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Class News Autumn Term 2023

15.9.23

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome to the first class email of the school year from Hummingbirds class. It has been a real pleasure to get to know all of our lovely new Hummingbirds after their summer holidays; what a fantastic start to the year they have already made! I have been so impressed with how well the children who have moved up from reception have adjusted so far and so proud of our new to year Year Two’s who have been excellent role models for our youngest members of the class; well-done everybody!

During our first week together, the children have already made portraits of themselves to decorate the classroom and they look truly fabulous. We have also completed some tasks linked to our summer reading challenge - ‘The Giraffe, Pelly and Me.’ In particular, the part of the story where the Pelly commends the giraffe for her wonderfully long neck. We thought about how it feels to be praised and then played a game called ‘Pass the Praise’ where the children thought of some lovely things to say about each other. In addition to this, we made some sweets inspired by the story but with a healthy twist. I wonder if the children can recount the steps we took to make delicious fruit roll ups? I’m sure they will remember the tasting part 

Hummingbirds Class will have their Physical Education (P.E) sessions on Wednesday afternoons and we have certainly made the most of our first two lessons with our athletics theme. The children worked hard to gain as many points as they could for their teams while taking part in lots of mini races and agility courses. It was fantastic to see so many excited faces and lots of co-operation and encouragement. The children also took part in another P.E session with their new maths group where they have been acquiring some new ball skills. This week we looked at different techniques of passing the ball with a focus on rolling to a target, using the opposite arm to leg.

Last week we kick started our Geography lessons by going on an animal safari to Kenya. The children were able to name and locate the continent of Africa and some were able to locate Kenya independently as well; fantastic! We found out that it is a hot country with mountain ranges as well as dry, flat plains. They thoroughly enjoyed singing our song all about the continents. Here’s a link if you would like to join in with them at home! Seven Continents Song - YouTube

Well done to everybody who has made such a great start to reading this year by logging on to the Boom reader app and logging all the books you have already read. As a bonus for making such a great start the children in Hummingbirds that have read this week were awarded five extra house points for all their efforts! If you need to speak to me about your child’s reading book or need help logging on please feel free to see me at the end of school where I will be only too happy to help you:)

Every week in Hummingbirds class we will nominate a child for our class ‘Happy Hummer Award’. This will be given for children who are always trying their best, being kind, helpful and in general an all-round fabulous member of the class! The children have not made this easy to decide but the first week’s winner of our ‘Happy Hummer’ award was given to Mike Hamilton. Congratulations for making a fantastic start to Year two and being such a fabulous role model to your peers.

Our handwriting hero this week is Carter Patsalides and our heroine is Ruth Ghergin. Well done for all your efforts during our writing tasks and presenting your work so beautifully.

Finally, I hope you all have a very relaxing and enjoyable weekend with your lovely children.

Miss Slough and Miss. Cross

Messages: Homework this week will be English. You will either be given a paper in your child’s book bag or it will be found on your child’s google classroom.

It is also an expectation that the children complete reading every day and spend time on TT Rockstars/ Numbots at home. This is especially important to build up fluency in both areas of their learning. By doing so the children will be able to free up their working memory and gain a deeper understanding in the different areas of their learning. Every day counts and we really can see the difference of those who set about this so diligently. There will be rewards and incentives to help motivate the children to do this throughout the year. Thank you in advance for your support with this 

13.10.2023

Dear parents,

Another amazing two weeks have flown by at Lark Rise Academy. Highlights including a ‘live’ science lesson, a visit from a kitten to support our understanding of pets and wild animals and of course parents evening, where it was fantastic to see you all and talk about your fabulous children!  

Over the last couple of weeks the children have been learning to recognise the different land features (savannahs, valleys, mountains, beaches) of Africa. To support their learning they have created amazing paintings of the Kenyan savannah, which they have then added animals that they might be able to see there and labels too. The children then recapped some of their learning about the compass points North, South, East and West and went outside with real compasses to consolidate their understanding. We then thought about where in the world Kenya and Africa are using the compass and looking at Google maps. Finally, we have begun looking at the similarities and differences between the UK and Kenya. Ask your child what they can remember about Kenya or, maybe have a look in a book together as a nice way to share their learning.

