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Kempsey Primary School

To learn with respect and belief; to challenge, create and dream!

Class Letters

14/6/19

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

We had a wonderful start to the week with our Year 3/4 trip to the ThinkTank in Birmingham on Monday. We saw a variety of different vehicles ranging from a small bubble car to a real-life Spitfire, animals from all across the globe, a walkthrough of how our body works and we were lucky enough to take a trip into our solar system in the planetarium. The children and adults had a wonderful day and it certainly flew. All round behaviour was great – the children represented their school well. We took some photos too showcase our day so please head to the website to see what we got up to!

 

On Tuesday, we settled back down to a regular timetable. We have completed our fact files on rockets in English and started writing a recount of our fabulous trip. In Maths we have started to recap time by focussing on telling it to the minute and in Science we have identified solids, liquids and gases. The children have also explored pointillism in Art and continued to learn skills associated with rounders in PE.

 

Next week in English the children will be basing a character description on the owner of a mysterious shoe and we will be continuing to recap on time in Maths. We will also be starting our new and final topic for the year on Monday and it would be great if your child could bring in an old T-shirt that they don’t mind getting creative with on Monday. More information to follow!

 

Thank you for your continuing support!

 

Mr Dalton and Miss Greenwood

7/6/19

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

A warm welcome back to summer term 2 – we have hit the ground running this week with lessons and activities still centering around our topic of ‘Earth and Place, Time and Space’. In English we have been finding out facts about rockets and creating a fact file, in Maths we have been exploring negative numbers as well as dividing by 10 and 100. During our Science lesson this week we have explored the life cycle of a plant.

 

Next week, we will be continuing with our fact files as well as writing a recount of our trip to the ThinkTank in Birmingham. In Maths we will be continuing with diving by 10 and 100 and in Science we will start to think about how a plant grows and the various parts of the plant which will lead us nicely into planting our own seeds and watching them grow.

 

We have celebrated our topic homework this afternoon and we were blown away by the quality of the projects produced. We have had model space stations and helmets, space food and plenty of research on the planets, space travellers and missions. A huge well done to the children who have produced some excellent work and have enjoyed their topic. We will be starting a new topic very soon!

 

We would like to remind parents and carers that we have our trip to the ThinkTank on Monday 10th June. Please can children be sent with a packed lunch, a bottle of water and a maximum of £5 spends money. We are very excited to report back about what we find out about at the museum!

 

Thank you for your continuing support!

 

Mr Dalton and Miss Greenwood

24/5/19

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

It’s been the final week of Summer 1 and it has flown by – we have had four weeks of exciting, enthusiastic and determined learning across the curriculum. In English this week we have completed our fables where we have used a God of our creation based on one of the planets in our solar system. We have explored negative numbers in Maths using temperature as a concrete example of where we are likely to see a negative number. In Science we have explored the cycle of the moon and why it happens. As well as our core subjects, we have presented an art display based on the destruction of the coral reefs, completed an informative presentation on either Buzz Aldrin or Neil Armstrong and strengthened our minds and bodies in yoga.

 

After half term we will be continuing with our ‘Earth and Place, Time and Space’ topic. Can we remind parents and carers that the deadline for the topic homework is Monday 3rd June 2019.

 

On Tuesday we held a non-uniform day to support the work of Christian Aid. We had a ‘party clothes’ theme and the children all looked fantastic in their best glitzy and glamorous party wear. We all helped to raise money for a worthy cause.

 

Today the school took part in a whole school Maths day. We all had the same text – ‘How much does a ladybird weigh?’ to base our round robin activities on. All of the 3/4 classes rotated around and took part in all the activities that were on offer within their cohort. Miss Beswick hosted an algebra workshop, in Maple class, the children turned into code breakers and Miss Graham asked the children to look at the animals in the book and what they are equivalent to. We all had a super day! Albert Einstein was certainly given a run for his money!

 

We hope you all have a wonderful, and restful, half term.

 

Thank you for your continuing support!

 

Mr Dalton and Miss Greenwood

17/5/19

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

This week in English we have completed our book reviews and started looking at fables. We have revisited ‘the boy who cried wolf’ and looked at ‘the frog and the scorpion’, both of which enabled us to talk about morals and what they might mean. The children created their very own Greek Gods (based on the planets) to be the main character in the fable. In maths we have been plotting coordinates on a grid and translating shapes on an axis, we have also been exploring translating these coordinates around the grid. In Science we have been exploring how the Earth rotates on its axis around the sun, using practical examples to support our understanding.

 

Next week, in English, we will be continuing with our fables ensuring we include a strong moral. In maths, we will be translating shapes, completing polygons which have missing sides and looking at negative numbers as well as completing half termly assessments. In Science, we will start looking at phases of the moon. We also have an exciting round robin maths day on Friday where the children will partake in a number of maths activities.

