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Toucans ending 27.11.20, by Mrs Whittingham

Date: 26th Nov 2020 @ 5:10pm

Week ending the 27th November

Wow! What a busy week we have had getting ready for our Virtual play. The children have been fabulous, making props, learning lines, signing songs etc.

Homework

Thank you for supporting your child with their homework this week.

Remember they can mark their Maths work themselves at home (answers are in the back of the books). However, we would still like them to bring in their books every Thursday to check that they have done the homework and if they need any help with particular questions, Mr Beswick will be able to work with them before we return the books to the children on the Friday.

Maths Homework

Pages 29 and 30 Fractions due in on Thursday 3rd December

Spellings to be tested on Friday 4th December

SUFFIXES

Admitting, forgotten, committed, beginner, referring, regretted, forbidden, preferred, stoppable, wettest

Curriculum

In Maths we are continuing our work on Fractions by comparing fractions and by adding and subtracting fraction

In English we are starting our new writing unit based on the book Star of Fear, Star of Hope, which links nicely with our Conflict topic as well.

In RE we will be working on our new topic on Christian Community. We will look at how Christians worship and how they come together as part of a community.  

In Science, we will continue with our topic Light exploring sources and how light travels.

In Geography, we are learning about where places are in the world, developing our map reading skills.

In History, we are finding out about life in the trenches and general life during World War 1.

Home Reading

Thank you to everyone who has been reading at home. We have had lots of diaries signed and consequently the children have been receiving their first raffle tickets for our reading draw.

We have been enjoying quiet reading time in class this week so the children have the opportunity to immerse themselves in their new books.

 

Our PE day is Friday so please send your child to school wearing their PE kit on that day.

 

Kind regards,

Mrs Whittingham, Mrs Downing and Mr Beswick

Toucans week ending 20.11.20, by Mrs Whittingham

Date: 19th Nov 2020 @ 4:09pm

Week ending the 20th November

We have had a busy week this week in Toucans as we have begun to prepare for our Christmas play. You are in for a special treat this year as we have never done a virtual one before! I will attach links for the songs that we are learning to sign in school so that the children can practise them at home.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2MWz7t_GDs  Silent Night

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zs4uTjMOBKY    Jingle Bells

 

Anti-Bullying Week

This week we have been marking Anti-Bullying by wearing odd socks, discussing how we are all unique and different and thinking about ways that we can unite against bullying.

Homework

Thank you for supporting your child with their homework this week.

Remember they can mark their Maths work themselves at home (answers are in the back of the books). However, we would still like them to bring in their books every Thursday to check that they have done the homework and if they need any help with particular questions, Mr Beswick will be able to work with them before we return the books to the children on the Friday.

Maths Homework

Pages 6 and 7 Decimals and Rounding due in on Thursday 26th November

 

Spellings to be tested on Friday 27th November

SUFFIXES

Careless, flavourless, hopeful, deceitful, meanness, lateness, achievement, amazement, definitely, thoroughly,

 

Curriculum

In Maths we are continuing our work on Fractions by simplifying fractions, placing them on a number line, comparing and ordering them. We will then start adding and subtracting fractions.  

In English we will be editing and using ICT to publish our information texts on Black heroes. We will also begin our new guided reading and comprehension lessons

In RE we will start our new topic on Christian Community. We will look at how Christians worship and how they come together as part of a community.  

In Science, we will continue with our topic Light exploring sources and how light travels.

Home Reading

Thank you to everyone who has been reading at home. We have had lots of diaries signed and consequently the children have been receiving their first raffle tickets for our reading draw.

We have been enjoying quiet reading time in class this week so the children have the opportunity to immerse themselves in their new books.

 

Our PE day is Friday so please send your child to school wearing their PE kit on that day.

 

Kind regards,

Mrs Whittingham, Mrs Downing and Mr Beswick

Toucans week ending 13.11.20, by Mrs Whittingham

Date: 12th Nov 2020 @ 4:26pm

Week ending the 13th November

It was great to talk to parents on the phone this week to let you know how your wonderful children are doing in class.

Another busy week in Toucans with the start of our Cello and Violin lessons for this year. We also visited the cenotaph, by the church, to lay our Remembrance crosses.

