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Kempsey Primary School

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

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Friday 14th June 2019

 

Laurel Class Letter

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

 

We had a wonderful start to the week with our Year 3/4 trip to the ThinkTank in Birmingham on Monday. We saw a variety of different vehicles ranging from a small bubble car to a real-life Spitfire, animals from all across the globe, a walk through of how our body works and we were lucky enough to take a trip into our solar system in the planetarium. The children and adults had a wonderful day and it certainly flew. All round behaviour was great – the children represented their school well. We took some photos too showcase our day so please head to the website to see what we got up to!

 

On Tuesday, we settled back down to a regular timetable. We have completed our fact files on rockets in English and started writing a recount of our fabulous trip. In Maths we have started to recap time by focussing on telling it to the minute and in Science we have identified solids, liquids and gases. The children have also explored pointillism in Art and continued to learn skills associated with rounders in PE.

 

Next week in English the children will be basing a character description on the owner of a mysterious shoe and we will be continuing to recap on time in Maths. We will also be starting our new and final topic for the year on Monday and it would be great if your child could bring in an old T-shirt that they don’t mind getting creative with on Monday. More information to follow!

 

Thank you for your continuing support!

Miss Beswick, Mrs Judd, Mr Smith and Miss Nagington

Friday 7th June

 

Laurel Class Letter

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

A warm welcome back to summer term 2 – we have hit the ground running this week with lessons and activities still centring around our topic of ‘Earth and Place, Time and Space’. In English we have been finding out facts about rockets and creating a fact file, in Maths we have been exploring negative numbers as well as dividing by 10 and 100. During our Science lesson this week we have explored the life cycle of a plant.

 

Next week, we will be continuing with our fact files as well as writing a recount of our trip to the ThinkTank in Birmingham. In Maths we will be continuing with diving by 10 and 100 and in Science we will start to think about how a plant grows and the various parts of the plant which will lead us nicely into planting our own seeds and watching them grow.

 

We have celebrated our topic homework this afternoon and we were blown away by the quality of the projects produced. We have had model space stations and helmets, space food and plenty of research on the planets, space travellers and missions. A huge well done to the children who have produced some excellent work and have enjoyed their topic. We will be starting a new topic very soon!

 

We would like to remind parents and carers that we have our trip to the ThinkTank on Monday 10th June. Please can children be sent with a packed lunch, a bottle of water and a maximum of £5 spends money. We are very excited to report back about what we find out about at the museum!

 

Thank you for your continuing support!

 

Miss Beswick, Mrs Judd, Mr Smith and Miss Nagington

Friday 24th May 2019

 

Laurel Class Letter

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

It’s been the final week of Summer 1 and it has flown by – we have had four weeks of exciting, enthusiastic and determined learning across the curriculum. In English this week we have completed our fables where we have used a God of our creation based on one of the planets in our solar system. We have explored negative numbers in Maths using temperature as a concrete example of where we are likely to see a negative number. In Science we have explored the cycle of the moon and why it happens. As well as our core subjects, we have presented an art display based on the destruction of the coral reefs, completed an informative presentation on either Buzz Aldrin or Neil Armstrong and started to look at the rules of rounders, in PE!

 

After half term we will be continuing with our ‘Earth and Place, Time and Space’ topic. Can we remind parents and carers that the deadline for the topic homework is Monday 5th June 2019.

 

On Tuesday we held a non-uniform day to support the work of Christian Aid. We had a ‘party clothes’ theme and the children all looked fantastic in their best glitzy and glamorous party wear. We all helped to raise money for a worthy cause.

 

Today the school took part in a whole school Maths day. We all had the same text – ‘How much does a ladybird weigh?’ to base our round robin activities on. All of the 3/4 classes rotated around and took part in all the activities that were on offer within their cohort. In Laurel class, we hosted an algebra workshop, where the children had to beat the clock! Mr Dalton turned all the children into code breakers and Miss Graham asked the children to look at the animals in the book and what weights they are equivalent to. We all had a super day! Albert Einstein was certainly given a run for his money!

