Friday 13th July
In English this week, the children have been learning about prepositions and pronouns. We have also been reading, writing and reciting a range of different poems. The children have also written letters to their new class teachers, telling them all about ourselves.
On Tuesday we enjoyed taking part in the iSing Pop concert. We also got to meet our new teachers which was very exciting and we’re all looking forward to our new school year. We had a great time at the ‘Wedding Breakfast’ and each class took part in a dance festival, performing brilliantly in front of the rest of the school.
Next week we will be finishing up our science topic on electricity and celebrating the end of the school year! As Monday will be Miss Brook’s last day, please could the children bring in board games for Monday afternoon.
Finally, there is no further homework or spellings to learn for this year. A big thank you for all of your support.
Friday 6th July
In Maths this week, the children have revisited place value, Roman Numerals and put their measuring skills to the test by seeing which design of paper airplane would travel the furthest. In English, the children have created their own Calligrams – poems written out in the shape of the poem’s subject. We have also been recapping on why we use apostrophes in our writing.
In Science, the children have been investigating how to set up simple electrical circuits and thinking about when we use electricity in our daily lives.
Despite the heat, the children have also impressed us by singing their heart out in iSingPOP sessions this week. We are looking forward to seeing them perform in the concerts next week – a reminder that the children will need to wear their school uniforms for these – however if they already have an iSingPOP t-shirt, they are permitted to wear these.
Next week, the children will be spending Tuesday afternoon with their new class teachers. We will be continuing to look at different types of poems in English and challenging ourselves to learn some by heart. In Maths, we will be doing some final practice with written calculation methods and in Science the focus will be on electrical safety.
Spellings this week:
- Y3 – long ‘i’ sound
- Y4 – ‘re’ and ‘sub’ prefixes
Friday 29th June
In Maths this week, the children have been participating in lots of small workshops, addressing areas which children found tricky in their assessments last week. On Thursday, the children put their detective skills to the test and took part in a murder mystery investigation. Next week, we will be revisiting place value with a focus on dividing by 10 and 100. Year 4’s will also be practising converting between fractions and decimals.
In English this week, we have carried out some SPAG lessons focusing on areas children struggled with in their assessment. We have been consolidating our understanding of the different uses for commas, pronouns and main/subordinate clauses. Next week, we will be looking at shape poems.
In Science, the children have revisited states of matter. We experimented with ‘Boogie Gloop’ (cornflour mixed with water) and tried to decide it if was a solid or liquid or both! In fact, we found out it is a ‘Non-Newtonian Fluid. Next week, we will be starting a new topic looking at Electricity.
On Wednesday, Maple and Laurel class took part in the Charanga assembly. Our year 3’s sang ‘Three Little Birds’ by Bob Marley and our year 4’s sang ‘Mamma Mia’ by Abba. Both performances were excellent and congratulations to the pupils for putting on a great performance.
In Dance, the pupils have continued to work hard on their performances in preparation for the dance festival on Friday 13th July 2018. We are very excited to see the final performances.
Next week, the children will also take part in iSingPOP sessions, working up to recording day on Friday.
Friday 22nd June
In Maths this week, the children have been completing lots of assessments to see how much we’ve learnt this year. Next week, we are going to be taking part in lots of small workshops, addressing areas which the children are finding tricky.
In English this week, we have carried out some SPAG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) and reading assessments. Next week, we will be looking at some of the areas of SPAG which we struggled with in the assessment, such as clauses and commas.
In Science, the children have continued looking at classification keys. They were given four sweets and then had to create a classification key in order to sort them.
On Tuesday, Maple and Laurel class took part in a Geography day. Miss Brook taught them about Wales and Mr Gaston did a lesson on Northern Ireland. We also looked at countries that lie along the equator and what it is like living there, compared to in England. We compared the UK to St. Lucia and found out that it is known for its chocolate, which we then tasted.
As the children have worked so hard on their assessments this week, we are not going to be giving out any homework to complete over the weekend.
