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W.B. 2.11.20, by Miss Beattie

Date: 22nd Oct 2020 @ 9:20am

Hi everyone and welcome back to our weekly blog 😊

I can’t believe we are at the end of the first half term! I want to start by saying how lovely it has been to hear our school filled with laughter again over the past 8 weeks. I also want to say a big well done to all of Skylarks class who have worked incredibly hard and are ready for a relaxing half term.

As we look ahead to the first week back, we will be starting our new class text ‘Queen of the Falls’ in our writing lessons. We will begin by using picture clues to predict what the text might be about and will then explore the story page by page. We will also write our own postcards from the foot of Niagara Falls thinking about the audience and purpose for which we are writing.

In Maths we will be putting our knowledge of place value to the test by solving problems using the skills we acquired during the first half term. We will also begin to look at formal written methods for addition (column method).

In RE will begin our new topic by looking at Titles. We will first explore titles that we give each other, for example, Mum, Dad, friend and teacher. We will then use bible verses to help us learn about the different titles given to Jesus.

Our PE day will continue to be on a Monday next half term so please send your child to school in their PE kit on this day.

Spellings will be sent home with your child during week 1 and our spelling quiz will begin the week after.

 

When we return to school, you will receive an email asking you to book a parent-teacher phone call using School Spider. Skylarks phone calls will take place on Wednesday 11th November. Please don’t worry about booking your slot yet, you will receive more information about this when we return to school after the half term.

 

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend and a fun-filled half term!

Miss Beattie and Mrs Hulse 😊

Skylarks W.B. 19.10.20, by Miss Beattie

Date: 15th Oct 2020 @ 8:00am

Hi everyone 😊

Welcome back to our weekly blog!

Can you believe we are looking ahead to the final week of this half term? I certainly can’t! The children have made a super start in Year 5 and have made me very proud with how they have adjusted to our new routines and the work that they have produced.

 

Next week

Next week, we will be putting the finishing touches on our magazine articles. The children have worked extremely hard on these over the past couple of weeks and should be very proud of their work.

In maths we are coming to the end of our place value lessons, however this will of course run throughout our other maths topics this year. We will be looking specifically at patterns and sequences next week.

In our topic lessons we will be revising our Year 4 topic ‘Ancient Rome’. The children will be sharing and recording what knowledge they can remember by writing an acrostic poem.

In RE we will continue to look at various verses from ‘The Sermon on the Mount’. We will be thinking about the relevance of these teachings for Christians today.

On Friday we will have an art day where we will put our knowledge of tint, tone and shade into practice. We will be sketching and painting our own flowers inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe.

 

Home Reading and Times Tables

Please continue to read with your child at home, this can be a mixture of them reading aloud to you and them reading independently. Please remind your child to write in their diary and have it signed by an adult in order to earn a reading raffle ticket in school. A huge well done to the children who are earning raffle tickets on a weekly basis! 😊

 

PE

Just a little reminder that PE is currently on a Monday so please send your child to school in their PE kit on this day. As the weather is getting colder, please ensure that your child will be warm enough throughout the school day. Black or navy tracksuit bottoms and leggings are allowed. 

 

Thank you so much for your continued support. If you need anything at all please do not hesitate to get in contact via the office, either by phone or email.

Have a lovely weekend everyone!
 

Miss Beattie

Skylarks W.B. 12.10.20, by Miss Beattie

Date: 8th Oct 2020 @ 7:39am

Happy Thursday everyone 😊

Skylarks have had another fantastic week in school.

 

Next week

Next week in our writing lessons we will be producing our final piece of writing based on the book ‘Of Thee I Sing’. To begin, we will be using our plans that we wrote this week to draft our own magazine articles. We will then edit and publish our work using ‘Microsoft Word’. The children have been so enthusiastic throughout this unit of work and worked really hard this week during the planning stage that I already can’t wait to read their final articles!

In maths we will be continuing to focus on Place Value. We will be focussing on rounding numbers up to 1,000,000 to the nearest 10, 100, 1000 and 10,000. We will also be looking at negative numbers and counting through zero.  

Our reading lessons next week will look at making predictions based on information read so far.

In our topic lessons we will be revising our Year 4 topic ‘Ancient Greece’. The children will be sharing and recording what knowledge they can remember. This helps to make our knowledge ‘sticky’ so that we don’t forget it.

