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Kempsey Primary School

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

Weekly Letters

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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