 

We hope you all have a wonderful, and restful, half term.

 

Thank you for your continuing support!

 

Miss Beswick, Mrs Judd, Mr Smith and Miss Nagington

Friday 17th May

 

Laurel Class Letter

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

This week in English we have completed our book reviews and started looking at fables. We have revisited ‘the boy who cried wolf’ and looked at ‘the frog and the scorpion’, both of which enabled us to talk about morals and what they might mean. The children created their very own Greek Gods (based on the planets) to be the main character in the fable. In maths we have been plotting coordinates on a grid and translating shapes on an axis, we have also been exploring translating these coordinates around the grid. In Science we have been exploring how the Earth rotates on its axis around the sun, using practical examples to support our understanding.

 

Next week, in English, we will be continuing with our fables ensuring we include a strong moral. In maths, we will be translating shapes, completing polygons which have missing sides and looking at negative numbers as well as completing half termly assessments. In Science, we will start looking at phases of the moon. We also have an exciting round robin maths day on Friday where the children will partake in a number of maths activities.

 

It is the final week of half term next week and we have lots of activities and lessons planned for the children. We will be sending PE kit home with the children mid-week as normal. Please can we ask that kits are sent back in with the children next half term for the final seven weeks.

 

We have a non-uniform day next Tuesday (21st May) with the theme of ‘Party Clothes’. Children can bring in £1 and wear their best party outfits. All proceeds will go to Christian Aid.

 

Thank you for your continuing support!

 

Miss Beswick, Mrs Judd, Mr Smith and Miss Nagington

Friday 10th May 2019

 

 

Laurel Class Letter

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

This week, in English, we have been exploring book reviews. The children have been reading the book ‘The Way Back Home’ by Oliver Jeffers. They decided which parts they liked and disliked and thought of imaginative ways to describe the plot without spoiling the story. In maths, we have been building on our understanding of division using the ‘chunking’ and ‘number line’ methods.

We have also been exploring coral reefs and the effects that global warming is having on them, more specifically, the Great Barrier Reef. The children have been designing a new display board to go in the school corridor. 

Next week, the children will be creating this display using recyclable plastics. Just a reminder that if the children could bring in any (clean) plastic bottles, bags, single use pots etc. on Monday it would be much appreciated. In maths, we will be looking at direction and translation within a map/grid. In English, we are writing our own exciting myths with links to the planets and gods.

Some of the year 4s had an exciting opportunity this week as the school welcomed Qinetiq for a year 4 and 5 robotics challenge. A huge congratulations to all involved, especially the small number of year 4s who managed to win the competition and qualify to compete against other schools!

We have welcomed Miss Dennis and Miss Clarke into Oak class for this term to complete their second teaching placement. They have started off their week by immersing themselves in Kempsey Primary School life.

 

Thank you for your continuing support!

 

Miss Beswick, Mrs Judd and Mr Smith

Friday 3rd May 2019

 

Laurel Class Letter

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

A very warm welcome back to Summer Term – we hope that you’ve had a lovely Easter break and are ready for a jam-packed final term!

We started this week by launching our exciting new topic, ‘Time and Place, Earth and Space’. The children took part in various activities throughout the day, including: finding out about the planets in our Solar system, making posters and creating our very own, scaled down, solar systems. In English, we then produced recounts of this topic launch. In Maths this week we have been focusing on multiplication. The children have been introduced to the bar model, which will be a recurring method used in multiple Maths topics, throughout the school.

Next week we have a shorter week due to Bank Holiday Monday. In Maths, we will be recapping on division and using the bar model, once again, to support our calculations. In English, we will be writing book reviews about space themed books. In topic, we are exploring our Earth and what we can do to help the Great Barrier Reef.

We will be making a display out of recycled plastic and so, we would be grateful if you could provide items such as: plastic bags, plastic bottles or any other clean, plastic items which are suitable for a collage display.

This week, we have had Miss Nagington join us in Laurel Class, who will be completing her teacher training with us, over the next six weeks. 

 

Thank you for your continuing support!

