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Class News Autumn Term 2023

15.9.23

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome to the first Red Kite 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 and routines. The children have enjoyed completing a whole host of activities that have enabled us to get to know each other and be ready for 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 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; what a fantastic start to the year!  We have also been agreeing our class rules, completing creative tasks and reflecting on our summer reading task.

I was very impressed with all of the fantastic summer reading work completed. Thank you for your support with this. It has been wonderful to listen to the children share the range of tasks you completed together. 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. Thank you for supporting your child to complete this reading challenge.

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 the book may be about.  

We have also started our new learning in our foundation subjects. This includes mapping, living things and their 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 the Tudor way of life. Through this learning, they will answer the key enquiry question, “Who were the Tudors and what was their impact?”

I am sure that you will have all seen the exciting new planners that are being used in Lower Key Stage Two this year. Children have been really responsible for taking care of these, bringing them to school each day and using them to record important information to support their learning, such as login details. When children are awarded with house points, these are also recorded within their planners.

Our Red Kite of the week for the last two weeks have been Simra and Freddie. Well done!  When the children receive this award they get a special certificate to keep and our Red Kite class bird that they can keep over the weekend and then return to school the following Monday.

Our handwriting hero and heroine are Gracjan and Neri; well done on some beautiful handwriting children!

Here are a few other reminders for you:

  • Everyone in LKS2 has swimming on a Tuesday and should come into school in their PE kits

  • Miss Spokes’s Maths group also have their second PE slot on a Tuesday

  •  Mrs Waterman’s Maths group have their second PE slot on a Wednesday

  • Mrs Shilvock’s Maths group have their second PE slot on a ThursdaPlease remember to send your child into school wearing their PE kit on these days

A reminder that 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. All children will come home with their login information in their planners this weekend.  

I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend,

Mrs Shilvock, Mrs Foskett and Miss Seaborn

 29.9.2023

Dear Parents and Carers,

Wow; what a busy couple of weeks we have had in Lower Key Stage 2!  There have been so many wonderful learning opportunities that have taken place and we continue to be so proud of the children and how well they have settled into life in our key stage.

In our Maths learning, we have been focussing on understanding the value of each digit within a given number. There have been many practical activities that have been completed where the children have had the opportunity to use a variety of manipulatives to demonstrate their understanding. We have also been logging on to TTRockstars each day. Times table knowledge and recall are key in Year 3 and 4 and daily access helps to support fluency.  We know that lots of children are also logging on at home which is fantastic.  We recommend that your child logs on for 5 minutes each day at home; thank you for your support with this.

Our adventure has continued as we have read further into our class book, ‘The Firework Maker's Daughter’ by Phillip Pullman in our English lessons.  The story has really gripped the children and we look forward to reading each day to find out what is going to happen next as Lila heads off on her exciting adventures.  The learning we have completed so far has led to us completing our first piece of assessment writing, a character description of the main character, Lila. We are so impressed with how hard the children worked to prepare for this writing and the care that they took to ensure their final piece met the success criteria and was presented beautifully.  Well done children!

For our Science learning we have been looking at ‘Living things and their habitats’.  We considered what classifications are and the different ways that we could group animals, for example if they were a vertebrate or invertebrate.  We then moved on to study the habitat of the rainforest and considered how the animals that live there have adapted to survive in their environment. The children worked in groups to use the Chromebooks to carry out research and record their results; I am sure if you ask them they would happily share the interesting facts that they discovered.

In our Geography learning we have been using maps to explore the world.  So far we have identified the location of the Equator and how it is used to divide the Northern and Southern Hemisphere.  We have also looked at lines of longitude and latitude and how these can be used to easily identify different locations on a map.  We look forward to finding out more about the world in the coming weeks.

‘Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived’, this is a rhyme that I am sure you have heard as we have been studying all about the Tudor king, Henry VIII.  The children quickly learnt the rhyme and found out about the fate of his 6 wives.  The children were fascinated to know that King Henry VIII’s rule still has an impact on our lives today, over 500 years later! The way he reformed the church and formed the Church of England meant people had a choice about which religion they wanted to follow for the first time; this has helped to lead to the diverse world that we now live in where many different faiths are celebrated.

