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Class News Autumn Term 2020

18.9.2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

Wow! What a busy and exciting two weeks we have had in Peacocks Class.

 

I must begin by congratulating the children on the excellent start to 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.

 

For the past two weeks we have been spending time together as Peacocks Class; getting to know each other, reflecting on the time when we were away from school, learning the new school rules to keep us all safe and participating in a range of activities within the classroom.

 

The children have enjoyed sharing their experiences from their time at home and we have really enjoyed hearing about these! Thank you for keeping up the home learning with your children; they have shared how much they enjoyed this. It has also been lovely to hear about the exercise they completed, the new skills they may have learnt or perhaps the new things you all did together as a family.  

 

The whole school have been reading and reflecting on the book ‘Here We Are, Notes on Planet Earth’ by Oliver Jeffers. The children have thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and we have had some wonderful discussions. Some of the activities we have completed have included exploring the earth using Google Earth, writing letters to special people in our lives, reflecting on how to look after our planet and creating posters to remind everyone in the school about how we can keep healthy. Such a lot of hard work. Well done children!

 

We have also explored other excellent texts which have helped us to settle back into school. ‘The Worrysaurus’ was an interesting book which taught us the important lesson of enjoying life and not worrying about things that have not happened. As one of the children in Peacocks said this week, “You have to enjoy the sunshine and not worry about the storms!”

 

We have also looked at extracts from ‘The Wild Robot’ by Peter Brown. Children have made excellent predictions about what they think might happen next to the main character, Roz. Children have particularly enjoyed reading this as a class and doing this through our echo reading.

The children have impressed us with their place value knowledge as we have completed a range of activities in our base classes. We have lots of keen mathematicians in the class and lots of them have enjoyed rising to the challenge questions each day too!

 

We have really enjoyed our PE lessons this week! On Monday we had a coach from Luton Football Club visit school to teach us football. On Thursday we all participated in and enjoyed a dance lesson; we are looking forward to these lessons each week!

 

I am sure you will have heard about our iMoves activities which we have been completing daily at school! The children have loved these. They have done really well in participating in these short active bursts of exercise, which then help them engage again with their work.

 

We have completed many activities during this fortnight which have helped your child settle back into school; we are looking forward to visiting our English and Maths groups for the first time next week!

 

Our Peacock of the week this week is Sam B! Well done Sam.

 

Our handwriting hero and heroine for this week are Elliot and Amber. Well done children!

 

We hope that you all have a wonderful weekend. We look forward to seeing you all again next week,

Mrs Waterman and Mrs Seaborn

 

2.10.2020

Dear Parents and Carers, 

 

Over the past two weeks, children have begun their English and Mathematics lessons. It has been lovely for the children to get to know their English and Maths teachers and all of the adults have been really impressed with how quickly the children have remembered their groups, followed the rules about swapping classrooms and used the new one way system to arrive at their classrooms. Well done children! They have done very well indeed. 

Last week saw the children work very hard in completing some assessment activities. These assessments have given us an overview of where the children are at and what they might need next in their learning. We will be talking to you about this in the upcoming parent consultation meetings. More information about this will follow. 

 

In English we have started our reading of the book ‘The Iron Man’ by Ted Hughes. The children are enjoying this book and are very enthused to find out what happens next! I was very impressed with Peacocks Class; who drew comparisons with our current class book ‘The Wild Robot’. We cannot wait to find out what happens next in ‘The Iron Man’; we are off to a very exciting start. 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. 

 

In Mathematics children have continued to work hard on Place Value and Addition and Subtraction. It has been brilliant to see the children work on their reasoning skills; answering questions carefully and explaining their thinking to an adult. This is something we will be working very hard on this year. A great start to our Mathematics learning! 

 

Children have all also logged on to Times Tables Rockstars 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. 

 

We have started our learning on ‘Gadgets and Gizmos’; children have written excellent questions that they would like to find the answer to. We have also started our learning on the Normans. Children have really enjoyed hearing about the Battle of Hastings and viewing the Bayeux tapestry. We found it amazing that this historical source told us the story of the battle. 

 

In our Physical Education (PE) lessons, we have begun our Dance lessons. We are enjoying learning a different dance style each week. I have been very impressed with the talents in our class. Children have also really enjoyed our weekly football lessons too. 

 

I must also say a big well done to our wonderful Year 4 children, who bravely shared their Ambassador speeches with the whole school (virtually). They worked so hard to film these and I know the whole school were so impressed. We look forward to hearing who has been successfully appointed! 

 

Well done to our Peacock of the week: Benjamin. 

 

Congratulations to our Handwriting Hero and Heroine: Joshua and Lillia.