 

Miss Beswick, Mrs Judd, Mr Smith and Miss Nagington

Friday 12th April 2019

 

Laurel Class Letter

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

We have arrived at the end of Spring term and we can’t believe where the time has gone. We have had a jam-packed, exciting term where the children have showcased their many talents on top of building on current knowledge. The children have all been swimming and we have seen vast boosts of confidence and growth in their ability.

 

The topic homework that was completed this half term set the bar high as we had children who had researched an invention and/or its inventor, the history and geography of inventions and we had some fabulous inventions including the code breaker, telephones and rockets. We were so impressed with what the children had researched and developed independently and the children should be proud of their achievements.

 

On Wednesday, we (finally) managed to get to forest school where the children tested out their boat designs. We had some fantastic designs that managed to meander their way down the stream but we did also have some sinking issues. It was a great lesson to tie off our topic of ‘Inventions that Changed the World’ and both the children and staff had a fun-filled morning.

 

Yesterday we had Deaf Awareness Day where the children brought in £1 in order to wear non-school uniform. We were fortunate to have several special guests come and visit including three deaf ladies and a service dog called ‘Obie’ – he was very popular among the children and staff! The children learned the song ‘Colours of the Rainbow’ using sign language as well as took part in a variety of activities and lessons over the day. As a school, we raised over £300 for the National Deaf Children’s Society.

 

Today the PTFA organised an Easter Egg egg-stravaganza!  The children were each entered into a prize draw to win some egg-cellent prizes! A big thanks to the PTFA for this wonderful activity.

 

We are excited as to what Summer Term will bring but, for now, we wish you a restful and well-deserved Easter break.

 

 

Thank you for your continuing support,

 

 

Miss Beswick, Mrs Judd and Mr Smith

Friday 9th April 2019

 

Laurel Class Letter

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

This week we continued to explore persuasive letters, with the children now getting the opportunity to complete theirs. They have all written some extremely persuasive arguments which would certainly give the inventors of Concorde something to think about. In Maths, we finished the mass unit of work with children adding and subtracting mass along with solving problems related to mass. In Science we have explored gyrocopters, with links to air resistance. The children had to design a paper gyrocopter to fall to the ground as slowly as possible.

 

It was the year 3’s last swimming session this week. They were able to have a fun swim with all the big floats, noodles and balls. They behaved extremely well and cannot wait to get back in the pool next year.

 

Next week in English we will be looking at doing character descriptions based on our favourite, fluffy Easter character… The Easter Bunny! In Maths, we will be revisiting multiplication methods in order to further cement the children’s understanding. In Science/DT we will be looking at paper boats and the features that can help make them float and move along the water quickly. For this, we will be going to forest school so could children please bring their forest school kits on Monday.

 

Next week, on Thursday, the school will be partaking in a ‘Deaf Awareness Day’. This will be a charity day in support of the National Deaf Children Society where children can wear their home clothes for a donation of £1. There will be a deaf awareness roadshow visiting school and the children will partake in various activities linked to this.

 

The Easter disco, hosted by the PTFA will also take place next week. This will be on Thursday and will go on from 5pm until 6pm in the hall for key stage 2 children.

 

The Easter service is next Friday at 1:30pm at St Mary’s Church. Children can be collected from the church after the service, please just let your class teachers know in advance.

 

 

Thank you for your continuing support,

 

Miss Beswick, Mrs Judd and Mr Smith

Friday 29th March 2018

 

Laurel Class Letter

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

This week we have started to research, plan and draft a persuasive letter on whether or not the children believe that Concorde should return to the skies. We have had some interesting ideas brought forward in a debate lesson and the children have justified their reasons. In Maths we have finished capacity and moved onto mass where the children have been measuring items around the room and looking at g and kg. In Science we have explored magnets and how they work as well as what items and materials are or are not magnetic.

 

Next week in English we will be continuing to write up and present our persuasive letters to the Chief Executive of Concorde and in Maths we will further be exploring mass. In Science we will be making gyrocopters and experimenting with how they work and the forces that apply.