On Thursday, the children in Skylarks class will have a Computing Day where they will continue to make their own presentation about ‘How Computers Impact our Lives’ using the app ‘Keynote’.

 

Home Reading and Times Tables

Please continue to read with your child at home, this can be a mixture of them reading aloud to you and them reading independently. Please remind your child to write in their diary and have it signed by an adult in order to earn a reading raffle ticket in school. A huge well done to the children who are earning raffle tickets on a weekly basis! 😊

 

PE

Just a little reminder that PE is currently on a Monday so please send your child to school in their PE kit on this day. This should be either plain black or plain navy shorts, leggings or tracksuit bottoms.

 

Thank you so much for your continued support. If you need anything at all please do not hesitate to get in contact via the office, either by phone or email.

Have a lovely weekend everyone!
 

Miss Beattie

Skylarks W.B. 5.10.20, by Miss Beattie

Date: 1st Oct 2020 @ 8:21am

Hi everyone!

Welcome back to Skylarks weekly blog.

We have had another super, hard-working week. I’m sure you are aware that we have welcomed Teddy back into school and the children have thoroughly enjoyed spending time with him and taking on extra responsibilities to help look after him 😊

If you haven't already given your written consent for your child to interact with him, then please do so via School Gateway or email as soon as possible. 

 

Next week

Next week in our writing lessons, we will be preparing to write our final piece from our current unit. We will begin by analysing a model text, before planning our own magazine articles.

In maths we will be developing our knowledge of place value to include numbers up to 1,000,000.

Our reading lessons next week will continue to look at drawing inferences. We will be practicing ‘thinking out loud’ and ‘visualising’ to help us answer questions quickly and efficiently.

In art, we will be exploring the terms hue, tint, tone and shade. We will experiment with these techniques using paint.

 

Home Reading and Spellings

Thank you again to the children who have been reading at home. We already have lots of raffles in our jar!

We have had a few questions regarding spelling tests this week. We will begin to send spelling words home to learn after October half term. Please be assured that although spellings are not being sent home, spelling lessons are happening daily in school. We are working on consolidating the Year 4 spelling rules, before moving on to the Year 5 spellings.

 

PE

Just a little reminder that PE is currently on a Monday so please send your child to school in their PE kit on this day. This should be either plain black or plain navy shorts, leggings or tracksuit bottoms.

Mr Ault also does an after-school club on a Monday just for Skylarks class.

 

As the weather is getting colder and wetter, please send your child to school with an appropriate coat. We are keen to spend as much time outdoors as possible 😊

Thank you so much for your continued support at home. If you need anything or have any queries please do not hesitate to get in contact.

Have a lovely weekend!

Miss Beattie

Skylarks W.B. 28.09.20, by Miss Beattie

Date: 24th Sep 2020 @ 8:14am

Hello everyone,

It was so lovely to speak to so many parents this week during our phone calls. I'm sorry if I missed you! If you do wish to discuss anything, please do not hesitate to email or phone the school office to arrange this. 

We have had another fantastic week in Skylarks Class 😊

The children have been working extremely hard and I am very proud of their positive attitudes and work ethic.

We have another busy week ahead of us…

In our Writing lessons next week, we will be focusing on editing and improving our writing. We will be using a letter that we wrote a couple of weeks ago and up-levelling it using the grammar and punctuation that we have been working hard on.

In maths we will continue our work on place value, and will look specifically at Roman Numerals.

Our Reading lessons next week will begin to focus on drawing inferences. We will be practicing ‘thinking out loud’ and ‘visualising’ to help us answer questions based on information stated and implied.

In our topic lesson, we will be looking back at our learning from previous year groups. The children will use their knowledge of chronology to place events and time periods into a timeline. In science, we will be investigating the properties of different materials. We will plan our own investigations to put these properties to the test.

Home Reading

I have been so pleasantly surprised to see just how many children in Skylarks Class LOVE to read! It has been fantastic to see that lots of children have been doing extra reading at home. Please encourage your child to read for 10 minutes each day and write in their reading diaries. In year 5, we encourage the children to write in their own diaries and simply have it signed by an adult at home!

As always, if you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact me. I am only a phone call or email away!

Miss Beattie

Skylarks W.B. 21.09.20, by Miss Beattie

Date: 17th Sep 2020 @ 8:29am

Hi everyone and welcome to Skylarks first weekly blog!

