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Skylarks W.B. 21.06.21, by Miss Beattie

Date: 17th Jun 2021 @ 8:05am

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

In our English lessons next week, we will continue to explore our text ‘The Darkest Dark’ by Chris Hadfield. We will also read an accompanying book called ‘One Giant Leap’ and will use this text to retrieve and record factual information about the first moon landing. We will then develop these facts to create sentences with parenthesis (extra information or an afterthought usually marked off with brackets, dashes, or commas).

In our reading lessons will continue to read about the International Space Station and will focus our learning on how language, structure and presentation contribute to meaning. We will also focus on differentiating between fact and opinion.

In maths we will be focusing on subtracting fractions, including improper fractions and mixed numbers. We will also use our knowledge of equivalent fractions to help us give our answers in the simplest form. We will continue to consolidate our knowledge of the four operations through daily 4-a-day activities.

In science we will continue to add to our knowledge of the solar system. We will make models to help us understand that day and night are caused by the rotation of the Earth, and that the Sun only appears to move across the sky.

In RE we will be learning about the connection between forgiveness and acting justly. We will think about the different verses we have read so far and will use role play to show how the pharisees and teachers of the law did not act justly and will make suggestions as to how they should have acted instead.

Our PE days will be 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 48 and 49 of their maths book to be returned by Friday 25th June. This homework is looking at calculating perimeter.

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 25th June will focus on words ending in the suffix -ence:

absence, evidence, independence, intelligence, silence, confidence, competence, magnificence

 

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

Miss Beattie x

Skylarks W.B. 14.06.21, by Miss Beattie

Date: 13th Jun 2021 @ 7:39pm

Hello everyone 😊

Welcome back to our weekly blog! A great first week back for Skylarks Class. Our trip on Tuesday was fantastic and I’m sure the children have told you all about their new knowledge of Viking and Anglo-Saxon society. The children were a credit to themselves and Lostock 😊

This week in our English lessons we will delve into our new book ‘The Darkest Dark’ by Chris Hadfield. We will focus on technical vocabulary and relative clauses and will use these to write a biography about Hadfield’s early life and a recount of one of his childhood events.

In our reading lessons will continue to read about the International Space Station and will focus our learning on how language, structure and presentation contribute to meaning.

In maths we will continue to focus on fractions. In particular, we will learn how to add and subtract fractions including mixed numbers. We will also consolidate our knowledge of the four operations through 4-a-day activities.

During our topic day we will use our learning from our trip to Tatton Hall as well as further research to answer the enquiry question, ‘Were the Vikings ruthless killers or peaceful settlers?’

In science we will learn the name, size and position of each of the planets and will create our own labelled diagrams. We will also learn about the movement of the Earth and other planets relative to the Sun. Finally, we will discover that ancient astronomers believed in the geocentric model of the solar system, and the reasons why it was replaced by the heliocentric model.

In RE we will be learning about the difference between ‘forgiveness’ and ‘justice’. We will look at examples of both in the bible before debating whether forgiveness and justice can go hand in hand.

Our PE days will be 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 30 and 31 of their maths book to be returned by Friday 18th June. This homework is looking at adding and subtracting 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 18th June will be the next 10 words from the year 5/6 statutory word list:

identity, immediately, individual, interfere, interrupt, language, leisure, lightning, marvellous, mischievous

 

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

Miss Beattie x

Skylarks W.B. 7.6.21 (After Half Term), by Miss Beattie

Date: 26th May 2021 @ 9:19pm

Hello everyone

Welcome back to our weekly blog 😊 I can’t quite believe we are at the end of another half term in school and what a fantastic half term it has been!

 

Important Reminders:

This Friday 28th May, the photographer is in school. As this is our PE day, please send your child to school in full school uniform with trainers on their feet.

On Tuesday 8th June Skylarks are going on their trip to Tatton Old Hall to find out more about the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. Please make sure your child is in school promptly on this day. They must wear full school uniform and bring a raincoat with them. They must also bring their lunch in a disposable bag as all rubbish will be thrown away after eating (the children will not be bringing a bag or lunch box with them on the trip).