Homework

Thank you for supporting your child with their homework this week.

Remember they can mark their Maths work themselves at home (answers are in the back of the books). However, we would still like them to bring in their books every Thursday to check that they have done the homework and if they need any help with particular questions, Mr Beswick will be able to work with them before we return the books to the children on the Friday.

Maths Homework

Pages 4 and 5 Negative Numbers and Roman Numerals due in on Thursday 19th November

 

Spellings to be tested on Friday 20th November

Words ending in er, ing, y, ed, ant, tion

Trader, making, grimy, persuaded, creating, tickled, appreciated, observant, fading, creation

 

Curriculum

In Maths we will begin our work on Fractions by simplifying fractions, placing them on a number line and comparing and ordering them.   

In English we will be editing and using ICT to publish our information texts on Black heroes. We will also begin our new guided reading and comprehension lessons

In RE we will start our new topic on Christian Community. We will look at how Christians worship and how they come together as part of a community.  

In Science, we will continue with our topic Light exploring sources and how light travels.

Home Reading

Thank you to everyone who has been reading at home. We have had lots of diaries signed and consequently the children have been receiving their first raffle tickets for our reading draw.

We have been enjoying quiet reading time in class this week so the children have the opportunity to immerse themselves in their new books.

 

Our PE day is Friday so please send your child to school wearing their PE kit on that day.

 

Kind regards,

Mrs Whittingham, Mrs Downing and Mr Beswick

Toucans week ending 6.11.20, by Mrs Whittingham

Date: 5th Nov 2020 @ 5:03pm

Week ending the 6th November

It was lovely to see our children back after a restful half term. This week we have been preparing for Remembrance Day by decorating crosses. We have been doing lots of work around this as it is the beginning of our Conflict topic. Over the next few weeks we will be finding out more facts about World War 1.

Homework

The children will now receive a copy of their weekly spellings in their diaries on a Friday and I will also put them on our weekly blog. Spelling tests will take place on a Friday starting on Friday 13th November.

Also on Friday, the children will receive a CGP Maths books which they will use weekly to complete a Maths activity. Each week the children will have 2 pages to complete. I will tell the children and we will also include these on our weekly blog. The children can mark their own work at home (answers are in the back of the books). However, we would still like them to bring in their books every Thursday to check that they have done the homework and if they need any help with particular questions, Mr Beswick will be able to work with them before we return the books to the children on the Friday.

Spellings to be tested on Friday 13th November

Words ending in ed, ing, est, er

asking, jumped, fastest, hunter, shouted, nearer, lightest, yawning, sprinting, rusted

Maths Homework

Pages 2 and 3 Ordering Numbers, due in on Thursday 12th November

Curriculum

In Maths we will be looking at the properties of numbers and will begin our coverage of fractions.  

In English we will be editing and using ICT to publish our information texts on Black heroes.   

In RE we will start our new topic on Christian Community. We will look at how Christians worship and how they come together as part of a community.  

In Science, we will continue with our topic Light exploring sources and how light travels.

Home Reading

Thank you to everyone who has been reading at home. We have had lots of diaries signed and consequently the children have been receiving their first raffle tickets for our reading draw.

We have been enjoying quiet reading time in class this week so the children have the opportunity to immerse themselves in their new books.

Our PE day is Friday so please send your child to school wearing their PE kit on that day. Mr Ault will also be running an after school club for Year 6s after school on a Friday.

Kind regards,

Mrs Whittingham, Mrs Downing and Mr Beswick

Toucans week ending the 23rd October, by Mrs Whittingham

Date: 22nd Oct 2020 @ 3:40pm

We hope the children all have a lovely rest over half term as they have worked hard over the past 8 weeks.

In Maths we will be looking at the properties of numbers and will begin our coverage of fractions.  

In English we will be focusing on developing our reading skills through answering questions relating to inference.  

In RE we will start our new topic on Christian Community. We will look at how Christians worship and how they come together as part of a community.  

In Science, we will continue with our topic Light exploring sources and how light travels.

Home Reading

Thank you to everyone who has been reading at home. We have had lots of diaries signed and consequently the children have been receiving their first raffle tickets for our reading draw.