We’ve been busy in Art this past fortnight with lots of painting! We’ve been donning our Art shirts and getting stuck in during our carousel. We have continued our Art of the Aborigines learning, looking at dot painting last week decorating handprints with earth colours. This week we looked at aboriginal weapons and tools before painting our own boomerangs using dotting. We have enjoyed getting stuck into the art lesson routines and using different resources with our peers. Just one final ask for any toilet roll tubes before next week if you have any! 

We have had a wonderful few weeks in PSHCE, talking all about bullying and what characteristics can make a great friend. Reviewing the policy on bullying at Lark Rise, it was clear that it is not something to be tolerated in school and the whole of KS1 understand how we should treat our friends. There was a really rich conversation surrounding this that highlighted the vision of Lark Rise Academy to: “include everybody in our school by understanding, accepting and celebrating their similarities and differences; this will also make sure we know how to help people be the best they can possibly be.” The children then explore what makes a good friend, and are brilliant at highlighting these qualities through the friendships that they have. Some of the qualities included: being kind, listening, understanding, making sure no one is left out during playtime and caring about one another. These qualities are what make all the children in Key Stage 1 such brilliant friends! Keep up the good, kind, thoughtful work!

During History lessons, the children have enjoyed exploring the different toys from different decades as well as the origin of the teddy bear. Thank you to everyone for bringing in their adorable teddies for this lesson; they loved meeting my old bear as well as taking their teddies for a play outside! We have looked at the differences between the original teddy bears and our stuffed animals today and also looked at toys in chronological order and placed them on a timeline for historical context too. A little survey has been added to Google Classroom for children to ask older relatives (e.g. their grandparents) ready for next week! Please send answers in by Tuesday so we can share in classes.

Over the last two weeks our ‘Happy Hummer’ award was given to Isabella Morley and Sia Trinca. Congratulations for being such fabulous role models to your peers with excellent behaviour choices consistently. Our Handwriting heroes and heroines are Quinn Wilkinson, Gracie Johnson, Alexa Zagorianos and Christopher Grant. 

Finally, I hope you all have a fabulous weekend with your families.

Lots of love

Miss Slough, Miss. Cross and Miss. Skingle

Messages: Homework this week will be English. You will either be given a paper in your child’s book bag or it will be found on your child’s Google Classroom.

 1.12.2023

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have had another exciting two weeks in Hummingbirds class with one of the highlights being our class book look!  We were so pleased that you all made the effort to come and join in with us on Thursday and hope you found the time valuable too. It is always lovely to share your child’s learning journey with you and hopefully for you to see first-hand what your child gets up to while they are here. I’m sure you’ll all agree we’ve had some great learning opportunities, lovely magic moments and have already shown great improvement with our handwriting and presentation. 

Our Geography has been interesting these past two weeks; we’ve been busy looking at different climates above and below the equator and the animals found in hot or cold places. We sorted pictures of animals into a table of ‘hot climates’ and ‘cold climates’. This week we identified human and physical features from aerial photographs. 

We’re still loving our History learning on the Great Fire of London. We have been exploring the houses from 1666 Pudding Lane and looking into why the fire spread so quickly and stayed alight for so long. We have talked about the different materials houses were made out of back in the 1600s and what happened after the fire and how the Lord Mayor and the King made changes to building laws to prevent the fire from reoccurring, such as making new houses in London from brick and stone, not from wood or thatched roofs, as well as ensuring they were more spaced out and not overcrowded along the streets. We can’t wait to finish our box houses and then set alight our very own mini Pudding Lane! 

In DT we’ve been busy with our Puppets topic, making paper finger puppets to explore joining and decorating techniques, as well as designing our glove puppet. Next week we will be using felt fabric to sew together two pieces of fabric and decorate using our chosen animal and our chosen applique features. Watch this space! We can’t wait to show you all our final outcomes. 