 

It is the final week of half term next week and we have lots of activities and lessons planned for the children. We will be sending PE kit home with the children mid-week as normal. Please can we ask that kits are sent back in with the children next half term for the final seven weeks.

 

We have a non-uniform day next Tuesday (21st May) with the theme of ‘Party Clothes’. Children can bring in £1 and wear their best party outfits. All proceeds will go to Christianaid.

 

Thank you for your continuing support!

 

Mr Dalton and Miss Greenwood

10/5/19

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

This week, in English, we have been exploring book reviews. The children have been reading the book ‘The Way Back Home’ by Oliver Jeffers. They decided which parts they liked and disliked and thought of imaginative ways to describe the plot without spoiling the story. In maths, we have been building on our understanding of division using the ‘chunking’ and ‘number line’ methods.

 

We have also been exploring coral reefs and the effects that global warming is having on them, more specifically, the Great Barrier Reef. The children have been designing a new display board to go in the school corridor. 

 

Next week, the children will be creating this display using recyclable plastics. Just a reminder that if the children could bring in any (clean) plastic bottles, bags, single use pots etc. on Monday it would be much appreciated. In maths, we will be looking at direction and translation within a map/grid. In English, we are writing our own exciting myths with links to the planets and gods.

 

Some of the year 4s had an exciting opportunity this week as the school welcomed Qinetiq for a year 4 and 5 robotics challenge. A huge congratulations to all involved, especially the small number of year 4s who managed to win the competition and qualify to compete against other schools!

 

Thank you for your continuing support!

 

Mr Dalton and Miss Greenwood

3/5/19

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

A very warm welcome back to Summer Term – we hope that you’ve had a lovely Easter break and are ready for a jam-packed final term!

 

We started this week by launching our exciting new topic, ‘Time and Place, Earth and Space’. The children took part in various activities throughout the day, including: finding out about the planets in our Solar system, making posters and creating our very own, scaled down, solar systems. In English, we then produced recounts of this topic launch. In Maths this week we have been focusing on multiplication. The children have been introduced to the bar model, which will be a recurring method used in multiple Maths topics, throughout the school.

 

Next week we have a shorter week due to Bank Holiday Monday. In Maths, we will be recapping on division; using the bar model to support our calculations. In English, we will be writing book reviews about space themed books. In topic, we are exploring our Earth and what we can do to help the Great Barrier Reef.

 

We will be making a display out of recycled plastic and so, we would be grateful if you could provide items such as: plastic bags, plastic bottles or any other clean, plastic items which are suitable for a collage display.

 

Thank you for your continuing support!

 

Mr Dalton and Miss Greenwood

12/4/19

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

We have arrived at the end of Spring term and we can’t believe where the time has gone. We have had a jam-packed, exciting term where the children have showcased their many talents on top of building on current knowledge. The children have all been swimming and we have seen vast boosts of confidence and growth in their ability.

 

The topic homework that was completed this half term set the bar high as we had children who had researched an invention and/or its inventor, the history and geography of inventions and we had some fabulous inventions including the code breaker, telephones and rockets. We were so impressed with what the children had researched and developed independently and the children should be proud of their achievements.

 

On Wednesday, we (finally) managed to get to forest school where the children tested out their boat designs. We had some fantastic designs that managed to meander their way down the stream but we did also have some sinking issues. It was a great lesson to tie off our topic of ‘Inventions that Changed the World’ and both the children and staff had a fun-filled morning.

 

Yesterday we had Deaf Awareness Day where the children brought in £1 in order to wear non-school uniform. We were fortunate to have several special guests come and visit including three deaf ladies and a service dog called ‘Obie’ – he was very popular among the children and staff! The children learned the song ‘Colours of the Rainbow’ using sign language as well as took part in a variety of activities and lessons over the day. As a school, we raised over £300 for the National Deaf Children’s Society.

 

Today the PTFA organised an Easter Egg egg-stravaganza!  The children were each entered into a prize draw to win some egg-cellent prizes! A big thanks to the PTFA for this wonderful activity.

 

We are excited as to what Summer Term will bring but, for now, we wish you a restful and well-deserved Easter break.

 

Thank you for your continuing support,

 

Mr Dalton and Miss Greenwood

05/04/19

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

This week we continued to explore persuasive letters, with the children now getting the opportunity to complete theirs. They have all written some extremely persuasive arguments which would certainly give the inventors of Concorde something to think about. In Maths, we finished the mass unit of work with children adding and subtracting mass along with solving problems related to mass. In Science we have explored gyrocopters, with links to air resistance. The children had to design a paper gyrocopter to fall to the ground as slowly as possible.

