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Toucans W.B. 17.04.23, by Mr Corkill

Date: 30th Mar 2023 @ 8:05am

Welcome Back to Toucans’ Weekly Blog 🙂

 

Toucans have been revising all things fractions this week, enjoyed completing a range of reading comprehensions, and began learning all about the geography of South America. The children have really impressed me throughout the term and each of them has worked hard to make excellent progress.

 

To see what’s coming up next term, please look at our class homepage: http://www.lostockgralam.cheshire.sch.uk/class/toucans

 

Praise: Brooke

Top Table: Jai and Riley

 

Next Week (W.B. 17.04.23)

 

Reminders:

  • School will reopen for the summer term on Monday 17th April.
  • 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 be start a new short unit on writing a diary entry in role as Charles Darwin when he first arrived in the Galápagos Islands in 1835. We shall be looking at the features of a diary, writing descriptively using expanded noun phrases, and explore a range of cohesive devices and effective adverbial phrases. In shared reading, we will begin to read Great Adventures by Alastair Humphreys.

In maths, we will start a new short unit exploring geometry - position and direction. We will look at co-ordinates, translations and reflections. We will continue with our 4-a-day arithmetic questions each morning to further practice our four operations.

In science, we will begin our unit on living things and their habitats. This week’s lesson will look at classification and its importance to taxonomists. We shall create an informative poster on the 5 key vertebrate animal classes. 

In our history/geography lesson, we will look at the eight different compass points and compare the human and physical geography of Chester, England and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

In RE, we will complete a reading comprehension to revise our comprehension skills and recap the Easter Story and its significance to Christians.

In PE, the children will continue their lessons with Mr Ault and compete in atheltics and outdoor activities. 

 

Homework:

 

There will be no official homework during the Easter break, but I have listed some useful suggestions below that might be good to keep up and revise key skills needed for the upcoming SATs assessments.

 

Maths

Progress Test 1 (p.30-33), Progress Test 2 (p.52-55), Progress Test 3 (p.78-81) - As many of the questions as you can attempt from the third test.

 

Reading

Any of the Set C reading tests (p.42-60) from the children’s usual reading homework book.

 

SPaG

https://www.cgpbooks.co.uk/resources/ks2-sats-online-10-minute-tests

 

Arithmetic

4 arithmetic practice exercises have been provided to the children, along with the answers.

 

Spelling

https://cdn.oxfordowl.co.uk/2019/08/29/13/56/09/5a42eb6a-f57f-4dc4-a66e-bd4c5e27e4b7/SpellingWordList_Y5-6.pdf

 

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. Try to talk to your child about what they have read in their book (the character, the plot, their opinion). Try to vary choices to include classic texts, non-fiction texts, and poems.

 

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

 

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

 

Have a lovely Easter!

 

Mr Corkill 😊

Toucans W.B. 27.03.23, by Mr Corkill

Date: 24th Mar 2023 @ 6:36am

Welcome Back to Toucans’ Weekly Blog 🙂

Toucans have been busy completing some practice assessments to identify areas of revision focus for the next few weeks. They have all worked so hard and can see their own progress; they should be proud of their achievements. It was so lovely to speak to families this week during parents' evenings, so thank you to you if you came along to discuss your child's progress, achievements, and current areas of development. 

 

Praise: William

Top Table: Fran and Georgia

 

Next Week (W.B. 27.03.23)

 

Reminders:

  • Cake sale on Wednesday 29th March. KS2 will be holding a cake sale after school on Wednesday 29th March. The children are encouraged to bake or donate cakes on this day for the cake sale. Cakes will be 30p each or 4 for £1. You can be as creative as you like and maybe even think of an Easter theme for your cakes!
  • KS2 Disco on Thursday 30th March between 17:30 and 18:30. 
  • School closes on Thursday 30th March as Friday 31st March is a school INSET day. School will reopen following a two week Easter break on Monday 17th April. 
  • 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 be focusing on practising our reading comprehension skills by reading and analysing a range of different text types, including a text on South America. We shall also be revising some of our SPaG skills through a range of activities. 

In maths, we will review our recent assessment papers to try and understand some of the areas of difficulty and how to improve. We will also focus on revising all things fractions: changing from a mixed number into an improper fraction, adding and subtracting fractions, multiplying fractions together or by a whole number, and dividing a fraction by an integer. We will continue with our 4-a-day arithmetic questions each morning to further practice our four operations.