Our week ended with an ‘Orienteering Day’ that was organised and run by Miss Klausner.  This was an excellent opportunity for the children to work on their communication skills and to have the opportunity to work together as a team to reach a goal.  Great fun was had by everyone and we look forward to the skills that we have learnt being used to support us in the classroom.

Next week, we are looking forward to having a SCARF PSHE workshop in school, delivered by Coram Life Education. This fun, interactive and age-appropriate workshop will help children to understand the importance of physical and emotional health; they will learn vital life-skills that are also known to help their overall achievement. A parent letter about these workshops is attached to this email for your information

As you can see it has been a very busy couple of weeks and we have had so many exciting learning opportunities that have taken place.  A huge ‘Well done’ to all the children for their positive attitude to our learning and fantastic contributions during lessons.

Our Red Kite of the week for the last two weeks have been Charlie and Freya. Well done!  

Our handwriting hero and heroine are Sonny, Erik and Monika and Laila; well done on some beautiful handwriting children!  

Here are a few other reminders for you:

  • Everyone in LKS2 has swimming on a Tuesday and should come into school in their PE kits

  • Miss Spokes’s Maths group also have their second PE slot on a Tuesday

  •  Mrs Waterman’s Maths group have their second PE slot on a Wednesday

  • Mrs Shilvock’s Maths group have their second PE slot on a Thursday

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

·      Maths homework has been set for your child on MyMaths for this week. All children have their login     information written in their planners.  

I hope that you all have a wonderful weekend and we look forward to seeing the children back in school on Monday for another exciting week of learning.

Mrs Shilvock, Mrs Foskett and Miss Seaborn

 13.10.2023

Dear Parents and Carers,

We cannot believe we are quickly approaching the end of the first half term of the academic year! It has been a fantastic term full of achievements, magic moments and exciting learning opportunities. We really enjoyed meeting you and sharing these achievements at the Learning Review Meetings. We hope you found these useful, alongside the targets that have been sent home. Here are some highlights that we would love to share with you. 

Over the last couple of weeks, the children have been extremely busy in their English lessons! We have continued to explore our key text: The Firework Maker’s Daughter. This book has inspired us and opened up a world of writing opportunities! The children have created character descriptions, persuasive letters and are designing their very own set of instructions on how to wash an elephant: an essential guide we all need to know! The children are also working really hard within their spelling lessons; they are completing a range of spelling investigations and becoming spelling detectives to find new rules to help them with tricky spellings. Focus spellings are added to Literacy Planet each fortnight. Children can log in and play a range of spelling games that focus on these words. 

Every morning, the children have an opportunity to read their reading accelerator books, complete a quiz and change their books. Please remember, it is important the children are arriving promptly at 8:45am to benefit from this reading slot which will support their reading progress. 

In Science, the children have loved exploring the topic of rainforests; they have learnt about classification, researched rainforest animals and plants and investigated the impact of deforestation. To truly immerse themselves within their learning, the children listened to our Now Press Play audio rainforest experience. This audio story enabled them to follow the life of a girl from an Amazonian tribe and discover the significance of rainforest plants and animals and why people cut trees down. We can’t wait to summarise and present all of our learning next week! 

The children have loved discovering more about Tudors in History, and we too have found out lots of facts from the children that they have learnt at home! In class, we explored a Tudor Kitchen virtually which led us to the question of what did the Tudors eat? The children were surprised to find out that Peacock was often a meat eaten in those days. We also found out that many Tudors ate with their hands!! Only the King was allowed a fork. We are all very excited for our Tudor Day on Thursday 19th October next week where we will truly learn what it was like to be a Tudor. 

Last week, we also had a visitor from SCARF who delivered a PSHE workshop to the children. This is yet another ‘magic moment’, which brought our learning to life! The children learnt all about their wellbeing and how to look after themselves. We discovered the importance of eating healthily, limiting our time on devices and ensuring we get a good night’s sleep. All of which will help our brain and body function. 

A huge well done to the children for such a fantastic week of learning! 

Our Red Kite of the week for the last two weeks have been Hugo and Poppy T. Well done!  

Our handwriting hero and heroine are Jack, Luke, Felicity and Katarina; well done on some beautiful handwriting children!  

