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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

Toucans week beg. 17.1.22, by Mrs Whittingham

Date: 13th Jan 2022 @ 5:03pm

Week beg 17th January 2022

It was great to have the opportunity this week to speak to parents and to let you know how your child is doing. You should have also received an email about our SATs information meeting with the Zoom link. This will take place on Wednesday 26th January at 3:30pm.

Next week we will hopefully complete our pupil teacher meetings to allow your child to tell us about how they are getting on and 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 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.  

Remember to encourage your child to read for 15 – 20 mins daily and to record their reading in their diaries. We have stapled a list of recommended books for Year 6 children in the front of their diaries and we would like them to read some of these throughout the year. We have a lot of these texts in our class library so the children can borrow them from school or they might find some at their local library. We have asked them to tick off the books that that they read on the list.

Homework

Spellings for next week will focus will focus on spellings ei and ie

Spellings will be tested on Friday 21st January – piece, perceive, relief, deceive, achieve, ceiling, believe, receive, niece, shriek

Maths Homework – Key Stage Two Maths SATs Question Book and Times Tables Rockstars

Homework is pages 36 and 37 Dividing Fractions of the SATs book.

Over the next week, we would like the children to catch up on any pages that they have missed in their Maths book. They should have completed Section One – apart from Roman Numerals and Decimals, Section 2 – apart from Multiplying and Dividing Decimals, Section 3 Fractions, Comparing Fractions, Multiplying Fractions and Dividing Fractions.

In preparation for our SATs the children will receive new CGP books for Reading and Spelling Punctuation and Grammar next week. They will be expected to complete a number of pages for homework each week. The children will record these homework pages in their homework diaries and I will also put them on the blog.

Curriculum

Maths – Next week we will be solving problems relating to fractions and Geometry – position and direction.

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

DT – we will be revising structures and electrical circuits

Art – developing drawing skills using different implements

Music - Singing

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

Kind regards,

Mrs Whittingham, Mrs Downing, Mr Beswick

Toucans week beg. 10.1.22, by Mrs Whittingham

Date: 6th Jan 2022 @ 5:12pm

Week beg 10th January 2022

Happy New Year to everyone! It was lovely to welcome everyone back this week and hopefully we will all stay safe and well over the next few weeks.

We have another busy term in store and will have pupil teacher meetings to look at targets together and also parent teacher phone calls where we can discuss progress and attainment for the Autumn term.

We are also planning to visit the Imperial Museum Salford Quays on Wednesday 2nd February to enhance our learning on our ‘Conflict’ topic. A letter will be sent out with more details asap.

Remember to encourage your child to read for 15 – 20 mins daily and to record their reading in their diaries. We have stapled a list of recommended books for Year 6 children in the front of their diaries and we would like them to read some of these throughout the year. We have a lot of these texts in our class library so the children can borrow them from school or they might find some at their local library. We have asked them to tick off the books that that they read on the list.

Homework

Spellings for next week will focus will focus on silent letters

Spellings will be tested on Friday 14th January – calm, autumn, climb, guest, solemn, whistle, gnome, lamb, half, talk.

Maths Homework – Key Stage Two Maths SATs Question Book and Times Tables Rockstars

Homework is pages 32 and 33 Multiplying Fractions of the SATs book.

Curriculum

Maths – Next week we will be working on multiplying and dividing Fractions

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

RE – we will be comparing and contrasting different Christian Communities

Art – developing drawing skills using different implements

Music - Singing

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

 

Kind regards,

Mrs Whittingham, Mrs Downing, Mr Beswick

Toucans week beg. 13th December, by Mrs Whittingham

Date: 10th Dec 2021 @ 3:37pm

Week beg 13th December 2021

Year 6 have been busy this week getting in the Christmas Spirit and preparing games for our Christmas Fair which will take place on Wednesday.

Please continue with reading at home next week and have a look on Twitter where we have posted some recommended reads for Year 6 which would also make some excellent gifts for Christmas.

Homework

We will not have a spelling test next Friday. The children have a copy of the Year 5/6 Statutory Words in their diaries and can begin to learn these in their own time. I have asked them to do this in a fun way by choosing a few at a time that maybe they think they’ll use in their writing. They could create a graffiti wall, rainbow words, paint the words with images, draw around the shape of the words etc.

Maths Homework – Key Stage Two Maths SATs Question Book and Times Tables Rockstars

Homework is page 25 Prime Numbers and page 26 Square and Cube numbers of the SATs book.

Curriculum

Maths – Next week we will continue to work on multiplying and dividing Fractions

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

RE – we will be researching different Christian communities and looking at how Christmas is celebrated around the world.

Art – Christmas crafts

PE day will be on Friday (Mr Ault)

 

Kind regards,

Mrs Whittingham, Mrs Downing and Mr Beswick 

Toucans week beg. 29th November, by Mrs Whittingham

Date: 26th Nov 2021 @ 4:10pm

Week beg 29th November 2021

The show will go on!! We have put all Hoodwinked play rehearsals on pause until January. Thank you for all the costumes, we will keep these safely in school. When we return after Christmas we will begin rehearsals again in school on a Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoon.