In our history/geography lesson, we will be looking at the story of Paddington Bear and how that links to our current ‘home’ topic. We will discuss whether Paddington was a refugee, asylum seeker, migrant or immigrant using our recently acquired knowledge and explore some of the human and physical geography features of his native home in South America.

In art, we will create pop-up Easter theme cards that the children can decorate using their creativity and knowledge.   

In PE, the children will continue with practising their tennis and basketball skills with Mr Ault. 

 

 

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 60 and 61 of their maths homework book this week and return it to school by Thursday 30th March. The homework consolidates our learning on calculating area and perimeter and the volume of a cube and cuboid from our recent lessons. Children should also complete pages 28-30 (Set B: Test 3) of their reading homework book. 

 

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. Try to talk to your child about what they have read in their book (the character, the plot, their opinion). Try to vary choices to include classic texts, non-fiction texts, and poems.

 

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 Thursday 30th March will concentrate on the next set of Y5/6 statutory spelling words and will be: muscle, necessary, neighbour, nuisance, occupy, occur, opportunity, parliament, persuade, physical. 

 

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

 

Mr Corkill 😊

Toucans W.B. 20.03.23, by Mr Corkill

Date: 16th Mar 2023 @ 3:47pm

Welcome Back to Toucans’ Weekly Blog 🙂

 

Toucans have had another busy week in the classroom, particularly focusing on writing a letter to a fellow Y6 pupil informing them about the plight of refugees, based on our current text, ‘The Day War Came.’ 

Praise: Grace

Top Table: William and Savannah

 

Next Week (W.B. 20.03.23)

 

Reminders:

  • Parents’ Evening appointments will take place over two days: Tuesday 21st March (13:10-18:00) and Wednesday 22nd March (15:30-18:00). Please note appointments are 10 minutes each, and times will be stuck to as closely as possible. I look forward to discussing your child’s work and progress with you next week. 
  • 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 edit and improve our letters to fellow Y6 pupils raising awareness of the plight of refugees to see whether we can add any further writing features or enhance the content. In shared reading, we will continue with The Explorer by Katherine Rundell with a focus on identifying how language, structure and presentation contribute to meaning and evaluating the author’s language choice. 

In maths, we will begin to revise and recap essential areas of learning in preparation for the upcoming SATs assessments in early May. Additionally, we will be completing some assessments to identify individual areas of learning and development. We will continue with our 4-a-day arithmetic questions each morning to further practice our four operations.

In science, we will conclude our unit on evolution by analysing giraffe photos and writing about how these animals have evolved using the key scientific terms: inherited, genes, adaptation, characteristic, evolved, and offspring. 

In our history/geography lesson, we shall be focusing on researching the current Russia-Ukraine War and trying to understand the impact on the lives of innocent citizens and refugees. 

In PE, the children will continue with practising their tennis and basketball skills with Mr Ault. 

We will also be completing a further round of practice SATs assessments throughout the week to identify specific areas of revision focus for the next half term. 

 

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 58 and 59 of their maths homework book this week and return it to school by Thursday 23rd March. The homework consolidates our learning on calculating the area of a triangle and parallelogram from this week’s lessons. Children should also complete pages 25-27 (Set B: Test 2) of their reading homework book. 

 

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. Try to talk to your child about what they have read in their book (the character, the plot, their opinion). Try to vary choices to include classic texts, non-fiction texts, and poems.

 

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 24th March will begin to concentrate of the next set of Y5/6 statutory spelling words and will be:identity, immediately, individual, interfere, interrupt, language, leisure, lightning, marvellous, mischievous.

 

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

 

Mr Corkill 😊

Toucans W.B. 13.03.23, by Mr Corkill

Date: 9th Mar 2023 @ 10:38am

Welcome Back to Toucans’ Weekly Blog 🙂 

 

Toucans have had another good week of learning and particularly enjoyed their forest school session on Tuesday afternoon with Mrs Evans, along with the inspiring science assembly on Thursday morning. 