We have had a great couple of weeks settling back into school life and the children have already adjusted really well to our new routines.

In our Writing lessons we have been exploring the text ‘Of Thee I Sing’ by Barack Obama. The children have thoroughly enjoyed learning about the inspirational people written about in the book. Next week in our writing lessons we will focusing on famous baseball player Jackie Robinson. We will start by reading and retrieving information about him, before using this to write our own articles about ‘Jackie Robinson Day’.

In Maths we have been focussing a lot on our Times Tables and Place Value. We will continue with our Place Value lessons next week looking at numbers up to 100,000. We will be discussing the value of each digit, as well as placing numbers on a number line.

Next week in our reading lessons we will be focussing on retrieving and recording information. We will be using our skimming and scanning techniques to find the information quickly.

On Thursday, we will have a computing day where we will begin to look at our new topic ‘How computers impact our lives’. In RE we will be revising what we already know about the teachings of Jesus and how Christians should live their lives. We will also be practicing our sketching skills in art to draw our own Skylarks.

Home Reading/Homework

This week I have sent home your child with a reading book and their new homework diary. Over the next few weeks, we will assess the children in their reading in class but for the time being, we have given the children a banded book or free reading book based on their attainment levels from March. The children are all reading a wide range of additional books and texts in class and we are encouraging them to continue to read their own choice of books at home each day to develop their love of reading. If you can read aloud to your child too, this would be great! Please note that homework diaries will not be written in by your child’s teacher, instead they will stamp the page to acknowledge your child’s home reading.

Times tables are also up and running in Skylarks Class and you will be kept up to date with how your child is doing in their diary.

At the minute, PE is on a Monday. Please send your child to school wearing their PE kit on this day. 

As always, if you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact the office who will arrange a phone call with myself.

Miss Beattie

Thursday 16th July Skylarks home learning, by Miss Thwaites

Date: 15th Jul 2020 @ 10:31am

Good morning all!

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I am feeling very emotional writing this blog this morning. This will be my final blog of the Year at Lostock. Even though this year has not planned out the way I thought when I stepped into the role of Year 5 class teacher, I will treasure the time we have spent together and I have loved spending my final year of teaching at Lostock with a talented and caring bunch of children. It has been amazing to watch you grow and develop over the months into such a considerate and mature class. You are all going to smash Year 6 and I am excited to hear about how you all settle back into the new year approaching September. Even though I am leaving, I do hope to come back to see you all in your final school production or leavers assembly. I am so proud of how well you have coped throughout this unusual situation and I have loved seeing and speaking to you all on Monday. I always know that you will progress onto fabulous things and do not let anyone ever dull the spark that you have.

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Last day activities

As today is your last day in Year 5, I would like you to reflect on the year and think about all the things that you are proud of. I would like you to write at least 5 things you have enjoyed or succeeded in doing this year and either tweet them or share them on our discussion page.

Here are some other activities you may choose to do today:

  1. Create a Class Memory book
  2. Go Outside! Check out this post for learning games you can play outdoors.
  3. Put on a Show: This could be for parents, younger siblings, or just for your own amusement
  4. Have a Camping Style Read-In: Set up tents, turn off the lights, and close the blinds.
  5. Make a Summer Top Ten Lists: Consider Top Ten Books I Want to Read, Top Ten Things I Want to Do, and Top Ten Places I Want to Go.
  6. Summer Activities Brainstorm: Brainstorm as many fun summer activities as you can

 

Message from Mrs Powell:

It is hard to think we break up from school today.  I cannot tell you enough times just how amazing you have been since we were all last together, I am so proud of how you have managed, learnt and kept smiling.  All the staff can’t wait for September until we are back again but missing some very special Year 6 pupils who are going onto new adventures.  When I was looking for a worship on how to end the year I found this, I hope you like it!

All of us will have preferred ways to say goodbye. However, the actual word ‘goodbye’ means, ‘God be with you.’ Christians believe that God is always with us. It is good to remember that when people leave us, they are not left on their own. Whether it is just over the holidays, or as some of you move to a new school, we all wish you the very best and, as we say goodbye, we pray that God will be with you wherever you go.

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

“I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart for so long. If we’re in each other’s dreams, we can be together all the time.”
—Winnie the Pooh

Have a wonderful summer!

