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Toucans W.B. 05.12.22, by Mr Corkill

Date: 2nd Dec 2022 @ 8:00am

Welcome Back to Toucans’ Weekly Blog 🙂

 

Toucans have impressed me with their excellent assessment scores this week, reflecting all their handwork and enthusiasm for learning. We all enjoyed making our Christingles at the start of the week and look forward to performing our production of Matilda next week. 

Praise: Finley 

Top Table: Lola and Willow

 

Next Week (W.B. 05.12.22)

 

Reminders:

  • The KS2 production of Matilda will be on Wednesday (7th December) at 1pm and 5pm, along with a performance on Thursday (8th December) at 5pm. Children should have been given their costumes by Donna North who has been leading this year’s Christmas production. 
  • On Monday (5th December) we will focus on practising the KS2 production so that we are ready for our performances later in the week. We will also have a dress rehearsal on Tuesday (6th December) to KS1 as our final practice.
  • PE will continue to take place on both a Monday and a Friday each week, so please send your child into school wearing their PE kit on these days. PE kits should either be school kits or plain black/navy.
  • Friday (9th December) will be our Christmas jumper and Christmas lunch day. 

 

Curriculum:

In English, we will look at reviewing our endangered animal leaflets and how we could edit and improve these to pieces of writing. 

In maths, we will continue with our 4-a-day arithmetic questions each morning to further practice our four operations. We will begin to look at our new unit on measures. We will firstly explore different types of metric measure before looking at converting and calculating with them. 

In science, the children will work in groups to solve a series of revision problems on our unit of electricity before applying their knowledge in some assessment questions. 

In history/geography, we will begin to look at WW2 focusing on how this conflict started and which countries were primarily involved. We will create a timeline of early events and use our atlas skills to identify the countries on a world map. 

We will also look to reflect on our assessments and identify key areas of individual focus for the next academic term. 

The children will continue to have a weekly German lesson with Mrs Judge on a Tuesday afternoon. 

 

Homework:

Children in Year 6 will be set a weekly maths homework that they should complete and mark at home using the answers provided in the back of their homework book. If your child is finding the homework challenging, I will ensure that supervision is provided one lunchtime each week where your child can ask any questions or receive the support they need to complete the homework.

 

Children should complete page 24 of their maths homework book this week and return it to school by Thursday 8th December. The homework this week recaps the idea of multiplying by 10, 100 and 1000. 

 

Please also encourage your child to read for 15-20 minutes each evening and practice their spellings and times tables. Children need to record their reading in their homework diaries/planners. This really will help them with their reading speed and stamina. 

 

The following website is great for times tables practice: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

 

Our spellings for the quiz on Friday 9th December will focus on plural nouns and will be: addresses, coaches, dictionaries, identities, opportunities, parties, sketches, suffixes, trousers, wishes. 

 

Please remember that if you have any questions or queries, do not hesitate to get in contact!

 

Mr Corkill 😊

Toucans W.B. 28.11.22, by Mr Corkill

Date: 25th Nov 2022 @ 2:05pm

Welcome Back to Toucans’ Weekly Blog 

 

Toucans have all worked so hard this week as we have continued to rehearse for our upcoming KS2 production and written a leaflet on an endangered animal that interests them. 

Praise: Ellie 

Top Table: Sophie and Francesca

 

Next Week (W.B. 28.11.22)

 

Reminders:

  • On Monday (28th November) we look forward to making our Christingles and celebrating together in church in the afternoon. 
  • Our RSE lesson will be on next week - further information was sent out to families at the start of this half term. 
  • PE will continue to take place on both a Monday and a Friday each week, so please send your child into school wearing their PE kit on these days. PE kits should either be school kits or plain black/navy.

 

Curriculum:

In English, we will look at either finishing off our endangered animal leaflets or editing and improving these to include further writing features. 

In maths, we will continue with our 4-a-day arithmetic questions each morning to further practice our four operations. We will complete two end of unit checks on our work to do with adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions. 

We will also begin to complete our end of autumn term assessments. 

We will continue with our rehearsals for the upcoming KS2 Christmas production.

The children will continue to have a weekly German lesson with Mrs Judge on a Tuesday afternoon. 

 

Homework:

Children in Year 6 will be set a weekly maths homework that they should complete and mark at home using the answers provided in the back of their homework book. If your child is finding the homework challenging, I will ensure that supervision is provided one lunchtime each week where your child can ask any questions or receive the support they need to complete the homework.

 

Children should complete pages 30, 31 and 32 (progress test 1) of their maths homework book this week and return it to school by Thursday 1st December. The homework this week assesses all the children have been learning about so far in Year 6.  

 

Please also encourage your child to read for 15-20 minutes each evening and practice their spellings and times tables. Children need to record their reading in their homework diaries/planners. This really will help them with their reading speed and stamina. 

 

The following website is great for times tables practice: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

 

Our spellings for the quiz on Friday 2nd December will focus on words ending in -ible and -able and will be: adorable, comfortable, dependable, possible, reliable, responsible, suitable, terrible, understandable, visible. 

 

Please remember that if you have any questions or queries, do not hesitate to get in contact!

Mr Corkill 😊

Toucans W.B. 21.11.22, by Mr Corkill

Date: 17th Nov 2022 @ 6:50pm

Welcome Back to Toucans’ Weekly Blog 🙂

 

Toucans have been really enthusiastic about researching an endangered animal this week in our English lessons which demonstrates their passion for conservation and protection of these vulnerable animal species. 

Praise: Mason J

Top Table: Brooke and Amelia

 

Next Week (W.B. 21.11.22)

 

Reminders:

  • PE will continue to take place on both a Monday and a Friday each week, so please send your child into school wearing their PE kit on these days. PE kits should either be school kits or plain black/navy.
  • On Monday (21st November), school photos will be taken. 
  • On Wednesday (23rd November), we have our fundraising film night after school until 5pm. 