 

Praise: Abi

Top Table: Ellie and Zach

 

Next Week (W.B. 13.03.23)

 

Reminders:

  • We will be celebrating British Science Week with lots of fun and engaging activities throughout the week, with a focus on the theme of ‘connections’!
  • Ten pupils from Y6 will be involved with a cross country competition on Thursday 16th March. If your child is involved, Mrs Whittingham will have sent a letter home with the full details. Please ensure your child has a packed lunch that they can eat on this day after returning from the competition. 
  • We will have an exciting guest visitor on Thursday 16th March in our worship to inspire the children. 
  • Year 5 and Year 6 will attend a special online safety workshop at Wincham Community Primary school in the morning of Friday 17th March. This will be delivered by 2Engage - an educational theatre company. 
  • Friday 17th March will be a non-uniform day to celebrate Red Nose Day 2023. Please ensure your child’s outfit is appropriate to complete our PE lesson in. Also, can you send your child into school with their school hoodie / jumper as this will be needed when they visit the 2Engage workshop on Friday morning. 
  • 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 begin to write a letter as our final piece based upon the text, ‘The Day War Came’. We will be aiming to write a letter to raise awareness of the plight of refugees to a fellow Y6 pupil using: present perfect tense, a range of cohesive devices, colons to explain/emphasise, and layout devices (e.g. bullet points). 

In maths, we shall be completing our unit on measure. This week we will be learning about: calculating the area of a triangle, finding the area of a parallelogram, and working out the volume of a cuboid. We will also continue with our 4-a-day arithmetic questions each morning to further practice our four operations.

In science, we will continue with our unit on evolution and look at how evolution works through analysing different fossils to show changes over time. 

In our history/geography lesson, we shall understand the difference between the terms: refugee, asylum seeker, migrant, and immigrant through looking at different case studies. 

In PE, the children will continue with practising their tennis and basketball skills with Mr Ault. 

 

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 48 and 49 of their maths homework book this week and return it to school by Thursday 16th March. The homework consolidates our learning on two missing number algebra problems from this week’s lessons. Children should also complete pages 22-24 (Set B: Test 1) of their reading homework book. 

 

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 17th March will begin to concentrate of the next set of Y5/6 statutory spelling words and will be: existence, explanation, familiar, foreign, frequently, government, guarantee, harass, hindrance. 

 

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

 

Mr Corkill 😊

Toucans W.B. 6.2.23, by Mr Corkill

Date: 2nd Mar 2023 @ 6:56pm

Welcome Back to Toucans’ Weekly Blog 🙂

 

Toucans have had a good first week back where we have launched our new theme on home and refugees. 

 

Praise: Georgia

Top Table: Willow and Grace I

 

Next Week (W.B. 06.03.23)

 

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.
  • Our forest schools session this term will be next Tuesday (7th March) in the afternoon - this will be led by Mrs Evans. Please send your child into school on this day in their school uniform along with old, warm clothes, old trainers/wellies and a waterproof coat to change into for the afternoon session. 

 

Curriculum:

In English, we will continue with our new text, ‘The Day War Came’. We shall look at forming and using the present perfect form, using colons to explain or emphasise, and write a short note to a refugee to welcome them into our classroom. 

In maths, we will complete our work on algebra before starting to focus on our new topic of measure. We will begin our focus with recapping how to work out area and perimeter before looking how to calculate the area of triangles. We will also continue with our 4-a-day arithmetic questions each morning to further practice our four operations.

In science, we will continue with our unit on evolution and look at how different plants and animals are adapted to survive in their environments.

In our history/geography lesson, we shall understand the difference between the terms: refugee, asylum seeker, migrant and immigrant through looking at different case studies. 

In RE, we shall continue to explore The Resurrection and discuss the evidence for and against this event in a class debate.

In Art with Mrs Hulse, the children will use their sketching skills to sketch a refugee-themed image using different mark-making media to tie in with our current theme on home and refugees. 

In PE, the children will continue with practising their tennis skills with Mr Ault. 

 

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 46 and 47 of their maths homework book this week and return it to school by Thursday 9th March. The homework consolidates our learning on missing number problems using our algebra knowledge and skills from this week’s lessons. Children should also complete pages 17-19 (Set A: Test 6) of their reading homework book. 

 

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 10th March will begin to concentrate of the next set of Y5/6 statutory spelling words and will be: determined, develop, dictionary, disastrous, embarrass, environment, equipment, especially, exaggerate, excellent. 

 

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

 

Mr Corkill 😊

Toucans W.B. 27.02.23, by Mr Corkill

Date: 16th Feb 2023 @ 7:47pm

Welcome Back to Toucans’ Weekly Blog 🙂

Toucans have all worked so hard during this half term and have demonstrated such a conscientious and mature attitude to their learning.

