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Class News Autumn Term 2022

30.9.2022

Dear Parents and Carers,

It is lovely to write to you to tell you about all of the learning that has been taking place in Hummingbirds class so far this year. As a class we have been having such fun reading ‘The Dinoteks.’ The book has transported us to a museum where robot dinosaurs are coming to life! We are all thrilled that we will be travelling to a museum just like Marlin (the main character) on Monday. We even had a go at following a video to draw Flame the T-rex robot dinosaur and were quite impressed by the outcomes.

It’s been lovely to hear the children singing along to some of the Beatles songs over the last two weeks and in Hummingbirds class the children were adamant after hearing ‘We all live in a yellow submarine’ that they would like to learn the song by heart. I can’t tell you how much joy it brings to us all to start our day with a rousing rendition of the song with some jubilant dance moves from some of the children in particular. Well done to Addie for pointing us in the direction of this song and well done to all the children who have been making me smile by bringing in their own pictures of yellow submarines. Perhaps they can teach you what we have learned so far (we are definitely better at the chorus at the moment!)

In Geography, this term we have been focusing on ‘Animals around the world.’ Over the last two weeks we have been finding out about animals that live in the sea and which animals live in hot and cold places around the world. Some children were able to discuss how animals have adapted to cold climates such as in Antarctica and the Arctic. I have to say all the children pleased me greatly with their focus and knowledge in this area. They clearly love learning about animals bless them.

Art has been so wonderful this term. It is such a passion of mine and there is always one child in every class who believes they can’t draw so we have had some great discussions about how differently we can all see art; I am thrilled to say that all of your children are embracing every moment of it. We are learning all about the different lines art can be made up of and have created animal prints and continuous line drawings of dinosaurs and African animals. See if your child can show you some of what they have learned this term already. They have fantastic new sketch books which mimic the real process an artist would take before a final piece and will be able to reflect on their learning over the year as they build up their own little portfolio of skill and creations. How exciting!

Finally, in History and Hummingbirds English class the learning has been based around the age of the dinosaurs. We have learned that the era of the dinosaurs was so long it is divided into three periods of time: the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous. We simply cannot wait to go back in time on Monday with our trip to the National History Museum. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for finding the funds to support this trip and seeing the value in the children being able to experience these things first hand alongside their best friends. I promise you they will have the best time ever and we will bring them back home safe and sound again. Thank you also to the wonderful Mummies and Daddies that have agreed to join in with us for this trip. I promise we will bring you back in one piece too!

Lastly, our class Happy Hummer’s over the last two weeks have been Rachel Alexander and Karlok Aw for their outstanding behaviour, hard work and beautiful manners. Well done to both of you. Keep up the good work!

Our handwriting hero and heroines these last two weeks are __ , -----, ------,   and  ___. Well done for all your efforts during our writing tasks this week and presenting your work so beautifully.

Finally, I wish you all a wonderful weekend with your lovely families.

Lots of Love Miss Slough and Miss. Cross

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Please remember to put your child’s packed lunch in a named carrier bag for Monday’s trip to the National History Museum. Also, the children need to be in full school uniform so that they are easily identifiable as part of our school but may choose to wear sensible comfortable shoes like their school shoes, or alternatively trainers if they wish.

Your child’s homework this week is Phonics/ English and will be on their google classroom. This is due in no later than Wednesday  5th October. It should take them no longer than around 20 minutes.

If your child is in Miss. Slough's group for English (Hummingbirds) please can you make sure they have their reading book in their bag with them every day. I know this can be tricky so I would encourage them to get into the habit of putting it straight back in their book bag after they have read it. Thank you for your support with this.

Just a little reminder that there is phonics training for all parents on Tuesday evening should you like to attend.

Well done to all the children who have been logging on to TT Rockstars and Numbots already this term. Children in Hummingbirds maths class all received a coloured coin this week if they had logged on in the last seven days. There are plenty more to come next week too! Please speak to your teacher if you need any help supporting your child with these and we will be sure to help you. 

