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Class News Autumn Term 2020

18.9.2020

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome to Red Kites first 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 back into school life so well. In addition to our Whole School rules and Classroom rules, we have also introduced an additional set of rules to keep us safe whilst we are in school.  These include making sure that we wash our hands regularly, stay in our Key Stage bubble, keep our distance from other children and staff where possible and only use our own equipment and resources.  The children have quickly taken these rules on board and all of the staff in the Key Stage have been very impressed with how well the children have adapted to the necessary safety measures – Well done everyone!

 

As a whole school we have been looking at the book ‘Here we are – Notes for living on Planet Earth’ by Oliver Jeffers. It has been a fantastic book that has given us many opportunities to support the children after the unique experiences of 2020, as they re-engage with each other and re-engage with school life. We have had whole class discussions where the children have had the chance to share their own experiences of lockdown; talk about people who are special to us; appreciate the world we live in and understand that we are all unique. The book has inspired us to complete lovely creative and written activities that are now proudly on display in our classroom.

 

In our Art sessions we used a portrait photograph of ourselves that had been cut in half.  We then completed the picture using our sketching and shading skills.  The children were so proud of the artwork that they completed and were very keen to show their finished masterpieces to you.  I am sure that when you saw them you were as impressed as we were!

 

Our Physical Education lessons were a highlight of the week for many.  In our football sessions with Luton Town Football Club, we learnt how to control and dribble the ball.  There were lots of big smiles on everyone’s faces as we learnt new skills and could see our improvements being made over the session. In our Dance sessions we focus on ‘Street Dance’ this week; we look forward to learning many different dance styles over the coming weeks.

 

As a whole class, we have enjoyed reading our class reading book – ‘The Boy Who Grew Dragons’ by Andy Shepherd.  It is a great book so far and seems to have really captured the children’s imaginations.  They are listening very carefully and making predictions about what they think is going to happen next.  The book is also introducing us to lots of new vocabulary which is fantastic.  Reading the book is a highlight for us all each day and we can’t wait to see what is going to happen next!

Messages:

·Please ensure that your child has a water bottle in school each day.  The bottles are coming home every day now so that they can be washed and refilled.

·Our Physical Education days are on a Tuesday and Thursday and so the children need to come into school on these days in their PE kit.  Long hair will need to be tied up on these days please.

 

Our Red Kite of the week this week is Eshaal, our Handwriting Hero is Frankie and our Handwriting Heroine is Jessica W.  Very well done children!

 

We hope that you all have a lovely weekend and we look forward to seeing the children back in school next week for another amazing week of learning.  Well done Red Kites, you are all SUPERSTARS!

Mrs Shilvock and Miss Clark

 

2.10.2020

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!

 

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!

 

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! We cannot wait to find out what happens next in ‘The Iron Man’; we are off to a very exciting start. We are working hard on our VIPERS skills (Vocabulary, Inference, Prediction, Explain, Retrieve, Summarise); I have sent a bookmark home with all of the children that show how you can support your child with these skills when they are reading at home. The 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 became historical detectives and looked in detail at several sections of the tapestry to see if we could identify information about what had happened during the battle; I wonder if your child can recall any of this information to share with you at home?

 

In our Physical Education (PE) lessons, we have continued our Football sessions with Luton Town Football Club. I love seeing how enthusiastic the children are for these sessions and I can definitely see their dribbling and ball control skills improving. In our Dance lesson we looked at Musical Theatre Dance.  The children learnt a routine from ‘Matilda’ by Roald Dahl called ‘Revolting Children’! The final dance looked AMAZING and the children were all extremely proud of themselves.

 

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!

 

This week we finished our class book ‘The Boy who grew Dragons’ by Andy Shepherd.  This has been an

extremely popular book choice and all the children have loved it. We have had some fantastic discussions, created a wonderful class display and have written book reviews.  Our search for dragon fruit ended this week (a huge thank you to Zoe’s Mum!) and we were all very excited to try this new and exotic fruit; everyone was brave enough to try the fruit and then we shared our mixed opinions about it!  After a unanimous decision, the second book in the series was quickly ordered – The Boy who Lived with Dragons’ and we are now very much enjoying sharing this book together.

 

Well done to our Red Kite of the week for this week, Zoe and to William for last week.

 

Congratulations to our Handwriting Hero and Heroine for this week, Reuben and Imogen and to Leo and Jessica W for last week.

 

Just a reminder that our PE days are Tuesday 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 Shilvock and Miss Clark

 

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.

 

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. We are continuing to monitor and observe changes that are currently happening to the bread and we look forward to our daily up-dates.  The second experiment was called ‘Fungus Fizz’.  We observed what happened when we mixed yeast (which is a fungus) with warm water and golden syrup.  There was great excitement as we watched a balloon blow up all on its own!!  We learnt that this was because the yeast had the correct conditions to grow (warmth, sugar and water) and that it was producing carbon dioxide that was then blowing up the balloon. It is fair to say that Red Kites absolutely loved Biology week!

 

Alongside science 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! Over the coming weeks we will continue to look at inspirational men and women from history and consider the impact that they have had on the world that we live in.

 

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:  Edward, Finn, Aimee, Matilda

Red Kite of the Week: Heath, Stanley

I hope that you all have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Shilvock and Miss Clark 

 

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 with your families

 

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 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 excellent letters to persuade people that Dunstable is a fantastic locality and included some fantastic geographical vocabulary 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 groups 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 (both of which are 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!

 

We have also sent home children’s heat maps with them today. These reflect how children are doing 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 an 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.

 

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.

 

The children were so creative in their Computing lesson.  We used an app on the iPad called ‘Scratch Jnr’ and created our own characters to go on a background scene.  We then used out coding skills to programme the characters to move around the page and even speak. The children were so proud to share their amazing creations with me and we can’t wait for our next Computing lesson!

 

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 Tuesday. Please note that children will no longer require football boots on their PE days. Thank you.

 

Homework this week is on Literacy Planet and Bedrock.  This is in addition to reading and Times Table Rockstars.

 

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.

 

Congratulations to the following winners of our class awards:

Handwriting Hero and Heroine:  Miles, Heath, Freya and Jessica P

Red Kite of the Week: Logan and Sam

 

Have a lovely weekend,

Mrs Shilvock and Miss Clark

 

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 and you can see them displayed in our classroom windows.  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 and we realised how important maths is in our everyday life.

 

We also took part in a live lesson and quiz that was organised by The Chiltern Learning Trust. The children worked so hard and learnt some great tips for identifying multiples. We absolutely loved the challenges and solving the puzzles and problems that were set. Amazing work everyone.

 

This week in school, we have taken part in 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 a wonderful classroom display 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. We looked at how the festival has been celebrated across the world this year and the children were amazed to learn that in the holy city called Ayodhya in India, they set a new Guinness World Record for lighting 606,569 diva lamps all at one time as part of their celebrations!  The children then created some fantastic acrostic poems about the festival of light.

 

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. We have also started looking at the history of Dunstable and have loved seeing photographs of the town over time in our History lesson.

 

Our Red Kites of the week for the last two weeks are Ewan and Freya. Well done!

The Handwriting Heroes and Heroines are Heath, Emily, Harry and Ava.

 

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 Shilvock and Miss Clark