 

It was the year 3’s last swimming session this week. They were able to have a fun swim with all the big floats, noodles and balls. They behaved extremely well and cannot wait to get back in the pool next year. Also, the year 4s were able to complete their ‘bikeability’ training in order to begin to understand how to use bikes safely. They all had fun whilst learning the importance of bike safety.

 

Next week in English we will be looking at doing character descriptions based on our favourite, fluffy Easter character… The Easter Bunny! In Maths, we will be revisiting multiplication methods in order to further cement the children’s understanding. In Science/DT we will be looking at paper boats and the features that can help make them float and move along the water quickly. For this, we will be going to forest school so could children please bring their forest school kits on Monday.

 

Next week, on Thursday, the school will be partaking in a ‘Deaf Awareness Day’. This will be a charity day in support of the National Deaf Children Society where children can wear their home clothes for a donation of £1. There will be a deaf awareness roadshow visiting school and the children will partake in various activities linked to this.

 

The Easter disco, hosted by the PTFA will also take place next week. This will be on Thursday and will go on from 5pm until 6pm in the hall for key stage 2 children.

 

The Easter service is next Friday at 1:30pm at St Mary’s Church. Children can be collected from the church after the service, please just let Mr Dalton or Miss Greenwood know in advance.

 

Thank you for your continuing support,

 

 

Mr Dalton and Miss Greenwood

29/03/19

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

This week we have started to research, plan and draft a persuasive letter on whether or not the children believe that Concorde should return to the skies. We have had some interesting ideas brought forward in a debate lesson and the children have justified their reasons. In Maths we have finished capacity and moved onto mass where the children have been measuring items around the room and looking at g and kg. In Science we have explored magnets and how they work as well as what items and materials are or are not magnetic.

 

Next week in English we will be continuing to write up and present our persuasive letters to the Chief Executive of Concorde and in Maths we will further be exploring mass. In Science we will be making gyrocopters and experimenting with how they work and the forces that apply.

 

Some of the children in year 3/4 took part in a tag rugby tournament on Tuesday at Hanley Castle High School. The children came joint 1st – the team should be very proud of what they have achieved!

 

In Maple Class, we hosted this month’s Kempsey café. It was a great success with an overwhelming turnout. The children enjoyed socialising with an older generation and telling them all the things that they had been learning in school as well as showing them the fantastic Mother’s Day cards they had made. All in all the morning was excellent and the children got a lot out of it.

 

Thank you for your continuing support,

 

Mr Dalton and Miss Greenwood

22/03/19

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

This week we have continued with writing our own rhyming poetry using inventions as a stimulus and in Maths we have started exploring capacity. We have started our new topic in Science – Forces and Magnets, researched an inventor and their invention in History and designed our very own economical vehicle.

 

Next week we will be continuing with capacity in Maths and starting to write a persuasive argument and debate whether the Concorde should be reinstated. In Science we will be exploring magnets by grouping materials as well as appraising the song ‘Shine’ by Ricky Fante, drawing still life and researching lent.

 

The year 3’s have continued with their swimming lessons and we have seen some of the children’s confidence blossom. However, we did have to bring the children together after swimming yesterday to see Mrs Baynes as behaviour was not acceptable - we had answering back, rudeness and silliness. Behaviour expectations were reiterated by Mrs Baynes and the children have been made aware that if anyone’s behaviour is not where we would expect, then they will not be going swimming next week.

 

We are very excited to have completed our new display board in Maple – The Learning Pit – a visual prompt reminding the children that learning can be tricky and we may feel like giving up but, with a little encouragement, teamwork and determination, they can persevere and succeed. You will be able to see the finished result on our class page in the coming days.

 

Next week, on Friday, we are very much looking forward to joining Chestnut class in hosting this month’s Kempsey café. The children will engage in conversation with elderly people over some drinks and cake! Any baked donations next Friday would be much appreciated!

 

Thank you for your continuing support,

 

Mr Dalton and Miss Greenwood

15/03/19

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

This week we have finished off our explanation texts and started writing poetry in English, in Maths we have continued with statistics and data handling and in Science we have completed our topic of ‘light’ with an end of topic test. We have also designed posters for a British Science Week competition, played mini games of basketball in PE and continued to learn a song in French.

 

We have also enjoyed celebrating British Science Week with the theme of ‘journeys’. Year 3/4 had a round robin day on Wednesday where the children took part in a variety of experiments. In Laurel they made moon buggies, in Maple they made bottle rockets and in Oak they looked at ice and how, it too, takes a journey. All children were able to take part in each classroom and all came away buzzing with excitement from what they had learned. As teachers, we thoroughly enjoyed the day!