Remember to encourage your child to read for 15 – 20 mins daily and to record their reading in their diaries. We have stapled a list of recommended books for Year 6 children in the front of their diaries and we would like them to read some of these throughout the year. We have a lot of these texts in our class library so the children can borrow them from school or they might find some at their local library. We have asked them to tick off the books that that they read on the list.

Homework

Spellings for next week will focus will focus on the sh sound ti or ci..  

Spellings will be tested on Friday 3rd December – motion, spacious, station, delicious, especially, subtraction, politician, section, explanation, infection.

Maths Homework – Key Stage Two Maths SATs Question Book and Times Tables Rockstars

Homework is page 31 Comparing Fractions and page 23 Multiples Fractions of the SATs book.

Curriculum

Maths – Next week we will be working on multiplying and dividing Fractions

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

RE – we will be researching different Christian communities

Art – Christmas crafts

PE day will be on Friday (Mr Ault)

Kind regards,

Mrs Whittingham, Mrs Downing, Mr Beswick and Mr Corkill

Toucans week beg. 22nd Nov, by Mrs Whittingham

Date: 18th Nov 2021 @ 4:19pm

Week beg 22nd November 2021

A big thank you for all the wonderful costumes that you have sent in this week. The children are getting really excited about their play now. Still a long way to go until our opening performance and plenty to do!!

Remember to encourage your child to read for 15 – 20 mins daily and to record their reading in their diaries. We have stapled a list of recommended books for Year 6 children in the front of their diaries and we would like them to read some of these throughout the year. We have a lot of these texts in our class library so the children can borrow them from school or they might find some at their local library. We have asked them to tick off the books that that they read on the list.

Homework

Spellings for next week will focus will focus on suffixes.  

Spellings will be tested on Friday 26th November – happily, copier, mysterious, spying, beautiful, beginning, trying, heavily, happiness, tries

Maths Homework – Key Stage Two Maths SATs Question Book and Times Tables Rockstars

Homework is page 29 and page 30 on Fractions of the SATs book.

Curriculum

Maths – Next week we will be working on adding and subtracting Fractions

Music – cello and violins lessons as well as learning to sing songs for our Christmas Production.

History – children will be researching and presenting their findings on an aspect of World War 1.

Science – Investigating circuits

We will spend our afternoons (Wednesday – Friday) rehearsing for our Christmas Production

PE day will be every Friday (Mr Ault) and also on Wednesdays when we are not focusing on our Production.

 

Kind regards,

Mrs Whittingham, Mrs Downing, Mr Beswick and Mr Corkill

Toucans week beg. 15.11.21, by Mrs Whittingham

Date: 11th Nov 2021 @ 4:46pm

Our rehearsals for Hoodwinked are well under way and thank you for encouraging your child to learn their words at home. We are also sending home the words for the songs that we will be singing as we won’t be able to display the words on the night so need to learn the words asap.

Please speak to us if you are struggling to get a costume put together just speak to us. Costumes are due in school on Wednesday 17th November.

Remember to encourage your child to read for 15 – 20 mins daily and to record their reading in their diaries. We have stapled a list of recommended books for Year 6 children in the front of their diaries and we would like them to read some of these throughout the year. We have a lot of these texts in our class library so the children can borrow them from school or they might find some at their local library. We have asked them to tick off the books that that they read on the list.

Homework

Spellings for next week will focus will focus on suffixes.  

Spellings will be tested on Thursday 19th November – admitting, forgotten, beginner, regretted, forbidden, beginning, stoppable, wettest, preferred, referring

Maths Homework – Key Stage Two Maths SATs Question Book and Times Tables Rockstars

Homework is page 16 Written Divisions and page 17 Multiplying and Dividing by 10, 100, 1000 of the SATs book.

Curriculum

Maths – Next week we will be looking at Fractions

Music – cello and violins lessons as well as learning to sing songs for our Christmas Production.

History – children will be researching and presenting their findings on an aspect of World War 1.

We will spend our afternoons (Wednesday – Friday) rehearsing for our Christmas Production

PE day will be every Friday (Mr Ault) and also on Wednesdays when we are not focusing on our Production.

 

Kind regards,

Mrs Whittingham, Mrs Downing, Mr Beswick and Mr Corkill

Toucans week beg. 8.11.21, by Mrs Whittingham

Date: 4th Nov 2021 @ 5:27pm

Week beg 8th November 2021

We have been really impressed by the positive attitudes shown by all the children this week. They have clearly worked hard to learn their lines for our production already. This is great as it means we can focus on the acting and singing in school.

If your child does not know their lines please encourage them to learn them this week. Also if anyone is struggling to get a costume together please don’t panic but just speak to us. We want to keep all costumes as simple as possible and we will add props in school so it will be clear who is who!