 

Take care Skylarks. I hope you have a restful and happy Summer holiday and are excited to return as Toucan’s class in September. Good luck and goodbye from me.

Miss Thwaites and Mrs Hulse x

Wednesday 15th July Skylarks home learning, by Miss Thwaites

Date: 15th Jul 2020 @ 8:50am

A very happy Wednesday morning to you all!

 

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Art

Today, I thought you may like a day of doing some Art work. I know how some of you love doing art and how some of you can worry too.

You can choose to do any of the following:

Follow the BBC bitesize lesson based around exciting artwork: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zmkcsk7

You could create a number of drawings following Draw with Rob- http://www.robbiddulph.com/draw-with-rob

You could learn about painting, collage and printmaking and have a go too: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zbdhnrd

Or you could have a go at learning about optical illusions and using shading  to show form by following this lesson: https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/optical-illusions-and-using-shading-to-show-form

 

Optical illusions are fantastic and a great way of showing how everyone sees things differently:

 

Here are some you can have a look at: https://www.optics4kids.org/illusions

 

Reading

Please click on the following link to carry on listening to some of your teachers and familiar faces reading you the story of ‘The Twits’ by Roald Dahl. The Twits Part 4- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRkPER4lXh4&t=3s

 

Message from Mrs Powell:

Joshua 1:9

How do you feel about returning to school?  Do you feel nervous, anxious, perhaps wishing you were back home where you felt safe?

In this passage, Joshua was standing at the edge of the land of Canaan, Moses had died, and God was commanding Joshua to take the Israelites forward into the promised land.  It was new, they were leaving what they had known, to step into a future that God had planned. 

God gave this command to Joshua in verse 9 to encourage him, to put a strong heart into him, whatever the future holds, God would be with him.  I wonder how this made Joshua feel strong and courageous? As Joshua and the people of Israel recalled how God had been with them through the desert, it gave them certainty of the truth of this going forward, this is a common pattern throughout the Bible of looking back to God’s faithfulness to stand strong in going forward.

Joshua probably felt the same as we do now, as we begin again, our community, coming back together and settling down into our school – some things will feel familiar, some will feel different.  Corrie ten Boom, a German Christian who survived concentration camps during the Holocaust, said, “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”  What do you know of God?  Reflect back – how has God been with you before Covid-19?  How has he been with you through this?  How might this make you feel strong and courageous?

Listen to the track “Good Good Father” by Chris Tomlinson.   Joshua spent time talking with God – it gave him courage to go forward into something new…spend time talking to God now, recall how he has shown goodness over that past months and even years, tell him your feelings and ask him to give you courage for the future.

A prayer for courage:

Lord, I’m afraid

I don’t feel bold or courageous today

Help me to remember that bravery isn’t the absence of fear, it’s doing the right thing no matter what.

Give me a courageous heat.

I know that you will be with me, I am not alone.

You are greater than any obstacle I face.

Help me to step forward knowing that you are trustworthy

And my source of strength.

In Jesus’ name.  Amen

 

You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.”
—Christopher Robin

 

Take care everyone!

Miss Thwaites and Mrs Hulse x

 

 

Tuesday 14th July Skylarks home learning, by Miss Thwaites

Date: 13th Jul 2020 @ 9:15pm

Good morning to you all!

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It was lovely to see you all yesterday! You have blown me away this year with your resilience and hard-working nature. I am so grateful for all the gifts and cards you have given me and I cannot wait to open them. I have a little gift for your new classroom too which will be opened by your new class teachers on the last day before Summer. I will also be sending out a little video for you all with a little message for each of you and some photos of the year we have had together.

English

Today, you should begin to write your final letter after drafting down your ideas of what you would like to talk about in your letter and share about yourself. Remember to only share the things that you would like your current or new teacher to know about.

Geography

We would have spent time learning about America in our topic work. Therefore, I thought this would be a nice and interesting lesson for you to complete. It is based on the state of Florida and allows you to learn and discover information about this place. https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zyqm8hv

 

Reading

Please click on the following link to carry on listening to some of your teachers and familiar faces reading you the story of ‘The Twits’ by Roald Dahl. The Twits Part 3- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLDe3vLAD80&t=13s

 

Message from Mrs Powell:

How do we know we are loved?

Penguins are loyal to their partners.  Love is loyal.  God is loyal and is committed to us.  In Hebres 13.5 God says, “never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.”  This is a way of understanding that we are loved by Him. 