 

Next week we will be continuing with poetry in English, finishing off statistics in Maths and starting our new topic in Science of ‘forces and magnets’. We will also be looking at current inventions and how they have an impact on our environment, researching an invention and its inventor and carrying on with skills in basketball.

 

Thank you for your continuing support,

 

Mr Dalton and Miss Greenwood

08/03/19

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

We have had a very busy week this week with English, Maths and other lessons as well as World Book Day on Thursday. The children’s outfits were fantastic and it was nice to hear why they had chosen their costumes. We had a selection of characters from Alice in Wonderland to Harry Potter to the BFG. The staff even dressed up – the class was filled with Alice from Wonderland, The Queen of Hearts and the Mad Hatter as well as Tigger, the lion from The Wizard of Oz, the Wicked Witch from the West and a wolf from Little Red Riding Hood! Everyone had a fantastic day appreciating a variety of books! A big thank you to the parents who came to read with the children – it was greatly appreciated!

 

Next week we will be continuing with our explanation texts in English and starting to write poetry then in Maths we will be finishing off statistics.

 

We enjoyed celebrating Shrove Tuesday by making pancakes on Wednesday and learning about the religious reasons why we clear out our cupboards to create these delicious treats. As well as this we have concentrated on reiterating the importance of not spreading germs, particularly by sneezing and we used glitter to show how far the germs can spread.

 

We are excited to announce that it is Science Week from the 11th-15th March 2019 and our theme this year is ‘Journeys’. As a 3/4 cohort, we will have a ‘round robin’ day of activities where the children will be rotating around the classes to complete different activities.

 

 

Thank you for your continuing support,

 

Mr Dalton and Miss Greenwood

 

 

08/02/19

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

Oak Class did a fantastic job this morning performing their class assembly on The Stone Age. The children have enjoyed this new topic and have learned a variety of facts about the time period. Well done Oak class!

 

This week has been Internet Safety Week and we have taught the children the importance and meaning of consent. To do this we have provided the children with a selection of activities to take part in. It is important for the children to understand what consent means and looks to allow them to identify what they can do to protect themselves online. As well as this we have finished off writing our informal letters and looked at how to write expanded noun phrases and in Maths we have started to look at fractions.

 

Next week we will be starting to write narratives based on ‘Stone Age Boy’ and in Maths we will be continuing to explore fractions.

 

On Friday 15th February 2019 Oak, Laurel and Maple will be going to forest school. Please can we ask that children are sent in with old forest school clothes, wellies and waterproofs.

 

Can we also remind parents and carers that topic homework from ‘Scavengers and Settlers’ is due in on Monday 11th February 2019 and we will be sharing what we have learned later on in the week.

 

We are very excited that on Friday 7th March, World Book Day comes round once again! The children are allowed to dress up as their favourite story book character (not superheroes, Disney or film characters). We can’t wait to see which characters are chosen!

 

 

We hope you have a great weekend!

 

 

Thank you for your continuing support,

 

Miss Beswick, Miss Graham and Mr Dalton

 

 

 

01/02/19

 

Laurel, Oak and Maple Class Letter

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

This week we have continued writing our letters from the little boy in our new class book ‘Stone Age Boy’. In Maths we have had a week of working on our presentation skills and the children have progressed in just a short period of time. We have reiterated to the children that it is important to take pride in all pieces of their work – whether this is when they are planning and drafting, writing up in neat or calculating sums in their books. The children have worked exceptionally hard and have proven to us, and more importantly themselves, that if they put in a little more effort, they can produce some beautiful pieces of work. As well as this we have continued with our Science topic of ‘light’ and have further investigated shadows by drawing around ourselves and seeing how much larger our shadow is than our frame. In French with Madame Lily we have started to learn how to use a French dictionary and in ICT we have continued to explore coding.

 

Tuesday 5th February will be Safer Internet Day.  The theme this year is:  Our Internet, Our Choice. Throughout the week, in school, we will be looking at themes related to this and have planned daily activities for us to explore these ideas. We will be sharing the outcomes of our focus on digital well-being and being resilient online with pupils at Welland and Hanley Swan through a planned live digital link up in an assembly on Friday afternoon. We are looking forward to a busy week of engaging activities. As well as this we will be starting to write narratives in English and developing our understanding of area in Maths.

Oak class only – a reminder that it is Oak’s assembly on Friday 8th February and for all the parents who have replied to say they are coming for the performance and/or lunch. W02e are very excited to showcase what we have been learning about The Stone Age!

 

 

We hope you have a great weekend!