For homework, we will set another 2 pages in their Maths books this week, please see below. We would also like them to log onto Times Tables Rockstars at least 3 times a week for 15 mins. They have their log in details in the front of their homework diaries if needed.

Remember to encourage your child to read for 15 – 20 mins daily and to record their reading in their diaries. We have stapled a list of recommended books for Year 6 children in the front of their diaries and we would like them to read some of these throughout the year. We have a lot of these texts in our class library so the children can borrow them from school or they might find some at their local library. We have asked them to tick off the books that that they read on the list.

Homework

Spellings for next week will focus will focus on suffixes.  

Spellings will be tested on Thursday 12th November – gently, simply, wriggly, beautiful, thoughtless, powerful, definitely, judgement, immediately, laziness

Maths Homework – Key Stage Two Maths SATs Question Book and Times Tables Rockstars

Homework is Order of Operations page 20 and page 21 of the SATs book.

They have been doing this Maths work in class this week so just remind them of BIDMAS – brackets, indices, division, multiplication, addition and then finally subtraction when working out the problems.

Curriculum

Maths – Next week we will be looking some more  at the order of operations.

Music – cello and violins lessons as well as learning to sing songs for our upcoming Harvest festival

History – children will be researching what happened during the War of the Roses.

We will spend our afternoons (Wednesday – Friday) rehearsing for our Christmas Production

PE day will be every Friday (Mr Ault) and also on Wednesdays when we are not focusing on our Production.

 

Kind regards,

Mrs Whittingham, Mrs Downing, Mr Beswick and Mr Corkill

Toucans week beg. 18th October, by Mrs Whittingham

Date: 14th Oct 2021 @ 8:33am

Week beg 18th October 2021

The children are all beginning to get excited about which parts they will play in our Christmas Production ‘Hoodwinked’. I have been delighted to see how enthusiastically they are reading their scripts. This week we will hold the auditions so that the children will have their parts sorted before half term and can begin to think about their costumes. The aim is that they will learn their lines over half term so we can begin rehearsals the first week back.  

Once again it has been a delight to see all the Maths homework completed on time and to a high standard.

For homework, we will set another 2 pages in their Maths books this week, please see below. We would also like them to log onto Times Tables Rockstars at least 3 times a week for 15 mins. They have got their log in details in the front of their homework diaries and they also all logged on in class today so that we know they will be able to this by themselves at home.

Homework

Spellings for next week will focus will focus on suffixes.  

Spellings will be tested on Thursday 21st October – trader, making, grimy, persuaded, creating, appreciating, observant, fading, creation, famous

Maths Homework – Key Stage Two Maths SATs Question Book and Times Tables Rockstars

Homework is Written Multiplication and Division page 14 and page 15 of the SATs book.

Remember you will be set 2 pages to do weekly which you can mark yourself using the answers at the back of the book.

(Maths homework will be set on a Thursday and if the children could bring their books back into school for the following Wednesday so we can check them that would be great. If they are struggling with anything, please don’t hesitate to send the book back sooner and we will do some extra work with them in school)

Curriculum

Maths – Next week we will be looking at the order of operations.

RE – We will finish our unit of work on Diversity by celebrating how we are all different but should be treated equally.

Science – Light -

Music – cello and violins lessons as well as learning to sing songs for our upcoming Harvest festival

History – children will be researching what happened during the War of the Roses.

PE day will be on Wednesday (Cricket Coach) and on Friday (Mr Ault). Children can come to school wearing their PE uniform on these days.

 

Kind regards,

Mrs Whittingham, Mrs Downing, Mr Beswick and Mr Corkill

Toucans Week Beg. 11th October, by Mrs Whittingham

Date: 7th Oct 2021 @ 4:27pm

Week beg 11th October 2021

This week we have begun thinking about our Christmas Production. We have been reading the script Hoodwinked (Robin Hood). Next week the children will tell me which parts they would like to audition for and then we can get the parts sorted before half term. This means we will be able to send home scripts with lines to learn over half term and suggestions for costumes so these can be put together. Keep an eye on our weekly blog for more updates.  

Once again it has been a delight to see all the Maths homework completed on time and to a high standard.

For homework, we will set another 2 pages in their Maths books this week, please see below. We would also like them to log onto Times Tables Rockstars at least 3 times a week for 15 mins. They have got their log in details in the front of their homework diaries and they also all logged on in class today so that we know they will be able to this by themselves at home.

Homework

Spellings for next week will focus will focus on words ending in the letter string - ough

Spellings will be tested on Friday 15th October – thoroughly, borough, although, doughnut, plough, drought, boughs, thorough, ploughing, ploughed

Maths Homework – Key Stage Two Maths SATs Question Book and Times Tables Rockstars

Homework is Written Adding and Subtracting and Written Multiplication page 12 and page 13 of the SATs book.

Remember you will be set 2 pages to do weekly which you can mark yourself using the answers at the back of the book.