In Science, our learning has continued with Everyday Materials, looking closely at different materials and objects made from them, such as wood, metal, plastic, glass and paper. We went on a little hunt around the classroom to collect different items and then recorded what they were each made from as well as other items made from the same material, i.e. a pencil and the scissor block are both made from wood. This week we looked at recycling and carried out an investigation with the following enquiry question: Which materials can be recycled?

Computing lessons have taught us the important lesson of being precise with our instructions! We instructed the teacher to make a jam sandwich and had to make sure to tell them exactly how to make it because they kept putting jam on with their fingers - you need a knife to spread! They also cut the bread wrong - it needs to be cut into equal triangles or rectangles! We then wrote our own instructions, being sure to talk about exactly what needs to happen in order to have a successful algorithm! Our next steps are to present making a jam sandwich, using our instructions and presenting like a TV chef!

In our PSHCE learning we have been discussing what makes something fair and unfair! We have had some wonderful discussions about times that felt unfair to us and what we could do to resolve the situation. We are able to see how the school rules are fair and how we all need to work collaboratively and cooperate with one another in line with this half term school value. We have also been brilliant at discussing kindness and what it looks like to be kind to one another. As a key stage we are amazing at showing those around us acts of kindness, using our words to make others feel good about themselves, something that we will continue to do!

Finally, well done to our Happy Hummers over the last two weeks Jaden Mkwananzi and Gracie Johnson. You have been true superstars in the classroom and around school; fantastic! Our handwriting heroes and heroines have been Victor Maksymowicz  and Maja Worobec

Messages: Homework this week will be English. You will either be given a paper in your child’s book bag or it will be found on your child’s google classroom.

It is also an expectation that the children complete reading every day and spend time on TT Rockstars/ Numbots at home. This is especially important to build up fluency in both areas of their learning. By doing so the children will be able to free up their working memory and gain a deeper understanding in the different areas of their learning. Every day counts and we really can see the difference of those who set about this so diligently. There will rewards and incentives to help motivate the children to do this throughout the year. Thank you in advance for your support with this ☺

15.12.2023

Dear Parents and Carers,

What an amazing end to a busy half term with the children’s fantastic retelling of ‘Baarmy in Bethlehem!’ I hope you will agree that the children’s performance was absolutely smashing. We are all so proud of them for all their hard work and bravery to stand on the stage and deliver such wonderful performances. Lots of the children told us before we started that they were very nervous to speak on the stage so to see their confidence grow with each rehearsal was very special indeed; well-done everyone! I can’t wait for our lovely Year One children to have the starring roles next year as I’m sure they will do just as well.

Over the last two weeks in English, we have been busy reading ‘The Snowman’ by Michael Morpurgo in our base groups. Consequently, our final writing outcome this term was a recount of the party scene from the story with James and his snowmen friends. We had a lot of fun in Hummingbirds dancing to the music to get in the mood for writing. The children needed to write sequentially using time connectives to help retell the events of the party in order and include James’s feelings as though they were their own. This was a very tricky task but the children have done brilliantly and we are so pleased with their outcomes as  they should be too.

Finally, we got our chance this week to have our Magic moment in History when we burned our very own Great Fire of London. The idea of this, although very good fun, was to help the children to understand how the fire spread so quickly, what the houses and streets of London were like at that time period and also why the fire raged on for so long. Hopefully we have created some fantastic memories and a lifelong love of History as a subject.

We concluded our half term topic in Geography of ‘My World and Me’ by looking at aerial photographs of London and Ecuador and other cities and comparing them. Then we explored maps and their uses and even created our own map of our journey to school using different symbols and even made our very own key too. We can’t wait to see where our Geography learning takes us next half term. 

We’ve all really enjoyed the final outcome for our DT project this half term as we designed our own hand puppets then were able to choose which colourful felt and wool thread we would use to sew together the pieces. We created our very own animal hand puppet, decorated it with different applique parts too with the help of adults. We used our knowledge of running stitch and looping overstitch and applied them to our final products before evaluating what we found tricky and what we would do better next time. Our puppets all looked great! 