Has someone ever said you are “One in a Million? Out of all the 7.3 billion people in the world, there is only one of us.  God has made us unique.  We are important.  We are special, we are loved.  Letting other people’s love in our hearts makes our hearts stronger.  If we want to live well and if we want to love others it starts with loving ourselves and letting love in.

 

Take care everyone and stay safe!

Miss Thwaites and Mrs Hulse x

Monday 13th July Skylarks home learning, by Miss Thwaites

Date: 12th Jul 2020 @ 6:09pm

Good morning everyone!

I hope you all had a fantastic weekend and I cannot wait to see you all this morning for our transition day. You will spend the day with myself and Mrs Whittingham playing a range of fun outdoor (socially distanced) games. This will help Mrs Whittingham get to know you before September and will give me a chance to say goodbye to you all before I move to my new school in September.

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As there are only 4 days left until our Summer holidays (I can’t believe I am writing this). I thought that this week it would be nice to give you a range of one off lessons and more creative and fun things to do to wind down.

English

As you are all such brilliant writers, it would be lovely for you to write a letter during today and tomorrow. I would like you to spend today (as I know you will be in school) writing down ideas. I would like you to write a letter to either your new class teacher or your current one, telling them about yourself, what you have enjoyed doing since not being in school, a new skill you may have learnt and something that you still want to improve and get better at.

To help you to do this, you can follow this lesson… https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z2gq4xs

 

Science

Last week, you may have chosen to make a moving space toy or just design one. To delve deeper into your learning of space, it would be nice for you to have a go at the following lesson: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zmw3hcw

Reading

Please click on the following link to carry on listening to some of your teachers and familiar faces reading you the story of ‘The Twits’ by Roald Dahl. The Twits Part 2- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRnox40nSLo&t=18s

 

Message from Mrs Powell:

Sometimes people make us sad. When it comes to being hurt, the bravest, happiest, strongest thing we can do is to forgive.  Forgiving is not to hold onto the hurt and to let it go.  Jesus said to forgive not 7 times but 77 times.  What can we do today to love someone else more? 

Jesus instructs us to forgive others over and over again just like he does for us. He clearly teaches his disciples in this story that they are to forgive “seventy seven times” or over and over again

Just like his forgiveness doesn’t run out, neither should our own. Use this story to share with your child that we should forgive others just as he forgives us. Jesus provided the way and the model for humility and forgiveness. His example is one we can follow daily because parents, siblings, teachers, friends and loved ones will make mistakes that affect us.

“Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32

 

Take care everyone!

Miss Thwaites and Mrs Hulse x

 

Friday 10th July Skylarks home learning, by Miss Thwaites

Date: 9th Jul 2020 @ 10:22am

Happy Friday Skylarks class and what a great Friday it is going to be!

I would love to see all of your smiley faces back in school today and for you to see your friends and classmates too. If you are able to come today at 12:30-1:30pm, I also know Mr Ault is looking forward to seeing you all too. This will be a great chance for you to enjoy a fun, outdoors PE lesson, as well as to socialise (in a safe way) with each other.

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Maths

To consolidate your learning about angles this week, here is the link for you to complete the challenges that incorporate what you have learnt this week: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zknp7yc

 

English

I thought it would be lovely to write a set of instructions today using imperative verbs, if you would like to have a go at the following lesson then please click on the link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zbxgn9q

 

We all have a lovely treat for you today and continuing into the new and final week of our term. The teachers wanted to read you a story that was a bit longer. We decided we would like to read you ‘The Twits’ by Roald Dahl. This is an iconic story and I certainly find it very funny. To listen to the first part of the story with some familiar faces click on the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ne7IT8w_9M&t=42s

 

Take care everyone, have a lovely and safe weekend!

Miss Thwaites and Mrs Hulse x

Thursday 9th July Skylarks home learning, by Miss Thwaites

Date: 9th Jul 2020 @ 10:20am

A Happy Thursday morning to Skylarks class,

Just a quick reminder that tomorrow (Friday 10th July), you will have the opportunity to meet with myself and your new class teachers by having an outdoor PE lesson with Mr Ault. Our timeslot for this is 12:30-1:30pm. Please where appropriate footwear, your own clothes and bring a water bottle. I hope to see as many of you as possible there.