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Kempsey Primary School

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

Weekly Letters

Friday 13th March

 

Dear parents/ carers,

This week we have focusseed on science, as it is British Science week. We leant about bodyclocks on Tuesday; visited the Hive for a science show about ‘explosive food’; investigated forces behaving strangely in a carouse of activities on Thursday and the year fives conducted an insulation experiment on Friday.

In English, we used our science trip as a stimulus for a recount and in maths year fives have studied angles whilst year six learnt about co-ordinates.

Next week we will be returning to narrative writing in English. Year six maths will finish co-ordinates and move on to shape and year five will be starting decimals and percentages.

Sports Relief – update

Due to the conditions at Plovers Rise, our sport relief mile has had to be postponed. We are hoping for it to take place next week or the week after.

 

Homework:

Year 5:

  • Spellings
  • Maths  – angles sheet

Year 6:

  • Spellings
  • CGP Grammar book pages: 16 & 17
  • CGP Maths book pages:  20 & 21
  • CGP Arithmetic pages:  28 & 29              or     CGP Arithmetic Stretch pages:  19, 20 & 21

 

 

 

 

Friday 3rd March 2020

 

This week we have had another busy week in year 5 and 6. In English we have conducted research into microbeads and are using our notes to write a report. In maths year 6 have finished percentages and have started position and direction, whilst year 5 have continued with reflection and started angles.

 

As part of World Book day on Thursday we thoroughly enjoyed our trip the Malvern Theatre to watch Holes (a novel that we have previously read in class). The children were a credit to the school as they behaved impeccably! The theme for world book day was ‘share a million stories’ and throughout the day KPS shared an impressive 123 stories!

 

Next week is British Science week. To celebrate this, we have a trip, to the Hive Science Show on Tuesday and will be conducting our own investigations throughout the week. Science week will finish with a Science Showcase in the school hall at 2:30pm Friday – parents/carers are welcome to attend to see all of the amazing things that the school has done in science throughout the week. 

 

Sports Relief

A little reminder that next Wednesday is Sports Relief and that throughut the day all children will be completing a sport relief mile. Sponsorship forms should be returned to school by Friday 13th March – many thanks for all of your support for this worthy cause.

 

Homework:

Year 5:

  • Spellings
  • Maths  – Y5 double sided worksheet. Try your best and do as much as you can!

Year 6:

  • Spellings
  • CGP Grammar book pages: 14 & 15
  • CGP Maths book pages:  13 & 14
  • CGP Arithmetic pages:  15 & 16              or     CGP Arithmetic Stretch pages:  11 & 12

Friday 28th February 2020

 

This week we have finished writing our suspense pieces in English; continued with percentages in year 6 maths; moved onto shape and translation in year 5 maths and also thoroughly enjoyed participating in the whole school art day.

 

Next week we will be researching in more depth about plastic pollution and using this as a vehicle for writing a report in English. Maths next week will see both year groups continuing with their current topics.

 

Homework:

Year 5:

  • Spellings
  • Maths  – translation worksheet
  • Your child may also wish to log in to Timestables Rockstars https://ttrockstars.com/ (they have been given logins and the password last term) and continue to master their times tables knowledge

 

Year 6:

  • Spellings
  • CGP Grammar book pages: 9, 10 & 11
  • CGP Maths book pages: 10 & 11
  • CGP Arithmetic pages:  8 & 9              or     CGP Arithmetic Stretch pages: 6 & 7

Friday 14th February 2020

 

This week we have been working hard on our suspense writing with some outstanding results. We have been looking at the role that different food groups play in our diets and we have had a real focus on keeping safe online as part of our work in internet safety week. Pupils have investigated how to keep their personal information safe online, what they are consenting to when they share personal information through social media platforms and looked at phising scams as well as discussing how to spot if something is real or fake online.