 

Curriculum:

In English, we will continue planning and writing our endangered animal leaflets containing elements of information, explanation, and persuasion. We will bring together all our learning so far to incorporate a range of writing features, such as modal verbs, adverbs, and use of parenthesis to incorporate extra information. In our shared reading lesson, we will explore the poem El Alamein by John Jarmain and focus on drawing inferences and making comparisons. 

In maths, we will continue with our 4-a-day arithmetic questions each morning to further practice our four operations. We will look at dividing a fraction by an integer, look at fractions of amounts, and finding the whole when given a fractional amount. 

In science, we will conduct a series of circuit investigations to explore what the effect is when adding extra batteries, components, and extending the length of wires. 

In our history/geography lesson, we will begin to learn about WW2. We shall explore a timeline of key events in early WW2 and use our atlas and map skills to understand which countries were involved in this conflict. 

In RE, the children will discuss the world that a range of Christian communities are trying to build from the research we have conducted over the last few lessons.  

The children will continue to be rehearsing for the upcoming Christmas production of Matilda each Thursday and Friday afternoon. 

The children will continue to have a weekly German lesson with Mrs Judge on a Tuesday afternoon. 

 

Homework:

Children in Year 6 will be set a weekly maths homework that they should complete and mark at home using the answers provided in the back of their homework book. If your child is finding the homework challenging, I will ensure that supervision is provided one lunchtime each week where your child can ask any questions or receive the support they need to complete the homework.

 

Children should complete pages 22 and 23 of their maths homework book this week and return it to school by Thursday 24th November. The homework this week focuses on multiplying and dividing fractions to consolidate the classwork we have completed this week. 

 

Please also encourage your child to read for 15-20 minutes each evening and practice their spellings and times tables. Children need to record their reading in their homework diaries/planners. This really will help them with their reading speed and stamina. 

 

The following website is great for times tables practice:https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

 

Our spellings for the quiz on Friday 25th November will focus on words containing ei and ie and will be: achieve, deceived, mischievous, niece, perceive, pieces, protein, received, relieved, shriek. 

 

Please remember that if you have any questions or queries, do not hesitate to get in contact!

 

Mr Corkill 😊

Toucans W.B. 14.11.22, by Mr Corkill

Date: 10th Nov 2022 @ 3:41pm

Welcome Back to Toucans’ Weekly Blog 🙂

 

Toucans have really impressed me this week with their magnificent mathematics skills whilst they have been solving problems involving adding and subtracting fractions. Well done, everyone!

Praise: Amelia

Top Table: Finley and Abi

 

Next Week (W.B. 14.11.22)

 

Reminders:

  • PE will continue to take place on both a Monday and a Friday each week, so please send your child into school wearing their PE kit on these days. PE kits should either be school kits or plain black/navy.
  • Next Friday (18th November) the children can come to school wearing their own clothes for a donation to Children in Need. As this is one of our PE days, please ensure that clothing is suitable for exercising in with Mr Ault. 

 

Curriculum:

In English, we will be investigating a model report on an endangered animal to understand the writing features and sections of text involved. We will also be looking at researching our own endangered animal to gather facts and information that will later be used for our final writing pieces. 

In maths, we will continue with our 4-a-day arithmetic questions each morning to further practice our four operations. We will look at multi-step problems involving fractions before moving onto multiplying fractions by an integer or another fraction.

In our history/geography lesson, we will investigate how WW1 came to an end and create a newspaper front page outlining the reasons why and how this conflict ended. We will also discuss the significance of WW1 and its lasting impact.

In RE, the children will continue to research a local, national, and global Christian community and examine the similarities and differences between these communities. 

In PSHE / RSE, the children will be discussing the factors of a healthy relationship and marriage. 

The children will continue to be rehearsing for the upcoming Christmas production of Matilda each Thursday and Friday afternoon. 

The children will continue to have a weekly German lesson with Mrs Judge on a Tuesday afternoon. 

 

Homework:

Children in Year 6 will be set a weekly maths homework that they should complete and mark at home using the answers provided in the back of their homework book. If your child is finding the homework challenging, I will ensure that supervision is provided one lunchtime each week where your child can ask any questions or receive the support they need to complete the homework.

 

Children should complete pages 20 and 21 of their maths homework book this week and return it to school by Thursday 17th November. The homework this week focuses on adding and subtracting fractions to consolidate the classwork we have completed this week. 

 

Please also encourage your child to read for 15-20 minutes each evening and practice their spellings and times tables. Children need to record their reading in their homework diaries/planners. This really will help them with their reading speed and stamina. 

 

The following website is great for times tables practice: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

 

Our spellings for the quiz on Friday 18th November will focus on words containing silent letters and will be: autumn, climbed, column, doubting, guessed, guidance, knight, knowledgeable, rustled, whistle. 

 

Please remember that if you have any questions or queries, do not hesitate to get in contact!

 

Mr Corkill 😊

Toucans W.B. 07.11.22, by Mr Corkill

Date: 3rd Nov 2022 @ 3:35pm

Welcome Back to Toucans’ Weekly Blog 🙂

 

Toucans have had a great first week back in school. They all really enjoyed our trip to Safety Central on Tuesday, where they managed to score an impressive 97% on the ‘end of the day’ quiz. Fantastic work, everyone! 

Praise: Isabel

Top Table: Jake and Zach

 

Next Week (W.B. 07.11.22)

 

Reminders:

  • PE will continue to take place on both a Monday and a Friday each week, so please send your child into school wearing their PE kit on these days. PE kits should either be school kits or plain black/navy.
  • Christmas production rehearsals have begun, so please ensure your child is regularly reading their scripts and learning their lines. 