Our value of the half term has been collaboration and cooperation, which is something our key stage  has demonstrated a great understanding and appreciation for. We have had the opportunity to read some wonderful stories in relation to this value, including The Little Red Hen, which explores the importance of helping others to create something wonderful and share the benefits with one another. The children had a wonderful discussion surrounding how the other animals did not help the little Red Hen, something they said was not the kind choice to make! We also read Room on the Broom and loved how the cat, dog, frog and bird worked as a team to save the witch from the Dragon! It is clear how well the whole key stage understands the value of teamwork and making sure to support and help one another. We even created a class song to the tune of ‘We go together’, an incredibly fun activity that allowed the children to express themselves through music, collaborating to show appreciation for one another!

In Science this half term we have been exploring 2 big ideas, seasonal changes and everyday materials. The children's work on seasonal changes allowed us to go outside and explore the effect that seasons have on the trees. It was a fantastic opportunity to observe nature and understand why deciduous trees change the colour of their leaves and fall to the ground! The children especially enjoyed the exploration of evergreen trees, understanding that these trees stay forever green, just like Christmas trees! We have also explored everyday materials and are confident with understanding the difference between a material being what something is made from, as well as the object and what the material has become. There have been some wonderful learning points for reducing, reusing and recycling, allowing us to see the benefit of living a more sustainable lifestyle. For one of our lessons we had the wonderful opportunity to carry out an investigation in the classroom, predicting what material we would find the most of and then discovering if our predictions were correct - it was plastic and wood!

Our learning in computing this term has surrounded the concept that we are TV chefs! It has been a fantastic set of lessons that has allowed us to understand the importance of creating clear instructions to make a jam sandwich. The children even directed the teacher to do this - although they had to be clear because the teacher kept putting the jam on with their hands and following their instructions too literally! It was a great opportunity to really reflect on what information needs to be shared in order to create a jam sandwich using the approved method. The children have also had the opportunity to create their own sandwiches and film themselves like TV chefs! Using technology in order to inform and instruct.

Finally, well done to our Happy Hummers over the last two weeks Daisy McCulloch and Rocco Friguglietti. You have been true superstars in the classroom and around school; fantastic! Our handwriting heroes and heroines have been Taylor Owen, Loshini Shivrupan, Lilly Dean and Izzy Kirwin.

As this is the last letter of the half term we would like to wish all our lovely Lark Rise families the warmest of wishes for a wonderful Christmas holiday. We look forward to hearing all about it and welcoming the children back on the 4th of January 2024.

Lots of Love

Miss. Slough, Miss Cross and Miss. Skingle

Messages: Homework this week will be English. You will either be given a paper in your child’s book bag or it will be found on your child’s google classroom.

It is also an expectation that the children complete reading every day and spend time on TT Rockstars/ Numbots at home. This is especially important to build up fluency in both areas of their learning. By doing so the children will be able to free up their working memory and gain a deeper understanding in the different areas of their learning. Every day counts and we really can see the difference of those who set about this so diligently. There will be rewards and incentives to help motivate the children to do this throughout the year. Thank you in advance for your support with this ☺

Class News Spring Term 2024

12.1.2024

Dear Parents and Carers,

It’s been lovely to welcome the Children back in the New Year and hear all about their lovely activities over the holiday whether it was seeing family, opening presents or chilling out at home with their toys. They all seem like they have had a good rest and are ready for their learning; amazing! 

It certainly was an exciting start back on Thursday after the children discovered that something had been digging an enormous hole on the field surrounded by twigs and leaves! As the children in Key stage One are such amazing detectives, they were asked to investigate the scene and make some predictions about what could have caused the disturbance. There were many lovely ideas including a variety of animals which the children justified by explaining that some animals live underground; fantastic! After break, the children came back to their classes to find out that our new class book was Fantastic Mr. Fox. That then set the idea that perhaps we have a family of foxes living at the back of the field! We shall have to be observant and see if anything else changes ☺

This half term our whole school values are unity and tolerance. The children started their learning with a discussion about what these values mean and how we can demonstrate them in our everyday life. The children shared some lovely ideas of how they can sometimes be tolerant as they develop their understanding of these important values. 

