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Week beginning 2nd November, by Mrs Evans

Date: 23rd Oct 2020 @ 8:04am

Welcome to Goldfinches' Weekly Blog. 

Another hard working week for Goldfinches who have shown enjoyment and enthusiasm in their learning.

  Star of the week: Congratulations to Francesca.

 Top Table: Congratulations to Jake.

 

Diaries- please support your child to bring their diary into school every day.

 

  Home Reading

We have given out lots of raffle tickets at the end of this half term- ready to go into the whole school raffle ticket jar. Please continue to support your child to read at home. This can be a mixture of them reading independently, reading to you and you reading to them.

This week we have continued to assess the children in their reading in class.

 

Spellings

Spelling focus: words from the Y3/4 Statutory word list

Believe, bicycle, breath, breathe, build, busy, business, calendar, caught, centre

Each week we will be playing spelling games in class, learning spelling rules in our lessons and also practising them through handwriting.

 

  Times Tables

3x table and moving onto the 6x table.

Keep an eye out in diaries for your child’s progress stickers. As last year we will work through the Bronze (in order) Silver (mixed up) and Gold (Division facts) for each times table.

TTRockstars- Please encourage t 10-15 minutes on this a few times a week as this is an excellent way of helping to embed times table knowledge. Let’s see how many Y4 rock stars we can get on the leader board! Login details are on a sticker in your child’s diary.

https://ttrockstars.com/

 

  PE

At the moment, PE lessons are on Mondays and Fridays. Please send your child to school in their PE kit on these days.

For safety long hair must be tied back, earrings removed (by the child) or covered with tape.

Mr Ault’s club is also available for Year 4 Goldfinches on Friday mornings 8am-8.40am

 

This week we have…

...enjoyed finishing our English book ‘Counting on Katherine’ and recapping using speech punctuation. We have imagined the sights sounds and feelings the astronauts of Apollo 13 would have experienced and created a timeline of the life of Katherine Johnson. Today we are writing a letter from Katherine’s point of view to inspire others. After half term we will complete this unit by writing a fact file about Katherine.

Shared Reading: We have loved exploring more of the story ‘Seen and Not Heard’ and creating our own role plays about what the Twins might have said.

Maths has been all about place value activities and Roman Numerals.

We have been enjoying mindfulness time to relax, colour and listen to mindful meditation and lots of our Goldfinches are really improving in their fitness during our daily track time.

Science: we had great fun exploring how to make a simple circuit and were so pleased when our bulbs lit up!

ART: We used work by the artist Henri Matisse (2 Dancers) to inspire our own ideas and created some gorgeous paintings.

Parents Evening: Please use School Spider to sign up for a time for a Parents’ evening phone call on Thursday 12th November.

 Whilst we have been off, Teddy has returned to school. If you haven’t yet done so, please return the Teddy permission slip or e-mail the school office to give your permission for your child to spend time with Teddy when he is in school.

INSET: Please remember Monday 2nd November is an INSET day.

Finally, thank you all for your continued support, please e-mail or phone the school office if you would like to contact us.

 

Mrs Evans

Week beginning 19th October, by Mrs Evans

Date: 16th Oct 2020 @ 10:32am

Welcome to Goldfinches' Weekly Blog. 

Another hard working week for Goldfinches who have shown enjoyment and enthusiasm in their learning.

  Star of the week: Congratulations to Lola.

 Top Table: Congratulations to Brooke.

 

Diaries- please support your child to bring their diary into school every day.

 

  Home Reading

Well done to so many of you who are reading at home regularly. We are collecting lots of raffle tickets already! Please continue to support your child to read at home. This can be a mixture of them reading independently, reading to you and you reading to them.

This week we have continued to assess the children in their reading in class.

 

Spellings

Spelling focus: words with the prefix ‘re’

Rewrite, redecorate, recycle, rearrange, replace, redo, refresh, replay, reheat

 

Each week we will be playing spelling games in class, learning spelling rules in our lessons and also practising them through handwriting.

  Times Tables

3x table and moving onto the 6x table. You will see a sticker in their diary to keep you informed of your child’s progress. We are using our busy time in the mornings to practise the times tables in lots of different ways.

As last year we will work through the Bronze (in order) Silver (mixed up) and Gold (Division facts) for each times table.

TTRockstars- Please encourage t 10-15 minutes on this a few times a week as this is an excellent way of helping to embed times table knowledge. Let’s see how many Y4 rock stars we can get on the leader board! Login details are on a sticker in your child’s diary.

https://ttrockstars.com/

 

  PE

At the moment, PE lessons are on Mondays and Fridays. Please send your child to school in their PE kit on these days.

For safety long hair must be tied back, earrings removed (by the child) or covered with tape.

Mr Ault’s club is also available for Year 4 Goldfinches on Friday mornings 8am-8.40am

 

This week we have…

...enjoyed more of our English book ‘Counting on Katherine’ and recapping using speech punctuation. We had fun finding out about John Glenn who was the first and oldest astronaut in space.

Shared Reading: We have oved exploring more of the story ‘Seen and Not Heard’ and making inferences about the Shiverhawk Children.

Maths has been all about place value activities based around 4 digit numbers. Next week we will learn about Roman Numerals.

We have been enjoying mindfulness time to relax, colour and listen to mindful meditation and lots of our Goldfinches are really improving in their fitness during our daily track time.

No Outsiders: we continued to discuss the story ‘Dogs Don’t do Ballet’ which helped us think about how to be assertive and stand up for what we believe in.

ART: Next week we will be using work by the artist Henri Matisse to inspire our own ideas. Please send an old (named) t-shirt to school on Monday.

 Whilst we have been off, Teddy has returned to school. If you haven’t yet done so, please return the Teddy permission slip or e-mail the school office to give your permission for your child to spend time with Teddy when he is in school.

Finally, thank you all for your continued support, please e-mail or phone the school office if you would like to contact us.

Mrs Evans

Y3 Wk Beg 12.10.20, by Mrs Rice

Date: 8th Oct 2020 @ 8:56pm

Hi

What a super week Robins have had! I am so proud of how hard they are working, how much care the children are putting into the presentation of their written work and how happy they are to be back in school. There is a lovely atmosphere in our classroom. 

The children have really engaged with our class text, Stig of The Dump. They love listening to the adventures of Barney, Lou and Stig. This text is a great lead into our Stone Age topic which begins after half term. The children are also working hard in their writing lessons as we learn more about The Space Race and the important role that Katherine Johnson played. We have written excellent diaries and scene descriptions focusing on noun phrases and conjunctions. 

Next week, we continue this work, with a greater emphasis on punctuation and tense. In Maths, we are consolidating our place value of 3 digit numbers and focusing on the multiplication and division facts of the three times table. Our RE work has centered on how Christians use images to represent God and we have matched Bible quotes to different artist impressions as well as thining about how we think about God. 

We will continue to revise the Year 2 spelling patterns of adding 'ing' to verbs as well as concentrating on correct joined handwriting. The children are using their 'Gratitude Jars' to remind them of all the things that make them happy. I am enjoying every day with my class, appreciating being their teacher and embarking on another exciting year ahead. Mrs Brennan always comments on how well behaved and friendly the children are! 

As always, please contact me if you have any questions or concerns. 

Many thanks

Mrs Rice 

Week beginning 12th October, by Mrs Evans

Date: 8th Oct 2020 @ 7:32pm

Welcome to Goldfinches' Weekly Blog. 

Well done for such a wonderful start back to school after 2 weeks away. All of our Goldfinches have impressed the adults in the classroom so much with their eagerness to learn and their calm start back. We are so proud of you.

  Star of the week: Congratulations to Toby.