 

Just a reminder that our PE days are Monday and Thursday, so please ensure your child comes into school in their PE kit on these days.

 

Such a lot of wonderful learning, I am sure your children will all be ready for a rest this weekend!

 

Have a wonderful weekend, 

Mrs Waterman and Mrs Seaborn. 

 

16.10.2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

It was so lovely to ‘meet’ with you all on Thursday’s parent consultation appointments. 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. Your child will be coming home with their targets today.

 

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

Children thoroughly enjoyed Biology week. The week was themed around ‘Fungus’ and this really captured the children’s interest. They could not believe the amount of different types of fungus that there are. We discovered that there are many uses for the different fungi. Children were astonished to discover that some fungi actually is an important ingredient in making lego! Children have completed comic strip stories of the heroes and villains of the fungus kingdom. They were amazing and so entertaining to read!

We also conducted two experiments. One experiment looked at the conditions in which mould grows best. We found this out by setting up bread in a range of conditions. Today they found out the outcome; I am sure they will be excited to let you know. I have heard that many of you have also been setting this up at home, which was lovely to hear.

 

Alongside Biology week, we have also keenly continued our reading of ‘The Iron Man’ by Ted Hughes. Children have loved this book and are excited to find out about what their next key text will be!

Children have developed their addition and subtraction skills; solving problems and explaining their working. We have been so impressed with their hard work. Please encourage your child to log on to Times Tables Rockstars regularly at home too; this will really aid your child with their confidence and knowledge within mathematics, thank you!

 

In Geography we have continued our focus on map work; culminating in children creating their own maps. Children could explain that the use of symbols and a key make a map much easier to read and use. Some excellent maps were created!

 

This week in school we have found out about significant and amazing figures as part of Black History Month. Children have loved finding out about Katherine Johnson. She was an amazing lady who was so important in the ‘space race’. Without her, who knows if the moon landings would have ever occurred! We have enjoyed a book in Peacocks class called ‘Little Leaders; Bold Women in Black History’ by Vashti Harrison. Lots of the children have asked me to let you know the title as I think they are keen to read more!

 

I am sure you will have also heard about our exciting Pobble Day on Monday. Children were amazed to find a mysterious door on the playground (which I am sure you will have all seen too!) The writing that children produced about what lay beyond the door was amazing! Please look out for an email asking your permission for your child's work to be published on the Pobble website. Following the success of previous years, we will continue to use this website to publish pieces of work and celebrate writing throughout the school year. It is a fantastic way of sharing your children's work with you, the school community and on a global platform!  It will only be published with your child's first name and age group.  If you click on the link in the email it will take you to the website and you can give permission for their work to be shared.

 

Finally this week we have found out more about the festival of Harvest; finding out about the produce that is grown and harvested at this time of year. Children have filmed a class presentation on this to share with the whole school to celebrate Harvest.

 

Congratulations to the following winners of our class awards:

Handwriting Hero and Heroine: Olly, Belu, Seren and Laila

Peacock of the Week: Rebecca and Dolce

 

I hope that you all have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Waterman and Mrs Seaborn 

 

6.11.2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

I hope that you all had a lovely half term break; the children have enjoyed telling me about some of the nice things you have been doing together as a family, like walking in the woods! We have continued to enjoy looking at some great pictures of your very own fungus hunts!

 

It has also been so lovely to see the varied and interesting research and homework on inspirational people from Black History. We have begun to share these as a class; the children are so proud of their hard work. We will be sharing all of the children’s hard work in class over the next two weeks; please could you upload your child’s work to Google Classroom (if you haven’t already) as it would be nice for all of the children to get the opportunity to share their hard work.

 

This week in school has seen us begin our new theme ‘Location, Location, Location’. The children are thoroughly enjoying this theme already and are so interested in finding out about where we live. The children have written some interesting questions that they would like to find the answer to and they were also able to share what they already knew about Dunstable. We also wrote some brilliant letters to persuade people that Dunstable is a fantastic locality; the children wrote excellent letters and included some fantastic geographical vocabulary too!

 

Before half term, Peacocks Class had some very exciting furry visitors! We were looking after our guinea pigs, Candy and Floss. The children were very attentive to the guinea pigs and we think that they really enjoyed listening to our class book. So much so, we ended the week with groups of children reading ‘The Wild Robot’ to the guinea pigs. We certainly enjoyed hearing some of the children in the class reading different parts of the story and I am sure that Candy and Floss did too!