In Music, we are learning all about the genre of Rock Music with our key song ‘I wanna play in a band.’ The children did an amazing job of listening and appraising the song, thinking about its tempo, finding the pulse and discussing what instruments they could hear. They then did a fantastic job of learning to sing the song considering pitch and dynamics. We will continue to build on this great start ready for a final half term performance with the rest of the school in our Music Assembly; well done everybody!

The children were excited to find out that we will be learning about their local area in our History learning this half term. We began the new topic by exploring photos of Dunstable’s high street from over the last 60 years and attempting to place them into chronological order. We honed in on details such as the clothes of the shoppers and types of vehicles on the road in order to do this. The children were quick to understand that if a photograph is black and white, this doesn’t necessarily mean it was taken a long time ago!

Our PSHE focus for this half term is ‘Keeping Myself Safe’. We started the topic by discussing different types of medicines and how to use them safely. The children’s knowledge of this was particularly impressive, leading to a fantastic class discussion. In coming weeks, we will be looking at other ways children can keep themselves safe, such as healthy sleep routines, healthy relationships and regulating emotions.

We’re off to China for our geography learning this half term! The children demonstrated their skills by using an atlas to find China on a world map, pointing out significant places. We discussed the Great Wall of China and how it can be seen from space! We also found out about the capital city of Beijing, the beautiful mountains, the Yangtze River and the Yellow Sea. We also discussed Chinese/Luna New Year and how 2024 is the year of the Dragon! We also talked about the Chinese Zodiac animals of the years we were all born.

Science this half term kicked off with a fantastic outside lesson to discover living things and their habitats! We had a discussion about living things, dead things and things that have never been alive. A great example of this was discovered during our investigation. We are alive (because we can breath, eat and sleep!), leaves and twigs are dead because they are no longer on living trees and most of our toys that are made from plastic have never been alive. We then took our learning a step further and investigated microhabitats around the school, taking great care with living animals big and small. It has been lovely to see how engaged the children have been with our science learning, especially with regards to our scientist of the half term who is called Suzanne Simard. The children are very knowledgeable of her work already and how she discovered that trees can talk to each other, with a mother tree to take care of them all. Hopefully they have shared this scientist with you, if not please ask them about her, the children have all shown that they are expert scientists! 

Finally, well done to our Happy Hummer this week Carter Patsalides. You have been a true superstar in the classroom and around school; fantastic! Our handwriting heroes and heroines have been Rayyan Foster and Isabella Morley.  Well done for all your efforts during our handwriting sessions.

Lots of Love

Miss. Slough, Miss Cross and Miss. Skingle

Messages: Homework this week will be English. You will either be given a paper in your child’s book bag or it will be found on your child’s google classroom.

It is also an expectation that the children complete reading every day and spend time on TT Rockstars/ Numbots at home. This is especially important to build up fluency in both areas of their learning. By doing so the children will be able to free up their working memory and gain a deeper understanding in the different areas of their learning. Every day counts and we really can see the difference of those who set about this so diligently. There will be rewards and incentives to help motivate the children to do this throughout the year. Thank you in advance for your support with this ☺

9.2.2024

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome to the last email of the half term. The children have really impressed us in their English writing groups over the last few weeks. Firstly, with  their wonderful recounts as the Fantastic Mr. Fox  and more recently their retelling of the story of the Cockerel and the Fox by Helen Ward. It has been so lovely to see all the hard work that the children have been putting into their writing this year starting to come together for them. Well done everyone!

 One of the biggest differences in children’s writing habits in general that we have noticed is how advanced children’s writing can become when they are prolific readers at home as well as in school. Thank you so much to those of you who are encouraging your children with this at home  and also taking time to read to your children daily (they are never too old for this!). 