 

 

Thank you for your continuing support,

 

Miss Beswick, Miss Graham and Mr Dalton

 

 

 

25/01/19

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

This week, we have enjoyed going to forest school with the children across the 3/4 year groups. We have built dens only using materials that would have been available to people in The Stone Age. We have taken some fantastic photos, of which you will be able to see on our class pages on the website.

 

Also this week, we have continued and completed our news reports based on our cave painting that we discovered in the school grounds as well as started reading our new book – Stone Age Boy – and using this as a stimulus to plan an informal letter. The children were sensible and really thought about their questioning and answers. In Maths, we have continued with perimeter and have moved on to finding the area of shapes. In Science, we started to look at shadows and which shapes were transparent, translucent or opaque – we tested this by holding items up to the light.

 

Next week in English we will continue to write our informal letter and in Maths we will be exploring the relationships between tenths and hundredths. We will also be continuing with our ‘light’ science topic, the weather in French and designing our Stone Age houses in Design and Technology.

 

The year 4’s have had their third swimming lesson this week and the children are showing signs of improvement as well as developing on skills they already know. This week we have also had a strange visitor in the school…a dinosaur and his golden egg! We used this as a stimulus for our Friday Write and the children were both fascinated and intrigued!

 

 

We hope you have a great weekend!

 

 

Thank you for your continuing support,

 

Miss Beswick, Miss Graham and Mr Dalton

 

18/01/19

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

This week was kick-started with our new topic launch day – we researched cave paintings and created our own using chalk and charcoal. We received an exciting email from Henry the Historian to go and see the latest cave painting that had been found, right here at Kempsey primary School! In our English, we have used our experience of looking for our cave painting to write and, eventually, present a new report. In Maths, we have continued to explore measuring and perimeter and in Science we have started our new topic, Light.

 

Next week we will be continuing with our news reports, continuing to think about language and tone used. After this, we will be starting to write informal letters based on our book ‘Stone Age Boy’. In Maths, we will be exploring area of shapes and in Science we will be looking at shadows and how they are created.

 

The year 4’s have continued with their swimming lessons and have worked really hard. They have been split into three groups to enable them all to develop their current skills. Please can we ask parents and carers to ensure that swimming kits are brought every week and that behavioural expectations are reiterated as some children are seeing this weekly outing as an excuse to misbehave or be rude.

 

Overall, the children have had a very busy week and we have taken part in a variety of exciting and interesting lessons!

 

 

 

We hope you have a great weekend!

 

 

Thank you for your continuing support,

 

Miss Beswick, Miss Graham and Mr Dalton

 

 

14/12/18

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

This week we have had a busy week with the start of our Christmas festivities! On Monday, we were invited to see the early years and year 1 Christmas nativity which was absolutely fantastic! We have been completing assessments this week and all children from Laurel, Oak and Maple class have worked exceptionally hard – well done to everyone! In Science we have rounded off our latest topic of animals including humans with a look at the digestive system. In Art we have created Aztec masks to link in with our topic of chocolate.

 

Today, we had a very special visit from Father Christmas and he brought lots of laughter and joy to the classrooms! It was a wonderful visit for a Friday afternoon!

 

Next week is our last week of the term and we have got lots of exciting activities planned for the children, including writing Christmas poetry, designing Christmas cards, making Christmas bark and completing Christmas co-ordinates! It’s safe to say…there will be lots of festive activities taking place. Anyone would think it was Christmas!

 

Please don’t forget that on Thursday we have the annual Christmas service at St Mary’s Church, Kempsey which will start at 10am. Please can you let the office know if you are planning to collect your children from the church after the service.

 

We will not be sending homework or spellings out now until after the new year but please could we ask you, over the holiday, to continue to practise the 6, 7, 8 and 9 times tables with the children to consolidate and develop the children’s learning.

 

We hope you have a great weekend!

 

Thank you for your continuing support,

 

Miss Beswick, Miss Graham and Mr Dalton

 

7/12/18

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

We started off our week with a trip to see ‘Maid Marian and the Merry Men’ which the children thoroughly enjoyed. We sang Christmas songs, cheered and booed plus shouted out ‘oh no she didn’t’ many times! It was a fantastic morning out and started off the Christmas festivities!

 

In English this week we have been writing an instructional text based on us making some scrumptious chocolate rice crispy cakes. We have included a selection of grammar including headings and subheadings, bullet points, adverbs and time adverbials. In Maths we have explored 2D and 3D shapes plus finding lines of symmetry and reflecting a shape. In Science we have continued to look at the functions of the body and food by placing foods in their groups and experimenting with what the digestive system does.

 

Next week, we will be carrying out our half term assessments across English, Maths and Science as well as rounding off our Science topic of humans, including animals. We will also be sketching our mischievous elves in Art, coding in computing and our final French lesson of the year will take place where the children are learning a Christmas song!