14.10.2022

Dear Parents and Carers,

What an amazing couple of weeks we have had in Hummingbirds class. Starting with our trip last Monday to the National History Museum, I can’t tell you how good it was to take the children to somewhere so special to bring their learning to life. Although it was busier than anticipated, the children were absolutely fantastic and remembered all of the rules we had discussed about keeping safe; well-done everyone!

 The stegosaurus workshop gave the children the opportunity to become real life palaeontologists where they worked in teams with their friends to assemble the ‘fossilised bones’ of Sophie the Stegosaurus; amazing! I have to say some of the vocabulary the children at Lark Rise have acquired over the past few weeks while studying dinosaurs has blown even the curators at the museums away. See if your child can explain what a thagomizer is to you!  

The children were in complete awe of Dippy the diplodocus which has its own room so the children were able to walk around it and see just how big some of these herbivores became. I think perhaps one of the children’s favourite dinosaurs would have to have been the gargantuan T-Rex though.

While we were at the museum we took the opportunity to ride the escalator which took us up through the centre of the earth; they loved it! The children have been fabulous at learning about how the continents used to be stuck together as one (Pangea) at the beginning of the Mesozoic era but how they gradually separated, so it was exciting to experience an earthquake and feel the ground moving beneath our feet in one of the areas of the museum. Lots of the children told me this was their favourite part of the trip.

When we returned to school on Tuesday it was fabulous to be taking part in a whole school Science Biology week which was all about the human body. This couldn’t have been more perfect as we have been learning about the human body in science already. We watched a fantastic assembly led by Miss. Stevens and played guess the true facts- you do not want to know how much bacteria there can be in a belly button!

 Biology week gave us the chance to get creative so we took our learning outside for a ‘senses scavenger hunt’ where we mind mapped what we could see, hear, feel and smell. Unfortunately, there was no tasting outside so we made up for it this week with a food tasting session as well; great fun! 

Of course, having told you all already how fabulous Hummingbirds class are at art, we got straight to work (with glee) for the chance to win a competition linked to science week for central Beds sustainability team. The theme of the artwork was ‘biodiversity in Central Beds.’ With the Downs on our doorstep we thought about all the different plants, wildlife and wildflowers that grow there including the wild orchids in the spring which are a beautiful purple colour and love the chalky conditions.  We made watercolour paintings of the area and added our own chosen wildlife animal drawings. I have to say (even though I am incredibly biassed) the paintings are beyond beautiful and it has been terrible to pick just one winner. However, all the children will have their work put in their sketchbooks to keep forever and I hope they will be really proud to show you at the next book look. Elements from the winning design will be used in a piece of public art if chosen. Well done to Nieve Lehman for being Hummingbirds’ entry. We will all be keeping our fingers crossed.

Our handwriting hero and heroines these last few weeks have been Eddie Hartley, Eric Carlton, Arlo King, George Maguire, Niamh Baker and  Ali Alkhafaji. Well done for all your efforts during our writing tasks and presenting your work so beautifully.

Happy Hummer has been Pelle Baxter- Cooley and Anya Kryza. well done for consistently making outstanding behaviour choices and being such kind and wonderful members of our class.

Finally, thank you to you all for making the time to come and see me last night. It was lovely to get to know you all a little better. Please remember that my door is always open to you all and I will always offer my support in any way that I can. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend with your lovely families.

Lots of Love Miss Slough and Miss. Cross

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Next week and the week following half term we will be completing a range of assessment tasks with the children to see where we can continue to move forward with your child’s learning in reading, writing and mathematics. These are nothing to be concerned about, but help us to recognise where we can continue to support your child with their learning. You should be receiving information about your child’s Read Write Inc group during next week which will inform you of which group they will be working within following the half term break. This is only for the children who are accessing this programme for Phonics. Alternative assessments will be completed for the children working outside of this.

Your child’s homework this week is Phonics/ English and will be on their google classroom. This is due in no later than Wednesday  19th October. It should take them no longer than around 20 minutes.

If your child is in Miss. Slough's group for English (Hummingbirds) please can you make sure they have their reading book in their bag with them every day. I know this can be tricky so I would encourage them to get into the habit of putting it straight back in their book bag after they have read it each day. Thank you for your support with this.