In Music, this half term we have been focusing on the genre of ‘Rock’ in Key Stage One. We had lots of fun watching a performance of Freddie Mercury at Wembley performing ‘We Will Rock You’ and included our own air guitar impressions; fabulous!  I have even heard rumblings of this around getting ready for break time. Put it on at home with your child and see if they can find the beat and sing along with you :) They have also been busy learning the notes to play the glockenspiel in time to their own song ‘I wanna play in a band.’ For our performance on the final Wednesday the children are invited to bring in a tie/headband to put around their forehead (School of Rock style!) or, have a rock hairstyle for our whole school performance. Please come and see me if you need any further information on this.

Our walk around Dunstable town centre two weeks ago was the perfect magic moment for this half term’s History learning. The children impressed everyone with their sensible behaviour choices when out in public; they definitely represented Lark Rise well! The children were quick to point out where old shops on the high street used to be and were confident in explaining where they had visited with family before. We also spoke about the different ways we can pay nowadays in comparison to the past, which linked nicely to the Year 2’s recent maths learning about money.

The children have loved learning all about microhabitats over the last few weeks in science; we even ventured outside to find some minibeasts living within our school grounds. We looked closely at the suitable conditions needed for a variety of insects. Can your child remember where a pond skater lives? (The clue is in the name!) Each lesson, we have made sure to refer back to the processes all living things go through, such as movement, respiration and growth. We’ve since moved on to discuss food chains and the importance of these on a habitat.

In Design technology, we finally finished creating our vehicles for an alien, looking at wheels and axles. The teachers have been so impressed with the vision of the children, as well as their resilience and ability to work independently and in a group. They have shown how creative they can be, as well as how determined and sure they are of their own minds and vision. I hope they shared all of their learning with you by showing off their creations. We are so proud of how hard they have worked on this unit and we cannot wait for our next lesson where we are able to evaluate each other's creations. Massive well done to you all!

Our Geography learning has given us a great opportunity to really explore Chinese culture, looking into megacities and all of the incredible landmarks that China has to offer. It has been especially exciting to learn all about the world and the amazing things we can do if we work towards understanding and appreciating other countries and communities. The children have been incredible with their oracy and understanding of different types of places in the world, we especially loved talking about Beijing and if we would like to live in a mega city - it would definitely be a different and busier place to live! The Great Wall of China and the Terracotta army were the top places we would like to visit with all their rich history and we have begun to create our booklets for any tourist who would like to travel there!

Finally, well done to our Happy Hummer this week Taylor Owen and Rebecca Bura. You have been true superstars in the classroom and around school; fantastic! Our handwriting heroes and heroines have been Dollie Hayes, Alexa Zagorianos and Loshini Sivrupan. Well done for all your efforts during our handwriting sessions.

Lots of Love

Miss. Slough, Miss Cross and Miss. Skingle

Messages: Homework this week will be English. You will either be given a paper in your child’s book bag or it will be found on your child’s google classroom.

It is also an expectation that the children complete reading every day and spend time on TT Rockstars/ Numbots at home. This is especially important to build up fluency in both areas of their learning. By doing so the children will be able to free up their working memory and gain a deeper understanding in the different areas of their learning. Every day counts and we really can see the difference of those who set about this so diligently. There will be rewards and incentives to help motivate the children to do this throughout the year. Thank you in advance for your support with this ☺

1.3.2024

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome back to the first class email of the half term. We hope you all enjoyed a short break with your children and that they feel refreshed and ready to start their learning journey with us this half term. They have certainly made a great start with their amazing class assembly. I hope you will agree that the children did a tremendous job especially given that they had such little time to prepare. Thank you for showing such great support to them all today; I know it means everything to your lovely children. Hopefully, you also enjoyed getting a chance to see a snippet of what life is like for your child at Lark Rise Academy.

