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Kempsey Primary School

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

Class Letters

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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