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Class News Autumn Term 2021

17.9.2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome to the first Peacocks Class email of the academic year! I hope you all had a lovely summer holiday…I can’t believe we are already at the end of our second week. We have been very busy indeed!

It has been so lovely to get to know all of the children and I have been very impressed with how well they have settled into their new class. 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; I have been very busy stamping their house point cards! 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 Peacock of the week this week is Jenson. Well done!

Our handwriting hero and heroine are Carrick and Emily; 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

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

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

Ø  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 weekend,

Mrs Waterman, Miss Spokes and Miss Seaborn  

1.10.2021

Dear Parents and Carers, 

What a couple of busy weeks we have had; the children have continued to be amazing and I am incredibly proud of them all and all of their hard work whether that has been in school or working at home.

In Mathematics children have continued to work hard to develop a deep understanding of Place Value. 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. 

In our English lessons we have continued reading ‘The Firework Maker’s Daughter’ by Philip Pullman.  This week we have focused on using our VIPERS skills to fully understand the text we have been reading.  We explored new vocabulary by using dictionaries to find out what new words mean, retrieved information from the text to improve our writing and used our inference skills to draw conclusions using information based on the text. This led us to write a really detailed piece of writing about a festival in the book called ‘The Ceremony of the Full Moon’.  There was some amazing writing completed that was a pleasure to read.

Towards the end of the week we took part in a whole school event – Pobble Launch Day!  There was a real buzz in the classroom as the theme for the Launch Day was revealed … Superheroes! After watching an assembly from Mrs Smith we set about creating our own superheroes; we considered what our superhero would look like, what their special powers would be and if they had an arch nemesis.  We then used this information to create a story plan and finally wrote our very own superhero adventure!  I was so impressed with the children’s enthusiasm and the incredible writing that was completed.  Please make sure you log on to Pobble to see a selection of work that will be uploaded from classes across the school.

In our Science learning we learnt about the difference between a vertebrate and an invertebrate. I wonder if your child could answer this question if you asked them.  We also considered what classification is and worked in groups to discuss different ways that we could classify animals.  There were some fantastic group discussions and the children were able to explain and justify why they had chosen the way they had to classify the animals … Well done everyone!

I must also say a big well done to our wonderful Year 4 children, who bravely shared their Ambassador speeches with the whole school. Everyone did so well and although not everyone was successful this time, it made me so proud to hear some of the children who were not successful this time, congratulating those who were successful.  Congratulations to our new ambassadors.

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. 

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; long hair must be tied back and earrings need to be taped up or taken out.

  • Maths homework has been set for your child on MyMaths for this week.  You will have previously received a letter with login information for your child.

This week our Peacock of the Week is Lillia and last week it was Amelia.

Our Handwriting Hero this week is Max and last week it was Samuel, our Handwriting Heroine this week is Daria and last week it was Lisa.  Well done to all of these children.

I hope that you have a wonderful weekend and I look forward to seeing the children back in school on Monday.

Mrs Waterman, Mrs Berry, Miss Spokes and Miss  Seaborn 

15.10.2021

 Dear Parents and Carers,

Thank you for attending the Learning Review meetings on Thursday evening; it was really lovely to meet with you all and to talk about how your child has settled in to Peacocks class. I hope that you found the meetings useful and informative. 

We have been working hard in Peacocks class and we have lots to share with you about all of the fantastic learning opportunities from the past fortnight.

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 coaches have been impressed with the Year 4’s participation in the 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 set 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!

Our Peacock of the week last week was Emily and this week is Jasmin.

Congratulations to our handwriting heroes and heroines for the past two weeks: Jake, Malin, Dylan and Chloe.

Have a lovely weekend, 

Mrs Waterman, Miss Spokes and Miss Seaborn 

5.11.2021

Dear Parents/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. The 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 Peacocks of the Week for the last two weeks: Dylan and Anson.

19.11.2021

Dear Parents and Carers, 

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

On the 11th November, we marked the special day of Remembrance Day. This was a very special time when we made poppy wreaths, listened to some poems and reflected with two minutes of silence in our classes.

This week we have completed activities and reflection linked to the occasion 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 already 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 definitions and also why the author may have chosen to use this word in the story. 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.

We were all very excited to participate in Maths week last week. We all enjoyed coming to school dressed in Rock star costumes. All of the 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 regularly in school. 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 regularly 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 the 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 all Lower Key Stage Two 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 Peacocks of the week for the last two weeks: Xavier and Alana! Our handwriting heroes and heroines for the last two weeks are Belu, Bradley, Lily and Aayat. Well done for working so hard on your handwriting.

Some other reminders for you:

  • 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!

  • 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 Waterman, Miss Spokes and Miss Seaborn x