We have been enjoying quiet reading time in class this week so the children have the opportunity to immerse themselves in their new books.

 

Our PE day is Friday so please send your child to school wearing their PE kit on that day. Mr Ault will also be running an after school club for Year 6s after school on a Friday.

 

Topic – Conflict

After half term, we will begin to investigate our History and Geography topic – Conflicts. We will start by finding out more about the Battle of Hastings and then look at World War 1 and 2.

 

Wishing everyone a lovely half term, best wishes from

Mrs Whittingham, Mrs Downing and Mr Beswick

Toucans week beg. 19.10.20, by Mrs Whittingham

Date: 14th Oct 2020 @ 5:07pm

This week the children have been finding out about their roles for the coming academic year – head students and team captains. They will also find out shortly who will be the Eco-officers, health ambassadors, pupil parliament members, librarians etc.

Assessments – the children are beginning to do some baseline assessments for year 6. We have not made a big deal of these in class and don’t want the children to worry about them at all. For this reason, we have just been doing them alongside our normal lessons.

In Maths we are continuing our work on long division and revising our basic number operations through mental arithmetic activities.

In English we are continuing to work on our book ‘Of Thee I Sing’. Over the next week we will be using it to inspire some persuasive writing.

In RE our topic is Diversity and we have been working in pairs to research a different religion and to present information about places of worship, scared texts, festivals etc. Next week we will be presenting our facts to the class so we can all learn more about these different religions.

In Science, our Topic is Light and we are exploring our own questions around this subject.  

Home Reading

Thank you to everyone who has been reading at home. We have had lots of diaries signed and consequently the children have been receiving their first raffle tickets for our reading draw.

We have been enjoying quiet reading time in class this week so the children have the opportunity to immerse themselves in their new books.

Our PE day is Friday so please send your child to school wearing their PE kit on that day. Mr Ault will also be running an after school club for Year 6s after school on a Friday.

Kind regards

Mrs Whittingham, Mrs Downing and Mr Beswick

Toucans week beg. 12.10.20, by Mrs Whittingham

Date: 8th Oct 2020 @ 3:41pm

Another busy week in Toucans as we have had our presentations for Head Student. The children have shared their letters/speeches/presentations with their classmates and Toucans have voted for their candidates. We also videoed these presentations to share on our school system. Next step is for all the other members of our school community to view and cast their votes.

In Maths we have been looking at long multiplication and division. Next week, we will continue to explore long division. Remember to keep revising your times tables and play Times Tables Rock stars.

In English we are have been busy learning to write cohesive paragraphs on characters from our book ‘Of Thee I Sing’. We have also been linking this with our RE/No Outsiders topic of Racism.

In RE our topic is Diversity and we continuing to find out how we celebrate special times in our families. Next week we will begin to look at some other Religions and how they celebrate festivals.

In Science, we will continue our work on Light by thinking about sources and how light travels.

Home Reading

Thank you to everyone who has been reading at home. We have had lots of diaries signed and consequently the children have been receiving their first raffle tickets for our reading draw.

We have been enjoying quiet reading time in class this week so the children have the opportunity to immerse themselves in their new books.

 

Our PE day is Friday so please send your child to school wearing their PE kit on that day. Mr Ault will also be running an after school club for Year 6s after school on a Friday.

 

Mental Health Week

Saturday 10th October is World Mental Health Day. In school this week we have been discussing how to keep our minds healthy and the benefits of mindfulness.

 

Harvest

Over the past 2 weeks we have been thinking about the importance of Harvest and have been collaborating as a school to produce our own unique Harvest Festival which we can share with our friends and families.

 

Kind regards

Mrs Whittingham, Mrs Downing and Mr Beswick

Toucans week beg. 12.10.20, by Mrs Whittingham

Date: 8th Oct 2020 @ 3:41pm

Another busy week in Toucans as we have had our presentations for Head Student. The children have shared their letters/speeches/presentations with their classmates and Toucans have voted for their candidates. We also videoed these presentations to share on our school system. Next step is for all the other members of our school community to view and cast their votes.

In Maths we have been looking at long multiplication and division. Next week, we will continue to explore long division. Remember to keep revising your times tables and play Times Tables Rock stars.