(Maths homework will be set on a Thursday and if the children could bring their books back into school for the following Wednesday so we can check them that would be great. If they are struggling with anything, please don’t hesitate to send the book back sooner and we will do some extra work with them in school)

Curriculum

Maths – Next week we will be looking at factors, multiples and prime numbers.

RE – We will continue with our research to find out how different religions celebrate the birth of a child.  The children will use their ICT skills to create a word document to share their findings with the class.

Computing – the children will be using their logos that they made in their lesson with Mr Corkill last week to do some branding this week.

Science – Light

Next week we will be measuring shadow and find out how shadows change.  

Music – cello and violins lessons as well as learning to sing songs for our upcoming Harvest festival

PE day will be on Wednesday (Cricket Coach) and on Friday (Mr Ault). Children can come to school wearing their PE uniform on these days.

 

Kind regards,

Mrs Whittingham, Mrs Downing, Mr Beswick and Mr Corkill

Toucans Week beg. 4th October, by Mrs Whittingham

Date: 30th Sep 2021 @ 5:12pm

Week beg 4th October 2021

I can’t believe it is October already! It has been lovely chatting to parents this week to let everyone know how their child has settled into Year 6. Thank you for your continuous support in ensuring your child is settled and doing their best in school. We will continue to focus on handwriting next week so please encourage your child to use their joined handwriting when learning their spellings at home. 

Again it has been a delight to see all Maths homework completed on time and to a high standard. It was also lovely to hear so many parents say that they didn’t need to give their child any help with their tasks. I love to see and hear about this independence! We are also pleased to see the enthusiasm that the class are showing towards their reading at home. So many of them are recording their daily reading – 20mins – in their diaries independently. Thank you for your support with this.

For homework, we will set another 2 pages in their Maths books this week, please see below. We would also like them to log onto Times Tables Rockstars at least 3 times a week for 15 mins. They have got their log in details in the front of their homework diaries and they also all logged on in class today so that we know they will be able to this by themselves at home.

Homework

Spellings for next week will focus will focus on Suffixes

Spellings will be tested on Friday 8th October – sprinting, shouted, sweetest, jumping, prouder, floated, rusting, hunter, yawning, asked

Maths Homework – Key Stage Two Maths SATs Question Book and Times Tables Rockstars

In school we have been Addition and Subtraction this week so the homework is Written Methods for Addition and Subtraction page 10 and page 11 of the SATs book.

Remember you will be set 2 pages to do weekly which you can mark yourself using the answers at the back of the book.

(Maths homework will be set on a Thursday and if the children could bring their books back into school for the following Wednesday so we can check them that would be great. If they are struggling with anything, please don’t hesitate to send the book back sooner and we will do some extra work with them in school)

Curriculum

Maths – Next week we will continue our work on the Four Operations by focusing on Multiplication and Division.

History – We will be finding out more about the War of the Roses and our War Artist – Paul Nash

RE – We will be focusing on our P4C question – If we are all different why should we be treated equally? We will also research how different religions celebrate the birth of a child.  

Science – Light

Next week we will continue finding out about light through a variety of investigations.

PE day will be on Wednesday (Cricket Coach) and on Friday (Mr Ault). Children can come to school wearing their PE uniform on these days.

 

Kind regards,

Mrs Whittingham, Mrs Downing, Mr Beswick and Mr Corkill

Toucans week beg. 27th September, by Mrs Whittingham

Date: 23rd Sep 2021 @ 12:27pm

Week beg 27th September 2021

Toucans have worked hard again this week. They have all amazed us with their positive attitude towards everything that they are doing in school, from learning to play cricket, playing their musical instruments, learning German and working so hard to improve their handwriting. We have spent a lot of time over the past couple of weeks to ensure everyone is joining their letters correctly. Please encourage your child to use their joined handwriting when learning their spellings at home.  

Again it has been a delight to see all Maths homework completed on time and to a high standard. We are also pleased to see the enthusiasm that the class are showing towards their reading at home. So many of them are recording their daily reading – 20mins – in their diaries independently. Thank you for your support with this.

For homework, we will set another 2 pages in their Maths books this week, please see below. We would also like them to log onto Times Tables Rockstars at least 3 times a week for 15 mins. They have got their log in details in the front of their homework diaries and they also all logged on in class today so that we know they will be able to this by themselves at home.

Homework

Spellings for next week will focus on words ending in shul spelt –cial or -tial

Spellings will be tested on Friday 1st October – official, special, social, artificial, financial, essential, partial, confidential, initial, torrential

Maths Homework – Key Stage Two Maths SATs Question Book and Times Tables Rockstars

In school we have been applying our knowledge of Place Value this week so the homework is Mixed Practice page 8 and page 9 of the SATs book.

Remember you will be set 2 pages to do weekly which you can mark yourself using the answers at the back of the book.

(Maths homework will be set on a Thursday and if the children could bring their books back into school for the following Wednesday so we can check them that would be great. If they are struggling with anything, please don’t hesitate to send the book back sooner and we will do some extra work with them in school)

Curriculum

Maths – Next week we will continue our work on the Four Operations by focusing on Addition and Subtraction.