Just a reminder, please continue to encourage daily use of Times Tables Rockstars at home. This will support all children in accessing all areas of Mathematics. The children are very motivated and are currently involved in a tournament that will end in one week! Please encourage your children to log on daily, in line with our homework guidance. 

Homework this week will be set on My Maths. Please remember that on alternate weeks, children should be logging on to Bedrock and Literacy Planet to complete their English homework too. All logins are in your child’s planners.

I hope you have a lovely weekend; we look forward to seeing you all again on Monday! 

Mrs Shilvock, Mrs Foskett and Miss Seaborn

 3.11.2023

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome back to the second half of the Autumn term! 

We must begin this email by thanking you for your support in ensuring that your child was ready for Tudor day! We loved the effort that the children (and you!) had gone to with their costumes. They all looked brilliant and we all had such a great day. From cooking and tasting pottage to performing their Tudor dances, the children enjoyed this ‘magic moment’ and it really helped develop and enrich their understanding of the Tudor period. 

Linked to this, we are very excited to be at the beginning our next History topic, ‘The Age of Exploration’. This is primarily focussed upon the Tudor period as this is a time when great discoveries and exploration was made. We will be learning about a range of explorers and thinking about what they achieved to make this period a ‘golden era’. This week we began by learning all about Christopher Columbus. We couldn’t believe the array of food that he discovered and brought back to Europe. Children also discovered that knowledge of the world was very different in the past. 

We have really enjoyed reading your child’s homework linked to Black History Month. From posters, presentations and fact files; the children have all clearly worked so hard to find out about a range of inspirational black women. Thank you for your support with this. 

Our English learning this week was a little spooky, as we completed our reading of the famous witches poem from Macbeth, a play by William Shakespeare. Children loved getting into character to read this aloud. We studied the range of language features and we have also created our own poems in this style. In addition to this, we have also read and been inspired by a range of other Halloween poems from the book ‘Fire Burn, Cauldron Bubble: Magical Poems’ by Paul Cookson. I wonder if your child would be able to tell you some of the gruesome ingredients that they selected for their own witches poem? 

You will have received the overview of our curriculum for this half term. We hope this will be useful for you and help you when talking to your child about their learning. 

Our Red Kite of the week for the last two weeks have been Reggie  and Poppy T. Well done!  

Our handwriting hero and heroine are Baine, Teddy, Ella and Amber; well done on some beautiful handwriting children!  

Homework this week will be set on Literacy Planet and Bedrock. Literacy Planet provides spelling games linked to the focus words we are learning to spell in school. Bedrock Learning provides children with the opportunity to practise their understanding and use of  vocabulary  through completing a range of different interactive questions. Children should all be completing this homework as it compliments the learning we are completing in school. This is essential in supporting your child’s understanding and progress. 

Next Friday, Maths homework will be set on MyMaths. All logins are in your child’s planners. 

Just a reminder, please continue to encourage daily use of Times Tables Rockstars at home. This will support all children in accessing all areas of Mathematics. Please encourage your children to log on daily, in line with our homework guidance. 

Children should also be reading at home each day. This enables children to develop their reading fluency and their understanding (comprehension) of what they are reading. We would like to see more children completing their Accelerated Quizzes each morning in school; reading at home will support children in being able to read and be successful in understanding a range of texts. Arriving at school at 8.45am will also give children the time to read, change books and complete reading quizzes!

I hope you have a lovely weekend; we look forward to seeing you all again on Monday! 

Mrs Shilvock, Mrs Foskett and Miss Seaborn :-) 

 17.11.2023

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have had such a busy and exciting week full of fun and exciting learning opportunities.

This week, we have been celebrating not one but three different events: Anti-Bullying week, Maths week and Children in Need. The children loved coming in on Monday with their odd socks, and thoroughly enjoyed our morning assembly where we reflected on why we were wearing these: to celebrate our differences and uniqueness. We thought further about the word bullying and how we can ‘make a noise’ about bullying to stop it. The children also experienced a fantastic drama workshop by Gripping Yarns last week; it was one to remember! The children identified the importance of taking action if we see others being unkind or bullied; we learnt not to be bystanders but to stand against bullying. Great work children! 