 

We are very much looking forward to watching the EYFS and KS1 nativity – the children have practised extremely hard and we are looking forward to this annual treat! We are nearly at the end of term, meaning we have got some fun, festive work lined up; however, behaviour expectations are still the same as any other time in the year.

 

We hope you have a great weekend!

 

Thank you for your continuing support,

 

Miss Beswick, Miss Graham and Mr Dalton

30/11/18

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

This week, in English, we have finished off writing up our narratives on ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. The children have used fronted and time adverbials, adjectives, speech punctuation and parenthesis within their work and the narratives written have turned out very well! In Maths, we have looked at time this week – both analogue and digital. We have used visual resources as well as clocks where the children can manoeuvre the clock hands to show time. This is a very tricky topic and the children have gone into lessons with a positive mindset. In Science we have explored the digestive system and set up experiments for the children to have an idea of what goes on in our bodies. We have also looked at the equator and coloured in maps as well as learnt how to ask when someone’s birthday is in French.

 

Next week we will be starting a new topic in English where we will focus on writing an instruction text based on how to make crispy chocolate cakes and we will be exploring the properties of 2D shapes in Maths. In Science, we will be exploring how our bodies use different food groups to their advantage.

 

On Monday 3rd December, we are very excited to be going to The Malvern Theatres to watch Maid Marian and her Merry Men…we think the adults are just, if not more, excited than the children!

 

We have had the great honour of welcoming The Bishop of Worcester and Mrs Harriet Baldwin, MP, into school today to open our new classrooms and bless Girafficus Baynicus. It was a beautiful and momentous occasion and the children stood and sang wonderfully – we are very proud of all of them.

 

We hope you have a great weekend!

 

Thank you for your continuing support,

 

Miss Beswick, Miss Graham and Mr Dalton

23/11/18

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

This week, in English, we have started to write our narrative based on ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. The children have planned their character and setting description as well as started to write their opening paragraphs. In Maths, we have investigated decimals where the children have had to round as well as compare numbers with up to three decimal places. In Science we have continued to explore animals including humans and have created a Venn diagram. We have had some D&T this week where the children have had to design their own ships plus in Art we chose a section of a chocolate bar to enlarge and draw – the finished pieces were very impressive!

 

Next week, we will be continuing with our narratives and moving onto time in Maths. As well as this, we will be researching countries along the equator and creating a heat map and will be creating a PowerPoint about chocolate and all the information we have found out about where the cocoa comes from plus where it is traded to.

 

Our year 3’s went to a gym festival at Hanley Castle High School this week which they thoroughly enjoyed! The children were well behaved and listened to instruction plus gave every activity their best effort – we were very impressed! Our year 4’s stayed at school and had an exciting morning of gymnastics, where the remaining Laurel, Oak and Maple children had classes together. The all worked exceptionally well in their groups.

 

A reminder that on Monday 26th November 2018 the school will be closed.

 

We hope that you have a great long weekend!

 

Thank you for your continuing support,

 

Miss Beswick, Miss Graham and Mr Dalton

16/11/18

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

This week we have had our new topic launch all about…chocolate! The children created their own chocolate bars after we had a gold envelope (with golden ticket) delivered to our classrooms. The children used a variety of toppings to make their delicious chocolate bars. Next, we were asked by Willy Wonka to design a wrapper to go around their chocolate bar then, finally, write a list of instructions for the Oompa Loompas to follow so that the children’s chocolate could be recreated in his factory. The end products were incredible and all the children should be very proud of themselves!

 

During our English lessons this week we have continued with our diary entries and the children have written these up in neat. In Maths, we have looked at fractions and solving problems using addition and subtraction. They have created some beautiful landscape pieces of art as well as continued to learn numbers and months in French.

 

Next week, we will be starting to write a piece of narrative based on ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ and exploring decimals in Maths. In art we will be thinking about chocolate some more and will be using old wrappers to create a collage…a great excuse to treat ourselves to some chocolate!

 

Thank you for your continuing support,

 

Miss Beswick, Miss Graham and Mr Dalton

9/11/18

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

A warm welcome back to our Autumn Term 2 – we hope you all had a wonderful and restful half term week…it certainly flew by!

 

This week, in English, we have started writing a diary entry from the perspective of Charlie from ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. The children have used time and fronted adverbials, exclamation sentences and thought about the emotions Charlie will be going through when he finds the golden ticket! In Maths we have come back and looked at fractions – equivalent and comparing. We have continued with animals including humans in Science and have started to look at the different teeth and what they do. We have also created some beautiful, vibrant pictures of fireworks, created a timeline of the development of Cadbury and designed our own plate of food for a healthy lifestyle.