 

Half-term homework:

Year 5:

  • Spellings
  • Maths  – children have a bank of arithmetic questions to complete. These questions have been specially chosen as all of the skills have been recently covered in lessons. Please encourage your child to persevere and show their workings!
  • Your child may also wish to log in to Timestables Rockstars https://ttrockstars.com/ (they have been given logins and the password last term) and continue to master their times tables knowledge

 

Year 6:

  • Spellings
  • CGP Grammar book pages: 2,3,4,5
  • CGP Maths book pages: 2,3,4 6,7
  • CGP Arithmetic pages:  1,2,3,4,5,6,7              or     CGP Arithmetic Stretch pages: 1,2,3,4

 

This looks like quite a lot of work but it is mostly repetition of straight forward skills. If you feel it is taking a lot of time, please get the children to complete as much as they reasonably can.

 

A reminder that once completed, children should mark their own CPG books and bring them into school, where we will go over common misconceptions in class.

 

Please could we remind you that the family tree homework is due in on the Monday we return to school; we intend to use this for a couple of lessons in the week so please complete it as thoroughly as you can.

 

We feel like we have just scratched the surface of our ‘This is us’ topic and so will be continuing with it for next half term when we will be looking more closely on what makes for normal, healthy relationships.

 

Friday 7th February 2020

 

This week the year 6s have been getting to grips with decimal numbers whilst the year 5s have been adding and multiplying fractions. We have been working on our narratives and practising our reading comprehension skills. In science we have been looking at food groups.

 

Next week is Safer Internet Week across the country – the theme this year is ‘Free to be Me’ – exploring identity online – encouraging children to think about how they can build and develop a positive identity when communicating with others online – but also exploring with them what they need to do to keep themselves safe. We will be investigating how to spot phising and scams, the importance of privacy and security settings to keep our personal information safe as well as the risk posed by social media and recognising how sponsorship and advertising aims to manipulate us.  

 

In English we will be looking at creating suspense in our writing and in science we will be looking at the role of different food groups- why each is important how much of each we could be eating.

We are still collecting for our eco-art day.

 

We must emphasise that we can only accept clean, malleable plastic including:

  • Carrier bags (any colour, any size)
  • Plastic single use bottles, including bottle tops
  • Bubble wrap
  • Crisp packets

 

Please do not buy plastic specifically to bring into school – this is the exact opposite of what we want. Please just bring in your usual waste from the plastic you would usually recycle. If you have any questions, please ask your class teacher.

 

With the weather turing icy this week, we found hockey outdoors made our fingers quite cold.  To add to our outdoor PE kit, if this  happens again on a Thurday, could you please send in some gloves to alleviate this.

 

Friday 31st January 2020

 

Firstly, we would like to say a huge thank you to the children for their amazing behaviour during our inspection this week; they demonstrated what a great group of children they are both in terms of their approach to their learning and the pride they demonstrated in our school.

 

This week in maths we have been honing our skills of addition and subtraction of fractions (year 5) and understanding of decimals in Year 6. In English we have been writing narratives based on a short film; this work will continue into next week.

 

The children have been revising the numbers in French and presenting/ analysing data in science. Next week we will be looking at the importance of a balanced diet and exercise.

 

Please could we remind you that we are collecting plastic for our art day- we haven’t had much stuff as yet.

We must emphasise that we can only accept clean, malleable plastic including:

  • Carrier bags (any colour, any size)
  • Plastic single use bottles, including bottle tops
  • Bubble wrap
  • Crisp packets

 

Please do not buy plastic specifically to bring into school – this is the exact opposite of what we want. Please just bring in your usual waste from the plastic you would usually recycle. If you have any questions, please ask your class teacher.

 

Maths homework is the addition and subtraction of fractions. There are four levels of challenge for the children to choose from with the assumption that they will complete at least one. As always, let us know if there are any prolems.

 

Friday 24th January 2020

 

This week we have completed our biographies fof Greta Thunberg. Following this, we have had a few sessions specifically focussing on reading skills, such as: inference, retrieval, predicting and finding the meaning of words in context. In maths the Y6s have started decimals, whilst Y5 have revisited fractions. In science, we have continued learning about the circulatory system, with a specific focus on the anatomy of the heart and how it works.