 

Curriculum:

In English, we will continue to explore our new model text, ‘Can We Save The Tiger?’, and focus upon adding parenthesis using dashes, studying hybrid text type features, and writing a short report on kakapos. In our shared reading lesson, we will be comparing and contrasting two poems on blackouts during times of conflict. 

In maths, we will continue with our 4-a-day arithmetic questions each morning to further practice our four operations. We will continue to focus on fractions with a particular emphasis on adding and subtracting fractions. 

In science, we will continue with our new unit of electricity. We shall be looking at the effect of voltage on the components of a circuit through building a range of circuits and increasing the voltage within each. 

In our history/geography lesson, we will complete a lesson focusing on remembrance day. We shall use ‘A Street Near You’ to research a local WW1 soldier to create a fact file and explore the significance of remembering those who fought for our country. 

In RE, the children will begin to research a local, national and global Christian community and examine the similarities and differences between these communities. 

The children will continue to have a weekly German lesson with Mrs Judge on a Tuesday afternoon. 

 

Homework:

Children in Year 6 will be set a weekly maths homework that they should complete and mark at home using the answers provided in the back of their homework book. If your child is finding the homework challenging, I will ensure that supervision is provided one lunchtime each week where your child can ask any questions or receive the support they need to complete the homework.

 

Children should complete pages 18 and 19 of their maths homework book this week and return it to school by Thursday 10th November. The homework this week focuses on simplifying and ordering fractions to consolidate the classwork we have completed this week. 

 

Please also encourage your child to read for 15-20 minutes each evening and practice their spellings and times tables. Children need to record their reading in their homework diaries/planners. This really will help them with their reading speed and stamina. The following website is great for times tables practice: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

 

Our spellings for the quiz on Friday 11th November will focus on words containing the ‘sh’ sound spelt si or ssi and will be: admission, comprehension, discussion, explosion, impression, permission, profession, revision, tension, vision. 

 

Please remember that if you have any questions or queries, do not hesitate to get in contact!

 

Mr Corkill 😊

Toucans W.B. 31.10.22, by Mr Corkill

Date: 20th Oct 2022 @ 8:09pm

Welcome Back to Toucans’ Weekly Blog 🙂 

 

Toucans have really impressed me this week with their mature, caring, and conscientious attitude to their first set of assessments in Year 6. We have also begun to think about our Christmas production (more details to follow) and held auditions to cast parts this week. It was lovely to meet so many of you this week to discuss how your child is settling into life in Year 6. We have also written letters in role as WW1 soldiers discussing life in the trenches with amazing writing results. Well done to all the children for working so hard this half term, and I wish you all a very happy and relaxing half term break. 

Praise: Ryan

Top Table: William and Grace

 

Next Week (W.B. 31.10.22)

 

Reminders:

  • Our trip to Safety Central will take place on Tuesday 1st November. Please make sure that your child brings with them a packed lunch, snack, and drink in a disposable bag labelled with their name. Children need to wear their school uniform on the day. 
  • PE will take place on both a Monday and a Friday each week, so please send your child into school wearing their PE kit on these days. PE kits should either be school kits or plain black/navy.
  • Book Trade – Message from our new school councillors. We will be holding a book trade on the first Friday back after half-term (Friday 5th November) straight after school. In the half-term holiday, we suggest you sort through your books to find any you don’t want anymore. Please bring them in on book trade day to swap your unwanted books for new ones to enjoy. Recommended for adults too. Thank you from, School Council. 

 

Curriculum:

In English, we begin to study our new focus text for this half term. ‘Can We Save The Tigers?’ will be our model text as we explore how to write to inform, explain and persuade. The children will begin to develop these skills to later write a short report on an endangered animal. 

In maths, our focus will turn to fractions. We will begin at looking at equivalent fractions, before comparing and ordering fractions. We will continue to work on our arithmetic skills through our daily 4-a-day questions each morning. 

In science, we will begin our new unit of study on electricity. The children will revise some of their previous learning from Year 4 before looking at how different circuit components are represented using circuit symbols. 

In our history/geography lesson, we will continue to look at World War One. This week, we will explore how propaganda was used to change the role of different people and influence people’s opinions.

In art, we will begin to focus on using our drawing skills to sketch a conflict-themed image focusing upon light and shadows. 

In RE, we will start a new unit which looks at the Christian community. In this week’s lesson, the children will discuss what it means to be part of a community and how Christians show their community spirit in different ways. 

 

Homework:

Children in Year 6 will be set a weekly maths homework that they should complete and mark at home using the answers provided in the back of their homework book. If your child is finding the homework challenging, I will ensure that supervision is provided one lunchtime each week where your child can ask any questions or receive the support they need to complete the homework.

There will be no formal homework (CGP maths or spellings) set over the half term break. Please encourage your child to do some reading and times table / arithmetic practice when possible. Homework and spellings will recommence the first week back following half term. 

 

Please remember that if you have any questions or queries, do not hesitate to get in contact!

 

Mr Corkill 😊

Toucans W.B. 17.10.22, by Mr Corkill

Date: 13th Oct 2022 @ 2:54pm

Welcome Back to Toucans’ Weekly Blog 🙂

 

Toucans have had another fantastic week! The children have really impressed me with their amazing arithmetic skills, and their passion and enthusiasm for discussing trench warfare during our WW1 history lesson. 

Praise: Riley

Top Table: Izzy and Georgia

 

Next Week (W.B. 17.10.22)

 

Reminders:

  • Our KS2 Harvest service will take place on Monday 17th October at St. John the Evangelist Church, Lostock Gralam, at 9:30am. Y6 will be performing the classic hymn ‘we plough the fields and scatter’ as a poem. 
  • Parents’ Evenings will be held this week on both Wednesday and Thursday afternoon. All appointments are for 10 minutes to discuss how your child in settling into life in Y6. 
  • PE will take place on both a Monday and a Friday each week, so please send your child into school wearing their PE kit on these days. PE kits should either be school kits or plain black/navy.