 

Next week, we will be continuing with diary entries but looking at the perspective of Charlie’s life before he found the golden ticket, focussing on the difference of emotion and activities he did in his daily life. In Maths, we will be continuing with fractions and in Science we will be continuing with teeth and our digestive system.

 

We have welcomed back Mr Matthews this week – he has continued to take children out to partake in a selection of activities and the children have enjoyed having him back.

 

Oak and Maple classes only

As of Monday, Oak will be moving into old Willow classroom and Maple will be moving into the purple room to allow for some building works to be carried out.

 

Oak – drop off and collection at the side of old Willow classroom at the door or on the large playground. Children who still have permission to walk round to the large playground will still do so.

Maple – drop off and collection on the small playground as normal.

 

Thank you for your continuing support,

 

Miss Beswick, Miss Graham and Mr Dalton

26/10/18

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

The week, in English, we have continued with our narratives and have written the character description, based on a short film ‘Treasure’. The children have worked really well and have enjoyed the subject matter. In Maths, we have looked at division and used the inverse in multiplication and division. In Science, we have researched food chains with different animals and drawn these to show how they work.

 

Next half term, we have got another jam-packed few weeks where we will be covering a variety of areas of the curriculum.

 

We can’t believe half term has come around already! The children have worked very hard have produced some excellent pieces of work.

 

We hope you have a great half term!

 

Thank you for your continuing support,

 

Miss Beswick, Miss Graham and Mr Dalton

19/10/18

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

This week, in English, we started off watching the introduction to Wall-E and focussed on the setting – what would the earth look like, smell like, feel like to touch and what sounds would they hear with no people living on it. The children were to use adjectives, similes and parenthesis within their setting description. In maths, we have moved onto multiplication, focussing on using arrays, grouping and the grid method. We have started off our new topic, animals including humans, by drawing around a friend and labelling as many parts of the body that we could. The children were asked to think about the placement of organs and produced some great diagrams.

 

Next week is our last week of the half term and we can’t believe how quick it’s come around! We will be continuing with our narrative writing, based on Wall-E, in English then in Maths we will be finishing off multiplication and moving onto division.

 

The children have had a wonderful time at the Beeline Festival, hosted at the University of Worcester on Tuesday. The author we listened to, Steve Cole, was engaging and inspiring – his love of superheroes definitely shone through and the children were excited by the visit which was wonderful to see!

 

We hope you have a great weekend.

 

Thank you for your continuing support,

 

Miss Beswick, Miss Graham and Mr Dalton

12/10/18

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

This week, in English, we have continued to write our biographies on Steve Jobs and the children have used a variety of facts from his early life through to his career to help them write their piece. In Maths, we have finished looking at subtraction and have moved onto adding together amounts of money and finding change. In Science we have finished our topic of electricity and have started our new one – animals including humans. The children have created some wonderful, colourful pieces of artwork which has been inspired by Andy Warhol and have discussed fair trade and what that means.

 

Next week, in English, we will be starting to write narratives as it is ‘Story Week’. In Maths we will be continuing to calculate using money and in Science we will start to record features of the human body.

 

The children will have celebrated Harvest at the church this afternoon and, from the songs we have heard and poem that we have been practising so far, we are sure the celebration at church will be absolutely wonderful. It is such a lovely time for the school community to come together.

 

Mr Matthews has been in again this week to work with the children by playing a variety of different games which build confidence, team working skills amongst many others. The children have come in buzzing this week and have told us all about the activities they have taken part in.

 

We are very excited for our Worcester University trip next week, which takes place on Tuesday. The whole of year 3/4 will be going so I’m sure it’s going to be an exciting, jam-packed day full of events.

 

We hope you have a great weekend.

 

Thank you for your continuing support,

 

Miss Beswick, Miss Graham and Mr Dalton

5/10/18

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

This week, in English, we have been looking at Steve Jobs and his incredible contribution to the technological world. We have started by creating a timeline about our own lives then moved onto watching a video, then highlighting key information about his life and transferring that into a timeline. In Maths we have looked at subtraction by using a variety of methods including counting on, partitioning and column subtraction. In our Science lessons, the children have looked at what insulators and conductors might look like and how this impacts on our circuits. They have had practical lessons for them to try out their theories.

 

Next week, in English, we will continue to use Steve Jobs as our inspiration and will be writing biographies. We will be including headings, subheadings, bullet points, paragraphs and fronted and time adverbials to write up our piece. In Maths, we will be adding and subtracting decimals using the theme of money. In Science we will have finished our topic of electricity and will be starting to look at animals, including humans.

 

In French, the children have been learning how to say hello, how they are feeling and have moved onto numbers. This week, the children have looked at how to spell numbers as well as the days of the week, where they do not have to use capital letters!