 

Next week, maths for Y5 and Y6 will continue on their respective topics. In English we will be using a short animation as a stimulus for some narrative writing. Science will include looking in more depth about heart rate and interpreting and evaluating data.

 

Homework this week includes spellings and a column multiplication sheet. We have revisited column multiplication again this week and the children are very familiar with the method. Please encourage them to attempt every question on their sheets!

 

Please note:

On Tuesday 25th February, we will be having a whole school Art Day with the theme ‘A Plastic Ocean’. In order for this day to be a success, we need to collect as much clean, recyclable plastic as possible that we can use to create sculptures. Please bring in any of the following plastic items that you would usually put into your green recycling bin and give it to your class teachers. You can start bringing this in as soon as possible. We will update you each week about how our collection is going.

 

We must emphasise that we can only accept clean, malleable plastic including:

  • Carrier bags (any colour, any size)
  • Plastic single use bottles, including bottle tops
  • Bubble wrap
  • Crisp packets

Please do not buy plastic specifically to bring into school – this is the exact opposite of what we want. Please just bring in your usual waste from the plastic you would usually recycle. If you have any questions, please ask your class teacher.

 

The homework for this topic is a single task and has been sent home with the children.

Friday 17th January 2020

 

This week the children have been learning about the life of Greta Thunberg and using this information to write a biography about her. They have been captivated by her life and the impact she is having on people’s awareness of environmental issues, resulting in some thoughtful, well written biographies. She is a remarkable girl, who has overcome her own personal challenges in persuit of rasing awareness about climate change.

 

In maths the year 6s have been doing some baseline assessments whilst the Year 5s have been getting to grips with formal methods of division. Again, the single biggest barrier to success has been the children’s knowledge of their times tables so please do encourage them to get onto times tables rock stars!

 

We are using ur current topic, ‘This is us’ as a platform for talking to the children about feelings and emotions. What are they? Why are they there? How ‘helpful are they’? how can we respond to them? This work will continue into next week and then we will be looking at what makes good relationships.

 

Homework this week includes spellings and a maths sheet.

 

Please note our PE focus this term is hockey, therefore all children will need a warm set of PE clothes (navy/black jogging bottoms, navy/black jumper etc).

Friday 10th January 2020

 

Happy New Year and welcome back to school! This week we have started our new phase topic ‘This Is Us’ with a PSHE focus. During our topic launch we discussed what makes us ‘us’ and what influences who we are on a personal, school and society level. In English this week we have been retrieving inference on the teenage environmental activist Greta Thunberg. We will be using this knowledge to write a biography of her life next week.

 

In maths we have split the year five and six children, in order to support the year sixes with their preparation for both the SATS and high school, whilst still providing the year fives with their curriculum. This week, year six focussed on BIDMAS and year fives returned to column multiplication.

 

Next week, year sixes will be completing a previous SATS paper to provide a baseline and year five will be focusing on written methods of division. In science, we will be learning about the heart and circulatory system.

 

Homework this week includes spellings and a maths sheet.

 

Please note our PE focus this term is hockey, therefore all children will need a warm set of PE clothes (navy/black jogging bottoms, navy/black jumper etc).

 

Friday 13th December 2019

 

On the penultimate week of the term we have been busy completing maths and reading assessments in class. Additionally, we have been analysing poems and drafting our own with an environmental focus; learnt about pulleys in science, creating our own with Knex; completed further independent research on the Romans in Britain, focussing on effective web searching and digital literacy, and delved into the causes of different emotions and why we feel certain ways in PSHE.

 

In French, Y6 have completed their letters to their penpals and these will be sent to the school next week. If Y6 pupils wish to include their photos with their letters please can they bring these in for Monday.

 

Next week will be business as usual: we will be returning to area and perimeter in maths, continuing with poetry in English and also wrapping up the end of our Romans topic.

 

The school term finishes on Thursday 19th December with a Christmas Service at the church. Parents/families are welcome to attend and children may be picked up at 2:30pm from the church, or from school afterwards/normal time.

 

Homework set today is due in after the Christmas holidays.