 

N.B. Unfortunately, due to technical issues, I was unable to post a blog last week and a number of recent blogs have been lost beyond my control. 

 

Praise: Willow

Top Table: Sophie and Jake

 

Next School Week (W.B. 27.02.23)

 

Reminders:

  • Spring 1 term ends on Friday 17th February and school re-opens on Monday 27th February.
  • 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.
  • World Book Day will be celebrated at Lostock on Wednesday 1st March. Children will be able to wear their own clothes, pyjamas, or dress up as their favourite book character. They can bring along their favourite books to share in their classes too. 
  • After half term, we will begin our new whole school topic - ‘Home’. This has been planned around the theme of the importance of our homes to us and the human conflicts and natural disasters that result in homelessness for others. We are hoping to use photographs of our children’s homes as part of our displays. If you would like to, please send or e-mail a photo of your home into school after half term - thank you!

 

Curriculum:

In English, we will begin a new unit focussing on the text ‘The Day War Came’. We will initially recap writing in the passive voice before exploring children’s rights according to UNICEF, and the present perfect verb tense.  

In maths, we will continue to work on our unit that focuses on algebra. We shall be looking at forming and solving equations. We will also continue with our 4-a-day arithmetic questions each morning to further practice our four operations.

In science, we will begin our new unit on evolution and look at why offspring look similar to their parents due to DNA inheritance. We shall also explore acquired and inherited characteristics. 

In our history/geography lesson, we will begin our new unit which focuses on refugees and what home looks like and feels like to us. We shall discuss what aspects make our home feel like a safe space and look at cases where people have been unfortunate to lose their home through war / tragedies / natural disasters. 

In RE, we will start to discuss The Resurrection and the importance of the Easter story to Christians. 

In PSHE / No Outsiders with Mrs Hulse, the children will read the book ‘Love You Forever’ by Robert Mansch and discuss how life may change as they grow up. 

In PE, the children will continue with gymnastics, paired work, and problem solving with Mr Ault on Monday and Friday. 

 

Homework:

There will be no official homework to be completed over the half term break. It is strongly encouraged, however, that all children read (15 mins a day), practice their spellings (Y5/6 word list on the Y6 school webpage), and arithmetic skills as and when possible - everyday for a short time would be optimal and keep up their knowledge and skills. 

 

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

 

Have a nice and restful half term break!

 

Mr Corkill 😊

Toucans W.B. 23.01.23, by Mr Corkill

Date: 19th Jan 2023 @ 5:16pm

Welcome Back to Toucans’ Weekly Blog 🙂

Toucans all got to enjoy an enrichment experience this week at the Imperial War Museum in Salford to extend their historical knowledge and understanding on a range of different aspects of war from 1914 onwards. The children also enjoyed an athletics competition at Rudheath Senior Academy, where they represented our school wonderfully. 

 

Praise: Savannah

Top Table: Riley and Mason J 

 

Next Week (W.B. 23.01.23)

 

Reminders:

  • Please could you pass any cardboard packaging from home to the classroom as we our going to look at building some WW2 Anderson Shelters in DT, hopefully starting next week. 
  • 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 begin to plan and write our final piece for this unit of writing. We shall look at retelling the events of The Selfish Giant story from a different character’s perspective (e.g. The Giant). We will to draw together our learning on and use: expanded noun and adverbial phrases, personification, semi-colons, the subjunctive verb form, formal language, and passive verbs. In reading, we shall begin to read ‘The Devoted Friend’ by Oscar Wilde, evaluating the author’s language choice and use our inference skills to deduce impressions of some of the characters. 

In maths, we will continue to look at decimals. We shall recap multiplying and dividing decimals by powers of 10 (10, 100, 1000) before multiplying and dividing decimals by an integer. We will also continue with our 4-a-day arithmetic questions each morning to further practice our four operations.

In science, the children will explore the journey a red blood cells takes around the body and explore how exercise can effect our heart rate and try to understand the reasons behind why this happens.

In our history/geography lesson, the children will compare and contrast the role of women before, during, and after WW2 to identify the similarities and differences. 

In RE, we will look further at humanism and focus on what humanist believe makes a happy, healthy, and fulfilling life. We shall also discuss and identity what makes us happy in our own lives. 