 

Curriculum:

In English, we will undertake a practice reading, spelling, and punctuation and grammar test this week to identify what the children know and any areas of development. 

In maths, we will continue with our 4-a-day arithmetic questions each morning, and explore using mental calculations and reasoning from known facts. We will also complete an arithmetic paper and two mathematical reasoning papers again to identify areas of strength and future areas of focus. 

In our history/geography lesson, we will continue to look at World War One and write a letter in role as a WW1 solider discussing life in the trenches. 

In music, the children will continue with their weekly ukulele lesson on Thursday afternoon. 

In German, the children will further discuss and describe pets and animals with Mrs Judge. 

In computing, the children will begin to create their own businesses through making a logo and creating a set of merchandise to promote their business idea. 

 

Homework:

Children in Year 6 will be set a weekly maths homework that they should complete and mark at home using the answers provided in the back of their homework book. If your child is finding the homework challenging, I will ensure that supervision is provided one lunchtime each week where your child can ask any questions or receive the support they need to complete the homework.

 

Children should complete pages 11 and 14 of their maths homework book this week and return it to school by Thursday 20th October. The homework this week is focusing upon division and BODMAS. The following website is great for times tables practice: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

 

Please also encourage your child to read for 15-20 minutes each evening and practice their spellings and times tables. Children need to record their reading in their homework diaries/planners. 

 

Our spellings for the quiz on Friday 21st October will focus on words containing the ‘sh’ sound spelt ti or ci and will be: ancient, appreciate, calculation, competition, conscious, conscience, delicious, direction, especially, explanation. 

 

Please remember that if you have any questions or queries, do not hesitate to get in contact!

Mr Corkill 😊

Toucans W.B. 10.10.22, by Mr Corkill

Date: 6th Oct 2022 @ 6:30pm

Welcome Back to Toucans’ Weekly Blog 🙂

 

Toucans have worked so hard this week in creating an extended piece of writing based upon our story Star of Fear, Star of Hope. All the children have really impressed me with their writing skills! We have begun working on our harvest service performance - performing the hymn ‘we plough the fields and scatter’ as a poem. 

Praise: Anthony

Top Table: Isabel and Nuo Yu

 

Next Week (W.B. 10.10.22)

 

Reminders:

  • PE will take place on both a Monday and a Friday each week, so please send your child into school wearing their PE kit on these days. PE kits should either be school kits or plain black/navy.

 

Curriculum:

In English, we will finish writing our extended pieces of writing based upon our flashback story, Star of Fear, Star of Hope. We will look at editing and improving our writing to include our mastery writing features for this unit of work: passive voice, cohesive devices, expanded noun phrases, and use of dialogue to convey character and advance the action. 

In maths, we will continue with our 4-a-day arithmetic questions each morning, and explore different methods of division. Our focus will be dividing a 4-digit number by a 2-digit number. 

In science, we research a famous scientist, Hasan al-Haytham, and create a fact file about him and his work on light. 

In our history/geography lesson, we will continue to look at World War One and what life was like in the trenches for soldiers. We will write a letter to the BBC analysing a Horrible Histories sketch.

In art, we will evaluate our conflict-themed pieces of artwork.

In music, the children will continue with their weekly ukulele lesson on Thursday afternoon. 

 

Homework

Children in Year 6 will be set a weekly maths homework that they should complete and mark at home using the answers provided in the back of their homework book. If your child is finding the homework challenging, I will ensure that supervision is provided one lunchtime each week where your child can ask any questions or receive the support they need to complete the homework.

Children should complete page 10 of their maths homework book this week and return it to school by Thursday 13th October.

 

Please also encourage your child to read for 15-20 minutes each evening and practice their spellings and times tables. Children need to record their reading in their homework diaries/planners. The following website is great for times tables practice: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

 

Our spellings for the quiz on Friday 14th October will again focus on suffixes and will be: applied, beautifully, busily, business, copier, happiness, heavier, reliable, replied, trying. 

 

Please remember that if you have any questions or queries, do not hesitate to get in contact!

 

Mr Corkill 😊

Toucans W.B. 03.10.22, by Mr Corkill

Date: 29th Sep 2022 @ 7:21pm

Welcome Back to Toucans’ Weekly Blog 🙂

 

What a brilliant week we have had in Toucans class! We all enjoyed our exciting trip to Petty Pool, where the children really excelled at pushing themselves to try new things and represented our school so wonderfully. 

 

Praise: Sophie

Top Table: Edward and Mack

 

Next Week (W.B. 03.10.22)

 

Reminders:

  • PE will take place on both a Monday and a Friday each week, so please send your child into school wearing their PE kit on these days. PE kits should either be school kits or plain black/navy.

 

Curriculum:

In English, we will focus on planning and writing our own flashback story, based upon our current study text - Star of Fear, Star of Hope. We will try to write a story from the other main character’s point of view. 

In maths, we will continue with our 4-a-day arithmetic questions each morning, and multiplication and division strategies.

In science, we will be using the results we generated from our shadow experiment last week to try and draw an accurate line graph to represent our results. 

In our history/geography lesson, we will begin to look at World War One. We shall look at the reasons behind WW1 and the countries involved in this conflict.

In art, we will continue to create our Paul Nash inspired conflict paintings and begin to think about evaluating these pieces of work. 

In RE, we will be thinking about making a pledge to promote diversity in our local community. 

 

Homework

Children in Year 6 will be set a weekly maths homework that they should complete and mark at home using the answers provided in the back of their homework book. If your child is finding the homework challenging, I will ensure that supervision is provided one lunchtime each week where your child can ask any questions or receive the support they need to complete the homework.