  • Spellings: we are giving out the year 3 & 4 word list to consolidate any remaining gaps in the childrens’ knowledge of spelling patterns. They will be tested on some of these during the first week back.
  • Maths: children will have an arithmetic paper to complete – all of the content on the test has been covered in class this term and children need to try their best to answer all questions, showing their workings.

 

Please note that we will be sharing our Romans topic homework on Tuesday afternoon across the three classes. We hope to be joined by one of our governors for this.

 

Friday 6th December 2019

 

This week we have continued using the Eye of the Wolf in English, writing a non-chronological report about Alaskan wolves. In maths, we have started learning about area and perimeter of quadrilaterals. On Thursday, we had a visit from the New College Worcester as part of our ‘Eye Care, We Care’ day. We learnt about living with blindness and visual impairment through many engaging activities, including a question and answer session with staff and a student from the college and learning how to write in braille.

 

Next week, we will be continuing with area and perimeter in maths, as well as completing end of term assessments. In English, we will be returning to poetry and completing a reading assessment.

 

Homework this week is an area and perimeter sheet for maths and also weekly spellings. Your child may also like to log into TT Rockstars at home to practice their multiplication tables. All three year 5 & 6 classes are currently in a ‘battle’ and the class with the most plays will win!

 

Friday 13th December is Christmas Jumper day for £1.

Friday 29th November 2019

 

This week we have continued with fractions in maths, specifically adding and subtracting them. In English we have gathered and organised notes about Alaskan wolves (linked to the book ‘Eye of the Wolf’) and will continue using these to draft a non-chronological report next week. In maths next week we will be coming away from fractions for a week, to learn about area and perimeter.

 

There are a few different events happening next week for you to be aware of. Firstly, we are having a visit from an author or Tuesday, thanks to Mr Ricks.

 

Additionally, on Thursday 5th December we are having ‘Eye Care, We Care’ day, supporting New Collage Worcester, consisting of an assesmby, question and answer session and activites. In addition to normal school uniform, children may wear something orange (such as a hair band, tights or jumper). This is not a non-school uniform day.  

 

Homework this week is a maths fractions sheet and spellings. Your child may also like to log into TT Rockstars at home to practice their multiplication tables.

Friday 22nd November 2019

 

It’s lovely to have the Year 6s back in school this week after a fantastic week on residential. We have had a busy week exploring the structure of Roman towns and looking for elements of Roman Worcester in modern day maps of the city centre. Evicence has included:

  • Foregate Street
  • St Martin’s Gate
  • City Walls Road
  • Some streets set out in a grid
  • A relatively straight main street (the high street running all the way north out of the city)

We also found out that the bridge over the river has moved south to where it is now.

 

In English the children have been writing applications to the Roman Army with some taking umbridge with the fact that only men were allowed to join up!

 

In maths we have been comparing and ordering fractions- a tricky skill, particularly when the denominator is different between the fractions being comared.

 

Due to other curriculum commitments we will be stepping away from topic a bit next week. We are looking at feelings and emotions in PHSE and deepening the children’s understanding of friction in Science.

 

Home work this week includes spellings and Maths homework where children will need to compare and apply their knowledge of making fractions equivalent

 

Please be aware that the school will be closed next Monday 25th November.

 

 

Friday 8th November 2019

 

At the beginning of this week we concluded our Natural Disasters topic with the construction of earthquake-proof buildings and a celebration of some fantastic topic homework- well done to all the children who brought in homework to share. Lots of examples can be found on the class web page.

 

We launched our new topic this week with the children placing the Roman occupation of Britain on a timeline and then designing catapults! The children have their new topic homework, to be returned to school no later than 16th December. Please don’t view the tasks as a finite list; if the children are inspired to do anything else, then we welcome their creativity.

 

Next week is residential week and the Year 6 children are very excited. They will be looked after for the week by Miss Underwood, Miss Stone and Mrs Steele. Mr Willetts will be visiting at the end of the week and Mrs Baynes will be visiting at some point.