 

Some of the children in year 3/4 took part in a tag rugby tournament on Tuesday at Hanley Castle High School. The children came joint 1st – the team should be very proud of what they have achieved!

 

 

Thank you for your continuing support,

 

Miss Beswick, Mrs Judd and Mr Smith

Friday 29th March 2019

 

Laurel Class Letter

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

This week we have started to research, plan and draft a persuasive letter on whether or not the children believe that Concorde should return to the skies. We have had some interesting ideas brought forward in a debate lesson and the children have justified their reasons. In Maths we have finished capacity and moved onto mass where the children have been measuring items around the room and looking at g and kg. In Science we have explored magnets and how they work as well as what items and materials are or are not magnetic.

 

Next week in English we will be continuing to write up and present our persuasive letters to the Chief Executive of Concorde and in Maths we will further be exploring mass. In Science we will be making gyrocopters and experimenting with how they work and the forces that apply.

 

Some of the children in year 3/4 took part in a tag rugby tournament on Tuesday at Hanley Castle High School. The children came joint 1st – the team should be very proud of what they have achieved!

 

As you know, the second performance of our class assembly had to be postponed! We have decided to show our assembly again on Friday 5th April at 3:10pm and we would love it if you could come to watch!

 

Thank you for your continuing support!

Miss Beswick, Mrs Judd and Mr Smith

Friday 8th March 2019

Laurel, Oak and Maple Class Letter

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

We have had a very busy week this week with English, Maths and other lessons as well as World Book Day on Thursday. The children’s outfits were fantastic and it was nice to hear why they had chosen their costumes. We had a selection of characters from Alice in Wonderland to Harry Potter to the BFG. The staff even dressed up – the class was filled with Alice from Wonderland, The Queen of Hearts and the Mad Hatter as well as Tigger, the lion from The Wizard of Oz, the Wicked Witch from the West and a wolf from Little Red Riding Hood! Everyone had a fantastic day appreciating a variety of books! A big thank you to the parents who came to read with the children – it was greatly appreciated!

 

Next week we will be continuing with our explanation texts in English and starting to write poetry then in Maths we will be finishing off statistics.

 

We enjoyed celebrating Shrove Tuesday by making pancakes on Wednesday and learning about the religious reasons why we clear out our cupboards to create these delicious treats. As well as this we have concentrated on reiterating the importance of not spreading germs, particularly by sneezing and we used glitter to show how far the germs can spread.

 

We are excited to announce that it is Science Week from the 11th-15th March 2019 and our theme this year is ‘Journeys’. As a 3/4 cohort, we will have a ‘round robin’ day of activities where the children will be rotating around the classes to complete different activities.

 

 

Thank you for your continuing support,

 

Miss Beswick, Miss Graham and Mr Dalton

Friday 1st March 2019

 

Laurel, Oak and Maple Class Letter

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

A warm welcome back to Spring Term 2 – we hope you all had a wonderful break!

 

This week we have introduced our new topic of ‘Inventions that changed the World’ and the children have made their own ‘junk models’ of an invention of their making. We have had a variety of models from jet packs to teddy bear houses to pencil pots. The children have worked incredibly hard and have proven to themselves that they are all young entrepreneurs. In English we have started looking at Wallace and Gromit’s short film of ‘The Wrong Trousers’ where we have started to write a diary entry from the perspective of either Wallace or the villainous penguin! In Maths we have started looking at money by recognising coins, their worth and adding them together. In Science we have started work on our floor  book, in French we have been continuing to learn all about animals, vegetables and members of the family and in PSHE we have focussed on personal hygiene.

 

Next week we will be continuing with our diary entries and money where the focus will shift to looking at finding the difference between amounts and in Science we will be finishing our current topic of ‘light’.

 

The year 3’s started off their swimming lessons this week – the children were well behaved and listened to instruction from us as well as the staff at the swimming pool.

 

Just a quick reminder that it is World Book Day on Thursday 7th March 2019. The children are welcome to dress up as their favourite story book or nursery rhyme character. However, they are not allowed to dress up as a Disney character, superhero or any other character from a television series or movie. We are very much looking forward to seeing which characters will come into class that day!

