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Class News Autumn 2021

17.9.2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

We have had two amazing weeks in Macaws Class and I would like to begin by congratulating the children on the excellent start of the year.

We were all extremely impressed with the way in which they have settled back in to school. They seemed very happy to be back indeed and we were excited to welcome them back as well. I am very proud of every single member of Macaws family for their excellent behaviour choices, listening skills and hard work.

The children have enjoyed completing a whole host of activities that have enabled us to get to know each other and begin our learning journey together for the year.

During our first week, we enjoyed assemblies with Mrs Lang, where she talked to us about returning to school and we were also reminded of the school rules and the array of rewards we can earn in school. Children have enjoyed collecting their stickers and house points already this fortnight. Well done children.

We have also been agreeing our class rules, completing creative tasks and children have also let their teachers know a little more about themselves through the completion of their one page profiles.

I was very impressed with all of the fantastic summer reading work completed too. Thank you for your support with this. It has been wonderful to hear about the range of tasks you completed together and again, I have been busy stamping house points for all of their hard work! I am so pleased that the children enjoyed the book and the related tasks. I was especially impressed with all of the homemade ice cream created as part of the task. The children enjoyed telling me how they were amazed at how the freezing experiment worked!

This week has seen children begin their English and Maths lessons and complete some introductory tasks and assessments that they have thoroughly enjoyed. In English we have also begun to read our new book, ‘The Firework Maker’s Daughter’ by Phillip Pullman. Children have enjoyed using their prediction skills in considering what they think will happen to our main character Lila. Children have also demonstrated some fantastic echo reading skills. We have really enjoyed hearing them read aloud with such wonderful expression.

We have also started our new learning in mapping, habitats and the Tudors. Children are so excited to find out more about these topics and they loved piecing together the Tudor family tree that was discovered and sent to us to decipher. We cannot wait to find out more about King Henry VIII and also learn about the Tudor links to our home town.

Perhaps one of the most exciting moments of our learning has been the use of our lovely new chromebooks. So far, the children have enjoyed using these to complete research and play times tables games on Times Tables Rock Stars; I am sure you have heard all about these great new devices.

Our Macaw of the week this week is Angus. Well done!

Our handwriting hero and heroine are Fatima and Jacob; well done on some beautiful handwriting children!

Here are a few other reminders for you:

 Everyone in LKS2 has PE on a Monday and should come into school in their PE kits

Mrs Waterman’s English group have their second PE slot on a Monday

 Mrs White and Mrs Lulciuc’s English group have their second PE slot on a Tuesday

  Mrs Shilvock’s English group have their second PE slot on a Friday

 Please remember to send your child into school wearing their PE kit on these days.

 Year 3 children will resume their swimming lessons at the Dunstable Leisure Centre on Monday, please remember to send your child to school with their swimming kits, including goggles if they would like to wear these in the pool.

Year 4 children that would like to be considered for an ambassador role should complete their speeches ready to share in assembly on Monday.

Maths homework has been set for your child on MyMaths for this week. A letter with login information can be found in their book bags.

I hope that you all have a wonderful and blessed weekend,

Mrs Lulciuc, Mrs White and Miss Clark 

1.10.2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

We’ve had another wonderful two weeks in Macaws Class. We eagerly awaited the results of the school ambassador vote, after ten brave Year 4 children delivered impressive speeches during a whole-school assembly. This was special to watch but what was even more special was the children’s responses when Mrs Lang revealed the results. We had whoops and cheers from Macaws Class for our new ambassadors and being the kind and lovely children they are, they gave extra whoops and cheers for those who didn’t get selected. As one child brilliantly put it, “you’re still awesome and special to us.”

Kindness and caring is something we’ve also been focusing on during our collective worship sessions. We enjoyed reading a short story called The Star Thrower, which explores the idea that one small act of kindness can make a big difference. We’ve also been learning how to be a caring friend during our PHSE sessions. The children took part in role-play activities and it has been great to see them apply these learnings to their own friendships too.

