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Kempsey Primary School

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

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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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