Please call the school office before half term if you have any questions or queries regarding this trip.

 

Learning after half term:

When we return to school after half term, we will be looking at our new text ‘The Darkest Dark’ by Astronaut Chris Hadfield. We will begin by using clues to predict the text, before using pictures from the book as a stimulus for writing a setting description.

Our reading lessons will also focus on a new text ‘Exploring Space’. We will begin by reading about the International Space Station and thinking about how the text is organised and structured using different features (e.g. headings, subheadings, fact boxes, etc.)

Our space theme will continue in our science lessons where will be exploring our new topic ‘Earth and Space’ in more detail. We will use a model of our solar system to help us understand that it has 8 planets. We will also look at the position of the sun and Earth to help us explain the concept of day and night.

In maths we will continue to develop our understanding of fractions. We will look more in depth at the relationship between fractions and division, and will also order and compare fractions based on their size.

As part of our topic work we will be using our trip to Tatton Old Hall to expand our knowledge and understanding of the Anglo-Saxon and Viking periods. Our topic day when we are back in school will focus on Viking artwork which we will analyse to help us find out more about their identity. We will then use our sketching skills to replicate this style of art.

In RE, we will continue to explore our theme of ‘Forgiveness’. We will listen to The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant (Matthew 18:21-28), before looking at modern-day scenarios where would should show mercy to each other.

 

Our PE days for the last summer half term will be Thursday and Friday. 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 page 29 of their maths book to be returned by Friday 11th June. This homework is looking at ordering fractions and the children will need to use their knowledge of finding equivalents to help them.

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 11th June will look at the suffix -ent:

confident, absent, different, patient, magnificent, efficient, decent, intelligent

 

Have a fantastic half term everyone. Remember to show our Christian values in all that you do 😊

Miss Beattie x

Skylarks W.B. 24.05.21, by Miss Beattie

Date: 24th May 2021 @ 2:31pm

Hello everyone

Welcome back to our weekly blog 😊

This week in our Writing lessons, we will be using our carefully thought out plans to write our own narrative based on ‘The Hunter’. I am so excited to read the children’s stories and I know I am going to be super impressed with their use of engaging vocabulary, relative clauses and adverbs for possibility. Why not ask your child what each of these features are?

In maths, we will continue to look at fractions. This week, the children have shown a great understanding of equivalent fractions and converting between improper and mixed number fractions. We will consolidate our understanding of these concepts next week, and will also move on to look at number sequences and comparing/ordering fractions.

In science we will be looking at our new topic ‘Earth and Space’. We will begin by asking questions about the theme, before sharing any prior knowledge we may have.

Our music lesson this week will be very exciting as the children will be using their bows for the first time. The children have shown such a keen interest in our violin and cello lessons this half term and have made great progress so far.

 

Our PE day this half term is Friday. Your child should come to school in their PE kit on this da/y (Cricket will resume on a Thursday after May half term).

 

Homework

The children should complete page 28 this week, to be returned by Friday 28th May. This homework is looking at equivalent fractions which we have been learning about in school this week.

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 new maths homework.

Our spellings for the quiz on Friday 28th May will be the next 10 words from the Year 5/6 statutory word list:

Existence, explanation, familiar, foreign, forty, frequency, government, guarantee, harass, hindrance, hinderance

 

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

Miss Beattie x

Skylarks Blog - WB 26.04.21, by Miss Beattie

Date: 22nd Apr 2021 @ 2:10pm

Hello everyone and welcome back to Skylarks weekly blog 😊

I hope you all had a wonderful half term. It was lovely to speak to so many of you today during our parents evening phone calls. If you have any further questions or concerns please do not hesitate to get in contact. 

The children have had a super week back in school. I have particularly loved their enthusiasm for our new Writing topic based on the book ‘The Hunter’ by Paul Geraghty. 