Friday 15th June
In Maths this week, the children have been taking part in a number of exciting activities, in order to practice our measurement skills. We have measured the height and length of objects around the school and used our knowledge of capacity to create a range of potions. We concluded our week of measurement with ‘The Great Kempsey Bake Off’, carefully measuring ingredients to create muffins which were then tasted and judged by some special guests. Next week in Maths, the children will be carrying out some Maths assessments and also looking at different lines (e.g. perpendicular and parallel lines) that are used in areas of The World Cup, such as on flags and football pitches.
In English this week, we completed our animal non-chronological reports and we also started to look at a book called ‘The wolves in the walls’. The children used their inference skills to decide what the personalities of the characters may be, based on their actions. Next week, in English we will be continuing to look at this book and also carrying out some reading and SPAG assessments.
In Science, the children have been looking at invertebrates. We went on an ‘invertebrate walk’ looking for these creatures in our school grounds and identifying them using a classification key. The children then created their own classification keys, which we will continue to look at, next week.
On Tuesday next week, the children in Laurel and Maple are going to take part in a Geography Day. This will be linked to our topic and allow the children to, amongst other things, compare Kempsey to other places around the world and investigate places that lie on the equator.
Spellings this week:
- Y3 ‘short i’ sound
- Y4 the prefix – ‘im’
Friday 8th June
We hope you had a good half term break. In Maths, the children started their week practising their measuring skills by recording long jumps, standing broad jumps and bean bag throws in a ‘Maths Olympics’ event and have used the data they gathered to plot bar graphs. They have also been practising interpreting tables, pictograms and line graphs.
In Maple, the children have been finding out all about the Arctic Fox and how it is adapted to its environment. They will be using their research to finish drafting information reports next week.
On Wednesday, the children enjoyed a fun packed basketball taster session and showed great team work and communication in a mini tournament following the skills practice. In Computing, the children have been developing their understanding of the role of different devices within a computer network and how information is transported across the internet to any web pages they view.
In Science, the children have been exploring the wonderful world of plants. On a nature walk in the school grounds, the children investigated similarities and differences between any plants and trees they could find. In their independent research after this they also found out that 85% of the world’s plants are actually under the world’s oceans!
Next week, the children will focus on measuring skills in Maths and we are planning our own ‘Kempsey Bake off’! In Science, the children will be going on a bug hunt in order to practice classifying the invertebrates they find!
Spellings this week
- Y3: ‘ight’ words
- Y4: prefixes ‘in’ and ‘un’
Friday 25th May
Yesterday, the children enjoyed a talk and demonstration from two STEM ambassadors. The children found out all about the history and development of radar and infrared technology in Malvern following the Second World War and were given chance to join in with some demonstrations of practical equipment using this technology. We also found out that we can see friction marks left on the hall floor (after scuffing it with shoes) using thermal imaging technology!
There will be no Maths homework or spellings for the children to learn over the break as we would like the children to complete their topic homework over the holiday to share with the rest of their classmates in the first week back. There is a reminder of these tasks overleaf.
After half term, we will be continuing with our Science topic – Living Things and their Habitats – and English, Maths and Science lessons will be linked to this, in the first week back.
Finally, a reminder, please could you ensure your child has their PE kit and a water bottle in school each day.
Friday 18th May
In English this week, the children have written some wonderfully inventive poems describing what happens when their teacher is eaten by a monster on a school trip! They have been practising their rhyming skills as well as mastering the use of powerful verbs and adverbs for comic effect!
In Maths, the children have been practising finding fractions of amounts and will be completing their end of term assessments next week. We will also be revisiting interpreting data in the form of bar charts and line graphs.
In Science, the children created information sheets explaining the seven living processes that all animals, plants and trees have in common. Next week, they will enjoy a visit from STEM ambassadors who will talk to the children about their careers in Science and Technology.
On Wednesday, Year 3 completed a workshop with The Blue Cross. The children learnt how to take care of a range of animals including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, horses and many others. The children also found out how to train a dog using a ‘clicker’!
