Welcome back to the Summer term in Year 1!
The children have settled well into their new project this term, A Gardener’s World! They have started to learn about living and non-living things around them in Science and we’ll continue this over the next few weeks through looking at plants.
In English this week, the children have found out about Percy the Park Keeper and have written a character description about him. They enjoyed writing their own letters to Percy; describing themselves, explaining how they looked and their likes and dislikes.
In maths, we have been developing our understanding of addition and subtraction, using multi-link and number lines to help us solve calculations. Next week, we will be continuing the ideas learnt this week when we practise our number bonds to 10 and 20.
Thank you for all the homework which has been returned this week and for all your support in helping your child to complete this. If you have any questions regarding homework, please come and talk with us.
The Year 1 Team (Mrs Carter, Mrs Hearn, Miss Jamieson)
What a super first week back! We would like to start by saying a big thank you for all the children’s homework. They enjoyed sharing facts about the different animals they had researched. We have displayed their super work and look forward to learning more about ‘Nocturnal Animals’ through our English work.
This week in Maths we have been using inverse calculations to check our answers and also help us to find missing numbers.
We also started on our D&T puppet project. The first part of the design process is to learn some skills needed to make our puppets. We completed a running stitch to decorate a book mark. This skill will then be used to attach the fabric of our puppets. 2S enjoyed sewing in the shade of the gazebo.
We are looking forward to continuing with our pirate adventure writing in English next week with a special morning. Watch this space for Year 2’s adventures aboard ‘Ye Old Jolly Roger’ …………..
Year 2 Team
We hope that you are rested after a good Easter Holiday. Our topic of Prancing Piranhas has got off to a swimmingly brilliant start. We have read the first few chapters of the Boy Who Swam with Piranhas and have been introduced to Stan, Uncle Ernie and Auntie Annie.
We have jumped straight into the deep end, by making a variety of moving fish toys. 4G have also made some colourful name plaques and will later be using these skills to design Uncle Ernie a logo for Pott’s Perfect Pilchards. 4T have made a start to making their moving diorama boxes, which we will be continuing through to next week. 4C have been designing soup cans in the style of Andy Warhol, thinking up some very creative varieties of soup.
Next week, we will be making a model of the digestive system and continuing with our gym sessions, from Monday. So please make sure that children have their PE kits in on Monday morning and leave them in the classroom all week.
Enjoy the good weather this weekend,
The Year 4 Team
Welcome back to our final term of Year 5!
The children have delighted us with their Caribbean homework from over the Easter holidays and these will be going on display in and around the school within the next few days.
In science this term, the children will be learning about the life cycle of animals and plants and will have an opportunity to grow their own plant. On Friday 25th May at 2:30pm we would like to invite you to our ‘Green Fingers’ market, where the children will be selling their plants and sharing their learning from this half term. Further details about this will follow in the coming weeks.
This week we have enjoyed being naturalists and exploring the school grounds, in the sunshine, to find evidence of living organisms. We then classified these into different groups depending on their characteristics and life cycle. We have also begun to immerse ourselves in our Butter Fingers/ Caribbean topic. This week, the children were given various pictures of the Caribbean to annotate with their thoughts and questions about their observations of the lifestyle and environment.
As the temperatures become warmer, we would like to remind you that all children should bring to school a named water bottle and sun hat. Although we appreciate your child may want cold water, please can you refrain from freezing water bottles as they take too long to defrost and leave a trail of surplus water across desks.
The Year 5 Team
This week, we will be sending home the bulk of the SATs revision books which the children have been using over the last 6 months. These can now stay at home and be used to help the children prepare for their exams. The children have completed a large proportion of pages from previous homework tasks but still have areas to complete over the next few weeks. For this week’s homework, we would like the children to focus on any uncompleted pages, particularly in those areas which they feel they are still not confident in.
Although we do not require them to come back into school, if your child would like to talk over any pages then we are always happy to help!
Next week, we will be sending home some mixed practice booklets in these final weeks before SATs week.
Chilli Con Carne Ingredients
Just a reminder that over the next couple of weeks, the children will be cooking a Mayan-inspired chilli con carne. In groups, they chose the ingredients which they wanted and each child has been asked to contribute one of those ingredients towards their dish.Your child should have brought home a slip before the Easter holidays which explains what they need to bring and which day they are cooking. 6G will begin cooking tomorrow and then again on Wednesday followed by the other classes over this week and next. We will be cooking rice to go alongside the chilli con carne; the children may have this as their lunch option for the day which they are cooking.