 

The Year 5s will be taught in two small classes by Mr Willetts, Mrs Cooke, Mrs Bennet, Miss Steele (student) and Miss Grimshaw (student). It will be business as usual with English, Maths, Science and Topic lessons through the week. As it is a national anti-bullying week, much of our work will be centred around this important issue.

 

Please be aware that the school will be closed on Monday 25th November, due to a HUET wide planned closure.

 

Friday 25th October 2019

 

During this final week of the half term, we have been bringing together our knowledge learnt from our Natural Disasters topic by creating our own ‘earthquake survival guides’. In maths, we delved into statistics, specifically tables and line graphs. In science, we investigated how objects change weight in water compared to air, due to the different forces which are acting upon it.

 

After half term, we plan to have our topic homework celebration on the first Tuesday back and then launch into our new topic ‘what did the Romans do for Britain?’.

 

On the first Thursday back, 7th November, Year 5 will commence their half term of swimming sessions. Please ensure your child has their swimming kit on school on Thursdays, including a swimming cap for long hair.

 

Homework for the half term includings spellings and a line graph maths sheet.

 

Finally, further to the letter sent out earlier this week, a reminder that Sycamore and Oak will be hosting the next Kempsey Café on Friday 8th November. This café will have a Remembrance theme. At the beginning of the week, the children will be designing invites to send out to grandparents and other members of the elderly community; please could you let us know who they wish to invite by Monday 4th November so we can get the invites sent out in good time

Friday 18th October 2019

 

This week in topic, we have collated our notes and used them to write non-chronological reports of the events of Mt St Helens eruption (1980) or the San Francisco earthquake (1989). Our volcano art work shows evidence of how much we have learned already this term about perspective.  We have continued to develop our understanding of forces in Science.  Next week our topic lessons will take the form of creating earthquake proof shelters in Design Technology.

 

On Thursday enjoyed our trip to St Mary’s church to celebrate Harvest.  Everyone seemed to sing enthusiastically and enjoy sharing this time together.  Thank you to all those who attended and especially to those who have donated food  items.

 

In our maths work we have squared and cubed numbers as well as multiplying and dividing by tens, one hundred and one thousand.  Next week, we will move on to interpreting graphs and tables. In English this week we have been looking at similes and metaphor and continuing to develop our use of figurative language, which we have then applied to our own narratives based on the short film ‘Dangle’.  Next week we are writing an ‘Earthquake Survival Guide’.

 

Please note there are no clubs on Monday and Tuesday due to Parents’ Evening.  This will be held in the hall and you should have received your time slot for this.  Please check if you are unsure.  As this week was the last swimming session for year 6 there is no swimming lesson next week.  Homework this week is spellings and a maths sheet to consolidate our understanding of squared and cubed numbers. 

 

Finally, to reitterate. There has been some confusion over the return date for the topic homework. We had initially proposed a date in December, this date however had failed to factor in that we are starting work on the Romans after half term, so the new date for return will be Monday 4th November, thus providing half term to complete. If there are any problems/ concerns over this please do let us know.

Friday 11th October 2019

 

This week in topic, following some computing input on web browsers, search engines and Boolean operators, we have conducted our own research on the Mt St Helens eruption (1980) or the San Francisco earthquake (1989). Next week, we will collate our notes and use them to write non-chronological reports of the events.

 

In maths this week we have continued with factors and also covered prime numbers. Next week, we will move on to square and cubed numbers. In english this week we have been looking in depth at language and texts, analysing them in terms of grammatical features and content. Next week, we will apply our knowledge when writing our own narratives based on the short film ‘Dangle’.

 

Homework this week is spellings and a maths sheet on factors and multiples, which the children should all be comfortable with, having covered the topic this week (see the ‘help’ section to support your child with this if needed).

 

Finally, if your child is in the Y6 swimming lifesaving group, please could they bring a pair of pyjamas, long sleeved top or tshirt that you would happy for them to wear in the pool. Please also note that last week will be the final swimming session for Year 6.