 

 

Thank you for your continuing support,

 

Miss Beswick, Miss Graham and Mr Dalton

Friday 15th February 2019

 

Laurel, Oak and Maple Class Letter

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

We have reached the end of the half term and what a busy one it has been! This week, we have finished off writing our narratives based on ‘Stone Age Boy’ and explored fractions. As well as this we have been to forest school to finish off our ‘Scavengers and Settlers’ topic. The children could only communicate using sounds, actions or paintings and had to create an environment the Stone Age people would have been used to!

 

The year 4’s had their final swimming lesson this week where they took part in a fun swim – the children used floats and other equipment to make their last swim enjoyable and exciting.

 

A reminder that year 3 will be starting swimming after half term. Please can parents and carers ensure that all children are sent in with swimming costumes and goggles, plus swimming hats for girls.

 

We have got lots of exciting lessons and activities planned for when the children return in Spring Term 2. Our new topic have been decided upon  – ‘Inventions that changed the World’ – and Mr Dalton is very excited to start this as soon as possible as he will be showcasing what the0 children have started to learn in his class assembly on Friday 1st March 2019.

 

We hope you have a great half term break!

 

 

Thank you for your continuing support,

 

Miss Beswick, Miss Graham and Mr Dalton

Friday 8th February 2019

 

Laurel, Oak and Maple Class Letter

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

Oak Class did a fantastic job this morning performing their class assembly on The Stone Age. The children have enjoyed this new topic and have learned a variety of facts about the time period. Well done Oak class!

 

This week has been Internet Safety Week and we have taught the children the importance and meaning of consent. To do this we have provided the children with a selection of activities to take part in. It is important for the children to understand what consent means and looks to allow them to identify what they can do to protect themselves online. As well as this we have finished off writing our informal letters and looked at how to write expanded noun phrases and in Maths we have started to look at fractions.

 

Next week we will be starting to write narratives based on ‘Stone Age Boy’ and in Maths we will be continuing to explore fractions.

 

On Friday 15th February 2019 Oak, Laurel and Maple will be going to forest school. Please can we ask that children are sent in with old forest school clothes, wellies and waterproofs.

 

Can we also remind parents and carers that topic homework from ‘Scavengers and Settlers’ is due in on Monday 11th February 2019 and we will be sharing what we have learned later on in the week.

 

We are very excited that on Friday 7th March, World Book Day comes round once again! The children are allowed to dress up as their favourite story book character (not superheroes, Disney or film characters). We can’t wait to see which characters are chosen!

 

We hope you have a great weekend!

 

Thank you for your continuing support,

 

Miss Beswick, Miss Graham and Mr Dalton

Friday 18th January 2019

 

Laurel, Oak and Maple Class Letter

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

This week was kick-started with our new topic launch day – we researched cave paintings and created our own using chalk and charcoal. We received an exciting email from Henry the Historian to go and see the latest cave painting that had been found, right here at Kempsey primary School! In our English, we have used our experience of looking for our cave painting to write and, eventually, present a new report. In Maths, we have continued to explore measuring and perimeter and in Science we have started our new topic, Light.

 

Next week we will be continuing with our news reports, continuing to think about language and tone used. After this, we will be starting to write informal letters based on our book ‘Stone Age Boy’. In Maths, we will be exploring area of shapes and in Science we will be looking at shadows and how they are created.

 

The year 4’s have continued with their swimming lessons and have worked really hard. They have been split into three groups to enable them all to develop their current skills. Please can we ask parents and carers to ensure that swimming kits are brought every week and that behavioural expectations are reiterated as some children are seeing this weekly outing as an excuse to misbehave or be rude.

 

Overall, the children have had a very busy week and we have taken part in a variety of exciting and interesting lessons!

 

 

 

We hope you have a great weekend!

 

 

Thank you for your continuing support,

 

Miss Beswick, Miss Graham and Mr Dalton

Friday 11th January 2019

 

Laurel, Oak and Maple Class Letter

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

A warm welcome back to the Spring half term – we hope you all had a lovely Christmas break!