In DT, the children will work in small groups to begin to design and build a model Anderson shelter with Mrs Hulse. 

In PE, the children will continue with gymnastics, paired work, and problem solving with Mr Ault. 

 

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 27 of their maths homework book this week and return it to school by Thursday 26th January. The homework consolidates our learning on rounding decimals from this week’s lessons. Children should also complete pages 5-7 (Set A: Test 2) of their new reading homework book. 

 

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 27th December will focus on hyphenated words and will be: clean-shaven, co-operate, co-ordinate, co-own, cold-hearted, man-eating, re-energise, re-enter, re-examine, re-explain.  

 

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

Mr Corkill 😊

Toucans W.B. 16.01.23, by Mr Corkill

Date: 12th Jan 2023 @ 2:45pm

Welcome Back to Toucans’ Weekly Blog 🙂

 

Toucans have been hard at work this week learning about a variety of things, including: ratio, semi-colons, expanded noun and adverbial phrases, along with WW2 evacuation and ‘agents of hope’ in our collective worships. 

 

Praise: Jake

Top Table: Anthony and Toby 

 

Next Week (W.B. 16.01.23)

 

Reminders:

  • Imperial War Museum Trip - Our trip to the Imperial War Museum in Salford will be on Monday 16th January. The children need to come to school in their school uniform at the normal time. Please ensure that they bring a packed lunch, snack and drink in a disposable bag labelled with their name. The children will be at school for collection at the usual time. 
  • PE Competition at Rudheath Senior Academy (RSA) - There will be an athletics competition at RSA in the afternoon of Thursday 19th January. Mrs Whittingham and Mrs Westland will accompany the children on the day. Mr Ault has picked out which event(s) your child will take part in during the competition. Consent letters have been sent home this week for completion and return by tomorrow (Friday 13th January). 
  • 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 continue to read and explore The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde. This week, we will look at using personification and passive verbs to make our writing more exciting. Additionally, we will be re-reading the story and sequencing the events. In shared reading, we will continue to read The Happy Prince and practice our reading comprehension skills. 

In maths, we will begin a new unit looking at decimals. Our focus will initially be looking at place value to 3 decimal places, rounding decimal numbers, and practising adding and subtracting decimals. We will also continue with our 4-a-day arithmetic questions each morning to further practice our four operations.

In science, the children will explore how water and nutrients are transported around the body following ingestion. We will see how our new knowledge of the circulatory system can help us to understand how these substances are able to move and reach all of our cells. 

In our history/geography lesson, the children will be able to enhanced their knowledge of WW1 and WW2 through our exciting trip to the IWM. Additionally, we will discuss wartime rationing, attempt to plan a whole week’s menu with just ratio portions, and use our measuring skills to weigh out our allowances. 

In RE, we will look further at humanism and focus on a humanist understanding of the world. We will explore different beliefs and a variety of evidence to discuss whether we think the evidence strongly or weakly supports a belief. 

In PE, the children will continue with gymnastics, paired work, and problem solving with Mr Ault. 

 

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 36-37 of their maths homework book this week and return it to school by Thursday 19th January. The homework consolidates our learning on scale factors from this week’s lessons. Children should also complete pages 2-4 (Set A: Test 1) of their new reading homework book. 

 

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 20th January will focus on homophones and will be: bridal, bridle, compliment, complement, precede, proceed, principal, principle, weary, wary. 

 

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

 

Mr Corkill 😊

Toucans W.B. 09.01.23, by Mr Corkill

Date: 5th Jan 2023 @ 4:37pm

Welcome Back to Toucans’ Weekly Blog 🙂

 

Happy New Year 🎉

Toucans have had an amazing start to the new term and have really impressed me with their conscientious and hardworking attitude towards their learning. Please take a look at Toucans’ class page on the website for further information regarding what the class will be learning over this term. 

 

Praise: Mason M 

Top Table: Amelia and Isabel 

 

Next Week (W.B. 09.01.23)

 

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.

 

Curriculum:

In English, we will continue to read and explore The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde. This week, we shall be working on using semicolons correctly to join two linked main clauses, and adding detail through precise expanded noun and adverbial phrases. In shared reading, the children will continue to practice their comprehension skills and read The Happy Prince and Other Tales with a focus on inference. 

