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Class News Autumn Term 2021

17.9.2021

Dear Parents and Carers

Welcome to our first Red Kites Class email.  We have now been back in school for two weeks and what a fantastic two weeks they have been! I am incredibly proud of all of the children and the way they have settled into school life, the Key Stage and Red Kites Class so well. I know that we are going to have an AMAZING year!

During our first few weeks we have all enjoyed getting to know each other.  We completed lots of activities that supported us with this and also took part in team building games. It was so much fun to find out all about each other and to realise that there are so many things that link us all together such as our hobbies and interests.  I know that these activities are going to support us in our exciting learning journey this year.

A huge thank you to you all for your support with our Summer Reading Challenge.  The children loved ‘The Rainbow Bear’ book written by Michael Murpurgo and could talk confidently about it.  The work that they produced was really fantastic and the children have been rewarded in school for all of their hard work.  We also continued our learning about the book by completing some incredible artwork inspired by the book.  It is clear we have some very artistic children in the class as the finished artwork was incredible and the children were all so proud of it.

One of my many highlights from the first couple of weeks has been being able to enjoy whole school assemblies again. It has been so lovely to all meet together; we have really missed this whilst we have been in bubbles!  Mrs Lang led a number of assemblies where she talked to us about our return to school, reminded us of the school rules and told us about the many rewards that we can get.

This week we have moved into our English and Maths groups for the first time.  In our English lessons we have started to read our new book called ‘The Firework Maker’s Daughter’ written by Phillip Pullman.  We have been introduced to the main character, a girl called Lila. We used our echo reading skills to share the first chapter and were then able to identify the information that told us about Lila.  We went on to use this information to write a detailed character description of her … amazing!  We can’t wait to find out what happens next in our story and the adventures that Lila is going to go on.

In our afternoon learning we have started looking at The Tudors in History, Mapping in Geography and The Animal Kingdom and different habitats in Science.  They are all very exciting topics that the children all seem very excited and enthusiastic about.  

We feel incredibly lucky to have had a delivery over the summer of 30 brand new Chromebooks for the children to use.  We have used them to carry out research and complete Times Table Rockstars so far and will be using them very regularly throughout the year.  The children absolutely love using them and I know that they are definitely going to enhance our learning opportunities over the year.

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. 

Each week there will be awards given out on a Friday to celebrate the Red Kite of the Week and our Handwriting Hero and Heroine.

This week our Red Kite of the Week is Sophie.

Our Handwriting Hero is Luke and our Handwriting Heroine is Isabelle.  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 Shilvock and Mrs Baker 

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 all of 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.  A letter with login information can be found in their book bags. 

This week our Red Kite of the Week is Grace and our winner last week was Joshua.

Our Handwriting Hero for this week is Oliver and last week it was Benjamin and our Handwriting Heroine for this week is Eliza and for last week it was Isla.  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 Shilvock and Mrs Baker 

15.10.2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have been working hard in Red Kites 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.  

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 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! 

We have also been working hard in Science and considering the different ways in which we can classify animals. This week we considered the differences between fish, amphibians and reptiles; researching facts and recording these on fish shapes which we then decorated to help us remember our new learning. 

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 Red Kite of the week last week was Antony and this week is Kian.

Congratulations to our handwriting heroes and heroines for the past two weeks: Frankie, Onyin, Sophie and Hugo.

Have a lovely weekend, 

The Lower Key Stage Two team 

5.11.2021

Dear Parents and Carers,

It has been lovely to welcome the children back into school following the half term break. I have enjoyed hearing all about the exciting activities that you have all been doing and the children have come back to school refreshed, positive and ready for an exciting new term of learning.

It has been great to see all the fantastic learning completed for the special homework linked to Black History Month, which was set on Google Classroom. Well done to all the children who completed this task.  It has been wonderful to see the creative ways that the children chose to present their research into their family history; the booklets, family trees, videos and PowerPoint presentations were amazing! Thank you for sharing your learning with me.  The children will be sharing their learning with the class next week and will be rewarded for completing the learning. 

 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:

‘Double, double toil and trouble;

Fire burn and cauldron bubble.’

The children enjoyed echo reading the poem, performing it, spotting the rhythm and repetitive nature and exploring the language used. The children were then inspired to make 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 recall prior knowledge and 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, as well as identifying and naming the continents and oceans of the world.  The huge World Map that we now have on display in the classroom has been a great source of discussion and I have loved hearing the children sharing about where they have been or where they might like to visit in the future.

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 Finley for being our Red Kite of the week and to Antony and Beau for being awarded as our Handwriting Hero and Heroine.

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 you have a lovely weekend, 

Mrs Shilvock and Mrs Baker 

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 a 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.  This included joining in with a BBC LIVE lesson with other schools from across the UK.  The message was very clear; Bullying is not acceptable and we all need to play our part to make it STOP.

In English we have started our reading of the wonderful book, ‘One Christmas Wish’ by Katherine Rundell. The children already love this book and are very enthused to find out what happens next! After studying the front cover and the ‘blurb’, the children have written their predictions about what they think is going to happen in the story; they demonstrated that they could use their inference skills to look at a picture and search for clues within it. We 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; a huge thank you to you all for your support with this, they all looked amazing! Each class worked very hard to learn and perform a times table song to support them with remembering times table facts. Children have applied their maths skills across other subjects and enjoyed the amazing maths activities that were prepared for them. 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.  The children have loved looking at their heat maps and seeing the progress that they have made over time – well done everyone!

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. They were not too keen on the thought of eating Pemmican (beef and lard) every single day!

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 

Our Red Kite of the week for this week was  Naomi and for last week was Mia; Congratulations to you both! Our handwriting heroes and heroines have been Athen, Kian, Lylah and Connor.  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 Shilvock and Mrs Baker  x