 

In our English lessons, we have all started a new book. After ‘The Iron Man’, children were very keen to find out their next English class book. Mrs Lulciuc and Mrs Shilvock’s English groups are reading ‘Toto the Ninja Cat; the Great Snake Escape’ by Dermot O’Leary and Mrs Waterman’s group are reading ‘Varjak Paw’ by S.F.Said. Both books already sound very exciting and we cannot wait to find out what happens to our main characters (who are both cats!)

 

Before half term, we also competed in a Times Tables Rockstars competition; playing against other Year 3 and Year 4 pupils from the Trust schools. We all did so well! Thank you all for encouraging your children to log on regularly; it is so important for them to practise regularly to improve the quick and accurate recall of their times tables facts. All Maths groups did very well indeed. We were thrilled that Mrs Waterman’s Maths group won the Year 4 competition!

 

Next week in school is Maths Week! The theme is real life maths and we have lots of exciting things planned for the children. There will also be another Times Tables Rockstars competition; more information about this will follow soon.

 

We have also sent home children’s heat maps today. These reflect how children are doing currently on Times Tables Rockstars. This will help you to support your child; the red and orange questions should be a focus as these are the questions where children are getting the questions incorrect and are slower to input their answer. The grey questions mean they have not accessed those questions yet. Finally the green questions are the questions where they are the strongest. We hope that you find these useful.

 

Last half term, children really enjoyed their football and dance lessons. This half term we have our fitness and gymnastics lessons; the children have participated well in these lessons and particularly enjoyed developing their sprinting techniques in our lesson on Monday. Please note that children will no longer require football boots on their PE days. Thank you.

 

Finally, just to clarify that children do require a sharpener and rubber in school. I apologise for any mixed messages regarding pencil case contents. Thank you all for continuing to provide the children with the equipment that they need in lessons.

 

This week’s homework has been set on Literacy Planet. We would also like children to log on to Bedrock and Times Tables Rock Stars, as detailed in the homework guidance.

 

Our Handwriting Heroes and Heroines are Riley, Oscar, Bethany and Lucy.

Congratulations to our Peacock of the week: Joshua

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Waterman and Mrs Seaborn

 

20.11.2020

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

What an exciting fortnight we have had! We have completed lots of exciting learning and I am sure you will have already heard about this from your children.

 

Last week saw us complete some fascinating tasks linked to our Maths Week in school. Children managed to solve puzzles and crack codes in order to ‘escape the forest’ during a code breaking afternoon. The children thoroughly enjoyed this and showed that they were able to apply their maths learning to problem solving very well indeed.

 

Children also considered symmetry in nature and were amazed to discover that many natural objects contain symmetry. Children found out about the artist Andrew Goldsworthy and completed excellent symmetrical art work using pictures of natural objects. The finished pieces were amazing. Well done children!

 

We completed a science investigation on solids, liquids and gases. The children explored fizzy drinks and carbon dioxide! We used our maths skills to measure and weigh carefully. 

 

In Physical Education (PE), children found out about how far different animals could jump and measured this on the field, measuring and marking out these distances carefully. Throughout the week, children were able to make links to maths across the curriculum. Well done children!

 

We also competed in a live lesson and quiz. The children worked so hard to solve tricky puzzles and absolutely loved solving the puzzles and problems that were set. Amazing work everyone.

This week in school, we have learnt about Anti-Bullying Week and why it is so important to take care of one another. The children responded with thoughtful answers and we all worked hard to create some wonderful posters promoting kind and thoughtful behaviours and Anti-Bullying Week.

 

On Monday, children participated in a ‘Let’s go live’ lesson on Diwali. As part of this interesting session, children learnt the meaning of Diwali, why it is celebrated and how it is celebrated. Children then created some fantastic acrostic poems about the festival of light. We also learnt how fireworks work and found out a recipe for some traditional Hindu sweets. Children really enjoyed this session and I have attached the link here, should they like to try out any of the activities and experiments at home. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZ10AZHowWM

 

Alongside all of this fantastic learning, children have continued to work hard in all of their other lessons

too! We are really enjoying our theme ‘Location, Location, Location’. This week we drew comparisons between the rural location of Studham and the urban location of Dunstable. Children were using some fantastic geographical vocabulary and enjoyed using aerial photographs to identify the different features of each place.

 

Our Peacocks of the week for the last two weeks are Samuel G and Rian. Well done!

The Handwriting Heroes and Heroines are Riley, Bethany, Luke and Rebecca.

 

This week’s homework has been set on Literacy Planet. We would also like children to log on to Bedrock and Times Tables Rock Stars regularly too; in line with our home learning guidance.

 

After a very busy week; we hope you and your children have an enjoyable and restful weekend!

 

Mrs Waterman and Mrs Seaborn