The children have enjoyed taking part in weekly football sessions led by coaches from Luton Town Football Club. This week, the children played matches where we saw not only great goals and tackles but great sportsmanship too. During our other PE sessions, the children have been working in groups to choreograph Tudor dances. It has been wonderful to see children take on leadership roles and work so collaboratively.

Working in a team has also been a skill we’ve been developing in science. This week, there was great discussion and debate as the children worked in groups to classify animals. It was wonderful to see how comfortable the children are in their classroom as they confidently accessed library books and Chromebooks to research answers independently.  

Working independently has also been a focus in maths, with children gaining confidence in choosing resources to help them with counting in 100s, 10s and 1s. We’ve also been learning about how to improve our maths, by learning from our mistakes.

The children have continued to enjoy echo reading The Firework Makers Daughter during our English sessions. We’ve just finished a particularly exciting chapter and they have been fantastic at predicting what will happen next. 

In music, we’ve been looking at the structure of ABBA’s ‘Mamma Mia.’ The children can sing it beautifully and are gaining confidence in talking about tempo, texture and composition.  The children are looking forward to next week, when they will be playing glockenspiels.

In RE, we’ve been learning about different celebrations. The children produced fantastic diaries where they imagined they were at a Bar or Bat Mitzvah. We then had a great discussion about growing up, with most wanting to remain children forever!  

We are keen to share with you the books your child is reading in school and would also like to be kept up to date with your child's reading habits at home. If you haven't already, we encourage you to download the Go read app, called GoAppsParent on the app store, enter your child's details sent out to you on the letter previously, watch the webinar https://go-read.co.uk/parents/ to learn how to use the app easily including for more than one child. Children will then be able to collect gems which they can trade in for virtual cards every time they read and log books which motivates them to continue reading and logging books.

Well done to our Macaw of the week Leo R! Our handwriting hero and heroine are Oscar Longley and Ellie R!

We are so, so proud of all the lovely children and it has been great to get to know you too. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. Yours and your children’s happiness is very important to us.

Mrs White and Mrs Lulciuc 

15.10.2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

It was so lovely to ‘meet’ with you all on Thursday’s learning review meetings. I hope you found the meetings useful. It was great to be able to tell you all about how well your children have settled back into school.

Things have been very exciting in school during the last couple of weeks. We have lots to tell you about! 

The children have continued to enjoy our PE learning this term. The Year 3 children are working so hard in their swimming lessons and it has been fantastic to watch them participate so well in these sessions. Well done children! Similarly, I know both the teachers and football coaches have been impressed with the Year 4’s participation in the football sessions each Monday as well. We are also coming to the end of our ‘Tudor Dance’ topic in PE and we have been very impressed with how the children have learnt and created a range of movements to perform a dance to the well-known Tudor ‘Greensleeves’ music.

Last week we celebrated Biology week. This was a great week where children found out more about seeds, plants and trees. In Lower Key Stage Two we explored how seeds were dispersed and even designed and made our very own seeds. Some were designed to disperse in the wind, some by attaching to an animal’s fur and some by exploding! We also researched trees by reading a variety of texts. We ended the week by working together on the field and planting some new plants in pots. We are keeping a close eye on these and look forward to monitoring their growth!

The children have really enjoyed their History learning on the Tudors and this week they found out all about the treating of diseases in Tudor times! They were interested to hear about the unusual ways that diseases were treated; we researched further information on this and even smelt and explored some popular herbs that were used for illnesses in the Tudor times (and still are today). The children were interested to find out more about the differences and changes in medicine since the 1500s! 

In Maths, some groups have begun to use the Chromebooks to help them to explore place value. This has been an excellent visual resource to help them to understand exchanging as well. Many of the children have asked me to let you know the website, so that they can use this at home too. https://whiterosemaths.com/wp-content/uploads/digital-tools/pv-chart/

We were very lucky last Monday to take part in a live lesson with the author and illustrator, Rob Biddulph. We are currently reading his newest novel in our base classes, ‘Peanut Jones’ and the children were enthralled by the lesson and even completed an illustration from the book themselves.

