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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