 

Next week in our Writing lessons, we will have three areas of focus: using inverted commas to punctuate speech, adverbs for possibility and relative clauses to add extra detail. We will apply this knowledge in a conversation between two characters (Jamina and Grandfather), as well as in a first-person recount of Jamina approaching the baby elephant.

In maths we will continue to look at long multiplication. We will extend our knowledge of this method to look at multiplying 3 and 4 digit numbers by a 2-digit number. 

From next week, we will be having a ‘topic day’ in Skylarks Class. This will be 1 day each week where we will focus solely on history and geography. This week we will be recapping 6 figure grid reference, as well as human and physical features. We will identify the different features in our school ground and draw our own sketch map using grid references to the location of each feature. In the afternoon, we will compare the human and physical features of Lostock Gralam and Llandudno. 

As I’m sure you are aware, the children in Skylarks Class have started their music lessons this week. The children have been allocated their violin or cello and I can’t wait to see and hear them improve and grow in confidence over the coming weeks. 

Our PE day this half term is Friday. Your child should come to school in their PE kit on this day (Cricket will resume on a Thursday after May half term).

 

Homework 

Maths homework will resume this week, which children should complete and mark at home before returning it to school on Friday.

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. 

The children should complete page 24 this week, to be returned by Friday 30th April.  

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

 

Our spellings for the quiz on Friday 30th April will focus on words with the silent letter ‘t’.

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

 

Have a lovely weekend everyone!😊 

Miss Beattie x

Skylarks W.B. 29.03.21, by Miss Beattie

Date: 25th Mar 2021 @ 10:14am

Hello everyone and welcome back to Skylarks weekly blog 😊

We have had another fantastic week in Skylarks class. I am so proud of how hard the children are working!

Next week in English, we will be using our plans from this week to write our own story beginning and build up. We will be focusing on building tension and developing characterisation through our vocabulary choice.

In maths, we will continue to focus on multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000, as well as continuing to practice long multiplication.

In RE, we will start our new topic about ‘Humanism’. We will begin by asking our own questions about Humanism, before finding out about the 5 main themes by listening to the story ‘Here we are’ by Oliver Jeffers.

In Science, we will be recording our results from last week’s investigation where we tested the solubility of different materials. We will present our results using a bar chart and develop our conclusion writing skills.

On Thursday, we will celebrate World Book Day with a variety of fun reading tasks. Children are invited to come to school in their pyjamas on this day 😊

 

Our PE days this half term are Thursday and Friday. Your child should come to school in their PE kit on these days.

 

Homework

Maths homework will resume after the Easter holidays.

Please encourage your child to read and practice their spellings/times tables for 5-10 minutes every day.  

Our spellings for the quiz on Thursday 1st April will be the next 10 words from the Year 5/6 statutory word list:

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

 

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

If you have any questions of queries please do not hesitate to contact me via the school admin email address or telephone 😊

Miss Beattie x

Skylarks W.B. 22.03.21, by Miss Beattie

Date: 18th Mar 2021 @ 12:43pm

Hi everyone and welcome back to our weekly blog 😊

Another great, hard-working week in Skylarks Class!

Next week in English, we will be comparing the three different characters from our story ‘The Lost Happy Endings’. We will then plan our own story beginning and build up building tension and developing characterisation through the vocabulary we use.

In our reading lessons, we will be focussing on the authors choice of language. We will evaluate the vocabulary used in our ‘Hansel and Gretel’ text and identify the figurative language.  

In maths, we will be revising how to multiply and divide by 10, 100 and 1000, as well as continuing to practice long multiplication.

In Art, we will be looking at the artist Mark Wiggin and analysing his use of colour and texture. We will then use his work as inspiration for our own piece of art, which will be displayed around school.

 

Our PE days this half term are Thursday and Friday. Your child should come to school in their PE kit on these days.

 

Homework

Maths homework will resume after the Easter holidays.

Please encourage your child to read and practice their spellings/times tables for 5-10 minutes every day.  

