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Kempsey Primary School

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

Weekly Letters

Friday 15th February 2019


This week has been a busy one with the completion of our half-termly assessments. We have been so impressed with the children’s hard-working approach throughout the week. In the afternoons we have started some work looking at North and South America; our aim is to continue with this after half term.


In order to best prepare the Year 6 children for their SATs we will be splitting them from the Year 5s for a couple of afternoons a week, from half term. We may adjust the timetable again as we approach the SATs in May. Our aim is to give the Year 6 children plenty of preparation time with minimum disruption for the Year 5s.


We would like to thank you all especially this half term for the support you gave the children with their Titanic topic work. This has proved to be a very popular subject for the children and the quality of their homework certainly reflects this. Check out our class page for images of the work the children did.


Homework for half term is set out below. If your Year 6 child did not buy the maths books, they can complete a weekly skills sheet instead.


Year 6- CGP grammar book pp 4-7 and Section 1 in both maths books

Year 5- CGP grammar book pp 4 and 5 plus maths weekly skills sheets


Thank you once again for your continued support. Have a good half term!

Friday 8th February 2019


This week has been e-safety week, with Safer Internet Day on Tuesday 5th February. The theme for this year has revolved around the theme of consent. If the children do not want something posted about them by someone else then they have the right to say no, including the use of photographs. We have also re-visited some of the key themes associated with staying safe online and looking at the children’s digital footprint. We have conducted another survey regarding the children’s online activities and will share these with you in due course.


The children have been finishing their Titanic reports this week and have started putting together instruction texts on how to stay safe on line.


Next week we will be completing our half termly assessments in maths and reading. In our afternoon sessions we will be researching countries in North and South America to compare and contrast their human and physical features.


Topic homework will be shared and celebrated in Sycamore on Friday


If you have bought them, please make sure that the children bring their CGP grammar books into school. We will be using these in school.


Friday 1st February 2019


We have been having a big push this week on the quality of presentation in the children’s books and they have certainly risen to the challenge.


In maths we have been making links between decimals and percentages and in English the children have been getting to grips with writing cohesive paragraphs. 


Next week is Safer Internet Week. The theme for the week is ‘consent’; what do the children understand of the word in terms of their on-line activities? 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.

Friday 25th January 2019


Firstly, Miss Phillips and I are extremely proud of the children’s efforts and their performance in our Titanic themed class assembly today! It has been a good opportunity for us all to reflect on and remember the bravery and resilience of those on board and how this relates to our focus on kindness, respect and resilience here at Kempsey. Thank you to all of you who were able to come and watch our assembly and visit our classroom.


The children have enjoyed learning more about the Titanic this week, with a clear focus on who may ultimately have been responsible. This has fostered some fascinating conversations about fact and opinion and how the truth is often difficult to get to!


In maths, we have turned our attention to the often sticky subject of multiplying and dividing decimals. The children have really impressed us with the progress they have made though!


Next week we will be writing reports about why the Titanic sank and where some of the blame for this might lie. In maths we are continuing to practise converting between fractions and decimals and will be starting to explore percentages as well.  In addition, we will be doing some scale drawing so that the children can appreciate how big the Titanic was.


Homework this week is spelling and a weekly maths skills sheet.

Friday 18th January 2019


This week we have focussed on recounts in English; we analysed actual letters written from survivors of the Titanic and used this to inspire our own recount texts. In maths we have started work on decimals, specifically comparison, ordering, addition and subtraction. In computing we have begun to explore data and data handling. In art we have recreated scenes from the Titanic looking at perspective and pencil skills.


Next week we will be continuing with work on decimals in maths. In English we will be focusing on reading comprehension skills and of course starting to rehearse for our class assembly!


Homework this week includes a decimal calculation sheet and spellings. Also a reminder, that Topic homework for this half term has already gone out and is due in during the final week of the half term. Copies of this can be found on the website if they have been misplaced.

Friday 11th January 2019


Welcome back and a happy new year to you all!


We have started the spring term with a push on self esteem, self acceptance and body positivity. On Tuesday we were visited by Harnaam Kaur ( a bearded lady and body positivity activist) and had a session learning about embracing our individuality and having the confidence to be who we are.


This week we have started our new topic for the half term: the Titanic. We have started looking into the passengers that went on the ship and have used the opening scene of the film as a stimulus for our writing this week. The children have come up with some interesting questions which we will incorporate into our future lessons. In maths this week we have continued with area and perimeter.


Next week, we will study the timeline of events in the sinking of the Titanic and use this to link to our writing in subsequent lessons. In English we are going to be writing recounts from the perspective of a passenger that has successfully made it to New York following the Titanic’s sinking. In Maths we will be moving onto decimals and percentages.