History – We will be finding out about the War of the Roses

RE – Our first unit is all about Diversity – appreciating the people all around us in the world today and celebrating their similarities and differences. This week we will be celebrating what makes us each unique.

Science – Light

Next week they will be looking at how light travels in straight lines and carry out lots of investigations

PE day will be on Wednesday (Cricket Coach) and on Friday (Mr Ault). Children can come to school wearing their PE uniform on these days.

 

Kind regards,

Mrs Whittingham, Mrs Downing, Mr Beswick and Mr Corkill

Toucans week beg. 20.9.21, by Mrs Whittingham

Date: 16th Sep 2021 @ 5:29pm

Week beg 20th September 2021

We are so proud of how well Toucans have settled into Year 6. They have been a pleasure to teach and we are delighted with their positive attitude towards learning both in school and at home.

We have been delighted to see that the children have been completing their homework as expected. Lots of great reading taking place every night. Remember 15 – 20mins and please encourage your child to record what they read in their homework diaries.

Lots of great scores last week with their first weekly spelling test which has shown that they have been working on these at home so thank you.

For homework, we will set another 2 pages in their Maths books this week, please see below. We would also like them to log onto Times Tables Rockstars at least 3 times a week for 15 mins. They have got their log in details in the front of their homework diaries and they also all logged on in class today so that we know they will be able to this by themselves at home.

Homework

Spellings for next week will focus on words ending in shus spelt -tious

Spellings will be tested on Friday 24th September – cautious, infectious, ambitious, superstitious, nutritious, scrumptious, fictitious, infection, nutrition, ambition,

Maths Homework – Key Stage Two Maths SATs Question Book and Times Tables Rockstars

In school we have been exploring Place Value this week so the homework is Negative Numbers page 4 and Rounding page 7 of the SATs book.

Remember you will be set 2 pages to do weekly which you can mark yourself using the answers at the back of the book.

(Maths homework will be set on a Thursday and if the children could bring their books back into school for the following Wednesday so we can check them that would be great. If they are struggling with anything, please don’t hesitate to send the book back sooner and we will do some extra work with them in school)

Curriculum

Maths – Next week we will continue our work on the Four Operations by focusing on Addition and Subtraction.

History – We will continue to learn about the Battle of Hastings and think about why conflicts take place

RE – Our first unit is all about Diversity – appreciating the people all around us in the world today and celebrating their similarities and differences. We will be finding out more about the different religions in the UK     

Science – Light

The children have been revising what they know already about light before exploring our topic further. Next week they will be looking at how light travels in straight lines and carry out some investigations

On Friday the 24th September we will have an ART Day focusing on the War Artist Paul Nash. The children will be developing their sketching and painting skills before producing a picture in the style of Nash to reflect the hardship of conflicts. We have their old art t-shirts from last year in school but you are very welcome to send in a fresh one if you wish.

PE day will be on Wednesday (Cricket Coach) and on Friday (Mr Ault). Children can come to school wearing their PE uniform on these days.

 

Kind regards,

Mrs Whittingham, Mrs Downing, Mr Beswick and Mr Corkill

Toucans Week beg. 13.9.21, by Mrs Whittingham

Date: 9th Sep 2021 @ 8:13am

Week beg 13th September 2021

We warmly welcome all our pupils to Toucans Class. They have all settled in well and are working hard already! Thank you for reading with your child at home as this will benefit them enormously. The children are expected to read every night for 15 -20 mins. They will also have weekly spellings and a Maths task which will reflect what we are doing in class for that week.

Homework

Spellings for next week will focus on words ending in shus spelt -cious

Spellings will be tested on Friday 17th September – spacious, vicious, precious, suspicious, conscious, delicious, malicious, gracious, atrocious, ferocious

Maths – The children have all been given their own Maths book – Key Stage Two Maths SATs Question Book. They will be set 2 pages to do weekly which they can mark themselves using the answers at the back of the book. Maths homework will be set on a Thursday and if the children could bring their books back into school for the following Wednesday so we can check them. If they are struggling with anything, please don’t hesitate to send the book back sooner and we will do some extra work with them in school.

In school we have been exploring Place Value this week so the homework is Ordering Numbers pages 2 and 3 of the SATs book.

Curriculum

Maths – Next week we will continue working on Place Value – Rounding Numbers, Negative Numbers before moving onto the Four Operations the following week.

History – We will begin our Conflict Topic by finding out about the Battle of Hastings.

RE – Our first unit is all about Diversity – appreciating the people all around us in the world today and celebrating their similarities and differences     

Science – Light

The children have been revising what they know already about light before exploring our topic further. Next week they will be looking at how light travels in straight lines.

On Friday the 24th September we will have an ART Day focusing on the War Artist Paul Nash. The children will be developing their sketching and painting skills before producing a picture in the style of Nash to reflect the hardship of conflicts.