 

Children should complete page 15 of their maths homework book this week and return it to school by Thursday 6th October.

 

Please also encourage your child to read for 15-20 minutes each evening and practice their spellings and times tables. Children need to record their reading in their homework diaries/planners. The following website is great for times tables practice: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

 

Our spellings for the quiz on Friday 7th October will again focus on suffixes and will be:

admittance, beginning, committed, forbidden, forgotten, permitting, preferred, regrettable, stoppable, wettest. 

 

Please remember that if you have any questions or queries, do not hesitate to get in contact!

 

Mr Corkill 😊

Toucans W.B. 26.09.22, by Mr Corkill

Date: 22nd Sep 2022 @ 2:28pm

Welcome Back to Toucans’ Weekly Blog 🙂

 

We have had another fantastic week in Toucans class, where the children have been working so incredibly hard in all lessons. Their passion and enthusiasm for learning has been evident across the curriculum. 

 

Praise: Savannah

Top Table: Anthony and Toby

 

Next Week (W.B. 26.09.22)

 

Reminders:

  • Thursday 29th September will be our trip to Petty Pool. Please ensure to send your child into school in warm clothing, with a waterproof coat, and suitable trainers to take part in the activities. The children will need to bring their lunch and snack with them in a disposable plastic bag; labelled with their name. If your child needs an inhaler, please ensure that they bring this along too.
  • Year 5 and Year 6 will have an assembly on Monday 26th September with the headteacher of Rudheath Senior Academy. 
  • PE will take place on both a Monday and a Friday each week, so please send your child into school wearing their PE kit on these days. PE kits should either be school kits or plain black/navy.

 

Curriculum:

In English, we will finish reading our story Star of Fear, Star of Hope. We will be focusing upon writing a thank you letter in role and making predictions about what may have happened to one of our two main characters. We will also write an informal, chatty email to tell a friend about our Petty Pool trip. 

In maths, we will continue with our 4-a-day arithmetic questions each morning, and look at factors, multiples, and prime numbers. 

In science, we will be investigating how the size of a shadow changes when a light source is moved closer or further away from an object. 

In our history/geography lesson, we will discuss how the Wars of the Roses ended and their significance in history.

In art, we will continue to create our Paul Nash inspired conflict paintings using our sketches as a foundation.

In RE, we will produce an informative poster about ‘the golden rule’. 

 

Homework:

Children in Year 6 will be set a weekly maths homework that they should complete and mark at home using the answers provided in the back of their homework book. If your child is finding the homework challenging, I will ensure that supervision is provided one lunchtime each week where your child can ask any questions or receive the support they need to complete the homework.

 

Children should complete page 9 of their maths homework book this week and return it to school by Thursday 29th September.

Please also encourage your child to read for 15-20 minutes each evening and practice their spellings and times tables. Children need to record their reading in their homework diaries/planners. The following website is great for times tables practice: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

 

Our spellings for the quiz on Friday 30th September will again focus on suffixes and will be: achievement, beautiful, careless, definitely, flavourful, government, laziness, speedily, thoroughness, wriggly. 

 

Please remember that if you have any questions or queries, do not hesitate to get in contact!

 

Mr Corkill 😊

Toucans W.B. 19.09.22, by Mr Corkill

Date: 15th Sep 2022 @ 1:22pm

Welcome Back to Toucans’ Weekly Blog 🙂

 

We have had another fantastic week in Toucans class, where the children have been working so hard in all areas of the curriculum!

 

Praise: Jake

Top Table: Riley and Mason J

 

Next Week (W.B. 19.09.22)

 

Reminders:

  • Monday 19th September is a Bank Holiday and school will be closed that day, with it reopening on Tuesday 20th September. 
  • PE will take place on both a Monday and a Friday each week, so please send your child into school wearing their PE kit on these days. PE kits should either be school kits or plain black/navy.

 

Curriculum:

In English, we will continue to read our story Star of Fear, Star of Hope and will build our writing skills through writing a recount of the story events so far, along with further work on writing in the passive voice.

 

In maths next week, we will be starting a new unit focusing upon the four operations. We will continue with our 4-a-day arithmetic questions each morning, along with solving problems involving addition and subtraction. 

 

In science, we will be investigating how the size of a shadow changes when a light source is moved closer or further away from an object. 

 

In our history/geography lesson, we will begin to look at the events of the Wars of the Roses with a focus on when and who was involved in this conflict. 

 

In art, we will begin to create our Paul Nash inspired conflict paintings using our sketches as a foundation.

 

In RE, we will continue to explore what it means to live in a religious diverse world and look at how different religions celebrate the birth of a child. 

 

We will also be having a 'forest schools' session in the morning of Thursday 22nd September. 

 

Homework

Children in Year 6 will be set a weekly maths homework that they should complete and mark at home using the answers provided in the back of their homework book. If your child is finding the homework challenging, I will ensure that supervision is provided one lunchtime each week where your child can ask any questions or receive the support they need to complete the homework.

 

Children should complete pages 7 and 8 of their maths homework book this week and return it to school by Thursday 22nd September. 

 

Please also encourage your child to read for 15-20 minutes each evening and practice their spellings and times tables. The following website is great for times tables practice:

 

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

 

Our spellings for the quiz on Friday 23rd September will again focus on suffixes and will be:

 

appreciation, cycling, faded, grizzly, joker, nicest, observant, persuaded, sensible, slimy. 

 

Please remember that if you have any questions or queries, do not hesitate to get in contact!

 

Mr Corkill 😊

Toucans WB 12.09.22, by Mr Corkill

Date: 8th Sep 2022 @ 1:51pm

Welcome to Toucans’ Weekly Blog 🙂

 

I hope that you all had a wonderful summer holiday and are feeling ready and refreshed for the year ahead. 