Well done to all the children who have been logging on to TT Rock Stars and Numbots already this term. Two children from Hummingbirds maths class received a prize this week for their efforts. Please speak to your teacher if you need any help supporting your child with these and we will be sure to help you ☺

4.11.2022

Dear Parents,

I hope you all had an enjoyable half term; the children certainly seem to have come back in happy and well rested and it has been wonderful to welcome them all back in to school. They have been very excited to find out what our new class novel will be for story time this half term which is just such a lovely time together in our class. They were thrilled to find out it’s ‘The Christmasaurus’ by Tom Fletcher especially being as we are all now officially dinosaur experts who all seem to love Christmas! It has a bit of a dramatic starting point and we were all on the edge of our seats as we read the first chapter; it was as though we had all travelled back in time to the meteorite shower that some believe caused the extinction of the dinosaurs. See if your child can re-capture the moment and tell you all about it…

It has been exciting to start other new things this week like our new History theme for this term which is ‘Remembrance Day.’ We were thinking about the significance of the poppy and what it represents which is perfect timing as the children have all been buying poppies and wristbands to support the Royal Legion this week in school. After reading ‘Where the poppies now grow’ by Hilary Robinson we made our own poppies and then went outside to scatter some wild poppies on the banks outside our classrooms ready for the spring; fingers crossed we will see lots of beautiful poppies appearing later on in the school year.

In Geography this term the children will be thinking about ‘Where we live’ as our theme. We started off our learning for this by using google earth to see what the world looks like from space and then zooming into England, then Dunstable, then Cartmel Drive and finally seeing our lovely school; great fun. Next, we played ‘fastest finger first’ (a technique used when reading in Read Write Inc.) when using atlases to find all of the continents and also the UK on a map. By the end of this term we would like all the children to be able to say and write their own addresses as part of understanding about where they live but also as a ‘street smart’ safety tip for if they ever needed it. However, we will also be reminding children to never give out their address to strangers. Any support that you can give your child with this over the coming weeks would be fantastic and greatly appreciated. There will be some coloured coins as rewards for children’s efforts in advance with this.

 In preparation for Mathematics Week (14-18th November), children are being challenged to develop a fun and exciting maths game to teach. The theme for Key Stage 1 is Number bonds -further information regarding this in on Google classroom; well done to those who have already brought theirs into school. We will also be having a TT Rock Stars dress up day (this proved to be popular with the staff and children last year ) to promote the learning of times tables. However, this will be on Monday the 20th of November as Friday the 18th is Children in Need and is very close to all of our hearts so we would not want the children to miss out on that spotacular event too! 

Finally, it is my pleasure to announce our Happy Hummer of the last week of term was Simra Sheeraz  and this week was Ilaria Talpan. This is such a special award as it is given to a child for consistently outstanding behaviour choices and as ever Hummingbirds class have made it so tricky to choose just one child each week. However, well done to those two deserving winners. Handwriting heroes this week and last were Hugo Ksiazek and Theo Patsalides; well done for all your hard work and efforts with your beautiful handwriting.

This week I also have the exciting news to tell you that Hummingbirds class won the whole school Golden Ticket award which means they will all receive some extra playtime. See if your child can tell you what a Golden ticket is given out for? Well done to Rachel Alexander for being the overall winner in our class and helping us to secure the win overall; fantastic efforts from everyone!

Lots of Love

Miss. Slough and Miss. Cross 

18.11.2022

Dear Parents,

What a busy fortnight we have had in Hummingbirds class! There have been so many exciting enrichment opportunities that it is hard to know where to begin? However, let me first just start by saying how lovely it has been to watch your beautiful children blossom over these last few months together; I feel so proud of them all for their efforts and personal milestones that they are all achieving as individuals and as a team. Thank you also for all your support that you give to your children with their homework, reading and TT rockstars/ numbots etc. I have been so impressed with this keystage’s dedication to their learning and I know all too well how much of a difference that can make for a child by the end of the year. I also need to say a special thank you to any of you amazing parents that gave up your time to walk with us to the war memorial. I absolutely loved having you all with us as did the children so I hope although we probably wore you out you enjoyed it too ! If you would like to help in the future but couldn’t make it this time watch this space as we love taking the learning outside and am sure there will plenty more opportunities ahead. As for the trip itself, the children were fantastic at naming human and physical features in our local area back at school and could explain how we recognise Remembrance Day in Dunstable that I think we can safely say it was a big success; well-done everyone!