PE day will be on Wednesday (Cricket Coach) and on Friday (Mr Ault). Children can come to school wearing their PE uniform on these days.

 

We are delighted to have the support of Mr Corkill (associate teacher) with us this year in Toucans.

 

Kind regards,

Mrs Whittingham, Mrs Downing, Mr Beswick and Mr Corkill

Toucans week beg. 5th July, by Mrs Whittingham

Date: 1st Jul 2021 @ 4:25pm

Week beg 5thJuly 2021

Transition day for pupils going to Rudheath Senior Academy on Tuesday 6th July 9.30 – 2.30

Homework

Continue to just focus on Reading and Spellings alongside Times Tables Rockstars.

Spellings for next few week will focus on the Year 5/6 Statutory Words

Spellings will be tested on Friday 9th July – variety, accompany, ancient, average, cemetery, conscience, criticise, develop, equip, excellent

Curriculum

Maths –Ratio and Proportion

History

We will continue to find out about the Ancient Mayan Civilisation and complete our Enquiry Project. Children are presenting their final piece as a poster or as a PowerPoint presentation.

RE – Sikhism

We will use I Pads and PicCollage to show everything that we have found out about Sikhism.     

Science – Electricity

We will finish off our work on electricity.

ART/DT – Mayan Masks and Temples to design and build

PE day will be on Thursday (Cricket Coach) and on Friday (Mr Ault)

 

Toucans can also attend Mr Ault’s after school club on Fridays.  

 

Kind regards,

Mrs Whittingham, Mrs Downing and Mr Beswick

Toucans week beg. 28th June, by Mrs Whittingham

Date: 24th Jun 2021 @ 3:37pm

Week beg 28thJune 2021

Monday 28th June – Tattenhall Centre

We are so excited about our upcoming visit for Toucans class to the Tattenhall Centre where they will have a fun filled day of outdoor adventure activities. To ensure the visit can go ahead, we have had to complete enhanced risk assessments with the Local Authority and Public Health; please can you make sure you read the Covid-19 information below.

As a reminder, the visit will include sessions ran by the centre staff on the low ropes, the zip line and a tree climbing activity. The children will need to be in school for a prompt departure by 9am so we are asking all children to arrive at 8:30am and will return later in the day. To celebrate the end of the school year, we are inviting the children to remain in school until 7:30pm where they will take part in team games led by Mr Ault and tea will be provided by school; we have also booked the ice cream van to come too! This part of the day will be fully funded by school.

On Monday, the children will need to wear old comfy clothes including tracksuit bottoms, trainers, and a water proof coat to enjoy each activity safely. Please ensure that you apply sun cream on your child before they come to school. Please also bring an additional water bottle for them to have throughout the day. The children can bring their own packed lunch with a drink in a carrier bag that we can dispose of, no packed lunch bags or boxes please.

Homework

Continue to just focus on Reading and Spellings alongside Times Tables Rockstars.

Spellings for next few week will focus on the Year 5/6 Statutory Words

Spellings will be tested on Friday 2nd July – harass, individual, lightning, neighbour, parliament, profession, recommend, sacrifice, sincerely, symbol

Curriculum

Maths –Ratio and Proportion

History

We will continue to find out about the Ancient Mayan Civilisation

RE – Sikhism

We will use I Pads and PicCollage to show everything that we have found out about Sikhism.     

Science – Electricity

We will finish off our work on electricity.

ART/DT – Mayan Masks and Temples to design and build

PE day will be on Thursday (Cricket Coach) and on Friday (Mr Ault)

 

Toucans can also attend Mr Ault’s after school club on Fridays.  

 

Kind regards,

Mrs Whittingham, Mrs Downing and Mr Beswick

Toucans Week beg. 14th June, by Mrs Whittingham

Date: 10th Jun 2021 @ 4:25pm

Week beg 14thJune 2021

Homework

Continue to just focus on Reading and Spellings alongside Times Tables Rockstars.

Spellings for next few week will focus on the Year 5/6 Statutory Words

Spellings will be tested on Friday 18th June – accommodate, amateur, available, category, competition, correspond, determined, environment, exaggerate, foreign

Curriculum

Maths –Algebra

We will finish this unit with some problems involving solving problems and then move onto Ratio and Proportion.

English – Island – A story of the Galapagos by Jason Chin

The focus will be on journalistic writing.

History

We will begin our study of the Ancient Mayan Civilisation

RE – Sikhism

We will explore objects and symbols that are important to Sikhs but also for us.    

Science – Electricity

Will focus on the components of a circuit and drawing the relevant symbols.

ART/DT – Mayan Masks

PE day will be on Thursday (Cricket Coach) and on Friday (Mr Ault)

 

Toucans can also attend Mr Ault’s after school club on Fridays.  

 

Kind regards,

Mrs Whittingham, Mrs Downing and Mr Beswick

Toucans week beg. 7th June, by Mrs Whittingham

Date: 27th May 2021 @ 4:02pm

Week beg 7thJune 2021

Homework

Continue to just focus on Reading and Spellings alongside Times Tables Rockstars.