The highlight this first week back has been getting to know a little bit more about each and every special pupil in Toucans class.

 

Next Week (W.B. 12.09.22)

 

Reminders:

  • PE will take place on both a Monday and a Friday, so please send your child into school wearing their PE kit on these days. PE kits should either be school kits or plain blue/black.
  • There will be a short ‘meet the teacher’ presentation evening taking place at school on Wednesday 14th September at 3:15pm, 3:45pm, 4:45pm and 5:15pm for anyone who would like to meet me and learn a little bit more about what life for your child will be like in Year 6. 

 

Curriculum:

In English, we will continue to read our story Star of Fear, Star of Hope and will be writing a diary entry as one of the main characters. Additionally, we will also look at changing from the active to the passive voice. 

In maths next week, we will continue our work on place value by developing our rounding skills and look at negative numbers. 

In science, we will focus on how light enables us to see objects and the importance of reflection. 

In our history/geography lesson, we will be continue to investigate the Battle of Hastings and its significance.

In art, we will continue to look at our artist Paul Nash and begin to create war sketches in his style. 

In RE, we will continue to explore what it means to live in a religious diverse world and undertake a class debate about discrimination. 

 

Homework

Children in Year 6 will be set a weekly maths homework that they should complete and mark at home using the answers provided in the back of their homework book. If your child is finding the homework challenging, I will ensure that supervision is provided one lunchtime each week where your child can ask any questions or receive the support they need to complete the homework.

 

Children should complete page 6 of their maths homework book this week and return it to school by Thursday 15th September. 

 

Please also encourage your child to read for 15-20 minutes each evening and practice their spellings/times tables. The following website is great for times tables practice:

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

 

Our spellings for the quiz on Friday 16th September will focus on suffixes and will be:

Asking, fastest, floated, jumped, lightening, loudly, prouder, sprinter, sweetest, yawning. 

 

Please remember that if you have any questions or queries, do not hesitate to get in contact!

 

Mr Corkill 😊

Toucans week beg. 11th July, by Mrs Whittingham

Date: 8th Jul 2022 @ 12:54pm

We had a quiet week in Toucans this week with so many of our children out on Transition Days. We look forward to them sharing their experiences with the rest of the class when we are back together on Monday.
The children who were in created some fantastic artwork based on our History Topic - The Mayans. 
Toucans will have their cricket lesson next Thursday morning instead of Wednesday afternoon but the after school cricket club will be on as usual on Wednesday. 
If your child is involved in bikeability next week they can wear their PE kits as we are not sure which day their group will have their session on. Please make sure they have their bike and helmet in school. 
 
Here are a list of some special activities and dates for our lovely Toucans. 
 
Leaver's Picnic
On Monday 18th July between 3pm and 5:30pm, Toucans class are invited to stay after school to have a special picnic tea together. They will be able to play their favourite sports with Mr A and we will make them a picnic tea. They will also have a visit from the ice-cream van!
 
Leaver's Service
On Tuesday 19th July at 9:30am, the Year 6 Leaver's Service will be held in church which you're all welcome to attend. The service is expected to last about an hour and families are invited back to school following it for tea and coffee and biscuits. 
 
Leaver's Lunch
On Wednesday 20th July, Mrs Macy will be cooking a special leaver's lunch which has been fully chosen by Year 6!
 
Signed T-shirts
On their last day Thursday 21st July, your children will have the chance to get their school t-shirts signed by their friends and teachers. Please can they come to school with a sharpie/permanent pen.

Toucans week beg. 4th July, by Mrs Whittingham

Date: 29th Jun 2022 @ 12:36pm

A big well done to Toucans for putting on such a fantastic performance of Hoodwinked this week. We were so glad to get the opportunity to do this in front of our families.

Next week, a lot of our children will be out at Hartford High for 3 days Transition. We wish them the best of luck and hope they enjoy it. 

On these days the rest of the children in Year 6 will be doing some Art and History lessons based on our topic - Mayans. 

Also on Wednesday, the children will have an extra PE session with Mr A whilst the teachers will be meeting their new classes for next year. 

Cricket as usual in the afternoon and Friday PE with Mr Ault. 

Praise Star this week is  Mia for excellent research in RE to find out about Sikhism.

Top Table is Finley and Jack for showing good manners. 

Wishing everyone a great week,

Mrs Downing, Mrs Whittingham, Mr Corkill, Mr Beswick 

Toucans Week beg . 13th June, by Mrs Whittingham

Date: 9th Jun 2022 @ 4:56pm

Toucans have had a lovely week back this week. They have enjoyed the Platinum Jubilee Picnic, Hoodwinked practices and Sports Day preparations. 

We are also looking forward to our residential on Monday. Please remember to check that you have packed everything on the kit list and have a packed lunch for Monday.

Keep an eye out for booking Hoodwinked tickets as I'm sure these will book up quickly. I have asked that all children have their costumes ready for next Thursday 16th June.

Well done to our Praise Star - Jack - for showing great leadership skills during our group work task this week. Also Top Table Superstars for lovely manners - Lauren and Robyn. 

Next week will be so exciting with our Residentia, Monday - Wednesday and then we will spend most of the rest of the week preparing for our Robin Hood Production.

Kind regards,

Mrs Downing, Mrs Whittingham, Mr Corkill and Mr Beswick 

Toucans week beg. 16th May, by Mrs Whittingham

Date: 12th May 2022 @ 4:19pm

A huge congratulations to our wonderful Toucans who have done themselves proud this week. Well done everyone, you are all superstars and deserve to be our Praise Stars this week. The children are delighted that we will not be having anymore boosters sessions and we can now return to normal lessons!

Over the next few weeks, we will be focusing on our writing lessons and these will be based on our class book 'Island'.

In Maths we will be focusing on Statistics.