Friday 14th December 2018


There has definitely been a sense of Christmas in the air this week, which has been packed full of assessments, helping us to secure our judgements about where the children are with their learning at the moment. We undertook some work in science on friction and have been writing persuasive letters in English.


Next week we will be finishing our WW2 topic by looking at the life of Anne Frank and tying up some loose ends in area and perimeter. Due to the short week next week we will not be sending spellings home this weekend, but do expect a bumper selection to revise and learn over the holiday!


We would like to thank you all for your support this term. Next term is such a key one in terms of progress and learning and we are looking forward to seeing more of the children’s creativity as well.


Wishing you all a lovely weekend

Friday 7th December 2018


Our week started with the Panto and the children thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Maths has focused on perimeter and area and the focus in English has been writing from different perspectives.


We did some fascinating work about the role of soldiers from across the Commonwealth played in the Second World War, including those from far-flung posts such as New Zealand and India. Interestingly, the British Indian Army was made up of a voluntary force comprising Christians, Sikhs, Hindus, Muslims and Buddhists. The children were amazed at the sheer number of soldiers, both conscripted and volunteers, who fought across the world.


Next week we will be doing further work in science on the force of friction. English will focus on persuasive writing and maths will continue to develop knowledge and understanding of area and perimeter.


Finally, a gentle reminder that the children’s topic homework is due in by the end of next week. We are intending to share it as a whole class one afternoon before the end of term; we have already seen some amazing work.

Friday 30th November 2018


The children have extended their understanding of fractions this week to multiplying and dividing them. They have been writing a narrative based on evacuation and the character of Willie in Good Night Mister Tom, using elements of setting and character to engage the reader. We have also had a focus on the use of fronted adverbials, subordinating conjunctions and speech punctuation.


Next week we are all going to the panto at The Swan Theatre on Monday. In maths we will be moving on to looking at area and perimeter and in English we will be writing recounts in the form of diary entries. In topic we are keen to open the children’s eyes to the role that Commonwealth soldiers played in the British forces, looking at the varying cultural and religious back grounds that they came from.


Homework this week is a weekly skills sheet. Don’t forget that the topic homework sheet has come home. If this has been lost it can be found on your child’s class web page or we are happy to print another copy

Friday 23rd November 2018


This week we have started our World War 2 topic. On Monday, we immersed the children in our topic launch by playing them Chamberlain’s speech, followed by an air raid siren and then evacuated the children to the hall. We are using WW2 as a focus for our literacy: we are using Goodnight Mr Tom as a stimulus and this week we have used inference to get an understanding of how evacuees and host families may have felt during WW2.


Next week we will be using this to support us in writing a narrative for the scenes before the book begins (whilst Willie is at the train station and his journey to the countryside).


In maths we have been calculating fractions of amounts and applying this to problem solving. Next week we are moving on multiplying and dividing by fractions.


Homework this week includes a fractions maze and spellings. We are also sending the topic homework home, due for completion and return to school by Monday 10th December.

Friday 9th November 2018


We love our new classrooms. The children have settled so well into them; Willow and Redwood in particular are enjoying the space after last term! Please do feel free to poke your heads in at the end of the day if you would like to have a look around. We will be having a formal opening of the new teaching block later in the term.


This week we have focused the majority of our work around Armistice and World War I. The children have amazed us with their interest in the subject and their compassion. They have produced some beautiful work, which is on display in each of our new classrooms. So inspired have we been by the children that their new topic, when we get back from residential, will be all about World War II.


Next week we take the Year 6s on residential. The Year 5s will be led by a team of teachers and TAs for the week and we have lots of exciting learning lined up for them.

Friday 26th October 2018


The children have had a busy final week of term. We have finished our non-chronological reports in English and continued with our work on fractions in maths. On Wednesday, we enjoyed a trip to the Beeline festival at Worcester University and listened to a talk by Martin Brown (illustrator of Horrible Histories) as well as having tours around the Infirmary and exploring the museum.


After half term, we will be completing a sequence of learning about Armistice and Remembrance – this will be a focus for both our writing and artwork.


During Parents Evenings this week a few parents asked for examples of reading comprehension questions that they could use for when their child is reading at home. You can find an exmample on the homework page. Homework for half term includes maths and spellings.


Have a restful half term

Friday 19th October 2018


This week the children have been working really hard on their half termly assessments.  In science this week we have stretched our knowledge for the evidence of evolution by investigating fossils. We studied secondary sources of evidence (such as videos of ‘Lucy’ and whale evolution and photos of fossils from different eras) as well as looking at fossils which Miss Stone brought in for us to look at. In computing we learnt about networks and how information travels throughout the school building.


This week was the penultimate swimming lesson for the Year 6s. They have all been making good progress with their swimming and one group enjoyed practising their life saving.