Friday 4th October 2019

 

This week we have continued with our topic on natural disasters, focussing on the geographical features of earthquakes and also locating volcanoes and earthquakes on a world map. We identified a pattern and then learnt about the ‘Ring of Fire’, as well as reasoning why people choose to live in places that have a high chance of a natural disaster occurring. In English, we have finished our narrative recounts on Pompeii and presented them in neat. Maths has focused on factors, multiplies and the column method for multiplication (Y5).

 

Next week in maths we will continue working with multiples and then learn about prime, square and cube numbers. In topic lessons, we will be researching about a natural disaster of our choosing and presenting information within a non-chronological report. In English, we will be focussing on story starts and analysing texts in detail for grammatical devices and authorial intent.

 

Homework this week is spellings and a maths sheet on multiplication (very important for our work on factors, mutliples and prime numbers!).

Friday 27th September 2019

 

This week we have started our new topic ‘Survivors’ about natural disasters. In English we have been researching about Pompeii and gathering notes and ideas in order to write a narrative recount from the perspective of someone who survived the volcanic eruption. In topic lessons we have also researched volcanoes in greater depth. Maths this week has included applying written methods of addition and subtraction.

 

This week we were also visited by the NSPCC, who did an assembly on speaking out and the role of Childline.

 

Next week in maths we will be exploring factors and mutliples. In English, we will continue with the same sequence of learning and write our narrative recounts. Topic lessons next week will involve learning about the geographical features of earthquakes.

 

Homework this week includes a maths calculation sheet, spellings and topic homework. Maths homework is due in on Thusday next week. Topic homework is due the final Thursday of half term.

 

 

Friday 20th September 2019

 

This week we have used a short film about inclusion as our stimulus for narrative writing in English. In Maths, we have been working with negative numbers – including ordering, comparing and using them within calculations.

 

Next week we are launching into a new topic ‘Survivors’, all about natural disasters. In in maths we will be looking in more depth at calculations. English will be a narrative recount linked to our new topic.

 

Non-uniform day

The whole school will be having a non-uniform day on Monday 23rd September (next Monday!) to help with the fundraising for Oscar Saxelby-Lee. £1 each – thank you!

Friday 13th September 2019

 

The children’s first full week back has been a busy one in Sycamore with the children diving straight into some great curriculum content. They have been looking at the similarities and differences between playgrounds around the world. We have been using the poem ‘Playground’ by Berlie Doherty as a structure for some of our own work, with a clear focus on the quality and choice of language being used by the children. In PE they have been enjoying learning some traditional playground games. Please do look at the class pages for some amazing examples of the artwork produced using line and tone.

 

In maths this week we have continued to look at place value, specifically: rounding and estimating position on a number line. Next week we will we working with negative numbers and comparing amounts.

 

Next week we will be looking at continents and world oceans before looking in more detail at two locations and the reasons for their differences. In English we will be using a very emotive short film about inclusion on playgrounds as a stimulus for some narrative writing.

 

Homework this week is a maths rounding sheet and spellings.

 

Friday 6th September 2019

 

Welcome back to a brand new academic year! We hope you have had an enjoyable summer and are ready for the new term.

 

This week we have started place value in Maths and analysed year 5 and 6 grammatical devices in English. Next week marks the start of our whole school topic ‘Playground’. Visit the class web pages for updates and photos of what we get up to. PE this term will take place on a Thursday or Friday so please ensure your child has their PE kit in school on these days. In addition, Year 6 swimming also starts next week. Please ensure you have returned the consent slip and your child has googles and a swimming cap with them (if needed).

 

At KPS, we have a Food Bank which is available for all members of the community.  This was started last term and, already, many members of our community have benefited and we hope they will continue to do so.  However, the Food Bank is running low so at the start of this new academic year, we are asking for donations to re-stock this Bank.  Donations of the following items would be very gratefully received in school:  dried pasta, tinned food, soup, jams, cereal, squash, tea, coffee or hot chocolate, and household items such as cleaning products, toilet paper, toothpaste and soap.  If you can donate even just one item to this very worthy cause, we would be so very grateful.  Please send items in with your child.  Thank you in advance!

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