In English we are have been busy learning to write cohesive paragraphs on characters from our book ‘Of Thee I Sing’. We have also been linking this with our RE/No Outsiders topic of Racism.

In RE our topic is Diversity and we continuing to find out how we celebrate special times in our families. Next week we will begin to look at some other Religions and how they celebrate festivals.

In Science, we will continue our work on Light by thinking about sources and how light travels.

Home Reading

Thank you to everyone who has been reading at home. We have had lots of diaries signed and consequently the children have been receiving their first raffle tickets for our reading draw.

We have been enjoying quiet reading time in class this week so the children have the opportunity to immerse themselves in their new books.

 

Our PE day is Friday so please send your child to school wearing their PE kit on that day. Mr Ault will also be running an after school club for Year 6s after school on a Friday.

 

Mental Health Week

Saturday 10th October is World Mental Health Day. In school this week we have been discussing how to keep our minds healthy and the benefits of mindfulness.

 

Harvest

Over the past 2 weeks we have been thinking about the importance of Harvest and have been collaborating as a school to produce our own unique Harvest Festival which we can share with our friends and families.

 

Kind regards

Mrs Whittingham, Mrs Downing and Mr Beswick

Toucans week beg. 5.10.20, by Mrs Whittingham

Date: 1st Oct 2020 @ 3:45pm

Toucans have had a great week and enjoyed their extra active breaks with Mr Ault. We also celebrated National Poetry Day by looking at the poem ‘Together’ and then composing their own poems linked to our topic ‘All Together Now’.

In Maths we have been focusing on our arithmetic strategies and using column addition and subtraction. Next week, we will look at multiplication and division.   

In English we are using the books ‘Of Thee I Sing’ and ‘Young, Gifted and Black’ as a stimulus for our writing. The children have been writing diary entries and have been focusing on writing cohesive paragraphs. We have also been looking at spellings that we are finding tricky in our writing – are/our, their/they’re/there, were/where

In RE our topic is Diversity and we have been thinking about various traditions that we celebrate in our families. We will continue to think about these traditions next week and will focus in particular on the religious ones.

In Science, we will continue our work on Light by thinking about sources and how light travels.

 

Home Reading

Thank you to everyone who has been reading at home. We have had lots of diaries signed and consequently the children have been receiving their first raffle tickets for our reading draw.

This week I have sent home your child with a reading book and their new homework diary. 

We have been enjoying quiet reading time in class this week so the children have the opportunity to immerse themselves in their new books.

 

Our PE day is Friday so please send your child to school wearing their PE kit on that day. Mr Ault will also be running an after school club for Year 6s after school on a Friday.

 

Head Student

Don’t forget if you are interested in becoming one of our head students this year you need to get your letter of application completed by Monday 5th October.

 

Junior Safety Officers

Congratulations to Lewis and Keira who have been chosen as our new Junior Safety Officers for this year. They will spend the next few weeks learning about their roles and will then be launching their first competition.

Kind regards

Mrs Whittingham, Mrs Downing and Mr Beswick

Toucans week beg. 28.9.20, by Mrs Whittingham

Date: 24th Sep 2020 @ 4:11pm

Week beg. 28.09.20

Welcome to Toucans Class Blog. We will be in touch weekly to keep you updated with all that is happening in our class.

We are continuing to work on our ‘All Together Now’ topic. The children have been sharing their memories of lockdown and have been thinking about what makes them happy to create a Happiness Recipe.  Toucans have worked hard this past week. We have seen some excellent pieces of diary writing and their place value work in Maths has been fantastic. Well done Toucans!

In Maths we have finished our work on Place Value for the moment and will move on to look at the four number operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division).

In English we are using the books ‘Of Thee I Sing’ and ‘Young, Gifted and Black’ as a stimulus for our writing. The children will be participating in discussions, summarising main ideas, writing cohesive paragraphs and revising various sentence structures and tenses. The children have been enjoying learning about Jackie Robinson, the first black African American baseball player. We have been talking about the movie that was made based on his life '42'. Unfortunately, we cannot show this in school as its rated 12A but you may want to watch it together as a family. Here is the trailer that we have been using in our writing lessons 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9RHqdZDCF0 

In RE our topic is Diversity and we will be celebrating the impact of immigration on our food, music and sports in the UK.