Our spellings for the quiz on Friday 26th March will continue to look at words containing the suffix -able:

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

 

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

If you have any questions of queries please do not hesitate to contact me via the school admin email address or telephone 😊

Miss Beattie x

Skylarks W.B. 15.03.21, by Miss Beattie

Date: 11th Mar 2021 @ 12:40pm

Hi everyone 😊

Welcome back to our weekly blog where you can keep up to date with Skylark’s learning in school, homework and class announcements.

Skylarks have had a wonderful first week back in school. It has been lovely to see their smiling faces and hear our classroom full of laughter again.

This week, we have started our new book ‘The Lost Happy Endings’ by Carol Ann Duffy and Jane Ray in English and have made predictions based on the front cover and considered the new character we have been introduced to. In maths we have been learning about multiples, factors and prime numbers. We have also continued to consolidate our knowledge of long multiplication from our home learning.

We have also celebrated British Science Week this week by finding out about famous scientists, carrying out experiments and creating our own innovations. The children might to explore the following website more at home to further our learning about the Mars Rover in school: https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/mars/overview/

 

Next Week (W.B. 15.03.21)

Next week in English, we will continue to explore our new book ‘The Lost Happy Endings’. We will be developing our writing through shared and guided writing to describe both characters and settings.

In our reading lessons, we will use our ‘Hansel and Gretel’ text to identify the common themes in fairytale stories.

In maths, we will be learning about square and cube numbers, whilst also continuing to practice long multiplication.

In RE, we will finish our topic on ‘Incarnation’ by recapping the titles given to Jesus and discussing whether they are still helpful for Christians today.

In Science, we will continue to learn about ‘’Materials and their Properties’. We will carry out an experiment to determine which materials are soluble and which are insoluble.

 

Our PE days this half term are Thursday and Friday. Your child should come to school in their PE kit on these days.

 

Homework

Maths homework will resume after the Easter holidays.

Please encourage your child to read and practice their spellings/times tables for 5-10 minutes every day.  

Our spellings for the quiz on Friday 19th March will look at words containing the suffix -able:

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

 

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

If you have any questions of queries please do not hesitate to contact me via the school admin email address or telephone 😊

Miss Beattie x

Skylarks Home Learning 05.03.21, by Miss Beattie

Date: 4th Mar 2021 @ 10:55am

Friday 5th March 2021   

Good morning Skylarks and happy Friday 😊

You’ve done it Skylarks!!! Today is our last day of remote learning! I can’t express how proud I am of you. Your dedication and enthusiasm towards our remote lessons has been amazing and I have loved catching up with you all on zoom each morning. However, I am so glad to be welcoming you all back into our classroom on Monday!

I can’t wait to see you all on our final zoom this morning. Don’t forget you can wear your favourite party outfit, costume or silly hat/prop to celebrate the end of our remote learning journey 😊

Well done superstars - we couldn’t be prouder of the amazing children we have at Lostock Gralam and don’t forget to tell your adults that we think they are superheroes too!

 

 

Science

 

Our science lessons on forces continue today where we will be thinking about which factors affect an object’s ability to float. You can find the lesson here:

https://youtu.be/fc3s80IWOzA

You can download the accompanying worksheets from our blog, however this is not essential. You can simply record your responses/answers on some paper.

Introductory Quiz:

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/which-factors-affect-an-objects-ability-to-float-ccv3ac?step=1&activity=intro_quiz

Final Quiz:

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/which-factors-affect-an-objects-ability-to-float-ccv3ac?step=4&activity=exit_quiz

 

 

 Worship

Click on the link for Mrs Powell’s worship today:

https://youtu.be/MTgdJpAbcc4

 

Reflect and return to school task:

Today we would like you to reflect on the last 8 weeks of remote learning and to think ahead to your return to school. There are some lovely activities below to help you to do this. You might want to print them from the attachment called ‘Back to School Resources’, or you might want to create your own doodles in your own style.

If you want, you could play this lovely relaxing music whilst you create your ideas today:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2UEqBdU7go&list=RD-j2uKUK5P10&index=2