Next week is the final week of half term. We will be continuing our work with fractions in maths and writing about life on board the HMS Beagle in English. Children should have taken home their parents’ evening letters with consultation times attached.

Homework this week includes a maths skills sheet and spellings.


A reminder – Topic Homework is due in next Monday 22nd October.

Friday 12th October 2018


This week the children have started research for their non-chronological reports, specifically focussing on Darwin’s discovery of the two different types of tortoises on the Galapagos islands. In Maths we have focussed on equivalent fractions and the simplification of these.


We will continue with both of these strands next week and will continue with researching and writing our reports. Next week is a ‘reading week’ at school. For this, we will be learning and performing a poem and writing book reviews. We will also be restarting Book Buddies. We will also be starting some end of term assessments in anticipation of parents’ evening.


Friday 5th October 2018


This week the children have been writing letters of application for jobs on board the HMS Beagle, Charles Darwin’s ship. They have been persuading Darwin by telling him about all their experiences in various occupations and on the high seas!


In science they have begun looking at variation in species, with a focus on the finches studied on the Galapagos Islands. They have been doing scientific sketches in art and are enjoying some great music lessons. We have also started exploring creation stories and beliefs from a range of religions.


Next week we will be deepening our understanding of variation and adaptation in science. In English we will be undertaking research in order to write a non-chronological report about the voyage of the HMS Beagle, who was on board, life on ship and their discoveries.


In maths we will be turning our attention to fractions, more specifically the simplification of them.

Friday 28th September 2018


We have been working hard on multiples and factors this week, encouraging deeper thinking and challenging the children to make links between the various elements of their maths.


We launched our new topic of evolution and inheritance. on Wednesday The children really enjoyed sharing photographs of their families and identifying the physical characteristics that have been passed down through generations! Some of the family histories were fascinating as well.


Next week we will be turning our attention to the theory of evolution and natural selection, looking at the principles underlying this with a sharp focus on the life of Charles Darwin. We will be using this as a vehicle for a short piece of persuasive writing.

In maths we will continue to look at the properties of numbers including prime numbers.


Finally an apology. We realise that we had identified the date of the parents’ meeting for the residential but not the time! It will be held next Wednesday (the 3rd October) in the hall at 6.00pm. We look forward to seeing you there.

Friday 21st September 2018


Another busy week in Year 5/6! We have been working hard on our calculation skills and delving more deeply into our topic on children’s rights. The children have been learning about Malala Yousafzai and are currently writing a report about her.

On Wednesday next week we will be starting our new topic of Evolution and Inheritance. To launch the topic, we would like the children to bring some photographs in of their family including, if possible, brothers, sisters, mums, dads, aunts and uncles. In this topic we will cover the theory of evolution, fossils, adaptation, the story of Charles Darwin and some key geographical language.


A date for your diaries

We will be holding a parents’ information evening for Year 6 parents to provide information about the residential on Wednesday 3rd October. The children are welcome to come along but we do request that they sit with their parents/ carers.


We have sent home a kit list home this week to give you lots of time to gather things together. We can answer any questions regarding this list at the meeting. Wishing you all a lovely weekend!

Friday 14th September 2018


This week we have been working hard with some baseline assessment in maths and have had a focus on place value in maths lessons. This year we are approaching maths in a slightly different ways to previously; we intend to stretch the children with their reasoning skills and challenging them with the depth of their learning, opposed to just providing them with reams of calculations to do.


We have continued with our topic of ‘the rights of the child’ and used this as a stimulus for our writing and topic lessons. The children compared and contrasted images of different in bedrooms and schools around the world which lead to some interesting discussion within the classes.


Next week Year 6 will be beginning their swimming lessons on a Thursday – please ensure they have a swimming costume (one piece for girls), goggles, towel and a swimming cap. The children will be grouped according to their current level of swimming and those that can already swim more than 25m will take part in life-saving skills.


Pupils will start French lessons next week and will be working towards writing a letter to a pupil of a similar age from a French primary school. The French school have suggested that the pupils exchange photos (with first names only) along with the letters. If you do not wish for your child’s photo to be included please let your child’s class teacher know.


Homework this week includes: weekly spellings, topic homework and a maths skills sheet. Children have had the option to take home either their current or previous years maths skills sheet. Please remind them that we are yet to cover the majority of the curriculum and that they don’t have to get everything correct! Just try your best!


Topic homework:

Create a factfile or poster about one of the individuals below. Rephrase the content you find online - don’t copy and paste! Due in Friday 28th September.

  • Rosa Parks
  • Mahatma Ghandi
  • Martin Luther King Jr
  • Mother Theresa
  • Emmeline Pankhurst
  • William Wilberforce
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