In maths, we will continue to explore ratio and proportion through focusing on scale drawings and scale factors before using ratios to solve different problems. We will also continue with our 4-a-day arithmetic questions each morning to further practice our four operations. 

In science, the children will continue to research and write a report on the human circulatory system by explaining the different components and their functions.

In our history/geography lesson, the children will use their knowledge of WW2 evacuation to write a diary entry as a child evacuee discussing the billeting process and being homed with a new and unfamiliar family. 

In RE, we will look further at humanism and focus on what makes humans important - the good and bad aspects of our nature. 

In PE with Mr Ault, the children will start some gymnastics, paired work exercises, and problem solving. 

 

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. From next week, further homework will begin to be set so that your children is independently consolidating their reading comprehension and SPaG skills at home. 

 

Children should complete pages 34 and 35 of their maths homework book this week and return it to school by Thursday 12th January. The homework consolidates our learning on ratio and proportion from this week’s lessons. 

 

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 13th December will focus on words containing the letter string ‘ough’ and will be: although, bough, borough, drought, doughnut, plough, thorough, thoroughly, thought, thoughtfully

 

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

 

Mr Corkill 😊

Toucans - End of Term Message, by Mr Corkill

Date: 16th Dec 2022 @ 8:28am

Toucans - End of Term Message

 

We’ve made it to the end of the term! Well done to all the fantastic children on their hard work and dedication over the past three months - they have all been incredible, worked so hard, and have each made individual progress and achievements! 

 

Thank you to everyone involved in my very kind and generous Christmas gift. I was very touched by everyone’s generosity and well wishes. Thank you to those who very thoughtfully gave individual gifts and Christmas cards too. 

 

There will be no official homework or spellings over the Christmas holidays. It is highly recommended, where possible, that your child reads and completes some arithmetic or times tables practice. 

 

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

 

See you in 2023! 

 

Best wishes,

Mr Corkill 🙂

Toucans W.B. 12.12.22, by Mr Corkill

Date: 8th Dec 2022 @ 8:12pm

Welcome Back to Toucans’ Weekly Blog 🙂

 

Toucans have all been absolute superstars in our wonderful Christmas production this week and I could not be prouder of each and every one of these amazing children! All the hard work has paid off and hopefully you were able to come along and enjoy the magic!

Praise: Zach 

Top Table: Jai and Grace I

 

Next Week (W.B. 12.12.22)

 

Reminders:

  • Monday (12th December) - there will be a whole school worship for the children with Vicar Andrew in church about the Christmas story. This day will be a non-uniform day. We ask the children to bring a bottle donation in place of money - these donations will be used for the Christmas fair. 
  • The children will visit The Grange on Tuesday (13th December) to enjoy the panto, Sleeping Beauty. The gates will open to school at 08:30am on this day - please make sure your child is in school no later than 08:50am as we will be leaving school at 09:00am.
  • Additionally, we will be holding our Christmas fair on Tuesday between 2:30-5:30pm. Y6 have been working super hard over the last few weeks preparing some exciting games that we look forward to sharing with you on the day. There will also be the chance to buy a special Christmas craft each child has especially made!
  • Our Christmas carol service will be on Thursday (15th December) in church with Vicar Andrew. Due to Vicar Andrew's commitments on that day, we are unable to hold two services. Therefore, due to limited space in the Church, we cannot invite parents to attend as we have done in previous years. Instead, we would like to invite families to stand on the playground while we sing carols at 2.30 pm. 
  • Friday (16th December) will be the last day in school before the Christmas holiday break. Children may wear their Christmas jumpers/outfits to school free of charge. School will close at 1pm. 
  • 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 continue to look at drawing inferences and distinguishing between fact and opinion from Martha’s Suitcase in our shared reading lesson. 

In maths, we will continue with our 4-a-day arithmetic questions each morning to further practice our four operations. We will also continue with our unit on metric and imperial measures. We will explore calculating with metric measures before looking at imperial measures and converting between the two. 

We will also be enjoying some Christmas-themed activities in the run up to the Christmas holiday break. 

 

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 56 and 57 of their maths homework book this week and return it to school by Thursday 15th December. The homework consolidates our learning of different measures from the classroom work we’ve 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 16th December will focus on plural nouns and will be: echoes, geese, heroes, loaves, people, potatoes, scarves, thieves, wolves, women. 

 

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

Mr Corkill 😊

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 

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