Thank you to parents for supporting these events; the children have loved coming in in their spotty clothes to celebrate Children in Need. Don’t forget, children will celebrate Maths week further on Monday when they dress up as a rockstar! 

The children have been working really hard in class. Here are some highlights: 

Is it too early to get Christmas decorations out? Never! This week, the children were introduced to their new key text in English: One Christmas Wish by Katherine Rundell. They were so excited to explore the book and to begin by making predictions about the text based upon the front cover and blurb. Over the next couple of weeks, the children will be working towards writing a story opener for this book! To inspire them, they used their senses to describe and explore a number of Christmas decorations which will become their main characters within their own  story. We can’t wait to see what they come up with. 

In Science, the children have been busy completing investigations for our new topic: Animals including humans. So far, the children have explored what might happen if an animal is removed from a food chain and how animals’ and humans’ skeletons compare. I wonder if they can tell you the difference between an exoskeleton and an endoskeleton? We have explored the human skeleton and learnt how one of its functions is to protect our internal organs and also how the fact that our muscles are connected to our bones means that we can move. This week, the children discovered what happens to our food once we eat it! They were able to describe the purpose and functions of each part of our digestive system; they were absolutely fascinated by this and we had some incredible discussions. Fantastic work children! 

In P.E, the children have made us so proud in their swimming lessons. We are delighted with how much they have progressed! They have shown determination, resilience and enthusiasm each week. The children have also thrown themselves into their football lessons at school. Come rain or shine, the children have shown eagerness to get stuck in. They have learnt how to control the ball as well as pass using the inside and outside of their feet. 

Well done to our Red Kites of the week for the last two weeks: Reggie and Laila. 

Our handwriting heroes and heroines are Baine, Rhys, Ella and Precious; well done on some beautiful handwriting children!  

Reminders: 

  • Homework is on Literacy Planet and Bedrock this week. Literacy Planet provides spelling games linked to the focus words we are learning to spell in school. Bedrock Learning provides children with the opportunity to practise their understanding and use of vocabulary  through completing a range of different interactive questions. Children should all be completing this homework as it compliments the learning we are completing in school.

I hope you have a lovely weekend; we look forward to seeing you all again on Monday! 

Mrs Shilvock, Mrs Foskett and Miss Seaborn :-) 

 1.12.2023

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have reached the end of another busy couple of weeks; so much wonderful learning has taken place and we are so proud of how hard all the children have been working and the wonderful work that they have produced.

In our English learning this week, we have loved reading more of our class book ‘One Christmas Wish’ by Katherine Rundell.  It really is a magical book, with the most beautiful illustrations and it has really captured the children’s imaginations. So far, we have written our own story openers, using the book for inspiration.  We have also created our own characters to go into our stories.  We are now exploring how dialogue is used in text.  We carefully studied a section of our book and created a set of important instructions that we need to follow when adding speech into our writing.  We look forward to following these instructions as we create our own stories that will include dialogue between the characters we have created.

This week in Geography, we have continued exploring our wonderful world.  So far we have looked at the 7 human Wonders of the World and this week we moved on to look at the 7 physical Wonders of the World.  The children are becoming so confident at locating places on maps of the world and then talking like Geographical experts to describe their location. There have been some really wonderful discussions taking place as the children have been sharing about which Wonder of the World they would like to visit the most and why.

In our History learning, we have continued to look at explorers and consider the impact that they have had on the world today. We have researched two famous Tudor explorers, Sir Frances Drake and Sir Walter Raleigh.  We accessed a wide range of sources of information to find out more about their lives and then assess the impact that they made on our lives today.  Did you know that Sir Walter Raleigh is credited with bringing coconuts and turkeys to England?  With Christmas fast approaching, we need to thank him for bringing back one of the vital parts of a traditional Christmas dinner!

Finally, in our Science learning, we have continued learning about the human body.  This week, we explored our teeth;  we started by identifying the different types of teeth we have in our mouths and what each type of tooth is used for.  The children were able to make fantastic links to our previous learning about the digestive system about how our teeth support our bodies to digest food.  We then set up an experiment to show the impact of coke, orange juice and water on our teeth.  We used eggshells to replicate our teeth as they have similar properties.  After several days we returned to our experiment and were amazed to see the effects that each liquid had on our teeth.  This all helped to emphasise the importance of making sure that we look after our teeth.

