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Kempsey Primary School

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

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Friday 30th November 2018

 

Laurel, Oak and Maple Class Letter

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

Friday 23rd November 2018

 

Laurel, Oak and Maple Class Letter

 

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

 

Friday 16th November 2018

 

Laurel, Oak and Maple Class Letter

 

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

 

Friday 9th November 2018

 

Laurel, Oak and Maple Class Letter

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.

Friday 26th October 2018

 

Laurel, Oak and Maple Class Letter

 

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

Friday 19th October 2018

 

Laurel, Oak and Maple Class Letter

 

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

Friday 12th October 2018

 

Laurel, Oak and Maple Class Letter

 

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

Friday 28th September 2018

 

Laurel, Oak and Maple Class Letter

 

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

Friday 21st September 2018

 

Laurel, Oak and Maple Class Letter

 

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

 

 

Friday 14th September 2018

 

Laurel, Oak and Maple Class Letter

 

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

 

 

Friday 7th September

 

Laurel, Oak and Maple Class Letter

 

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

 

Friday 15th July

 

Dear Parents/ Carers,

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’

 

Thank you for your continuing support

Miss Beswick, Mr. Gaston, Miss Stone and Miss Brook

Friday 18th May

 

Dear Parents/ Carers,

In English this week, the children have been looking at the poem ‘A sea creature ate our teacher’ and creating our own poems in this style. Next week we will be

In Maths, the children have been finding unit and non-unit fractions of amounts. Next week, we will be looking at data collection and analysis and in Laurel class, we will be completing our end of term assessments.

In Science, we have been looking at the 7 life processes that all living things display and the children have started to create their own booklet describing these. Next week, the children will be taking part in a STEM workshop.

 

Spellings this week:

  • Y3 split diagraph ‘i_e words’
  • Y4 ‘mis- prefix’

Thank you for your continuing support,

Miss Stone, Miss Brook, Miss Beswick and Mr. Gaston

Friday 11th May

 

Dear Parents/ Carers,

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’

Thank you for your continuing support,

Miss Stone, Miss Brook, Miss Beswick and Mr. Gaston

Friday 4th May

 

Dear Parents/ Carers,

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’.

Spellings this week:

  • Y3 ‘split i-e  digraph’
  • Y4 ‘-ity words’

Thank you for your continuing support,

Miss Stone, Miss Brook, Miss Beswick and Mr. Gaston

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’ Blanketsby 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
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