The homework for children this week has been sent on MyMaths. We would also like them to complete a session on Bedrock learning to support their learning in English. A reminder that children should also be practising their times table facts regularly on Times Tables Rock Stars!

Congratulations to our Macaw of the week Millie. Our handwriting hero and heroine are Leo and Rose. Well done children!

Have a lovely weekend, 

Mrs Lulciuc, Mrs White and Miss Clark 

5.11.2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

It has been lovely to welcome the children back into school following the half term break. It has been great to see all the wonderful learning completed for the special homework linked to Black History Month, which was on the Google Classroom. Well done to all the children who completed this task; some really fantastic work and some amazing family trees too. Thank you for your support with this task.

We have some wonderful learning opportunities planned for the children over the coming weeks.

This week, teachers transformed into spell makers as we explored the Witches’ Spell from Macbeth.

The children enjoyed echo reading the poem, spotting the rhythm and repetitive nature and exploring the language used. The children then made up their own spells, using dictionaries and thesauruses to help to make their vocabulary really interesting.

In Science, we have now completed our topic of ‘Living things and their habitats’. It was wonderful to hear the children share how much they have learnt during this topic. We are now starting to learn about animals (including humans). Before we start a topic, we spend time thinking about what we already know and what we want to find out. The children really enjoy this and it enables them to think more about their own independent learning. We certainly have some interesting questions to explore such as “Why can’t humans eat raw meat but animals can?” and “How many humans are there in the world?”

To start our learning for our new Science topic, we explored the digestive system in humans and the children did a great job of labelling the various body parts and organs involved. Next week, the

children will put this learning to the test, when we will conduct some very exciting experiments!

We have also started a new topic in our Geography lessons, ‘Wonders of the World’. In this week’s

lesson, the children used globes and atlases to explore our planet. They enjoyed locating the southern hemisphere, the northern hemisphere and the equator.

Children were fascinated to discover a large block of ice in the classroom on Friday. By the end of the day, the ice had melted and we were amazed to discover some clues to reveal our new History learning. Inside were photographs of a ship, a map of Antarctica, a black and white photo of a man, some goggles and a compass. From piecing together these clues, we were able to work out that our new History learning is ‘Polar Explorers’. We are excited to find out more about this topic and the brave explorers who have attempted to travel to the polar regions.

Next week we will be celebrating Maths Week, with lots of exciting activities planned for the children. Remember that all children are invited to dress as Rock Stars on Monday (the adults in school will be dressing up too!)

Well done to our Macaw of the week, Oscar Longley.

Well done to our Handwriting Heroes and Heroines, Lucas W and Eshaal K.

Some other reminders for you:

·         Year 3 will continue their swimming lessons each Monday afternoon for the remainder ofthis term. Year 4 will begin their swimming lessons in January.

·         Homework this week will be set on Literacy Planet. A reminder that this alternates with

·         MyMaths homework every other week.

·         Don’t forget, one of the ways that you can support your child with their English learning is by logging on to Bedrock. This really helps children to widen their vocabulary. Children have all been provided with their passwords and can access the website here: https://bedrocklearning.org/

·         We would like the children to log on once a week at home; teacher monitor the progress of the children on this programme and rewards will also be given for excellent participation!

·         We also ask that children complete regular practice on the Times Tables Rock Stars app to

·         help them to recall times tables facts quickly and accurately

·         Please can you ensure that all the reading you are doing with your child at home is logged using the Go-Read app. We know that lots of the children are reading but we cannot always see this has been logged. Go-Read replaces the need for Reading Record books so it is really important that reading is accurately recorded. There is no need to write a lengthy comment each time but simply log which pages have been read so that this information is shared with your child’s English teacher

I hope you have a lovely weekend, 

Mrs White, Mrs Lulciuc and Miss Clark x 

19.11.2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

Over the past two weeks, children have been very busy enjoying their learning in school.