Well done to our Red Kites of the week for the last two weeks: Harleigh and Oliver. 

Our handwriting heroes and heroines are Freddie, Charlie, Saweinya and Poppy B; well done on some beautiful handwriting children!  

Reminders: 

  • Homework is on Literacy Planet and Bedrock this week. Literacy Planet provides spelling games linked to the focus words we are learning to spell in school. Bedrock Learning provides children with the opportunity to practise their understanding and use of vocabulary  through completing a range of different interactive questions. Children should all be completing this homework as it complements the learning we are completing in school.

  • Now the weather has turned, can you please make sure that your child has the appropriate warm clothes to wear in school.  In addition to this, can we please ask that hats, scarves and gloves are clearly labelled.

  • A huge thank you to everyone who has bought items from ‘My Child’s Art’ already.  This is an opportunity for you to own a piece of your child’s artwork that they are so proud of, on a number of different items.  Here is the link that will allow you to access the website and place your order:

https://mychildsart.co.uk/find-artwork?username=LarkRise&access-code=eHlDg4a6

 

I hope you have a lovely weekend and wrap up warm – it looks like it is going to be a chilly one! We look forward to seeing you all again on Monday! 

Mrs Shilvock, Mrs Foskett and Miss Seaborn :-) 

15.12.2023

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have reached the end of a fantastic Autumn term. Your children have worked so hard, had some wonderful experiences and made some brilliant progress with their learning. Well done everyone! We know that you are all ready for a relaxing time with family and friends over the Christmas holidays!

Thank you for attending the Christmas performance on Wednesday night. We are sure that you will agree that the children were absolutely amazing! They all sang beautifully and they delivered their poem lines with great confidence too. Thank you to you all for your support with this event, we hope that you enjoyed it! 

In our English learning, we have finished our reading of ‘One Christmas Wish’ by Katherine Rundell. The children have really impressed us with their recall of the events and characters within the story and they completed some wonderful reviews of the text this week. Children have worked very hard on their writing and they have all written three wonderful final pieces this half term. This has included an alternative opener to the story, a written dialogue between some christmas characters and even some incredible halloween poetry. We are proud of each and every one of them!

As we move towards the end of the half term, children have been busy working on their endpoints to celebrate and showcase their learning on a variety of topics. This has included the creation of a tourist guide for the wonders of the world in Geography. This has really impressed us and the children have loved designing their guides and including images, videos and fascinating facts! 

We have also been using canva in French lessons as children performed their French nativity plays and designed the background. We then uploaded the videos to their backgrounds to create an authentic scene of Bethlehem, the inns and the stable! We were so pleased with our final pieces. 

In Music we have worked hard on creating our compositions for a John Lewis Advert. So far we have listened to lots of different music used in films and discussed how it can make us feel. We have further explored the impact of these by discussing the timbre, tempo, dynamics, pitch and texture. In groups, we have continued to build our compositions using a glockenspiel and a stave to write down the notes we are using. We can’t wait to rehearse and play our compositions together! 

We won’t tell you too much about our work in Design and Technology, except to say that children have been working hard on a Christmas surprise for you involving levers and linkages! 

In History, the children have written and debated about whether the period of 1400-1600 could be considered a ‘Golden Era of Exploration’. Some heated debate has taken place. Some children were adamant it was the golden era as it led to so many discoveries about the world we live in. Some children felt that there was a darker side to this period of exploration which included slavery, extinction of animals and colonisation. All of the children’s viewpoints were valued and they were excellent in backing up their opinions with reasons. Well done children! We have loved this topic. 

In Science we put our knowledge of balanced diets and nutrition into creating a special menu as part of our double page spreads. These pages also included facts on teeth, the skeleton and the digestive system. The children have demonstrated a strong understanding of their new scientific knowledge and vocabulary. 

Well done to our Red Kite of the week for the last two weeks: Sonny and Lilly. 

Our handwriting heroes and heroines are Alex, Reggie, Caoimhe and Freya; well done on some beautiful handwriting children!  