In Science, we will continue our work on Light by thinking about sources.

Home Reading

Thank you to everyone who has been reading at home. We have had lots of diaries signed and consequently the children have been receiving their first raffle tickets for our reading draw.

This week I have sent home your child with a reading book and their new homework diary. 

We have been enjoying quiet reading time in class this week so the children have the opportunity to immerse themselves in their new books.

Our PE day is Friday so please send your child to school wearing their PE kit on that day. Mr Ault will also be running an after school club for Year 6s after school on a Friday.

Kind regards

Mrs Whittingham, Mrs Downing and Mr Beswick

Toucans week beg 21.09.20, by Mrs Whittingham

Date: 12th Jul 2020 @ 6:23pm

Week beg. 21.09.20

Welcome to Toucans Class Blog. We will be in touch weekly to keep you updated with all that is happening in our class.

It has been fantastic having everyone back in school and welcoming our new Toucans!

We are working on our whole school topic ‘All Together Now’ celebrating being back together as a class and reflecting on past experiences through art work, mindfulness, circle time and other nurturing activities.

In Maths we are working on Place value, being able to read and write numbers to 10, 000, 000.

In English we are using the books ‘Of Thee I Sing’ and ‘Young, Gifted and Black’ as a stimulus for our writing. The children will be participating in discussions, summarising main ideas, writing cohesive paragraphs and revising various sentence structures and tenses.

In RE our topic is Diversity and we will be celebrating the variety of people in our class as well as exploring our own identities.

In Science, we will begin our new topic – Light.

Home Reading

This week I have sent home your child with a reading book and their new homework diary. 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 we will not be writing in the homework diaries but would encourage Year 6s to record their own reading and aim to read at least 3 times a week and they will then receive a raffle ticket. We will stamp the diaries in class when we are checking reading.

Here is a selection of recommended reads for Year 6.

Our PE day is Friday so please send your child to school wearing their PE kit on that day. Mr Ault will also be running an after school club for Year 6s after school on a Friday.

Kind regards

Mrs Whittingham, Mrs Downing and Mr Beswick

Toucans 10.7.20, by Mrs Whittingham

Date: 9th Jul 2020 @ 4:46pm

Toucans Blog Friday 10th July

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good morning Toucans and I hope you had a good day yesterday. 

 ENGLISH 

Please follow the Diary writing lessons on the Oak Academy

https://classroom.thenational.academy/subjects-by-year/year-6/subjects/english

 

MATHS

Please follow the Maths lessons on Percentages and Statistics from the Oak Academy

https://classroom.thenational.academy/subjects-by-year/year-6/subjects/maths

 

See the attached Home Learning Timetable and choose an activity to do or choose a lesson from the Oak Academy on a subject of your choice.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/subjects-by-year/year-6/subjects/foundation

Today’s story is extra special because it involves lots of familiar faces! –

The Lostock Team reading The Twits Part 1- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ne7IT8w_9M&t=42s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Message from Mrs Powell

Never judge anyone by the way they look.

Once upon a time, in a desert far away, there was a rose who was so proud of her beautiful looks. Her only complaint was growing next to an ugly cactus.

Every day, the beautiful rose would insult and mock the cactus on his looks, all while the cactus remained quiet. All the other plants nearby tried to make the rose see sense, but she was too swayed by her own looks.

One scorching summer, the desert became dry, and there was no water left for the plants. The rose quickly began to wilt. Her beautiful petals dried up, losing their lush colour.

Looking to the cactus, she saw a sparrow dip his beak into the cactus to drink some water. Though ashamed, the rose asked the cactus if she could have some water. The kind cactus readily agreed, helping them both through the tough summer, as friends.

What have you done for a friend?  The cactus and the rose look very different but we are all unique and have special gifts.

The things that make me different are the things that make me, me.”
—Piglet

 

Best wishes from Mrs Downing, Mrs Whittingham & Mr Beswick and have a fabulous day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Toucans 9.7.20, by Mrs Whittingham

Date: 9th Jul 2020 @ 8:13am

Toucans Blog Thursday 9th July