We will also begin our Global Neighbours topic now and focus on some elements that the childen have missed from the curriculum over the past 2 years due to lockdowns, namely the water cycle and rivers topic in Geography.

Next week, Toucans will begin to rehearse again for our Hoodwinked production so we have lots to look forward to. 

Kind Regards

Mrs Whittingham, Mrs Downing, Mr Beswick & Mr Corkill. 

Toucans week beg. 2nd May, by Mrs Whittingham

Date: 28th Apr 2022 @ 8:24am

Toucans enjoyed their Team Games Final with Mr Ault on Wednesday. They worked well as part of a team and displayed a variety of throwing and catching skills to great effect. Next week, they will have Cricket as usual on Wednesday and Mr Ault for PE on Friday. 

As we continue to prepare for the SATs, our lessons next week are focusing on English and Maths. Please continue to work through CGP books at home and in particular complete the pages on Ratio and Proportion in the Maths CGP book page 42 and 43 as this is what they have been learning with Mr Corkill this week. 

Spellings for next week are - convenience, assistance, vehicle, solemn, apparently, attachment, sacrifice, principal, suspicious, precede, perceive, coordinate, innocence, ancient, cemetery, prejudice, disastrous, frequently, persuasion, borough. Again the children have been given a sheet with these words on in their diary and a practice sheet where they can test themselves using the same format that will appear in their SATs. 

Please continue to read for 15mins daily to build up reading stamina. 

Kind Regards,

Mrs Whittingham, Mrs Downing, Mr Beswick and Mr Corkill

Toucans week beg. 25th April, by Mrs Whittingham

Date: 21st Apr 2022 @ 12:35pm

It was lovely to welcome back everyone this week. I hope both children and parents had a restful break. 

We have had a busy first week back getting ready for our SATS which will begin on Monday 9th May. The children have worked hard in our lessons which have focused on Maths and English. This will be the focus again for the next 2 weeks. The children have also enjoyed their cricket lesson and usual PE with Mr Ault. On Wednesday 27th April they will also have an extra PE lesson With Mr Ault,  9 - 10am as well as cricket in the afternoon which I know they will look forward to and enjoy. 

Maths Homework - Area of triangles and parallelograms page 63 and 64

English homework - continue working on CGP Reading and SPAG books, please just complete the sections which you have not done so far

Spellings - The children have been given the list and a practice sheet in their diaries - attention, cereal, affect, physically, fought, definitely, leisure, wary, practice, sensibly, amateur, queue

Kind regards

Mrs Whittingham and Mrs Downing

Toucans week beg. 28th March, by Mrs Whittingham

Date: 23rd Mar 2022 @ 5:33pm

Week beg 28th March 2022

Toucans had a fantastic trip to the Imperial War Museum last Wednesday. They enjoyed learning about how the lives of people have changed due to conflicts from World War 1 to the present day. The highlight for most of them was watching the 360 degree movies that were projected around the main exhibition area in the museum. This week they have been drawing this topic to a close and exploring the effect of rationing on people during and after World War 2.

Homework

Spellings for next week are: allowed, immediately, determined, communication, dessert, criticise, rhythm, considerable, development, interrupt, stationary, accompany and will be tested on Thursday 31st March   - children have been given a copy of these words to keep in their homework diaries.

Maths Homework in the CGP Maths book on Bar Charts and Line Graphs pages 84 and 85

Reading CGP book Set B Test 3 page 28

Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling Set C Test 1 Page 40

Curriculum

Maths – Next week we will be working on Algebra and Measures

Topic - we will begin our work on our new whole school topic - Global Neighbours by finding out about the features of rivers.

DT – we will be revising structures and electrical circuits – exploring different materials

RE – Looking at the Easter story and focusing on the resurrection in particular.

Music - Singing

PE day will be on Friday (Mr Ault)

 

Kind regards,

Mrs Whittingham, Mrs Downing, Mr Beswick, Mr Corkill

Toucans week beg. 7th March, by Mrs Whittingham

Date: 4th Mar 2022 @ 9:48am

Week beg 7th March 2022

It has been a great week back with Toucans. They enjoyed completing lots of poetry based activities on World Book Day and produced some fabulous River Poems. Next week the children will be learning about the dangerous effects of drugs and alcohol on their body as part of their Science work with Mr Corkill. We also look forward to sharing your child’s progress at our Parent Teacher meetings next week.

Homework

Spelling are taken from the Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling CGP book. Test is on page 18 which they can do at home. The words and sentences containing the spelling words, just like they would get on their SATs paper, are on the middle stapled pages of the book.

Spellings will be tested on Friday 12th March – mixture, sadly, running, disorder, houses, stomach, relief, doubt, delicious, thought, vehicle, difference

Maths Homework in the CGP Maths book on Percentages pages 46 and 47 and Times Tables Rockstars

Reading CGP book Test 6

Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling Set B Test 2

Curriculum

Maths – Percentages and Area and Perimeter

History – preparing for our trip to the Imperial War Museum to get the most out of the visit

DT – we will be revising structures and electrical circuits – exploring different materials

RE – The Easter Story with a focus on the resurrection

Music – Singing

Science – Effect of drugs and Alcohol on our bodies

PE day will be on Friday (Mr Ault)

 

Kind regards,

Mrs Whittingham, Mrs Downing, Mr Beswick , Mr Corkill

Toucans week beg. 28.2.22, by Mrs Whittingham

Date: 17th Feb 2022 @ 5:02pm

Week beg 28th February 2022

Toucans have worked extremely hard this term and we wish them a restful and fun filled half term. I’m sure they will be very excited to return after their break to focus on their preparations for their SATs. But not to worry, we have plenty of other fun activities planned for our other subjects too! And we have our class trip to the Imperial Museum on Wednesday 16th March to look forward to.