Reminders: 

  • Homework is on Literacy Planet and Bedrock this week. Literacy Planet provides spelling games linked to the focus words we are learning to spell in school. Bedrock Learning provides children with the opportunity to practise their understanding and use of vocabulary through completing a range of different interactive questions. Children should all be completing this homework as it complements the learning we are completing in school.

I hope you have a lovely weekend as we prepare for our last three festive days of the Autumn term. There is lots to look forward to (including Christmas dinner and crafts!) and we look forward to spending this time with the children and creating some lovely memories! 

Mrs Shilvock, Mrs Foskett and Miss Seaborn :-) 

Class News Spring Term 2024

12.1.2024 

Dear Parents and Carers,

We hope you all had a lovely time over the festive break. We have really enjoyed welcoming the children back and hearing all of the wonderful things they have been up to over the holidays! It is great to see they have returned eager and excited to learn our new topics for this term. 

First and foremost, we must congratulate the children who put themselves forward for the role of a Year 4 ambassador this week. It was such a proud moment as a teacher to watch them deliver their speeches confidently and eloquently. All of the children were able to recognise and show the characteristics of a Year 4 ambassador and role model; resilience, determination and enthusiasm. Good luck to the children; results of the vote will be shared next week! 

After our assembly on Monday morning, something very strange happened… The children returned to the classroom to a wax sealed letter placed on their desks. The children enthusiastically tore open the letters and found that Professor McGonnagal had accepted them into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and they must reply to acknowledge and confirm their acceptance.  It was fantastic to see the buzz of excitement as the children discovered that they would be reading Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone this term in English. As a result, the children drafted and created a letter to Hogwarts stating the reasons why they would like to attend and become a wizard or witch. We are all very much looking forward to Harry Potter day on the 13th February. A Google Form has been sent to you with more information about this exciting magic moment! 

In History, the children discovered that they would be learning all about inventions and the history of communication. This week, we went back in time as far as approximately 3500BC, a world before the internet and smartphones, to discover that writing systems were first developed by ancient civilizations, such as the Ancient Egyptians using Hieroglyphs. We created a timeline of the key inventions to understand how communication has advanced and how this has changed the world around us. We can’t wait to learn more about this next when we are introduced to key figures such as William Caxton. 

In Science, we discovered that we were learning all about sound and explored the question: “How is sound made?” Using musical instruments, the children were able to see and explain that objects vibrate which creates a sound and this sound travels in waves through the air to our ears. We are looking forward to exploring this further next week when we will be investigating volume. 

The children were really pleased to hear that we will be learning gymnastics and tag rugby in P.E this term! This week, we began by learning all about jumps and how to perform these in a sequence. In Rugby, we familiarised ourselves with the belts and how to tag another player. The children were excellent at this and particularly enjoyed trying to tag as many of their classmates as possible! Just a reminder for P.E, as it can be muddy on the field, we do ask that children wear sports boots or spare trainers, and they bring in a spare change of clothes. 

Well done to the Red Kite of the week: Felicity and Erik. Our handwriting hero and heroine for this week is Hugo,Sonny, Poppy T and Sonny,. Well done for working hard on your handwriting!

Homework this week will be set on Literacy Planet and includes a session on Bedrock. These passwords are available in your children’s planners. 

We hope you have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Shilvock and Miss Seaborn 😃

9.2.2024

Dear Parents and Carers,

I would like to start by saying a huge ‘Thank you’ to you for coming to our class assembly.  The children were so excited to have you come in to hear all about their learning and they had worked so hard to plan what they wanted to tell you.  I was very, very proud of each and every one of them and I really hoped that you enjoyed listening all about our amazing learning journey so far; we can’t wait to see what the rest of this academic year holds for us.

We have had a really fantastic few weeks in the key stage.  There have been so many wonderful learning opportunities and the children are continuing to impress us with their positive attitude towards their work.  

Tuesday 31st of January started off like a normal day and the children were all hard at work in their English lessons.  The calm was soon disturbed as Miss Clarke came running into the Key Stage to tell us that she had just seen a troll!  As you can imagine, the children were intrigued and we went outside to carry out some investigations.   We discovered that the troll had destroyed our beautiful outside reading hut.  The children turned into amazing detectives and searched for clues; they discovered broken furniture, ripped books, footprints and even troll snot!  We used all of our discoveries to inspire our writing as we wrote a newspaper article to describe what had happened.  We are so proud of the wonderful writing that they completed.