Spellings for next week will focus on the sh sound spelt si or ssi  

Spellings will be tested on Friday 11th June – expansion, comprehension, tension, permission, admission, profession, possession, revision, collision, decision

Curriculum

Maths –Algebra

Solving equations, missing box problems, writing formula

English – Island – A story of the Galapagos by Jason Chin

We will draft and edit a discussion text based on this book and Jemmy Button.

Geography

We will be learning about Time Zones and finding out about the countries that make up South America.

RE – Sikhism

We will continue our study of Sikhism and find out about the values that Sikhs hold and compare/contrast these to our own.   

Science – Electricity

Will focus on the components of a circuit and drawing the relevant symbols.

PE day will be on Thursday (Cricket Coach) and on Friday (Mr Ault)

 

Toucans can also attend Mr Ault’s after school club on Fridays.  

 

Kind regards,

Mrs Whittingham, Mrs Downing and Mr Beswick

Toucans week beg. 24th May, by Mrs Whittingham

Date: 20th May 2021 @ 3:42pm

Week beg 24th May 2021

Remember INSET on Monday 24th May

Homework

Continue to just focus on Reading and Spellings alongside Times Tables Rockstars.

Spellings for next week will focus on the sh sound spelt ti or ci  

Spellings will be tested on Friday 28th May – direction, explanation, competition, especially, appreciate, ancient, cautious, delicious, motion, subtraction

Curriculum

Maths –Algebra

Solving equations, missing box problems

English – Island – A story of the Galapagos by Jason Chin

We will draft and edit a discussion text based on this book and Jemmy Button.

RE – Sikhism

We will continue our study of Sikhism and find out about the 5Ks   

Science – Electricity

Will focus on the components of a circuit and drawing the relevant symbols.

 

PE day will be on Thursday (Mrs Whittingham) and on Friday (Mr Ault)

 

Toucans can also attend Mr Ault’s after school club on Fridays.  

 

Kind regards,

Mrs Whittingham, Mrs Downing and Mr Beswick

Toucans class blog week beg. 26th April, by Mrs Whittingham

Date: 23rd Apr 2021 @ 4:22pm

Week beg 26th April 2021 

It has been a delight this week to have the opportunity to chat to parents about how their children are getting on in class. Welcoming Toucans back after the break this week has been lovely and we have had a busy week as usual! The children have been learning about a Leadership Award that they will be doing over this term that is run by the Archbishop of York Trust. 

Homework

Continue to just focus on Reading and Spellings alongside Times Tables Rockstars. 

Spellings for next week will focus on plurals. 

Spellings will be tested on Friday 30th April – bonuses, addresses, boxes, wishes, matches, peaches, dictionaries, identities, binoculars, coaches  

Curriculum 

Maths – Decimals

Focus has been on converting fractions to decimals this week and next week it will be multiplying and dividing decimals. 

English – The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde

We will be planning, drafting and editing our final piece of writing for this unit of work. 

RE – Understanding Humanism

We will finish this topic next week by looking at how Humanists mark and celebrate special events in their lives. We will then move on to finding out about Sikhism. 

Geography – Human and physical geographical features

We will be spending time outdoors identifying these features

Science – Electricity

At the moment we are revising previous work on circuits before we begin looking at making our own circuits. 

PE days will be Thursday, when possible, (rounders/athletics) and Friday (Mr Ault). 

The children will have cricket again in after the May half term. 

 

Toucans can also attend Mr Ault’s after school club on Fridays.  

 

Kind regards, 

Mrs Whittingham, Mrs Downing and Mr Beswick

Toucans week beg. 29.03.21, by Mrs Whittingham

Date: 25th Mar 2021 @ 4:26pm

Week ending the 26th March 2021

Toucans have enjoyed working in groups on our History Enquiry Project this week. They have chosen a concept/aspect of World War 2 to research and present to their classmates in poster form. We are nearly finished them so will hopefully be able to tweet some soon.

We have also been looking at our ART objectives and have been developing our drawing and painting skills using a variety of media and textures. We have been looking at the artwork of a Christian artist, Cindy Norris, to create our own paintings.

Homework

The only homework we want our children to be doing at the moment is reading and spellings.

Spellings for next week will focus on ei and ie

Spellings will be tested on Thursday 1st April – piece, perceive, relief, deceive, achieve, ceiling, believe, receive, niece, shriek

Curriculum – highlights for next week

Monday 29th March – focus will be on Science

Tuesday 30th March – focus will be on ICT using IPads

Wednesday 31st March – Class Worship in church to mark Easter, make Easter Cards

Thursday 1st April – Lostock Book Day – please wear pjs, focus on Reading

PE day will be on Thursday (cricket)

Kind regards,

Mrs Whittingham, Mrs Downing and Mr Beswick

Toucans week ending 19th March, by Mrs Whittingham

Date: 18th Mar 2021 @ 4:03pm

Week ending the 19th March 2021

Another busy but productive week in Toucans. Great to see everyone learning German together, playing Cricket and just generally having plenty of opportunities to interact with their classmates as they complete their curricular activities.

