quiz on Friday 9th July will focus on words containing the ‘ee’ sound spelt ‘ei’.

receive, deceive, conceit, conceive, seize, protein, caffeine, neither

 

If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to get in contact 😊

Miss Beattie x

 

 

 

 

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