In our Geography learning, we have enjoyed finding out about what life is like living in the capital city of the United States of America, Washington DC, and comparing it to what life is like living in our own capital city, London.  It has been fascinating to explore the landmarks, different forms of transport, the culture and the traditional food.  We decided that we would like to visit Washington DC to see The White House and the Capitol Building.  We also fancied a ride on a DC Streetcar (which is like a tram) and particularly loved the sound of the jumbo slices of pizza that Washington DC is famous for!  

We planned and carried out an experiment in Science to find out if all objects dropped from the same height produce the same volume of sound.  The children worked in groups to think about how we could set up an experiment that would help us to answer this enquiry.  They continued to work in groups to carefully plan their experiment; this included identifying the equipment they would need, writing down their method, considering how variables affect our experiment, making a hypothesis (prediction) and creating a table to record their results.  We were so impressed with how well the children worked in their groups, listening carefully to each other’s ideas to help them plan their experiment.  We then carried out the experiment using a decibel meter to help us to measure the amplitude of each item that was dropped.  Fantastic scientific investigations children!

In our Religious Education lessons, we have been learning about the Sikh religion. We looked at who founded the Sikh religion and explored their main beliefs.  We were particularly interested to learn all about what a special place a Gurdwara is; it is used not only as a place of worship but also as a place to meet with friends and family, a place to eat meals together, a place to provide food for those who need it and a place where everyone is treated equally.  It was wonderful to hear the children drawing on their prior knowledge of other religions that they had studied to draw comparisons.

A reminder that we are all very much looking forward to celebrating Harry Potter Day this coming Tuesday 13th February. We invite children to dress up for this day…wizard and witch themed of course! This might be a whole outfit or perhaps some accessories such as a wand or hat.

During the day, the children will take part in some ‘wizarding’ lessons whilst they study for their O.W.Ls (Ordinary Wizarding Levels). This will include Quidditch, Potions, Care of Magical Creatures (featuring real animals!) and much more!

Well done to the Red Kite of the week: Ella and Precious. Our handwriting hero and heroine for this week is Charlie, Rhys, Harleigh and Neri. Well done for working hard on your handwriting!

Homework this week will be set on Literacy Planet and includes a session on Bedrock. These passwords are available in your children’s planners.  

We hope you have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Shilvock and Miss Seaborn

1.3.2024

Dear Parents and Carers,

We hope that you all had a wonderful half term break with your children. It has been lovely to welcome them back into school this week. They have returned well rested and keen to find out about their new learning! 

I hope that you have all had a chance to read through the overviews that were sent out this week. These overviews provide information for you about the learning that will be taking place this half term. Please have a look at this document and discuss it with your children. We have some exciting topics coming up and it has been lovely to hear how enthusiastic and interested they are! 

Children were excited to begin their learning on the Ancient Greeks. We are all excited too! Learning about ancient civilisations is fascinating and the children have been posing some excellent questions that they would like to find the answers to! 

As you will have seen from the parent overview, there is an Ancient Greek Day coming up, this will take place after Easter, on Tuesday 23rd April to mark the end of their Ancient Greek learning. We will send more information out to you nearer the time. Highlights will include food tasting, Olympic sports, bringing a Greek myth to life, amazing art activities, experience of democracy and much more!

We would like all children to come dressed for the day as Ancient Greeks! This really does not need to be at a high cost for you as parents; there are many cheap and easy ways to recreate the costumes. You could use a white sheet to create the toga or even a large white t-shirt with a belt or string. Children could also make their own laurel crowns, an example is given here: https://www.dltk-kids.com/sports/mleaf-crown.htm 

In our English lessons, we have been really enjoying finding out more about Greek myths. This week we have read ‘Persephone and the pomegranate seeds’ and ‘Theseus and the Minotaur’. The children were able to identify the features of myths in both of these stories and really enjoyed exploring these further. They have all also started some excellent descriptive writing on the character of the Minotaur! I wonder if they can retell either of these stories to you? 