Like every year, Remembrance Day was a special time when we made poppy wreaths, listened to some poems and reflected with a two minutes of silence in our classes.

This week we have celebrated Anti-Bullying week. The theme for this year ‘One Kind Word’ has enabled us to engage in some enjoyable activities and reflect on ways of preventing and responding to bullying.

In English we have started our reading of the book ‘One Christmas Wish’ by Katherine Rundell. The children are enjoying this book and are very enthused to find out what happens next! Children have written their predictions and have also worked very hard to pick out key vocabulary and consider what this might mean. If you have a dictionary at home, it would be great if you could work with your child to look up new or unfamiliar words.

It had been a very busy Maths Week last week. We all enjoyed coming to school dressed in Rock stars’ costumes. All children looked amazing! Each class have worked very hard to compose a times table song and children did really well in singing and remembering times table facts. Children have applied their maths skills across other subjects and enjoyed the amazing maths activities that were prepared for them. They have also continued to work hard on Multiplication and Division. It has been brilliant to see the children work on their reasoning skills; answering questions carefully and explaining their thinking to an adult.

Children have all also logged on to Times Tables Rock Stars in school. Thank you for also encouraging regular use of this at home. Regular, daily use of the app really helps children with their quick and accurate recall of their times tables facts.

In History we have learned to use different historical sources to find out and deduce information about the past. Children have been amazed to learn about the conditions that polar explorers have experienced in their expeditions to North Pole, how they survived and what their daily meals consisted of.

In RE we are continuing to enjoy our learning about Judaism. Children have the opportunity to learn about what it is like to be Jewish, to explore beliefs about God and how they are expressed in stories, celebration, ritual and action in family life.  For a higher level of engagement, we have provided a display in Macaws Class where children can handle Jewish artefacts. This allows children to use their senses, develop their questioning and strengthen their understanding about Jewish rituals, festivals and life.

As part of our continual drive to keep children safe, we ensure that they have a confident understanding of what to do when they feel unsafe. The children are continuously taught about keeping safe through PSHE lessons; with activities and discussion linked to important issues such as online safety. We also have completed work this week on the ‘PANTS’ rule from the NSPCC. This helps children to understand that their body belongs to them and that they should tell someone if they feel upset or worried. This is all explained to children in a friendly, age appropriate way for children. Your child may like to talk about this further with you at home, so we hope the link here will support you in having these conversations with your children. https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/support-for-parents/pants-underwear-rule/

You could start by watching the Pantosaurus song; which the children enjoyed watching and reflecting upon.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SzbMEVYiyg&t=2s

Congratulations to our Macaw of the week Rose! Our handwriting hero and heroine are Finn and Poppy. Well done for working so hard on your handwriting.

Some other reminders for you:

  • Year 3 will continue their swimming lessons each Monday afternoon for the remainder of
  • this term. Year 4 will begin their swimming lessons in January.
  • Homework this week will be set on Literacy Planet. A reminder that this alternates with
  • MyMaths homework every other week.
  • Don’t forget, one of the ways that you can support your child with their English learning is by logging on to Bedrock. This really helps children to widen their vocabulary. Children have all been provided with their passwords and can access the website here: https://bedrocklearning.org/
  • We would like the children to log on once a week at home; teachers monitor the progress of the children on this programme and rewards will also be given for excellent participation!
  • We also ask that children complete regular practice on the Times Tables Rock Stars app to

help them to recall times tables facts quickly and accurately

  • Please can you ensure that all the reading you are doing with your child at home is logged using the Go-Read app. We know that lots of the children are reading but we cannot always see this has been logged. Go-Read replaces the need for Reading Record books so it is really important that reading is accurately recorded. There is no need to write a lengthy comment each time but simply log which pages have been read so that this information is shared with your child’s English teacher

 

We hope that you all have a wonderful weekend with your children and we look forward to seeing you all again on Monday!

 

Mrs Lulciuc, Mrs White and Miss Clark x