Before I tell you all some more about Hummingbirds first week back at school, I must  start by saying how amazing the children were for their final musical performance of the half term ‘I wanna be in a band’ to the whole school. The children embodied the genre of Rock and were so brave and fearless when they sang and played their glockenspiels to everyone. Mrs. Lang has decided to give the children an extra non- school uniform day to celebrate their success; well done everyone! Thank you also to all you lovely parents, carers and grandparents who helped prepare the children for this performance with their funky hairstyles and props; we could not have done it without you :)

It is always an exciting time in Key Stage One when we introduce our new key text and this term was no exception as the children came into their classrooms from assembly on Monday only to discover three bowls of porridge and a broken chair! The children had great fun examining the evidence and guessing who they belonged to and how they even came to be there in the first place. The children drew on their prior knowledge of traditional tales to make some super predictions and then wrote some beautiful sentences in their writing books to justify their opinions. Later on, we enjoyed the book ‘Goldilocks and the three bears’ written by the amazing author Lauren Child. This is such a lovely version of the story with amazing photographs on each page. I hope your child enjoys this enchanting version as they familiarise themselves with the text over the next few weeks.

In Historythe children discovered a rucksack in the classroom with binoculars, map and a compass inside. They considered questions such as: What is this? Who might have packed this? What are the items for? It was a great opportunity for oracy in the classroom and the children were excited to find out that they belonged to an explorer  from the past known as Christopher Colombus. Why don’t you see if they can tell you any of his main life events or even research him a little further at home with your support?

Our art learning for this half term centres around Henri Rousseau style paintings. This week we got to learn all about his life and who he was as an artist. We even got to explore his famous painting ‘Surprised! Tiger in a Tropical Storm.’ It is a fascinating painting that the children loved talking about. It is lovely to know that Henri Rousseau was not actually a professional painter and he trained himself in his time off from being a tax collector. The children found it amazing that he practised and painted, even though he wasn’t considered a ‘professional’ and he was still able to create beautiful masterpieces and become a famous artist. We are really excited to be able to recreate his most famous painting at the end of the half term and have already started thinking about the skills we are going to use in art - like using different shades of green, painting oversized flowers and having animals at the front of our paintings (just like Rousseau!)

Our science focus this half term is Everyday Materials and our focus scientist is Stephanie Kwolek. The children were fascinated to find out that Stephanie discovered a brand new material called Kevlar. This material is used for items such as bulletproof vests and tyres. Impressively, the children have already been able to use their retrieval skills from Autumn Term to identify various materials that we have in our classroom. They were then able to label these materials with new vocabulary (transparent, translucent, opaque, strong, weak). We managed to link this back to our focus scientist, explaining that Kevlar must be a very strong material. Next, we moved on to answer our first investigation question: Which materials are shiny and which are dull? The children wowed with their identifying, classifying and grouping skills, creating a table in their books to present their understanding.

This year for World Book Day the Reading Ambassadors have made suggestions for running a competition. You can either create your own design for a book cover of a favourite story or design a sock puppet of a favourite story character. Entries to be submitted by World Book Day on 7th March when they will be judged by the Reading Ambassadors and prizes awarded. You can choose to either get arty and design your book cover by drawing it or you can use Canva to design your own digital version of a book cover and print it or share it electronically with us; the choice is yours! The Reading Ambassadors are looking forward to judging your entries.

Finally, well done to our Happy Hummer over the last couple of weeks Reina Skelton and Maja Worobec. You have been true superstars in the classroom and around school; fantastic! Our handwriting heroes and heroines have been Gracie Johnson, Victor Maksymowicz , Heath Simmonds Miller and Taylor Owen.  Well done for all your efforts during our handwriting sessions.

Lots of Love

Miss. Slough, Miss. Skingle and Miss. Cross

Messages: Homework this week will be English. You will either be given a paper in your child’s book bag or it will be found on your child’s google classroom.

It is also an expectation that the children complete reading every day and spend time on TT Rockstars/ Numbots at home. This is especially important to build up fluency in both areas of their learning. By doing so the children will be able to free up their working memory and gain a deeper understanding in the different areas of their learning. Every day counts and we really can see the difference of those who set about this so diligently. There will rewards and incentives to help motivate the children to do this throughout the year. Thank you in advance for your support with this ☺