We have also started our learning on Natural Phenomenon in Geography; children are very excited to find out all about volcanoes, earthquakes and more. They have thought of some excellent questions to explore further. 

In Science, we launched our new learning on States of Matter by completing a ‘Now Press Play’ experience. Using headphones, children are immersed into a learning experience to help to further develop their understanding of this scientific topic. They all absolutely loved this and we are sure you have already heard lots about this! 

Well done to the Red Kite of the week: Luke and Teddy. Our handwriting hero and heroine for this week are Freddie, Precious and Lilly. Well done for working hard on your handwriting!

Important information for you:

 

  • Homework this week will be set on Literacy Planet and includes a session on Bedrock. These passwords are available in your children’s planners. 

  • A reminder that all Year 4 children are invited to attend the Times Tables Breakfast Club each Wednesday morning from 8.00am. We recommend that children attend this session to support both their confidence and ability in the recall of times tables facts. 

There is a clear correlation between regular practice and the acquisition of times tables facts. We have been running this club for over two years and are pleased to report that those children who initially require extra support really do flourish in both confidence and ability, when they access this offer of extra support.

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

We hope that you have a wonderful weekend,

Mrs Shilvock and Miss Seaborn 

 15.3.2024

Dear Parents and Carers,

Wow; What a busy couple of weeks it has been! The children have been immersed in their learning and are loving the topics this term! Here are some of our highlights.

World Book Day was an excellent success! It was fantastic to see all of the children and staff coming into school dressed for a bedtime story. Our day started with an engaging assembly from Mrs Francis who introduced our book: ‘Tuesday’ by David Wiesner. This inspired our learning in English as we created our very own news article about the strange discovery of toads at school. 

In English, we cannot get enough of Greek Myths and we have now become experts in identifying the different features found in them. The children have loved exploring Perseus and Medusa, The Wooden Horse and King Midas. Please do ask your children about these, as I am sure they will love to summarise what they have learnt! Our reading sessions have truly helped us become confident writers; in writing we have now begun to create our very own Greek Myths! The classroom exploded with creative ideas for mythical creatures, heroes and the quest that their heroes will go on. We can’t wait to start writing our myths next week; watch this space! 

Our learning in English is beautifully linked with our topic in History: Ancient Greece! As historians, the children have explored ancient maps and artefacts to discover what we can learn about the Ancient Greeks. The children were thrilled to find that one of the artefacts, a Greek vase, displayed one of the Greek Myths we had been learning in school (Theseus and the Minotaur). We can’t wait to learn more about this topic. 

This week, we have begun celebrating Science Week! This was launched by Mrs True in a very exciting assembly which introduced the topic - ‘Time’. To celebrate, we enjoyed a ‘live lesson’ all about the mysteries of insect timekeeping! We have also continued our learning about states of matter, learning the key vocabulary to support us as we learn to speak like experts as we carry out an exciting experiment linked to deepen our understanding of this topic. The children learnt that the melting and freezing point of water is the same:  0℃. To help our investigation, we measured the temperature of ice cubes and even explored what happens to the freezing point of water if we add salt! Please ask your children all about our experiments we complete at school! 

In Music, we have been learning all about Gospel music, and in particular, we have been learning to sing Lean on Me by Bill Withers. This might explain why some of the children have been asking ‘Alexa’ to play this at home! The children love exploring different songs and genres, with many discussing all of the different songs they listen to at home with their families! In music, the atmosphere is electric as we have been developing our ability to play the Glockenspiels, ready for our performance to the rest of the school at the end of the term. We can’t wait! 

A big thank you for helping to fundraise for Comic Relief today, whether it be through our face painting of red noses, or through our bake sale! 

Well done to the Red Kites of the week: Caoimhe and Jack.. Our handwriting heroes and heroines for the past two weeks are Hugo, Gracjan, Felicity and Katarina. Well done for working hard on your handwriting!

Homework this week will be set on Literacy Planet and includes a session on Bedrock. These passwords are available in your children’s planners. 

 
Next week, we are looking forward to welcoming Mrs Foskett back to school to enjoy the rest of this academic year with us.  We can't wait to see her!

 

We hope that you have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Shilvock and Miss Seaborn