Homework

Spellings for next week have been taken from a past SATs spelling paper

Spellings will be tested on Friday 4th March – suffered, typical, usually, cautious, essential, vague, adventurous, architect, descendant, inconceivable

Maths Homework in the CGP Maths book on Time and Money pages 57 and 58 and Times Tables Rockstars

Reading CGP book Test 5

Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling Set B Test 1

Curriculum

Maths – Percentages

History – preparing for our trip to the Imperial War Museum to get the most out of the visit

DT – we will be revising structures and electrical circuits – exploring different materials

RE – How Humanists contribute to modern society?

Music – Singing

Science – Investigating Animals including humans

PE day will be on Wednesday and Friday (Mr Ault)

 

Kind regards,

Mrs Whittingham, Mrs Downing, Mr Beswick

Toucans week beg. 14th February, by Mrs Whittingham

Date: 10th Feb 2022 @ 5:34pm

Week beg 14th February 2022

It has been lovely this week to see Toucans interacting with their buddies. They have been helping them to develop their throwing and catching skills. Mr A has been so impressed that he has asked Year 6 to be involved with a PE session with Owls on Monday 14th February. Therefore, Toucans can wear their PE kits on Monday and Friday next week.

Homework

Spellings for next week have been taken from a past SATs spelling paper

Spellings will be tested on Friday 18th February – thumb, trouble, mixture, portable, dough, science, attention, obtained, weightless, council

Maths Homework in the CGP Maths book on Units and Conversions pages 55 and 56 and Times Tables Rockstars

Reading CGP book Test 4

Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling Test 4

Curriculum

Maths – Next week we will be working on Measures

History – children will complete an enquiry project in groups to find out about the changes and challenges that happened to lives during WW2

DT – we will be revising structures and electrical circuits – exploring different materials

RE – How Humanists contribute to modern society?

Music - Singing

PE day will be on Monday and Friday (Mr Ault)

 

Kind regards,

Mrs Whittingham, Mrs Downing, Mr Beswick

Toucans week beg. 7th February, by Mrs Whittingham

Date: 3rd Feb 2022 @ 4:32pm

Week beg 7th February 2022

Lots of great writing this week be our lovely Toucans. They have written a number of letters and diary entries based on our book The Selfish Giant. Good understanding of personification shown by all.

Homework

Spellings for next week will focus will focus on Plural Nouns

Spellings will be tested on Friday 7th February – yourselves, knives, bookshelves, loaves, tornadoes, thieves, potatoes, wolves, buffaloes, geese

Maths Homework in the CGP Maths book on Equivalent Fractions and Decimals pages 37 and 38 and Times Tables Rockstars

Reading CGP book Test 3

Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling Test 3

Curriculum

Maths – Next week we will be working some more on Percentages

History – children will complete their work on Air Raid Shelters by using their Computing skills to present their work

DT – we will be revising structures and electrical circuits – exploring different materials

Music - Singing

PE day will be on Friday (Mr Ault)

 

Kind regards,

Mrs Whittingham, Mrs Downing, Mr Beswick

Toucans Week Beg 31st Jan, by Mrs Whittingham

Date: 27th Jan 2022 @ 4:12pm

Week beg 31st January 2022

Thank you to those parents who were able to join our SATs Zoom meeting on Wednesday. The PowerPoint is also on our blog for you now to view.

The children have worked hard this week during their booster sessions and we have been delighted to see how keen they have been to complete their CGP books.

Homework

Spellings for next week will focus will focus on Plural Nouns

Spellings will be tested on Friday 4th February – bonuses, addresses, boxes, wishes, matchers, peaches, dictionaries, identities, parties, coaches

Maths Homework in the CGP Maths book on Coordinates pages 78 and 79 and Times Tables Rockstars

Reading CGP book Test 2

Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling Test 2

Curriculum

Maths – Next week we will be working on Percentages

History – children will be researching and presenting their findings on an aspect of World War 2.  – focus on air raid shelters

DT – we will be revising structures and electrical circuits

Music - Singing

PE day will be on Friday (Mr Ault)

 

Kind regards,

Mrs Whittingham, Mrs Downing, Mr Beswick

Toucans week beg. 24th Jan, by Mrs Whittingham

Date: 20th Jan 2022 @ 4:38pm

Week beg 24th January 2022

We were delighted to see how keen the children were this week to complete their extra homework activities. Thank you for your support with this. We were especially pleased that the children wanted to do more!! We have said that they can complete more than one test in each of their books if they wish.

Just a reminder that our SATs information meeting will take place on Wednesday 26th January at 3:30pm.

We are still working with the children to ensure they all get the chance to have their pupil teacher meeting to tell us about how they are getting on and have a chance to share any targets that they or us want to work on together.

Our visit to the Imperial Museum Salford Quays has been postponed until after February half term due to Public Health advice. We are still waiting to hear back from the museum with a new date but we will let you know the new date when it is confirmed and the exact cost of the trip (approx. £10). You will receive an email about this with additional information as soon as possible.  

Homework

Spellings for next week will focus will focus on spellings words ending in –ible and - able

Spellings will be tested on Friday 28th January – reliable, terrible, comfortable, visible, possible, responsible, suitable, adorable, visible, sensible

Maths Homework in the CGP Maths book on Coordinates pages 76 and 77  and Times Tables Rockstars

Reading CGP book Test 2 page 5 – 7

Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling test 2 page 6 - 9

Curriculum

Maths – Next week we will be working on Decimals

History – children will be researching and presenting their findings on an aspect of World War 2.  – focus on air raid shelters

DT – we will be revising structures and electrical circuits

Art – developing drawing skills using different implements

Music - Singing

PE day will be on Friday (Mr Ault)

Kind regards,

Mrs Whittingham, Mrs Downing, Mr Beswick

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