In Design and Technology this week, the children were given a task to create a way of transporting food and water from A to B (which was 4m in length). The children could use push and pull forces. Everyone worked very creatively, using trial and error to improve their designs. They then demonstrated them to children from reception and year one classes.
In Computing, the children have started to use features of Microsoft Word to create a fact file describing life at Kempsey Primary School. They will continue to learn and develop skills using different programmes in Microsoft Office over the rest of the summer term.
Spellings this week:
- Y3 ‘-ite words’
- Y4 ‘mis prefix’
Friday 11th May
In English this week, the children have been looking at a poem called ‘A sea creature ate our teacher’, identifying the nouns, adjectives and adverbs used. Next week we will be continuing to look at this poem and writing our own versions.
In Maths, the children have been using their current understanding of fractions to find fractions of objects, shapes and to create equivalent fractions. Next week we will be looking at fractions of amounts.
In Science, the children have carried out an experiment looking at climate change. They have also discussed the causes and effects that climate change is having on the Earth. Next week the children will move on to looking at the different life processes of animals.
In computing, the children will be practicing their skills, choosing different computer programmes, using Microsoft software.
Spellings this week:
- Y3 ‘-ine words’
- Y4 ‘dis- prefix’
Friday 4th May
In English this week the children have focused on persuasive writing, and have drafted some fantastic letters of complaint to the King in the Princesses Blankets. Next week, we will be writing some poems about life in school.
In Maths, the children have enjoyed plotting coordinates and learning how to translate shapes. We have also revised our knowledge of 2D shapes when plotting missing coordinates. Next week, we will be revisiting fractions.
In Science, the children have been learning about how to protect wildlife in their garden from urbanisation. We have continued to work on our new topic ‘Different places, similar lives’ by creating videos about our school.
Next week, the children will begin to look at animal welfare with a visit and assembly from ‘The Blue Cross' - an animal charity looking after sick, injured and homeless animals.
Spellings this week:
- Y3 ‘split i-e digraph’
- Y4 ‘-ity words’
Friday 27th April
In English this week the children have continued looking at The Princess’ Blankets and have written some very creative descriptions of their own imagined blankets. We have also been practising our speech punctuation. Next week, the children will be writing persuasive letters based on the same text.
In Maths, the children have worked hard to get to grips with telling the time to the nearest minute and have started to challenge themselves to read and write digital time. Next week, we will be revisiting plotting and reading coordinates and translating shapes.
In Science, the children have been learning about how animals adapt to different environments and have designed their own creatures capable of surviving any natural changes!
We will now be doing PE on Monday afternoons so please ensure your child has their PE kit in school for the start of the week.
Spellings this week:
- Y3 ‘split i-e digraph’
- Y4 ‘-en words’
Friday 20th April
In English this week the children have been looking at a modern fairy tale - The Princess’ Blankets by Carol Ann Duffy – and have produced some fantastic descriptions of one of the characters in the story. The children will continue to use this text as a stimulus next week, creating their own descriptions of the blankets.
In Maths, the children have been practising the number line method (counting up) to help them find change from different amounts of money. Next week, we will be looking at telling the time to the nearest minute in Y3 and the 24 hour clock in Y4.
In Science, the children have started a new topic ‘Living Things and their Habitats’. To start this both classes went on a nature walk to see how many animals live in the school grounds. Pupils also started to debate the advantages and disadvantages of environmental change – considering the fictional scenario that our wildlife/ pond area might be turned into an adventure playground.
On Monday, we will be launching our new topic ‘Different Places, Similar Lives’ by asking the children to tell us where they have been in the world. If the children wish to bring in postcards or photographs to add to their classroom world map display, they can bring these in for Monday afternoon.
Next week, Mr. Gaston and Miss Brook, PGCE students, will be starting their final placements in Laurel and Maple.
Finally, now the weather is getting warmer, please ensure that your child has a water bottle in school each day.
Spellings this week:
- Y3 ‘long i’ sound
- Y4 the suffix -ly