Homework

The only homework we want our children to be doing at the moment is reading and spellings.

Spellings for next week will focus on Silent Letters.

Spellings will be tested on Friday 26th March – calm, autumn, climb, guest, gnome, doubt, lamb, solemn, know, knee

Curriculum

Maths – Geometry

We will be looking at reading and plotting coordinates, translating and reflecting shapes.

Please also continue to do some times tables work at home.

https://ttrockstars.com/   

English – The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde

We will be writing expanded noun phrases, using the passive voice and semi-colons and participating in role play.

ICT/HISTORY

We will be researching various aspects of World War 2 in groups and presenting our findings on a poster.

Art

We will be developing our drawing skills focusing on sketching faces. We will also be mixing colours and creating some pieces of Christian Art based on the work of Cindy Norris.

Science – Light

We will focus on completing the objectives that we missed out on during lockdown that we needed to finish from before Christmas.

PE days will be Thursday (cricket) and Friday (Mr Ault).

Toucans can also attend Mr Ault’s after school club on Fridays.  

Kind regards,

Mrs Whittingham, Mrs Downing and Mr Beswick

Toucans week ending 12th March, by Mrs Whittingham

Date: 11th Mar 2021 @ 7:45am

Week ending the 12th March 2021

It has been wonderful this week welcoming back everyone into our class. The children have been busy re-establishing routines, spending time with their friends and settling down to lessons! We have enjoyed National Science Week and have been finding out about famous scientists, carrying out investigations and creating our own inventions.

Here are some Science video clips the children may like to watch again at home.

Listen to ‘The Crayon man’ - the true story of the invention of Crayola crayons: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYkqCILYib4

Watch video about the invention of the Mars rover ‘Perseverance’.  The mission took place in February 2020 and aimed to discover whether there had ever been life on Mars before:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z541nQlGoc0

Watch the mission trailer which shows you the Entry, Descent and Landing procedure the rover followed as it approached Mars:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tITni_HY1Bk

What is an invention?

Watch video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qybUFnY7Y8w

Virtually explore Mars using the following website (‘real-time simulation of Perseverance’s landing’): https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/mars/overview/

Homework

The only homework we want our children to be doing at the moment is reading and spellings.

Spellings for next week will focus on the rule – the ‘sh’ sound spelt ‘si’ or ‘ssi’

Spellings will be tested on Friday 19th March – expansion, comprehension, tension, permission, admission, profession, possession, discussion, revision, collision

Curriculum for week beg. 15th March 2021

Maths – Fractions

We will continue to look at dividing fractions, finding fractions of amounts and solving fraction problems.

English – The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde

We will be exploring formal and informal language, examining word choices and describing settings, characters and atmosphere.

RE – Understanding Humanism

We will be learning about the knowledge and beliefs of humanists. Focusing on the importance of ‘happiness’ to them, celebrations and ceremonies that they have and their Golden Rule.

Geography – Mapping Skills

Using maps and atlases to locate places in the UK, Europe and worldwide.

HistoryWorld War 2

We will explore key events from World War 2 and focus on one to research in a group and present our findings to our classmates.

Science – Light

We will focus on completing the objectives that we missed out on during lockdown that we needed to finish from before Christmas.

PE days will be Thursday (cricket) and Friday (Mr Ault).

Toucans can also attend Mr Ault’s after school club on Fridays.  

Kind regards,

Mrs Whittingham, Mrs Downing and Mr Beswick

Toucans Home Learning Fri 5th March, by Mrs Whittingham

Date: 4th Mar 2021 @ 3:56pm

Friday 5th March 2021   

Happy Friday everyone. Here we are again at the end of another hard working week. You are all amazing and we are just so proud of how much enthusiasm and hard work you are putting into your school jobs.

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

 Worship

Click on the link for Mrs Powell’s worship today: https://youtu.be/MTgdJpAbcc4

 

     Science – Diet and Lifestyle – lesson 6 

 

What are nicotine and alcohol?

Click on the following link to watch and take part in the following video lesson. Start with the quiz and the recap of last lesson’s learning.

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/what-are-nicotine-and-alcohol-cgv3ec

Click on the following link to complete the activities for today’s lesson:

https://classroom.thenational.academy/lessons/what-are-nicotine-and-alcohol-cgv3ec?step=3&activity=worksheet

 

See the Science Power point attached. Remember to click on the audio button to hear Mrs Downing guide you through the lesson.  

Click on the link below if you can’t access the audio on the PowerPoint. 

https://youtu.be/rYx5IeOvZM4

        

Reflect and return to school task:

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

If you want, you could play this lovely relaxing music whilst you create your ideas today: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2UEqBdU7go&list=RD-j2uKUK5P10&index=2