We look forward to showing you some pictures of the finished dishes!
We’ve had a busy but wonderful term learning all about the Mayans. For our end of term inter-class challenge, we replicated a Mayan sport Pok-a-tok. In this game, two teams would battle it out in a stone courtyard. The aim of the game was to hit a heavy rubber ball through a stone hoop however they were only allowed to use their elbows, knees and hips! The losing team would be facing more than disappointment as they would be next in line for sacrifice! Needless to say, we didn’t quite go to this extreme in school! In our version, the children had to choose which part of their body they wanted to use and then select whether they were going to aim through a large or small hoop with the small hoop being worth more points. The whole year group watched in anticipation as participants made their way to the middle of the ‘courtyard’ to try and gain points for their class. We had lots of fun and it was a close competition; the winner will be announced the first week back after Easter!
We’ve been privileged this term to have the expertise of Coach Fletcher helping the children to improve on a range of rugby skills. Last week, the children’s focus was thinking about their formation in order to provide a good defence line for the opposing team.
After school boosters
Some of the year 6 children have been attending after school boosters to aid them in making progress for the up and coming SATs. These have been very successful and we’d like to continue running them for a few more weeks after the Easter Break. The last week they’ll run will be the 30th April. The teachers have put a lot of effort and time into running these so please could you ensure that your child continues to attend so that they gain the full benefits of these.
We are sending home 3 pieces of homework to complete over the Easter holidays: mixed arithmetic questions, a maths reasoning paper and a mixed grammar booklet. Completing these will help the children with their SATs preparations and to consolidate their learning from this term.
If the rain continues and children are at a loose end over the holidays, why not challenge them to make their own stop-motion animation? They have learned the skills at school and should be able to apply this at home. We’d certainly be keen to watch any of their creations back at school when they return.
Finally, we just want to thank all the children for their hard work this term. Also, thank you to parents for always being supportive. Enjoy your Easter and we will see you in 2 weeks.
Year 6 Team
Wow, what an amazing afternoon yesterday was! It was a great success and we thoroughly enjoyed this event. Thank you so much to those of you who were able to attend and also for the donations of food. We really appreciate your support. We look forward to holding another event, for parents or carers to attend, during the Summer Term.
Well done to the winning group- Belgium!!
This morning, each Year 5 class paired up with a Year 1 class to share the picture book they created on World Book Day. It was really lovely to see Year 5 showing responsibility and care towards Year 1, who were engaged in the stories. The maturity of our Year 5 children was commented on by the Year 1 teachers.
On a final note, the children have been set a half term homework, which they brought home last week. Their task is to create a flag for a country in the Caribbean and write 3 facts on the back about their chosen country. This is due in on Friday 20th April. The children also have their usual Maths (due 20.04.18) and SPaG (due 18.04.18) homework. Just to make you aware, we will be making moving toys in DT next half term which will require each child to have a shoe box so please keep hold of any you have and send these in from Week 2 onwards.
We all wish you an enjoyable Easter Break.
The Year 5 Team
This term we have had great fun reading Mrs Armitage on Wheels, a story about a lady who adapts her bicycle by adding horns, a chair for her dog and umbrellas to keep her dry. The children wrote stories about Mrs Armitage’s roller-skates and designed exciting adaptations such as bubble machines to cheer her up, a rocket booster to speed her along or a parachute to slow her down.
We have been exploring mechanisms and techniques for creating moving pictures. We learnt how to make a hinge, lever and pivot and a slider. The children then designed and made their own moving pictures showing a new vehicle for Mrs Armitage. We had lots of lovely ideas: a helicopter, a tractor and even a Lamborghini!
In Science, we explored the different materials that Mrs Armitage would need to mend her umbrella. The children had great fun exploring which materials were waterproof!
What an exciting week we have had!
On Monday the children all enjoyed our snow castle competition. The children designed their class castles to reflect aspects of our school. Congratulations to 2R who the school competition.
In English we have been reading ‘You Wouldn’t Want to be a Victorian School Child’ and learning about what schools were like when Queen Victorian reigned. We wrote some ‘Top Tips for surviving a day as a Victorian Child’ in preparation for our Victorian School morning this Tuesday. This morning then inspired the children’s writing about their experience.
Can we take this opportunity to say have a lovely Easter holiday and we look forward to seeing the children after. Please note homework due date is Monday 16th April.
Year 2 Team