Also this week, we have been celebrating maths week and each class is preparing a special times table song to perform at the beginning of next week in a special assembly. See if your child can tell you the times table they are learning. They may even be able to sing it to you acapella!

 In addition to this, we have been joining in with the National Anti- Bullying week which Mrs. Lang kick started with a thought provoking story ‘Troll Stinks’ which explored themes of digital safety and bullying. I love seeing the children’s faces when she is reading in her assemblies; they become so engrossed and have lovely shared discussions with the children around them as they unpick the’ big idea’s’. We also wore our odd socks to share the message ‘it’s ok to be different’ and Miss. Cross read the children ‘Giraffe’s can’t dance’ to further explore this idea. The children have also enjoyed the opportunity to become designers and create their own unique pairs to display on our classroom window, which we will keep up to remind the children of this important message as it links into our whole school values of ‘Unity and Tolerance.’ 

In other news the children discovered last week that our musical heroines for this half term are Destiny’s child. We listened to a couple of their songs ‘Survivor’ and Say my name.’ and learned how their songs are written and produced. I have subsequently set the whole school a music competition with a Destiny’s child theme. This is completely optional but should your child want to enter they may respond in any musically creative way they wish with just one stipulation - it has to be related in some way to Destiny’s child or Beyonce. Some ideas that I have suggested to get them started were: re-write or innovate the lyrics, make up a dance, sing along to a song, or learn to play a part or the whole of one of their songs on an instrument of choice etc. entries can be sent in by email to the  office@larkrise.com and addressed to Miss. Slough or Mrs. Francis. Or they can be handed in to myself directly. The prize will be decided by the winner/s themselves and will be a choice of a brand new recorder or a 30 minute jamming session using the Lark Rise musical equipment with two friends.

We have finished this week on a high by raising money for Children In Need and wearing our best spots and everything Pudsey. I know this is something we all feel passionately about so thank you for helping the school to raise money and awareness every year the way that you do.

 Finally, it is my pleasure to announce our Happy Hummer this week is Malakai Young. This is such a special award as it is given to a child for consistently outstanding behaviour choices and as ever Hummingbirds class have made it so tricky to choose just one child each week. Handwriting heroes this week and last were Daniel Mc Culloch  and Ilaria Talpan; well done for all your hard work and efforts with your beautiful handwriting. 

Lots of Love

Miss. Slough and Miss. Cross

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 Last week your child/ren discovered that our 'Musical heroines of the half term' are- Destiny's child.  After listening to a couple of their songs ‘Survivor’ and Say my name' in a whole school assembly the children learned how their songs were written and produced. Mrs. Francis and myself (Miss. Slough) have subsequently set the whole school a music competition with a Destiny’s child theme. This is completely optional but should your child want to enter they may respond in any musically creative way they wish with just one stipulation - it has to be related in some way to Destiny’s child or Beyonce. Some ideas that we have already suggested to get them started are: to re-write or innovate the lyrics, make up a dance, sing along to a song, or learn to play a part or the whole of one of their songs on an instrument of choice etc. Entries can be sent in by email to hummingbirdsteacher@larkrise.com and addressed to Miss. Slough or Mrs. Francis. Or they can be handed in directly to ourselves if they prefer.  The deadline for this is going to be Friday the 2nd of December .The prize for the winning entry will be decided by the winner/s themselves and will be a choice of a brand new recorder or a 30 minute jamming session using the Lark Rise musical equipment with two friends. Good luck to all entries!

Your child’s homework this week is Phonics/ English and will be on their google classroom. This is due in no later than Wednesday 23rd November 2022. It should take them no longer than around 20 minutes.