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Kempsey Primary School

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

Weekly Letters

Friday 19th October


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


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 


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


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


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!

14th September


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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