 

We started off the week with an inspirational talk from Harnaam Kaur who, at the age 16, decided to let her beard grow out despite comments from bullies. She showed the children that it is wonderful to be unique and that you should always strive to be the best version of you. We were all inspired.

 

Lessons have resumed as normal this week and the children have started to write a fact file about themselves, focussing on what makes them unique and what they aspire to do in the future. In Maths we have started to investigate length and measurement, including perimeter. We have appraised the song ‘This is Me’, painted using colours to reflect our personalities and researched a positive role model. French has also started again with Madame Lily.

 

On Friday afternoon, we sang, as a whole year 3/4 cohort, the song ‘This is me’ from The Greatest Showman’. This was inspired by our visit from Harnaam Kaur and the children sang beautifully – please check our web pages for the video!

 

Next week, we are continuing to look at perimeter and area in Maths and start our new Science topic of ‘Light’. In English we are going to write a blog to show how we include factual information to entice the reader.

 

Our class pages on the website are consistently being updated with exciting activities and lessons we are teaching as well as showcasing the children’s work and achievements. Please take a look!

 

We hope you have a great weekend!

 

 

Thank you for your continuing support,

 

Miss Beswick, Miss Graham and Mr Dalton

Friday 14th December 2018

 

Laurel, Oak and Maple Class Letter

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

This week we have had a busy week with the start of our Christmas festivities! On Monday, we were invited to see the early years and year 1 Christmas nativity which was absolutely fantastic! We have been completing assessments this week and all children from Laurel, Oak and Maple class have worked exceptionally hard – well done to everyone! In Science we have rounded off our latest topic of animals including humans with a look at the digestive system. In Art we have created Aztec masks to link in with our topic of chocolate.

 

Today, we had a very special visit from Father Christmas and he brought lots of laughter and joy to the classrooms! It was a wonderful visit for a Friday afternoon!

 

Next week is our last week of the term and we have got lots of exciting activities planned for the children, including writing Christmas poetry, designing Christmas cards, making Christmas bark and completing Christmas co-ordinates! It’s safe to say…there will be lots of festive activities taking place. Anyone would think it was Christmas!

 

Please don’t forget that on Thursday we have the annual Christmas service at St Mary’s Church, Kempsey which will start at 10am. Please can you let the office know if you are planning to collect your children from the church after the service.

 

We will not be sending homework or spellings out now until after the new year but please could we ask you, over the holiday, to continue to practise the 6, 7, 8 and 9 times tables with the children to consolidate and develop the children’s learning.

 

We hope you have a great weekend!

 

 

Thank you for your continuing support,

 

Miss Beswick, Miss Graham and Mr Dalton

Friday 7th December 2018

 

Laurel, Oak and Maple Class Letter

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

We started off our week with a trip to see ‘Maid Marian and the Merry Men’ which the children thoroughly enjoyed. We sang Christmas songs, cheered and booed plus shouted out ‘oh no she didn’t’ many times! It was a fantastic morning out and started off the Christmas festivities!

 

In English this week we have been writing an instructional text based on us making some scrumptious chocolate rice crispy cakes. We have included a selection of grammar including headings and subheadings, bullet points, adverbs and time adverbials. In Maths we have explored 2D and 3D shapes plus finding lines of symmetry and reflecting a shape. In Science we have continued to look at the functions of the body and food by placing foods in their groups and experimenting with what the digestive system does.

 

Next week, we will be carrying out our half term assessments across English, Maths and Science as well as rounding off our Science topic of humans, including animals. We will also be sketching our mischievous elves in Art, coding in computing and our final French lesson of the year will take place where the children are learning a Christmas song!

 

We are very much looking forward to watching the EYFS and KS1 nativity – the children have practised extremely hard and we are looking forward to this annual treat! We are nearly at the end of term, meaning we have got some fun, festive work lined up; however, behaviour expectations are still the same as any other time in the year.

 

We hope you have a great weekend!

 

 

Thank you for your continuing support,

 

Miss Beswick, Miss Graham and Mr Dalton

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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