 

Mr Matthews has also been in this week to work with the children by playing a variety of different games which build confidence, team working skills amongst many others. The children do look forward to his visits!

 

We hope you have a great weekend.

 

Thank you for your continuing support,

 

Miss Beswick, Miss Graham and Mr Dalton

28/9/18

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

This week we have focussed on the poem ‘Budapest’ where we have searched for different features including personification, adjectives, similes and the number of syllables on each line. In Maths we have continued with Roman Numerals as well as using our knowledge of mental and written addition methods. We have investigated different circuits in Science and shaded our landscape drawings in Art. We have also researched man-made or natural wonders in Geography and inspirational people in History.

 

Next week, in English, we will be continuing with poetry then in Maths we will be developing our current level of knowledge in subtraction. In Science we will look at what an insulator and conductor will do to a circuit. We will also be developing our business plans during our enrichment lessons, which the children have been thoroughly enjoying and it has been great to see their creativity and team-work flourish.

 

We are very excited to be started our new topic next week, entitled ‘Young Entrepreneurs’, where the children will be able to explore how businesses work and they will have the opportunity to develop their own business ideas.

 

In the mornings, we have been starting off with ‘Active 10’ where the children go outside and play some games that build on hand-eye coordination, team building and communication skills. The boxes with equipment in are swapped over every week to give the children variety and they have shown to have blended well as a class.

 

We hope you have a great weekend.

 

Thank you for your continuing support,

 

Miss Beswick, Miss Graham and Mr Dalton

21/9/18

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

This week we have focussed on finishing our persuasive letters English, which we presented to the ‘UN president’ to persuade them to listen to our view on children’s rights in other countries as well as our own. In Maths we continued looking at rounding and estimation then became detectives to break a Roman numeral code! In Science, we have continued looking at circuits, in Art we have drawn 1 point perspective landscape and continued researching businesses in our enrichment afternoon.

 

Next week, in English, we will be exploring the features of poetry, in Maths we will be continuing to build our knowledge of Roman numerals and addition by grouping, then in Science we will be continuing to experiment with circuits. As well as this we will be looking at businesses and the ‘behind the scenes’ features of how a business is promoted, Madame Lily will be in for French and we will be developing our skills in PE.

 

We have set spellings and Maths homework this week, which must be brought in by Thursday. When the children are given a skills sheet, they only have to fill in the first column – anything else is extra. We encourage the children to challenge themselves but we understand most of the subject content hasn’t been taught yet. Spelling sheets do not have to be brought back in to school as they are to be kept at home to practise with during the week.

 

Thank you for your continuing support,

 

Miss Beswick, Miss Graham and Mr Dalton

14/9/18

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

This week we have focussed on writing a persuasive letter in English. We have worked as a year 3/4 cohort and used the new topic of ‘Our Worlds, Our Rights’ to plan a letter based around why children from a selection of countries in the UN should all have equal rights. In Maths we have continued to work on place value and moved onto comparing numbers as well as rounding. In our Science lessons we have introduced the topic of electricity and have made our own series circuits.

 

Next week, we will be continuing with our persuasive letter writing and, towards the end of the week, we will be persuading our UN President to listen to our argument on why children in other countries should have access to more equipment, better schools and basic living conditions. In Maths we will further develop our knowledge of rounding by introducing decimals, estimation and then finish off the week with an introduction to roman numerals. We will be exploring circuits in Science, looking at the artist’s perspective in Art plus much more – we have a very busy week ahead!

 

We have set spellings and Maths homework this week, which must be brought in by Wednesday.

 

Thank you for your continuing support,

 

Miss Beswick, Miss Graham and Mr Dalton

7/9/18

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

A warm welcome back to the new academic year and we hope you all had a wonderful summer – it certainly did fly by! The children have come back into school with a positive mindset and are eager to start learning!

 

This week, we have taken some time to get to know our classes and the children have taken part in a variety of activities, including trust games, people bingo and team building exercises. As well as this, we have dived in with our new morning routine where the children take part in ‘Active 10’ – the classes each have a box filled with different games that they can play to help access the ideal 60 minutes of exercise each day. In English we have watched a short video – ‘Partly Cloudy’ – and written what has happened and inferred the various emotions that run throughout. In Maths we have started off by recapping place value with some practical activities. French has also started this week with Madame Lilly and she has introduced the children to a catchy song!

 

We also have the pleasure of welcoming Mr Matthews from Hanley Castle High School. He will be in school once every two weeks, teaching the class a selection of fun and exciting games.

 

Thank you for your continuing support,

 

Miss Beswick, Miss Graham and Mr Dalton

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